Christmas comes to Downe

The Christmas lights were switched on in Downe by ‘Elvis’ and the  Downe May Queen on Sunday 3rd December. The switching-on followed the May Queen’s Carol Service in St Mary’s Church, Downe.

The evening, organised by Downe Village Club, was very enjoyable and attended by many villagers, their families and friends with mince pies and mulled cider on offer in the Village Hall from Downe Village Orchard.

Father Christmas played his part and appeared at an upstairs window of the Queen’s Head and then gave sweets to the children.

Filming in the Village

The Village has been extremely busy today with most parking spaces occupied by a film company that is filming scenes for a new BBC series called ‘Informer’. The series is due to be shown next year. The location of the filming is in one of the large houses in the village, mostly in the garden. A large marquee has been erected for one of the scenes.

The vans contain a considerable amount of electrical equipment and generators. Cameras, lights and scaffolding have also been delivered to the site.

The film company is also using a local school for costume changes and make-up.

A number of residents from the village will be taking part as extras.

Articulated truck stuck in Luxted Road

Lorry in Luxted Road

A 40 ton articulated truck was stuck in Luxted Road this morning. It was trying to get to Essex!!! It came to a halt when travelling towards the village and half way along Luxted Road as the driver was concerned about the overhead power cables. The driver reversed along the road until he came to Bird House Lane and then became stuck.

The police were called and the driver eventually turned the truck round and left via the other end of Luxted Road and Single Street. Unfortunately, when he travelled along Jail Lane he took down the overhead power cables outside the Old Jail Public House. The Fire Brigade and Police were called and the road was closed again.

The driver said he was following his Sat Nav!

Downe Willow

Today’s update 9th June 2017

We have just heard from LBB that ‘works are on order to remove the tree completely. It will be replaced in the forthcoming planting season (November-March)’.

The willow lost yet another branch in last night’s wind. It looks as though it will be the ‘final chop’ for Downe’s iconic willow.

Downe Willow tree

Photo taken 6th June 2017

 

Unfortunately the lovely willow in the pond suffered the loss of a large branch  from the top of the tree in the strong winds yesterday (4th May 2017). It then cut through and removed one of the lower limbs.

This tree was planted more than forty years ago to soak up the excess water in the pond. The pond had not held water for a number of years and it was decided to plant three willows and the strongest one was retained. The trees were planted by the Residents’ Association and the one that was kept was then handed over to LBB as a ‘street tree’.

 

Lovely walk in the woods around Downe

Bluebell Woods                                                       Deer grazing

The countryside around Downe is looking beautiful. The bluebells are a mass of colour and the scent is overpowering.

We spotted a herd of fallow deer numbering at least forty. There were three albino in the herd and although they were aware of us they made no attempt to run away.