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FREE May 2019 - Issue 155

By the community, for the community

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DARTFORD FC LEGEND RETIRES - Pages 6-9 DO YOU DO VINTAGE? - Page 16 DARTFORD ROAD RUNNERS - Pages 41

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Welcome to the May 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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Dartford FC legend retires Keeping it in the family Do you do vintage? Rescue is best BipBopBlog Life Under the Stairs Recipe Travel Spotlight Sports News Dartford Road Runners Fitness Dartford Painted Rocks Then and Now Theatre Review Car News Where to Go Locally Advertisers Index Useful Numbers

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DARTS LEGEND, ELLIOT BRADBROOK, RETIRES

by Henry Clark

Bradbrook originally joined Dartford FC in the summer of 2009 from Maidstone United where he’d played his junior and youth football. He joined the Darts after a spell at University in Ohio, America. Widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest players the inspirational captain Bradbrook has now racked up 444 appearances and 142 goals from midfield for the club. His ten years of commitment have seen spells in various leagues across the non-league pyramid but he was most notably captain of the side in 2012/13, when the Darts finished as the highest placed semi-professional team in the country with an 8th place finish in the National League. You’ve been at the club through various different stages of not just your career but your life, from working full-time to becoming a dad – how challenging has it been to find a balance between family commitments and playing? Finding a balance is always difficult as a non-league player. Working full-time and then training twice a week and playing on Saturday’s is tough. You spend a lot of time away from family and friends which is something that not many people realise unless you are involved in it. It is tough, but enjoyable at the same time. You played most of your career under Tony Burman 6

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at the club – what made him stand out in your mind as a manager? Tony’s ability to build a team full of great characters was excellent, and that showed on the pitch even though we might not have been the most talented group individually. Year after year, the dressing room was full of great characters and the fact that we were all very close meant that the football took care of itself most of the time. People enjoyed coming in to training and went into games believing we would win. Tony was very good at creating that sort of environment.

look beyond myself, Ryan Hayes and Lee Noble you’ve got other players like Tom Bonner, Andy Pugh and Ronnie Vint who have each played hundreds of times for the club over the years so there is a really good culture here which I hope will continue. I hear the calls for the club to become more professional in certain areas, spend more money etc. but that would come at the expense of that culture which I think would be a shame. And it certainly wouldn’t guarantee further success. It is important to have a good group of people around who really care about the club in my opinion.

You’ve played with hundreds of different players at Dartford – is there anyone that sticks out in your mind as the best you have played with and one who you think was underrated? I’d say Lee Noble to both - he is by far the best I have played with and I can’t think of anyone who I have played against that were better either. And I’d also call him the most underrated too. How a league club didn’t snap him up years ago I will never know. He offers everything you could ever want in a player - quality on the ball, work rate off it, creative, tough and determined. He’s the type of player who would be the best in the team no matter what level he played at.

You’ve made it clear you don’t intend to stay within the game but with your commitment and love for the

With over 400 league games under your belt, is there one game that sticks out in your mind? Is there a season that sticks out in your mind? I’d have to say the play-off final win against Welling. Purely because of what the game meant. It was a fantastic day that will live long in the memory and one that I will never forget. Another game I look back fondly on was when we beat Luton at Kenilworth Road. It was one of the rare times where (as a non-league player) I felt like I was playing in a proper football game that you might see on TV or something. And for us to beat like we did was an amazing achievement and typified what we were about that season. Much has been said about ‘the core’ of yourself, Ryan Hayes, Lee Noble and Danny Harris – to have such longevity in the modern game, is that what you would see as one of the strengths of the club in terms of creating the right culture? The modern game doesn’t lend itself well to managers or players spending years and years at the same club, but that is what makes Dartford a special place. Even if you www.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

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club will you still be watching the boys from time to time on a Saturday? Absolutely. I am very much looking forward to coming back and watching games from the stands. This club has a big future ahead of it and I have a lot of friends here who I know will take the club to the next level soon. And I look forward to seeing it happen. You’ve always had a special relationship with the fans and in the eyes of many (if not all) you will go down as a legend of the club – how special is that to leave such a lasting impression at the club? I always felt at home at this football club which I why I chose to spend my career here. So to leave such a lasting impression on people is very special. It’s all been quite overwhelming really. I think people could see that I always gave my best when I went out onto the pitch and that tends to resonate, especially with supporters because they care so passionately about the game and the club. I am just pleased that I was able to contribute to a successful period in the club’s history and hopefully have helped to lay the foundations for more success in the future.

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Elliot joined Dartford in July 2009 and has played a tot of 444 games scoring 142 goals. That puts him 6th for appearances and 2nd for goals scored in the history of the club. Elliot captained Dartford to the Isthmian League Premier Division Championship in 2010, National League South Promotion Final Winners in 2012 and two Kent Senior Cup Final wins. He has been an outstanding leader as captain of the club both on and off the pitch. We wish Elliot the very best of luck for the future in whatever he does. Don’t be a stranger. Steve Irving Dartford FC Co-Chairman

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Contributed by Cllr David Mote, Mayor of Dartford Every time we have a visitor to the Mayor’s Parlour we give them a copy of the Floreat Dartford leaflet, which has a black and white picture the Dartford Borough Sergeant-at-Arms and Mace Bearer from the 1930’s on its front cover. We were recently approached at a Dartford Rotary Club event by John Smeeth who told us his father had been the Dartford Mase Bearer. So we sent John a copy of the leaflet and he identified the gentleman on its cover as his Grandfather, Walther Leslie Smeeth, who was carrying the old Mace, which now resides under lock and key in the Mayor’s Parlour. We just had to invite John in to Mayor’s Parlour to see the Mace his Grandfather and Father carried along with the Sergeant-at-Arms uniform, which is displayed in a case at the Centre. John also brought some pictures of his Grandfather to show us and (don’t tell anyone) we gave John some gloves to wear and allowed him to have a close look at the Mace.

