Kent County Council Trading Standards have advised, through Kent Police, that dangerous children’s hats have reappeared in the county.  They have failed expert safety tests because the hats which are designed to be fastened under the chin, do not release if caught on play equipment or in a car door. The ties form a “noose”, which doesn’t break under pressure.  These hats present a very real risk of strangulation to children.  Further details, including images, here.

Haven Storehouse has been set up by Gateway Vineyard Dartford on behalf of Dartford Churches to help families and people in need in Dartford.  For those who like to donate to the food bank they are in need of cereal, long life milk and tinned meat products.  They are also hoping to hand out advent calendars to all clients, so any donations would be greatly appreciated.

In Monday’s update, we included a piece on the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Awards.  Every week they will be donating five cash awards to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.  Another local cause is looking for support.  St Mary, Greenhithe’s Community Cafe runs every Wednesday morning serving hot and cold drinks, home made cakes, home made soup and bread rolls as well as bacon butties.  It started in April and has been a huge success to date with an average attendance of 60 people each week. The cafe is run entirely by volunteers who come along, set up, bake, make the drinks and then wash up and clear away afterwards.  They need to get a new cooker for the kitchen.  The current one is not fit for purpose as it is a commercial unit which is too large for the ladies to use the grill or pull the shelves out of safely. They require a new unit with 2 smaller ovens which they will be able to manage much more easily and safely . They are raising funds at present but if they should be lucky enough to get a grant we will be able to replace it sooner   The voting link can be found at

Helping communities clear snow and ice – advice from Kent County Council.  Kent County Council is promoting the information to help communities look after their local areas if the county suffers from freezing conditions this winter. The council salts and clears around a third of the 5,000-mile road network.  There are also around 2,000 salt bins to help communities and local residents tackle roads and paths that it doesn’t cover. You can find out Kent’s gritting routes and where your nearest salt bin is at  As part of myth-busting advice, they advise that ‘the government advice is very clear – people can clear snow and ice from pavements themselves. It’s unlikely that they’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if they’ve cleared it carefully’.

Kent Police have released their meeting dates for December. This link details  details various locations and times when you can go along and speak with your local PCSO either as a mobile police station or a fixed location for a surgery. For updated information, it may be worth following @kentpolicedart on Twitter.

New Barn Road, Longfield – roadworks are scheduled to commence on Thursday 27 November until Monday 1 December.  Two-way signals will be in operation and delays are likely according to

Kent County Council, meeting of Growth Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee on Tuesday 2 December.  One item on the agenda for this meeting is ‘to receive a report from the Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Corporate Director for Growth, Environment & Transport that provides a summary of the proposals for the London Paramount leisure resort at Swanscombe and highlights the potential economic benefits’.  The six page document, which the Committee are being asked to note, gives basic details of the background information to the project and the next steps proposed.

Dartsave launched to help motorists avoid £70 fines for forgetting to pay at Dartford Crossing –

Paramount update – have revealed details of some of the possible rides and attractions.

Claire Tiltman trial coverage –

Dartford FC 2  Chester 4 – Conference Premier Division.  Despite going two goals up through Lee Noble and Elliot Bradbrook, the Darts collapsed in the second half to concede four times.   they remain in the bottom four.  Before last night’s game, Dartford FC’s Vice Chairman, Steve Irving, presented Ryan Hayes with an award to commemorate Ryan’s 300th start for Dartford, where he has been a player for the last ten years – dartfordfconline


Thursday 27 November – Live music: B.B. Slim’s Chitlin’ Club at The Ivy Leaf.  Featuring Clint Batham, Highly Strung Nigel of  Bermondsey, Mississippi Macdonald and The Cottonmouth King.

Saturday 29 November – Christmas Fair and Winter Wonderland at St Edmunds Church, Temple Hill

Saturday 29 November – Live music: Maisie Springett at The Ship Inn, Puddledock Lane

Sunday 30 November – Live music: The Life of Brian at The Black Horse, Bean.  ‘Performing numbers from a wide range of musical styles and genres by artists such as Bryan Adams to ZZ Top including The Beatles, The Kinks, The Police, The Pretenders, Anastasia, KT Tunstall, Kings of Leon, Sheryl Crow & lots lots more’.


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.

1 comment on “Wednesday 26 November – Dartford News and Tweets”

  1. KegDA1 Reply

    It is really great to see so many people sharing the Toy Appeal information. Thank you to nwkc. Please donate if you are able.

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