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  Today we have received the sad news that our Founder Richard Lutwyche has passed away after a short illness.
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Dear Members,

Today we have received the sad news that Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Club Founder Richard Lutwyche has passed away after a short illness.

Richard organised the very first meeting of the Club in 1990 and has over the years made a huge impact on the fortunes of the Gloucestershire Old Spot pig breed leading the fight against supermarkets imposters and working for over ten years on securing EU protection for the breed among many other achievements.
We have been most fortunate to have such an incredible person to lead the Club. His knowledge and wisdom will be sorely missed along with the professional and gentlemanly manner in which he conducted himself in the service of the Club.
We will be producing a commemorative issue of Spot Press to celebrate his remarkable contribution to our breed.
Richard’s funeral will be in July but due to Covid restrictions will be limited to close family and friends.
We are sure you will share our sadness at this news and join us in extending our deepest sympathies to his wife Valerie.
Yours sincerely
Teresa Cook Acting Chairman,
Mandy Garbutt Secretary,
Jane Smith Treasurer,
Mike Smith, Guy Kiddy, Debbie Dallaway, Marlene Renshaw, Judith Sims and Sarah Whitley
GOSPBC Committee
25th June 2021
May be an image of Richard Lutwyche and food


The Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders’ Club was established in 1990 to promote the wonderful qualities of the Gloucestershire Old Spots breed and to provide help and support to breeders and keepers. It is the largest and most effective such organisation and continues to do sterling work on behalf of ‘The Orchard Pig’.

In 2009 we were honoured that HRH The Princess Royal, who keeps GOS pigs at her Gatcombe Estate home in Gloucestershire, agreed to become our Patron. We are the only pedigree pig organisation in Britain with royal patronage and HRH’s involvement is greatly appreciated.

The year 2013 was the centenary of the establishment of the Gloucestershire Old Spots breed and the Club celebrated the first 100 years of pedigree GOS pigs.

The Club's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal

The Club’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal

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The GOS is a grazing pig ideally suited to outdoor husbandry

The GOS is a grazing pig ideally suited to outdoor husbandry

There is a great wealth of free information on this website designed to help new and aspiring pig keepers so do explore the different sections. If you can’t find the answer here, then email your query to and we’ll see if we can help. We also have an active Facebook page 

Find out why the meat from GOS pigs is so special that it became the first breed of any species in the world to be accorded Traditional Speciality Guaranteed status by the EU Commission putting it on a par with champagne and parma ham!

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Members on an AGM trailer ride

Members on an AGM trailer ride in Gloucestershire

Members at AGM

Members at an AGM