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If you think there is a service we should list, or an entry that requires updating, please send details by email to infohub@racdv.org.uk or calling 01322 668106.
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Crockenhill Active Retirement Association (CROCKENARA)

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"The group consists of retired and semi retired persons over 50 who do not see retirement as a door closing, rather a door opening to a new opportunity. We are a non profit making organisation whose aim is to foster friendship between its members and to provide opportunities and facilities for social, cultural and leisure activities with the object of ensuing a full and active retirement."
Activities, talks, outings. Number of members is limited. There may be a waiting list to join. Priority is given to people living or working in Crockenhill.

Opening Hours 2nd Monday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Village Hall, Stones Cross Road, Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent | BR8 8LT
Email crockenara@gmail.com
Get in Touch www.crockenara.org.uk/community/crockenara-12643/contact/
Website www.crockenara.org.uk

Dartford Active Retirement Association (DARTARA)

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"At the meeting we have a guest entertainer or speaker, we also organise holidays and day trips out as well as activities including theatre trips, curling, short mat bowls, indoor games, coffee and cake afternoons with a quiz and an art group."

Opening Hours 2nd Thursday of each month 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, Kent | DA2 6JZ Phone Chairman - Henry Warman on 01322 224469 or Secretary - Maureen Dixon-Jones on 01322 383337

Hartley and District Active Retirement Association (HADARA)

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"The Club is open to any active 50 year olds and upwards whether they are preparing for retirement or are fully retired. HADARA is one of many retirement clubs throughout Kent which is connected to the umbrella of KentARA (Kent Active Retirement Association)"

Activities include short mat bowls, wine tasting, arts & crafts, day trips, holidays, theatre.

Opening Hours 4th Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Fawkham & Hartley Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8DB Website www.hadara.org.uk

Hawley and Sutton-at-Hone Active Retirement Association (HASARA)

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"HASARA (Hawley & Sutton Active Retirement Association) is a club for retired/semi-retired active people over the age of 55 which offers a variety of activities and outings and the chance to meet new acquaintances in a friendly atmosphere."

Activities, include art & craft (twice monthly), drama, keep fit (weekly), ten pin bowling (monthly), short mat bowls (weekly), pub lunch (monthly), badminton (monthly), local walks (seasonal - monthly), petanque, board games, darts, theatre shows, outings, short- break holidays.

Opening Hours 2nd Thursday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address The Scout Hall, 53 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent | DA9 9EX Website www.sahparishcouncil.uk/community/sutton-at-hone-hawley-parish-council-13251/hasara-active-retirement/

Hextable Active Retirement Association (HEXARA)

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Activities include short-mat bowls, walks, lunch club, coach outings, theatre trips, dog racing, snooker, ten pin bowling and breaks away (including foreign holidays) .

Opening Hours Monthly Address | Phone See hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx
Email www.hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx
Website www.hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx

Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JARA)

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"Membership is open to retired and semi-retired persons of 50 years and over."

Activities include “days out”, theatre trips, pub lunches, walks, holidays, quizzes, dances.

Opening Hours 1st Tuesday of each month. 1.15pm Address Community Hall, Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent | DA2 7NE Website www.joydenswoodresidents.co.uk/jara

New Ash Green Active Retirement Association (NAGARA)

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Activities include
A monthly meeting comprising of a report from the Chairman on current issues; A raffle followed by tea coffee and biscuits; A guest speaker – usually very entertaining.
A luncheon club that usually meets bi-monthly for lunch at a local pub or restaurant
A theatre group, that organises visits to the Orchard and London for a wide variety of plays and shows.
At least one holiday a year. (Holland in September 2017 and Lake Como June 2018.)
Day Trips - sometimes by coach and sometimes by members making their own way.
Walks - usually about 3 miles

Prospective members are welcome to attend 2 or 3 meetings to find out more about the club and decide whether or not they wish to join. The guest fee is £2, members pay a meeting fee of £1, all of which helps towards the cost of tea, biscuits, guest speaker and village hall hire.

There is currently a short waiting list for new members since numbers are limited by the capacity of the village hall.

Please contact Karen Ritzema for further information. Attendance at meetings is by prior arrangement only.

