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    Welcome to our website

  • Northgate Centre is Dementia Friendly

  • Trustees

    Mr Martin Goard - Chairman

    Rev. Phil Greig - Vice-Chairman

    Mrs Sally Waters - Treasurer

    Cllr. Mrs Jean Butcher

    Mrs Muriel Jennings MBE

    Key Staff

    Northgate Centre Manager and Project Manager of The Over 60's Community Service - Mrs Ann Bradley

    Northgate Centre - Office Administrator - Mrs Janet Back

    Northgate Centre - Chief Volunteer - Mrs Claire Lauman

    The Over 60's Community Service - Project Administrator - Mrs Hilary Hinde

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

  • In 2017 we celebrated 20 years working in the community

    For 22 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


    Download our members newsletter


    Forthcoming 2019 dates of events :-


    Thursday 1st August 2019 - 10.00 am -11.30 am First Voluntary Organisation's Networking Event (Strictly by invitation Only)


    Thursday 22nd August 2019 -Tea Dance and Cream Tea

    from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


    September 2019 Edition of Member's Newsletter will be available


    Friday 20th September 2019 10.00 am -12 noon- Place of Welcome Launch

    ( See details in September Newsletter)


    Tuesday 1st October 2019 - Tickets go on sale for Christmas Grand Raffle

    with fabulous prizes to be won - (Tickets to be drawn on

    Saturday 30th November 2019 at Christmas Event)


    Thursday 3rd October 2019 10.00 am -11.30 am Voluntary Organisation's Networking Event ( Strictly Invitations only)


    Friday 1st November at 1.30 pm – The Over 60’s Community Service Annual General Meeting


    Friday 15th November at 1.30 pm - N.W.D.G. (The Centre’s) Annual General Meeting


    Saturday 30th November from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Christmas Event and Grand Raffle Draw taking place at 12.00 noon!


    Monday 25th November 2019 to Thursday 19th December 2019 - Christmas Lunches- Group bookings or Individual places can be booked in MK Cafe. Ring Maz 07801971975


    Thursday 5th December 2019 10.30 am - 11.30 am Voluntary Organisations Networking Event (Strictly invitations Only)


    Wednesday 18th December 2019 Last day Centre open to public before Christmas holiday break


    Thursday 19th December 2019 to January 3rd 2020 Centre Closed for Deep Cleaning


    Monday 6th January 2020 Community Centre re-opens to Public




    Quiz Night

    Saturday 23rd March 2019 and Saturday 6th July 2019

    Very well attended and enjoyed by all. Next Quiz is scheduled for February 2020


    Friday 14th June 2019

    Everyone enjoyed the night. "Very Good" were the main comments. Coco got everyone up and the staff and volunteers made the hall look lovely as usual.

    COCO continued

    Tea Dance and Spring Sale

    Thursday 16th May 2019

    A good fund raising event for the Centre - attended by supporting residents

    Tea Dance continued

    Mr Brian Butcher on Vocals



    Saturday 1st December 2018

    Opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Colin Spooner

    seen here with Cllr. Alan Baldock and Centre Manager Ann Bradley

    The hall was decorated from top to bottom with a gingerbread theme and Father Christmas came along too

    Wonderful stalls were manned by volunteers and the event was a great success!

    Tartan Tots with Father Christmas

    The Ginger Bread House covered in sweeties, lollipops and all good things to eat

    Abba Chique

    On Saturday 18th August 2018

    A great night of dancing and singing.

    Who can beat Abba songs, to make you get up and dance ?

    Everyone had a wonderful time

  • Coffee shop

    MK Cafe and Coffee Shop

    Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (opening on a Thursday from August 2019)

    from 10.00 am


    Free Wi Fi available with a paid-for drink


    Homemade Hot Meals, including full English Breakfasts, Light Snacks, teas, Barista style coffees, cakes & desserts


    Chef Meals

    Monday to Friday

    12.00 noon to 2.00pm

    See noticeboards for the day's specials


    Mid-week Roast on Wednesdays

    Fish & Chips on Friday


    Evening Meals available at Claire's Friday Night Bingo

    between 6.00pm & 8.00pm - booking advisable

    Ring Maz on 07801971975




    Affordable Catering

    Our chef can cater for your special event if booked here in the centre or an outside venue- Weddings, children's parties and other celebrations.

    For centre events telephone 01227 785293 and for outside catering events telephone Maz on 07801971975


    Set buffets, hot food options and other menu choices and prices

    Christmas Lunches

    Bookings now being taken for groups or individuals

    telephone Maz 078001971975

    Christmas Menu from Monday 25th November 2019

    Christmas Menu



    Two Courses - £11.50 or Three Courses - £14.50



    Prawn Cocktail

    Cream of Leek and Potato Soup (v)

    Pate and Cranberry Sauce with Bruschetta



    Roast Turkey

    Roast beef

    Cauliflower Cheese Rolls (v)

    All served with Seasonal trimmings and Vegetables



    Christmas Pudding

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Deep filled Apple Pie

    Served with Fresh Cream or Custard




  • 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 and the Rural Canterbury District.