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DO YOU DO VINTAGE? by Julie Ricketts

Vintage and Craft Fair coming to Dartford in May and June!

Refreshments will be available, plus tasty cakes & savoury snacks. At the Mick Jagger Centre, there will be a fully licensed bar and Prosecco stall and at Dartford Girls’ Grammar we’ll have a vintage tearoom. Both fairs will have a swing/jazz entertainer, vintage DJ and vintage makeovers. MD of Do You Vintage?, Julie Ricketts, is a vintage enthusiast and collector. What began as a hobby became a business, starting 3 years ago at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich and then at Shrewsbury House in Shooters Hill. Julie says: ‘Dartford seemed the obvious choice when I was looking for new venues, with its thriving performing arts, dance and theatre scene. Lots of our traders come up from Kent and now they will be glad to have the fair on their doorstep.’

Two Goldsmiths University student interns will be gaining practical work experience at the fairs, and Julie is offering Do You Vintage? fair will be at the Mick Jagger Centre a free pitch to a local Dartford charity. on Sunday 12th May from 11am-4pm (Entry £2, children under 16 free) and at Dartford Girls’ Grammar School on So come along and soak up the nostalgia, and treat Sunday 9th June from 11am-4pm (Entry £2.50 or £2 with yourselves to some vintage shopping! flyer/advert/NUS card, children under 16 free). For more information – www.doyouvintage.co.uk Traders will be selling a range of vintage, retro and craft Find us on Facebook (Do You Vintage?), Instagram and items, including clothing, accessories & jewellery, interior Twitter @doyouvintage design, lighting, homewares, kitchenwares, vinyl records To book a stall, contact Julie Ricketts - doyouvintage@ & posters, upcycled and Midcentury furniture, and gmail.com handcrafted, knitted & crocheted goods.

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So as nervous as I was, we had the scan to reveal……a beautiful baby that wouldn’t keep still or get in the right position. In fact the baby moved and kicked throughout the whole scan indicating to me that he or she wants to keep us guessing. No Deal Sex-It. Maybe they will grow up to be a politician! Until next time Charlotte x Do you have your own baby gender theories? Contact me on Instagram and follow my pregnancy journey @BipBopMum

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Many women also believe in old wives’ tales which include food cravings, the shape of the bump and even the date of conception to calculate if baby is team pink or blue. As for me? I’m just confused! I’m constantly changing my mind! Each scan picture looks different and I’m also comparing everything to my first pregnancy where many of these theories indicated that I was having a girl which was ultimately incorrect. But surely the not knowing and the guessing is part of the fun? We didn’t find out with my first and I quite like the idea of a surprise this time too. However, Hubby did in fact win the argument, so I had to gear myself up to find out. At least it would help us to plan a bit more.

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LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson PEACE AND QUIET

I am sick of politics! Not only the sorry fiasco that is I was recently asked to sit in with a new addition at the Brexit – however you voted, it has not gone well – but the animal welfare charity where I volunteer. childish in fighting and mudslinging visible in the media and social media... It is embarrassing and has made the A greyhound, an ex racer, had come into us and was UK a nation to be pitied on one hand, and laughed at finding it hard to adjust to kennel life. behind the other. This isn’t usually my remit. I work as an office admin volunteer and rarely visit the kennels other than to wash up feeding bowls or bedding. However, we were thin on the ground that week, and this poor fellow needed some human interaction, so I toddled along to spend some time with him.

In my view, the system is broken. We pin our colours to the fence, yet all the parties and their policies seem almost identical. Innovation and motivation have been pushed aside in the rush to please the movers and shakers within the various political parties. The leaders are unpopular, seen as having major shortcomings in He was a little nervous and shy at first. I sat myself down and the art of negotiation, the blinkered approach to what chatted – he listened – and after a short while he decided is best for the country and a general inability to do the I was harmless and could be approached. What followed best for you and me and others. was an experience I will treasure for a long, long time. My postal vote reminder dropped through the letter box This beautiful dog decided he could lean against me and recently regarding the local elections. It made me think put his head in my hands. His whole body relaxed. Never of exactly how important I judge such elections to be. have I been so privileged to have an animal react in that Sadly, my answer was ‘not very’. way. Time passed, and I was amazed to find I’d been with him for over an hour. We are told that the local elections aren’t a reflection of the main political situation, but rightly or wrongly, many I came away feeling calm and re-energised. It may seem people judge it as so. Indeed, it is one-way every man fanciful, but I have no other way of putting it. I wondered or woman can show his/her displeasure at the circus who had healed who in our encounter. in Westminster. I’m told this lovely dog has been rehomed, so someone I think the most unfortunate aspect of the local elections else will benefit from his affection and trust. is the sheer disinterest so many have in their outcome. Engagement from younger people, and I’m talking about If only all who wanted a pet would consider rehoming those in their 20s, seems to be nonexistent, yet they from an animal sanctuary in the first instance, rather are the very people whose future is in their own hands. than supporting (often unknowingly) the wretched and However, it seems that they shy away from an involvement miserable conditions of the puppy farms, the sad fate from politics at any level. of greyhounds no longer able to race or those animals abandoned as unwanted or old, the world would be a I don’t think we ever get the best advice. We are told kinder place. what we want to hear, often with little substance or commitment to back it up. WHO TO VOTE FOR? I suspect it will be the same people elected to the same roles by the same few who do bother to turn out.

This demonstrates the conundrum. The politicians can’t be blamed for winning. It is our own apathy that prevents any changes. We get what we deserve. Take care all.

