No ‘Dancing On Ice’ for Chipping’s Young Farmers

Local history - At the meeting of Chipping Local History Society Mr Peter Watson gave a talk on the “History of Surnames”.

He took members back in time by examining the make-up of surnames and determining which were Anglo Saxon or Norse in origin. Members were interested in the origins of their names, which fell into one of four categories – where they came from, what they did, their physical appearance and relationships.

The next meeting of the society is today, March 15th, in St Mary’s Community Hall at 7-45 p.m. when John Higginson will introduce the subject of “Memorabilia” and will challenge members to identify objects in several categories he is bringing along.

The next informal Sunday session of the society is on April 3rd from 2 p.m, in St Mary’s Community Hall; this is a chance for visitors to seek information from members about local and family history issues. Access will be available to the archive, which contains census, graveyard and other records together with old documents, books and photos.

For more information visit or contact 01772 864289.

WI - At the meeting of Chipping WI Mrs Doreen Kendal welcomed members and guests to the village hall. Guest speaker Jennifer Lewis gave a talk entitled “I married a steam train anorak”. Jennifer’s talk was based on her experiences of a trip around India, mostly by train, but also by plane and tuktuk. Mrs Barbara Debney expressed thanks.

Raffle winners was Mrs Barbara Hoyle. Mrs Chris Firman won the competition for a travel souvenir and birthday flowers were presented to Mrs Christine Kay.

Members should pass names to Margaret Whitaker if interested in joining the lunch group, meeting at noon in the village hall car park on March 23rd. The next meeting of Chipping WI will be on April 6th when David Alison will give a talk entitled “Settle to Carlisle”. The competition will be a toy train.

Young farmers - “Dancing on Ice” was not exactly a correct description of Chipping YFC’s visit to the Blackburn Arena for ice skating. However, everyone managed to stay upright and develop some impressive skating moves by the end of the evening. After watching Blackburn Hawks Juniors Ice Hockey Team practice, where members were in awe of the ability of some young skaters, even some advisory members took to the ice and an enjoyable evening was had by all.