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DARTFORD LIVING MAGAZINE PRINTED BY: Dear Dartford Living Readers, Welcome to the September magazine - we hope you like it! We continue to live in challenging times, but as usual the magazine is jam-packed with lots of local information and local businesses. Please support as many as you can - use them or lose them! Like never before, your community needs you. In case you weren’t aware, we run Dartford Living alongside volunteer members of the local community for the local community. It’s the only independently run magazine serving the local area with information, fun, good news and positive local stories! Please get in touch if you would like to write an article for the magazine. If writing is not for you, then perhaps you could volunteer to deliver 100 or so magazines to your neighbours. You will guarantee your copy of the magazine and get a little exercise as well! If you email editor@dartfordliving.com we will add you to our e-newsletter mailing list and you will join over 30,000+ local people who read the magazine each month. Take care, Vijay


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NEW BOOK PUBLISHED ABOUT DARTFORD’S COUNTY LUNATIC ASYLUMS Bexley was the 7th London County Asylum and was built on land around Bexleyheath formerly known as Baldwyn’s Park. The land had been owned by American inventor Hiram Maxim (1840-1916), who achieved the first aeroplane flight there (albeit still partly attached to the ground) a full six years before the Wright Brothers’ “true” flight.

The “County Asylum” system developed from 1808 and saw a network of immense institutions built across England and Wales. Often accommodating well over 2,000 patients each, they functioned much like a self-contained town, including their own chapels, recreation halls and theatres, hairdressers, farms, art studios, bakeries, fire stations, and so on; almost everything a patient could physically need was provided within their walls. How well the asylums actually met their patients‘ psychiatric needs is a more controversial topic. By 1845, every county and borough was expected to build at least one asylum to accommodate their “pauper lunatics” (a formal term at that time) who could not afford private treatment, and over 150,000 people were housed in such a way by the 1950s. While Dartford did not require its own (the two built for Kent were located at Barming Heath and Chartham, respectively), the Dartford area did play host to two of London’s. The first to appear was Stone House, which opened in 1866 in a small farming hamlet on the outskirts of Dartford, and was built to serve the City of London Corporation. The handsome building was considered truly cutting-edge when it opened, and no expense was spared to accommodate even its poorest residents, with a beautiful chapel and ornate dining room among additions to its lavish interior. At its peak, it housed 610 patients. However, by the time it opened, there were few paupers still resident in the tiny geographical area the asylum served, and so the Corporation was able to boardin lunatics from Dartford and other areas at a higher rate, turning out to be another lucrative investment for them.

Originally known as “Heath Asylum”, the London authorities decided on a change to “Bexley” in 1905. Bexley’s council feared a lunatic asylum named after their town would be a disaster for house prices, with their plea to Parliament to have it called “Dartford Heath Asylum” instead being ignored. Bexley was an immense building that eventually housed 2,544 patients. In its earlier years, it practiced some of the horrendous “treatments” doled out to unfortunate asylum patients, including lobotomies and aversion therapy. However, over time it gained one of the better reputations among such institutions and established a healthy relationship with Bexley and Dartford’s population, many of whom volunteered at the asylum or attended sporting, entertainment, and social events within the huge building and its grounds. Bexley was completely demolished (bar the chapel) by 2001, with Bexley Park housing estate built in its place. Stone House closed in 2006 and has been sympathetically converted into luxury apartments. Its water tower still serves as a local landmark and can still be seen clearly when traveling south across Dartford Bridge. “A History of London County Lunatic Asylums & Mental Hospitals” by Ed Brandon features a full chapter on Bexley Asylum, along with ten others from London and the surrounding area. The book is available via all good booksellers, published by Pen & Sword Books.



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At Healthy Living Centre Dartford, we are proud to be working with valuable partners across the borough to bring our vision for a ‘Growing Community’ to life; to develop an active and thriving food network across Dartford. We are working together to turn unused land across Dartford into communal and educational food growing spaces that are in harmony with nature. The aim of our project is in the name – for our community to work together to grow food, and for our food growing project to develop community connections. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Growing Community is a project that places food at the very heart of everything we do. In this way, we will have a positive impact on many vital areas in society; health 8

and wellbeing, economic and environmental development, education, culture, and creativity. For more than decade Healthy Living Centre Dartford has helped nurture healthier, happier people and communities, by helping to grow confidence and skills in a safe and open environment. This project aims to develop fresh opportunities for healthy physical activity, learning and skills that can open the door to volunteering and employment opportunities and build a strong food network across the borough. At our “Making Memories” events in Temple Hill, the team have been offering local people the chance to engage with nature and growing at our seed sowing and plant swapping




stall. During National Allotments Week (8th – 14th August 2022) young people took the opportunity to plant tomato, beetroot, chard, parsley and salad green seeds in plant pots or recycled plastic bottles to take home and nurture in their gardens or on their windowsills. We hope this introduction to planting and growing-your-own food will inspire them to continue to explore and experiment with foods they can nurture, harvest, and eat at home. GROWING COMMUNITY NETWORK: We want passionate people to help create productive growing spaces in Dartford. No matter how much time you can share, or how much gardening knowledge you have, if you care about food, nature, and people we would love to hear from you – everyone has something they can offer! We would like to thank the members of our Growing Community Network who have been pivotal in getting our project off to the best start: Dartford Science and Technology College, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, The Galaxy


