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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 27th August 2018

Having enjoyed a sustained period of good weather in Devon compared to previous years the current bout of rain is welcome if only to bring back colour to the lawns and hopefully add to depleted reservoirs.

Site Update
Shapwick Reunion
Lynn and I attended the Shapwick reunion held in early July hosted by Liz and Andy Twose at their home in Somerset.  Pictures from this event can be seen here.

Silver Jubilee 1977
Photos from Chris Barron taken at the Silver Jubilee Exhibition held at the Police Training School Hendon in May 1977.

A facebook page setup by Michael Walker for ex-DTELS staff can be found by searching: 

DTELS NTL Arqiva 1990-2015 Employees

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... 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


New Visitor to this Site?
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).

For more information about this web site, please click here.

DTELS 25th Anniversary Reunion
updated 30th August 2018

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 54

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 29th August with details of where the reunion will be held and including other information which won’t be published on my web site.

If for some reason you need to cancel before the 7th February 2019 then please email me, I will acknowledge.  Cancellations after 7th February will 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 you are encouraged to email me at the address below as soon as possible. I am keeping a master list of names.

The list will close no later than Friday 1st February 2019 or earlier if the numbers are close to that permitted by the venue operator.

The email address is:



updated 25 June 18

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

Charles Joseph - Headquarters

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