St Augustine's Church Thorpe Bay
St Augustine's ChurchThorpe Bay

Voice for Life

Our choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and as such all junior members progress through the RSCM’s Voice for Life award levels.  All workbooks, examination entries and the resulting medals/ribbons/badges are paid for by the church to enable all to participate.


At the other end of the spectrum the RSCM has introduced a white level award within the past year in order to allow singers with no musical or singing experience to obtain an early award.  New members work towards this as probationers (taking around 3-10 weeks depending on experience) and after this they are admitted as full members of the choir in a small ceremony at a Sunday morning service.

Payment Levels for Voice for Life awards

In order to encourage progression through the levels, all full members of the choir in full-time education are paid termly stipends according to attendance with considerable increments with each level achieved. The award values per service/practice are as follows:

White Level


Equates to £25 per year for full attendance

Light Blue Level


       "       £35                "

Dark Blue Level


       "       £50                "

Bronze Level


       "       £75                "

Red Level


       "       £100              "

Silver Level


       "       £150              "

Yellow Level


       "       £200              "

Gold Level


Equates to £300 per year, this level to be approved by the PCC









Where to find us

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We are located in the middle of Thorpe Bay, about two miles east of Southend on Sea and just a short walk from the sea front.  We are easily accessible by train (Thorpe Bay station is on the main line from London Fenchurch Street) and bus (Nos 1, 7 and 9), and there is ample on-street parking around the church. The church itself is on an island site at the junction of Johnstone Road and St Augustine’s Avenue.


Our address is:


St Augustine’s Church,

St Augustine’s Avenue,

Thorpe Bay, Essex.

SS1 3JH.

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19th May 2022

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