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« on: December 17, 2013, 03:23:55 PM »

Year five in the life of Detectingwales.com

Its that time of year again for the annual review of the past years highlights on Detecting Wales. Apologies if I have left anyone out or wrongly credited finds - I'm getting old you know!

Five years has passed us by in the blink of an eye and the swing of a coil. During this time Detecting Wales has gone from strength to strength, to become one of the largest metal detecting sites in Europe. The main reason for the continued success is you, the members, and the sense of both community and friendship you have built and continue to help build. Without your valued and loyal membership, Detecting Wales would become a shadow of its former self.

What we started DW I don’t think we ever envisaged it would have been such a successful journey. Detecting forums for the large part were in their infancy, and certainly there weren’t any that offered cheap regular rallies, no joining fees, rally photos & reports and no additional contributions. It’s the norm now, but five year ago this genuinely didn’t exist.

Most non club based detectorists seemed to be virtually strangers on the detecting forums, perhaps meeting once or twice a year at a commercial event. I think how DW changed this was through appealing to a localised detecting population, and offering them rallies within a short drive for most. Now of course, every Tom, Dick and Harry has followed this formula, several having even directly lifted our themes, layouts and members. Good luck to them – they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

We are in the fortunate position of having a real wealth of knowledge and expertise amongst our members. The knowledge brought to DW by Chef (Geoff), The Doc (Peter), Handyman (Alan), Probono (Roland) and others is second to none, and should not be underestimated. These guys and others continue to educate and enlighten not just DW members, but also the hordes of silent guests that visit in literally their thousands every week.

On a more sombre note, we lost one of our long standing members this year in Alan Jenkins – who was known on this forum as Al.Thepastfinder. Alan  joined us in October 2008 and was the ninth person ever to join Detecting Wales!  He contributed some 2,914 posts over the next few years and sadly passed away in March 2013.

Moving on to happier news, there were some fantastic individual success stories throughout the year that continually prove to us what is still waiting to be discovered on this Treasured Isle of ours. I personally find it inspirational to see members finds, and most importantly what they save from being lost forever.

 In no particular order, some of the standout finds have included:

JayHay69 – Discovering two Anglo Saxon coins a coin of  Coenwulf and a coin of Eadred in February  
Mungo – With a Dobunni Corio Quarter stater circa 10BC found in late March
Goldy Looking Chain  – Un-sanding a 1926 half sovereign on the beach in March.
Troutmaster Funk teaching an old Badger new beach tricks in March with an 18ct gold Albert chain weighing in at a colossal 41grams!
Hotmill – Unearthing a scarce George 1st Half Guinea 1723 on pasture in April
Dances With Badgers who was off the sand for once and uncovered a Bronze Age Axe Head on May 19th
Deadlock & Radnor Bandit with their combined effort uncovering a fabulous Roman denarii hoard
Herbie with an outstanding twisted Roman Gold Ring in August, weighing in at 12.5g
Our new Portugese poster, Monco who is hitting the beaches and making some fantastic finds in Protugal.
Monkey Mad unearthing a 1899 Victorian Sovereign in mid July.
Shungav with the Iron Age bracelet hoard that is now winding its way through the Treasure Act.
Mike recovering a lost wedding ring and possibly saving a marriage in December - well done mate!

Time for the Stat Attack!
I am staggered to have had looked at the analytics and discovered that as of Monday 16th December 2013 we have received a jaw dropping 21.5 MILLION page views since we launched! That is an incredible amount, with 11,500 page views a day. We really under estimate how many visitors view the site yet choose not to post, but its several thousand a week. We are now up to nearly 2,400 members, with the most being online at any given time this year being 100 in November and we average 250 new topics a month, with around 100 posts a day.

We managed ten DW rallies this year which is a respectable amount, as we were hampered by both Rob and I having leg and arm injuries, as well as the inclement weather conditions. Here comes a brief review of each one – apologies if I have left anyone or their finds out – it’s a lot to remember!

DetectingWales.com Rally 59 - Planes, Trains and Trumpets!
First rally of the year saw us in Hereford at the site of a formerly grand mansion house.  An interesting site that produced a mixture of Roman, Medieval and later finds. Jeff the Wizard pulled out a beaut of a Roman trumpet brooch and was followed shortly after by Mike with a Roman coin of the greenest patina known to man. DavTec opened his hammered account for the year with a Lizzy sixpence from the Tower mint dated 1570, and was joined by several other members including myself starting our 2013 hammered count.
Other notable events include Da Monkey trying to get us all drunk on red wine and the owner of a petrol model plane spending the day dive bombing various members!

