NCMD torn apart
By now, all detectorists should be aware that the NCMD has been torn apart by a small group. They seem to care nothing for any opinion other than their own. I’m sorry to keep raising this issue but someone has to. The NCMD isn’t a small organisation but a very large one with assets of hundreds of thousands of pounds. What I consider to be absolutely amazing is that a small group of people can grasp control of this long-established organisation and its considerable assets with such ease. This was achieved by accusing critics of being abusive and then having them removed from their long-standing positions. This ‘abuse’ was in fact none other than raising legitimate and valid concerns regarding some of the actions and proposals of the controlling group.
Need for checks and balances
In any organisation, in is vital for good governance that proposals can be challenged and people are free to speak up when they believe something isn’t right. This provides the necessary checks and balances and is particularly important where there are considerable amounts of cash involved.
To illustrate this point: fairly recently the NCMD benefitted from a legacy of £15,000, which could be used in many different ways to further the interests of our hobby. Outreach to schools, for example, or educational courses for detectorists. However, the suggestion from the present Chair was that the legacy should be shared out amongst those who have grasped control of the NCMD. Had I any sympathy whatsoever for these people then it would have disappeared at that suggestion.
Digging Deep article and the facts
NCMD claims offer of mediation rejected
On page 12 of the latest issue of Digging Deep is a piece entitled “NCMD FACT CHECKER”. A paragraph reads: “The new General Secretary, Alan Tamblyn, wrote to the regional delegates and offered to meet then at a time, place and venue of their choosing to discuss and agree a solution. The offer was rejected.”
These FACTS are at odds with my understanding of events. As I reported on 3 September 2021 in NCMD’s offer of mediation is withdrawn (twice) , mediation was offered twice by the NCMD but they then withdrew both offers. I’m told that no further offer of mediation has been made since that second offer was withdrawn by the NCMD.
Publish the evidence
Therefore, would Mr Tamblyn provide an explanation of what has appeared in print in Digging Deep? Why does he not publish both his message offering mediation, that he refers to in Digging Deep, and the response that he received. That would give his claim some credibility.
Support for dismissed representatives remains solid
The representatives of four regions (Western, Southern, Midlands and Yorkshire) have been removed from their positions. The regions were set up so that their representatives could give voice to members’ opinions at NCMD meetings. This made for openness and a degree of democracy. The NCMD had to listen to points put forward by the regions but this seems no longer to be happening. By dismissing the representatives from four regions, will this lead to all the other regions being broken up? Is this just the start of a centralisation of power into just a few hands?
When these representatives were dismissed, the affected regions declined to put forward new names to take their place. This demonstrates that the grass roots membership supports not only the four regions but also the representatives dismissed by those who now control the NCMD. That is, the membership is solidly behind their representatives for the Western, Southern, Midlands and Yorkshire regions.
Growth of Central register weakens democracy
The regions have already been weakened over recent years through new members of the NCMD being put on what is now known as the Central Register, instead of being placed in the appropriate region. This has been allowed to continue, even though it meant that regional membership declined whilst the Central Register grew and grew in size.
Alternative to the NCMD
All this may not be an issue for you if you only sign up with the NCMD to benefit from the insurance cover. Well, now you have another option. You can have the same amount of cover for less money: £5 per year. Look on the AMDS website (www.amds.org.uk) for further details. That’s what I will be doing and I hope to take my club with me.
This, though, doesn’t mean that those presently in control of the NCMD can sit contentedly in their seats, for the struggle for true democracy will continue.