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What's happening in Downe
Downe orchard - the third (and final) apple harvest on 26th September results in over 2,000 kg of apples !
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.
Downe orchard - apple day (5th September) - attendees and harvest
Coronavirus - local action in Downe
Downe Coronavirus update
If you are older, or have health conditions, please consider using our team of volunteers for your tasks.
Contact your Road Rep for help if you need it
Use a delivery system for food, if possible - neighbours with delivery slots could help with this - but avoid any contact. Keep an eye out on Downe Mailing or Downe village Facebook or Downe website for local companies that will deliver to your doorstep (no contact) or contact your Road Rep
If you have no way of obtaining essential medicines, let your Road Rep know
Use 111 for non-urgent medical issues, as first port of call (if you still have medical issues then email Downe Mailing, though we are not medically qualified)
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:
Coronavirus - Cudham church re-opens
A message from John Musson (25 July):
Sunday 26th July 2020: Service of Holy Communion at 11.00am in Cudham Church
(If you intend to come to church, please let Barbara know for capacity purposes - you can contact her by emailing email@example.com or leaving a message on 01959 571515
We are very much looking forward to our first service in Cudham church this Sunday since lockdown. The service will be led by Rev John and Helen Musson and will still be live streamed on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/PCDChurches/videos at 11am.
We very much hope you will join us if it feels right for you to do so. Of course we are still far from returning to 'normal', and our service will be subject to social distancing guidelines and other guidelines laid down by the Church of England. Here are some questions and answers which we hope might be helpful:
What sort of service will this be? This will be a short (around 40 minutes) said service of Holy Communion. Singing is sadly still not permitted in church, so there will be no sung hymns but our organist will play for us. The Holy Communion itself will be in one kind, i.e. bread only.
Will there be a collection? There will be no collection during the service. We encourage everyone to give by direct debit or standing order. Please contact the treasurer on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to find out more about giving in this way to support the worshipping life of the parishes of Cudham and Downe.
What about children? We have removed toys and other items from the church, and the rear vestry will not be available. Your children should remain with you at all times while in church, although we are pleased to say that Denise will be holding Sunday Club for 3-11’s outside on Sunday 26th during the service–she does need to know who is coming, so if you would like your children to join in please contact her - email@example.com - to book a place.
What about refreshments and toilets? We are unable to serve refreshments in church at the moment. You might like to bring some water if you need to for use during the service, as well as your own hand sanitiser. The toilet will be open. There is hand wash and hot water for you to use. After the service you might like to chat to others in the churchyard at a safe distance – or why not bring a flask and use the benches in Cudham Rec?
What safety precautions will you have in place? You will enter as usual via the porch and follow a one-way route inside the church, including during the taking of Holy Communion. Arrows on the floor show where to go. Available pews and seats have been marked up, but a steward will guide you in the right direction. All Bibles and kneelers have been removed from the pews and seats that we will be using – you might like to bring your own Bible with you! You will find orders of service and notice sheets in the pews. Please use them during the service and then take them home. If you don’t want them, please leave them in the pew.
You will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the church. Please keep a 2m distance between you and another person, including when going up for Holy Communion, except for those in your bubble if you are here together. When you arrive, a Steward will ask you for your name and contact telephone number. This is for the NHS contact tracing purposes only and your information will be stored confidentially and later destroyed. You will be directed by the stewards after the service to leave promptly and safely.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid19 please do not come to church.
Do I need to wear a mask? The government and the Church of England guidance has now been revised and you are strongly advised to wear a face covering if you can.
When else can I visit the church? At the moment, the church is only open on Sunday morning for our services, though next Sunday’s (2nd August) is outside at 11am weather permitting, with toilets in Cudham Rec open for you to use. You might want to park in the rec and walk down. This will be a reflective service in the Churchyard (car park side) with special reflections for families too. We plan to resume Sunday Services more regularly from Sunday 30th August at 11am in Cudham Church.
