Wessex Metal Detecting Association

Newbury, Berkshire

Welcome to the homepage of the Wessex Club. We are primarily a social club that goes detecting.

 We currently limit our membership to sixty people and give priority to applications from 

new detectorists and people living local to Newbury.

  Although based in Newbury we regularly detect in Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

Club Social Nights

We meet at 8.00pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday in every month - at the Conservative Club - Newbury

We always welcome visitors - just come along to (almost) any meeting.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests on the night of our AGM, nor on the two "buffet nights". Please see our Calendar below for these dates.

2017 Find of the year display

The Conservative club is located just off the A339 (old ring road), next to the train station. To get into the club, you will need to push the button on the entry phone (by the front or rear door) and just tell the barman that you are visiting the detecting club.  If you are arriving by car, there is an access controlled barrier to the rear car park. Our members have key fobs which allow them through. It will be necessary for non-members to try and find on-street parking. If all else fails, you can park in Sainsbury's across the road for two hours.


If you are unsure, or wish to let us know you're coming, please drop us an email at the address shown below.

Email wessex.club@gmail.com for further details.

Click the following link to see the Club Calendar

Calendar 2019

Club Detecting Sites


We have club sites around Berkshire, North Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. We are always looking for new sites and will reward any member who can find us somewhere suitable to detect. As we are a small club, we can make good use of smaller sites that would not be of interest to the commercial organisers. 


The site meetings are predominantly held on a Sunday and we charge members a site fee when attending. The club is non-profit making with all dig fees going direct to the land owner or a designated charity.


Members are required to have third party insurance through membership of a national body (NCMD or FID). Members are also required to comply with The Treasure Act 1996. Our members voluntarily record a significant number of finds with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Pewsey Roman coin hoard found April 2014

Link to PAS record: BERK-637CB6

Once you are a member, you will be given access to the club Facebook page. This is our preferred method of distributing information about forthcoming digs.


Charity Events



The club regularly supports a number of charities including Help for Heroes, Naomi House, Countryside Learning and the Injured Jockeys Fund. The funding is primarily raised through site fees where land is generously offered by land owners. 

In 2017 more than £6,400 was raised through club events. In 2018 the club raised more than £5,000

A donation made to Naomi House in July 2018

If you can help the club with future events or wish to know more please drop us an email.

The club also attends local fetes and are happy to display finds or talk about club activities.


Club Membership



Currently, we don't have any vacancies for new members, but if you are interested in joining at a later date, please drop us an email and we will add your name to the waiting list. In the meantime, you are welcome to come along to a club meeting to see if it's what you are looking for. It is also a good idea to have a read through our club rules (see below) as these will give you all the information you need about our club activities and what we expect of our members.

Email wessex.club@gmail.com

Club Rules


You can see some of the club finds from some years ago in the pages below.


Click here to see Rally Report - September 2007


Here are a few photos showing some of the artefacts from the first Englefield Rally - You can click on the page to enlarge the images

Click here to see the Coin finds  from the first Englefield rally

Click here to see the artefacts from the 2007  Englefield rally

Click here to see the coins from the 2007 Englefield rally

Press report on Bronze Age Ring Money found at our first Englefield Rally.

(Please excuse the error about FID organising the event!)



Link to information on Ashmore Replica Coins

Trevor Ashmore was a part time  coin dealer in the 1960 who  manufactured replica coins. These coins are now causing real problems to dealers and collectors alike. Have a look at the attached document for details. This information was kindly supplied by John Philpotts of Coins & Antiquities. Click on the link to email John. He is based in Marlborough and would love to hear from you if you are looking to buy or sell any coins or artefacts.



External Links

Here are a few useful links - please email your suggestions for more links.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme

Leisure Promotions Our local Detecting shop. 01635 597975  

Helena Costas - West Berkshire Finds Liaison Office. Phone (01635) 519397.  email: Helena Costas 

Anni Byard - Oxfordshire Finds Liaison Office. Phone (01865) 300557.  email: Anni Byard

Tony Clayton - Photos of UK Coins.

Coins of Great Britain - Another good photo resource.The British Numismatic Society

Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

Detecting Links site

The Searcher Magazine

Treasure Hunting Magazine

Suggestions for items to be added to this web-site are most welcome. Please email wessex.club@gmail.com