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Eastgate_House_open_day_140913 More than 1,200 people took the opportunity to have a look around Eastgate House, Rochester during Heritage Open Days (12 to 15 September). The scheme celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and offers free entry to historic buildings that normally charge for admission or are not usually open to the public.

This was the last chance for visitors explore all four floors of the Elizabethan town house before work begins on a Heritage Lottery Funded project to conserve the building and transform it into an exhibition and community space with improved access. The house is due to re-open in 2015. Read More

A talk to celebrate International Women’s Day takes place at Rochester Library next month. Sam Hall, playwright and founder of 17Percent, an organisation to support female playwrights, will give the talk entitled From Aphra Behn to the angry young women: A top 10 of the UK’s women playwrights for International Women’s Day. More

Eastgate House: picture: Simon Kelsey

If you’ve resolved to volunteer in 2012, or to get involved more in the local community, there’s a chance to do just that at Eastgate House next week.

The historic building was awarded a development grant of up to £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in February 2011, as part of a £1million grant application to restore the building and transform it into an exhibition gallery and community space where all kinds of events can be held. More

Great Expectations is one of Dickens’ best loved novels. But what happened afterwards? Well two versatile actress/singer sisters present their ideas in a musical in September. More

Find out how to research your family history and uncover the secrets of your ancestors’ past at an exhibition and two special talks being held at Eastgate House over the next two weeks. More

Baby massage, first aid, arts, sports and leisure are just a few of the courses on offer at the family learning fun day in Rochester this month. More

January the 25th as you probably all know is Burns Night and this Burns night I had the good fortune to be at Elizabeth’s of Eastgate in Rochester to celebrate. More

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