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What's happening in Downe
Events coming up in Downe
Saturday 7th March - Downe village ball at West Kent Golf Club (see below)
Saturday 2nd May - Downe May Queen (see below)
Sunday 3rd May - St Christopher's Bluebell Walk (see below)
Friday 27th March - Business in Downe meeting - 8am in the George & Dragon
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For Baptist church services (click)........
Downe May Queen 2020 - Would you like to join us?
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
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 email@example.com, 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:
"Elvis" entertains at the Christmas lights switch-on (1st December)
Downe Village Ball at West Kent Golf Club
Downe Village Ball at West Kent Golf Club
On Saturday 7th March 2020
7.30pm – Midnight
A fundraising charity event proceeds going to: Living on bereavement service charity, Downe Village Club and other village organisations.
Live music, 3 Course meal, Auction and Raffle
Dress formal/Black tie
Tickets are going fast but if you would like to reserve a table or just join one of ours please contact Natasha Brooks on: e-mail:
Pub events in Downe for February
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 19th (from 7:30pm)
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)
*poppadom. * curry &rice
* 3 sides. * naan bread £12 (Takeaway optional)
Burgers & bubbles £10
*125ml of wine/ prosecco
*Pint of carling / fosters
* pint of draft soft drink
(Please book 01689889030) T&c’s apply
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
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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)