Programme 2017/18

As the Society is busy with the WWI project this summer, no visits or walks have been arranged.


There are Open Sundays at St Mary’s Community Centre, Longridge Road, Chipping between 2pm and 4pm on June 4th and August 6th , and the Society’s usual stall at Chipping Show on August 26th.

Wednesday 13th September

Visit to Westfield Memorial Village, Lancaster, LA1 5PE.  Meet 1pm at Westfield Village.  For more details please contact John 01772 864289 or Irena 01995 61556.

Tuesday 17th October

Dennis Jones

Miss Jemma and the Bell sisters of Garstang

Recounting the story of an intrepid group of Victorian travellers who took the first Thomas Cook tour by rail to Switzerland.  As the story unfolds we learn of the local connection with Garstang.

Sunday 12th November

World War 1 Exhibition (FREE)

The Project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

The culmination of our research into the lives of the young men who are commemorated on the Chipping War memorial and the impact the war had on the small rural community.

The Exhibition will start at 11.45 pm in Chipping Village Hall.

Tuesday 21st November

Dr  Stephen Caunce

Rural Hiring Fairs in Lancashire between 1890 and 1939

Stephen will reveal how the lively local Hiring Fairs were important to the farming community.

Tuesday 5th December

AGM – Jacobs Join - early start of 7.15pm


Tuesday 16th January

Peter Debney

My Part in the Cold War

The story of an air defence pilot.

Tuesday 20th February

Kate Hurst

A Priest in a Tree

An illustrated presentation centred on personal research into five men in Kate’s family who chose to become priests.  She relates how they travelled, their education and key events in their lives.

Tuesday 20th March

Dr Alan Crosby

The Medieval Markets of Bowland

The name ‘Chipping’ is from the Old English and means ‘the place with a market’. although documentary evidence for the market is completely absent.  But in total there were about twenty medieval markets in and around Bowland. This fully-illustrated talk discusses the local markets and their rise or fall, looking at the way they reflect the economy and society of this part of North West England.

Tuesday 17th April

Andy Bennison

Searching for Matthew

A forty minute monologue and enactment with slides based on the true story of Lizzie, a Lancashire mill worker, who went in search of her brother’s story in the 1920’s after he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The speaker’s fee is to be donated to St. Catherine’s Hospice Lostock Hall.