annual Cheese-Rolling Festival at
Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire traditionally takes place each year,
Notice on the hill.
The Cheese-Rolling festival was originally held at midsummer but was moved some years ago to Whitsuntide, taking place on Whit Monday which was at that time a UK Bank Holiday.
Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) gets its English name for following "Whitsun", the day that became one of the three baptismal seasons. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter. The name "Whitsunday" is now generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast.
In 1967, in the UK, the Whitsun bank holiday (Whit Monday) was replaced by the Late Spring Bank Holiday - fixed as the last Monday in May each year.
The 'Cheese Rolling and Wake' was again moved, this time to the Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday.
[In 1978, the first Monday in May was also named, in England Wales & Northern Ireland as a Bank Holiday.]
Following the decision of CHCRC Ltd, the organisation responsible for staging the "official" event, to cancel the 2010 event, the company has now been wound up and no longer runs the event leaving it to the fans to stage traditional free events in this and future years.
It is evident that many people, including the organisers and the police, would wish to see an end to the popularity of this event, with access granted, it at all, to only a few locals.
The excellent 2010 Unofficial Cheese Rolling Event at Cooper's Hill, was successful in maintaining the unbroken tradition of the event, following the failure of CHCRC to organise an "Official" event. This has been followed up each year with a locally organised event, returning to the age old traditions of the Cheese-Rolling.
Whatever the future holds for the event, full information will be made available, as a free public service, to the public in general via this web site.
In 2010 the organising committee of CHCRC Limited, cancelled the official event, citing problems with public liability insurance.
In 2011 a two day festival, to be held in mid June, was proposed, but CHCRC Ltd cancelled plans for this too.
All was not lost however, as a local group of enthusiasts arranged an alternative program of unofficial cheese rolling events. they provided their own Master of ceremonies and a team of catchers. Their arrangements were excellent, the event time started exactly on time, control of the hill was excellent and the event concluded without injury to persons or property.
For 2010 and into the foreseeable future, the tradition will surely continue on a locally "organised" ad-hoc basis by the many dedicated fans, a real tribute to "people power".
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