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8.....................Gareth Johnson opens Dartford’s newest sixth form 9.....................Toy Appeal 4 10...................DL Meets ...Stehpen Oliver 12-13..............Giving back to the community 16...................Life Under the Stairs 18...................Travel Spotlight 24...................Valley to Paris 25...................CAP Money Matters 32...................Stanhill Farm Recipe 34...................Sports News 35...................News from Princes Park

36-37..................Dartford District Schools FA Football Festival 38.......................Dartford Business Awards 39.......................Dartford Toy Appeal 44.......................Local Entertainment 45.......................Fitness 46.......................Auto News 47.......................Gardening News 48-55..................Where to go locally 57.......................Advertising Index 58.......................Useful Numbers

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Gareth Johnson MP opens Dartford’s newest sixth form One of the things I’m regularly asked when I’m out and about in the constituency is what makes me proud to be the MP for Dartford. One of the first things that always comes to mind is our top quality education system. From our primary schools to our secondary schools and sixth forms, Dartford has high quality establishments with good facilities. The choice for young people at secondary level, with academies, grammar schools and a UTC amongst the options, is second to none. It is also pleasing that our schools are performing well and are successful and students are enjoying their school experience. There are many ways to judge the performance of our local primary schools but Ofsted have schools like Fleetdown and the Brent rated as outstanding. In progress made in the three ‘Rs’, schools like Westgate, The Gateway, St Anselm’s, Manor Community, Maypole and Temple Hill are all achieving fantastic results. At Craylands the pupils are above both the national and local average in mathematics. A clear direction is always needed in our schools and Oakfield, Sutton-at-Hone, Stone St Mary’s and Holy Trinity are among numerous schools in the area where leadership has been recognised by Ofsted as being strong. I’ve always thought a key test of a school is whether children are happy and well behaved and again our schools rate highly with the pupils at Sedley’s in Southfleet being referred to as ‘charming and polite’ in a recent report. At Dartford Bridge Community the pupils told inspectors the teachers were ‘firm but fun’ which perhaps explains the popularity of that school. As the area grows and more homes are built, the population is growing too and it is clear we need more school places available for children. In response to this demand, this September saw a number of new education establishments open. Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, which opened at Ebbsfleet this term, is the first of up to 12 new schools planned for the area.


Last month, I also had the pleasure of officially opening the new sixth form centre, EA6, at Ebbsfleet Academy. This is a great addition to the already thriving school, with the new facilities now offering students the chance to study either A-levels or the International Baccalaureate. It was great to meet the students and teachers at the school and see the new EA6 centre first-hand. By offering sixth form students a choice of which exam system to follow, it gives them the opportunity to focus on their own academic strengths. The Inspiration Academy, part of the Leigh UTC, which specialises in STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, also opened its doors in September to its first Year 7 pupils. At the moment the pupils are being schooled at the UTC as they wait for their new building to open in the early part of next year. This school, which will cater for Years 7 to 9, will act as a feeder school for the UTC. These new schools are vital to the success of Dartford, which is growing at a record level with thousands of people set to move into the new housing developments throughout the next decade. In fact one of the key factors for our town’s popularity is its high quality schooling. There will always be things that can be improved in our schools, we should never be complacent about their achievements but Dartford can be proud of its educational establishments. Teachers, pupils, governors and parents have combined to ensure we provide a solid start for our children and a bright future for our town.

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Born in Dartford and raised in Swanley, I have now lived in Dartford for over 30 years. I was a keen amateur photographer in my teens, developing photos in a makeshift dark room at home. My idea of being a professional photographer seemed idealistic bearing in mind careers advice for many boys was “get an apprenticeship”! So I became an electrician, continuing my photography as a hobby for some years. Later in life, I wanted to rekindle that creative spark. I set up a business producing first day covers for Royal Mail stamps. Working with my cousin Jack, a cartoonist, we created the cartoon character Phil Stamp. I was the designer and colourist. I think the decision to become an artist developed organically during that time and I ‘retired’ Phil Stamp in 2010 so I could focus on painting full-time. Mostly self-taught, my art training was supplemented by formal tuition undertaken locally. Via this route, I completed a project for Asda, my first major work - both exciting and challenging! The result was three canvases: The QEII Bridge, Brooklands Lakes and Greenhithe Village High St. It was hard work but hugely satisfying. I knew that I had found my niche. I outgrew my working space at home and am now based in the Stephen Oliver Studio and Gallery in the Orchards Shopping Centre. This is a working studio where the vast majority of my work is created and displayed for sale. Since it opened in October 2012, the gallery has been of great interest to shoppers, passers-by and visitors to Dartford. I’m inspired by nature which plays a large part in my work - particularly skies and stretching perspectives. I like to represent the ‘feel’ of nature, very often as an abstraction using various techniques in acrylic, oil or watercolour. My art evolves as I work - I try to achieve a loose interpretation of the subject, allowing the viewer to engage with the piece. One thing I am passionate about is getting other people, especially children, interested in art. I believe a great way to do this is to involve them in its creation; that's why I have enjoyed coming up with ideas for community projects.


