10th September, 2020
The Society admits this is an extremely difficult decision to make, though in light of the recent rise in confirmed cases, we feel this is the responsible thing to do. It has become clear that the impact of these challenging times on gatherings will not have abated sufficiently to allow the Dairy Show – where the British Cheese Awards were due to be held – to go ahead in the way we would want it to.
We understand that this is very disappointing news for everyone involved with the British Cheese Awards but our priority remains as always the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors, members and staff, judges and stewards
Alan Lyons, the Head of Shows at the Royal Bath & West Society said:-
“Obviously we are hugely disappointed to be taking this decision today, and to have to cancel one of the key awards events in the UK is a great shame, especially when so many others have fallen by the wayside this year. We hope that our exhibitors, traders and visitors will understand that we have a civic responsibility to act sensibly and we felt that with the reduction in numbers of people allowed to meet, cancellation now is the right thing to do.”
The Society will be in touch with exhibitors, sponsors judges and stewards for the British Cheese Awards with details of what to do next. Everyone will be contacted in the coming days and we would ask for your patience due to reduced staffing levels.
The Board of Trustees and all staff at the Royal Bath & West Society would like to thank everyone involved for their understanding and patience during this period of uncertainty and what is an unprecedented situation.