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Welcome to the August 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 Orchard Theatre, The Priory and Orchards Shopping Centres, Stephen Oliver Art Gallery, health centres and local Nationwide and Barclays branches. Additionally, if you email we will add you to our e-newsletter and you will join 7,000 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)


Dartford Festival Rocked the Park Darts Muscle man celebrates 25 years in the treatment room 13 Dartford Florist 14 Peppa Pig heaven. I’m not telling porkies 19 Bip Bop Blog 21 Dartford News 24 Life Under the Stairs 25 Recipe 26 Travel Spotlight 28 ellenor hospice twilight walk 32 Kentones 33 Dartford Arts Network 34 DSTC Community Day 2019 40 Sports News 42 Fitness 43 Rescue is best 43 Dartford Painted Rocks 44 Theatre Review 45 Car News 48-55 Where to Go Locally 56-57 Advertisers Index 58 Useful Numbers


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DARTFORD FESTIVAL ROCKED THE PARK by Jo Clark (Local Resident), photos by Andy Barnes Photography

Then, we had The Lightning Seeds, what can I say? Blew my socks off, well, metaphorically as I was wearing sandals but…They looked happy to be there, everyone in the audience was definitely happy to be there, and you could feel it in the air. The Lightning Seeds rocked it and you could see that everyone watching it did too. I found my new friends again (“Jo, it’s you again! This is a brilliant festival!”) and danced my old Indie-Girl socks off. I don’t think I have grinned so much in years. The festival itself was well-planned, accessible and relaxed. We had a minor emergency near the end of Saturday early-evening when my husband decided to decamp with our daughter without telling us. The security team were brilliant, patient and utterly in control. We did find them in the fair and he got a fair telling off, but the team kept me calm and knew what they were doing, they were amazing. So after the minor scare and a fantastic day we headed home. I woke up the next day already excited about watching Who Are You UK later. They didn’t disappoint, absolutely fantastic. It was like watching The Who circa 1987 (I imagine, I was only 11 then!). The atmosphere at Central Park was the same as the day before, relaxed, in-control and had the hint of great things to come in the air. It didn’t disappoint. I was back at the front, again, the audience were living and loving it, the band were loving it, and my Well, what can I say? My college and university days came back to me in an amazing happy boom. When I first received the press release about The Farm and The Lightning Seeds headlining at the Dartford Festival, I bored my husband senseless with their songs and my memories. They didn’t disappoint! We got there early to make sure we had a good place, which was pointless really because as soon as The Farm began I was off down the front on my own and met some great people. The mood was fantastic, the band were fantastic, everything was fantastic. Nostalgia ten-fold and then some. The Farm completely embraced the atmosphere and seemed to enjoy it as much as the audience, which was a massive age-range – children on shoulders, women on shoulders, men on shoulders (I may have imagined that bit). Everyone with massive smiles on their faces and completely embracing the moment.


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Sometimes you need a bit of brilliant entertainment to remember who you really are and what you enjoy. The Dartford Festival gave that to me in abundance this year, and for that, I thank you…There are loads of other bands that I haven’t had the time to mention, and the Community Stage is something for us Dartfordians to be proud of, so much great local talent, so much support and so much fun! Everyone excelled themselves this year. Well done Dartford, hats off to every single band and talent that perfomed this weekend. My mouth is still hurting from the grinning and I am so proud of our town. Outstanding. It’s coming home, it’s coming home…

mouth was still hurting from grinning so much from the day before. I talked to some great people, everyone wanted to be there and we were all so proud of the fact that The Dartford Festival is still going and free. Well done Dartford Council, you have earned a Brownie Badge this year. Unfortunately, I had to go soon after watching Who Are You UK as I was off to see Sing-a-long-a Bohemian Rhapsody at The Orchard Theatre that evening (whole other fantastic story).




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by Henry Clark

Football today can be a brutal industry. The shelf-life of managers and players is shorter than ever before in the current results-based culture we find ourselves in. Dip down the leagues and you’ll see a recurring theme; longevity. Clubs, particularly at non-league level, are perhaps more forgiving than others, largely due to the fact they don’t have the finances to partake in the endless merry-go-round of staff and players as the likes of Chelsea have ridden in recent years.

for 25 years “I’ve done away games to Grimsby and Gateshead on a Tuesday night, getting back at three o’clock in the morning when we played in the Conference Premier (now the National League). You’ve got to love what you do but also you’ve got to love the football club that you’re working for.” One thing that has never dwindled throughout the years of applying muscle tape and deep heat is his love of the club. “It’s a very community-orientated club here and many who work in the backroom do it because they love the football club and want to give something back to the area. I’m very proud of being a small part of the history of this club,” he added.

Dave Phillips knows a thing or two about longevity. He is now into an unprecedented 25th year as part of the medical team at Dartford FC which is a world away from the glamorous lifestyle usually associated as part of life in the football industry. It is not uncommon for some of the big clubs to take to the skies for more than driveable distances for away games, a life Phillips would Football has changed immeasurably on and off the often dream of on a wet Tuesday night in Grimsby. pitch in the last few decades but the struggles of being a physio to semi-professional players remains Phillips has been on the sidelines with Dartford FC the same. Squads are smaller and time is limited, 8

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making the physio’s job of getting players back on the pitch as soon as possible critical. “We only see them two or three times a week for a couple of hours which is difficult. Really, we want to be doing the full rehabilitation process but if you’ve only got a couple of days a week to do it it makes it harder and longer for the injury to recover.”

without any thought to it.” To the laymen it sounds like a tricky and frankly unenviable job. But whilst treatment options have continued to evolve, Phillips always remembers a comment by one of his former tutors when he attended night school at South Kent college to get his qualification, that has stuck with him to this day. “They always said that the biggest aid you’ve got is your hands. Even if you don’t have all the new technology at your disposal there’s more knowledge about human anatomy than when I started and the injuries and

