SUMMER IDEAS

Sorry for my work forced delay in publishing our association members suggestions ,of ideas for the association to follow.

in no particular order here they are.

1, one member wants us to encorouge more people to make donations of land to us  through bequests ,wills etc.

2, other hobbies such as ,bowling,archaeological clubs,pigeon racing,fishing are in steep decline as hobbies.To improve the demographics and to get more young people involved in metal detecting, that the Association with the help of the schools should start a carefully selected  “Making Derbyshire Safer Schools Metal Detecting Scheme “For Derbyshire.

3 a member wants us to contact “celebrities ” involved in our hobby in order to try and improve their portrayal of metal detecting

4 would it be possible for the association to assist the probationary service by offering metal detecting as a rehabilitation service with the assistance of the association.

5 that the association be more assertive  in roles with local government in guiding the future of our hobby in Derbyshire in a positive direction,in line with our ethos.

6two members who chat to other non association detectorists  in Derbyshire are hearing other detectorist concerns over  green waste,safety issues  etc at  pay-for rallies.They would like the association to ask local government  and HMRC to introduce compulsory licencing requirements and ambulence cover for metal detecting rallies greater than three persons In Derbyshire.

7 that the association take steps to attract more ladies to our lovely hobby and club

8 that the association ask Linda to continue our free association magazine for another year.

so some very interesting ideas there …..which will create a lot of discussion.

members should decide carefully on what they think we can achieve as an association when they make their choice.

results to be announce in the spring

thank you to all contributors.

sincerely John

association spokesperson

 

OVER A THRESHOLD

Just to let everyone know that £10 has been donated this month to bring our Free to use  club metal detector to £504.75.

a sincere thanks to all donors and to association members who pass these donations along to us.

we have all been chatting away all summer that we would start researching in  ernest for machines once we got over this threshold.We are undecided whether to get one machine for deep pasture ,and another for tilled soil.Hopefully there is one that does both!

our selection process is an unusual one.Scores will be given by each member  on machine performance,durability etc.

we also intend to include ratings for manafacturers,sourcing of materials and also their treatment of their workforce,and also their support for our lovely hobby.

our choice of vendor will also be rated by association members in areas similar to the manafacturers.Depending on how things go ,a substantial price rise might happen due to possible sterling weakness and trade tariffs for new metal Detectors.So we can also buy a second hand machine once it is in good condition and it’s  providence is colloborated.

so we ask all members to crack on with their research and discrete enquiries and please note we still have quite a way to go in our fundraising.

We will see how things go with this years fundraising…it will be a difficult one once the forecasted cost of living increases kick in .Depending on this variable will influence our pre agreed temporary morotorium  on new members .

yes we are not at our limits but it was decided that it wasn’t fair for Johnny and Mary come lately to enjoy our free machine at the expense of people who have been members for years.