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Kitten Scanner for Darent Valley Hospital

The Kitten Scanner is designed to help children who are worried about having an MRI and has been unveiled at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. With the use of a computer game-style Avatar, the Kitten Scanner gets the children playing a game where they follow the...

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MINISO Brings its First Ever Blue Store to Bluewater Shopping Centre

MINISO Brings its First Ever Blue Store to Bluewater Shopping Centre

Spanning over 2,000 sq ft, MINISO’s Bluewater location in Kent will be the retailer first ever blue store MINISO is offering a special offer - the first 300 customers in-store will take home a complimentary goody bag with purchase worth £25*  Located on the Lower...

Kitten Scanner for Darent Valley Hospital

The Kitten Scanner is designed to help children who are worried about having an MRI and has been unveiled at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. With the use of a computer game-style Avatar, the Kitten Scanner gets the children playing a game where they follow the...

Mayor of Dartford Delighted by Visit to Local Business: The Happiness Box

In the heart of Dartford, a beacon of joy shines bright: The Happiness Box. Since its inception in 2020, this local business has been on a mission to spread happiness far and wide, one thoughtful gift at a time. What began as a simple idea during lockdown has...

Multimillion-Pound Ballerz dome opens with star-studded football tournament 

Famous names from the world of football, music and entertainment competed in a football tournament to launch the multimillion-pound Ballerz dome at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent last night (16 May) ahead of the official opening to the public this Saturday (18...

“One of the greatest ever stage thrillers” – Review: SLEUTH by Anthony Shaffer at Orchard West”

Andrew is a very eloquent, clever and famous mystery writer who likes to play games. He invites his wife's lover, Milo, to his Wiltshire manor house and convinces him to stage a robbery of his wife's jewellery. This proposal sets off a chain of events that leaves the...

1% left in your will can make a difference to children like Ruby

Many charities rely on legacy giving as a main source of income. Beams was lucky enough to have our first legacy donation towards our lovely new garden at Beams. The impact of this legacy was huge to our disabled children as they now all enjoy the outside space. One...

New Mayor of Dartford elected for 2024/25

Councillor Andy Lloyd has been appointed as the Mayor of Dartford for the next 12 months. The ward member for Heath, who has served as deputy mayor for the past year, was elected at the Annual Council meeting on 8 May 2024. Councillor Lloyd was first elected to...

There are plenty of joyful early summer gardens to visit this June, with over 60 garden open days in Kent this month

We are spoilt for choice in Kent for beautiful gardens to visit this June. With over 60 open days this month for the National Garden Scheme, there is so much to explore and enjoy, including several new gardens as well as old favourites full of blooming roses and early...

ELLENOR CHARITY SHOPS SET TO DOUBLE PRESENCE ACROSS KENT AND BEXLEY, PAVING THE WAY FOR ENHANCED HOSPICE CARE

ellenor’s Director of Operations Liam Stone manages the hospice charity’s day-to-day operations. His remit? IT, health and safety, the construction of ellenor’s new Wellbeing Centre …and its 10 shops throughout Kent and Bexley. At the moment, ellenor has retail...

What’s on May at Orchard West

Sleuth – Thu 9 – Sat 11 May Sleuth is one of the greatest ever stage thrillers and played for a total of12 years in both London and New York. Winning the Tony Award for Best Play, it also became the inspiration for the hugely successful film starring Laurence Olivier...

Ofsted Delivers Glowing Good Review of North Kent College with Outstanding Judgement for Student Behaviours and Attitudes.

North Kent College, incorporating Hadlow College, is delighted after receiving their latest Ofsted grading which saw the education watchdog rate them ‘Good’ overall, and with an assessment of ‘Outstanding’ in Behaviours and Attitudes. North Kent College, incorporating...
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Mayor of Dartford Delighted by Visit to Local Business: The Happiness Box

In the heart of Dartford, a beacon of joy shines bright: The Happiness Box. Since its inception in 2020, this local business has been on a mission to spread happiness far and wide, one thoughtful gift at a time. What began as a simple idea during lockdown has...

Bluewater further invests in community with applications for new grants now open

Bluewater is continuing to invest in the community and support local people as it opens its applications for grants for local not-for-profit organisations. The Landsec Futures Community Grant Scheme provides funding with grants between £1,000 and £3,000 to support...

Business school to offer Dartford residents the chance to make their dream careers a reality.

Dartford residents are to gain free support from an award-winning organisation, to help them to turn their passions, talents or hobbies into a small business. From 12th February anyone from across the borough will be able to attend the Rebel Business School, online...

Local care company is crowned ‘5 star employer’

Home Instead Dartford has been declared a ‘5 star’ employer, showing that care is a worthwhile career path to take. The home care company’s employees have commended the company due to factors such as top-quality training opportunities and supportive leadership. All...

Dartford Borough Council partners with Made in Kent Radio in support of Small Business Saturday

On 2nd December, ‘Small Business Saturday’ returns for its eleventh year in the UK. Whether you’re a local shop, small manufacturer or online business, all small Dartford businesses owners are encouraged to get involved. To mark the occasion, Dartford Borough Council...

