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HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL THE TEAM

FREE December 2018 - Issue 150

INSIDE THE MAGAZINE

Dartford Living’s 150th Issue - Pages 6-9 Light up a life - Page 26 Christmas at Leeds Castle - Page 35

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DARTFORD LIVING

BY THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY Dear Readers, Merry Christmas from all the team at Dartford Living. Welcome to the December 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 Orchard Shopping Centres, Stephen Oliver Art Gallery, health centres and local Nationwide and Barclays branches. Additionally, if you email editor@dartfordliving.com 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)

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6- Dartford Living 150th Edition special 10- Stronger Kent Communities 12- Bip Bop Blog 15- Life Under the Stairs 18- Travel 24- HMP Swaleside 25- Recipie- Gingerbread House 26- ellenor- Light up a Life 27- Money Advice 29- Rescue is Best 29- Dartford Painted Rocks 32- Sports News 34- Dartford Sports Clubs 35- Christmas at Leeds Castle 41- Your December Fitness to do List 42- Hairy Bikers are coming to Dartford 43- Plans for the Garden City 44- Theatre Roundup 45- Orchard Theatre Competition 46- Car News 48- Where to Go Locally 56- Local Sports Clubs 57- Useful Numbers 58- Advertisers Index

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So Dartford Living has come a long way from it’s first edition. The magazine is now 60 pages long and read by about 30,000 people locally each month. We are also able to offer design, marketing and all kinds of advertising and networking opportunities for local people and businesses. We regularly support various charities and local organisations including Darent Valley Hospital Valley Charity, Dartford District School’s FA and lots more. The magazine is still run by volunteers, with all the money generated going to paying for the printing of the magazine, supporting local events or creating various events and online portals that will help local businesses.

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"Dartford Living is an excellent community magazine featuring stories and news about our town and its residents. "The strength of its success is down to the great team who work hard to deliver such a high quality publication. I am delighted they have reached the 150th issue and I look forward to reading the next 150!" - Dartford MP Gareth Johnson

“Dartford Living Magazine has always been at the heart of our local advertising and, together with the Dartford Living ‘Live" Networking Events, the magazine has provided us with the ideal platform to showcase what we have to offer our customers as a family-run and Independent Estate Agents. We are proud of our association with Dartford Living, and they should also be proud; of the fact that they continue to provide residents of Dartford with an informative and engaging magazine each and every month.” - Wisdom Estates

“Congratulations on your 150th issue! We have featured in the magazine for a lot of years now and we would like to thank you for the opportunity you have created to reach out to the wider Dartford community. We continue to serve our regular customers but love to see the new faces who have heard about us through your magazine. Thank you Dartford Living!” - Bradleys Jewellers “Dartford Living Magazine is a wonderful publication encompassing all that is great about Dartford and surrounds. Dartford Living is so much more than a magazine however, it is a community, both online and face to face through their networking events. Dave, Vjay and all the other volunteers give their time and energy freely and it is clear that it is lead from the heart. I feel proud to be part of the Dartford Living community, to support their events and publications and receive support and encouragement in return. I was honoured to receive the Dartford Living Customer Choice Award at this year’s Dartford Business Awards and I’d like to take the opportunity once again to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. With congratulations on your 150 publication. Here’s to many more!” Lovewww.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk and magic sprinkles, Sarah, Hartbeeps North Kent - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

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The award winning Dartford Living is no longer just a magazine. We have over 20,000 followers across Facebook and Twitter. We also run regular networking events through Dartford Living Live. Every few months we host free networking events for the local community - free networking, free food and free drink. What more could you ask for! See www. dartfordlivinglive.co.uk for more info. We also have a fantastic online business directory and for just ÂŁ20 per year local businesses can improve their online presence. Check out the great value options at www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

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"Dartford Living Magazine is such an incredible asset to the local community. Since beginning Bumps, Bubba's and Beyond Children's Markets back in 2015 they have helped me to raise awareness for many local charities. They have also most recently supported both myself and Charlotte Wise by being our Media Partners for 'The Dartford Family Expo'. Vijay & Dave are an integral part of our Dartford community along with all the volunteers who work for the magazine. Keep up the good work!!” Michelle Deogun, Bumps, Bubba’s and Beyond “Dartford Living has, and continues to provide a real and link between the many voluntary and businesses around our town as well as making sure residents know what is going on. I always look forward to the latest issue coming out and know that the Dartford Living team will continue to support the town on so many levels.” - Mayor of Dartford David Mote “I will always be grateful to Dartford Living for their support of my small business and monthly blog. The magazine truly brings our local community together and it’s so lovely to see. Huge congratulations on the 150th issue Dartford Living and here’s to many more!” Charlotte Wise, BipBopShop “The award winning Dartford Living is a fantastic publication run by David, Vijay and other dedicated volunteers in their spare time. You've kept us informed, interested and entertained and you've also helped us at Fox Estate Agents become more established within the Dartford community. We've always enjoyed your networking events and as time has gone on, we've come to realise that it's like being part of a large family where everyone is welcoming and friendly. Congratulations on your much deserved win at the Dartford Business Awards and for the 150th Dartford Living Edition. Keep up the good work and here's to the next 150 publications!” - Fox Estates RSPCA KENT, NORTH WEST BRANC H FREE MICRO CHIPP ING “Dartford Living has helped provide a lot of new opportunities for our RSPCA Kent, North West Charity. Whether it has been charitable rates in the magazine to help us Branch, offers free micro advertise our events and recruit supporters, to the their live events, which chippings for all domestic have provided invaluable contacts that have helped us raise more money animals at its clinic at 37 to enhance patient care at the Hospital. Gordon Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2LX on the 1st Saturday We are extremely grateful for their time and energy in promoting Dartford in each month, 10am to Business and Charities.” -

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STRONGER KENT COMMUNITIES

by Sally Nefzaoui

Are you looking to give something back? Please help us build ‘Stronger Kent Communities’

are currently available for a corporate group of employees. We can tailor these to the needs of your business.

Many employers engage in Corporate Social Responsibility programmes which enables their staff to volunteer in a group and promotes business’ commitment to their local communities.

If there is something in particular your staff would like to do, please get in touch as I have many other organisations and charities that would love to welcome you on a one off basis.

