Margaret Panikkar has been interested in cheesemaking since.......well a long time. You may have heard one of her very entertaining talks on the history of cheesemaking at Bowland Festival events or at a Local History Society meeting - but if not you can now catch up by buying her recently published booklet called 'Pressing the Cheese'. Cheese presses around here used to be made from wood; a huge stone, a ton or more, being used to expel excess moisture. A simple but effective mechanism for compacting milk curds! Most wooden frames have long since perished but the stones remain scattered around farms and the many conversions that used to be farms - used as milk stands, mounting blocks, corner stones for new buildings or as a lamp stand in one case. Margaret has been trawling through old inventories (the records used to calculate death duties) and also photographing and measuring the ones she and other people have found in the countryside for longer than she cares to say but has now written up the account of how they were used to produce cheese in farmhouses throughout Lancashire. Lancashire cheese was a very valuable commodity 'exported' to London by boat long before the era of trains. Lancashire cheese, after a period during the 2nd WW when production was forbidden, is again riding the crest of a wave of popularity. You can buy the book for £3 at Clitheroe or Longridge libraries or £3.50 (that includes postage) from the author Margaret Panikkar, Bromiley, Ribchester Road, Clayton-le-Dale, Blackburn, BB1 9EG.