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hill Farm in Wilmington is pleased to offer an October 2016 - Issue 124 They will be available to buy from Monday 10th October from our pumpkin patch and will be ks last. Priced at 80p per kilo or if you buy 5

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Dartford Livingwins Photo Bluewater Green Competition Winners Flag award Announced for its beautiful Page 32-33 parkland WHAT’S INSIDE... Stanhill Farm Pumpkins Page 24

Jimmy Osmond Interview Page 50-51

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As usual this month’s edition is jam packed with lots of local information and local businesses. Please support as many as you can “use them or lose them!” Don’t forget that we run Dartford Living alongside volunteer members of the local community FOR the local community. Dartford Living is YOUR magazine, the only independently run magazine serving the local area with information, fun, good news and positive local stories! Feel free to 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! We deliver to thousands of homes and businesses in the local area, however if you don’t always receive a copy directly through your door, you can pick up a copy from various drop off points. These include Dartford Football Club, numerous local libraries, Fairfield Leisure Centre, The Priory Shopping Centre, Stephen Oliver Art Gallery, numerous health centres and local Barclays branches. The ‘Previous Editions’ section of the Dartford Living website also includes electronic versions of Dartford Living magazine. Additionally, if you email we will add you to our newsletter email mailing list and contact you just once a month with an electronic copy of Dartford Living! Nearly 5000 local people already do this!

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Contents 6-14....................... .................... What’s on 15...................................... Useful numbers 24..................................Autism Awareness 26...........................................Stanhill Farm 30......................................Peppa Pig World 30..................................Lullingstone Castle 31.................Lullingstone Castle Haloween 32-33....Dartford Living Photo Competition 34..............................................Kiddywinks 36...............................Life Under the Stairs 42........................................................CAP 44..............................................Auto News 45...............................................Gardening 46.....................................................Fitness 47...............................Small Business News 48..................................Sporting Comment 49.................................Dartford Valley RFC 50-51.................................Jimmy Osmond 53....................................Theatre Roundup 54.................Orchard Theatre Competition



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Parent & Toddler Groups (Term Time) Mondays 9:15am - 11:00am. St Anselms Church Community Centre, Dartford. Contact Julie on 01322 291092. St Mary’s Greenhithe Church Hall, Messy Makers:10.15am-11.15am - an hour of messy play and creative activities for 2-5 year olds. at or call London Road, Greenhithe. £4.50 per child. For further information and to book, please emailus 07851 150593. Tuesdays Catherine on 01322 220036. Session 1: 9.15-10.45am, and Session 2: 11-12.30pm. Christchurch, Crossroad, Dartford. Contact and drinks. John 01322 272649. Little Fishes: 12 - 2pm, Net Church,, (Formerly Gala Bingo Hall) Dartford, £3 per family including all snacks information. further for 288434 (01322) on us call Please Dartford. Street, Hythe 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 school children up to 4 years pre For children the for time snack healthy and ,biscuits tea Sticky Fingers, 9.30-11.30 am £1.50 per adult includes www.stmaryg see or 382031 01322 St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall London Road Greenhithe Contact Wednesdays for further information. 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us on (01322) 288434 term, £5 weekly dependent on 6-weekly 1pm-2pm - Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ t - £30 for Kent “Happi-Mess Facebook on us find or kent@hotma availability, paid in advance - happi-messThursdays The Vineyard Centre, 24 Market St, Dartford. Contact Jane on 07956 430244 for further details. 9:30 - 11:30am. St Paulinus Church Hall, Manor Road, Crayford. - 9.30-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - 1-2.30pm Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers Fridays 9.30-11am 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.stmaryg - Walkers Non £1 Child per £3 Dartford centre, education Adult Group Toddler Toerags 9.30-11am 380322 01322 9.30-11.30 Carer & Toddler Group, St Mary’s Church Hall, Stone Place Rd, Greenhithe. Jeanne 1-3pm Gigglekidz, Tree Estate Community Centre on Cedar Road - £2 Per Child Saturdays

healthy snack time for the children. Daddy and Me 9.30.-11.30am A group for dads and male carers of children up to 5years. £1.50 includes www.stmaryg see or 382031 01322 Contact Greenhithe. Road London St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall,

Toddler Music & Rhyme Sessions

TUESDAY S Two sessions, from 9.30-10.30am and 10:45 - 11:45am in Fleetdown FC Hall; Heath Lane, Dartford. Contact Kate on 07770 860450.. ALSO RUN SAME PLACE/TI ME ON THURSDAYS TUESDAY S 10.30m - 11.00am (term time only) at Fleetdown Library - Baby Bounce and Rhyme session. Tel: 08458 247 247. THURSDAYS (term time only) we will be holding 2 sessions - 10.15am & 11am Crayford Rd, Crayford, DA1 4ER. Tel: 020 8303 7777. Also: Coffee and Chat sessions at Temple Hill Library on the First Tues of the month 10am - 12noon. THURSDAYS 10.30am - 11.00am (term time only) at Fleetdown Library - Baby Bounce and Rhyme session. Tel: 08458 247 247. THURSDAYS 2.15 - 2.45pm (term time only) at Greenhithe Library - Baby Bounce and Rhyme session. Tel: 08458 247 247. THURSDAYS 10.45am - 11.15am (term time only) at Longfield Library - Baby Bounce and Rhyme session. Tel: 08458 247 247.


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Where to go locally... The North West Kent Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association meets at 8pm on the

4th Wednesday evening of each month in the Pop-In Parlour, Mill Road, Northumberland Heath, Erith. The meetings last about 2 hours and the group often have a speaker on a variety of subjects, followed by tea and biscuits and general chat. For more information contact Eileen on 01322 228169.

Dartford Ostomy Group Support (DOGS) meet

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


is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, learning and mental health difficulties. For more information, attend a taster session or visit our community lunch club, contact Caroline on 01322 440482 or 07570 347612 YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES Every Tuesday from 6-7pm &Thursday from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Peppercorns, 3 Orchard Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2DF. For more information please call The Hope Group on 07580 615206.


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


Swanley History Group Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Presentations on local social history. Venue Swanley Indoor Bowls Centre Garrolds Close Swanley BR8 7BF. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email swanleyhistorygroup@ for more details or visit our website https://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly. com or Facebook page. Annual membership £5 includes a monthly newsletter. NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm in the Community Room of Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1BE. The programme of activities is varied with workshops, talks and sit and stitch sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More information can be found on our website or phone 01474324734. The Dartford Stroke Group is starting chair-based excise classes on Monday afternoons at the YMCA Roundhouse at 2.30pm on 19th September, 3rd October, 17th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December and 19th December. This is as well as the regular meetings of the Stroke Group at the Meeting Place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Please contact Theo at or phone/text Theo on 078 755 68 296 to get the current dates for our events and for more information

Age UK, Crayford library Pop in Parlour coffee morning every Friday morning 10.30 - 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and a chat - Just £1


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


at Dance Union, Greenhithe. 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 01322 387630.

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Would you like to promote a local activity on the “Where to go locally...” page? If so, email your suggestions to Dartford & District Stamp Club Hold regular meetings in The Meeting Place, The Orchard Shopping Centre, Dartford. Details from Steve Alpe 01322 284491 or email

Dartford Books and Culture Club meets once a month on Saturday mornings at Dartford Library. For more information, find us at www.meetup. com/West-Kent-BookClub/

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meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information about meetings and interest groups call 01474-709068 or visit our website.

