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As the Balson family has been continuously practicing the craft of butchery from at least the year 1535, for some time we have been known as "England's Oldest Family Butchers." With new research from the Institute of Family Business, it has now been determined that RJ Balson & Son is now "England's Oldest family Business"! We are honored with this distinction, and we're excited about the new research underway that could determine that we are the Oldest Butchers in all of Europe! Here's the new articles from IFB:
We're proud of being "England's Oldest" because longevity implies quality, and we take pride in all of the specialty meats that we produce, from our full shop in Bridport, Dorset with over thirty sausage varieties, puddings, gammon steaks, loins, pies, etc. , to our expanding production in the U.S., where we are making Traditional pork bangers, back bacon, chipolatas, and soon-to-be Traditional beef bangers and black pudding! We're the oldest, and we also produce some of the best British food in England and America!
Friends of RJ Balson;
Just a few weeks ago, our beloved grandad and father and "patriarch" of RJ Balson & Son, Don Balson, lost his battle with lung cancer and peacefully passed away while sleeping at age 88. While Don was the face of RJ Balson's Butcher Shop in Bridport for many years and was a Master Butcher in his own right, for those close to him, he is best remembered for his warmth, his joy, his laughter and his love. For those that had the pleasure to meet him in the shop, it was inevitable that they would leave with a smile on their face.
Many of the current RJ Balson recipes are ones that Don learned when he was just a boy, having been passed down from his father, and we at Balsons USA were glad to that Don was able to be a part of the success of our U.S. endeavors. We are indebted to him and hope that we can also continue the legacy that he continued.
Below you will find a wonderful article from the Bridport View with more about his beautiful life. Thank you for reading.
Best, Oliver (grandson) & Michael Balson (son), CO-Founders, RJBalson USA, Inc.
24th August 2011
DON BALSON: April 9th 1923 – July 23rd 2011 - Died aged 88
TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-loved Bridport Butcher who passed away last month.
For many years Don Balson has been the face of England’s oldest family butchers, R.J. Balson and Sons, who have been operating in Bridport since 1535.
The popular master butcher lost his battle with lung cancer in July and family members this week said they had been overwhelmed by the support they have received since his death.
Don’s widow Joan has filled up three rooms of her house with cards, flowers and gifts she has received from well-wishers.
Don’s youngest child, Jane Boulay, said: “We’ve had piles and piles of cards, all with messages inside saying what an amazing man he was. He was a bit of a cheeky chappy, he used to speak to everybody and I think he’s a bit of a Bridport legend.”
Having begun work for the family business as a child Don recalled that his first job of the day was always to catch the horse out in the field to start delivery.
The business has evolved since those early days but Don stayed involved right up until his death, struggling to keep away from the shop at times.
Don’s only break from behind the counter came during World War Two when he was called up to join the Navy.
Don served on H.M.S. Petard, the only ship to sink submarines from German, Italian and Japanese Navy’s and a vessel that played a vital role in recovering materials to help decode the German Enigma machine.
Don later put his naval experience to good use by becoming a scoutmaster at 1st West Bay Sea Scouts.
Don could also be regularly found in the seas of West Bay without a boat, either playing water polo, taking part in the Blackbuoy Cup race or having a refreshing Boxing Day swim.
His competitive streak also extends to dry land where he enjoyed a game of skittles with friends at the Boot Inn and turning out to play for the Bridport Thursday football team.
Don met his wife Joan shortly after the war at a drill hall dance, and in 1947 they were married.
Joan said: “He’ll be remembered alright, he used to have a joke with the customers. Someone said she came in once and told Donald it was her grandfather’s birthday and the next minute Donald had gone inside and come out with a party popper, that’s what he was like.
“We’ve had so much support since his death, we filled up one room with flowers and cards, we then went into the next room and now we’ve got three rooms full. I think he’d be amazed.”
Don is survived by his wife and their four children, Michael, Richard, Chris and Jane. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Richard Balson worked with his father in the family business for more than 40 years and will continue his father’s legacy as the face of Balson’s butchers. Speaking at his father’s funeral Richard said: “Thank you for everything, from bringing us into the world to the legacy you have left behind.”
We are pleased to announce that we've just contracted with UPS for all our online order shipping. Starting Oct. 17, all of Balson's bangers and bacon shipments will be entrusted to UPS 2nd day Air. Even better, this upgrade comes at no cost to our customer -- shipping to the continental 48 states will remain free of charge! Our customers pay a small handling fee to cover shipping materials, but there is no tax or shipping charges. For more info, visit our online store ( http://www.balsonbutchers.com/collections/store ) or our FAQ link ( http://www.balsonbutchers.com/pages/faqs ).
Also, please visit and become a fan of our growing Facebook page -- "British Bangers and Bacon", where you can receive more updates and interact with other Balson Butchers fans. ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Bangers-and-Bacon/135839983268 ). Rumor has it, we'll have to change the name of that in the future with our expanding offerings -- more to come soon!
Cheers, The Balsons
Here it is, our revamped back bacon label….
Oliver Balson, President and Co-Founder of “Balsons USA”, says…”We are very pleased with the new back bacon label. We hoped to design an attractive label while capturing the combined English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh traditions that our back bacon has come to symbolize for Ex-Pats here in the U.S., and we feel we’ve done so!” Balson’s bacon will continue to be packed in the same 8oz retail packaging with the new label design being implemented mid-October 2011.
Follow our blog to catch the latest news from the Balsons...Cheers!
We’re pleased to announce the launch of our “Balson Blog”, where you will now be able to access the latest news on products, pub and retail placements, upcoming promotionals, and everything else “Balson”! This 2011 summer brought quite a few changes for the Balsons – for starters, we’ve relocated our U.S. offices to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. We feel this will provide an excellent platform in the future for distribution to the many fine pubs and restaurants in the Carolinas and into the Southeast U.S. Be sure to tell your favorite pubs down south about Balsons bangers and bacon.
We’ve also revamped much of our website ( http://www.balsonbutchers.com )! Be sure to check out our new “About Us” link ( http://www.balsonbutchers.com/pages/about ) which covers our history, recent regional awards from the U.K., a “mission statement” explaining why we do what we do, and select media articles and videos. For pub and shop owners, we have also added a “Wholesale” link ( http://www.balsonbutchers.com/blogs/pub-retail-locations ), where you can find more information on purchasing bulk items to suit your needs. Enjoy the pages, and remember, BUY BETTER, BUY BALSONS!