Weird ways of getting a permission

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Blackadder43
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What is the weirdest way you have gained a permission?

Most of my permissions over the years have been the bog standard ask and you shall recieve types :ugeek:

But, last week i noticed a friend of mine post a photo up on his facebook page with him and his dog in their garden
I noticed a huge field at the bottom of his garden
Me being nosey i asked him if he had ever been metal detecting
No was his reply, why do you ask?

I explained i saw the field and thought it was ideal for him being disabled to just pop into it from his garden
Tell you what says he, you let me have a go with your machine and i'll speak to the farmer and get us in that field
Result says i, but now have to wait until this virus passes and we can meet up again....

Nothing really weird about that one, but i expect some of you have come across permissions in a slightly different way than the norm

I know 1 member who gets a lot of day passes through his work, and you never know he may share some of those experiences with us all
Might also give any newbies some inspiration on how to gain a permission
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I have had a few in different ways. One through a car deal was the most unusual I suppose. My husband has a garage and used car business. A lot of his customers are landed gentry and one recommended talking to my husband to one of his friends if she wanted a new car. On the test drive she asked my husband how he knew her friend and he told her he was a customer and he also rented some barns from him for car storage. He then dropped in that they know my wife too cause she detects their land.

She decided to buy the car she tested and as they were negotiating a price she said she’d throw in detecting her land too if the price was a bit lower. And so I got 600 acres of prime village land with a major roman road going through it.

Result :D :Party:
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Maybe it is a bit wierd? A game I like to play as a personal challenge is to not ask the landowner for permission, but instead get them to offer me their land without me even trying. It works! :D :lol:
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I'd been trying for years to get on a permission on a Village farm near Bicester, plenty of Medieval & Saxon history around it, but the old farmer was always a miserable sod & it was always a no even though I knew one of the farm workers he would always say no & that he's fed up with detectorists pestering him, then one afternoon during harvest I got a call from the farm worker to ask for help as the three-phase corn transfer blower fans had tripped off & there desperate, so off I go & after a while find a poor mouse in the electrical panel, so out he came all crisp & even, cables & terminal connections checked, panel reset & all working, the farmer asked what I owe him & I said as a joke just some detecting would do, he said oh go on then, come down to the office & I'll give you some field plans then,but only you & Dad, I don't want loads of you lot wondering around, that was the start of our best permission, still do work on the farm & propertys, got keys, codes & phone numbers to get in the gates, come & go whenever we want, if he see's the van he knows I'm working or detecting, perfect!
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stanslad wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:46 pm I'd been trying for years to get on a permission on a Village farm near Bicester, plenty of Medieval & Saxon history around it, but the old farmer was always a miserable sod & it was always a no even though I knew one of the farm workers he would always say no & that he's fed up with detectorists pestering him, then one afternoon during harvest I got a call from the farm worker to ask for help as the three-phase corn transfer blower fans had tripped off & there desperate, so off I go & after a while find a poor mouse in the electrical panel, so out he came all crisp & even, cables & terminal connections checked, panel reset & all working, the farmer asked what I owe him & I said as a joke just some detecting would do, he said oh go on then, come down to the office & I'll give you some field plans then,but only you & Dad, I don't want loads of you lot wondering around, that was the start of our best permission, still do work on the farm & propertys, got keys, codes & phone numbers to get in the gates, come & go whenever we want, if he see's the van he knows I'm working or detecting, perfect!
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Good man :thumbsup: The farmers round here can be hard nuts to crack but glad that poor 🐁’s death helped you - a good cause :D
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Thats exactly it Clint
Old school farmers understand 'bartering' very well, its their language
You went in, fixed his problem straight away, and it didnt cost him anything in returning that favour :thumbsup:
Nice one

Thats reminded me of another permission i got many years ago when i was called out to fix a lady farmers leaking water line to one of her troughs
I did exactly the same when she asked what she owed me, and got 150 acres in full view of Brent Knolls iron age fort
Sadly that didnt last long as she passed away a year later and the new farmer wasnt so generous.... :thumbdown:

I once earnt half a sheep cut and prepared for piping a farmers lpg propane cooker in for him
Yes i am a qualified Gas safe engineer :D
Was only extending his pipework for him and he had just had his sheep back from the butchers, so i walked away with £90 worth of fresh lamb......very nice too and still get it him from him on occasions
Already have permission for his land, but its so low laying that the finds are very hard to come by there
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My first permission was gained from a farmer for saving him a lot of money 2K ish for a repair done by the company I work for, had to pull a few strings but it saved the company money in the long run since then through good co-operation with the landowner.

Three winners, landowner, company and a permission for me :thumbsup:

Two others for doing a good job for a landowner, and a few favours along the way ;) ;)

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After getting so many knock backs when trying to get permissions I was just about losing heart with it all so I needed to think of a different approach .
I had to do some calligraphy work for a friend of mine who was presenting some awards and certificates of merit and he wanted some fancy lettering written on them . Out came the old calligraphy pens which I hadnt used for many years so I was a little rusty and after several attempts to get the feel of the pens again i soon picked it up again and everything went well and job done !
Door knocking , phone calls and emails to various Farmers was bringing me no luck so I resorted to letter writing and it was then I got the idea to hand write them in calligraphy style script . I wrote ten letters in all and then my good lady suggested to include a couple of sketches around the edges which I did , just simple little doodles . An S.A.E and off they went in the post .
I received ten out of ten replies and although nine of them were rejections , each person had taken the time to write back and all were very polite . I think what this achieved was to catch their attention , it was a little different than the standard type of letter so it just about forced them to actually read and study what was written etc and spurred them enough to take their own time to respond .
I got my first proper permission this way , it was just another way of going around it and it is funny how one thing leads to another , if it had not been for the original request to write out some certificates , I may never have thought of the idea .
It was only recently that the farmer on my permission admitted that the letter was enough to impress him and that is why I got the thumbs up .
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Love that idea Kenleyboy. Think it might take a few years to get good at calligraphy though :lol:
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