This week Gareth Johnson MP attended the official opening of The Leigh UTC, Kent’s first University Technical College at The Bridge in Dartford.  Leigh-UTC-OpeningThe school for 14 to 19-year-olds was opened by Richard Noble, who held the land speed record between 1983 and 1997 and is masterminding a British bid to surpass 1000mph on land.  More of Mr Johnson’s views about The Leigh UTC can be seen at

13-19 October is the 8th National Get Online Week, inspiring people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills.  If you know someone who could benefit from learning some online skills – whether that’s starting at the very beginning or simply learning a bit more about how they could use the internet to make life easier – take them along to a local Get Online Week event for some friendly help.  Get Online WeekAccording to,  the libraries in the Borough are taking part along with Spark It in Swanscombe and Broadreach Training & Services and the Healthy Living Centre in Dartford.

Dartford Borough Council – Six Ways To Wellbeing


An 18-year-old army cadet from Dartford has been named Army Cadet of the Year –

Although not specifically about Dartford, here is an interview on Al Etejah TV by Elizabeth Jones, UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dartford before yesterday’s by-elections.  Her interview starts 3 minutes in.

Dartford man jailed for three years for helping confidence tricksters –

FA Youth Cup result – Hastings United 2 Dartford FC 3.  The young Darts were 1-2 down but came back to earn a home tie against Ebbsfleet United in the next round.

Hastings v DartfordPicture @SimonRudkins

Compiled by @Andyclark57


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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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