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chalk and gravel mining. Bexley Park is a quiet housing estate these days but the skies above certainly saw some action in the 1890s! Sir Hiram Maxim moved into Baldwyns Manor in 1889 and set about inventing a series of flying machines, which he tested in the grounds. Although regarded as a local eccentric he was certainly well-connected – the author H.G. Wells and even the Prince of Wales turned up to watch his displays! Baldwyns Manor and its parkland was eventually sold to London County Council and 1898 saw the construction of Bexley Hospital. The neighbouring Maypole housing estate was then developed to The border of Bexley and Dartford might seem accommodate workers at the new asylum. Local unremarkable but its paths have been walked by great inventors, wealthy merchants and even rock stars over the years. Little remains of the great estates of Baldwyns Park, Maypole and Leyton Cross nowadays but why not have a wander and follow some famous – and infamous – footsteps from the past? This area has seen jubilant processions and even flying machines overhead (!) so come on – let’s start with the origins of those big old great estates… The Regency Baldwyns Manor existed on the site of the old Bexley Hospital and was owned by royal physician Sir Edward Hulse until 1759. Hulse and his wife were buried in a Wilmington churchyard before the estate was passed down to his son. In around 1810 it was sold to the Minets, a distinguished local family who were descended from French Huguenots. Turf Wars! The Minets and Tredegars were two families of note in 19th century Dartford. Records show that they clashed over the condition of Dartford Heath, which was owned by the Tredegars. The First Baron Tredegar was accused by the Minets of destroying the Heath as a result of extensive 14


Did You Know? Harold Winter and Hans Wilsdorf co-founded the UK branch of Rolex, situated in the Maypole Estate. Leyton Cross, like the nearby Heath, has long been excavated for chalk, gravel and flint. Tredegar Road is a legacy of its past as is The Horse and Groom pub, which was built in the early 20th century. Originally named as five roads crossed through it, routes still lead out towards Birchwood / Stanhill, Wilmington and Joydens Wood – areas which each have an intriguing history of their own. Maybe we can discover those next time, on another walk through Dartford’s colourful history… Clair Humphries is a freelance writer and Content Partner for Ordnance Survey. Website: www.clairhumphries.com Twitter: @clairhumphries Instagram: clair_humphries

researcher Kim Button has written a comprehensive account of Maypole history on their website www.maypolehistory.site123.me which chronicles everyday life in the area (a fascinating read for local history fans). They found that, before the influx of hospital staff, only four notable houses existed ‘within 400 yards – Baldwyns Manor, Heathwood Lodge, Maypole House and Broomhills.’ Maypole School was opened in 1912 as the population grew and Kim’s website paints a vivid picture of 20th century family life. Annual sports days were held for Maypole residents, plus fancy dress processions and maypole (!) dancing all featuring in the local calendar. Bonfire celebrations on Dartford Heath were another ritual, continuing until the end of the 1960s. Maypole House itself originated from the late 18th century but was sadly demolished in the 1980s. Its most notable residents were the Winter family, who lived there for over fifty years.





Exploring Outdoors – Whatever The Weather. By KatieB Kids their emotional and academic development, it helps children feel really rooted in the local community. Louise adds: “Getting young children out and about whatever the weather is really valuable and in autumn and winter its about making sure toddlers are wearing the right clothing to be able to really enjoy time outside in poor weather whilst having fun. This builds resilience, but more importantly, it teaches children to not just spend their lives merely tolerating the ‘bad’ days in favour of a handful of ‘good’ days and that life in all weathers is enjoyable.” As well as helping children exercise and stay healthy, enjoying the outside in rain means children can play at being engineers, metorologists, artists, biologists, and musicians, developing important skills for later life at school. Being outside locally offers a natural opportunity for navigating uneven surfaces, hills and ditches which all support children’s risk taking and balance and helps teach them how to keep themselves safe. And of course it’s great for sleep too!

With summer behind us you might be thinking about wrapping up and staying inside. Research shows that young children today are spending far less time enjoying the outdoors than their parents did at the same age, with the National Trust putting it at less than 4 hours per week. Local Nursery and School of Early Childhood, KatieB Kids in Stone, Dartford is bucking the trend, with up to 15 hours a week of ‘outdoor adventure’ time for children aged from 3 months up to 5 years old.

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blend of youth and experience. Sam is joined by fellow Academy Graduates Cameron Brodie, Marvin Herschel, and Ali Mansaray. All have signed for the First Team, while current youth player Tom Wray has featured as backup for number one goalkeeper Dan Wilks. Alan Dowson’s Dartford side couldn’t have got off to a better start, having beaten both Bath City (away) and National League South newbies Cheshunt. However, despite battling extremely well and still gelling as a team, the Darts were unlucky not to get a result against Havant & Waterlooville at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park, falling to a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Hello again, welcome to another edition of Walking With The Darts, a monthly update on all things As for Connor Dymond’s Dartford FC Women’s related to Dartford FC, courtesy of Dartford Living side, the season ahead is an important one Magazine. for all involved. After finishing their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought stalemate As the dust settles on a busy, yet productive preagainst London Seaward FC in excessive heat, season schedule for both Dartford FC and Dartford Lizzie Adams and Co get their proper season FC Women, the serious business of proper football underway with four home games. is back in full swing. However, there have been a few more additions to the Darts, as manager Alan Dowson continues to rebuild his squad. Twenty-five year old winger/forward Pierre Fonkeu has signed for the Darts, having impressed during pre-season as a trialist. Pierre, who has dual citizenship of both Cameroon and Belgium, has been in explosive form, netting braces in both opening fixures against Bath City and Cheshunt. Another player who has been in fine form is Dartford Academy Graduate Sam Odaudu. Since signing his first ever First Team contract, the versatile youngster has proven to be an invaluable addition to Dowson’s side and has featured in all three opening games so far. The new regime at the club is seeing a wonderful



Worthing and Sutton United are the first to come to town, as the Darts entertain the sides on Sundays the 21st and 28th of August respectively. The team then hosts Fulham (4th) and Dulwich (11th) in September, in what promises to be a very competitive season for Connor’s side. Like the First Team, the Women’s side has also been active in the transfer market, and Connor’s hunt for another goalkeeper has finally ended with the addition of Jess Cooper. She has been joined by left-back Meghan McKeag and winger Amy Reader. It’s certainly going to be a long and exciting season for the club as a whole and, hopefully, both teams will be challenging for silverware and promotion from their respective leagues. Be sure to follow their progress throughout the season via social media and the Dartford FC/Dartford Living websites, where we’re working hard to bring you all the latest news and features. As always, thank you for your continued support and thanks for reading.





