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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 for dates (follow link at bottom of page).

COVID-19 Update - April 2021

Message for prospective members

It has not been possible to hold social evenings since March 2020 and sadly we have not had opportunity to meet with those interested in the club. We are not a registered business hence we are unable to operate with the current restrictions.

The 2021 renewal period has been deferred until such time as club activities can resume. I have not posted a 2021 event calendar for this reason.

We hope to receive guests once national restrictions are fully lifted. I hope you can appreciate the club position in these difficult times.

Kind regards, Club Secretary

2017 winner of '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. 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.

Club Detecting Sites

We have club sites around Berkshire, North Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire but we are always looking for new sites 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.

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.

Finds Page

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