Phillips was a part of Tony Burman’s (pictured) staff that most notably achieved an 8th place finish in the Conference Premier Phillips added, “We can’t say ‘I need to see you tomorrow’ because they’re working all day in the city, for instance. But you learn to adapt to the hours that you’ve got and to work on them in the most efficient ways that you can.” For many clubs at this level, financing a squad of players and staff is difficult enough without considering costs for medical equipment. For some of the ‘big’ clubs the outlay on apparatus is merely a drop in the ocean but, for Phillips and his team, the Darts’ supporters association provides a vital lifeline. “We are very lucky here because we have a very handson supporters association. We have got equipment like ultrasound machines and GPS trackers that a lot of clubs haven’t got. We haven’t got anywhere near what they would in the higher leagues.” “The biggest aid you’ve got is your hands, the injuries and bodies haven’t changed” “When we have an injured player we can’t always afford to send away for a scan, for example, so often we self-diagnose,” he went onto say. “In the Premier League they’d be sent straight for an MRI or CT scan

bodies haven’t changed. Phillips (R) has volunteered his time to local schools too, pictured here at a schools cricket festival “Our job as physios of using our knowledge to get players back on the pitch as quick as possible is still the same.” Even after all these years, it’s not clear Phillips is committed to hanging up his vinyl gloves anytime soon. “Every year, for the last ten years, I say to my wife ‘No, that’s the last year’. I am getting a lot older now days and with all the travelling it did get a bit too much and I told the club I was retired. But that only lasted for about three months – in the close season as well.” “I probably do as many hours now than ever – my wife says I do more now. I’ll still do nearly every home game and some away. I’m always mysteriously busy for Torquay or Truro away though!” - -



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Have you ever wanted to order flowers for someone that does not live locally? Or ordered flowers online because you’ve remembered your anniversary is tomorrow and all the shops are closed? Did you use one of the big flower companies like Interflora? Or did you search the internet for a local independent florist close to where that person lives? If you have never searched for a local florist and still use a big company let me explain how you do. If for example you use Google in the search box type Florist near (the place you want to send flowers). This will bring up some sponsored ads first, ignore them scroll down the page until you find the map. This will list all the local florists in the area, most of which will have their own websites which you can order from or you can call them to discuss what you would like, they will be happy to help you. More and more people are bypassing the big companies and supporting small independent shops. As a result of this 18 months ago we took the leap and changed the name of our shop from St Albans Flowers Ltd to Dartford Florist Ltd. This was because as you can imagine we were having lots of orders and phone calls about delivering flowers to St Albans in Hertfordshire and although we do have a wide delivery area this is just a tad too far. We have had a website that you can order flowers online from for over 15 years now. Many of our customers are people who live abroad who love the ease of our website, the fact that they can see designs we have previously made and our reliable service.

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of the park and in addition to this there are birds, animals and beautiful gardens to see. There is so much to see that I would look at staying and taking advantage of their two day ticket as my kids loved Peppa Pig World so much we spent the whole day there! We haven’t heard the end of meeting the ‘real Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig’ something you can’t necessarily guarantee elsewhere.

Under 2 hours from Dartford is Paultons Park - Home of Peppa Pig World. If you are looking for a great family theme park day out for the whole family this summer, then Paultons Park really offers something for everyone (especially young Peppa Pig fans). I took my own Peppa Pig fans to have a look and they were not disappointed in the least. The rides in Peppa Pig world are perfect for younger visitors varying from a relaxing ride on Grandad Pig’s train to the slightly more daring Miss Rabbits balloon ride. If your children don’t seem like the biggest fan of rides there is still plenty to do with a brilliant soft play, park and muddy puddle splash area. In fact, remember your kids’ swimming stuff and probably a change of clothes as my son managed to drench himself from head to toe.

If you decide to visit Peppa Pig World I can recommend first thing in the morning or towards park closing time for quieter times of day as we noticed the queues were much shorter then. Another positive for me was that there were plenty of places to eat with a number of quick bite counters throughout the park which included an array of items for all dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free as well as a number of sit down cafes and picnic areas. Paultons Park is actually one of my favourite theme parks and I would prefer to go there than a lot of others. I always find it clean, well-cared for and maintained and the staff are always friendly and helpful and I can honestly highly recommend it for a great family day out. For more information on opening times and ticket prices visit the Paultons Park website.

Most rides in Peppa Pig world will allow riders from 12 months old on with an adult and even elsewhere in the park there are plenty of rides suitable for visitors under one metre. If you are travelling with kids of all ages then whilst the younger ones enjoy Peppa Pig World the older ones can enjoy a wide variety of rides and rollercoasters in the rest


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DEAR DARTFORD LIVING... I would like to make Dartford residents aware of the proposed bus route change in Dartford, the removal of the 492 bus route from Dartford to Bluewater, this will severely effect Dartford residents, and we need to act now to save the 492 bus route.

Congestion and pollution in Dartford town centre, can only increase as result of the loss of the 492, and that’s bad news for all Dartford residents.

You can find out more details, and give your views on this to Transport for London (TfL) by visiting: consultations. The 492 serves all stops between Dartford & Bluewater (via London Road), and it links to Crayford, Bexleyheath, Sidcup. It is the ONLY bus which travels across Dartford Please give TfL your views by completing the online survey from East to West without the need to change buses. below by: Tuesday 10 September 2019. Passenger will have to changing in Dartford town centre, and pay two fares, as a result of the 492 bus changes. Please state “Dartford and Crayford bus consultation” when contacting TfL. It will effect the whole community, workers, parents and children, students, elderly, and the less mobile, the 492 We must SAVE the 492 bus service, we can change their serves many Schools and Nurseries, between Bluewater, minds. Dartford, Crayford, such as Brent Primary School, Dartford Primary Academy, St. Albans School, to name a few. Pupils The 428 bus route is also being changed, and will terminate traveling to Dartford Boys Grammar School, and Girls at Crayford. Grammar School will also be affected the change. Kind regards, The 492 also serves Livingstone Hospital, Ellenor Lions A. Kember Hospice on East Hill; and Dartford West Health Centre, as well as many business, also workers and shoppers wishing to get to Bluewater. Photo: Ian Cuthbertson


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by Charlotte Wise

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holidays (especially as they won’t be in uniform), or looking to sell Well I’m on the home straight now and well into my third any unwanted designer clothes, trimester! I have wondered where the anxiety-ridden be sure to check out Ragleys! ‘I must organise my whole life’ hormones have gone though as I’m not very prepared at all! I think I have a Until next time! total of 3 things in my hospital bag (one of them being a bag of sweets!) so I’m hoping that very soon, I start to Charlotte x get my act together! Follow my pregnancy journey on Instagram @BipBopMum I recently waddled my way into a lovely little shop this week and I thought I would share as it is a real local hidden gem. It’s fantastic for both mums to be and parents of children of all ages. It’s a designer clothes shop called Ragleys and it sells new and preloved designer clothing for a fraction of the price of branded retailers. It’s like a little Aladdin’s Cave! Not only that, Ragleys is owned by fellow mum, Carly Slipper, who set up the business whilst raising her 2 boys by herself. She has just celebrated her 1 year anniversary in her shop, situated just outside of Barnehurst train station, so when you buy something, you know it’s helping to support a local mum in business. What’s even more of a bonus, Ragleys will also sell your old clothes for you too, so any branded clothes that your little ones may have grown out of, you can take to the shop and earn a little bit of cash. Carly has already sold some items for me within a few days and I’ve since used the money to put towards the baby. So if you’re looking for somewhere to buy great quality designer clothes for your children during the summer

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LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson THE FATE OF THE FETE What has happened to the local fetes? Following on from reports of police intervention at the recent Stone Fete and murmurs that the Dartford Festival only really caters for music fans and high-end car salesmen I’m sad that such a British tradition seems to have died a death. Has it really become so much more corporate and expensive to run? I freely admit to seeing this whole question through rose coloured spectacles. I love a good fete, where I can play tombola games, rifle though bric a brac, books and puzzles, and enjoy homemade cakes and a strong brew. I can also remember the Dartford Show of years ago which seemed to offer so much more in the way of community involvement. Having said that, I haven’t been for a number of years, simply because I felt it was moving away from that whole idea. I seem to recall there used to be a parade of floats through the town, advertising local business, uniformed groups and social activities. I’m guessing it doesn’t happen anymore.

