Dartford Living September 2019

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FREE September 2019 - Issue 159

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ired be inspwith Slimming World MONDAYS St Peter & St Pauls Church Swanscombe, Kent DA10 0JZ 7:30pm Heather 07957 083150

High Road Wilmington DA2 7DW 5.30pm Jayne 07557979435

Temple Hill Community Centre Temple Hill Square, Dartford, DA1 5HY 09:30am Jo 07800 797030

VCD Sports Club, Old Road Crayford, DA1 4DN 9:30am, 11:30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm Sue 07507 599691

St.John The Evangelist Church Parkhill Road Bexley DA5 1HX 5.30pm and 7.30pm Adam 07730 405313

St Anselm’s Parish Centre 89 West Hill, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2HJ 5:00pm and 7:00pm Gillian 07957 135737

British Legion Hall Devon Road, South Darenth, DA4 9AA 9:30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm Jayne 07557 979435

WEDNESDAYS VCD Sports Club, Old Road Crayford, DA1 4DN 9:30am, 5:30pm and 7:30pm Liz 07900 213548

Fleetdown Community Centre Swaledale Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6JZ 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm Paula 07891 424401 Oakfield Primary Academy Oakfield Lane Dartford Kent DA1 2SW 7.30pm Kate 07590 995948 TUESDAYS Greenhithe & Swanscombe British Legion Club London Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9EJ 10:00 am Paula 07891 424401 Glentworth Ex Service Club 154 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1JB 5:30pm and 7:30pm Gillian 07957 135737 Wilmington Memorial Hall


Glentworth Ex Service Club 154 Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1JB 9:30am Gillian 07957 135737 The Howard Venue (formerly South East Dance Studios) 39 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, BR8 7LG 5:30pm and 7:30pm Caroline 07776 181413

Greenhithe & Swanscombe British Legion Club London Road, Greenhithe, DA9 9EJ 5:30pm and 7:30pm Paula 07891 424401 SATURDAYS Oakfield Primary Academy Oakfield Lane Dartford Kent DA1 SW 8am and 10am Sarah 07739 027161

Christchurch Centre Kingswood Avenue Swanley Temple Hill Community Centre BR8 8AN Temple Hill Square, Dartford, 8am and 10am DA1 5HY Jayne 07557 979435 3.30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm Jo 07800 797030 THURSDAYS The Howard Venue (formerly South East Dance Studios) 39 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, BR8 7LG 9:30am Caroline 07776 181413

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Welcome to the September magazine. As usual it’s jam packed with lots of local information and local businesses. Please support as many as you can - use them or lose them! In case you weren’t aware, we run Dartford Living alongside volunteer members of the local community FOR the local community. It’s the only independently run magazine serving the local area with information, fun, good news and positive local stories! Please get in touch if you would like to write an article for the magazine. If writing is not for you then perhaps you could volunteer to deliver 100 or so magazines to your local roads - you will guarantee your copy of the magazine and get a little exercise as well! If you don’t always receive a copy directly through your door, you can pick up a copy from various drop off points including Dartford FC, local libraries, Fairfield Leisure Centre, The Orchard Theatre, The Priory and Orchards Shopping Centres, Stephen Oliver Art Gallery, health centres and local Nationwide and Barclays branches. Additionally, if you email 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)

CONTENTS 6-7 8 9 13 14-15 19 20-22 24 25 26 28 32

Local Artist Showcase Eco Cleaning Wellbeing Link Carluccio’s revamp Gardening with the World Garden Bip Bop Blog 20 ways to boost your energy Life Under the Stairs Recipe Travel Spotlight Wear it Pink Cuppa and a chat help ellenor patients cope with advanced illness 33 Securing a place at Dartford’s Grammar Schools 34 Independant Monitoring Boards 40 Sports News 42 Fitness 43 Rescue is best 43 Dartford Painted Rocks 44 Theatre Review 45 Car News 48-55 Where to Go Locally 56-57 Advertisers Index 58 Useful Numbers

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LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE PUNAM SANGHRAJKA - KENYAN, BRITISH ARTIST who immediately scooped up my work and asked me to paint more because they were selling it! That gallery was the What If Gallery in Dartford, run by Ruth Howard who is passionate and driven, alongside some very talented and supportive volunteers. She has created a warm space for artists to thrive and for people to come and learn at their fun, relaxed workshops for all ages. The gallery will soon be opening new premises in the Orchards Shopping Centre very near the Aldi car park. This promises to be a busy and much larger site than they have had before. They have been running their Community Project for 14 years and I’m so pleased that they will be able to continue. You can find out more on I’d like to tell you a story of how I overcame the loneliness their Facebook page -whatifgallery. of being a new mum and a passion that was unlocked Without the What If Gallery, I wouldn’t have found the within me, grab a chair and a cup of tea. confidence to share my work and continue creating. I’m a mum of two little ones, a 6 year old and 2 year old. They gave me the belief I needed in myself to grow as They bring me all the joy in the world and I love that I can an artist and be able to take on commissions, show in be there for them while they’re so young and also find more galleries and ensure I carve out time to paint. For that, I’ll forever be grateful. time for myself. Soon after my son was born, I started painting to help overcome my loneliness and homesickness. I had studied art at school, but never did anything with it. I was born and raised in Kenya, surrounded by friends, a large family and a the most beautiful scenery. Being at home with two little ones can be very lonely - adult conversation is extremely rare and it can get difficult to stay positive. So, I started painting scenes from home - landscapes, indigenous tribes, florals, all in a style I call ‘structured abstract’, you can tell what it is, but can’t see all the details. Friends and family started asking if I’d paint commissions and I went to speak to a local charity gallery


I recently completed a 100 day project, where I painted a new abstract landscape every day for 100 days. It has been a great project for me, I have grown immensely as an Artist and have managed to gain collectors from all over the world - from the US to Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia! Finally, to see more of my work please visit my Instagram page www.instagram.com/artbypunam. All my art is for sale and can be purchased through contacting me and on my website www.artbypunam.com. If you’re coming across my work for the first time – Welcome, I hope you enjoy the view.

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11am – 3.30pm A chance to explore your beautiful church wedding venue, to discuss your wedding needs and to meet many local providers of wedding services including dresses, flowers and decorations, hair, nails and beauty, food, favours and photography.

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ECO CLEANING by Rachel Fenlon T&E eco cleaning services are trying to encourage those who are less aware of the damage us humans are causing to our planet, environment, and health. We are trying to raise awareness of the harmful chemicals used in our home and how they are affecting our health and planet.

Going eco friendly can seem daunting where do you start? What do you buy?

Here are T&E eco cleaning top 5 tips: 1 - use reusable bags, and lids. Shopping bags, sandwich bags and reusable lids are great and are cost effective When we buy household cleaning products we expect in the long run. one thing, for them to clean. We tend to use an array of different scents, soaps, detergents, and bleach products. 2- use eco friendly cleaning products (check the labels) T&e It doesn’t stop there we also use softeners, polishes, eco cleaning make most of there own cleaning products. harsh bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, drain and oven cleaners. In hope to make our homes clean and smell nice. 3- use indoor plants, not only are they pretty they can But whilst these chemicals work at ‘cleaning’ our homes, naturally clean the air, improve sleep, reduce dust and many of them cause indoor air pollution. They are poisonous make your home smell nice. Aloe vera is a great plant to if ingested and are harmful if touched or inhaled. The have in the house for many reasons but be careful as it most dangerous cleaning products are drain and oven can be harmful for your fur babies. cleaners as well as toilet cleaners. 4- recycle everything which can be recycled. Try to cut Many household products can irritate the eyes, throat, skin down on plastic used. T&E eco cleaning use either recycled and cause headaches and other serious health problems plastic or recycled glass bottles for our cleaning products. such as cancer. Some of these products release dangerous chemicals including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) 5 - choose your personal care wisely. There are many things you need to be careful to avoid. Most damaging VOCs and other harmful chemicals which are released of them all are microbeads which are commonly found when using cleaning products contribute to chronic in facewashes. The microbead are tiny pieces of plastic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. which isn’t biodegradable. These pass through the water There are currently studies underway to assess how and ultimately damage the environment. Make sure you these chemicals affect people who suffer with asthma, check all your beauty products. COPD and other respiratory illnesses. At T&E eco cleaning we are passionate about saving the The most common household products which contain planet and helping reduce the harsh chemical effects VOCs are: on our health. All our products are 100% eco friendly. * aerosol products * airfreshners * bleach * washing liquid * carpet cleaners * furniture and floor polishes *oven cleaners * bathroom and kitchen cleaners How can you prevent harm to your health from using these cleaning products? Read all labels on cleaning products before you buy them. Choose products wisely. Choose ones which do not contain or have reduced amounts of VOCs, irritants and flammable ingredients. Avoid using airfreshners altogether. 8

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“WELLBEING LINK” HELPING TO TACKLE ISSUES OF LONELINESS, ISOLATION AND LIFE AFFECTING HEALTH CONDITIONS IN KENT Kent’s Wellbeing Link is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led Evening and Gift Fairs will be held on 5 September, 3 October, community organisation providing support groups for 7 November and 5 December 2019 between 7 and 10pm. anyone whose life is affected by loneliness, isolation, or health conditions. At the events you will be able to try therapy ‘taster’ treatments (£10 per treatment), to relax and restore, For many the issues of loneliness, isolation and ill health including massage, reflexology, kinesiology, facials and are only too real. Kent’s Wellbeing Link offers weekly browse stalls including; help to get healthier or fitter, offering support meetings to help their clients. These weekly nutritional advice, as well as clothing and jewellery gifts. support meetings offer a place to make friends, receive To secure your place and to book taster treatments call complementary therapies and foot care, enjoy creative 01322 800814 or 07775875585. Entry is £2.00, payable activities and exercise, access experts in legal, financial on the night. and nutrition and advice on other sources of help.

As well as the popular weekly meetings, Wellbeing Link organises; courses and workshops covering topics including confidence and writing, provides treatments at home for those that need additional care and arranges social events including an annual garden party and trips to the seaside or the theatre.

About Wellbeing Link Wellbeing link is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led community organisation providing support groups for anyone whose life is affected by loneliness and isolation as well as health conditions from Arthritis to Cancer or other life-affecting illness. The groups meet at St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill every Friday morning and All Saint’s Parish To fund their important work Wellbeing Link is totally Centre, Perry Street, Northfleet on Tuesday mornings, reliant on donations. One of their popular fundraising both from 10-1pm. (except August) an arts and crafts events is the “Pamper Evening and Gift Fair” held at group meets at The Hub, Phoenix Place on Monday Dartford Football Club. afternoons from 1-4pm. If you would like to support Wellbeing Link the next Pamper www.wellbeinglink.org.uk www.dartfordlivinglive.co.uk - www.dartfordliving.com - www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk



Here at The Paul Page Golf Academy it is so important to us that you feel comfortable and welcome at our family-run club. With exclusive membership benefits and events for you to join in, you can really feel like you belong. We believe golfing need not be expensive. Become a member and choose to be part of a new sporting, social network, or take time for yourself in beautiful, quiet surroundings on your doorstep!

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Carluccio’s in Bluewater has undergone a transformation and is completely unrecognisable from its former self. Gone is the cafe feel and in its place is a refined, luxury interior with a mix of velvet seating, marble tables and upholstered benches. The food is just as good as it has always been but the new menu has drawn inspiration from the late Antonio Carluccio’s first restaurant in Covent Garden with the introduction of Prawns Marinara (with plum tomatoes in a white wine sauce, chilli and fennel) and Pappardelle ai Funghi (mixed mushrooms in a white wine and porcini sauce) but there are also old favourites including my personal favourite the Penne Giardiniera (buttery courgette pasta with a fried cheese & spinach ball topping).

materials and of course decent glassware! That said, the relaxed simplicity of Carluccio’s where the food speaks for itself is still there its is just that the feel of the restaurant means it feels much more like a treat and an occasion to be savoured and celebrated. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Staff were attentive but not overbearing and the food was delicious. I can highly recommend the molten chocolate pudding which is somehow rich in flavour but feels wonderfully light on the stomach. I can’t wait to visit again- hopefully next time when its hot so we can enjoy the beautiful view over the water.

The new menu also makes sure that people with all dietary requirements are catered for whether you are a meat eater, flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan or even gluten free so it is a great place to meet friends and family as you can always be sure there is something for everyone to eat. When I visited Carluccio’s since its refurbishment the thing that really struck us is how much more elegant it feels from the palette of colours used in the decor and furniture, the choice of artwork, the mix of texture and

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GARDENING WITH THE WORLD GARDEN by Tom Hart Dyke, curator of The World Garden

As autumn arrives in The World Garden, it’s a busy time for Tom and the volunteers to maintain the last of the Summer colour and start to prepare for the season finale at the end of October. Summer has been a game of two halves, with July being a challenging month for gardeners everywhere, especially with the record temperatures! Tom is back to normal watering duties, although he did breathe a sigh of relief, as 5am starts to give the plants a drink every day were becoming quite an effort.

September is where we spend a lot of energy on deadheading, removing summer bedding and thinning out herbaceous plants in the walled garden. It’s also an important time to do your seed harvesting, you will find ‘little gems’ everywhere on your perennials, gather the ripe seed cases together to use for next year. Tom suggests labelling your seeds in separate envelopes and then into sealed plastic containers, thereafter, pop them in the fridge or a cool and dry place in your home. We all get involved in hunting for seeds in The World Garden and it’s essential to keep them cool and dry ready for sowing the following Spring. Our seed harvest are placed in packets and sold the following year in the potting shed, so it’s always worth popping in to see if we have your favourite plant. It is also the perfect month to plant your spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and crocuses, as well as a great opportunity to browse the seed catalogues for new year inspiration. The heat is still on in The World Garden and visitors can experience our new Mexican weekend, as we have teamed up with the British Cactus & Succulent Society for CactusWorld LIVE – A succulent adventure! There will be a cactus show with stunning specimens, plants


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for sale from leading nurseries, a variety of stalls and children’s attractions, as well as authentic Mexican food and music from our very own Mariachi band! Visit www. lullingstoncecastle.co.uk for more details. Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September – 11am – 5pm. Adults £10, Children under 15 - FREE Images: Alan Graham

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Age: 4 - 18 year olds Time: Mon Mon -- Fri, Thurs, 10.00am - 4.00pm Performance: Friday 4.00pm 10:00am - 4.00pm Cost: £175 (£125 for siblings) Venue: Dartford Science & Technology Centre, Heath Lane, Dartford DA1 2LY