    To see what we have on offer you can download our handbooks which will give you all you need to know. Click on the place where you live for the relevant handbook.

    Download our brochure for: Northgate and Canterbury 2019

    Canterbury Community Day Services

    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




    Thursdays 10am to 12 noon - ONE YOU Weight Loss Group


    NHS 'ONE YOU' Weight Loss Group, Advice Clinic & Exercise Session

    'Worried about your weight?'
    Free support & advice to help you lose weight and keep it off!

    Join a group or get 1:1 support from the friendly, professional team.

    To book phone - 0300 123 1220 (option 2)

    Tender Toes

    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 £14.00 per visit


    Royal British Legion Industries

    Improving lives every day

    RBLI is a national charity supporting Armed Forces veterans, disabled people and people who are out of work. Across Kent and Sussex we deliver back-to-work for support for those people who are struggling to find or stay in work, as well as skills courses to ensure people have the skills to do the job they want.


    Call 0800 319 6841 to speak to one of our advisers in your area.


  • 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 all day.

    Keep Fit Class 11.00 am-12 noon

    Lovely New Instructor - Georgia

    Exercise to Music

    To suit Gentle to Moderate Paced ability.

    Cost £3.50

    Why not stay to a lite lunch after in the Cafe


    Short Mat Bowls: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

    A friendly game of indoor short mat bowls.
    All levels welcome
    Cost £1.50 per person

    Art Group: 1.30pm-3.30pm

    18+ years


    Cost £1.50 per person

    Mind Games: 1.30 pm in the Coffee Shop

    Come and join in our popular mind games afternoon - challenge your brain and others to a variety of games designed to exercise your memory. £1.50 per person


    Little Kickers starting 9th September 2019


    Mighty Kickers Age Group 3.5 to 5 yrs old 4.15 pm

    Mega Kickers Age Group 5 to 7 years old 5.10 pm


    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

    Email Jfranks@littlekickers.co.uk



    Canterbury Walking Football: 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm

    Cost £4.00 per session


    Racqueteers Badminton: 7.15 pm - 9.15 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 all day.

    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


    Chooseday Lunch Club for the Over 60s: 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm

    Organised by The Over 60's Community Service

    In Centre every Tuesday - Cost £8.00
    2 course home-cooked lunch with glass of wine, quiz, raffle, afternoon activity or outing
    Limited Transport available - £3.00

    To enquire if a place available and for current programme of events please contact Hilary on 01227 456616. No turn up - strictly by prior arrangement


    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


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


    Email Jfranks@littlekickers.co.uk



    Friends International Volleyball Club


    Starting 17th September 2019 and from there on every Tuesday 4.00pm - 6.00pm Just turn up!

    18+ years - mixed games £1.00 per person

    Telephone Matthew Archer 07851603519 for further details


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

    Ladies Who Read: 11.00am to 12.30pm

    Third Wednesday of each month - A female reading group

    Contact Irene - 01227 364884 No turn up - strictly by prior arrangement


    Art Group: 2.00pm - 4.00pm



    Just turn up

    Most material are provided

    £1.50 per person


    Eyes Down Bingo: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    £1.50 entry.

    Just turn up

    Players must be 18 yrs or over and be a member of the Centre - this can be arranged -just talk to Claire who runs this group


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

    Hard of Hearing: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

    1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

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

    Just turn up


    Claire's Bingo: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

    £1.50 entry.

    Players must be 18 or over and members of the Centre - Claire can arrange when you turn up.


    Canterbury Walking Football: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

    Cost £4.00 per session


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


    Place of Welcome

    10.00 am to 12 noon in Cafe. From Friday 20th September 2019 then weekly every Friday


    A welcoming activity for anyone new to the Canterbury City area. A free drink and biscuits provided and the hosts who are local residents, will be available to offer friendship or signposting.


    A really good way to find out what is available in the Canterbury City area and make friends at the same time.


    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


  • 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 please enquire
    • 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 special prices we offer for children's parties in particular.

    Badminton courts for hire

    Nets provided, bring your own racquets

    • Cost per court per hour £10.00 during the day, 9am to 4pm
    • 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

    • Accommodates 30 people approx. seated
    • Approximate room size 5 metres x 9 metres (16ft x 29.5ft)
    • Rates: £25 per hour

    Room 4 - The Martin Goard Board Room

    Our large meeting room

    • Accommodates 30 people approx. seated
    • Approximate room size 6 metres x 7 metres (19.5ft x 23ft)
    • Rates: £25 per hour

    Room 7

    Interview or 1 to 1 meeting room

    • Accommodates up to 4 people seated
    • Approximate room size 3.5 metres x 2 metres (11.5ft x 6.5ft)
    • Rates: £12 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.

    Room 8


    • Accommodates up to 6-8 people seated or 2 office desks & seating
    • Approximate room size 3.5 metres x 2.59 metres (11.5ft x 8.5ft)
    • Rates: £15 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.



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