We kicked off in 2014 with a large canvas ‘Saturday Market in Dartford High Street’. Around 60 people took part, painting a section each. The painting now hangs in Dartford library. I was really impressed by people's enthusiasm, and the pride they took in their contributions. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to involve even more individuals in two Alice in Wonderland themed projects - character cut-outs for ‘Alice the Musical’ staged at Ingress Park, and another large canvas ‘The Mad Tea Party’ which hangs in the Orchards Shopping Centre. Both of these celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s famous book. In 2016 I wanted to do something specifically for children. The combination of Easter and Roald Dahl’s centenary provided the perfect opportunity. Ten local schools painted giant eggs depicting Dahl’s stories and characters from their own designs, which were displayed in the Orchards Centre. This year the Art of Autism exhibition involved local schools and families, displaying over 100 works created by children and young adults on the autistic spectrum. It’s been fantastic to see such commitment from all involved – contributors, supporters and sponsors. Thank you! I plan to continue to develop my artistic practice, experimenting with different techniques and creating art for people to enjoy. I relish having the opportunity to stimulate and inspire others to get interested in art and realise that they too can tap into their creative spirit.

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Giving Back to the Community by Brian Downton An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112 mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22 mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. As the Iron man event is a total distance of 140.6 miles, I’ve set my fundraising target at £14,060. If you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so here Here are the preceding events which I have taken part in and upcoming events, both to raise money for my chosen charities and to train for the Iron Man Austria event:

As a Dartford business owner, I’ve always been passionate about giving back to the community. At Downton and Ali we take pride in supporting national and local charities through a variety of fundraising activities. We also sponsor Dartford Living and Run > Dartford. My 2017/2018 fundraising activities will culminate in me taking part in Iron Man Austria on 1st July 2018. Having been inspired by a friend, I have decided to really raise the bar on my fundraising and many events will form part of my training, some of which have already been completed. It will be a challenging year of training, but I’m really looking forward to it.

• Dunwich Dynamo - 111 mile cycle ride, overnight on 8th/9th July 2017 • Ride London 2018 - 100 mile cycle from London to Surrey Hills and back • Dartford Road Runners 10k run on August 2017 bank Holiday • Demelza 10k run on 10th September 2017 • Weymouth 70.3 Iron man on 17th September 2017 • Dartford Bridge 10k run on 24th September 2017 • Royal Parks Half Marathon run on 8th October 2017 • Openwork Foundation 2017 overseas challenge to Kerala, India - 5 days - cycling over 300km • 22nd April 2018 - The London Marathon - just a little warm up for the main event in July. • 20th May 2018 - The Grafman Middle distance Triathlon Downton and Ali are members of Openwork, so I am once again raising funds for the Openwork Foundation, Cares for Kids, which is part of the Zurich Community Trust. The Trust grants money to local children’s charities recommended by the staff and advisers within Openwork. This year I am also supporting two other very deserving charities: Demelza Hospice Care for Children, who support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across East Sussex, Kent and South East London. Demelza provides short breaks, emergency respite and end-of-life care, as well as bereavement support.


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The Maypole Project provides support for over 100 children with complex medical needs and their families across South East London. These are children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. The Maypole Project provides unique emotional support that is ongoing, flexible, responsive, professional and confidential. I am planning a number of other charity events. A curry night on 29th November 2017 in Dartford, a charity golf day in 2018 and a Black Tie Spring Ball on 23rd March 2018. All in aid of the three charities above.

Finally, we were very proud to be the winners of the Good for the Community Award 2017 in the Dartford Business Awards and we fully intend to continue giving back. I will be adding to my events as the Iron Man event approaches and you can read more about my fundraising activities here - and also follow my progress on Twitter - twitter. com/downtonandali and Facebook - www.facebook. com/downtonandali. You can also stay up to date with my progress on my monthly charity blog here - www.

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Italy. One buys two coffees and leaves one to be claimed by a homeless or less fortunate person. The scheme is called ‘caffè sospeso’ and is working in many large towns and cities around the world. Not sure if it’s reached Dartford yet. It is another example of an Act of Random Kindness. And so it goes on –any small, positive and thoughtful act will help. Perhaps we should to try and incorporate the thinking behind ARK into our everyday actions. By creating a more positive mind set for ourselves will surely influence how we are with others. We could start a powerful force for good simply by being Kind. HO-HO-HO I’ve been away on my hols recently – I love this time of year when the weather is often still warm enough to sit outside, walk on the beach and take advantage of the local attractions, much quieter now the school term has restarted. We went a little earlier than usual and returned to a favourite holiday haunt. We are talking late September, so why were so many of the shops full of Christmas items? I often use several of the craft villages on the island, where I can find any number of gifts to suit my needs. I enjoy buying gifts for family and friends and tend to look whenever I am away for that something a little different. In past years, I’ve returned home with much of my Christmas shopping completed. This year there was nothing except snowmen, reindeer, angels and tree decorations on show. Even Halloween had been relegated to one table at the entrance. The pattern was repeated at a number of other outlets. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas; the whole shebang – mince pies, cards, trees, tinsel and goodwill to all men. It is one day a year I love everyone. It just seems to have started really early this year and I might run out of steam by November at this rate. I’ve no idea why – I could blame it on Brexit, global warming or switching Bake Off to channel 4 – I’ve simply not a clue why Christmas has started so early. I’ll rein in my desire to sing Jingle Bells at the top of my voice while applying sunscreen to my nose, and keep my winter woollies in store. According to my trusty weather app, it will be 22C this coming Monday – and we’re over half way through October at the time of writing. Whatever next? Snow in June? See you next month. For those of you who enjoy my mental meandering, please take a look at the link to my book. You might enjoy it. On search under ‘books’ for - The Other Side of Normal

