• Welcome to the West Kent Detector Club

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  • Ken Lindridge

  • Appear on TV?

  • November Evening Meeting – Friday 18th

Welcome to the West Kent Detector Club

Welcome to the West Kent Detector Club.


WKDC.co.uk is an information hub about Metal Detecting.
As well as keep you informed with all the Club News.

Since the early days of the WKDC the club (formed in late 1978/early 1979 by two enthusiastic metal detectorists, Stephen Johnston and John Williams), has expanded and grown, in terms of members & activities! The club can be found at events around Kent, Surrey & Sussex displaying finds & educating the public as well as offering a recovery service for unfortunates who have mislaid metallic objects. In 2007, some members of the West Kent Detector Club even appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Time Team‘!

Check out the navigation options to see more information about the Club and what we do.
You can send us a message via the contact page if you have any questions or comments.

Appear on TV?

From: Naomi Hancocks <naomi.hancocks@spungoldtv.com>

Subject: Antiques & collectibles enthusiasts for new TV Show


Message Body:



I work for the TV production company Spun Gold, we are currently looking for contestants for ITV’s antiques based show called Masterpiece hosted by Alan Titchmarsh.


I was wondering whether any of your members would consider being on the show? It would be great to discuss further.


Many thanks



Contaminated Green Waste

Dear all


Further to the articles on CGW which appeared in the recent edition of Digging Deep, I am pleased to advise that there is now an app that can be downloaded on to a smartphone, iPad or laptop where detectorists can upload information regarding previously found CGW.

The web based reporting form is now live at this address http://ceg-research.ncl.ac.uk/greenwasteproject/ and it is completely anonymous.


As mentioned in Digging Deep, it is hoped that this will help James Gerrard and Martin Cooke at Newcastle University to build up a body of evidence that will demonstrate the scale of the problem to the powers that be.


I would be grateful if you could make members in your Region aware of this app and ask them to make use of it whenever they encounter CGW whilst detecting.







At our evening meeting on 15th July, some fourteen of us sat down for a chat which turned into an impromptu teach in on the subject of mudlarking – searching the Thames foreshore – which area, apparently, is a right of way.

Several of our most recent recruits are experienced in this field – in addition to stalwarts, Ken and Gill. You need a licence to scrape to a depth of three inches only, and something akin to a Masonic initiation to give you access to deeper levels. Andy – hope I’ve got the name correct – searches eyes only and without scraping. He passed round three of his finds (just happened to have them with him – and why not?).

Cufflinks commemorating Admiral Duncan’s defeat of the Dutch fleet in 1797 thereby thwarting a possible invasion by the Dutch and French forces. Until Andy found these nobody was aware of their existence. They do not bear the date of the battle as you were only entitled to them if you were there, and therefore probably wouldn’t forget when it happened.

A very nice Venetian glass bead and  jetton were also passed around.

All three were in excellent condition because the mud is an excellent preservative and mainly free of any agents that will contaminate them. I’m sure Andy would be happy to show you his treasures when next you meet.

Please let me know if any of the above facts are incorrect, Andy, or whoever you are!

Should you be interested: check out thamesdiscovery.org for a public event on 18th September 2016 at Tower Bridge beach.

Also: ornc.org for a similar event at Greenwich on 6th August 2016. I did this one a couple of years ago and found it very informative.

Both offer an opportunity to go upon the foreshore.

Good signals and sights.


Chairman Joe.