I could never have afforded in the early 1990s. OH and I recently took ourselves off to a well known chain for a quiet, late lunch. I should have guessed something was up when the car park was full on a Tuesday at 1.30pm. We parked and entered. I was amazed at the number of children present. We were seated next to a couple of women, both with small toddlers and got talking to them. This was a regular event for them, as both worked in the evenings and with school age children as well, a social meet up wasn’t always easy. The restaurant provided a cheap and nutritious lunchtime menu and children’s portions – and they could have a couple of hours to themselves before the school run. Times have changed indeed – and for the better. I’m all for eating out with youngsters. It introduces them social skills, manners, offers the challenge of trying a new food and helps establish a degree of independence. It is a chance for them to observe mum, chatting and relaxed with friends, away from the routine of home. It has become the norm. It’s another form of learning.

Nowadays, the nearest I get to a traditional fete is watching TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL …. AND FEED THEM ON one on TV - Midsomer Murders for example – and that always YOUR DREAMS (Courtesy Crosby Stills and Nash) gets cancelled because someone gets killed! As someone who joined Friends of the Earth in the heady, days of the 1970s, I tried to educate my two children about I have no answers; is it a peculiarly British tradition, which recycling, climate change, upcycling etc, when they were in this day and age has out grown its use? Surely it could young. It wasn’t fashionable. be made bolder, bigger and brighter with the input from the wider community? After all, Dartford has welcomed I can remember the tutting of the checkout lady in Safeways so many different cultures and nationalities over the years, when I loaded my loose veg on the belt, only to be told that and surely such input would help us all to understand each ‘we do provide free plastic bags for this…’ Talking about other better, in these difficult times? such topics at toddler group or at the school gates usually went down like a lead balloon. People simply weren’t aware Thankfully I can still get my fete fix – just outside Tunbridge or didn’t want to know. Wells the local village of Withyham holds an annual church fete, complete with games, cake stalls, home produce, I carried on and am as eco conscious (hate that term) as I books, clothes and the ever popular bric a brac. There is a can be now, or so I thought! dog show, brass band and a coconut shy. My OH has family there so for many years we’ve taken the kids, dogs, friends Lunching with Eldest Offspring recently I’m so proud to and a picnic there and spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon know that she has embraced such views herself … and I and returned home with our bargains, and occasionally a have learnt from her. decent bottle of red wine from the bottle tombola. So welcome to the world of bamboo toothbrushes and animal FOOD FOR THOUGHT feeding bowls. Reusable coffee cups (thanks Costa) and When I became a parent (obviously many years ago) money the knowledge that my household wipes are actually made was tight; what I had went on things for the children, clothes, partly of plastic and could take 100 years to biodegrade! food and the occasional toy or treat. Such knowledge has given me a proverbial kick up the backside and I need to read up and introduce further A meal out was a luxury. I was so surprised then, on a visit to changes in to my life. a local eatery, to find it packed to the rafters with mums and babies/toddlers. I’m not talking about fast food outlets here, Thank you, young lady for educating your old mum! but ‘sit down’ waitress service establishments. Something Take care people 24

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by Debbie Dickinson

I love making cookies and these are a perfect activity to do with the kids over the holidays. Use any cookie cutters to make whatever shapes and designs you want. You will need: 200g block butter (at room temp) 200g caster sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 1 egg (beaten) 400g plain flour What to do: Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth, pale and creamy. Add half of the egg, together with a spoonful of the flour, mix well, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the rest of the egg, with another spoonful of flour and mix well again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the rest of the flour. Mix well until all the flour is combined (but don’t mix for longer than necessary as will make for tougher cookies) I usually pop the mix into the fridge for about an hour now to make the dough a bit firmer and, therefore, easier to roll out.

Working with half of the dough at a time, place it between 2 sheets of greaseproof baking paper and roll out to a thickness of about 5-6mm. Cut out shapes and carefully put them onto a baking tray lined with another sheet of greaseproof baking paper. Repeat for other half of dough. Chill in the fridge, again, for about an hour to firm up. Bake at 180° (160° Fan) for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to go a golden-brown colour. Take out of the oven and put to one side to cool. Wash up the cookie cutters and use them to cut out rolled sugar paste. I usually turn the cookies over (to work on a flat surface) and brush some cooled boiled water/ warmed up jam on the cookie to stick the sugar paste. Use edible pens (available in most supermarkets now) or icing tubes to draw details on the cookies. Or cut out smaller sugar paste shapes as decoration. Enjoy! - -



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The river cruising industry continues to grow and innovate, Harmony begins cruising the Mississippi in August. The line hoping to attract further customers with updated styles claims the industry’s smallest carbon footprint. and experiences. River cruising will always be a leisurely way to travel however Exiting shore excursions, new and refurbished ships and one of key trends for active passengers is onboard wellness. more itineraries coupled with increased onboard attractions This year Avalon Waterways introduced Adventure Hosts on are among the innovations contributing to a boom in river its European ships to run fitness classes and other heartcruising. Industry statistics show a record number of UK pumping activities. Once a rarity on rivers an increasing passengers take on the world’s waterways. number of ships now have pools and spas. European river cruises, which account for 90% of UK bookings, were the driving force behind an exceptional growth with the Rhine and Danube leading the way. These are closely followed by eastern and southern European rivers such as Douro and Russian waterways.

