By now every detectorist should be aware that the NCMD has broken apart. The new regime that gained control not very long since first sacked representatives from the Yorkshire, Midlands, Southern and Western regions and soon afterwards expelled them from the NCMD. Mediation was offered and accepted twice by the four regions and then withdrawn by the NCMD.
The first and foremost task of the NCMD is to promote, protect and act in the best interests of the hobby. Over recent months these aims have been largely ignored; instead we have had claims and counterclaims from the NCMD and the four regions in regard to the financial accounts, payment of officers, attendance or non-attendance at meetings, the NCMD constitution, the cost of certain proposals, etc., etc. Are you confused by all this? You probably are, for I have been.
Some might not be confused, for they might have heard only one side of the present dispute. If, for example, they have read only what is on the NCMD website or its Facebook pages. Read those accounts and it seems that a significant majority give their support to those presently in charge of the NCMD. However, to hear only one side of the story can be misleading.
I’m a detectorist and you are a detectorist. The NCMD is our organisation and is financed by our money. I’ve already said that most of us are confused by the present situation.
“Four Regions” new website
Well, you now have an opportunity to read in detail an account of what has been happening. The “Four” have launched a new website, which you can access by clicking the image. It has been written with great care and everything in it is based not simply on opinions but on facts.
The website contains information on the Four Regions and the people at the heart of the dispute. There’s also the detail of the constitution and the accounts of the NCMD.
There’s a lot to take in but do take the time to read through it.