Proposed Homeless Shelter at St Edmund’s – Churches Together of Dartford have for the last few years been organising a cold shelter for the homeless of Dartford.  The homeless can often be invisible people that few of us know exist on our streets; in fact, it’s surprising to know how many homeless people are on the streets of Dartford and the variation in age.  The Churches want to respond by offering seven nights a week over the cold months of January, February and March, and offer a warm, dry place to sleep, share in fellowship and a cooked meal.   Last year they managed to offer four nights a week, this year they want to offer seven.  The Living Well Centre and St Edmund’s PCC are now in the initial stages of looking into whether it is possible for the Living Well Centre to offer one night a week to ten homeless people during this period.  Further details from

Stone Parish Council have published the minutes of their meeting on 12 November.  Included in these minutes is a proposal to name the future youth activity centre, The Claire Tiltman Centre.

As reported last week, Kent County Council have today launched their ‘Libraries, Registration and Archive Service Consultation’ – full details from  There are related roadshow events to be held at Temple Hill Library on Thursday 22 January and in the Orchards Shopping Centre on Thursday 29 January.

The What If Gallery depends solely on its volunteers and is a charity run space.  They are looking for Volunteers to help within the gallery.  Further details from What If Gallery

Darent Valley Hospital – published with today’s date on

The biggest reform in social care for 60 years comes into force this April and means a change to the way people can plan and pay for their care and support.  The new act will make care and support more consistent across the country and put people more in control of the decisions surrounding their care.  Graham Gibbens, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: ‘We welcome this major reform which will mean care and support will change for the better for the people of Kent.  This act will give people more rights, greater choice and independence, and better outcomes.  It will also make it easier for people to plan how they pay for their care and support giving them better peace of mind during their retirement.’ Further details from

It’s National Obesity Awareness Week.  Find advice and services to help you manage your weight –

Lafarge Tarmac reveals deal to sell land to create London Paramount –

Basepoint has acquired The Base Business Centre in Dartford following a £3.875m deal with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) –

Jeremy Kite demands Tesco to hand back land in Lowfield Street after describing the supermarket as “toxic” –

Commuting guide for Dartford rail users to/from London from Monday 12 January –  Also, coverage on BBC Radio Kent (feature starts at 2 hours 48 minutes in).

Dartford FC have been drawn at home to FC Halifax Town in the Third Round of this year’s FA Trophy; the match is scheduled to be played on Saturday 24 January.  As a coincidence, the two teams meet at Princes Park tomorrow night in a Conference Premier Division match.



Sunday 11th January – Dartford News and Tweets (including added comments).

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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