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by Charlotte Wise

5 Amazing Reasons to Give Blood

So, why am I sharing this with Well by the time this blog is published, I may or may not you? Well, as a recipient of have had a baby! a blood transfusion in this country, I am now unable to My due date is fast approaching and all of a sudden it has donate and so I thought in my definitely hit me that we will be welcoming a baby very last blog post before becoming soon to become a family of 4. a mother of 2. I would gratefully ask you, Dartford Living Reader, This pregnancy journey has been a whirlwind. I’ve set up to donate for me and here are business number 2 - BipBopMum Marketing Consultancy 5 amazing reasons why you should… and have a handful of lovely clients, I’ve waddled my way through soft play whilst looking after my 3 year old and 1) Every blood donation can save up to 3 lives. eaten my weight in chocolate doughnuts! 2) You could help a number of recipients including cancer patients, those with blood disorders, premature babies But having a baby can have its serious complications and and new mums after childbirth. looking back, my first birth experience, was no exception. 3) After your blood donation, you will often get a text to After giving birth to my son, I suffered a severe postpartum find out where your blood has been donated. haemorrhage 2 hours after he was born due to a rare 4) Donating blood is so quick and easy to do. One of the complexity with my uterus. quickest blood donations was just 8 minutes, 2 seconds! 5) You get to eat lots of biscuits, crisps and drink plenty The chaos that followed after welcoming my little boy of tea for free after your donation. into the world is something I look back on with both dread and gratitude. In total, I lost just over 4 litres of blood and Simply visit www.blood.co.uk and type in your postcode had to be put under general anaesthetic whilst receiving to check your eligibility and local blood donation centre. blood transfusions in order to save my life. I didn’t see my Clinics have previously been held in a variety of locations son for hours and it was one of the scariest moments we around Dartford including Sainsburys and St Anselms have gone through as a family. Church, as well as other surrounding areas in Swanley, Bexley and Gravesend. I think it’s very safe to say that without blood donors, I would not be here today. I’m getting emotional as I write this (oh And if you do manage to donate, please get in touch those hormones!) but as a result of this rare occurrence, and let us know! I have been told that the chances of it happening again are now 20% more likely. Of course, I never, ever thought Until next time when 3 becomes 4… I would be writing about having another baby and I’ll be completely honest, I am scared. Yet having a baby is a Charlotte x blessing and I have been assured by my lovely midwife and consultant that everything will be ok as they will Follow my pregnancy journey on Instagram @BipBopMum be prepared. Plus knowing that they will have the blood bank on speed dial just in case definitely reassures me!

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20 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY by Sue - Gorgeous Nail and Beauty Emporium Bexley 1. LET THE LIGHT IN As soon as you are awake and out of bed open your curtains and let the sunlight in. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan says in her book The Little Book of Sleep that “Daylight helps to control your body clock and it also suppresses the production of melatonin (the body’s sleep hormone), making you feel more alert.”

D intake too. Exercise increase the mitochondria (tiny energy centres) in your cells. Any exercise that increases your heart rate is great. Try interval walking with 2 minutes brisk walking, 1-minute recovery walking.

6. YOUR BREAKFAST IN COLOUR Adding colour to your breakfast will give you added nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Try mixing wholegrains, fruit and 2. SNOOZE & YOU LOSE some protein. Keeping you full for longer it’ll help reduce The younger you are the more likely mid-morning cravings. Breakfast is a great time to add you are to hit the snooze button superfoods to your diet according to YouGov. Snoozing SKIN TIP: Try adding Goji Berries or though, is not the best way of getting Blueberries to get some extra antienergy and it may leave you feeling oxidants to strengthen your skin’s less than alert for quite a while after barrier. [comfort zone] our skincare you wake up to meet the day. So no more snoozing! Set the range at Gorgeous Nail & Beauty alarm for when you need it and hit the OFF button Emporiu, offers you Renight Cream or Renight Oil that contain Goji Berries and will leave your skin feeling beautiful 3. KEEP HYDRATED and rejuvenated. Regular fluids are a must, but did you know it doesn’t have to be plain old 7. CAFFEINE INTAKE water? Most people need around Caffeine can cause a lot of negative 2 litres a day. It can be made up of effects on your body and so the herbal teas, plain water or fruit infused recommended amount is no more water. Caffeinated drinks don’t count than 2 cups per day. If you reduce towards your water goal. For a quick your caffeine it will help with balancing check on how you’re doing make sure when you pee it’s not your energy throughout the day. Don’t darker than straw. If it is, up your water. Remember that your suddenly stop taking caffeine as the 2 litres go mainly towards hydrating your essential organs withdrawal effects can be quite unpleasant if you drink a lot and body, if you want to hydrate your facial skin you may need of strong coffee. Never use caffeine to substitute meals. to add a little more. Nourishing your skin from the inside is Also, be aware that too much caffeine can have a negative essential and can be supported by regular hydrating facials effect on your heart rate as it is a stimulant. TIP: Can’t ditch and home skincare. Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporium offer the coffee? Try going decaffeinated for a week to see if you a wide range of facials that are individually tailored to suit feel the benefits. your skins requirements. 8. POSTURE PERFECT 4. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS If you’re a desk worker, you may find you are more likely to To boost your hydration for the slouch or slump whilst working. Poor day, when you wake up from a good posture can cause several issues for night’s sleep, instead of reaching your body but one of them is reduced for the kettle try a glass of warm or energy. Give yourself a fix and sit up cold water with added lemon slices. straight for 2 minutes with your hands Cleansing and detoxing the lemon behind your head and, according to also provides you with a daily dose of natural Vitamin C. the Harvard Business School, this can Drink your lemon infused water before taking any tea or increase your energy levels. Also, you could give yourself a coffee. Detoxing is a great way to boost energy and to aid 2-minute walk around the office, stretch and do some deep this process you may benefit from an Aromatherapy Body breaths to oxygenate your blood. Massage using custom blended essential oils. 9. COOL WATER FRESHENER 5. OUTDOOR EXERCISE If you are struggling during the day with alertness failure One of the best ways to get an energy boost is exercise then try leaving your screens behind, be they phone, laptop, add in the outdoors and you’ll start boosting your Vitamin tablet or desktop. Take a walk to the nearest cold water 20

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supply and run some cool water over your wrist areas. This will reawaken your body systems and give you a little boost to get you through and walking away from your tech lets your mind and your eyes refocus on other things for a little while. 10. PUT PROTEIN IN YOUR LUNCH BOX Although many of us love a carbohydrate or two for lunch, swapping it to protein heavy will give you a more stable energy supply for the afternoon. Things like fish or chicken are great but if you’re vegetarian or vegan then opt for beans or lentils for your protein boost. All that reserved energy will keep you going until dinner time. 11. AFTERNOON POWER NAP ANYONE? For optimum power napping try a seated or laid down nap between 2pm and 4pm. Make sure you don’t sleep too long as it could affect your night time sleep. Allow your breathing patterns to deepen and take 5-20 mins to get the relaxation effects that will give you a boost. If you don your headphones you can also listen to power napping podcasts to help you on your way. 12. SENSIBLE SNACKING Sugary, carb driven snacking is not helpful for energy boosting. This type of snacking can lead to rebound hyperglycaemia where your blood sugars hit highs and lows very quickly leaving you feeling sluggish. Giving you a quick buzz before you slump back down to earth. Try nuts, raisins or even rice cakes with a nut derived butter, such as almond butter. 13. ABSTAINING FROM ALCOHOL According to Drinkaware 62% of Dry January partakers reported improvements in their sleep patterns and energy levels during and following their 31 days of abstention. With an NHS recommendation for 2 dry or alcohol-free days per week this method of abstaining could benefit your energy levels and give you more quality sleep going forward. 14. A GUTFUL OF ENERGY If you suffer with gastric conditions such as IBS you may find that a probiotic taken daily could assist with some symptoms. Brighter gut and you’ll feel the benefits energy wise too. There are many different pre or pro biotics available so do your research and work out what may work best for you or speak to a nutritional expert for guidance in using this as a boost to your energy. 15. SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS In the 21st century one of the culprits of energy loss is Vitamin D deficiency and if you’re low in Vitamin D, potentially you may

