Scouthead pub relaunches popular charity cheese club

A COMMUNITY-HEARTED pub landlord is hoping to waft the sweet smell of success by reviving a popular fund-raising initiative.

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Sue and Ray Hicks at the Three Crowns

Ray Hicks and his wife, Sue, backed by local journalist Ken Bennett, are holding the first meeting of the charity Cheese Club at the Three Crowns Inn and Restaurant at Scouthead this month.

The pub first launched its novel club more than four years ago when Mr Bennett and his friend Peter Whitehead, a local printer, helped raise thousands of pounds for local good causes.

And the club hit the headlines when a cheese – described as “the smelliest in the world” – was lost in transit on a journey from France.

Ray recalled: “The French sent another portion and our cheese club members really enjoyed it. It may have been smelly but it had a really delicate flavour.”

And the landlord is promising an interesting selection of cheeses at the club’s event at the pub on Tuesday, October 20 at 7.30pm.

“With night drawing in we thought it a good idea to relaunch the club,” he said. “It’s an ideal way to socialise with family and friends in a cosy atmosphere.”

For just £10 a head, guests will sample a free glass of wine (or soft drink) on arrival and a delicious selection of cheeses. As an alternative, there will be some excellent paté.

This month’s fundraiser is dedicated to the hard-working Scouthead and Austerlands Community Association and there will be a raffle.

To book, call Sue or Ray Hicks on: 0161 624 1766 or email:


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