Banish the blues in 2015 – NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for most of the area’s health services, is urging people with depression to seek help in 2015.  The CCG’s clinical lead for mental health, Dr Elizabeth Lunt, said: “The beginning of a new year can be quite depressing for many. The dark mornings and dreary days can make a low mood worse.  And when post-Christmas bills are added to the mix, some people have difficulty coping.  It is unrealistic for all of us to be happy all of the time and low moods are part of the human experience. But depression is an illness which needs to be treated.  If you are experiencing depression, there is no need to suffer in silence. Help is available. Anyone experiencing depression should talk to their GP. Men can be particularly reluctant to talk about their problems but by making that first step you can change your life for the better.”  Further information is available from

Free training available for people aged over 19 and who are unwaged or who are in low paid work.  Courses include food safety level 2; health and safety level 2; and more.  Details from

Dartford FC have announced with great sadness the death of their Honorary Life President, Mike Brett-Smith.  Mike had been associated with the Darts since the early 1950’s and will be remembered by many people as a member of the Supporters Association committee for a number of years as well as Programme Editor in the days at Watling Street.  He also contributed to other publications, such as the centenary handbook, The Light at the End of the Tunnel and was co-author of the original club history book published in 1995.  He was one of the founder directors of Dartford FC (1992) Limited and its first Company Secretary as well as contributing work to the revised and updated history book, Princes Among Men – A history of Dartford Football Club.  On retiring as a Director, Mike was given the position of Honorary Life President.

Dartford District Swimming Club Chair’s Summary of 2014 –  ‘With the 2015 swimming season fully in flow it seems wholly appropriate to reflect back on 2014 and update you all on what is planned for 2015.  It seems a long time ago the doors were closed for the refurbishment at Fairfield pool and the club embarked upon its nomadic existence.

Following on from yesterday’s update, specifically regarding Powder Mill Lane:-

From @jakeetheridge: @DartfordMatters @KentHighways Will commencement of works coincide with Questor closing their access road from Powder Mill Ln?

From @DartfordMatters:  @jakeetheridge Not sure if @KentHighways will know this. If not, perhaps @pc_wilmington or Princes Ward Councillors may be able to advise.

From @jakeetheridge: Thanks, Andy. I’d have thought works coordinated with Questor or estate will become rat-run.  Estate will close to through-traffic as agreed but unsure if this will be from Monday.  No advance warning of closure. (I work on the estate.) Foresee very angry drivers come Monday.

Two concrete towers stand 20m above the ground on either side of the mouth of Dartford Creek. Two steel gates, each 30m across and weighing over 160 tons each, suspended at high level between the two concrete towers. This is the UK Environment Agency’s Dartford Barrier flood defence system in Kent, England – an article from

Dartford mothers ‘stressed and upset’ after GP surgery delays poorly babies’ vaccinations –

Burglar jailed for breaking into home in York Road –

Car thief jailed for three years after admitting stealing an Audi A4 from Hawley Road –

Football Youth Conference Alliance result (Wednesday) – Dartford Whites 4 Thamesmead Town Yellows 0; Thamesmead Greens 1 Dartford Reds 4.

Dartford Reds have been drawn at home to either Eastleigh Blues or Brentwood Town in the quarter finals of this season,s Football Youth Conference Alliance League Cup


Saturday 7 February – Meet Jessica Wright (TOWIE) for the launch of her new clothing range at House of Fraser, Bluewater.



Dartford Schools: Key Stage 4 and 16-18 Performance Tables


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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