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The Priory Centre on Project Dirt!

Posted by James Dowdell on September 17, 2015

Welcome to the Priory Shopping Centre Cluster page. Here you'll find the latest updates and activity from the fantastic local projects we supported from our Priory Centre Community Grant. Set up to champion and galvanise the community activity in Dartford. Check out each project and see the epic work they're doing on your doorstep. Continue reading »


A network of diverse community projects supported by the Priory Centre Community Grant local to Dartford

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Dartford Valley Rugby Football Club

We are an all-inclusive, community rugby club, which is fully committed to making positive change in Dartford and its surrounding areas.We are passionate in our belief that we can and will bring so much to a local community like ours. Our club is about more than rugby. We believe that rugby is a tool that can be used to help people, teaching core principles -  Respect, Discipline, Teamwork, Fun and good old-fashioned Hard Work - which can be taken forward into school, the street, homes and workplaces. Respect and discipline are at the core of our club and game, and having positive role models and a constructive outlet in a working class town like ours is of huge importance. This is a service that we are committed to providing for our community. Not just a sub-set of our community, but for all. With this in mind we have recently expanded our club from a men's 1st and 2nd XV, to include a hugely successful youth section; and are continuing our quest to engage with the broadest possible range of society, by establishing a women's and wheelchair team.

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Yoghurt-pot octopuses, a plastic-packed tree and a world map to make you rethink your recycling

On Saturday 17th we held our second and final Plastic Fantastic workshop. Again, public response was great, with plenty of adults and children creating beautiful works of art from our treasure trove of plastic waste.Our first guest was an adult, Ann-Marie, who had been sent our way by the Project Dirt newsletter - it was great to meet someone who had come specifically to see us and the project. Her creation was a stunning Indian-inspired elephant, complete with jewels and hand-drawn patterns.Throughout the day we had a variety of guests, but all were inspired by the opportunity to just get stuck in and create. One girl and her brother stayed for a couple of hours, making piece after piece and adding it to the tree. You could almost see the creative urge pouring out of them!Drawings/elephants/yoghurt pot caterpillars and sea snakes, CD sun catchers, CD case compositions, crayon pictures and paintings were all added to our tree - both on the branches and on the base.We also chatted to visitors who were interested in the concept and drawn in by the map sculpture and images in our 'Ideas Workshop'.Both the map and tree sculpture are now on display in the Priory Centre Market Place for a week. The barrier we created for safety reasons was also decorated by visitors to the workshop - some with the help of our volunteer artists. They are now adorned with paintings and drawings of sea creatures and plenty of glitter!The sculptures were formally opened this morning by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford, and will be on display until Sunday 25th September.Dartford Arts Network would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this project possible – including:Ellandi / Project Dirt / The Priory Centre / Wickes Dartford / Dartford Borough Council / Mayor & Mayoress of Dartford and of course, all the DAN volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to make this a success. Thank you all. If you would like more information on how to get involved with future projects, or how to join up and become a member, please email us at [email protected], message us on Facebook, or tweet us @dartfordarts




Project Dirt Day

9:39, Saturday 22nd October

Hosted by: James Dowdell

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Priory Shopping Centre Community Grant