PUGIN WEEK: 7th – 14th September

PuginWeekjpegPugin Week – the annual celebration of Augustus Pugin at his own site in Ramsgate – runs 7th – 14th September.

The week has talks, music, tours, children’s activities, and more. All events are FREE, except for the concert. There is something for everyone!

Join the workshop on Gregorian Chant to try this ancient singing for yourself. Bring children to make their own gothic buildings and designs. Tour the site with special emphasis on Stained Glass and the Great Exhibition. Hear about Rood Screens and more. Listen to Pugin’s own words read aloud.

A Concert on Saturday 10th, 7.30pm, will combine beautiful music and a talk about Pugin’s relationship with music. This will be a fascinating and entertaining evening. Tickets on the door for just £10.

See the poster for further details.

We look forward to seeing you at this Pugin festival!

SPONSOR A PIPE – keep the music playing : The Song Started Here music campaign

A new way to support the work at St Augustine’s has been opened up. Friends and supporters can make their mark by sponsoring a pipe for the restoration of the organ.


As part of the Friends of St Augustine’s vision for spreading beautiful music, the organ at St Augustine’s is being restored and brought up to standard. Unlike much of the other restoration works, this is not being paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The organ brings sound and life to this glorious site. It accompanies many liturgies,
and enables us to have beautiful voluntaries after Mass, as well as concerts and
other music. By restoring the organ, we will be able to expand our musical outreach
to help schools, families, retired people, and others to bring out their singing voices.

The organ is being entirely cleaned and the electronics are being updated to the latest specification. The bellows will be thoroughly cleaned and repaired internally, and re-leathered in finest quality sheepskin in traditional manner. The soundboards and chests will be properly overhauled and restored, to ensure continued reliability for 50 years or more.

The console and pedalboard – the keys that play the music – is being entirely remade. The old console was ugly and inappropriate for display. It was hidden behind the Lady Altar, but the restoration of the Lady Chapel will make it impossible for it to stay there. A new console, designed in sympathy with the church’s architecture, will be made. It will be moveable, and small with good proportions. It will usually be kept at the western end of the Lady Chapel, with good sights for the choir stalls. We need to raise £80,000 to fund this quality work, and to keep the music playing.

Supporting this singing tradition will be a unique gift for your family, your friends, for yourself, or in memory of deceased relatives or friends.

By sponsoring a pipe, you will be part of one of the long-lasting (and loudest!) elements of this special place.

Download the leaflet and sponsorship form here.

3rd September – SPONSORED WALK for ‘The Song Started Here’ music campaign


A sponsored walk is giving an opportunity to contribute to The Song Started Here music campaign in Ramsgate. The success of this campaign will maintain and expand the excellent high-quality music at St Augustine’s, which has been featured on BBC Radio and is available on CD.

On 3rd September, a group will be travelling in the footsteps of St Augustine on this walking trail, rediscovering the great English stories held in the beautiful Stour Valley.

They are collecting sponsors, raising money for The Song Started Here music campaign at St Augustine’s. You can sponsor the walkers by clicking here.

Beginning at Canterbury Cathedral, the route travels by many historic sites, finishing at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate. The walkers will be given a Pilgrim’s Passport which can be stamped along the way. The walk is about 17 miles long and can be walked in a day, with an opportunity to travel 3 miles by canoe.

You can take part – on the day or by sponsoring the walkers!

The walk takes place on 3rd September, the feast day of Pope St Gregory the Great who sent St Augustine on his mission to England. He is also the name behind Gregorian Chant – the beautiful music so prevalent at St Augustine’s.

With the organ being brought up to higher standards, we have the potential to spread this excellent music to more people, to run workshops, and to involve local schools and groups in musical education.

If you would like to sponsor a walker, please contact the office on 01843 606759 or office@augustineshrine.co.uk. Alternatively, you can make a donation online at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/way-of-st-augustine-16

If you would like to come on the walk, please contact the office on 01843 606759 or office@augustineshrine.co.uk. We will give you further details and send you a sponsorship form. A sponsorship form can also be downloaded here.

The group leaves Canterbury West railway station, walking to the Cathedral, at 8.20am on 3rd September, expecting to be in Ramsgate for 6pm.

Wish us luck!



Sponsor the walkers here.

Register to come on the walk here.


After many months of planning, re-planning, and making arrangements, builders today have come on site at St Augustine’s.

They are beginning work on the Visitor Centre area, and work will continue into 2017. After the Visitor Centre is complete, the interior of the church will receive work to restore it to Pugin’s original designs.

Keep up to date online, and on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

This work would not be possible without the donations of our wonderful supporters and Friends. Please e-mail us to join the Friends or to offer additional help.

This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

Photographic Exhibition: Herne Bay Photographic Club – to mid-September

The north and west cloisters of St Augustine’s are the venue for an excellent display of photographic talent this summer.

From the Herne Bay Photographic Club, photographers have captured a large range of shots, including gothic architecture, scenic landscapes, and stylised artistic creations.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see photographic skill, and to admire the talent on show.

The display will be open until 15th September. Entry is free, and donations are welcome.