Month: January 2018

CASH Award Available in Place of BMW X5 Mini-Draw Prize

LATEST NEWS: BMW X5 Mini-Competition

January 30th: Take the car or take the cash. What will you choose?

Pay £62.50 to enter the BMW X5 car competition (see Payments page) as one of just 1,000 tickets, and you can choose to take £18,000 in place of the car upon winning, if desired. Originally, you could only enter if wanting the vehicle.

This cash alternative now applies no matter where you live. Previously, the offer was extended only to those outside the U.K. Now, it’s open to everyone. 

So, with truly incredible odds (just 1: 160 currently but I hope this will end up as 1: 1000!) and a beautiful SUV or a generous cash offer on the table, what have you to lose?

Which other car competition will deliver such great odds, a public draw and a cash alternative? Although there are some great car events around, they never seem to state how many entries they are taking. Here, even if I do sell all 1,000 tickets, it’s still phenomenal odds.

BMW – Cash Alternative Draw : 

Ticket sales stop on 15th April latest.
Competition draw is on April 22nd, latest, at a public event.

There will be no extension of this BMW X5 draw date. In the interests of transparency and customer satisfaction, it goes ahead no matter what! The odds here could be very much in entrants’ favour. Eeek! 

I’d better get my skates on and sell more tickets!

Meanwhile, a big thank you for all your support. I feel tremendously lucky to have a massive group of supportive entrants.



Competition Update – Sales and Progress

The house competition to give away Swythamley Chapel closes when 125,000 tickets have been sold, or when we reach the closing date for entries, which is presently still April 1st.

There is presently no intention to extend as it only leads to entrant disappointment. 

The sole situation in which I’d extend, is if the sales at the time were just a little short of the target and showed *without doubt* that within the 90-day extension, we’d make up the shortfall. So, at present, I’m happy with where we are and hope we’ll achieve the target–despite some early obstacles along the way!

This has been (and still is!) one crazy rollercoaster ride with sales up one minute, down the next, then up again! 

So, you want to know what happens if we don’t reach the target? 

Well, one thing’s guaranteed, and that’s the fact that if I don’t give away the house due to a shortfall (that would mean the mortgage couldn’t get paid off), the cash pot the winner would then receive instead, will also be quite tempting anyway.

If we didn’t end up having sufficient to pay off the mortgage and give the house away, then by default that means the odds are massively improved for entrants. The sole reason we’d have a shortfall is if we don’t get enough ticket sales… makes sense, yes?

So, the worst case scenario would be that you’d have a much better chance than ever of winning a chunk of cash as the entrant numbers would be lower than intended.

But it’ll be your call–at that point–whether you stay in or extract your funds and entries. At the moment, things look okay for getting to a giveaway, although sales fluctuate markedly.

I’d advise you to sit tight and see where we’re at in April, as always was the plan!

If I do report insufficient funds to give away the house in April, you can then decide to stay in or extract your entry funds and come out of the cash draw….or whether to sit tight and see if your number comes up for the cash  award.

**I do still think we’ll make it to a house giveaway, so don’t assume we won’t get there–but as things fluctuate a lot, I’d need to take a view in April!**


I will always seek to preserve a risk-free status for entrants, and refunds have always been on a no-questions basis in order to facilitate that risk-free status for you all. Almost all refunds so far were given for hardship reasons and offering them has never been a problem; I encourage them, as I want all entrants to feel secure. 

But I’d say it’s still looking good for a house giveaway–and blimey, I really want it!!

Entrants have, all the way along, been amazingly supportive. I hope my honesty here only helps, not hinders, sales… as we still have a great opportunity to get there!


The big questions for entrants are always, how many tickets have I sold (not the faintest as there are so many calculation variables–the automated database has to be stopped to get a real count, as it needs cleaning and de-duplicating etc) but I do have a firm steer on how far from the goal we are, as I know the sum in the bank and can work off that. 

In case you wondered, working out numbers of tickets sold is not as simple as many believe! Running a complex database is very…complex, as I said!

It’s definitely not as simple as calculating backwards, i.e. it isn’t a case of dividing the sales total by £6 to get “number of tickets sold.” 

It’s not a problem, though. After the database closes I will clean it and then I’ll know exactly how many tickets sold.


So let’s work, in the interim, off the banked sum, as that’s more than sufficient to tell me whether I can give away the house. Remember, although I’d like to get to 125,000 ticket sales, as long as I can pay off the mortgage, I’m pretty happy.