Opening Hours First Friday of each month 2.00pm-4.00pm Address New Ash Green Village Hall, 27 Turners Oak, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8JX
Email karen.ritzema@icloud.com

Second Hartley and District Active Retirement Association (SHADARA)

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Activities include Arts & Crafts, French Group, Swimming, Tai Chi, Ten pin Bowling, Computer Group, Books & Library, Music, Holidays, Outings, Theatres & Concerts, Lunches, Singers, Genealogy, Walks, Whist

Monday activities include Darts, Card Games, Scrabble, Rummikub, Table Tennis

Opening Hours 2nd Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Fawkham & Hartley Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8DB Website www.hartley2.eu

Second Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JOYARA)

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"Due to the phenomenal success of the original JARA, it was decided to form a second ARA".

"The aims of the Association are exactly the same as JARA being; to provide a choice of active pursuits for retired and semi-retired Residents including; Holidays, Theatre visits, Walks, Pub Lunches, Day trips and a variety of Speakers at our monthly meetings. "

Opening Hours 4th Tuesday of each month. 1.30pm Address Community Hall, Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent | DA2 7NE Website www.joydenswoodresidents.co.uk/joyara

Swanley Active Retirement Association (SWANARA)

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Activities, talks, outings

Opening Hours 3rd Tuesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Alexandra Suite, St Mary’s Road, Swanley, Kent | BR8 7BU

West Kingsdown Active Retirement Association (West KIARA)

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"Membership is open to local people over 50 who are retired or preparing for retirement"

"A number of activity groups have been set up which include Gardening, Flower Arranging,Art,Craft, Rambling and Embroidery. The social section arranges pub lunches, visits to theatres and exhibitions, coach outings, plus holidays and breaks at advantageous prices."

Opening Hours 4th Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address West Kingsdown CE Primary School, Fawkham Rd, Kent, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks, Kent | TN15 6JP Website Search for West Kiara on Facebook

Wilmington Active Retirement Association (WILMARA)

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Monthly meetings with entertainment / guest speaker.

Activities include: sport afternoons (Tuesdays), day trips, holidays (occasionally abroad), walks, lunch club.

Membership is limited by the size of the hall. Currently (August 2017) there is a long waiting list to join.

Opening Hours Monthly meetings 3rd Friday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Memorial Hall, 96 High Street, Wilmington, Kent | DA2 7BP

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Crockenhill Active Retirement Association (CROCKENARA)

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"The group consists of retired and semi retired persons over 50 who do not see retirement as a door closing, rather a door opening to a new opportunity. We are a non profit making organisation whose aim is to foster friendship between its members and to provide opportunities and facilities for social, cultural and leisure activities with the object of ensuing a full and active retirement."
Activities, talks, outings. Number of members is limited. There may be a waiting list to join. Priority is given to people living or working in Crockenhill.

Opening Hours 2nd Monday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Village Hall, Stones Cross Road, Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent | BR8 8LT
Email crockenara@gmail.com
Get in Touch www.crockenara.org.uk/community/crockenara-12643/contact/
Website www.crockenara.org.uk

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Dartford Active Retirement Association (DARTARA)

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"At the meeting we have a guest entertainer or speaker, we also organise holidays and day trips out as well as activities including theatre trips, curling, short mat bowls, indoor games, coffee and cake afternoons with a quiz and an art group."

Opening Hours 2nd Thursday of each month 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Fleetdown Community Centre, Swaledale Road, Dartford, Kent | DA2 6JZ Phone Chairman - Henry Warman on 01322 224469 or Secretary - Maureen Dixon-Jones on 01322 383337

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Hartley and District Active Retirement Association (HADARA)

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"The Club is open to any active 50 year olds and upwards whether they are preparing for retirement or are fully retired. HADARA is one of many retirement clubs throughout Kent which is connected to the umbrella of KentARA (Kent Active Retirement Association)"

Activities include short mat bowls, wine tasting, arts & crafts, day trips, holidays, theatre.

Opening Hours 4th Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Fawkham & Hartley Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8DB Website www.hadara.org.uk

Hawley and Sutton-at-Hone Active Retirement Association (HASARA)

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"HASARA (Hawley & Sutton Active Retirement Association) is a club for retired/semi-retired active people over the age of 55 which offers a variety of activities and outings and the chance to meet new acquaintances in a friendly atmosphere."

Activities, include art & craft (twice monthly), drama, keep fit (weekly), ten pin bowling (monthly), short mat bowls (weekly), pub lunch (monthly), badminton (monthly), local walks (seasonal - monthly), petanque, board games, darts, theatre shows, outings, short- break holidays.

