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TUESDAYS Greenhithe & Swanscombe British Legion Club London Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9EJ 10:00 am Paula 07891 424401 Glentworth Ex Service Club 154 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1JB 5:30pm and 7:30pm Gillian 07957 135737

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BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY Dear Readers, Welcome to the April magazine. As usual it’s jam packed with lots of local information and local businesses. Please support as many as you can - use them or lose them! In case you weren’t aware, we run Dartford Living alongside volunteer members of the local community FOR the local community. It’s the only independently run magazine serving the local area with information, fun, good news and positive local stories! Please get in touch if you would like to write an article for the magazine. If writing is not for you then perhaps you could volunteer to deliver 100 or so magazines to your local roads - you will guarantee your copy of the magazine and get a little exercise as well! If you don’t always receive a copy directly through your door, you can pick up a copy from various drop off points including Dartford FC, local libraries, Fairfield Leisure Centre, The Priory Shopping Centre, Stephen Oliver Art Gallery, health centres and local Barclays branches. Additionally, if you email editor@dartfordliving.com we will add you to our e-newsletter and you will join 6,000 others who receive a copy of the magazine by email once a month. Until next time, Vijay - Editor, Dartford Living (and the rest of the fantastic Dartford Living volunteer team)

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and hopefully a few other vessels as well. The arrival of the Decima was really something special as it proved the low Bob Dunn Way bridge had not killed the Creek and that Dartford was truly open for boats. Below is a selection of some of the vessels that have visited the creeks since restoration began.



Dartford and Crayford Creeks were once a hive of industry bustling with sailing barges, tugs, lighters, tenders and all sorts serving the many industries that had grown along the banks, time and ‘progress’ took it’s toll though and in the 1980’s the last of the boat dependant industries had all but closed down this then left the once vibrant waterways of Dartford and Crayford Creeks destined to a future of mudbanks, shopping trollies, bicycles and old tyres. This all changed a few years ago with the formation of the Facebook Group Friends of Dartford and Crayford Creek and the founding of Dartford and Crayford Restoration Trust. Volunteers set about changing the tide of decay, it started first with litter picking the footpaths and riverbanks, clearing the public slipway to make it usable albeit a bit muddy, piles of shopping trollies, tyres, bicycles and debris from the river bed were cleared. Then making the wharves accessible for boats, cutting back overhanging branches, some fantastic work has been carried out clearing the historic Dartford Lock wharves in particular. The next challenge then was to ‘Bring the Boats Back’, we have over the past three years seen narrow boats, canoes, kayaks, row boats, dinghies, cruisers, yachts, a lifeboat all making use of the creek pathing the way for more vessels and more importantly showing it was safe to do so and a viable proposition for boaters. Our latest visitor is a very sizable and very historic Victorian Sailing Barge, built in 1899 Thames SB Decima is stopping over for a few months and will be the flagship for a Nautical Festival in May (details on Facebook), the Decima will be joined by a small flotilla of Narrow Boats

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FUNDRAISERS SLEEP ROUGH AS PART OF NATIONAL YMCA SLEEP EASY WEEK Local people helped to raise around £3k for YMCA Thames Gateway at a local fundraising event last week that saw them sleep out for the night in Dartford’s Central Park on one of the coldest nights of the year so far. More than 20 people took part in the event last Friday in a bid to raise money and awareness of the work of the local youth charity. Participants paid an entry fee of £10 and were sleeping on DIY cardboard beds. Participants included the leader of Dartford Council, Councillor Jeremy Kite MBE and Lead Member, Councillor Avtar Sandhu MBE. It was all part of a national YMCA Sleep Easy Week that saw YMCAs across the country come together over seven days to promote their work with young people. The money raised will be used to support YMCA Thames Gateway’s services for children and young people. The evening was launched by the Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Rosanna Currans, who also judged the Box Factor competition where participants competed for the most creative cardboard box.

Aleesha and her son George who is 14, both took part in the event. Aleesha said: “I only slept out for one night and with food in my belly and access to WC facilities. How people live like this day after day is beyond belief. “During the night my sleeping bag zip broke. It was freezing; the wind, rain and sleet was relentless. The floor was damp and we couldn’t get in a good position to sleep. “We were never going give up though; I signed up and was determined to see it through. I finally slept from around 4 till 6 am. Not an experience I want to do on a daily basis but I am glad we did; we met some amazing people and made a difference to the YMCA and homeless people.” Aleesha and her son initially asked 75 friends and family to sponsor a pound each. The response was overwhelming and on the same day they raised £400. In total the pair have raised a staggering £1290 so far. YMCA will be hosting its next free Easter activity session for children aged 0 - 7 years old on 29 March. To find out more about the charity and how you can get involved visit: www.ymcatg.org.

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Bouncing Our Way Through Easter! Hi Dartford Living Readers! Hope you all had a fantastic Easter! My website is finally live! Yippee! And after about a month of not sleeping, I’m so happy and proud that it’s now here! Last month, I blogged about visiting Eagle Heights and in my quest to find different and interesting things to do with my son, we have discovered Gravity in Bluewater.

Mums, I’m sure you can relate the pelvic floor can only take so much bouncing, but it was such a good work out! Not only did my little man have a good time, I felt like I’d burned a few pounds in the process - it was a win win! And the price tag? Well, if you go during their parent and toddler hour (visit their website www.gravity-uk.com for details of this) it will only cost £5 for 1 parent and 1 child. They also offer birthday parties for all ages and even exercise classes too.

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The latest craze sweeping the UK? Rock painting. People all over the UK are painting rocks and hiding them in places for people to find, has now made it to Dartford. The Facebook group Dartford Painted Rocks was recently started following on from Love on the rocks UK, a Facebook group of over 58,000 people and growing every day. The Dartford rock painting group had 100 members in the first 5 days of starting. Painting rocks is great for everyone, and parents with children are loving making their own, hiding them, finding others and then posting what they have hidden or found. Stephen Oliver of Stephen Oliver: Studio and Gallery located in the Orchard Shopping Centre has a table available for people to leave or swap their own painted rocks as well. If you or anyone is interested please come and join us in the group and take part in and around the local area.

