What’s on

Defending Our Shores

01 July - 01 December at Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Threats to Whitstable from wars, floods and smugglers. Whitstable is situated on the coast of the Thames Estuary, which brings great advantages of fishing, trade and world-wide connections on which the people have created industry and commerce. Being relatively near continental Europe, Kent had a tradition of smuggling: goods, spies, money and prisoners, all of which make fascinating stories revealed in our latest exhibition. Weapons and a Smugglers Hut are complemented by sketches, newspaper reports and a poem. Much of Whitstable, Seasalter and Swalecliffe is below high-tide level and the fight against storm and flood has been traced for 800 years, more recently illustrated by 120 years of remarkable photographs, verbatim stories and newspaper reports. Whitstable’s contribution to wartime defence is told in maps, quotations, photographs and artefacts. The origin and deployment of the innovative Thames Estuary sea forts is explained. Newly discovered maps drawn up by the home guard explain how the coast was protected from invasion in the Second World War, including detection by radar of enemy ships and low-flying aircraft. Children, defence buffs and story lovers will all enjoy our new exhibition.

Defending Our Shores

Around & About Kent

20 September - 26 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Sean Deane Photography. The multifaceted moods of the sea and the life that goes on in and around it are dramatically represented , producing perennially attractive and dramatic vistas. Sean Deane is a Whitstable based photographer, skilled in capturing not only the the overtly attractive elements of the town and surrounding landscape of East Kent, but also the more hidden and unexpected aspects of the locality, residents and visitors. Sean's creative talent lies in his acutely observant eye, always alert to spotting unusual angles, fleeting moments, scens which hint at a story... Alongside this, he often makes unusual use of various technical processes to create striking and abstract images, varying in feel from quirky to romantic classic.

Around & About Kent

Echoes Of The Sea

20 September - 26 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Charles A. Borrell and Kerry Kristi. My visual language and inspirations are derived from the essence of changing moods of the seas & skies and their intimate relationship with the Horizon. Charles relays emotions and experiences onto canvas with an instinctive, rhythmic yet serene and delicate manner. By exploring and experimenting with texture and media he creates a contemporary and abstract representation of seascapes and endless Horizons. These encourage the viewer to share the sentiment and theme of the painting while allowing them to create their own level of intimacy with the image according to their emotions and memories. Kerry’s imagery tells the story of beauty found in everyday objects and places, breathing life into the mundane and making the ordinary extraordinary. Believing an artist’s journey of self-expression shouldn’t be limited by style or specific discipline she works across a broad spectrum of mediums permitting each to influence her work.

Echoes Of The Sea

The Lion in Winter

20 September - 23 September at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

The Lindley Players present The Lion in Winter. Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception..

The Lion in Winter

Horsebridge Film: Lion

21 September - 21 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Lion is a drama in which a five year-old Indian boy finds himself lost in Kolkata, thousands of miles from home. After being sent to Australia for adoption, he returns to India as a young adult in order to find his real mother and brother. Director: Garth Davis Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Horsebridge Film: Lion

Whitstable Philatelic Society

21 September - 21 September at Social Centre, Lady Immaculate

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday or each month (except during the Summer Holiday season) at the Social Centre, Parish of our Lady Immaculate, 15A Castle Road, Whitstable CT5 2DY (on the SE corner of the Northwood Road and Castle Road junction in Tankerton; enter large car park from Castle Road). We have regular Auctions at the same venue, usually in March, June and November. We also have a Bourse (Market) about 3 times a year with (free) tables of Stamps and Postal items to buy and sell. Other meetings include Displays by Members of their specialised or unusual collections or discussions and talks on specific topics. New Members are always welcome. The current Membership fee is a very affordable £2 per annum. You can always contact Adrian for more information at amsafier@hotmail.com Adrian can also help with selling all types of collectables e.g. Stamps, Coins, Postcards, Trains, Memorabilia etc- not pottery or furniture! Alternatively, please have a look at our website.

Whitstable Philatelic Society

A Breath of Fresh Sea Air

27 September - 03 October at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Ann Palmer. Oil paintings, sketches, prints and cards showing local scenes painted by Ann Palmer who takes her inspiration from the land, sky and sea invigorated by the changing moods of the Kent weather. Ann derives her inspiration from the changing light and mood of the weather and sea, the light and reflections and balance between sky, sea and shore. She works mostly en plein air, recently some more considered paintings come from her work in her studio. The exhibition will feature work mostly from local scenes, many showing the Whitstable shore line and seascapes. Ann stands on the beach, river banks, in the fields and vineyards with her box easel and oil paints; she draws in pen and wash, and uses oil paint on MDF or canvas. Many paintings are of loose palette knife impasto oils, others show the details of the groynes or urban scenes. Ann has been influenced of course by Mr Turner, who painted the same sea views; also Kurt Jackson who paints Cornish seascapes using mixed media. Ann is a retired doctor, and has been painting for 10 years, her work developing such that lately she is painting some large land and seascape canvases.

A Breath of Fresh Sea Air

Art About Thing

27 September - 03 October at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Assembly. A group show by Assembly artists on the theme of place.

Art About Thing

One Man and His Dog - Once Upon a Labrador

29 September - 29 September at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

An evening of wry humour, with Alfie going back to his roots with his book of 'whimsical verse' entitled 'My Labrador Eats Poo' (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Henry Venning, this stage show features Charles Garland, and his labrador Alfie. Original music interludes by: Rick Wakeman. Directed by: Sam Snape. Charles Garland is a writer and composer, and formally television producer and director for the BBC.

One Man and His Dog - Once Upon a Labrador

One Night at the Playhouse

30 September - 30 September at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Wiley Wolf Productions Ltd invite you to join Kent's hottest Musical Theatre talent for one night only as they take you on a journey through some of the most unforgettable show tunes of Musical Theatre. From the golden age of Broadway to the toe-tapping popular songs from today's remarkable shows, One Night at the Playhouse is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles! After the sell-out success of Avenue Q, Wiley Wolf Productions returns to the Playhouse Theatre for one night of sensational singing, incredible dancing, showbiz glitz and humorous entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are sure to sell out fast, so be sure to book now for this one-off spectacular.

One Night at the Playhouse

Gallery

News

First Floor Offices to Let

Published: Thursday 07 September

Space in the Former Angling Club at Whitstable Harbour available to let.

Harbour Board Meeting

Published: Thursday 10 August

If you would like to come along, the details are here.

Events

Defending Our Shores

01 July - 01 December

Threats to Whitstable from wars, floods and smugglers Whitstable is situated on the coast of the Thames Estuary, which brings great advantages of... at Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Around & About Kent

20 September - 26 September

Sean Deane Photography The multifaceted moods of the sea and the life that goes on in and around it are dramatically represented , producing perennially... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre