Welcome to the Downe Village website. Please take time to look around. If you have any suggestions, please contact the webmaster (via the Residents' Association page)
What's happening in Downe
Events coming up in Downe
The village hall is open again and taking bookings - see the village hall page of this website
Saturday 25 September - 60's, 70's & 80's music quiz - village hall (now sold out)
Friday 1 October - Business in Downe meeting - 8:00am in the George & Dragon
Please see panels below for information on activities in Downe related to the current Coronavirus epidemic
For St Mary's church services (click)...........
For Baptist church services (click)........
Downe Residents' Association AGM was held on 23rd March. This covered 2 years - 2019 and 2020 as an AGM was not held in March 2020. The relevant minutes can bed read on the Residents' Association page of this website
See the help page for contacts for all sorts of issues - from reporting fly-tipping to finding stray dogs....NEW - a section on the responsibilities of Bromley Council, the Greater London Authority and the local MP)
Downe & Cudham Ultrafast Broadband Community Project - update
Openreach have now released the first phase of "Ultrafast" or "Full Fibre" broadband in Downe.
Customers in the following roads should now be able to order the service from their chosen supplier:
Belle Vue Road
I believe these roads were chosen first by Openreach due to not having issues with road closures and Council permits ! For similar reasons, it looks like Farthing Street will be next (easy road to close)
Openreach have confirmed that Ultrafast Broadband for Downe and Cudham is going ahead. Openreach have until February 2022 to complete the implementation.
Huge thanks to all those who have helped the project by responding to the GOV.UK vouchers. The remaining GOV.UK vouchers have now been issued to High St Downe and West Hill residents.
Whether or not you pledged a voucher the scheme will be going ahead and all properties will be served - other than where previously advised (ie those on the Knockholt exchange and some in the Grays Road, Cudham area).
Some residents will have noticed preparatory work - eg clearing of underground ducting, installation of a fibre chamber (in Standard Rd) etc. The fibre cables will run underground where this capability exists, but probably mainly over cables attached to existing telegraph poles. Disruption is expected whilst this work is carried out (eg road closures). When the infrastructure work is completed, residents will be able to order a fibre service from their chosen supplier. Note - if you applied for a Government voucher (via the GOV.UK e-mail), you will be expected to take a fibre service. I understand installation at each property will comprise a new "drop wire" from telephone pole to your property.
Spot the similarity ? Yes - water in the pond (Jan 2021)!!!
St Mary's in the snow (Jan 2021)
Pub events in Downe
The Queen’s Head
The Pub has been and will continue to open daily for drink and food from noon through to 11pm (10pm when last customers have already left), but we no longer taking bookings and offer our 18 external tables on a first come first served basis only. We have 9 tables inside our marquee.
The Queens Larder is still open daily (12 - 3.30pm), with a selection of household provisions, fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade cakes and savouries, hot drinks, sweets, tobacco and fresh bread.
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The George & Dragon
The George and Dragon is open to inside trade, following closures for Covid 19 restrictions and for us to redecorate.
We would like to thank our customers for their support during the closed period and look forward to seeing you all following restrictions being lifted. We will be keeping you safe via continual cleaning, social distancing and our staff serving you directly to your tables.
I am sure you will agree the external decorations look brilliant and I would like to thank Rob Stevens for his workmanship. He tells me this is his sixty fifth project in the village of Downe.
We are excited to announce the great news that Dakshin is fully open for indoor dining! We are thrilled to have you back to enjoy our friendly service and hospitality.
We are also glad to announce that from 17th of May we will be open 7 days a week, our new opening hours are as follows:
It is important to note we will be adhering to all current social distancing guidelines - as a result, we will have a limited number of tables available. Thus, we urge you to kindly book in advance to avoid any disappointment.
To book your table please kindly call in or reserve online via our website:
Telephone: +44 1689 858946
- 15% off on all collections
- Free deliveries within 5-mile radius
Current Special Offer (Tue & Wed):
- Banquet Night 4-Course Meal: £14.95
We really look forward to welcoming you back at our restaurant.
