And today’s fabulous and interesting story is from the BBC news from 1983.
‘Tomcat halts steeplejack’ cried the headline. Chief chimney-toppler Fred Dibnah was halted in his work after a ginger tomcat got to his latest assignment first. Troublesome feline George climbed to a height of 160 ft (49 m) up an industrial chimney and resisted all attempts to bring him back down. His escapade stopped Lancashire based Mr Dibnah, 45, who was the subject of several television documentaries over the years, in his tracks. An attempt by Mr Dibnah to reach the ginger feline failed when George climbed even higher. An emergency meeting was called between the fire brigade, the RSPCA and Mr Dibnah to resolve the issue and it was decided George should be left on the chimney in the hope a lonely night at such a height without food may encourage him to come down. But Mr Dibnah was not impressed with the cat’s antics because there was work to be done. He liked his brass, did our Mr Dibnah. Mr Dibnah said: “If we leave it up there all night it might get so fed up and hungry that it might come down on its own. “Failing that it is holding my job up. I have got a few hundred pounds at stake and I can not be held up with a cat.” Mr Dibnah was held up for a total of 30 hours as the ginger tom strolled around at the top of the chimney, resisting further attempts to rescue him. Eventually an expert from Manchester coaxed him to the rim and pulled him into a cage by the scruff of his neck. Mr Dibnah then climbed the chimney to collect the cage from the expert.
Project Management Board – The next date for the PMB is Tuesday 06 March, 09.3011.30, at The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln.
Delivery Group Meetings – The next meeting of the North group will be 16th January, 10.00 – 12.00, at ONGO in Scunthorpe. The South group will meet at Community Lincs, in Sleaford, on 23 January, also 10.00-12.00.
Participant Survey Forms – The Participant Survey Forms, sometimes referred to as ‘Outcomes Forms’ or Distance Travelled Forms’, have been revamped to reflect that they are being used across all the Greater Lincolnshire BBO projects, and not just MOVE. They have also been moved from the ‘Participant’ folder on the website, to the ‘Monitoring, Evaluation, and Keeping Records’ folder.
Participant Stories – Please note that, with the quarterly report due imminently, one of the necessary inputs is that of a case study of one of your clients. It doesn’t have to be good news each time, but can include something that might identify lessons that we can all take heed of. If you have any questions about what you might, or might not use as a story then please give either Jennie or myself a call and we can discuss it with you.
Resource Bank – I intend to implement a ‘Resource Bank’ on the MOVE website, to include all sorts of things that may be of help to partners. We’re looking for partners to let us know of websites that could be of use, of forms and documentation that they may use that helps ease processes etc. If you have something like this, then please let me know and I can add them to the ‘Bank’. Some partners have already responded, so thank you, your efforts are appreciated.