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    Welcome to our website

  • Trustees

    Mr Martin Goard - Chairman

    Mrs Sally Waters - Treasurer

    Cllr. Mrs Jean Butcher

    Mrs Diane Baldock



    Key Staff

    Northgate Centre -Centre and Project Manager - Ann Bradley

    Deputy Centre Manager, Help Desk/Outreach Worker - Lucy Bradley

    Office Administrator - Janet Back

    Chief Receptionist & Volunteer - Claire Lauman

    Cafe Manager - Angela Budge

    Ante-Covid Operator/Receptionist - Martin Newman


    Kent County Council - Community Day Services, Manager - Mr Gary Moon

  • In 2017 we celebrated 20 years working in the community

    For 25 years we have been working to support Northgate Ward residents.

    Northgate Ward Community Centre, now known as NORTHGATE CENTRE, is open for all Canterbury City residents


    People of all ages and cultures.


  • news and forthcoming events

    Keep up to date with what is going on at the Community Centre


    Events to look out for in 2021:-






    The Centre is now fully open



    Please continue to be aware of social distancing and hand washing. Hand sanitisers are wall mounted around the Centre


    If you feel unwell with any of the Co-vid symptoms - please do not come to the Centre

    If you begin to feel unwell while you are in the Centre ask Reception staff to take your temperature by non contact method and to give you a lateral flow test if available


    We will require a name and contact number in the case of tracing or you can use your mobile app against our NHS Quick Response Code posters displayed on notice boards


    There are perspex screens to protect staff


    Anti- bacterial hand dispensers for use.


    Three cleaners will clean the Centre to a high standard daily


    The staff will help you in any way they can if you are at all concerned, but we believe that we have put good safety measures in place - in line with an overall risk assessment which you can ask for a copy of if you wish to read it.




    The Coffee Shop is open from 10.30 am-2.00 pm and can offer Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Snacks and some Hot Meals.


    Monday - Hot meal

    Wednesday Roast

    Friday Fish and Chips




    The Help Desk is open from 10.00 am to 12 noon

    Strictly by Appointment Only

    01227 785293


    Bookable half hour appointments on any issues such as: - Housing, Arrears, Benefit Entitlement, Employment, Older Persons Support, Admin, CV writing, Form Filling in, On-line Utility comparisons etc. and signposting


    Our Help Desk outreach worker can do home visits if you are unable to get into the Centre - ring to book a home visit


    *Our trained advisers will not give financial investment or legal advice.




    Claire's Friday Night Bingo is now open!



    The Community Larder offering free food - (not means tested - no vouchers) is open every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 12 noon for emergency food supply

    Please bring a carrier bag ( not a bag for life size) and ask at reception

    No appointment needed - just drop in and see what we have got on the day. One person service at a time




    Centre membership was cancelled due to lock down, but we hope past members will re-instate their membership and new members will join up from 4th January 2022. Membership entitles you to two newsletters a year, discounted services and room hire, to play Bingo and to get first ticket offers at a discounted rate for main events.

    The cost of membership is £6.00 per annum



    Events coming in 2022



    Friday 1st April sees the start of our exciting




    a morning for children up to primary school age, where parents stay with their children while they play on an exciting array of toys with a dinosaur theme.


    From 10.00 am to 12 noon

    £ 4.00 for first child and £2.00 per child in same family after that. Identification may be required

    Cafe will be open for parents to buy refreshments



    Saturday 30th July 2022 Quiz Night


    Saturday 20th August Wrestling Event


    Friday 30th September Abba Chique will be back after 12 years away!

    Tickets £25.00 each to include food. Bring your own drink!