Please find attached a selection of volunteering days that Volunteering Opportunity @ Age UK North West Kent

Location: Meadowside Day Centre, Meadowside, Dartford, DA1 2RZ Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northwestkent/ About Age UK North West Kent: Age UK North West Kent is an independent local charity which delivers services and activities for older people in Gravesend, Dartford, Swanscombe & Greenhithe, Northfleet and the surrounding areas. The Meadowside Day Centre in Dartford offers a friendly, fun and supportive environment for the over 60’s and offers companionship, a range of activities and outings, arts and crafts, knit and natter, party days, themed event days, singing and music, quizzes, library, charity shop, treatments, sight and hearing clinics, nutritious cooked meals and access to other services.

Volunteering Opportunity @ Making Miracles

Location: Medway, Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Dartford & Maidstone Website: www.makingmiracles.org.uk About Making Miracles: Making Miracles is a charity that supports families of high risk pregnancies, premature births and baby loss. We provide 1-1 counselling to all family members, we have a baby memorial garden and in-house support team.

Volunteering tasks at Making Miracles: Volunteering Role

Skills Required

Holding a collection bucket at a store, increasing the profile of the charity and raising funds Rochester Dickens Festival – volunteers needed to man the community stall x 3

Happy, bubbly outgoing people. Various dates below

Rochester Dickens Festival – Face painters x 2

1st and 2nd December

Volunteering tasks to consider at Age UK North West Kent: Volunteering Role

Skills Required

Clearing a small outside area of overgrown weeds and shrubs, ready to be paved to provide an outside smoking area for clients and staff Storage shed – this shed houses decorations that the centre uses for various parties and themed days. Decorations need to be sorted and stored in new clear storage boxes. Staff toilet – this small are could really do with a lick of paint!

Manual labour

1st and 2nd December

Good organisational skills

Handy with a paintbrush

Dates: week days: 9am – 3pm Number of volunteers: as many as can spare the time Risk assessment/public liability insurance in place: yes DBS checks needed: no Clothing to wear: old clothes Other info: Refreshments: A hot meal and dessert will be provided for each volunteer Parking: off street parking Please email me if you are interested in arranging a volunteer day for you and your colleagues at Age UK North West Kent: sally@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Dates: Nov 23rd and 24th Dec 1st and 2nd Dec 14th Dec 16th Dec 21st and 22nd Nov 12th Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th Dec 7th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd

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Volunteering Opportunity @ Tesco Manor Community Primary Metro Rainham Morrisons Larkfield School Sainsburys Dartford

Number of volunteers: No more than 4 a day Risk assessment/public liability insurance in place: yes DBS checks needed: no Clothing to wear: smart casual – Hi vis jackets provided Other info: Mileage can be claimed back

Please email me if you are interested in arranging a volunteer day for you and your

Location: Swanscombe, Kent, DA10 0BU colleagues at :

sally@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

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About the opportunity: The Youth and Community Engagement Officer for Ebbsfleet engages with youth from the local areas and helps the young people to get to know their neighbours to help friendships flourish. The Youth and Community Engagement Officer is working with a local primary school. Unfortunately, earlier this year the school’s pond was vandalised with fish stolen and the area has been neglected ever since. The school would like to re-open the area and make it accessible not only for the school children but also the community. The area will be called the Edible Ebbsfleet Project.

Volunteering Opportunity @ Manor Community Primary School Volunteering tasks to consider at Manor Community Primary :

Location: Swanscombe, Kent, DA10 0BU Website: http://www.manor.kent.sch.uk/ About the opportunity: The Youth and Community Engagement Officer for Ebbsfleet engages with youth from the local areas and helps the young people to get to know their neighbours to help friendships flourish. The Youth and Community Engagement Officer is working with a local primary school. Unfortunately, earlier this year the school’s pond was vandalised with fish stolen and the area has been neglected ever since. The school would like to re-open the area and make it accessible not only for the school children but also the community. The area will be called the Edible Ebbsfleet Project.

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Volunteering Role

Skills Required

Initially the pond area needs to be cleared of the overgrowth. Liner for the pond has been purchased and ready to use and they are hoping to use the previous pump and filter.

Manual labour and any pond experts or enthusiasts would be great!

Dates: week days between the hours of 9am – 3pm Number of volunteers: 8-10 but any number would be appreciated Risk assessment/public liability insurance in place: yes DBS checks needed: preferable but supervision will be in place Clothing to wear: old clothes Other info: Parking: off street parking Please email me if you are interested in arranging a volunteer day for you and your colleagues at Manor Community Primary: sally@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

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River Mill Primary is an important part of a family of schools that make up the Connect Schools Academy Trust (CSAT). Schools within our Trust are committed to aiming high and achieving well. River Mill has been established to serve the new communities within the Northern Gateway Development. River Mill is where: 

An outstanding education will empower young minds for future success

Children are valued, respected and develop a strong sense of self worth

We provide fun and imaginative creative learning experiences

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Vibrant partnerships link our schools to our families and the wider community

Come along to one of our regular meetings to find out more about our vision for River Mill Primary School. Held at: St Edmunds Living Well Centre, St Edmunds road, Temple Hill, Dartford, DA1 5ND 9th November 9:00-11:30 ,12th November 1:00-3:30 19th November 5:30-7:30, 7th December 9:00-11:30 www.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

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BIP BOP BLOG by Charlotte Wise

‘CHRISTMAS IS COMING!’ Hi DL Readers! I think it’s fair to say that as we are now in December, we can now mention CHRISTMAS! I love Christmas! Not just because of the food, gifts and everything in between but also because this year is the first year that my little boy actually understands it and as he knows Santa is watching, he is BEHAVING! (I wish I could use this excuse all year round!) Despite the fact it’s my busiest time of year with BipBopShop selling traditional wooden toys, I have managed to put a little plan in place of Christmassy things to do in the run up to the big day and I thought I’d share... 1) Visit to Santa! We’re off to Millbrook Garden Centre! We’ve never been before but have heard great things. Plus everyone loves a good garden centre at Christmas! 2) Light Night at Bluewater. We went to this shortly after Bonfire Night but I would definitely recommend adding it to your diaries for next year. A lovely combo of fireworks, Christmas music, the arrival of Santa and the Christmas light switch on around the shopping centre. It was incredibly well organised and it made us feel oh so Christmassy afterwards! 3) Local Christmas fairs. These are always a winner to get you in the festive mood whilst supporting lots of small local businesses. I’ve set up my shop at lots of these recently and have been known to spend my earnings finding bespoke and unusual Christmas presents for my family. So if you see an advert for your local school, church or charity that’s hosting one, do m a ke s u re yo u show your support. Shopping small can go a long way for our little local businesses. 12