The Douro is this year’s hottest destination. CroisiEurope launched the MS Amalia Rodrigues as its sixth vessel and third premium-rated ship on the ‘River of Gold’ and A-Rosa recently inaugurated its first Douro vessel, A-Rosa Alva. Further afield there is growing interest in Asia with new routes on the Ganges plus a combination India itinerary taking in Suppliers are adding additional ships on the Rhone which the Ganges and Brahmaputra. continues to grow in popularity due to the unique combination of beautiful landscapes, world class vineyards, iconic cities Whether you are new to river cruising or have cruised and time in France’ gastronomic capital, Lyon. repeatedly we have a fantastic choice of itineraries and ships for you for 2020 and beyond – don’t hesitate to contact our Once the realm of mature clients, there is growing trend team today and let’s talk river cruising. towards cruises aimed at younger travellers and multigenerational families. Tauck spearheaded dedicated family sailings and A-Rosa offers free cruises for children under 15 on every departure. U by Uniworld recently rebranded U River Cruises and pushed the boat out with its eye-catching ships The A and The B aimed at ‘the young at heart’ and this year Amadeus River Cruises has sailing for millennials. Among the latest developments are larger and greener ships and the biggest news is that Ama Waterways recently launched AmaMagna a 106-passenger vessel, double the width of a standard river ship, has four restaurants, five bars, a pool, watersports platform and private speedboat. American Cruise Line has named the third ship in its Modern Riverboat Series, American Jazz. American Song is already sailing on the Columbia and Snake Rivers and American

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“ellenor may not have able to save my mum, but the Not a day passes when I charity has certainly saved me. The journey is still not yet don’t remember my Mum over – but I do know I’m not alone” – Elaine. and think of the beautiful times we shared. The 16 months ago, Val lost her battle with cancer. Here, her difficult times are still daughter Elaine describes the depth of her grief at the there - I will never stop death of her mother, and how she is learning to heal. yearning for my Mum - but they ebb and flow, and “I have had days when I have been so overwhelmed by my ellenor has been with me sense of loss that I thought I would completely fall apart. I every step of my journey. nearly have. The intensity of missing mum is indescribable, I can never repay my debt a deep sadness that has left me feeling lost and alone. My of gratitude to ellenor, but I can donate to help the charity Mum: She was my best friend and I loved her. help another individual or family like mine. My mum died last March aged 78 years from advanced pancreatic cancer, four years after my father Colin’s death. Her cancer was fast-growing and aggressive and as no treatment was available, she agreed to be referred to ellenor having volunteered at the hospice for ten years and knowing it well.

Dr Russ Hargreaves, ellenor Head of Wellbeing says: “For far too long, we have been led to believe that bereavement is something you simply “get over”. It isn’t, and many of us do better with the help and support of friends, family and professionals. At ellenor, we have a holistic approach to care. We offer spiritual and pastoral care as well as bereavement support to both patients and loved I’m an ex-palliative nurse, but of course I didn’t want ones at a time that is often difficult and challenging. I am to be a professional with my mum, but her daughter. delighted that we were able to support Elaine through What’s more I was terrified at the thought of losing her, her difficult journey”. so I needed someone to hand over her practical care to, just so that I could cope. From the moment the ellenor In honour of her mother’s memory and to celebrate her palliative nurse, Tracy, walked through my doors, I felt as mother’s life Elaine will be taking part in ellenor’s 10th if Mum and I had been scooped up. Mum loved her and Twilight Walk on Friday 20 September - to thank ellenor Tracy took away the burden of our stress, allowing me to for all they had done for her. Last year the walk drew over be Mum’s daughter and us to enjoy our time left together 1,100 walkers for what was a beautiful evening of fun, in a loving, happy way. friends and family, coming together to make memories and remember loved ones. This year ellenor will be inviting Tracy focused on my mother’s needs and wishes; everyone to join the Twilight Walk 2019, turning the streets planning, involving and always communicating with me. of Gravesend orange in support of families, like Elaine’s, We discussed the course of care that we felt would best facing terminal illness. support Mum during her remaining days. Three months later, Mum died peacefully at home with me by her side If you’re inspired by and, however traumatic it was at the time, it was the right this story sign up thing for her. She wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. to ellenor’s Twilight Walk, as a team or ellenor supported me with funeral arrangements, with the individual, on Friday charity’s chaplain, Ben, organising the sort of beautiful, 2 0 S e p te m b e r a t peaceful service that Mum deserved - and which I know t h e Cyc l o p a r k i n she would have loved. Ben still supports me now - my Gravesend. If you world changed when Mum died leaving a huge hole and I would like to f ind felt very alone, but he has been there for me. out more about our services and how Although there were some very good friends and colleagues ellenor can support who rallied round, it was the ellenor team that provided you during difficult the most care and became my heroes. Sally, the ellenor times please contact family-support worker, and Joanna the ellenor volunteer our Homecare and counsellor, were the ones who provided a listening ear, Wellbeing team on practical advice and that all-important hug after my 01474 320007 or email mother’s death. 28

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Bromley Barbershop Harmony Club (The Kentones) Seeks a Musical Director The Club is a chorus of 45 men and is a registered Charity with the stated aim of encouraging men to take up singing, and to develop their skill in the craft of four part unaccompanied close harmony in the Barbershop style. We have a diverse membership and use a light touch audition, but are intent on raising our singing standard whilst still having fun rehearsing, performing and socialising. Our current MD is moving and so is unable to remain with us. We are consequently seeking a new Director who can continue the programme of raising our standard. The Club has operated successfully since 1975 but we are very open to new ideas and the new Director will be pivotal in helping us plot our future course. We rehearse on Thursday evenings in Orpington, south east London, BR6 8JE, and you can find more about us on our website If you are interested in leading our chorus and can demonstrate the appropriate skills, preferably, but not essentially, with barbershop experience, or just need further information please contact Denis Delaroute at or call 01689 853469. Closing date for applications 31st August.


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by Kate Withstandley

On 1st September Dartford Arts Network (DAN) will be part of the Lions’ Community Fayre taking place on 1st holding an auction event to sell the art works produced September 10am - 4pm. for the Dartford Assembly project in 2016 and displayed until recently on the Lowfield Street hoardings. You can place a bid in advance by emailing us at hello@ with ‘Auction Bid’ as the subject and stating your name, bid amount and the title of the work you wish to bid on. A gallery of works available for auction can be seen on our website. If you make a bid via email, we strongly recommend that you still come along to the live event taking place at 2.15pm on One Bell Corner, Dartford High Street as it’s possible you might be outbid on the day! The Dartford Assembly project was the first of its kind in the town with original art works on boards produced following a public call-out for artists, as well as collages from community workshops and local school and college contributions. The high quality of work meant that the public reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the project’s aim - to bring more public art to the town, as well as to enhance the streetscape of the area - was more than fulfilled. Dartford Borough Council were our partners throughout the project, with generous financial support, and in negotiations with the landowner. With the subsequent progression of works on the Lowfield Street site, the hoardings have now been replaced and the artworks removed with great care by Bellway’s groundworks team.

