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Latest News 19 August 2018

19 August, 2018

The Latest News from Guild, Guild Members and Trade Partners

Can I remove a flue pipe to sweep the chimney?

What about replacing a register or closure plate, fitting ventilation or replacing a hearth? Guild Technical Director Steven Howard says that Read More

Government consultation update.

Thanks to all of you who submitted a response to Clean Air Strategy consultation. It’s closed now. I can’t stress enough what a difference each response makes.  To give you some idea how much each reply matters there were Read More

Mugs Game?  The Guild is 25 years old this year.  Read More

SSL Certificates

What are they? – SSL Certificates encrypt the information between your website and your customers viewing it. This means that any sensitive information (email addresses, postal addresses) are encrypted. This is extra security.

How do I get one and what are the benefits? – Your web host can help – many offer them for free as part of your hosting package. Google ranks pages with certificates favourably – you may have seen a message on your site saying “This website isn’t secure” – for further advice you can contact Jez at

Dead Bird Scam

We have been contacted by a distressed customer from London. She was visited by two men calling themselves “chimney sweeps”. Read More

BurnRight Update

The 4 main Trade organisations meet for the first time –  Read More

BurnRight stories

Entirely new species spotted in Essex –  Read More

Chimney sweep James Hughes has had some unprecedented results using the new BurnRight brochures –  Read More

Stefan and Amy thank you

Stefan Waumsley stepped down as Guild Technical Director earlier this year. Members who came to the Gala Dinner will recall that the Guild presented Stefan with a weekend away for him and his family. This was our thank you in recognition of the great contribution he has made to the Guild over the years.

Stefan and Amy sent us the following message:

We wondered if you could just say a big thank you to everyone at the Guild for our weekend away to Centre Parcs.

We had an amazing weekend as a family doing everything from swimming (kids were in there 3 hours one day) to having a drive in an electric boat (yes we let Morgan loose on it!) to adventure golf (think we all need a little more practice) it was just what the doctor ordered

Many thanks

Amy, Stefan, Elyse and Morgan

Fuels consultation

Stop Press! Government consultation on Fuels
Last Friday, 17th Aug, the government published their consultation on Fuels. At the time of writing we have not had the opportunity to evaluate and discuss the contents.
It will be very important for us all to respond. The chimney sweeping industry has a great deal to contribute from people who know the issues. This is the last consultation before policy and any resulting regulation/ legislation is formed. Please be assured that the Guild will always seek to support the interests of you and your customers.
We will send you all some information and guidance about what it all means along with a suggested response. There is limited time so we will evaluate the details and get information to you swiftly.

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