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National Society of Master Thatchers – Annual Conference 2013

Thatching Advisory Services recently attended the National Society of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM. 

Rob and Gary from TAS attended the event on Saturday 16th March.

The conference, which was once again held at the Burley Manor Hotel in Hampshire, was very well attended and included some excellent presentations including a seminar on the Thatchmark programme as well as the presentation of the President’s Cup for most improved apprentice and the awards for the Best Thatched House Competition.


TAS speak at IHBC Southern Branch AGM on Thatch Fire Safety

Thatching Advisory Services were asked to speak at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – Southern Branch AGM in Newbury on Friday 23rd November.

The theme of the AGM was ‘Fire! Fire in Historic Buildings: Prevention, Reaction and Repair’ The event was well attended with more that 60 people present from a wide range of backgrounds to include Conservation, Architects, Building Control, Surveyors etc. 

Rob Norcott one of the Directors at Thatching Advisory Services was pleased to be able to share information, knowledge and experience with those who attended the event.

Rob’s presentation themed around ‘reducing risk of fire in thatching buildings’ covered many areas such as: 

  • The Issues – Contributing factors for Thatch Fires
  • Common Causes – Heat Transfer & Ejected Embers from Chimney’s
  • Solutions – Covering general good practice, chimney’s and flue linings
  • Products – Covering our range for fire barriers and systems to include:
    • TAS100 Thatch Fireboard – Rigid barrier
    • Thatch Firewall Membrane – Flexible barrier
    • Thatchbatts® – Non-combustible insulation
    • Thatchsayf – Fire Retardant Spray
    • Thatch Alert – Chimney Monitoring System


Rob was also able to discuss and answer questions about suitable product testing and provenance, plus how products comply with the criteria’s set out in Building Regulations and the ‘Dorset Model’.


Thatcher Simon Sinkinson at Chelsea Flower Show









Chris Beardshaw returned to Chelsea this May with a design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire and the achievements of its learning disability team.  Simon Sinkinson, an experienced and talented thatcher collaborated with Chris to build the spectacular thatched Lantern Folly in the Garden.

Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust operates in conjunction with its sister charity, the Minstead Training Project, to provide a wide range of services for students with learning disabilities. The students are helping to grow plants for the show garden and assisting Chris in the garden build. This is the first time students with learning difficulties have been involved directly with a Chelsea garden. (source:

Simon undertakes contracts for the National Trust, The Barker-Mills Estates and Furzey Gardens as well as countless private houses and agricultural buildings throughout the  New Forest and further afield. If you’d like to see more of Simons photo’s of his involvement at Chelsea check out his blogspot.



Devon County Show


Thatching Advisory Services visited the Devon County Show on Thursday 18th May, despite the weather not being at its best, there were the usual large crowds enjoying the vast array of livestock, agriculture, services and products available.

TAS dropped in on The Devon and Cornwall Master Thatchers Association. On their stand that day Mike Dray, Jason Rose and Lee Hawkins were happy to share their knowledge and experiences with the people that visited their stand.  Lee was busy demonstrating the construction of a pheasant which would be attached to the ridge of a property on completion as a final flourish.

The Association, founded after the last war, are dedicated to maintaining the high standards of workmanship and caring about thatched houses and their owners.


National Society of Master Thatchers – Annual Conference 2012

TAS recently attended the National Society of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM.  

The event, which was held at the Burley Hotel in Hampshire, was very well attended and included some excellent presentations.

 The conference was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues as well as meeting new ones. It was also a chance to obtain a copy of Marjorie and Roger’s new book Thatches and Thatching.


NFU – Thatch Fire Presentation

Thatch Evening 4

Rob Norcott recently gave a presentation to a number of NFU policy holders in Hungerford, Bekshire.
The presentation explained the various fire protection products and systems available to the owners of  thatched properties.
The event, which was organised by the Hungerford NFU Mutual branch office, saw Rob attend in a support capacity alongside the NFU Mutual thatched property insurance representatives.


Suffolk Preservation Society

Suffolk Preservation Society

Full details of the Suffolk Preservation Society autumn conference – ‘Fire and Thatch: a burning issue’ where Rob Norcott from Thatching Advisory Services was invited to speak, were recently published in the Winter 2011 edition of ‘Suffolk View’, the campaigning publication of the Suffolk Preservation Society.

Copies of the publication can be obtained via their website:



Suffolk Preservation Society

Suffolk Preservation Society

Thatching Advisory Services were invited to speak at the Suffolk Preservation Society autumn conference – ‘Fire and Thatch: a burning issue’.

Rob Norcott spoke and carried out a presentation to an audience of over one hundred property owners as well as a distinguished group of experts, including the insurance industry, English Heritage, academics, research scientists, representatives from the fire service and the thatching craft.

The talk and presentation, which highlighted the importance of thatch fire safety and prevention, was very well received. Rob was also able to assist delegates and thatch owners in understanding the range of TAS services and products available.