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Blackmoor Apple Day Sunday 13th October 2019 - 10.00am-16.30pm
- d (7th Oct 2019 13:42:31)

Blackmoor Apple Day Sunday 13th October 2019 - 10.00am-16.30pm.

Apple Day has been a tradition for almost 50 years. It turns Blackmoor into a mini-festival with rural craft stalls, local produce stalls, horse and cart rides, Morris dancers and the all-important drinking of cider……

This is a FREE event and funds raised go to local charities.

As well as all the Morris dancing and cider drinking……. St Matthews church opens its doors (well, actually its doors are always open) and is a ‘dog-friendly’ area. The 10am service is a family service with children’s church so you can come in with the dog [on-lead] and the kiddlywinks and join in with the choir for some ‘good old hymn singing’ before you go and sit in the horse cart with the kids….

The church is turned into a café for the day with hot drinks, food, and cakes.

For Apple Day, fruit experts are on hand and the resident Apple ‘doctors’ can help with any apple-ailments; they can usually identify mystery apples if you have a tree in your garden and don’t know what variety it is.

If you’re new to the area you may never have been into Blackmoor? It is a textbook example of a Victorian estate village and for that reason, it is a designated conservation area. Sir Roundell Palmer (Earl of Selborne) bought the manor of Blackmoor in 1865 and built the community including the church, the vicarage, cottages, and schools.

The church was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and built with local stone from Selborne quarry. Next to the church is a War Memorial Cloister built in memory of Robert Palmer by his parents. The estate is now a large farmed area and it is still directed by Sir Roundell Palmer's descendants. The roof of the original school was destroyed by fire in the ’30s and when the new school was built on Drift Road, the old schoolhouse was donated by the family to the village and is now the Village Hall (and also a beautiful listed building).

Inside St Matthews the stained glass windows are magnificent and there are beautiful memorials to the Palmer family inside. Outside it is visible for many miles because of the beautiful Bell tower. It has six bells and the bell tower with its spiral tower is a unique feature.

Even if you are not interested in the morning service, please come in and have a look around and grab a bite to eat. If you would like to come in and listen to the choir they will be happily singing for you.

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