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What's happening in Downe
Happy New Year to all readers
Downe & Cudham Ultrafast Broadband Community Project
Downe & Cudham Ultrafast Broadband Community project - SIGN UP NOW
You will be aware that I'm running a project to bring “Ultrafast” fibre broadband to nearly every property in Downe and Cudham.
I need all residents need to play their part in this project, by signing up - by doing so, you are signing up for a Government voucher. I must stress this is nothing to do with your current service - whoever you use. This is just to apply for a voucher which will go to Openreach to pay for the laying of fibre throughout our villages. In doing so, you just commit to take a fibre broadband when it is available (this is not an order for a broadband service). When enough residents have signed up, I can get Openreach to start the engineering work
If you have a business registered at your address PLEASE register as a business - the voucher amount for a business is worth more than a normal residential voucher.
Note - a few locations have not yet been added to the system, so if you live in High St, Downe or West Hill/Green Hill/Milking Lane, please hold fire - I'll let you know when to register. Also, those Cudham residents connected to Knockholt exchange (01959 53nnnn) are not included.
To sign up (note only one voucher pledge allowed per property):
1 Go to:
2 Check the box "yes" (to the question "Is it less than 100mbps ?")
3 Enter your postcode, tick the "I'm not a robot" box, then press the green button - this will take you to the "Downe & Cudham Ultrafast Community Project" page
4 Press the green "pledge" button
5 Then enter your details - note:
* post town = Downe or Cudham
* IMPORTANT - if you have a business registered at your address, please check the "Business" button, else check the "Home" button. If you are pledging as a business, you will need to enter your company name and company number. If you are a sole trader, enter sole trader in the company number box.
* enter phone number (only numbers allowed - no spaces) and e-mail
* check the "pledge" and "privacy" boxes, and check the contact box if you wish
6 Press the green "Submit Application" box
I have provided some frequently asked questions (& answers) on the Downe website –
If you have any queries or are uncertain about anything, please e-mail -
(note this project has been approved by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, and is supported by Gareth Bacon, MP and Bromley Council)
Pub events in Downe during Coronavirus crisis
The Queen’s Head
Shop and market stall - open from noon to 3pm (Friday and Saturday) and Sunday 11am to 2pm. Freshly baked gammon ham as well as all the normal meat, dairy, fruit, veg, homemade cakes and other household items.
Take away drinks - cask ales available. We also have some lagers and ciders available. Bring your own containers or buy one of our flagons (with a pressure lid for £5) and remember to pre-order/ask to comply with lockdown rules. Text your needs to 07841 532523 and wait for a response to confirm your request.
Takeaway alcohol available:
Wednesday 5 - 8pm,
Thursday 5 - 8pm,
Friday Noon - 3pm and 5 - 8pm,
Saturday Noon - 3pm and 5 - 8pm and
Sunday 11am - 2pm
As well as our normal take away menu, we will still be cooking fresh fish dishes every Friday and Saturday, supplied by Charlie at No bones about it. This week we have two of the most popular dishes we have done using Hake and Smoked Haddock. Call 01689 852145 to place an order.
The George & Dragon
George and Dragon Downe - Fish Fryday New menu
Beer battered fish and chips
Saveloy and chips
Battered sausage/veggie and chips
Southern fried chicken (give extra time)
Homemade steak Burger/Veggie
take away Only £5.00
Portion chips £2.50
Cheesy chips £3.50
Pre Order at:
For collection between 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Book early so as not to be disappointed
Takeaway Sunday Lunch to be served from Sunday 8th November.
All food home cooked here at the George and Dragon
Roast Beef, Yorkshire pudding £8.80
Pork Belly, Yorkshire pudding £9.50
Lamb shank, Yorkshire pudding £11.00
Roast Chicken, Yorkshire pudding £8.00
Honey roast ham, Yorkshire pudding £8.00
Vegetarian roast, Yorkshire pudding (With homemade vegetarian gravy) £7.50 V
All of the above served with Roast potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and leek in our homemade cheese sauce, seasonal vegetables and our homemade gravy.
Homemade bread and butter pudding made with chocolate brioche served with custard £3.50
Orders to be made on line at firstname.lastname@example.org last orders by midday Saturday. Food will be ready for collection between twelve and two
Downe Christmas lights
DOWNE village club look to provide support to local causes including the installation of our village Christmas lights.
Like all charities this year we have been restricted on our opportunities to run fundraising events but were very fortunate to have held our annual ball in March 2020 at West Kent golf course.
This event enabled us to donate £3,000 to ‘Living on’ - a bereavement charity for children and their families.
We have also used our fundraising efforts to support the local DOWNE village hall, St Mary’s church and more recently towards families who needed help with food donations in the height of the pandemic.
None of this would be possible without the support of you the DOWNE residents and we feel this is even more poignant now as we embark on our most unusual Christmas yet!
On Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th November you will see electricians start to install Christmas lights in the centre of the village; as is tradition this time of year. We have met government guidelines and have a Bromley council licence in which to do so.
The only difference this year is that there will be no official switch on!
The lights will be switched on in time for Christmas but no set date will be shared.
If you would like to contribute to the installation of the lights please do so via the ‘virtual bucket’ Just giving page below (click on link):
All donations are welcome, no matter how large or small and can only help us to try and enjoy Christmas and the more simple things in life!
Stay safe and we wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas!
From the DOWNE village club chairman
Natasha Brooks and the committee members Jayne Carroll, Abigail Rutherford, Paula Donovan, David Muir, Paul Gubby & Karen Kroese.
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
Please see regular Downe Mailings for updates on church services
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.
With the current situation and advice from the Government about the new lockdown from 5th of November, Dakshin will be operating as a delivery and collections services only until further notice.
Our opening times are Tue to Sun 5pm to 10pm.
We are offering 15% discount on collections and free delivery service within 5 miles radius.
Also 20% off to all NHS staff on Food. (ID will be required)
Order online www.thedakshin.co.uk
Or call us direct on 01689 858946
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)