Please think of using the Minor Injury Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital rather than A&E if you are suffering from a minor injury.  The Unit is open from 8am until 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and has now extended it hours for X-rays and the Wound Clinic.  Patients will usually be seen quicker than attending an A&E Department – further advice from Darent Valley Hospital

BBC South East Today – A controversial church, whose leaders believe in witchcraft and possession, is applying to open a primary school in Kent. Winners’ Chapel International, which is already under investigation by the Charity Commission, wants to set up a school in Dartford. The church’s leader, who is Nigerian, has been filmed slapping a young woman during a church service.  Human rights campaigners and the National Secular Society are urging the Department for Education to turn down the application.  Our Social Affairs Correspondent Yvette Austin has this exclusive report.

Following yesterday’s update in which we reported that The Net Church on East Hill had been sold, it now appears that The Net Church have bought the Gala Bingo building in Dartford.

In Wednesday’s update, we suggested that Peacocks may be returning to Dartford.  The following planning application has been submitted to Dartford Borough Council on behalf of Peacocks Stores – 14/01514/FUL Provision of a new shopfront and recessed entrance doors with new shopfront and flush doors to High Street elevation, recolouring of shopfront and roller shutter to internal mall elevation 30 – 32 High Street, Dartford

On 29 October, we reported that planning application 14/01178/COU for change of use of part of site for provision of an ice rink, kiosk and marquee from November to January each year (maximum of three months) at Hawley Garden Centre had been refused by DBC.  A revised application has now been submitted – 14/01503/COU Change of use of part of site for provision of an ice rink, kiosk and marquee from November to January each year (maximum of three months) Hawley Garden Centre, Hawley Road, Hawley.

Female black and white cat found in Princes Road, Dartford on 6 November –

Continued coverage of the Claire Tiltman murder trial –

Remembrance Day and Armistice –


Saturday 15 November – Dartford Choral Society’s Autumn Concert at St Michael’s Church, Wilmington featuring The Creation by Haydn.

Saturday 22 November – Paul Cantara presents Legends Night at Bird in Hand

Tuesday 25 November – Prospective Sixth Form Open Evening and Subject Fair at Dartford Grammar School for Girls.

Thursday 18 December – Traditional Christmas Fair at St Edmund’s Church.



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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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