    Doors open at 7.15pm

    Concert starts at 7.45pm and ends at 10.00pm


    Monday 3rd October 2022 Grand Christmas Raffle Tickets go on Sale


    Friday 11th November 2022 at 1.00pm NWDG AGM


    Saturday 19th November 2022 Wrestling Event


    Christmas Fayre Saturday 26th November 2022 with Father Christmas

    10.00 am to 1.00 pm

    (The Grand Christmas Raffle will be drawn at 12.30 pm)


    Wednesday 7th and 14th December 2022 - book your Christmas dinner in our warm and comfortable cafe

    Ring and ask for Christmas Menu 01227 785293


    19th December 2022 Last day open to public then we are closed for the Christmas Break

    The Centre re-opens on January 3rd 2023


    Quiz Night Saturday 26th February

    Wrestling UK PW Wrestling Saturday 9th April 2022

    Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea

    Friday 27 May 2022

    Platinum Jubilee Concert

    Saturday 25th June 2022 Snowdown Male Voice Choir





  • Coffee STOP shop

    A small friendly community cafe

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    A great little place to come for a drink, a snack or a delicious cake, as well as a Wednesday Roast and Friday Fish and Chips

  • Services

    We offer a whole range of services to assist with daily living.

    The Over 60s Community Service

    Our aim is to promote the independence of the Over 60s in their own home by providing services that includes advice, practical help, general support, and befriending for people in Canterbury City .

    Contact the Over 60's Office - we can help with a number of matters. We have specialist staff who can visit you at home and work with you to sort out a number of issues and concerns 

    01227 456616 call for a Service brochure or a home visit

    Canterbury Community Day Services

    Currently suspended until Summer 2021

    Every day 9am to 3pm

    Canterbury Community Day Services is part of the Adult Service Provider Unit which is run by Kent County Council.

    We enable service users with learning disabilities to access the community and also use the in-house facilities within the unit. Catering for people from the ages of 18 to 65, we assist service users in gaining independence and reaching their full potential at their own pace. The groups provide a platform to mix with friends and build on skills and develop hobbies.

    Contact: 01227 769961

    One YOU Weight Loss

    Thursdays 10am to 12 noon

    Ready to lose weight? We can help YOU.

    If you're ready to lose weight, our One You service can help YOU.

    One You Kent provides a programme that supports you to lose weight and be a healthy weight for life.

    No shakes, no bars, no gimmicks; just practical, personal weight loss support at weekly groups or one-to-one session.

    Please call 0300 123 1220 to book an appointment



    This service is delivered on behalf of Kent County Council by the NHS

    Tender Toes

    Taking appointment bookings now. Ring 01227 456616

    Private Foot Health Practitioner

    Maxine Norton (S.A.C Dip FHPT S.A.C. Dip FHPP)

    Once a month from 9.00am to 2.30pm Booking to be made in advance.

    Contact 01227 456616 to make an appointment

    Cost £17.00 per visit


  • Activities

    We also offer a whole range of fun activities for everyone throughout the week.


    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop when open


    Art Group: 1.30pm-3.30pm

    18+ years


    Cost £1.50 per person

    Mind Games: 1.30 pm in the cafe

    Come and join in our popular table top games afternoon - challenge your brain and others to a variety of games designed to exercise your memory.

    £1.50 per person


    Little Kickers - 4.00pm to 6.00pm


    Mighty Kickers Age Group 3.5 to 5 yrs old 4.15pm - 5.00pm


    Mega Kickers Age Group 5 to 7 years old 5.10 pm to 6.00pm


    Planting seeds for grassroots football

    Approved football training for children


    Please book through Little Kickers as this is privately run Franchise


    Price per month is £35 (Plus a one-off registration fee of which includes your child's shirt and shorts of £20)


    Free Trials Available

    Now offering a Saturday session


    Email Jfranks@littlekickers.co.uk



    Canterbury Walking Football: 6.15 pm - 7.15 pm

    Cost £4.00 per session


    Racqueteers Badminton: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

    For all, Pay and Play

    Enquiries to; John Copsey at jc1000@gmx.com or tel: 01303 840588


    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop when open

    Community Larder

    Please bring one carrier bag and ask at Reception. Free Food. No appointment or referral required - just drop in and see what we have on the day. Every week on a Tuesday from 10 am to 12 noon