DetectingWales.com Rally 60 - The Silver and Sovereigns Rally
The DW clan headed to Hereford in March for a special day indeed for GJH. He didn’t just find one sovereign, he found two of the things! One of Victoria and one of Edward along with a Roman coin – some people have all the luck. In fairness though that luck was shared with MarkyMark who unearthed a silver bodkin, Webber with an early silver cut half and Onehorse Al with a silver boxing medal. Lots of other finds materialised representing a cross section of Roman and Medieval artefacts – I think it needs another visit.

Detectingwales.com Rally 61 - "It all went a bit Frank Spencer!"
Destination Wookie was a day of bad luck for me as I woke up with Taff outside, got bit on the left buttock by the farmers dog, promptly got my Landy stuck in the field, and even managed to fall into the mud! Despite being under the shadow of the remnants of an 11thCentury castle, finds were quite poor, and the Castle could have been 30 miles away rather than 30 metres away! Deadlock did well though with a ‘bomper’ of a crotal bell and Proconsol a coin weight from the 1700’s. Possibly the coldest detecting experience I have ever had.

DetectingWales.com Rally 62 - We came, We saw, We found bugger all!
TaffLaff and I arrived late for this due to one of us oversleeping (here’s a clue - it wasn’t me) and the added benefit of a car that refused to go over 50 mph without cutting out! Thanks go to Cheffy for standing in for us. On paper this site should have been a cracker, but in reality not a lot surfaced. The one great find was for longstanding DW member John Herjest who found his first hammered coin in the shape of a Elizabeth 1st Sixpence dated 1570.
Da Monkey also had a great day with the unusual treat of having a Harris Hawk on his arm thanks to a very friendly farmer who uses it to control the local rabbit population.

Detectingwales.com Rally 63 - "It ain't half hot mum!"
This was officially the hottest DW rally in living memory with temperatures soaring into the high 80’s! Not a million miles from Chepstow but rural enough for loads of us to get lost! There was a prize on offer today as well from the Eydon Kettle Company for the lucky finder of a token.  Some of the quality items that surfaced including GJH finding a James 1st half penny, a half groat for TaffLaff (I’m still in shock!), Commonwealth two pence for Seasider and a Cut quarter of Henry III for Medievalman.
The heat was too much for some of us, and back at "Basecamp Sunblock" free cabaret was available was the ever entertaining Rambo who was regaling Dawson, Taff, Nobby, Myself, Geoff, and Colin (who Rambo is in awe of - best way to describe it), with tales of his Spanish detecting friend, Speedos, losing land, his favourite sausages, and his phobia of Dawson's house!

Detectingwales.com Rally 64 - There's something about Mary!
The 1st of September and detecting in sunshine in the glorious Vale of Glamorgan. Several members paid a visit to the Roman “hotspot” on this farm that once again produced 8 Roman coins, Martin picked up a lovely silver thimble, Mrs Handyman with a Henry VIII Sovereign penny, Muckman with a  petronnel, along with numerous other members finds of milled silver, etc.   Baden probably had the find of the day though with a scarce Phillip & Mary groat.  I wonder what else lay under the burnt out combine harvester?

Detectingwales.com Rally 65 - The gold 'n showers rally
A drizzly day in darkest Somerset that was brightened up by Mark Newbury finding a large gold signet ring.  An unusual find of a hunting horn also materialised, along with a decent Roman coin for Dave Ha and a large clock mechanism of BigXHoni. By the way it is advisable not to Google the name of this rally!

Detectingwales.com Rally 66 - Spiders and Halves!
The DW clan returned to Rooksbridge in mid November to the site of the original Hammeredfest. Lots of forums use that expression now, but DW is where the expression was born. It was probably more like a “Spiderfest” this time as their webs and the pesky arachnids were everywhere! Some decent finds did turn up though including a Elizabeth sixpence for Rambo, a chunky 30 gram silver necklace for Dale, and bizarrely four early cut halves. I think the total was eight hammered coins for the day along with all the usual bits and bobs – just goes to show how the plough replenishes a site.

