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Deal Rifle Club ghost hunt – 27-8-2011
When I was approached by a member of this club to “have a look” I wasn’t expecting much, because of the nature of the place (they shoot guns) I wasn’t expecting spirit to be very active. I was wrong, this is an active place and we certainly were not disappointed throughout the investigation.
This venue is probably the smallest I have ever investigated, basically there are two rooms. The club room for teas and coffees and the shooting lanes. The rifle range room is 25 yards long, so there was space. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I certainly did not expect to have the activity that occurred.
We started with a séance in the rifle range, I became aware of a young male energy who was dressed as a WWII soldier although his uniform looked different from UK soldiers and when he gave me his name it became apparent that his was Swedish, unfortunately I cannot remember who to spell his name it was quite long and unpronounceable in English. The soldier was about 5’6” in height and he started moving the hands of Justine, me and Christine. At the same time Andy was also being moved gently.
Lynn picked up on another male energy, he was in his early 60s and I could see him dressed in a plain blue boiler suit, Lynn got the name Bert. Bert started by gently moving the arms of John & Lynn. Whilst this was happening Justine and myself heard what sounded like footsteps, at one point we heard a metal clank and then about 7-10 footsteps. Everyone heard this and John asked whether we had shut the outside door, because it sounded like someone had entered the building and walked down the passageway. (Which was adjacent to the room we occupied)
We asked if it were Bert who was making the noise (1 tap for no, 2 taps for yes) and we all heard two taps. Lynn asked many more times for Bert to tap, which he did, some were more audible than others, but generally everyone heard those taps. During this I (and others) heard metal sounding taps coming from the far end of the room. The pellet collectors and baffles were metal, however we could not establish what was making these noises at the time because of the noises which were coming from the wall that separates the corridor and the rifle range.
Whilst all this was going on some of the guests were more vocal than others and I had noticed that Marc who would usually have said something, especially about the noises, remained very silent. After asking him if he was OK for about the third time and having no response I decided that he may have been in trouble, so I proceeded to stand behind him holding the arms of the people who were next to him, thus placing him effectively in the middle of the circle. Marc then immediately stated that he was OK. However afterwards he explained to me that although he was aware of what was going on he could not respond at the time, he also felt that his chest was tightening from the back and his legs had just locked up. Below is how Marc described the feeling in his own words.
“I felt as if the whole of my back, shoulders, neck, head and legs were being “forcibly pressured” horizontally and downwards from my shoulders, whilst experiencing a strange tingling sensation’ likened only to a mass pins and needles effect, in all of the aforementioned areas, almost rendering me paralysed! I felt cold and squeezed and experienced the sensation of a difficulty in breathing. At the point I realised you were standing behind me, forcibly parting my hands from those of my neighbours in the closed circle,I began to recover my senses and total awareness of my surroundings. I felt the presence of a female, nothing malevolent or oppressive, who sought merely to experience the sensations of my physical being. I have encountered this once before but with slightly different results and it was a male entity on that occasion. I have suffered no after effects whatsoever.”
Many guests experienced cold spots, the room was effectively sealed against drafts. It was the amount and volume of the tapping however that made all of us generally speechless, because at first these sounded distant, no-one could be sure which direction they were coming from. But as the taps became louder they seem to originate from the separating wall.
I asked Bert (the spirit) to tap twice in quick succession and then we would leave him alone and take a break. Almost instantly we all heard two very loud taps.
After a coffee break, we all assembled back in the rifle range, although I wasn’t expecting spirit to top the experience, but nevertheless we tried various experiments. I had set up my laser grid, in the hope that if spirit could walk in the room the laser light would be affected and I had placed my two EMF (Electromagnetic Force) Metres at the lower end of the room. Marc also had his EMF closer to the shooting area. Just after setting up the laser grid the laser seemed to twinkle, it isn’t supposed to do this, although looking at a laser is not a good idea, but it seemed as if the laser light was fluctuating, which it shouldn’t because the batteries were new and no one was holding the device.
A female energy had joined the group and the group were generally asking questions and getting some responses, but nothing like what happened in the first session. However Marc threw some of his flashing LED balls in the hope that spirit would throw them back. But as Marc and I became aware that where the pellet collectors were situated was generally where we were hearing some odd tapping sounds. When Marc and I were standing close to the baffles we both heard many taps, although later Sean came down to the same area and he noted that it sounded like the plastic lights. I however still believe that some of the noises were the lights but some were definitely metallic in nature. Since Sean was filming and I was recording with my audio recorder I am hoping that I can isolate and compare the two noises to see if the early sounds were those of the lights or metal. What I don’t really understand is why the lights would be making a noise (like cooling down) because they were not turned on all evening.
