Day: September 3, 2016

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) – By Cllr Daisy Page

The Pensions Act 1995 provided for the State Pension age (SPA) for women to increase from 60 to 65 over the period April 2010 to 2020. The Coalition Government legislated in the Pensions Act 2011 to accelerate the latter part of this timetable, so that women’s SPA will now reach 65 in November 2018. The reason given by the government increased in life expectancy since the timetable was last revised. From the 1940s until April 2010 the SPA was 60 for women and 65 for men. Provision to equalise the SPA for men and women by increasing the SPA...

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Vote for the Orchard Theatre to win the UK’s most welcoming Theatre Award 2016

Voting is now open to find the My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2016, in association with Smooth Radio. The Orchard Theatre offers a wide variety of shows capturing audience imaginations of all ages. My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre is an award celebrating theatres across the United Kingdom and is voted for by members of the public. Votes are cast on the My Theatre Matters website The voting closes at 12noon on Monday 19 September. There will be a winner in each of the 12 Regions and an overall winner will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards...

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Dates for ellenor’s next Carers’ Course

ellenor has unveiled the dates for its next Carers’ Course, which the charity is running jointly with Carers First. The course is open to anyone locally who is caring for someone with a lift-limiting illness, whether their loved one is an ellenor patient or not. Over six weeks, carers will receive information, guidance and practical help for caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. “Previous sessions have been positively received, with those attending finding them ‘helpful’ and ‘supportive’,” says Dr Russ Hargreaves, Head of Wellbeing at ellenor. “We appreciate that time is valuable for carers, so we have created sessions that have proved very useful to...

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September brings exceptional entertainment to Dartford!

This September, The Orchard Theatre has a wide variety of shows on offer to capture audience imaginations of all ages including Dirty Dancing, Jane MacDonald, Chinese State Circus, Rehearsal for Murder, The Counterfeit Stones, Stick Man, Sixties Gold and The Sound of Music and many more! Producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott have announced that a brand new production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will tour the UK from August 2016. The classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping I’ve Had The Time Of...

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No business like show business for Dartford theatre group

  One of Kent’s longest established theatre groups is putting the finishing touches on its next major production at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre this autumn. Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS) has been performing in the area for more than a century, and the past 12 months have been as busy as any. “Staging a musical is a huge undertaking, both technically and artistically, and this will be our fifth in the past year,” said society chairman Paul Farlie. “Aside from the people on stage, there are dozens who work tirelessly on lights, sound, costumes, set building and ticket sales to support our productions, plus...

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