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Mindfulness for Beginners Dartford open mindfulness course starts 19th April – in association with ‘Mindfulness at Work’. A beginners’ practical course for all who want to learn this proven technique. With Spring on the way, this could be a good time to start making the most of 2018. 7:30pm-8:30pm every Thursday for 5 weeks Church Hall, Holy Trinity, Dartford DA1 1DE Fee: £70 for the 5-session course including notes, audio downloads and ‘daily prompt’ e-mails. [£20 for 16-18yr olds] See www.soshall.net for full details and more information about what Mindfulness is, how it benefits you, what’s involved in the course, and background on the trainer. Or contact Nick Buckley email: nick@soshall.net Call/Text: 07958 516967 www.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk


LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson

ITV OR NOT TV – THAT IS THE QUESTION... Due to the somewhat inclement weather recently, The Towers suffered a catastrophic injury. The chimney stack crumbled, bringing down the TV aerial with it. Apart from the aerial being precariously balanced on the roof and swaying in the wind, we also lost some bricks and a couple of roof tiles. The power line frayed slightly but stayed put, thank goodness. Small fry in the scheme of things, especially when you consider what others around the country had to put up with. Almost two weeks after the event we have just had the power line replaced by the hardworking folk from UK Power and now have to wait for the builder to repair the chimney, and hopefully put the aerial back. We have been without TV for all this time, and I’m still waiting to actually miss it. Whereas it was on most days, I’ve reached the conclusion I watched very little. My secret pleasures are quite limited – I did like Hawaii 5 O just for the sun and glorious beach scenes, and was a bit miffed at missing the second part of Strike. However, I’m not a fan of soaps, or reality shows, and to be honest tend watch repeats most of the time or the gloriously bad films on the Horror channel. I am addicted to the news, but the radio amply compensates for any lack of visual news. I don’t have Sky or Netflix, nor do I watch on a phone or laptop – there simply isn’t that much that I consider unmissable. Without the TV to distract, I found other things to do in the evenings; I began reading more again, delving into the many books I’ve bought and not read. My whole routine changed in that I was more active, took the dog further afield for her walks, and visited some of the landmarks I always talked about seeing but never did. With the repairs due this week, and the reinstatement of the TV, I wonder if I will lapse into my old ways, staring rather vacantly at some pot boiler about robots/killer sharks/earth blowing itself up or whatever. With the brighter evenings, and hopefully warmer weather on the way I don’t think the TV will ever assume its previous importance in our house. Could I give up watching TV altogether? I’m not sure, although the England/Scotland Rugby nearly made the decision for me. We’ll see.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? I was having a lie in the other morning when there was an article on the radio about a painting selling for the equivalent of £355 million pounds. I thought I’d misheard. I cannot come to grips with anyone paying that amount of money for an oil painting. No matter who painted it, Da Vinci in this case, no piece of artwork is worth such a high price. Who buys them? Are they squirreled away in private collections never to be seen again? What is the point of it all. In the same way the millions spent on football transfers is an anathema to me. It is a game – that’s all. It’s not ‘beautiful’ as described by Pele, nor does it benefit the general public. It is simply big business, where a few make a lot of money out of sportsmen who generally do not have a long shelf life in the game, and who aren’t always the best advertisement for it either. With the recent news showing equal pay for performers to be a myth, I still have a hard time accepting that the highest paid female celebrity at the BBC still rakes in between £450K and £500K a year for presenting a weekly show. Mind you, given that Chris Evans earns around £2.5 million I can see why there is a debate on this topic. The problem is that I see these amounts, be it paintings, footballers or TV personalities in other terms; I can’t understand why salaries or transfer fees aren’t capped, with the savings being ploughed back for example, into providing bursaries for the young to study without the burden of fees, or enabling grass roots sports to get the funding they so desperately need. As for the price of that painting – Darent Valley Hospital cost almost two thirds less, when it was built in 2000. Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the plot a bit. SNOWMAGEDDON It snowed. Here in the south east life almost stopped. Schools closed, the railways ground to a halt and panic buying could have become the Olympic sport we excelled in. Everyone else in the country got their big coats out at got on with it. Classroom assistant friends in Lincolnshire and Cumbria walked to work . Friends in Bristol and Shropshire, carried on with minor problems. Seems that if we live south of the Thames, we’re danger of joining Generation Snowflake. Have a good month all.


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DARTFORD LIVING MEETS SALLY BROWN FROM ASHES ARTWORK By Kelly Goldsworthy but I got lucky and I was really pleased with the finished article. When I gave it to my sister she was over the moon and full of emotion. I then realised that ashes of our loved ones aren’t meant to be kept in a box. But having a piece of art, containing my mums ashes, in my home inspired me and connected me to my mum. So within a matter of weeks Ashes Art work was up and running. The art is created using collage (lots of small pieces of paper torn up), and sticking the torn paper onto canvas; adding the ashes with acrylic paint. I then layer it with art resin which gives it a lovely glossy feel as well as protecting the ashes and making it more robust. The idea is that I meet with the family and we agree a design. I have lots of ideas but it is more personal and reflects the individual that it represents if the family are involved. It could be a name, a favourite saying, shapes or symbols, hobbies or teams, views and favourite places, colours or emotion. I know it is important for people to be able to trust you with their loved ones ashes and it’s paramount to me that I have real respect and empathy with people’s loss. Having experienced this so recently myself I feel I can genuinely offer that. When my mum died unexpectedly just over a year ago our family was left devastated. During the first year of grieving I decided to try out some art therapy. I really enjoyed it especially as I had attended Art College when I left school. I managed to produce 10 pieces of collage relating to emotions. From there it struck me how lovely it would be to incorporate some of my mum’s ashes into a piece of art. I didn’t act on the idea immediately but as we approached the year anniversary of my mum’s death I decided to create a piece of art with her ashes as a gift to my younger sister who was getting married in late February.

What you end up with is a piece of collage artwork, which is ‘commissioned’ by you for you and your family to enjoy. It will be a one off unique piece and a fitting tribute to the loved one you have lost. My goal is that ashes can become something we treasure by being able to enjoy them within art as opposed to forget in a box https://www.facebook.com/ashesartwork2017/

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Sunday 8th July 2018 By taking part you will be helping men, women and children fighting cancer. Sponsored Walks from 10am Funday from 12 noon Dog Show (Registration 12.30pm) Held in the grounds of Darent Valley Hospital FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING

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potatoes; just bury them into your container or bag of compost and wait. If you love instant results, you won’t have to wait for long. Crops like lettuce pop up really quickly and before you know it, you’ll have a tray of tasty greens ready to eat. Keep sowing your seeds a week apart and you could have fresh salad every week, all summer long. Not every crop will be a success, but that’s part of the fun. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn and within no time you could be a grow-your-own expert.

We’re always hearing messages about eating fresh fruit and vegetables to keep us healthy. So imagine having all this literally on your doorstep, ready for when you need it. Growing your own fruit and veg is good fun, you don’t need lots of space and it’s so cheap to do. If you have a garden, you’re all set. If not, you can grow your own on a sunny windowsill or balcony. For those who really get the gardening bug, you could apply for an allotment and become self-sufficient, but perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start small. What would you like to grow? Think about what you and your family enjoy – lettuce is an easy one and gives you lots of options; tomatoes and cucumbers too. Strawberries are always welcome and having fresh herbs available adds extra flavour to meals and drinks. Be creative with your containers. Any plastic pot with a few holes poked in the bottom will make a great plant pot. Ice cream cartons are ideal. If you have a spare bin outside your house, this is perfect for things that need deeper roots, like potatoes. Some varieties of tomatoes will grow very happily in a hanging basket.

