New to Rallies - Advice Please!

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Bargeman wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:24 pm
oldartefact wrote:
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.. the whole of the UK is undiggable right now.

Our fields are OK! So not the whole of the UK then ::g

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Thanks for the heads up...pasture or arable? can we have your postcode ::g ::g ::g OooO :ml


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Our pasture has always been digable, and the farmers have 90% of last years winter barley i, nearly all the OSR has been harvested, and they are already prepping the land, and raking in the stubble, ready for when we get some rain.
We are well ahead of the game around here ::g





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Whether you can dig it or not is a bit of a moot point if its so dry.Signals won't be good. Though it is tempting to get out there and do your best.Over here it has been 30 degrees in the afternoon at the front of our house for 4 weeks straight. We had a rumble of thunder a couple of days ago but nothing came of it. Reminds me forcibly of '76.

I suppose the point is the OP is a newbie . Still learning basic stuff and the ropes. So although older hands may blench at the idea of a field baked to a crisp it will be still a good experience for this person and I think they should go. Meet a few folks, talk about the hobby, get in the loop.
Its a long ass time since I did a rally or club dig. I very much do my own thing these days. But I must say I do miss it sometimes....not for the finds as I find much more on my own permissions than I ever did at digs, but for the social aspect.
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I’m undecided whether to go at the moment. Sounds like it could be difficult. This is my first opportunity to have a proper detect, and also meet some people and get some advice out in the field. I’ll be able to have a proper look into it tomorrow as my manager isn’t in and I can browse at my leisure... 8=ypr

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Jo75 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:41 pm
I’m undecided whether to go at the moment. Sounds like it could be difficult. This is my first opportunity to have a proper detect, and also meet some people and get some advice out in the field. I’ll be able to have a proper look into it tomorrow as my manager isn’t in and I can browse at my leisure... 8=ypr
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Plenty of space left ::g

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Of, for goodness sake, Rallies aren’t all about finding treasure. They’re only 75% about the treasure, that most of us never find and the other 25% is social.
New friends contacts, useful advice, great.
Just go and enjoy yourself. Don’t forget a hat, swing slow and low (well as low as you can) if you find anything it’ll be a bonus and make one of the most pleasant memories for you.
You’ll probably find a few that have had enough by lunch time, you won’t be alone.

I bet we can all remember our first rally and what we found and who we met. Have a great time. ::g

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CTX_Phil wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:15 pm
Plenty of space left ::g
whoops I clicked on next rally then book. Didn't look at the date. Which was June

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Jo75 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:41 pm
I’m undecided whether to go at the moment. Sounds like it could be difficult. This is my first opportunity to have a proper detect, and also meet some people and get some advice out in the field. I’ll be able to have a proper look into it tomorrow as my manager isn’t in and I can browse at my leisure... 8=ypr
hello, what is the postcode and do you know the type of fields,Clanfield is not far from the Thames, if you google british history online your get a lot of info

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garrettoldboy wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:07 pm

hello, what is the postcode and do you know the type of fields,Clanfield is not far from the Thames, if you google british history online your get a lot of info
You get the address when you buy a ticket. It’s near Bampton apparently. It’s about an hour and a half away from me. I feel this probably isn’t the best one for me to start off with. Probably gonna give it a miss this time.

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Approximately 100 acres of land to detect
Clanfield, Oxfordshire
Some information provided by Metal Detectives...

We have arranged a visit to a site that in the past has been kind to the MDG members on almost every visit and has provided us with a fair few wows in the form of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon & Medieval finds from our search fields.

If we are fortunate then most if not all of our arable ground will have been cultivated in time for Sunday, if not we will have rape stubble to contend with, which due to the dry weather is already very dry and brittle and also pretty sparse due to the prolonged dry spell we have had.

The area is littered with known Bronze Age , Iron Age & Roman sites and we are only a short distance from Bampton which was a sizeable and significant town in Anglo Saxon England.

A small stream which runs through the site down the the thames will also available to search to anyone wishing to have a go in the shallow cool water.

The soil in the area is light and loamy and easy to dig despite being very dry.

