Our on-line edition is here to keep you updated about what's currently going on in the village. We hope you are finding it useful. Please send us your news / articles - it's your contributions that will make this an interesting and informative read!
Outdoor sports begin again
Downton is lucky to have a variety of different sporting facilities and sports clubs, which are all now opening up ready for the new season. Did you know that you can play croquet locally? Or that there has been a local Pickleball Club meeting in Downton since 2015?
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Recycling shed reopens
The recycling shed at the back of Downton Baptist Church has opened again - with a limited list of items that can be accepted, but including some new ones. You can now recycle pet food pouches; plastic sweet wrappers; crips packets; water filters; low energy light bulbs and dental waste. More information - and helpful tips on how to make life easy for the volunteers - from the Green Group's website
Bridge Project latest
The plans to build a bridge across the Avon - linking to a new path, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to travel between Moot Lane and South Lane across the fields - have hit the buffers.
The Parish Council has received a letter from Longford Estates, who own the land, withdrawing agreement. The Parish Council's working group has contacted Longford, aiming to mitigate concerns and re-establish permissions, but without success.
Read about the reasons Longford have withdrawn permission here.
Read our previous article here.
Read the full press release from the Working Group here.
The Primary School are pleased to be back, and the children have been enjoying new challenges. Find out about World Book Day and catch up with their eco-news.
A new florist's shop is set to open once current restrictions end. But in the meantime it is operating both 'call and collect' and delivery services. Click the headline for more info.
Green group plant swap
Your opportunity to pass on any surplus plants / seeds and seedlings that you have - and to browse through what other have got to spare. More information on the Green Group's website
Downton 4 Family is 4 year old this year. Their online shop is now not only selling New Forest Chocolates but has also teamed up with New Forest Aromatics, so you can purchase candles and other goodies, as well as chocolate, whilst at the same time supporting charity. Find out more.
News from the churches
The churches have now restarted services. Follow the links below to find out what is happening. Downton Baptist Church has has also recently become a food distribution centre for the Trussell Trust. And, in further good news, Little Club will be restarting soon.
The Lover Repair Cafe has now raised over £5000 for Salisbury Hospital staff charities. Check out their latest news by clicking the link, including details of their latest repairs.
Downton football club is refurbishing the sports and social club for community use, and is already well on the way to meeting its target fundraising total.
Downton Band are competing in the Whit Marches competition by making a video. They are on the lookout for any drone / footage that people might have. Can you help?