A memorial in Stone, paying tribute to soldiers who lost their lives during war, has been defaced with graffiti in an act of mindless vandalism.  Stone Parish Council grounds staff discovered the graffiti earlier yesterday and believe it was painted some time over the weekend.  The council is now undertaking a quest to find ‘Doze’ and is urging members of the public to come forward with any information about who might be responsible for the graffiti so they can be held accountable.  With just over six weeks until the parish remembrance service, the memorial garden is due to be enhanced with installation of four new memorial stones, featuring the 118 names of Stone’s WWI soldiers, to be unveiled on Sunday 9th November.

Council Chairman John Burrell said

This is a disgraceful act by someone with clearly no respect for the soldiers who fought valiantly and lost their lives for our freedom.

Anyone with information regarding this should contact Kent Police on 101 quoting Crime Ref: 22-11-11.  Photo from Stone Parish Council

Big Issue seller Simon Mott becomes first to accept payment for card and PayPal –

Man arrested after disturbance in Dunlop Close –

It is the last few days of the exhibition at the What If? Gallery in Dartford High Street, featuring young artists and their works of Manga art, Abstract and the more established print maker art.  The exhibition ends on Saturday.

It’s Cask Ale Week from Thursday 25 September until Sunday 5 October.  According to only The Ivy Leaf is taking part in Dartford.  Does anyone know of other pubs or clubs planning to participate?

On Tuesday 30 September, there is to be a Pamper Day at Dartford Masonic Hall.  For this event, there is free admission for all carers – more details here

Love singing? Want to extend your voice? Come along to ‘Find Your Voice’ at Dartford Adult Education Centre.  Further details of this course can be found at  From this link, you can also find out what other Adult Education Courses are available in the Dartford area.

FA Youth Cup result: Dartford FC 4 Margate 1.  Despite falling behind early on, the young Darts scored four times in the second half to progress to the next round where they will travel to the winners of the tie between Hastings United and Holmesdale


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Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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