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Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu

Fred McCormick 01 Jun 10 - 12:32 PM
Rob Naylor 01 Jun 10 - 02:50 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 01 Jun 10 - 02:58 PM
GUEST,MadauntieCat 02 Jun 10 - 12:26 PM
TopcatBanjo 02 Jun 10 - 01:16 PM
RTim 13 Jan 11 - 03:53 PM
Old Vermin 13 Jan 11 - 04:22 PM
GUEST,Guest 07 Aug 18 - 03:21 AM
FreddyHeadey 07 Aug 18 - 07:29 AM
EBarnacle 07 Aug 18 - 10:49 AM
leeneia 07 Aug 18 - 09:54 PM
Nigel Parsons 08 Aug 18 - 04:56 AM
Jos 08 Aug 18 - 05:41 AM
Nigel Parsons 08 Aug 18 - 05:55 AM
GUEST,FloraG 08 Aug 18 - 06:06 AM
GUEST,henryp 08 Aug 18 - 06:38 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 12:32 PM

A couple of months ago, it was reported that the powers that be had decided to ban the annual cheese rolling competition at Coppers Hill, Gloucestershire. The reason given was that after 400 years of broken bones and cracked heads, the event was no longer deemed safe.

Anyway, as this Sky News commentary shows, it takes more than a few daft regulations to keep a cheese roller down. On May 30th, a few hardy souls turned out to make sure that, health and safety or no health and safety, the ancient custom would not be allowed to lapse.

Good on yer lads.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 02:50 PM

Glad to see that the peasants are revolting!!!!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 02:58 PM

I understand that the rebels used a French Cheese this year in place of the traditional Double Gloucester. Was this in order to put the authorities off the scent?

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: GUEST,MadauntieCat
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 12:26 PM

Double Gloucester IIRC. Good on yer, lads (and the two ladies who made up the ladies' race!). They had to get past a police presence at the bottom of Cooper's Hill first, but the photos show about 30 people. I'm so proud.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: TopcatBanjo
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 01:16 PM

"A couple of months ago, it was reported that the powers that be had decided to ban the annual cheese rolling competition at Coppers Hill, Gloucestershire. The reason given was that after 400 years of broken bones and cracked heads, the event was no longer deemed safe."

To be fair, I thought that the reason for cancellation was nothing to do with H&S fears about the event itself but because it had got so popular and well-known that many thousands of people (and vehicles) were turning up from all over the country and beyond, which had become a headache for the committee organising this previously small local event. Nowt to do with stopping the actual runners from cracking their own heads open.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: RTim
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 03:53 PM

The BBC news today has a story on how the event is going to be "Saved" for the future.
What is your view?
Tim Radford

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-12185315


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Old Vermin
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 04:22 PM

"Whatever the format, we are determined not to lose the atmosphere, heritage and tradition which have made this such a special event.

"So we have brought in Cheltenham-based Events and Management Services to organize a completely new event to include elements of the old Coopers Hill Wake."

Proposals would also see the date of the event changed from Spring Bank Holiday to the weekend of 11/12 June." - BBC

Right, that's obvious. Have the Events and Management Services widely advertised fake event on the 11/12 and just quietly get on with the real one one the Spring Bank Holiday.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 03:21 AM

Interesting documentary on Gloucester Cheese Rolling last night on BBC:

The Great Cheese Chase


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 07:29 AM

& BBC radio, more about the cheese & cows than the rolling
On Your Farm - Gloucestershire Cheese-Rolling - @bbcradio4

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bbnlyq

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bbc iPlayer Radio app
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3yvdp3zQJWLtl204z9nxgRt/download-the-iplayer-radio-app 
(then click the '+' on the programme's web page
    then on the app click 
            Menu > My Radio > Listen Later)
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BBC latest "folk" radio broadcasts
(though not some documentary type programmes)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/categories/music-folk 
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BBC scheduled "folk" programmes TV & radio
(but doesn't have some, eg proms)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/schedules
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: EBarnacle
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 10:49 AM

When I acted in Richard III, I made sure our snacks area was stocked with Double Gloucester in honor of his role as Duke of Gloucester. No injuries occurred.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: leeneia
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 09:54 PM

I often hear that something was banned, then it turns out that economic or other reasons were the cause. It's getting to the point where "banned" is a signal for fake news.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 04:56 AM

Rolling cheese on Coppers Hill
Rolling cheese on Coppers Hill
We chase our cheese, and we bruise our knees
Rolling cheese on Coppers Hill


Chorus only (Rolling down to old Maui). But put here in case I start coming up with verses.
Or in case someone else does!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Jos
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 05:41 AM

For "Coppers" read "Cooper's" ...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 05:55 AM

ah!
Yes, I thought 'Coopers', but double checked with the opening post.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 06:06 AM

I think the problem was parking and traffic management. There was a problem getting an ambulance through if needed. My sister in law was the kill joy. I think the committee have taken this on board now.
FloraG.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Cheese Rolling Back on the Menu
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 06:38 AM

The Guardian reported this in 2010;

But it emerged today that the annual cheese-rolling event at Cooper's Hill above Brockworth has become the latest victim of health and safety concerns.

This year's event has been cancelled, not because organisers fear that those taking part will hurt themselves, but because the competition has become too popular and is attracting unmanageable crowds.

The organisers said: "The attendance at the event has far outgrown the location where it has traditionally been held for several hundred years: last year, more than 15,000 people tried to attend, which is more than three times the capacity of the site."

It goes on to reassure disappointed competitors that the committee is working with local authorities and the police to try to find better ways of controlling the crowds, stop the roads from getting clogged up and make sure that ambulances can get through when, almost inevitably, a competitor is injured.

This is what The Independent had to say this year;

Some competitors travelled from across the world to take part in the series of madcap races, which attracted TV crews from around Europe, while thousands of people lined the course to watch.

Rebel cheese rollers have been staging their own unofficial event after health and safety fears caused the official competition to be cancelled in 2010.

The cheese is chased 200 yards down the 1:2 gradient Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth. After a year’s hiatus, when police warned against the use of a real cheese, the imitation lightweight foam cheese was replaced with the genuine article.

The official event was cancelled after more than 15,000 people turned up as spectators to watch the 2009 competition. Since then it has been held unofficially with the police keeping a watchful eye.


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