THE MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY (ODMRS) INVITE YOU TO A Tour De France-By Train, Friday 22 February 7.30 to 10 pm in the Village Hall Yet again we welcome to Pratts Bottom Michael Bunn, a speaker much appreciated by both society members and residents. On this occasion his presentation will be a photographic railway journey visiting historic cities and ports; crossing beautiful country-side through the mountains and by the sea. You will travel by diesel, electric and steam trains on narrow and standard gauge lines. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Light refreshments will be available


Art Exhibition

A very successful Art Exhibition held by Green Street Green Art Class took place on Saturday 22nd September at All Souls Church. There was art work on display from all the participants from the class showing all different levels of expertise, some very talented work produced by some very talented artists. Enjoyed by everyone who attended they were also able to see work by Pratts Bottom Ladies that Quilt. There was the ever popular well stocked Farmers Market and plenty of cake to have with a cup of tea after taking in the wonders of the art work.  Below are some photos from the day.

Spitfire Air Display at Coolings, Sat 9 September, 3pm

At 3pm the Biggin Hill Spitfire will be making a special flypast and mini display only for Coolings. This will be a FREE EVENT so just turn up and enjoy the sound of the powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine perform in the sky above you. Please make sure you allow yourself enough time to park once arriving at Coolings.

There will also be talks happening on the day:

  • Meet the Spitfire Pilot, Clive Denney at 11am, cost £10
  • “Spitfires at Biggin Hill” by Bob Ogley at 2pm, cost £10

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Broadband – have you got a speed problem?

Steve Barnes, who lives in Downe and worked for BT for 37 years, writes:

“At the residents association AGMs at Cudham and Downe, concern was raised about the slow broadband speeds we are getting in the villages. This has been taken up with Jo Johnson MP, and Bromley Council.

“Meanwhile, I’d like to understand if there is a problem in other parts of rural Bromley.  I believe that Pratts Bottom has “superfast broadband” available to it (fibre optic technology), but I’m keen to see if this is available to all Pratts Bottom residents, or only certain areas.   If you are not certain that it is available to you, you can check with your service provider.  In the meantime I’m keen to hear from people who are experiencing slow speeds and do not believe that “superfast broadband” is available to them.

“To help me understand the situation,just  please go online to and check your speed (just press “begin test” then note the download and upload speed when finished).   Please e-mail these (plus your exchange code – ie 01689 or 01959, plus your postcode) to me at (no personal information needed).

“Hopefully we can then work to get decent broadband speeds in this area – the only area in Greater London which is not yet promised them!”