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What's happening in Downe
Events coming up in Downe
Please see panels below for information on activities in Downe related to the current Coronavirus epidemic
Friday 17th April - Friends of St Mary's AGM (TBA) - postponed (new date TBA)
Saturday 2nd May - Downe May Queen (see below) - postponed (new date possibly September)
Sunday 3rd May - St Christopher's Bluebell Walk (cancelled)
For St Mary's church services (click)...........
For Baptist church services (click)........
Coronavirus - local action in Downe
Downe Coronavirus update
As we have said before, the advice is to everyone is STAY AT HOME. However, it is obvious that potentially vulnerable people are still going out (eg over 70s).
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)
Also – an eight stage sanitary process you may wish to use after receiving shopping (from a local expert)
Have two separate work surfaces one designated “clean” / one “dirty” (maybe put tape down the middle to make it easier)
Place shopping plastic carrier bags on “dirty” surface (don’t use canvas bags)
Take all items out of bag, one by one and wipe clean with either a spray bleach or wipes and put on clean side
Take any vegetables out of packaging and either wash or wipe (discard packaging)
Take any boxed items out of packaging and discard box (the inside is clean)
Any cans can be left outside for three days (any virus will not survive)
Discard bag or wipe clean and remember to wash your hands after
Once you have all the clean items on worktops or table and hands have been washed wipe down cupboard handles or knobs before putting the shopping away in your cupboards
Local food producers / deliverers - this is a list being built up as more information becomes available (v9)
Note, to make it easier to upload this suppliers list, you now need to click on the link below to see the information:
Coronavirus - Downe & Cudham churches closed
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close in the London area
London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Diocese of Rochester, Southwark, Chelmsford and London are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.
Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. See: www.pcd.org.uk for online resources or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent our weekly updates.
Rev John Musson, the vicar of St Mary’s Downe and Cudham Church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning 07504 827929 or by emailing email@example.com
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
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.
Downe village ball - report
After last year's success we really did not expect to do it again so easily especially with all the negativity that currently surrounds us. How wrong we were and testament to the fantastic support that our Villagers,their friends and local businesses bestow upon the hardworking and diligent individuals at Downe Village Club. A true community effort that we should all be very proud of.
The event was once again held at West Kent Golf Club whose staff provided a warm welcome together with a sumptuous meal and great hospitality. The Violet Jive entertained us splendidly and the evening was a spectacular success as were the fundraising activities.
This year's chosen Charity is LIVING ON which supports bereaved families in the Bromley area. Alison Sleath, one of our villagers, gave a moving presentation showing how vital fundraising support is to them. They rely entirely on donations to cover their annual costs circa £35,000 and we were able to donate a whopping £3000 to kick start this year's funding.
If you have the desire to make a small regular monthly donation or want to share a recent windfall please get in touch at or call 07808 527677 and make a difference to those in need as they slowly come to terms with their sad loss.
Thankyou all on behalf of The Downe Village Club and further thanks to everyone who provided prizes for our Auction and Raffle.
We hope to see you all again next Spring.
Geoff Dolan - Chair
Pub events in Downe during Coronavirus crisis
The Queen’s Head
See regular Downe Mailings for latest updates on the Queen's Head
Opening hours - from 10am Thursday through Sunday, Noon Monday through Wednesday
The Queen’s Head - During the current crisis, we have now launched a menu that can delivered to local houses (Downe Village), for those deciding to avoid pubs and restaurants. Alternatively these can be taken away from the pub. To order, call the pub on 01689 852145. You can pay with a card over the phone. If you prefer, you can use contactless or cash when we get to your front door (we have a mobile payment machine).
The George & Dragon
The George & Dragon is currently closed
George & Dragon – Our full menu is available to take away, and for those self-isolating we will do our best to deliver (subject to time slots) All food is cooked/prepared fresh so will be delivered hot. If you wish to have food prepared ready for you to reheat in your own home let us know. Providing we are still open to trade we will be bringing back our old offer of fish and chips for £7 on Fridays from next week (better than fish and chip shop price). We hope this will help out with keeping the cost of food down to a minimum during this crisis.
Call us on 01689 889030
Other business updates during Cornavirus crisis
The Dakshin is currently closed - further information TBA
We are also ensuring that we are ready to serve customers who may want to change the way they order, either through our home delivery or collection service. We are extending our home delivery service so we can deliver to more customers in their time of need. We are trying to minimise contact with customers who maybe self-isolating due to the Coronavirus.
Tel: 01689 858946 Mob: 07414 656299
Ready Meals - Our Chef is creating a menu of fresh balanced ready meals, cooked in our kitchens and simply ready to reheat. These would be a fresh product with only a 3 day shelf life in portions of 1, 2 and 4. This could be a great option for anyone less confident in cooking but looking to ensure family members continue to get healthy meals made with the freshest ingredients. If you are interested in the service or would like to suggest something for the menu, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Collection Services – Customers have requested a “collection” service, where orders can be prepared ready for collection at the shop and simply handed over to them at their car.
If you are interested in these services, please send me an email (email@example.com). We would hope to have this service up and running for 24th March. We would accept orders via email or telephone.
High Elms Golf Course
The Golf course is open for food and beverages every day from 7pm until 3pm. The café area downstairs is dog friendly if people just want to get out whilst having a coffee. Golfers can T off until midday. Car park will be closing at 3.30pm
Cottage Farm - Meat delivery service
In an effort to support those left stranded by self isolation, Cottage Farm Butchers in Polhill Garden Centre, are offering a home delivery service within a 10 mile radius. You can call them on 01959 533711 and they are happy to take your order (minimum of £25) for your meat requirements and arrange a delivery to you.
Cottage Farm Butchers
Downe May Queen 2020 - Would you like to join us?
Event postponed until September
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?
This year’s May Queen is on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd May. 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:
St Christopher's Bluebell Walk - Sunday 3rd May
Event now cancelled
St Christopher’s Hospice’s has announced that its popular and uplifting Bluebell Walk will be held on 3 May 2020 in Cudham, Kent, and registration opens this week. Demand for hospice services across Bromley and St Christopher’s four other South London boroughs is growing year on year, and the public’s generous support of its biggest single fundraising event of 2020 – the Bluebell Walk – is key to help keeping up with demand.
Phillipa Kelham, Head of Fundraising at St Christopher’s explains, “This year, we really need even more of you to join our Bluebell Walk, so that we can hit our £70,000 fundraising target and continue to be there whenever you or your family might need us”.
St Christopher’s supports people who are at the end of life or bereaved, across the boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham, Croydon, Lambeth, and Southwark. Help is given to people in their own homes or from its centres in Sydenham and Orpington.
The fundraising Bluebell Walk rambles through the beautiful Kent countryside, starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Cudham. It offers a choice of routes between three and nine miles long; all with lovely views, carpets of bluebells, and good company along the way.
Walk the walk at www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebellwalk
When: 3 May 2020, 9am to 2pm
Where: Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South, Kent, TN14 7QB
Prices: Early Bird prices Adult (18 or over) £6.99, Young adult (13 to 17) £4.99, Under 13: FREE
Get in touch: Email the Bluebell Walk Team on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 020 8768 4575, or visit
Photo caption above (L-R): Nick Reynolds, together with son Regan, sister Natasha, and niece Chelsey, enjoying the Bluebell Walk in 2018
"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:
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
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)