be low in other minerals or vitamins such as Magnesium. Magnesium is required by the body for the Vitamin D to absorb. Magnesium deficiency can lead to carb cravings too. B12 is also a common deficiency along with Iron. Feeling sluggish for a long period of time? Then perhaps see your GP and get an all-round blood test. 16. STRESS MANAGEMENT Stress is a major cause of physical and mental ill health. When we are stressed our internal physiology jumps into “fight or flight” mode which in turn causes hormonal stress hormones to flood the body. Over time this can lead to many different symptoms such as anxiety, weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches/migraine, unexplained physical pains. To relieve stress try doing something that gives you some time out each day. Try going to the gym and releasing some endorphins, reading, booking a massage or facial or maybe just reconnect with your friends and family. Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporium offer a wide range of treatments for relaxation and rebalance. Need some mental clarity? Try Indian Head Massage. Need a full body relaxation? Book an Aromatherapy or Swedish Body Massage. Our Aromatherapist is a fully qualified prescribing therapist so all blends are custom made to aid your body and mind. Want to float away? Try a Reflexology treatment. Reflexology works on the feet and is a fully holistic treatment benefiting all mind, body and spirit. 17. BE A POSER Exercise and body balancing from the East in the form of Yoga can be a fantastic way to build energy, gain physical stamina, strengthen muscles and your body and relieve stress through controlled breathing and meditation techniques. There are sequences in Yoga like Salutes to the Sun which will give you a huge energy boost as well as an incredible work out. Warrior pose sequences will stretch out hamstrings and your lower back which for many people can be a physical problem area which can drag down energy levels. 18. JUST BREATHE Carrying on from how Yoga poses can help, let’s talk about how the breath alone can boost your energy. Breath and productivity work together. Breathing the wrong way can lower your productivity and could increase in your heart rate. For sleep apnoea sufferers this is also a cause of energy loss as shallow or incorrect breathing speeds up the pulse when the body can’t take in enough oxygen. HERE’S AN ENERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTING 1-MINUTE BREATHING EXERCISE Yoga teachers will often advise the following breathing technique and it only takes a minute. It will centre you and

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works with slow inhalation and gradually increases the length of exhalations. o Inhale to the count of two o Exhale to the count of two o Inhale to the count of two o Exhale to the count of three o Inhale to the count of two o Exhale to the count of four o Inhale to the count of two o Exhale to the count of five Repeat several times, then return to your normal breathing. Doing this exercise will help regulate the oxygen in your blood and will increase alertness and focus.

19. NUTRITIOUS & NOURISHING DINNER Eating a high protein evening meal using foods rich in an amino acid called tryptophan (releases serotonin and melatonin to induce sleep) will aid restful sleep. Items like eggs, chicken or turkey are good sources for this nutrient. If you double it up with wholegrain carbs it can improve the benefits of tryptophan. 20. AND FINALLY, TO BED zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ensuring you understand your body’s need for sleep is important for your daily energy levels. Margaret Thatcher was famed for surviving on only 3-4 hours’ sleep! This is not for everyone and your body needs down time resting to ensure it recovers from the day’s rigours. Not only your energy levels will be affected by long term lack of enough sleep. Even just resting in your bed in low lighting allows for your brain and body to relax and recuperate. There are now pieces of tech kit available that can monitor your sleep and let you know how well you are doing overnight. Some apps can even work out your optimum wake up time which can benefit you and give you a more energetic 22

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LIFE UNDER THE STAIRS by Local Resident, Jane Stevenson GOING LOCAL Following our plan to remain in the area and improve rather than move, Stevenson Towers has taken a battering recently. During a survey for new windows, the dreaded asbestos made an appearance and with it, my budget plans went up in smoke. Having used a national company to remove the evil stuff and replace windows, doors, gutters etc. it was back to the drawing board to budget for work. Having spent endless hours trawling the internet trying to locate reputable companies I threw the question open to my local Facebook group, and oh boy did they rise to the occasion. Through recommendation I’ve found an electrician, tree surgeon, fencer and property company. All local, all very friendly, nice people, and in the case of the fencer, willing to take on an extra (unpaid) job because he felt like it. I would happily recommend anyone of these companies. Thanks to the power of local people and their willingness to share information, the Towers is on track for its renovation MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT Since my comments last month about trying to be eco-friendlier, I’ve made some progress. This time, I’m moaning about plastic plant pots – those we all have that multiply in the darkness of our garden sheds, threatening to take over the world.

a visit in the near future. It’s worth checking with your local allotment group or gardening club as well. We all know the tragic and preventable consequences of plastic waste. Let’s not be part of the problem. Now to my next challenge! OFF MY TROLLEY I went into Dartford yesterday to purchase a few items I needed. Nothing outlandish or unusual, yet I came back empty handed. All I wanted was a compost caddy for the kitchen and a new vegetable trolley. I visited main retailers in the town, yet not one of them had either product. On enquiring I was told that it was either an item they no longer stocked, or never had in their range. So, my question is… how do people store the vegetables? Are we a nation that buys frozen rather than fresh? I freely admit to having mixed veg, peas and Brussel sprouts lurking in the freezer, and a salad drawer full of lettuce, but where do I keep the spuds and onions? I’ve resorted to Amazon again and found what I need. Perhaps a vegetable trolley has gone the way of the larder and the free-standing kitchenette unit and just fallen out of fashion.

GOODBYE I said goodbye to my aged little dog a couple of weeks ago. Cindy arrived at our home by default, having lost I have several dozen; I reuse them constantly, but over both her owners and her home in a matter of months. time, the rigours of the outdoors cause them to split and She was 13 when we took her on, very overweight, had a crack. I have invested in terracotta containers and happily bad heart murmur, cataracts and was going deaf. use old carrier bags to grow vegetables in. In the 18 months we had her, she learned to play, lost Today, I investigated how to recycle these pots. Gone are weight and became a huge part of the family. We took the days when garden centres accepted them back, yet her to the seaside, parks and woods, my slimming group many companies and local authorities aren’t always on and the hairdressers. She developed a liking for apples, the same page. There doesn’t seem to be any policy on melon and yoghurt and wouldn’t say no to a piece of the council website, although I await their reply. Some cheese either. She’s free of pain and discomfort now for information from the green gardening blogs is misleading which I’m so relieved. or contradictory. The problem won’t go away. There is a move towards using biodegradable trays for plug plants Now I’m coming to terms to life without her and my which I welcome, yet what can I do with my existing stock respect for dog owners who have taken this journey of unwanted and unused pots? before grows daily. I never realised losing a dog (and I am a cat person) would be so painful. I’ve phoned or emailed several nurseries and garden centres today and am waiting to hear back. There is one Thanks for the good times Cindy. close to me that accepts returns and I will be paying them Take care people 24

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by Debbie Dickinson We were very lucky when we bought our house that (once we’d tackled the 7ft high nettles and brambles) we found an amazing fruit garden: apples, pears, gooseberries, plums, damsons as well as the brambles, which I have now trained along the fence. We’ve added lots more since – mainly because I’m a complete impulse buyer when it comes to fruit plants! If you look carefully, you’ll be able to find blackberries in lots of the hedgerows around Dartford and the surrounding area – and the kids will love finding and picking them! So, this month, I thought I’d share an easy recipe for fruit pie. You will need: 300g apples – the ones in our garden are not cooking apples, but quite firm and tart - perfect for pie! 200g blackberries 50g brown sugar 200g Plain Flour 100g Block Butter – straight from the fridge and cut into small cubes 50g icing sugar 1 egg 1tsp vanilla extract. What to do: Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the cubed butter. Using your fingertips only, rub the flour and butter together until you get a fine breadcrumb mix. Stir in the icing sugar.

