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Leicestershire Metal Detecting Society

Leicestershire Metal Detecting Society (LMDS)


Welcome to LMDS and the world of history.

We are a friendly, like minded, group who share a love of the past and everything that goes with it. Based in the heart of Leicestershire we enjoy meeting up on a regular basis and discovering Leicestershire's past in its many fields and pastures. Although we are a private group, anyone is welcome to join us at the Barrow upon Soar Conservative Club on North Street where we meet up on the first Thursday in every month. There you will find a warm welcome from all our members, and if you love history and love this great hobby, then come along and meet us and share a pint and some food in a relaxing atmosphere.

A handful of coins

We often have speakers and our local FLO in attendance to record and identify our many finds. We donate all funds to local charities and run numerous raffles with this in mind.

Please come along and introduce yourself / say hello and see what the Leicestershire past was like.

If you are a landowner/ farmer and you are interested in discovering what history lays beneath your fields please don't hesitate to contract us and we can arrange a meeting at your convenience.

Tony Williams
Nigel Williams

Every 1st Thursday of the month, we meet at:
Barrow upon Soar Conservative Club
14 North Street
Barrow Upon Soar
LE12 8QA

Chairman: Tony Williams 07809 847108 email:

Previous Meetings & News

December 2018 - Latest News v2

A great night was had by all at our Christmas bash. Well done to all raffle winners and of course the table winning the Quiz.

Next dig is Sunday 16th December. It's the RED HAT DIG so if you have a Santa hat bring it along. Be sure to check out our Facebook group for the event and signup asap.

And lastly, from the LMDS Team, have a great Christmas everyone!

December 2018 - Latest News

It's that festive time of the year again, whoohoo!

We have our Christmas club meeting on Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm with food laid on along with Red and White wine so please arrive promptly.

The annual Red Hat Dig looks likely to be our next dig and will be held on 16th December. If you have a red Santa hat please bring it along!

LMDS has been invited to dig a Victorian garden by a local charity. We're looking for volunteers therefore please respond to Tony's post on the Facebook page for further details.

Buttons League. Just for fun! Please let Darren know your button count for the last dig via Facebook so he can update the league table.

November 2018 - Latest Dig News

Well the last dig seemed to be a coin and spindle whorl day with many silvers popping up. The odd roman coin was found and with more new fields to check out in the area who knows what lies beneath!

November 2018 - Latest News

A quiet month so far but that's about to change!

  • Next dig is Sunday 25th. Please check and respond to the dig event on the Facebook group page, direct link .
  • LMDS has been invited to dig a Victorian garden by a local charity. We're looking for volunteers therefore please respond to Tony's post on the Facebook page for further details.

  • Next meeting, on the 6th December we'll be having a quiz. So, sharpen your knowledge surrounding the births, deaths and marriages of British rulers! Based on teams of 3-4, prizes will be awarded to the winning team including free dig passes!

  • Also, also, there will be a buffet laid on for all members so please put this date in your diary and come along!

  • Lastly, look out for the annual 'Red Hat Dig'. The day will no doubt bring the usual fun but also some surprises.


October 2018 - Latest Dig News

Following on from our monthly meet it was decided to re-visit some fields that had produced Roman, Saxon and medieval artefacts in the past.

With three fields to choose from finds once again popped up from various periods although Roman and Saxon eluded us this time. Instead a varied collection of finds appeared mainly from the medieval period to modern day.

One of our guests was extremely lucky to find three medieval coins and fine ones they are too! 

The light hearted button league table is now in full flow. Who will be the button champion of 2018? Those who are registered members can keep track via our Facebook page.

September 2018 - Latest Dig News v2

Another very busy dig as had and it wasn't for the faint of heart.  lively field revealing all sorts of finds mainly from Medieval through to modern day with the odd roman coin a single fibula brooch making an appearance.

Well done to Chris who found the gold ring on his Birthday of all days!!!!!!

REMEMBER - Club Meeting Night is upon us so hopefully see you at the club on Thursday 4th October.

September 2018 - Latest Dig News

Well, a varied day was had by all. Weather decided to be kind to us as a we explored two fields, one of which was new and the other that had revealed finds going back to the roman era on a previous dig.

Again, one field popped up a few roman coins, four hammered coins (one Scottish!) and the usual bits  whilst the new field revealed finds from the medieval period through to the Victorian era.

Our farmers were extremely happy at the organisation and how we conducted ourselves even commenting on superb hole filling. Well done all!


August 2018 - Latest Dig News

Well it's been a quiet month needing a lot of patience whilst the hot weather brings early harvest. Ground conditions in this unusually dry weather we've been having does appear to be having a negative effect on signals with them drying up like the soil. That said, mid-August saw us dig on lovely soft stubble with finds varying from Roman, Saxon up to modern day. 

New land has landed on our doorstep thanks to the work of the the LMDS Team so keep any eye out on the Facebook page for up-to-date dig news.

July 2018 - Monthly Meeting

The July meeting saw LMDS receive a talk from Leicestershire and Rutland FLO, Wendy Scott who elaborated on the Treasure process, the PAS scheme and some interesting finds logged on the PAS database. Thank you Wendy!

The raffle raised £37 which has gone to local charity 'Home for Heroes'.

Well done to the winners who received a free dig, bottle of whiskey and a bottle of Vodka.

The winner of the 'Guess how many coins' competition was Chris Dexter who receives a free dig!

And lastly, thank you Roman for the pictures :)

June 2018 - Latest Dig News

It's that time of year that land is either in crop or pasture too dry however the LMDS crew managed to find some prime land for us to swing our detectors and was rewarded with numerous finds dating from Saxon, medieval through to modern times.

Monthly Meeting - June 2018

Once again, another great club meeting, with a brilliant presentation on the real dad's army by Jed Jaggard, plus great company too, of course! Also, this months finds of note include a gold Half Angel and Silver Vervel.


May 2018 - Talk on Medieval Armour and Arms

Another great night was had by all at the Barrow on Sour Conservative Club. We had a talk and display on medieval armour and arms presented by Richard Knox. Wendy Scott from the BM attended to record our finds.

We also held a raffle and all proceeds will be donated to our chosen charity.
We also like to thank Denise for providing some great food and drinks.


Very Rare Viking Pendant Found

Very Rare Viking/Saxon pendant found by a LMDS member on a local farm...this pendant is now recorded and with the British Museum.

Latest Search on a local farm

Leicestershire Metal Detecting Society's latest search in the county has donated a metal detecter to young William the landowners son....

lots of nice history was found and will be recorded with the local FLO officer from the BM.







April 2018

An informal quiz night was held with members and guests of the Leicestershire metal detecting club at the Barrow upon Soar Conservative Club.
A great night with Team Lawrence picking up the winning prize: free dig and a bottle of whisky which was kindly donated back to club for a future charity raffle.
Special thanks to Darren White for organising the quiz.
Members are already looking forward to next month's meeting (3rd May 2018) when a special guest, Richard Knox, will be doing a talk on Medieval Knights' Armour.
Anyone is welcome to come and join us for this special evening starting at 7:30pm.






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Last Updated. 14-December-2018 By Metal Detecting Society