As well as the original artwork boards (1.2m x 1.2m) we will be holding a Secret Postcard Art Sale - postcards of original artwork will be up for sale, with the artists remaining anonymous until point of sale - there may even be some famous names in there up for grabs! The net proceeds of the sales will be donated to the Lions’ chosen charity - Ellenor Hospice (minus minimal project expenses). We are very grateful to all the local artists who have agreed for their original works to be sold for this cause. The Lions’ Community Fayre is on 1st Sep 2019 on Dartford High Street. The DAN auction will take place at 2.15pm on One Bell Corner.

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I see so many people going to the gym and doing “a workout”, possibly one they’ve made up, possibly one they’ve found on the internet or in a magazine, possibly one written for them by a fitness trainer, or possibly even one guided by a Personal Trainer, yet I’d guess at least half of them (probably more) are doing the wrong things based on their goals.

Hormone), HIIT training is fantastic. Short, high-intensity workouts that create lactic acid, using big movements and hit your whole body will do exactly this. Not necessarily on cardio equipment, you can do this with most exercises – the big, compound lifts being the best.

You see, whilst for a completely untrained individual just getting into working out, almost anything will be beneficial - get used to the machines, get used to different exercises, just play around a bit and find what you enjoy doing the most (or hate the least); but there are many different methods of training, each suited to slightly different outcomes.

At this intensity you’ll be using different energy systems so fat-burning during your workout will be less profound, but the increased growth hormone output will create an environment more conducive to burning extra calories for the next 24-48 hours. You’ll also be working the muscles harder, again preserving muscle tissue and encouraging your body to break down fats instead of muscle for fuel.

The main thing to bear in mind going into any workout, is what you want to achieve from this workout. This is a great option if you’re short on time. Is it better than traditional cardio? In my opinion, yes, for these reasons. Is The two most common things I tend to see (purely because it more effective? There’s not much in it, different methods weight/fat loss, and muscle gain are by far the most common work for different people, but for the reasons I’ve explained goals in gym-going populations) are people trying to lose (mainly preservation of muscle tissue), I’d always opt for HIIT weight/burn calories doing strength work, and people trying and save the low intensity stuff for walking around day-to-day. to get bigger lifting too heavy. A good tip would be to do your HIIT workout to prime your body to burn fat, and then go for a walk or do your low I’ll address the fat loss group in this article. intensity work. For fat loss, you will have one of 2 goals for your workout – to burn calories during the workout, or to work at a high enough I see so many people trying desperately to lose weight/fat, intensity to elicit hormonal responses that will temporarily yet they’re in the gym, either on the treadmill/X-trainer, or increase your metabolism leading to more calories being constantly increasing the weights (usually sacrificing good burned for the rest of the day. technique for extra weight) and seeing “how much they can bench” or being coached by their trainer to see how much I won’t get into the nutrition side of this here, but training- they can deadlift or squat. wise there are two options to do this. These are great metrics to track… if strength is your goal; but for fat loss… time spent working heavy lifts and learning For burning calories during your workout it’s all about “work new skills/techniques is time you could be spending on done” or “volume”. Sets X Reps X Weight. This means no 1 burning fuel! rep max’s but also no high reps with light weights. We’re talking medium weights for medium reps (maybe in the Know WHY you’re doing each exercise. If you’re not sure, region of 8-15), with good tempo (slow and controlled) and ask. If the answer isn’t aligned with your goals, you need to short rest periods. change the workout! This will be more effective than “cardio” as it’s using your muscles (the main fuel burners in your body) a lot more. This will also help with hormonal responses and help to maintain or build muscle tissue (diet dependent). Especially important for females, who don’t have the testosterone levels that men do, to help preserve muscle tissue. After all, we’re trying to burn fat, not lose muscle.

I’ll cover the hypertrophy (muscle-gain) group in another article. If you need help with your training and/or nutrition, visit www. for more information on Nutrition Coaching and Bootcamps.

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We have teamed up with Battersea Dog and Cats home - Brands Hatch to bring you regular listings of animals requiring rehoming. Name: Mitka; Breed: Domestic Short Hair; Sex: Male; Age 11 years 7 months; Centre: Brands Hatch; Reference: 375329 Mitka is a delightful cat who will certainly endear himself to any potential new owner with his friendly and affectionate nature. He is very fond of his home comforts and will really appreciate a peaceful and cosy spot in his new abode where he can spend his quieter moments. However, he will also appreciate a nice warm lap to cosy up in when he is ready to enjoy some well-deserved fuss from his human companions. Mitka is super playful and capable of catching his feather toys. Mitka does enjoy some outdoor exploration and so he will need access to the outdoors in his new home.

Name: Dexter; Breed: Domestic Short Hair; Sex: Male; Age 11 years 8 months; Centre: Brands Hatch; Reference: 374920 Handsome Dexter is an older gentleman in need of a quiet and calm retirement home where he will be thoroughly loved, but still allowed to do his own thing. Dexter loves to interact with people, enjoying strokes around his head and face the most. However he also loves his food, and will do almost anything for a tasty treat! Just so long as he has safe, cosy spot to curl up in at the end of the day, Dexter doesn’t need a lot more than that Although he isn’t as adventurous as he used to be, Dexter would love to have a garden where he can stretch his legs and get his paws dirty - or just to sunbathe!

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The Orchard Theatre is getting a makeover this summer, which will see it reopen with new seats, updated tech equipment, improved accessibility and increased capacity. That means we’ll have to look elsewhere to get our theatre fix in August, before the theatre reopens in style with some fantastic shows in September.

this and Nell Gwynn for the rest of the summer – visit for details. Further afield, the Marlowe in Canterbury is playing host to Little Miss Sunshine (31st July-3rd August), a new musical based on the Oscar-winning 2006 movie, which tells the story of a dysfunctional family on a road trip across America to get little Olive to her beauty pageant. The show got great reviews during its London run at the Arcola Theatre, before embarking on a UK tour starring Corrie actor Mark Moraghan and Lucy O’Byrne, who we last saw in Dartford as Maria in The Sound of Music.

