Sunday, 30 December 2012

Carols at the Club

It looked like the Carols concert at the club went very well, well done to all those that took part.

For all the info, pictures and videos, check out

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas at Blackmore Sports & Social Club

So you want to know what's on at the club this Christmas? Well this has been lifted straight from their website.

The festivities start on Saturday 22nd December with the annual Christmas Carols, hosted by Gerry Mountstevens, kick off at 7pm, don't be late as this event is very very popular.

Then we have our Christmas Eve party, with music from the Scirocco sound system. An ideal night out for those who don't have to get up early on Christmas Day. 8pm.

And last but certainly not least, we have our New Years Eve Disco! Party the night away and see the new year in. 8pm. We also will be holding the draw to the Blackmore Lottery at quarter past midnight, who will win the £1000?... It could be you.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Blackmore Primary School Xmas Bazaar Gallery

Fun was had by all at the Blackmore Primary School Christmas Bazaar. Lots of money was raised for the school via stalls, raffles, auctions etc. It's great to see everyone pulling together at this festive time for one of the focal points of the village.

Below are a few photos taken by Myles Lovegrove.

The Start of the bazaar
Nicky who would not let anyone in without parting with their hard earned cash!

Blackmore W I Calendar 2012

The ladies from Blackmore W I have given me their calendar to publish, you will find all their meetings in the calendar section here. The meetings are every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm at the Blackmore Village Hall.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Twenty five years of Tennis

Blackmore Tennis Club celebrated 25th years in October, with a party at the Village Hall attended by over 80 past and present members. The Club honoured Bill Gray, one of the founders and still an active committee and playing member, for his exceptional contribution throughout its 25 years.

On court, congratulations to the Men's 2nd team who won promotion to Division 3 in the Brentwood Summer League.....which will be interesting as both the 1st and 2nd team will be in the same division next season! Blackmore also took part in the LTA Aegon Team Tennis event this Summer and won the Division 3 Essex league. 

Despite the Clubs relatively small size, Blackmore runs 3 Mens teams, a Ladies and a Mixed team, with all Club members getting the opportunity to play competitive tennis. We also run social tennis on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings and are always keen to see new players.

Our coach Scott Porter runs junior coaching sessions on Saturday mornings as well as individual lessons at other times. At £5 a session, this group coaching represents  very good value and a way for the youngsters in the village to get involved in a great sport, and get some exercise at the same time. Could Blackmore produce the next British Olympic Champion? We certainly have some talented Juniors coming up through the Club.

Coach Scott Porter

A ladies morning runs on Mondays with coach Martyn Davies.  The club would like to encourage more members and particularly needs more ladies to join it’s small squad .  Membership rates are now halved from 1 October – so for £60 per adult you can enjoy 6 months tennis until 31 March 2013.   Membership enquiries are welcomed to Andy Lister on 07790 824106.

So come along and enjoy some social exercise at your thriving local Tennis Club!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Blackmore Fireworks 2012 photos

The rain held off for what proved to be a perfect evening for fireworks. The show was as magnificent as ever, the burgers the scouts cooked great, and the drinks were free flowing in the club afterwards. A big thank you to everybody that organised and helped.

The photos below were taken by Miles Lovegrove, many thanks for your efforts Miles. Click on the photos to enlarge

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Brentwood Food Bank

Blackmore Baptist Church are collecting non perishable food items for Brentwood Food Bank on a regular monthly basis. (Emergency Food for local peole in crisis) The next collection dates are 25 November and 16 December at 12.15 to 12.45 in the Baptist Church. They will deliver them the following week. Details of the Food Bank are available on their website at

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Clubs Hat Party

From what we hear, the Blackmore Sports and Social clubs Hat Party was a rip-roaring success. Lots of fun and great hats. The event was run by Neil O'Riordan who said, "we are throwing this party every year to help keep the social club alive, it needs all the support it can get". His words ring true, the club is a non profit organisation purely there for the residents of Blackmore, more people should support it.

More pictures on the clubs website HERE.

Blackmore Lottery

It's that time again for the Blackmore Lottery where the winner walks away with a cool £1000! The draw takes place at the Blackmore Sports and Social club on the night of the News Years Eve party. Tickets are £10 each and are limited to 200 tickets. They can be purchased at the club or through Neil O'Riordan on So you too could be like Gary Taylor of Woollard Way who was last years winner.

Blackmore Fireworks 2012

The much anticipated Blackmore Annual Fireworks are to be held this year on Saturday November 3rd at the Millennium Park, Blackmore. The gates will open at 6.45pm and the fireworks start at 7.30pm.

There will be a barbecue (run by the scouts) and a Guy Fawkes competition.

Tickets are £5 for an adult (one child under 13 free) or a family ticket is available for £10 (two adults and two children under 13), additional children £2.

After there will be drinks in the Sports and Social Club.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Sheer Luck Holmes

The Panto season is approaching (oh no it isn't), and the Blackmore Players are hard at work readying their new production, Sheer Luck Holmes.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by ringing their box office on 01277 372386.
All of the familiar panto ingredients and characters are there as the goodies all join together to solve the mysterious case of the missing art works. Holmes is assisted by his housekeeper Dottie the dame, the frustrated inventor of fantastical gadgets, and Baskerville the pantomime dog, in his quest to thwart baddies Mary Arty.

