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What's happening in Downe

Events coming up in Downe

  • Friday 22nd November - Business in Downe meeting (8 - 9am, George & Dragon)

  • Thursday 21st November to Saturday 23rd November -  Absurd Person Singular' by Alan Ayckbourn, village hall (see below)

  • Saturday 23rd November -  Downe primary school Winter Wonderland (see below)

  • Sunday 22nd December - charity cake sale -  village hall (see below)

  • Sunday 1st December  -  Downe village Christmas lights switch-on (details TBA)

 

         For St Mary's church services (click)...........

         For Baptist church services (click)........

London Biggin Hill Airspace Change Proposal - Click the button below to read the report about proposed changes to flightpaths:

LEAP productions - Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn

Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd November 2019

Downe Village Hall, High Street, Downe

"Suspiciously Elvis" appeared at the village hall on Saturday 19th October - click the play button on the picture below to see short video highlights....

Suspiciously Elvis and Jonesy of the Valley, both in Downe Village Hall, Saturday 19 October

The hall was packed, the £10 tickets had gone like hot cakes- it was ‘bring your own’ - we were all in anticipation of a great night - and we weren’t disappointed!    In came ‘Tom Jones’, wearing a red shirt, black trousers and sporting a couple of bananas, large enough to make your eyes water - and he didn’t stop bellowing out all the old favourites (and dancing on the tables): Delilah, Green Green Grass of Home; Sex Bomb...


So, he was the warm up for the class act to follow: ‘Suspiciously Elvis’ who we all know and love from the Christmas Lights Switch On!   What a voice, what energy- everyone was dancing - and he went on and on and on - we didn’t want it to end

Big thanks go to Paul Gubby who organised the evening, everyone who stayed to help clear up - and especially to Ivor Potter - the man of many talents, who gave us an evening to remember (with his man, Harley on the buttons)

Watch a new advert for Battersea Dogs Home -  filmed in Downe this year.....

Downe Primary school - Winter Wonderland - 23rd November

High Elms golf course firework display - Saturday 2nd November

Cake Sale  -  Sunday 22nd December 11am—4pm

Downe Village Hall

Running the London Marathon 2020 and raising money for the PSP association -

 

www.pspassociation.org.uk

 

Brought to you by Katrina, previously from the Teashop in Downe.

Looking forward to spreading some festive joy over a slice of cake and cup of tea.

We will be serving Tea, Cake and Scones with option of taking some festive bakes home ready for Christmas.

 

Please contact Katrina on 07787423558 or

katrinahayat@hotmail.com with any enquiries,

otherwise see you there!

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 !!!

Looking for a local business in Downe ?   Why not try the "business directory page ?    

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........

Now open - the refurbished "Dakshin" restaurant

(photo - courtesy Marion Hooson)  


 

Pub events in Downe for November

The Queen’s Head

 

New opening hours, now open from 10am Thursday through Sunday, Noon Monday through Wednesday

 

Jam night -  Wednesday 20th (from 7:30pm)

BT sports shown here - all Premier league, Champions league and European cup matches involving English clubs Live on BT Sports.

 

Corner and Coffee Shop  - now open in the Darwin Bar.   A small selection of household essentials are available for sale in the "corner shop", next to the new coffee machine, with trained baristas making delicious Espressos, Lattes, Capuccinos, Hot Chocolates etc (take away also available).   December Special - coffee and a slice of Cake for £4.50.

 

The Good beer Guide - the Queens Head is in it.   Award winning Cask Ales include, London Pride, Westerham Ales (Godswallop, Summer Perle, Spirit of Kent, Grasshopper, 1965 and British Bulldog) , Bexley Brewery (Mill Ale), Bath Ales Gem.

 

The George & Dragon

 

 

Food specials (4pm to 8pm)

 

Wednesday

2 meals for £17

2 adults 2 kids meals £25

 

Thursday

Our famous pie evening

Any pie £10*

*(Game pie £11)

 

Friday

Curry special

*poppadom.   * curry &rice

* 3 sides.       * naan bread     £12   (Takeaway optional)

 

Saturday

Burgers & bubbles £10

*any burger

*125ml of wine/ prosecco

*Pint of carling / fosters

* pint of draft soft drink

 

(Please book 01689889030) T&c’s apply

 

Sunday roast

5 hour braised pork belly                  £14.00

Scotch premier roast beef.               £11.00

Roasted half chicken                        £10.00

Lamb shank.                                      £13.00

(Vegetarian option available)

  • All our famous pies are available

  • Please book 01689 889030

  • Follow us on Instagram George_dragon_downe

 

 

Remembrance in Downe -  the "tommy" silhouette, poppy waterfall, poppies around the tree and the large street poppies have been erected by the Residents' Association again for 2019

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 
plc.philipshaye@gmail.com

Biggin Hill memorial chapel

NEW -  BBC South East Today news video (from 17th September) - click button to view...

 

Click the button to see the BBC News coverage of the RAF Chapel/museum development and petition against the current plans.   Featured are Peter Osborne and Rita Radford.

Downe Lottery

 

Read the latest update (as of end 2018) 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 lottery@downe-kent.org.uk for a standing order form.

 

Visit the lottery page for all the information on the lottery....

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)

More news   (click the button to go to these features)

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