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Funeral arrangements for James Hughes (James the Sweep)

THE funeral arrangements for popular chimney sweep James Hughes (James the Sweep) have been revealed.

James passed away peacefully in hospital on January 18 (2022). His funeral is open to the public and takes place at 10am at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium (Kent & Sussex Crematorium), Benhall Mill Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5JJ on Thursday, February 24. Donations in memory of James Hughes can be sent to two charities: ‘Hospice in the Weald’ and ‘Battersea’. For further information, click on this link: https://www.funeralguide.co.uk/obituaries/97251

James was the Master Chimney Sweep for Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough and nearby areas of Kent & East Sussex. He was a generous, kind and hard working tradesman from Southborough who kept hundreds of customers safe by sweeping chimneys for more than 20 years. An esteemed member of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, James Hughes will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Notice about James Hughes (James the Sweep)

It is with great sadness that the untimely death is announced of James Hughes (James the Sweep). James passed away peacefully in hospital on January 18 (2021). James was the Master Chimney Sweep for Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough and nearby areas of Kent & East Sussex. He was a generous, kind and hard working tradesman who kept hundreds of customers safe by sweeping chimneys for more than 20 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 


If you have further queries at this time about your chimney, please call the office on 01892 548399 or 01732 769017.

Keep safe – Plan to book chimney sweeping appointments in the year ahead, 2022!

If there’s one exciting (or perhaps not so exciting) activity we enjoy in January, after all those festive fun frolics and feeling stuffed with turkey, it’s planning time for the year ahead. No doubt you’ve got a new diary (or moved onto the fresh calendar year on your mobile phone) and are planning things for the next 12 months.


An early Happy New Year 2022 to all residents and local businesses in Kent & East Sussex!

I want to take the early opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year 2022 – I hope you enjoy a prosperous, safe and healthy year ahead! Let’s hope the Omicron Covid variant won’t spoil things and that we can look ahead with positivity and optimism.


A very Merry Christmas to all my customers and thanks for letting me sweep your chimney!

This is a personal message from me (James Hughes aka James the Sweep) to wish all my customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I also want to thank you for choosing me as your chimney sweep. This past year has been extremely challenging for everyone with the pandemic, and it’s been a privilege for me to sweep your chimney to keep you safe from the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires. It’s easy to forget because of the media headlines but Covid isn’t the only danger we face in everyday lives. An unclean chimney is dangerous for householders. Keeping you safe has been and continues to be my top priority so that you can enjoy your woodburner, open fire or gas fire with complete peace of mind.


Create perfect memories this festive season with your wonderfully working well indoor fire

That’s a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? Wonderfully working well. Nothing beats a bit of merry alliteration at this time of year, especially as every news headline says ‘DOOM GLOOM’ about this Omicron Covid variant. Truth is, if you have your Covid booster and stick to the safety rules (social distancing, ventilation, etc), there’s every reason to forget it all and safely enjoy your Christmas. Shut the door and relax.


Bird Flu, Omicron, CO poisoning… don’t take any risks. Book a chimney sweep right now!

Stay safe indoors with your woodburner if your chimney has been swept by James your local chimney sweep (jamesthesweep.co.uk)

Omicron. Bird flu – the world faces serious challenges at the moment. Please do keep safe in these strange times! Book your vaccine boosters and follow DEFRA’s advice if you work with birds. And let’s hope everyone enjoys a very peaceful and healthy Christmas!


Sit beside your fire indoors and think…

Image by Alexandr Podvalny from Pixabay

Why is fire so mesmerising? Why do we love staring into the beautiful flames of red, orange, purple, blue – getting absorbed in our private thoughts?


Dear customers: Thank you for giving high star ratings for my chimney sweeping business!

Adam is the latest customer to recommend James the Sweep,: Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells

Recommended. That’s such a powerful word loaded with meaning. When it comes to chimney sweeping it means booking the services of a fire safety professional who knows what they are doing. That’s why customers in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, etc. book regular chimney sweeping appointments with me (James the Sweep). They know that I provide a robust fire and carbon monoxide safety assessment, related to appliances and open fires at their property, conduct thorough sweeping as needed, and with CCTV inspections when needed; and also provide extra functions such as bird’s nest clearance, or advice on chimney cowl fitting – or even direct chimney structure remedial works if relevant. My overall aim at all times is to keep the customer safe, so that he or she can enjoy their wood burning stove, or gas fire or whatever set-up the indoor fire may be.