Production Date

Thursday 17th January 2013 -

 - £8.00
Friday 18th January 2013 - 

 - £9.00
Saturday 19th January 2013 - 

 - £9.00

Saturday 19th January 2013
 - 14:30
 - £6.00

For more info visit their website

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Friday Club @ the Club

Just a quick note to say that Friday club @ the Club has been cancelled. To find out what's going on at the club, visit their website

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Blackmore boys win tennis tournament

Two local boys, Samuel Andrews and Joseph Stevens, both from Nine Ashes Road, Blackmore, won their respective group tournaments at Mountnessing Tennis Club last weekend. The "Baker Challenge" has been running for many years and is open to all Mountnessing Tennis Club members. Well done boys, Wimbledon stars in the making!

For more details on Mountnessing Tennis Club visit their website at

Sam Andrews
Joe Stevens with organiser Ash Baker

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Fantastic turn out for great cause!

Well done to the lovely ladies (and lovely 'young' ladies) who took part in the race for life on Sunday.

The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was fantastic, everyone had a great time and raised money for a very worthy cause.

Village Fayre 2013... plans in motion

The next Blackmore Village Fayre will take place from Friday 24th to Monday 27th May 2013.

Chairman, Heather Eltham says, "Get your thinking caps on for those all-important costumes as I can anticipate: space, aliens, stars, sci-fi, galaxies, etc. In fact the list is endless. The headline charity that we will be supporting is Brainwave which offers home-based therapy to children with development delay and disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism. Of course we are always on the lookout for volunteers and helpers at the fayre. So, if you do want to get involved, then please give me a call on 01277 821824 or email me at (please make the subject heading as BVF 2013).

We all look forward to the Fayre every two years, but most don't realise how much hard work goes into organising it, so please contact Heather on the above details, you will get a lot of job satisfaction and make new friends.

Check out the official Village Fayre website:

Monday, 17 September 2012

Scout walking fun

Well another Scout walk over and a mighty fine one at that. It was great to see so many people turn up and the weather doing its job correctly for a change. The half way stop (campsite) is truly welcome, with the hog roast, Pauls infamous vegetarian stew, bread pudding and enough mulled wine to see one through the remainder of the walk.

A big thank you goes out to the scouts and their helpers, some who camp overnight. A lot of hard work is put it, I should know, i've been there and done that. But these guys keep doing it year after year... Well done!

A motley crew enjoying the half way break

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Village Girls running in memory of Lisa!

A group of ladies from the village are running the Race for Life this coming Sunday. The girls will be running in memory of their friend Lisa Farthing, who tragically lost her battle against cancer in February. The Hylands park race was postponed in July due to bad weather - forecast for this Sunday is looking perfect - good luck girls!!!!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Tip Toe Through The Tombstones

After the success of their play, Night Must Fall, Blackmore players are presenting their latest comedy offering...

Tip Toe Through the Tombstones 
Some months have passed since the ghastly events in Monument House, well known to those familiar with Norman Robbins’ earlier A Tomb with a View. Now Mortimer Crayle, the crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the deaths of all the Tombs. Fog descends on the gloomy mansion and things, and people, are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, hosts and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar. A glorious spoof, a worthy sequel to A Tomb with a View, although previous acquaintance with the Tombs is not required!

Thursday 27th September 2012, starts 20:00, price £6.00
Friday 28th September 2012, starts 20:00, price £8.00
Saturday 29th September 2012, starts 20:00, price £8.00

All productions take place in Blackmore Village Hall. Tickets are available by ringing 01277 372386. The postcode of the Village Hall is CM4 0QR. Visit their website for more details


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Hat Party at the Club

Blackmore Sports and Social Club have just announced the return of its infamous Hat Party. The date is Saturday 27th October and the starting time 7.30pm. Everybody has to wear a hat (obviously). There will be a disco and the launch of the "Blackmore Lottery". It all sounds fun, and judging from last years picture, it certainly was! More details at

Scouts Annual Parish Walk

The much loved Annual Parish Walk organised by the Scouts will take place on Sunday 16th September. The walk starts at the Blackmore Primary School car park and sets off between 11am and 1pm.

There is a Hog Roast half way through, and as the walk is five miles, it will be a welcoming sight!

Entry forms are available from the post office or from John Cannon on 01277 822364. A lot of work goes in to organising this, I should know, I had to help once, so please make the effort and come along. It's dog friendly also. Drinks afterwards in the Blackmore Sports and Social Club.

The return of the path

While walking my dog around the millennium field, I discovered to my wife's delight, that the path was back, fully complete and joined back together. We had wondered if it was ever going to return, but had no idea who to ask.

This is where our website comes in. News and information will be updated every day, even if its just for those trivial things like a broken path.

While I'm on the subject, the new bit looks great, the rest not so good.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Blackmore gets a new website

After many years of the old site laying stagnent, and having no way to access it. I took it upon myself to start a fresh.

So I present to you an updated, all new website. I intend to keep this site fresh and up to date at all times. I will be adding social media links like facebook, twitter etc, and hope to be adding a section for local businesses.

I hope you like it, and please check back for regular updates.

Regards Andy Stevens, email:

Out with the old

and in with the new!