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People donate items to be auctioned off for a community member. Neighbours surprise a 91-year-old poppy seller who spends her life helping others in Berkshire.


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These days, we often live very close to each other,

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yet we can feel miles apart from one another. But not today.

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Because today, this street is going to be jam-packed full of family,

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friends and neighbours,

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all here to raise money for one incredibly special person.

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And the best part of it is,

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she hasn't got a clue all of this is for her.

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91-year-old poppy seller Joyce Lovelock continues to inspire

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and help the townsfolk she loves with all her heart.

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-She's like the queen of Thatcham.

-Right, OK.

-Hail, Joyce, we love you.

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I just idolise her.

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We think it's about time she was rewarded

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for all her wonderful deeds,

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so we're going to have a street auction on her behalf.

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-ALL:

-Three, two, one.

-Yay! Whoo!

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But will Joyce's neighbours return the favour and donate enough?

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That's absolutely beautiful. Onyx. I love the dials on it.

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-And this one's Thatcham, isn't it?

-Yes.

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-Thank you very much.

-You're very welcome.

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-That's so collectible.

-Is it?

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-They're never out of fashion.

-Oh, OK.

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You've been really generous, all of you. Ah.

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But it's not going to be easy.

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No-one in. Let's try next door.

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-DOG BARKS

-Hopefully, he won't munch on ME!

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No-one in there. Big dog though. DOG BARKS

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Let me just shut the gate. Hang on.

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And how will our local hero react

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when she discovers this is all for her?

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This is all for you, my darling.

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Today, we're in the Berkshire town of Thatcham.

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It became a Norman village in the 11th century

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and now has a population of 25,000.

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But one women is a one-in-a-million resident who works tirelessly

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for local charities and her neighbours in need,

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and that's 91-year-old Joyce Lovelock.

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As her saying is, "Never fear, Joyce is here."

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I just think she's a credit to us all.

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Whether it's selling poppies for her beloved British Legion

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or caring for pensioners who are younger than she is,

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Joyce is a woman who never tires of giving.

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I feel I'm helping somebody.

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That's me.

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'I met up with her daughters, Sue and Elaine,

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'near Joyce's retirement flat to find out more about her.'

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So, when did Mum first move here?

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Mum moved here nearly 30 years ago

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and she said, "If I ever moved, I want to stay in Thatcham,

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"because Thatcham's my life, Thatcham's my heart,"

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and that's where she wanted to stay.

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Joyce was born in Thatcham in 1925, one of nine children,

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including sisters Audrey and Shirley.

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We were poor but happy. We had really good parents and...

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-There was no money.

-There was no money,

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there was no material things, but Mum made do and mend.

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When it came to helping others, Joyce's mum, Elsie, led by example.

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She always helped people. She did.

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She was always washing and ironing for somebody.

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Joyce married husband Harold and had three children,

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but their 30 happy years together ended when he passed away.

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He had rheumatoid arthritis, he was unrecognisable.

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He wasn't the dad we knew growing up

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that was always full of laughter and fun.

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Even though it's over 40-odd years...

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..not a day goes by when we don't think of him.

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Couldn't wish for a better husband.

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With Harold now gone,

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Joyce threw herself into charity work and helping others.

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They always used to say, "Look after those that can't help themselves."

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I always think of these words, yes, I do.

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I'm just so proud of her.

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You just mention her name in the village

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and everybody knows of her

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or knows what she's done to help and she's just an amazing lady.

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-So, she's up really early?

-She's up at five in the morning.

-Yeah.

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-Gets herself ready and...

-Off she goes.

-She gets the papers.

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She gets the papers for the neighbours,

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-does their shopping as well.

-Yes.

-That's right.

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Then she picks up the shopping lists, does all their shopping.

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How long has she been doing the poppy appeal for, selling poppies?

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-55 years.

-55 years?

-This is her life.

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She just loves collecting for the poppies

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and now seeing all the soldiers that are coming back

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that are wounded and families and everything, she...

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-She's got a great heart and soul.

-She has.

-She has.

-She has.

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To thank Joyce for all her years of selling poppies

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and the good deeds she does for her neighbours,

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we want to send her and her family here,

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the National Memorial Arboretum.

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The cost will be £1,000, and this is how we're going to do it.

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The plan is we tread the pavements around Thatcham,

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knocking on as many doors as we can today,

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asking all of Joyce's friends and neighbours

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to donate any unwanted or unloved items they have,

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so we can sell in a pop-up street auction

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which is happening in about a month's time.

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Now, that is a big ask.

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But we also need to keep this a secret from Joyce

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until after the auction.

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And looking around here at this tightknit community,

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that is going to be a challenge and a half.

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Now, I can't do this by myself,

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so I've called in car boot sale bargain hunter

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and upcycling queen Irina Aggrey to help me.

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-Give us a hug.

-Morning!

-Good morning!

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-You don't now what you let yourself in for.

-I know!

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-Come on, let's walk and talk, OK.

-Yes, let's do it.

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I want to help her and I need your help.

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She sounds as if she's got a heart of gold,

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-so we need to put her first.

-Yeah.

-Definitely.

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We've got a bric-a-brac stall, we've got second-hand books,

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-second-hand kids' clothes, bikes, toys, you name it.

-Everything!

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We've got crafts as well, and that's where you come in,

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cos hopefully, you can upcycle a few things.

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Yeah, I'll put some TLC in there and see what happens

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and, hopefully, we can make a few quid.

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-Make some bucks - that's what it's all about.

-Yes.

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I'm going over there, so let's start around there.

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-I'll keep an eye on you.

-OK, good luck.

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'So, good people of Thatcham, what have you got for us?'

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No-one in. Right, let's try next door..

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No luck. At least the houses are close together.

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Let's go over there.

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'Every cloud has a silver lining.'

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No, no joy. OK, let's try another one.

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DOG BARKS Yeah, I see you!

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DOG CONTINUES TO BARK

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-DOG BARKS

-Hopefully, he won't munch on ME!

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No-one in there. Big dog though. DOG BARKS

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Sounds like a little dog in this house. Listen to this.