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MONEY ADVICE CAP’s top tips for a happier Christmas Well, Christmas is almost upon us once again. Out come the lights, decorations, carols and wrapping paper… as that song you might have heard goes: ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Except, for many, the reality is much different. For people all over the UK, Christmas is a time when stress, money worries, loneliness and loss can feel all the more difficult to deal with, and many are left feeling at their most desperate and sad. At Christians Against Poverty (CAP) we’re tackling this problem head on. Through our emergency food hamper appeal, we’re aiming to bring light, joy and faith into hundreds of households this Christmas. Visit christmas to get involved. In the meantime, we’ve put together our top tips for a happier Christmas. Whether you’re living on a tight budget or not, these are things we can all do to add a little more joy to the joyful season. Spend time, not money There’s inevitably going to be pressure to spend money over the festive period, which can be daunting (and often dangerous) for those living on a low income or tight budget. Try to remember that most presents will be put away, forgotten about or even broken over time, but great memories last much longer. Spend time with family and friends, or people in your community. See what events are on at your local church – the perfect place to find good company and have an enjoyable time without spending loads of money. Quit it Here’s a thought: why not give up alcohol in December? Hear us out! For many of us a few bevvies over the festive season may have become a normality, but is it really essential in order to have a good time? Is a month really such a long time to go without? Banning the booze is proven to lift our mood AND it’s money that could be spent elsewhere. Give it a go this year and, hey, if it doesn’t work, there’s always next Christmas for an eggnog or two. Come off social media While we’re on the subject of giving things up, how about saying goodbye to social media for a while? We’ve all been there: Christmas morning and our Facebook/Instagram/ Twitter feeds are as full as a stuffed turkey with photos of piles of presents and gushing messages. And although it’s nice to see our friends showing their gratitude for


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what they’ve received, it can leave us feeling deflated, envious and inferior. Switch it off and enjoy your own Christmas instead. Manage expectations One of the biggest anxieties around this time of year is providing for our families, giving them the big, lavish, fun Christmas we see all over the media. The children are expecting lots of presents, the in-laws are expecting a huge meal on Christmas Day, the colleagues are expecting three nights out and a financial contribution for an inflatable reindeer… ARGH! But what if we were to soften these expectations a bit? Talk to these people early on and let them know you’re doing Christmas on a budget this year. You don’t have to go into detail, it’s simply about letting them know what to expect. Count your blessings Literally – do it! There’s nothing more uplifting than making a list of all the things in your life that you’re grateful for. Times may be hard, but as CAP’s brand new strapline says, there’s always hope! Oh, and it doesn’t cost a penny. Be a friend Many people – especially the elderly – are sadly looking ahead to a Christmas on their own. According to the charity Age UK, 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely. So here’s an idea: why not volunteer and help provide companionship? Not only will you be bringing a huge amount of joy to somebody in need, but it’ll be an uplifting experience for you too – everybody wins! See for details on how to get involved. Care for you Finally, remember to look after yourself and those around you. If you feel that you may be suffering with depression or have other mental health concerns, call Mind, the mental health charity, on 0300 123 3393 (weekdays 9am to 6pm). If your financial situation has got to the point where you need advice about debt, call CAP on 0800 328 0006 (weekdays 9:30am to 5pm). Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is determined to reduce hardship in the UK, through the local Church. It does this through 605 poverty fighting services, including 293 debt centres, 162 job clubs, 78 release groups for those struggling with life-controlling dependencies, and 72 life skills groups for people living on a low income. All CAP’s services are available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, faith or background. See

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Weekly Recipe: Brussels Tops with a Creamy Mushroom Pasta Ingredients (Serves 4): 2 Brussels tops, only the leaves

200g mushrooms, sliced

1 white onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

150g-200g smoked bacon, chopped

100g toasted chestnuts, bashed

300g-350g dried pasta

salt & pepper

Cheese Sauce: 100g mature cheddar cheese

25g salted butter

25g plain flour

salt & pepper

600ml milk Method: 1. First of all, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add the flour and stir continuously for roughly 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly stir in the milk to create a smooth sauce. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, continue stirring. Allow the sauce to simmer for 8-10 minutes and season well. Stir in the cheese and allow it to melt. Set aside until it is needed. 2. Boil the kettle and fill a large saucepan, place on the heat and bring to the boil. Salt the water and add the pasta, it will need roughly 10 minutes to cook. 3. Meanwhile, put a frying pan on a medium heat, add a drop of oil then, the onion, mushrooms and bacon to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next add the Brussels leaves and garlic, cover with a lid, reduce the heat a little and cook for a further 5-8 minutes. 4. All the components should be cooked and ready to all be combined. Drain the pasta, then return to the pan over a low heat. Next add all the ingredients from the frying pan and lastly mix in the cheese sauce and make sure it is thoroughly combined. 5. Before serving, put some chestnuts into a sandwich bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are a chunky consistency. Pop them into the empty frying pan and toast for a couple of minutes, be careful not to let them catch as they will taste very bitter. Garnish the served pasta and serve. Toms Top Tips: I would recommend swapping the bacon for some left over roast chicken. Or you can completely get rid of meat and swap for Quorn™ pieces. I would also recommend to not be tempted to make this is in smaller batches as you can easily dilute the flavour, I would make this in batches enough for four or more people and any leftover you can freeze for those nights when you can’t think of anything to cook.