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TIPS FOR REDUCING STRESS By Christina Uppenkamp - Home Instead

Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Christina Uppenkamp, Director of Home Instead Dartford. Ageing brings about new challenges such as health, finances, and dealing with change that can cause stress to build in older adults. The current events all around us just add to our feelings of stress and anxiety – no matter what age. Stress is a normal part of everyday life and there’s no escaping it, but there are some ways to deal with it that are healthier and more beneficial than others. In this edition of Senior Snippets, we will be sharing some tips on how to manage stress. Everybody copes with stress differently, and it is important for those feeling stressed or anxious to find healthy ways to cope with the negative and potentially harmful feelings they are experiencing. Participate in social and community activities. Social interaction and a sense of giving to your community enhance self-esteem and reduce stress. Older adults need to spend time with family or friends for a few hours each day to really see the benefits. Joining a lunch club or community group is a great way to stay connected. It also helps to prevent loneliness and isolation. Take care of yourself. Get regular exercise, eat nourishing food, and maintain a healthy weight. Stay focused on positive things. Avoid negative self-talk such as “I can’t do that” or “I’m too old.” When your self-talk is negative, you will feel more stress. Instead of thinking what you can’t do, remember what you can do.

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INTERVIEW: DR RICHARD SHEPHERD You are about to embark on the second leg of your tour Dr Richard Shepherd – Unnatural Causes. I am really looking forward to touring again. Last year when I made my ‘stage’ debut I was nervous - there were those two o'clock in the morning moments when I would wake up and think, “what am I doing? Why on earth have I agreed to do this?” It’s funny, I'm not scared stepping into a witness box at a trial and I'm not scared about standing up in front of an audience of hundreds of doctors or medical students. But put me on my own on a theatre stage and it’s an entirely different matter. It was an untried quantity but one which I really enjoyed. Can you amplify that? As a forensic pathologist, I have a lot of life skills, but standing on the stage on my own was not one of them. I think audiences enjoyed it and the feedback was really good. The other thing is I'm used to standing up and taking an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And now I'm going to pop up on the stage and tell some of the truth some of the time, but still to the best of my ability! All the same, I'm looking forward to it because it's a new experience in my life, and life should be full of new experiences. Talk us through the show. The thread that runs through the first half is an investigation of a possible murder. I tell that story, and it gives me the chance to explain how amazing the human body is. Yes, the body can go wrong all by itself, but it can also be made to go wrong by other people poisoning it or hitting it or stabbing it. In my job as a forensic pathologist, I have to understand diseases and also what happens when people are injured, why they die, so I can interpret those injuries and recount the story of what happened. So, we weave the first half of the show around the twists and turns of that investigation. Along the way, there will be clues to make people do a bit of thinking. After the interval, we go into a Q&A with the audience. We hope that during break people will be arguing amongst themselves. Is it murder? Is it suicide? Or just maybe an accident! And then, at the end, they have to make up their mind. Why do you think your first book, Unnatural Causes, which charted the immense personal cost of your work as a forensic pathologist, proved so popular? It's always difficult to know exactly what it is 36

that readers like about a book- all I know is what people have said to me about it. They told me it was just interesting. I was always determined that it wouldn’t just be “My 20 Best Cases”. I was certain that it had to be much more than that. So, I constructed a format that wove these cases into the story of my life, and many people really seem to have connected with that personal / professional interface. What else appealed to the readers of Unnatural Causes? I feel that doctors must be honest about the things that go wrong with them because otherwise how can we possibly expect our patients to do so? So it was important to talk about my breakdown and say it was really unpleasant, but that with help, with treatment, with support, you can get through those awful times Can you expand on why honesty is the best policy? Of course, I don't reveal all of myself in Unnatural Causes. There are still some hidden compartments. For instance, I’m not going to tell you everything I got up to with an old girlfriend in the doorway at the back of the Baptist Church! But I think if you're going to write an autobiography, you must be as open as you possibly can be. And as doctors, I think if we're talking about ourselves, we do need to say, “this is what happened to me, and this is what I felt.” So in my most recent book that came out last year, “The Seven Ages of Death: A Forensic Pathologist’s Journey Through Life,” I do write about being diagnosed with prostate cancer and how that felt. Fortunately, it was treated very quickly and now cured. Beforehand, I was wary about writing about it. But I think it is important to say that, medically, some bad things can happen to you, and those times are very stressful but also that modern medicine is brilliant. So that level of honesty is, I think, essential. Do you think the job was worth it because it really did take its toll on you? Of course. I know lots of doctors in lots of branches of medicine who have had very similar stress related problems. But I also know accountants and lawyers and teachers who have been through it, too. So, it's not unique to me or to my job, but I think the unique thing


