Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Soak 24 wooden toothpicks in water for around 15 minutes.
Cut bacon pieces in half. (Should have 24 bacon strips when done.)
Cut each pitted date in half. (Should have 24 date halves when done.)
Stuff each date half with crumbled stilton cheese. They are very easy to stuff because there will already be a hole where the pit used to be.
Wrap each stuffed date with a half slice of bacon, tucking a small-medium sage leaf in between the ends of the bacon where they overlap. Stick a toothpick through to hold the wrapped bacon in place.
Place the bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or aluminum foil. I used aluminum foil and that worked fine.
Bake for around 30-35 minutes, checking to make sure bacon is brown/crisp and fully cooked before removing from oven.