The sum taken and banked amounts to around £175,000. That’s still an encouraging sum given that there are almost 3 months still left to run, and the sales can pick up markedly by making the smallest of changes. Of course, this sum would have been so much higher if Barclays hadn’t presented an early, significant, banking problem..more on that, below.

Introducing the credit card and debit card facility on January 16th has lifted sales quite a bit in the last few days so, who knows whether we’ll make up the Barclays-induced shortfall!


The sum LOST (that was never processed but should have come into the competition in September last year) thanks to a very early but impactful Barclays Bank error–which really was an error and unintentional on their part–was just over £300,000. 

So in all, we “should have had” at least £475k through the bank by now. But we haven’t. Grr. 

Let me stress, those sums simply stayed within the entrants’ own bank accounts. So it’s not that they came in and then got somehow lost or refunded… I only wish they’d been processed in the first place, which is what the entrants wanted.

These funds were simply never processed by the bank due to the speed with which they arrived and some very wrong internal beliefs at Barclays, which made even Barclays employees believe Barclays Pingit was a good way for me to take funds, in the early days of the house competition. 

I’d been recommended to use Pingit, when it was never going to be able to process fast funds or large amounts. Even now, Barclays don’t understand when it shuts down and why, and what its software capabilities are. 

The surprising part of that was that Barclays seniors, even within Pingit, didn’t realise their system was set up to cut off at some paltry low sum–something like, £600 a month! Great…!


So there we are–we’re at £175k or thereabouts, less costs, but we still have a chance to hit the sum needed by April as sales continue to go up and down like I don’t know what. 

By the way, Barclays Bank is a great ally now–the early issues are resolved and I now only take bank transfers and cheques, no more Barclays Pingit (or Barclays ping-off as it turned out to be!). There’s never been a problem with transfers and cheques.

If the required sum doesn’t come in between now and then, the accumulated cash (after direct costs of promotion) will be transferred to the winner, with nothing held back. 

The sole circumstance in which the house won’t be given, is if the cash accumulated from sales doesn’t suffice to pay off the mortgage. 

In that case, it becomes impossible (unlawful!) to give away the house itself as it would have a lender’s loan against it–so that’s not a promoter’s choice, if this happens!


Unlikely. And hopefully, we’ll get there anyway, with the help of the new credit and debit card processing that’s lifted sales somewhat. Things are going great just now.

Extending a competition like this isn’t generally a good strategy and most entrants hate the idea too. 

If there have been insufficient funds banked, that indicates a marked loss of sales momentum, so, just dragging it out could increase the cash coming in marginally, but it’s still unlikely to be sufficient unless the shortfall’s only very small at that point. 

Extending competitions can soon become the Carillion of giveaways–and I don’t want that! 

I’m never sure why promoters often extend their draw dates as it seems to just prolong people’s agony–the promoter’s included–and seems a bit delusional, if not even misleading.

The main aim in my case is to ensure the minimum requirement of being able to fund the mortgage pay-off. 

Should it prove impossible to achieve the sum needed to do that, all entrants would have a choice of a refund OR to be entered in the draw to win the cash, and an email would be sent to everyone on the database, with options. But it’s way too premature to say the house won’t be given… it’s a waiting game.

Sales still come in very well, notwithstanding the peaks and troughs, so we’ll see if we hit the mark…! The £155 bundle is a good seller, and the BMW event has helped house ticket sales too.



The BMW X5 vehicle WILL be awarded in April latest, no matter what. There are no barriers at all to giving away the BMW on time.

It’s raring to go to a new owner. Ideally, we’ll hit the target of £62,000 on that sub-promo sooner, and the mini-draw can happen as soon as that sum is reached. I really want this to succeed as it helps 9-year-old Liam with his sports ambitions, and gets him back on his feet, as detailed in the BMW part of the website.

If we don’t reach the target sum for the BMW, it still gets awarded in April, however.

Check out the Payments page to see the day’s best offers.

BMW X5 – Draw Date Clarification


3.0 litre, 302 bhp, Automatic, Diesel, Space Grey, 77,800 miles

Announced on January 18th: the draw for this car will be on April 15th, LATEST. But if 1000 tickets sell sooner, it happens as soon as they have sold.

There will be no extension of dates on this draw. If 1000 tickets don’t sell–well, the draw goes ahead by April 15th, no matter what. Some lucky person is going to be very happy with this vehicle; it’s an absolute dream.

