Celebrity Cheese and Wine Evening


Charity Auction in Aid of Sunbeams

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of donors and wish to thank everyone
who sourced or donated items for the auction.

We have a really exciting list, with something for everyone and every budget.

Don’t forget…if you can’t be there on the night, but want to make a bid, we are
accepting postal or fax bids until 12 noon on Wednesday 18th May
(Simply print off the form or give us a call and we’ll send out a hard copy)

Auction List

To see the list of items in the auction, please click here

Anthony & Christine Harrison (Cuckoo’s Nest) Margaret Brough & Joan Gate (Food & Company)
Barney Cunliffe (Gilpin Lodge) Maria Whitehead (Hawkshead Relish Company)
Becca Mawson Michael & Angela King
‘Chop n Change’ Carlisle
Mike Bevans (Linthwaite House)
Chris Knowles Mike Mawson
Cliff Dadson
Mr & Mrs John Blake
David Parker
Nick Green
Dr Frederick Mulder (Philanthropist & Art Dealer)
Paul Seager
Eric Hope
Peter & Suzanne Greenhill
Ewan Wood (Carlisle United)
Philip Cranston
Geoff Monkman (Friendly Food & Drink Company) Philip Hayton (Haytons Garage)
Glynn and Eunice Wrennal (Cottage at Bouth)
Richard & Craig (Cyclewise)
Jan Massey
Richard Eccles (Cumbria Life)
Joanne Wilson (Grasmere Gingerbread)
Rory Stewart MP
John Walker
Sir James and Lady Susan Cropper
Jonathan & Caroline (Cedar Manor)
Sonia Charters
Justin Pearson
The Mawson’s of Bailey Ground
Karen, Frith & Dotty (the dog)
Tom Dent (Stoneybeck Inn)
Kathleen Brown
Tony Wolfe
Katie Snell & Jacinta Phelan (Oxo Tower)
Will Garnett
Manchester United Foundation Will Mawson and Dan Kerr

And…to keep you all going, we are thrilled to be able to offer a really special cheese
selection, sponsored by the following artisan cheese makers…

THORNBY MOOR DAIRY - http://www.thornbymoordairy.co.uk
Located within the outbuildings of the old Crofton Hall Estate near Thursby, eight miles west of Carlisle, Thornby Moor Dairy is run by Carolyn and Leonie Fairbairn.

Carolyn began making cheeses in 1979, using milk from her own small herd of goats. 

A practical approach - reading recipes, a lot of trial and plenty of error, common sense and perseverance, has resulted in the development of their unique range of cheeses.

Integrity, good flavour and nutritional value are what Thornby Moor dairy always strive to achieve in the cheeses they sell.

Their aim... 'to capture the essence of Cumbria in the flavours of our cheeses'.

APPLEBY CREAMERY - http://www.applebycreamery.com
Established in November 2007, Appleby Creamery made their first vat of hard cheese in May 2008 in a fully refurbished unit in the historic Westmorland market town of Appleby.

The team comprises Bob Parmley, Alan Mandle and Maurice Walton who together have over 70 years experience in the dairy industry.

They produce their own cheeses made from milk from very local herds along with goats and ewes milk both sourced in Cumbria.

MRS KIRKHAM'S LANCASHIRE CHEESE  – http://www.mrskirkhams.com

Mrs Ruth Kirkham began making Lancashire Cheese at Beesley Farm over 30 years ago. This was a skill she had been taught by her own mother, making her the third generation of cheese maker in her family.

Hard work and persistence for quality has enabled the Kirkhams in the last 3 years to build a new state of the art milking parlour and Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese can now be found in most good deli' counters around the country or on the menu in your favourite restaurant.

Despite its success, it is still very much a family business. Apart from two full time members of staff, John Kirkham still milks the cows every day, while Ruth and son Graham still make the cheese between them, seven days a week.

THE LAKE DISTRICT CHEESE COMPANY - http://www.landofmilkandbunny.com/

With its roots firmly in the Lake District, the Lake District Cheese Company source the finest milk from local and surrounding farms, producing a deliciously moreish cheese that embodies all the values and the traditions of the Lake District.


Cumbria's newest cheese shop. Situated in the heart of Cartmel opposite the Priory entrance at No 1 Unsworth's Yard. The shop opened on the 5th of June 2010 with a select range of around 30 cheeses.

We are also delighted to be able to offer locally made chutney to accompany the cheeses,
generously donated by the following makers…

HAWKSHEAD RELISH http://www.hawksheadrelish.com

The Hawkshead Relish Company are makers of award winning traditional Preserves, Relishes, Pickles, Chutneys, Jams and Marmalades. Based in the beautiful English Lake District, their cooking methods are traditional and they use no additives, colourings or artificial flavourings just really great fresh local ingredients wherever possible, such as the famous local British damsons to create their award winning range of relishes, pickles and preserves.

FRIENDLY FOOD AND DRINK  – http://www.friendlyfoodanddrink.co.uk

Based at Mill Yard, Staveley, Friendly Food & Drink are specialists in making hand-made preserves, chutneys, sauces and mustards. Friendly Food and Drink make a range of products that are suitable for most diabetics and allergy sufferers, as they are made from fructose (fruit sugar), and they contain no glucose, no gluten, no dairy (except curds) and no nuts, just goodness. Cumbrian Delights main aim is to produce a range of products using ordinary sugar which have links to Cumbria/Lake District with all its varied culinary creations.

Bread for the evening is being kindly donated by the following baker....


A long established family business which has grown successfully over fifty years, Greenhalgh’s is a craft bakery with a thriving chain of retail shops around the North West of England, as well as serving the wholesale sector nationwide and abroad.

And finally the butter from...


To keep things local, butter will be coming from Tom Forester of Howberry Farm Carlisle, whose unsalted butter is regarded as one of the best in the country.

We are also proud to be sponsored by the following local businesses…

  • Dodd & Co, Chartered Accountants, Penrith
  • Queen’s Head Inn, Tirril



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