Marc recorded that there was quite a large temperature difference between the two ends of the room. Where we were hearing noises was 16 degrees Celsius and a few minutes prior to this activity the temperature was 19.3 degrees Celsius. There was no obvious reason for this sudden drop in temperature.
After this some people tried using a Ouija board with some mixed results and I was using a writing planchette. We had a female energy come through who couldn’t spell or write, but she could draw, through some careful question asking I managed to ascertain that she passed in 1749 and was killed at 37 years old due to her own brother, she was married with children. She was able to draw squares, circles and basic shapes and when each one of us on the board imagined or drew a shape that the others could not see the spirit responded by repeating the shape on the paper.
All in all this was a surprisingly good ghost hunt with hopefully some useful evidence captured (the camera footage & EVP recordings have not yet been fully analysed). But one which would be good to repeat just to see if the tapping sounds occurred again.
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Wychling Woods ghost hunt – 26-8-2011
This was a private event for more than one purpose, but generally this is one of the scariest places in Kent. I have conducted two ghost hunts here and both times it has been amazing.
We started the evening in what I would call the scary location, after some varied photo taking by the guests and some orbs captured we started a séance circle to try to get spirit to move people and give them personal evidence.
Within a few minutes a male energy stepped forward, he was in his early 20s, of slim build and stood approximately 5’9” in height. This energy was reluctant to give his name, but he started by moving the hands of Mia (guest) and me and then shortly after Mia and Chloe (guest). Mia at this point I think it is fair to say was somewhat freaked out and generally really scared, although in my opinion there was nothing to be scared of, but then I do this all the time.
Mia could not believe that both her arms were being gently moved.
The male energy then moved around the circle, and many people commented that they could see lights, which could not have come from the road as the woodland is too thick for light to shine through the trees.
Graeme (guest) had what he called a sick stomach, but he stated that it felt tight like he was about to be sick. No one else had experienced this pain. Then the level of spiritual activity increased, a level of which I haven’t seen for some time. Mia’s alarm (on her phone) was ringing, which she stated at the time she didn’t set, because she knew she was going to be doing this ghost hunt.
Scott and Debbie (guests) both felt something brush past their faces. However Scott is 6’ in height and Debbie is about 5’ in height and therefore it could not have been a branch of a tree, as there were no branches that could have brushed past their faces at this height.
Graham (guest) and I were being pushed forward with such force that the only course of action was to step forward, it was at this point that Debbie broke the circle because she felt the brush past her face which she said really scared her.
As I said to everyone, “let’s drop hands” I reached down to my utility belt to find my torch, when I noticed that my belt had come undone. It was if it happened at that moment, because this utility belt has a special clip, where to undo it you have to use both hands to press the top & bottom catches and press the button in the middle. I heard no noise (it clicks when undone) and more importantly this belt carries all my equipment and is quite heavy it would have normally dropped to the floor, but on this occasion it didn’t. Very strange.
When Mia checked her alarm had been set to 23:23, which not only is an odd time, but she swore she did not set it. Was this spirit activity?
After conducting an EVP experiment and more photo taking and exploring this part of the woods, we moved to an odd area, the ground here feels (by walking on it) made up, something recently buried or a hole filled in.
Once again we held a séance circle and asked for spirit energy to step forward, within a few minutes three brothers stepped forward, they were of slim build and gave their name as Taylor (which I assume is their surname).
They gave me the impression that all three passed away in a farming accident, something to do with a thrashing machine, the year they gave was 1927.
It didn’t take long for these energies to start on the group and Graeme, Mia and I felt a massive pressure on our shoulders and our arms that wanted to drag us downwards. At first the energy was centred on me, but as we were all double bent it was hard to say who was feeling the most as we were all trying to fight back because none of us wanted to fall in the mud, but the energy was very strong. After a couple of tries, we managed to lift ourselves up.
However this was short lived, because the next wave of pressure we were heading downwards again, this time Chloe was involved. After about 15 minutes we were able to stand up once again. Then the spirits decided they were going to move our arms and the four of us who were pushed now were moving our arms. When I torch light came on, the rest of the group found this to be very entertaining. Once again Graeme, Scott, Sean, Kym & Graham (guests) all had stomach pains, the four of us who had been moved had no pain. Laura (guest) who was standing outside the circle heard lots of noises, according to her some of those noises sounded like someone walking through the woods, however no one ever arrived and it would be very difficult to walk through these woods without a torch.
