We are now at the final stages before the big decision about the Hall’s future is made on 27th July (at 5pm at the Guildhall. The agenda will appear here the week before.

We hope as many of you as possible can come to the Guildhall on the 27th. The Trust and Curzon Cinemas will speak at the meeting and we are hoping that other community groups and business groups will speak in favour of our proposal too.

The Trust (and Curzon Cinemas) submitted the final version of the business plan to the council three weeks ago and we are now concentrating all our efforts on preparing for decision day. As part of this process last week, the Trust and Curzon presented the plans for Westgate Hall to the Canterbury City Partnership (CCP).  We were delighted with their enthusiastic response.

We also took part in the Big Clean, along with many other community group and businesses. We continued working on the Hall’s garden, mostly weeding and adding colourful flowers, a small step towards turning Westgate Hall into a building Canterbury can be proud of.

A few dates for your diary:

– 21st July, 8pm: Westgate Community Trust meeting at Westgate Hall (unfortunately the downstairs meeting room is already booked.  If anyone who would like to attend has difficulties with stairs please let us know and we will try to swap rooms with the other group).

– 23rd July, all day Westgate Hall Curzon Cinema day: Curzon, in collaboration with the Trust, will transform the Westgate Hall into a cinema for the day, showcasing what they can offer.  There will be a children’s film in the morning, a Japanese animation in the afternoon, local films, the world premiere of a documentary about the Westgate Community Trust and the campaign to save Westgate Hall, and a couple of “big films” .  Programme details will be available soon.

We will need some volunteers for the day, please let us know if you can help (we are looking for people who can help in 2 hours slots; we need to cover from 9am to 11pm). Please email us if you can help.

– 27th July, 5pm Decision time at the Guildhall: Please come if you can!

Finally, if you want to write to the Council to show your support for the Trust’s proposal, please feel free to do so, it can’t do any harm!