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Church Gearing Up for Book Sale

Wednesday April 13

The annual Christian Aid sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, Edinburgh will take place this year from Saturday May 14.

The sales, which have been running since 1974, have raised over £1 million for Christian Aid in the past decade. 2015 was the most successful year yet, resulting in a donation of £120,000.

This year, the organisers’ wish for something to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare was granted with the gift of a 1793 set of his works. Other notable items are a copy of Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress in Gaelic and a little booklet from 1897 entitled Short Spins Round Edinburgh, and a boxed, signed, limited edition copy of Making Money by Terry Pratchett.

There was also a gift of antiquarian books from the family of the late Donald Gorrie MP, who was an elder at St Andrew’s and St George’s West, including Alexander Campbell’s A Journey from Edinburgh Through Parts of North Britain from 1811.

This year’s patron is Dr John Kitchen, Edinburgh City Organist.

The sale - which as well as books includes paintings, antiques, sheet music, records and CDs, toys, stamps and postcards runs from Saturday May 14 to Friday May 20, except Sunday. Opening hours are 10am-3.30pm (4pm on Saturday, 7pm on Thursday).

Donations can be taken to the George Street church from Monday May 2 – Wednesday May 11, 9am-9pm, except Sunday and closing at 5pm on Saturday. There are more details on the church website, www.stagw.org.uk or call 0131 225 3847



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