23rd August is the day when the slave trade and it’s abolition is remembered.  The act for the abolition of the slave trade was only passed by the British Parliament on 25th March 1807 and that only abolished the slave trade, not slavery itself.
The Abolition of Slavery act wasn’t passed until 1833 and applied to the whole British Empire, and even then there were a few exceptions.  Yet slavery still exists, even in this country.  A lot of the food we eat and the clothes we wear are produced by slave labour, including child slavery.  Children and women are trafficked for the sex trade and domestic service.
On Saturday 23rd August St Clare’s Church will show the film “12 YEARS A SLAVE” the 2013 film which tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington DC in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana.
Coffee & tea at 1pm (Inc in the £2) film at 1-15pm.    There will also be a display about slavery in the church entrance from Monday 18th August