Cohesion Plus is a Gravesham based community arts organisation which was established in 2008. Since then we have delivered regular free arts activity and festivals across Kent. In 2018 it became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. We passionately believe that the arts should be accessible to all and should be used as a means to bringing people together regardless of their background, promoting community cohesion and our shared British values. In Gravesham over many years we have led on the organisation and delivery of the St George’s Day celebrations working with local schools, the Fusion Street Festival which takes place in Gravesend Town Centre and the Gravesham Festival of Christas Lights. In additon we provide regular drumming sessions for young people as well as workshops activity in school and community settings based around North Indian and Southern African dance and music.
Built in 1968 as part of the new Civic Centre, The Woodville has hosted dance schools, local shows and national talent. Our main auditorium is capable of seating 650 patrons across three levels or of being transformed into a flat floor space for cabaret performances for 380 seated at tables and 100 seated in the circle.
Beneath the Main Auditorium is our Studio Theatre, sponsored by O2 Gravesend. This space is used to present familiar plays and new pieces of theatre and play hosts to our monthly Comedy Club. The Studio Theatre, sponsored by O2 Gravesend can accommodate up to 180 seated patrons and has a bar at the rear of the seating area.
GA.. Gravesham Arts .. is a charity and our home is St Andrews Arts Centre, the decommissioned, Victorian church building on the Thames in Royal Pier Rd.
We have an annual Sponsored Artists scheme and run Family and Adult workshops/ competitions. The hall is used to back music, drama and art exhibitions/ performances.
You can join GA and support us and get more involved at committee meetings, contributing ideas and helping to promote the arts in Gravesham..
Gravesham Arts Salon had its first meeting in December 2016 and since starting as an informal network of creative practitioners working in Gravesham, it is now a constituted organisation initiating and delivering projects under the GAS banner. It has, however, maintained its core intentions to be a supportive space for artists and creatives in the area to share ideas and work and link up with colleagues.
Since its inception GAS has worked on several projects including Silk River in 2017. In 2018 GAS delivered the first one day Riverside Fringe Festival in July and based on its success this was developed into a week-long festival in 2019. Riverside Fringe 2019 was awarded ACE funding and information on the festival and the venues and artist can be seen on this website. In 2020 GAS is planning an even bigger fringe festival in the autumn as an associate of Estuary 2020.
Hatten Wyatt Solicitors & Advocates, based on Windmill Street in Gravesend, is the umbrella firm of a group of legal practices across Kent with offices in Gravesend, Maidstone, Chatham, Tenterden and Tonbridge. Hatten Wyatt has 10 highly-experienced Partners and just fewer than 80 staff, all of whom are specialists in their particular areas of law. Our sole focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, who range from individuals and families to businesses and charities.
We keep abreast of current thinking and practice and aim to provide cost effective and practical solutions for our clients. Paramount to our approach is ensuring that relationships with our clients are exceptional.
Through our ‘Legally Pink’ initiative we have assembled a team of specialist lawyers who are committed to ensuring all members of society are treated fairly and with respect and who work tirelessly to champion the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
KECC (Kent Equality Cohesion Council) came into being following the closure of the North West Kent Racial Equality Council in March 2010. The main objectives of the KECC are:
Working towards the reduction of inequality, the elimination of discrimination and to promote good relations between the diverse communities with a view to strengthen community cohesion in the County of Kent.