TATHS is on Televison. 
Apparently the TATHS  has featured on the BBC 1 programme "Have I Got News for You",  broadcast last Friday 9th November at 9pm. The missing words round was based on the article:  ‘The Lure of Old Tools’,  from NL138. 
If you missed the programme you can still catch it on iPlayer for the next 30 days.
Allegations made on the programme that the last meeting of the East Anglia Group finished with a sex show have been vehemently denied by the Committee.....

May 3rd - 5th 2019

The 2019 TATHS Conference will be held in Hayling Island at The Langstone Hotel, Northney Road, Hayling Island. PO1 10NQ.

There will be visits to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth and to the Collection and Museum at Amberley. At both venues we hope to arrange a “behind the scenes” tour as well as the more usual visits that are available to everyone. In addition to the AGM there will be the usual mixture of talks, displays, the tools auction and a keynote talk from a Guest speaker.

Accommodation will be arranged at the Langstone Hotel for those that wish to stay there, alternative and lower-cost accommodation can be found nearby if you so choose. Anyone staying at an alternative hotel or choosing to travel from home each day will still be able to take part in all the activities and meetings as usual. Hugh Thompson has kindly researched some alternative locations which can be found here

I do urge you all to make a note in your diaries for May 3rd to May 5th next year.There will be full information and booking arrangements in the next Newsletter.


Some of you will be aware that the Home Office is planning to legislate to restrict access to knives and edged weapons, as well as corrosive substances and firearms.  Section 15 of the draft Offensive Weapons Bill introduces controls over the online sale of knives. 

Many of the tools collected and purchased online by TATHS members have sharp edges and there is a risk that these might be caught by the legislation., I have persuaded my MP to write to the Home Office to explain the problem and I attach a copy of the Minister's reply.  It gives some comfort that our concerns will be taken into account, but as ever, much will depend on the final wording of the legislation. 


Home Office letter on Offensive Weapons Bill  

So far I have received 106 GDPR forms so many thanks to all of you who have sent them in. The response has kept me busy noting them up but there does seem to be a slight shortfall as membership numbers are somewhere above 450.  Are there really 350 of you who don’t want to be included on the list of members or receive any more Newsletters?

If you want a good reason to return the GDPR form I can do no better than repeat a letter sent in with his form by a member in London.

“I enclose a duly circled copy of my ‘permission to include’. I was surprised to find that there were others apart from the list on the back of the Newsletter! In my 5 years of membership I have not come across another member; data is well protected! My next door neighbour might be a member!

This protection could present a problem to my heirs (I am 95) as to how to dispose of my collection of TATHS publications, drawing office equipment and several cwt of tools!”

Unfortunately his next door neighbours are not members but I have a feeling the above member would love to hear from any other nearby members. He lives in London E4 but has no email. Contact me if you would like to make his day by introducing yourself but in any event please send that form in.

Tony Waldis

Hon Secretary