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St Nicholas City Parade
Saturday 6th December 2014, 12.00 noon from the Westgate Hall
Join in our annual City Parade from Westgate Hall through our iconic city and enjoy the magical atmosphere; music, costumes and fun for all. More information to follow soon. For now see below for details and a video of last year’s wonderful parade and view pictures of the festivities here.
St Nicholas Gala Dinner
Saturday 6th December 2014, 7:00pm in the Claggett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
This popular gala evening begins with an opportunity to chat to all the guests and enjoy a welcome drink. Whilst supping this you can buy tickets for the raffle and view the lots that will be auctioned after the dinner by our guest auctioneer Canon Nick Papadopulos, returning by popular request! At 7.30 pm we move into the superb Claggett Auditorium where we will be entertained by the famous new Cathedral Girls’ Choir before enjoying a three course dinner with specially chosen wines. The menu choices are:
- Chicken liver pate or gravlax or courgette tower
- Trout or guinea fowl or spinach tortellini
- Chocolate mousse or apple tart or cheese and biscuits
Tickets for this evening cost £47.00 and this includes the meal and all drinks. As numbers are limited you are advised to apply early. They will be distributed on a strictly first come, first served basis. You can book by printing out an invitation form here which includes further details of all the menu options or reserve places by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean’s Deanery Discs
“Those of us who attended ‘The Dean’s Deanery Discs’ in the Cathedral Lodge were treated to a most memorable evening of entertainment. The Dean, Robert Willis, admitted to indulging himself in his choice of music and each piece was discussed with elegant wit by him and Jan Leeming. As the Dean headed off to his island with Poems of the Day, an anthology with excellent footnotes, we were left bathed in Mendelssohn on the ‘cello, Debussy on the piano, the Missa Luba on Congo drums, and Michael Flanders catching the s-l-o-w train to Morton-in-the-Marsh.
What a range, what a feast, what impeccable visual and audible reproduction complete with Elgar’s dog swimming in Hereford and culminating in Strauss’ ‘Morgen’. The prediction that our evening would be dominated by opera was not born out but we did hear Donizetti. Our Dean turned out also to be a film buff as he followed Karen Blixen to her African highland farm and reached the Hollywood neighbourhood with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.” – Anon
A complete list of the Dean’s selections can be downloaded from here.
St Nicholas City Parade
Starting from the Westgate Towers the annual community Parade led by Big Bash and a host of participating local school children and musicians welcomed St Nicholas back to Canterbury’s streets. A brass fanfare proclaimed the start and the parade headed through the city joined by The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover. Further fanfares were enjoyed from the balcony at BHS and to mark the finale as the procession entered the Cathedral grounds. 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. A fantastic afternoon was had by all and many thanks to the Diocese of Canterbury for their video of the event:
St Nicholas Festival Gala Dinner
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.
A Christmas Extravaganza
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. The village hall at Lower Hardres made an ideal venue, as the enthusiastic attendees enjoyed an impressive demonstration of skill and dexterity.
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! So if at 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.