Thursday, 21 November 2013

Local Band Wanted for local music festival

Blackmore Sports & Social Club are putting on a one day music festival on Saturday the 12th July 2014. We have many bands booked so far, such as East of Java, a Johnny Cash tribute and U2. Actually maybe U2 is a small fib. What we are looking for is a very local band to fill one of the slots, possibly 45 mins to 75 mins depending on material. We won't lie, there is no money in it, just the opportunity to play to hundreds of people and gain local exposure. Our festival will start at 1pm and go though till late with approximately 11 acts performing over two stages, so if you want you be part of it, contact Andy

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Blackmore Scouts Autumn Walk 2013

It's that time of the year again for the famous "Blackmore Scouts Autumn Walk". Get your tickets for the best Hog Roast in town.

See flyer below for all details (click to enlarge).

Thursday, 29 August 2013

And now for "Something Wicked"

The Blackmore Players
Following on from the success of the musical, The Matchgirls, the players will be staging a comedy written and directed by Ian Lodge.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by ringing our box office on 01277 200305.

We will be holding a read through of the comedy 'Something Wicked' on Wednesday 29th May and auditions will take place the following week on Wednesday 5th June. Both start at 8pm and will take place at Blackmore Village Hall.

Something Wicked 
The Blackmore Players have decided that they will have another go at a Shakespeare play (after the success of Much Ado About Nothing). Their resident director, Malcolm, has manipulated the group into doing Macbeth which is not a popular decision with the remainder of the cast. As a web of lies and extra marital affairs unfolds the beleaguered cast start to discover that the legendary curse of "The Scottish Play" may not be a baseless myth after all!

Production   Date                               Start Time     Ticket Price
Friday          27th September 2013     20:00            £8.00
Saturday     28th September 2013     20:00            £8.00

Tickets are sometimes available on the door, and we will always try and accomodate anyone who has made the effort to come along!

Please note that for tickets bought on the door we can only accept cash or cheque payments.

All productions take place in Blackmore Village Hall. The postcode of the Village Hall is CM4 0QR.

Tickets are available by ringing 01277 200305.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Newmarket Race Day

Brian from the Sports and Social club is organising a Newmarket Race Day on Saturday 24th August. The coach will be leaving the club at 11.30am and returning around 9pm, the cost of the coach is around £10 depending on numbers. The entry tickets are £30.

It will be a great day of racing followed by the mighty "McFly" in concert!!!!

If you would like to come along and join the fun please call or text Brian for payment details on 07753 838836.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A Night of Jazz & Dance

How does a night of Latin American dancing grab you? Well if it does check out the flyer below (click to enlarge) to be held on Tuesday 23rd July at the Blackmore Village Hall.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Blackmore Music Festival 2014

The Blackmore Sports & Social Club have just announced that they are putting on a Music festival on 12th of July 2014.

A spokesman for the club said, "the village has had a music festival in the past and we want to create the same event but on a smaller scale, we will be presenting a one day music extravaganza with a minimum of 10 live acts plus an outside beer tent".

More details can be found on there "music festival" page HERE, which will be updated as things progress.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Toot Hill Show 2013

OK not really Blackmore orientated, but still pretty local and it looks quite good. Check out the flyer below, click to enlarge.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Blackmore Fayre 2013 photo gallery

Resident Village photographer Terry Wilson has taken hundreds, and I do mean hundreds of photographs at this years Fayre.

Below you can see a small selection, but to see them all, visit Terry's link HERE.

We thank Terry for all his hard work and efforts in capturing the Fayre in all its glory.

Click photos to enlarge.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

WOW what a Blackmore Village Fayre weekend!

WOW what a Blackmore Village Fayre weekend! 

Well the Fayre has come to an end, and what a great day it was. To sum it up, I asked Heather Eltham, the Blackmore Village Fayre Chairman(woman) to say a few words:

"On the Friday the heavens opened and our people arrived for the Variety show with their Brollies in hand to enjoy an afternoon of brilliant entertainment. Saturday morning was actually dry but a little chilly but the children all warmed up doing the various activities at The Festival of Sports - ending with team Daleks overpowering the Cybermen and the Weeping Angels.

As the crowds arrived onto The Green on Saturday evening - the Hog Roast was already slowly cooking for the Sunday rush of punters and the Young Farmers had fired up the BBQ and were doing a roaring trade. It was a brilliant evening of live music performed by Souled Out and dancing by the hundreds that attended - did anyone notice it was still dry?

Sunday morning - at 6.30am a band of merry people were already on the Green tidying up from the night before and arranging stalls ready for the afternoon. Committee members had to do a quick costume change to Men In Black and join in the Grand Parade along with ET, Dr Who's, Stars to name but a few and our very own Blackmore Dalek who devilishly sprayed the audience with water - who cared it was HOT and sunny !! People were entertained the whole afternoon by dancing, singing , Harlow Steel Band, karate exhibition, the Blackmore Players and the Committee Dance of an "alien nature". We had craft stalls, bouncy castles and ice cream, doughnuts, BBQ, Hog Roast and not to mention the Beer tent! Sunday evening in the Village Hall we held "Stars in their Eyes" a talent competition which was brilliant.

