Month: April 2017

DAODS in full swing of rehearsals for ‘Made in Dagenham’

Following their fantastic run of Annie Get Your Gun in October, DAODS are in the full swing of rehearsals for their next production: Made in Dagenham. The show is being performed in April at the Orchard Theatre and is based on the film of the same name. It follows the main character of Rita O’Grady, who finds herself the spokesperson for a group of female workers at Ford’s Dagenham plant, and eventually leads them on strike when it becomes apparent they are being paid less than their male colleagues for doing the same work. Their actions ultimately led to the creation...

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The Brent Primary School Outstanding in All Areas

The Brent Primary School, Dartford, has achieved something that very few other schools do; an ‘Outstanding in all areas’ Ofsted report. The Inspection Team, who conducted their visit on 7th and 8th March, released the final report this week, as staff, pupils and parents spent the Easter break eagerly anticipating what the final judgement was to be. With comments such as, “As a result of highly effective teaching, pupils make outstanding progress, whatever their starting points” and, “The imaginative curriculum thoroughly engages pupils. They enjoy learning and make every effort to do well”, the report is certainly one that...

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Final Home league game sees Dartford hammer Bishop’s Stortford

Dartford FC vs Bishop’s Stortford – Match Report by Dan English Dartford 4 (Pugh, 13; Bradbrook, 25; Ofori-Acheampong, 60; Pavey, 85) Bishop’s Stortford 0 HT: 2-0 FT: 4-0 Referee: Lee Venamore 7/10 Match Rating: 3/5 Star Man: Ryan Hayes (Dartford) Attendance: 1,025   Four goals from four different players saw Dartford seal a convincing three points against National League South bottom side Bishop’s Stortford at Princes Park. Goals from Andy Pugh, Elliot Bradbrook, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Alfie Pavey secured the Darts’ three points over the relegated Stortford side. Dartford manager Tony Burman yearned for more goals after the victory:...

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The Learning Shop at Bluewater partners with local charity

Bluewater’s pioneering on-site recruitment and training facility, The Learning Shop, has partnered with local charity Porchlight, to provide a new employment scheme that will help homeless people in Kent get back into work. The week-long training course, held by The Learning Shop at Bluewater, helped disadvantaged people overcome barriers they’ve previously faced, due to lack of recent work experience or relevant skills, by offering valuable advice and guidance on securing employment. During the course, which took place last week, the Porchlight residents learnt about the retail industry and customer service, and received the same customer communications training as Bluewater...

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Parents Consortium charity name change to BEAMS

Parents Consortium was originally set up in 1996 by a group of parents that felt their needs for their disabled children to access services was not considered or heard by the local authority at that time. It was established as a local charity and has developed services to what we know today. In 2016 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary which is a major milestone. However, the last couple of years have been a constant challenge to find and generate available funding to offer our range of services to those that need them. Last year we were awarded a lottery...

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