Have you made a healthy New Year’s Resolution for 2015? – advice and suggestions from Dartford Borough Council regarding losing weight; quitting; cutting down on drinking; being more active; and improving your mental wellbeing.

Dartford Valley Rugby Club are preparing a new chapter in the club’s history with the creation of a youth section within the club.  They are currently working on all aspects for launch, scheduled for Easter.   If you have a child you want to be involved, or know of someone else with children who may be interested or can help or volunteer in any way, please get in contact with them.. Further information can be seen here.

127 runners competed in the Parkrun on New Years Day in Central Park – details from Dartford Parkrun

Handmade Kent ‘find great places to visit, discover hidden treasures, learn about history and support local business’ have recently carried a feature covering part of Dartford’s history.  It can be read at

General Election and Dartford – When I wrote the preview last week, I was not aware of  They claim to ‘have been making election predictions for twenty years, and were the most accurate pre-poll predictor at the last General Election in May 2010’.  They appear to regularly update their 2015 predictions for each constituency and I must admit, their current prediction (as of 1 January) that the Conservatives will retain Dartford (by my calculations with a majority of just short of 5000) is less than I expected.  How accurate their predictions will actually be remains to be seen.

Braintree Town 3 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier Division


Probably as can be expected after the festivities of the last week or so, there are not so many events happening around Dartford this weekend.  More information about all of the these events and more can be found on our Events Calendar.


Dartford Open Darts competition at Dartford Social Club.

Final performances of Peter Pan at the Orchard Theatre.

Norman Brown’s Charity Night at Dartford Conservative Club; music from 1nightonly – supporting Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.


New Year Community Brunch at Church Centre, Swanscombe Street – ‘come celebrate the festival of Epiphany.  All are welcome; sponsored by Asda, Greenhithe’.

Dartford FC v Kidderminster Harriers – Conference Premier Division.


Saturday 31 January (and other dates until Saturday 7 February) – Sleeping Beauty – A Family Pantomime presented by Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society



Editorial: A Small Business Is For Life (hopefully) – Not Just Christmas (including added comment)


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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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