It also means we miss out on this year’s Summer Youth Project, which is always a highlight and hopefully will return in 2020. Instead, the theatre’s offering a series of workshops this month, giving children and young people between 9 and 19 the opportunity to learn about everything from stage combat to circus skills, musical theatre to stage makeup. These will take place between 29th July For those looking for a West End recommendation, here and 9th August – visit the Orchard website for details. are a few hot London tickets this summer… The new production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at Meanwhile, there is another Summer Youth Project taking the Palladium, starring Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan, place not too far away – Centre Stage Academy’s two- opened last month to fantastic reviews and runs until week summer course for 8-21 year olds will conclude with September. Waitress is a very funny musical about love, a performance of Our House on 9th and 10th August at marriage and baking, with a cast that currently includes Woodville Halls in Gravesend. This romantic comedy set to Pussycat Doll and Strictly finalist Ashley Roberts. And the music of Madness was written by Tim Firth (Calendar the show that everyone should go and see – especially Girls, The Band) and won an Olivier award for Best New now - is Come From Away, a heartwarming new show Musical in 2003, so should be a lot of fun. about the small community in Canada who took in 7,000 stranded passengers on 9/11. (I’ve already seen it three Dartford’s open air theatre season also continues this times, and will be back for more.) month, as the always brilliant Changeling Theatre return with The Winter’s Tale in Central Park on 7th August. Finally, don’t forget this year’s panto at the Orchard is Or if you can’t make it along that day, they’ll also be Peter Pan, starring Steve McFadden as Captain Hook. performing at Nurstead Court in Meopham on 13th Why not book your tickets now - it’ll be one less thing August, and continuing to tour around Kent with both to think about at Christmas...


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In this month’s article we look at an anniversary edition, speed of 187mph. The GT4 is derived from the regular new sports version and a new more affordable electric SUV. Cayman, it shares many of that car’s excellent qualities. For example, the steering wheel is in line with both and equipped with an extensive adjustable reach and height range, meaning two 6 ft 3” adults can sit comfortably with plenty of leg and head room. The car is available to order now from £75,348.

2019 Mini 60 Years Edition – the original Mini is one of the most iconic cars on the road and now it celebrates 60 years. In total, 500 of these three-door-only limited edition models will roll off the production line and the only engine available is the 2.0-litre turbocharged Cooper S. With the 60 Year Edition - it’s based on the standard Cooper S, but gets a host of styling tweaks, including this fetching British Racing Green paint, with a black contrast roof. It is on sale now with a starting price from £29,990. 2020 MG ZS EV – this is the MG version of their SUV electric car which they claim is the first SUV in the market which is cheap to run and to buy. The new electric model isn’t quite the same bargain-basement offering as the petrol-powered ZS. However, it is priced in line with petrol SUVs from more established brands. Perhaps more to the point, the ZS EV is vastly cheaper than its closest battery-powered SUV rivals, like the Qashqai. It’s not too slow either with a 0-60mph sprint takes a very respectable 8.5sec. The ZS EV’s range is around 163 miles as quoted by MG, compared to the Renault Zoe 186 miles and Kia e-Niro 282 miles. The ZS EV can take up to 50kW from a public CCS point, giving a 0-80% top-up in around 40 minutes. If you charge up at home using a Type 2 connector, as most owners will, the car’s 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 – the Porsche 718 44.5kWh battery takes roughly 6.5 hours to charge to Cayman GT4 is special as It comes with a much improved full from empty. It will be on sale from September 2019 4.0 litre flax six engine which prodcues 414bhp. The GT4 priced from £21,495 (after government grant and MG is claimed to do 25.7mpg and emit 249 g/km of CO2. Its guaranteed discount). speed will take it from 0-62mph in 4.4sec and hit a top - -



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Top tips for the school term ahead Getting children ready for their first day back at school can come with lots of challenges. The retail sector’s massive marketing campaigns, with shops full of ‘back to school’ merchandise, try to make us feel we have to buy everything new – but that’s not necessarily the case. And the new school year challenges aren’t just financial. Here are some tips to make preparing a little easier. Are new uniforms necessary? There’s an expectation that each child needs a new uniform, sports kit and school bag ready for the first day back. However, it pays to be realistic – does your child really need all new stuff? Could their shoes from last term be worn for a little longer? If money is tight it makes sense to make everything last that bit longer. Only buy new if needed! If you do need to hit the shops, be firm with yourself and ask, ‘What do the kids really need?’ Cut your list down as much as possible and only buy what’s absolutely necessary. Most supermarkets have basics such as polo shirts, trousers and dresses at budget prices. Keep an eye out for offers and any chances to get your hands on free or reduced cost uniform – some schools pass on donated uniform or there may be clothes swaps. Don’t forget to check the charity shops too! Do you and your child know what to expect on the first day at school? If your child is starting school for the first time in Reception or Year 1, it helps if you can discuss the routine with them so they know what to expect. You may find little ones get very tired as they adjust to a lot of changes. You could try arranging little treats for them such as their favourite food for lunch or tea so their first few days are associated with things they enjoy.

fears so you can understand and work towards some solutions. You could also talk about the positives of your own school days, such as the fun of making new friends and learning new subjects. If your children are concerned about travel to the new school, you could do a few dummy runs during the last few weeks of the summer holidays to reassure you both. For examples of issues which may come up and advice about how to deal with them, see transition-from-primary-to-secondary-school. Your child’s primary school should also have a programme of support for transitioning to high school. Many areas offer transition days where children spend a day at their new school. Some high schools also have open evenings for parents of new starters. You may be able to meet the head teacher and find out about the school including arrangements for lockers and after school activities. What support is available for students with additional needs? Extra support may be required if your child has additional needs, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are some great suggestions at Why not start budgeting for next year? If you’ve been anxious about affording everything needed for this year, consider looking at your budget and making a plan to save for a better year ahead. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity with over 600 services across the country delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs, life skills groups and support for people breaking addictions. Visit or call 0800 328 0006 to find out more.

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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 10am -12pm - Little Angels Net Church, (Formerly Gala Bingo Hall) Dartford, £2.50 per family including all snacks and drinks. Catherine 07878658685 11.15am - SLADE GREEN AND HOWBURY COMMUNITY LIBRARY BABY AND TODDLER ACTION RHYME TIME GROUP 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 - 1pm-2.30pm Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - 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 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers 9.30am-11.30am Carer & Toddler Group, St Mary’s Church Hall, Stone Place Rd, Greenhithe. Jeanne 01322 380322 jeannehoadley@ 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 2-3pm - Lego Club- ages 5 and over - Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY CARE & SUPPORT THE NORTH WEST KENT BRANCH OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION meets on various date at Birchwood Country Club For more information contact Alexon 01322 228169. 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. 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

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 JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP We are a small friendly group who meet at

SOCIAL GROUPS 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 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP more information visit:

DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE) meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information PARKINSONS UK For people with Parkinsons and their carers. about meetings and interest groups call 01474-709068 or visit our website. Dartford: 2nd Wednesday of each month, Mick Jagger Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. WILMINGTON AND AXSTANE PROBUS Information support workers available, CLUB guest speakers and quizzes. Contact Wendy Leach.  Tel:  02083065973 We are a group of retired men who meet monthly for a lunch and a speaker at the Swanley Bowls Centre. We also have THE DARTFORD STROKE GROUP a monthly walk and occasional coffee This group meets Monday afternoons mornings and as a side line we raise money at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy for a local charity. If you are missing the Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing atmosphere, chair-based excise sessions, contact with other business men since you retired, why not come and join us on the stroke leaflets and magazines, informal last Thursday of every month. For more workshops, special art or games sessions and outings. It is aimed at Stroke Survivors, details contact Phil Burt on 01322 274541 or look at our website their carers, family and friends. Please contact Theo Hodges on Theo. or phone/text Theo on 078 755 68296 for more details and current dates of our events and meetings


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 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.