Dartford Stroke Group is aimed at Stroke Survivors, their families and carers. It meets at the Meeting Place in the Orchard Shopping Centre, Dartford for a chat, support, excise classes, outings and speakers. Please contact Theo at Theo.Hodges@ or phone/text Theo on 078 755 68 296 to get the current dates for our events and for more information.

Dartford Quilters meet on the 2nd Saturday of each

month at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford. We run a varied programme of activities suitable for the beginner through to the more experienced quilter. More details can be obtained from the club secretary on 01474 834872

The club meets every Thursday evening from 7.30pm at St Anselms Parish Hall, West Hill and was founded 100 years ago in 1914. All queries to Mike Wiltshire at 01322 272152 or visit

GUITARS IN THE SHADOWS – JOIN IN MUSIC BY THE SHADOWS TO 60S TO ROCK N ROLL Meet at Dartford Working Mens Club (Essex Road) at 7.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. Membership is free but we do ask for a small contribution to costs on the night. Call Ray on 07813 540131 or email


meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month at Sutton at Hone Village Hall. 1.30pm until 4.30pm. £3.00 per afternoon (to include a raffle ticket and tea/ coffee) £10.00 yearly fee. We are a small, friendly club, not expensive. Tuition given. All supplies can be bought in situe. Come and see if you like it, You will be very welcome. Contact - Maureen Beckham 01322 287214. Marie Blake 01474 704581. Doreen Goddard 01474 707357.

Dartford Floral Club

The club meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley Rd.(opp Papermakers Arms) at 7.30 Come along for an evening of beautiful flowers, fun and friendship. Entrance £6.00, refreshments and a raffle with the chance to take home a beautiful floral arrangement. Contact Chris 01322 836026

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RSPCA Come andKENT, join your local Morris side, dancing NORTH and performing Gravesend and WEST BRANCinHDartford, Bexley areas and throughout FREE MICRO CHIPP ING Kent in the Summer. We are a mixed and very sociable RSPCA North West side, andKent, can always find room foroffers newfree dancers Branch, and chipping musicians. great way of keeping micro s forIt’s alladomestic animalsaatgreat its fit and you’ll be helping to conserve clinic attradition. 37 Gordon Road, Dartford English We practice alternate , Kent,Tuesday evenings at Bexley, from September to April, DA1 2LX on the 1st Saturday in each month, then dancing out at pubs, clubs and fetes, 10am to 12.30pm is free but Private throughout Kent,. The fromservice May to August. Bookings Contact Alison on 01322 donation s aretaken. appreciat ed. For more informat ion 862298, e-mail please visit

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Where to go locally... TONI MOUNT HISTORY CLASSES

The group meet every week at Towncentric in Gravesend and this year we are looking at Everyday Life in Medieval London. We meet every Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at £6.00 per week customers can phone me on 01474 355676 for more information or look at my website

Hi all, if you went to DSTC, DTC, Dartford West Girls or any other name that the school has been known as we would love to hear from you! The school is looking to make links with former students to help raise the profile of the school but also as a way of getting back in touch with people. There will be an event later on in the academic year and we are planning some exciting things for the group so get joining and let’s get reminiscing!!

The Manor Hall Variety Group We meet every Tuesday at 8.00 in the Community hall (opp St Paulinus church) Crayford. We are looking for anyone who could help us with sound, lights, scenery or singing/ acting on the stage - everyone welcome. Email me (Carolyn) for more details at

Everybody welcome, join us for a friendly chat and light refreshments. SCRAPPY DAYS! A SCRAPBOOKING GROUP

is being held at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley Road, Dartford, DA2 7RB on the 2nd Sunday of the month between 2pm and 6:30pm. It costs £6 which includes refreshments, nibbles and the use of a cricut (cutting machine for those that don’t know). Beginners are very welcome. Contact Michelle on 07910 488428 or email


Is an amateur dramatics group based at the Joydens Wood Community Centre, Wilmington, Kent. We meet every Tuesday from 8-10pm. For more information please visit www.facebook. com/pavilionplayers or call us on 07505 006539. Alternatively just pop down on a Tuesday night! Everyone welcome!

CRAYFORD TOWN ARCHIVE incorporating Barnehurst and Slade Green. Meet every Monday (except the third Monday) of the month at Crayford Library hall - 2pm-4pm. Call in for a chat about old Crayford and to view the large collection of local images, or bring your own for us to copy. Haven (LGBT) Social Group. London / Kent area. Every Friday a safe Place to Meet. For more information please contact 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email -



TUESDAY 11AM-12PM (TERM TIME ONLY) Fleetdown Library

Dartford Bellringers Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Wednesdays 8.009.30p.m. Free tuition with a very friendly, sociable group. The ideal way to make new friends. Phone Ester 01322 220458 or email: esther.correia1@btinternet. com

North West Kent Family History Society

The Dartford Branch meet the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am-12:30pm at the Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, For more information see or ring Janet 01322384836

Dartford Art Group

We meet every Thursday evening from 7.309.30pm. We meet at the What if...? Gallery 67-69 High Street Dartford DA1 1DJ. The cost to belong is £40 per annum. For further enquiries please email or ring 07940 836672

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Mummy On The Mend

A support group for parents affected by pre and post natal depression Fridays 12:30 til 14:00 at St Marys Church Greenhithe Email for more details. The Rotary Club of the North Downs

They meet at the Holiday Inn, Black Prince, Thursday evenings 7:30pm for 7:45pm for Dinner and fellowship. For details phone 07759 863836.

The National Women’s Register

The National Women’s Register (NWR) is a national organisation that meets in the Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via or call 08454 500 287 and ask about the Dartford group.


The Rendezvous Club (50+) Every Monday Time: 8pm - 10pm

Location: The Pop in Parlour, Graham Road, Bexleyheath DA6 7EG Description: We are a friendly social group open to anyone over fifty. As a social group we enjoy a number of activities including bingo, a Beatle drive, quizzes, to name but a few. We also take part in outside activities including going for a meal or a trip to the theatre. On occasions we welcome a guest speaker. Admission: £2.50 per week. Annual membership £6 (payable in January) Tel: 01322 287356 or 020 8304 6414


A group of retired ladies meet locally for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of each month,. They raise funds for charity and usually invite a speaker. Join them and enjoy meeting and making new friends. If you would like more information please contact Iris (Secretary) on 01474 703448

Dartford & Gravesham Branch Meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from 10-12pm.Activities include guest speakers, outings, lunches, holidays and quizzes. For more information contact Marion on 01322 402967

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Fairfield (Dartford) WI 2nd Tuesday of every month, Dartford Girls’ Grammar School, 7.30pm. Contact Judith on 01322 278703 or Evelyn on 07891 061609. Crayford Women’s Institute 1st Thursday of every month at 1.45pm. Baker Trust Hall. Maxim Road, Crayford (near Sainsburys). Contact Secretary, Jean Monk 01322 557142

Over 55’s Club - We meet every Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm at Tree Community Centre, Cedar Road. We play bingo, tea and biscuits, and socialise. We also run regular coach trips to the coast throughout the year. Our club is open to anyone over 55 wherever you live and costs just 60p to come along and join in. So why not come and join our friendly welcoming social club? For further information please call either John Letchford on 01322 270732 or Pam Carr on 01322 222195. Joydens Wood Women’s Institute meet on the third Tuesday of every month, with meetings beginning at 7.45pm. We meet at the Community Centre, Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, DA2 7NE. More information can be found at joydenswoodresidents. (under Local Clubs and Societies).