BAV’S SPORTING COMMENT Lewis Hamilton was saying all the predictable things after the Japanese Grand Prix, about there being a long way to go, a lot of points still available, and so on. That was after a controlled performance to take his fourth victory in five races. His title rival Sebastian Vettel had left the track earlier, but before he did, the German spoke briefly to some television crews. And he, too, said all the right things: of course the title is harder now, but it’s not over yet; we still have a chance; we can be strong for the final four races. Deep down, though, both men know what Suzuka meant. Hamilton has extended his championship lead to 59 points with only 100 still available. Barring some kind of miracle collapse, the 32-year-old Briton will surely win a fourth title this year. It is just a question of when.

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Dartford FC Ladies are seeking new players with footballing experience to strengthen the first team. Currently the Ladies train Monday 6pm – 8pm and play their games on Sundays in the South East Counties Division 1 (East) League. The ladies train and play here at Princes Park, on the Community Pitch, offering great facilities with UEFA level coaching and experience. All costs are covered by our dedicated Ladies sponsor Diligence, where the only cost that you will need to cover is travel to and from games.



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After beating Barking, Needham Market and Burgess Hill Town Dartford have been drawn at home to League 2 Swindon Town in The Emirates FA Cup 1st Round. The tie will be played at Princes Park on the 5th November at 2pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased at Princes Park.







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The Dartford District Schools FA have held four festivals since schools returned in September. The year 3/4 Soccer 6’s and year 1/2 Fast Fives took place with thirteen schools participating. The year 3/4 soccer six festival was the third time it had taken place, it’s an excellent opportunity to introduce boys and girls to schools football. The year 1/2 Fast Fives was our first attempt to run something for KS1 children. This is an introduction to the game and a chance for children to play in a team environment. The Annual 7aside qualifying tournament for boys and girls teams as always takes place in the first week of October. This year we have set a new record with 19 schools bringing girls teams and 22 schools in attendance with boys teams. Next season the aim is for all twenty five affiliated Dartford District footballing schools to attend.

have given the year 6 district managers plenty of new names for the squad. Eight schools have qualified for girls finals day (Joydens Wood, Wentworth, Oakfield, Sutton at Hone, St Anselms, Bean, Dartford Bridge & Darenth) and seven schools will be returning for the boys finals (West Hill, Holy Trinity, Hextable, Joydens Wood, Craylands, Darenth & St Anselms) These tournaments have been a fantastic credit to all involved. We look forward to crowning the 2017/18 champions.

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The new Dartford Business Awards celebrates the best of the borough’s businesses

so much and it’s absolutely right that we should thank them for the difference they make to our town.”

Business owners and leaders from across Dartford gathered at the Winter Marquee Bluewater on Thursday evening to celebrate the achievements of the Dartford business community.

Chris Fox, owner of Fox Estate Agents expressed, “It was an honour to win an award and it was a great night and a brilliant venue. The whole team at Fox Estate Agents are very pleased to win the award and it will take pride of place in the office. Dartford is a great town with a wonderful business community and we are very happy to be a part of it. The council did an excellent job organising the event, it was a fun night and a good time was had by all. Thanks again for our award and we hope to be back again next year.”

Dartford Borough Council organised the 2017 awards with the support of a number of key sponsors, and together they sifted through a huge number of applications and nominations to come up with a final list of winners and those commendable for their efforts. The final list of triumphant businesses reflects both the diversity of industries and skills in Dartford, and the wide range of work that they have been involved with. This year’s winners are: The Dartford Living Customers’ Choice Award – Orchard Garage Ltd. The Commitment to Skills Award – Austen Allen Homecare The Exceptional Skills Award - Benjamin Murray, Crago Auto Repairs and Matthew Holt, The Orchard Theatre Best Business to Business – Jones FM The Innovation Award – Secure Technology Solutions Ltd. Best Owner Managed Business – Fox Estate Agents Ltd. The Happy at Work Award - Edward Bond Wealth Management The Good for the Community Award (Big Business) – Marks & Spencer Bluewater The Good for the Community Award (Small Business) – Downton & Ali Associates Best Use of Online (Big Business) – Bluewater Best Use of Online (Small Business) – Bippity Boppity Shopity Shop of the Year – Longfield Village Butchers Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council said, “It was a wonderful occasion and a great opportunity to celebrate the hardworking and creative businesses wehave in Dartford, our business community contributes


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In association with Dartford Living we are thrilled to announce Dartford Toy Appeal 4. We launched in 2014 as a small appeal to provide toys for children who had been affected by domestic abuse. Following a phenomenal response we have expanded the appeal every year - last year we collected over 1,000 brand new toys and gifts. Local people want to help others at Christmas, especially children, and this is a fantastic way to get involved. Run completely by volunteers in the community, 100% of donations go to charities. This year we are collecting for local charities working with children and local young people. Please take a new toy or gift along to one of our drop off points between 15th November and 16th December. We will also be happy to take wrapping paper, toiletries and new children’s books. OUR CHARITIES THIS YEAR INCLUDE: Darent Valley Hospital Charity – Raising funds across DVH – specifically this year the Dartford Toy Appeal will be providing gifts for children attending A+E this Christmas. Home Start – offering friendship, support and practical help to families within the local community. Ellenor - hospice working with children with terminal and life limiting illnesses. We are BEAMS – Local charity formerly ‘The Parents Consortium’ providing services to children and young people who typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD. Kent Young Carers - works with children aged 5 to 18 who are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue. Centra – providing safe refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Sure Start Children’s Centres Dartford – local community centres supporting babies, pre - school children and their families. ENQUIRIES EMAIL: Interested in advertising? Tel: 01322 507817

