Berkshire Rally 9 miles from Windsor – Sunday 28th January – 100 acres of short grazed pasture

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The address for this event is

S K Equestrian
Hungerford Lane
Shurlock Row
Berkshire
RG10 0NY

Please arrive between 7.30am and 8.45am, briefing will be at 9am. Thanks

This event will be held on 100 aces of short grazed pasture (mainly open horse paddocks) on Sunday 28th January. It is near Shottsbrooke Park in Berkshire. Parking is limited due to the weather so please only register 1 person per vehicle, comment under registration with usernames of people that will be travelling with you.

Please note there will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.

 

Berkshire (/ˈbɑːrkʃər/, abbreviated Berks, in the 17th century sometimes spelled Barkeshire as it is pronounced) is a county in south east England, west of London and is one of the home counties. It was recognized by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin and is a home county, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council.

The historic boundaries of Berkshire include territory that is now administered by the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshiredistricts of Oxfordshire. Berkshire County Council was the main local government of the county from 1889 to 1998 and was based in Reading, though the County Borough of Reading was administered separately until 1974. In 1974, the county’s administrative boundaries were significantly altered. The original county town of Abingdon and the areas around Didcot and Wantage were transferred to Oxfordshire, while Slough was gained from Buckinghamshire.

Since 1998, Berkshire has been governed by the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. Berkshire borders the counties of Oxfordshire (to the north), Buckinghamshire (to the north-east), Greater London (to the east), Surrey (to the south-east), Wiltshire (to the west) and Hampshire (to the south).

Windsor Castle, viewed from the Long Walk

According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc(believed to be a Celtic word meaning “hilly”).

Berkshire has been the scene of some notable battles through its history. Alfred the Great’s campaign against the Danes included the Battles of Englefield, Ashdown and Reading. Newbury was the site of two English Civil War battles: the First Battle of Newbury (at Wash Common) in 1643 and the Second Battle of Newbury (at Speen) in 1644. The nearby Donnington Castle was reduced to a ruin in the aftermath of the second battle. Another Battle of Reading took place on 9 December 1688. It was the only substantial military action in England during the Glorious Revolution and ended in a decisive victory for forces loyal to William of Orange.

Reading became the new county town in 1867, taking over from Abingdon, which remained in the county. Under the Local Government Act 1888, Berkshire County Council took over functions of the Berkshire Quarter Sessions, covering the administrative county of Berkshire, which excluded the county borough of Reading. Boundary alterations in the early part of the 20th century were minor, with Caversham from Oxfordshire becoming part of the Reading county borough, and cessions in the Oxford area.

On 1 April 1974, Berkshire’s boundaries changed under the Local Government Act 1972. Berkshire took over administration of Slough and Eton and part of the former Eton Rural District from Buckinghamshire.[4] The northern part of the county became part of Oxfordshire, with Faringdon, Wantage and Abingdon and their hinterland becoming the Vale of White Horse district, and Didcot and Wallingford added to South Oxfordshire district. 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron still keep the Uffington White Horse in their insignia, even though the White Horse is now in Oxfordshire. The original Local Government White Paper would have transferred Henley-on-Thames from Oxfordshire to Berkshire: this proposal did not make it into the Bill as introduced.

On 1 April 1998 Berkshire County Council was abolished under a recommendation of the Banham Commission, and the districts became unitary authorities. Unlike similar reforms elsewhere at the same time, the non-metropolitan county was not abolished. Signs saying “Welcome to the Royal County of Berkshire” have all but disappeared but may still be seen on the borders of West Berkshire District, on the east side of Virginia Water and on the M4 motorway. There are also county signs on the south side of Sonning Bridge on the B478, on the A404 southbound carriageway crossing the river Thames, and heading north on the A33 at the start of the dual carriageway just past Stratfield Saye.

Berkshire divides into two clearly distinct sections with the boundary lying roughly on a north-south line through the centre of Reading.

The eastern section of Berkshire lies largely to the south of the River Thames, with that river forming the northern boundary of the county. In two places (Slough and Reading) the county now includes land to the north of the river. Tributaries of the Thames, including the Loddon and Blackwater, increase the amount of low lying riverine land in the area. Beyond the flood plains, the land rises gently to the county boundaries with Surrey and Hampshire. Much of this area is still well wooded, especially around Bracknell and Windsor Great Park.

In the west of the county and heading upstream, the Thames veers away to the north of the county boundary, leaving the county behind at the Goring Gap. This is a narrow part of the otherwise quite broad river valley where, at the end of the last Ice Age, the Thames forced its way between the Chiltern Hills (to the north of the river in Oxfordshire) and the Berkshire Downs.

