The Early Origins of South Herefordshire Dowsers
The South Herefordshire Dowsers’ group was founded in 1997 as a result of a collaboration by two experienced dowsers, Rob Campbell and Peter Watson, who were joined by three other dowser colleagues for their first meeting that year.
Although the name ‘South Herefordshire Dowsers’ was chosen, ironically Peter himself lived in Gloucestershire and the very early meetings took place in Chepstow. However, by the end of 1997 Aston Ingham Village Hall, which is actually in South Herefordshire, had become the meeting venue – and it remains so today.
The group held its first A.G.M. in 1998, and now having a committee, became a local affiliated group of the British Society of Dowsers (from whom the group adopted their constitution). At that time, the BSD offered support, publicity and the promotion of professional practices, as well as encouraging dowsing in a number of specialist areas, such as archaeology, healing, water/energy lines, food, earth mysteries and clearing geopathic stress.
It is perhaps a credit to the energetic enthusiasm and focussed organisation of Peter Watson in particular that the group’s initial five members in 1997 grew to more than 60 by mid-1998.