Detectingwales.com Rally 67 - Detecting with BIG James, Mary and Liz!
The farm promised us Roman with a Roman road and villa nearby, but only released hammered coinage from its earthly grasp. There were a few absolute crackers though, including a shilling of James 1st and a 1561 Elizabeth sixpence, both of which must rate as two of the best condition coins we have ever seen on a rally. Numerous other hammered coins turned up and also Deepsweeper found a 9ct gold heart shaped locket. It was such a good rally that we returned there two weeks later.

Detectingwales.com Rally 68 – Revenge of the Santas
The institution that is the Santa Hats Rally once again proved to be one of the most fun rallies of the year with the added bonus of a Minelab probe being won by Beachboy (Viv). Some of the stand out finds for the day included Dryland finding a Lizzy Sixpence (first ever hammered coin after eighteen months) and Svaipa unearthing a 22ct gold ring (first gold for Jo). It always amuses me to see grown men and women clad in camouflage walking the fields in santa hats – my favourite rally of the year.

A huge thank you as always goes to our Moderation team who oversee the smooth running of DW on a daily basis namely Alan, Andy and Nobby. Also thanks to the previous Moderators who we lost when we had to reduce our moderation list due to our server changing its security systems. Also thanks to Kevin aka Casa Dos who has amicably resigned from Moderating duties.

As always a hearty welcome goes to all the new members, but in particular those who have embraced the ethos of DW and are notching up an increasing number of posts. The more you put into DW the more tend to get out. The most active new members of this year include:
Musket Ball, Sharkey1739, Monkeymad, Discrim-me, Goldpanner, Little Bro, Pon, GarrettAce150, Svaipa, Dick Van Dyke and of course Monco – our Portugese agent.

The DW Rally reports continue for the fifth year to be published in Europes’ premier metal detecting publication, Treasure Hunting. As always we have a fantastic relationship with them and should anyone need help getting an article published just let me know. A big thanks as well to Minelab, XP and the Eydon Kettle Company who have all sponsored events over the past year

Over in the oak panelled offices of DW Towers where our tech support is based, we have had an increasing number of cyber attacks with numerous spammers and bloggers trying to break through our barriers. Thankfully Proconsol is on the ball with this, and is able to fend them off with ease.

In other news, our vexatious blogger (he-who-must-not-be-named) has been somewhat kind to us this year, having virtually ignored DW. Perhaps he is warming to our warm Welsh accents, and who knows may even want to join us swinging a detector someday soon.

I must not forget that a huge nod of the head and warm handshake by extended to Proconsol and TaffLaff for the amount of work they put in which often goes unnoticed in the background of DW. Without these two the site would probably come crashing down around us. How Rob continues to find some outstanding locations, and most importantly obtains permission to access them still baffles me. If you have anywhere in mind you would like him to try and get permission, just drop him a PM.


Don’t forget to regularly visit our sister site North of the Border in Scotland, just watch out you don’t step on a haggis. Damn critters get everywhere! Visit www.Detectingscotland.com for more info.


The sixth year for Detectingwales is just about to leave the dock, so make sure you are on board for what promises to be an interesting ride and once again a year of discovery.

May the new year bring all members old and new primarily good health. If it can be kind enough to throw in some happiness, and a wealth of finds, then I am sure we will all be very happy.

Happy Christmas one and all

Keep the Faith
Neil


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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 03:55:30 PM »

As always, a very worthwhile read, Neil.

Well done yet again on providing a superb factual account of yet another year in the life of DW. Doesn't time fly when you are enjoying yourself!

Happy new year to you and may all your finds for 2014 be crackers!
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 03:57:44 PM »

Another comprehensive and entertaining yearly report Neil. The only thing you omitted to mention is how much hard work and effort you yourself put into DW. It wouldn't be the same without you. It is typical of your dedication to DW that you turned up to organise the Santa Hats rally despite being up all night with the lurgy. Thanks for everything you do for DW.

I would also echo your thanks to Rob who continues to come up with some brilliant rally land despite being unable to attend himself at the moment. Hopefully you'll be well enough to start coming to the digs again soon Rob.

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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 04:19:38 PM »

great end of year report neil , thanks to you all in organising the rallies and keeping this forum running , long may it continue  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 07:12:22 PM »

Year five in the life of Detectingwales.com

Its that time of year again for the annual review of the past years highlights on Detecting Wales. Apologies if I have left anyone out or wrongly credited finds - I'm getting old you know!

Five years has passed us by in the blink of an eye and the swing of a coil. During this time Detecting Wales has gone from strength to strength, to become one of the largest metal detecting sites in Europe. The main reason for the continued success is you, the members, and the sense of both community and friendship you have built and continue to help build. Without your valued and loyal membership, Detecting Wales would become a shadow of its former self.

