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What's happening in Downe

A Happy New Year to all readers

Events coming up in Downe

  • Sunday 26th January - the future of St Mary's Church meeting -  3pm in the Church

  • Thursday 30th January - the future of St Mary's Church meeting -  7:30pm in the Church

  • Friday 14th February -  Business in Downe meeting - 8am in the George & Dragon


         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:

"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:


"Elvis" entertains at the Christmas lights switch-on (1st December)

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

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 January

The Queen’s Head


Opening hours - from 10am Thursday through Sunday, Noon Monday through Wednesday


Restaurant - New a la carte menu for the restaurant started this week, new Bar snacks and sharing menu available in Darwin Bar.

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.

Jam night -  Wednesday 22nd (from 7:30pm)

website:   www.queensheaddowne.com

Facebook:   @queensheaddowne


The George & Dragon



Food specials (4pm to 8pm)



2 meals for £17

2 adults 2 kids meals £25



Our famous pie evening

Any pie £10*

*(Game pie £11)



Curry special

*poppadom.   * curry &rice

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



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 

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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