Crayford and District Probus Club

meet on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Falcon Wood Club, 1 Falcon Wood Avenue, Welling at 10am. Contact Tony Maun 0208 306 1075 or email

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Where to go locally... WHEELCHAIR EPEE FENCING

Wheelchair epee fencing in Dartford and Gravesham, we are delighted to announce that New Ash Green Epee club, can now introduce wheelchair fencing. If interested in taking up this para sport please contact us on 01474 871484 or alternatively look at our website

Erith Youth Rugby

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

Kent Exiles American Football Club

Coach Martin - 07944 730634. All ages from 7 years to adult welcome

Hartley Swimclub at White Oak Pool, Swanley

We are a friendly group of adults who meet for a social swim every Thursday at 9pm. We’re looking for new members. Why not give us a try? Contact Diane on 01689 871846 or join us one Thursday.


Come and join one of North Kent’s fastest and most successful Martial Arts clubs. For more information, call Saj on 07903 513104 or just come along to one of our sessions and join in the fun! With the most reasonable fees around, you’ll find that training can be affordable too! For all details please visit our website

LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS Sundays 10:15-10:45 at Swanscombe Leisure Centre. Call Saj on 07903 513104

Dartford Gymnastics

is the only British Gymnastics Club in Dartford to hold the”GymMark” Award for 6 years. Based in Heath Lane, we are a friendly club with super equipment, great coaches and high standards. We do lots of competitions and we do not close through the holidays! Visit our website http://www. for full details or contact Linda on 01322 409312 or email

Learn Karate

Learn karate with Yamato Damashii Every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre. Kids start at 9am, adults at 11am. Just turn up, first lesson free or visit [1] for more info.


Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30am-10:30am At Europa Gymnastics Centre Fridays 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Becket Sports Centre For more information please contact Emma: TEL: 07932 621415


Dartford & Crayford Sea Cadets based at Brooklands Lake Dartford, next to Homebase on Princes Road. We parade every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7pm- 9.15pm and is open to new recruits, junior cadets aged 10-12 and Sea Cadets aged 12-18. email for more details.

Dartford Orienteering Club

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JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS The Sutton at Hone Table Tennis club run a junior practice session on friday evenings during school terms at the village hall. The session runs from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The session is run by an Table Tennis England qualified coach. Further details please telephone: John Jones 01322 272953

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Classes for under-fives teaching the basic elements of music through whole body movement, using the Dalcroze and Kodaly methods. With action songs and games, using percussion instruments and props like hoops, balls and soft toys, the children develop musical, physical and social awareness, concentration, co-ordination and confidence - and have lots of fun! Becket Sports Centre, Thursdays during term time: babies and toddlers: 9.15 till 9.55; 3 and 4 year-olds: 10.00 till 10.40 Contact Myrtle : 07763 378451 Email :

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Little Bright Sparks Fun phonics, literacy and numeracy classes for 2-4 year olds. Classes held on Weds in East Malling and Thurs in West Kingsdown ÂŁ5.50 per class 07768 447657 for more info

Slade Green and Howbury Community Library Baby and Toddler Action Rhyme time group Every Wednesday (Term Time only) at 11.15am LEGO Club Every Saturday 2-3pm for ages 5 and over Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602

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Dartford’s Health Walks Gareth Johnson, Member of Parliament for Dartford, will be available to meet with constituents on the following dates: Gareth Johnson, Member of Parliament for Dartford, will be available to meet with constituents on the following dates:

DA9 9STpm (4.00 pm 7.00 pm - Appointment required) Bluewater, DA9Bluewater, 9ST (4.00 toto7.00 pm - Appointment required) Friday 4 September FridayFriday 4th2September October Friday 2nd October Friday 6 November December FridayFriday 6th4 November Friday 4th December Open Surgery (No appointment necessary) th




Saturday 18th July – all day, Dartford Festival, Central Park, Dartford

Open Surgery (No appointment necessary)

If you would like to meet Gareth at one of his regular appointment based surgeries in the future, please contact him at or telephone 020 7219 7047.

If you would like to meet Gareth at one of his regular appointment based surgeries in the future, please contact him at or telephone 020 7219 7047.


Healthy Living Centre - Mondays 10.00am Darenth Country Park - Tuesdays 10.30am Greenhithe - Wednesdays 11.30am Central Park - Thursdays 11.30am Swanscombe - Fridays 10.00am Temple Hill/The Bridge - Fridays 11.00am • • • • •


Health walks are free and led by trained volunteer walk leaders Short social walks that last around an hour No need to book - just turn up Any age and ability welcome Great for people getting little or no exercise, recovering or suffering from an illness or lacking in confidence • Dress for the weather including comfortable footwear

For more details including starting points please contact Healthy Lifestyles Project Coordinator on 01732 227000

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DARTFORD LIVING MEETS....... SAJ DE SILVA BY KELLY GOLDSWORTHY Saj, the Chief Instructor at North Kent Martial Arts, met up with Kelly to discuss his club and the fundraising they have been doing for the Mental Health Foundation. Having lived in Dartford since the age of one, Saj is a big fan of the town saying ‘I enjoy that Dartford is closely connected to one of the busiest and most multicultural cities in the world (London), yet it manages to remain still a relatively small town that is quiet at certain times of the day. It means that we get the best of both worlds! The city life just less than one hour away on a train and beautiful countryside walking distance away.’ In 2009 he started up North Kent Martial Arts, having trained in martial arts since the age of 7 He said ‘It is a strong part of my personality and I believe that my determination, can-do attitude, persistence and discipline, stem from many of the experiences gained during training and competing in martial arts. I see the martial arts as far more character building than any other activity I have taken on, therefore the natural progression into opening up my own clubs and imparting my knowledge onto the general public, was not a difficult decision to make. Since then, I have opened sessions over seven days a week and we have students competing at world level, representing their country.’ The Club has been involved with various charity work, Saj explained how this came about ‘I gained a huge amount of satisfaction from taking part in the rehabilitation of Sri Lanka shortly after The Asian Tsunami devastated much of the coastline on Boxing Day 2004.’ Fundraising is something that is helping Saj to lift some of his own personal grief - we sadly recently lost a few of our students, two of our kick boxers - one to cancer and most recently another who was suffering from long term mental health issues. So in 2015 our charity of choice was Cancer Research UK and we raised over £500 for the cause. Then in 2016, we have chosen The Mental Health Foundation and currently, our funds raised are in excess of £800! I hope to break £1000 this year; as we open up more ideas into raising more funds and awareness. Saj explained why mental health is an area he believes needs more attention: ‘I’ve been doing my own reading into psychology recently, as I believe it will help me to