Not only that, but £5000 of the proceeds (assuming we hit the target) will be given to deserving causes to be named on weekend (20th/21st January 2018).

To buy a ticket by bank transfer, send £62.50 to 

Barclays 20-53-77
Account 33944158 (see Payments page for international BIC code)
Miss CA jenkinson


Drop a line to Annie at, to ask for a credit or debit card payment link. State how many tickets you’d like. A link will be sent the same day.


£25k needs to refund the cash pot for the car purchase, insurance, cash giveaway and extended waranty.
£5000 of the proceeds (assuming we hit the target) will be given to deserving causes to be named on weekend (20th/21st January 2018).

In fact, out of nominations by BMW X5 entrants, I have spotted a very deserving cause I hope everyone will support. As soon as I read it, I just knew… but I need to talk to the family concerned, this weekend, so stand by for details.

The remainder of proceeds will go back into the house ticket sales cash pot as this has been a sub-promo of Your Country Church competition.


Following the car giveaways, a charitable foundation is being established to bring ‘Motors’ and ‘sport’ together — by giving away motors, and entering vehicle-based events and competitions, we will all be ‘good sports’ and help young people and elderly people get what they need–people who would otherwise slip through the net of aid.
This isn’t just talk–I have been negotiating with race teams, bodyshops, car manufacturers and dealers, racing drivers…you name it. The charity is in development and its launch should dovetail with the house giveaway–hopefully also in April! (Again, no extension of dates is planned).

NAMED! A Final Giveaway Date for Audi TT 2003

As I have purchased a BMW X5 for everyone to ogle and buy a ticket for, it may be confusing also running a FREE giveaway of my old 2003 Audi TT. Or, even if it’s not confusing, I want to see YOU drive it away soon.

It’s been online a while, aiming to accrue 3,000 ticket giveaways as a side-promotion of Your Country Church competition.

However, today–11th January–I’ve still only given away 1163 tickets to win the Audi TT.

To be eligible for the Audi TT giveaway, you had to have (free or paid) a single ticket or more in Your Country Church competition.

You need to be on the Entrant Database for the house competition. However–please do not put in a new entry form for the house event if you have done one already (unless you’re buying new tickets, for the house event). All I need to know is that you confirm you’re already a house competition entrant when you send in your TT form.

Then complete an Audi TT Entry Form and send it in to the database.

Here’s that Audi TT Entry Form again.

The problem in getting to 3,000 tickets given away has been awareness; when people know about it, and if they already are a ticketholder in the main house competition, the forms come in fast.


ONLY 3,000 tickets are available on this free giveaway.

I’ll do a running count-up of how many have been given away… if 3000 tickets go before 16th February when the ticket giveaway is due to cease, (ready for the draw on 18th), then the draw will happen early. So, ensure you qualify and nab a ticket, fast.

I’ll update the count-up as often as I can around work, many times a day.


1281 (slowed down again!)


With a lot of things happening on my website, entrants couldn’t really ‘see’ the Audi TT giveaway so, it accrued entry forms whenever I highlighted it on Facebook. And these days, there are so many other things to talk about there.

So, Audi TT entrants, here’s what will happen. I’ve made an executive decision!

As I want to get this car given away to show it’s been a real event, I am naming SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH as the date on which I will run a random-selection mini-draw and to appoint a winner of this lovely old TT…which runs like a dream and looks stunning.

Of course, should this new announcement draw in many new entries, it will close sooner if the magic 3,000 tickets are given away in the interim but, failing that, it will close and a winner get selected on February 18th, making room for less confusion around which car is what!

The Audi TT draw on 18th February will be conducted by: 

1. Checking all Audi TT entrants on the TT-specific database have fully completed their entry form and are eligible. It’s very unlikely anyone is not eligible, as long as a form came. Periodically, however, the form attracts a joker who puts daft things in, but by and large, entry forms are genuine entrants who are grateful for the opportunity. Thanks for that! : ) 

2. If someone wants to instruct me on how to do it, I can conduct a live Facebook draw… this seems to be what people like best? Never done one before but I am game to try, If you can be my live Facebook coach, drop a line at

3. On the day, I will input the start number and the end number into a random number generator app on my phone. I’ll let the number generator pick a number between 1 and however many tickets have been given away. The chosen number is the winner.