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DOG YAPS

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Dogs all over the place.

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They're having a conversation with each other. "Don't let them in."

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Oh, hello. Oh, let me just shut the gate. Hang on. Is he friendly?

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-Is it a boy or girl?

-Yes, he's friendly.

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It's a boy and goes by the name of Raffa.

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The owner, Norman, might have something for us in his garage.

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Oh, I'm loving this! This is a proper adventure.

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-I quite like those.

-They're made for...

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-Carpentry and joining is what I used to do years ago.

-Yes.

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These are really handy.

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These aren't proper joinery or carpentry benches,

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just horses to saw wood on top,

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but they could be handy for someone and might fetch a couple of pounds.

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-Would you be willing to donate these?

-Yes.

-Brilliant, thank you.

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-There's a couple of old bikes here as well, if you...

-Old bikes?

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-Let's have a look.

-That's more like it.

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The mountain bikes are made by a respected Australian company

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and, in good second-hand condition, could make £20 each.

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-Who did these belong to before?

-My daughter and her husband.

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-They live in the Caribbean.

-Oh, really?

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It's obviously too hot to cycle in the Caribbean.

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-'But it's about time

-I

-found something.'

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-What's your name, by the way?

-Steve.

-Steve, it's Paul.

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That brass horse thing. That's probably worth...

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It weighs an absolute ton. You're welcome to take that.

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'Once very popular, brass ornaments have fallen out of fashion,

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'partly because they need a lot of polishing.

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'On the bric-a-brac stall, I still think it could make a fiver.'

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Brilliant! Thank you. Thank you. Sorry to barge in on you.

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Now off her bike, Irina's met 84-year-old Douglas.

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Anything that you were going to clear out,

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send off to the junk shop or something.

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-Let's have a look.

-Can I follow you?

-Come in.

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Now, Douglas once owned an antique shop,

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so we might have a bit of luck here.

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-Is this marble?

-Onyx.

-Oh, onyx.

-Yes.

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Onyx is a type of stone that's been carved

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and used in jewellery and ornament making for centuries.

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-Oh, wow.

-It's not working though.

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That's OK cos some clockmakers could get this to work again.

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-And you bought this in Paris?

-Yes.

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That's absolutely beautiful. Onyx.

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-And I love the dials on it. Oh...

-It's lovely.

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-How old do you think this is?

-Pre-war.

-Pre-war?

-Yeah.

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Douglas's late 19-century French clock might be broken

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but it would be an attractive buy

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for someone who collects and fixes clocks.

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It's such a generous gift for you to donate. Thank you very much.

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And that's going to be now on someone's mantelpiece on display.

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-That's right, that's what it's for.

-It's stunning.

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What's even more stunning is Douglas is new to the area

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and doesn't even know Joyce.

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'Now, that's generosity.

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'I, meanwhile, have moved from the street onto the high street.'

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We've got to start here - a good old cut and blow-dry.

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'I bet they know about Joyce in here.' You know her, yeah?

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-She used to babysit me when I was little.

-Well, there you go.

-Yeah.

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OK, does she go shopping for all the other old folk?

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-Yeah, she comes up here.

-Brilliant, you all know her.

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-Yeah, we all know her.

-What I'm after is, let's say,

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-a free cut and blow-dry that I can auction off.

-Yeah.

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-Could you do that?

-Yeah.

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-You said Joyce used to babysit you.

-Me and my sister, yeah.

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Tell me about her then.

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Um, she's a friend of the family's and she used to have her hair done

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at my dad's place and she used to look after me and my sister

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after school and before that.

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We used to stay overnight when she lived in Chapel Street.

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Should be tears all round on the day.

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-You've been a big help, thank you.

-Thank you.

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-Mums the word.

-Thank you.

-Brilliant!

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'But outside, look who I see.'

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I was just sitting down having a well-earned coffee break

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and I just saw Joyce walk past. There, look.

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She's just gone down to the baker's shop. Do you know what?

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When she comes out of there, I'm going in that baker's shop,

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cos they obviously know her and, hopefully, we can get some buns.

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'The coast is clear,

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'so let's go and see if they can bake up a storm for us.

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'And, luckily, these ladies are some of Joyce's biggest fans.'

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She is the most sweetest, caring, kind individual.

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-She would do anything for anybody.

-And she does.

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She lives in an old people's home,

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she's probably one of the oldest ladies there,

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and she's always coming in.

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She does all their shopping, she looks after them,

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-she gets all their medicine, gets all their stuff for them.

-Oh, wow.

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-She's the star of Thatcham.

-She's like the queen of Thatcham.

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-Right, OK.

-Hail, Joyce, we love you.

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I love her to bits!

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'I think some iced buns are heading our way.'

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Could you make some cakes for us to sell or something like that?

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-I'm sure we can.

-Whatever you've got, it would great.

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We could sell them

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There will be a lot of people turning up and they'll be hungry.

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'Let them eat cake, I say.'

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-Back on the street, Irina's spirits are getting even higher.

-Oh, wow!

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-They look gorgeous.

-Add to your collection.

-Thank you so much.

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-Do you know where these are from?

-No, no idea.

-They're so nice.

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You could put some nice whisky in there.

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The popularity of spirit decanters began to fade in the 1960s,

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but John has one good idea for starting a revival.

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Do you want me to fill it up?

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Oh, yes, please!

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Unfilled, they could still reach £2 each on the bric-a-brac stall

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and it's all for Joyce's benefit.

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We know Joyce, yeah.

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-Everybody knows Joyce.

-Yeah, I do know her.

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She's always been a very caring lady.

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She's had a lot to do with the British Legion, selling poppies.

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Always caring for the elderly.

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Joyce is particularly devoted to the British Legion

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because of her father, Edward's, service in the First World War.

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He didn't want to leave us, course he didn't.

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But he had a duty to do, so he was willing to do it.

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Edward was in the Royal Artillery

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and fought in the Battle of the Somme.

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After the war, he returned home to be with his family.

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He was very, very lucky to come back, especially with the trenches.

