Antiques Roadshow expert John Bly at fundraising valuation evening

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Find out if you have a priceless treasure in your home at a valuation event next week.

The BBC’s Antiques Road Show expert John Bly is visiting Berkhamsted next week to host a special valuation evening at award-winning furniture and upcycling showroom Returned to Glory.

The resident furniture expert, from Tring, will be back at the Northbridge Road emporium on Wednesday, October 14, casting his trained eye over anything punters bring him from small furniture items, silver, metal ware, bronze and glassware to porcelain, ceramics, enamels, ivory and toys.

At last year’s inaugural event, an 1830’s tea caddy bought 30 years ago for £120 was valued at £1,250-£1,500, while a pair of late 19th century enamel opera glasses were estimated at £80-£90.

Francesca Alden, manager of the store which is owned by The Hospice of St Francis, said: “If you’ve ever wondered if you’re sitting on any valuable treasures at home, maybe hidden away in the loft or tucked away at the back of a cupboard, now’s the time to dig them out.

“It’s open to all and people are invited to bring a maximum of two items per person, each to be valued by John on the night in return for a £5 donation to the hospice for each one.”

Since opening in 2012, Returned to Glory has firmly established itself as a community hub, offering design events, workshops and pop-up shops, promoting recycling and upcycling of furniture and boosting the profile and income of The Hospice of St Francis. The hospice provides free care for people across Herts and Bucks living with life-limiting illnesses as well as support for their families and carers.

In June the showroom scooped the prestigious Specialist Shop of the Year award at the national Charity Retail Association Awards, beating off stiff competition from a total of 380 charities across the UK invited to take part.

Last year it won Berkhamsted and District Chamber of Commerce’s Berkhamsted Business of the Year Award, in recognition of its contribution to the local community.

Refreshments, including wine, will be served at the event, which will run from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at Returned to Glory, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 1EH. Visit Facebook/ReturnedtoGlory to find out more or visit

Call 01442 874356.