Grant Batchelor Master Thatcher recently demonstrated the art of thatching at Heritage Skills Hub Event at the NEC Birmingham.
Grant was one of the Heritage Skills Hub members that promoted traditional building crafts and skills,training and courses this weekend.
Grant also discussed the fire safety products available for thatched properties including TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, Thatch Firewall membrane and Thatchbatts® – all available from Thatching Advisory Services.
Visitors also had the chance to ask about our Thatchsayf fire retardant spray as Grant is a fully trained approved sprayer.
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Rob and Gary from Thatching Advisory Services attended the National Society of Master Thatchers Annual Conference and AGM on Saturday 15th March.
The conference, which was held at the Norfolk Arms Hotel in Arundel, was well attended and included some excellent presentations and discussions. These included the Thatchmark programme, Fire Barriers and Insulation, health and safety with the NFU and chimney safety.
Thatching Advisory Services (TAS) recently provided its Thatch Fireboard System for a new property in Milton Keynes. The thatched property was built by Acorn Construction (Newbury) Ltd as part of the Rivar New Homes Maltings Farm development comprising eleven new properties and three barn conversions.
Graham Knowles of Acorn and Rob Norcott from TAS worked closely together on the project, which saw the new Thatchbatt® wired fixing system being built into the design. This was then submitted to the NHBC who gave its approval for the system.
Our Thatch Fireboard System is made up of: TAS100 Thatch Fireboard, Thatchbatts®, intumescent joint sealant and the wired fixing system. This combination produces a system that will meet the current insulation and fire requirements for building control and also meets the performance criteria of the Dorset Model.
The roof was thatched by Jason Duggan using combed wheat reed.
The show, which was held at the NEC, Birmingham, saw Grant demonstrating his craft on a stand organised by the Heritage Skills HUB.
Heritage Skills HUB is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to promote and support traditional building skills to all those who care for traditional buildings.
Thatching Advisory Services have supplied a number of their TAS100 Thatch Fireboards for a new project being carried out by Daniel Ecuyer.
In addition to the TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, the 260m² roof in Suffolk will also have specially manufactured 600mm Thatchbatts® placed between the roof timbers on the underside of the roof structure. The Thatchbatts® when used with the TAS100 Thatch Fireboards, make up a comprehensive Thatch Fire Protection system.
Prior to the project starting, Thatching Advisory Services were able to provide Daniel with a comprehensive U-Value and Condensation Risk Analysis report based on all products included in the overall roof structure.
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: www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/2012)
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.
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.