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Historical Military Themed Tours for Clubs, Groups and Societies Legacy offers a range of military themed tours from a day trip to the scene of the Battle of Hastings, to bespoke tours to the WWI and WWII battlegrounds of Belgium and France from as little as £39 per person. • Luxury Coach Travel • Local Collection Points • The Services of an Expert Battlefield Tour Guide Gareth Johnson, Member of Parliament for Dartford, will be available to meet with constituents on the • Channel Tunnel Crossings following dates: BENEFITS OF LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE (where applicable)

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Local Entertainment Theatre Roundup by Liz Dyer

This month’s theatre gets off to a spooky start, as movie favourites The Addams Family move in - on Halloween, appropriately enough. In this original story by the writers of Jersey Boys, Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with - shock horror - a nice guy from a respectable family. Only Gomez knows, but can he keep the secret…? Starring Samantha Womack, Les Dennis and Carrie Hope Fletcher, the show makes its final UK stop at the Orchard before heading overseas, so don’t miss out! And that’s not the only show ending its tour in Dartford; the Addams are followed from 6th November by the final stop for Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. The story of a bored Liverpool housewife who runs away to Greece, the show premiered in 1986 and was later made into an Oscar-winning movie. This is the first major revival, to mark the show’s 30th anniversary - and what better way to escape the November gloom than a bit of Greek sunshine? Next up is another movie classic, Grease (21st-25th), the original high school musical, starring The Wanted’s Tom Parker and former Strictly star Louisa Lytton. Both the story and the songs need little introduction, so get your tickets now for the show that was voted number 1 in Channel 4’s top 100 musicals.


On 26th November there’s another treat in store: the Community Showcase, featuring performances from the Orchard Youth Theatre, Orchard Theatre Group and Community Choir. All these groups are open to everyone - check out the Orchard Theatre website for more details. It’s not long now until panto season, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet for this year’s spectacular show starring Louie Spence and Michelle Collins, there’s still time to book. Or if you’re not a fan of Cinderella, you might prefer Sleeping Beauty at Woodville Halls, starring Linda Lusardi, or to see Jessie Wallace in Snow White at the Churchill in Bromley. Speaking of Bromley, there are some great shows coming up there this November too, for those willing to travel a bit further afield to get their theatre fix. If you missed the Agatha Christie thriller A Murder is Announced a few weeks back in Dartford, there’s another chance to see it at the Churchill from 7th-11th. The West Wickham Operatic Society will be performing My Fair Lady from 14th-18th, and at the end of the month Will Young and Louise Redknapp take to the stage in Cabaret. Read local and London theatre reviews at

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The Mindset of Healthy Eating Whilst, at the base level, weight gain or weight loss do come down to energy balance (calories in vs. calories out), it’s really not as simple as “eat less, move more”. Aside from the hormonal perspective which can completely throw the numbers out the window and dictate what happens to those calories, or where you burn your energy from, there is the mental aspect of nutrition and dieting. If you have the iron willpower of a devout monk and can happily go through life eating plain chicken and broccoli (the type of diet you expect to have to follow on a diet), then by all means go ahead, and the calories in/out model may work for you. But, if you’re like most people, your diet doesn’t work like that. Your emotions, thoughts and feelings dictate what you want to eat and when, and guide the decisions you make around food and drink. There’s a lot of hype about mindfulness appearing at the moment, and for good reason. Many of us are completely mindless when it comes to eating. We fancy a chocolate bar so we go and get one. We eat in front of the TV and don’t stop until the plate’s clear or the popcorn is empty. Many of our decisions around food and drink are automatic and go unquestioned – we’re not thinking about what we’re doing. Everyone knows what foods they should eat more or less of, and quite often we feel guilty about what we’ve ‘just eaten’, but the guilt comes after the mindless act, and rarely pops up before to question what we’re about to do. What you need to do is work out what it is you want, what steps you think you’ll need to take to move in the right direction, what things might get in the way of that, and what actions you can take to prepare for those obstacles. You need to take the time to sit and think about this and get clear on what it is you want and need to do. Write it down (don’t skip this part, writing it down makes it more real and will help to cement things in your mind). In order to maintain your healthy diet you need to fully understand why you’re doing it, and also the reasons you may not be doing it now or that might catch you off-guard. If you’re trying to follow a strict diet but your partner doesn’t want to – it makes things harder. Find a suitable compromise that will move you towards your goals without depriving your partner of what they want. If they don’t value the same things (health/fitness) as you, then they should at least be supporting you, not making things more

difficult. If not, are you willing to sacrifice your (and possibly your children’s/future children’s) health for them? If you make the excuses of “There’s nothing healthy in the house”, “I don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal”, “I just really need a drink” etc. then you need to sit and work out how to remedy that. Do you need to take a week to clear out the bad food in your kitchen and stock up on healthier foods so they’re always at hand? Do you need to find some quick, easy recipes or “go-to” meals for when you’re in a rush? Is a stressful day just an excuse to have a drink? Does the drink really help with that? Or does it just make you feel better because you think it’ll help? Again, this is very psychological – many people believe that the drink will help but in reality, they’ve just convinced themselves that’s the case when really, it’s doing nothing! Find something else that you believe will help you destress like running, yoga, meditation… and do that instead. You need to value yourself and build confidence that you can do it, and you do deserve to be fit and healthy. If you don’t believe this, delve a bit deeper and work out the issues that come to light. There might be some difficult things to deal with, but if you can do this, it may pave the way for a very different future. Start small and as you build confidence, you can add more and more healthy habits to your lifestyle until it’s almost unrecognisable from the previous, unhealthy You. You can change yours and your family’s health for the better – who wouldn’t want that?! Pay attention to what, when and how you eat. Make smart choices and think about your decisions. If it’s not conducive to your beliefs and goals, make a better choice! But do it before, not after! If you’ve taken the time to sit and really think about this, you’ll be more likely to catch yourself before you eat something that’s going to make you feel bad afterwards. If you’re interested in in-home Personal Training, nutrition and lifestyle changes go to for more information. See you there! - Mark Broadbent