As a consequence, the western portion of the county is situated around the valley of the River Kennet, which joins the Thames in Reading. Fairly steep slopes on each side delineate the river’s flat floodplain. To the south, the land rises steeply to the nearby county boundary with Hampshire, and the highest parts of the county lie here. The highest of these is Walbury Hill at 297 m (974 ft), which is also the highest point in South East England region and between London and South Wales.

To the north of the Kennet, the land rises again to the Berkshire Downs. This is hilly area, with smaller and well-wooded valleys, drains into the River Lambourn, River Pang, and their tributaries. The open upland areas famous for their involvement in horse racing and the consequent ever-present training gallops.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ALL LET’S GO DIGGING EVENTS

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 hard standing around the farm.

There will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.

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 £20
Paid members with a membership card £15
Under 16s free (no need to register)

Berkshire Rally Car Drivers Only Sunday 28th January

Description:

CAR DRIVERS ONLY

Registration opens at 30-12-2017 19:29

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. Sammy
  2. JohnJacobs
  3. PaulW
  4. Shammy67
  5. Jonno7777777
  6. Vaffleswinger
  7. fusion81
  8. Bigboylen
  9. JamesL
  10. Raindog
  11. Wheal
  12. Bailey195
  13. Kirkyboy
  14. Ceriath
  15. Paulhills
  16. LewisRead
  17. Martincodling
  18. JarekS
  19. Karttech
  20. Gander
  21. Bulkk
  22. Jimidread
  23. granv
  24. kelso
  25. benson
  26. jamesgold89
  27. Dobbi
  28. beardedbrad
  29. LeahRolph86
  30. tristramhouse
  31. ColinAlexander
  32. etaf201
  33. gje51
  34. [email protected]
  35. Hammytime
  36. Ctx3030kev
  37. chas1965
  38. Kev67
  39. marks
  40. RoAlexRo
  41. medievalman
  42. CarlTough
  43. BenCoup
  44. Nicko
  45. Derekxp
  46. Chrisbeasley
  47. ANTHONY
  48. jojo

Registration is currently closed.

Berkshire Rally 4x4's Only Sunday 28th January

Description:

4x4 DRIVERS ONLY

Registration opens at 15-01-2018 23:09

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. THEX19MAN
  2. TonyJones
  3. Minster
  4. Alan88
  5. Penns
  6. Andy48
  7. IronHoarder
  8. Chrisd
  9. mickledo
  10. Rafal76
  11. DanWolo
  12. rick61

Registration is currently closed.

Berkshire Rally Passengers Only Sunday 28th January

Description:

PASSENGERS ONLY

Registration opens at 15-01-2018 23:10

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. Fuzzygoat
  2. Fishbowl
  3. Rambo
  4. Audrey
  5. Thills
  6. Hhills
  7. Mattybrill
  8. Dipperdetecting
  9. athelstan
  10. Slamdunk
  11. Dmariog
  12. tomf
  13. minidigger
  14. hairbare
  15. Sidiggerm
  16. Lobolad
  17. Matej
  18. Bonham2112
  19. Mudwand1
  20. Nokta
  21. aka4ajax
  22. Richsxp
  23. Burnsy
  24. TheMO
  25. albieg
  26. Kez80
  27. rick61

Registration is currently closed.

Comments

      • Profile photo of redbridge

        redbridge

        31/12/2017

        Hi Joanna,
        I blink and the registration is full. Lol could you please put me on reserve.
        Kind regards
        Minster

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          Joanne Boyce

          16/01/2018

          Hi Redbridge, ive added you to the event if you no longer want the place could you please let me know and if you are in a 4×4 can you also let me know. Thanks

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    Kirk

    30/12/2017

    Hi ya could you please include Rambo on this list many thanks

    • Profile photo of Joanne Boyce

      Joanne Boyce

      22/01/2018

      Hi Kevin, you are now registered number 50, please let me know if you have changed your mind. Thanks

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      Joanne Boyce

      22/01/2018

      Hi Kevin, you are now registered number 50, please let me know if you have changed your mind. Thanks

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    Charlie veale

    30/12/2017

    Could I be dropped off for this dig or get a lift with someone local I only live about 4 miles away.

  3. Profile photo of Krzysztof Kulig

    Krzysztof Kulig

    31/12/2017

    Im gonna drive from harlow and have free spaces in my car if enyone wants to join dig feel free to comment.

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      Joanne Boyce

      24/01/2018

      Hi Ben , ive added you to this event, if you no longer wish to attend can you let me know please, Thanks

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    Carl Tough

    31/12/2017

    Hi there, will keep an eye open incase spaces become available, please put my name on the reserve list.