This is also a fantastic activity to do together with the kids. Not only does it teach them where food actually comes from, it also encourages them to eat the things they’ve grown. Lots of children hate tomatoes, but trying a cute cherry tom that they’ve grown from seed can be the turning point. What’s more, any form of gardening is a great stress reliever. The simple routines of sowing and watering are a superb way of winding down after a busy or stressful day. So here’s your challenge: get that new life feeling this springtime, start sowing and enjoy the very freshest food this summer. Are you living on a low income or tight budget? Would you love to learn simple and effective ways to make the most of your money and not be held back in life by your financial situation? If so contact Kelvin on 07861 101496 regarding a local CAP money course to help you with budgeting and saving. If you’re struggling with debt, don’t panic – last year we helped over 20,000 people with their debts. Give CAP a call on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org. All CAP’s services are available to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background and are free.

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LOCAL CHARITIES WIN AT KENT CHARITY AWARDS 2018 Katrina Adams, Operations Director said” I am so very proud that we have been given this award. It is a fantastic achievement for the entire staff team who are the people that make it all possible. We are fortunate to have staff that is so committed to their work and care passionately about Disabled children and their families. Feeling proud is an understatement”

WE ARE BEAMS SCOOPS TOP AWARD We are Beams was voted “Best children’s Charity” at the recent Kent Charity Awards hosted at the Priestfield stadium in Gillingham. The competition was high from many other very worthy charities but the judges said they were bowled over with the passion, enthusiasm and commitment their staff showed when caring for disabled children and families in Kent. HOSPICE CHARITY WINS CARE CHARITY OF THE YEAR Leading provider in specialist palliative and end of life care, ellenor was named ‘Care Charity of the Year’ at the Kent Charity 2018 Awards, which recognises the outstanding contribution charities and voluntary groups undertake to make the lives of others better. The award recognises the Hospice’s commitment to its patients and their families in delivering high quality care and support when it is needed most. ellenor was shortlisted alongside the Kent Autistic Trust and Pilgrims Hospices. ellenor is the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages, from the very young to the very old, in their place of choice, and Children’s Hospice at Home. This means that across Kent we can be there for adults, children and young people, ensuring they have access to the very best care and support. Each year demand for our services is increasing – last year we cared for over 2,500 families.

The comes at the end of a very eventful financial year where the original charity established for over 20 years ago by parents of disabled children, changed the name to We are Beams to help lift the profile of the charity to help secure future finances, and to reach out to more families than ever before. patients and their families and this award recognises their work tirelessly supporting others behind the scenes. My special thanks also goes to our faithful and committed supporters, who enable us to raise the necessary funds to provide our services free of charge to patients and their families”. Now in their fifth year, the Kent Charity awards have become an unmissable date in the third sector diaries. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday 15 March at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham. If you would like to find out more about ellenor and its services please visit www.ellenor.org or call 01474 320007.

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THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH... by Stef O’Neil

Led by renowned Musical Director and vocal coach, Tania Holland Williams, the newly established HUSH COMMUNITY CHOIR meets from 7pm-9pm on Monday evenings in central Dartford. We are a friendly group that is always looking to welcome new members. No auditions are necessary and there is no requirement to read music. We welcome all abilities and all singing voices. We cover a varied repertoire including musical theatre, gospel and classical music. Strong vocal technique is taught. The emphasis is on having fun while learning to sing well and healthily. The ambitions of the choir are: to bring together people from Dartford and the surrounding area to make music together, to sing and to create platforms for new friendships; to foster confidence among choir members to make the best sound they are capable of; to provide an environment that welcomes people from all backgrounds and abilities; to deliver a number of performances across the year to diverse audiences.

charity is Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (www.jostrust.org. uk/), the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. In support of Jo’s, a team from the Hush will be participating in Steps for Jo’s, the annual sponsored 5k walk or 10k run on 9 June 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Following the recent success of our Spring concert last month which raised £200 for Jo’s Trust, we are now planning our Summer concert which will take place in July. If you’d like to become part of the Hush, just come along for a free, no obligation taster session where you will be made to feel very welcome! Our new term starts on Monday 9 April and joining details are as follows: Membership fees: £70 per term Membership includes: 10 x 2 hour sessions per term; at least one showcase performance each term; printed music; invitations to join other (sometimes free) singing workshops that the MD runs during the year. For further information about the Hush, please contact: hushchoir@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at www. facebook.com/hushchoir/

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SPORTS NEWS Bav’s Sporting Comment

Lionel Messi seems to reach a milestone or set a record every time he plays. Against Chelsea on 14th March, he reached two. First, he registered his fastest goal in the Champions League by netting after two minutes eight seconds from a narrow angle, and later he reached 100 goals in the competition with a blistering low strike which went - as did his first - straight through the legs of Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois. He is only the second player to reach a century of goals in Europe’s premier club competition, joining his great rival at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the 100 club. Ronaldo’s tally stands at 117 in 148 games. Messi’s 100 has come up in 123. The next man on the list - former Real Madrid forward Raul - has 71 goals. Of those still playing on the list of most Champions League goals, Karim Benzema is closest to Messi and Ronaldo with 53.


3-4: Football - Champions League quarter-final first legs 4-15: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia 5-8: Golf - Masters, Augusta National 8: Formula 1 - Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir 10-11: Football - Champions League quarter-final second legs 10: Football - Women’s World Cup qualifying - Bosnia & Herzegovina v England; Northern Ireland v Norway; Scotland v Poland 13: Cricket - County Championship season starts 14: Horse racing - Grand National, Aintree 15: Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai 21 Apr-7 May: Snooker - World Championship, Sheffield 21-22: Football - FA Cup semi-finals, Wembley 22: Athletics - London Marathon 24-25: Football - Champions League semi-finals first legs 29: Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku 32

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Kevin Stringer has just competed in the first ever televised disabled darts competition in Holland where he made it to the semi-final in a field of the top 16 players in the world. Kevin was born on 3rd June 1974 and is a disabled professional darts player from Dartford, currently playing in the Professional BDDA (British Disabled Darts Association), and is the number one ranked wheelchair darts player in the UK having won 2 events this year in Birmingham and Stafford.

He is ranked joint 5th in the BDDA world. Kevin has competed in various championships across Europe including Belgium, Holland and events in the UK. He has won various championships and events. Kevin will also qualify for the master’s championship in Bridlington in September and he is looking for sponsorship. Kevin can promote your company or organisation by promoting you on his shirt and various social media. Kevin has a large following through contacts and other organisations including the BDDA. Kevin also carries out many events for charity. Kevin is looking for companies to sponsor him while he competes in various competitions in the UK and across Europe. including various televised events. Please feel free to contact Kevin via email or by phone. Email Kevin Stringer : kevs10@hotmail.co.uk or by phone: 07531001709.


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Several years ago I, was handed three Dartford Lawn Tennis Club minute books by a member of the Dartford Historical & Antiquarian Society and from these I have compiled a list of members. I am now putting together a history of the club.

Cup is Walter Ernest Harle (captain), and the gentleman 2nd from the right is Mr Einar Skjold, donor of the cup.

