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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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With the removal of government restrictions imposed in response to concerns about the coronavirus, the Management Committee is hoping that there can be a resumption of Association activities. However, the Committee recognises 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.

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


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