Lightly beat the egg with the vanilla extract and add just enough to bring the breadcrumb mix together into a dough. If you put too much liquid in, add a sprinkling more flour to bring it back to a dough. Pop any leftover egg mix into the fridge for later. Flatten the dough slightly (just with your hand), wrap and pop in the fridge for an hour to chill. Put the fruit into an oven-proof dish or individual pie dishes. Sprinkle over the sugar. After an hour, roll the dough out to about 0.5cm and lay on the top of the pie dish. Use a fork to press around the outside to seal it to the dish. Make a small hole in the middle to the pastry to let steam escape during cooking. If you had any egg mix left, brush thinly onto the pastry lid. If, instead of the pastry, you’d prefer a crumble topping, rub together 100g plain flour with 50g cold, cubed butter and mix with 50g each of caster sugar and porridge oats. Sprinkle onto the fruit before baking. Bake at 170° Fan for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is a beautiful golden brown. Enjoy!

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There are a variety of benefits to booking a touring holidayescorted tours offer: • Hassle-free travel – great experiences, without having to research and plan a complex itinerary • Value for money – you know the cost upfront, and can take advantage of good rates on attractions or accommodation • Group camaraderie – meet and swap stories with like-minded travellers from the UK or around the world • Driver and guide – no need to worry about getting around or misunderstanding local customs or language • Unique experiences – enjoy specially curated experiences that would be harder to access independently Touring holidays often fall into two categories – traditional touring and small-group touring – depending on the size of

At its core, touring is a multi-centre itinerary that ensures you see the very best of your chosen destination. There are a range of touring types, travel styles, group sizes, transport options and touring themes, but they all have the same thing in common – a focus on incredible experiences. From seeing sunrise at the Taj Mahal to navigating the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, the beauty of a touring holiday is that you can take advantage of seeing these amazing places, without having to plan it all yourself. While on a touring holiday, not only will you have some of the most incredible experiences, you will also get to share them with a group of like-minded individuals.

the group. Each has its own advantages and will suit different types of people. Traditional tours might suit those who like to meet a variety of new people, travel in comfort in a bigger or more luxurious vehicle, or enjoy even better value for money, as a bigger group can get access to better rates on accommodation or attraction entry. Small-group tours are often limited to between 12 and 20 travellers. They might appeal to those who want to interact with locals as they go, prefer to travel in smaller vehicles, or who want access to smaller restaurants and unusual accommodation that might not be possible with a larger group. Solo travellers are also well suited for touring holidays and are not just for people who are single. Many choose to go on a tour because they want to pursue an interest that is not shared by their partner, friends or family. There are some brands dedicated purely to solo travellers, but many mainstream operators also welcome solo travellers on their regular trips 26

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or offer dedicated departures with no single supplements. Adventure and experiential travel What do you think of when you think of the word ‘adventure’? The word ‘adventure’ means different things to different people. For some, it might conjure up images of jumping out of an aircraft or ziplining through a canyon. For others, it might be climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower, or taking a street-food tour in the busy backroads of Bangkok. There are lots of different types of adventure tours, including hiking, cycling and activity holidays, or tours that go through remote regions or include homestays with local families. Adventure tours can come with varying degrees of pace with different fitness levels required, different types of meals, accommodation and a range of group sizes. Experiential travel is a fast-growing section of the market, growing in line with a shift towards travellers wanting to invest in experiences rather than material things. There are a wide range of experience-based adventure tours on offer, which don’t require a high level of fitness. One of the most popular examples is food holidays, which focus on embracing local

and traditional cuisines. You might take a trip to a local food market, go cycling through vineyards, or get their aprons on for a cooking class with a local chef. You don’t need to be a marathon runner or fitness enthusiast to take on an adventure tour – there is a tour out there for everyone. Operators label the level of difficulty of their tours so we can match the right traveller to the right trip. Tours require a range of fitness levels – some recommend a high level of fitness, while others include gentle to moderate activities. Come see us in the shop or send us a message if you would like to know more about touring and adventure holidays. We work with a wide range of fantastic suppliers and can find the best option tailored around you. Call - 0800 023 8974 E-mail - tim@hardenholidays.co.uk Website: www.hardenholidays.co.uk Visit us at: Unit 1B Henley House, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1AS

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by Edmund Grunill - Breast Cancer Now

Wear it pink takes place across Kent on Friday 18 October, devastating news that they have breast cancer. In the raising funds for vital breast cancer research and support same period around 324 women from the area sadly died wear it pink from breast cancer. Wear it pink is back! This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging everyone in Kent to wear it pink and help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support happen.

“We currently fund around a third of all breast cancer research happening in the UK, and last year we responded to nearly 7 million breast cancer support requests. Without the generosity of wear it pink supporters we simply cannot continue to fund this crucial research and support, for all Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day takes place across those affected by breast cancer now, and in the future. Kent on Friday 18 October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, the “That is why we are urging everyone across the UK to get event has had an enormous impact on the lives of those involved in wear it pink on Friday 18 October to help us affected by breast cancer since launching in 2002 and has make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing raised over £33 million for breast cancer research to date. support happen!” Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have united to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and receive the support they need to live well. The charity cannot reach this goal without the money raised from wear it pink.

Lottie Barnden, Head of Mass Participation at Breast Wear it pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said: cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org to register and claim your free fundraising pack. “In 2017, in Kent around 1498 women were given the 28

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We all know how good it can be to chat over a cuppa – especially during tough times. When you are living with a serious illness or a disability, it can be harder. Let’s be honest, sometimes other people simply cannot understand what you are dealing with. That is why ellenor hospice in Gravesend is introducing a new initiative ‘SOCIAL DROP-IN’ – an informal café to help adults and families living with a life-limiting or terminal condition to meet and chat over a cuppa.

helping patients and carers cope better with a long term illness. We wanted to design sessions that would be relaxed, conversational and informative where participants can share their feelings and challenges and discuss services that provide further help and support.

So many people wrongly think that hospices are simply places to die. We find that there is plenty to live for so sessions are open to patients currently under ellenor’s care or those exploring the possibility of hospice care for themselves in the future. We offer a safe and supportive environment and hope that the Social Drop-ins will help Elizabeth Paska, ellenor Day Therapy patient: “Even to dispel some of the myths around hospice care” says when my condition is bad, coming to ellenor makes me Dr Russ Hargreaves, ellenor Head of Wellbeing. feel positive about my life. The people I meet here are strong mentally, and we all support one another through The Social Drop-in sessions are open to adults with a difficult times”. life-limiting condition and sessions are free of charge. Café Verde will be open from 10am offering a selection The first session will be held on Friday 6 September from of cakes, sandwiches and hot food. 10am to 12 noon at ellenor hospice Coldharbour Road Gravesend, with following sessions taking place every For further details of the Social Drop-in sessions please Friday on a weekly basis. The Social Drop-in will be led contact our Wellbeing Team on info@ellenor.org or call by ellenor’s Wellbeing team and will also be supported by 01474 320007. healthcare assistants and trained volunteers. “Studies have shown the importance of social support


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Securing a Place at Dartford’s Grammar Schools The Kent Test has been a feature of growing up in Dartford for as long as any of us can remember. KCC doesn’t guarantee every Kent child that passes a place in a grammar school and certainly not of their choice. Most parents start to prepare to avoid disappointment with additional tutoring support from the start of Year Five if they haven’t already started in Year Four. After Christmas leaves too little time to have an impact. Dartford has the greatest pressure on places due to enormous numbers applying from the neighbouring London Boroughs. The number of out of Kent children who passed the Kent test last year (2018) rose by 11% over the year before (2017). However, the number offered places in Kent grammar schools was pretty stable at 465 for 2018 admissions (468 in 2017). The Dartford grammar schools turn away hundreds of

grammar-qualified first choices and this rises year on year, including rejecting local applicants whose pass scores were not high enough. The Wilmington grammar schools give greater priority to Kent children and, with good bus links, have become a popular choice for Dartford children who have qualified. Children in the villages around Longfield and New Ash Green tend to opt for Gravesend grammar schools. The Kent Test can’t reliably be coached for, but you can increase your child’s educational outcomes by helping provide the confidence that comes from being ahead at school. Contact me today if you would like to know more about how you can help your child to succeed at school in Dartford. See my advert on page 49

