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Hail the NHS heroes!

Respect is rightly due to our hardworking doctors and nurses working so hard to combat the Covid-19 coronavirus at our hospitals in T Wells and Maidstone – and other areas of Kent.


Happy St George’s Day!

A belated Happy St George’s Day!

Our patron saint is celebrated as much in Tunbridge Wells and the wider area of Kent as other parts of the UK.

Perhaps with this lockdown, it’s a perfect opportunity to find out more about our patron saint. Discover the legend about how he freed the king’s daughter by slaying the dragon with a lance and then gave gifts given to him (by the king) to the local inhabitants.


3 reasons to be VERY cheerful in lockdown

Enjoying your woodburner at home – the key to lockdown happiness!

It’s easy to feel a lot of doom and gloom in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic, affecting every nook and cranny of life in Kent.

Yet there’s a lot of reasons to count your blessings as we continue to be near-locked down indoors, apart from the occasional shopping trip or exercise.


Be aware of chimney fires in Coronavirus crisis

CHIMNEY fires happen far too often and it’s so frustrating because they are easily preventable.

Take this latest incident as an example – Kent firefighters had to deal with a chimney fire in South Street, Meopham on March 18. It happened around 7pm and there were two fire engines at the scene for about an hour. The firefighters used a fog spike to get inside the chimney and then extinguish the flames. Fortunately, nobody is reported to have been hurt.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service says: “Following the incident, firefighters are reminding people with chimneys in their homes and businesses to make sure they are regularly swept and maintained.”


How to use a wood burning stove: a reminder

It’s not that long ago since James the Sweep gave 3 handy tips on how to use a woodburner in this blog section.

Even so, it’s worth giving another reminder – for the simple reason that thousands of householders in Kent are currently holed-up at home, avoiding the Coronavirus, and using wood burning stoves.

The last thing we need right now is for Kent Fire & Rescue Service to be distracted from helping with the national Covid-19 crisis, attending domestic fires because people don’t know how to use woodburners properly.

For that reason, please take time to familiarise yourself with these pointers:-


COVID-19 update. Stuck indoors? Unswept chimney? Ask James for advice!

To say that the Covid-19 Coronavirus has shaken towns and villages in Kent is a bit of an understatement.
The stats of those unfortunate to catch the virus are published on a daily basis, but the effects of the disease have closed everything down, affecting people even if they don’t have the virus. The county, as with other parts of the UK, is suffering as a result.


Don’t store logs by your woodburner – here’s why

PICTURE the scene – a roaring log fire indoors and you sitting nice and snug in an armchair admiring the scene.

Perhaps the cat or dog is cuddled on your lap whilst you nurse a hot drink or something a bit stronger in a glass. Maybe you have a book or newspaper in hand to relax.

It’s an ideal scene and evokes the Victorian idyll of yesteryear.


Support National Bird Guard Week


DID YOU know that more than a million birds get caught inside chimneys and die every year, in the UK?

That is why James the Sweep is supporting National Bird Guard Week with the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps (James is a Master Sweep).


Ban on coal for domestic fires: Facts

YOU have probably seen headlines this past week about the Government banning the sale of certain types of fuel for wood burning stoves.

Please don’t be mistaken – wood burning stoves are NOT being banned. What is happening is that burning coal and wet wood will be illegal by 2023. You will still be able to buy dry wood and manufactured solid fuel for your woodburner. You will still be able to use your stove and enjoy indoor fires.


Helping vulnerable elderly people

The need for tradesmen serving the elderly professionally has never been greater in the county of Kent. Local authority figures show that the total population of those aged 65-plus has increased from 301,000 in 2015 to 332,200 in 2020. That includes 1,708 adults with dementia in Tunbridge Wells (an increase from 1,986 people with dementia in T Wells five years ago). (more…)

Kent firefighters tackle hot ash fire in Staplehurst

SMOKE – rather than love – was in the air at a home in Staplehurst on Valentine’s Day this year, 2020.
But it wasn’t fired by passion: the incident was incredibly serious. Hot ash had been emptied from a log burner onto a cardboard box. You can guess what happened next!


… there’s still time for a chimney sweep!

February is a curious month. In Tunbridge Wells, we get excited at the prospect of Spring on the way. At the same time, it’s alarming how quickly we’ve moved away from the Christmas period. We’re a bit stuck in the middle.  (more…)

Costs: the elephant in the chimney flue

If there’s one single reservation as to why people choose to delay having their chimney swept – it’s the cost. Human nature tends to dictate that if we can avoid paying out, we’d choose to do so.  (more…)

Famous Kent needs clean chimneys

KENT is a popular destination for celebrities, famous folk and the like.

That’s not surprising when you consider just how beautiful this little corner of England is – rolling lawns, verdant green trees, all manner of butterflies and various sites of scientific interest. (more…)

3 tips on how to use your woodburner

Well, it’s simple… isn’t it? You just grab a bit of paper, throw it in the stove, put kindling on top – and then set it alight with big logs?
Not exactly. (more…)

The role of your chimney sweep

A CHIMNEY sweep’s role is essential to keep you and your family safe when using your indoor fire stove.
It’s worth taking a moment to really think about what that means.


Don’t forget to get your chimney swept before Autumn!

Summer is still here and everyone is trying their best to get a bit of a holiday before the seasons change. 

We all know what it means when the wind picks up and suddenly brown leaves are scuttling down our street.


‘Acting together’ to stop air pollution

You may have seen in the national news that a group of 175 doctors wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying the NHS is under ‘severe pressure’ this Winter and air pollution is making the situation even worse.


Santa-savvy tips for keeping safe this Christmas!

HAPPY Christmas to all the customers of James the Sweep! Enjoy the celebration with family and friends, with plenty of food, fun and laughter! James the Sweep wants to take the opportunity to thank customers for employing his services and to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas break!


You risk your life without a regular sweep

Well, that’s a dramatic headline! We’d prefer to think positively when we look to the future. Even so, there are certain incidents where you couldn’t prevent meeting the grim reaper. If you slip on a banana skin, do a somersault and land on your head – there’s not much you can do about it. Or if you take part in a New Year party game where you eat 40 marshmallows in a row… well, let’s just say you’d better have life insurance.

The good news is that there are other deadly hazards, when you look to the year 2020, which you CAN do something about. If you choose. It really is up to you. But this isn’t a game, these are life and death choices. The stakes are high not just for you but also for your family.