It just goes to show how busy in work I have been that I have not gotten around to doing a year in review for the association until now.Wasnt Jack great to keep everything going so smoothly and efficiently and to be able to buddy up with everyone regularly.Apologies for not being as good as Jack in both those respects.
2015 has been a great year for the association but tinged with a moment of deep sadness for the victims of the Tunisia terrorist attack ,some of whom were well know to association members.We in the association promise not to let them be forgotten now and in the future.I gratefully wish to thank all association members ,other clubs/associations,rally organisers and independent detectorists who observed our No Detecting Weekend in Derbyshire which ran from 4-6 July in 2015.This was our way of showing respect to the victims and families of these terrible attacks on tourists in Tunisia in 2015.
I will give plenty of notice about this years event and hopefully there will be 100% observance by metal detectorists in Derbyshire this time around.
life carries on however and I wish to highlight the good work done by all association members who buddy up week in week out remove dangerous and polluting items from the ground which could seriously injure children , people and wildlife.Our thanks too to the landowners and to the organisations who take these hypodermics and sharps from us and dispose of them safely for us.
personally I will try to put a posting every month on the site and try to buddy up with more people ,especially those who live at tother ends of the county.
Our reuse magazine scheme and our free association machine fund have gotten off to a good start and it’s another way of keeping in contact with each other and keeping the association going.These schemes are another way of helping members and the environment as our lovely hobby gets progressively more expensive to practice.Things are slowly moving along too on the Community Asset Transfer Scheme and a very kindly solicitor is perusing the proposals to make sure that members will not be negitively affected if they become involved in this scheme.Our membership survey was a great idea by Linda and it achieved such a positive result.We might try more of these surveys in future to see can we come up with more brilliant ideas for the association to follow up.
Also it would be great if other clubs and associations copied some of our ideas for the benefit of their members.
Im now in my first year of association spokesperson and I know that Jack in particular wanted to do a lot more with the website ,in comparison to our activity presently.I know that he and other members wanted to put a lot more information about members up on the website and to conduct celebrity interviews to broaden the appeal of the site to more people.
However the troll attacks of 2014/2015 ,and our increasing legal awareness has forced us to be more cautious about our website.Thanks to WordPress we can now monitor visitor activity with a view to preventing and tracing troll activity.It is only a matter of time before websites will be legally responsible for the images and personal details that they display on their sites.So that is why we don’t post pictures of association members and their details.The recent sad relevations about some leading celebrities in other sections of society in the media in England ,has prevented us from conducting media interviews with “celebrities ” involved in our lovely hobby of metal detecting in England and worldwide.We have to be very cautious in areas like this.
However this caution is not affecting our website as we are seeing loads of activity in Derbyshire ,Nationally and internationally,and getting lots of possitive messages .
The highlight of the year for myself and for the association was the unexpected and very gratefully recieved gift of the use for the association of a substantial amount of land in Derbyshire.I and on behalf of all the members wish to sincerely thank the landowner for their very generous gift to the use of their land by the association and their members.It was very quickly decided not to charge association members every time they decided to detect there , but to make it free of charge.So many clubs /associations ,rally’s make huge amounts of money out of their members by charging them money week in week out for the right to detect on their club land/ lands .We in the association would hope other s follow our example here.
Activity on our website and personal insights from members show that participation in our lovely hobby continues to grow .We believe that another independent metal detecting club has been formed in Derby in the last year ….lets hope we don’t loose Linda !, bringing the number of clubs /associations based in or detecting in Derbyshire to 9.However there needs to be a lot more clubs and associations formed in Derbyshire for the benefit of participants and to show the big society that we are not a fringe hobby.It has been noticeable that other hobbies such as fishing, Bowling,historical and archaeological clubs are suffering a decline in participation.Other hobbies are growing such as cycling and droning!.We can do very little about creating more clubs only to encourage people to form their own, but the association does need to look at getting more young people involved in our lovely hobby, to guarantee the future of Metal Detecting in Derbyshire.However in doing so we need to come up with schemes and activities which have to be very carefully thought out and implemented .
so with these thoughts and a very late review of 2015 I promise to buddy up with you all in 2016