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Our kids didn’t get many Easter eggs this year – which was quite lucky because they filled themselves (and their pockets!) up at the sweet table at a family wedding over the holidays! But if you have lots, here’s an idea to use some of them up.

What to do: Put the biscuits in a bag and crush with a rolling pin until you This, as with most of mine, is a basic recipe that I hope have a variety you will add to and adjust as you wish! of different size pieces. It’s a nice easy, slightly messy method that the kids will Rest a heatproof bowl on a gently simmering saucepan love to help with! of water and add the chocolate, butter and golden syrup. Ingredients: 200g digestive biscuits (or experiment with your Once everything is melted together, add all the other favourites) ingredients and mix well. 200g chocolate 100g unsalted butter Tip the mix into a square cake tin, lined with 30g golden syrup greaseproof paper and press down. 100g mini marshmallows or any selection of dried fruit/chopped nuts/chopped mini choc eggs/ Leave to cool completely, then cut into squares to Maltesers/Smarties/M&Ms etc you may have available. serve. Enjoy!

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Currency ~ Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). Family Fun ~ Dubai is a complete family destination with some excellent entertainment to thrill visitors of all tastes and ages. All the major resorts offer excellent childcare facilities, which means everyone in the family can make the most of their holiday time. Of course, holidays are about enjoying time together too, and when it comes to attractions for the whole family, Dubai really excels. Located on the Arabian Gulf, Dubai’s transformation in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai offers exceptional value for recent years has been nothing short of stratospheric. A families, thanks to the Aquaventure Waterpark and a host focal point for trade through the ages and most recently of educational activities and events. a financial superpower, Dubai has established itself as a destination as synonymous with tourism as it is for Adventure Seekers ~ With year-round sun and a dramatic industry, with an array of activities and events which combination of desert and beach, Dubai is the perfect may surprise you! setting to be swept away by high-adrenaline activities. Rocket across the Arabian Gulf in a speedboat or roar Practically unrivalled in terms of its shopping and hospitality, around a track in a race car, skydive over Palm Jumeirah, Dubai has established itself as the world’s premier location water-ski around The World, zip-line through the heart for festivals and events. With a plethora of indoor and of the city, paddleboard along the coast or swim with outdoor venues, year-round sunshine, superb flight dolphins and sharks. You can even soar above the sand in connections and exceptional choice in accommodation, a hot air balloon. Escaping to the desert on dune-bashing the emirate is perfectly geared up for some of the biggest safaris are popular excursions – make sure to pick a tour events on the global social calendar. With events ranging that includes a bit of sand-boarding. You can try camel from shopping and food festivals, to the Emirates Airline riding for an extra thrill, followed by fun and feasting as Dubai Rugby Sevens – the oldest sporting tournament the sun sets. in the Middle East – there is always a spectacular event going on in Dubai that can really enhance your holiday. Gastronomy ~ Dim sum or Arabic mezze, street food or Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants – there’s always a Climate ~ Dubai is sub-tropical with sunshine year-round. new culinary experience to discover in Dubai. How about During summer the temperatures can reach over 40 dining in the clouds atop the Burj Khalifa or feasting on degrees Celsius, with the winter months still remaining farm-to-table menus at organic restaurants? More than comfortably warm with an average of 24 degrees Celsius 200 different nationalities live in Dubai, making this in January. Rainfall is minimal year-round. international destination a true capital of gastronomy. Embarking on a culinary journey doesn’t automatically Time difference ~ GMT + 4 hours. mean high prices, with thousands of eateries catering for every palette and budget. Try Emirati street food from Language ~ Arabic is the official language and English is one of the excellent vendors for a low-cost taste of the a widely-spoken second language. region, or alternatively treat yourself in one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants. Food is a massive part of Visas ~ A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days the lifestyle and this is most evident at the weekend, of which Friday is the first day. Head to one of the many Flight information~ Emirates and Qantas offer a number restaurants offering Friday Brunch – a sure fire feast for of flights from various UK airports direct to Dubai, with the eyes and the stomach! other carriers also offering direct services from London 26

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Shopping ~ Dubai is a shopper’s paradise! The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates offer big name retailers in sleek surroundings, while the Dubai Outlet Mall is the place to head if you’re in search of a designer bargain. For a more authentic experience, seek out gold, handicrafts and spices in one of the excellent traditional souks. The month-long Dubai Summer Surprises festival sees promotions at more than 6,000 shops. Culture & the Arts ~ Dubai prides itself on its rich cultural offering. World-class galleries, theatres and museums offer a wealth of thought provoking educational and entertainment experiences. Alternatively, you can get out and discover more of Dubai’s traditions and history: take a water taxi to the gold, spice and textile souks ~ discover the importance of pearl diving in the region at the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum ~ visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for local history and Islamic culture. Galleries can also be found all over the city from the Al Quoz district to the Dubai International Financial District. We offer unrivalled variety when it comes to holidays to Dubai, including family holidays, couples’ getaways, decadent luxury escapes and touring and cruising options, all at competitive prices. With our broad range of partners, we can tailor-make a dream Dubai getaway to suit every taste and budget.

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COMPETITION

TONY STOCKWELL

Tony Stockwell is a medium, healer and teacher from Wickford, Essex. Spontaneous and totally up-front, he hides nothing and reveals everything. He uses his Special Gift to help people in their quest for consolation and on the 3rd June he will be returning to Dartford bringing messages of comfort to those who need to hear and understand that a friend, loved one or someone they cared about can still be with them.

