Imogen Morizet | 2nd May 2011

On Sunday, 15th May, from 10am to 4pm, the Westgate Community Trust (WCT) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) will be throwing open the doors of the Westgate Hall for a family fun day.

This event will once again draw attention to the ‘village hall’ role the Hall plays, and could play, in Canterbury’s community life and how its unique scale makes it an invaluable venue for children’s and family activities. Part of the Trust’s mission is to provide opportunities for parents and children to meet other families and by sharing learning experiences build links and ‘community’ within Canterbury.

Canterbury native, Hannah Croft, the WCT’s coordinator for Families & Youth Programmes, has driven this event: “I hope that in the future the Hall will be full of fun vibrant activities for the children of Canterbury, and that is primarily why I have become involved with the Trust. Having worked as a nanny in Canterbury I recognise how much the city could benefit from a quality community centre to enrich the lives of our children.”

The day will be fun and colourful including a bouncy castle, balloon modelling and face painting. Crafts, food and drink stalls will meet all family needs. Music, drama and sport groups, as well as a doula and breastfeeding support for new parents, will demonstrate the range of groups, clubs and activities for children and their families that the WCT could offer if it is successful in securing the lease of the Hall.

The NCT has been a huge support in organizing the day and will have a small selection of Nearly New Sale items for sale.  Antenatal classes, postnatal courses, breast feeding counselling are among the services and advice the NCT offers families. If the Hall is saved, the NCT hopes to return there for its Nearly New Sale as well as use it for other events.

So, for 50p per family, come and join us on Sunday, 15th May. See what the Westgate Hall could offer you and your family, and if you fill in a WCT questionnaire, you can let the Westgate Community Trust know what role you would like the Hall to play in your family’s life.

For more information visit the Trust’s website, or email us at