Hello seano78, Welcome aboard the forum and Good Luck in your quest for a buddy in your neck of the woods
If it's help and advice you're looking for, there's much to be gleaned by browsing the sub-forums over there
As a newcomer to both detecting and the forum, my initial advice would be to check-out this link:- Forum Guide
followed by a good browse of the sub-forums (with a plentiful supply of tea/coffee).
Any questions you can't find the answer to , simply post it under the appropriate forum heading. Regards ss47