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He was in the trenches.

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He used to have...scream out in the night

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because he relived his time in the trenches.

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He suffered with his lungs because he was gassed.

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Joyce began selling poppies 55 years ago,

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in memory of her father and would often take her daughters with her.

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I can remember being a small child

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and my sister, we would go round all over Thatcham

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getting money to put in the poppy tin.

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As well as selling poppies,

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Joyce attends every Remembrance service,

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wearing her father's medals.

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I feel I've done something to help the country,

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especially the servicemen.

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BELL RINGS

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-Do many people use that?

-They do sometimes.

-They do, yeah?

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-It's too tempting. I love it.

-I like your jacket.

-Oh, thank you.

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Thanks a lot. Well, I love your bell.

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-Um, did you get a leaflet through the door?

-I did.

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-So you know what this is about.

-Yes.

-Street Auction.

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-Yeah, I've got a few bits for you.

-Have you? # Hallelujah! #

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And inside, Rosemary is true to her word.

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-That's so collectible!

-Is it?

-Love it, yes. That's fantastic.

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-People go crazy for these.

-Do they?

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-They're never out of fashion.

-Oh, OK.

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Before we had rubber hot water bottles,

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we had these, made of ceramic.

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As well as being used in bed,

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they were often taken on long draughty coach rides

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to keep the passengers warm.

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-What did you use to use it for?

-A doorstop.

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-Really?

-Yeah. It used to sit on there. It used to be a doorstop.

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I reckon we could get a fiver for it on the bric-a-brac stall.

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But Rosemary has raided her jewellery box too.

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So, these are like semiprecious stones.

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They're so pretty. I love the green colour.

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-Hand-made?

-I don't know.

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-Probably were actually.

-Where did you get them from?

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I got them from a crafts sale many years ago,

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-so they probably were hand-made, actually.

-They're lovely.

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They are beautiful and silver is very contemporary. But there's more.

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-These need a clean, actually.

-Are they silver as well?

-They are.

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-I can't get them on any more.

-Beautiful, look at that.

-You could.

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Yeah, I know, I've got tiny wrists.

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Gorgeous, look at that!

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Don't get too attached, Irina. Those bangles are saleroom bound.

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-You been with Granny today then?

-Yeah.

-Ah, that's sweet, isn't it?

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'Back on the street,

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'I met Linda and granddaughter Millie returning home.'

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You know where you live?

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Oh, bless! Oh, isn't that sweet?

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Have you got anything you can donate towards our street party?

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-Yeah, I've got stuff in the garage.

-Can we come and have a look?

-Yes.

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Thank you. Thank you. Bless you.

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Are we going to be allowed to take things away if they were yours?

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You might not let us. 'Now that could be tricky.'

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This is going to be really hard to take away.

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I know what kids are like.

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I've got a daughter and anything pink doesn't leave the house.

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-She's got plenty.

-Will we be able to sell this?

-Yes.

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-Can we sell this so other little girls can play with it?

-Yeah.

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-Can we do that?

-Yeah.

-Do you know something?

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-You're such a good sharer, aren't you?

-Yeah.

-Yeah. Oh, bless!

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'Not only is Millie letting us have her old toys,

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'she's even carrying them out.'

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Ah! We'll put one there. There we go.

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What's this? Do you know what this is?

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-Yeah, that's a book.

-What's that one?

0:16:220:16:24

-That's an elephant.

-Yeah, elephant.

-That's one.

-That's a number one.

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-Yeah, and four.

-That's a number two.

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'We should get 50p a book and at least a couple of pounds

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'for a good second-hand kiddy's toy.' Ah.

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It does need a bit of attention.

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Back at Rosemary's,

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an old timepiece could strike the right note for the saleroom.

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-Are you giving this away?

-Well, it needs repairing and, yeah,

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I've actually had it fixed once and it's gone again, so...

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Beautiful, classic watch there. Lady's watch.

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The watch is made by Longines, a luxury Swiss manufacturer,

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founded in 1832.

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It might not work,

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but I think that could tick-tock to £50 in the saleroom.

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More bling! More earrings.

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Yeah, lots of the stones are missing from those.

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That's OK, you can't tell.

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-Somebody might be able to put the stones back or whatever.

-Yes.

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These drop earrings are a lovely classic shape,

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especially with the fringe below.

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These are absolutely stunning.

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I think somebody's going to really love these and cherish them.

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-Hopefully.

-Thank you so much.

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All of Rosemary's jewellery can go off to auction, where the auctioneer

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will probably split them into groups to get the very best price.

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I' going to give you a hug. Thank you so much, thank you.

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What a wonderful donation. And we're still getting more at Millie's.

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-Children's wardrobe?

-Yes, please. Can we have that?

-Yes.

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We could paint that a bright colour. Oh! That's brilliant. Are you sure?

0:17:440:17:49

-Positive. Take it out.

-Yes, yes.

-Right, do you know what?

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I'm going to get this out before you change your mind.

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That's brilliant!

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If you had to buy something like that from a department store,

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it would cost you £120, £150.

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We can paint that and I reckon we'll get £30 for that. It's brilliant.

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You've been really generous, all of you.

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-A Denby pot.

-A Denby pottery? Denby's such a great make!

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You know what's so good about these?

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They still make them, so if you break it,

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you can pop into a shop and buy it. It looks brand-new.

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-Does Mummy not use it, no?

-Er, no.

-Thank you so much.

-That's OK.

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Hmm, wow! Very nice, thank you.

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Joyce has lived in Thatcham all her life

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and loves the place and the people.

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That's the church where she married Harold.

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One of Joyce's neighbours, Margaret, might have something

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'that could attract some local attention too.'

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-Can we have them?

-Yes.

-Oh, fantastic! Thank you.

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Oh, really nice. I know they're only... That one's a modern print.

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-That one's...

-This one's Thatcham, isn't it?

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-Yeah, that's St Mary's Church in Thatcham.

-Yeah.

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That's a print as well, but it's a limited edition. 41 of 100.

