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New Mayor Paul Cutler Elected 5 Queens Jubilee Portrait Competition 8 How to sell your home 10 Navigating Identity’ art exhibition 14 Be Bop A Lula returns to the Orchard 19 Theatre Travel News- with Harden Holidays 20 Secret Garden Returns 24 Life Under the Stairs 26 Walking With The Darts 28 Senior Snippets 35 Local News 36 Is my child ready for school 37 Sport News 39 Minor Ailments 40 Dartford Painted Rocks 41 We are Beams 43 Car News 44 Upcoming Shows at the Orchard Theatre 46 Competition Debbies Delicious Recipe 47 Where to go Locally 48 Local Clubs and Associations 50 Dartford Choral Society celebrates a 51 century of song 54 Advertisers Index 56 Useful Numbers 58

DARTFORD LIVING MAGAZINE PRINTED BY: Dear Dartford Living Readers, Welcome to the May magazine - we hope you like it! We continue to live in strange times, but as usual the magazine is jam-packed with lots of local information and local businesses. Please support as many as you can - use them or lose them! Like never before, your community needs you. 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 neighbours. You will guarantee your copy of the magazine and get a little exercise as well! If you email editor@dartfordliving.com we will add you to our e-newsletter mailing list and you will join over 30,000+ local people who read the magazine each month. Take care, Vijay


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COUNCILLOR PAUL CUTLER ELECTED AS THE WORSHIPFUL MAYOR OF DARTFORD FOR 2022/23. The new Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Paul Cutler, was elected at the Annual Council meeting on 11 May 2022. Councillor Cutler is married to Suzanne, the new Mayoress, and the couple have four children Charlotte, Emily, James and Annabelle, who all attended local schools. Councillor Cutler was first elected to Dartford Borough Council in 2012 and represents Stone Castle Ward. Members of Dartford Borough Council elect a new Mayor at a General Council meeting every 12 months. Councillor Cutler has lived in Stone for nearly 28 years but was originally from South East London, and was born in Greenwich. He spent the majority of his working career in corporate sales, working for Xerox UK, and he also lived in Manhattan, New York City, for a year in his early 20’s. Most recently he worked at The Leigh UTC at the Bridge development before retirement beckoned. The new Mayor enjoys cooking, eating, entertaining with friends and family and also loves gardening and an occasional pint at his local, the Lads of the Village. The family have a pet dog called Chubs who enjoys a daily walk around Stone. The Mayor’s Charity Appeal for 2022-23 will support three charities: Care for Veterans, Cancer Research UK and the Arrow Riding School.



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THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE PORTRAIT COMPETITION BY Gareth Johnson MP This month marks the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and it is great to see so many people from across Dartford and beyond celebrating this momentous occasion. Since September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II has been Britain’s longest reigning monarch, having served our nation and the Commonwealth tirelessly. She is clearly the most respected person in the world. It is remarkable she has served this country for such a long time in such an exemplary fashion and it makes her unique. She has links to more than 600 charities, military associations, professional and public bodies and for many years she has hosted countless garden parties, receptions, and awards to thank those people from around the country who have given their time to help others.

has she seen 14 Prime Ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill, but she has lived through some of the biggest technological changes the world has seen.

Her dedication, loyalty and commitment is When The Queen was born in the 1920s, the without equal. During her 70-year reign not only television was just being invented, less than thirty years later at her Coronation in 1953, an estimated 20 million people tuned in to watch the event. During her reign, computers became mainstream, mobile phones were invented and in the past two decades we have seen the internet develop so quickly we could not imagine our life without it. Here in Dartford, our most famous landmark, the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge is named in her honour and was opened by Her Majesty in October 1991. To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, I have organised a competition for Dartford’s primary school children to draw a portrait of the Queen. These pictures are delightful and it is great to see so many children of all ages taking part. Two winners from each school are now part of a display at Bluewater. This special exhibition, which runs until June 10th, is being held in the Lower Rose Gallery. Her Majesty’s sense of duty in her role and her work ethic has been unflinching throughout my life and for the past 70 years. It is an honour for me to serve in Her Majesty’s Government and, in an ever-changing world, she has been a constant. 8





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‘NAVIGATING IDENTITY’ ART EXHIBITION BY HABIB HAJALLIE Multi award winning, Dartford based, artist Habib Hajallie RBA will be exhibiting his first solo presentation, titled ‘Navigating Identity’ at The Mick Jagger Centre from June 1st-30th 2022. Funded by The Arts Council England, Habib Hajallie RBA will be exhibiting an exciting new body of work.

Biography Habib Hajallie is an elected member of The Royal Society of British Artists. He looks to empower often marginalised minorities through the exploration of identity within his ballpoint pen portraiture. Confronting socio-political issues within his drawings acts as a catalyst for a discourse regarding the perception of various demographics as being of lesser humanistic value. Specifically, with the disenfranchised often being undermined by mainstream media; somewhat paradoxically reflecting an archaic hierarchy of status, similar to colonial ideologies. Though born in Southeast London, Hajallie’s works are Informed by his Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage. He is conscious of representing figures that have historically been conspicuously omitted from traditional British portraiture. Calling upon anecdotal references to portray scenes that are occasionally quasisurrealist representations, the drawings look to confront lingering ethnocentrisms that are still embedded within modern western society.

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Artist Statement Using antique texts and maps as the canvases for my works enables me to pragmatically recontextualise ephemera, creating a cohesion between the concepts informing the work and the aesthetic output. As I empower various figures; I simultaneously do so with the ground used, presenting them within new contexts. Placing myself or family members as the subjects of my portraits evokes a sense of immediacy, apropos to navigating the intersection of my western upbringing and familial West African culture.