Join me in supporting Carbon Monoxide (CO ) Awareness Week 2021 – protect lives!

Free advice on CO risks with your chimney: call James the Sweep on 07587 134589

I am inviting all my customers to join me in supporting Carbon Awareness Week 2021 – if you are aware of CO risks in your home or business premises, it will help to protect lives.


Bird flu incidents – don’t let birds nest in your chimney!

Bird flu incidents are being reported on the national news and if you have a bird’s nest in your chimney, it’s sensible as a health precaution to ask me (James your chimney sweep) to remove the nesting material, which is a fire hazard. Defra, the Government department, has listed a number of events where HPAIV H5N1, aka bird flu, was detected in swans and captive poultry: pheasants, gulls, a mute swan, a Eurasian curlew, a Whooper Swan and Greylag goose, in various locations across Britain.


Stay safe during Firework celebrations in Kent!

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend celebrating Bonfire Night with fireworks lighting up the skies of Kent this weekend!

This is definitely the season when we enjoy the glow of fires to take the nip out of the cold air. Please do keep safe and don’t take risks with fireworks, bonfires – or indoor fires. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fireworks and make sure everyone is at a safe distance. Bonfires are also potentially dangerous so be very careful with kids and vulnerable people. If you want advice about safety and fireworks – ask Kent Fire & Rescue Service.


3 perfect reasons why your woodburner helps to solve the climate crisis

Woodburners are environmentally friendly

World leaders are meeting this weekend to discuss the climate crisis as scientists warn the world is heating up – and solutions are desperately needed but did you know that scientific evidence points to wood burning appliances being a climate friendly source of heat for householders in Tunbridge Wells?


Cosy fireplaces are a MUST for people in Kent

Kent folk love their fireplaces

Kent, aka the Garden of England, is such a wonderful place to live and work – I count it a privilege to be the county’s highest-rated master chimney sweep.

Royal Tunbridge Wells, our flagship town, is one of the main locations where I sweep chimneys; as well as Tonbridge, Southborough, Maidstone, Orpington, Pembury, Paddock Wood, Hadlow, Sevenoaks, and all areas in between including the East Sussex town of Crowborough, just over the county border.


The worst cold ever?

Keep warm and keep well

Everyone’s talking about the ‘worst cold ever’ affecting people across Kent, from Tunbridge Wells to Southborough to Sevenoaks to Orpington you can hear people coughing and sneezing, and see folk bent over bowls with towels on their heads, inhaling steam for hour after hour… and it’s not Covid.


Stay in touch with James your local chimney sweep covering Tunbridge Wells & Kent!

Keep in touch with your chimney sweep – James!

I’ve been receiving a lot of enquiries about chimney sweeping services in Kent from new customers via Facebook recently – it’s a great method of communication.


What fuel should you burn in your woodburner?

Dry wood is essential for your woodburner

As residents across Kent, from Tunbridge Wells to Southborough to Maidstone, stoke up their woodburners ready to enjoy in the colder months, with a swept chimney – a pressing question on every consumer’s lips is simply this: what fuel is best to use in my wood burning appliance?


‘Get your chimney swept’ – warning issued by Kent Fire & Rescue Service

Kent firefighters want residents to book chimney sweeping appointments

Kent Fire & Rescue Service, saving lives in Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Tonbridge and other areas of the county, has called on residents to get their chimney swept now that the colder season has arrived.


When’s the right time to sweep your chimney?

Now! That’s when you should book a chimney sweeping appointment with me (James the Chimney Sweep) if you live in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Pembury, Orpington, Paddock Wood or Crowborough. I am the master chimney sweep for the Tunbridge Wells area.


How do you know when your chimney needs sweeping?

How long does it take to sweep a chimney UK?

It’s a very important question for every household – how do you know when your chimney needs sweeping?