Are you a former pupil or member of staff from The Brent Primary School?  To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the school opening The Brent will be running a celebratory event on Wednesday 10 December where a ‘120 years through 120 memories’ exhibition will be on display and guests will be welcome to take a tour of the school to see if it has changed.  More details can be found on the Facebook Page for the reunion.

Taste of Kent Awards – in the Best Kent Beer category, the Caveman Brewery in Swanscombe have several nominations; Cavedweller; Hunter Gatherer; and Neanderthal.  The voting is done online and can be accessed here

Gareth Johnson MP writes about immigration –

Brookbanks Estate Agents are celebrating 30 successful years with a brand new office in Lowfield Street.

Faulty extractor fan causes bathroom fire in Vanessa Way –

Dartford FC 1 Aldershot Town 1 – Conference Premier Division.  An Andy Pugh strike in the second half earned Dartford a point after the visitors had taken the lead midway through the first half.  Next Saturday, the Darts are at home to Burgess Hill Town in the FA Cup.


Bean Parish Council

The Multi-Charity Christmas Card Shop will be open from 3 November until 13 December (excluding Sundays) at Holy Trinity Church in the High Street.

Darenth Parish Council

Councillor Ralph Gutteridge tributes

Southfleet Parish Council

Fouling of footpaths – it has been reported by walkers that dog fouling of the footpaths and farmland is increasingly becoming a problem.  This is not only unpleasant but can be a health hazard.  Please when you are walking your dogs, be considerate to others and take bags with you to clear up any mess.  There are bins provided throughout the parish, but if there is not one in the vicinity, please take the bag home with you and dispose of it.  We have also been asked “what are the rules regarding dogs on leads”. This is the legal response from KCC Footpaths.

Stone Parish Council

Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan launch event on Saturday 1 November – Do you have a view about the development of Stone Parish?  What does the area need to thrive?  What are the main issues affecting the parish?  What services would you like to see?

Sunday 9 November – Stone Parish 100 Year Anniversary Remembrance Service

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Minutes of the Planning, Major Developments, Transportation and Environment Committee meeting on 1 October, including ‘strong objections’ to the aggregates recycling centre proposed for south of Manor Way.

It has been necessary to cancel the Planning, Major Developments, Transportation and Environment Committee meeting scheduled to take place on 22 October.  The next meeting of the committee will be held on 12 November.

Wilmington Parish Council

End of Life Care Survey by NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group.  If there is one thing in life that is constant, it is that at some point it will end. We all plan for the future – from savings to funerals – but few give any thought to what sort of care we would like during our final days.  Peoples’ wishes about how they would like to be cared for, at this sensitive time, are so important that the NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is planning to introduce an electronic system. This will allow GPs, community nurses, hospice staff, ambulance crews and other professionals to access information securely online anytime of the day or night in order to provide the best possible care to people who are dying.


High impact and likely to cause delays (from

A206 Bob Dunn Way (until 21 Oct) – lane closure

Spital Street (19-22 Oct) – road closure

B2174/A296 Princes Road (22-24 Oct) – two way signals

A225/A226 Lowfield Street (22-24 Oct) – two way signals

A206/B255 St Clements Way (until 19 Oct) – road closure

A206/B255 St Clements Way (until 24 Oct) – lane closure

B255 Bean Road (until 22 Oct) – road closure

B255 Bean Road (until 24 Oct) – traffic control

A226 London Road, Greenhithe and Swanscombe (until 22 Oct) – two way signals

A225 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone (23-27 Oct) – multi way signals


Friday 24 October – Dartford Festival of Light.  Come and support the Schools’ Lantern Parade with Brass, Steel Pan, Bhangra, Pop and Samba performances.

27-31 October – Soccer School at Dartford Goals

Wednesday 29 October – Children’s Halloween Workshop at What If Gallery

Saturday 1 November – Friends of the Heritage Park Halloween Disco at Heritage Community Hall, Swanscombe

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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