Monday morning saw the Pet Show, the children's cupcake competition and music provided by Cadenza. Another day in the sunshine browsing around the stalls, riding the zippy dipper or visiting the flower festival at the church (where the scarecrows had spent the night)! To end the Fayre was the traditional Bike Ride 1.5 hours of cycling around the closed circuit by about 160 people.

So much went on over this four day event .. our Blackmore village Fayre!"

Heather Eltham

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Our little village website is a smash

Despite only launching 10 months ago, Blackmore village website is going from strength to strength. We are now at over 15,000 hits, and last month we had over 3,500 hits alone!

This proves that people in and around the five parishes are constantly after more local information and news.

So now out to you guys. We need info too! So if you are putting on an event or have some news, please contact me with the details

Friday, 24 May 2013

Village Fayre is finally here

Well the fayre is upon us at long last. A big thank you to all the committee members that have worked so hard to make this fayre possible.

For those that have not received a fayre programme, a schedule of events is below, click to enlarge.

New Brasserie for Blackmore

The trend for "pop up" restaurants is all the rage at the moment and it's great when you get the news that one is opening up in Blackmore, at the Prince Albert to be precise.

The man behind the idea is named Lawrie and had this to say "I have been considering opening a new restaurant in the Brentwood area and after some research decided upon Blackmore as the ideal location.

Luckily, I have moved into the Prince Albert pub and will open on Friday evening, 24th May. I think the locals should find the concept interesting, the menu is based on local, sustainable produce, where possible, using cuts of meat such as lamb breast, pork cheeks, sweetbreads etc. rather than the usual scampi and rump steak offered by most pubs. 

The wine list is interesting too, we have a close association with Drinks of France who supply about 70% of our wine list from small, exclusive vineyards in France. Initially we will open on Friday through Sunday (bank holiday Monday also) and depending on demand will look at extending our hours of business. Each month we will be holding a 'wine and Dine' evening"

Well we certainly wish Lawrie the nest of luck in his venture, I for one will be trying his Brasserie out, and will report back very soon on these pages.

To see his menu click here, and to see the wine list click here.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Motorcycles on the green?

On the 12th May the 18th annual British owners club Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle Meet will take place on the village green and outside Megarrys antique shop.

Last year there were about 300 classic vintage and veteran motorbikes during the course of the day giving visitors a chance to admire these amazing machines. So why not pop down, take a look and grab a coffee from Megarrys.

From last years Meet

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Save the Bull update


The proposals are for two small semi-detached houses to be built in the Bull Garden fronting The Green, together with a four car carport to the rear, and gardens, all surrounded by a 6 foot high brick wall. To allow access to the carport and house garden, and keep some parking for the Bull, the pub cellar and far outbuildings would be demolished.

If these applications are successful the results would be:

  • The loss of yet another feature of the Medieval Heart of our village, which is a designated Conservation Area. 
  • Our historic Village Green and its existing surroundings have to be protected otherwise they will be nibbled away until nothing is left. • Blackmore will then become just another place on the map; like so much else, a victim of contemporary apathy and greed. 
  • The Bull is a Grade II listed building, most of which is over 500 years old. 
  • It is thought that it was originally built by the Priory as a hostelry for pilgrims passing through Blackmore. 
  • The loss of the cellar and the existing garden would sound the death knell of its long career as a public house. The last professional publican estimates that the garden trade was worth 20% of the pub’s business. 

Our Parish Council has objected to this proposal in the strongest terms to the Brentwood Planning Department, supported by evidence from their own resources and from us the parishioners.

Be aware that the Parish Council has only advisory power, the decision will be made by the Brentwood Council on advice from the planning officers.

The planning officers are obliged, in addition to giving advice, to report to the Council on the nature and extent of the objections they have received.



Write or e-mail, you do not have to live in Blackmore, setting out your objections to: 

Kathryn Mathews - Reference nos: 13/00250/FUL and 13/00251/LBC

Planning Department , Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

First Teas in the Tower of 2013

Sunday 5th May at 2.30pm - 4.30pm sees the first "Teas in the Tower" of 2013 at St Laurence Church.

Music is to be provided by Cross Harmonies, a wind sextet. This will be the first of many Teas, see our calendar for dates.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Live music at the club proves a success

Last Saturday night at the Sports and Social Club was a massive success with live band East of Java, I should know, I was there dancing the night away (not a pretty sight!).

Lots of picture can be found on the clubs website HERE.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Summer Cricket Youth Coaching

New Junior Section – Open to Boys and Girls

Friday 3 May 2013 sees the start of Willow Herbs Cricket Club Junior Section training at Blackmore Sports & Social Club Nine Ashes Road, Blackmore, Essex CM4 0QW.

