The Dartford Toy Appeal – In Support of Choices (Formerly North Kent Women’s Aid) starts today and runs until 18 December.  All donations will go directly to children who have been affected by domestic violence – no toy too big or small and donations of wrapping paper, ribbon, toiletries and non-perishable food also accepted.  This is a chance to help children in our community and to show social media can be used for good purposes.  The drop off points are at St Edmunds Church Living Well;  Stone Parish Council Office; Stephen Oliver Gallery; and The Darling Buds of May Florist.  Further details of addresses and times here.

A painting by local Dartford artist, Stephen Oliver, sold for £215 at an auction yesterday to help raise funds for the Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadets Unit.

The North West Kent College Students’ Union at the Dartford Campus raised £1309.82 for Children in Need.

Hospital bosses at Darent Valley have finally acted to ease parking nightmare following a raft of complaints –

A226 London Road, Swanscombe and Galley Hill Road – Roadworks are due to take place until Wednesday 19 November.  Multi-way signals will be in place and advise delays are likely.

Dartford Borough Council: Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Big Christmas Switch On in the High Street on Saturday.  For your complete guide to Christmas 2014 in Dartford, visit

Thousands on course for Dart Charge savings.  More than 100,000 vehicles have been registered for a Dart Charge account, the Highways Agency revealed today.  Since account registrations went live on 5 November up to 2,200 people every hour have visited the Dart Charge website to sign up for a pre-pay account, which means they’ll save up to a third on each crossing.  Setting up an account takes less than seven minutes on average, and around 30 % of accounts have been set up using a smartphone or tablet – further details from

Darenth Parish Council – Dignity’s Plans for the Former Mabledon Hospital Site.

Future Lower Thames Crossing: Thurrock Council will be presenting its evidence to the Strategic River Crossings Parliamentary inquiry on Monday, 12 January – further details from

Stone Parish Council - Are you a local business, charity, or group looking to promote your products, services or activities to the local community?  It’s your last chance to apply for pitch hire at this year’s Stone Parish Christmas Lights Switch On.  At only £10 per pitch, this is the perfect opportunity to make some pre-Christmas sales or promote your services.  Taking place outside Stone Pavilion on Saturday 29 November, the event will feature live music including Shane Hampshier, funfair, Christmas market, mulled wine, hot food and refreshments.

Dartford’s newest running club, So Let’s Go Running…, are featured in this month’s edition of ‘Running Fitness’ magazine.  The group was founded by Dawn Annett and Brian Page, who discovered the benefits of running after suffering a stroke at the age of 49.  His recovery from obesity and inactivity inspired him to complete numerous long-distance races, and eventually to qualify as a running group leader, and pass on his enthusiasm and experience to other runners.  The SLGR club are now home to over 200 runners in the Dartford area, and offer group training runs as well as more specialised training sessions for improving runners.  These sessions have further varied the options available to new and established runners, in addition to the free, weekly parkrun events in Central Park.

Micron Technologies in Dartford bought by Catalent to use its particle-size engineering technology in drug development –

(Saturday) Kent Football United 3 Seven Acre & Sidcup 1 – Kent Invicta Football League


Thursday 20 November – Sixth Form Information Evening at Dartford Grammar School

Saturday 22 November – Live music: ProtoStereo at The Courthouse.  ‘Covering songs from Muse to Radiohead, Placebo to Pixies, Queens Of The Stoneage to Foo Fighters

Friday 28 November – Reggae Night at Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet. ‘Live music, Caribbean food specials and a whole lot of dancin‘.

Friday 19 December – Live music featuring Benzokayn, Dropthis and Triple Sundae at Bar Mondo

Saturday 7 February – Hearty’s Valentine’s Disco at Dartford Conservative Club



Dartford Arts Network Exhibition

Getting Dartford Moving Again

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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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