4) Panto! We’ve booked Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre! ‘Oh yes we did!’ Again, Little Man is just about old enough for it this year and we cannot wait to take him to his very first pantomime show! 5) Christmas Concert/Party. We have one of these at our local nursery which is great excuse for the children to dress up, make some sort of arts and crafts sensation and eat plenty of mince pies! Check with your local school, nursery or baby class when your’s will be. And all of the organising, decorating, present wrapping and bad carol singing will be fuelled by drinking Christmas coffee! How amazing is the Orange Latte at Costa? Did you know that Babycinos are also free in most coffee shops so the little ones can join in too! Do follow me @BipBopMum on Twitter/Instagram/ Facebook for all the latest antics, reviews and recommendations over the next few weeks. But for now, I wish you and your families a very very merry Christmas! Until 2019! Charlotte x

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LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson

THE GOOD LIFE I’m sure the formidable Margo Leadbetter from’ The Good Life’ would take issue with foragers! Gathering Wild Plants – 1968 Theft Act Section 4, subsection (3) A person who picks mushrooms growing wild on any land, or who picks flowers, fruit or foliage from a plant growing wild on any land, does not (although not in possession of the land) steal what he picks, unless he does it for reward or for sale or other commercial purpose. Well, that is a relief! I’ve spent a pleasant summer doing exactly this on my walks. Apples, pears, blackberries, all freely available from the field side of the A2 (if you can deal with the noise), onions and peas left lying on the ground weeks after harvesting, elderberries and elder flowers all along the fields. It’s been a bumper year ! Eldest Offspring threw a spanner in the works at one point as she questioned whether I was stealing! I was horrified as the thought hadn’t entered my head. Thankfully that bit of cut and pasted legislation seems to answer the problem. A note about mushrooms though. Don’t pick them unless you are certain what they are. Many are poisonous – health and safety people. I’ve been told that you can cook and eat nettles too , so I’d not go hungry in this area. If only someone, somewhere would grow a chocolate tree! PERSONAL AND PETTY It’s all a bit miserable here in the outskirts of Dartford. Stirrings of anger are surfacing and our local social media site is alive with comment and ire. We seem to be in the grip of a spate of petty crime. The recent posts advise of cars being broken into, some damaged and other small but annoying antisocial acts. I’m sure many of us have been at the mercy of

the wheelie bikers. I’ve heard of one person who had their delivery of milk and eggs ‘removed’ from the doorstep, and have told one unexpected visitor myself there was nothing of interest for him down my drive! Such posts are often accompanied by grainy pictures from personal CCTV – and a great deal of rhetoric as who is to blame. The simple fact is we are starved of an efficient method of policing the area. Petty crime is so low down in priority, it is often not reported, yet to the average homeowner it is a violation of their lifestyle and personal space and should not be accepted as a sign of the times. While our understaffed and over stretched police struggle to deal with the bigger problems in the area, it looks as if we must sort out local concerns ourselves. I do not advocate vigilante groups roaming the streets – Charles Bronson springs to mind - but I do think we could all help each other. Be aware of strangers in the area; are they loitering outside houses, taking photos on their phones? Lock your cars at night and don’t leave anything of value inside the vehicle. Don’t advertise the fact you’re going on holiday on social media, and leave lights on if out for the night. Simple stuff! Some time ago I considered starting a Neighbourhood Watch group for my road. I gathered all the information together, but there didn’t seem to be anything much of substance. Personal circumstances prevailed, and I took it no further. I know this problem affects communities all over Dartford. Perhaps it will take some joined up thinking to solve. The community working together to get a positive result. We might even make some new friends in the town. I’d be interested in such an initiative. Best wishes for 2019 everyone.

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donation applicable. For every Band 1 booking we will donate £10 to the charity of your choice, for every Band 2 holiday we will donate 1% of the total holiday cost, and for Band 3 holidays we will donate 2% of the holiday value. We work with some of the best holiday providers and our prices are just the same as if you went direct. However, we have our own ATOL license and create a tailor made holiday to your exact requirements.

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HMP SWALESIDE by Bob Chapman - Local Resident

Could you make a difference? Could you look behind closed doors? I have just got back from spending the day in prison! HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey to be precise. I haven’t done anything wrong; at least I don’t think so. Quite the reverse. I’m a member of Swaleside’s Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) - a group of ordinary members of the public doing an unusual job. The role is voluntary, but travel and subsistence expenses are paid. Inside every prison, immigration removal centre and some short term holding facilities at airports, there has to be an IMB. IMB members are independent and unpaid, and are ultimately appointed by the Secretary of State, to whom each Board reports annually. We are the eyes and ears of the Minister on a day to day basis in each prison. The role is to monitor the ongoing life of the prison and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. No qualifications are required and training is provided. You do need to be enthusiastic and open minded, a natural communicator and possess sound, objective judgement. As long as you are 18 years old or over, your background can be as a student, a person of working age or retired, from any ethnic or cultural group. Members have unrestricted access to all areas at all times

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and can talk to any prisoner they wish to - out of sight and hearing of members of staff if necessary. A typical monitoring visit, for example, might include time spent in the kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare unit and chaplaincy. The average commitment is around 3 to 4 days per month, which includes a monthly meeting. Board members also play an important role in dealing with problems inside the establishment. If a prisoner has an issue that he or she has been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, he or she can put in a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. If something major happens at the establishment, for example riots or deaths in custody, representatives of the board have to be called in to attend and observe the way in which the situation is handled. This is a worthwhile and rewarding voluntary activity where you can make a difference. The Board at Swaleside is recruiting new members to join its existing team, and if you think this is for you, then please email, in the first instance to me, Bob Chapman, at clatrout@aol.com with your contact details, so that I can give you more information. You can also research more material on the IMB website at www.imb.org.uk.

