TV auctioneer Charles Hanson will be on hand to value people’s antiques and collectibles at a special charity event being organised by Tamworth’s Tudor House Gallery this autumn.

The valuation takes place between 11am and 2pm on Tuesday November 1 and is open to anyone who would like to find out what their treasured items are really worth.

Although the valuation is free to attend, people are asked to make a donation towards SANDS – the UK’s Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity – for each item valued.

The event is being organised by well-known Tamworth artist Sue Verity who moved her art business into the Tudor House in Lichfield Street a year ago, together with Kim Healy’s celebration cakes and café business.

Together they refurbished the building – thought to be the oldest shop in Tamworth – and the two businesses now work side by side with Sue selling her paintings and other gifts while Kim runs a successful café providing coffee, cakes and meals.

They also host a wide variety of events designed to bring more people to the town, including history talks, computer support sessions and afternoon teas.

Eventually Sue hopes to host auctions at the Tudor House and the charity valuation event is the first step towards that goal.

“It’s great that we have been able to get Charles Hanson to come along and support our valuation day and we are honoured to welcome him to the Tudor House,” Sue said. “This is a chance for people to have a rummage through their lofts and cupboards and see if they have any items that might be worth something. It could be antiques, jewellery, ceramics, books or collectibles.

“I love antiques and the hope is that we may be able to hold regular auctions here in the future. It’s the perfect setting for it. Light refreshments will also be available so we invite people to come and join us for an interesting few hours in the relaxing surroundings at the Tudor House.”

Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers is a familiar face on TV as one of the stars of BBC1’s Bargain Hunt and a regular contributor to the Antiques Road Trip.

Charles said: “I am looking forward to spending a little time with Sue and Kim as they begin their new venture, and we invite you to join us too. Bring along your treasures for our experts to advise you on – who knows what we’ll discover together!”