The Canterbury Economy: Present and Future by Richard Scase

by Richard Scase, Chair, The Canterbury Society The Canterbury and District economy consists of four major employment sectors; (1) Education accounts for about 20% with 12,000 employees; (2) Retail and distribution services employing 19% representing 11,500 staff; (3) Health and welfare services 16%; (4) Hospitality, tourism and leisure 10%; and…

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Let’s get more civic pride, by Stewart Ross

There’s something stirring in the city. Like the barely perceptible change between autumn and winter, it’s difficult to pin down, but its manifestations are manifold: a new, radical (and controversial, of course) local plan, the growing call for a town council, the exciting ideas for regeneration masterminded by the Canterbury…

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Aphra Who? by Stewart Ross, Chair, Canterbury Commemoration Society

Our city is associated with a host of impressive historical figures, from Julius Caesar to Joseph Conrad. Unfortunately, they’re all blokes. The Canterbury Commemoration Society is now redressing the balance by raising a fine statue to Aphra Behn. “Aphra who?” “You know, the spy, poet and playwright who was Britain’s…

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Lesson from Canterbury by Dr. Hubert Pragnell

Canterbury has been under threat from those we may call conventional enemies; the Vikings in the 11thcentury, the German Luftwaffe in 1942, and potentially the French at various times and especially in 1805, but for Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. Now we have another enemy, lack of care for our heritage…

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A Kinder City-Social Science Fiction and the New Canterbury

by Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent Canterbury is rich in writers of all sorts, perhaps the result of university creative writing courses, the wide range of independent tutors, groups and bookshops and the many opportunities in the city to talk about one’s writing and engage with readers. Also, of…

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THE SOCIAL HEALTH KITCHEN at the Umbrella Centre

By Martin Vye This is an invitation to everyone to drop into the Umbrella Centre in Canterbury, for a coffee, a snack or a meal. The Centre is at the end of St Peter’s Place, and you can walk to it through the Westgate Gardens. Up to thirty years ago…

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Is Protest and Direct Action Always Legitimate?

By Stewart Ross, Chair, Canterbury Commemoration Society ‘When I stepped onto the motorway, ‘ Insulate Britain’ protestor Revd Dr Sue Parfitt told the court at her trial for contempt, she had acted ‘out of love’ and ‘in obedience to God’s call’. How come? The ‘pain and inconvenience’ she admitted causing,…

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