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RECIPE - GINGERBREAD HOUSE by Debbie Dickinson

We have a family tradition in our house – I bake and construct our gingerbread house, and then daddy and the kids decorate it! It usually ends up with a lot of sweets on it!!! Then, usually on Boxing Day, it gets unceremoniously ripped apart and eaten!!! You will need: 125g unsalted butter 175g soft brown sugar 100g golden syrup 350g plain flour 1 egg ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda 3tsp ground ginger 2tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg What to do: Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. You can adjust the spices to your liking. Gently heat the butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a saucepan until melted, stirring to combine. Add the egg to the dry ingredients and mix. Pour the melted sugar mix in and stir until the mix

forms a smooth dough. Wrap the dough and pop in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours. Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of greaseproof paper to about 5mm and cut shapes required. You can find lots of gingerbread house templates if you search on the internet. Print them out and cut out the shapes. Lay the template on the dough and use a knife to cut round each shape. Use small star/heart / circle cutters to add windows and details etc. Put the shapes onto a baking tray - on greaseproof paper – and pop back in the fridge for 30 mins. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° (160° Fan) for approx. 10 mins until light golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack before removing from the tray. Use Royal icing (this can be bought readymade) to glue your house together (and to a cake board). Do the walls first and leave to set overnight before adding the roof. Then use the royal icing to add sweets/chocolate and pop some in a piping bag to pipe decorative swirls etc around the house. Enjoy!

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ELLENOR - LIGHT UP A LIFE by ellenor

Individuals, families and communities across Kent will come together in memory of loved ones at the Lights of Love services in December. The death of a loved one is never easy but at Christmas time, when friends and family gather, absences can be magnified. At ellenor, we know that at this special time people need our care more than ever – they feel the loss of those they hold dear even more, which is why we hold our Lights of Love services on Saturday 8 December, 3-7pm. Our uplifting and heart-warming services offer all families – including those who haven’t been supported by ellenor’s services - an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us. It is a time to share in the remembrance of a life lived and show mutual support for family and friends. “When you walk through the door, the atmosphere at ellenor is so caring. The staff have been so supporting of our family in our time of need and helped us through this difficult time. We have found the Lights of Love services hugely comforting and an opportunity to come together to remember our loved ones in a special way. Please support this brilliant worthwhile charity to help other families in their time of need.” – Kay By donating to the Lights of Love appeal, you can dedicate one or more lights on our Christmas tree in memory of your loved one. It’s a special way to commemorate their life whilst helping other local families coping with

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terminal illness this Christmas. The name of your loved one or loved ones will be displayed in the annual Lights of Love book which you can view throughout the year at ellenor Gravesend. This year to meet demand two services will take place at ellenor, Coldharbour Road, Gravesend; the first service at 3:30pm and the second at 6pm (doors open 3-7pm). The non-denominational services are an opportunity to pause for reflection and through music, readings and the lighting of candles, commemorate lives and loves past. During the afternoon you can also light a candle and write a message on a Christmas star, which you are then welcome to either take it home or hang it on our indoor tree, in remembrance of your loved one. There will also be an opportunity to treat yourself to a delicious mince pie and warming beverage, and a selection of Christmas cards and gifts from our ellenor shops. If you would like to dedicate a light on our Christmas tree in memory of someone special please visit www.ellenor. org/lights-of-love or call our Supporter Care Team on 01322 626509. Head of Wellbeing, Dr Russ Hargreaves said, “Christmas can be a wonderful time for many, but we are reminded every year of how difficult it can be for some. It is a real milestone for friends and families after a loss and we recognise the importance of stopping for a moment and celebrating the lives of our loved ones”.

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Are you looking for a flexible job? Do you want to earn money through self employed work? Are you passionate about Beauty?

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RESCUE IS BEST

by Battersea Dog and Cats Home - Brands Hatch

We have teamed up with Battersea Dog and Cats home - Brands Hatch to bring you regular listings of animals requiring rehoming. Name: Buddy; Breed: Lurcher; Sex: Male; Age: 3 years 6 months; Centre: BBH; Reference: 357448 This very good looking Lurcher does enjoy the better things in life. He likes to sleep on a sofa, really enjoys human company but doesn’t do rain. Buddy will keep himself and you amused by throwing his toys in the air and catching them, but he would rather have a human do this for him as he loves to interact with people. Buddy loves to run and can distracted easily by the environment so will need support from his owners when it comes to time off lead. We can give you practical advice on how to work on this using a soft harness and longline. Buddy does have good social skills with other dogs and could live with a dog with similar play and activity levels but would need to be aware of his high chase drive around small dogs. This dog needs a quieter location with a secure garden where he can practise his zoomies and a family who are around most of the time because he can get depressed if left on his own. Buddy is super friendly around people but doesn’t like to be overcrowded. This dog so wants human and possibly dog buddies so please contact Battersea Brands Hatch if you are those people on 01474 875 106 or bbh.rehomers@battersea.org.uk Name: Molly; Breed: Domestic Short-hair; Sex: Female; Age: 10 years 1 months; Centre: BBH; Reference: 366064 Molly is a cat who loves to be around people, she enjoys watching people and making sure everything going on around her is to her liking. She is a very youthful 10-year-old and is an explorer, she is inquisitive and I’m sure she won’t mind us saying that she looks very young for her age. Since being in the cattery, Molly has enjoyed spending her days sitting in her cat tree looking out of the window, watching the world go by and receiving treats from her visitors. Molly loves being outside and would enjoy spending time in a garden in her new home. Please contact Battersea Brands Hatch ifinyou are those people on 01474 875 106 or Rock Painting Dartford. bbh.rehomers@battersea.org.uk Local people from Dartford Painted Rocks on Facebook have been busy this month painting and hiding them around town. The rocks can also be exchanged at Stephen Oliver: Studio and Gallery located in the Orchard Shopping Centre.

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Here are some great photos of their painted rocks. By Maria Kingsford

Local people from ‘Dartford painted rocks’ on Facebook have been busy this month painting and hiding them around the town. The rocks can be exchanged at Stephen Oliver: Studio and Gallery located at the Orchard Shopping Centre. Here are some of the photos of their painted rocks.

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Congratulations to Dartford Living on reaching your 150th edition.

Like us, you know that good people, great small businesses, brilliant local groups and dedicated charities are what help to make Dartford such a great community. From supporting toy appeals and running business events to sponsoring local sports Dartford Living has been a wonderful community partner. Happy 150th edition!