If any of the Dartford Living readers have any information, photos or memorabilia to do with this club, whose headquarters and courts were at the Dartford Football Club ground in Watling Street, I would be very pleased to hear from you. You can contact me by email: tonyjan@talktalk.net

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DARTS NEWS By David Shafford


We have had lots of suggestions for the name of our new mascot. It has been hard to narrow it down with names ranging from Prince Dart to Birdy Mcbird Face! We have narrowed it down to 3 choices: - Watling Warbler - Darty the Warbler - Sylvia (The Dartford Warbler’s Scientific name) The voting is open to name our new mascot. www.dartfordfc.com/mascot-vote/ You have until 7th April to cast your vote.


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DARTFORD PARKRUN Dartford parkrun is a free to enter 5k run every Saturday morning starting by the Dartford harriers track in Central Park at 9am. All participants get a time a position emailed and texted after the event. To register go to www.parkrun.org.uk. Remember to bring your printed Barcode. Every Sunday Morning in the Park there is a Junior parkrun over 2k – registration is the same. SEEDS CYCLING CLUB DARTFORD Seeds is a long established cycling Club in Dartford and we share our headquarters at Hesketh with Dartford Cricket Club. We cater for most abilities and have a social ride most Saturday mornings. For info on joining us please visit our website www.seedscycling.co.uk DARTFORD AND WHITE OAK TRIATHLON CLUB We are the local British Triathlon Federation Club covering Bexley, Dartford and Swanley. We offer coached swimming sessions 3 times per week at White oak pool in Swanley and Fairfield pool in Dartford. Our members compete in many local Triathlons plus many members are training towards Iron Man distance. We also have our own Triathlon in June every year which has been running since 1989. If you are interested in joining us then please visit our website www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk Entries are now open for the DWOT club annual triathlon The White Oak Triathlon is one of the oldest Triathlon events in England. Now in its 29th year the event is a club organised event, for triathletes delivered by triathletes so you can be sure that the club focuses upon delivering a first class race experience. This is open to anyone whatever their experience Entries and more info at the following link www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk/white-oak-triathlon/ DARTFORD ROAD RUNNERS Dartford Road Runners are based at Princes Park Stadium and are one of the biggest road running clubs in Kent. We currently have about 200 members of all abilities including a beginners group. DRR teams compete in the Kent League, the Assembly League and the Kent Fitness League. To see what we offer and how to join us please visit our website – anyone is welcome to join us with all abilities. dartfordroadrunners.co.uk/node/440 Joydens Wood summer series – First race will be Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 7.15pm and is open to anyone – save the date and 38

entry forms will be available soon Run Dartford Series 2018 again sponsored by Downton and Ali Associates – First of the 5 races will be on Friday April 20th on Dartford Heath – save the date and entries will be open soon DARTFORD HARRIERS ATHLETICS CLUB Dartford Harriers is among the leading athletics clubs in Kent, with a history stretching back to the 1920′s, making it one of the oldest clubs in the country. If you are interested in seeing how we can help you advance your Athletics then please visit our website www.dartfordharriersac.co.uk The Dartford Half Marathon is one of the longest-running events of its kind. We warmly welcome runners of all ages and abilities to enjoy a mix of urban and rural running through lanes paved with the enthusiasm of our dedicated volunteers. Your participation in this event also supports athletics in the local community as well as a number of nominated charities. This years event took place on the 11th March. Check the website for updates on next years dates and entry procedure. www.dartfordhalfmarathon.co.uk CENTRAL PARK ATHLETICS CLUB We are situated in Dartford’s outstanding Central Park, and can provide access to a state of the art running track (relaid in 2015) and the full range of track and field facilities for just £4.50 per session (we offer discounted annual memberships). Refreshments and changing facilities are also available. For no extra charge, we hold coached track sessions on Wednesday evenings for runners of all abilities. This is a tough but very popular way to increase your stamina and running technique, and you’ll be in the company of qualified coaches and some of the friendliest runners around. For more information please visit our website centralparkathletics.co.uk SO LETS GO RUNNING (SLGR) SLGR is a local running club with structured training sessions designed to improve runners speed and stamina. There are currently four runs available with more starting soon; see below for more details. The Run leaders for each group are as follows; Dartford Cricket Club, Dartford - Dawn & Brian Cyclopark, Gravesend - Dawn & Brian New runners are always welcome and you can contact Brian if you would like more information; see contact details and e-mail

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DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT STARTING A DIET UNTIL YOU’VE DONE THIS… By Mark Broadbent People are quick to jump on whatever diet is trendy at the moment in an attempt to lose weight. Often, the diets they choose are completely inappropriate, unrealistic, or maybe even detrimental to health. All for the sake of some quick weight loss. Whilst many of the diets around can work, they don’t work for everyone, and you need to know what you’re doing rather than just following a plan designed to suit everyone! What we can take from all of these diets however is what they have in common rather than their differences. For the most part, all of the most successful diets will involve a slight calorie reduction, a change to healthier foods (note I said healthier, this doesn’t mean you have to eat only leaves!), avoiding/reducing processed foods and increasing whole foods (and exercising regularly). This is easily done. It doesn’t mean abstaining completely from the foods you enjoy, just a change to healthier options, and trying to cut back a bit on the “less healthy” foods (especially with Easter coming up!). So, before you go on any diet, make a few changes first and see how you go. Often, diets aren’t necessary and actually just make weight loss more difficult since you end up struggling to stick to them. Do the following and you shouldn’t need to “diet”: Eat protein at every meal. This includes breakfast! It’s really important to get plenty of protein. It helps your body grow and repair and will also fill you up for longer (which despite certain adverts – cereal won’t do!). This may stop you snacking so much between meals. Eat healthy fats at each meal. These are essential for health and low-fat diets can actually cause harm if you’re not getting these essential nutrients. Eat at least 5 portions of VEG per day. Don’t live on

fruit and think that will cover your vegetable intake. Not only is veg good for you, but if you eat a small salad or some veg with or before meals, it will fill you up a bit and will hopefully stop you over-eating the more calorie-dense foods in the meal. Try eating it as a starter to ensure you eat all your veg! Get some in at every meal. Limit carbohydrate intake if you’re aiming to lose weight, but don’t eliminate them! Just eat a bit less of the bread/ pasta/rice etc if you’ve been sedentary. On training days, you can eat these more freely as you’ll need to replace energy, but don’t go mad. Eat slowly and pay attention. If you eat too quickly, you’ll likely have over-eaten by the time you realise you’re full. Slow it down, chew every mouthful well, and pay attention to how full you feel – you don’t have to be stuffed after your meals. Just not hungry any more. Following these 5 simple rules may well be all you need to do to change your diet and get control over your weight. It doesn’t have to be a test of will and weeks of suffering. Please don’t try any fad diets until you’ve given this a go. Nothing needs to be complicated. Simple nearly always works best, and for diet this is also true. Constantly strive to improve your eating habits and you can only get better. If you need help, get in touch for Personal Training or Nutrition Coaching via www.MarkOneFitness.co.uk or www.DartfordBootcamps.com Train safe! Mark Broadbent

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One of the most well-known and beloved shows in musical theatre will be making its way to town this spring as Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) brings West Side Story to Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. As an updated version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story stunned audiences when it opened on Broadway in 1957 with its vivid mixing of drama, daring choreography and latin inspired score from Leonard Bernstein. The show tells the story of Tony and Maria and their quest to find happiness together amid the turmoil of gang war between the Jets and the Sharks. Many of the show’s songs have passed into the popular canon; songs like ‘America’, ‘Tonight’ and ‘I feel pretty’ will already be familiar to many audience members.

