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St Nicholas City Parade

Saturday 6th December 2014, 12.00 noon

Join in our annual City Parade through our iconic city and enjoy the magical atmosphere; music, costumes and fun for all. More information to follow later in the year. For now see below for details 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 a welcome drink and an opportunity to chat to all the guests. Whilst supping this you will have the opportunity to buy tickets for the raffle and to view the items that will be auctioned after the Dinner by our guest auctioneer, back by request, Canon Nick Papadopulos At 7.30 pm we will move to the superb Claggett Auditorium where we will be entertained by the famous new Cathedral Girls’ Choir before enjoying a 3 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

Dinner in the Clagett Auditorium

Tickets for this evening cost £47.00 and this includes the meal, with a choice of menu, 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 from here or reserve places by emailing We look forward to joining you on this most enjoyable evening.


Previous Events


Dean’s Deanery Discs

September 2014

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd. Dr. Robert Willis,  has a great love of music and in this special evening shared his favourite pieces. In conversation with BBC legend Jan Leeming we were enchanted by an eclectic selection of music and anecdotes.


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

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

November 2013

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.