Mission accomplished and a new chapter opens

After months of silence we can at last let you all know the outcome of what we have been working on behind the scenes. The deal is done.  The Westgate Community Trust, Curzon Cinemas and the Council have all signed the second half of the lease transferring the Westgate Hall to the Trust for 99 years.  …

It’s happened — contracts exchanged!

We are thrilled — over three years of negotiations are now crowned with success. The Westgate Hall’s new life as a cultural community centre for our city is within sight. Contracts between Canterbury City Council, the Trust and Corinthian Curzon/Curzon Cinemas relating to the Hall have been exchanged: the Agreement for Lease to the Trust…

First AGM, Wednesday, 22nd May, Westgate Hall, 7.30

Tomorrow evening is a big moment — our first AGM.  Everyone in the community is welcome, members and non members alike.  We will be giving you a full report on the legal negotiations with Curzon Cinemas and Canterbury City Council, Trust finances, outlining Trust priorities for the coming period and asking for feedback.  We would…

Wine, Fairs and Legals

Many thanks to you all who got in touch with us regarding out last post about why the Hall is still open and why the legal negotiations with Curzon Cinemas and Canterbury City Council have taken time.  It was very encouraging to be reminded of the support this project has in the community! We did…

So, why haven’t we signed? Why is the Hall still open?

How come the Westgate Hall is still open? How come we haven’t signed yet? Is the project even still up and running? Basically, what’s going on? Well, we owe you long long time faithful supporters insight. So far, we have used a light touch in informing about how lease negotiations have been moving along because…

Linda Hunter-Johnson, 22nd February 1958 – 19th March 2013

Linda Hunter-Johnson was a sunny, interested, energetic, outgoing person whose warm support of the Trust and the Westgate Hall project will be missed. She believed in community and was always willing and interested to help.  She was a true doer and includer.  We have fond memories of volunteering together with Linda, her husband, Chris, and son,…

The Westgate Hall Wine Challenge is back!

The lawyers are finalising the legal documents — we will be signing as soon as they are circulated.  In the meantime, we are delighted to ask you to join us at the Westgate Hall on the the 20th of April, at 7pm, for a Wine Challenge, led by Clive Barlow, Master of Wine. He has already…