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21 June 2014

Attend the Amnesty book sale in Blackheath

Quite remarkably, a church book sale on the western slopes of Blackheath is Amnesty International’s most successful fundraising event in the UK, having raised more than £270,000 over 40 years to end the abuse of human rights. Today, their annual book sale takes place at the Church of the Ascension in Dartmouth Row from 9am - 5pm, with thousands of carefully-sorted and generously donated books for sale at very reasonable prices.

We are told that the event often proves so popular that there are queues outside before opening, and as this year marks the 40th Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty International annual book sale, it is sure to be as popular as ever. It's worth visiting just to see the church, first established as a chapel in 1697 by a relation of George Washington, the first president of the United States, rebuilt in 1750 and extended in 1838, before finally being declared a parish church on Ascension Day in 1883.

For more, see http://amnestybg.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/press-release-40-years-of-quality-books-at-knock-down-prices-amnestybooksale/

^Picture © Matt Jones used under a Creative Commons license^

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