Auction of Promises evening – report

The Auction of Promises took place at Horningsea Village Hall on Saturday 17th September. It was a fun evening with Richard acting as auctioneer and Catherine as his magician’s assistant. There were 68 Promises, including, a ride in a Lamborghini, river cruises with Camboats, meal for 4 at Quy Mill Hotel, tea at Scotsdales, portrait painting and much more.

Our auctioneer at work.


Due to the amazing generosity of both those who donated Promises and those who purchased them, a staggering £5,561.00 was raised for the Save Honey Hill campaign, against the relocation of the Cambridge sewage works from Cowley Road to Honey Hill, prime Greenbelt land, between the conservation villages of Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Quy. Sincere thanks to all involved in organising and helping with the event.


Of the estimated £50,000. needed for specialist reports, legal advice and representation, approximately £33,000. has now been raised. The Save Honey Hill group is against the huge carbon footprint of the move and the use of £227 million of taxpayers’ money. Moving the sewage works less than a mile onto Greenbelt land, to allow for housing and office development on the current sewage works site at Cowley Road is difficult to justify. Anglian Water has stated that there is no operational need to move or upgrade the sewage works for another 30 years, having upgraded it in 2015.


Moving the sewage works would cause four years of traffic disruption, to build a site larger than Wembley (and flood lit ) from the ground up. Despite landscaping, the site would be highly visible with tall digester towers and would not be in keeping with our historic rural landscape.

It’s not too late to donate..

A hearing of the planning inspectorate is due to take place in quarter one of 2023. If you would like to support the group’s effort, you can donate on our Justgiving page.

Our Fundraising page has other ways you can donate.