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I’ve mentioned before how tracking weight can be misleading, into a calculator that will give you given that you’re weighing not only fat, but also muscle, a reasonably accurate estimate of your bone, organs, fluids and more. body fat percentage. A simple google search for “navy method body fat calculator” will give you plenty of options. Another metric people use to track progress is body fat I find this to be a good way of measuring body fat without percentage. This is more useful since it’s, in theory, only needless expense or intrusion. measuring your body fat, so any changes do mean that you’ve changed the amount of body fat you have (as a percentage Take all measurements 3 times to ensure better accuracy, of your total bodyweight). and you can use the results to track progress and help you decide if you need to make any adjustments to your diet Whilst it’s a bit backward that we measure weight in kilos/ or training plan. pounds etc and bodyfat as a percentage, it is still a great way to track progress. If you need help with your training and/or nutrition, visit www. DartfordBootcamps.com for more information on Nutrition There are a number of ways to measure body fat percentage Coaching and Bootcamps. and you have to be very careful about which you use and how seriously you take it. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for extra tips, advice and motivation. Bioelectrical Impedance (handheld monitors, scales that measure body fat, and similar devices that you simply hold, stand on, or attach to your body in some way) are incredibly inaccurate and can be affected by many factors – hydration levels, if you have any creams/lotions on your hands/feet, even how you are standing when testing. If you use these, don’t take the reading as being completely accurate, and at the very least, use the exact same equipment every time, and make sure the conditions are the same. Now Aw Winn ard Skinfold/Caliper Testing. This is where someone (hopefully ing! trained in the use of skinfold calipers) takes a number of measurements at certain points around your body and uses a calculation to determine your body fat percentage. This can be more accurate than the handheld devices, but depends completely on the competence and skill of the person taking the measurements. It’s also quite intrusive, having someone pinch your fat rolls and measure them! Again, be sure that your practitioner is well accustomed to taking these measurements to reduce the margin of error. DEXA Scan is considered the gold standard and most accurate way of measuring body fat, but this is an expensive option, and will likely require some travelling to somewhere that offers it. By all means use this method if it is within your means. The last method I’m going to talk about here is called the Navy Method, and I’ve found it to be a reasonably accurate method of measuring body fat percentage when a DEXA scan or skilled skinfold testing is not available or appropriate, and all you need to do it is a tape measure (and a helper). To do this, you simply need to measure your navel, neck and height (for men), or your natural waist, hips, neck and height (for women). Once you have these measurements you can enter them 42

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by Battersea Dog and Cats Home - Brands Hatch

We have teamed up with Battersea Dog and Cats home - Brands Hatch to bring you regular listings of animals requiring rehoming. Name: Timmy; Breed: Domestic Short Hair; Sex: Male; Age 2 years 2 months; Centre: Brands Hatch; Reference: 375215

Name: Max; Breed: Mongrel; Sex: Male; Age; 3 years and 1 month; Centre: Brands Hatch; Reference: 372598

Handsome Max really is one of a kind. He is an energetic and cheeky boy who loves to play Young Timmy is our handsome football! He does have a tuxedo chap who makes a sensitive side to him, which led him to be very stressed in wonderful impression on his first few days in kennels, but now that he’s settled in everyone he meets. The he has really blossomed and come out of his shell, proving three things that Timmy himself to be a very clever and loyal dog. Because he likes loves in life are people, food to take things at his own pace, potential new owners and his feather toys – he will do anything for an extra will need to be willing to visit him more than once at our treat! Timmy comes across as a confident boy, but his centre so they can build a bond. He is looking for owners new owners shouldn’t be completely fooled as he has who have experience of dogs who are worried at first, a sensitive side to him, and will need plenty of time, are confident with managing this and willing to carry on patience and love to allow him to settle into his true his training. If you think you can offer Max the mental and personality. He has been enjoying time in one of the physical stimulation that he needs, as well as a calm home garden pens at Brands Hatch, and so we know that he in a quiet location, please get in touch with the Brands would love to have a garden of his ownPainting in his new Rock in home. Dartford. Hatch rehoming team. Please visit battersea.org.uk to find out more. Please visit battersea.org.uk Local people from Dartford Painted Rocks on Facebook have been busy this month paintingto find out more. and hiding them around town. The rocks can also be exchanged at Stephen Oliver: Studio and Gallery located in the Orchard Shopping Centre.


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

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Who else is excited to check out the newly revamped Orchard Theatre this month? Fresh from its summer makeover, the theatre reopens in September with a packed schedule of feel-good shows, cult classics and TV favourites, ensuring any end of summer blues are well and truly forgotten.

Hot on their heels is something very different, but no less legendary. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (16th-21st) is the longest running show in the history of theatre, having been thrilling audiences in the West End for an astonishing 66 years. The touring production brings the classic murder mystery to the rest of the UK - but will you guess whodunnit in time? And more importantly, First up, Dartford kicks off a new tour for Priscilla Queen can you keep a secret…? of the Desert (5th-14th), the fun, fabulous tale of three friends on an unforgettable road trip across Australia. And that’s not all! Because bringing September to a Stepping into the lead role of Mitzi this time around is close in its own unique style is a show that needs no Holby City star and Strictly champion Joe McFadden - but introduction: it’s the 40th anniversary tour of the Rocky anyone who’s seen Priscilla before will know that’s just Horror Show (23rd-28th), featuring - you guessed it, one reason to book; the incredible costumes, classic another Strictly winner. This time it’s Joanne Clifton, who disco soundtrack and hilarious, heartwarming story are stars as bemused bride-to-be Janet alongside West End more than worth a visit in their own right. star Stephen Webb as Dr Frank’n’Furter. This show has become a cult favourite since its first performance four Speaking of Strictly stars - no sooner have Priscilla and co decades ago, but don’t be put off if you’ve never seen it left the building, they’re replaced for one date only (15th) before; the fishnets are optional… And if you can’t get by former contestants Louis Smith and Rachel Stevens, enough of the Time Warp, why not book in for the Rocky who are joined by Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton and Horror Song Workshop on the 28th – visit the Orchard Lee Ryan (who was also on Strictly, but let’s not dwell on website for more details. that) in Rip it Up the 70s. Following the success of Rip it Up the 50s and - yep - Rip it Up the 60s, this new touring These great shows are just the start of what promises show features the hits of Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, to be an amazing season of theatre in Dartford. So don’t Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd and many more, in a fun-packed delay, get those tickets booked while you can, and enjoy! celebration full of music and dancing.


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By Dhiren Ganesh

In this month’s article we look at new models from 2019 Audi A1 Citycarver– this is the all new A1 Citycarver European manufacturers and a proposed rule change which brings together the A1’s small size with the chunky for new drivers. looks of an SUV. With suspension that raises it up by 35mm over the standard A1, the Citycarver features more muscular bodywork – including a new front splitter and side sills – designed to make it look every inch the rufty-tufty off-roader. Buyers will have two engines to choose from, with the entry level choice being the 114bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and with more power, the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol too. Audi will offer the Citycarver in three trim levels, dubbed advanced, design selection and S line. Design selection models come with ambient interior lighting, while S line cars feature part-leather seats. Available from September 2019 it is expected to be priced around £28,000.

