Life and times of John Brabin, Chipping's most famous resident

CalculatorsMrs Cowan's class of calculators added fun to St Mary's School maths evening. The children challenged friends and family with mathematical games they had devised as they celebrated World Maths Day. The school's Fair Trade council provided refreshments during the evening promoting Fair Trade Fortnight.

St Mary's School Book Worm Club also celebrated creating hats based on their favourite books and characters for World Book Day.

Pupils continue to explore the events of Holy Week through drama and music in their Lenten preparations which will culminate in the end of term outdoor Passion play.

Friends of St Mary's are preparing an Easter bingo fund-raiser on Saturday, March 27th, in the village hall. Eyes down at 7-30 p.m.

Lancashire tea

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President Mrs Joan Porter welcomed members and guests to the meeting of Chipping Women Institute in the village hall. Guest speaker Paul Needham gave a presentation entitled Lancashire Tea. His amusing informative talk was based on the history of Lancashire Tea, incorporating information about tea plantations in Africa. Mrs Mona Clarke expressed thanks.

Winner of the raffle was Mrs Pam Gornall and Mrs Margaret Whitaker won the competition for a cup and saucer. Birthday flowers were presented to Mrs Mattie Ellison.

Members who are interested in joining the lunch group, meeting at noon in the village hall car park on Wednesday (March 17th), should give their names to Mrs Margaret Whitaker.

The next meeting will be on April 7th when Donna Hughes will give a talk on "A 17th Century Housewife."

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Local History

"Clitheroe Postcards and their Publishers" was the topic chosen by Alan Goodbody for the meeting Chipping Local History Society.

His interesting presentation featured a range of postcards from his collection of mainly bygone Clitheroe. He described the development of postcards from 1840.

The next meeting is tomorrow (March 16th), in St Mary's Community Hall at 7-45 p.m. when Stephen Halliwell will speak on "My work as a Local History Detective"; new members and visitors welcome.

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On Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th, the society, supported by the Brabin's Trust, is holding an exhibition on "The Life and Times of John Brabin: 17th Century Merchant and Benefactor", Chipping's most famous resident.

Of particular interest will be the historic "coin" recently returned to Chipping after 340 years – this trade token will be on display in the village for the first time.

The exhibition is being held in the community hall between noon and 5 p.m. daily with admission 1 (children free).

For more information contact 01772 864289, or visit www.chippinghistory.org.uk