The NCMD saga drags on. Outsiders must be quite baffled by the ongoing arguments. Up to press there have been three resignations: the General Secretary, the Communications Officer and the President of the NCMD. The reason for the resignations was said to be because of the high level of personal abuse aimed at them
The representatives from four regions (Western, Southern, Midlands and Yorkshire) have been deeply concerned about some of the actions of the NCMD. The representatives were first removed from their positions and soon afterwards had their membership of the NCMD rescinded. What was claimed to be personal abuse from them was in fact constructive and valid criticism based upon what they interpreted as unconstitutional behaviour by officers of the NCMD.
Mediation was offered not once but twice but both offers were withdrawn by the NCMD. The obvious question is why? Were the officers in control of the NCMD worried about facing awkward questions? Did they want to avoid having to face those who had been critical of some of their actions?
Those who have been dismissed from the NCMD have at times been portrayed as old men who are against change and progress. This certainly is not the case. Like many detectorists, they might not be young but they have decades of experience and knowledge. They are not against change, provided that it is beneficial to the hobby and is in line with the constitution of the NCMD.
It has recently been announced that Alan Tamblyn has been appointed to the post of General Secretary of the NCMD. Mr Tamblyn is said to be experienced in bringing people together and has a no-nonsense approach. Additionally, he has “. . . lots of exciting new ideas, all designed to bring those who love the hobby together, the better to fight the many threats to the hobby.” Here we have two references to bringing people together. This, at last, seems to provide a way out of the present stalemate. Will Mr Tamblyn now make a third and genuine offer of mediation, one that will settle all the arguments and once again unite the NCMD? I and a great many others hope he does but we shall have to wait and see.