We would suggest a low and slow approach to the fields we will be searching and we will happily point you in the direction of areas in the fields previous finds have been made.

There is no green waste on these fields , only the normal spattering of rubbish from passing roads and footpaths, farm workers etc.



LOCATION

Land in Clanfield, Oxfordshire
Exact postcode will be provided on Thursday 19 July 2018 to everyone that has booked on to this dig.

PREVIOUSLY VISITED?

The Metal Detectives Group members have visited these fields before - more detail above.

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hello, thats a fair way from you, and always difficult to estimate how the day will go, as someone mentioned it can more of a social day, meet up with people, make friends, get to know how rallies are done, 100 acres is a sizable piece of land, and if your lucky some nice finds, i use to travel 60 plus miles just to meet up with a small group, then another hour to the land, maybe 2 digs
it was a long day, what ever you decide there is always another time,

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The real traditional charity Rally season is nearly upon us.

They will be everywhere for about 3 months.

Its a great day out and a chance to meet friends old and new.

I can go back many years and the older I get the more I like attending them.

I do not like the modern day pay to dig events as its commercialisation of those who have no land of their own.

Happy Hunting,

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JBM wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:58 am
The real traditional charity Rally season is nearly upon us.

They will be everywhere for about 3 months.

Its a great day out and a chance to meet friends old and new.

I can go back many years and the older I get the more I like attending them.

I do not like the modern day pay to dig events as its commercialisation of those who have no land of their own.

Happy Hunting,

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Jo75 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:41 pm
I’m undecided whether to go at the moment. Sounds like it could be difficult. This is my first opportunity to have a proper detect, and also meet some people and get some advice out in the field. I’ll be able to have a proper look into it tomorrow as my manager isn’t in and I can browse at my leisure... 8=ypr
please filter some of the advice here from veterans
Go along and take a look
Dont have any expectations of finding the next hoard, but look to meet and chat with likeminded people
I mean come on, where else are you going to find a field full of people with the same interests as you?
Take some food and plenty to drink, have some spare batterys just in case and go and enjoy yourself
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With regard to arm fatigue . Get a 1kg dumbell from argos or maybe even poundland . Do reps every night before bed .one month and you will be loads stronger.
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A different point of view.....

Ok lets get this right, right from the start. I am not having a go at anybody, not picking on anybody, I am just expressing my own opinion. And I am sure that others have a different point of view. But I shall post this in defence of "paying to dig"


In an ideal world it would be great if we could all have a few fields each, but we can't, for some detectorists both old hands, and new to the hobby, this is just not possible, and so they are left with three options, Join a club (if they could find one with vacancies), Go to the beach, great if you live near the beach, or "pay to dig".

Now many of you older members do have your own land, and I applaud you for that, well done, but I don't think it does anyone any favours by moaning about the fact that some people, mostly new to the hobby members, who have no other option, than to attend pay to dig events. My friends and detecting buddies, (Bob, and Derek) and I, often invite out local new members from this forum, to our land so they can have a go, I wonder how many of you do this in your area?

But Here's the rub, whether you attend a club dig, a charity event, or one of the commercial digs, you are all paying to dig! it is exactly the same be it Detectival, Anton Rotary, Go Minelabbing, or midweek searchers, you are paying to dig on that day, that my friends is how the world rolls. The money may go in different directions, be that Charity, the farmer, or split between a commercial outfit or local club and the farmer,

So there you have it, I have a shared permission, that costs a couple of bottles of wine a year, I also attend a few charity events and I am happy to support them, but then I also attend other pay as you swing digs, because I like to visit the parts of the country where under normal circumstances, I would never get to dig. They all have there place in this hobby, and long may it continue.

I hope you enjoy your version of the hobby, but just remember, there are new detectorists, who also enjoy the hobby, but it is a different version to yours.


