The Bad Guys Won’t Stop Our Members!

A couple of months ago, one of our members who has been with us for less than 18-months had his kit stolen from his locked car. Naturally, it was all hidden with nothing remotely interesting showing – the thought being that they may have believed it was fishing gear, not realising it was something thing far cooler (and less easy to sell-on).

Unfortunately neither the car nor house insurance covered the loss, and our club insurance couldn’t help either.


Our member had saved hard for his Regenyei feder longsword, steel buckler, and kit bag – and this theft has been an inauspicious start for his interest in the hobby/sport/historical research.

Therefore, the Committee at TLA decided that we would try to help out with replacing his kit, and repay his dedication with our donation.

If you would like to help our member to replace his kit, please click on the PayPal donation button below; Taunton Longswords will match the total!

Spread the love – every little helps and a community spirit goes along way to make a bad situation better!

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Donations are anonymous.


Update (7pm 3rd April 2018):

Photos of the missing kit, as requested

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Digital Privacy: GDPR Guidance* For HEMA Clubs – Deadline Looming!

General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR) – a set of EU-wide regulations that replaces preexisting legislation on data protection and data privacy. Why do you need to know about this? Because it affects every club, group, company, sole-trader, FTSE100 listed company, local charity, village hall…….EVERYONE who has someone’s personal information stored somewhere as part of an official activity. GDPR seeks to identify all information flows from receipt/capture through processing and then reuse back out into the world. Continue reading

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Consultation On Knife Crime: December 2017

This is a rather boring post (not much about actual sword related training or fun); however it is quite important.

The UK government is consulting on the modification, and introduction of new legislation, for the existing offensive weapons laws. Consultation closes 9th December 2017.

On the face of it, this is great news. As we are responsible swords-persons, anything that keeps potential weapons out of the hands of those who wish to carry them (let alone use them) without due reason and lawful intent has got to be good…no news headline that involves a knife or sword attack EVER benefits our martial art. Continue reading

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TLA now registered with the IMASA

Taunton Longsword Association (TLA) is pleased to be able to announce our application to join the Independent Martial Art Sports Association (IMASA) has been successful and we are certified members! Continue reading

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Give A Girl A Sword – A Perfect Success For HEMA!

Sometimes the very best of ideas surpasses every expectation and target one sets themselves. Occasionally one turns on a tap and rather than the expected, a tsunami of goodness appears from nowhere. Such is the story of GAGAS of at Taunton Longswords (TLA).

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My First Tournament: Member Insight

This blog post has been written after the Astolat 2017 event.

I’ve been ‘doing’ ‘Longsword for around 6 years after accidentally discovering the club whilst cycling through the local park whilst I was hungover, and they were training. It’s taken some time to get around to do my first tournament for a number of reasons, but first  why did I even wish to compete? Continue reading

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Give A Girl A Sword: Session 2

Once more unto the breach dear friends….after Monday’s hugely successful evening introducing women to German longsword and I.33 sword & buckler (see post here), Wednesday arrived quickly and with some trepidation as we had 20 ladies booked in (+53%) and the sure knowledge that the hall would be absolutely at capacity when the TLA members who came along to help out  were included in the count. As the images show…a busy, focused, and noisy session which, at times, felt like the clamour of a medieval battlefield!

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First Taster Session: Give A Girl A Sword

received_10156552015875558Yesterday, along with the weekend, was a little crazy for the Taunton Longsword Association (TLA). From my last post on this blog expressing pleasant surprise on hitting 6,000 impressions and a load of likes; things only escalated from there….quickly!

Firstly, let me and the Committee of the TLA say a huge “thank you” to all the ladies (and gentlemen) whom shared our Facebook post launching the campaign “Give A Girl A Sword” (GAGAS). You really got the message out there and we although we paid Facebook a princely sum of £12 to advertise it; it quickly turned out that this was eclipsed and ended up being relatively insignificant compared to people tagging friends, relatives and acquaintances. By 19:00 on the 21st August 2017, when the first session began we had over 29,000 impressions, over 170 shares, and a over 100 comments/replies. Incredible! Continue reading

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Ahem, well that escalated quickly!

Less than 48 hours after the initial post, we’ve got over 6000 Facebook impressions of the poster, 48 shares, and a load of enquiries. Not that we’re complaining of course, just surprised that there are so many people out there in our community seemingly just waiting for an opportunity like this (and I’m also a little embarrassed that this blog post wasn’t published sooner)! Continue reading

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Service update: email

Email: we seem to have experienced an email outage from the 2nd March until now so apologies if you’ve contacted us and not received a reply. Expect one shortly as I work through them all. 

Kieran (Secretary)

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