work and understand the people who I work with. I think that issues of mental health, have been cast aside because of this lack of understanding and the people who suffer from various mental health issues on a daily basis - are isolated or made fun of because of our general ignorance in this area. We need to get together in order to do more, for those who need it the most. I see that even people who have the most difficult of mental health issues to deal with, can be successful in martial arts; as it provides structure, discipline and easy to follow steps with each belt. Sport, can really provide confidence in those who need it most.’ Men’s mental health in the UK, until recently, has been rarely spoken about. I think that the main obstacle for men in receiving and maintaining mental health, is being able to show emotion when needed. I think that we are pressured into being expected to stay strong at all times. We also have constant damaging stereotypes to deal with, such as being the main income for the family and being told things like, “MAN UP” when you’re a young boy, rather than, “What’s wrong? Do you need someone to talk to?”. I think that men are nurtured (socially and culturally), to believe that they must never show their weaknesses that extending a hand for help when needed, is wrong. Perhaps that is why so many men turn to alcohol and drugs and do not seek the help of professionals, before it is too late. Suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 35, is a truly shocking and terrifying statistic.’ Saj can be contacted on Contact details for the club 07903 513 104 or at Alternatively, check out the club webpage Men Mental health and society Some important statistics on men’s mental health; •Three out of every four suicides (76%) are by men •Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under age 35. •More than 12% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders. •Men are three times more likely to become alcohol dependent •Men are more likely to die from illegal drugs use. •Only 36% of all psychological therapy referral

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Autisum Awareness Locally - By Mandy Garford

I have recently heard about towns wanting to become ‘the uk’s first autism friendly town’... This is a place where autistic people and their families can call home. Somewhere that they find accessible, feel welcomed and valued. There are actually now many towns and cities working with the National Autistic Society to discover ways that they can be more welcoming to those with Autism. I would like to see Dartford as one of them. There are things that we already do, very well. Did you know that the Orchard Theatre has relaxed performances for those with special needs (including those on the autistic spectrum) where the lights may be left on, loud and bright elements are reduced and the doors are left open so that people can come and go as they need. They have also produced a ‘visual story’ that can be downloaded to help the visitor go through what it will be like before they arrive. This was invaluable when taking my autistic children to the theatre!

have just launched their range of autism friendly school uniform. A branch of Asda trialled an autism friendly shopping hour. Companies, shops and amenities are bringing in people to train their staff in autism and look at what they could do too! I don’t want Dartford to miss out on all the excitement and anything we can do would be welcomed by the autistic community and their families. Local charities like Parents Consortium have gone a long way to supporting families and raising awareness. But more can be done and I would love to see Dartford getting involved to create a positive environment for those with autism and their families. I believe it would bring communities together and create a positivity around welcoming those with additional needs. One of the main reasons I love Dartford? The people! That’s why I believe that Dartford would be a perfect candidate to become autism friendly!

Sometimes it’s just the little things. I wondered if I would ever have a good family photo... with children that are all on the spectrum there were many obstacles to getting a professional photo taken! However, Ian at Dartfordclick in the Orchard Centre really took on board the children’s needs and gave them the extra time and patience that was needed to get a fantastic photo! During my, quite often eventful, trips into town with 3 autistic children, there were often people who showed understanding and kindness to me and my family, from cashiers to passers by. There are things that we can all do. We can all understand autism and find out what it’s about. Many times I wanted a badge that said ‘my child’s not naughty-they have autism!’ as passers by could sometimes be quick to judge a meltdown. This is when a child finds things like lights, sounds, faces, smells overwhelming. Understanding what is going on and realising they may need time and space to calm down can make all the difference to someone’s trip into town. Over the summer I saw that one town had a summer fair, and at the fair they had an autism tent for those that were autistic and feeling overwhelmed! Marks&Spencer


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Stanhill Farm Pumpkins With Halloween just around the corner, Stanhill Farm in Wilmington is pleased to offer an abundance of pumpkins, grown on the farm. They will be available to buy from Monday 10th October in our farm shop and Monday 17th October from our pumpkin patch and will be available through until Halloween, while stocks last. Priced at 80p per kilo or if you buy 5 or more, you will receive a 10% discount. The pumpkin patch has proved very popular since we first opened it three years ago, and it is lovely to see people of all ages enjoying Halloween and selecting their own pumpkins to take home and carve. Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch where you will find a huge array of pumpkins in various different sizes. It is also a great chance for a photo opportunity, surrounded by a sea of orange colour! We have seen some fabulous pumpkin carvings over the years and welcome any photos from customers to be posted on our Facebook page. You can also make use of the pumpkin flesh and create delicious soups, pies and even muffins! We also have a fully stocked farm shop onsite and offer an online ordering service. For further details please visit or telephone 01322 669 711.


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Festival of Light

The spectacular Festival of Light returns on the 21st October to shine on Dartford for an eighth successive year. Organised by the Kent Equality Cohesion Council and supported by Dartford Borough Council, this special occasion brings together the communities of Dartford through the magic of the arts and is sure to brighten up your autumn evening!

Remembrance Day

Dartford residents are invited to wear their poppy with pride at this year’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 13th November. Join us alongside the Royal British Legion as we pay our respects and remember what shall never be forgotten.

Bonfire Night

We’re looking forward to this year’s fireworks display at Central Park on the 5th of November, 5-10pm. Join us as Dartford Lions Club celebrate their 44th year of lighting up the town’s night sky!


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Things to do Dartfordians will have to wait a few more years yet for Paramount World to open in our back yard. In the mean time… Are you looking for a fun way to treat your youngster to an amazing holiday without breaking the bank? Peppa Pig World could be the answer… Peppa Pig World, located in Paultons Park in Hampshire, is a world first and UK-exclusive for Peppa fans. With nearly three acres of fully themed fun, Peppa Pig World is home to seven fantastic rides including; Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and you can even ride in a ‘cloud’ around Windy Castle! Peppa Pig World also features a huge indoor play area, George’s Spaceship Playzone and an animated themed attractions including a chance to visit Peppa and her family in their house. Peppa Pig World is also home to Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy café and Peppa’s Toy Shop, the largest and only dedicated Peppa Pig shop in the world.

Lullingstone Castle celebrates the end of its 40th season in October with FREE House & Garden tour included in the admission. During the month The World Garden and House will only be open on Sunday between 12 noon until 5pm (apart from 30th October until 8pm with special Halloween tour times). The last opportunity to take a FREE guided tour around the House starts at 2pm until 3pm and then a FREE garden tour straight after at 3pm – both tours are optional. Tom Hart Dyke curator of The World Garden will take the garden tours, inspiring and informing you on everything plant related!


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Lullingstone Castle Halloween EVENTS Sunday 30th October - 12 noon – 8pm Join us at Lullingstone Castle for Halloween magic on the last day of the 40th season; pumpkin carving, spooky house and garden tours – perfect for all the family. Tom will give FREE garden tours at 1pm and dusk tour at 5pm, learn about the origins of pumpkins, colours and varieties and children can spot the Halloween tricks in eerie torchlight ! Spooky house tours are 2pm and 6pm including the tales of our resident ghost ! Pumpkin carving will take place between 3pm – 5pm next to the Gatehouse, children can enjoy carving their own Halloween pumpkin creation, many home-grown in The World Garden. Fancy dress is welcome – let’s celebrate the end of our season in style! Adults £8 Child under 5 go free (5-15 Child £4) £6.50 – Concessions

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Dartford Living and We Love Dartford recently teamed up to organise a photography competition to find a picture that sums up the spirit of Dartford. The judging panel included Dartford media experts from Bresser Photography & Digital Media, Stephen Oliver: Studio & Gallery Art, Dartford Living and We Love Dartford. There were three age groups: 5-11 years old, 12-17 years old and 18+ The competition was only open to amateur photographers who live or work in the Dartford Borough. We wanted your entries to sum up why you love Dartford. We received a lot of entries and will look to feature a wider selection in a future magazine.  As you can see from the photos included within the magazine, there was a very high standard of entries. We will look to build on this success with more photography competitions in the future.

