The closing date for the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire is today.

Christmas Fairs and other related events – we have quite a few already included on our Events Calendar.  If you know of any more or would like your event added, please get in touch.

Kent Youth County Council voices the views and opinions of Kent’s young people.  It helps young people understand the importance of engaging in the democratic process and learn how their vote can make a difference.  Four young people are elected to represent each district in Kent. They are known as members. Four deputy members for each area are also elected.  Twelve young people are also elected to community seats.  Each year the new members choose 3 issues to campaign on which are important to young people.  Voting for this year’s Kent Youth County Council elections opened on 10 November and closes on 23 November 2014. Anyone 11-18 years old who lives or goes to school or work in Kent can vote.  Details of the issues, candidates and how to vote from

Job Seekers Allowance Claimant Count – This fell again in October from 974 to 925.  The following table shows the latest figures, with Gravesham’s figures included as a comparison.

Men Women Total
Dartford 4891.5% of population (down 326 on year) 4361.3% of population (down 160 on year) 9251.4% of population (down 486 on year)
Gravesham 8302.6% of population (down 416 on year) 5571.7% of population (down 235 on year) 13872.1% of population (down 651 on year)

The draft minutes for the General Assembly of Council meeting of Dartford Borough Council have now been published.  These include tributes to Councillors Nancy Wightman and John Muckle.  Also covered is a question from the Shadow Leader of the Council regarding the redevelopment of Lowfield Street.  Whilst the full answer and supplementary question are not recorded in the draft minutes, a summary can be seen in our article of 6 October.

Darent Valley Hospital will be marking European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and prudent antibiotic use.  There will be a stand in the main foyer providing information, etc. – further details from Darent Valley Hospital.  Also advice from

The new Blood Sciences automated analytical track and new analysers in the Pathology Department at Darent Valley Hospital will be fully operational in December 2014. The new equipment will provide a greatly improved service for patients – further details from Darent Valley Hospital

Dartford gymnast tipped for big things ‘With five medals at the Youth Olympic Games, it proved to be a summer to remember for Dartford gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran’ –

Dartford FC 2 Welling United 1 – Conference Premier Division.  A crowd of 1512 watched last night as goals from Max Cornhill and Harry Crawford were enough to see the Darts defeat Welling United.  The win means that Dartford leapfrog Welling, who had two players sent off late on, and move out of the relegation zone.

A Dartford man has been banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to drink driving –


Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 November – Shakespeare Schools Festival at The Mick Jagger Centre. The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with 1000 secondary, primary and special schools all over the UK, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre.  Each night four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays.

Saturday 15 November – ‘I am a Musician Open Day’ at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.  Children and staff from Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools will be holding an Open Day.  ‘Come along and meet our friendly staff team, sample our delicious food and take part in our fun and creative activities’.

Saturday 22 November – Card Craft Workshop at St Mary’s Stone Church Hall

Saturday 22 November – Music from Duck Soup at Dartford Conservative Club

Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 November – The Newspaper Project at Miskin Theatre ‘The Newspaper Project is a devised piece based on news articles.. Whether they are true are not thats for you to decide.  First public performance by Level 3 First Years at Miskin Theatre: Advanced Acting and Physical Theatre’ –

Friday 12 December - Dartford Township Choir Sing Soul with Mike King at The MickJagger Centre

Dick Whittington, a family pantomime from Walk Tall Repertory Company production – at The Mick Jagger Centre (5,7,20,22 December).

Alice – The Miskin Theatre.  ‘A brand new production full of energy, fast paced comedy and magical mayhem with a modern twist Follow the white rabbit into the weird whacky world of Wonderland.  Both interactive and imaginative our Christmas show promises to be a treat for the whole family to enjoy’ (Tuesday 9 – Sunday 21 December).



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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