Metal detectorists came from near and far to attend a one-off dig at Park Farm opposite Lydiard Park on 20 October – raising funds for 1st Toothill Beaver Scouts at the same time – and went home with some historic finds.
Members of the scout group joined the event which took place thanks to farmer Francis Rummings who allowed 25 diggers to search for items of historical interest.
“We give anything of interest to museums to expand their exhibits,” said organiser Ian Larby.
“It’s a great opportunity to spend the day with fellow detectorists from the forum and see what we can find, and also to donate to a local charity.
“The scouting movement is all about adventure, and it seemed fitting to raise money doing something we see as adventurous.”
Finds included a 900 year old hammered penny from the reign of Henry II, and another from the17th Century at the time of King James I, as well as a silver thimble, also believed to be from the 1600s.
The event raised over £500 for the Beaver colony. “We are delighted by the generosity of the forum group as we are a self-funding charity,” said Chris Rawlings, group Scout leader.
If you are interested in joining digs, see www.metaldetectingforum.co.uk
The detectorists are always keen to hear from landowners who are willing to allow the group access for the day
Contact Ian Larby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Find 1st Toothill Scout Group at: www.1sttoothillscouts.btck.co.uk