What we started DW I don’t think we ever envisaged it would have been such a successful journey. Detecting forums for the large part were in their infancy, and certainly there weren’t any that offered cheap regular rallies, no joining fees, rally photos & reports and no additional contributions. It’s the norm now, but five year ago this genuinely didn’t exist.

Most non club based detectorists seemed to be virtually strangers on the detecting forums, perhaps meeting once or twice a year at a commercial event. I think how DW changed this was through appealing to a localised detecting population, and offering them rallies within a short drive for most. Now of course, every Tom, Dick and Harry has followed this formula, several having even directly lifted our themes, layouts and members. Good luck to them – they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

We are in the fortunate position of having a real wealth of knowledge and expertise amongst our members. The knowledge brought to DW by Chef (Geoff), The Doc (Peter), Handyman (Alan), Probono (Roland) and others is second to none, and should not be underestimated. These guys and others continue to educate and enlighten not just DW members, but also the hordes of silent guests that visit in literally their thousands every week.

On a more sombre note, we lost one of our long standing members this year in Alan Jenkins – who was known on this forum as Al.Thepastfinder. Alan  joined us in October 2008 and was the ninth person ever to join Detecting Wales!  He contributed some 2,914 posts over the next few years and sadly passed away in March 2013.

Moving on to happier news, there were some fantastic individual success stories throughout the year that continually prove to us what is still waiting to be discovered on this Treasured Isle of ours. I personally find it inspirational to see members finds, and most importantly what they save from being lost forever.

 In no particular order, some of the standout finds have included:

JayHay69 – Discovering two Anglo Saxon coins a coin of  Coenwulf and a coin of Eadred in February  
Mungo – With a Dobunni Corio Quarter stater circa 10BC found in late March
Goldy Looking Chain  – Un-sanding a 1926 half sovereign on the beach in March.
Troutmaster Funk teaching an old Badger new beach tricks in March with an 18ct gold Albert chain weighing in at a colossal 41grams!
Hotmill – Unearthing a scarce George 1st Half Guinea 1723 on pasture in April
Dances With Badgers who was off the sand for once and uncovered a Bronze Age Axe Head on May 19th
Deadlock & Radnor Bandit with their combined effort uncovering a fabulous Roman denarii hoard
Herbie with an outstanding twisted Roman Gold Ring in August, weighing in at 12.5g
Our new Portugese poster, Monco who is hitting the beaches and making some fantastic finds in Protugal.
Monkey Mad unearthing a 1899 Victorian Sovereign in mid July.
Shungav with the Iron Age bracelet hoard that is now winding its way through the Treasure Act.
Mike recovering a lost wedding ring and possibly saving a marriage in December - well done mate!

Time for the Stat Attack!
I am staggered to have had looked at the analytics and discovered that as of Monday 16th December 2013 we have received a jaw dropping 21.5 MILLION page views since we launched! That is an incredible amount, with 11,500 page views a day. We really under estimate how many visitors view the site yet choose not to post, but its several thousand a week. We are now up to nearly 3,000 members, with the most being online at any given time this year being 100 in November and we average 250 new topics a month, with around 100 posts a day.

We managed ten DW rallies this year which is a respectable amount, as we were hampered by both Rob and I having leg and arm injuries, as well as the inclement weather conditions. Here comes a brief review of each one – apologies if I have left anyone or their finds out – it’s a lot to remember!

DetectingWales.com Rally 59 - Planes, Trains and Trumpets!
First rally of the year saw us in Hereford at the site of a formerly grand mansion house.  An interesting site that produced a mixture of Roman, Medieval and later finds. Jeff the Wizard pulled out a beaut of a Roman trumpet brooch and was followed shortly after by Mike with a Roman coin of the greenest patina known to man. DavTec opened his hammered account for the year with a Lizzy sixpence from the Tower mint dated 1570, and was joined by several other members including myself starting our 2013 hammered count.
Other notable events include Da Monkey trying to get us all drunk on red wine and the owner of a petrol model plane spending the day dive bombing various members!