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Local Business When circumstances changed at the beginning of this year; we decided to think about a different career path where we could use our knowledge and experience of working with children. We thought about how we could make life fun for children but with the element of teaching. Afterall; with the combined number of over 50 years of working in schools, we felt this was where our forte was. After looking at what was available in the local community for children, we came to the conclusion that we wanted to create somewhere where children of various ages could come and do art and crafts. Somewhere where they could learn skills that perhaps they hadn’t had the chance to develop. At the same time; they could learn, experience new ideas and create wonderful masterpieces to take home and parents could keep them and show them in the years to come! And so Kiddywinks was created. Friedrich Froebel, the father of Kindergarten, believed that young children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. To Froebel, art activities were important, not because they allowed teachers to recognise children with unusual abilities, but because they encouraged each child’s “full and all-sided development” (Froebel, 1826). The staff at Kiddywinks believe that simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of a child’s development. They also help children to practice important social skills like taking turns, sharing and develop motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. Parents and carers can have fun too by spending time and showing their creative side like the children! Kiddywinks was designed for the whole family and is run every week, not just term time. It is a complete experience, as older children are welcomed to show off the depths of their creative talents and even help the younger children if they so wish. We begin each session with a story and then after reading and talking about the book; the children are shown what activities are on offer, that relate to the story. There are tea/coffee facilities for the adults and squash for the children and the obligatory biscuits! Each session lasts an hour giving enough time for the children to complete



a number of the activities on offer. There are 3 sessions every Monday and on Wednesday; we have a stay and play session from 10am –2pm where carers can drop in and their children can play with the various toys provided. In addition to the toys, games, there are always paints and water available for the children to explore and play with. This session also has a baby area where young toddlers/ babies can experience a sensory area. We have tried to provide something for everyone and not limit our sessions to anyone in particular. New Mums are encouraged to come and meet other Mums and their children. We are there to offer help and advice where needed; as 2 of the staff have grown up children and have been there, done that, got the tee shirt etc! Kiddywinks has been running since the end of July and will continue to offer something new to the community. We are located at the 5th Dartford Scout Hall on West Hill (next to EC Bates Motorcycles) which at the moment is trying to raise funds to build a new hall. Kiddywinks are helping by using the hall and growing awareness for more funding. We believe that we are offering something that no one else provides; a place where children and adults can come together, share quality time and learn some news skills. It is a whole family experience and as the staff have prior experience teaching, have DBS checks and have attended special needs courses, we can offer something for everyone. It is our intention to extend our help to the local community further by offering tuition to individual or small groups of children who may need extra help outside of school. We will offer a wide range of subjects and provide a fun way of learning using games and other techniques acquired by our time working within education. Why don’t you give us a try? Come and meet us or contact us on Facebook for more information.

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New Tennis group coaching for Juniors aged 5-14 years has started at the Leigh UTC (Brunel way, Dartford, DA1 5TF) Learn the latest tennis techniques, shots and matchplay skills. Only £12 per lesson including all fees and free Racket hire. Book and pay online or come for a trial lesson.

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Life Under The Stairs by Jane Stevenson


These unseasonable hot days have thrown my body clock into disarray. I don’t mind a warm day,but, in mid September, I can’t get on with the really hot weather. My ancestry is Northern European – we do rain, snow and wind quite well, but wilt a bit if temperatures reach more than 23C. So I’ve been hiding behind drawn curtains with the fan full on and planning ‘things’. Planning in our house means change. Change means upheaval. My OH gets dragged to Homebase or Ikea, feigning an interest while quietly filled with dread. In his fevered imagination the house will beoverrun with workmen, smell of paint and even worse,‘new things’ will make an appearance. I quite understand how change can upset folk. I’m not a great fan of it myself, preferring the old and familiar. After all change is out with the old and in with the new, and sometimes the old wasn’t really a problem anyway. However, all I wanted to do was enhance our surroundings. I kept reasonably quiet about the planned work – no sense in upsetting all beforehand. The odd shaped parcels from Amazon gave some hint, as did the small tester pots of paint left around different locations in the house. There was also the ominous phone call from Paul, our exceptionally wonderful handyman, asking for the cabinet measurements... Luckily everyone was out when the day arrived and the changes were effected quickly and efficiently. By the time the family got home that evening, the conservatory had been fitted with some cupboards and shelves along one wall, the broken cistern was replaced and my study boasted some new shelving. Minor changes in the scheme of things, but they all agree it is a great improvement. Luckily, it’s still quite warm, so I can plan for phase two. This time I’ll keep it even quieter just to see if they notice the changes when they’re done. Keeping on with the warm weather theme, I thought I’d share some observations while wandering around Dartford and Bluewater recently.


Firstly, most of the clothes stores have their winter ranges in stock, so hard luck if you’re shopping for a late summer holiday. Summers are longer and hotter now with flip-flops and sandals almost de rigueur until October. I’ve never worked in retail, but I do appreciate that the clothes buyers have a thankless task in predicting when we will need that new winter coat. However, the change between the seasons has blurred over the years with longer summers and milder, shorter winters more the norm. I would have thought it was in the stores’ own interests to make certain they are selling what we need when we need it, rather than having displays of warm winter coats and jumpers and boots, beautifully presented of course, while we wander around in our lightweight summer clothes ignoring them. Another strange (well to me) situation was that even before the schools had broken up for summer, high street stores were advertising Back To School clothing and equipment. With many secondary schools using their own stockists and the supermarkets selling a range of generic school uniform for primary age, why the rush? Children grow at different stages and replacement items are available all year round, so why the hurry to buy before they’ve even started their holidays? However, perhaps the most amusing/sad situation sight were the stacks of mince pies and the giant tins of sweets for Christmas before Halloween or Bonfire Night. I saw these in my local shop on one of the hottest days so far. Why we rush through life at such a fast pace is a puzzle to me, always looking forward to the next Big Event. Surely we should take time and slow down. Look around us more, appreciate what goes on in our neighbourhoods and town. Enjoy the lazy summer days in the parks around the area. Use the warm nights to have friends round for an impromptu BBQ or just chill in the garden, talking into the night. When it does get colder, then is the time to start digging out our winter woollies and making our the Christmas card lists. Let’s not hurry through our lives, but live in the present rather than the future.

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THE local arm of a debt charity is calling for people to prepare early for the festive season rather than rely on expensive credit.

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Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which specialises in helping people on a low income, says it sees many struggling to cope with the cost of Christmas. Manager of the Dartford CAP Centre Karen Simmons said: “It probably fills a few people with dread to think that Christmas is just 100 days away but this is actually a great time to stop and consider how you can help yourself between now and then.