4. If overseas and unable to collect the car, the winner will receive £1,500 (1685 euros at today’s rates).

Otherwise, anyone on the mainland (England, Scotland, Wales) will have to pick up the car from Swythamley Chapel, Swythamley, SK11 0SN. There won’t be any rush, though; there’s plenty of space here but let’s not allow the car to sit around un-driven as it’s bad for cars! (And bad for me…I want the winner to really want it).

At the time of winning, you may also ask for £1,500 instead–but if you’re on the mainland, it’s discretionary — which means, my choice! — whether I agree or ask you to still take the car.

5. If collecting the car, I’d like you to let me take photos on the day, or even a video of the giveaway. However, I cannot force you to do this and some people are simply camera-shy…so, your call.


I will make a database of entrants available, with their allocated TT entry numbers. This means the actual entry-taking will have to close on February 15th, 2018, so there’s time for the TT database to be cleaned and anonymised for upload to Dropbox, where every entrant may look to see their ticket number.

Eeeeh! Exciting! This means you’ll have had the chance to see your TT entry number before the draw goes live.

The entrant database you can then all see, will only show your name, town and country.

If you want a ticket in the TT event:

Do you have at least one ticket in the Your Country Church Competition (to win Swythamley Chapel)?

If not, buy one today online or, *post in, via the postal system* a free house competition entry form. If you head on over to this website’s Payments Page, that tells you the tickets available and how to pay. 

Complete a TT entry form using the link earlier in this post. If today’s the first time you’re entering the house competition, then also buy a house ticket–or however many you want–and complete a house entry form too… it’s in this website’s Enter Competition section. Otherwise, if you hold a house ticket from earlier, just send a car entry form and you’re done.

Each entrant in the TT competition may enter ONLY ONCE.

Happy entry form filling!

Some features of the Audi TT car:

**It has been nicknamed “The Tart’s Boudoir” by a consultancy client (yes, we still speak…). Who else can say that?! So it’s a real EXCLUSIVE!**

Silver body, excellent condition

109k miles (but drives like it’s new… probably better! I like the drive of this car even better than the drive in the BMW X5. The throaty engine, the power, and the road-holding are sensational).

Lizard motifs either side as shown – nothing tacky!

Low profile tyres – nice big wheels!

Back powder-coated, refurbished alloys

2.0 litre with 5v turbo. Punchy. Plenty of power. 180 bhp!

Quattro model – 4 wheel drive (makes an enormous difference; this car has at times been the only one truly mobile in the ice locally when others., even the 4×4 SUVs, were sliding all over the place.)

Manual drivetrain (smooth)

Six-speed gearbox

Red leather interior, excellent condition

Heated seats; the best I have ever had. You could cook your dinner on the max setting, and it’s very sensitive and fast to heat up or respond to changes.

PARROT device on steering wheel; this is for hands-free phone use but I have never tested and used it, so can’t vouch for it. But it’s there and probably works great as the lady who owned prior to me used it for work daily.

Clean under bonnet

Pristine boot, and pretty big too!

No breakdowns since I had it – that’s two years now

First-time starter, even after standing unused

Serviced December 2017 – full service history

MOT’d December 2017 – no advisories

LOTS of power – drives like a dream, makes light work of steep hills, snow and ice.

Remote central locking.

Remote boot release.

Red enamelled gear knob (some red has come away, but hey, it’s 2003 model!)

Brand new front windscreen–stone chip has been eradicated! : )

2 new tyres in December 2017–the others not much wear yet either. 

Spare tyre in boot.

No creaks, groans, irritating noises of any description! Nice, firm, solid, drive. Can’t imagine better from a new TT, really.

**I’m going to take interior shots shortly…not sure where the inside shots have disappeared to.**

FOIBLES: The radio/CD needs re-coding. Presently, it’s in safety mode as the service garage reset it. Dammit!
The centre LED display has missing pixels, where you’d read the external temperature and the fuel level. However, the manual fuel gauge, not the LED, is the one I work off. These LED panels are among the first things to go on a 2003 TT but, in its favour, the car’s engine coolant gauge–something that many old TTs also develop faults with–is accurate. Its needle moves slowly to the centre point (90 degrees) and stays there…so it’s spot on. Many tend to fluctuate when the cars develop fan problems.


Have you seen the BMW X5 event also on this site?

You do have to pay for a ticket for that one as I bought it in… but, here it is!

Only 1000 maximum ticket sales on that car, so 1: 1000 to win. See it here!