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There is also GENE VINCENT and once again there is a strong link with Dartford having also performed at The Granada but an even greater fact is that he got married here! The enormously talented EDDIE COCHRAN is on the bill. Eddie died in Chippenham in 1960 on the last night of a legendary UK tour. He was only 21 but had massive hits such as Three Steps to Heaven, Summertime Blues and C’mon Everybody. Buddy Holly was one of the first rockers to tour the UK and he is included in the show.

1950’s or 1960’s for you? How about both? Be Bop a Lula is back at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Sunday 10th July for one night only and it features some of the most influential and iconic music stars from both decades. PLUS there is a first for Dartford with the show guest starring Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee.

Performers Gavin Stanley and Spencer Jordan have both starred in numerous West End and touring hit shows and especially for Dartford the show is featuring Dani West as Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee. Dani performed as Cline as a 16 year old on Stars in Their Eyes.

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by Harden Holidays Celebrity Beyond by Celebrity Cruises This month we would like to tell you all about our favourite new cruise ship - Celebrity Beyond. We have excellent relationships with the cruise lines that we partner with, and as such are very fortunate to regularly visit new ships brought to the market. Last month we featured Ambassador Cruises’ Ambience and next month we will tell you all about our visit to the world’s largest cruise ship – Wonder of the Seas. However, we both felt that Celebrity Beyond is the best cruise ship we have ever been on. This is what Celebrity say about their latest and greatest vessel: “Designed to give guests endless opportunities to disconnect from the world -- while simultaneously reconnecting with the world that surrounds them -- Celebrity Beyond goes further than imagined possible for a cruise ship, creating a new world of wonder and approachable luxury. With forwardthinking design by the world’s leading architects and interior designers, culinary excellence from Michelin starred chefs, world renowned wellbeing partners, exquisite art, luxury brand retailers and Celebrity’s uniquely intuitive service, Celebrity Beyond shatters every preconceived notion of the cruising experience. A floating boutique hotel, Celebrity Beyond exemplifies new-luxury travel and its future at sea.” I’ve used their words as they perfectly encapsulate our personal experience on board the beautiful ship. From the moment the crew clapped us on board, we felt at home. The ship was stunningly beautiful but very approachable. It never felt like a stuffy, overly pretentious form of luxury, it was instead a very comfortable and relaxing level of luxury. This was a ship that welcomed you, made you feel at home, whilst also blowing you away with the stunning artwork, cutting-edge technology, and exquisite food and drink. There were a few key highlights that we especially enjoyed 1) Technology – The lighting, temperature and television in your cabin could all be controlled via the Celebrity Cruises app. This meant that dimming the lights at night and then opening 20


the curtains in the morning became a sensory experience. 2) Food & Beverage – Celebrity have always delivered amazing culinary experiences but the quality and range on this ship were in another league. We loved the drinks at the Martini & Sunset bars, the lobster and steak in the main dining rooms, and the sheer size and variety on offer in the buffet restaurant. 3) Entertainment – The theatre featured a 110foot curved 4K LED screen with sliding panels that allowed the cast to deliver two spectacular shows whilst we were on board. The technology again just adding to the performance and not overwhelming it. 4) Appearance and Atmosphere – Celebrity Beyond is undoubtedly a beautiful ship, and as you make your way around the vessel you are repeatedly put in front of superb artwork and beautifully designed spaces. However, all this stunning design does not detract from the wonderfully welcoming staff that just make it feel as though you have returned home and this was

where you belonged all along. I could keep on about other areas of the ship but there is only so much space I can take up here. So if you’d like to know more about Celebrity Beyond then please pop in and see us in the town centre, we’re always happy to talk about our favourite new ship. Celebrity Beyond’s maiden voyage departed on April 27, 2022, from Southampton, for a 10-night Western Europe cruise visiting Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain. She will spend the summer offering a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and 10-night Greek Isles itineraries through early October, when she then heads to the Caribbean. All these voyages are on sale with Harden Holidays now together with the rest of the Celebrity Cruises fleet.

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After a successful 2021 summer season, New bringing high-quality performances to audiences Creations Collective is proud to announce the across the south return of The Secret Garden for 2022. of England, without the West End price tag! This original production is the first professional dance adaptation of The Secret Garden in the UK, based on the bestselling novel, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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COFFEE, TAKEAWAYS, AND CATS Hi All It’s been an extremely busy few weeks at The Towers; Due to changing circumstances, I’ve had to do some ‘proper’ work for once, refuse all luncheon and coffee engagements, and generally retire from public life! However, being the lively social butterfly I am, I found the daily routine of sitting at the computer, reading a lot of legal stuff, looking up the bits I didn’t understand and trying to make head and tail of it all somewhat tiring. Other Half was also involved in this flurry of paperwork. After a few days of this full-on activity we were decidedly scratchy with each other, so decided to get out for a couple of hours for a relaxing cup of coffee and some cake.

hearing aid clinic. Ably supported by the community, it also helps promote other groups within the area, by showing and selling the work from local crafts people, and setting up villagebased events such as litter picks. It seems to me to be an excellent addition to the use of branch libraries and helps to keep those living locally, in touch with each other and aware of what is available in the area. Oh, and it also ticks the Stevenson boxes by serving excellent tea and coffee and a range of snacks …and a side order of newt…! During the lockdown, it appears the number of takeaways ordered locally increased greatly. During those long months, I saw many a delivery driver carrying mysterious bags of mouthwatering food all over the neighbourhood. The aromas alone were enough to make my mouth water. I have no problem with this – I enjoy an Indian or Chinese meal now and again coupled with bonus of not having to cook that night. Even though we are all trying to return a degree of normality, our use of food delivery companies has hasn’t abated. What I wasn’t prepared for was discovering the cats have also developed a takeaway habit!