DetectingWales.com Rally 60 - The Silver and Sovereigns Rally
The DW clan headed to Hereford in March for a special day indeed for GJH. He didn’t just find one sovereign, he found two of the things! One of Victoria and one of Edward along with a Roman coin – some people have all the luck. In fairness though that luck was shared with MarkyMark who unearthed a silver bodkin, Webber with an early silver cut half and Onehorse Al with a silver boxing medal. Lots of other finds materialised representing a cross section of Roman and Medieval artefacts – I think it needs another visit.

Detectingwales.com Rally 61 - "It all went a bit Frank Spencer!"
Destination Wookie was a day of bad luck for me as I woke up with Taff outside, got bit on the left buttock by the farmers dog, promptly got my Landy stuck in the field, and even managed to fall into the mud! Despite being under the shadow of the remnants of an 11thCentury castle, finds were quite poor, and the Castle could have been 30 miles away rather than 30 metres away! Deadlock did well though with a ‘bomper’ of a crotal bell and Proconsol a coin weight from the 1700’s. Possibly the coldest detecting experience I have ever had.

DetectingWales.com Rally 62 - We came, We saw, We found bugger all!
TaffLaff and I arrived late for this due to one of us oversleeping (here’s a clue - it wasn’t me) and the added benefit of a car that refused to go over 50 mph without cutting out! Thanks go to Cheffy for standing in for us. On paper this site should have been a cracker, but in reality not a lot surfaced. The one great find was for longstanding DW member John Herjest who found his first hammered coin in the shape of a Elizabeth 1st Sixpence dated 1570.
Da Monkey also had a great day with the unusual treat of having a Harris Hawk on his arm thanks to a very friendly farmer who uses it to control the local rabbit population.

Detectingwales.com Rally 63 - "It ain't half hot mum!"
This was officially the hottest DW rally in living memory with temperatures soaring into the high 80’s! Not a million miles from Chepstow but rural enough for loads of us to get lost! There was a prize on offer today as well from the Eydon Kettle Company for the lucky finder of a token.  Some of the quality items that surfaced including GJH finding a James 1st half penny, a half groat for TaffLaff (I’m still in shock!), Commonwealth two pence for Seasider and a Cut quarter of Henry III for Medievalman.
The heat was too much for some of us, and back at "Basecamp Sunblock" free cabaret was available was the ever entertaining Rambo who was regaling Dawson, Taff, Nobby, Myself, Geoff, and Colin (who Rambo is in awe of - best way to describe it), with tales of his Spanish detecting friend, Speedos, losing land, his favourite sausages, and his phobia of Dawson's house!

Detectingwales.com Rally 64 - There's something about Mary!
The 1st of September and detecting in sunshine in the glorious Vale of Glamorgan. Several members paid a visit to the Roman “hotspot” on this farm that once again produced 8 Roman coins, Martin picked up a lovely silver thimble, Mrs Handyman with a Henry VIII Sovereign penny, Muckman with a  petronnel, along with numerous other members finds of milled silver, etc.   Baden probably had the find of the day though with a scarce Phillip & Mary groat.  I wonder what else lay under the burnt out combine harvester?

Detectingwales.com Rally 65 - The gold 'n showers rally
A drizzly day in darkest Somerset that was brightened up by Mark Newbury finding a large gold signet ring.  An unusual find of a hunting horn also materialised, along with a decent Roman coin for Dave Ha and a large clock mechanism of BigXHoni. By the way it is advisable not to Google the name of this rally!

Detectingwales.com Rally 66 - Spiders and Halves!
The DW clan returned to Rooksbridge in mid November to the site of the original Hammeredfest. Lots of forums use that expression now, but DW is where the expression was born. It was probably more like a “Spiderfest” this time as their webs and the pesky arachnids were everywhere! Some decent finds did turn up though including a Elizabeth sixpence for Rambo, a chunky 30 gram silver necklace for Dale, and bizarrely four early cut halves. I think the total was eight hammered coins for the day along with all the usual bits and bobs – just goes to show how the plough replenishes a site.

Detectingwales.com Rally 67 - Detecting with BIG James, Mary and Liz!
The farm promised us Roman with a Roman road and villa nearby, but only released hammered coinage from its earthly grasp. There were a few absolute crackers though, including a shilling of James 1st and a 1561 Elizabeth sixpence, both of which must rate as two of the best condition coins we have ever seen on a rally. Numerous other hammered coins turned up and also Deepsweeper found a 9ct gold heart shaped locket. It was such a good rally that we returned there two weeks later.

