The Lord Mayor of Canterbury's Christmas Gift Fund has given grocery parcels to the elderly and those in need at Christmas time since 1952. Everyone who receives a parcel lives either in Canterbury itself or in its surrounding villages. The names of suitable recipients are collated thanks to outside agencies, such as community workers, medical practitioners and local churches, so that all those who receive a parcel from us have been recommended. Read more here →

Amazon Smile

Just in case you are not yet rushing to the shops: Here is an option if you wish to buy on-line through Amazon Smile. Read more here →


Open Air Community Carol Singing

The members of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund announce that the Open Air Carols sung annually in Rose Square can no longer take place because of social distancing concerns.  Chairman of the Charity, Sally Waters explained:  “In line with national and local government recommendations against large gatherings – as we always attract many thousands of supporters - we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we have no option but to cancel the Christmas Eve 2020 event.

Our priority has to be the health and safety of all those who come together on that special night - the Canterbury community, the band, choir and not least our own Archbishop.

Christmas 2020 will be different for us all, but we look forward to seeing you back in place for Christmas 2021, when we hope that COVID-19 will be controllable and no longer governing our lives”.


We are delighted that the following have generously given their active or financial support to the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund in recent years.