The home of Stilton cheese celebrates its centenary

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Colston Bassett Dairy, the home of Stilton, is celebrating 100 years of cheese-making.

Since 1913, Colston Bassett has been making the world-famous cheese and today the traditional methods still remain in place - including hand-ladling. The Dairy Committee is marking the centenary year with three celebratory events.

The celebrations will begin with a thanksgiving church service on Sunday, April 21. Colston Bassett villagers, Dairy shareholders, dairy workers and managers - past and present - are all invited to attend the service. Bill Handbury, a committee member, will provide a short history of the Dairy and the daughters of the long-standing manager, Ernest Wagstaff will re-tell their memories of growing up at the Dairy.

The church and village hall will be decorated and children from Colston Bassett School will contribute to the photographic displays.

On June 29, Colston Bassett will come alive with a ‘village day’. Villagers are being invited to join the party which will include live music, cheese tasting, demonstrations, fun and games from the last one hundred years and a hog roast to finish. The event will be supporting three charities - Peter le Marchant Trust, Nottingham Riding for the Disabled and Dove Cottage hospice.