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Severn Vale Historical Research And Detecting Society

June 2024 Update We hope to see all members at our regular meetings at our new venue.

This is the introductory page to the Severn Vale Historical Research And Detecting Society (SHRADS). We are a Metal Detecting club based in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire and meet on the first Wednesday of the month. The club was formed in 1979 and in 2019 celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
If you are interested in the history that lies beneath your fields then please contact us to find out more! The club offers a free search facility for members of the public who have lost metallic objects of value. We have had success in recovering items of jewellery and also lost parts from farm machinery and the Chairman Nick Keeler was able to re-unite Lindsey Pollastrone with a Christening bracelet that she had lost over 40 years ago. There are a number of links on the left hand side that will take you to contact details and a gallery of some of the finds that have been made in recent months by members of the club whilst on society digs.

John Dury SHRADS Photographer pictured in 2017 receiving the Eddie Masters Shield for contributions to SHRADS. Passed away 19th February 2022

A recent wedding ring reunited with its owner in Bromley Heath

Tony Brown manning the stall at the Open farm Day in June

Some of the members enjoying a Sunday dig

Our total donations to St Peter's Hospice now at £ 5,000 see the link on the left hand side for further details. In 2023 (from Raffle proceeds and Society funds) we have sent £ 50 each to the Great Western Air Ambulance, Hep for Heroes and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).


Congratulations to Adrian Kiermasz who received the Eddie Masters Memorial Shield at the April 2024 meeting - voted for by members as having been the best contributor to society activities

SHRADS Display at Churchend Fete

Last updated June 2024

  Western Region – SHRADS are a member of the Western Region