Evening Meeting Friday 16th June, 2017

I have arranged for Simon Elliott to attend our monthly meeting on 16th June and I have obtained from him the following statement on the subject of his talk:-

Simon Elliott, historian and archaeologist, will be talking about his recently published research on the Classis Britannica, the Roman navy in Britain (and in effect Britain’s first ever navy).  This regional fleet patrolled the waters around the British Isles from the mid 1st century AD to the mid 3rd century AD, before disappearing from history.  While active it participated in all of the major campaigns in the province, including two attempts to conquer Scotland, and also defended the continental coast up the Rhine Estuary.  It was also very important in Kent as not only did it have forts and fortified harbours at Dover and likely Lympne (at least), but also ran the big regional extractive industries for the State. Simon Elliott will tell its full story in his presentation.

Andy L

Please can we have a good attendance from Club Members. Feel free to bring along your family members and friends.


Evening Meeting – Friday 19th May, 2017

We had a quiet meeting with member’s bringing along their ‘mystery’ finds. We discussed going to Shoreham Aircraft Recovery Museum for our July evening meeting and took a note of how many members were interested and whether they would prefer the Friday evening and opposed to a Saturday afternoon.

We are still looking for help at our display at Lullingstone Castle on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May from 10am – 5pm approx. It promises to be a good couple of days out with our display being part of a Medieval Re-enactment event with lots to see and even archery and cannon firing taking place! If you can assist please let Geoff know a.s.a.p.



Club Gazebo

We thought you might like to see the new club gazebo which was jointly funded by us and by the NCMD Southern Region. The committee members erected it as a trial run before the committee meeting on Friday evening. It will be used for the first time at the Lullingstone Castle Medieval weekend on 28th and 29th May where WKDC will be putting on a display in conjunction with other clubs from the Southern Region. If you can help on either of these days – between 10am-5pm or even part of the time please let Geoff know.

Geoff recovers hay baler tines!

This morning we were called in by a local farmer to recover a couple of his hay baler tines (the red steel rods in the picture) which had been inadvertantly covered by his straw pile!

Geoff did the job in a couple of minutes and before Lesley had even switched on her detector!

Waterproof footwear

I received this email via the website and thought it might be of interest.

From: Malcolm Harris <sales@thedrybootcompany.com>

Subject: Waterproof footwear


Message Body:

With your permission, I would like to send you details of our own brand, Harris Dryboot – a waterproof, washable lace up boot, which has proved to be very popular with metal detecting and archaeological clubs.    We do not believe in cold calling but we would like to bring the boot to your attention.   If you could provide your email address, I will send (one-off contact) a small ‘flyer’.   Full details of the Dryboot can be seen on our website at:   www.thedrybootcompany.com

Thank you.

With kind regards,

Malcolm Harris, The Dryboot Company