Oxford Blues Metal Detecting Club
The Oxford Blues Metal Detecting Club was formed in the late 1980’s and today has a full membership of 120 members.
Welcome to your club website, three of our key members are pictured on the left.
They are from left to right, Rob Wadley our Treasurer and Site Officer, Vicki Ashby our helpful secretary and Dai Devonald our keen and highly knowledgeable Chairman.
We have members from all walks of life, men and women, including some that have been detecting for many years and have attained a vast knowledge of detecting and its associated activities along with newer members who have joined fairly recently.
The Site Officer ably assisted by David Oliver and Kevin Gilbey liaises with farmers and landowners in order to organise the sites for digs which we normally hold each weekend. We value our relations with farmers, established over many years and increase our access to land by recommendations and reputation.
The club is proud to cooperate with archaeologists and we work closely with our local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) Anni Byard and support archaeological work in the Oxfordshire area with detecting field surveys, detection of metallic objects in excavation trenches and spoil heaps.
The club is entirely non-profit making and proud to support local charities which recently have included the British Legion, Sobell House and Helen and Douglas House hospices along with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute. We are also corporate sponsors of the Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock.
Weather permitting we have digs most Sundays, or occasionally Saturdays. Members are given detailed information on the dig and it’s location by email, this information is also published in the members only part of our website.
We have a very informal meeting normally on the second Friday of every month at the Royal British Legion Club at Littlemore. We hold a find of the month competition for coins and artefacts voted for by the members. The winners receive points and a find of the month certificate the following month. The winner with the most points at the end of the year is awarded a trophy to hold for the year. We hold a monthly raffle with good prizes. A guest speaker is invited from time to time outside the summer months to give talks on subjects related to our hobby.