Read the latest update (as of end 2019) on the Downe lottery on the lottery page....
Have you joined the Downe Lottery yet ? .........be in it to win it
The main purpose is to raise money for 'worthy' causes in the village, with the added opportunity to win prizes. The prize money is 50% of the monthly monies raised - so clearly, the more lottery shares sold, the more money in the prize pot, and the more money raised for Downe.
To apply, email Tony Dixon, the Lottery Promoter, using email@example.com for a standing order form.
Visit the lottery page for all the information on the lottery....
Bromley Mayor - Cllr Hannah Gray - unveils the new Downe information board
The board was a project originated and driven through over the past two years by residents in Downe village who were concerned that our historic village had no such information for the many tourists, walkers, cyclists, and the general public that visit each year – as well as for locals. With assistance from Bromley Council and many local historians (including at Down House – residence of Charles Darwin), the information board – containing maps, historic buildings, roads, footpaths etc) was researched, designed and eventually produced and installed in August.
Sadly, due to Government restrictions, only six people could be officially invited to the unveiling. Madam Mayor gave an enthusiastic speech before uncovering the board, to the delight of the few people watching. Following the unveiling, Madam Mayor was treated to some local produce - Downe orchard apple juice. Most of the core project team (Zoe Knight, Kim Durham, Terry Pyle and Steve Barnes) were present to witness this fitting addition to the centre of the village.
Local food producers / deliverers - this is a list being built up as more information becomes available (v12)
Note, to make it easier to upload this suppliers list, you now need to click on the link below to see the information:
London Biggin Hill Airspace Change Proposal - Click the button below to read the report about proposed changes to flightpaths:
People of Science - Sir David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox discuss Charles Darwin (5 min video - press button below)_
Watch an old video from 1987 about the effect of the great storm of October 1987 on Bromley Borough.....
Watch an old advert for Swan Lager - filmed in Downe - not sure of date but looks very 1970's !!!
Local footpaths - these can be found on this Bromley Council website (complete with their numbers)....
Ever wondered how to report a stray dog, injured deer or abandoned car etc ?
Go to the help page for information on what to do and who to contact........
More on the village lime tree - following on from the article below, many thanks to Dave Evans who uncovered this photo of (village resident) Eric Lubbock and his wife from the Daily Telegraph - Friday March 16th 1962, and another from the Kentish Times showing Eric celebrating his Orpington victory for the Liberal party - a 7,855 majority over the Conservatives.
The old Lime tree
For as long as villagers can remember it has been said that the Old Lime tree has been dying, starved of water
as it is totally encased in tarmac. Probably over 100 years old - it can be seen in all the old photos of the village and
in the past the Council have removed branches in the hope of reducing its water needs.
The Residents' Association has now installed three one metre deep irrigatation pipes around the tree and can we urge those living close by, when they have a watering can at hand, to pour fresh water through the grills. Water from the road could not have been utilized as during the winter it would be polluted with salt.
Many of you will remember Terry Williams who lived in the village but who sadly died four years ago. Well known
in the entertainment world, perhaps you will recall him on tall stilts ? He recorded the song called 'Dancing around the Old Lime tree' which we hope will be possible for many more years to come !
You can hear it again (with some associated pictures) by clicking here:
Two locally produced promotional videos - Christmas Tree Farm and the Queen's Head jam night
Philip Shaye Productions - a Downe village-based business have produced a video for Paul Gubby at Christmas Tree Farm, and a promotional video of the Queen's Head jam night. Click on the buttons above to view
If any of you would like to promote your business using video, contact Phil Louden-Carter on 07834 042918 or
Biggin Hill Airport - a facility to track planes coming in and out of the airport
Read the "Kent Live" article (12 April) about the new facility......
Click on this link to access the flight monitoring website.......
To comment on incidents relating to Biggin Hill Airport
Ring - 01959 578580 (See HELP page for further information)
View old maps of Downe and surrounding area
Go to the history page to view old maps of the area side by side with a modern view (click button)