Opening Hours 2nd Thursday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address The Scout Hall, 53 Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent | DA9 9EX Website www.sahparishcouncil.uk/community/sutton-at-hone-hawley-parish-council-13251/hasara-active-retirement/

Hextable Active Retirement Association (HEXARA)

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Activities include short-mat bowls, walks, lunch club, coach outings, theatre trips, dog racing, snooker, ten pin bowling and breaks away (including foreign holidays) .

Opening Hours Monthly Address | Phone See hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx
Email www.hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx
Website www.hextableparishcouncil.com/HexARA.aspx

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Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JARA)

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"Membership is open to retired and semi-retired persons of 50 years and over."

Activities include “days out”, theatre trips, pub lunches, walks, holidays, quizzes, dances.

Opening Hours 1st Tuesday of each month. 1.15pm Address Community Hall, Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent | DA2 7NE Website www.joydenswoodresidents.co.uk/jara

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New Ash Green Active Retirement Association (NAGARA)

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Activities include
A monthly meeting comprising of a report from the Chairman on current issues; A raffle followed by tea coffee and biscuits; A guest speaker – usually very entertaining.
A luncheon club that usually meets bi-monthly for lunch at a local pub or restaurant
A theatre group, that organises visits to the Orchard and London for a wide variety of plays and shows.
At least one holiday a year. (Holland in September 2017 and Lake Como June 2018.)
Day Trips - sometimes by coach and sometimes by members making their own way.
Walks - usually about 3 miles

Prospective members are welcome to attend 2 or 3 meetings to find out more about the club and decide whether or not they wish to join. The guest fee is £2, members pay a meeting fee of £1, all of which helps towards the cost of tea, biscuits, guest speaker and village hall hire.

There is currently a short waiting list for new members since numbers are limited by the capacity of the village hall.

Please contact Karen Ritzema for further information. Attendance at meetings is by prior arrangement only.

Opening Hours First Friday of each month 2.00pm-4.00pm Address New Ash Green Village Hall, 27 Turners Oak, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8JX
Email karen.ritzema@icloud.com

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Second Hartley and District Active Retirement Association (SHADARA)

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Activities include Arts & Crafts, French Group, Swimming, Tai Chi, Ten pin Bowling, Computer Group, Books & Library, Music, Holidays, Outings, Theatres & Concerts, Lunches, Singers, Genealogy, Walks, Whist

Monday activities include Darts, Card Games, Scrabble, Rummikub, Table Tennis

Opening Hours 2nd Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Fawkham & Hartley Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent | DA3 8DB Website www.hartley2.eu

Second Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JOYARA)

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"Due to the phenomenal success of the original JARA, it was decided to form a second ARA".

"The aims of the Association are exactly the same as JARA being; to provide a choice of active pursuits for retired and semi-retired Residents including; Holidays, Theatre visits, Walks, Pub Lunches, Day trips and a variety of Speakers at our monthly meetings. "

Opening Hours 4th Tuesday of each month. 1.30pm Address Community Hall, Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent | DA2 7NE Website www.joydenswoodresidents.co.uk/joyara

Swanley Active Retirement Association (SWANARA)

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Activities, talks, outings

Opening Hours 3rd Tuesday of each month. 2.00pm Address Alexandra Suite, St Mary’s Road, Swanley, Kent | BR8 7BU

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West Kingsdown Active Retirement Association (West KIARA)

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"Membership is open to local people over 50 who are retired or preparing for retirement"

"A number of activity groups have been set up which include Gardening, Flower Arranging,Art,Craft, Rambling and Embroidery. The social section arranges pub lunches, visits to theatres and exhibitions, coach outings, plus holidays and breaks at advantageous prices."

Opening Hours 4th Wednesday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address West Kingsdown CE Primary School, Fawkham Rd, Kent, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks, Kent | TN15 6JP Website Search for West Kiara on Facebook

Wilmington Active Retirement Association (WILMARA)

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Monthly meetings with entertainment / guest speaker.

Activities include: sport afternoons (Tuesdays), day trips, holidays (occasionally abroad), walks, lunch club.

Membership is limited by the size of the hall. Currently (August 2017) there is a long waiting list to join.

Opening Hours Monthly meetings 3rd Friday of each month. 2.00pm-4.00pm Address Memorial Hall, 96 High Street, Wilmington, Kent | DA2 7BP

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