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Jo75 wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:29 pm
Hi all!
I got an email inviting me to the LP metal detecting club dig this Sunday in Oxfordshire. I’m thinking about going, I’ve never been on one before. My experience is limited to land at the back of my parent’s house! Can someone tell me how it works? Do you get a designated area or do you just find a spot? Any info would be much appreciated as I have no idea how it works!!
hello, are you nearer to central searchers dig in north bedfordshire?? stubble and cultivated, just put on here, open dig

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garrettoldboy wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:03 pm
garrettoldboy wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:00 pm
Jo75 wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:29 pm
Hi all!
I got an email inviting me to the LP metal detecting club dig this Sunday in Oxfordshire. I’m thinking about going, I’ve never been on one before. My experience is limited to land at the back of my parent’s house! Can someone tell me how it works? Do you get a designated area or do you just find a spot? Any info would be much appreciated as I have no idea how it works!!
hello, are you nearer to central searchers dig in north bedfordshire?? stubble and cultivated, just put on here, open dig
Geography isn’t my strong point! It’s 75 miles to Bedford from here. I think I need a bit of practice before I go to a rally. I’ve applied for a permit to detect on the Thames. I live right on the river (which is what originally what got me thinking about getting a detector) although the Garrett isn’t waterproof, I’ll just have to be careful. For the record, I’m not hoping to find a hoard, that’s not my motivation (although I am partial to a diamond)
There doesn’t seem to be much going on within 100 miles of here! I’m thinking about maybe trying the beach at St Leonard’s. I stayed there in May and the beach was really quiet.

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so where are you situated, if its London way, Weekend Wonderers do some towards london

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I’m in St Margaret’s. Between Richmond and Twickenham. I did email the weekend wanderers a while ago, but they didn’t reply. I’ll try them again tho

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Bargeman wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:22 pm
A different point of view.....

Ok lets get this right, right from the start. I am not having a go at anybody, not picking on anybody, I am just expressing my own opinion. And I am sure that others have a different point of view. But I shall post this in defence of "paying to dig"


In an ideal world it would be great if we could all have a few fields each, but we can't, for some detectorists both old hands, and new to the hobby, this is just not possible, and so they are left with three options, Join a club (if they could find one with vacancies), Go to the beach, great if you live near the beach, or "pay to dig".

Now many of you older members do have your own land, and I applaud you for that, well done, but I don't think it does anyone any favours by moaning about the fact that some people, mostly new to the hobby members, who have no other option, than to attend pay to dig events. My friends and detecting buddies, (Bob, and Derek) and I, often invite out local new members from this forum, to our land so they can have a go, I wonder how many of you do this in your area?

But Here's the rub, whether you attend a club dig, a charity event, or one of the commercial digs, you are all paying to dig! it is exactly the same be it Detectival, Anton Rotary, Go Minelabbing, or midweek searchers, you are paying to dig on that day, that my friends is how the world rolls. The money may go in different directions, be that Charity, the farmer, or split between a commercial outfit or local club and the farmer,

So there you have it, I have a shared permission, that costs a couple of bottles of wine a year, I also attend a few charity events and I am happy to support them, but then I also attend other pay as you swing digs, because I like to visit the parts of the country where under normal circumstances, I would never get to dig. They all have there place in this hobby, and long may it continue.

I hope you enjoy your version of the hobby, but just remember, there are new detectorists, who also enjoy the hobby, but it is a different version to yours.


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hello, i started going to digs many years ago with oxford/ WW/ Newbury and more, but with a few years break since due to personel circumstances, but now i find its just a money making racket unless its for charity, £15/20/25 a day !!!!!!!! now run as a business, i will not do any of these, like you i have own land permission of 1000 acres and more so i can potter about when i like, but as you mentioned for those who have no land its PAYGo,

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Agriculture in the UK covers 69% of the UK land mass.

There is (approx) 15.3 MILLION acres...... spread across 212,000 agricultural holdings.

Now you can deduct from that a fair chunk of owners who don`t permit detecting.

However, there is lots & lots of land out there to go around without paying anyone a bean......

It won`t "come to you" you need to put in some leg work........... or take the easy option.
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Well its that time folks
This thread is beginning to take on a whole new life

The original poster has had plenty of advice and i hope they take the opportunity to go to the rally and make some new friends and see how it all works...
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