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I think we could sell that locally and someone might buy that,

0:19:050:19:08

don't you? Isn't that sweet? Oh, thank you very much!

0:19:080:19:12

-You're very welcome.

-Thank you very much.

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Now, here, I've got,

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it looks like a sort of 1980s print, mass-produced.

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We might get a couple of quid for that. And this one's another print.

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It's a limited edition of 41 out of 100.

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We might get £10 for that, which is great. It's all going to help.

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I wonder if Irina will uncover anything else with a local link?

0:19:330:19:37

Hello, sir. Oh, a meerkat. Oh, my God, that's amazing!

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-I'm not so sure, Irina.

-Really?

-Yes.

-Have you named him?

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-No, no, I haven't.

-Who gave it to you?

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-Well, I've got some more in there.

-Have you?

-Yes.

-Oh, my gosh.

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He just whips this out from behind the door. It's a meerkat.

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I'm in love with him already.

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Right now, meerkat stone statues are very popular garden ornaments.

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This is definitely the indoor variety,

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but its cuteness factor should garner £5 on our stalls.

0:20:030:20:07

-Bye.

-Bye.

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But right now, I'm heading to the local post office,

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where Joyce is one of Sue's regular customers.

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Whether it's cold, rainy, hot, she's here, all weathers.

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She also comes into the shop to do everybody's shopping.

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-She's one in a million.

-Yeah.

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As her saying is, "Never fear, Joyce is here."

0:20:240:20:27

-That's nice, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-"Never fear, Joyce is here."

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And Joyce is here for all her neighbours,

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as sisters Shirley and Audrey know only too well.

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Early morning papers for at least, I think, nine or ten people, isn't it?

0:20:370:20:44

And that would be round about 7 o'clock, isn't it?

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Yeah, 7 o'clock, half past.

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And then she goes to get prescriptions and shopping

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for two or three people.

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One of the couples she goes shopping for daily

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is her younger sister Lorna, who has dementia,

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and her husband Douglas.

0:21:030:21:05

What sort of a night did you have? Dougie had a good night?

0:21:050:21:10

Cos he's going today, isn't he? Or is it tomorrow?

0:21:100:21:15

LORNA MUMBLES

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I shall do your shopping and get your things.

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-Need soup.

-You want...soup? All right.

0:21:210:21:26

-She's wonderful!

-Oh!

0:21:260:21:28

I can't say enough about her help.

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When I see her, I'm so pleased. I feel...

0:21:350:21:41

I'm poor.

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Sometimes you feel empty.

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But she's...the light of my life.

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I just idolise her.

0:21:570:21:58

She's my rock. I just love her to death.

0:22:020:22:06

I just think she's a credit to us all.

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And I hope she goes on for a few more years yet.

0:22:120:22:15

'Back in the close,

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'we've attracted the attention of Joyce and her neighbours.

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'She might be getting suspicious, so I hope I'm not rumbled. Here goes.'

0:22:230:22:28

We are going around the houses, knocking on people's doors,

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asking if they have any unloved or unwanted items.

0:22:320:22:35

-You'll never guess what.

-What?

0:22:350:22:37

My daughter brought me God knows what yesterday

0:22:370:22:41

cos she read the paper and she brought God knows what.

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I've got it in my bedroom.

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So tell me a bit about yourself, Joyce. What do you do?

0:22:500:22:53

-How long have you been here?

-I'm 90 years old.

0:22:530:22:57

Wow, you don't look it!

0:22:570:22:59

Well, that's what they tell me. I'm glad you've told me that.

0:22:590:23:04

My life has consisted of others,

0:23:060:23:09

help others that can't help themselves.

0:23:090:23:12

And if there's anybody wants anything, they've only got to ask.

0:23:120:23:17

I can see loads of eggs in there. What's going on?

0:23:170:23:20

-That's shopping for other people.

-I go shopping for other people.

0:23:200:23:23

You go shopping for other people? People should go shopping for YOU!

0:23:230:23:26

-She shops for other people.

-No, I love doing it, don't I?

0:23:260:23:29

-Every morning she's out.

-At 8 o'clock.

0:23:290:23:33

-You've got to start slowing down!

-Why? Don't start telling me that!

0:23:330:23:39

-Do you think that's what keeps you going then?

-It is.

-Yeah.

-It is.

0:23:390:23:42

'Joyce has collected some things for us in her flat.'

0:23:420:23:46

-Lovely little home you've got, Joyce.

-Have a look.

0:23:460:23:51

-Oh, wow, look at this.

-Look.

0:23:510:23:53

-Look at it.

-It's a collection of thimbles.

-Thimbles.

-Yeah.

0:23:530:23:57

-That's a lampshade.

-Yeah, that's a duster.

-A duster. Handbag.

0:23:570:24:01

-That's never been used.

-There's a pair of shoes in there.

0:24:010:24:05

'I'll get Joyce's stuff down to the van, but outside,

0:24:050:24:07

'I bump into Joyce's daughter Sue,

0:24:070:24:09

'and I have to admit I'm getting a little bit nervous.'

0:24:090:24:12

-Quite a few people have twigged.

-Have they really?

-Yeah.

0:24:120:24:17

-A couple of her friends have twigged.

-Have they?

-Yeah.

0:24:170:24:20

-I didn't tell them, but the word's leaking out now.

-Right.

0:24:200:24:23

I sure hope not because we won't get her here if she knows about it.

0:24:230:24:27

-She'll scarper, won't she?

-She will scarper.

0:24:270:24:29

'And this secret is getting harder to keep

0:24:290:24:32

'when the lady in question tiptoes up behind you.'

0:24:320:24:35

-Can you accept this?

-Oh, no, not ME again!

0:24:350:24:38

-Is that for us as well?

-Yes.

0:24:380:24:41

Joyce, have you been having another clearout?

0:24:410:24:43

No, that's our lovely mirror.

0:24:430:24:46

-I forgot that.

-Creeping up on us.

0:24:460:24:49

That's a lovely mirror because it's got a nice bevel on it.

0:24:490:24:52

-That's right.

