A very successful meeting of the Wessex Local Group was held on Sunday 19 January at Winsley, near Bath.

After a session looking at and discussing various tools that members had brought along, we were treated to two excellent talks.

Pete Rose introduced us to the history of the Greenslade company who flourished in Bristol between 1817 and 1953. Known to most TATHS members as producers of large numbers of wooden planes, they were also active in the related fields of brush and bellows making. Pete drew on his wider researches into the Bristol planemakers to illuminate the way in which this family firm grew, prospered and eventually declined.

Nick White gave a practical demonstration of various useful techniques for repairing and conserving collectable tools which prompted plenty of discussion.

Lunch was taken at the nearby excellent Seven Stars pub.