Dec 10 2013Dec 10 2013
£22.50 per head
John and Sue of local caterers Temple Foods bring you an exciting three course Christmas menu of chicken liver pate to start, turkey steak braised in cranberry & red currant sauce for main and mincemeat samosas laced with brandy for dessert. Veggie options available.
Price includes crackers and a little gift from Santa. Small parties welcome.
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Dec 14 2013Dec 14 2013
Help support the Horsebridge Centre with this friendly fundraising event.
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Dec 13 2013Dec 13 2013
The Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only bands in the United Kingdom specialising in the iconic music from the 1920s and early 1930s; the glorious era which has become known as “Jazz Age”, bringing to mind flapper dresses, bright young things, all night parties and the fusion of Jazz improvisation with popular dance music of the day.
This Kent based band has received many accolades for its eclectic programme of some of the best music from the era, played by handpicked musicians who are fully versed in the idiom and can therefore play fresh, improvised solos at every performance.
The band has a long history, dating back to the 1970s, when there were a few 1920s style bands around, now Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only ones left in the South East.
The Horsebridge, since it first opened its doors, has been the “home base” of the Blue Rhythm Kings and a great night out is guaranteed at each and every one of their monthly concerts.
The Blue Rhythm Kings have represented England (in the Jazz category) at the Boulogne Music Festival in 1990, where they shared the bill with Yehudi Menhuin. They have also appeared at Jazz festivals throughout the UK, including the prestigious Bude Festival.
Jazz buffs will recognise the direct influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Ben Pollack, Gene Golkette and Paul Whiteman which, together with some lovely ballads from the 1930s featuring vocals in the styles of Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, provides a unique and exciting programme; definitely not to be missed.
“Jazz/Dance music of the twenties in a better than usual re-creation of the real thing, both in sound and spirit… Accomplished group who actually sounded interested in the music per se, rather than opportunities for endless self-indulgent solos… Audience clearly enjoyed and appreciated the performance. A good evening, much enjoyed, and at more than one level. The Blue Rhythm Kings are a group worth looking out for.” - The Farnham Herald
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Dec 21 2013Dec 21 2013
£5 per person for teams of 6 - 8
Come to our fabulous and popular Christmas quiz! There will be prizes, tasty snacks (please bring drinks) with a good mixture of general trivia, brain teasers and quirky originality. Get a team together and book now to avoid disappointment.
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11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF
Open 7 days a week
The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity. Since its launch in April 2004, the Horsebridge has established itself as a quality venue at the heart of arts, social, learning and leisure activities in Whitstable and the wider north east Kent area.
The Horsebridge Centre has a packed programme of events all year round that includes ground floor galleries, workshops, cafe with balcony and a large performance space for theatre, screenings, talks and live music.
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"I remember the days before Whitstable Horsebridge Centre had been built, so can now fully appreciate what it adds to the town.
The centre has numerous weekly classes such as yoga, mediation and dancing, as well as one-off workshop courses. It always has some kind of art exhibition that is free to go and view, a bar/cafe for food and refreshments, as well as a packed evening entertainment calendar such as live music and comedy nights.
It really gives Whitstable a community feel and I always enjoy my visits there." Via Tripadvisor
"This is what a community centre should be all about. There is art on the ground floor, a nice family friendly cafe with locally made cakes on the first floor and we attended an amazing baby group on the top floor. I can't fault the concept, the staff or the layout. Really nice experience." Via Tripadvisor
"What a gem this place is! It was one of the reasons I moved to Whitstable and I use it every week." Via Tripadvisor
"We find ourselves in there most weeks, all year round. It has been a huge success. The staff are friendly and efficient, they are also truly engaged in the desire to bring art to the community and visitors to the town alike." Via Tripadvisor
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A History of the Horsebridge
The name itself comes from the jetty used by the horses taking the catch from the boats. Later, the first railway in Kent, the Canterbury & Whitstable (aka Crab and Winkle),took the place of the horses.
The Horsebridge area has played a key part in the varied history of Whitstable.
Whitstable has a long tradition of community and cultural activity including community and arts groups operating on the Horsebridge site itself. Canterbury City Council was committed to a building that reflects this activity and seeking to create a focal point for the town.
The project was a public / private sector partnership between Canterbury City Council, who owned the land, and the local developer Banbury Estates.
Four schemes for the re-development of the Horsebridge site were shortlisted and were featured in a public exhibition in April 2000. Over 600 comments were received from local people with 62% favouring an “upturned boat” design submitted by architects Clague.
The Centre opened to the public on Saturday 10 April 2004, and is run as a Company Limited by Guarantee and with Charitable status.