Dhiren’s Auto News November 2018 Range Rover

This is a facelift of a 2013 model which keeps it fresh to complete against the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Changes to the styling includes a revised grille with a new gloss-black surround and widened air vents in the front bumper. The interior is the adoption of a dual-screen infotainment set-up called Touch Pro Duo, features two 10.0in touchscreens – with one controlling traditional infotainment functions and a lower screen to handle vehicle and climate controls. The facelift includes the addition of a plug-in hybrid option and combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a combined 398bhp. Prices for the facelifted Range Rover start at £79,595, which is a rise of £2,800 compared with today’s car. The plug-in hybrid Range Rover will cost over £86,565. The facelift will be available from early 2018. 2017 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a small SUV and is like a raised verison of an i20, with its rivals the Renault Captur and Seat Arona. A 118bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox or a turbocharged 175bhp


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1.6 with a seven-speed auto will be available at launch and 1.6 diesel will join later. Inside, there is room for two tall adults on the front seat but might be a squeeze on the rear seats and the boot size is small compared to its rivals. Huyndai is offering interior trim colours to match the car’s exterior and there are quirky touches such as matching seatbelts. Hyundai’s infotainment system, while obviously surpassed by more expensive models, is among the best in class here with a 5.0in display, DAB radio and Bluetooth available on the entry-level cars. Hyundai offers 16in alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, electric front and rear windows and automatic emergency braking as standard on entry-level cars. Prices start from £16,195 available from November 2017. 2019 Polestar 1

This is Volvo’s performance sub-brand Polestar - taking on Tesla and BMW i with its own range of bespoke electric models. The first car is the Polestar 1 a luxurious four-seat grand coupé that will go on sale in mid-2019. Among the car’s innovations is so-called phone-as-key technology, which allows the owner to share a virtual key with other people to gain access to the vehicle. The Polestar 1 is powered by a pair of electric motors that, together, produce 215bhp and are supported by a 2.0-litre petrol engine – meaning a combined output of 592bhp and can travel 93 miles on electric power alone. While the Polestar 1 is a hybrid, all future Polestar models will be fully electric. The interior layout to the same as the existing S90 and V90, with the same tablet-style infotainment screen too. It is expected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to be available alongside other connected services. You won’t be able to buy a Polestar 1 in the traditional sense. Instead, you’ll order the car online and subscribe to Polestar on a two or three-year basis. That subscription grants features including pick-up and delivery options and servicing. Volumes will be limited, though, with Polestar only planning to sell 500 units of the 1 each year and all left-hand drive.

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Gardening Hints and Tips - November Tender Plants Tender plants won’t appreciate being kept out in the cold – so move them somewhere protected from frost and cold winds. We have an excellent selection of cold frames and heaters to give protection and beat off the worst of the winter weather. Plants that are hardier, but still sensitive to winter cold, will appreciate a thick mulch of bark and even covering with fleece and bubble wrap during the coldest weather. Fruit Create your own fruit garden – now’s an excellent time to plant fruit trees and bushes, and we have a superb range available. To ensure bumper crops, plant with plenty of organic matter and slow-release fertiliser. Make sure you train bushes where necessary, and use stakes and ties for fruit trees. Composting Don’t throw away your spent bedding plants, kitchen waste and other plant material – turn them into valuable compost for improving your soil and mulching your beds. And fallen tree leaves can be turned into leafmould – the perfect soil improver and mulch, especially for rhododendrons, azaleas and other woodland plants. Making good compost and leafmould is easy with our wide range of compost bins, compost and leafmould accelerators, leaf rakes and collectors. Cyclamen and azaleas Brighten up your home this winter with our superb quality colourful azaleas and cyclamen. They’re easy to look after – just put them somewhere cool and in good, indirect light. Keep the compost moist,and feed regularly for best results. Evergreen shrubs If your garden is looking a bit dull and lacks structure, brighten it up with evergreen shrubs. We have a fabulous range to choose from – many of which also have other attractions – such as flowers and berries – to provide colour all year round. Get newly-planted evergreen shrubs off to the best possible start by planting with compost and slow release fertiliser.

Lift dahlias, cannas, begonias Once the first frost has blackened the foliage of dahlias, it’s time to carefully lift the tubers for overwintering in a cool but frost-free place. Remove any loose soil and hang them upside down for a few days to drain any water in the stems. Then remove all dried soil, label and store them in just damp compost. The tubers of cannas and large flowered begonias will also need lifting. Canna tubers are also stored in just damp compost, but begonias should be stored dry in nets. Containers for winter and spring You can’t beat planted containers for brightening up gardens and patios throughout the autumn, winter and spring months – and they also make perfect presents. We have plenty of exciting ready planted containers for you to just pick up and take away, or you can plant one yourself. Plants of the month Ensure your garden remains colourful throughout winter with our plants of the month. There’s plenty to choose from including: winter-flowering heathers, winter jasmine, Viburnum bodnantense, Viburnum farreri, Viburnum tinus and mahonias. And don’t forget plants grown for their berries, colourful stems and the huge range of evergreens available. Pest watch Although most pests and diseases are less active in autumn and winter, be vigilant for problems, and deal with them as soon as they’re seen. Houseplants and plants overwintered in greenhouses and frames are especially susceptible to pests, but can be quickly helped with a pesticide spray. Maintaining a high humidity around most foliage houseplants – especially those in centrally-heated houses – will help keep them strong and healthy and help reduce red spider mite attacks. The reverse is true in greenhouses and frames where high humidity can lead to problems with grey mould and other diseases, so reduce watering and provide good ventilation where necessary.