MONDAY 3RD JUNE 2019

To book tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk | Ticket Office: 01322 220000 We have teamed up with the Orchard Theatre to offer 2 tickets to the show. You just need to answer this question: Which of the following is NOT a famous psychic?

a) Tony Stockwell b) Sally Morgan c) Uri Geller d) Sally Gunnell Closing date 15th May 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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BAV’S SPORTING COMMENT Identifying a racist is often easy enough. Rather selfdefeatingly, they tend to give themselves away in the timehonoured and fool proof method of doing something racist. The West Ham fan shouting Islamophobic abuse at Mo Salah as he prepared to take a corner, definitely a racist. Whoever made monkey noises at Tottenham’s Renee Hector during a Women’s Championship game against Sheffield United, a racist. The fans I heard singing about Hitler’s gas chambers on a train back to London a couple of years back, racists. But should players walk off the pitch? England winger Raheem Sterling says players should not leave the pitch if there is racist abuse from the stands because “if you walk off they win”. Sterling was one of several England players to have racist chants directed at them during the last Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro. He says “I wouldn’t personally agree with walking off… to win the game would hurt them even more. They’re only trying to get you down… if you walk off they win. To score or win would be better.”

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DARTFORD ROAD RUNNERS

By Brian Pitkin

Dartford Road Runners was formed in 1998 and is based at Princes Park (Dartford Football Club). Unlike the other running clubs in the town we are over 18’s only. The simple reason for this is that the clubs using the Central park track have the safest place for young people to train.

to secure a London Marathon place, we will highlight an alternative (often overseas) one for members to target. When not marathon training the members compete in two monthly in house competitions, and train for various challenges. The winter months are dominated by two cross country leagues that all members can, and many do, compete in. We welcome people of all abilities who want to run and if you want to improve, we will help you. The membership at the club is ÂŁ40 per year. This includes use of changing facilities at the Princes Park, affiliation fees with England Athletics, entry fees to the crosscountry league races as well as the national and regional championships. We hold a number of social events each year culminating with our annual prize giving ball at Christmas.

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6.50pm at Princes Park and from there we run to where the training will take place. In the autumn and winter training is carried out mainly on the pavements around the towns. In the spring and summer, we use the numerous parks, open spaces and trails around the borough. There is also a club meet on a Sunday; sometimes a race, but mainly a social run either locally, or a little further afield. Dartford Road Runners has about 150 members with almost a 50/50 split of male and female members. The age range is from early 20s to mid-70s. Training sessions are about 45 minutes and are mainly time rather than distance based. This means that irrespective of abilities all members start and finish the training together. Many people join the club as they want to run a marathon especially the London Marathon. To help and encourage them our training from January is always geared towards endurance and specifically marathon training. As it is difficult

Dartford Road Runners is very involved with local running and our members take the lead with organising Dartford Heath parkrun. We also organise a three race Wednesday evening series in Joydens Wood in the summer and a 10k road race on August Bank Holiday Monday from Princes Park. These events are open to the public to enter. Details about Dartford Road Runners, membership and our races can be found at www.dartfordroadrunners. co.uk or on facebook @dartfordroadrunners or feel free to just turn up to one of our midweek training sessions lead by Brian, Stuart, and Gary.

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FITNESS BODYWEIGHT...

By Mark Broadbent

Whilst it is the most common metric to track (because it’s the easiest to measure and has been the main measurement Then take an average at the end of each people have always tracked historically), tracking body weight week (add up all the weights then divide by 7). This will can be a double-edged sword. be a far more accurate way to track your weight that will even out the ups and downs from hydration levels etc. You Most people associate weight with fat, but in reality, fat is can then compare your weight week to week to see if you’re only a small part of what you’re weighing on the scales - making progress or not. muscle, fluids, bone, organs, even your dinner are also going to affect your “weight”. Women should also be aware (and I know you all are) that weight can vary dramatically over the course of the month. What most people who want to lose weight actually want This is again due to hormones and fluids, NOT a sudden 5lb is fat loss, not weight loss (the two don’t necessarily have fat gain overnight! to come together). You’ll have to compare each week/phase with the same The confusion around bodyweight can cause as much of a week/phase next month to get a more accurate measure of hinderance as a help. progress. This may seem like too much, but your goal should be long-term, so you have the time to do this, and if you’ve Would I recommend tracking weight if your goal is fat loss? chosen to use bodyweight as your main measurement, this It depends... is worth doing to get a real idea of your progress. If you’re fully aware of what weight really means, and can check it, then forget it, then yes, it would be helpful to track it and keep an eye on your progress to see if what you’re doing is working or not.

Week to week would not be a fair comparison for these reasons. So, whilst it can be useful, it’s up to you whether you choose to use weight as a measure of progress. Just remember, if you LOOK better, FEEL better, and are STRONGER and FITTER - does weight really matter?

But if you’re the type of person to get hung up on it, and stress about it if it’s not doing what you want (even through that Obviously, the more metrics you can use to monitor your might not mean what you think it means), then definitely no. progress, the better idea you’ll have of whether what you’re doing is working or not. Personally (and with my clients), I Also, daily weight changes can be huge (a couple of kilos up track bodyweight (as described here), measurements (neck, or down are quite normal), and you need to be aware that chest, waist, hips, thighs as standard, possibly also shoulders, you simply can’t gain or lose weight from fat or muscle that arms and calves), bodyfat % (as accurately as possible, usually quickly! Use some common sense. using the naval method as well as bioelectrical impedance readings), and progress photos. Unless you’re swimming the channel or doing something of These, along with training records (have weights increased? equal challenge, you’re unlikely to lose a measurable amount Fitness levels increased? Recovery times improved?) give me of weight from either fat or muscle in a day. Likewise, unless a very clear understanding of how the program is working. you gorge on 20,000 calories, you’re unlikely to gain much either. So, your pound or two weight fluctuation from one Track as many variables as you reasonably can and use these day to the next is almost certainly going to be down to, to monitor your progress, and don’t panic over a pound or predominantly, hydration levels. two here and there unless it’s consistently going up! If you are tracking your weight, my advice would be to measure it daily, at the same time, under the same conditions (upon If you need help with your training and/or nutrition, visit waking, after using the toilet will be the most consistent). www.DartfordBootcamps.com for more information on

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DARTFORD THEN AND NOW THE MALT SHOVEL

BY JAMES CARNEY - LOCAL RESIDENT

As an Architect I am interested in the local context of our towns, villages and cities and how these places have developed over time. Having come across some wonderful old postcards and images of our local towns and parishes on a Facebook page I thought it would be really interesting to take a photograph from exactly the same viewpoint but from our current time in history in relation to the original images from around the early 1900s. The original postcards and images are courtesy of Brian Porter.

