On Saturday the 23rd June the now famous XP Skill School rolled into Oxfordshire.
Again The Event was Co Organised and Supported by Leisure Promotions  

The Event was being held at the  Middle Aston Manor Near Bicester

Upon arrival everyone was treated to Tea/Coffee and the Skill School started promptly at 10am.
Gary Blackwell as usual gave a easy to follow and uncomplicated account on the Deus.  There was a couple of naughty boys at the back of the class who Gary soon ticked off !

Around 11am we all took a short break for a well deserved cuppa and biscuits.
After the break Gary continued to pass on his knowledge of the Deus and everyone was concentrating and holding on to his every word.

The Skill School may sound a little daunting to newbies, but it is cleverly put together and caters for everyone.
Several videos with the chance to discuss the subjects in between. All delivered in the usual Gary style – Calm and patient.

Lunch was upon us and we all tucked into a fantastic buffet and some amazing cakes for pudding supplied by the Hotel.

After Lunch the Skill School continued and for one lucky attendee a quick competition resulted in him winning a brand new MI4 Pinpointer.

The Afternoon came to an end and everyone received their certificate for attending and completing the course along with a free XP Baseball Cap.


For those staying over at the Hotel we were all treated to a lovely meal in a truly Gorgeous setting

We were all up bright and early and everyone who attended yesterdays Skill School were eager to test out their New Found XP Deus knowledge and what better way to do it we were all going to the Metal Detectives / LP Detecting Dig just a few miles down the road. Unfortunately the Hot Weather had baked the ground dry but it wasn’t going to stop people from getting out.


After a few more last minute tips everyone hit the fields


It was an exceptionally Hot Day and the going was tough in the fields but the finds began to roll in and for one lucky Skill School Attendee Alan it was to be a day he would not forget for he found his very first Hammered Coin a Short Cross Penny


 A Huge thanks goes out to Mark from the Metal Detectives and of Course to Pete Turrell from Leisure Promotions 

for a Great Weekend and to Gary Blackwell for another great skill school.

One last thank you goes again to Pete for bringing a TV so we could watch England put 6 past Panama in the World Cup

so a great end to a great weekend


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