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Organised for the Association by the Whitstable Branch, The Blessing of the Waters service 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, 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.

Unfortunately, the Association was unable to participate in the service in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, the service took place 'on-line.' For a video, please click HERE.

For pictures of the 2019 event, please click HERE.

St Peter's, Whitstable

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



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In response to concerns about the coronavirus, the Management Committee has taken the decision to suspend all Association activities. It is not clear how long this suspension will need to continue. The Committee intends to follow government recommendations in this regard, and plans to resume operations as soon as it is considered prudent to do so. In the meantime, it hopes that all Members of the Association are able to keep safe and well.

Please check the website regularly for any updates on the situation.


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