Rock Painting in Dartford. 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.

DARTFORD PAINTED ROCKS By Maria Kingsford Here 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 Orchard Shopping Centre. Here are some of the photos of their painted rocks.

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THEATRE REVIEW

BY LIZ DYER

What was your theatre highlight this April? Maybe it was Jodie Prenger being hilariously awful as nightmare host Beverly in the classic 70s comedy Abigail’s Party. Or perhaps it was seeing the kids having a great time watching Igglepiggle and friends at In The Night Garden. Quite possibly it was enjoying the always brilliant DAODS do their thing in their production of the legendary musical Oliver! One thing’s for sure - there have been a lot of great moments over the past few weeks, with plenty to entertain audiences of all ages. As for May, it looks set to be a great month for young theatregoers. First up, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Zog hits the stage (3rd-6th), adapted by Mike Shepherd with folk music by award-winning actor and musician Johnny Flynn (recently on stage himself alongside Kit Harington in the West End). Zog is the story of an overenthusiastic dragon, who just wants to win a golden star at school - and it promises to be lots of fun for the whole family.

evening of 23rd May. But what about the grown-ups? Well, we also have a lot to look forward to. Paula Hawkins’ page-turning thriller The Girl on the Train (7th-11th) - already a movie starring Emily Blunt - has now been adapted for the stage, and arrives in Dartford this month featuring an impressive cast led by Eastenders’ Samantha Womack. This gripping tale of obsession is full of twists and turns, and guarantees to keep you guessing right to the end (unless you’ve read the book, that is).

That’s followed by something quite different - and definitely not one for the kids. The 50th anniversary production of legendary Grammy award-winning musical, Hair (13th18th) has hit the road following a sell-out run in London last year. This psychedelic rock phenomenon, inspired by the hippie culture of the 1960s, stars Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden and former X Factor finalist Marcus Collins, and features classic hits including Aquarius Later in the month, another popular children’s book and Let The Sunshine In. comes to life in the world premiere of Tom Gates (22nd26th). Based on Liz Pichon’s bestselling series, this show And if none of that grabs you, check out the Orchard from the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Theatre website for details of all the other great shows Granny features catchy tunes and fantastic animated coming to Dartford this month. With music, comedy and illustrations. The production also comes with a free even a quiz, there’s something for everyone to enjoy - so downloadable activity book (available from the Orchard’s get booking those tickets! website), and there’ll be a relaxed performance on the

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CAR NEWS MAY 2019

By Dhiren Ganesh

In this month’s article features a 2019 model upgrade adornments such as an integrated roofbox, LED spotlights and two new SUVs available – all within the European and chunky all-terrain tyres wrapped around 17in wheels. This will be Mercedes’ smallest SUV to have seven seats. manufacturers. The pair in the third row, which are likely to be best reserved for small adults or children, sit flush with the boot floor when they’re not in use. The interior design is largely borrowed from the latest A-Class family car, including the highly impressive MBUX interface, which includes a digital instrument display and a large infotainment touchscreen. In concept form, the GLB is powered by a 221bhp petrol engine that sends power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. When it goes on sale, it’s expected to offer the same choice of engines as the A-Class, plus 4Matic four-wheel drive. It will be available in late 2019 from around £35,000. 2019 Mini Clubman – this is the new Mini Clubman with the most obvious changes at the front, where the Clubman now features a redesigned grille – in black or chrome – and front bumper, as well as a new LED light cluster. The engine offering will remain unchanged with two petrol engines and one diesel available. New for 2019, however, is optional sports suspension, which lowers the car by 10mm and is designed to make it feel more agile. Inside, the Clubman comes with a 6.5in infotainment screen (upgradeable to 8.8in) and a new 4G data SIM card that enables connected services, such as the ability to see your car’s fuel level on your smartphone and send destinations to the sat-nav 2021 Volkswagen ID Roomzz SUV – Volkswagen’s upcoming remotely. The entry-level price starts at £21,200 and will line-up of ID-badged electric vehicles – which will kick off with a Golf-sized hatchback later this year will add a go on sale in August 2019. seven-seater option in 2021. Called the ID Roomzz, it’s powered by two electric motors producing a combined 222bhp and can accelerate to 60mph in 6.6sec. It could also cover near to 279 miles between charges. Although in concept form it’s capable of being charged wirelessly by driving over a special inductive plate, the Roomzz you’ll be able to buy will be charged by a conventional plug. Volkswagen says charging to 80% of capacity should take around half an hour using the latest rapid chargers. The interior is futuristic, featuring four seats that can pivot and tilt to create a lounge-style space for passengers to use when the car is driving itself. The ID Roomzz is capable of level 4 autonomy, which means it can fully drive itself in controlled areas such as cities or 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV – this is the new family on the motorway. Prices won’t be available for some time SUV with chunky off-road styling and seven seats. The however is expected to be less than the Tesla Model X, design has come from partly the G-Class but in a family SUV vehicle. The GLB concept features off-road-inspired so could be around £70,000. www.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk

