It's without doubt going to be a different Christmas this year but we are not giving up on some of our best loved Christmas traditions .. the advent calendars are being opened, the mulled wine is being tasted, the trees and decorations are going up... and our Christmas day lunch, (including cheeseboards) are being planned!!
Last chance for pre-orders!
(Our Gorwydd Caerphilly looking very christmassy, picture courtesy of Rob Wicks of @eatpictures)
Thank you to everyone who has already placed their Christmas cheese order.
Our pre-order delivery slots are now almost full, but we still have space for a few more orders. If you would like to pre-order your Christmas cheese or send a Christmas present of one of our selection boxes, then get your order in now.
Don't worry though, once our pre-order slots have all been filled, you can still place your order on our website shop and your cheese will be sent out within the next 1-3 business days .
Last order date for Christmas shipping is Sunday 20th December 2020.
We are only just into December and we have already sold 150 of our 500 Christmas Cheese Selection boxes! That's £300 raised for the Bristol Children's Hospital Grand Appeal. Thank you to everyone who has already bought one for themselves or as a gift, and read on to find out why this is a charity close to our hearts.......(and don't forget to order your limited edition Christmas Cheese Selection box today!)
We are donating £2 from every Christmas Cheese Selection Box to the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity. Not only is the hospital the only paediatric major trauma and specialist unit in the South West, but Maugan started treatment there as a child.
“I was treated at the Bristol Children’s Hospital for three years, from the age of one to the age of four. Every week my mum would take me and Todd on the bus to the hospital.
When we arrived Todd would cause havoc in the waiting room whilst I was checked out. Initially I was quite shy and when they asked me what my name was, I would only tell them my brother's name, and not mine.
But the kindness of the staff helped me to settle in (and eventually I relented!). We did this weekly for the first few years, then monthly, and eventually I was discharged when I was four.
I will always be grateful to Bristol Children's Hospital for the amazing kindness and treatment I received.”
- Maugan Trethowan
The Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses
For the last 20 years, we have donated our Gorwydd and Pitchfork to the Chelsea Pensioner's Annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses, and this year is no different.
The ceremony dates back to the opening of the Royal Hospital in 1692 and started when a local London cheesemonger agreed to provide Chelsea Pensioners with their festive supply of cheese. The ceremony is largely the same today, usually on a much grander scale but this year understandably will be a quieter affair when it takes place later this month. The picture above is from the ceremony back in 2015.
Organised by Dairy UK, around 270kg of the finest cheeses made in the U.K are donated. The cheese is distributed to all of the Chelsea Pensioners at meal times during the run up to Christmas.