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Upcoming Events

An Evening with Good Gnus

Friday 16th May 2014 at 7.30 pm in the Claggett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury

The Good Gnus

We are delighted to announce a concert by Good Gnus in aid of St Nicholas Festival.  Jon Williams and Chris Price accompanied by Dr David Flood will delight us all with humorous songs by Flanders & Swann, Noel Coward, Richard Stilgoe, Peter Skellern and Tom Lehrer and you will have the opportunity of roaring the chorus of The Hippopotamus Song.

Tickets for the event cost £20 each including a glass of wine in the interval.  They are on sale from the Gallery in the Cathedral Shop, 25 Burgate, Canterbury, or you may reserve your seats by emailing


St Nicholas City Parade

Saturday 6th December 2014, 12.00 noon

More information later in the year. For now see below for details of last year’s wonderful parade and other events.


Previous Events

A Christmas Extravaganza

November 2013

Becoming inventive with new fundraising initiatives now seems second nature to the St Nicholas Festival Committee, and this event certainly reflected and continued that trend. Edward Asquith, an experienced and skillful senior member, and a Kent Area demonstrator, of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) put together an inspiring variety of yuletide flora and fauna  arrangements suitable for both home and hearth.

Edward can lay claim to have created flower displays at two Archbishop Enthronements at Canterbury Cathedral and also boasts (with due modesty) of a Silver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show so this was no amateur event! The village hall at Lower Hardres (where rumour has it that Canterbury sleeps with its money!) is a most convenient and modern location and sufficiently spacious to make and ideal venue.   To a packed village hall of enthusiastic flower arrangers,  and some less gifted,  but aspiring, hopefuls,  it was  a most enjoyable and impressive demonstration of  skill and dexterity.

First a Christmas Ring (perhaps a better description than ‘Wreath’?)  to enhance the grandest of front doors, or to uplift more modest ones. Then a Christmas Coat Hanger Swag (don’t ask!), followed by a Textured Centre Table arrangement, splendid enough to grace any turkey led feast. Edward then followed with three other arrangements from a towering Christmas Obelisk; to a decorative Wall Mounted Star; and finally a simple (what an inadequate word) Wall Design. Whilst every eye was on Edward and every memory sinew strained to remember the ‘tricks of the trade’, most were equally relieved to receive a most comprehensive crib sheet to take a way with them. Oh, if only we could have taken away Edward’s skill as well! All of these superlative examples of expertise were then raffled off to ensure more funds for our two charities being supported in 2013 Westbere Sailing Opportunities and Kentish Retts Angels.  Please check elsewhere in our web site to find out more about these two most deserving charities. But to ensure that the pockets and purses were well opened and responsive to the raffle demands,   after Edwards Feast of Flowers, all present then enjoyed a sumptuous Ploughman’s Lunch, prepared by our active and talented Committee.

If this Christmas you are invited to an East Kent home boasting a ‘Ring’. or a ‘Swag’, or an ‘Obelisk’, a ‘ Star’ or a ‘Wall Decoration’, then raise a glass (or better still make a donation ) to the St Nicholas  Festival.   After all, with the generous help of Edward Asquith, it was our idea first!


St Nicholas City Parade

December 2013 

From Westgate Towers the annual fun community Parade led by Big Bash and participating local school children and musicians welcomed St Nicholas to Canterbury’s streets. There were brass fanfares at the start and finish and also from the balcony at BHS. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover walked with the Procession. St. Nicholas was greeted by Cathedral and City dignitaries at the Cathedral Gate followed by a short service, refreshments, and then there were gifts from the Cathedral Shop. Everyone joined in and enjoyed the Fanfares during the Procession!


St Nicholas Festival Gala Dinner

December 2013

Dinner in the Clagett Auditorium

Black Tie or Lounge Suit

The evening began with a welcome drink, an opportunity to view the auction lots and a chance to enter the Champagne Raffle. Then we moved into the Auditorium for a three course dinner, with wine, prepared by the lodge’s award winning chefs using Kentish ingredients.

This year the entertainment was provided by the Dean, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, his “The duties of a Dean” to a Gilbert & Sullivan tune was brilliant.  Auction lots included a holiday cottage in Yorkshire, Tea in the member’s Dining Room at Wimbledon, a tailor made guided tour of the Cathedral by Professor John Butler, author and Cathedral Guide, original artworks and specialty food. This was wittily conducted by Nick Papadopulus, canon treasurer and altogether the evening raised over £2,000 in support of our 2013 charities, Kentish Retts Angels & Westbere Sailing Opportunities.