|Fri 19 Apr||9.30 – 11am – Easter Craft Morning, Baptist Church|
|Mon 22 Apr||Easter Egg Hunt in the Moot, gate opens 10.45am|
|Tue 23 Apr||Annual Parish Meeting, Memorial Hall, 7pm - Wilts Police & Crime Commissioner attending|
|Sat 27 Apr||Downton Tennis Club Open Day - 1-4pm|
|Fri 26 Apr||Concert at Hulse Hall, Breamore|
|Sat 27 Apr||Moviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Bohemian Rhapsody|
|Sat 27 Apr||Walking Group – Godshill Enclosure – details from Susan 512963|
|Sun 28 Apr||St Laurence Church AGM – 11.30 in the Church|
|Tue 30 Apr||Millenium Green AGM – 7.30pm Memorial Centre|
|Wed 01 May||Royal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse|
|Sat 04 May||Cuckoo Fair|
|Sat 04 May||Classic Vehicles and Machinery Show - Football Field|
|Sun 05 May||Churches Together Cuckoo Fair Service, Memorial Hall – 10am|
|Sun 05 May||Classic Car Run - Football Field|
|Sun 05 May||Afternoon Bingo & Cream Teas|
|Sun 05 May||Downton Band Evening Concert|
|Sun 05 May||Garston Wood RSPB Reserve Open Day|
|Mon 06 May||Car Boot Sale - Football Field|
|Thu 09 May||DADA "Winnie the Pooh" - Baptist Church at 7pm|
|Sat 11 May||Horticultural Society Table Top & Plant Sale – Memorial Hall, 2pm|
|Sat 11 May||Motor Neurone Disease Association Coffee Morning – White Horse 12.00 noon – 4.30pm|
|Sat 11 May||DADA "Winnie the Pooh" - Baptist Church at 6pm|
|Sat 11 May||Parish Council surgery at Memorial Hall, 9-10am|
|Sun 12 May||Hamptworth Croquet Club Open Day|
|Sun 12 May||Downton Bowling Club Open Day – 11am - 1pm|
|Fri 17 May||Clothing Exchange, Downton Baptist Church, 2-4pm|
|Sat 18 May||Walking Group – Rhinefeld – details from Susan 512963|
|Sat 18 May||Moviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Mary Poppins Returns|
|Sun 19 May||Go Wild In The Moot - Wildlife event to be held in the Moot on the 19th May 12.00 - 4.00|
|Mon 20 May||Downton Parish Council Meeting – 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre|
|Thu 23 May||Downton Society AGM - Memorial Hall Bonvalot Room, 7.30pm|
|Sun 26 May||Downton Bowling Club Open Day – 11am – 1pm|
|Sat 01 Jun||Parish Council surgery at Memorial Hall, 9-10am|
|Sat 08 Jun||Horticultural Society Summer Show|
|Sat 15 Jun||Moviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - A Private War|
|Sat 22 Jun||St Laurence Church Fete|
|Wed 03 Jul||Royal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse|
|Sat 20 Jul||Moviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Mary Queen of Scots|
|Sat 31 Aug||Horticultural Society Autumn Show|
|Wed 06 Nov||Royal British Legion AGM - 7.30pm White Horse|
|Thu 21 Nov||Horticultural Society AGM|
Downton is a large ancient Wiltshire village situated 6 miles south of Salisbury, just outside the New Forest National park. It is a thriving community having its own schools, shops, pubs and businesses, village hall and recreation areas – including a football pitch, bowling green and leisure centre with a gym and tennis courts. There are over 20 clubs or societies and a popular village band. Every year the Cuckoo Fair attracts around 20,000 visitors to over 250 craft and other stalls, plus live music, dance and other entertainments. The village is also well known for its fishing, its award winning local brewery and as a centre for exploring the River Avon and New Forest.
People have lived in the Downton area for over 7,000 years, and evidence of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlements has been found. Early Neolithic finds and the remains of a Roman Villa (including a fine mosaic) are in Salisbury Museum.
The village of Downton has the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle lying within 18th Century Moot landscaped gardens overlooking the river. The Moot is a scheduled monument and part of the village is a conservation area containing over 80 listed buildings.
Evidence of recent economic history (such as tanning and corn milling) can be seen in the old buildings and the mills that used to power local industry.
The Parish of Downton, sitting in the Avon Valley landscape, is characterised by chalk downlands and water meadows. It is predominantly rural with a landscape developed over many centuries of human activity. The village of Downton, straddling the River Avon, is an historic crossing point towards the southern end of the parish, .
To the north of the parish is the residential hamlet of Charlton All Saints, and to the east of the parish is Standlynch, additionally there are farms and scattered buildings within the rural area including the historic Trafalgar Park House.
This site will ease access to the many specific websites relating to Downton (see Links), and provides a summary of amenities, facilities and events all in one place. To ensure your Event gets included, use the “Contact Us” page.
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