Detectingwales.com Rally 68 – Revenge of the Santas
The institution that is the Santa Hats Rally once again proved to be one of the most fun rallies of the year with the added bonus of a Minelab probe being won by Beachboy (Viv). Some of the stand out finds for the day included Dryland finding a Lizzy Sixpence (first ever hammered coin after eighteen months) and Svaipa unearthing a 22ct gold ring (first gold for Jo). It always amuses me to see grown men and women clad in camouflage walking the fields in santa hats – my favourite rally of the year.

A huge thank you as always goes to our Moderation team who oversee the smooth running of DW on a daily basis namely Alan, Andy and Nobby. Also thanks to the previous Moderators who we lost when we had to reduce our moderation list due to our server changing its security systems. Also thanks to Kevin aka Casa Dos who has amicably resigned from Moderating duties.

As always a hearty welcome goes to all the new members, but in particular those who have embraced the ethos of DW and are notching up an increasing number of posts. The more you put into DW the more tend to get out. The most active new members of this year include:
Musket Ball, Sharkey1739, Monkeymad, Discrim-me, Goldpanner, Little Bro, Pon, GarrettAce150, Svaipa, Dick Van Dyke and of course Monco – our Portugese agent.

The DW Rally reports continue for the fifth year to be published in Europes’ premier metal detecting publication, Treasure Hunting. As always we have a fantastic relationship with them and should anyone need help getting an article published just let me know. A big thanks as well to Minelab, XP and the Eydon Kettle Company who have all sponsored events over the past year

Over in the oak panelled offices of DW Towers where our tech support is based, we have had an increasing number of cyber attacks with numerous spammers and bloggers trying to break through our barriers. Thankfully Proconsol is on the ball with this, and is able to fend them off with ease.

In other news, our vexatious blogger (he-who-must-not-be-named) has been somewhat kind to us this year, having virtually ignored DW. Perhaps he is warming to our warm Welsh accents, and who knows may even want to join us swinging a detector someday soon.

I must not forget that a huge nod of the head and warm handshake by extended to Proconsol and TaffLaff for the amount of work they put in which often goes unnoticed in the background of DW. Without these two the site would probably come crashing down around us. How Rob continues to find some outstanding locations, and most importantly obtains permission to access them still baffles me. If you have anywhere in mind you would like him to try and get permission, just drop him a PM.


Don’t forget to regularly visit our sister site North of the Border in Scotland, just watch out you don’t step on a haggis. Damn critters get everywhere! Visit www.Detectingscotland.com for more info.


The sixth year for Detectingwales is just about to leave the dock, so make sure you are on board for what promises to be an interesting ride and once again a year of discovery.

May the new year bring all members old and new primarily good health. If it can be kind enough to throw in some happiness, and a wealth of finds, then I am sure we will all be very happy.

Happy Christmas one and all

Keep the Faith
Neil

What a write up Neil Shocked  and its thanks to yourself and the rest of the gang that has made this forum so successful, and long may it continue,  Wink Wink Wink Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 07:33:38 PM »

Great end of year report Neil , I would like to say what a privilege it is to be a (new) member of this very friendly forum I have been made very welcome by every member and would like to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a prosperous detecting 2014 , and I look forward to seeing you all on the 5th January .
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 09:34:40 AM »

Excellent report Neil, brought back some great memories Smiley  Hope you and Taff are well enough to make it to more rallies in 2014.

Thanks to all who make it a great day out and a friendly forum to be a member of, best wishes to all for Christmas and for the New Year ahead.

See you guys in a field soon Smiley

Looking forward to 5th Jan  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 11:47:57 AM »

Great write-up Neil, when is the film coming out ? lol AJ
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 12:51:56 PM »

Nice read Neil, Thanks to everyone involved. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 03:27:58 PM »

neil,that's some report mate and just shows what good organisation along with dedicated members can do,how your put all this together beat's me,well done mate,ONLY problem you will have a big job beating that next year  Grin Grin Grin.viv
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2013, 05:36:00 PM »

Thanks guys for the comments - glad you enjoyed reading it.

I knock one up every year during a coffee break  Roll Eyes - it's healthy to undertake an annual review, it helps give direction and is an opportunity to thank all the members. Plus I enjoy reminiscing over the year that was!

Your a great bunch.

Cheers
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2013, 06:20:18 PM »

FairPlay Neil great write up for a Cardiff city supporter see you at the next rally
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2013, 07:03:38 PM »

nice write up niel,old badger lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 08:11:18 PM »

A good read Neil Wink I cannot believe how fast this year went.
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