Christmas Event – Hallow Worcester – Sunday 17th December

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Holywards farm, morseley rd, hallow, Worcester,wr26nl –

You are looking for the LGD flag on a gateway . We are few hundred yards past the postcode on the same road . you will see LGD admin . Please arrive between 6.30 AND 8.45 BRIEFING AT 9 AM Safe journey all see you in the morning.



Let’s Go Digging BIG CHRISTMAS RALLY. We have now chosen the location for our 2017 Christmas rally and carefully picked the area for its central location and history. We will be holding the event in Hallow Worcester on 100 acres of cultivated land. We will have Christmas fancy dress and prize for best costume, free pig roast, a massive raffle with a luxury Christmas hamper, Deus metal detector and other prizes. This will be a fantastic day to see in the festive season with Let’s Go Digging and members, usual hot mulled wine & Baileys for those not driving, mince pies will be on offer. This event will be limited so please register your place early to save disappointment.


For anyone who didn’t attend last years event in Brightwalton here are a few pictures from the day to give you an idea of what to expect from Let’s Go Digging at Christmas.

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The trade route past Worcester which later formed part of the Roman Ryknild Street dates to Neolithic times. The position commanded a ford over the River Severn (the river was tidal past Worcester prior to public works projects in the 1840s) and was fortified by the Britons around 400 bc. It would have been on the northern border of the Dobunni and probably subject to the larger communities of the Malvern hillforts. The Roman settlement at the site passes unmentioned by Ptolemy’s Geography, the Antonine Itinerary and the Register of Dignitaries but would have grown up on the road opened between Glevum (Gloucester) and Viroconium(Wroxeter) in the ad 40s and 50s. It may have been the “Vertis” mentioned in the 7th century Ravenna Cosmography. Using charcoal from the Forest of Dean, the Romans operated pottery kilns and ironworks at the site and may have built a small fort.

In the 3rd century, Roman Worcester occupied a larger area than the subsequent medieval city, but silting of the Diglis Basin caused the abandonment of Sidbury. Industrial production ceased and the settlement contracted to a defended position along the lines of the old British fort at the river terrace’s southern end. This settlement is generally identified with the Cair Guiragon listed among the 28 cities of Britain by the History of the Britons attributed to Nennius. This is not a British name but an adaption of its Old English name Weorgoran ceaster, “fort of the Weorgoran”. The Weorgoran (the “people of the winding river”) were precursors of Hwicce and probably West Saxons who entered the area some time after the 577 Battle of Dyrham. In 680, their fort at Worcester was chosen—in preference to both the much larger Gloucester and the royal court at Winchcombe—to be the seat of a new bishopric, suggesting there was already a well-established and powerful Christian community when the site fell into English hands. The oldest known church was St Helen’s, which was certainly British; the Saxon cathedral was dedicated to St Peter.

The town was almost destroyed in 1041 after a rebellion against the punitive taxation of Harthacanute. During this time, the townsfolk moved to (and at times were besieged at) the nearby Bevere Island, 2 miles upriver. The following century, the town (then better defended) was attacked several times (in 1139, 1150 and 1151) during the Anarchy, i.e. civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I. This is the background to the well-researched historical novel The Virgin in the Ice, part of Ellis Peters’ The Cadfael Chronicles series, which begins with the words:

“It was early in November of 1139 that the tide of civil war, lately so sluggish and inactive, rose suddenly to wash over the city of Worcester, wash away half of its lifestock, property and women and send all those of its inhabitants who could get away in time scurrying for their lives northwards away from the marauders”. (These are mentioned as having arrived from Gloucester, leaving a long lasting legacy of bitterness between the two cities.)

By late medieval times the population had grown to around 10,000 as the manufacture of cloth started to become a large local industry. The town was designated a county corporate, giving it autonomy from local government.

