White Stuff, a British fashion and lifestyle brand that sells women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and gifts in traditional British styles is to open in Bluewater on Wednesday 19 November.  They will be celebrating the opening of their Bluewater flagship shop with a launch event on Friday 28 November.  Visit them in their new store for live acoustic music, chocolate tasting from Cocoba, an old fashioned photo booth, a Christmas gift wrapping station and the chance to win £250 to spend in White Stuff.  There will also be plenty of activities to keep your children entertained with kid’s crafts, face painting and storytelling.  Further details from

Dartford Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society have announced that the box office for Hot Mikado is now open. The show runs from 21-25  April 2015.  Tickets available from

Dartford FC 1 Southport 1 – Conference Premier Division.  The Darts had to rely on a stoppage time equaliser from Harry Crawford to earn a point against their fellow strugglers.  Dartford remain in 19th position and next week travel to 16th placed Lincoln.

Academy Football result (Friday): Dartford Reds 5 QPR Trust 1 (League Cup)


Dartford Borough Council

Agenda for the meeting of the Development Control Board to be held on Thursday 20 November

Darenth Parish Council

Updated Work Information: A2 Bean to Ebbsfleet resurfacing

Agenda for the meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Wednesday 19 November

Littledale Viaduct

Stone Parish Council

Local crime report: AB32 Hedge Place Road, Greenhithe. Theft of hand tools and copper from a silver Ford Transit van between 10.45pm and 11pm on Tuesday 11 November.  If you saw or heard anything please contact the Police on 101 quoting Crime Number XY/040106/14.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste Survey – KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste has commissioned BMG, an independent market research company, to undertake a door to door survey from Saturday 15 November until the end of December. Further details here

Wilmington Parish Council

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18th Novembe. It will reopen on Wednesday 19 November.

Notes of the Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 5 November

Kent County Council

Wednesday 19 November – Planning Applications Committee – includes on the agenda Proposal DA/14/948 (KCC/DA/0029/2014) - Demolition of existing dining hall and kitchen with the erection of a two-storey 6 classroom block with associated ancillary accommodation; new single storey dining hall and kitchen. Provision of 33 additional car parking spaces and new access with drop-off facility from Eynsford Road at Knockhall Primary School, Eynsford Road, Greenhithe.


Friday 28 to Sunday 30 November – Festive Gift & Food Fair at Glow, Bluewater

Saturday 29 November – Star Wars Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Stephen Oliver’s Gallery, Orchard Centre

Saturday 29 November – 70’s Night and Disco at Bird In Hand

Tuesday 2 December – Card Crafting Evening at St Mary’s Greenhithe Church Hall

Saturday 6 December – Live music – Second Helping at The Black Horse, Bean.  ‘Four piece covers band, playing hits by various artists from the last 50 years’.

Saturday 20 December – Live music – The Alleycats at The Black Horse, Bean.  ‘Rockin’ rockabilly and 50’s rock’n’roll’.



Mabledon Hospital Site and Proposed Crematorium

Update to last week’s ‘Editorial: Has Dartford Town Centre Turned the Corner?’ – In this article, I mentioned that I had asked Dartford Borough Council whether the number of stalls at the Thursday Market had in fact dropped since the move to the High Street.  I received an acknowledgement early on Monday morning from the Customer Services Team at DBC to the effect that this had been passed on to the person who deals with the market. To date, I have received no further reply.  For the record, I also asked if any information had been made available to the public as to when the Council’s lease expires/expired at the previous location and who/why it was decided not to renew the lease and move to the High Street and if not, was it proposed to make this information available to the public?

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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