Jeremy Kite MBE. Leader of the Council

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SPORTS NEWS Bav’s Sporting Comment

Wayne Rooney won his 120th cap in a fund-raiser for his charitable foundation, against the USA last month, on a night England showed their appreciation for their 33-year-old record goalscorer. For all the mixed opinions evoked by the Football Association’s decision to give Rooney a sentimental final run-out for his 120th cap, there appeared no doubt in the minds of the Wembley crowd that this was a worthwhile exercise. When the former England captain appeared before kick-off with his four children through a guard of honour formed by both teams to receive a presentation from FA chairman Greg Clarke and Harry Kane, it was the start of a genuine show of affection. The DC United striker was given a standing ovation when the big moment arrived, and he came on for Lingard for that final 33-minute appearance. Rooney also took the acclaim of the crowd at the final whistle as the curtain came down on his England career.

Upcoming events in December include: 1: Boxing - WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury, Staples Center, Los Angeles

Dartford’s Health Walks Healthy Living Centre - Mondays 10.00am Darenth Country Park - Tuesdays 10.30am Greenhithe - Wednesdays 10.30am Central Park - Thursdays 11.30am Swanscombe - Fridays 10.00am Swanscombe - Sundays 9.00am

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DARTFORD SPORTS CLUBS By Brian Downton

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.

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

Footscray Meadow Parkrun A new Parkrun event with parking at Crazy Barn Please look out on social media regarding Parkrun updates over xmas and New Year.

Entries are now open for the 2019 Dartford Half marathon at the website – 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 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 http://www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk 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. The 2019 race will take place on 9th June. Entries for our 2019 Triathlon will be available for a limited time at a discount of 10%. This offer will close on 31st January 2019 at the following link: www.stuweb.co.uk/events/2019/06/9/3250/ Dartford Road Runners Dartford Road Runners are based at Princes Park Stadium 34

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

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). 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/ Every Sunday 10-11am – Child friendly coached sessions – Come and join the CPA Swifts – As a fledgling club we would like to give children of all ages and abilities the chance to experience training and coaching within a club environment – come and be part of the team Free first session with this advert

So Let’s 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 link on Our Group page.

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CHRISTMAS AT LEEDS CASTLE By Annabelle Jain

Get into the spirit of Christmas at Leeds Castle with the return of the Christmas Markets. With the Castle as the backdrop you can discover a variety of unique gifts and decorations whilst taking advantage of the many speciality foods and drinks they have to offer. In addition to stalls there will also be live music and fairground rides to enjoy. Take a trip back in time on a Victorian carousel or take the chance to soak in the atmosphere and the views with a trip on the Big Wheel. The Christmas Markets run 24th-25th November, 1st-2nd December, 8th-9th December and 15th-16th December.

If you can’t make it to the Christmas markets to find a present you could consider buying Leeds Castle tickets as gifts for friends and family. Leeds Castle offers a brilliant day out for everyone starting with the beautiful castle and grounds but also a maze, superb restaurant, train, parks and not to mention numerous special events. What’s more tickets last for a whole year from the date of purchase and with next year being the 900th birthday of Leeds Castle there is even more to enjoy than normal. For more information visit www.leeds-castle.com.

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YOUR DECEMBER FITNESS TO-DO LIST By Mark Broadbent In December many of us tend to let our guard down with regard to our health and fitness regimes (if we have one in place to begin with). We’re busy with “busy work” and our exercise efforts can quite easily take a back seat to shopping, lunches and dinners, hangovers, kids and more. It’s important to make time to fit your exercise in, even if you have to shorten your workouts or train at home. Skipping workouts leads to skipping more workouts and then, like the classic diet, the “I’ll start again on Monday” promise that translates to a complete blowout. There’s no denying that at this time of year we have extra work to do – busy times at work or deadlines to meet; yes, the shopping does need to be done; and yes, there are lots of social things going on – but if you don’t take time for yourself you’ll be left in January feeling beaten and depressed and looking at what seems like a huge challenge ahead to lose weight and get fit again. So here are some tips you may find useful through December to try and keep on top of things. Remember, at this time of year if you struggle to maintain your exercise and healthy eating, your focus should just be on maintaining your current weight, not on losing weight. As long as you’re not gaining weight you’re doing better than most, and also probably better than previous years! Tip #1: Make time. It’s not as hard as it sounds, just schedule in your workouts and stick to it – things will crop up and get in the way, but you need to keep to your schedule for yourself. Other things can wait, because in the end, your health is more important and one missed workout can snowball. Find a time that you think you’ll be able to allocate to a workout and schedule it in. If you have the time to train in the morning – do it then. If not, train as soon as you get home from work (maybe even change into your gym kit before you leave). The longer you leave it, the more likely you are to skip it. Tip #2: Pace yourself. Just because you’re on a night out, doesn’t mean you have to guzzle your way through 3 bottles of prosecco or a dozen pints. Enjoy your drinks, don’t neck them. And avoid shots! As an extra bonus you might avoid the end-of-night junk food binge too! Tip #3: Don’t take cakes, sweets, chocolates etc. into work. Chances are most of your co-workers will be trying to avoid the Christmas weight-gain too so stick together and be strong! If someone offers you treats, try to politely decline as much as possible. If you receive a box of chocolates as a gift, don’t open them, or gift them on (preferably to someone who’s not watching their weight). Tip #4: Catch up on lost sleep. The late nights associated with all the get-togethers will have an impact on your health. Sleep is your best tool for keeping off the pounds. You’ll feel better and have more energy (= less skipped workouts), you burn the most

