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What's happening in Downe
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)
Spot the similarity ? Yes - water in the pond (Jan 2021)!!!
St Mary's in the snow (Jan 2021)
Downe & Cudham Ultrafast Broadband Community Project - update
Openreach have confirmed that Ultrafast Broadband IS going ahead and planning and surveying is already underway.
Huge thanks to all those who have helped the project by responding to the GOV.UK vouchers. If you have not yet had a GOV.UK voucher do not fret - there have been considerable delays in the Government department responsible, and the voucher e-mails are still awaited. Openreach understand this is their problem to solve. Having said that if you do receive a GOV.UK voucher in the next few weeks, please do return it promptly.
Whether or not you pledged a voucher the scheme will be going ahead - other than where previously advised – eg those on the Knockholt exchange and some in the Grays Road, Cudham area. I understand that the infrastructure will still be made available to all properties in every road, so that you can pick an Ultrafast Broadband supplier in due course.
There are a few “oddities” that I’ve been trying to clear up – eg Cross Ashes Cottages in Downe are included in this project – even though they will not receive a GOV.UK e-mail (too complicated to explain). High St/West Hill are included in the project (GOV.UK e-mails still pending). I’m still discussing with Openreach about the “forgotten” parts of Cudham (eg parts of Grays Road) – no conclusions yet.
Pub events in Downe during Coronavirus crisis
The Queen’s Head
The Queens Head whilst closed during National Lockdown is still operating the following services:
The Shop (Queens Larder) and Tea room is open for essential purchases and takeaways 7 days per week,
Current opening times:
Mon – Sun 11am – 3.30 pm
Selling household & personal essentials, Dairy, Meat, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Fresh Bread, Sweets, Hot and Cold Drinks, Homemade Cakes & Pastries, Sandwiches and Hot Snacks.
Follow / like us on Facebook, twitter or instagram for daily updates.
We also offer our full pub takeaway food menu on:
Wed – Sat 5pm – 8pm
Menu (below), in window of pub & in shop.
Weekend Specials also available, see social media for further detail.
call 01689 852145 or pop in the shop to order.
Cask Ales, lagers & Wines
This is unfortunately no longer available due to the Governments restriction for pubs during this national Lockdown
The George & Dragon
Fish Fryday New takeway menu
Beer battered fish and chips £5 Childs £3.50
Scampi and chips £7
Mediterranean style sea bass £10 Special
Homemade captains pie £10 (contains prawns) New
Homemade crab cake and chips £9.00 New
Saveloy and chips £5
Battered sausage/veggie and chips £5
Homemade steak Burger/Veggie £5
Lasagne beef or veggie with garlic bread £6
Quarter roast chicken and chips £6
Chicken ala king served with rice £7
Bangers and Mash served with our home-made gravy £9
A selection of our homemade pies served with mash or chips and our home-made gravy
Chicken ham and leek, Chicken and chorizo, Game (Disney), Steak and kidney, Steak and Guinness, Steak and Stilton, Three cheese and vegetable.
Mushy peas, Curry sauce, Homemade gravy £1.00
Portion chips £2.50
Cheesy chips £3.50
Pickled onion .50p Gherkins .60p
Pre Order at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre orders only for collection between 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Takeaway Sunday Lunch
All our Roast dinners are served with Roast Potatoes, homemade Yorkshire pudding seasonal vegetables, homemade gravy and a Cauliflower, Broccoli and leek in a freshly made cheese sauce.
Roast Beef £9.00
Roast Pork £ 9.50
Lamb Shank £11.50
Roast Chicken £8.50
Honey roasted Ham £8.00
Vegetarian Roast (served with homemade Vegetarian Gravy) £8.00
Our special homemade 14oz pies
Choice of Chicken, Ham and Leek, Steak and Guinness or vegetarian
served with chips and our homemade gravy (or Roast vegetables)
Now serving Childs menu NEW
Cheese and Tomato Pizza 5.50
Sausage chips and beans 5.50
Battered fish chips and peas 5.50
Ham egg and chips 5.50
Pasta bolognaise 5.50
Childs Burger and chips 5.50
Profiteroles with chocolate sauce £3.50
orders to be placed via email at email@example.com.
Food collection will be between 12:00-14:00 on Sunday at the George and Dragon.
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:
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
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)_
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)