Local festivals and opening of Osterberg Collection Visitor Centre

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The past few weeks have been very busy with many events going on throughout Dartford.

As well as attending numerous community festivals, I was honoured to have been asked to officially open the new Visitor Centre for the Osterberg Collection.

The new Centre, celebrating the Bergman Osterberg Physical Training College, which invented netball and the gymslip, is housed in a refurbished building at North Kent College, where the physical training college was based.

It was great to see a so many people at the opening, including former students and England netballers, who all had a chance to view the new-look Centre and its treasure trove of artefacts and information.

I am very proud that Dartford was the birthplace of netball and of the legacy of Madame Osterberg, whose vision of female empowerment meant young women had the opportunity to study physical education more than 100 years ago.

This new Visitor Centre is a testament to the hard work of the volunteers who run the collection and it will ensure the college’s legacy will live on. With the netball world cup currently taking place in this country, it’s a good time for visitors from far and wide to come to Dartford and have a look at a key part of the town’s history.

Like other years, there are many fetes, festivals and fayres during the summer months and it is always a pleasure to see people coming together to enjoy a community day out.

This year’s Dartford Festival was as busy as ever. During the two-day event, the good weather meant thousands of people turned out to enjoy the festivities on offer. A lot of hard work goes into organising this and other similar events across the area.

The Stone Festival, which was held the previous weekend, was a great success and it is getting bigger and bigger every year.  At Longfield too, this year’s festival was a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

These are just a few of the many events that are on in Dartford during the summer period, but all of them are built on strong community values, organised by the community for the communities they serve.