was that I was prepared to write about it in Unnatural Causes. Yes, it was awful. But the important thing is that I got help and I got through it. Was it in fact therapeutic to write about it? Yes, writing Unnatural Causes was quite cathartic. Perhaps because it was written sometime after the event, it was quite interesting to go back and look at those dark times again. But not all those times were dark – for instance when I drove up to the house of my psychologist for my first therapy session, I noticed that it was called Wit’s End! I thought, “I trust this lady already” And in fact she was tremendous. Other than my wife, she was the person who I felt was there just to help me. So, I was very lucky to find her. I was also very lucky to have the help of my colleagues and for the short time I needed it a marvellous drug called Sertraline! You are one of the country’s foremost forensic pathologists and have been involved in some extraordinarily high-profile investigations. Can you tell us, for instance, about the enquiry into the death of Princess Diana? That was a fascinating case to work on. What interested me was that they were in a Mercedes which are phenomenally good and safe cars which are engineered to crumple in a crash and to withstand high-speed impacts. It became clear that if Diana and Dodi Fayed had been wearing seatbelts, they both should have survived. That’s very sobering, isn’t it? Absolutely. Of course, every death of a young mother is an awful thing. But I think it's particularly sad when it was their own decision not to wear the seat belts that went badly wrong. Was that one of the most headline-grabbing investigations that you have ever been part of? Yes, I think it probably must have been one of the most high-profile cases I've ever been involved with. What was particularly interesting was to watch the internal mechanics of a well-funded and well supported investigation working. You also investigated the serial killer Dr Harold Shipman. Did the fact that he was a fellow doctor get to you? Yes, because as a medical professional, you should be caring. Even as a Forensic Pathologist I think we must be caring. What upsets me is the fact there were so many opportunities to have stopped Shipman earlier. There had been a previous police investigation, but the allegations were dismissed. It’s quite scary that he was allowed to keep going and amazingly he was known to the local undertakers as “Dr Death” because so many of his patients died! How did he get away with it? So many people loved and trusted him as their GP. He was said to have had a fantastic

bedside manner. And if he said, “listen, I think we'll just take some blood for tests. Roll up your sleeve,” you’d immediately agree. Then instead of taking a blood sample he would inject morphine. It upsets me that he wasn't stopped as quickly when he should have been. But it also upsets me that Dame Janet Smith's long, public inquiry made all sorts of important recommendations about how deaths should be properly and correctly certified, and very few have ever been followed up. I pretty much think that Shipman was not then, and maybe even now, the only serial killer doctor in the world. Why are people so fascinated by true-crime stories? I think because it's a part of life that people know happens, but they don't understand. Also, you can always form your own opinion about a crime. People always like to try to secondguess the experts and the courts. And then there's also the frisson of, “oh my goodness, that could be me there. How would I cope in that situation?” Very few people come across a dead body these days, let alone a murdered dead body. So, because it’s unusual and also hidden away it just sets up a fascination in people. There are always lots of fantasies about what has happened, which are usually a long way away from the truth, but people relish that challenge of trying to understand what has taken place. Tell us about your most recent book, The Seven Ages of Death. In my career of about 23,000 cases, I’ve examined everyone from babies and teenagers through to the middle aged and the old. My cases have covered all of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man, So, I thought that following that arc from birth to dementia would be a great way to structure the book and so I talk about diseases and traumatic deaths – accidents and murders - in all of these seven ages. Finally, what do you hope that audiences will take away from Dr Richard Shepherd – Unnatural Causes? At the age of 13 or 14 a friend borrowed his father’s Forensic Pathology textbook, and I literally had a Damascene moment where I suddenly realised that being a forensic pathologist would be absolutely the best thing ever. And so, I just hope that I can show people a little bit of the fascination I have for my world. I also hope they see that pathology, and forensic pathology, isn’t awful but that it is a brilliant and useful job. I'm so fortunate to have found this career when I was so young. And then to have achieved it and to have done it for 40 years – I really do consider myself an incredibly lucky person. “Dr Richard Shepherd – Unnatural Causes” will be at The Orchard Theatre on Wednesday 19 October. Tickets are on sale now at www.orchardtheatre.co.uk now or via www.drrichardshepherd.com



YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL THIS CHRISTMAS IN DARTFORD WITH GEORGE SHELLEY, BOBBY DAVRO, REGAN GASCOIGNE AND ELLIE JANE GRANT came 4th in Celebrity Big Brother. Regan Gascoigne ice-skated into our hearts and was crowned the champion of ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2022. No stranger to the stage, Regan trained at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and the Actors Centre, London and has appeared in many pantomimes in his time. Other highlights include appearing with Demi Lovato on The MTV Europe Music Awards as part of the Urban Voices Collective, The Nutcracker for English National Ballet at the London Coliseum and ITV’s Full Monty This Is Me. Ellie Jane Grant is a recent graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and is currently in the UK tour of South Pacific which marks her professional debut.

The Orchard Theatre have today announced that singing sensation, recording, radio, and television star George Shelley will be making his pantomime debut as Prince Charming in Cinderella this Christmas. Shelley will be joined by pantomime legend Bobby Davro as Buttons, the Dancing on Ice reigning champion Regan Gascoigne as Dandini, and newcomer Ellie Jane Grant as the title role. George Shelley first burst onto our screens in 2012 on ITV’s X Factor as part of UK boyband Union J. Since then, he has gone on to present London’s #1 Radio Show Capital Breakfast alongside Dave Berry and finished runner up in ITV’s 15th series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! George has also had a successful acting career, appearing in ITV’s Benidorm and BBC3’s Murder in Successville. Most recently, George reunited with Union J for a sell-out performance at The London Palladium, as well as appearing in ITV’s up and coming primetime show Queens for the Night alongside Lorraine, Mel C and Rob Beckett. Bobby Davro is well-known for his illustrious television career which has seen him present his own series Bobby Davro on the Box, Bobby’s Sketch Pad, TV Weekly, Public Enemy Number One, Rock with Laughter and Run the Risk, and host 65 episodes of Winner Takes All. He has also appeared in EastEnders playing the loveable rogue Vinnie Monks, donned skates on Dancing on Ice, and 38

