Kent County Council  has agreed to an increase of 1.99% for its portion of the council tax which works out at an extra £18.96 a year for a Band C property, the most common in Kent.  Full details here 

There was an attempted burglary in Alamein Gardens between the hours of 8.30pm on Sunday 8 February and 10.30am on Monday 9 February; entry was not gained.  If you have any information, please phone the Police on 101, quoting Crime no XY/4703/15 – Stone Parish Council

Kent Highways have advised that Park Corner Road will be closed  between Betsham Road and Foxhounds Lane for two days from Wednesday 18 February due to resurfacing works.

Kent gets £480,000 to tackle fraud – Tackling fraud has always been a priority for Kent authorities and now they have successfully bid for a £480,000 grant from the government to help boost the fight against fraud throughout the county. The bid was one of only 59 awarded across England and was selected on the basis of its sustainability and likely savings of almost £4 million across Kent.  The money will see a new data sharing partnership set up across all Kent local authorities, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority to try and detect and recover taxpayers money lost each year due to fraudulent claims against local authorities for various types of financial support.  Further details from 

Eight of the best roast dinners in North Kent and South East London – This feature from includes The Malt Shovel, Darenth Road.

It is believed shop staff at Darent Valley Hospital have been given their marching orders as bosses make way for a new Marks and Spencer store –

Football For A Fiver – League Club Season Ticket Holders are invited to come and watch Dartford v Gateshead on Saturday 21 February.  Further details from Dartford Football Club 

(Wednesday) Dartford Reds 1 Brentwood Town 3 – League Cup Quarter Final.  Despite leading at half-time, Dartford FC’s Academy lads couldn’t prevent the Essex side reaching the semi-final.  Also, Dartford FC’s U18 team were defeated last night 2-0 by Phoenix Sports in the John Ullman Cup.


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


Meet Peppa Pig at Showcase Cinema, Bluewater.   ‘Peppa Pig will be making a special appearance  from 10am to celebrate the release of Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots.’

Kent Football United v Lydd Town – Kent Invicta League.

Greenwich Borough v Beckenham Town  – Southern Counties East League.

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

Barn Dance at St Edmunds Church Living Well.

A Local Boy at the Miskin Theatre.  A production by Invertigo Theatre ‘a provocative, gripping, and touchingly funny debut play about identity, relationships, and the anger that smoulders when we feel like we don’t belong.’

Opera Supper at The Bird in Hand.

Vintage Valentine Event at Swanscombe Leisure Centre.  Mayor’s Charity Fund event featuring Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.


Riverside Footpath Litterpick – meeting at The Hufflers Arms.


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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