Neither of us could face our usual Costa with its vibrant atmosphere and chat. We needed a quieter, less frantic place to recoup our energies so we elected to visit The Meeting Place, a coffee shop in our local library. I was interested in this addition to the usual services of the library: The Meeting Place is a community-based hub working with and supporting the local people. Groups, classes, and workshops can use it for events. I understand there is a lively Knit and It started with a rather sad looking spare rib, left Natter group there as well as a much-needed on the kitchen floor one morning. Then some 26


chicken with a distinctive Five Spice aroma. In quick succession they brought home some pitta bread, a side of pork crackling and some trout in silver foil! All items were discreetly left by the back door, either for snacking later, or as a gift to me. Since those early days, I’ve received a partially eaten muffin, a sausage, and some toast to add to the menu. Of course, now the days are longer and slightly warmer, we get ‘fresh food’ in the form of newts, mice, the occasional pigeon and even a squirrel. I keep my gang in at night, so I guess these are early morning sorties around the neighbourhood. I serve recommended, nutritious cat food twice a day which they invariably leave as like all kids, they are clearly going through their junk food phase! I just hope they enjoyed the muffin. Hoping we get some decent weather. Take care folk

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Men’s team photos by Carol White-Griffiths, Women’s` Taur Everard

Hello again, welcome to another edition of Walking the first playoff eliminator in a penalty shootout With The Darts, a monthly update on all things with Chippenham Town, the season did finish on related to Dartford FC, courtesy of Dartford Living a more positive note. Magazine. If you cast your mind back to the January issue After nine months and countless matches, the of Dartford Living Magazine, you’ll remember me Non-League football season has reached its writing about Dartford’s success in the delayed proper conclusion for the first time since THAT 2019/20 Kent Senior Cup Final. The Darts put six dreadful outbreak of COVID-19. For some, it feels goals past Whitstable Town FC in that Final on a as if the initial lockdown was many years ago, a cold November evening to lift the trophy. dream (well, nightmare!) even. Whilst for others, it feels as though it was only yesterday. The same I’m delighted to write that Tom Bonner and Co have can be said about the 2021/22 football season as done it again, putting six goals past Folkestone Town well! And, while I have attended too many games FC to retain the trophy! However, on this occasion, to remember, while travelling all across the south the Darts were made to dig deep after trailing 1-0 of England, the sacrifice has been truly worth it at the break. And, despite the final scoreline not just to watch the team in action and write about really reflecting our opponent’s performance on such adventures. the pitch, Dartford’s superior fitness ultimately shined through to see us eventually coast to a And, whilst Dartford’s bid for promotion failed in 6-2 victory.



The victory was extra special, because three Dartford Academy players started the game and a further five filled the substitute’s bench. Gabriel Duo, Jayden Boulton, and Ali Mansaray all started and Ali actually scored Dartford’s second goal! Meanwhile, both Harry Sargeant and Louis Atkins came off the bench late on.

A terrific league campaign saw them finish in a superb second place in the London & South East Regional Women’s League table. The women also went all the way in two knockout With the season over, a well-deserved break is cup competitions. They required. And, with loan players returning to their finished as runners up in the Kent Cup, losing 3-0 parent clubs as well as others’ contracts coming to to a very strong Gillingham Women’s side. an end, it’s time for Steve King and the Directors to sit down and begin preparations for next season. However, they were victorious in the London & South East Regional League Cup, beating Hackney It’s also time for the club to say goodbye to a Women FC 2-1 at Cray Valley PM. The game was few people, as they move on in their careers. I’m deadlocked at 1-1 with the prospect of extra-time sure you’ll join me in saying a HUGE THANK YOU to looming, when Paris Smith popped up to win it for Gary Clark, James Hawkins, and Samuel Cudby the Darts with seconds remaining! for all their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to Dartford FC. We’ll still see Gary around Bericote The women’s team is going to be conducting an Powerhouse Princes Park regularly, as he steps down open trial, as they’re looking for players to join the from the stadium announcements microphone, team. The open trial will take place on the 26th of but will remain at the club. Meanwhile, James June 2022. If you’re interested, please check out (Head of Media) and Sam (Media) are moving the Dartford Women FC social media pages for on in their careers. We wish them every success more information and how to register. for their futures and look forward to seeing them attending games as fans. Finally, thank you everyone for your loyal support throughout the season. Without the local community Moving on, it’s also been a successful season and fan base, the club just wouldn’t be the same. for Connor Dymond’s Dartford Women’s team. Until next time, Up The Darts!





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SENIOR SNIPPETS By Christina Uppenkamp - Home Instead

Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Christina Uppenkamp of Home Instead Dartford. Despite all the powerful new cleaning products available on the shelves today that use advanced chemical technology and sophisticated ingredients, many cleaning jobs can be just as effectively done using “old-fashioned cleaning remedies”. These are tried and tested methods that have been passed down from generation to generation and are just as effective today as they were before the invention of fancy and expensive cleaners and sprays. Removing limescale from kettles: There’s nothing like a good cup of tea. To keep your kettle clean and free from limescale, just boil the kettle and switch it off. Then, add two tablespoons of citric acid powder and leave to cool. Once it has cooled off, pour the solution down the sink and reboil the kettle twice with fresh water. This traditional fix not only dissolves the limescale, but also prolongs the life of the kettle.

Cleaning windows: White vinegar (a natural disinfectant and deodoriser) and newspaper will give you windows that sparkle and shine. Mix one part white vinegar with one part warm water in a spray bottle and spray on to your windows. Then, polish your windows using crumpled newspaper. Don’t use vinegar on frosted glass or leaded glass windows. The next time you need to do some household cleaning, don’t rush out to buy a host of harsh chemical cleaners. It is amazing what simple household items such as lemons, salt and bicarbonate of soda can do. Not only are they better for the environment but they are often better for your purse too! To make a suggestion for a future topic, please write to me at c.uppenkamp@dartford.homeinstead. co.uk or by post to Home Instead Dartford, St Fidelis House, St Fidelis Road, DA8 1AT.