Dartford’s festive calendar begins with Big Christmas Switch On

Christmas has officially begun in Dartford following the Big Christmas Switch On at the weekend. After poring through hundreds of incredible colouring competition entries from schools across Dartford, Oliver Carty, 8, was selected as this year’s lucky winner, and got...

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120th anniversary of Hesketh Park Bowls Club

Hesketh park bowling club is celebrating the start of a very special season. Formed in 1904 the club will be celebrating 120 years of playing. On Saturday the 20th of this month a special first of the season match was arranged. Guests of honour was the Dartford’s lady...

DARTFORD FC | IN CONVERSATION WITH FUMNAYA SHOMOTUN

Saturday’s game against Maidstone United saw Fumnaya Shomotun feature in our Matchday Programme. For those who missed that feature, here is the full article: SECTION ONE Fumnaya Shomotun arrived at Dartford at the beginning of February, straight after impressing Tony...

DARTFORD FC | IN CONVERSATION WITH BILLY TERRELL

Dartford faced Aveley at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park last month. The game saw Billy Terrell feature in our Matchday Programme. For those who missed it, here is the full article: SECTION ONE Young goalkeeper, Billy Terrell, arrived from Premier League outfit...

DARTFORD FC | IN CONVERSATION WITH MANNY ADEBOWALE

Last weekend’s fixture against Taunton Town saw Manny Adebowale feature in our Matchday Programme. For those who missed it, here is the full article: SECTION ONE Manny Adebowale arrived at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park last season, but only made the one solitary...

DARTFORD FC | IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTIN BINKS

Last weekend’s fixture against Taunton Town saw Martin Binks feature in our Matchday Programme. For those who missed it, here is the full article: Today’s fixture against Taunton Town sees us continue our celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of that historic 1973-74...

DARTFORD FC | IN CONVERSATION WITH JACK SMITH

Tuesday evening saw Dartford host Chippenham Town at Bericote Powerhouse Princes Park. Midfielder Jack Smith featured in our Matchday Programme that evening. For those who missed it, here is the full article: Jack Smith is a man of few words. Like many footballers, he...

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Shortbread Cookie Pops

Most cookie recipes use block butter to help them with the rolling and cutting process. I’ve used margarine here so, hopefully, you’ll be able to make them without having to go out and buy ingredients especially for the recipe. It does mean, however, that you won’t be...

Love your leftovers ‘Bread Pudding’

I’m pretty passionate about reducing food waste however I can and love it when a recipe calls for leftovers. As well as being able to use bread that’s a few days old and a bit stale, it’s also a great way to use up any leftover Easter Eggs.As with most of my...

RECIPE: Easy Fruit Loaf

I really love my collection of easy – and quick to prepare – cakes and bakes recipes. Sometimes, you don’t have the time to follow a fancy recipe and this is one of my fruit cake recipes for just such an occasion. As always, its adaptable so if you don’t have brown...

RECIPE: Festive Swirls

This month’s offering is less of a recipe and more of an idea for your festive celebrations – although variations would be absolutely perfect for any buffet table throughout the year. You will need: Ready made Puff Pastry Mincemeat – there are some deliciously...

RECIPE: Viennese Biscuits

Visiting my mum recently I was reminded of the times we used to go to monthly tea dances in the village halls around Ashford, where I grew up. Halfway through each evening a tray would be passed round with a selection of cakes and biscuits on it. I always chose the...

RECIPE: Steamed Jam Pudding

The Summer lasted well into September, but now it’s time to snuggle up on our sofas with a blanket and wait for the winter to truly take hold! So, this month’s recipe is a real crowd pleaser – a comforting treat that’s delicious served with ladles of custard. It can...

RECIPE: Quick and Easy Banana Loaf

We’ve all had those times when our bananas are getting a bit too ripe to eat – so here’s a quick and easy recipe to use them up in a delicious loaf. As usual you can add extra treats to the recipe – chocolate chips or blueberries are amazing additions! Or leave the...
Love your leftovers ‘Bread Pudding’

Love your leftovers ‘Bread Pudding’

I’m pretty passionate about reducing food waste however I can and love it when a recipe calls for leftovers. As well as being able to use bread that’s a few days old and a bit stale, it’s also a great way to use up any leftover Easter Eggs.As with most of my...

RECIPE: Easy Fruit Loaf

RECIPE: Easy Fruit Loaf

I really love my collection of easy – and quick to prepare – cakes and bakes recipes. Sometimes, you don’t have the time to follow a fancy recipe and this is one of my fruit cake recipes for just such an occasion. As always, its adaptable so if you don’t have brown...

RECIPE: Festive Swirls

RECIPE: Festive Swirls

This month’s offering is less of a recipe and more of an idea for your festive celebrations – although variations would be absolutely perfect for any buffet table throughout the year. You will need: Ready made Puff Pastry Mincemeat – there are some deliciously...