In one of the mustier corners of the University of Sheffield, the EARNSHAW
PORK PIE APPRECIATION SOCIETY, for the past 15 years or so, has been
beavering away. Fetchers go out once a year to seek out fine pies and
their accompanying pickles; they return to tell tall tales of their discoveries
at the Annual Meeting. It is a select gathering at which pies and pickles
are judged, tales are told and prizes and certificates are awarded under
the watchful eyes of the Adjudicator and the Chairman of the Rules Committee.
The Society is a closely guarded secret and membership, which is by invitation
only, is prized more highly than an honorary degree or an invitation to
appear on Desert Island Discs. Any member revealing the arcane rituals
which take place behind closed doors will be reported to the Rules Committee.