Worcester was the site of the Battle of Worcester (3 September 1651), when Charles II attempted to forcefully regain the crown, in the fields a little to the west and south of the city, near the village of Powick. However, Charles II was defeated and returned to his headquarters in what is now known as King Charles house in the Cornmarket, before fleeing in disguise to Boscobel House in Shropshire from where he eventually escaped to France. Worcester had supported the Parliamentary cause before the outbreak of war in 1642 but spent most of the war under Royalist occupation. After the war it cleverly used its location as the site of the final battles of the First Civil War (1646) and Third Civil War (1651) to try to mount an appeal for compensation from the new King Charles II. As part of this and not based upon any historical fact, it invented the epithet “Fidelis Civitas” (The Faithful City) and this motto has since been incorporated into the city’s coat of arms.

In 1670, the River Severn burst its banks and the subsequent flood was the worst ever seen by Worcester. A brass plate can be found on a wall on the path to the cathedral by the path along the river showing how high this flood went and other flood heights of more recent times are also shown in stone bricks. The closest flood height to what is known as the Flood of 1670 was when the Severn flooded in the torrential rains of July 2007.

The Royal Worcester Porcelain Company factory was founded by Dr John Wall in 1751, although it no longer produces goods with production ceasing in 2009. A handful of decorators are still employed at the factory and the Museum on the site is still open to the public.

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Worcester was a major centre for glove making, employing nearly half the glovers in England at its peak (over 30,000 people). In 1815 the Worcester and Birmingham Canal opened, allowing Worcester goods to be transported to a larger conurbation.

The British Medical Association (BMA) was founded in the Board Room of the old Worcester Royal Infirmary building in Castle Street in 1832. While part of the Royal Infirmary has now been demolished to make way for the University of Worcester’s new city campus, the original Georgian building has been preserved. One of the old wards opened as a medical museum, the Infirmary, in 2012.

In 1882 Worcester hosted the Worcestershire Exhibition, inspired by the Great Exhibition in London. There were sections for exhibits of fine arts (over 600 paintings), historical manuscripts and industrial items. The profit was £1,867.9s.6d. The number of visitors is recorded as 222,807. Some of the profit from the exhibition was used to build the Victoria Institute in Foregate Street, Worcester. This was opened on 1 October 1896 and originally housed the city art gallery and museum; now located on Foregate Street. Further information about the exhibition can be found at the museum.

During the Second World War, the city was chosen to be the seat of an evacuated government in case of mass German invasion. The War Cabinet, along with Winston Churchill and some 16.000 state workers, would have moved to Hindlip Hall (now part of the complex forming the Headquarters of West Mercia Police), 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Worcester and Parliament would have temporarily seated in Stratford-upon-Avon. The former RAF station RAF Worcester was located east of Northwick.

In the 1950s and 1960s large areas of the medieval centre of Worcester were demolished and rebuilt as a result of decisions by town planners. This was condemned by many such as Nikolaus Pevsner who described it as a “totally incomprehensible… act of self-mutilation”. There is still a significant area of medieval Worcester remaining, examples of which can be seen along City Walls Road, Friar Street and New Street, but it is a small fraction of what was present before the redevelopments.

The current city boundaries date from 1974, when the Local Government Act 1972 transferred the parishes of Warndon and St. Peter the Great County into the city.



Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.

The event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Digging finishes at 4.30pm. Parking will be on the edge of the field if it is dry, if it isnt dry enough parking will be on the grass verge on the road.

There will be toilets on site.

If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.

Non paid members £25
Paid members with a membership card £20
Under 16s free (no need to register)

Hallow Christmas Event - Sunday 17th December


Registration opens at 31-10-2017 13:44

Registration closes at 16-12-2017 18:00

Max Participants: 230

Registration is currently closed.


