The Orchard Youth Theatre spring term has started.  New members are welcome to join.  More information on how to take part from

This bizarre letter given out by a ‘Ukip supporter’ is the strangest thing ever –

A man will appear in court at the end of the month charged with stealing a horsebox from an address in the Dartford area.  He was arrested on 5 January on the M25 and charged with theft, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.  These charges relate to an incident in Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, the same day, where a horsebox was reported missing.  Further details from

Council Leader confirms new Lowfield Street Working Group to include residents, shoppers and local businesses –

Dartford Leader says Tesco must relinquish Lowfield Street land to developers with vision –

Statement from Dartford Council Leader Jeremy Kite on Lowfield Street –

BBC News – Tesco urged to ‘get out of’ Dartford after store is scrapped.


Tuesday 27 January – Southern Tenant Folk Union at Dartford Folk Club.  ‘Edinburgh based band who conjure up a fascinating union of Celtic and American influences’.

Saturday 31 January – Knight’s Academy of Dance Open Day at the Mick Jagger Centre.  ‘A chance to join in with the classes including Ballet, Contemporary, Street and Musical Theatre, all free.  You don’t need to have any prior dance experience. We welcome beginners and offer a trial lesson to all new customers.  Children of all abilities from 3 years old are welcome to attend.’

Saturday 7 February – Live music: The Escalators at Dartford Social Club.


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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