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet – this is the convertible SUV from Volkswagen with a soft-top roof which can be raised or lowered in nine seconds and at speeds of up to 19mph by pressing a button. While the regular T-Roc has a decent boot by the standards of the small SUV class, the Cabriolet has less space for luggage than a Ford Fiesta. While the T-Roc Cabriolet looks identical to hard-topped version inside, it features (optionally) a nextgeneration infotainment system that has a permanent internet connection, meaning it can show you the latest fuel prices, for example. You can choose from either 113bhp 1.0-litre or 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engines with a five-speed manual and seven-speed automatic gearbox with the respective engines. Prices for the T-Roc Cabriolet are expected to start at around £28,000, making it only slightly more expensive than the existing R-Line T-Roc, but also vastly cheaper than its rivals. It will be available New drivers could be banned from driving at night – New from Spring 2020. drivers could face restrictions on how long they must learn for before taking their driving test and when they can drive after passing it. This is as part of the Government’s renewed focus on road safety. Currently, one in five new drivers has a crash in the first year after passing their test. Among the plans due to be proposed are restrictions on the ages of passengers who can be carried in a new driver’s car, as well as a ban on driving at night and a minimum learning period before taking the driving test. It is unclear how long any restrictions placed on drivers after passing their tests would be in place. This is similar to the schemes already in place in other countries such as Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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Want to get fit in 2019 whilst enjoying fresh air and home grown veg? 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.

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY Parent and Toddler Groups - Term Time Only

MONDAYS 9:15am - 11:00am - A&J Toddlers - St Anselms Church Community Centre, Dartford. £2.00 per one adult and child and 50p for any extra children or adults each. Tea/coffee biscuits, small snack for children with juice. Toast 20p per slice Craft table and singing and dancing at end of session Contact Julie on 01322 291092. TUESDAYS Session 1: 9.15-10.45am, and Session 2: 11-12.30pm. Christchurch, Crossroad, Dartford. Contact Catherine on 01322 220036. 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us on (01322) 288434 for further information. 9.30am-11.30am Sticky Fingers - £1.50 per adult includes tea ,biscuits and healthy snack time for the children For pre school children up to 4 years St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall London Road Greenhithe Contact 01322 382031 or see www.stmarygreenhithe. com WEDNESDAYS 10am -12pm - Little Angels Net Church, (Formerly Gala Bingo Hall) Dartford, £2.50 per family including all snacks and drinks. Catherine 07878658685 11.15am - SLADE GREEN AND HOWBURY COMMUNITY LIBRARY BABY AND TODDLER ACTION RHYME TIME GROUP 12:45pm -2.45pm - Fleetdown Open House - Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ £2.50 per Adult THURSDAYS 9:30am - 11:30am. St Paulinus Church Hall, Manor Road, Crayford. 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - facebook.com/ToeRags 1pm-2.30pm Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - facebook.com/ToeRags FRIDAYS 9.30am-11am Baby and me for expectant mothers and mothers / carers of chidren up to 2. £1 per adult St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall, London Road Greenhithe. Contact 01322 382031 or see www.stmarygreenhithe.com 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers facebook.com/ToeRags 9.30am-11.30am Carer & Toddler Group, St Mary’s Church Hall, Stone Place Rd, Greenhithe. Jeanne 01322 380322 jeannehoadley@ yahoo.co.uk 1-3pm Gigglekidz, Tree Estate Community Centre on Cedar Road - £2 Per Child SATURDAYS 9.30am-11.30am Daddy and Me - A group for dads and male carers of children up to 5years. £1.50 includes healthy snack time for the children. St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall, London Road Greenhithe. Contact 01322 382031 or see www.stmarygreenhithe.com 2-3pm - Lego Club- ages 5 and over - Chrome Road Slade Green DA8 2EL Tel: 01322 333602

Toddler Music & Rhyme Sessions at Dartford Libraries - Monday Friday Thursday Story Time Fleetdown - Tuesday Greenhithe - Thursday - Thursday Longfield Summerhouse - Tuesday Sutton-at-Hone -Monday. Temple Hill - Thursday Dartford

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WHERE TO GO LOCALLY CARE & SUPPORT THE NORTH WEST KENT BRANCH OF THE MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION meets on various date at Birchwood Country Club For more information contact Alexon 01322 228169. DARTFORD OSTOMY GROUP SUPPORT (DOGS) meet every third Wednesday in the month at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. It is for anyone who has an Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy, IBS and pouch, their carers, family and friends.

THE WELLBEING LINK The Wellbeing Link meets on Friday mornings from 10-1pm in the St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford A friendly and informative group - call Julie On 07775875585

SOCIAL GROUPS JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP We are a small friendly group who meet at the Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Centre on the first Tuesday of the month. Join us any time between 11am and 1pm for a social chat, coffee and biscuits or a fun quiz. For more information contact mikeansell.dt@hotmail.co.uk

ALL DIRECTIONS is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, learning and mental health difficulties. For more information, attend a taster session or visit our community lunch club, contact Caroline on 01322 440482 or 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP 07570 347612 more information visit: www.meetup.com/20s-30s-DartfordAGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday Bexleyheath-surrounding-areas-socialmorning 10.30 - 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits group/ and a chat - Just £1 DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE) BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH meets on the first Tuesday of every month PARKINSONS UK For people with Parkinsons and their carers. (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information Dartford: 2nd Wednesday of each month, about meetings and interest groups call Mick Jagger Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. 01474-709068 or visit our website. Information support workers available, guest speakers and quizzes. Contact Wendy Leach. Tel: 02083065973 WILMINGTON AND AXSTANE PROBUS CLUB We are a group of retired men who meet THE DARTFORD STROKE GROUP monthly for a lunch and a speaker at the This group meets Monday afternoons Swanley Bowls Centre. We also have at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy a monthly walk and occasional coffee Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing atmosphere, chair-based excise sessions, mornings and as a side line we raise money for a local charity. If you are missing the stroke leaflets and magazines, informal contact with other business men since you workshops, special art or games sessions and outings. It is aimed at Stroke Survivors, retired, why not come and join us on the last Thursday of every month. For more their carers, family and friends. details contact Phil Burt on 01322 274541 Please contact Theo Hodges on Theo. Hodges@gmail.com or phone/text Theo on or look at our website www.waprobus.com 078 755 68296 for more details and current dates of our events and meetings


THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S REGISTER The National Women’s Register (NWR) is a national organisation that meets in the Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via www.nwr.org.uk or call 01603406767 and ask about the Dartford group. HEALTHCARE RETIREMENT GROUP Dartford & Gravesham Branch. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from 10-12pm.Activities include guest speakers, outings, lunches, holidays and quizzes. For more information contact Marion on 01322 402967 OVER 55’S CLUB - We meet every Wednesday 2pm to 4.30pm at Tree Community Centre, Cedar Road. We play bingo, tea and biscuits, and socialise. We also run regular coach trips to the coast throughout the year. Our club is open to anyone over 55 wherever you live and costs just 60p to come along and join in. So why not come and join our friendly welcoming social club? For further information please call either John Letchford on 01322 270732 or Pam Carr on 01322 222195.