I normally attend St Mary’s Downe or another church – can I come? Of course, and it will be great to see you. Please let Barbara know as we do need to keep an eye on numbers; once capacity is reached we have no option but to turn people away – details at the top of the page. We hope to resume worship in St Mary’s Downe in the Autumn. If you feel able to be part of a small group looking at how we do this, please contact Rev John Musson – firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't feel ready to come back into the church. What can I do? We understand that for some people the time will not be right to come back to church just yet. If you have online access, please visit our website pcd.org.uk where the latest video will be uploaded as soon as we can, or on facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/PCDChurches/videos or our youtube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCs4iL6vqtF_t04VsY7ywOwQ where the Summer special recorded services with guest preachers from Church Society will be available at 10.30am on Sundays 9th, 16th, 23rd August.
We look forward to welcoming you back when you are able to come.
Please contact Rev John Musson with any questions or concerns you might have – email@example.com or telephone 01959 540012. John has produced a short video about what to expect which can be watched at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHuoi5wBh38
Rev John Musson, Vicar of Cudham and Downe, Area Dean of Orpington
Coronavirus - being extra careful and keeping safe
Apparently in some areas Neighbourhood Watch teams are reporting attempted burglaries, “bogus callers”, using the Coronavirus situation to gain entry to people’s homes.
People have been knocking on doors of mainly elderly residents, stating that they are from the Dept of Health, and explaining that they are taking people’s temperatures to help tackle the spread of the virus. If someone calls at their home, they should refuse entry and call police using 999.
There is no scheme currently being operated to take temperatures of the general public.
There is no ‘cold calling’ being carried out by health officials in relation to tackling the virus.
Please bring this to the attention of your families and neighbours particularly the old and vulnerable. Our “road reps” scheme is designed to assure you about genuine helpers
Downe Mailing will continue to carry important local messages.
Pub events in Downe during Coronavirus crisis
The Queen’s Head
The Queen's Head has re-opened with appropriate social distancing measures, hand sanitiser, signing-in book and one way system. Further details on services offered coming soon
or call 01689 852145
The George & Dragon
The George & Dragon has re-opened with appropriate social distancing measures, hand sanitiser, signing-in book and one way system. Further details on services offered coming soon
The Dakshin has re-opened with reduced seating capacity to maintain the 1m rule, and has cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.
Now taking bookings:
Seat Reservations online at
15% off on collections
NHS STAFF 20% off (ID REQUIRED)
Tue and Wed Banquet Night 4 course meal £14.95pp
(Dining in only)
Opening times are
Tuesday- 5PM TO 10:30PM
Wednesday - 5PM TO 10:30PM
Thursday- 5PM TO 10:30PM
Friday - 5PM TO 11PM
Saturday - 5PM TO 11PM
Sunday - 5PM TO 10:00PM
Downe May Queen 2020 - Would you like to join us?
Event postponed until Sat 1st May 2021
What is Downe May Queen?
We are a friendly group who will be meeting in the Village Hall on seven Tuesdays after school during March and April (not during the Easter holidays) to practise dances and songs.
What does the May Queen involve?
The next May Queen is on the afternoon of Saturday 1st May 2021. There is a parade around the village, church service, crowning of the May Queen, dancing, Maypole dancing and a tea party.
Why does May Queen happen?
May Queen is a longstanding tradition in Downe (see 1934 photo above). It is a way to celebrate new life and the start of spring.
Who can join?
Children aged 3 upwards can join the group. Our current group ranges from age 3 to age 9.
How do I join?
For further information on how to join or if you have any questions please email:
"Brilliant Butterflies" project at West Kent Golf Course
London Wildlife Trust run practical volunteer sessions on the nature reserve within West Kent Golf Course as part of the Trust's Brilliant Butterflies project. The Trust, the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation are working together creating and restoring chalk grassland to come alive with butterflies and wildflowers in South Croydon and Bromley
We would love to get some local volunteers from Downe. 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
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 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)