The Society of Radiographers will be taking strike action on Monday 24 November from 8am to 12pm.  As a result of this, services will be affected and the Radiology Department at Darent Valley Hospital will be limited to providing emergency radiological tests only, i.e. a similar service to weekend cover, during this period.  The department will be closed to walk-in patients, including direct access referrals from GPs and referrals from out-patients.  Some pre-booked patients will have had their appointments rescheduled for later in the week.  The nuchal screening service will continue as normal – Darent Valley Hospital

Dartford FC have announced prices for Half Season Tickets which will be valid from 26 December; adult £130, concession £65, youth £35, over 80s £15.  A seat in the reserved seating area (league games only) will cost an additional £25.  Further information from

Man to appear in court after allegedly hitting pedestrian with car outside Dartford nightclub –

Claire Tiltman trial coverage –

Kent Football United have revealed that work on turnstiles and a refreshment building is going ahead at their Dartford based ground (Glentworth Club) –

Lincoln City 1 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier Division

Dartford Valley 18  Faversham 19 – Kent League Division 2


Bean Parish Council

London Paramount Consultation Event – Monday 1 December.  To update Bean residents and answer questions, including A2 trunk road alterations Bean – Ebbsfleet – Pepperhill.

A2 Resurfacing – Update

Southfleet Parish Council

Church footpath DR133 – Flooding has been reported; the response from KCC Countryside Access Group can be seen here


Monday 24 November

Miracle on 34th Street at The Orchard Theatre.  ‘One of the most popular films of all time comes to the stage in this dazzling new production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical’.  Runs until Saturday 29 November; various times and some performances have limited ticket availability.

Tuesday 25 November

Local and Family History Drop in Session at Dartford Library.  ‘Keep Calm and Carry on Remembering, WW2 and It’ll all be over by Christmas,WW1 are the themes we will be exploring through photos, maps and newspapers from the archives in our local history collection’.

The Newspaper Project at Miskin Theatre.  ‘A devised piece based on news articles.. Whether they are true are not thats for you to decide.’  Runs until Thursday 27 November.

Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies at Dartford Folk Club

Dartford FC v Chester – Conference Premier Division

Wednesday 26 November

Royal Opera House: L’Elisir d’amore at Showcase Cinema ‘Donizetti’s romantic comedy featuring Bryn Terfel, live via satellite’.

Friday 28 November

Festive Gift & Food Fair at Glow, Bluewater (also on Saturday and Sunday)

Murder, Mystery & fish and chips at The Pavilion, Swanscombe (in aid of the Mayor’s Charity Fund)

Reggae Night at Manor Farm Barn, Southfleet.  ‘Live music, Caribbean food specials and a whole lot of dancing‘.

Live music:The Start at The Woodman.  ‘Playing the best of Ska, Mod and Northern Soul’.

Live music: Debi Hall at Dartford Conservative Club

Details of all of the above and more can be found on our Events Calendar


Saturday 29 November – St Michaels’ Christmas Fayre, Wilmington

Saturday 6 December – Wilmington Primary School Winter Fair & Christmas Craft Market

Saturday 6 December – Casino Royale Night at Bird in Hand

Saturday 6 December – A Night of Comedy at Pavilion Club, Swanscombe

Sunday 7 December – Mature Christmas Gathering at Pavilion Club, Swanscombe

Thursday 18 December – Jack and the Beanstalk at Wilmington Memorial Hall

PLANNED ROADWORKS NEXT WEEK (likely to cause delays according to

B2174 Princes Road, near junction with Dartford Road – Lane closure 24 – 28 November

A226 High Street, Dartford (near Paper Moon) – Lane closure 24 – 28 November

A225 Lowfield Street (south of Instone Road) – Multi-way traffic lights 24 – 26 November

B2174 Princes Road, between Lowfield Street and Darenth Road – Contra-flow 24 – 28 November

A225 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone – Two-way signals 24 – 27 November

B255 Bean Lane – Lane closure 24 – 27 November

Mounts Road, Greenhithe – Road closed 28 November – 11 December

A226 London Road, Greenhithe (near Knockhall Road) – Two-way signals 24 – 26 November



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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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