THE Ipstones Historical Society met for the first time this year on 30th January 2014 in the Memorial Hall extension for a 'Members Evening'.
This meeting has become an annual tradition for the society's members to bring along items or documents of historical interest, from their own collections, to discuss with the group.
This years plethora of delights included an ancient ship's rigging block, a bayonet from the Franco-Prussian war, Edwardian Dutch scene tiles, a copper beer warmer, two newly published books about Leek High School and the Town of Leek, an early Land for Sale poster regarding an area of Bottomhouse, a Methodist plate and library log book, a monumental inscriptions booklet for St. Leonard's Churchyard, an iron pump handle, copies of wills mentioning John Snow of Ipstones, a wartime map of Derbyshire, a wooden Greek carved statue of St. Peter, old metal curling tongs, an album of the reconstruction of an original Australian tall ship, and finally shards of Sussex white dating from the 13th century excavated in Ipstones recently.
The society was introduced to all these items by their owners and we were given a short explanation of their uses, history and provenance.
It was mentioned that the society still amazes the members with new and fascinating objects each year and the group congratulated its members for continuing to make this meeting a surprise.
The next meeting of the Historical Society will be on 27th February in the Memorial Hall extension at 7.30pm, for a talk given by Mr Trilling entitled, 'Who really discovered Australia?'
Everyone is welcome, £2.00 for members and £2.50 for non-members.