What's on? News & events at St Nicholas-at-Wade

Watch this space for forthcoming events (and click images for larger posters)... You can find other events via Facebook (see below), see more details of most concerts via Classical Events, and can also see a selection of past events here.

Saturday 23 March 2019, 7.30pm, in St Nicholas-at-Wade church

'Fair Daffodils' concert with Caritas Chamber Choir

Caritas poster - click to view

Caritas is a Kent-based chamber choir, passionate about raising money for charities through singing, and performing to the highest level both in the UK and throughout Europe. The choir performs music from all periods and often features in services at Canterbury Cathedral. Their conductor, Benedict Preece, is perhaps best known for his choral/conducting work (including with The Sixteen), but is also a professional organist and French horn player, as well as a rugby referee!

This spring concert will look at musical versions of the well-known Robert Herrick 'Daffodils' poem, amongst a varied programme including several 20th century British composers as well as contemporary work, including a World Premiere. The following items are likely to feature on the programme:

Flower Songs (Benjamin Britten), Unbound Soul (Sam Ritter, finalist in the 2018 Caritas International Emerging Composer Competition), To Daffodils (Ernest Farrar, Finzi's teacher), My Spirit sang all day (Gerald Finzi), Songs of Springtime (EJ Moeran), The Echoing Green (World Premiere; by Peter Bajetta, Caritas Composer of the Year 2018), For the Beauty of the Earth (Philip Stopford). See the listing at Classical Events, and please also share the Facebook event.

Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the church's Fabric Fund.


Saturday 18 May 2019, 7.30pm, in St Nicholas-at-Wade church

Concert with Invicta Concert Band


One of East Kent’s best loved concert bands, Invicta have over their 35-year history performed at prestigious venues across the area including Westminster Abbey, Dover Castle, Leas Cliff Hall, and countless churches and traditional bandstands. Their repertoire ranges from popular classics, film music & songs from the shows through to big band numbers and traditional waltzes and marches.

See listing at Classical Events. Tickets £10 on the door, £8 advance from St Nicholas-at-Wade Post Office (call 01843 844632 for opening hours); refreshments available for a donation. Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas at Wade Church Fabric Fund.

Sunday 19 May 2019 (all day)

A traditional 'beating the bounds of the parish' event: primarily a walk from Chislet via St Nicholas-at-Wade and Monkton to Minster.

More details soon...

Saturday-Sunday 1-2 June 2019, 11am(Sat)/Noon(Sun)-5pm

Open Gardens

Around a dozen village gardens open with stalls selling cakes, plants, preserves, books etc. Gardeners' lunches and cream teas, art and flower exhibitions with music in the church.

Saturday 6 July 2019, 4pm until late

Garden party in aid of Stand By Me, supporting rescued children at The Emmanuel Care Centre, Colombia

Entertainment, delicious food/drink, music for dancing, and much fun and laughter. Entrance is free but any donations would be gratefully received (also a raffle). Email for further details.

Sunday 7 July 2019, time TBC, in church

Concert with Thanet Light Orchestra

More details soon...

Saturday 12 October 2019, time TBC, in Village Hall

Supper in aid of Stand By Me, supporting rescued children at The Emmanuel Care Centre, Colombia

Two course meal, veggie option, with musical entertainment by the 45s Trio; dancing and much fun. Cost £9.50 per person pre paid (also a raffle). Email for further details.

around 19-23 December 2019

Traditional entertainment: see the Hoodeners' website.

Most local news also gets publicized at St Nicholas post office, via the St Nicholas Facebook groups (see Links page), WhereCanWeGo, the Diocese website, and (for concerts) Classical Events. General news can be found in the Parish Council magazine.

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