The Society has been rehearsing towards the April performances since October, with a cast of over 50 local performers meeting twice a week at their headquarters, Heathfields Hall in Dartford. ‘It’s been a huge undertaking’, explains the show’s Director Alex Freeman. ‘We have a great mixture of long-standing and brand new society members in the show and they have gelled together really well. In particular we have worked hard on the many dance sequences that the show is famous for and we’re looking forward to seeing everything come together in the last few weeks of rehearsal’. One area where this show has already been a triumph for the Society is at the box office where they have seen ticket sales outpace all their previous productions of the past 8 years. They are hoping that this success will not be a one-off, as Chairman Paul Farlie explains. ‘We have been working hard at marketing, not just individual shows but the Society as a whole, for a number of years. It has been great to see that this show has already been so popular with the public, the last time we saw tickets selling this fast was in 2010 for our production of The Wizard of Oz, but there is a chance that we will surpass even that total.’ This show will be followed by the toe-tapping Irving Berlin classic Top Hat, which will again be performed at the Orchard Theatre in October 2018. The Society is always looking for new talent, both on and off-stage, and anyone who is interested in getting involved should email daodscom@gmail.com. West Side Story is being performed from 18th – 21st April at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Tickets: 01322 220000 or www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

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Anyone who’s been to the theatre in Dartford over the last few weeks will know there’s been plenty going on. Phil Daniels explored his dark side in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and a kidnap plot went very awry in Ruth Rendell’s Gallowglass. Meanwhile on a slightly cheerier note, Strictly favourites Vincent and Flavia were back in Tango Moderno, and Thriller Live was every bit as - well, thrilling as anticipated. No time to pause for breath after that little lot though, because there’s more on the way. Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical - based on the popular TV show from a few years back - arrives in Dartford on 9th April (until 14th), starring Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey and Corrie’s Kevin Kennedy. We won’t get to see Freddie Flintoff though - which could be good or bad news, depending on your viewpoint. That’s followed by the return of the excellent Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) with one of the all-time classic musicals, West Side Story (18th21st). Based on Romeo and Juliet, Leonard Bernstein’s tragic love story never fails to get audiences sobbing, and I’ve no doubt this production will be no different; I’ll be bringing tissues for sure.

the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical, this very silly show is “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail and is full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Who can say no to that? On top of all that, we’ve got - among other highlights - an evening with the legend that is Brian Blessed (3rd), SingA-Long Beauty and the Beast (5th), comedy from Russell Brand (29th) and music from 60s favourites The Hollies (7th) and opera star Russell Watson (22nd). A few other local(ish) shows to look out for in April: if you missed Gallowglass at the Orchard last month, there’s another chance to catch it at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from 17th-21st, and the Marlowe in Canterbury plays host to Ria Jones and Danny Mac in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (16th-21st).

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The Pack is back and this time, they are bringing Ella Fitzgerald! The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas sends you back in time to the glamorous, golden era of 1950s Las Vegas, when Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin joined forces and become the hottest ticket in town at the famous Sands Hotel. Mon 14 May – Sat 19 May

To book tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk | Ticket Office: 01322 220000 We have teamed up with The Orchard Theatre to offer 2 tickets to The Rat Pack (your choice of date). To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize just answer the following question... What was the name of the hotel they performed at in Las Vegas? a) Sands Hotel b) Beach Hotel c) Sea Hotel d) Waterfront Hotel Closing date 15th April. Email your answer to competition@dartfordliving.com Good luck!

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CAR NEWS - APRIL 2018 By Dhiren Ganesh

In this month’s article we’ll bring you new model versions available in 2018 from different classes including a new electric SUV to rival the Tesla.

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – The new Jaguar I-Pace is the British firm’s first electric car, promising 0-60mph in 4.5sec and a near-300-mile range between charges. It’s also the first challenger to Tesla’s dominance of the luxury electric car market. As an electric car and an SUV, it’s right on trend, blending two sectors of the car market that are growing fast. Power for the I-Pace comes from two electric motors, with one at the front and the other the rear, to make it four-wheel drive - combined these motors produce 395bhp. Recharging the batteries from 0-80% capacity from a standard wall box – as you might when plugging in overnight – takes 10 hours, while one of the current generation of public rapid chargers would reduce that to 85 minutes. It will be on sale during summer 2018 priced from £58,995£76,900.


2018 Toyota Auris – The new Toyota Auris has been revealed at the Geneva motor show, and the big news is there will be two hybid options but no diesel. You can have the 121bhp powertrain, which combines a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, plus a new 2.0-litre hybrid producing 178bhp. However, the only conventional engine is a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol with 114bhp. The 2018 Auris is based on a new platform and is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor in an effort to make it look more dramatic. Plus, it features a front grille that was apparently inspired by a catamaran’s hull. It will be available later in 2018 with the price estimated to be around £20,000.

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS – The Mercedes-Benz CLS is now in its third generation. At 4.98m long, it’s truly executive car-sized, and it still has those dashing frameless windows that seamlessly add a touch of glamour. The AMG 53 and a four-cylinder petrol-engined model won’t arrive until the autumn. At its April launch, the CLS is offered in three variants: all are three-litre, six-cylinder engines; two are diesels, one is a petrol and all are priced in the high £50,000s. All CLS models are four-wheel drive and their interior is constructed from top-class materials, and fit and finish is superb. The CLS range starts at £57,000, which will rise, presumably, to around £70,000 for the AMG 53 performance model.

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY Parent and Toddler Groups - Term Time Only

MONDAYS 9:15am - 11:00am - A&J Toddlers - St Anselms Church Community Centre, Dartford. £2.00 per one adult and child and 50p for any extra children or adults each. Tea/coffee biscuits, small snack for children with juice. Toast 20p per slice Craft table and singing and dancing at end of session Contact Julie on 01322 291092. TUESDAYS Session 1: 9.15-10.45am, and Session 2: 11-12.30pm. Christchurch, Crossroad, Dartford. Contact Catherine on 01322 220036. 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us on (01322) 288434 for further information. 9.30am-11.30am Sticky Fingers - £1.50 per adult includes tea ,biscuits and healthy snack time for the children For pre school children up to 4 years St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall London Road Greenhithe Contact 01322 382031 or see www.stmarygreenhithe.com WEDNESDAYS 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us on (01322) 288434 for further information. 10am -12pm - Little Angels Net Church, (Formerly Gala Bingo Hall) Dartford, £2.50 per family including all snacks and drinks. Charlotte 01322 272649. 12:45pm -2.45pm - Fleetdown Open House - Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ £2.50 per Adult THURSDAYS 9:30am - 11:30am. St Paulinus Church Hall, Manor Road, Crayford. 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - facebook.com/ ToeRags 1pm-2.30pm Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - facebook.com/ToeRags FRIDAYS 9.30am-11am Baby and me for expectant mothers and mothers / carers of chidren up to 2. £1 per adult St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall, London Road Greenhithe. Contact 01322 382031 or see www.stmarygreenhithe.com 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers facebook.com/ToeRags 9.30am-11.30am Carer & Toddler Group, St Mary’s Church Hall, Stone Place Rd, Greenhithe. Jeanne 01322 380322 jeannehoadley@yahoo.co.uk 1-3pm Gigglekidz, Tree Estate Community Centre on Cedar Road - £2 Per Child SATURDAYS 9.30am-11.30am Daddy and Me - A group for dads and male carers of children up to 5years. £1.50 includes healthy snack time for the children. St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall, London Road Greenhithe. Contact 01322 382031 or see www. stmarygreenhithe.com

