Fancy treading the boards? Why not become a member of Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.  They will be holding auditions for new members on Monday 3 November.  More information from DAODS Facebook Page. Their next production ‘Half A Sixpence’ is at the Orchard Theatre from Wednesday 22 until Saturday 25 October – details of times and tickets from

Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society would like to say a huge thank you to Kent County Council (supported by Dartford Council and Sutton-at-Hone Parish Council) and in particular Councillor Kite, for the grant the Society received towards the building of the new ‘Dick Chambers Sutton-at-Hone Observatory’.  Councillor Kite was very instrumental in ensuring the Society was successful in winning the funding for the new Observatory and has taken a keen interest in the Society, since their move to their new home at The Parsonage Lane Pavilion, Sutton-at-Hone in May 2012.  The Observatory building work is progressing well towards completion and ready to have the 16″ Meade Schmidt Cassegrain telescope donated by Professor Peter Hindle installed.

As you can see from the tweets below, yesterday during #dartfordhour, we asked if any businesses could help with the plight of Dartford and Crayford Sea Scouts as featured here earlier this week.  As a result of this, gfandco, an accountancy firm based on Crossways, Dartford kindly offered ‘if they require annual accounts I would be happy to do them for free’.  You can find out more about how local businesses, charities, groups and organisations can interact better through #dartfordhour here

With all the discussions this week around the development of Lowfield Street, here’s a reminder of this guest post by @RegenerationEX from earlier this year ‘Town Centre Blight is back from the 1960s, and is just rudeness’.

Dartford FC’s Goalkeeping school is returning on Friday’s from 5pm – 6pm with 1st team goalies Jason Brown and Deren Ibrahim and also John Macrae and Jamie Turner.  The first session will be on Friday 24 October on the 3G Community Pitch.  Further details from


Saturday 18 October – Live music: The Upstarts at The Railway Tavern, Longfield

Saturday 29 November – Xmas Market at Dartford Grammar School

Sunday 4 January 2015 – Buses replace trains between Lewisham and Dartford via Bexleyheath


BBC Genome Project and Dartford

Lidl and Dartford Update – Lidl speak exclusively to Dartford Matters


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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