• NORTHGATE CENTRE, MILITARY ROAD, CANTERBURY

    CT1 1YX

    Welcome to our website

  • Trustees

    Mr Martin Goard - 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 - Ann Bradley

    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 24 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

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    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:-

     

    PLEASE CONTACT JANET ON 01227 785293 TO CHECK IF THE ACTIVITY YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HAS RE STARTED. THANK YOU

     

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    The Centre is now fully open

     

    The following safety measures are in place:-

     

    The Trustees would advocate that all entering the Centre including staff to wear masks, although it is not mandatory.

     

    Staff can provide you with a mask if you have not got one.

     

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

     

    Non contact temperature taking will be carried out when you come into the Centre.

     

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

     

    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.

     

    An extra member of staff will continually clean and anti bacterial spray toilets, rooms,chairs, tables, surfaces etc. during the day and our 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.

     

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    The Coffee Shop is open from 10 am -2.00 pm and can offer Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Snacks and some Hot Meals.

     

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    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 advisors will not give financial investment or legal advice.

     

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    Claire's Friday Night Bingo is now open!

     

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    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 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

     

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    Place of Welcome every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon in coffee shop area - all welcome - a relaxed atmosphere of friendship. Free hot drink and cake provided together with social chat and advice such as what's on in Canterbury if you are new to the area or need an update

     

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    NWDG AGM - Friday 5th November 2021 at 1.00 pm in Room 1

     

    Quiz Night on Saturday 20th November 2021. 7.30 pm start to 9.30 pm.

    Tables of up to 8 or come as an individual. £5.00 per person.

    Book with Janet on 01227 785293

     

    Centre membership was cancelled due to lockdown, but we hope past members will re-instate their membership and new residents will take up membership in January 2022. Membership entitles you to discounted services and room hire, to play Bingo and to get first ticket offers on events.

     

    On behalf of the Trustees, staff and volunteers we would like to say we are very pleased to be back and look forward to seeing you in your local Community Centre very soon!

     

    Events coming in 2022

    Celebration of Community following CoVid with the Snowown Male Voice Choir, Abba Chic, and other events

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PAST EVENTS:-

    in Quiz Night

    Saturday 29th February 2020 and Saturday 6th July 2019

    Very well attended and enjoyed by all.

    Next Quiz is scheduled for September 2020

    Christmas Fayre

    Saturday 30th November 2019

    A spectacular event which was enjoyed by residents ,staff and volunteers

    PLACE OF WELCOME LAUNCH.

    Friday 20th September 2019

    THE CENTRE LAUNCHED THE START OF OPENING EVERY FRIDAY MORNING FROM 10.00 AM TO 12 NOON AS A DROP IN PLACE OF WELCOME.

     

    ANYONE NEW TO THE CITY OR JUST FEELING ISOLATED AND LONELY CAN COME ALONG AND HAVE A FREE CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE AND PIECE OF CAKE OR BISCUITS, WHERE THEY WILL BE GREETED BY A FRIENDLY FACE AND STAFF CAN ALSO PROVIDE LOCAL INFORMATION.

    COCO

    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.

    Tea Dance and Spring Sale

    Thursday 16th May 2019

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

     

    Community School Uniform Day

    In collaboration with All Saints Church the Community School Uniform Day on Saturday 17th July 2021 was a great success. Thank you to all who donated the clothes and the ladies who collected uniform, washed and ironed it. 

     

     

     

  • 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

    Oneyou.kent@nhs.net

    www.oneyoukent.org.uk

    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 £15.00 per visit

     

  • Activities

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

    Monday

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

     

    Art Group: 1.30pm-3.30pm

    18+ years

    Unsupervised


    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

    07941628737

     

    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

    Tuesday

    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

    Tuesdays

    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

    07941628737

     

    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

    Wednesday

    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

     

    Thursday

    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

     

    Friday

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

    Cafe Fish and Chips from 12 noon until 1.30pm

     

    Place of Welcome

    10.00 am to 12 noon in Cafe. From Friday 2nd July 2021 and then every week following

     

    A welcoming activity for anyone new to the Canterbury City area. A free drink and biscuits or cake 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 - Not being taken at the moment due to safety considerations

    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

    • For now accommodates 15 people approximately social distanced seating 
    • 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 15 people approximately socially distanced seating
    • 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 2 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

    Office

    • 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: £15 per hour
    • Possible long-term private hire of this room, please enquire.
  • SPONSORS

    KENT COUNTY COUNCIL

    Cllr Graham Gibbons

    CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL

    Cllrs Jean Butcher and Alan Baldock

  • friends of northgate centre