Michael Harrison, Chief Executive of the UK’s biggest pantomime producer Crossroads Pantomimes said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be bringing such a brilliant cast to Dartford this Christmas. George, Bobby, Regan and Ellie all bring with them immense talent and I already know that we’re in for a great Christmas at the Orchard Theatre.” On the casting, Lorna Strawson, Theatre Director at The Orchard Theatre, said; “We are thrilled to have such an amazing lineup in Cinderella this year, with exceptional talent joining us from the across the worlds of music, comedy and dance. We can’t wait to see their performances on The Orchard Theatre stage for what will be an exciting visit to panto-land!” Dartford theatregoers shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. The clock is ticking! Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. Book your tickets to the Ball today! Book online orchardtheatre.co.uk Ticket Office 0343 310 0033


stepped in following the withdrawal of original host Durban, organisers should be proud it was as successful as it seems to have been. Whether it was the 1.5 million tickets sold - more than at any other Commonwealth Games in the UK - or that people streamed the action a record 57 million times, or the crowds that packed Centenary Square in Birmingham on a daily basis to get a glimpse of the giant mechanical bull that became such a vivid symbol of the event, it is clear that there was serious appetite for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

But beyond memories of the many sporting highlights and the inspiration provided by the countless athlete role-models, once the feelgood factor fades, what will the legacy of the Games be? Will it persuade more people to become active in a way London 2012 failed to do? How will it improve the lives of the communities who live in a city that includes some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the country?

The magnificent weather helped, of course. As did the city, its people and the volunteers, surpassing expectations and raising spirits with a friendliness, warmth and spirit that left an impression on anyone who spent time there. There was a real sense that Birmingham wanted to seize its moment and prove itself.

Upcoming events in September include: 29 August – 11 September: Tennis grand slam: US Open, New York 2-4 September: F1 Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort, The Netherlands 3 September: Cricket ‘The Hundred’ Finals, Lord’s, London And after the pandemic, such major sporting 9-11 September: F1 Italian Grand Prix, Monza events seem to be relished by the public even 30 September-2 October: F1 Singapore Grand more than before. Considering the challenge of Prix, Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore Covid, and the fact that Birmingham had around Rock Painting in Dartford. half the time most cities have to prepare, having

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SEPSIS By Dr Julie Taylor that affect their immune system such as diabetes, HIV or having no spleen.

World Sepsis Day is held on 13 September every year, with the aim of raising awareness amongst healthcare professionals and the public to reduce the number of people who develop sepsis and to promote the early recognition of signs and symptoms of sepsis.

Sepsis symptoms If any of the following are present, please arrange urgent medical advice: S – slurred speech or confusion, more sleepy than usual and difficult to wake, weak or high pitched cry in infants E – extreme shivering or muscle pain, fever P – passing no urine all day S – severe breathlessness, breathing fast, pulling in under the ribs, between the ribs or at the bottom of the neck I – it feels like you are going to die, a child with no interest in playing or feeding S – skin mottled or discoloured, blue or pale skin lips or tongue or a rash that does not fade. We are all aware to look out for a rash that doesn’t fade under a glass, which is a sign of meningococcal septicaemia through a publicity campaign – but the above symptoms are also important to recognise.

People die from sepsis. Across the world there How can you prevent sepsis? is one death every 2.8 seconds from sepsis. But Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable it can be prevented and treated, if caught early deaths worldwide. You can prevent it by: enough. • Keeping up to date with vaccinations • Good hand hygiene What is sepsis? • Clean and care for any wounds Sepsis occurs when your immune system responds • Follow instructions if taking antibiotics and to a severe infection, and that response causes complete the course, even if you feel well damage to its own organs and tissues. The body • Preventing hospital-acquired infections goes into septic shock, which can lead to multi• Awareness organ failure. • In developing countries, clean water and safe child birth are also key Sepsis can potentially arise from any infection, but common causes are urinary tract infections, Sepsis Treatment pneumonia, appendicitis, meningitis, gall bladder Sepsis needs treatment in hospital, because it infection and viruses such as flu and COVID-19. can worsen very quickly. Most people are given You cannot catch sepsis from another person. antibiotics, but other treatment may be given, Anyone can get sepsis, but some people are depending on the cause. If you go into septic shock more at risk. These include children under one, or develop organ failure, you may be treated in an adults over 75, women who have recently been intensive care unit and you may require support pregnant, people with long term conditions eg with your breathing, via a ventilator. Some people affecting their heart, lungs, liver or with conditions 40


need surgery to remove the part that is causing sepsis, eg in appendicitis. Most people recover from sepsis but it can take time. Some people have symptoms for months or years after sepsis, including feeling weak and tired, difficulties sleeping, lack of appetite, getting ill more often, mood changes, anxiety or depression, nightmares or flashbacks, posttraumatic stress disorder. Sepsis is life threatening but it is hard to spot. If you think someone has sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E. If you are worried but not sure and want some advice, call 111 or your GP surgery. Be sure to tell them you are worried about sepsis so they can appropriately prioritise your call.




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UK’S ONLY OUTDOOR SKYDIVE MACHINE LAUNCHES AS THRILL-SEEKING TREBLE IS COMPLETED Hangloose Bluewater, commented: “We are thrilled our third activity has launched. With three successful launches under our belt, we're now offering multi-activity packages to ensure that every visit will be more exciting and adventurous than ever before - saving you up £40 per person!” James Waugh, Centre Director at Bluewater, said: “Hot on the heels of the launch of Europe’s biggest swing this month we are delighted to unveil another must-see attraction.