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“There’s a lot of hype from marketing people about buying the perfect Christmas, which we know in our hearts isn’t real life, but we all so easily get swept up in it. Before all that hits our TV screens, now is the time to get together our own personalised plans for an enjoyable, stress free celebration. “There are loads of ways to get started – the main thing is setting yourself a target and deciding on your tactics. The last thing your family would want is to see you in financial trouble in 2017.” CAP recommends the following to start saving for Christmas: - Regularly saving supermarket stamps - Storing supermarket loyalty points from Nectar/Clubcard - Putting money away each week in a dedicated savings account - Hiding away a special box for presents and buying something to put in it each week With 100 days to go, the charity also suggests using the time to make Christmas craft projects like knitting, making jam, brewing or growing something special. “My other top tip is to manage expectations early. If you think Christmas will be difficult, talk to family early and decide what you can afford together. They may want to chip in with bigger items or you may decide on a ‘presents

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Dhiren’s Automotive News

In this month’s article we’ll bring you new 2017 models to be displayed at the Paris Motor Show and new rules for using mobile phones in cars.

2017 Land Rover Discovery T h e D i s cove r y is Land Rover ’s largest model aside from the Range Rover. It’s a serious S U V, m e a n i n g that proper offroad ability is guaranteed, even if it won’t be used by the majority of Discovery owners. It’s in direct competition with the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. It’s expected that the next Discovery will come with the 2.0-litre diesel engine that features across multiple Jaguar and Land Rover cars. It’s also very likely that the V6 petrol and diesel engines that power some of the Range Rover line-up will also make their way into higher-spec Discovery models. Jaguar Land Rover wants to take the next Discovery upmarket from the current model, so a plusher interior is almost guaranteed. There will also be the option of seven seats, so the car will retain the practicality with which the Discovery name has become synonymous. The Discovery’s official full reveal comes at the end of the month at the Paris Motor Show, when we’ll see all of the car and learn about the full engine line-up, with deliveries expected from Spring 2017. New technology may see it priced above the current car’s £47,495 starting price.

2017 Audi A5 Sportback Audi’s 2017 A5 arrives in four-door guise, offering more cabin space than its two-door coupé equivalent. This is the Audi A5 Sportback, a more practical version of the


latest A5 coupé that is set to go on sale later this year to rival the likes of the Mercedes CLA and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. The new four-door model offers more cabin space than its two-door sibling and, like the regular A5, comes with a performance-focused S5 range-topping model. There will be more boot space up in the Sportback by 15 litres, to 480 litres compared to the coupé. The Sportback gets 2.0 TFSI turbocharged petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel four-cylinder engines in various states of tune. The A5 Sportback is offered with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. The entry-level car sits on 17in wheels, with 18in wheels available for higher-spec models. Top-of-therange A5s and the S5 get 19in wheels. As with the coupé, the A5 Sportback gets Audi’s optional Virtual Cockpit system, which includes a 12.3in high-definition digital instrument panel, as well as the latest evolution of Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system. Audi is yet to confirm the car’s pricing, but a small increase is expected over that of the outgoing model, which starts at £30,035. Order books will open this autumn, after the Paris Motor show. New six-point penalty for mobile phone use when driving Motorists caught using a handheld mobile phone when driving to face six penalty points and a £200 fine from 2017. Under new rules announced by the Government, drivers caught using a hand held mobile phone while driving face increased penalties. Texting, making phone calls without a hands free kit or checking social media accounts will incur a £200 fine and six driving licence penalty points from 2017. Drivers who have recently passed their test face having their licence revoked and being forced to retake their test. The new rules will come into force sometime in the first half of 2017 in England, Scotland and Wales, and could see fines of up to £1,000 with a six-month driving ban for drivers who are caught twice for the offence.

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Gardening Hints and Tips October Wild Bird Care Now that the colder weather is here, make sure you don’t forget about the wild birds in your garden and put out high-energy feeds and water for them. We have an excellent range of food and feeders, bird tables and nesting boxes and much, much more, all of which will attract lots of different species. Care for Chrysanthemums Now’s the time to prepare outdoor florist Chrysanths for winter. Cut down the stems to 6 inches and then carefully lift the stools (roots) with a fork, labelling them so you know the variety and colouRemove any loose soil and then box the stools in moist compost and place in a cool, airy, frost-free place. Good ventilation is essential and an electric fan heater is the perfect way to keep the plants both frost-free and to circulate the air. Check For Colour Gaps Check for gaps in your beds and borders and fill them with plants like Hardy Cyclamen, Hardy Chrysanths and winter flowering Pansies. Also, look out for scented winter flowering shrubs, such as Viburnum Farreri and Viburnum Bodnantense, Mahonia and Sarcococca. Just ask our friendly plant staff if you need any help choosing suitable plants for your garden. Conifers Conifers give structure, form and colour to gardens all year round, and they grow to a range of heights from ground cover to large trees. So plant some versatile conifers now. Just ask if you need help in choosing the best conifers for your garden. Cyclamen & Azaleas Bring your home to life with our superb ranges of indoor Cyclamen and Azaleas. They will need somewhere cool and in good indirect light. Make sure you keep the compost moist for best results and feed weekly with a flowering houseplant fertilizer for long lasting blooms. Azaleas will need lime-free water. Just ask our friendly staff if you need any help choosing suitable plants for your home.

Garden Planning As gardens start to lose their summer colour it’s a good time to take stock and work out what new plants you’d like and which need to be moved, replaced or replanted. Autumn is the best time to replant your garden and there’s a wide range of plants available that will establish quickly from planting now. You can even plan new features, so ensure you get plenty of ideas from books and our well stocked planteria. Greenhouse care Get the greenhouse ready for winter by removing shading and sterilising it with Jeyes Fluid. Then put up bubble insulation to cut heating bills. Horticultural fleece can also be used to help provide a few extra degrees of frost protection. Lift Half Hardys Before the frost and cold weather takes its toll on your half hardy bedding and patio perennials, make sure you lift all your fuchsias, surfinia petunias,geraniums, osteospermums and all the other. Remove any dead, dying or diseased leaves and stems, cut the roots and some fresh compost. Pest Watch Many pests will lay their eggs on plants for over wintering and these will attack early next year. Deciduous trees and shrubs that have drop their leaves can be treated with Growing Success Winter Tree Wash. Slugs and snails will be very active during damp weather, so protect vulnerable plants with your favourite control method. Diseased leaves that are left on the ground should be carefully raked up and disposed of. Other debris provides over-winter places for pests, so get rid of this too.

