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Downe village orchard - "Apple Day" - 12 October

Downe Village Orchard Apple Day
Saturday 12 October 2019 

 

apple harvesting from 1pm, 
activities from 3pm
 
activities in Downe Orchard beside North End Lane gate 
access also from Rookery Road
(if wet, in the Village Hall)
 
 
The Great Downe Apple Bake-Off  
bring your competition entry to the judges’ table at 3pm 
The Bake-Off sponsored by The Queen’s Head pub
 
Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 
11 and under; 18 and under; over 18
Entries to include apples
 and can be baked (sweet or savoury), or a preserve
Our panel of judges are culinary experts from Downe, The WI and the London food scene:
Jayne, Caroline and Michele

come, see and join in . . activities from 3pm 

 

  • live music includes the first public performance of the Downe Orchard song

  • The Queen’s Head pub BBQ in the orchard – at special prices

  • local produce stall, with items for sale preserves, honey

  • local craft stall, with items for sale textile art, floral art, fabric craft

  • local photography exhibition/sale proceeds to St. Mary’s Church

  • competitions, apple bobbing

  • floral foraging + design for kids, by Jodie T

  • cider tasting

  • apple juicing – taste the new juice newly bottled and ready for sale 

  • Bromley Countryside Volunteers stand

  • Downe School stand, with activities

  • Down House stand – property and volunteering information, competition

  • Bromley RSPB stand (Royal Society of the Protection of Birds) with family activities and items for sale


 

For more information email:
orchard@downe-kent.org.uk
Facebook: Downe Village Orchard

Downe Primary school sensory garden -  work starts.....

Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2019 (17th/18th August) -  special deal for residents

Downe Residents' Association has once again negotiated residents' special rate tickets for the Biggin Hill 2019 Festival of Flight on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August. 
 

The tickets are now available for sale from the Queen's Head and George & Dragon pubs in the village.  Please pay by cash where possible - the pubs make no profit on the sales.


The details of the residents only offer are:

  • A discounted price of £16 per ticket (current standard price is £23.50)

  • You can purchase a ticket for either day (Saturday or Sunday)

  • No limit to the number of tickets purchased as long as it’s restricted to village members and family

  • If driving, you can drive in via the West Hill/Green Hill “back gate” and park (normally only used for "VIP" ticket holders).   A car park permit can be issued with the event tickets (to be displayed in the car)

  • There is minibus transport from the car park to the event

  • Walking into the venue is fine

Two children of 15 years and under are allowed in free with every adult ticket holder

 
The entrance will be open from 10am

A year in the life of Business In Downe (BID)

We started our journey in October of 2017 when a few brave souls ventures into the George and Dragon at 8 am – not at all knowing what to expect.

 

That meeting was well supported by all the local great and good and it became very clear from that moment on what a lot of talent there was in the room.

 

We have an incredible bunch of entrepreneurial business people in the village and surrounding areas – amazing businesses who can fit carpets, windows, and sort out cars, your accounts, your pets, your yoga body, your curtains, blinds, chairs, your face, local newspapers and magazines, local bands, a pizza business and much, much more. All of the people who have attended so far have benefited in new business, new connections, and new ideas for running their business.

 

We have had weddings and births within the group as well as some great business initiatives launched…

 

In December we entered the pub later than usual for some well-deserved celebratory beers at the end of the year, and enjoyed the company of all the new friends we had met.

 

So what is happening in 2019 – well a lot of more of the same – tips, support, encouragement, networking, learning and fun.

 

We would love to welcome more people – if you are a local business person or you know of someone in Downe and the surrounding area who could benefit – please be in contact.

 

Thanks to everyone who has attending – and especially to Jamie at the G and D for the great breakfast!

 

 

Sally

07968 560345

Sal.wells@btinternet.com

Remembrance in Downe -  commemorating 100th anniversary of the end of WW1

 

Downe village commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 on Sunday 11th November.
 

 


Downe May Queen ceremony 5 May 2018  -  a fantastic turnout and great weather for the event this year to see Abbie Sleath crowned.  Here are a couple of general scenes (thanks Sarah for the second):

....and the May Queen herself -  Abbie Sleath (courtesy of Alison Sleath)

Luxted Road - ash tree down (luckily not obstructing the road)

Downe Christmas lights 2017

Events at High Elms Golf Course

 

A major refurbishment which has given the golf centre a brand new licensed café/bar on the ground floor which is open to the general public and dogs are welcome.    There is now a disabled access and a lift to the first floor.

 

A room for hire is available - if there are any events that the local community might like to have, contact Anne Gaff on 01689 858175. 

  

For more details click here to go to their website...

Willow tree takes a battering

 

The willow tree in the village pond has now been completely removed

Heavy plant lorries in Downe High St  -  last week waiting to carry out resurfacing work in Mill Lane

Pictures from "Dancing in Downe" - 7th October  (see Village Club page also)

Filming in Downe (5 October)

Actors trooping into Trowmers on Thursday for filming a wedding scene for a new 6 part BBC drama - "Informer"

Downe duck race -   picture of the start of the annual race organised by the Village Club on 15 July to raise funds for the Downe Christmas lights.   Over £2,400 profit was made -  well done top the team involved.  Go to Village Club page for more pictures

Summer storm wreaks road havoc in Downe (thanks to Paul Gubby for the video (6 June).  Press button to watch...

Downe May Queen procession starts in Standard Road on 29 April

Downe says goodbye to Brenda Powell - a tea party was held in the village hall on Saturday (22 April) for long-serving resident Brenda Powell who has moved away.   A good crowd turned out to honour her and her contributions to Downe village (thanks Dave Witherspoon for the photos)...

Biggin Hill Airport - runway approach

 

A proposal regarding a new Biggin Hill runway approach has been published.   At the current state of knowledge, it looks like the new approach flies directly over Cudham and Downe (roughly east to west over Down House).  Click here to see a Youtube video...

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