Randwick Cheese Rolling
3 May 2009
Randwick is one of only two villages who still enjoy the ancient custom of cheese rolling.
In Randwick the cheeses - usually three Double Gloucesters are blessed in the local church and then mystically rolled anticlockwise around the Church.
The rolling of the cheeses supposedly wards off evil spirits. After rolling, one of the cheeses is cut up and shared amongst bystanders. Eating of the cheese protects one's fertility and ensures future generations of "Runnickers" - the local name for villagers.
The other two cheeses are kept until the following Saturday when they are rolled down the steep slopes of the Well Leaze three times as part of the ancient Wap celebration.
Photographs by kind permission of http://www.randwick.org.uk
- Event: Randwick Cheese Rolling
- Date: Sunday 3 May 2009
- Time: 10.30am
- Where: Randwick Church, Randwick, Nr. Stroud