CHANGE OF SCHEDULE

Sincere apologies for having to do this but I’m having to bring forward our Plan Of Action meeting from next Wednesday to this Monday, at the same time as was agreed on.

This is because it is the only day our solicitor is available to meet as he has to represent clients in court on behalf of a colleague who has taken ill.

Our Polish translator  will be attending ,to translate and  assist in the preparation of legal documents.

every member that was assigned a research topic at our emergancy meeting  must attend ,with all the information they have discovered. Please remember that you must  note the sources so that our solictor  can verify their legitimacy and legality .

i hope this sudden change of schedule does not cause too much inconvenience

sincerely

john

Association Spokesperson

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COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER SCHEMES

Before Jack left he asked me to raise this topic  ,with the  association members.At the moment local authorities in Derbyshire are making policy changes to facilitate the transfer  of looking after community assets to local community groups and voluntery associations.All over Derbyshire there are small areas of land which are underused and neglected.Jack asked us to think about exploring the possibility of taking on the management of one of these small areas in return for allowing us to test the performance of various detectors, through the creation of test beds.He and I also feel that we could also use this area to practice metal detecting procedures regarding hoards and items that were meant to be retrieved.

the data from these  tests could be used  to give totally independent and unbiased  performance results of various  metal detectors, and safe techniques  could be devised  when detecting possible hoards and items which were meant to be retrieved.We would hope to publish all this for free ,for the benefit of detectorists nationally and to promote our lovely hobby positively.

Obviously  great care would have to be taken with the choosing of the location.A compact site of varying soils and low mineralisation/ trash would be ideal.To prevent squatters from moving in ,a location which is well fenced and where vehicle access would be very difficult , would be an essential requirement.

because we would not own the asset it would not conflict with our common practices and beliefs.Local authorities would retain ownership but we believe leases would be offered for very long terms for peppercorn rents.Obviously  very detailed discussions regarding public liability responsibility would have to take place with the local authority .A possible way of reducing this  possible potential cost would be to co-manage the location for mutual benefit with another different hobby group such as a wildlife group, or a birdwatching association,conservation or even an archaeology club.

I look forward to your comments feedback about this proposal.

sincerely

association spokesperson

john

GOODBYE TO JACK

We all wish Jack all the best with his move to his new home with his son and young family.We hope it goes well for him and that he gets time to head out and make his new local area safer for others to enjoy.

ive picked the short straw !!! And I will try to continue in the good footsteps of Jack and previous association spokespersons.

As it is the time of year when most metal detecting associations,clubs and societies make their yearly donations to charities, I have been asked to mention  two very positive ways in which we can support charities ,which are an alternative to very damaging rallies.

local churches are now taking in donations of metal keys ,old coins,and foreign currency in coins .please contact your local church for details.

Mr Stephen Auker is hosting metal detecting trips for Cancer research uk, registered charity number 1089464.If your interested , he will limit the numbers from one to two people and all donations go to this very deserving charity.

two great ways there for metal detectorists to support charities ,which are positive alternatives to very negitive and damaging  large rallies.

john

association spokesperson