A unique opportunity for all the family to learn the basics of gold panning at my mine site in the Royal Forest of Dean
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BGA Gold panning championships
what a turn out this is already promising to be
The camaraderie of the gravel washers and greenhorns I have met on this gold panning weekend has been second to non. Some marvelous characters in the making, I'm sure. They will be legends in their own lunch break hehe,
If standing in chilly water up to your nether regions isnt your bag, try sunbathing in the sunkissed heather hillsides, numerous songbirds shrilling the still air with their tuneful melodies, the gentle munch as sheep graze the close cropped grass among the patches of heather, the gentle babbling burble of water as it sedately winds itself downstream.
Oh what a joy to be in the southern uplands once again, most especially while the sun is shinning.
BGA . Gold panning championships
23rd -24th MAY 2015...
What a fabulous event this promises to be. This championsip event is reported to be one of the most spectacular events the BGA calander .
Bring you favourite pan along and have a go at competing with other panners. If nothing else, just to see how efficient you are.
Can you clear a bucket of gravels in two or three minutes or so, I guess we all can can't we...... BUT have we retained all the known amount of gold that was in that bucket. Now then, that's where the skill of the craft of a gold panner comes into its' own.
It is a phenomenal treat to watch the skill of these washers, heads go down bums go up as they feverishly rock their pans from side to side clearing a vast amount of material from their pans in just a minute or so. The remaining bucket of gravels is carefully dumped into the pan and away they go again, rocking swirling and washing until just a small amount of material is left in the pan. Another quick swirl to reveal the gold and the gold is dabbed out on the end of the finger and deposited in the provided vial.
You may be an experienced panner but have never entered a competition before and would like to see how you compare with some of the UKs' top panners.
After your eventing, enjoy panning in the umpteen miles of river, streams and rain run of ditches.
The competition events aren't really the place to chit chat with the ole sough doughs as they are listening out for results and looking to see when and who they are competing against next.
So when can you chit chat on a purely social basis?
There are quite a few social events on throughout the year
40th WORLD GOLDPANNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015. 3rd 9th August Navelgas Spain.
2016 World Goldpanning Championship Placerville California Sept 11th 18th
BGA Jolly Tyndrum Strathfillan Wigwams...first weekend in October.... Fri 2nd to Sun 4th this recentlly brought about event has been gaining popularity every year. Last year Mr Henderson gave an exhilerating talk on his visits to the Alaskan gold fields.....This year Simon Clark, curator of Huntington museum and author of Scottish Gold will be talking about gold in Scotland, funny enough...This will take place on saturday evening at 6pm..
A pal of mine has a self catering bothy in Helmsdale (about 10miles from Kildonan) that accommodates ten folk. If you are interested please let me know asap so I can book it exclusively..
CHARLIE SMART BBQ ..NEW VENUE..Saturday 11th July 2015
This has been one of our most popular social events in our calendar. Unfortunately Charlie will be no longer hosting the event as he has done this past 5-6 years. We all thank Charlie so much for his hospitality and generosity over the years. Thanks Charlie.
For those who don't know Charlie, he is the water bailiff for the Mennock burn and its adjoining tributaries. Not only is Charlie the water bailiff he is a gold panner of note and a BGA member.
A new venue for this years BGA BBQ will be Vanner Camp site Dolgellau Sat 11th July. I do know a number of you will be turning up on Friday 10th...and staying until Sunday 12th. It is hoped that we will get a conducted guided tour of one of the mines in the area. Further details to be announced.
I also need to report that the toilet/shower block have been massivley upgraded since our last event at this popular site.
Direction to Vanner Camp site.....coming in from Welshpool on A470.Drive through Dolgellau, through the traffic lights at the Fairbourne turn on left.....continue A470 for half mile .(If you overshoot the turn, there is a roundabout to go around and attack it from the otherside)..turn right to Cymer Abey ...Follow road around on a series of 'S' bends and Vanner campsite is on the right. travel the drive down to farm house. to book your plot..
Address: Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2HE
ACCOMMODATION IN THE LEADHILLS
The owners of the Hopetoun Arms Hotel, Rab and Rachel, have said they have built a new car park to the rear of the hotel, and anyone wanting to camp overnight in their cars, van, campers, etc, are more than welcome to stay free of charge provided they patronise the facilities, like having a drink or a meal. There is a small garden to the front, which would take a couple of tents, if anyone is interested.
There are plans underway to build a "bunkhouse" which will have three rooms, one with four bunks, the others with two. they will be linked by a common passage leading to a little kitchen/dining area, toilets and shower. For further information contact the Hopetoun Arms Hotel, 37 Main Street, Leadhills, South Lanarkshire. Phone 01659 74234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is available at any time of the year, not just for the Championships.
WEEKEND EVENT AT WANLOCKHEAD
Don't forget, Dean and James, at the Wanlockhead Inn, also allow you to park overnight but ask for permission first.
Dean and James the propietters at te Wanlockhead inn are putting on a weekend event with a quiz on the Friday night with and a karaoki later......On the Saturday 23rd, there will be a live band. Please support the event as it will be much apreciated by all concerned.
Me doing a panning demo at Dolaucothi.
Tony Robinson from his Birth of Britain series, tours around Britain looking for gold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQaT6IVIzs0
THE CAM-CAP....For all you budding film makers out there. This baseball cap supports your mobile phone/camera or your Go Pro camera for hands free filming. How difficult is it doing a selfie, camera in one hand and pan in the other, you end up dropping one or the other or both. Check out the short vid and get yourself a Go Pro cap, A cracking gift idea. http://www.cam-cap.com
This you tube is 1h.30mins long but well worth the watch
Mike Moloney on 'Why gold could go to $20,000 an ounce
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CHICKEN CAMP ALASKA
I've just been given these two links for prospecting in Chicken Camp Alaska. So all you young at heart prospectors with gold fever and big wallets, have a look at this two part video advertising gold dredging holidays in Alaska.
Video No 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtnJkTXOR4