NEXT FLITCH TRIALS
Saturday 13 July 2024
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DUNMOW FLITCH TRIALS : SATURDAY 13 JULY 2024

The Dunmow Flitch Trials are an ancient custom which dates back over 900 years, is unique in the world as far as we know, and we are rightly very proud to keep this wonderful event running.

Tickets for the next Flitch Trials in July 2024 are now on sale. Please buy online or visit Flitch Travel in Dunmow High Street with cash.

This year there will be 3 Trial Sittings: a single trial in the morning, 2 trials during the afternoon, and 2 in the evening.



The historic trials, which date back to the 1100’s, are held every four years and set out to award a flitch (or side) of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy a Judge and Jury of six maidens and six bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day' they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.

Couples must have been married for at least a year and a day. If they are successful, they are carried shoulder-high in the ancient Flitch Chair to Market Place to swear the Flitch Oath before being awarded their prized Flitch of Bacon.

Dunmow Flitch 2024
 

› 2024 Roll of Honour

The Dunmow Flitch Trials is an historical event of which this town is rightly proud. However, as anyone who has been involved in organising such events will know, it takes an extraordinary amount of time, commitment & money to make it happen.


2024 Organising Committee: Mark Jones (Chair), Helen Haines (Vice-Chair), Richard Burlend, Mike Coleman, Andy Hood, Jody Huizar, Ant Lees, Emma Marcus, Mike Perry, Kay Puddick, Ross Karklins, Adam Sandford, Lucy Sandford, David Sellens, John Stanley, Alan Stratton, Mizan Sabur, Martin Sycamore, Rob Tonkin, Karen Thurley, Tania Williams & Leoni White.


The Dunmow Flitch Trials Committee would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their support as sponsors and contributors to the Trials:

  • Anglia Fire Protection - Fire extinguishers
  • Beresford’s – Photocopying, display boards & sponsoring the Flitches
  • The Boar's Head - Displaying our signage
  • Braintree TV
  • Michele Brooker for organising the Trials Marquee Raffles so brilliantly
  • Carpet Comfort
  • Casa – 5 bottles of champagne
  • Chameleon Café –sponsoring the Spot the Pig competition
  • Containerlift
  • Daniel Robinson
  • Dunmow-Dourdan Twinning Association
  • Don's of Dunmow
  • Dunmow Crematorium - David Walsh
  • Dunmow Maltings & Museum for looking after the Flitch artefacts
  • Dunmow Rotary Club for acting as Court Bailiffs & a generous cash donation from the Colinson Legacy Fund
  • Dunmow Round Table for supplying road management, and the beer tent
  • Dunmow Tennis Club for loaning their club house
  • Elevate Envirotech
  • ESL for providing Stage & Lighting
  • Foort Taylor Solicitors
  • Flitch Travel for selling tickets
  • Flitch Trials Minstrels – Tamzin, Carwyn, Fran, Seb & Eli for their fanfares and ancient music
  • Fuchsia Exhibition Services – for supplying carpet, bunting, flag poles
  • Frank Gates for their cash donation
  • Great Garnett's for providing a Flitch for display around town
  • Great Dunmow Town Council for their generous cash donation
  • Graham Barker
  • Happy Tails Pet Supplies
  • Andrew Lodge of Lodge Coaches for loan of the Oath-taking ‘Dray’ truck
  • Irene Walker - catering services
  • Jacks of Dunmow
  • Ross Karklins for brilliantly organising the Flitch Bearers
  • Little Easton Manor
  • M&B Print
  • Maureen Corder at The Hat Lady 01376 329716 for the Maidens' hats
  • Mel Inwood for feeding the committee
  • Mike Perry for taking the official photographs
  • Multitech Site Services
  • Old Park Meadow
  • P&A Wood – cash donation
  • Place Services
  • Palmer & Martin for loan of vans
  • Perkins Garage
  • Peter Noble for compèring in the arena
  • Roger Hockley of Puttocks Farm for hosting our container
  • Prior Hall Farm – sponsoring a Flitch
  • Jody Huizar for his services as Town Crier
  • John Davey for hosting guests
  • Ropers & Yogi Pharmacists
  • St Mary’s Church for storing the ancient Flitch Chair & loan of props
  • Shepherd Health
  • Martin Sycamore for the loan of a van
  • Station Coach Works
  • Stansted Airport Community Trust
  • Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund
  • The Saracens Head for donating the use of their meeting room
  • The Starr for displaying the Flitch banner
  • The Rose Garden for decorating the marquee, dray & Flitch of Bacon and the Maidens' posies
  • Wardrobe Fashion Boutique
  • Westway Builders
  • UDC - generous cash donation through the Community Project Grant programme