Cleaning a wooden chopping board: All you need is some coarse salt and a lemon. Simply sprinkle the board with coarse salt, scour the surface with half a cut lemon, squeezing to release the juice and leave it for five minutes. Then, scrape the residue off the board and rinse with a clean wet sponge. Natural carpet freshener: Here’s a simple solution to remove wet dog and stale smells from your carpet; sprinkle a light dusting of bicarbonate of soda onto the carpet before vacuuming to remove smells and freshen the room. Cleaning your washing machine: Rid your washing machine from mould and musty smells with a vinegar rinse once in a while. All you have to do is add a cup of white vinegar to the drum of the washing machine and do an empty wash on the hottest cycle. Do this every 2-3 months to keep things fresh and fragrant.




Dr Bhaskar Bora was working as a Family Practitioner since 2009 managing five practices in and around Dartford. He is also the owner of Samsara Resturant and Bar in Sutton, London. Just when life seemed rosy and sun was shining, he sustained a severe spinal cord injury in July 2019 following an operation, which left him with paralysis of both legs, a non-functioning right hand and long stay in the hospital. Eventually leading to a forced medical retirement from his medical career and a wheelchair in place of a sports car. He had to undergo multiple operations but is now permanently disabled. Two months after his injury he was also diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid for which he needed further operations. With a family so young he could not afford to give up yet, so he had to re-learn walking (limited distance with crutches), writing, holding knife and fork and lots of other daily routines but most importantly had to retrain his mind to accept the new normal. However, these adverse life changing experiences made him into a person of faith, gratitude and inspiration. Poorer financially but richer in experiences of life he is now a voice for the disabled and has written the book ‘The Second Chance in Life’ as an honest reflection of his life experiences to motivate people that every adversity can still be turned into an opportunity. That it is important to be filled with gratitude and appreciation for all the things that we take for granted. He also blogs on his website www. thesecondchanceinlife.com In ‘The Second Chance in Life’ this self-confessed workaholic acknowledges the challenges and miracles that have influenced his life and, in a bravely honest style, shares how even your darkest days can be a springboard for positivity. How important acceptance and resilience is in turning adversities into opportunities. This book also shows the need of appreciating every small thing in life and not to take anything for granted. With various real-life examples and practical strategies, this book is an inspirational work for self-help and motivation.

prepared for a new painting a completely unexpected one. A change from being a successful doctor and entrepreneur to being a disabled pensioner and a cancer patient with severe spinal cord injury. When things go well in life, you assume you are in control. I thought so too. But when faced with unprecedented situations and overwhelming emotions, it is important maintain trust in yourself and keep moving forward. I now have reduced power in my legs, sensory ataxia (a condition where you can’t feel where you are standing or stepping so causes loss of balance), loss of function of three fingers in my right dominant hand, severe and chronic neuropathic pain that feels like electric shocks passing through my body, reduced movement and pain in the neck and an inability to walk without an aid even for short distances. Writing those words, expressing my condition on the page, is still a surreal process. Did this really happen to me? Will I one day wake from this dreadful dream? Ah, if only. Somehow, I have to deal with my pain, my limitations, yet how much easier this is with a fine heart and a functioning brain. I will never give up. I am, once again, ready to take on the world. A sudden life change doesn’t have to mean the end. Gradually, what dawned on me was a new perspective, some sort of spiritual LSD that made me thankful for what I still had, rather than being unhappy about what I don’t. When storms come, an eagle flies higher in order to rise above the turbulence while a mouse hides in a corner. I had to become that eagle and soar higher, not be cornered and crushed in the storm of life.

Believing in myself was the only way. Maybe this was a lesson. Maybe this was a teaching to find a bigger purpose, achieve a bigger dream. Miracles, big and small, happen every The sun was shing on my life, everything looked day but often we are not receptive enough to rosy. Money was plenty and worries scarce. I understand and appreciate them. had a my dream career, a beautiful family, the blessings of my parents and love of my friends Amazon book linkWhat more could I ask for? www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09VHSFJ6Y/ref The canvas of my life was however, being In his own words about the book, he says



IS MY CHILD ‘READY’ FOR SCHOOL? By Nicola Hibon-Jackson

“One of the things we’re always asked by parents is how to know if their child is ready to start primary school. Many parents worry about how to prepare young children but, as early years educational professionals, we reassure them that there’s lots of ways to support young children’s emotional development and inspire their ability to learn long before they turn five.” - Louise Buckley, of KatieB Kids Nursery in Stone, Dartford says their advice is so much in demand they have decided to run a free workshop to help parents with children aged between 3-5 years be ready to start school confidently. Louise says, “By gently preparing children from an early age, parents can be sure that when the big day comes their child is emotionally ready and is equipped with all the skills needed to be able to really enjoy school and to succeed academically and beyond. ”

The first free workshop is on Monday 6 June and will outline what parents can do support their child’s learning at home through everyday life. To register for the Free workshop see www. katiebkids.co.uk or call 01322 277 200 KatieB Kids - ‘Ready for School’ Checklist: • Good self esteem, resilience and self regulation • Social skills such as empathy, cooperation, respect and kindness • Self awareness, self care skills and bladder control • Good listening and communication skills • A strong physical core and spatial awareness • The ability to be inquisitive, recognise risks, problem solve, speak up and challenge what is not right • The building blocks of literacy






This Spring, the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme is bringing you the Festival of the Landscape, an event-packed celebration of everything that the Darent Valley has to offer! From May to July 2022 everyone is invited to join in with a programme of events, workshops and activities across the Darent Valley.

From exploring Tudor and Roman finds with our Community Archaeologist, touring the ancient trees painted by Samuel Palmer, guided walks with Kent Wildlife Trust, wildlife activities for families and walk and draw workshops for adults to largescale outdoor puppetry performances at Otford and Dartford with 'Puppets with Guts' and much more - there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Dartford residents might like to come along to the Great Big Platinum Jubilee Party, where they can meet Gnomus, a giant puppet, who will be putting on a show at Central Park on Sunday 29th May - and must be seen to be believed! At this event, young people aged 12+ and adults can also take part in free arts-based landscape workshops, enabling participants to discover their local landscape’s colour palette. Run by professional artists, they will guide you through how to ReFRAME your environment and create your very own Darent Valley picture frame. Workshops last approximately 1 hour. Families might like to join Dartford Arts Network’s drop-in Art & Nature activities in the park.