-I know it's a modern mirror,

0:24:520:24:54

but if you had to buy a modern mirror in a department store,

0:24:540:24:58

that would be about £50 with a bevel, so that's a tenner for us.

0:24:580:25:02

-This one?

-And that's nice as well, isn't it?

-There you are.

-Yeah.

0:25:020:25:06

-Joyce, thank you very much.

-OK, darling.

-Brilliant!

0:25:060:25:09

Everyone's been so helpful.

0:25:090:25:11

Can you believe that? When I was talking to Joyce's daughter,

0:25:120:25:15

I wanted to get more from her about Joyce, you know.

0:25:150:25:18

She was saying she's so proud of her.

0:25:180:25:20

I would be, if that was my mum. Gosh, I would be.

0:25:200:25:22

Brought us a choice of mirrors and these.

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Here you are, John. PAUL LAUGHS

0:25:260:25:29

Well, no sooner is the van packed, it's now got to be unpacked

0:25:300:25:33

to see what Irina and I have collected on our rummage.

0:25:330:25:37

Our lines are almost the same length but who will have more items

0:25:380:25:41

that we can send over to the saleroom to make more money?

0:25:410:25:45

-I like those saw horses.

-I know, they're lovely.

0:25:450:25:47

-Little stools to sit on in the kitchen.

-Yes!

0:25:470:25:50

Did you find anything to go off to auction, cos I found nothing?

0:25:500:25:53

I did, actually. Some of these, some of this gorgeous silver jewellery.

0:25:530:25:57

-Look at that.

-That's nice.

-Stunning.

0:25:570:25:59

-Look at the carving - texture and detail.

-We'll send that to auction.

0:25:590:26:02

'It's a mix of modern and old jewellery,

0:26:020:26:04

'but together, I can see them making over £100 easily.'

0:26:040:26:08

-And this Longines watch.

-Great, we'll send that off.

0:26:080:26:11

'On closer inspection, that's a very elegant lady's watch.

0:26:110:26:15

'We might get more than the £50 I first thought.

0:26:150:26:18

'Also heading to the saleroom is Douglas's 19th-century clock,

0:26:180:26:22

'with its French brass movement.

0:26:220:26:24

'It's a good model and could make between £60 and £90.'

0:26:240:26:28

-Oh!

-This. That's what I was pointing to.

-Oh, I like that.

0:26:280:26:32

-That's brand-new but they're a lot of money to buy.

-Yeah.

0:26:320:26:35

-Surely there's £10 to £15 there.

-I hope so.

0:26:350:26:37

-It's gorgeous royal blue, popular make.

-Yeah.

0:26:370:26:40

'That's heading for the pop-up auction,

0:26:400:26:42

'but I also have a piece of furniture

0:26:420:26:44

'I think Irina could work her upcycling magic on.'

0:26:440:26:47

-Yeah, I like it. Let's have a look.

-Can you do something with that?

0:26:470:26:50

-I think so. What colour?

-It's up to you, it's up to you.

0:26:500:26:53

Let's look inside.

0:26:530:26:55

-Yeah, some shelves...

-I'd put a hanging rail in there.

-Yeah, OK.

0:26:550:26:59

Maybe a shelf at the bottom for shoes.

0:26:590:27:01

Shall we make it unisex or shall we just go bold and just make it

0:27:010:27:04

-like bright pink or something?

-Go bold.

0:27:040:27:06

Well, looking at those lines, I think it's a draw, don't you?

0:27:060:27:08

-I reckon.

-Yeah? High five, come on.

-Yeah!

-Well done, you, well done.

0:27:080:27:12

-You read my mind.

-I'm really, really pleased.

0:27:120:27:14

But our work isn't finished yet, and looking at this,

0:27:140:27:17

-I think we're sort of £200 to £300?

-Yeah.

0:27:170:27:21

But our job isn't done right now.

0:27:210:27:23

As I said, it's right down to that street auction

0:27:230:27:26

and it's about community spirit.

0:27:260:27:28

Will they deliver? We're going to find out.

0:27:280:27:30

Well, our D-day has arrived and, boy, do we have a lot to do?!

0:27:330:27:37

There's the van to empty, stalls to fill.

0:27:370:27:40

-Does that look nice?

-But there's more than bunting to hang.

0:27:420:27:45

Do you think we could go and buy some hangers?

0:27:450:27:47

I might have to go door-knocking

0:27:470:27:49

-to see if anybody's got any spare hangers.

-Needs must Irina.

0:27:490:27:52

Remember, this is all for Joyce.

0:27:520:27:54

Have you got any spare coat hangers, please?

0:27:540:27:56

Now, what's that saying? "Ask and they will come."

0:27:560:28:00

Look at these gorgeous hangers. This could be our little showstopper.

0:28:000:28:03

I absolutely loved meeting Joyce. She's such a special lady.

0:28:030:28:08

I've got to keep my voice down because she is around.

0:28:080:28:10

She definitely knows about the street party,

0:28:100:28:13

but she does not know it's all for her,

0:28:130:28:15

and when her sisters found out, they wanted to get involved,

0:28:150:28:18

so Joyce and her sisters are working on the raffle all day long.

0:28:180:28:21

In fact, we've got a whole army of helpers here,

0:28:210:28:24

so let's meet our stewards. Morning, everyone!

0:28:240:28:27

'We have the girls on tea and coffee.'

0:28:270:28:29

-Big responsibility, OK?

-Absolutely.

0:28:290:28:31

Everybody's going to be thirsty and hungry.

0:28:310:28:33

-You're going to be worked off your feet today.

-Yes.

0:28:330:28:36

But you'll make a lot of money.

0:28:360:28:37

'The bric-a-brac sellers.'

0:28:370:28:39

Mark everything up - £1 up to £5.

0:28:390:28:41

£2, £3, £4 - give a bit of change,

0:28:410:28:44

but at the end of the day, you're going to have a lot of paper money

0:28:440:28:47

and I'm going to check on you, OK?

0:28:470:28:49

'And Joyce will be joining sisters Shirley and Audrey

0:28:490:28:52

'on the tombola stall.'

