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History of Checketts of ombersley

Centenary
The Checketts’s have been around Worcestershire a lot longer than 100 years. Their recorded history dates back as far as the end of the 16th century to a William Checketts of Bishampton.

The name Checketts has become synonymous with standards of quality and hygiene which were set by the original founder of the business, Thomas G Checketts, way back in 1902 - the same standards that have won the company local, national, and international accolades in more recent years.

When Thomas G Checketts was just 21, he had to borrow money to open his first shop in Wyre Piddle but the business soon flourished and he moved to Ombersley Road, Worcester in 1911 and then to the present premises at Ombersley in 1925, these doubling as the family home until extension of both the firm and the family meant that it has now been taken over entirely by the business.

Checketts building is interesting, built circa 1830 not long after the church 1829. It was built as a butcher's shop complete with abatoir with a Grocer's next door and named Church Villa. The building has sandstone battlements and lots of character. It is quite an achievement for the shops to have remained as they were intended as butchers and grocers since 1830.

Today the business is owned by the grandson of the founder, Phil Checketts and his wife Pam. Phil and his brother Tony (now semi-retired) took over from their father Thomas Henry (known to all as Harry). David Checketts, Phil's son, is General Manager and makes the fourth generation of Checketts in the business. Phil's wife, Pam, runs the busy office taking over from his mother, Evelyn, as Company Secretary. The family agree that much of the total success of the business lies with a loyal staff, most of whom have been with the firm for many years.

We are very proud to have won Worcestershire Life "BUTCHER OF THE YEAR 2007 AND 2008".

To guarantee quality we sell only British meat which is mostly bought direct from local farms. We mature the meat naturally and use traditional methods of preparation to ensure flavour and texture. We also sell many award-winning products - homemade sausages, home-cooked meats, home-made pies and ready meals, excellent free-range eggs and much more. We aim to always provide the best level of service whether it be for a few small items or a very large order. We have a specialist Freezer Department and on line ordering and delivery service at www.checketts.co.uk so you can have your order delivered anywhere in England or Wales.

In November 2007 David Checketts opened the new and dynamic “Checketts Fresh Fish Ltd.”, within Church Villa. David and his staff Ian and Jacqui pride themselves on sourcing the finest fresh fish available. “Checketts Fresh Fish” offers a full range of fresh fish, smoked fish, shellfish, home-made seafood platters and pates, on a daily basis. Plenty of cookery advice, the latest recipes and Barbecue advice is also available.

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To guarantee quality we sell only British meat which is mostly bought direct from local farms. We mature the meat naturally and use traditional methods of preparation to ensure flavour and texture.

We also sell many award-winning products - homemade sausages, home-cooked meats, home-made pies and ready meals, excellent free-range eggs and much more. We aim to always provide the best level of service whether it be for a few small items or a very large order. We have a specialist Freezer Department and on-line ordering and delivery service at www.checketts.co.uk so you can have your order delivered anywhere in England or Wales.