All are welcome every Friday from the 3 May to 2 August, training 6.30 to 7.30pm under the direction of an English Cricket Board Level 2 Qualified Coach.

Fees are payable for coaching and club membership (a parent/guardian will automatically become a full member of Blackmore Sports & Social Club)

Further details and application forms available from:

Sharon Hobley Junior Coordinator
07540 954240 or

Andy Phillips ECB Coach & Child Welfare Officer
 07973 640965 or

Willow Herbs Cricket Club

Click below to enlarge

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Blackmore Players present the Matchgirls

Following on from the success of their panto, the Blackmore Players will be staging a full musical, "The Matchgirls" and they are lucky enough to welcome back experienced professional producer, Bill Edwards as their director for this extravaganza!

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by ringing the box office on 01277 651286 or visit the website

Click on the image below to enlarge.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bra-vissima Ladies Choir in Concert

Friends of St Laurence are presenting an evening concert by Bra-vissima ladies choir, here's what they have to say:

"We have been very lucky to have Bra-vissima Ladies Choir volunteer to support our work. Bra-vissima were founded in 2007 and are Brentwood based. They have a broad repertoire including classical works, songs from the shows and modern popular music. They have performed in Chelmsford Cathedral and at the Essex Festival Choral Concert.

We are very excited about this concert as Bra-vissima will be the first ladies choir we have hosted and are sure they will give their male counterparts a good run for their money. This means we shall all have a smashing evenings entertainment."

The concert will be held on Saturday 16th March 2013 at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) in the Priory Church of St Laurence, Church Street, Blackmore CM4 0RN. Tickets: £10 from 01277 823959

Monday, 4 March 2013

Blackmore Wheat Whoppers Ball 2013

In preparation for the Blackmore Village Fayre, the committee are first going to organise a barn dance.

Dig out your smocks and mop caps and get ready to dance to a live band (Free Range Legs), round the straw bales and around a May pole.

Although fancy dress is an option, farmers and wenches are expected. Food will also be served (included in the ticket).

To be held on Saturday, May 11 - from 8pm at Blackmore Village Hall, Nine Ashes Road, Blackmore, Essex CM4 0QW. Tickets are £12.50, available from Blackmore Post Office.

Do you know the artist? reader Helena Jones has found a picture of Blackmore Church dated 1846, does anyone know of any artists painting in the area at this time? Click on picture below to enlarge.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Friday Club @ the Club

The Blackmore Sports and Social club are launching their Friday Club @ the Club again this year.

The evenings proved very popular in the past with food being served and the club opening early. The first one will be on Friday 8th March with the others following on the first Friday of every month. The first one will be offering Chilli Nachos.

For more information see the "Friday Club" page here.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Live Music at the Sports & Social Club

The club have a live band on Saturday 9th March 2013, 7.30pm start. The band are called East of Java, more details can be found here.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Save the Bull!

Photo call - Brentwood Gazette feature this Saturday 26th January for those wanting to Save The Bull!

Please go along to Megarry’s Antiques (Judi Wood’s) at 10 am on Saturday 26th January if you support those hoping to keep The Bull as a pub in the heart of Blackmore. The Gazette is doing a feature and photo of concerned villagers. Free coffee on offer at Judi’s tea shop!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Village Fayre Quiz Night

If you have never managed to get on "University Challenge", but think yourself "Smarter than a 10 year old", then try the Blackmore Village Fayre Quiz night, see their flyer below.

Blackmore Scouts Jumble Sale

Everyone loves a jumble sale, the 1st Blackmore Scouts are holding their annual one on Saturday 2nd February, see their flyer below.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Village Fayre committee need you!

It's the village fayre this year... yay! And the guys need as much help as possible, I should know, i'm on the committee. We are a great bunch of friendly people who have the most fun organising the fayre, so...

If you would like to do your bit to make this fayre the best yet, please contact Heather Eltham on 01277 821 824 or at Whether to help out during the Fayre weekend or contribute to the Programme, and as always, we are looking for people or organisations to sponsor events, make a donation or run a stall on the Village Green.

Programme: we will be distributing the Blackmore Village Fayre Programmes several weeks ahead of the fayre. If you wish to contribute to the Programme, your assistance would be very much appreciated.

Stall Management: there are many stalls at the Fayre which are managed by the Committee but we require people to help man them. If you are able to spare just a couple of hours, please join a team of volunteers to run a stall. Family groups or friends make ideal teams as many hands make light work.

Set Up & Dismantle: if you are an early bird, then we need you to help set up on the Green. Ditto clearing up and breaking own at the end of the day.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Quiz Evening - St Laurence Church

Quiz evening on Saturday 26th Jan, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Teas in the Tower - St Laurence church

Starting on the first Sunday of May and every first Sunday thereafter until October we have Teas in the Tower.

The ladies of Blackmore Church will be providing tea, coffee and a selection of delicious home made cakes. It all sounds divine, so get yourself down to St Laurence Church between 2.30pm and 4.30pm every first Sunday of the month.