Two chances: some hope and Bob Hope!

I quote from The Daily Telegraph:

Farmers reliant on EU subsidies are plugging the funding gap caused by Brexit by inviting metal detectorists on land in the hope they find treasure.

Since the referendum, detecting clubs are finding it easier to gain access. Mike Barber, who runs the Midweek Searchers, a metal detecting club, said:

“Attitudes have definitely changed. Farmers might not get the grants they are used to. Now they might let you on to find some treasure and, if you do, they are made.” But Minette Batters, from NFU warned: “Farmers must be aware of restrictions which apply on land.”


The farmers’ pigs might fly as well!


The club is attending an event at Keston Common on 25th June. If you are available to help, please let me know on

Chairman Joe.


We have been unable to arrange a speaker in time for our meeting on 19th May so you are invited to bring  an object of mystery – either because you have no idea what it is or, it is so obscure and rare, you want to put fellow members to the test. To broaden the scope, it doesn’t need to be a detecting find or metallic.


As you know, we have Simon Elliott coming in June  to speak on the Roman navy; other speakers are in the pipeline.


Chairman Joe.

You never know

Are you sure you’ve searched that field properly? Follow this link for the full story.


Chairman Joe

Membership renewal

Please help things run smoothly by bringing the correct amountof cash/cheque if renewing membership at the AGM.

Volunteers for committee required. It’s your club……..



Chairman/treasurer Joe.

Festive Fun Forecast


Is it that time already! An early warning for our December 16th meeting at which, in addition to the monthly competition, the following annual competitions will be judged: artefact; coin; eyes only. Eligible entries for the last two are any that have been placed first or second in the monthlies. Please return any trophies that need engraving. Others can be returned no later than January 2017. And the solid silver ones should be nicely polished, please. Make sure your butler does a good job.

There will be the usual raffle – donations welcome – some snacks and non alcoholic drinks will be provided but feel free to supplement the fayre. Bring a beer or wine if you like. And, of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Ken and Gill quiz – so bring your brains also. And  feel free to bring wives, husbands, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends – or all of them.

An early present for you: there will be no post Brexit increase in next year’s membership fees. (Decided by committee28th Oct.)

It would help if you could let me know whether or not you will be attending by emailing:


Merry Christmas one and all.

Chairman Joe.


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 for a public event on 18th September 2016 at Tower Bridge beach.

Also: 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.