fat (proportionally) when you sleep, your body recovers and repairs and your hormones rebalance. If you miss sleep, be sure to catch up on it somewhere – try to avoid shifting your wake up time too much, just take a nap in the afternoon when possible to make up for a late night or get to bed earlier the following night. Tip #5: Walk more. To make up for the extra calories you’re likely consuming, and possibly (but hopefully not) missed workouts, try to get more activity during the day. Park at the back of the car park. Walk instead of taking the bus. Climb the escalators instead of waiting to be delivered at the top etc. Little things that you do daily add up. That being said, walking isn’t the most efficient activity for weight loss, so don’t sacrifice a workout for a walk, but if you can add walking in where it wasn’t before without cutting into your day, do it. Tip #6: Drink lots of water. A glass of water when you wake up (before your tea/coffee) will help you rehydrate; a glass before meals will help you to eat less; a glass or two on a night out will slow down your alcohol consumption; water during the day will help you focus and may help reduce snacking; there are no down-sides to staying hydrated and many upsides, so it’s a no-brainer really. Tip #7: Use your diary. This is similar to tip #1, but we tend to find ourselves wasting a lot of time all through the year, especially at Christmas. Plan your days and make them efficient. You’ll be amazed how much you can get done when you have a clear plan rather than just winging-it. Plan your day the night before – write your to-do’s, allocate time for meals and workouts, get the small things ticked off quickly and be sure to make time for yourself too. Things will get in the way, but just stick to plan and deal with extra things as soon as they come up. Obviously there are many more things you can do to stay on track, but scheduling your days will likely have the biggest impact. If you’ve been prepared and done all of your Christmas shopping already then you have one less thing to worry about – work on your plan of action for the nights out and think about when you’re going to have your workouts, and make better choices when the temptations are abundant. When January comes you’ll be ready to hit the New Year running and focus on your health and weight loss goals without having to first undo all the damage done in December. If you need help with your training and/or nutrition, visit www. DartfordBootcamps.com for more information on Nutrition Coaching and Bootcamp. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for extra tips, advice and motivation.

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HAIRY BIKERS ARE COMING TO DARTFORD ALL ROUND TO THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOR A NIGHT OF COOKING CONVERSATION WITH SI KING AND DAVE MYERS 2019 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED ARRIVING IN DARTFORD ON SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2019 TICKETS ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 National Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 37 dates, coming to The Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Sunday 17 February 2019. With their irresistible enthusiasm, ‘An Evening With The Hairy Bikers’ will be an epic night of cooking and conversation.

No strangers to the live arena, The Hairy Bikers performed their sell-out BIG NIGHT OUT show in theatres across the UK in 2010 and completed another ambitious nationwide theatre tour in April 2013. The show will be at The Orchard Theatre from Sunday 17 February 2019. Pre-show dining is also available before the show. The Orchard Theatre’s Restaurant provides a delicious range of, unique and memorable dishes, using the freshest local produce and prepared daily by the Head Chef. Reserve your table when booking your show tickets. To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre. co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.

Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, Si and Dave have been cooking together for more than twenty years. They have created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. They’ve also explored the length and breadth of the British Isles to discover brand new recipes and create their own fresh takes on cooking classics. The stars of several hit television shows, they are the UK’s most popular cookery duo with series including THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ COOKBOOK; BEST OF BRITISH, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MISSISSIPPI ADVENTURE, EVERYDAY GOURMETS, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOOD TOUR OF BRITAIN and two major prime time series of MUMS KNOW BEST for BBC2 all drawing millions of audiences. The Hairy Bikers have also written over twenty books to date, including the bestselling THE HAIRY BIKERS’ PERFECT PIES, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, BIG BOOK OF BAKING, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ GREAT CURRIES and four phenomenally successful diet books, THE HAIRY DIETERS: HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT, THE HAIRY DIETERS: EAT FOR LIFE, GOOD EATING and MAKE IT EASY published earlier this year. Other recent publications include CHICKEN & EGG and MEDITERRANEAN ADVENTURE accompanying their BBC2 TV series, with their new book THE HAIRY BIKERS’ BRITISH CLASSICS to be released on 1 November. 42

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A NEIGHBOURLY-LIVING COMMUNITY PLANNED FOR THE GARDEN CITY by Susan Norris With a huge garden city taking shape on our doorstep, you might be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of new homes that will be appearing in the area. We are a group of future residents with a different proposition called cohousing, a form of communityled housing being encouraged by the government, and already approved as a concept for the garden city by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Cohousing is an intentional community of typically 15-30 homes that are co-created and then managed by future residents - us - with shared public spaces, like a common house where we can all eat together sometimes if we want (though we also have our own kitchens) and where other possessions, like tools, books, cars and bikes can be shared, as well as everyone’s skills of course! It’s all decided by the future residents. It’s not a commune but only people that want to live in a neighbourly way can be part of the cohousing community as the idea is to be friendly, mutually supportive and social in the public spaces, but enjoy privacy in our own homes. Our plan is for an intergenerational cohousing community in the area, which means all ages living

together and we currently have people in all age bands from age 1 to 65, with people joining us all the time who are interested in this emerging concept within the UK. We have single people of various ages, including single parents, couples, older and younger people from a wide range of backgrounds that are all interested in co-creating a better type of community. As we are in control of the design process too, we are opting for highly energy-efficient homes that are eco-friendly and cheap to run in the future, with all the best features we can afford, but its not a group Grand Designs project where money is no object. We want to do modern housing better than many of the new developments offer, but the magic is in the people who move in and the more social lifestyle cohousing offers. However, we are still on the hunt for land and welcome anyone with ideas or contacts. We have regular meetings in Kent so you are welcome to come along and meet us, or visit www.kentcohousing. co.uk, or join us on Twitter or Facebook (same name) and see it you might like to join us on our cohousing journey at Ebbsfleet Garden City. Visit www. cohousing.org.uk to find out more about cohousing and examples of other successful projects in the UK. email: info@kentcohousing,co.uk

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THEATRE ROUNDUP By Liz Dyer

It’s Christmaaaaas! And that can only mean one thing panto season is here again. There’s still time (oh yes there is) to grab your tickets for Aladdin at the Orchard, which - in case you’ve somehow managed to miss it - this year stars Marti Pellow, along with Ricky K and David Robbins. But in the meantime, let’s take a look back at a few of the highlights we’ve enjoyed here in Dartford over the last twelve months. What’s been your favourite moment? Music first, and this year has been a particularly good one for celebrating musical legends. Cilla the Musical got us off to a spectacular start, followed over the next few months by the equally excellent This is Elvis, Thriller and Let It Be. Meanwhile Beautiful, the Carole King musical, more than lived up to its award-winning reputation, we enjoyed a Summer Holiday with Ray Quinn and friends, and Rock of Ages had us all rocking out to the classics. TV and movie fans also had plenty to enjoy in 2018. Monty Python aficionados and newbies alike were delighted by the hilarious Spamalot, and Joe Pasquale brought the house down as comedy legend Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. There was a sweet treat from the Noughties in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical, starring Sam Bailey and Jodie Prenger, and the ever-popular Dirty Dancing returned to give us the time of our lives (again).

