Date with history at Ebernoe

Matthieu Fauvet, winner of the horns last year
Matthieu Fauvet, winner of the horns last year

THE biggest date on the calendar for Ebernoe villagers is looming on July 25.

A slice of history will be revived yet again at Ebernoe on Saturday, July 25, when the village hosts its annual Horn Fair.

All the usual ingredients of the day will be there - the cricket match which is the centrepiece of the event, followed by an evening of fun activities which draws families and folk from all around.

Most notable is the sheep roast for lunch and then again in the evening for the barbecue.

An invitation to challenge the Ebernoe side at Horn Fair is much-prized, and this year the opponents will be the Wessex Pilgrims Cricket Club.

A nomadic side which hails from the Bournemouth area the Wessex Pilgrims have been playing regular friendly fixtures against Ebernoe for some 25 years.

The team played in its first Horn Fair in 2010.

The match is due to start at 11am, with a 6pm finish when there will be the traditional presentation of the ram’s horns to the highest-scoring batsman on the winning side.

This year the horns will be presented by Roger Wootton representing Lord Egremont.

It is widely accepted from historical documents that the fair was revived 150 years ago in 1864 and has continued annually, with the exception of the war years.