To celebrate the Christmas Festival, What If Gallery are holding a little drawing competition.  They would like children in the area to draw a Christmas scene on a postcard with felt-tips and glitter; it will have a mount attached.  Further details of how to enter and the prizes on offer from What If Gallery

SparkIT Christmas Club, located above the Community Café, Church Road, Swanscombe will be operating on Thursdays from 27 November until 18 December.  ‘Come and learn how computers can improve your festive season.  Join us for online shopping and learn how to craft beautiful decorations and cards, all with expert support for all skill levels’.  Further information via Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council

Fifty new road signs on the approach to the Dartford Crossing will be unveiled ahead of the introduction of Dart Charge on Sunday 30 November, the Highways Agency announced today.  The new signs will be unveiled over the next week and will provide clear advice to drivers about the introduction of Dart Charge and how and when to pay. Further information from

Syntegra Consulting Ltd have been appointed by Lidl UK GmbH as Daylight and Sunlight Modelling Consultants.  As part of their planning submission to Dartford Council, Lidl are required to submit a Daylight/Sunlight assessment due to the proximity of the neighbouring properties to the proposed scheme, the new site also has to comply with Dartford Local Plan Policy B1.  Further information from

KCC Highways advise that Devon Road, Sutton-at-Hone will be closed on 27 and 28 November between 09:30-15:30, at the junction of Cedar Drive, to enable cable works by BT.  Also, Mounts Road, Greenhithe will be closed from 28 November for five days between London Road and Knockhall Road to enable duct laying and cable works.  Note  show Mounts Road will be closed until 12 December as advised in our update on Wednesday

Dartford Dementia Friendly Community is holding a ‘Winter Warmer’ Memory Event on Tuesday 2 December.  The event, which runs from 10am to 2pm at Temple Hill Community Centre, aims to help local people, families and businesses understand how people with dementia can live well with the right support.  Kent County Councillor Ann Allen said, “There are thousands of people living with dementia in Kent and it is something which is likely to touch upon all our lives. We want to increase awareness and understanding of dementia and reduce stigma so we can all support people living with this condition to enjoy life and be part of the community.”  Come along and learn more about memory problems, share your experiences and find out about local services and support. Information stalls, legal and benefits advice and activities will take place throughout the day –

If anyone missed Dartford Grammar School’s Sixth Form Open Evening for prospective 2015 students, the details are can be found at

Supporting Dartford Toy Appeal in Stone –

New shops open at Bluewater –


Friday 28 November – Live music: The Start at The Woodman.  ‘Playing best of Ska, Mod and Northern Soul’.

Sunday 30 November – Quiz Night at Princes Park

Wednesday 10 December – Dartford Borough Council’s Christmas Carol Concert in Central Park.  Details of how to get free tickets from



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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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