0:28:520:28:54

Oh, you're not going to do a singsong, are you, Audrey, John?

0:28:540:28:57

-When we get Joyce with us.

-Are you?

-And my sister in the wheelchair.

0:28:570:29:01

-Yeah.

-She'll remember the words. We're going to do our sister song.

0:29:010:29:04

Go on, give us a little tiny example, a little rendition.

0:29:040:29:08

# Sisters, sisters

0:29:080:29:12

# They were... #

0:29:120:29:14

Uh-oh...

0:29:140:29:17

'I think they'll work better as a trio.

0:29:170:29:20

'The bric-a-brac stall is filling up nicely.

0:29:210:29:24

'I wonder if there's anything which could go to the pop-up auction

0:29:240:29:27

'to raise a bit more money.'

0:29:270:29:29

That's quite nice. Look at that.

0:29:290:29:30

There's a bit of studio pottery there. It's from Newlyn in Cornwall.

0:29:300:29:35

I like that. That's 20th-century modern. I guess that's 1980s, 1990s.

0:29:350:29:40

'Newlyn is a fishing town in Cornwall, but it became famous

0:29:400:29:43

'in the 1920s because of its flourishing arts scene.'

0:29:430:29:46

I'm going to sell that one on the rostrum. Might get £10 for that.

0:29:460:29:50

He's nice - or she. "My name is Primrose." She's lovely!

0:29:500:29:55

The condition's fantastic.

0:29:550:29:58

There's not a lot of age to it, but it's got the look,

0:29:580:30:00

it's got the look. It's beautifully weighted and it's articulated.

0:30:000:30:04

'Antique teddy bears made by the German company Steiff

0:30:040:30:07

'can sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

0:30:070:30:10

'This lovely lady isn't in that bracket

0:30:100:30:12

'but I think £10 would be on the money.'

0:30:120:30:15

I think I'm going to sell this one on the pop-up rostrum,

0:30:150:30:17

along with this bit of studio pottery.

0:30:170:30:19

'Hello, King Kong!'

0:30:210:30:23

Gosh, that's heavy!

0:30:230:30:24

'It's a clay model gorilla.

0:30:250:30:27

'It doesn't have any markings to who made it, but it's striking.'

0:30:270:30:31

I'm going to put him up for auction

0:30:310:30:33

because I think he just might get overlooked here.

0:30:330:30:36

Hopefully, on the rostrum, all being well, £10 plus.

0:30:360:30:41

I think we could triple our money.

0:30:410:30:43

I'm going to sell this one on the pop-up auction.

0:30:430:30:46

Something else which is rather striking

0:30:460:30:48

is the child's wardrobe Irina has upcycled.

0:30:480:30:50

Remember how it used to look.

0:30:500:30:52

Irina's transformed it with a few licks of colourful paint

0:30:520:30:56

and a decorating technique called decoupage,

0:30:560:30:58

where coloured paper was glued onto the wardrobe

0:30:580:31:01

and then sealed with varnish.

0:31:010:31:04

And now, here is our upcycling.

0:31:040:31:06

I'm ever so excited to be looking at this.

0:31:060:31:08

-You have done a fantastic job, my darling.

-Thank you.

-Look at this.

0:31:080:31:11

It's full of superheroes.

0:31:110:31:13

That will suit anybody's house - young, sort of middle-aged,

0:31:130:31:17

-someone funky, someone that remembers the past.

-Yeah, universal.

0:31:170:31:22

-Yeah.

-Love it. Thank you.

-Oh, it's brilliant.

0:31:220:31:25

It's absolutely brilliant.

0:31:250:31:27

'I have to be a superhero on the rostrum

0:31:270:31:29

'and get someone to part with £30.'

0:31:290:31:33

But if we're ever going to reach our £1,000 target,

0:31:330:31:36

we'd better get this show on the road.

0:31:360:31:38

I'm going to get this party officially opened with a five...

0:31:380:31:42

-ALL:

-Four, three, two, one.

0:31:420:31:46

Yay! Whoo!

0:31:460:31:48

'The good people of Thatcham haven't let us down.

0:31:520:31:55

'They've come to buy and to party.'

0:31:550:31:57

No, we need a bubble machine.

0:32:010:32:02

'My dance card has been well and truly marked.'

0:32:020:32:06

Thank you so much.

0:32:060:32:08

My feet might be dancing, but so are my nerves.

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There's no sign of Joyce yet.

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I hope she hasn't twigged and done a runner.

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Right now, Irina's helping Joyce's sisters drum up business.

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Come and buy your raffle tickets!

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£1 a strip!

0:32:240:32:26

A strip? Steady on, Irina!

0:32:260:32:28

'One lady who might like a flutter is Thatcham's mayor,

0:32:280:32:32

'but has she ever tried a human fruit machine?'

0:32:320:32:35

Oh, hard luck!

0:32:350:32:36

'Have we started an addiction?'

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Oh, one of each!

0:32:380:32:40

'We're halfway through the fundraiser

0:32:400:32:42

'but I still haven't spotted Joyce yet.

0:32:420:32:45

'While we're on tenterhooks, we could find out

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'how much money we raised with the items we sent over to the sale.'

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The auctioneer is Marc Burridge.

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-Closest to me at £60 then...

-GAVEL BANGS

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And Joyce's daughter Sue and her husband, Vic, went along

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to see how they fared under the hammer.

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First up, it's Douglas's broken 19th-century French clock,

0:33:040:33:08

which I can see making over £100.

0:33:080:33:11

And I have interest on the book.

0:33:110:33:14

50. 5. 60. 5.

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70. 5. 80. 5.

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£90 here. And 5 in the room.

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100. Take 10, sir? 110 in the room. And 20, will you?

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-All done at £110 then.

-GAVEL BANGS

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Well, that struck it rich in the saleroom.

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Perhaps Rosemary's broken watch

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and her collection of silver jewellery will do the same.

0:33:340:33:37

The estimate is between £30 and £40, but I think they could do better.

0:33:370:33:42

30 I have. And 5. 35.

0:33:420:33:44

And 40. And 5.