And for some half term fun, why not come al ong to Enchanted Woodland Scavenger Hunt on 30th May? Later in June we have a Family Orienteering event at Darent Country Park on 11th June and Family Forest Club at Ecology Island on 16th June. Other activities include Mindfulness Walk around Central Park and numerous other events throughout the valley.

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Tottenham lost at already relegated Norwich, but with Spurs winning 5-0 at Carrow Road theirs was a forlorn task. Jake Daniels’ decision to come out as the UK’s only openly gay active male professional footballer will “help break down barriers” in society, said the Duke of Cambridge. The young Blackpool forward (17) spoke of the “relief” he has felt in publicly revealing his sexuality in May. His announcement was praised by Boris Johnson, England captain Harry Kane and several charity groups.

Mikel Arteta’s side did all they could to try to finish in the top four for the first time since 2016 by winning 5-1, but the damage had been done in their two previous games - defeats at north London rivals Spurs and resurgent Newcastle. The visiting supporters were in good spirits until Arsenal took a three-goal lead, but having celebrated their top-flight survival 3 days before, their partying was probably done. However, they still found the energy to celebrate, when they heard Manchester City had taken a 3-2 lead against Aston Villa, denying Liverpool the title…footie fans!!

“Football should be a game for everyone,” said Prince William. The FA president added: “What Jake has done takes courage and will hopefully help break down barriers that have no place in our society. Gary Lineker believes Daniels’ Upcoming events in June include: announcement “shouldn’t be significant” Jun 16-19 Golf, US Open, The Country Club and that football should have “passed this Brookline watershed moment a long time ago”. Jun 27 - Jul 10 Tennis, Wimbledon Jake has stated he has drawn inspiration from, among others, Olympic diver Tom Daley and Jun 2 – 27 Cricket, England vs New Zealand 3 Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo - who came test series out last October and is the only current openly gay top-flight male professional footballer in the world. Manchester City staged a stunning late comeback with three goals in five minutes to beat Aston Villa and win the Premier League as their title chances looked to be slipping away. Manchester City needed victory to secure their fourth title in five seasons but were facing the prospect of ending the season empty-handed as goals either side of the interval from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho put Villa 2-0 ahead and in control. It looked as if Villa manager Steven Gerrard might help his former club Liverpool secure the title - until City turned the game on its head and send the fans into near hysteria. City did need those three points as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers - with City boss Guardiola overcome with emotion and breaking down in tears at the final whistle. Down south, Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for a sixth successive season despite a comfortable victory over Everton on the final day. The Gunners needed to beat Frank Lampard's side and hope www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk


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Verrucas and warts These common harmless lumps on skin are caused through a virus. They will usually go away on their own, but this can take months or even years. You don’t need to treat them, but treatment may help them clear up quicker. There is often no treatment we can offer in GP practices. Most practices do not have liquid nitrogen, which can be used to freeze them. Instead, your pharmacist can advise on treatments that you can buy. Always speak to a GP if you have a lesion on your skin that you are worried about and you are not sure what it is.

Threadworms Threadworms are tiny worms that look like threads I hope this article might help you to manage some of cotton in your poo. They are common in children minor conditions yourself and save you the hassle and can cause an itchy bottom, particularly at of trying to get an appointment. night. You can buy treatment for this from your pharmacist. You should treat all members of the Vomiting and diarrhoea family, even if they don’t have symptoms. Often this is due to a viral gastroenteritis and will usually resolve in a few days. The advice is Intertrigo/jock itch/sweat rash the same if you have either symptom or both – This is a red-reddish brown rash that appears in the most important thing is to stay hydrated by the groin creases, under the breasts and under drinking lots of fluids such as water of squash. If the arm – in fact anywhere where there is a fold you feel sick, take small sips at a time. If you have of skin where there is moisture and friction. It a bottle fed or breast fed baby, continue to give is caused through a fungal infection, much like feeds but you may want to give smaller amounts thrush, and can be very sore. It is more common in and more often. Do not water down formula. people who are overweight and diabetic. You can Vomiting will usually last 1-2 days and diarrhoea buy an antifungal cream with some steroid from up to 1 week. My opinion is that diarrhoea and your pharmacist to treat this. To prevent it wash vomiting is your bodies way of protecting itself thoroughly and pat dry, wear a good supporting and therefore we should let nature run it’s course cotton bra if under the breasts or other absorbent unless there are problems such as dehydration clothing and try and keep the areas dry. or electrolyte imbalance. Speak to your pharmacist for advice on oral rehydration sachets and to discuss medication that can stop diarrhoea for adults. Speak to 111 or your GP if you are worried about a baby aged under 1 year, if your child is having less wet nappies than usual or if there are signs of dehydration in an adult or child, if you or your child is being sick and unable to keep any fluids down or if this is not settling. If the vomit is yellow/ green, bloody or looks like coffee grounds or if the diarrhoea is bloody it is important that you seek medical advice. 40



Rock Painting in Dartford.

ocal people from Dartford Painted Rocks on Facebook have been busy this month painting nd hiding them around town. The rocks can also be exchanged at Stephen Oliver: Studio and allery located in the Orchard Shopping Centre. By Maria Kingsford

ere are some great photos of their painted rocks.

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 Orchards Shopping Centre . Here are some of the photos of their latest painted rocks.



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It’s back! Join We Are Beams at the Colour Dash on Sunday 3rd July! You can walk, run or jog around the beautiful Swanley Park during this family friendly rainbow coloured 5k run.