Toddler Music & Rhyme Sessions at Dartford Libraries - Monday Friday Thursday Story Time Fleetdown - Tuesday Greenhithe - Thursday - Thursday Longfield Summerhouse - Tuesday Sutton-at-Hone -Monday. Temple Hill - Thursday Dartford

10:30am - 11am 2:15pm – 2:45pm 10:30pm -11:00am 10:30am -11am 2.15pm – 2.45pm 10:45am -11:15am 10:30am – 11am 2pm – 2:30pm 10.30am -11am

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LITTLE BRIGHT SPARKS Fun phonics, literacy and numeracy classes for 2-4 year olds. Held in West Kingsdown on Tuesdays at 1.15 and Wednesdays at 12.12 £6.95 per class one to one tuition also available for 2-7 year olds. 07768 447657 for more info www.facebook.com/littlebrightsparks http://www.babysign.org.uk/

SLADE GREEN AND HOWBURY COMMUNITY LIBRARY BABY AND TODDLER ACTION RHYME TIME GROUP Every Wednesday (Term Time only) at 11.15am LEGO Club Every Saturday 2-3pm for ages 5 and over Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY Groups and Clubs

THE NORTH WEST KENT BRANCH OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION meets at 8pm on the 4th Wednesday evening of each month in the PopIn Parlour, Mill Road, Northumberland Heath, Erith. The meetings last about 2 hours and the group often have a speaker on a variety of subjects, followed by tea and biscuits and general chat. For more information contact Eileen on 01322 228169.

NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm in the Community Room of Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1BE. The programme of activities is varied with workshops, talks and sit and stitch sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More information can be found on our website www. northkentembroiderers.co.uk or phone 01474324734.

DARTFORD OSTOMY GROUP SUPPORT (DOGS) meet every third Wednesday in the month at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. It is for anyone who has an Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy, IBS and pouch, their carers, family and friends.

THE GARDENING CLUB SUTTON AT HONE Monthly meetings, Visits to Gardens, Annual Garden Show and much more. For more information or to become a member please ring 01322 863556.

ALL DIRECTIONS is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, learning and mental health difficulties. For more information, attend a taster session or visit our community lunch club, contact Caroline on 01322 440482 or 07570 347612

AGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday morning 10.30 - 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and a chat - Just £1

YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES Every Tuesday from 6-7pm &Thursday from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Peppercorns, 3 Orchard Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2DF. For more information please call The Hope Group on 07580 615206.

BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH PARKINSONS UK For people with Parkinsons and their carers. We have 2 meetings per month. Bexley: 4th Thursday of each month, at Pincott Hall, 2-4pm. Dartford: 2nd Thursday of each month, Mick Jagger Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. Information support workers available, guest speakers and quizzes. Contact Wendy Leach. Tel: 02083065973

JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP We are a small friendly group who meet at the Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Centre on the first Tuesday of the month. Join us any time between 11am and 1pm for a social chat, coffee and biscuits or a fun quiz. For more information contact mikeansell.dt@hotmail.co.uk

MODERN LINEDANCING CLASSES St Michael & All Angels Church Hall, DA2 7EG Wednesdays 1pm - 2pm. Fun, social class learning routines from differing genres to popular music providing exercise for body and brain. No dance experience or partners necessary. Contact Kay 01322 276528

SHORNE FLOWER ARRANGERS Our Club presents a programme of workshops and demonstrations in a very informal and friendly atmosphere. We meet on the last Thursday of each month except December. Shorne Village Hall, The Street, Shorne. DA12 3EA. Visitors are always made very welcome, entry £3. We have 30 members and look forward to welcoming anyone who loves flowers. The Club provides an opportunity for people to be creative, make friends. For further information please phone 01474 353405 or email landaclatworthy@btinternet.com

BEXLEY PHILATELIC SOCIETY Meetings first and third Friday of the month at Freemantle Hall, Bexley village, 7:30 for 7:45 start. Covering stamps and postal history, meetings offer displays, auctions, competitions, and convivial atmosphere. More information on www.bexleyps.org.uk

SWANLEY HISTORY GROUP Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Presentations on local social history. Venue Swanley Indoor Bowls Centre Garrolds Close Swanley BR8 7BF. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk for more details or visit our website https://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly. com or Facebook page. Annual membership £5 includes a monthly newsletter. 50

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DARTFORD BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm at Wilmington Christian Fellowship Church Hall, Broad Lane, Wilmington DA2 7AQ. We are seeking new members at all levels to play Duplicate Bridge -cost £2 per session. Enquiries: contact John Davies on 01474 832221 or e-mail carolandjohnd@tiscali.co.uk 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP more information visit: www.meetup.com/20s-30s-Dartford-Bexleyheathsurrounding-areas-social-group/ DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE) meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information about meetings and interest groups call 01474-709068 or visit our website. THE DARTFORD STROKE GROUP This group meets Monday afternoons at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing atmosphere, chair-based excise sessions, stroke leaflets and magazines, informal workshops, special art or games sessions and outings. It is aimed at Stroke Survivors, their carers, family and friends. Please contact Theo Hodges on Theo.Hodges@gmail. com or phone/text Theo on 078 755 68296 for more details and current dates of our events and meetings DARTFORD FLORAL CLUB The club meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley Rd.(opp Papermakers Arms) at 7.30 Come along for an evening of beautiful flowers, fun and friendship. Entrance £6.00, refreshments and a raffle with the chance to take home a beautiful floral arrangement. Contact Chris 01322 836026 DARTFORD QUILTERS meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford. We run a varied programme of activities suitable for the beginner through to the more experienced quilter. More details can be obtained from the club secretary on 01474 834872 DARTFORD BOOKS AND CULTURE CLUB meets once a month on Saturday mornings at Dartford Library. For more information, find us at www.meetup. com/West-Kent-Book-Club/ THE DARTFORD CHESS CLUB The club meets every Thursday evening from 7.30pm at St Anselms Parish Hall, West Hill and was founded 100 years ago in 1914. All queries to Mike Wiltshire at 01322 272152 or visit www.dartfordchessclub.co.uk