The UK’s only Outdoor Skydive Machine launches at Hangloose Adventure Bluewater, Kent on 16th August completing a treble-bill of adrenalin-fuelled attractions. The new ride joins the 46 metre-drop Giant Swing, Europe’s biggest, which opened earlier this month and Skywire, England’s longest zip wire, which opened last year. Set within Bluewater’s 50 acres of parkland and lakes, the new Outdoor Skydive Machine will give visitors the chance to experience the thrill of skydiving against a backdrop of chalk cliffs. The ride, which is run in conjunction with Aerodium, the inventors and world leaders in custom-made vertical wind tunnels, is the only outdoor experience of its kind in the UK. The family-friendly attraction will give riders a unique skydiving experience taking in breathtaking views of nature. The Kent attraction, which is just 40 minutes by train from central London, has become a must-see day out with Skywire attracting more than 30,000 flyers in its first year with people travelling from all corners of the UK and overseas including Europe, Africa and the US. Brooklyn




“Our outdoor skydive machine really is a unique experience – there is nothing like it in the UK. It creates a triple-whammy of adrenalin-fuelled fun activity here at Bluewater and we’re looking forward to attracting even more visitors and tourists from across the UK and internationally.” As well as Hangloose Adventure visitors to Bluewater can also experience: • The Beach – open until 4th Sept • New Gravity Rocks climbing walls • The 17-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux • Gravity Trampoline Park • The fantastic Summer Lollydays floral installation • Go-Go Boats & Miniports • Mini Land Rover Experience • Pirate Cove Adventure Golf • Dinotropolis soft play adventure park • The Nature Trail featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar Where: Hangloose Adventure Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST


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In this month’s article we look at the growing 2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo electric van range of electric models including a revitalised – this is the new electric van from Volkswagen. The Buzz Cargo is the electric van variant of the brand and a refreshed commercial model. upcoming Volkswagen ID Buzz people carrier, which is also scheduled to go on sale later this year. The Buzz Cargo is powered by a single 201bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The motor is fed by a 77kWh battery pack, providing a range of up to 256 miles between charges (according to official figures). That’s a longer range than most electric van rivals can manage. Entry level Commerce models include a heated driver’s seat, front and rear parking sensors, a 10in touchscreen infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring, and USB-C ports for charging your devices. Commerce Plus trim adds safety and convenience kit. Prices will start from £38,125 excluding VAT for Commerce versions. 2024 DeLorean Alpha5 electric car – this is the DeLorean Alpha5 – an all-new electric performance car that will be the first new model from the brand for 40 years. The brand will launch more models after this in 2024 inclusing a petrol V8-powered sports car, an electric four-door saloon and a hydrogen-powered SUV to follow. Technical details are not available yet however, the performance promises to be competitive with that of the more powerful versions of the Taycan. The Alpha5 is expected to be able to cover around 300 miles between charges, thanks to a battery in the region of 100kWh. Inside, the Alpha5 is less retro, featuring two large screens for instrumentation and infotainment, plus a wraparound dashboard to cocoon the driver. Pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed, but the Alpha5 is expected to cost 2022 Dacia Duster Commercial – this is the the Dacia Duster Commercial is one of the around £120,000. cheapest commercial vehicles on the market, and now there’s a new one. The main changes on the new Duster Commercial include the addition of a new grille with Dacia’s recently revised badge, as well as the Dacia name now being spelt across the tailgate. In the back, the Duster Commercial features a flat, wooden load floor in place of the rear seats. Under the bonnet, there’s a range of petrol and diesel engines, and each comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a sixspeed automatic is available as an option. The petrol line-up consists of 89bhp and 148bhp 1.0-litre units, with the latter getting the Duster Commercial from 0-62mph in 9.7sec. The sole diesel option is a 113bhp 1.5-litre unit. Two trim levels are available: Essential and Expression – with the later includes more spec including smartphone mirroring. Prices start from £13,995, excluding VAT when on sale in October 2022. 44


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Each shop involved will be asked to produce a look for each of the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Including looks for all genders and body shapes. This event is all in aid of the charity shops participating! At the Orchard this October 10cc will be performing the hits which have singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music. Marking the 45th anniversary of the release of their mega-hit I’m Not In Love, which landed the band a top 5 single in 10 countries and spawned a No 1 album in the US. Led by co-founder Graham Gouldman, the artpop band are heralded in equal measure for their ability to craft ingenious songs that also resonated commercially, with eleven top 10 hits, and over 15 million albums sold in the UK alone. The group also have three No 1 singles to their name – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love. The line-up features Gouldman (bass, guitar, vocals), Rick Fenn (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion) – both of whom have been with the band since the early years - Keith Hayman (keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals) and Iain Hornal (vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards).

Over 60’s Fashion Show A venture like no other, The Orchard Theatre in partnership with Orchards Shopping Centre and support from Dartford Borough Council – Making Memories presents Fierce & Fabulous over 60s Fashion Show. The fashion show is to be held in the heart of Dartford at the Orchards Shopping Centre, outside


In recent years, 10cc have toured worldwide, including Australia, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, across the UK and Europe. They’ve performed at the 65,000 capacity British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, and sold out London’s 5,200 seat Royal Albert Hall in advance last year. It has been an eventful few years for Graham Gouldman. Not only is 10cc enjoying increasing success around the world, but recognition of his solo achievements has grown too. Being invited by Ringo Starr to join his All Starr Band for tours of Europe in June 2018 and the USA that September, during which the band played three 10cc songs, elevated his profile yet further.


2022 is set to be another sell out year as the band take their inspirational live show back on the road, performing their timeless hits and more, and always with a surprise or two. Don’t miss the iconic 10cc on Tue 18 October. Boyzlife bring their ‘Old School’ headline tour to Dartford, which will see the band perform new songs from their upcoming original material studio album, ‘Old School’, due on May 6 and classic hits from Boyzone and Westlife. The duo will be backed by a full live band and audiences can expect to hear their recent and first original single ‘The One’. The hit maker duo will also perform many of their greatest hits, from a catalogue which includes a record breaking eighteen No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums - plus combined record sales of more than 30million.

our fans on the ride”. Boyzlife is the supergroup formed by long time pals Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden who previously appeared as members of ‘90s and ‘00s boybands Boyzone and Westlife, respectively. Tickets are selling fast for the boy band due appearing at the Orchard Theatre on Sun 30 October.