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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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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

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY 078 755 68296 for more details and current THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S REGISTER dates of our events and meetings The National Women’s Register (NWR) is CARE & a national organisation that meets in the THE WELLBEING LINK Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion SUPPORT The Wellbeing Link meets on Friday group for ‘lively minded women’. Contact mornings from 10-1pm in the St. Anselm’s can be made via www.nwr.org.uk or call Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford A 01603406767 and ask about the Dartford THE NORTH WEST KENT BRANCH friendly and informative group - call Julie group. OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE On 07775875585 ASSOCIATION meets on various date HEALTHCARE RETIREMENT GROUP at Birchwood Country Club For more Dartford & Gravesham Branch. information contact Alexon 01322 228169. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from DARTFORD OSTOMY GROUP SUPPORT 10-12pm.Activities include guest speakers, SOCIAL GROUPS (DOGS) meet every third Wednesday in outings, lunches, holidays and quizzes. For the month at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, more information contact West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ from 1.00 Marion on 01322 402967 pm to 3.00 pm. It is for anyone who has an JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy, IBS and We are a small friendly group who meet at OVER 55’S CLUB - We meet every pouch, their carers, family and friends. the Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm at Tree Centre on the first Tuesday of the month. Community Centre, Cedar Road. We play ALL DIRECTIONS Join us any time between 11am and 1pm bingo, tea and biscuits, and socialise. We is a community learning organisation for a social chat, coffee and biscuits or a also run regular coach trips to the coast for adults and young people aged 16+ fun quiz. For more information contact throughout the year. with physical, learning and mental health Our club is open to anyone over 55 difficulties. For more information, attend a mikeansell.dt@hotmail.co.uk wherever you live and costs just 60p to taster session or visit our community lunch come along and join in. So why not come club, contact Caroline on 01322 440482 or 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP and join our friendly welcoming social club? 07570 347612 more information visit: For further information please call either www.meetup.com/20s-30s-DartfordJohn Letchford on 01322 270732 or Pam AGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN Carr on 01322 222195. PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday Bexleyheath-surrounding-areas-socialmorning 10.30 - 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits group/ JOYDENS WOOD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE and a chat - Just £1 DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF meet on the third Tuesday of every THE THIRD AGE) month, with meetings beginning at BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH meets on the first Tuesday of every month 7.45pm. We meet at the Community PARKINSONS UK For people with Parkinsons and their carers. (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, Centre, Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, DA2 We have 2 meetings per month. Bexley: 4th West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information 7NE. More information can be found at about meetings and interest groups call joydenswoodresidents.co.uk (under Local Thursday of each month, at Pincott Hall, 01474-709068 or visit our website. Clubs and Societies). 2-4pm. Dartford: 2nd Thursday of each month, Mick Jagger Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. WILMINGTON AND AXSTANE PROBUS Information support workers available, CLUB guest speakers and quizzes. Would you like to promote Contact Wendy Leach.  Tel:  02083065973 We are a group of retired men who meet a local activity on the monthly for a lunch and a speaker at the “Where to go locally...” Swanley Bowls Centre. We also have THE DARTFORD STROKE GROUP page? a monthly walk and occasional coffee This group meets Monday afternoons mornings and as a side line we raise money at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy for a local charity. If you are missing the Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing If so, email your atmosphere, chair-based excise sessions, contact with other business men since you retired, why not come and join us on the suggestions to stroke leaflets and magazines, informal last Thursday of every month. For more workshops, special art or games sessions editor@dartfordliving. and outings. It is aimed at Stroke Survivors, details contact Phil Burt on 01322 274541 or look at our website www.waprobus.com their carers, family and friends. com Please contact Theo Hodges on Theo. Hodges@gmail.com or phone/text Theo on

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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 A warm welcome awaits you on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Dartford Girls Grammar School, Shepherds Lane, DA1 2NT at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Judith on 01322 278703 or email FairfieldDartford@ wkfwi.org.uk

You will receive a very warm welcome. THE ROTARY CLUB OF DARTFORD We meet at lunchtime at The Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays. Time 12.45 for 1 pm For further details phone: 07706 103706

THE RENDEZVOUS CLUB (50+) Every Monday Time: 8pm - 10pm Location: Close to Bexleyheath Town Centre Description: We are a (non-profit making) friendly social group open to anyone over fifty. CRAYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE 1st We enjoy socialising, making new friends Thursday of every month at 1.30pm. Baker and activities including Quizzes, Meals Trust Hall. Maxim Road, Crayford (near Out, Trips to the Theatre, Cinema, Coach Sainsburys). Contact Secretary, Linda Trips, Gentle Walks and Short Breaks Away. Lewis 01322 557229 Admission: Subs £2.50 per week. Annual membership £6 DARTFORD LADIES PROBUS CLUB If you would like to join us or require A group of retired ladies meet locally further information please telephone: for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of each Tel: 01322 287356 or 020 8304 6414 month,. They raise funds for charity and usually invite a speaker. Join them and TALK TIME enjoy meeting and making new friends. If TUESDAY 2.00 - 3.00PM (TERM TIME you would like more information please ONLY) contact Iris (Secretary) on 01474 703448 Fleetdown Library Everybody welcome, join us for a friendly MALE? AGED 18 - 45? chat Round Table is for the guys with Ladies and light refreshments. Circle for the Ladies (ladiescircle.co.uk) Dartford RT meets every 2nd and 4th HAVEN (LGBT) SOCIAL GROUP. Thursday. London / Kent area. Every Friday - a safe Often called the original young man’s Place to Meet. social club, Round Table has over 400 For more information please contact clubs in the UK and is in 50+ countries 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email worldwide. We have an emphasis on having havenx35@gmail.com a lot of FUN. WILMINGTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE We guarantee that involvement with is a friendly group who meet on the 2nd Round Table will enhance your social life, Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in your personal abilities, your network and the Memorial Hall, High Road, Wilmington. best of all it is not expensive. For more information on our activities please call Ann Hambridge on 01322 For your chance to become involved 228082 in something very special, you need to experience it because no other DARTFORD ACTIVE RETIREMENT organisation offers you the opportunities GROUP that Round Table does. [DARTARA] We are a group that meets on second Check out the locally famous club www. Thursday once a month 2 - 4pm at dartfordroundtable.co.uk Fleetdown community centre. At the meeting we have a guest entertainer or Facebook search: speaker, we also organise holidays and * Dartford Round Table day trips out as well as activities including * Round Table theatre trips, curling, short mat bowls, * Dartford Egg Hunt indoor games, coffee and cake afternoons