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Should Weight Loss be Steady? The general consensus is that if you’re on a “Diet” you should lose weight consistently, week in, week out. Many people go to slimming clubs expecting their weight to have gone down every week; excited when they’ve lost 4lbs, devastated when they’ve not lost anything or gained a pound or two back again. For starters, a 1lb a week weight loss is good! If you lose weight too quickly, chances are that you’re eating too little and the weight loss will soon slow down or stop, possibly followed by weight gain (yo-yo dieting). The weight loss however will not likely be linear. If you lose 52lbs over a year, it probably won’t be 1lb a week for 52 weeks; but more than likely a pound or two here and there, ups and downs. But most people I’m sure would be ecstatic to have lost 52lbs in the last year. How much weight have you lost in the last year? Not how much did you lose and gain back again, but how much less do you now weigh than a year ago? For most people following the most popular “Diets” the answer is probably a lot less than 52lbs (assuming you had that much to lose). A successful diet is one you can stick to, even on holiday, through birthdays and Christmas, and work do’s and weekends away. Obviously weight loss or body composition is part of it – after all, if they’re not changing the diet’s not working; but losing lots of weight and gaining it back again is not a successful diet. Fluctuations in weight are fine and to be expected. Even if you’re 100% compliant with your diet and exercise this fluctuation will happen. An “unsuccessful” week where you’ve not lost anything, or even gained a pound, does not mean you should eat less next week. That being said, if you see weight increase for 3 or 4 weeks in a row something’s not working. If you’re exercising, you are emptying and refilling your muscles with fuel and water – so weight changes of a few pounds up or down will be common, as well as the fact that what you eat and drink, what time you weigh yourself,


the “time of the month” and other factors all influence bodyweight (which is why there are better ways to track progress other than weight on the scales)but the general direction (averaged out over weeks/months/years) should be DOWN – at least until you’ve reached your target body composition. If you’ve been following a “Diet” that was successful initially, but doesn’t seem to be working any more – it was the wrong diet for you. If your only move from here is to cut calories even further – wrong diet. If your diet is working, but you’re struggling with it, starving, or planning a blowout/binge – then it’s the wrong diet for you. If your diet is working for you, and in general you’re losing weight steadily and consistently, you’re not waiting ‘til Friday for a “cheat”, and you can see yourself easily eating this way permanently – Congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve cracked it! (But be ready for the diet to change as you do – it won’t stay the same forever). Basically, EXPECT your weight to go up and down. Don’t panic or change anything if it’s up slightly, but at the same time if it’s more “up” than “down”, or you’re only a few pounds lighter than you were 6 months ago, you need to readdress your dietary needs and find a more suitable option. If you need more help finding out how YOU should be eating, take a look at my Online Nutrition Coaching program which will teach you how to eat in a way that’s right for you, easily losing the excess weight and maintaining that weight loss without starving yourself, counting points or calories, cutting out food groups/nutrients, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Just go to! By Mark Broadbent, Master Personal Trainer & Instructor at Dartford Bootcamps. Visit for information on Personal Training, Nutrition coaching or Bootcamp Fitness classes. - MarkOneFitness.blogspot. comAnd follow us on Facebook and Twitter (do it now……) for extra tips, advice and motivation.

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Travel and Subsistence Each month Paul Conradi, Chartered Accountant from Conradi Morrison & Co will be giving us his professional advice for small businesses. All small businesses should ensure that they have not overpaid their Corporation Tax or Schedule D Tax. Most small businesses are aware that travel from their home to their office is not allowable for tax. However, when you make a business related journey from the office, the cost incurred is tax deductible. This might typically include travel to a client meeting, to a training event or a trip to purchase stock or equipment. Many clients forget to claim their trip to visit their Accountant. Do not forget that claiming for trips to obtain advice from your Solicitor or Architect etc are also allowable.

travelling expenses can be claimed you should contact your Accountant. As your local Accountant, I would be very glad to meet you and discuss the possibility of tax planning in your business. For more information, please see page two of this month’s Dartford Living and feel free to call me on 01322 278188 to arrange a meeting without charge.

The following costs can be reimbursed by the business and deducted against the business profits. 1. Air, train bus and taxi fares. 2. Parking, London Congestion Charge and DART Charge. 3. Hotel and meals if you need to stay away from home. Also personal incidental expenses for overnight stays in the UK and this is increased by ÂŁ10 for overseas stays. 4. Mileage allowance for use of own vehicle. You should note that personal incidental expenses do not require receipts and can be claimed in addition to hotels and meals. You will therefore need to keep track of the number of nights away and the purpose of the visit to enable you to put the claim together. If you use your own vehicle for business travel you can claim a certain amount per mile as a tax deductible expense. This is currently 45p per mile for cars and vans, 24p per mile for motorbikes and 20p per mile for pushbikes. The rates drop to 25p, 24p and 20p respectively for each mile over 10,000 miles, although it is very doubtful that anyone would cover 10,000 miles cycling! If you have any doubt about what Interestedininadvertising? advertising? 01322 507817 Interested Tel:Tel: 01322 507817 Interested in advertising? Tel: 01322 507817 Dartford Living



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On Saturday, the rapidly expanding Dartford Rugby Club kicked off its season with a community event at the Leigh Academy. Over 500 people attended the day to celebrate the start of the league campaign with Club Vice-Presidents, guests, VIP’s & Sponsors. There were games for the ‘Chairman’s XV’, Men’s 1st & 2nd XV, as well as an exhibition session from the club’s Youth Academy with kids aged 3-17 showing their skills to the enthusiastic crowd. Sponsors to the club, who have all been impressed by the club’s ethos – FUN, DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, SPORTMANSHIP & COMMUNITY.

Jeremy Kite, DBC Council Leader, seen above enjoying the day with some of the kids from the Youth Academy, The crowd enjoyed over 6 hours of rugby and were entertained with live music, bouncy castle, coconut shy, BBQ, face-painting & tattoo-artist, plus much, much more. The day also saw the unveiling of the brand new Club Kit design, generously supported a number of local companies and organisations. Dartford Valley RFC, the community rugby club based in Dartford, is experiencing a rapid period of growth and has just announced an exciting list of sponsors for the upcoming 2016/17 season, who have committed to the club’s ambitious plans for the future as they work towards a ground and clubhouse of their own in Partnership with Dartford Borough Council.

The Club has a committed, hard-working, young Executive committee with the clear aim of growing a communitycentered, all-inclusive club ranging from the Youth Section to Women’s, Men’s and Wheelchair rugby. It also takes its social responsibility very seriously, with nominated charities receiving up to 50% of all money raised through participation and a wide range of social events throughout the year. The next big step for the club over the next 12 months, in addition to its ambitious plans already in place, is to secure permanent, independent playing facilities in the Town. Plans are well underway and the club hopes to be in a position within the next month or 2 to announce more exciting news – watch this space! Luke Stickings, Director of DVRFC Club Development – 07554 001909 – - DVRFC 2016 Photography by Pete Bresser – Bresser photography.

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The Big Dartford Living Interview: Jimmy Osmond By James Rampton

The show is coming from a sincere place. There are not many people who could pull it off because they wouldn’t have that connection with Andy. How do you feel when you sing Andy’s most memorable songs, especially his universally adored “theme tune”, Moon River? I’ve worked my whole life in showbiz - I remember my mom changing my outfits three times on Andy’s show – and I have such fond memories. When you sing a wonderful song so many times, it takes you back to your memories of growing up. These songs remind me of performing in Las Vegas not just with Andy, but also with Frank Sinatra and Elvis.

You celebrate your 50th Anniversary in show business this year and are touring the UK this autumn with a new show A Tribute To Andy Williams – Moon River & Me. Andy Williams obviously represents someone very special in your life? I began my performing career aged three singing with Andy Williams on his television series. My brothers were already on the show, so I started working with them when I was very young. I was the little guy who’d run on and be goofy. We ended up as regulars on the show and singing on records like Aquarius. What was your role on the show? In those early days, I was the novelty guy, like a mascot. I was the kid brother that everyone liked to slag off. I was the obnoxious boy in the corner. Even in our cartoon TV series, I was the bad apple. But after a lot of therapy, I’ve come to terms with it! What do you think made Andy so special as a performer? He had such a smooth voice. You could tell he was a genuinely nice guy. I say, “Please don’t think I could ever sound like him, but let’s celebrate his melodies together.”