Art Competition

  • Saracens Head for hosting art exhibition
  • Art Competition sponsors:
    Little Monsters Soft Play Centre
    Mrs M's Sweet Shop
    Starr Restaurant
  • Art Competition Judges:
    Terry Bryan (Chief Judge)
    Andrea Hepworth
    Bryan Haines

We thank the Market Place and Arena performers; the local land owners who let us display our banners; our advertisers for their support in this programme and the residents of Rosemary Lane, Market Place, Star Lane, Stortford Road, North Street, The Maltings and surrounding roads for their forbearance with the road closures.


Trials Day Raffle

In the Trials marquee we will have 3 fantastic hampers, all stuffed full with goodies to the value of £300 and to be won in each of the Trials sittings (morning, afternoon & evening).

Please buy a ticket and see if it's your lucky day!

Our hampers contain (subject to availability):

  • Chameleon Café - £10 vouchers & Flitch Trial mugs
  • Dougie Pickford - Jar of local Essex honey
  • Fairfield’s Farm Crisps – Large bags of crisps
  • 5 Physio Dunmow - Sports massage vouchers
  • Greetings of Dunmow – Bows & ribbon for hampers
  • Happy Tails Pet Supplies – Bags of dog treats
  • Heather B Design - Gift
  • iPad Screen Repairs – Gift
  • Jacks 1952 (Dunmow) - 'Pop' wine glasses & wine bottle holders
  • John Tarrow – Talliston House Personal Explorer Pass gift voucher (worth £75)
  • Luckins Wine Store - Bottle of French rosé & New Zealand white wine
  • Maldon Salt – Limited edition apron, variety of Maldon salts & pinch tins
  • Meadow Hill Coffee Shop & Deli - Hampers, arrangement of goodies & wrapping
  • Michele Brooker Physiotherapy – Fruit teas & candles
  • Mrs M's Sweets - Sweets
  • Ropers & Yogi Chemists – Gift
  • The Sofa Design Studio – Posh bottle of wine
  • Tesco - Finest pink champagne
  • The Angel & Harp - £15 gift vouchers
  • The Beauty Parlour – Lovely candle
  • The Courtyard Brewery –Bag of brewery goodies
  • The Curiosity Shop - Gift
  • The Flitch Trials - Flitch Trial tea towels
  • The Interiors Store - Gift vouchers
  • The Post Office (Dunmow) - Bottle of Australian white wine
  • The Saracens Head - Goodie Bags
  • The Starr Inn - 2 course lunch or 3 course dinner or 2 course Sunday lunch for 2
  • The Town House – Gift vouchers
  • Willets Newsagents - Raffle tickets & chocolates

Thank you to all our lovely sponsors!


Flitch Ball

We would like to thank the following for their generous donations to our raffle:

  • Brown & White - £30 voucher
  • Heather B – necklace
  • Casa/Flitch House - £30 voucher
  • The Curiosity Shop – piggy bank ornament
  • Angel Wings – cat cup, coaster and picture frame
  • Chloe - £20 voucher
  • Bells Boutique - nails voucher
  • Nail Design Dunmow - £10 voucher
  • Mrs M Sweets - £10 Voucher
  • Ropers Pharmacy - Bayliss & Harding set
  • The Chameleon Café - £20 voucher
  • Wardrobe - £20 voucher, hat & gloves
  • Spec Savers – gift set for glasses (inc free eye test & discounts)
  • Luckins, The Shopkeeper Store - posh socks
  • Steeles Butchers - voucher
  • EBD Retreat - Indian head massage worth £40
  • Saracen’s - Sunday lunch voucher
  • Empire Salon

Quiz Night & Hog Roast

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions:

  • The Shopkeeper Store
  • CJ Mac Hair Design
  • Jaranya Thai Massage
  • Happy Tails (Dunmow) Ltd
  • The Interiors Shop
  • Lukins Wine Store
  • Empire Salons
  • The Curiosity Shop
  • Dorringtons
  • The Chameleon Cafe
  • Tesco (Dunmow)

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The Dunmow Flitch Song
A group from Frome called the Bad Detectives felt inspired to write a song about the Dunmow Flitch for the 2008 Trials which is now available as an MP3:
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