We are on Facebook now.
Regularly Live Facebook - Find out about Orchardton on our Facebook page. All questions welcome.
30th April 2018
Thank you to everyone who supports the competition and want to help families, like those that Rainbow Children's Trust helps and of course, the animals that need our help, both here and abroad.
The more you share the competition, the more people enter and the closer the target gets.
Weeks ago, I was made aware by my husband, with whom I have been separated for nearly 18 months, is suffering from Cancer and wanted to return here to his family. We are hoping that the healing climate will help him recover the health he has lost since he left. He has now had a successful operation and is recovering. Thank you for all the good wishes.
We came late to Facebook but now I see it as a way to keep people informed of what is going on. Plus you can see a breakdown of how the prize money will be split.
With something like this - it would be possible to reach the top target of 550,000 in one day if we had the right publicity and it went viral. We are striving to get more publicity now both in the UK and abroad.
I am now uploading regular videos and will be hosting more live events over the coming weeks plus we have our mini competitions which we hope people will be interested in.
If you run a company and want to support the competition please feel free to get in touch. We would love to add some caring company logos to our site.
11th March 2018
Happy mother's day to everyone out there. A problem with iphone has come to light with some problems on taking the form. Please just text us with the answer and your name and method of payment, we will already have your number form the text and this will be a much easier method of entering if on a mobile phone, than filling in a form.
2 new mini competitions have gone up today. We are quite good at sending confirmations and answering messages and questions so if you don't hear from us within 48 hours - Please either text me or send it to my email firstname.lastname@example.org (professional name for novels) Never let a 5 year old choose your name.
A lot of people ask how many tickets have been sold. That information will be available soon, although i am warned not to give it. It seems that if we have few entries - people will not enter and if we have lots, they will not enter!
However, I think it is more fun to know and to get numbers in advance - so I am looking at that as well.
I am finally managing to get to see my mother tomorrow and will be back Wednesday so I won't personally be around till then.
People ask me if i write responses to emails myself as it says 'winacastle team' quite often. When I write an answer - I do sign it Susan. If it says winacastle team, it was probably answered by a helper, of which I am very grateful to them for their help.
The limited edition sculpture is very large, Ill get a measurement put on. it is not for sale now as it is part of the prize for this competition and was last valued at between £6000 and £8,000.
Don't forget to check out https://homecompetitions.co.uk really helpful site with most, if not all of the property competitions on it.
21st February 2018
Email problems persist so look out for text confirmations. We like to make sure that people hear from us.
Feedback is always welcome. A lot of people visit the site but don't buy an entry, we would love to know why. If everyone who visited bought an entry, the competition would reach the targets easily.
I am non political but I do put things on my Twitter for animals and children in need or in danger.
The Facebook page sticks with the competition but maybe my twitter is not for the feint of heart.
14th February 2018
Happy Valentine's day to everyone. I hope you are all with someone you care about and that life is good.
We have been experiencing some issues with our email which could have affected the last couple of weeks, so if you did not get a confirmation from us after checking your spam box, you should get one soon. We may also be doing some confirmations by text. This has only just come to light so apologies to anyone wondering why they haven't heard. We most certainly sent an email, but it went into the cosmos and was then destroyed as spam. Thankfully this has now been rectified.
We have a new promotion on for 5 entries, which gives you the chance to win 50. Everyone who buys 5 entries in the next ten days will automatically be entered into the mini competition. Don't forget to fill in the form and answer the questions. Thank you for visiting the site and for chatting with me on Facebook or Twitter. All best Susan.
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Limited Edition Murano Glass Sculpture
by Dino Rosin
MINI COMPETITION WINNERS
As we get more winners form mini competitions - we will post them in the blog.
Winner of £200 mini competitions : Malley (33) Buchanan (21)
They won £200 each. Mossburn Farm and RDA Nithsdale will receive £50.
Winner of 50 entries competition:
Peter Strange. (UK)
Peter won 50 entries by buying 5 in our 10 days mini competition
Winner of Yulin mini competition: Hannah Staniforth. (UK)
Hannah receives 4 x her entries - giving her an extra 20 free entries.
Winner of Rainbow Children's Trust : Andrew Taylor. (UK)
Andrew has chosen to accept 40 entries into the competition. Rainbow received £205.
Winner of Weekend at Orchardton: Carla Zazulak. (NZ)
Carla chose 70 free entries into the competition.
Don't forget all mini entries also go into the main Orchardton competition to win the castle. Provided the main question is correct.
2nd February 2018
A lot of people have suggested so many great charities in their emails, we have decided to increase the amount of money that will be donated. The first 5 people that will be drawn from the winning entry forms in May receive £10,000. Plus the second prize will be the beautiful limited Edition Murano Glass Sculpture by Dino Rosin, which I bought in Venice many years before coming to Orchardton.
1st Prize: Orchardton Castle, Freehold and £10,000 donated to a charity of your choice.
2nd Prize: Limited Edition Murano Glass Sculpture by Dino Rosin plus £10,000
Other Prizes: 3 runner up prizes of £10,000
28th January 2018
This week we are running an extra 2 entries if you buy a TRIPLE package on Eventbrite .
We should be adding the new credit card company soon. We will still be taking entries via bank transfer as well.
We are adding runner up prizes over the next week or so, just finalising what they will be.
Please tell people about the competition. If everyone waited until the last moment to buy entires, as people do, (I know I do sometimes) and 200,000 people tried to buy tickets in one night - the servers may not handle it and it wold be a nightmare to handle here. So please, if you see it - go in for it now. It doesn't mater if you then forget you have entered as we will contact you directly - if you win - so you can't miss out and you just might win a wonderful place to live!
21st January 2018.
This week we are offering promoted entries on Eventbrite - no fee on single entries and bonus ones on more.
Our new song should be online soon, it is just in the editing phase. We will then say goodbye to the 'Happy Christmas' song. I enjoyed writing and recording it and thank you for listening!
Our next song will be a wrap, no not that sort of wrap, a rap featuring Orchardton.
I am also looking to add more prizes as we know there can only be one big winner but wouldn't it be nice to win something even if you don'get the main prize?
News on the extra prizes in a few days.
I have also decided to add a donation to a winners favourite charity as well. Not just for the main prize but for new ones that we are adding. People have particular charities that they support for their own reasons, some of them very personal. I want people to be able to not just win for themselves but to make a difference for something they believe in. So many charities and good causes were put forward, hopefully, this way, we can include a lot more.
21st January 2018.
Audio Message: A warm welcome to the competition by Susan Devere and news about our first mini competition winner.
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