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Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, DA2 7NE. More information can be found at (under Local Clubs and Societies). BLUEWATER WRITERS’ GROUP We meet each week on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm at Starbucks’ Coffee Shop , Bluewater Upper Guildhall, opposite Waterstones. No fees to pay, just purchase your drink or food in Starbucks and join us. All genres and writing styles are welcome including adult fiction, young adult/teen, children’s, non-fiction, writing for stage and screen and poetry. See us on Facebook “Bluewater Writers’ Group” For further info email Tony at: tonyjan@ 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 FAIRFIELD (DARTFORD) WI A warm welcome awaits you on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Dartford Girls Grammar School, Shepherds Lane, DA1 2NT at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Judith on 01322 278703 or email FairfieldDartford@

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. 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. CRAYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE 1st We enjoy socialising, making new friends Thursday of every month at 1.30pm. Baker and activities including Quizzes, Meals Trust Hall. Maxim Road, Crayford (near Out, Trips to the Theatre, Cinema, Coach Sainsburys). Contact Secretary, Linda Trips, Gentle Walks and Short Breaks Away. Lewis 01322 557229 Admission: Subs £2.50 per week. Annual membership £6 DARTFORD LADIES PROBUS CLUB If you would like to join us or require A group of retired ladies meet locally further information please telephone: for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of each Tel: 01322 287356 or 020 8304 6414 month,. They raise funds for charity and usually invite a speaker. Join them and TALK TIME enjoy meeting and making new friends. If TUESDAY 2.00 - 3.00PM (TERM TIME you would like more information please ONLY) contact Iris (Secretary) on 01474 703448 Fleetdown Library Everybody welcome, join us for a friendly MALE? AGED 18 - 45? chat Round Table is for the guys with Ladies and light refreshments. Circle for the Ladies ( Dartford RT meets every 2nd and 4th HAVEN (LGBT) SOCIAL GROUP. Thursday. London / Kent area. Every Friday - a safe Often called the original young man’s Place to Meet. social club, Round Table has over 400 For more information please contact clubs in the UK and is in 50+ countries 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email worldwide. We have an emphasis on having

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 DARTFORD ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP [DARTARA] We are a group that meets on second Thursday once a month 2 - 4pm at Fleetdown community 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

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THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NORTH DOWNS Our club, which is one of 35,000 around the World, was set up 40 years ago and has members with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. The club actively supports a number of charities locally, nationally and internationally and we continue to raise funds for Ellenor Hospices, Demelza Hospices for Children, Darent Valley Hospital and many others. We are very keen to maintain these traditions and welcome new members from the area. We also organise numerous social activities both for members and the wider community. For more information about the club’s activities and membership please contact Bob Phillips on 07815 807520 or John Smeeth on 07889 137951 - -



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SCRAPPY DAYS! A SCRAPBOOKING GROUP TONI MOUNT HISTORY CLASSES is being held at Hawley Pavilion, The group meet every week at Hawley Road, Dartford, DA2 7RB on Towncentric in Gravesend and this the 2nd Sunday of the month between year we are looking at Everyday Life 2pm and 6:30pm. It costs £6 which in Medieval London. We meet every includes refreshments, nibbles and Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at £6.00 the use of a cricut (cutting machine per week customers can phone me on for those that don’t know). Beginners 01474 355676 for more information are very welcome. Contact Michelle on or look at my website www.tonimount. 07910 488428 or email scrappydays@ 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!! 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 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 52

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. or call us on 07505 006539. Alternatively just pop down on a Tuesday night! Everyone welcome! DARTFORD BELLRINGERS Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Wednesdays 8.00-9.30p.m. Free tuition with a very friendly, sociable group. The ideal way to make new friends. Phone Ester 01322 220458 or email: NORTH WEST KENT FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY The Dartford Branch meet the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am12:30pm at the Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, For more information see www.nwkfhs. or ring Janet 01322384836

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 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 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 Carol 01322 220802 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 ERITH MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY CLUB has been in existence for over 50 years meets once a month on Saturday and has well over 50 active members. mornings at Dartford Library. For more

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information, find us at EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH GROUP’ West-Kent-Book-Club/ calling all 11-18 year olds who want more than an ordinary life, come hang out THE DARTFORD CHESS CLUB with other young people and discover The club meets every Thursday evening their ultimate purpose. Every Friday in from 7.30pm at St Anselms Parish Hall, term time, 7pm-9:30pm at Net Church West Hill and was founded 100 years ago in Dartford, near McDonalds and next to 1914. All queries to Mike Wiltshire at 01322 Weatherspoons. 272152 or visit www.dartfordchessclub. For more information email andrew@ or call 01322 272649. COLUMBINE CHINA PAINTERS CLUB meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each SHORNE FLOWER ARRANGERS month Our Club presents a programme of at Sutton at Hone Village Hall. 1.30pm workshops and demonstrations in a very until 4.30pm. £3.00 per afternoon (to informal and friendly atmosphere. We include a raffle ticket and tea/coffee) meet on the last Thursday of each month £10.00 yearly fee. except December. Shorne Village Hall, We are a small, friendly club, not The Street, Shorne. DA12 3EA. Visitors expensive. Tuition given. All supplies can are always made very welcome, entry £3. be bought in situe. Come and see if you like We have 30 members and look forward to it, You will be very welcome. welcoming anyone who loves flowers. The Club provides an opportunity for people to Contact - Maureen Beckham 01322 be creative, make friends. 287214. Marie Blake 01474 704581. For further information please phone Doreen Goddard 01474 707357. 01474 353405 or email landaclatworthy@ WEST HILL MORRIS Come and join your local Morris side, SWANLEY HISTORY GROUP dancing and performing in Dartford, Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Gravesend and Bexley areas and Presentations on local social history. throughout Kent in the Summer. We are Venue Alexandra Suite St Mary’s a mixed and very sociable side, and can Road Swanley BR8 7BU. Doors open always find room for new dancers and 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 musicians. It’s a great way of keeping fit Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email and you’ll be helping to conserve a great for English tradition. We practice alternate more details or visit our website https:// Tuesday evenings at Bexley, from or September to April, then dancing out at Facebook page. Annual membership £5 pubs, clubs and fetes, throughout Kent, includes a monthly newsletter. from May to August. Private Bookings taken. Contact Alison on 01322 862298, NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP e-mail Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm STIMUL8 ACTIVITY SERVICE in the Community Room of Gravesend I provide all the equipment, materials and Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 refreshments with just a small all inclusive, 1BE. The programme of activities is varied pay as you go, fee of £10.00 per person with workshops, talks and sit and stitch per session. sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More Those who come have the opportunity to information can be found on our website learn painting with watercolours, acrylics, or inks and how to draw with pencils, soft phone 01474324734. pastels, oil pastels, charcoals, watercolour pencils, fabric pens, plus basics of THE GARDENING CLUB SUTTON AT sculpting and have the opportunity to sign HONE up to additional floral workshops I offer Monthly meetings, Visits to Gardens, too. Annual