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What to do: Preheat your oven to 140° C Fan.

Substituting honey for some of the sugar in these muffins makes them extra moist and fudgy! This recipe will make 8 large muffins. What you need: 175g Butter or Margarine 75g Brown Sugar 75g Runny Honey (or use another 75g Sugar) 3 Eggs, beaten 120g Self Raising Flour 40g Cocoa Powder 1tsp Vanilla Extract 200g Chocolate Chips (Dark, Milk or White is fine)

Put the Butter, Sugar and Honey in a bowl and cream together until thick and fluffy. Add the Vanilla Extract. Slowly add the Eggs, a little at a time and mixing well between additions. Sieve Flour and Cocoa Powder together in another bowl. Gently fold into the creamed mixture until completely combined. Stir in the Chocolate Chips. Weigh out 100g of the mixture into each muffin case and bake, in the cupcake tin, for about 30 minutes – until the top looks baked. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. These are delicious eaten warm or left to cool completely. Enjoy xxx

You’ll also need some muffin cases and a cupcake tin for baking.





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WILMINGTON AND AXSTANE PROBUS CLUB We are a group of retired men who meet monthly for a lunch and a speaker at the Swanley Bowls Centre. We also have a monthly walk and occasional coffee mornings and DARTFORD OSTOMY GROUP SUPPORT (DOGS) as a side line we raise money for a local meet every third Wednesday in the month at St charity. If you are missing the contact with Anselm’s Parish Centre, West Hill, Dartford DA1 other business men since you retired, why 2HJ from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. It is for anyone not come and join us on the last Thursday of who has an Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy, every month. For more details contact Phil Burt IBS and pouch, their carers, family and friends. on 01322 274541 or look at our website www. waprobus.com ALL DIRECTIONS is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S REGISTER learning and mental health difficulties. For The National Women’s Register (NWR) is more information, attend a taster session a national organisation that meets in the or visit our community lunch club, contact Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group Caroline on 01322 837172 or 07570 347612 for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via www.nwr.org.uk or call 01603406767 AGE UK, CRAYFORD LIBRARY POP IN PARLOUR COFFEE MORNING every Friday morning 10.30 - HEALTHCARE RETIREMENT GROUP 12.30 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and a chat - Just £1 Dartford & Gravesham Branch. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at BEXLEY AND DARTFORD BRANCH PARKINSONS the Masonic Hall, West Hill, Dartford from 10UK 12pm.Activities include guest speakers, outings, For people with Parkinsons and their carers. lunches, holidays and quizzes. For more Dartford: 2nd Wednesday of each month, Mick information contact Jagger Centre, 7 -9pm. Information support Marion on 01322 402967 workers available, guest speakers and quizzes. Contact Wendy Leach. Tel: 02083065973 WHEELCHAIR EPEE FENCING Wheelchair epee fencing in Dartford and THE WELLBEING LINK Gravesham, we are delighted to announce that The Wellbeing Link meets on Friday mornings New Ash Green Epee club, can now introduce from 10-1pm in the St. Anselm’s Parish Centre, wheelchair fencing. If interested in taking up 89 West Hill, Dartford A friendly and informative this para sport please contact us on 01474 group is a support group for people with any 871484 or alternatively look at our website www. life affecting health issues from loneliness and nagfencing.eu isolation to life limiting conditions. - call Julie On 07775875585 ERITH YOUTH RUGBY JUST FOR GROWN UPS GROUP Sunday 10:45-12:00, Sussex Road Erith. Ages We are a small friendly group who meet at 4-16 welcome the Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Centre on the first Tuesday of the month. Join us any time between 11am and 1pm for a social LITTLE TIGERS - KARATE FOR 3, 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS chat, coffee and biscuits or a fun quiz. For more Sundays 10:15-10:45 at Swanscombe Leisure information contact mikeansell.dt@hotmail. Centre. co.uk Call Saj on 07903 513104 20S 30S DARTFORD BEXLEYHEATH SURROUNDING AREAS SOCIAL GROUP more DARTFORD GYMNASTICS information visit: Celebrating 50years. www.meetup.com/20s-30s-DartfordBexleyheath-surrounding-areas-social-group/ Based in Heath Lane, we are a friendly club with super equipment, great coaches and high DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF standards. We do lots of competitions and we THE THIRD AGE) do not close through the holidays! meets on the first Tuesday of every month (exVisit our website www.dartfordgymnastics. cept August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West co.uk for full details or contact Linda on 01322 Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information about 409312 or email dartfordgymclub@yahoo. meetings and interest groups visit co.uk u3asites.org.uk/dartford/welcome www.dartfordbusinessdirectory.co.uk


LEARN KARATE Learn karate with Yamato Damashii – for adults & children Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. For more info, visit www.ydma.club or find us on Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial Arts. KENT EXILES AMERICAN FOOTBALL CLUB www.kentexiles.co.uk. Coach Martin - 07944 730634. All ages from 7 years to adult welcome ENERGY FITNESS AND NUTRITION I run group fitness classes as well as 1-1 and semi private personal training sessions in Darenth at Dimples Day Nursery DA2 7HT. ENERGY Fitness & Nutrition: we 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 FAIRFIELD (DARTFORD) WI We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at Dartford Girls Grammar School at 7.30pm. Activities include guest speakers, theatre visits and monthly lunches. New members welcome. For more information please call Judith on 01322 278703 DARTFORD JU JITSU CLUB Mondays 7-8pm for 7-16s at the Dartford Girls Grammar, Shepherds Lane Dartford DA1 2NT in the Dance Studio. We have an adult class 8-10pm too. We’ve been running for 20 years, building confidence, teaching self-defence, hardening the target, developing skills and always welcome new members. HOP LIKE IT’S HOT A fun (different) circuit based workout with space hoppers that challenges core stabilty, balance and strength. It is suitable for all levels and abilities. Classes are held every Wednesday evening at the stone pavilion starting at 8:15 until 9:00 costing £5 per person.