and an art group. Just turn up on the day or phone Maureen Dixon-Jones 01322 383337 or Glenys Theobald 01322 273108 for more information THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NORTH DOWNS Our club, which is one of 35,000 around the World, was set up 40 years ago and has members with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. The club actively supports a number of charities locally, nationally and internationally and we continue to raise funds for Ellenor Hospices, Demelza Hospices for Children, Darent Valley Hospital and many others. We are very keen to maintain these traditions and welcome new members from the area. We also organise numerous social activities both for members and the wider community. For more information about the club’s activities and membership please contact Bob Phillips on 07815 807520 or John Smeeth on 07889 137951

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Contact: sales@dartfordliving.com HELP STRIDE4LIFE TO REACH £500,000 by coming along to our Fun Day to be held in the grounds of Darent Valley Hospital on Sunday 14 th July 2019 from 12 noon. Entertainment throughout the afternoon includes the Rock Choir, Fleetdown School Singing Choir, Rochester Pipe Band, Gymnastic Display, etc and a variety of stalls, a Dog Show.: something for everyone. All proceeds go to Darent Valley Hospital’s “ Cancer Fighting Fund” This fund enables the Hospital to purchase the latest equipment in the fight against Cancer..To find out more about Stride4Life go to www.valleyhospital charity.org.uk Free admission & car parking at the event

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

members are always welcome. The club meets on Wednesday evenings from around 7.00pm until around 9.30pm at our new clubrooms in Invicta House (aka Belvedere Workingmen’s Club), 66 Gilbert Road, Belvedere DA17 5DA.

DARTFORD BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm at Wilmington Christian Fellowship Church Hall, Broad Lane, Wilmington DA2 7AQ. We are seeking new members at all PAVILION PLAYERS levels to play Duplicate Bridge -cost £2 DSTC ALUMNI Is an amateur dramatics group based per session. Hi all, if you went to DSTC, DTC, at the Joydens Wood Community Enquiries: contact Dartford West Girls or any other name Centre, Wilmington, Kent. We meet John Davies on 01474 832221 that the school has been known as every Tuesday from 8-10pm. For more or e-mail carolandjohnd@tiscali.co.uk we would love to hear from you! The information please visit www.faceschool is looking to make links with book.com/pavilionplayers or call us on former students to help raise the profile of the school but also as a way 07505 006539. Alternatively just pop DARTFORD FLORAL CLUB down on a Tuesday night! Everyone The club meet on the 3rd Friday of of getting back in touch with people. welcome! the month at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley There will be an event later on in the Rd.(opp Papermakers Arms) at 7.30 academic year and we are planning Come along for an evening of beautiful some exciting things for the group so DARTFORD BELLRINGERS Holy Trinity Church, High Street, flowers, fun and friendship. Entrance get joining and let’s get reminiscing!! Wednesdays 8.00-9.30p.m. Free £6.00, refreshments and a raffle with www.facebook.com/groups/ tuition with a very friendly, sociable the chance to take home a beautiful DSTCAlumni group. The ideal way to make new floral arrangement. Contact Carol friends. Phone Ester 01322 220458 01322 220802 THE MANOR HALL VARIETY GROUP or email: We meet every Tuesday at 8.00 in esther.correia1@btinternet.com DARTFORD QUILTERS meet on the the Community hall (opp St Paulinus 2nd Saturday of each month at the church) Crayford. We are looking for NORTH WEST KENT FAMILY Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, anyone who could help us with sound, HISTORY SOCIETY Dartford. We run a varied programme lights, scenery or singing/acting on the of activities suitable for the beginner stage - everyone welcome. Email me The Dartford Branch meet the 1st Saturday of each month from 10amthrough to the more experienced (Carolyn) for more details at 12:30pm at the Dartford Science and quilter. More details can be obtained c_sawyers@hotmail.com. Technology College, Heath Lane, For from the club secretary on 01474 more information see www.nwkfhs. 834872 CRAYFORD TOWN ARCHIVE org.uk or ring Janet 01322384836 incorporating Barnehurst and Slade DARTFORD BOOKS AND CULTURE Green. Meet every Monday (except ERITH MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY CLUB the third Monday) of the month at has been in existence for over 50 years meets once a month on Saturday Crayford Library hall - 2pm-4pm. Call and has well over 50 active members. mornings at Dartford Library. For more in for a chat about old Crayford and As the club continues to grow new information, find us at www.meetup. to view the large collection of local 52

