In spite of inclement weather, more visitors came to Pugin’s St Augustine’s church in Ramsgate than attended last year. The week of activity now in its third year included music, a play about the landing of St Augustine performed by children from St Ethelbert’s school, readings, lectures and tours culminating with a procession to St Augustine’s cross. The week’s activity concluded with a Mass at St Augustine’s on 27th May, the feast day of St Augustine of England, followed by a reception in the Grange’s Cartoon Room. The church, where its famous architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin is buried, was open every day during the week for visitors to enjoy.
Chairman of Friends of St Augustine’s and custodian of the church, Fr. Marcus Holden, were delighted that the week went well and that visitor numbers were up. “I am very pleased by the response we had last week and very glad that while we had many visitors from outside the town, there were many residents from Ramsgate who chose to come to visit the church and /or one of the events we organised during the week. I was also particularly pleased at the numbers of young people getting involved including a play by St Ethelbert’s primary school and by students from the Ursuline College who came to study some of the architecture and design of the church.”
In summing up the week, Fr. Marcus Holden said “It was a tremendous week when hundreds of people took part in a variety of ways. The story of St Augustine and work of Pugin were better appreciated by a wider audience than ever before”.