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5, thank you. 50. And 60. And 70.

0:33:460:33:49

And 80. And 90. At £90 then.

0:33:490:33:52

-We're selling on £90. Well done.

-GAVEL BANGS

0:33:520:33:55

That was brilliant! But we've had some exciting news.

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The stones on Rosemary's stylish drop earrings have been identified

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as rubies, diamonds and emeralds.

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We contacted Rosemary with the news

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and she's still happy to donate them.

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I think we could get over £150.

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Diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

0:34:120:34:14

On the book here at £100 to start. Thank you, 110.

0:34:140:34:18

110, thank you. 20.

0:34:180:34:20

130. 140. 150. 150. 160.

0:34:200:34:23

170. 180. 190.

0:34:230:34:26

-And I'm selling on £180 then.

-GAVEL BANGS

0:34:260:34:30

Wow, those earrings definitely sparkled in the saleroom.

0:34:310:34:34

We've just made £380.

0:34:340:34:38

Those items we sent off to auction did exceptionally well.

0:34:380:34:41

We were feeling so confident, at that stage,

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we decided to get Joyce another gift and here it is,

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tucked away, out of sight,

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ready to present it to her later on, at the very end, after the auction.

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It's a lovely bench.

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She can sit on this with her friends

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and have a cup of tea in the sunshine

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somewhere dotted around here.

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We've taken a chance buying that bench

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because we still have to raise enough money

0:35:020:35:04

to give Joyce and perhaps some of her family a great day out.

0:35:040:35:08

But right now, the party girl herself has finally arrived.

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-I remember talking to you, don't I?

-That's my sister.

-Is it?

0:35:130:35:16

-What's your name again?

-Joyce.

-I know it, I'm just kidding you!

0:35:160:35:21

THEY LAUGH

0:35:210:35:22

-Hey, you gave us lots of things, didn't you?

-Yes, three things.

0:35:220:35:25

How have you been anyway?

0:35:250:35:27

Well, up and down like a yo-yo, but I still keep going.

0:35:270:35:32

-LAUGHTER

-I still keep going, see?

0:35:320:35:36

I still keep going.

0:35:360:35:38

Well, while the final monies are being counted from the stall,

0:35:380:35:41

we can get a chorus from the Golden Girls.

0:35:410:35:44

-#..Me and my man.

-#

0:35:440:35:47

-That's him over there.

-Wow, brilliant! Brilliant!

0:35:470:35:50

-Absolutely brilliant! You should all be on stage.

-They won't have us.

0:35:500:35:56

-You've got the words.

-They won't have us.

0:35:560:35:58

We're not the Beverleys but we're the next best.

0:35:580:36:02

You're all fabulous, you're absolutely brilliant.

0:36:020:36:05

Big round of applause, everyone. APPLAUSE

0:36:050:36:07

Yay! Well done.

0:36:070:36:08

Between them, these sisters have a combined age of over 250 years,

0:36:080:36:13

but how do OUR figures tally?

0:36:130:36:16

The countdown from today's sales on the bric-a-brac stall.

0:36:160:36:19

What is it, Irina?

0:36:190:36:21

Well, for the day's sale, Paul, we've made £556.50.

0:36:210:36:26

-That's pretty good, isn't it?

-It is, isn't it?

0:36:260:36:28

-Plus £380 from the auction.

-Mm-hmm.

0:36:280:36:31

By my reckoning, I've got to make about £80, £70 to £80.

0:36:320:36:35

-You can do that hands down.

-I've got to do £100.

0:36:350:36:37

I'm going to get on the rostrum now.

0:36:370:36:39

-Come and join me.

-Yes, let's do this.

0:36:390:36:41

'Friends and neighbours have already dug deep in their pockets

0:36:410:36:44

'but can we get over our target?

0:36:440:36:47

'First up, it's that adorable teddy bear I spotted earlier.

0:36:470:36:50

'I'd like to see it get £10 at least.'

0:36:500:36:53

Lot number 1. Who's going to buy this teddy bear for £5?

0:36:530:36:57

Yes, lots of yeses, thank you. 5, I'm in at 5.

0:36:570:37:00

£8, thank you. The bid's now against you. I'll take 10. £10. £12.

0:37:000:37:03

Thank you very, very much.

0:37:030:37:05

Thank you, £15. It's against you now.

0:37:050:37:07

16, thank you. 17. You're out.

0:37:070:37:10

£17. And I'm selling at £17.

0:37:100:37:12

It's going once, twice, sold. GAVEL BANGS

0:37:120:37:15

APPLAUSE 'That's a good start.

0:37:150:37:18

'It would have never have made that on the bric-a-brac stall.

0:37:180:37:21

'I'd like the Newlyn-style coffee mug to get a tenner too.'

0:37:210:37:24

It really is quite special.

0:37:240:37:26

Thank you. £3. I'm looking for 5 anywhere.

0:37:260:37:28

No? I've got a bid of 3 and I'm taking 3. It's going once.

0:37:280:37:31

Fair warning. Sold, thank you. £3. GAVEL BANGS

0:37:310:37:33

APPLAUSE

0:37:330:37:35

'Every little helps, but I'm betting on King Kong getting at least £15.'

0:37:350:37:40

5. 10, thank you. £10.

0:37:400:37:41

£10. 12 anywhere? I'll take 12. 12. It's against you now.

0:37:410:37:45

Oh, two hands. I'll take 12 and 13, yeah?

0:37:450:37:48

£13. 14.

0:37:480:37:49

£14 now. 15. 16.

0:37:490:37:52

17. £20! Thank you, £20. LAUGHTER

0:37:520:37:56

£25 now. 25.

0:37:560:37:59

You're out. £25.

0:37:590:38:01

I have a bid of £25 and I'm selling.

0:38:010:38:03

GAVEL BANGS Sold. Thank you. £25.

0:38:030:38:05

APPLAUSE Thank you, madam.

0:38:050:38:07

'I never saw it reaching that price. Are we back on track, I wonder?

0:38:070:38:11

'Up next is the upcycled children's wardrobe.