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calling all 11-18 year olds who want more than an ordinary life, come hang out THE DARTFORD CHESS CLUB with other young people and discover The club meets every Thursday evening their ultimate purpose. Every Friday in from 7.30pm at St Anselms Parish Hall, term time, 7pm-9:30pm at Net Church West Hill and was founded 100 years ago in Dartford, near McDonalds and next to 1914. All queries to Mike Wiltshire at 01322 Weatherspoons. 272152 or visit www.dartfordchessclub. co.uk For more information email andrew@ thenetchurch.co.uk or call 01322 272649. COLUMBINE CHINA PAINTERS CLUB meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each SHORNE FLOWER ARRANGERS month Our Club presents a programme of at Sutton at Hone Village Hall. 1.30pm workshops and demonstrations in a very until 4.30pm. £3.00 per afternoon (to informal and friendly atmosphere. We include a raffle ticket and tea/coffee) meet on the last Thursday of each month £10.00 yearly fee. except December. Shorne Village Hall, We are a small, friendly club, not The Street, Shorne. DA12 3EA. Visitors expensive. Tuition given. All supplies can are always made very welcome, entry £3. be bought in situe. Come and see if you like We have 30 members and look forward to it, You will be very welcome. welcoming anyone who loves flowers. The Club provides an opportunity for people to Contact - Maureen Beckham 01322 be creative, make friends. 287214. Marie Blake 01474 704581. For further information please phone Doreen Goddard 01474 707357. 01474 353405 or email landaclatworthy@ btinternet.com WEST HILL MORRIS Come and join your local Morris side, SWANLEY HISTORY GROUP dancing and performing in Dartford, Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Gravesend and Bexley areas and Presentations on local social history. throughout Kent in the Summer. We are Venue Alexandra Suite St Mary’s a mixed and very sociable side, and can Road Swanley BR8 7BU. Doors open always find room for new dancers and 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 musicians. It’s a great way of keeping fit Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email and you’ll be helping to conserve a great swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk for English tradition. We practice alternate more details or visit our website https:// Tuesday evenings at Bexley, from swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com or September to April, then dancing out at Facebook page. Annual membership £5 pubs, clubs and fetes, throughout Kent, includes a monthly newsletter. from May to August. Private Bookings taken. Contact Alison on 01322 862298, NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP e-mail alisondukes@btinternet.com Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm STIMUL8 ACTIVITY SERVICE in the Community Room of Gravesend I provide all the equipment, materials and Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 refreshments with just a small all inclusive, 1BE. The programme of activities is varied pay as you go, fee of £10.00 per person with workshops, talks and sit and stitch per session. sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More Those who come have the opportunity to information can be found on our website learn painting with watercolours, acrylics, www.northkentembroiderers.co.uk or inks and how to draw with pencils, soft phone 01474324734. pastels, oil pastels, charcoals, watercolour pencils, fabric pens, plus basics of THE GARDENING CLUB SUTTON AT sculpting and have the opportunity to sign HONE up to additional floral workshops I offer Monthly meetings, Visits to Gardens, too. www.stimul8-activityservice.co.uk Annual EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH GROUP’ Garden Show and much more. For more

information or to become a member please ring 01322 863556. MODERN LINEDANCING CLASSES St Michael & All Angels Church Hall, DA2 7EG Wednesdays 1pm - 2pm. Fun, social class learning routines from differing genres to popular music providing exercise for body and brain. No dance experience or partners necessary. Contact Kay 01322 276528 BEXLEY PHILATELIC SOCIETY Meetings first and third Friday of the month at Freemantle Hall, Bexley village, 7:30 for 7:45 start. Covering stamps and postal history, meetings offer displays, auctions, competitions, and convivial atmosphere. More information on www. 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

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

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY DARTFORD’S BIG SING

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

para sport please contact us on 01474 871484 or alternatively look at our website www.nagfencing.eu

ERITH YOUTH RUGBY

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

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 54

KENT EXILES AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLUB

www.kentexiles.co.uk. Coach Martin - 07944 730634. LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & All ages from 7 years to adult welcome

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

The choir is open to ALL ages (from 12yrs) LEARN KARATE and ALL abilities in and around the comLearn karate with Yamato Damashii – munity of Dartford - however if you are not from the area, you are welcome too!! for adults & children Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at www.big-sing.com Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. twitter.com/BIGSing1 For more info, visit www.ydma.club or www.facebook.com/theBIGsing/ find us on Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial Arts.

SPORTS GROUPS AND CLUBS

For more information please contact Emma: emma@samadhi-yoga.co.uk TEL: 07932 621415 www.samadhi-yoga.co.uk

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

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 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.

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

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

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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

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.

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

DARTFORD HARRIERS ATHLETICS CLUB Dartford Harriers is among the leading athletics clubs in Kent, with a history stretching back to the 1920′s, making it one of the oldest clubs in the country. If you are interested in seeing how we can help you advance your Athletics then please visit our website http://www.dartfordharriersac.co.uk FOOTSCRAY MEADOW PARKRUN Entries are now open for the 2019 A new Parkrun event with parking at Dartford Half marathon at the website Crazy Barn – The event will be on 3rd march 2019 DARTFORD HEATH PARKRUN Dartford’s 2nd parkrun event is now live. The run starts behind the Heath Lane car park and is a free 5k run every Saturday morning at 9am. Parking is restricted in the area so please do not park in Heathclose Road and wherever possible please walk.

SEEDS CYCLING CLUB DARTFORD Seeds is a long-established cycling Club in Dartford and we share our headquarters at Hesketh with Dartford Cricket Club. We cater for most abilities and have a social ride most Saturday mornings. For info on joining us please visit our website

CENTRAL PARK ATHLETICS CLUB We are situated in Dartford’s outstanding Central Park and can provide access to a state of the art running track (re-laid in 2015) and the full range of track and field facilities for just £4.50 per session (we offer discounted annual memberships).

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 position therefore ideal for disabled or non-disabled persons to play together. We meet once a fortnight on a Saturday between 5-6pm. Cost is £2.50 per player per session. There is FREE parking on site. All welcome. Facebook: Dartford Boccia Club

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