Would this initiative work or be of any benefit to Dartford? – Litterbugs and irresponsible dog owners face on-the-spot £75 fines from next week in Gravesend as the council’s Team G initiative moves into a new phase.  Gravesham Borough Council has hired enforcement contractor Kingdom to tackle litter and dog fouling across the borough for a 12-month trial.  Anyone caught littering or allowing their dog to foul public places will be issued with a penalty notice.  The council is the fourth local authority in Kent to use the company.  Their experience has led to cleaner streets.  Last year the council launched its Team G initiative to clean up and maintain Gravesend town centre and intends to roll it out across the borough.  Uniformed Kingdom operators will be equipped with body-worn CCTV cameras.  Anyone caught committing an offence will get a £75 fine on the spot.  The income from fines will pay for the service.  Any surplus will go towards other anti-litter and environmental improvement schemes.  More information from

World War I Dead Commemorated in East Hill Cemetery –

Yesterday, we published an article Dartford Schools: Key Stage 4 and 16-18 Performance Tables.  This article from reveals that Dartford Grammar School is included in the top five schools in Kent for GCSE pass rates. Also, coverage from

North West Kent College is pleased to announce the launch of a new suite of ‘Access to Higher Education’ courses this September.  There are eight new courses being added to two existing courses, for individuals over 19 years of age, who may have been out of the classroom for a while and are looking to gain the qualifications to progress into a new career or go on to study at University.  Further details from

Acorns Early Years Nursery burned in arson attack –

Dartford FC have signed Jamie Richards, a 20 year old left sided defender from Plymouth Argyle on an initial months loan.  Jamie has been playing on loan for Linfield FC in the NIFL Premiership since August.  Tony Burman speaking on dartfordfconline said “I am pleased to add Jamie to the squad.  He is a very good prospect who has had good experience playing in Ireland and it will give us that balance on the left hand side of the defence.”  In other player news, Mat Mitchel-King has left the club by mutual consent. Tony Burman saidMat was out of contract and had some longer term work commitments and will be joining another club in due course nearer to his place of work and home.’

A Dartford poker player has walked away from an elite competition with £78,825 –


Further information about all of these events and more can be found on our Events Calendar


Wedding Fair at Bluewater (and Sunday).

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.’

Dartford FC v Bristol Rovers – Conference Premier Division.

Kent Football United v Glebe – Kent Invicta League.

Dartford Valley v Whitstable – Kent League Division 2.

The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman at Showcase Cinema (live via satellite).

Sleeping Beauty – A Family Pantomime (and Sunday) – Presented by Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Calamity Jane at the Orchard Theatre.

Live music: Si’s Smokin’ Aces at Dartford Working Men’s Club.

Live music: The Dirty Bullet Band at The Woodman –  ‘A local band performing the best of Rock, Pop, Indie & Blues.


Unforgetable Elvis at Hufflers Arms.

Live music: Neilson at The Woodman – ‘Great Singer/Guitarist performing songs from Oasis, The Beatles,Take That, Green Day, Stereophonics, R.E.M and many more.

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at the Orchard Theatre.


Friday 6 February – Quiz Night at Dartford Grammar School

Saturday 14 February – Magic Moments at St Michaels and All Angels Church,Wilmington.  ‘A concert of music you will love presented by Dartford Amateur Operatic And Dramatic Society, Northfleet Brass and special guests.’

Saturday 14 February – The Metropolitan Opera: Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at Showcase Cinema (live via satellite).

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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