Hextable. The disabled children and young people who access We Are Beams services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Wear a white T-shirt on the day or wear fancy Autism or severe ADHD. dress if you prefer! Tackle the course on your own or with family and friends as we throw Each year We Are Beams needs to raise £1.6 coloured powder at you from each 1km station. million in order to provide care to over 450 The course is super family friendly and families in Kent. wheelchair accessible with a shorter 2.5K route too but please be prepared to get messy! Event Information All proceeds from the event will go towards Sunday 3rd July 9.30am supporting disabled children and their families. Swanley Park, New Barn Rd, Swanley BR8 7PW Andrew Ray, Community Fundraiser explains how events like these are so important to the Entry Fees charity, Adult: £17 Child (12-17 years old): £12 “After 2 years without being able to hold Child (11 years old and under): £5.50 fundraising events, we are so excited to be back Family (2 adults and 2 children under 11): £43 at Swanley Park for the Colour Dash! Suggested sponsorship £50 All the donations will help to provide holiday To enter please visit www.wearebeams.org. play schemes, day trips and respite care uk/events-challenges/ within our Dragons Retreat for children that would otherwise not be provided with these opportunities” We Are Beams is a local charity based in



In this month’s article we look at a new luxury version of a couple of cars and new ways to cut costs whilst on the road.

C-Class models include four chromed tailpipes, beefier side sills and a front grille with vertical slats instead of a single horizontal bar. Prices are not announced but estimated to be £55,000 when its available in late 2022.

2022 Range Rover Sport SUV – this is the new Range Rover Sport luxury SUV gets the longest range of any plug-in hybrid. It blends both luxury and sportiness, offering all the comfort with a meaner look and a more agile driving style. Mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions are available from the outset, and a fully electric version – expected to have a range of more than 250 miles – is due in 2024. Crowning the engine line-up at launch is the 523bhp twin-turbocharged V8 (named the P530), which can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.5sec. The plug-in hybrids can charge up to 80% of capacity in less than an hour using a Cut your driving costs– with the cost of living 50kW charging point, while a full charge using a and fuel and energy prices soaring, here are tips typical 7.5kW wallbox will take around five hours. to help you drive more efficiently and greener. Available from September 2022 prices will start Acceleration – having a gentle right foot is one from £79,125 and can reach up to £250,000. of the most effective ways to reduce your fuel bills and cut your emissions. 2022 Mercedes-AMG C43 – the new version has a smaller, more efficient engine and the Braking – harsh braking is one of the most new Mercedes-AMG C43 performance car has inefficient actions of driving and even for electric more power than ever. A new turbocharged motors slow, long braking will help cut costs. 2.0 litre engine replaces a 3.0 litre with a mild hybrid engine producing 17bhp more than its Distractions - while distractions like your phone, predecessor. Buyers will also be able to specify infotainment system or passengers may not an AMG Real Performance Sound Package, directly impact your driving efficiency, they all which enhances the exhaust note by pumping pose very real dangers when on the road. This it through the stereo speakers via a synthesiser. can lead to erratic driving and decrease fuel Design details to mark the C43 out from lesser efficiency. 44



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Treat yourself to a slice of five-star musical pie” (The Times) as Chelsea Halfpenny (9 to 5, BBC’s Casualty, ITV’s Emmerdale) stars in the hit musical comedy Waitress as Jenna, with Wendy Mae Brown (The Book of Dust, Ghost The Musical) playing Becky, Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Spring Awakening) as Dawn and David Hunter (Waitress, Once, Kinky Boots) reprising his role as Dr Pomatter. Ahead of the opening of Waitress, writer Sara Bareilles answered some questions. How would you describe the show, for the uninitiated? “It’s got something for everyone. I think there’s a preconception that it’s a very female-driven show, which to some extent it is, but there are also lots of great male characters. It’s universally enjoyable, very funny but also very moving and relatable.”


He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit the road, and is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian) mixed with ‘comic gold’ (Mail on Sunday). Jason said: “After the fun we had on my last tour ‘Muddle Class’, I’m excited to get back on the road with my new stand up show, ‘Like Me’. In these trying times it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the


old chuckle muscle! So I’m coming to a venue near you in 2021 so we can have a good laugh together. See you then.” ‘First & Last’ (BBC One), ‘The Masked Singer’ (ITV1), ‘What Would Your Kid Do?’ (ITV1), ‘Olivier Awards’ (ITV1), ‘Scarborough’ (BBC One), ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic. Coming to the Orchard Theatre on Wed 13 July 2022. ‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades! Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively. Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more. So come and join

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With a passion for the work of “The Boss”, the 8 piece tribute The Sound Of Springsteen brings their years of live performances and recording to rock you with Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits and deep cuts. With songs like, Born In The USA, Glory Days, Streets of Philadelphia and many more, this is a night of passion for Springsteen, and we are back and bigger and better. The Sound of Springsteen is a tribute show to which artist? 1. Bruce Springsteen 2. Chris Springsteen 3. Keith Springsteen Email competition@dartfordliving.com by the 20th June to be in with a chance of winning. RUES: 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. 7. 7. All entries will be added to the Dartford Living mailing list to receive a copy of the magazine by email once a month. Please state when you enter the competition if you don’t wish to be added 47 www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

What to do: Preheat the oven to 160°C (Fan) Cut the Butter into tiny cubes and place in a large bowl with the Plain Flour. Rub together – using just your fingertips – until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the Caster Sugar, Brown Sugar, Ground Ginger and Bicarbonate of Soda and stir until combined. Pour in the Golden Syrup and the Egg. Mix until everything comes together in a dough.