55. We have a monthly meeting on the second Thursday at Sutton at Hone Scout Hut at 1.30pm. Associated activities include petanque, keep fit, short mat bowls, country walks and ten pin bowling. Come along to a meeting [£2 entrance] or call Carol on 07912 564710. You will receive a warm welcome. WAR GAMES AND MODEL CLUB Based in Erith we have a wide number of members from across SE London and Kent. A great place to come and have a game, make, paint and hobby! Or, if you prefer, come grab a cup of tea and chat about all things hobby and some things not! For more info visit - https:// emperors10th.wixsite.com/home DARTFORD PARKRUN Dartford parkrun is a free to enter 5k run every Saturday morning starting by the Dartford harriers track in Central Park at 9am. All participants get a time a position emailed and texted after the event. To register go to www.parkrun.org.uk. Remember to bring your printed Barcode. Every Sunday Morning in the Park there is a Junior parkrun over 2k. FOOTSCRAY MEADOW PARKRUN A new Parkrun event with parking at Crazy Barn SEEDS CYCLING CLUB DARTFORD Seeds is a long-established cycling Club in Dartford and we share our headquarters at Hesketh with Dartford Cricket Club. We cater for most abilities and have a social ride most Saturday mornings. For info on joining us please visit our website www.seedscycling.co.uk DARTFORD AND WHITE OAK TRIATHLON CLUB We are the local British Triathlon Federation Club covering Bexley, Dartford and Swanley. We offer coached swimming sessions 3 times per week at White oak pool in Swanley and Fairfield pool in Dartford. Our members compete in many local Triathlons plus many members are training towards Iron Man distance. We also have our own Triathlon in June every year which has been running since 1989. If you are interested in joining us then please visit our website http://www.dartfordandwhiteoaktri.co.uk

DARTFORD ROAD RUNNERS Dartford Road Runners are based at Princes Park Stadium and are one of the biggest road running clubs in Kent. We currently have HAWLEY AND SUTTON AT HONE ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION is a friendly group of about 200 members of all abilities including a retired and semi-retired men and women over beginners group. DRR teams compete in the 52


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DARTFORD & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. We are a long-established camera club meeting fortnightly at Stone Pavilion. We DARTFORD HARRIERS ATHLETICS CLUB have an exciting programme of speakers, Dartford Harriers is among the leading athletics competitions, practical evenings and would clubs in Kent, with a history stretching back to welcome new members with or without phothe 1920′s, making it one of the oldest clubs in tographic experience to our friendly meetings. the country. If you are interested in seeing how You can attend several meetings as a guest we can help you advance your Athletics then before taking out membership which enables please visit our website you to become a fully-fledged member and enter competitions. Our website is dartphoto. http://www.dartfordharriersac.co.uk org.uk. We have a spacious hall which enables us to meet “socially distanced” in the present CENTRAL PARK ATHLETICS CLUB environment. We hope to meet you soon. We are situated in Dartford’s outstanding Central Park and can provide access to a state DARTFORD MUSIC SCHOOL of the art running track (re-laid in 2015) and the full range of track and field facilities for just Want to learn to play or sing? £4.50 per session (we offer discounted annual memberships). Refreshments and changing facilities are also available. For no extra charge, For all ages and abilities, we have something for we hold coached track sessions on Wednesday you. evenings for runners of all abilities. We offer a variety of music learning activities based at The Mick Jagger Centre including This is a tough but very popular way to increase your stamina and running technique, Individual Instrumental Lessons, group sessions with Red Rooster, Dartford Youth Choir and DMS and you’ll be in the company of qualified Orchestra! coaches and some of the friendliest runners around. For more information please visit our website centralparkathletics.co.uk What’s stopping you?

SO LET’S GO RUNNING (SLGR) SLGR is a local running club with structured training sessions designed to improve runners speed and stamina. There are currently four runs available with more starting soon; see below for more details. The Run leaders for each group are as follows; Dartford Cricket Club, Dartford - Dawn & Brian Cyclopark, Gravesend - Dawn & Brian New runners are always welcome, and you can contact Brian if you would like more information; see contact details and e-mail link on Our Group page. YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES Every Tuesday from 6-7pm &Thursday from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Peppercorns, 3 Orchard

WILMARA Wilmington Active Retirement Group. We are an active retirement group who meet on the third Friday of the month from 2pm till 4pm at the Memorial Hall in Wilmington. Our activities include guest speakers, outings, holidays, theatre trips, tenpin bowling, Petanque, Kurling, indoor sports activities and a lunch club. Please come along and pay us a visit you will be very welcome! Telephone Membership Secretary. Wendy Murray 01322 226943


Learn new techniques, make friends and enjoy interesting talks, workshops and demonstrations. Absolute beginners and more experienced stitchers welcome. We meet on the third Saturday of every month except August from 2-4pm in Southfleet Village Hall, Southfleet, Gravesend, DA13 9NX or by Zoom if necessary. Visitors are very welcome.




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A warm welcome awaits newcomers to Dartford s oldest choir - established over 100 years ago. We rehearse on Monday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at The Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, from September to June and perform four concerts annually. Just turn up to sample the delights of choral singing! For more information please contact the Chairman, Pat Everington. Tel: 01322 220124.




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



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