    Little Kickers For children


    Little Kicks 18 months to 2.5 years - 9.15 am to 10.00 am

    Junior Kickers 2.5 years to 3.5 years -10.10 am to 10.55 am

    Mighty Kickers 3.5 years to 5 years 11.05 am to 11.50 am

    Planting seeds for grassroots football

    Approved football training for children


    Please book through Little Kickers as this is a privately run Franchise


    Email Jfranks@littlekickers.co.uk



    Talk and Walk Group: 10.30 am

    Explore some of the best walks around the Canterbury area
    Start from Northgate Ward Community Centre unless otherwise arranged
    Walks last about 50 minutes, occasionally longer
    FREE Ask at reception for updated list of walks


    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop when open

    Midday Roast Dinner and dessert in Cafe - £8.00


    2.00pm to 4.00pm Art Group £1.50 per Session.

    most materials provided – All Welcome


    2.00pm to 4.00pm Bingo £1.50 Entry. Minimum age

    18yrs and membership required – ask at Reception


    Canton Martial Arts from 5.00pm -8.00pm

    Martial art from the age of 4 years to Adults. Contact 07397776544 or visit their website www.cantonmartialarts.org.uk



    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop all day.


    One YOU Weight Loss - 9.00 am to 12 noon Not re-opened yet

    To book an appointment call 0300 123 1220


    Hard of Hearing: 2.00pm - 4.00pm Not re-opened yet keep checking this site

    1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

    Social gathering for those who have hearing difficulties with Hearing Aid maintenance service.

    Just turn up



    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop when open

    Cafe Fish and Chips from 12 noon until 1.30pm


    Ogopogo Pedal Play

    A new and exciting stay and play session

    Toys and Activities, Ball Pit, Soft Play, Pedal Cars and much more

    For children aged 3 months - 4 years

    Every Friday morning from 10.00 am to 12 noon

    £4.00 per child and £2.00 for a sibling

    Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times

    No booking required - just come along


    Knits, Sew 'n' Sews & Crafts: 10.00 am - 12 noon

    Come along and join the creative social circle, Free of charge!

    This group make items to sell for Centre fundraising plus they provide a Small Repair Service (Donations), just drop in with your repair or alteration.


    Claire's Friday Night Bingo: 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm

    £1.50 entry

    Must be over 18 years of age and a member of the Community Centre to play

    Claire can arrange this if you just turn up


    Hot Meal Available - Pre- Booking advised 01227 785293



    Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased from the Coffee Shop when open



    Little Kickers as Tuesday plus Mega Kickers 12 noon to 12.45 pm

    Age group 5-7 years


    Please contact the organiser - see Tuesday for details




  • Hall Hire

    Large hall to hire for conferences and parties


    Hire Costs

    Size: 86ft x 50ft approx. (26.2 metres x 15.24 metres)

    • Hourly rate £50 
    • Full day hire please enquire


    Party Bookings

    Children's or Adult parties can be booked in the Hall

    Contact Janet for further information or come in and discuss your special event and the affordable prices we offer for children's parties in particular.


    £65 for 3 hours including setting and clearing up

    Badminton courts for hire

    Nets provided, bring your own racquets

    • Cost per court per hour £10.00 during the day, 9am to 4pm Evening rate - please enquire
    • Badminton Groups can hire please make an enquiry. Contact Centre Administrator
  • Rooms for Hire

    We have a range of meetings rooms to cater for your meeting, training, or small conference needs

    Room 1 - The Colin Brooks Room

    Conference or meeting room

    • For now accommodates 15 people approximately social distanced seating 
    • Approximate room size 5 metres x 9 metres (16ft x 29.5ft)
    • Rates: £30 per hour

    Room 4 - The Martin Goard Board Room

    Our large meeting room

    • Accommodates 15 people approximately socially distanced seating
    • Approximate room size 6 metres x 7 metres (19.5ft x 23ft)
    • Rates: £30 per hour

    Room 7 Currently Unavailable

    Interview or 1 to 1 meeting room

    • Accommodates 2 people seated
    • Approximate room size 3.5 metres x 2 metres (11.5ft x 6.5ft)
    • Rates: £15 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.

    Room 8


    • Accommodates up to 4 people seated or 2 office desks & seating
    • Approximate room size 3.5 metres x 2.59 metres (11.5ft x 8.5ft)
    • Rates: £20 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.

    Kent County Councillor Alister Brady


    Cllrs Jean Butcher and Alan Baldock

  • friends of northgate centre