It’s now illegal to metal detect in a group of more than six. Unless you’re running rallies, as a business or for “charity”, when up to 30 paying participants are allowed!

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It’s irrational, yes. But it’s worse than that. Rallies are terribly damaging as  the number of finds reported is derisory. Ask PAS. Yet it seems that no-one has quietly explained to the Government that it would be best for both Britain’s health and history if commercial rallies were banned for the period of the pandemic, and permanently thereafter.

What say you, “responsible detectorists” and PAS? Isn’t silence compliance? Will you continue to “Watch the wall, my darlings, While the Gentlemen go by”?

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Update: Luckily, a second “Rotary club rally” has just been cancelled (the one near Weyhill). The farmer has “pulled out”. No thanks to the Goverment though. It might be a second case of something WE said… https://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2020/08/22/rotary-club-detecting-rally-cancelled-was-it-something-we-said/

How come it’s down to the good sense of farmers, or us, and not an official policy?


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