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Dowsers news March 2014

Dorset Dowsers have had quite a busy year. Membership numbers are up and we have had several guests coming in to hear specific speakers. Our speakers excelled themselves involving the audience whenever possible. Our Christmas Get Together was a full on dowsing practical with Bob Sephton asking us to prove one of his theories. Someone described it as, ‘’ a bit like trying to herd cats!’’ as we all tried to follow his instructions; we hope that he was able to get something valuable out of the exercise!
Four of us were able to attend the BSD Conference in Cirencester. It was a full on weekend including lectures, workshops and the AGM. Every minute was full and the BSD planted a commemorative tree in the grounds of the university.
We were invited back to do as workshop at the Swanage Folk Festival. We were allocated a large committee room at the Mowlem Centre right in the centre of all the activities. The room was filled with people all interested in dowsing.  Our usual beginners table started them off  and then they were set loose try their new found skills at various other tables set up to demonstrate how to use the ability to dowse effectively. The cross section of ages was amazing, from young children to the elderly, all of them eager to learn and take part. We hope to be invited back this September.
The raffles held twice last year were successful. One of the prizes was a years’ subscription to the BSD. This had a dual benefit in that the BSD got another member and we got another member who is with the BSD. We hope to continue with this practice.
The visit to Maumsbury Rings, Dorchester, was an ideal time to use our flags to plot where the standing stones were, guided by Bob Sephton. This was followed in August by a visit to Old Sarum with Peter Knight as our guide. This summer Gary Biltcliffe has agreed to continue the tour of discovery round Portland that he started with us in 2008 and we are visiting Down Farm with Martin Green. Another busy year!