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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 7th December 2018

At the time of writing this message its just over two weeks to go before the seasons festivities begin and a time to reflect on past years activities, spend time with my family then start making plans for 2019 travel and projects.

The 25th Anniversary reunion on 28th February 2019 is shaping up nicely with nearly sixty people attending. I do hope a few more names will be forthcoming for this one-off event before bookings close on 1st February.

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A few photo additions, two from Martin Swift relating to Garway site and one added to Bishops Cleeve MU.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune. Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


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May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

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DTELS 25th Anniversary Reunion
updated 4th January 2019

28th February 1994 will be a poignant time for ex-Directorate staff as this was the last day the organisation ceased to exist as a public sector entity.  I feel it would be a lost opportunity and a shame if a reunion was not held to mark the 25th anniversary.  Since nobody has offered to take over the role of reunion organiser from me I am prepared to organise this particular reunion.

Date, Time and Venue
Thursday 28th February 2019 at a Central London venue.  I have paid a sizeable deposit in order to secure a booking and room for exclusive use from 11:00-17:00 hrs and is based on there being a minimum of 40 paying attendees on the day.

The venue offers seating for around 65 and up to a further 35 standing.  The co-located bar will be manned for the duration of the reunion and a good mixed meat/vegitarian buffet will be served at lunchtime.

The buffet charge is 14 per person, drinks extra and will be collected on the day by my wife Lynn.

Attendance Numbers
Currently standing at 60

Have You Already Contacted Me?
If so and I have replied saying you are on the list no further action is required from you.

An update email was sent from me on 5th December with details of where the reunion will be held and including names of those people attending plus other information which won’t be published on my web site.

Cancellations (Change of Date)
If for some reason you need to cancel before the 31st January 2019 then please email me, I will acknowledge.  Cancellations after that will likely incur a charge if a substitute is not forthcoming.

Do You Wish to Attend?
If you have not yet contacted me to say you wish to attend the reunion then please use the feedback form as soon as possible. I am keeping a master list of names.

The list will close no later than Friday 25th January 2019 or earlier if the numbers are close to that permitted by the venue operator.

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updated 25 June 18

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 25th June 2018:

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