Pillaton WI Meeting Report - September 2010

If I ask you to close your eyes and think of a Chimney Sweep, what images come into your head? Do you see Mr. Grimes and poor little Tom, the sweep’s boy, from Kingsley’s classic children’s book “The Water Babies”, or even Dick Van Dyke singing along to “Chim-Chim-Cheree” in his character as sweep in Mary Poppins?

Ryan Metters, our guest speaker for September, swept all these stereotypes away with his excellent presentation “Sweeping Changes”. A founder member and currently Chairman of the Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS), founded in 2002, Ryan has over 30 years sweeping experience. His talk covered the professional aspects of his job, personalised with stories from his family life.

A Master Sweep himself, Ryan has trained others to carry out the work, which these days includes not only chimney sweeping and maintenance, but also removal of birds’ nests, fitting cowls and bird guards and CCTV camera inspection.

Far removed from poor little Tom, scrambling up and down chimneys in the dark!

The business meeting was a full one following the summer break, with it seemed masses of correspondence to get through. Our able committee highlighted the most important and interesting news for us, and circulated lists for members wanting to attend any of the events organised by County, namely the “4 corner days” at Marshgate on October 12 and St Breward on November 27, “Hidden wonders of Korea” in Truro on October 21, and the Christmas lunches at St Mellion on November 24 and 25.

Topics of interest included the Creative writing club and the Calendar 2012 photo competition – the theme for 2012, very appropriate for the year of the 2012 Olympics, is “Cornwall in Action”, so get snapping!

An exciting piece of village news was the launch of our very own website. Have a look at it on www.pillaton.org.uk

Our next meeting will be on October 11, when we shall celebrate autumn with our own Harvest Supper. This has become an annual event, where each member brings a savoury or sweet dish to share with everyone else. We eat very well and the evening offers a wonderful opportunity to really get to know each other and catch up on news following the summer holidays. If you are new to our area and have not yet tried WI, this will be a super evening to come along and meet everybody. Please come and join us in Pillaton Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Our regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month. If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me.

Ann Henderson

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