Darent Valley Hospital – ‘Open visiting should also help alleviate the parking problems at the hospital by allowing people to travel at different and more convenient times of day.’  Patients’ visitors will be able to come and see their friends and relatives at Darent Valley anytime during the day as DVH roll out open visiting across the hospital.  Previously, visiting hours were clearly defined to fit in with the routine functioning of clinical areas, but it is hoped that by offering visitors greater flexibility, patients, visitors and hospital staff will all benefit.  People have busy schedules and it isn’t always possible to visit during conventional visiting times but now visitors can call in at any time during the day, typically between 10:00am and 8:00 pm.  Though please do check our website for the specific times of each ward as they can vary.   Special visiting arrangements can be made with staff for outside of these hours.  Further details from Darent Valley Hospital 

Kent’s Libraries are inviting people to get their nose in a good book to celebrate National Libraries Day.  Taking place on Saturday 7 February, libraries across the county will be marking the day with quizzes, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, book displays and author talks.  National Libraries Day will also see the launch of a national first – Library Treasures, a new app to encourage youngsters to read.  Full details from  Libraries in the Borough are taking part and some activities will run throughout the week:

Ashen Drive – Book display all week.

Dartford – Local History, Mind books and chat, Bookgroups, health trainer, Harry Potter Story Time and quiz on 7 February.

Fleetdown – Promotion to Fleetdown School and BBR groups, book display.

Greenhithe – Book display, Knockholt school visit.

Longfield – Book display.

Summerhouse Drive – Window display, National Libraries Day quizzes.

Sutton-at-Hone – Book display and National Libraries Day quizzes.

Swan Valley – Book display and National Libraries Day quizzes.

Temple Hill – Book display and National Libraries Day quizzes.

Dartford Science and Technology College 2014 GCSE results – Last week we published a link to the Dartford Schools: Key Stage 4 and 16-18 Performance Tables.  Following these results, Seamus Murphy, Principal of DSTC, how proud he was of the results achieved by the students and staff at the college.

As a result of our continued commitment to the teaching of languages, we also have the second highest EBacc score for secondary modern schools in Kent.   This reflects that every student studies a language at DSTC.  Although some schools don’t spend time on languages anymore, we feel that it is vital for our students’ futures.  Our students who come from more disadvantaged backgrounds are also doing well; we are in the top 5 secondary modern schools in Kent and the top 8% of all schools in the country.  In fact, our disadvantaged students made more progress than those in many grammar schools.  Finally, we continue to have the highest A-level grades, in terms of average grades and progress, of any non selective school or academy in North West Kent.’

Full details from 

Greenhithe a place of note? – 

If Dartford FC’s FA Trophy replay, scheduled for tomorrow at FC Halifax Town, is postponed again (the Yorkshire club’s home league game on Saturday was called off), the tie will be rescheduled for Wednesday night according to FC Halifax Town

Stone Parish Council have published the agenda for the meeting of the Finance & Audit Committee to be held on Wednesday 4 February.  The minutes of the previous meeting have also been published.

At last Monday’s Dartford FC AGM, ex Co-Chairman Bill Archer was presented with a Spirit Decanter in a Presentation Box by new Co-Chairman Steve Irving to thank him for his continued work and support for the club, and to welcome him as the new President of the club.  On Saturday, Tony Burman was presented with a glass award to commemorate ten years as Manager of the Club – details from 


Thursday 5 February – Live music at the Bull and Vic featuring I The Lion, Forever The Foundation, In Crowded Skies and Bear Safari.

Sunday 8 February – Gillham School of Performing Arts Musical Theatre Showcase at the Mick Jagger Centre.

Sunday 8 February – Quiz Night at The Royal Oak.

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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