GINGERNUT BISCUITS By Debbie Dickinson Surprisingly easy to make and delicious – add as much Ground Ginger as you dare! What you need: 50g Unsalted Butter – straight from the fridge 275g Plain Flour 1-2 tsp Ground Ginger 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 115g Caster Sugar 115g Light Brown Sugar 2 tbsp Golden Syrup 1 Large Egg For the Filling (optional) 1-2 stalks of Rhubarb 50g Unsalted Butter 50g Icing Sugar

Pinch small amounts from the dough and roll into a ‘cherry tomato’ sized ball. Place onto baking paper on a baking sheet. Using a fork, flatten the balls slightly. Leave space between each biscuit as they will spread a bit. Bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes until they start to crisp on top. Leave to cool on the tray. For the filling. (Completely optional as the biscuits are delicious on their own!) Chop the Rhubarb into slices. Place in a saucepan with a little water and bring to a boil. Watching all the time so it doesn’t burn. Reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer and heat until the Rhubarb has broken down and is completely cooked. If you wish, you could add a little sugar to sweeten the mix! Cream the Butter and Icing Sugar together until pale and creamy. Sandwich 2 biscuits together by spreading a little buttercream on one and adding a small spoonful of your Rhubarb Compote. Top with a second biscuit. Enjoy!!





PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS - TERM TIME ONLY MONDAYS 9:15am - 11:30am - A&J Toddlers - St Anselms Church Community Centre, Dartford. £2.50 per one adult and child and 50p for any extra children or adults each. Tea/coffee biscuits, small snack for children with juice. Craft table and singing and dancing at end of session Contact Julie on 07917 843592. 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 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 9:30-10:30am Music and Rhyme Time at Fleetdown Utd FC (near Dunelm). £5 per session if you sign up for the term, siblings go free. Contact Katie on 07734661352 or Facebook.com/musicandrhymetime WEDNESDAYS 1pm -2.45pm - Fleetdown Open House - Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ - £3.50 per Adult - £1 Siblings Bottomless refreshments. THURSDAYS 10:30-11:30am, Music and Rhyme Time at Fleetdown Utd FC (near Dunelm). £5 per session if you sign up for the term, siblings go free. Contact Katie on 07734661352 or Facebook.com/musicandrhymetime FRIDAYS 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 2-3pm - Lego Club- ages 5 and over - Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602 BABYBALLERS Themed Football and multi skills sessions are suitable for girls and boys aged 16 months to 5 years old. Your little superstar will learn shapes, colours, numbers and lots, lots, more all through playing the BabyBallers way! Classes in Dartford, Northfleet, Gravesend and Ebbsfleet on Fridays and weekends. Please visit https://babyballers1.class4kids.co.uk/ or email matt@babyballers.com 50



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 DARTFORD OSTOMY GROUP SUPPORT (DOGS) as a side line we raise money for a local meet every third Wednesday in the month at St charity. If you are missing the contact with Anselm’s Parish Centre, West Hill, Dartford DA1 other business men since you retired, why 2HJ from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. It is for anyone not come and join us on the last Thursday of who has an Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy, every month. For more details contact Phil Burt IBS and pouch, their carers, family and friends. on 01322 274541 or look at our website www. waprobus.com ALL DIRECTIONS is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S REGISTER learning and mental health difficulties. For The National Women’s Register (NWR) is more information, attend a taster session a national organisation that meets in the or visit our community lunch club, contact Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group Caroline on 01322 837172 or 07570 347612 for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via www.nwr.org.uk or call 01603406767 AGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday morning 10.30 - HEALTHCARE RETIREMENT GROUP 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and a chat - Just £1 Dartford & Gravesham Branch. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH PARKINSONS the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from 10UK 12pm.Activities include guest speakers, outings, For people with Parkinsons and their carers. lunches, holidays and quizzes. For more Dartford: 2nd Wednesday of each month, Mick information contact Jagger Centre, 7 -9pm. Information support Marion on 01322 402967 workers available, guest speakers and quizzes. Contact Wendy Leach. Tel: 02083065973 WHEELCHAIR EPEE FENCING Wheelchair epee fencing in Dartford and THE WELLBEING LINK Gravesham, we are delighted to announce that The Wellbeing Link meets on Friday mornings New Ash Green Epee club, can now introduce from 10-1pm in the St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, wheelchair fencing. If interested in taking up 89 West Hill, Dartford A friendly and informative this para sport please contact us on 01474 group is a support group for people with any 871484 or alternatively look at our website www. life affecting health issues from loneliness and nagfencing.eu isolation to life limiting conditions. - call Julie On 07775875585 ERITH YOUTH RUGBY JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP Sunday 10:45-12:00, Sussex Road Erith. Ages We are a small friendly group who meet at 4-16 welcome 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 LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS chat, coffee and biscuits or a fun quiz. For more Sundays 10:15-10:45 at Swanscombe Leisure information contact mikeansell.dt@hotmail. Centre. co.uk Call Saj on 07903 513104 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP more DARTFORD GYMNASTICS information visit: Celebrating 50years. www.meetup.com/20s-30s-DartfordBexleyheath-surrounding-areas-social-group/ Based in Heath Lane, we are a friendly club with super equipment, great coaches and high DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF standards. We do lots of competitions and we THE THIRD AGE) do not close through the holidays! meets on the first Tuesday of every month (exVisit our website www.dartfordgymnastics. cept August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West co.uk for full details or contact Linda on 01322 Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information about 409312 or email dartfordgymclub@yahoo. meetings and interest groups visit co.uk u3asites.org.uk/dartford/welcome www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk


welcome new members. HOP LIKE IT’S HOT A fun (different) circuit based workout with space hoppers that challenges core stabilty, LEARN KARATE balance and strength. It is suitable for all Learn karate with Yamato Damashii – for adults levels and abilities. Classes are held every Wednesday evening at the stone pavilion & children starting at 8:15 until 9:00 costing £5 per person. Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. THE HIGHLY STRUNG BADMINTON CLUB, For more info, visit www.ydma.club or find us on Friendly club seeking new members. Abilities Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial mixed. Arts. Would suit players with some prior experience. Thursdays at 7.45-9.45pm, Dartford Girls’ YOGA WITH EMMA Grammar School, DA1 2NT “YOGA WITH EMMA For further information please email: Monday evenings 7pm to 8pm at Becket Sports highlystrungbc@gmail.com Centre in Dartford and Wednesday mornings 9.30am to 10.30am at Europa Gymnastics WAR GAMES AND MODEL CLUB Centre in Dartford/Crayford Please see www.samadhi-yoga.co.uk for more Based in Erith we have a wide number of members from across SE London and Kent. A information or email Emma at great place to come and have a game, make, emma@samadhi-yoga.co.uk“ 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:// KENT EXILES AMERICAN emperors10th.wixsite.com/home FOOTBALL CLUB www.kentexiles.co.uk. DARTFORD PARKRUN Coach Martin - 07944 730634. Dartford parkrun is a free to enter 5k run every All ages from 7 years to adult welcome Saturday morning starting by the Dartford harriers track in Central Park at 9am. All participants get a time a position emailed and texted ENERGY FITNESS AND NUTRITION after the event. To register go to I run group fitness classes as well as 1-1 and www.parkrun.org.uk. Remember to bring your semi private personal training sessions in printed Barcode. Darenth at Dimples Day Nursery DA2 7HT. ENERGY Fitness & Nutrition: we offer a wide Every Sunday Morning in the Park there is a variety of group classes such as strength & Junior parkrun over 2k. conditioning, boot camps, Boxercise, mum and baby classes, inside and outside classes with great equipment and suitable for all abilities. FOOTSCRAY MEADOW PARKRUN The website is www.energyfitnut.co.uk A new Parkrun event with parking at Crazy Barn 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.

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 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

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 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

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. 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.

DARTFORD BOCCIA CLUB Boccia is a Paralympic Sport similar to Pétanque or Boules. It is played in a seated DARTFORD HARRIERS ATHLETICS CLUB position therefore ideal for disabled or non-disDartford Harriers is among the leading athletics abled persons to play together. 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 meet once a fortnight on a Saturday between 5-6pm. Cost is £2.50 per player we can help you advance your Athletics then per session. There is FREE parking on site. All please visit our website welcome. 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). 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

DARTFORD & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. We are a long-established camera club meeting fortnightly at Stone Pavilion. We have an exciting programme of speakers, competitions, practical evenings and would welcome new members with or without photographic experience to our friendly meetings. You can attend several meetings as a guest before taking out membership which enables you to become a fully-fledged member and enter competitions. Our website is dartphoto. org.uk. We have a spacious hall which enables us to meet “socially distanced” in the present environment. We hope to meet you soon. DARTFORD MUSIC SCHOOL Want to learn to play or sing? For all ages and abilities, we have something for you. We offer a variety of music learning activities based at The Mick Jagger Centre including Individual Instrumental Lessons, group sessions with Red Rooster, Dartford Youth Choir and DMS Orchestra! What’s stopping you? Webpage: www.themickjaggercentre.com/dartford-music-school.html Email: DMS@themickjaggercentre.com Follow us: Twitter @Dartford_Music Instagram @ dartfordmusicschool



DARTFORD CHORAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF SONG BY PAT EVERINGTON It’s hard to believe but we’ve been making music since 1919. Over the years we have had various conductors and our membership has fluctuated - but we are still here! More members are always welcome and indeed needed if we are to continue into the future. So please come along to discover the wonderful world of choral singing. We rehearse on Monday evenings at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, starting at 7.30pm. Just turn up and you will receive a very warm welcome. If you would like more information before taking the plunge, please view our website at www.dartfordchoral. org.uk or contact our Secretary, Paul Grimmer (email: secretary@dartfordchoral.org.uk) or the Chairman, Pat Everington (email: chairman@ dartfordchoral.org.uk Tel: 01322 220124).

we are determined to mark the occasion albeit two years on - with a special concert on Saturday, 11 June at St Michael’s Church, Church Hill, Wilmington, starting at 7.30pm. The programme includes Brahm’s Requiem and various other shorter works. Civic dignitaries will be in attendance together with past members, patrons and our loyal followers. Free interval refreshments include wine and celebratory cake. Ticket prices on the door are £10 (£8 concessions).

Please join us on this special occasion, thus The Society’s inaugural concert took place in swelling the audience and lending your support the Spring of 1920 and centenary celebrations to the oldest choir in Dartford. We need you! were originally planned for April 2020 - foiled, of course, by the advent of Covid19. However,

ST ALBAN’S AND ST EDMUNDS CHURCH GROUPS St Alban’s Church - Stepping Stones’ Toddler Group @ St Alban’s Church, St Alban’s Road, Dartford DA1 3FT Wednesday’s from 8:30am – 11:30am. - Community Café Coffee Morning @ St Alban’s Church (Tuesdas) , St Alban’s Road, Dartford DA1 1FT, 10am – 12noon. Drinks, sausage or bacon sarnies, scones, fruit, friends and chat. - Knit & Natter @ St Alban’s Church, St Alban’s Road, Dartford DA1 1FT 10:00am – 11:30am, on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Come and knit, learn to crochet (or teach someone else), have a coffee and a lot of nattering! St Edmund’ Church - Kindness and Wellbeing Group @ St Edmund’s Church, St Edmund’s Road, Temple Hill, Dartford DA1 5ND - Tuesday’s from 9:30am – 11:30am. Make new friends, chat over a cuppa, mindfulness and well being resources and support. - Café @ St Edmund’s Church, St Edmund’s Road, Temple Hill, Dartford DA1 5ND Thursdays from 10am – 12noon - Over 60’s Club @ St Edmund’s Church, St Edmund’s Road, Temple Hill, Dartford DA1 5ND Lunch at 12:30pm (£5pp must be booked in advance). Raffles and bingo from 1pm, prizes galore. 54



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