Another good idea has emerged from the Dartford Community Facebook Group, namely to compile a list of Dartford organisations where people can donate specific unwanted goods.  For example, they are already aware that Specsavers will accept old spectacles, foreign currency can be donated at the Ellenor Lions Hospice and unwanted tools are gratefully received by the Dartford Men’s Shed.  If you know of other such charities, groups or organisations, they would like to hear from you.  If you are a member of that Group, there is a specific thread where this information can be placed.  Alternatively, please contact @kegDA1 on Twitter or let us know at Dartford Matters and we’ll pass the message on.

Southeastern trains and BBC Radio Kent Train Day – ‘Speaking Up For Dartford Commuters’ from Phil Rogers

Dartford Science and Technology College tractor pull celebrates new partnership –

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is wishing the Sikh, Hindu and Jain communities a happy and safe Diwali when the festival of lights begins this month.  Firefighters will be visiting the Milan Day Centre on Westgate Road at 10:30am and the Sikh Temple, Guru Harogobind Sahib Gurdawara on Highfield Road at 3pm on 23 October to deliver fire safety messages and hand out leaflets on how to ensure a happy and safe Diwali – further information from

New shops/restaurant at Bluewater –

Jobseekers Allowance claimants in Dartford down again by 69 to 974 –

Longfield man banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to drink driving

Dartford man ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to racially aggravated assault and was re-sentenced for an earlier offence of fraud.


Thursday 16 October  – Live Music: Burgundy The Triangle at The Courthouse

Friday 24 October – Asylum Halloween Gig at Miskin Theatre

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December – Buses replace trains between Charlton and Dartford via Plumstead


Reaction To Dartford Labour Group’s Response Regarding The Town Centre


Compiled by @Andyclark57

About the author

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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