AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION

To Research into Local History, to search for metal objects with metal detectors and to keep records of Finds.

To help on Archaeological Sites if requested.

To promote good relations with persons whom members come into contact with in their Research or Club activities.

To promote the responsible hobby of metal detecting.

At our monthly meetings members can show their finds for the last month, from both club and non WHRADA sites. You can display 2 coins and 2 artefacts, if required you can have them identified by other members. Members are able to find out about forthcoming Rallies, enter into discussions (if they so wish) with regards to local and national activities which affect the hobby, and the club. We have a monthly raffle and hot drinks are available at all our meetings.

At each meeting we hold a ‘Find of the Month’ competition where members can exhibit their Finds found at both Club Site and non WHRADA sites if they think them worthy enough. The ‘Find’ is voted on and mentioned in the monthly newsletter. Each year at the A.G.M. in March the ‘Finds of the Month are entered into a ‘Find of the Year’ competition for which the winner receives the club trophy on which is engraved details of the winners name and the find and the winners hold the trophy for twelve Months.


WHRADA support local and National charities these have range from the Children’s Hospice South West, Air Ambulance, RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, and Somerset Young Farmers.

The NCMD has gained Government recognition as an organisation which represents metal detector users countrywide. It has played a major role in representing the views of those metal detector users to Government Departments regarding legislation affecting the hobby.

The NCMD also promote responsible detecting and all members must adhere to the Country Side Code.

All WHRADA members must be paid up members of the National Council of Metal Detecting (NCMD) in the Western Region.

Each member has individual civil Insurance liability to the sum of £10,000,000 issued by the NCMD.


Farms

We have a number of farms on our books, we can only enjoy our hobby due to the kindness of the landowner/farmers giving us access to their land. We visit one farm every Sunday, we have a farm Sites Officer who makes contact with the farmers / land owner and arranges the date for the dig. At each dig we have a member who takes on the role as a team leader. On the day they speak to the farmer, give them their gift if appropriate, and enquire what fields are available or if there is any restrictions. They then relay any information that has been given to them from the farmer to the participating members.

Some landowner/farmers like to see the finds that we have found and we will arrange a convenient time to show them. All finds are recorded and any rubbish that is dug is removed from the site and all holes are back filled properly.

The gift we give the farmers can be two bottles of wine red or white, flowers, or chocolates, some landowner/farmers choose to make their gift a donation. If they don’t specifically mention a particular charity we have a number of club ones. We collect small amounts of scrap metal, i.e. Brass, Copper, and Lead. The scrap metal we have collected over the months is taken along to our local scrap dealer who writes us a cheque for Children’s Hospice South West.

Items that have been found are recorded within the club records. If we locate a rare artefact or coins that comes within the Treasure Act we inform the landowner/farmers of the discovery. We also have a duty to report the find within 14 days once the find has been identified as treasure.

With the landowner/farmers permission we will inform the County Find Liaison Officer (FLO) who is based at our county museums. The find would then be passed to the area Find Liaison Officer (FLO) and a receipt obtained. The finder or the FLO would inform the local Coroner. The item in question then goes to the British Museum in London where is valued and recorded.

Our allegiance is always with the landowner/farmers if they feel that they do not want the find recorded at the farm we will find a grid reference of a local spot or area and not the farm.

Any reward for finding treasure is shared equally between the landowner/farmer and the finder by the British Museum.

Some finds that are of local interest have been donated by our members to local museums i.e. king John Hunting lodge at Axbridge, Somerset.

We can if required produce a finds box with a collection of items that have been found on the farm, this is for the landowner/farmers to keep and show family and friends also to pass down to future generations. These items will all come indexed and with a data sheet given further information of the contents.