The history of Kirk Mill, Chipping, is revealed

Local history - Members of Chipping Local History Society gave a presentation on the “History of Kirk Mill, Chipping” at the January meeting. Kirk Mill is a former water-powered corn mill with records dating to the 1400s. It was developed into an early cotton spinning mill in 1785 by a company using building plans and water-powered machines based on Sir Richard Arkwright’s designs. Cotton spinning ended in 1866 when supplies of raw cotton ceased during the American Civil War. By 1880, Henry James Berry moved his joinery and chair-making business to the mill and it has been little altered since, with the water wheel still in place. It is the last Arkwright designed mill in Lancashire which largely retains its original character.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 15th, in St Mary’s Community Hall at 7-45 p.m. when Peter Watson will be speaking on “The Origins of Surnames”. New members and visitors welcome.

The next informal Sunday session is on March 6th from 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Community Hall. For more information, contact 01772 864289.

WI sticks - At the meeting of Chipping W1, president Mrs Doreen Kendal welcomed members and guests and introduced guest speaker Brian White, who gave a presentation entitled the “Story of Twelve Walking Sticks” on the walking sticks he has collected and made over the years. Mrs Mona Clarke expressed thanks.

Raffle winner was Mrs Barbara De Maine and Mrs Chris Fierman won the high heel shoes competition. The birthday flowers were presented to Mrs Jean Amery.

Members were asked to pass names to Mrs Margaret Whitaker if interested in joining the lunch group meeting at noon in the village hall car park on February 16th.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 2nd, when David Alison will give a talk entitled “Settle to Carlisle”.

Young Farmers - Members of Chipping YFC held two very diverse metings. Andrew Harrison, of Slaidburn YFC, gave members an informative account of his coast-to-coast walk, and karate professional Rob involved members in a demonstration and amazed them with the moves. At both meetings, thanks were proposed by Peter Holden.

Good luck was wished to both junior and senior quiz teams as they go forward to the third round in the county quiz against Slaidburn YFC. Also to the junior public speaking team who represent Bowland Region at Myerscough College. Members also volunteered for competitions at the County Rural Skills day at the end of the month and Bowland Regional Indoor Sports night.

Any young people in the Chipping area wishing to join can contact Richard Seed on 01995 61044.

Next week’s meeting is “Paint a Pot” in St Mary’s hall at 7-45 p.m. and members are asked to bring £5 towards the cost of pots and glazing.

Barn dance - A barn dance and ceilidh is being held in Chipping Village Hall on Friday, February 18th, at 7-30 p.m. in aid of the Wallsingham Banner. Music is by the Ribchester Old School Ceilidh Band and there will be a hot-pot supper and raffle. Tickets are available at Longridge Post Office or tel. 01772 782110 or 01995 61646.