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Young audiences were kept entertained by two David Walliams creations, Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie; Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; and Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, as well as visits from the Horrible Histories team and Little Baby Bum. And the youngsters entertained us too, with a brilliant Summer Youth Project production of The Wizard of Oz. Speaking of local talent, DAODS have been busy this year, bringing two classic musicals - West Side Story and Top Hat - to the Orchard stage. And over the summer we enjoyed our usual helping of fantastic outdoor theatre at Central Park, with performances of Measure for Measure, Blithe Spirit and Pirates of Penzance. We’ve had classic mystery thrillers Gallowglass, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and just last month, The Case of the Frightened Lady, starring John Partridge. And for thrills of different kinds, there was Cirque Berserk - featuring the awesome motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’ - and a welcome return for Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia in their latest show, Tango Moderno. And that’s probably enough for one year! Have a great Christmas, enjoy the panto - and see you in 2019 for more brilliant shows…

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CALENDAR GIRLS

Calendar Girls The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five star reviews in London’s West End now comes to Dartford with an all star cast. Starring FERN BRITTON, KAREN DUNBAR, ANNA-JANE CASEY, SARA CROWE, RUTH MADOC, REBECCA STORM and DENISE WELCH

TUESDAY 5 - SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019

To book tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk | Ticket Office: 01322 220000 We have teamed up with the Orchard Theatre to offer Two tickets to opening night on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 7:30pm you just need to answer this question: Which of the following isn’t staring in the theatre production of Calendar Girls? a) Fern Britton b) Denise Welch c) Helen Mirren d) Sara Crowe

Closing date 15th December. Email your answer to competition@dartfordliving.com Good luck! RULES: 1. The winner(s) will be the first correct entry/entries drawn. 2. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 3. Prizes are as stated and no cash in lieu or an alternative prize will be offered.. 4. Winners will be notified by telephone by the Orchard, within 5 working days of the competition being drawn. 5. Employees and the immediate families of participating companies are ineligible to enter. 6. Closing date for the competition is stated above. 6. We will only use your email address to contact you if you win. It will not be used for any marketing or promotional emails

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CAR NEWS -DECEMBER 2018 By Dhiren Ganesh

In this month’s article feature electrification taking place across all of the new models as part of future releases.

next-generation version. Its too early to understand the pricing for the new model. Honda CR-V hybrid – Honda has announced the hybrid version of the new CR-V. Under the skin the SUV is powered an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. It comprises an electric motor, a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a separate electric motor-generator to deliver a total output of 181bhp. Buyers are able to choose between front- and four-wheel drive variants. The trim line-up mirrors that of the standard CR-V so is made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR and EX. The CR-V is the first car from Honda to feature the new hybrid system. he powertrain automatically shuffles between its three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – depending on conditions and how the car is being driven. Prices will start from £29,105 and available from January 2019. Audi TT Four door coupe – The next generation of the Audi TT will be dramatically overhauled, with the iconic sports car transforming into a more practical four-door coupe. It was first hinted back in 2014 and may now be I showrooms withn the next 2 years and may directly replace the two-door version. The current version is only available in petrol engines, however Audi may offer an extensive line-up of conventional and electrified powertrains on the 46

Citroen C4 Cactus Electric – All-new Citroen C4 Cactus model is to set a new design theme for future Citroen models, not only just been facelifted, but an all-new model is set to arrive in 2020 with a model range featuring a battery-powered version. The electric C4 Cactus will be Citroen’s first all-electric car since the C-Zero, with every model in the Citroen range set to feature some form of electrification by 2025. As with the original C4 Cactus, which was launched in 2014, the new model is set to usher in a new style for future Citroens, with the new look. Further information is likely to e available during the 2019 motor shows across the globe.

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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 - 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 2-3pm - Lego Club- ages 5 and over - Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602

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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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY Groups and Clubs

THE NORTH WEST KENT BRANCH OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION meets on various date at Brichwood 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 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. 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

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 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. 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. 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.

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AGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday morning 10.30 - 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and a chat - Just £1 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 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.bexleyps.org.uk 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 www.makeanoisechoir.com The Association of Bexley Charities ’78 will hold its Grand Autumn Fair at the United Reformed Church, Geddes Place, Bexleyheath DA6 7DJ (near the Broadway Shopping Centre) On Saturday 27th October 2018 from 9.45 am - 1.00 pm There will be a variety of charity stalls selling Christmas Gifts and Cards; CDs and DVDs; Collectables; Jewellery; Chutneys, Jams, Cakes; Books; Children’s Toys and Games; Model Railways Refreshments will be available, Entrance 50p (Accompanied children FREE) Wheelchair Access

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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

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

20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP more information visit: www.meetup.com/20s-30s-Dartford-Bexleyheath-surroundingareas-social-group/

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

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.

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 DARTFORD STROKE GROUP This group meets Monday afternoons at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing atmosphere, chairbased 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 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 CLUB meets once a month on Saturday mornings at Dartford Library. For more information, find us at www.meetup.com/West-KentBook-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 COLUMBINE CHINA PAINTERS CLUB meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month 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

WILMINGTON AND AXSTANE PROBUS CLUB We are a group of retired men who meet monthly for a lunch and a speaker at the Swanley Bowls Centre. We also have a monthly walk and occasional coffee mornings and as a side line we raise money for a local charity. If you are missing the contact with other business men since you retired, why not come and join us on the last Thursday of every month. For more details contact Phil Burt on 01322 274541 or look at our website www.waprobus. com EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH GROUP’ - calling all 11-18 year olds who want more than an ordinary life, come hang out with other young people and discover their ultimate purpose. Every Friday in term time, 7pm-9:30pm at Net Church Dartford, near McDonalds and next to Weatherspoons. For more information email andrew@thenetchurch.co.uk or call 01322 272649.