at Sutton at Hone Village Hall. 1.30pm until 4.30pm. £3.00 per afternoon (to include a raffle ticket and tea/ coffee) £10.00 yearly fee. We are a small, friendly club, not expensive. Tuition given. All supplies can be bought in situe. Come and see if you like it, You will be very welcome. Contact - Maureen Beckham 01322 287214. Marie Blake 01474 704581. Doreen Goddard 01474 707357. WEST HILL MORRIS Come and join your local Morris side, dancing and performing in Dartford, Gravesend and Bexley areas and throughout Kent in the Summer. We are a mixed and very sociable side, and can always find room for new dancers and musicians. It’s a great way of keeping fit and you’ll be helping to conserve a great English tradition. We practice alternate Tuesday evenings at Bexley, from September to April, then dancing out at pubs, clubs and fetes, throughout Kent, from May to August. Private Bookings taken. Contact Alison on 01322 862298, e-mail alisondukes@btinternet.com THE WELLBEING LINK The Wellbeing Link meets on Friday mornings from 10-1pm in the St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford A friendly and informative group - call Julie On 07775875585 STIMUL8 ACTIVITY SERVICE I provide all the equipment, materials and refreshments with just a small all inclusive, pay as you go, fee of £10.00 per person per session. Those who come have the opportunity to learn painting with watercolours, acrylics, inks and how to draw with pencils, soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoals, watercolour pencils, fabric pens, plus basics of sculpting and have the opportunity to sign up to additional floral workshops I offer too. www.stimul8-activityservice.co.uk THE ASSOCIATION OF BEXLEY CHARITIES ’78 is holding a Grand Spring Fair at the United Reformed Church Geddes Place, Bexleyheath DA6 7DJ (near the Broadway Shopping Centre) on Saturday 14th April 2018 from 9.45 am - 1.00 pm Local charities will be selling CDs; DVDs; Jewellery; Cards; Books; Jams, Cakes, Pickles; Toys; Model Railways; Collectables; Children’s Games Admission 50p, accompanied children free Refreshments Charities represented: Alzheimers Society, Bexley Branch; Bexley Downs Syndrome Group; Bexley Smile; Breast Cancer Now; Cats Protection Bexley and Dartford; The Children’s Society; Demelza Hospice Care For Children; LEPRA Health in Action; Lupus UK; Motor Neurone Disease Association

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TONI MOUNT HISTORY CLASSES The group meet every week at Towncentric in Gravesend and this year we are looking at Everyday Life in Medieval London. We meet every Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at £6.00 per week customers can phone me on 01474 355676 for more information or look at my website www.tonimount.co.uk DSTC ALUMNI Hi all, if you went to DSTC, DTC, Dartford West Girls or any other name that the school has been known as we would love to hear from you! The school is looking to make links with former students to help raise the profile of the school but also as a way of getting back in touch with people. There will be an event later on in the academic year and we are planning some exciting things for the group so get joining and let’s get reminiscing!! www.facebook.com/groups/DSTCAlumni THE MANOR HALL VARIETY GROUP We meet every Tuesday at 8.00 in the Community hall (opp St Paulinus church) Crayford. We are looking for anyone who could help us with sound, lights, scenery or singing/acting on the stage - everyone welcome. Email me (Carolyn) for more details at c_sawyers@hotmail.com. CRAYFORD TOWN ARCHIVE incorporating Barnehurst and Slade Green. Meet every Monday (except the third Monday) of the month at Crayford Library hall - 2pm-4pm. Call in for a chat about old Crayford and to view the large collection of local images, or bring your own for us to copy. TALK TIME TUESDAY 2.00 - 3.00PM (TERM TIME ONLY) Fleetdown Library Everybody welcome, join us for a friendly chat and light refreshments. HAVEN (LGBT) SOCIAL GROUP. London / Kent area. Every Friday - a safe Place to Meet. For more information please contact 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email - havenx35@gmail.com SCRAPPY DAYS! A SCRAPBOOKING GROUP is being held at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley Road, 52

Dartford, DA2 7RB on the 2nd Sunday of the month between 2pm and 6:30pm. It costs £6 which includes refreshments, nibbles and the use of a cricut (cutting machine for those that don’t know). Beginners are very welcome. Contact Michelle on 07910 488428 or email scrappydays@hotmail.co.uk PAVILION PLAYERS Is an amateur dramatics group based at the Joydens Wood Community Centre, Wilmington, Kent. We meet every Tuesday from 8-10pm. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/pavilionplayers or call us on 07505 006539. Alternatively just pop down on a Tuesday night! Everyone welcome! DARTFORD BELLRINGERS Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Wednesdays 8.009.30p.m. Free tuition with a very friendly, sociable group. The ideal way to make new friends. Phone Ester 01322 220458 or email: esther.correia1@btinternet.com North West Kent Family History Society The Dartford Branch meet the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am-12:30pm at the Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, For more information see www.nwkfhs.org.uk or ring Janet 01322384836 WILMINGTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE is a friendly group who meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, High Road, Wilmington. For more information on our activities please call Ann Hambridge on 01322 228082 Erith Model Railway Society has been in existence for over 50 years and has well over 50 active members. As the club continues to grow new members are always welcome. The club meets on Wednesday evenings from around 7.00pm until around 9.30pm at our new clubrooms in Invicta House (aka Belvedere Workingmen’s Club), 66 Gilbert Road, Belvedere DA17 5DA. DARTFORD ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP,[ DARTARA,] We are a group that meets on second Thursday once a month 2 - 4pm at Fleetdown community

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centre. At the meeting we have a guest entertainer or speaker, we also organise holidays and day trips out as well as activities including theatre trips, curling, short mat bowls, indoor games, coffee and cake afternoons and an art group. Just turn up on the day or phone Maureen Dixon-Jones 01322 383337 or Glenys Theobald 01322 273108 for more information THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NORTH DOWNS They meet at the Holiday Inn, Black Prince, Thursday evenings 7:30pm for 7:45pm for Dinner and fellowship. For details phone 07759 863836. THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S REGISTER The National Women’s Register (NWR) is a national organisation that meets in the Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via www.nwr.org.uk or call 01603406767 and ask about the Dartford group. HEALTHCARE RETIREMENT GROUP Dartford & Gravesham Branch. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from 10-12pm.Activities include guest speakers, outings, lunches, holidays and quizzes. For more information contact Marion on 01322 402967 OVER 55’S CLUB - We meet every Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm at Tree Community Centre, Cedar Road. We play bingo, tea and biscuits, and socialise. We also run regular coach trips to the coast throughout the year. Our club is open to anyone over 55 wherever you live and costs just 60p to come along and join in. So why not come and join our friendly welcoming social club? For further information please call either John Letchford on 01322 270732 or Pam Carr on 01322 222195. JOYDENS WOOD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meet on the third Tuesday of every month, with meetings beginning at 7.45pm. We meet at the Community Centre, Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, DA2 7NE. More information can be found at joydenswoodresidents.co.uk (under Local Clubs and Societies). CRAYFORD AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB meet on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Falcon Wood Club, 1 Falcon Wood Avenue, Welling at 10am. Contact Tony Maun 0208 306 1075 or email Crayford.Probus@gmail.com. FAIRFIELD (DARTFORD) WI 2nd Tuesday of every month, Dartford Girls’ Grammar School, 7.30pm. Contact Judith on 01322 278703

CRAYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE 1st Thursday of every month at 1.45pm. Baker Trust Hall. Maxim Road, Crayford (near Sainsburys). Contact Secretary, Linda Lewis 01322 557229 DARTFORD LADIES PROBUS CLUB A group of retired ladies meet locally for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of each month,. They raise funds for charity and usually invite a speaker. Join them and enjoy meeting and making new friends. If you would like more information please contact Iris (Secretary) on 01474 703448 MALE? AGED 18 - 45? Round Table is for the guys with Ladies Circle for the Ladies (ladiescircle.co.uk) Dartford RT meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Often called the original young man’s social club, Round Table has over 400 clubs in the UK and is in 50+ countries worldwide. We have an emphasis on having a lot of FUN. We guarantee that involvement with Round Table will enhance your social life, your personal abilities, your network and best of all it is not expensive. For your chance to become involved in something very special, you need to experience it because no other organisation offers you the opportunities that Round Table does. Check out the locally famous club www. dartfordroundtable.co.uk Facebook search: * Dartford Round Table * Round Table * Dartford Egg Hunt You will receive a very warm welcome. THE ROTARY CLUB OF DARTFORD We meet at lunchtime at The Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays. Time 12.45 for 1 pm For further details phone: 07706 103706 THE RENDEZVOUS CLUB (50+) Every Monday Time: 8pm - 10pm Location: Close to Bexleyheath Town Centre Description: We are a (non-profit making) friendly social group open to anyone over fifty. We enjoy socialising, making new friends and activities including Quizzes, Meals Out, Trips to the Theatre, Cinema, Coach Trips, Gentle Walks and Short Breaks Away. Admission: Subs £2.50 per week. Annual membership £6 If you would like to join us or require further information please telephone: Tel: 01322 287356 or 020 8304 6414

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WHEELCHAIR EPEE FENCING Wheelchair epee fencing in Dartford and Gravesham, we are delighted to announce that New Ash Green Epee club, can now introduce wheelchair fencing. If interested in taking up this para sport please contact us on 01474 871484 or alternatively look at our website www.nagfencing.eu ERITH YOUTH RUGBY Sunday 10:45-12:00, Sussex Road Erith. Ages 4-16 welcome 07903 590515 LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS Sundays 10:15-10:45 at Swanscombe Leisure Centre. Call Saj on 07903 513104 DARTFORD GYMNASTICS is the only British Gymnastics Club in Dartford to hold the”GymMark” Award for 6 years. Based in Heath Lane, we are a friendly club with super equipment, great coaches and high standards. We do lots of competitions and we do not close through the holidays! Visit our website www.dartfordgymnastics.co.uk for full details or contact Linda on 01322 409312 or email dartfordgymclub@yahoo.co.uk LEARN KARATE Learn karate with Yamato Damashii – for adults & children Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. For more info, visit www.ydma.club or find us on Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial Arts. YOGA WITH EMMA Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30am-10:30am At Europa Gymnastics Centre Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Becket Sports Centre For more information please contact Emma: emma@samadhi-yoga.co.uk TEL: 07932 621415 www.samadhi-yoga.co.uk 54

KENT EXILES AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLUB www.kentexiles.co.uk. Coach Martin - 07944 730634. All ages from 7 years to adult welcome HARTLEY SWIMCLUB AT WHITE OAK POOL, SWANLEY We are a friendly group of adults who meet for a social swim every Thursday at 9pm. We’re looking for new members. Why not give us a try? Contact Diane on 01689 871846 or join us one Thursday. Tuesday Morning Yoga Class at Sutton Court, SuttonAt-Hone The class is from 9.30am to 11am and is a mixed ability class - beginners are always welcome. More information is available at www.yoga-vitality.com or please contact Lesley at lesley@yoga-vitality.com or 07531 140646 DARTFORD JU JITSU CLUB Mondays 7-8pm for 7-16s at the Dartford Girls Grammar, Shepherds Lane Dartford DA1 2NT in the Dance Studio. We have an adult class 8-10pm too. We’ve been running for 20 years, building confidence, teaching self-defence, hardening the target, developing skills and always welcome new members. DARTFORD ORIENTEERING CLUB For more details see www.dfok.co.uk HOP LIKE IT’S HOT A fun (different) circuit based workout with space hoppers that challenges core stabilty, balance and strength. It is suitable for all levels and abilities. Classes are held every Wednesday evening at the stone pavilion starting at 8:15 until 9:00 costing £5 per person.

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THE HIGHLY STRUNG BADMINTON CLUB, Friendly club seeking new members. Abilities mixed. Would suit players with some prior experience. Thursdays at 7.45-9.45pm, Dartford Girls’ Grammar School, DA1 2NT For further information please email: stephanie.thredgle@btinternet.com

This group was set up after the founder suffered with PND herself and on trying to find support groups noticed there wasn’t any in KENT, We now support mums from all over the world online, in person or at groups. We pride ourselves on being there so no one feels alone or scared when dealing with PND. Groups held every Friday 12-2pm at St Mary’s church hall Greenhithe Kent.

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The Brent Playgroup meet Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm Term time only. For enquiries please contact: Mobile: 07989073866 Tel 01322 271738 (between 8 and 12:30) email: thebrentplaygroup@gmail.com or call in at any time. Registered for Free for Two Children The Brent Methodist Church Hall PostCode DA1 1XF

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Directory of Local Businesses advertising in Dartford Living ACCOUNTANTS, FINANCE & LEGAL Buss Murton ...................................................................... 40 Downton Ali Associates.....................................................59 GF + Co...............................................................................41 BUILDERS, DECORATORS ROOFING, BATHROOMS, KITCHENS & WINDOWS Dream Doors......................................................................10 Nightingale Bathrooms......................................................22 Steve Cook - Double Glazing..............................................23 The Double Glazing Repair Man........................................35 CARE HOME Emerson Grange...............................................................17 CHILDREN Bip Bop Shop.................................................................43 Hartbeeps......................................................................49 Monkey Music................................................................55 COSMETIC, BEAUTY & HEALTH Dia Wipes...............................................................................7 COUNCIL Dartford Borough Council ................................................31 ELECTRICIANS AES Electricians....................................................................4 ESTATE/ LETTING AGENTS GPS Lettings.........................................................................7 Fox Estates ........................................................................15 Wisdom Estates..................................................................39 FUNERAL DIRECTORS Stephen P. Gay....................................................................39 GARAGES & VEHICLE SERVICES Orchard Garage..................................................................60 Shenley Road Garage..........................................................45 HOUSING Bramble Tye..........................................................................9 HOTELS Campanile.............................................................................4 Bull and Victoria..................................................................22 JEWELLERY Bradleys...............................................................................23 LAW Apex Law...............................................................................6 LOGISTICS/ REMOVALS 58

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