Dartford Mens Shed is currently working with Social Services in helping a young mum who has suffered Domestic Violence and has moved to the Borough of Dartford from outside of the area.  She is in need of a single/double bed, rugs, towels, TV stand.  She has a four year old girl who would love some toys etc.  Further details from Dartford Mens Shed

Stone Parish Council is featured as the Council of the Week by the National Association of Local Councils.  ‘NALC would like to congratulate Stone Parish Council on the high profile the council has achieved by consulting with and successfully delivering services to its electors.  This is a model council that is active, imaginative and communicates well with its electors. The community as a result has genuine leadership and can look to the Local Council to protect and raise the quality of life in the parish.’  The full article can be read on

Figures released last week by, show that as of 31 March 2014, in Dartford there were Council Tax arrears totalling £4588000 equating to £111 for each dwelling. This rate per dwelling was joint 236th best of the 326 authorities listed. For the period 2013-14, Dartford Borough Council’s collection rate was 97.1%.  This collection rate was joint 198th best of the 326 authorities listed.

Have you ever wondered how Dartford Borough Council spends our money?  The November figures have recently been published on  This links to a spreadsheet showing expenditure over £500, including supplier name, expense type, etc.

Since Saturday, the Small Businesses of the Day as featured by Dartford Borough Council were Craft Frames Ltd of West Hill, picture framing, needlework & craft supplies and hand embroidery classes; New York Deli, sandwiches and hot food to eat in or take away in Market Place; and Dartford Legal Services, domestic and commercial conveyancing, probate and wills located in Regus House, Crossways.

The British Signs and Graphics Association has lodged a protest against Dartford Borough Council’s Local Plan –

Baled straw fire in Wilmington on Sunday night –

(Saturday) Orpington 3 Kent Football United 0 – Kent Invicta League


Saturday 11 April – Hesketh Park Pavillion Opening Night Gala Dinner – Dartford Cricket Club in association with Dartford Borough Council and others, black tie, tickets £75.


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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