  1. Profile photo of Ryan Tweed

    Ryan Tweed


    Can you stick dandetect on the list please he is on holiday atm but he will come with me

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Ryan, yes no problem but are you sure thats his username only i cant find his account. Thanks

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        Ryan Tweed


        Hi Joanne I’m sure that’s his username if not can you just put him as plus 1 with me please

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        Paul Davies


        Hi Joanne, can you cancel me for tomorrow please, have to cover for someone in work tomorrow, sorry it’s short notice but I didn’t get told I had to be in until a few minutes ago, the only other ones are apparently out on the lash tonight so can’t do it :-( NOT HAPPY AT ALL!!!!

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    John Taylor


    This is my first dig with you guys. I bought a membership last year and think I still have the membership card – do I have to renew the annual membership every year? If I am not a fully paid member, will the cost just be £25? Thanks in advance, John.

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      Hi John yes you have to renew your membership every year it’s £20 for the year to be a fully paid member.

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    Dave Cox


    I am the owner of a blue badge and probably end up doing no more than a couple of hours digging. Is it still £25. Thank you.

  4. Profile photo of Zoe Williams

    Zoe Williams


    Hi there

    I am not a full member and have registered for this event. Can I bring my partner Klaine or should I register him separately? Also, do we pay on the day? Thank you so much :)

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Daniel, yes you have been added now, think there a was a little confusion over your username but all sorted now. Thanks Joe

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    Trevor Quinn


    Not been on a group dig in a good few months last time was in Stafford with you guys ,, looking forward to it :)

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    Hi guys how much is the raffle etc just so I know how much spending money to bring :)

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Mark, the raffle will be £2.50 per ticket, the hog roast, baileys, mince pies and mulled wine are all free. Thanks Joe

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    Steve Smith


    Hi admin ,I am booked on the dig 17 december.could I please book 2 more on dig please,many thanks Steve.

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    Anthony Pitt


    Hi there, is it possible to add a plus 1 for me please? My friend would like to come but he’s not online.

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    leslie James bentley


    Hi, am down on the dig, we are coming down from hull East Yorkshire, looking at the parking, we are in a motor home, is it possible to arrive the after noon before and get a place on the car park, there is a all year round camp not too far away, it would mean me taking my tow car, thing is we would have to stay another night on the camp instead of driving straight home after the dig. We could give you a hand to set up and come earlier in the day, what do you think….thankyou les

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    leslie James bentley


    Hi, I am so sorry I have had to pull out, I,m sure some one will fill my place, it won’t be till the new year, before I will be able to attend a dig, thankyou any way see you in the new year…les

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    Will be coming with my daughter who is 15 is she free and is this ok to bring her we are both new to the hobby and i have only been out once and have got her a detector for xmas can you let us know thanks

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Matt, yes your daughter is free to attend so no need to register her, you are both very welcome to attend and im sure you will find plenty of people only happy to help with a few hints and tips. Thanks

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    Andy Digger


    Hi, we are looking to travel down on the Saturday and stay over. Can you give a postcode to the local area so we can look for a hotel / B&B pls.

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    Joanne sorry have had to pull out. Have to have my mother-in -law staying with me for a few weeks.

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    DAVID coyne


    hi joanne i have joined lets go digging will i get my membership card on the next rally i have got my name down for the 17 th thanks dave

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi David, all paypal membership payments will be processed this week so i will have all cards with me at each event for collection. Thanks

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      DAVID coyne


      hi joanne sorry but have had to take my name off for the 17th very disapointed have to work stock take, i will be going on the 30th so will collect my membership then hope you all have agreat day cu soon dave

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    Andy Digger


    Joanne can you add plus one for me please, a friend is a member but is not able to login and has emailed you.

    Still require a postcode for local area as looking for B&B.


    • Profile photo of Joanne Boyce

      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Andy ive added you a + 1 for now as i wont get round to my emails tonight but as soon as i do i will get his password changed and then get him added. The location for this event is in WR2 its around 7 miles from Worcester town center. Thanks

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    Mandy Collett


    I can I ask when the membership starts and finishes. Is it for example from January to December or is it 12 months from when you pay your membership fee? Thankyou in advance.