Garden Show and much more. For more information or to become a member please ring 01322 863556. 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 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. MAKE A NOISE CHOIR Singing songs from the shows and having fun! We meet every Tuesday from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. at St Anselm’s Church, West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ

GIRLGUIDING – DARTFORD DIVISION Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women aged 5-18 in the UK. There are more than 30 groups in the Dartford area run by our amazing volunteers who inspire girls every week. Our new programme delivers the fun and varied range of activities that you expect from guiding, and of course, there’s still plenty of badges to earn. We’ve introduced new topics, new skills and new ways for girls to broaden their horizons. There are lots of flexible ways to volunteer so no matter how much time you have you can #inspiregirls too. If you would like to find out more please register your interest - -



Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm St Edmund’s Living Well Centre, St Edmund’s Road, Dartford, DA1 5ND The DARTFORD’s BIG Sing community choir is open to anyone and everyone! Come along when you can and sing with us! Each rehearsal is just £7 and there are NO sign up or long term financial commitments! Just your enthusiasm! Come along any week to sign up as a member! You don’t need to read music, be able to sing solo’s or even have any experience of singing! However, if you have singing experience we encourage people to try solo’s if they want to! We sing pop, soul, gospel, RnB, Motown and inspirational songs to uplift and energise your week! Great way to meet new friends in your community! We often perform in and around the community with various events throughout the year!

para sport please contact us on 01474 871484 or alternatively look at our website


Sunday 10:45-12:00, Sussex Road Erith. Ages 4-16 welcome 07903 590515


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 54

KENT EXILES AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLUB Coach Martin - 07944 730634. LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & All ages from 7 years to adult welcome


Sundays 10:15-10:45 at Swanscombe Leisure Centre. Call Saj on 07903 513104


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. for full details or contact Linda on 01322 409312 or email dartfordgymclub@

The choir is open to ALL ages (from 12yrs) LEARN KARATE and ALL abilities in and around the comLearn karate with Yamato Damashii – munity of Dartford - however if you are not from the area, you are welcome too!! for adults & children Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. For more info, visit or find us on Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial Arts.


For more information please contact Emma: TEL: 07932 621415


Becket Sports Centre (evenings):

- Mondays: Yoga for Men – 8.30pm to 9.30pm - Thursdays: Hatha Yoga – 6.00pm to 7.00pm - Fridays: Hatha Yoga – 7.00pm to 8.00pm


I run group fitness classes as well as 1-1 and semi private personal training sessions in Darenth at Dimples Day Nursery DA2 7HT. ENERGY Fitness & Nutrition: we offer a wide variety of group classes such as strength & conditioning, boot camps, Boxercise, mum and baby classes, inside and outside classes with great equipment and suitable for all abilities. The website is


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.


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.


Europa Gymnastics Centre (mornings): CLUB - Wednesdays: Hatha Yoga – 9.30am to 10.30am For more details see - Fridays: Hatha Yoga – 9.30am to 10.30am - Fridays: Mindful Yin Yoga – 10.45am to 11.45am

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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.


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:


Based in Erith we have a wide number of members from across SE London and Kent. A great place to come and have a game, make, paint and hobby! Or, if you prefer, come grab a cup of tea and chat about all things hobby and some things not! For more info visit - https://

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 Remember to bring your printed Barcode. Every Sunday Morning in the Park there is a Junior parkrun over 2k – registration is the same.

Refreshments and changing facilities are also available. For no extra charge, we hold D A R T FO R D A N D W H I T E O A K coached track sessions on Wednesday TRIATHLON CLUB evenings for runners of all abilities. We are the local British Triathlon Federation Club covering Bexley, Dartford This is a tough but very popular way and Swanley. We offer coached swimming to increase your stamina and running sessions 3 times per week at White technique, and you’ll be in the company oak pool in Swanley and Fairfield pool of qualified coaches and some of the in Dartford. Our members compete in friendliest runners around. For more many local Triathlons plus many members information please visit our website are training towards Iron Man distance. We also have our own Triathlon in June every year which has been running since Every Sunday 10-11am – Child friendly 1989. If you are interested in joining us coached sessions – Come and join the then please visit our website CPA Swifts – As a fledgling club we would like to give children of all ages and abilities the chance to experience training and The White Oak Triathlon is one of the coaching within a club environment – oldest Triathlon events in England. come and be part of the team Now in its 29th year the event is a club Free first session with this advert organised event, for triathletes delivered by triathletes so you can be sure that SO LET’S GO RUNNING (SLGR) the club focuses upon delivering a first SLGR is a local running club with class race experience. The 2019 race structured training sessions designed will take place on 9th June. to improve runners speed and stamina. h t t p s : // w w w . s t u w e b . c o . u k / events/2019/06/9/3250/ There are currently four runs available with more starting soon; see below for DARTFORD ROAD RUNNERS more details. Dartford Road Runners are based at Princes Park Stadium and are one of the The Run leaders for each group are as biggest road running clubs in Kent. We follows; currently have about 200 members of all Dartford Cricket Club, Dartford - Dawn abilities including a beginners group. DRR & Brian teams compete in the Kent League, the Assembly League and the Kent Fitness Cyclopark, Gravesend - Dawn & Brian League. To see what we offer and how to New runners are always welcome, and join us please visit our website – anyone you can contact Brian if you would like is welcome to join us with all abilities. more information; see contact details and e-mail link on Our Group page. node/440

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 FOOTSCRAY MEADOW PARKRUN Entries are now open for the 2019 A new Parkrun event with parking at Dartford Half marathon at the website Crazy Barn – The event will be on 3rd march 2019 DARTFORD HEATH PARKRUN Dartford’s 2nd parkrun event is now live. The run starts behind the Heath Lane car park and is a free 5k run every Saturday morning at 9am. Parking is restricted in the area so please do not park in Heathclose Road and wherever possible please walk.

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

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 (re-laid in 2015) and the full range of track and field facilities for just £4.50 per session (we offer discounted annual memberships).


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.


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