Lottery grant will bring home the bacon for club's vital history project

Percy the Low Moor pig is to get a new lease of life thanks to the grant obtained by volunteers from the Low Moor Club in Clitheroe (pictured)
Percy the Low Moor pig is to get a new lease of life thanks to the grant obtained by volunteers from the Low Moor Club in Clitheroe (pictured)

Volunteers, who help to run a popular community club, are thrilled to have been awarded a grant of almost £25,000 to help them kickstart a heritage project that is vital to Clitheroe’s history.

Low Moor Reading Room and Club is to get £24,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project based on the heritage of Low Moor Mill. Led by the local community, it will focus on the origins and growth of the village and celebrates the heritage of the workers who drove one of Lancashire’s largest cotton mills.

The money will pay for the restoration of the Low Moor cenotaph, the Royal Engineers memorial, the banner of the Ancient Order of Low Moor Bacon Eaters, the mosaic dedicated to the Garnett family, who were the owners of Low Moor Mill, and Percy, the famous Low Moor Pig, which are all housed by the club. The project includes oral history recordings of local memories and a history booklet based on the village. Low Moor Heritage Group and pupils from Edisford Primary School will be involved along with the People’s History Museum, Lancashire Conservation Studios and Clitheroe Library. Low Moor Club is a non-profit organisation which provides the community with a venue for a range of activitie. It was opened by the Garnett family in 1903 to service the community of mill workers. it continues to host a wide variety of activities including meetings of Low Moor Community Heritage Group and a new Lunch Club, which launched in May. It was also recently named as Ribble Valley’s Club of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Jenny Mitcalf, who is overseeing the research project, said:”We are looking forward to sharing memories of the village and to creating a lasting addition to the local heritage resource, contributed to by as many members of the local community as possible.”