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Mandy, this years membership started on 1st July 2017 and will run until 30th June 2018. Thanks

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    Hi Jo, I’ve just registered for this event, can you add my son on as well (he’s not a member). Thanks.

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    Sorry got to drop out of this one, have a good day all.

    And Merry Christmas

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    Graham Schofield


    Sorry had to drop out, just found out that the Mrs had booked the panto at Redditch theatre

    Username – Scoff

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    John Bowles


    Please unregister me as, unfortunately, I cannot now make the dig. I have tried to unregister but it is closed. Forum name is baron. Thanks Joanne.

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    Bryan Cooper


    When do you let people know exactly the location for the dig, as this would be my first one, dont want to get lost.

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Byran we advertise the postcode and any specific driving instructions the evening before the event at around 6pm. Thanks

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    Paul Sumner


    Hi Joanne
    Please unregister me from the Xmas dig.
    My user name is paul300i N0 66 on the list.
    I would like to wish all the LGD team a merry Xmas And a Happy New Year.


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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Paul, you are no longer on the list. And thank you and hope you have a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

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    Ian Owen


    Hi Admin, can you remove me from the xmas dig, family commitments. Happy Xmas

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Ian, i have removed you from the list. Thanks, hope you and Benson have a wonderful xmas and a happy new year

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    Tara ingram


    Hi jo we won on a raffle at culham jwear ticket 882 if not to late would we be able to collect prize at Xmas dig please x

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Tara, yes that wont be a problem. Come an see me through the day and i will sort it for you. Thanks Joe

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    hi can you unregister me from this, need to work now, cheers steve foy

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    Could you please take me off don’t think I’ll make it thanks

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    Bryan Cooper


    I unfortunately will not be attending now due to work commitments, hope you all have a great day,
    hopefully see you in the new year, have a lovely Christmas every one.
    user name daleblue.

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      Joanne Boyce


      Hi Bryan, thanks for letting me know. I have removed you from the list. Thanks and Merry Xmas and a happy new year to you

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    John Bowles


    Sorry cannot now make the dig. Please unregister me. Have tried to unregister but it is closed. My forum name is baron. Thanks

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    Hi Joanne.
    Please can you unregister me from this dig please. As something has come uo at home amd i am unable to attend. My apologies. User name is Alan88

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    Ho jo mathew and i are coming on this dig with our club rare detecting club so you can take our names off this list all the best see you there

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    Richard k


    Sorry joaneed can you unregister me for the Xmas dig on the 17th can’t make it sorry. Name richardk.thank you

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    Please can you add Silverfox as he has got no Internet at the moment and will be travelling in my car

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    Hi all

    Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at team LGD … and express my appreciation for all their efforts in organising these digs, which have helped me make some fantastic friends and created lots of amazing memories.

    Really sorry I can’t attend this dig as money is very tight, here’s wishing everyone all the very best in the world for X-Mas and 2018 and hope you have a fantastic day!

    Take care and see you all the new year!


    P.s send Eileen a big cutch from me.

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    Mike Ostrowski


    Many apologies but myself and Trisxa will have to pull out as we are both really poorly (Man & lady flu)! Gutted as it looks like it will be great fun. Wishing everybody a really Happy Christmas & lots of great finds.

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    Hi Jo-Anne, can I have a plus one. He’s got a registration name Cullen 13 but no current access to a computer?

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    Gary Hall


    Hi joanne is it possible to put my name on the list for tomorrow. Thanks gary.

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    David Horsburgh


    Here I am, snug and warm, parked up outside a shop in my motorhome less than a mile away. Haven’t been out for ages and just back from Spain – I am SO looking forward to this. I have missed the LGD digs!!

    See you tomorrow guys!!

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    Hi Jo,

    I’ve sent you a separate email, but just confirming I will not be attending tomorrow. Have a bug/flu that is kicking my butt… The mind is willing, but my body is telling me otherwise.

    Merry Xmas and good luck to everyone digging tomorrow.

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