0:38:110:38:14

'It was bland and a little bit boring

0:38:140:38:16

'but I think Irina's superhero decoupage

0:38:160:38:19

'could recoup a £20 profit.'

0:38:190:38:22

I absolutely love it!

0:38:220:38:23

£25, thank you, sir. Straight in.

0:38:230:38:26

One bid at 25. £30, thank you.

0:38:260:38:28

It's against you, sir. £35, thank you, sir.

0:38:280:38:31

I've got a bid of £35 with me and I'm selling at £35.

0:38:310:38:35

It's going once, twice. Sold. GAVEL BANGS

0:38:350:38:38

'Just a few hours' work with some old comics and a paintbrush

0:38:380:38:41

'have reaped a financial reward.

0:38:410:38:43

'The casserole dish also cooked itself a great deal.'

0:38:430:38:46

21, he's out. £21. It's going once, twice...

0:38:460:38:50

Sold, thank you. GAVEL BANGS

0:38:500:38:52

'As did a last-minute flower stand donation.'

0:38:520:38:55

Chap standing underneath the tree, and I'm selling at £25.

0:38:550:38:58

Fair warning, it's going once, twice... Sold.

0:38:580:39:01

'But what about the limited edition Thatcham print?

0:39:010:39:04

'Will local interest win the £20 I think it's worth?'

0:39:040:39:07

Our last lot of the day. £10, surely. Thank you.

0:39:070:39:10

Straight in at 10. 15. 20.

0:39:100:39:13

£35. Can I make that 40?

0:39:130:39:16

40? That bid might just get it.

0:39:160:39:18

£36. £1 more.

0:39:180:39:21

40. £40. 41 if it helps. 41? Thank you for your bid, sir.

0:39:210:39:26

£40. And I'm selling at £40.

0:39:260:39:28

Fair warning. It's going once, twice...

0:39:280:39:30

Sold, thank you, £40. GAVEL BANGS

0:39:300:39:33

APPLAUSE Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

0:39:330:39:36

Today, we were hoping to raise £1,000

0:39:370:39:41

for a very, very special person

0:39:410:39:43

who lives here in your community.

0:39:430:39:46

Today, on the pop-up rostrum, we have managed...

0:39:460:39:49

..£298, which gives us a grand total

0:39:500:39:55

of £1,239! So, thank you so much! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:39:550:39:59

We have done our target and we've beaten it!

0:39:590:40:03

It's all about the community, bringing people together.

0:40:040:40:08

Now, it is for one very, very special person,

0:40:080:40:12

and I've come to understand what this person does.

0:40:120:40:16

She works tirelessly and selflessly for other people day in and day out.

0:40:160:40:21

And on a personal level, it's been a real privilege to get to know her

0:40:210:40:26

and I can't believe we've managed to keep this a secret for so long.

0:40:260:40:31

But, I tell you what, I don't think she's twigged it yet.

0:40:310:40:34

I can let you into who this is for.

0:40:340:40:37

Joyce Lovelock! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:40:370:40:40

Joyce Lovelock.

0:40:400:40:42

91-year-old Joyce Lovelock.

0:40:420:40:45

This is all for you, my darling.

0:40:450:40:48

-This is all for you.

-Thank you so much.

0:40:480:40:51

This is all for you.

0:40:530:40:54

Thank you so much for helping everybody day in and day out.

0:40:540:40:59

-Oh, I love them all, I love them all.

-Oh, I know you do.

0:40:590:41:02

-I love them all.

-It's all your family, isn't it?

0:41:020:41:04

-It really is.

-They are.

0:41:040:41:06

'Time to show Joyce the first part of the surprise.'

0:41:060:41:09

A big round of applause for this bench. Look at that!

0:41:090:41:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:41:120:41:15

-How about that?

-Thank you so, so much, everybody.

0:41:190:41:24

'And now for the second part of her surprise.'

0:41:240:41:26

We've arranged for you a special trip.

0:41:260:41:30

A VIP guest to Forces Day

0:41:300:41:34

at the British Legion National Memorial Arboretum.

0:41:340:41:40

-Oh...

-APPLAUSE

0:41:400:41:43

Thank you all, everybody, for all you've done for me.

0:41:470:41:52

I much appreciate it but I've got a job to accept it.

0:41:520:41:58

LAUGHTER

0:41:580:42:00

It is all about you, Joyce. You are my hero, you really are.

0:42:000:42:04

-Thank you.

-Bless you, bless you.

0:42:040:42:07

'The bench has its first guest of honour,

0:42:070:42:09

'but what does she think of it?'

0:42:090:42:12

Wonderful! We've got one over there but it can go now!

0:42:120:42:17

THEY LAUGH

0:42:170:42:19

-Isn't it gorgeous?

-What will you all do if anything happens to me?

0:42:190:42:23

-You'll have to take it.

-No, we won't.

0:42:230:42:25

We'll have to come and sit on it and think of you

0:42:250:42:27

and think of this day, won't we?

0:42:270:42:30

What a fantastic person.

0:42:340:42:35

As you can see, the whole community made this possible.

0:42:350:42:38

Everybody got together.

0:42:380:42:39

We beat our target, we surprised Joyce,

0:42:390:42:42

and I tell you what - that lady is a superstar.

0:42:420:42:45

She's 91 years old and she's a great example to all of us.

0:42:450:42:48

Never give up, keep on helping people.

0:42:480:42:50

And that's really what this show is all about. I hope you've enjoyed it.

0:42:500:42:53

Join us again soon because we could be in YOUR street

0:42:530:42:55

and this auction could be about YOU.

0:42:550:42:58

Along with her family, Joyce had a wonderful day

0:42:580:43:00

at the National Memorial Arboretum, proudly wearing her father's medals.

0:43:000:43:04

She paid her respects to those who'd given their lives in service.

0:43:040:43:09

People donate items to be auctioned off for a community member. Neighbours surprise a 91-year-old poppy seller who spends her life helping others in Berkshire. Presenters Paul Martin and Irina Aggrey collect donated items to sell at a street auction on her doorstep.