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
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
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
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).
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
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!
Yesterday, 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
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
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.