On Saturday in the town centre, Parkrun returns after a week off and the High Street market is also on.  At One Bell Corner, Dartford Creative returns for more creative fun led by fabulous Dartford artists!  You are invited to roll your sleeves up and get involved in making artwork that will be displayed on or near the High Street for all to see.

Also on Saturday morning, St Alban’s Church is holding a Christmas Craft Fair with over 25 stalls.  At noon, there will be another opportunity to start buying Christmas presents at the Joydens Wood Women’s Institute Christmas Fayre.

The latest London Paramount consultation takes place in Swanscombe in the afternoon.  With both Dartford and Greenwich Borough having away fixtures, Kent Football United entertain Sporting Club Hackney at the Glentworth Club in the London Senior Trophy.

The final two performances of Lotty’s War take place at the Orchard Theatre.  Described as ‘a mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty’s War is a thriller set in WWII German occupied Channel Islands and based on recently discovered diaries found in Germany’.

Despite Bonfire Night being last Wednesday, there will still be Fireworks events at Greenhithe and Swanscombe Royal British Legion Social Club and The Woodman in Dartford.

For live music on Saturday evening, Si’s Smokin’ Aces, a 50s diner Rock n Roll band, will be performing at The Hufflers Arms whilst at The Ivy Leaf, Tom Johnston will be playing a solo acoustic set.  This set will be a mix of covers and originals including his new single ‘Dangerous Love’.

Sunday is Remembrance Day and Dartford’s service takes place at The War Memorial from 10.45am.

Other services take place around the Borough, including in Stone where the parade begins at 2.45pm.  This will include the official unveiling of the WWI Memorial Stones.

At St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Swanscombe, the Act of Remembrance is at 10.00am followed by a wreath laying and time of reflection at the memorial in Swanscombe Park. To mark the Centenary of WW1, memorials will be placed on the graves of the WW1 heroes buried in Swanscombe Cemetery.

In Wilmington at St Michael and All Angels Church, the service starts at 10.30am following which the Vicar, choir and congregation will move to the War Memorial in the grounds of the Rosemary Centre (formerly The Barn End Centre) in High Road where wreaths will be laid in memory of and grateful thanks to not only those residents of the Parish who have made the final sacrifice but all those who have given their life in conflicts over the years.

Services will also be held at St Mary’s Church, Greenhithe (10.30am), St John’s Church, Sutton-at-Hone (10.30am).

In the evening, Dancing in the Streets is back at the Orchard Theatre with a spectacular Motown celebration of some of the world’s most entertaining and enduring songs.

For more details of these events and more, please check out our Events Calendar.

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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