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Where to go locally... Mondays

...local events, clubs & groups

Parent & Toddler Groups (Term Time)

£2.00 per one 9:15am - 11:00am - A&J Toddlers - St Anselms Church Community Centre, Dartford. small snack for adult and child and 50p for any extra children or adults each. Tea/coffee biscuits, of session Contact children with juice. Toast 20p per slice Craft table and singing and dancing at end Julie on 01322 291092. Tuesdays , Dartford. Contact Catherine on Session 1: 9.15-10.45am, and Session 2: 11-12.30pm. Christchurch, Crossroad 01322 220036. on (01322) 288434 for further 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us n. informatio snack time for the children For 9.30am-11.30am Sticky Fingers - £1.50 per adult includes tea ,biscuits and healthy Greenhithe Contact 01322 382031 Road London Hall Church e Greenhith Mary St years 4 to up children school pre or see


on (01322) 288434 for further 9.30am -11.30am. The Salvation Army, 66 Hythe Street, Dartford. Please call us information. per family including all snacks and 10am -12pm - Little Angels Net Church, (Formerly Gala Bingo Hall) Dartford, £3 drinks. John 01322 272649. Road, Dartford, DA2 6JZ 12:45pm -2.45pm - Fleetdown Open House - Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale £2.50 per Adult


9:30am - 11:30am. St Paulinus Church Hall, Manor Road, Crayford. Child - £1 Non Walkers 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per Child - £1 Non Walkers - facebook. 1pm-2.30pm Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per com/ToeRags


up to 2. £1 per adult 9.30am-11am Baby and me for expectant mothers and mothers / carers of chidrenor see St Mary Greenhithe Church Hall, London Road Greenhithe. Contact 01322 382031 Child - £1 Non Walkers 9.30am-11am Toerags Toddler Group - Adult education centre, Dartford £3 per gs Greenhithe. Jeanne 01322 9.30am-11.30am Carer & Toddler Group, St Mary’s Church Hall, Stone Place Rd, dley@yah 380322 jeannehoa 1-3pm Gigglekidz, Tree Estate Community Centre on Cedar Road - £2 Per Child


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

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


10:30am - 11am 2:15pm – 2:45pm 10:30pm -11:00am 10:30am -11am 2.15pm – 2.45pm 10:45am -11:15am 10:30am – 11am 2pm – 2:30pm 10.30am -11am

Come along and join in the fun! Term time only For more information please call 03000 41 31 31

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Little Bright Sparks Fun phonics, literacy and numeracy classes for 2-4 year olds. Held in West Kingsdown on Tuesdays at 1.15 and Wednesdays at 12.12 £6.95 per class one to one tuition also available for 2-7 year olds. 07768 447657 for more info

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

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

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

Dartford Ostomy Group Support (DOGS) meet

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


Swanley History Group Meets 1st Tuesday of every month. Presentations on local social history. Venue Swanley Indoor Bowls Centre Garrolds Close Swanley BR8 7BF. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. Members £1 Visitors £2. Everyone welcome. Email swanleyhistorygroup@ for more details or visit our website https://swanleyhistorygroup.weebly. com or Facebook page. Annual membership £5 includes a monthly newsletter. NORTH KENT EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP Meets on the third Saturday of every month (except August) from 2pm - 4pm in the Community Room of Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1BE. The programme of activities is varied with workshops, talks and sit and stitch sessions. Visitors are very welcome. More information can be found on our website or phone 01474324734.

is a community learning organisation for adults and young people aged 16+ with physical, learning and mental health difficulties. For more information, attend a taster session or visit our community lunch club, contact Caroline on 01322 440482 or 07570 347612

THE GARDENING CLUB SUTTON AT HONE Monthly meetings, Visits to Gardens, Annual Garden Show and much more. For more information or to become a member please ring 01322 863556.

YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES Every Tuesday from 6-7pm &Thursday from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Peppercorns, 3 Orchard Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2DF. For more information please call The Hope Group on 07580 615206.

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

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


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



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


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

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Dartford Books and

Culture Club meets every Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm at meets once a month Wilmington Christian Fellowship Church Hall, on Saturday mornings Broad Lane, Wilmington DA2 7AQ. at Dartford Library. For We are seeking new members at all levels to play more information, find Duplicate Bridge -cost £2 per session. us at www.meetup. com/West-Kent-BookEnquiries: contact Club/ John Davies on 01474 832221 or e-mail

20s 30s Dartford Bexleyheath surrounding areas social group more information visit:

DARTFORD U3A (UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE) meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at St Anselm’s Church Hall, West Hill, Dartford at 2pm, For information about meetings and interest groups call 01474-709068 or visit our website.

