For many years the Association has taken part in The Blessing of the Waters service which takes place around the time of the Feast of St James, the Patron Saint of oyster fishermen (25 July). It is held on Reeves Beach in Whitstable, and is preceeded by a parade from St Peter’s Church, which stops at Starvation Point to remember the merchant seamen of Whitstable who served during the World Wars.

This event is open to the public and all Members of the Association are welcome to attend.

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A number of Members of the Association, including the County Chairman, attended the annual Blessing of the Waters service at Reeve's Beach in Whitstable on 27 July.

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Photo by David Woodnott

With the removal of government restrictions imposed in response to concerns about the coronavirus, it is to be hoped that there can be a resumption of Association and Branch activities. However, it is recognised that it is necessary for people to remain cautious and, consequently, it may be prudent to limit or cancel any scheduled event, possibly on short notice. All plans should, therefore, be considered as tentative and Members should check before travelling to any activity or event.