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Windrush Remembered, Culture Fest, 22nd June !



MACA in partnership with Medway Council are pleased to announce that we were succesful in securing some funds to stage a number of events to commemorate the contribution and acheivements of the Windrush Generation. After the successful campaign of the Windrush Foundation to declare 22nd June, National Windrush day, The Church Urban Fund, made a funding announcement for organisations to apply for a share of funding to stage events. 

We will be hosing a series of events this year in partnership with Medway Council, The University of Kent and the Chatham Historic Dockyard. 

The first event talkes place on Saturday 22nd June


MACA annual general meeting 

Its that time of year again !  Where we invite you to celebrate our acheivements over the past year, and share our plans for the future.

Come and join us at our AGM on Froday 26th July at El  Galley,

Young Black Achievers Awards 2019

Nominations are now open for our 14th annual Young Black Achievers Awards. We are delighted to be supported again by Midkent College . We are still looking  for sponsors for this prestigious event. Every year we receive some amazing nominations and in the past 13 years have given out over 200  awards plus! so help us to grow and celebrate the achievements of young black people across Kent and Medway

This year we are also recognising those who are part of the Windrush generation in the region. Those who made a contributioin to the region who have lived and worked here from the 1948  to 1971

More details to follow about the ceremony  


Want to perform at the awards ceremony? or know someone who would like to perform? get in touch! email



Medway African and Caribbean Association

brings Black History to Life with Heritage Lottery Fund support

Medway African and Caribbean Association ( MACA) has received £67,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting and innovative project called  "Black History Live"  taking place across Kent and Medway. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the history and legacy of African and Caribbean People across Kent and Medway during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Through a series of research workshops, the project will enable local communities to learn more about the history and legacy of African and Caribbean people in the region, culminating in an exhibition called Black History Live that will take place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Autumn 2018.  Alongside this, a learning resource, a drama production and specially trained exhibition guides will be created in order to tell these fascinating stories. Black History Live will be of great benefit to young people and the wider community, providing the opportunity to learn more about heritage in an engaging way, as well as the opportunity to develop new skills in areas such as research, production and drama.  It is also hoped that it will go some way to break down some of the social barriers that exist between different communities in Kent and Medway.

Kent and Medway has a very rich history with regards to African and Caribbean people such as Walter Tull, Olaudah Equiano, Chatham Cuffay and many more.  Through this project we aim to bring their stories to life.

Commenting on the award, Carol Stewart, Chairperson of Medway African and Caribbean Association  said: “We are really excited to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This has been our biggest achievement to date, and we believe this project will open up many doors for the local community, and provide a unique opportunity for the whole community to learn and appreciate the contribution that the African and Caribbean community have made during that time. A lot of our history remains untold, and we aim to bring it to life in a way that engages and enthuses people to want to learn more. A project like this has never been done before on such as scale as far as we are aware in Kent and Medway, so we are really pleased to be spearheading something that is going to create a long lasting legacy. We could not have achieved this without the support of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Mid Kent College, Dickens World, Medway Council Black Workers forum,  Medway Council Arts Team, local historians Brian Joyce and Marika Sherwood, also the Nubian Jak Memorial Trust and JD Douglas”

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “This is an important project that will uncover and highlight the little known heritage of African and Caribbean people in Kent and Medway over 200 years. From footballer Walter Tull to composer Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the figures that will be investigated led fascinating lives and I’m delighted that we are able to provide this National Lottery support that will ensure their stories are better known across the county.”




Notes to editors

About Medway African and Caribbean Association

Established in 1984 , the charity exists to raise awareness of  African and Caribbean culture, and to promote the needs of people of African and Caribbean people/descent through social , cultural, educational programmes across Kent and Medway. MACA holds regular drop in's at the Sunlight Centre for senior citizens, has a Young People's group, holds regular social events, and fundraisers.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery

For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Carol Stewart


0844 884 9502

Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:



c/o The Sunlight Centre

105 Richmond Road

Gillingham, Kent




Or use our online contact form.


More volunteers

The recent recruitment campaign has boosted our numbers, but we are always looking to welcome more volunteers.

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