involved in raising money for the centre. They used to phone up and ask what they could do and I was running out ofideas until my secretary said that did I know there were 44 jumble sales planned for 6 September. It started from there.’ The target number ofsales is 200 of which over 125 are already booked and Maxwell is confident the double century will be reached. Although most ofthe sales are taking place at home, there will also be some in Australia, India, Austria, Germany, Canada, Zimbabwe and America, all starting at 2pm local time and Maxwell claims that ‘for 24 hours the sun will not set on our jumble.‘ There are some exotic locations for the sales: one is taking place on top of Ben Nevis and another on a ferry in San Francisco. Maxwell is also hard at work planning an underwater sale, but ‘It don‘t know where that will be yet.‘

The primary aim of the sales is not to raise money directly. but rather to

; gain publicity. ‘We‘ve had thousands

of pounds worth of free publicity so far,’ Maxwell explains, ‘ifI phone up a local radio station and ask to be interviewed about the Iona Community they’ll tell me to go and boil my head, but ifI ask to talk about the biggest jumble sale in the world they are more interested. I don’t expect to make much from the jumble sales themselves, but hopefully they’ll make people sympathetic enough to send money in which they have started to do already.’ The organisation ofthe sale has involved making hundreds of phone calls and writing about 4000 letters as well as preparing packs of stickers, balloons etc, so it is hardly surprising that when asked what sale he is attending Maxwell replies, ‘None. I’ll be asleep.‘

The following venues are amongst those taking part in The Biggest Jumble Sale in the World more are being added all the time so it is not comprehensive. Unless stated otherwise they all begin at 2pm amd are free.


The Auld Kirk Muirhouse Parkway. Muirhouse Church Pennywell Meadway.

St Bemard’s Stockbridge.

Boswell Parkway Scout Hall.

St George's West Shandwick Place. South Lelth Church Hails.

Holy Comer Church Centre Morningside.

30/1 West Pilion Gardens.

St Aiden's Duddingstone Park South. The North Klrlt Hall Penicuik.

Queen Street Parish Church South Queensferry.

St John's Oxgangs.


Ciarirston Church Airdrie.

St Clare's RC 18 Drumlanrig Avenue. Hillhead Baptist Church Cresswell Street. (£1.50 admission includes glass of wine).

SiJohn's Episcopal Church Greenock. Roystoe Youth Group 15 Glenbar Street, Roystonhill.

Pollokshlelds Primary School.


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