Web Site www.cheese-rolling.co.uk
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.
is the holiday
celebrated the day after Pentecost,
a movable feast in the Christian
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.
the first Monday in May was also named, in England Wales &
Northern Ireland as a Bank Holiday.]
The future of Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill.
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.
In 2010, and
2011 2012 the event was run by local enthusiasts, this is likely to remain the
case in future years until a new "Official" Sponsor comes forward to
take over. The event continues as a tribute to the determination of the local
fans, a true tribute to "people power"
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
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
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.