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DARTFORD LIVING 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,

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Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, DA2 7NE. More information can be found at joydenswoodresidents.co.uk (under Local Clubs and Societies). BLUEWATER WRITERS’ GROUP We meet each week on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm at Starbucks’ Coffee Shop , Bluewater Upper Guildhall, opposite Waterstones. No fees to pay, just purchase your drink or food in Starbucks and join us. All genres and writing styles are welcome including adult fiction, young adult/teen, children’s, non-fiction, writing for stage and screen and poetry. See us on Facebook “Bluewater Writers’ Group” For further info email Tony at: tonyjan@ talktalk.net 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

worldwide. We have an emphasis on having WILMINGTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE a lot of FUN. is a friendly group who meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in We guarantee that involvement with the Memorial Hall, High Road, Wilmington. Round Table will enhance your social life, For more information on our activities your personal abilities, your network and please call Ann Hambridge on 01322 best of all it is not expensive. 228082 For your chance to become involved in something very special, you need to experience it because no other organisation offers you the opportunities that Round Table does. Check out the locally famous club www. dartfordroundtable.co.uk Facebook search: * Dartford Round Table * Round Table * Dartford Egg Hunt You will receive a very warm welcome. THE ROTARY CLUB OF DARTFORD We meet at lunchtime at The Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays. Time 12.45 for 1 pm For further details phone: 07706 103706

THE RENDEZVOUS CLUB (50+) Every Monday Time: 8pm - 10pm Location: Close to Bexleyheath Town Centre Description: We are a (non-profit making) friendly social group open to anyone over fifty. 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 Place to Meet. Often called the original young man’s For more information please contact social club, Round Table has over 400 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email clubs in the UK and is in 50+ countries havenx35@gmail.com

DARTFORD ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP [DARTARA] We are a group that meets on second Thursday once a month 2 - 4pm at Fleetdown community centre. At the meeting we have a guest entertainer or speaker, we also organise holidays and day trips out as well as activities including theatre trips, curling, short mat bowls, indoor games, coffee and cake afternoons and an art group. Just turn up on the day or phone Maureen Dixon-Jones 01322 383337 or Glenys Theobald 01322 273108 for more information

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

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

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

DARTFORD BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm at Wilmington Christian Fellowship Church Hall, Broad Lane, Wilmington DA2 7AQ. We are seeking new members at all DSTC ALUMNI PAVILION PLAYERS levels to play Duplicate Bridge -cost £2 Hi all, if you went to DSTC, DTC, Is an amateur dramatics group based per session. Dartford West Girls or any other name at the Joydens Wood Community Enquiries: contact that the school has been known as Centre, Wilmington, Kent. We meet John Davies on 01474 832221 we would love to hear from you! The every Tuesday from 8-10pm. For more or e-mail carolandjohnd@tiscali.co.uk school is looking to make links with information please visit www.faceformer students to help raise the book.com/pavilionplayers or call us on profile of the school but also as a way 07505 006539. Alternatively just pop DARTFORD FLORAL CLUB of getting back in touch with people. down on a Tuesday night! Everyone The club meet on the 3rd Friday of There will be an event later on in the welcome! the month at Hawley Pavilion, Hawley academic year and we are planning Rd.(opp Papermakers Arms) at 7.30 some exciting things for the group so DARTFORD BELLRINGERS Come along for an evening of beautiful get joining and let’s get reminiscing!! Holy Trinity Church, High Street, flowers, fun and friendship. Entrance www.facebook.com/groups/ Wednesdays 8.00-9.30p.m. Free £6.00, refreshments and a raffle with DSTCAlumni tuition with a very friendly, sociable the chance to take home a beautiful group. The ideal way to make new floral arrangement. Contact Carol THE MANOR HALL VARIETY GROUP friends. Phone Ester 01322 220458 01322 220802 We meet every Tuesday at 8.00 in or email: the Community hall (opp St Paulinus esther.correia1@btinternet.com DARTFORD BOOKS AND CULTURE church) Crayford. We are looking for CLUB anyone who could help us with sound, NORTH WEST KENT FAMILY meets once a month on Saturday lights, scenery or singing/acting on the HISTORY SOCIETY mornings at Dartford Library. For more stage - everyone welcome. Email me The Dartford Branch meet the 1st information, find us at www.meetup. (Carolyn) for more details at Saturday of each month from 10amcom/West-Kent-Book-Club/ c_sawyers@hotmail.com. 12:30pm at the Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, For THE DARTFORD CHESS CLUB CRAYFORD TOWN ARCHIVE more information see www.nwkfhs. The club meets every Thursday incorporating Barnehurst and Slade org.uk or ring Janet 01322384836 evening from 7.30pm at St Anselms Green. Meet every Monday (except Parish Hall, West Hill and was founded the third Monday) of the month at ERITH MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY 100 years ago in 1914. All queries to Crayford Library hall - 2pm-4pm. Call has been in existence for over 50 years Mike Wiltshire at 01322 272152 or visit in for a chat about old Crayford and and has well over 50 active members. www.dartfordchessclub.co.uk 52

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COLUMBINE CHINA PAINTERS CLUB meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month at Sutton at Hone Village Hall. 1.30pm until 4.30pm. £3.00 per afternoon (to include a raffle ticket and tea/coffee) £10.00 yearly fee. We are a small, friendly club, not expensive. Tuition given. All supplies can be bought in situe. Come and see if you like it, You will be very welcome. Contact - Maureen Beckham 01322 287214. Marie Blake 01474 704581. Doreen Goddard 01474 707357. WEST HILL MORRIS Come and join your local Morris side, dancing and performing in Dartford, Gravesend and Bexley areas and throughout Kent in the Summer. We are a mixed and very sociable side, and can always find room for new dancers and musicians. It’s a great way of keeping fit and you’ll be helping to conserve a great English tradition. We practice alternate Tuesday evenings at Bexley, from September to April, then dancing out at pubs, clubs and fetes, throughout Kent, from May to August. Private Bookings taken. Contact Alison on 01322 862298, e-mail alisondukes@btinternet.com STIMUL8 ACTIVITY SERVICE I provide all the equipment, materials and refreshments with just a small all inclusive, pay as you go, fee of £10.00 per person per session. Those who come have the opportunity to learn painting with watercolours, acrylics, inks and how to draw with pencils, soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoals, watercolour pencils, fabric pens, plus basics of sculpting and have the opportunity to sign up to additional floral workshops I offer too. www.stimul8-activityservice.co.uk EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH GROUP’ calling all 11-18 year olds who want more than an ordinary life, come hang out with other young people and discover their ultimate purpose. Every Friday in term time, 7pm-9:30pm at Net Church Dartford, near McDonalds and next to

Weatherspoons. For more information email andrew@ thenetchurch.co.uk or call 01322 272649. SHORNE FLOWER ARRANGERS Our Club presents a programme of workshops and demonstrations in a very informal and friendly atmosphere. We meet on the last Thursday of each month except December. Shorne Village Hall, The Street, Shorne. DA12 3EA. Visitors are always made very welcome, entry £3. We have 30 members and look forward to welcoming anyone who loves flowers. The Club provides an opportunity for people to be creative, make friends. For further information please phone 01474 353405 or email landaclatworthy@ btinternet.com SWANLEY HISTORY GROUP Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Presentations on local social history. Venue Alexandra Suite St Mary’s Road Swanley BR8 7BU. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email swanleyhistorygroup@hotmail.co.uk for more details or visit our website https:// swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com or Facebook page. Annual membership £5 includes a monthly newsletter. NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm in the Community Room of Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1BE. The programme of activities is varied with workshops, talks and sit and stitch sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More information can be found on our website www.northkentembroiderers.co.uk or phone 01474324734.

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.

THE GARDENING CLUB SUTTON AT HONE Monthly meetings, Visits to Gardens, If you would like to find out more please Annual register your interest Garden Show and much more. For more information www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested or to become a member please ring 01322 863556.

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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!

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


Wheelchair epee fencing in Dartford and Gravesham, we are delighted to announce that New Ash Green Epee club, can now introduce wheelchair fencing. If interested in taking up this 54


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mondays 7-8pm for 7-16s at the Dartford Girls Grammar, Shepherds Lane Dartford DA1 2NT in the Dance Studio. We have an adult class 8-10pm too. We’ve been running for 20 years, building confidence, teaching self-defence, hardening the target, developing skills and always welcome new members.


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

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A fun (different) circuit based workout with space hoppers that challenges core stabilty, balance and strength. It is suitable for all levels and abilities. Classes are held every Wednesday evening at the stone pavilion starting at 8:15 until 9:00 costing £5 per person.


Friendly club seeking new members. Abilities mixed. Would suit players with some prior experience. Thursdays at 7.45-9.45pm, Dartford Girls’ Grammar School, DA1 2NT For further information please email: stephanie.thredgle@btinternet.com


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.


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).


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.


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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