The Dartford Stroke Group

This group meets Monday afternoons at the YMCA Roundhouse, Overy Street, Dartford for a chat in a relaxing atmosphere, chair-based excise sessions, stroke leaflets and magazines, informal workshops, special art or games sessions and outings. It is aimed at Stroke Survivors, their carers, family and friends. Please contact Theo Hodges on or phone/text Theo on 078 755 68296 for more details and current dates of our events and meetings

Dartford Quilters meet on the 2nd Saturday of each

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

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

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


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

Dartford Floral Club

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

The Dartford Chess Club


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

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Where to go locally... Mummy On The Mend


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

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

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


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


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

CRAYFORD TOWN ARCHIVE incorporating Barnehurst and Slade Green. Meet every Monday (except the third Monday) of the month at Crayford Library hall - 2pm-4pm. Call in for a chat about old Crayford and to view the large collection of local images, or bring your own for us to copy. TALK TIME TUESDAY 2.00 - 3.00PM (TERM TIME ONLY) Fleetdown Library Everybody welcome, join us for a friendly chat and light refreshments. Haven (LGBT) Social Group. London / Kent area. Every Friday - a safe Place to Meet. For more information please contact 01322 287356 or 07503 306467 or email -


A support group for parents affected by pre and post natal depression Mondays - 10-11.30am St Peters Church, Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath Kent DA7 4RW Wednesdays (starting 26th April) 9.30-11.30 Tree Estate community hall Tree Estate Dartford Kent DA1 2RG Fridays 12-2pm St Mary’s Church Hall Greenhithe - Mount’s road, Greenhithe Kent DA9 9ND Email for more details.

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

North West Kent Family History Society

The Dartford Branch meet the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am-12:30pm at the Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, For more information see or ring Janet 01322384836 Erith Model Railway Society has been in existence for over 50 years and has well over 50 active members. 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. We have our own entrance off the car park. Unlike many other clubs, we are in the fortunate position of not having to share our facilities with anybody else. Some of the members meet on a Tuesday and Thursday to work on the various club layouts that are currently under construction (or being updated).

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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

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

The National Women’s Register


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. We enjoy socialising, making new friends and activities including Quizzes, Meals Out, Trips to the Theatre, Cinema, Coach Trips, Gentle Walks and Short Breaks Away. Admission: Subs £2.50 per week. Annual membership £6 If you would like to join us or require further information please telephone: Tel: 01322 287356 or 020 8304 6414

The Rotary Club of Dartford

The Rotary Club of the North Downs

The National Women’s Register (NWR) is a national organisation that meets in the Dartford area. The NWR is a discussion group for ‘lively minded women’. Contact can be made via or call 01603406767 and ask about the Dartford group.

The Rendezvous Club (50+)

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


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

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

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WANT TO HAVE FUN AND DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE WITH YOUR SPARE TIME? We’ve arrived in Dartford and we are a NEW Round Table Get involved, you WILL enjoy it!

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

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

Crayford and District Probus Club

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

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Where to go locally... WHEELCHAIR EPEE FENCING

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

Erith Youth Rugby

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

Kent Exiles American Football Club Coach Martin - 07944 730634. All ages from 7 years to adult welcome

Hartley Swimclub at White Oak Pool, Swanley

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

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

Dartford Gymnastics

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

Learn Karate

Learn karate with Yamato Damashii – for adults & children Every Wednesday evening at the Leigh Academy & every Saturday morning at Becket Sport Centre, first lesson free. For more info, visit or find us on Facebook, search for Yamato Damashii Martial Arts.


Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30am-10:30am At Europa Gymnastics Centre Mondays 7.30pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Becket Sports Centre For more information please contact Emma: TEL: 07932 621415


Tuesday Morning Yoga Class at Sutton Court, Sutton-AtHone The class is from 9.30am to 11am and is a mixed ability class - beginners are always welcome. More information is available at or please contact Lesley at or 07531 140646

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

Dartford Orienteering Club

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Hop like it’s hot

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

The Highly Strung Badminton Club, a friendly, all ages (must be over 18years old) & all abilities(sorry no beginners) Thursdays at 745-945pm,at the Dartford Girls Grammar School sports hall Shepherds Lane,Dartford,Kent,DA1 2NT For further information email

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The Brent Playgroup meet Monday to Friday 9.15am to 12.15pm Term time only. For enquiries please contact: Mobile: 07989073866 Tel 01322 271738 (between 8 and 12:30) email: or call in at any time. Registered for Free for Two Children The Brent Methodist Church Hall PostCode DA1 1XF Interested advertising? Tel: 01322 507817 ininadvertising? 01322 507817 InterestedInterested in advertising? Tel: 01322 Tel: 507817 Dartford Living

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Russian ballet at its very best

Renowned dance company, Moscow City Ballet, returns following a triumphant season with its dramatic traditional story-telling and captivating performances,appearing at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford from WED 10 – SAT 13 January 2018.


“Not to be missed” Sunday Express

Find out more here: | Ticket Office: 01322 220000

with Full Orchestra

Founder: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov

We have teamed up with The Orchard Theatre to offer a pair of tickets to the opening night of The Nutcracker. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize just answer the following question...

What country is Moscow in? Is it: a) Russia b) Ukraine c) Lithuania d) Belarus

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Email your answer to This competition closes on 15th November. Good luck! RUES: 1. The winner(s) will be the first correct entry/entries drawn. 2. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 3. Prizes are as stated and no cash in lieu or an alternative prize will be offered.. 4. Winners will be notified by telephone by the Orchard, within 5 working days of the competition being drawn. 5. Employees and the immediate families of participating companies are ineligible to enter. 6. Closing date for the competition is stated above. 6. Unless you advise otherwise we can use your email to send you promotional material from Dartford Living.


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