You have always had a special relationship with British audiences. Can you put this into words? I’m so surprised the fans have stuck with us. But I’m delighted by their loyalty, especially in this country. For me it’s special in the UK because it is not just about me being an Osmond. It’s about me being me. I’ve done reality TV shows in the UK and that has put me out there. It’s just for fun and not to sell anything. The British public like that. They like people who can laugh at themselves. And there’s a lot to laugh at if you look at my history! What do you think now of your record-breaking hit, Long Haired Lover from Liverpool? Everybody still loves that song. It’s still the biggest selling Osmond record. It sold close to 2,000,000 copies, although I didn’t get a dime for it! I now do a rocking version of it with a flaming guitar. People love that because it’s me having fun with it. Everyone over the age of 20 knows all the words. When you look back over your marvellous career, is it possible to pick out the highlights? I have performed for The Queen twice. On one occasion, I had to sing that “unmentionable song”!!!! I can remember it clearly as I was standing in the line after the show next to Roger Moore and Liza Minnelli and as The Queen approached me I said ‘Hello, Mrs Queen’. I think she saw the funny side!! Much later on in life we had just lost our mother and we were performing once again at the Royal Variety Show – this time in Scotland. Coming down the line The Queen stopped in front of me and remembered my mom who had previously presented her with a copy of The Book of Mormon. I was really touched – what

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an amazing memory and so much compassion. One of those moments you never forget. Another highlight was Las Vegas with Elvis – just fabulous. What effect did I’m a Celebrity have on your career in the UK? That show was great. Before, people wanted me to sing Long Haired Lover from Liverpool. Afterwards, I had guys coming out of pubs saying, “How’s Teddy?” It created an incredible new relationship with the audience. People were having a laugh at me and were grateful for it. After that I did Pop Star to Opera Star and Challenge Anneka. Now people know I’m not afraid to try anything – although I probably should be! Why are the Osmonds still so popular? We’re still around because we haven’t burnt any bridges. We’ve always tried to leave a little bit on the table. It’s such a greedy business, but if you leave a bit on the table, you will be asked back. It’s not about amassing loads of money. It’s about the experience. That’s why I love live events. You are giving that unique experience to people. You recently took part and got through to the Finals of Celebrity Masterchef how did you feel about that? I really loved being on that show and didn’t think I would get as far as I did. I was really surprised to get through to the final but loved every minute of it and learned so much. It was a fantastic experience and I made some really good friends.

gone off the rails, but that attitude helped us to keep our feet on the ground. We don’t put our gold records on the walls. It wasn’t ever about that. It wasn’t about accolades. It was about learning the craft. I’ve never taken myself seriously. That’s my secret to being happy! Do you enjoy performing in Dartford at the Orchard Theatre? It’s always so much fun to perform at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford. I can remember the amazing reception my brothers and I received on our Up Close & Personal Tour in 2012 and we even opened up the Boogie Nights Tour there! You guys really know how to party and appreciate great music, so I’m thrilled to be returning there on October 11th with my show Moon River & Me, a tribute to my mentor Andy Williams. The “Jimmy Osmond: Moon River and Me” tour began on 26th September at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and will be at The Orchard Theatre on 11th October. Tickets available from or www.

What drew you to appear on Masterchef? I love the show. Greg and John are really cool. I wanted to learn how to cook properly but more importantly it’s just a very good life experience. Also doing the show was really exciting. Having enjoyed huge success over 50 years in showbiz, you remain very well balanced and happy. How have you managed that? After this many years in the business, we could have sat back and just celebrated what we’d done. But the way I was raised was always to look for improvements. My dad was an Army sergeant, and after every show, he made us examine what was wrong with it. We were all hard on ourselves. When Long Haired Lover from Liverpool was number one, I said to him, “Dad, isn’t that cool?” But he just gave me a broom and told me to clean the yard! But I’m very grateful for that. That approach saved us because it taught us not to believe our own hype. We could have Interestedinin advertising? 01322 507817 Interested advertising? Tel:Tel: 01322 507817 Interested in advertising? Tel: 01322 507817 Dartford Living

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September/ October Theatre Roundup by Liz Dyer

Believe it or not, it’s already time for the October update (no, I don’t know where the time’s gone either). After a bit of a break over the summer, the Orchard Theatre kicked off its new season in style last month with crowd pleaser Dirty Dancing, tense thriller Rehearsal for Murder and family favourite The Sound of Music. And the fantastic shows keep on coming… so here’s what October has in store for local theatre lovers. From 5th-8th October, Dartford Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society will be taking over the Orchard with their production of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Don’t be put off by their name; Dartford Living reviewer Kelly saw DAODS’ Boogie Nights last October and said there was nothing amateur about it! They’ll be followed from 18th-22nd by The Glenn Miller Story, starring Tommy Steele as America’s most famous big band leader, who mysteriously vanished on his way to Paris during the Second World War. Younger theatregoers won’t want to miss The Very Hungry Caterpillar (21st-23rd), a critically acclaimed version of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s stories, featuring 75 colourful puppets. And we’ll be seeing the month out with the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Buddy Holly Story, which returns to Dartford from 25th-29th October. If you missed Chicago at the Orchard in March (or you just want to see it again), you’ve got not one but two

chances to catch it this month. Now starring Jessie Wallace alongside John Partridge and Hayley Tamaddon, Chicago will be at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley from 5th-10th or, a bit further afield, at the Marlowe in Canterbury from 24th-29th. Bromley has a couple of other treats for us in October, too. First, Roddy Doyle’s smash hit musical, The Commitments, based on the 1991 movie and featuring over 20 soul classics, stops in on its national tour from 3rd-7th October. And fans of Michael Morpurgo should check out Why the Whales Came, with award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller, on 23rd and 24th. Now that the nights are drawing in, let’s not forget that panto season is almost upon us (oh yes it is…). We’re spoilt for choice this year: closest to home at the Orchard is Joe Pasquale in Snow White or Blue’s Antony Costa in Jack and the Beanstalk at Woodville Halls. Or if you’re a Strictly fan, you might fancy a trip to Bromley to see Craig Revel Horwood do what he does best as the evil Captain Hook in Peter Pan. And while we’re talking about Christmas, did you know you can have your festive party at the theatre? The Orchard still has availability for Moonlight and Mistletoe, or celebrate the holiday season in the Churchill’s Winter Wonderland. Find all the details on the theatre websites. Find news and reviews from regional and London theatre at

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The Orchard have teamed up to offer 2 tickets to the show. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize just answer the following question... What does a Caterpillar turn into a) Moth b) Dragonfly c) Butterfly d) It doesn’t turn into anything Please email your entries tol by the 15th October - 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. Proof of posting will not be regarded as proof of delivery. 5. Winners will be notified by telephone by the Orchard, within 5 working days of the competition being drawn. 6. Employees and the immediate families of participating companies are ineligible to enter. 7. Closing date for the competition is stated above.


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October issue of Dartford Living, Featuring the winners of the Dartford Living Photo Competition, Jimmy Osmond interview, Stanhill Farm and...