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  • n. Plural form of tombola.


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  • And thanks to Helen Adams, the paper's society editor at the time, Leslie frequently attended the weekly fashion luncheons - known as tombolas - at the Everglades Club.

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  • One of her "Kronies", Carole Potts, who works alongside her at Copeland Homes, has tirelessly raised loads of money for breast cancer care through other fundraising events such as tombolas, selling cakes and holding raffles.

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  • When the synod was questioned what physical attributes should bar people from wearing daft hats and organising tombolas, Dr Williams stammered for several minutes, flushed visibly, muttered something about “boobies” before deciding to allow women into their club.

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  • These public tombolas are like too many thimble-rig tables, ostensibly started for charitable objects, and it is popularly whispered that the Roman nobility and heads of the Church purchase vast numbers of these tickets, and never fill them up; but then again, they are not large enough for shaving, and are too small for curl-papers; besides, six hundred and fifty _scudi_!

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 6, June, 1862 Devoted To Literature and National Policy

  • There is this excitement about the tombolas in the Piazza Navona, that occasionally a panic seizes the crowd, and in the rush of people to escape from the square, some have their pockets picked, and some are trampled down, never to rise again.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 6, June, 1862 Devoted To Literature and National Policy

  • 'Never,' says the writer of an excellent article based upon M. Planchut's contribution to the _Revue des Deux M.ndes_, 'has the French Government more freely sanctioned lotteries, tombolas, and the opening of tripots disguised as artistic and literary clubs than at present; never has it so completely resigned its control over betting, whether in gambling-houses or the racecourse.'

    Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo Comprising a Tour Through North and South Italy and Sicily with a Short Account of Malta

  • There will be refreshments, games for all ages including an inflatable assault course, penalty shoot out, bottle tombolas and lucky dip, entertainment provided by Cold Ash Brass band and demonstrations of judo and country dancing from the pupils.

    Newbury News Today | News

  • Donations of cat food, as well as items for tombolas and fund-raising stalls, are also welcomed.

    Peterborough Today - News Feed

  • Supporters have also raised money for the cause through tombolas, raffles and a sponsored head shave.

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  • Village fete tombolas could be freed from onerous gambling law red tape - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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