After well over 100 years of existence, St Albans Road Infant and Nursery School officially became an academy on 1 November but the name change to Dartford Primary Academy Infant site and through primary status with York Road legally happens on 1 December – more details here.

Peacocks to return to Dartford?  After closing their store in Dartford in 2012, (background from They are now advertising (via for an ‘Assistant Manager to join the team and manage the day to day running of our Peacocks store located in Dartford’.

Dartford Borough Council have announced that ‘The Big Christmas Switch-On’ will take place on Saturday 15 November.  Some of the guests appearing will be Adam Hoffman, Jamie Johnson, The Take That Experience, Rough Copy, Gareth Gates, Dawson Chance, Adam Gemili, Rik Makarem, Melissa Suffield and, of course, Father Christmas.

Today’s News Shopper carries a letter on page 16 ‘It is time for Councillors to listen to the local people’.

Teal Energy has reacted angrily to communities secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to call in its proposed energy recovery facility in Swanscombe, Kent.  A director of the company told ‘It is my view that the decision to call in the Teal Energy proposal is fundamentally wrong and sends a conflicting message to the industry.  Once again the Government meddles while infrastructure crumbles.’  Some of the background to this proposal was covered in our update of 16 September.  Also coverage from

Coverage of last weekend’s Big Draw event from and

Police are appealing for the public’s help after a fraud in Dartford.  The offences are linked to the theft of a mobile telephone and credit card from a man’s gym bag, at the David Lloyd leisure centre in Darenth Road,between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on 11 September 11 –

By-elections update: Brent Ward – statement and endorsements for Mark Maddison via Dartford Labour.  Littlebrook Ward – statement for Calvin McLean via Dartford Conservatives and statement for Daisy Page via Dartford Labour. These have been added to the Brent and Littlebrook by-election threads.

Police officers have been raising awareness of burglary and offering crime prevention advice to residents living in Dartford.  Kent Police have been co-ordinating activities as part of a three-week burglary campaign, which launched on 27 October, to catch offenders and educate residents to try to prevent them from becoming victims.  A Swanscombe teenager has been charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and two counts of burglary dwelling – further details from


Friday 7 November – Olas Boss at The Hufflers Arms.  ‘A great friendly night of top reggae sounds from early blue beat ska, to today’s dub reggae with anything in between’.

Saturday 8 November – Live music at The Ivy Leaf, Tom Johnston will be playing a solo acoustic set.

Wednesday 19 November – Dartford Families Need Fathers Branch meeting (and every third Wednesday of the month at The Flying Boat

Saturday 22 November – Christmas Fayre at St Mary’s, Greenhithe

Friday 28 November – Murder, Mystery & fish and chips – The Pavilion, Swanscombe

Sunday 30 November - Sarah Eede’s Winter Concert at the Mick Jagger Centre

Friday 5 December – Hairy Maclary and the Reading Fairy at Fleetdown Library.  As part of the  Booktime programme, a national free-books programme for reception-aged children in England and Wales.  Created in collaboration with the Booktrust and Pearson children are given a book pack containing two books to share with parents/carers and family, with additional guidance on shared reading for parents. Games, resources and supporting materials are also provided.

Saturday 3 January – Dartford Open Darts competition at Dartford Social Club

Sunday 14 June – Longfield Festival


North Kent Women’s Aid to launch Christmas Toy Appeal

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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