• Welcome to the northgate centre

    Military road,



    ct1 1yx

    Tel. 01227 785293

    Project of Northgate Ward Development Group

    Charity Number: 1079523

  • Key Staff

    Chairman of Trustees for the Northgate Ward Development Group - Mr Martin Goard

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

    Office Administrator - Mrs Janet Back

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

  • In 2017 we celebrated 20 years working in the community

    For 20 years we have been working to support Northgate Ward residents and latterly since boundary changes- Northgate Ward Community Centre is open for all Canterbury City residents- people of all ages and cultures.

    Welcome to our website, a snap shot of who we are and what we can offer .

    MK Cafe and Coffee Shop Open Monday to Friday

    8.30am to 3.00pm

    Homemade Hot Light bites, take-a-way meal deals, teas, coffees and cakes & desserts

    Chef Meals

    Monday to Friday

    12.00 noon to 2.00pm

    see noticeboards for the days specials

    Mid-week Roast on Wednesdays

    Fish & Chips on Friday


    Friday Night - open 6.00pm to 8.00pm - booking advisable


    Free Wi Fi with a paid for drink


    Affordable Catering

    Our chef can cater for your special event if booked here at the centre- Weddings, children's parties and other celebrations. Telephone 01227 785293 for buffet, hot food options and prices



  • news and forthcoming events

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


    Download our members newsletter


    Forthcoming dates of events for your diaries:-


    Saturday 18th August 2018-Quiz Night. Ring Janet to book a place or a table for your team. £5.00 per person


    Friday October 5th 2018 – Abba Chique (professional tribute to Abba) 7.00pm to 10.00pm Tickets £20 on sale now (includes food)


    Friday 2nd November 2018 at 1.30 pm Room 1 – The Over 60’s Annual General Meeting


    Friday 9th November 2018 at 1.30 pm in Room 1 –NWDG Annual General Meeting


    Monday 26th November 2018 – Christmas Dinners start in the Café. Book your group or yourself in for a treat!


    Saturday 1st December 2018 – Christmas Fayre Doors Open at 10.00 am. Free Entrance


    Thursday 20th December 2018 – Centre Closed and re- opens again on Thursday 3rd January 2019.


    Summer Sale 12th July 2018

    The Summer Sale was very successful and raised funds for the upkeep of the Community Centre.

    Thank you to all the stall holders and to those of you who support this event.

    Royal Wedding Celebrations

    Megan & Harry's Wedding, Saturday 19th May 2018

    On Tuesday 15th May 2018 the Chooseday Club celebrated the Royal Wedding with honoured guests!


    Again the quiz night proved very popular with many tables booked by teams.

    Thank you to the quiz master, Colin Sherwood.

    The next Quiz Night will be 18th August 2018 book now!


    20 Years Celebration - For the Members

    On Thursday 8th June 2017 members of The Northgate Ward Community Centre were invited on an outing celebrating the success of the community centre for the past 20 years.

    CRUISE THE WORLD musical lunch trip was enjoyed by the members who were taken around the world in true entertainment fashion with songs, comedy and dance.

    As passengers of the fantasy cruise liner the captain invited us to a 3 course lunch before we dance the afternoon away to popular sea faring songs.

    20 Years Celebration - For staff & volunteers

    On the 18th May 2017 The Northgate Ward Community Centre celebrated being open for 20 years. Current & ex staff and volunteers were invited for an informal get together.

  • 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 2018

    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


    NHS One You Weight Loss Group

    '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.

    In the Centre Thursdays from 10.00am to 12 noon

    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


    Forward Trust

    East Kent's drug and alcohol service

    The Forward Trust’s Canterbury drug and alcohol service provides a full range of interventions for adult service users with substance misuse issues living in the Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay areas of Kent. Services offered include prescribed medication, health checks, blood-borne virus testing, Naloxone dispensing and needle exchange.

    If you are worried about anyone, including yourself, and want to get help, please get in touch using the following contact details:

    Email: Canterbury@forwardtrust.org.uk

    Tel number (Monday- Friday, 9am – 5pm): 01227 826400


    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 advisors 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.

    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

    Exhibitions of work held annually
    Most materials provided
    Cost £1.50 per person

    Mind Games: 1.30pm 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


    Canterbury Walking Football: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

    Cost £4.00 per session


    Racqueteers Badminton: 7.15pm - 9.15pm

    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: 10.30am

    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 Lunchclub for the Over 60s: 12.30pm to 3.00pm

    Organised by The Over 60's Community Service
    In Centre every Tuesday - Cost £8.00
    2 course home-cooked lunch with quiz, 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.


    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


    Art Group: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

    Most material are provided

    £1.50 per person


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


    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.


    Claire's Bingo: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

    £1.50 entry.


    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.

    Knits, Sew 'n' Sews & Crafts: 10.00am - 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 (please enquire for charges)


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

    £1.50 entry

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

  • Hall Hire

    Large hall to hire for conferences and parties

    Screen & Projector available to hire

    Hire Costs

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

    • Hourly rate or
    • Full day hire please enquire


    Party Bookings

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

    Contact the Centre Administrator for further information or come in and discuss your special event.

    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 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

    Meeting room

    • Accommodates up to 8 people seated
    • Approximate room size 3.5 metres x 2.5 metres (11.5ft x 8ft)
    • Rates: £15 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.