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      Joanne Boyce

      24/01/2018

      HI Carl, ive added you to this event, if you no longer wish to attend can you let me know please, Thanks

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    Matty

    01/01/2018

    Hello is this all gone now because there is a space…
    If the is 3 that pull out me Marty and Anthony would love to jump in thanks

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    KevK

    02/01/2018

    Just had a message from Carl Tough to get my name on the reserve list for this as its only 20mins from my door (which never happens for me ) So if poss could you stick me plus the wife on . Thanks kev

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    Chris davis

    05/01/2018

    Hi Joanne is it possible to be added as a plus one with Tom F as we will be car sharing thanks Chris

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    Nagaviper

    09/01/2018

    Please remove me from the list guyah number 7 and offer it to someone else please. Thanks

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      Neil Peacock

      10/01/2018

      Hi joanne, can I take ‘Guyah’ space please. I will be travelling with Nathan (11 year old from last few digs). We will be being dropped off so no need for a parking space.

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    Jason Wilson

    13/01/2018

    Hi just had to unregister for this unfortunately as can’t make it now. 1 x space now available.

  10. Profile photo of Leah Rolph

    Leah Rolph

    15/01/2018

    Hi Jo, bit late for this one but is there any space left? Would just be for myself? Thanks

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    Stuart

    22/01/2018

    Hi Joanna,

    I am signed up for this event (Burnsy) but I will now be car sharing with JamesL (James Lovell).

    Many thanks

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    Mick Moylan

    23/01/2018

    Hiya Joanne I’m number 10 on 4×4 can I bring my son along please, how do I add a non member?

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      Joanne Boyce

      23/01/2018

      Hi Alex all children under 16 are welcome to come and dig for free, no need to register them. Thanks

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    Glen Foden

    23/01/2018

    Sorry if this is stupid question ( you all prob know lol ) are passengers allowed to detect ?

    • Profile photo of Joanne Boyce

      Joanne Boyce

      24/01/2018

      Hi Glen, yes of course they can i just need to know their names so i can add them to my list. Thanks

      • Profile photo of Glen Foden

        Glen Foden

        24/01/2018

        Thanks joanne, also As there is no car places left is it possible to register as 2 passengers and park near by and walk in ? I live in whitstable so need to get lift with friend. No worries if not but you bever know if you dont ask thanks again.

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          Joanne Boyce

          24/01/2018

          Hi Glen, yes thats fine as we have enough land for people on the day just not enough space to park everyone. I will make a note of there being 2 of you and if a space comes up for cars just add yourself but if not and you are able to park near by then you are more than welcome to attend. Thanks

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    piotr

    24/01/2018

    hello joanna will be with me son registered I am 4 × 4
    piotr1974

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    Glen Foden

    24/01/2018

    Sorry to be pain Joanne, i am member of this site but the fella who i detect with ( he drives) is not so i have registerd on the drivers list in my name and the passengers list in my name also, on behalf of my friend, is that correct ?. Cheers.

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    Graham Anderson

    25/01/2018

    Hi Joanne, I am registered as driver (Gander). I have ‘Lobolad’ traveling with me and he is registered as a passenger. Can you remove from the passenger list nos 10, Guyah, as he has previously sent you a comment saying he couldn’t make it and also nos 24, Squire, he was traveling with me but also now can’t make it. Sorry for confusion but I know how important it is that you know correct numbers attending. Thanks

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    piotr

    25/01/2018

    joanne sorry but i will not be on sunday becuase of breakdown of my car. good digging

  18. Profile photo of Glen Foden

    Glen Foden

    25/01/2018

    Sorry my lift pukked out an i live in whitstable so had to pull out, sorry will attend soon though

  19. Profile photo of DanWolo

    DanWolo

    26/01/2018

    I’m register as a 4×4, admin can I give a lift for my friend as passenger?

    • Profile photo of Joanne Boyce

      Joanne Boyce

      27/01/2018

      Hi Dannn78 yes that’s fine, if your friend is detecting can you either ask them to register as a passenger or just send me their name and I will add them for you. Thanks

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        DanWolo

        27/01/2018

        Thanks Joanne I’ll be grateful if you add him to the list of passengers his name is Tadek.

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    GRANVILLE THOMAS

    26/01/2018

    Hi Joanne is it possible to pm with post code for this dig? I will be leaving home to travel to Reading on Saturday aft where we will be spending the night and leaving Sunday morning for the dig. many thanks Granville.

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    medieval man

    27/01/2018

    Hi Jo,
    What would be easier for you to sort out. Paying for a membership on your links above or tomorrow at the dig?
    Thanks Roy

    • Profile photo of Joanne Boyce

      Joanne Boyce

      27/01/2018

      Hi Roy, it would be easier for me to do it tomorrow, but if you prefer to do it by paypal thats fine too. Thanks

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