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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, 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 52

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 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

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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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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY Sport

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

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

Europa Gymnastics Centre (mornings): Wednesdays: Hatha Yoga – 9.30am to 10.30am Fridays: Hatha Yoga – 9.30am to 10.30am Fridays: Mindful Yin Yoga – 10.45am to 11.45am

For more information please contact Emma: emma@samadhi-yoga.co.uk TEL: 07932 621415 www.samadhi-yoga.co.uk KENT EXILES AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLUB www.kentexiles.co.uk. Coach Martin - 07944 730634. All ages from 7 years to adult welcome ENERGY FITNESS AND NUTRITION 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 54

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 www.energyfitnut.co.uk 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, Sutton-AtHone 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. 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 WAR GAMES AND MODEL CLUB 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://emperors10th.wixsite.com/ home

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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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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. 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 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 http://www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk Well done to everyone who took part in the DWOT Triathlon on 10th June 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. http://dartfordroadrunners.co.uk/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 http://www.dartfordharriersac.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 (re-laid in 2015) and the full range of track and field facilities for just £4.50 per session (we offer discounted annual memberships). 56

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 http://centralparkathletics.co.uk/ Every Sunday 10-11am – Child friendly coached sessions – Come and join the CPA Swifts – As a fledgling club we would like to give children of all ages and abilities the chance to experience training and coaching within a club environment – come and be part of the team Free first session with this advert So Let’s 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 link on Our Group page.

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. Groups are set up in a playgroup style with activities for children of all ages and adults. Free to attend and refreshments/snacks supplied by Mummy on the Mend. Staff are available to talk with should you feel you need extra support. We are also able to help refer parents onto other services if needed. Staff are DBS checked, Frist aid trained and have training in mental health problems. This is a friendly relaxed group for families to meet others in the same situation as them. Our focus is on mental health however anyone is able to attend.

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KEY NUMBERS Police 01622 690690 NON EMERGENCY ONLY Fire Safety Advice & FREE Home Fire Safety Check 0800 169 1125 Dartford Borough Council 01322 343434 Gas Leaks (24 hour) 0800 111 999 EDF Energy Networks Emergencies/Powercuts Helpline 105 Flooding 03459881180 Highways Kent 03000 41 41 41 Social Services 03000 41 41 41 Water Burst 0800 820 999 (Southern) 0800 714614 (Thames) HEALTH Darent Valley Hospital 01322 428100 Dartford East Health Centre 01322 421480 Dartford West Health Centre 01322 223600 Boots Chemist Bluewater 01322 624780 (Late Night) ASDA Greenhithe Chemist 01322 374100 (Late Night) The National Pandemic Flu Service 0800 1513 100 West Kent NHS helpline 0800 0 850850 TRAVEL Heathrow Airport Enquires 08700 000123 Gatwick Airport Enquires 08700 002468 National Rail Enquires 08456 484950 Highways England Info Line 0300 123 5000 HELPLINES 24 Hour Kent Dementia Helpline:

0800 500 3014 Alcoholics Anonymous: 08457 697 555 Citizens Advice Bureau: 01322 472 979 Debt Councilling (CAP) 0800 328 0006 Information About Drugs FRANK: 0800 776600 Kent Homophobic Incident Reporting Line: 0800 328 9162 Kent Racial Incident Reporting Line: 0800 138 1624 Local Breastfeeding Counsellors Judianne/Paula 01322 224072 National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hour) 0808 2000 247 NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 RSPCA Kent, North West Branch Helpline 01322 286720 Samaritans: 116 123 LOCAL MP Gareth Johnson 020 7219 7047 LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS Bexley Rugby Club 01322 550142 or www.pitchero.com/clubs/ bexleyrfc/ Dartford Ladies Hockey Club Dawn Hall (Secretary) 07793 777250 Dartford Ju Jitsu Club Mondays, Dartford Girls Grammar School, Shepherds

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Dartford Sharks Basketball Club Tim Dickson - 07855 692527. Dartford Volleyball Club Graham - 01322 275290 or 07984 106134. Stone Lodge Indoor Bowling Club 01322 274111. VCD Table Tennis Club Eric Jenkins - 0208 3038312. ‘Play & pay’, 9 hole, par 3 golf course on Dartford Football Club’s Princes Park- Contact: 01322 299990 www.dartfordfc.com The Ashes Badminton Club Mondays, Dartford Technology College, Heath Lane. 7.30-9.30. Jacqui 07764 182854. Dartford Valley RFC www.pitchero.com/clubs/ darenthvalleyrfc/ USEFUL FACEBOOK GROUPS Dartford Living Dartford Today and Tomorrow Dartford Remembered Dartford Gossip Dartford Living Community Group

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Directory of Local Businesses advertising in Dartford Living ACCOUNTANTS, FINANCE & LEGAL Buss Murton ...................................................................... 40 Downton Ali Associates.....................................................59 GF + Co...............................................................................37 BUILDERS, DECORATORS ROOFING, BATHROOMS, KITCHENS & WINDOWS Cloudy2Clear Windows......................................................13 Claremont Decorative Services.........................................36 Steve Cook - Double Glazing..............................................23 The Double Glazing Repair Man..........................................4 CAFE Two Trees Cafe .................................................................37 CAR CARE ChipsAway..........................................................................33 CARE HOME Emerson Grange...............................................................36 CHILDREN Bip Bop Shop.................................................................19 Hartbeeps......................................................................49 Monkey Music................................................................55 COUNCIL Dartford Borough Council ................................................31 ELECTRICIANS ElectricWorx London...........................................................4 ESTATE/ LETTING AGENTS Fox Estates ........................................................................16 Wisdom Estates..................................................................21 GARAGES & VEHICLE SERVICES Orchard Garage..................................................................60 Shenley Road Garage..........................................................45 JEWELLERY Bradleys...............................................................................23 LOGISTICS/ REMOVALS FD TRANSPORT ...........................................................38 NURSERY The Brent Playgroup......................................................55 YMCA...............................................................................7 MEDICAL AND HEALTH Chrysalis Care...............................................................21 Emerson Grange...........................................................36 58

Helping Hands...............................................................13 Slimming World...............................................................2 MUSIC/DANCE & FITNESS Blondies Fitness.................................................................22 Dartford Bootcamps...........................................................32 Fairfield Leisure Centre......................................................30 Why Weight?......................................................................20 Worried about your childs weight?....................................16 OPTICIANS Linklater Opticians.............................................................40 PICTURE FRAMING Craft Frames........................................................................38 SCHOOL River Mill Primary School....................................................11 SECURITY Excel Security Systems.....................................................39 SPORTS Paul Page Golf Academy.....................................................14 Fairfield Leisure Centre......................................................28 THEATRE Orchard Theatre.................................................................44 WILL WRITING SMN Will Writing ..........................................................38

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