Laura thought that there was someone standing beside her, until she called out the name of the person (Toby) and he answered several people abreast away from Laura. Many noises were also heard by most of us, some were odd, others very unusual considering it weren’t windy or raining, but there were several knocking sounds.
Mia also reported that her hair had been tugged and then without any warning she was pushed backwards with such force that Sean and I had to hold on very tight otherwise she would have fallen over. However the spirits were determined that she was going to fall and eventually Sean and I could not hold her anymore and we had slipped in the mud and she fell over.
This was a great ghost hunt and it is unfortunate that a public event could not be held here, because I firmly believe this is one of the scariest locations that I have ever investigated and I cannot wait to return some day.
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After an eventful start to the evening, eventful because of the strange nature of the people who were in Pluckley, who clearly had no respect for the people that actually live there.
Once into the woods, we walked far enough that we would not be disturbed by the gang of teenagers roaming the woods in search of ghosts!
I stopped in the usual path, where my EMF metre was generally going nuts, many of the guests started taking photographs, and most of them captured at least one orb. There was an unusual photo taken of me and beside me a mist had formed, that was not seen by the naked eye (and no one was smoking).
The area which I always go to rarely fails to deliver and this was no different, within a matter of minutes a male energy made himself known to me. He was 5’6″ in height and in his early 20s, with short brown hair and a stubble beard. He was a quiet energy and it took him a while to tell me his name, which was Trevor. Trevor proceeded to walk around the circle and then stopped just behind Dean (guest) where he gradually started to move people. He started moving the arms of myself & Kellie (guest), very gently at first but as the energy gained confidence he moved us with greater force. During this time a Kellie also felt an unusual cold sensation that only affected the back of her legs, I too felt this coldness, but only on my ear. (It was a still night and quite warm)
There were numerous noises, but unusually the woods were quiet of what I would call normal woodland animal sounds, it was if all the animals were hiding. These noises all sounded like people approaching and at one moment both Paddy (guest) and I heard foot falls in the same direction. Had I not been here before and thus know the layout of the paths I would have expected to see someone as it was that loud. There were other noises which I haven’t heard in these woods before and that was the sound of something falling. I don’t know what it was, but it was sizeable enough to make quite a lot of noise and rattle the sanity of the guests.
Trevor was also making Dean feel itchy, as Dean had the cobweb sensation around his face and neck, which is always a good sign that the spirit energy is near.
Just as Trevor was increasing the level of movement Alison (guest) jumped forwards, as something had brushed up behind her and that made her jump somewhat!
After this we walked slowly down the path, I gave Dean one of my EMF Metres and I held the other one. I encouraged spirit to walk with us and they did not disappoint as more or less on command lit all the lights to the highest level, but just as someone tried to take a photo of the lights the energies would back off. Trevor was also following us, although he was not responsible for all the EMF activity along the path. Dean also asked spirit to light up the EMF metre and to his initial surprise they complied.
At the second location, which on previous occasions has been marred with constant animal noises this time was exceptionally quiet, there was absolutely no animal noise at all which in itself was a little eerie. Another male energy by the name of Mr Knight stepped forward, he was in his early 60s quite a stocky build and about 5’10” in height. He sported a very bushy beard which matched his full head of hair and was what I would call salt & pepper colour. He seemed to be dressed as a farmer, although he did not give any personal information about himself. Once again we all heard various noises, but none of them sounded like normal animals. Again we all heard foot falls, Paddy even heard horses hooves, which is odd because there are no fields particularly close by. Various lights were also seen (the moon had risen, but was low in the sky) in the heavy woodland opposite me. This is a dense part of woodland and before we started the séance Lee, Mark & Richard (guests) had witnessed something move in front of them, which moved some branches and they were swinging quite freely. But we all saw an archway of light appear in this part of the woodland and more lights further down the path. The energy stood virtually behind Kellie and she complained that her arms felt very heavy as if she had been carrying heavy shopping bags. Dean however was being pushed forwards and backwards by the spirit and Dean had his jacket tugged at one point. There were other energies around us, but very few of them came close enough for me to get a description of them. One of the oddest things to happen was a crack noise that we all heard right above us in the trees, we all looked up but saw nothing, but whatever it was landed quite a distance behind us. To me this is odd because it if were something falling then I would have expected it to have landed near us because it wasn’t windy and things generally fall straight.
After conducting an EVP experiment many people took more photographs, but the strangest photo was captured by Lee. In the photo it looked like a shape of a person (a torso but no head), Lee had thought he had captured one of the guests, but no-one was wearing white, and generally everyone was standing together, but the figure in the photo was alone. Unfortunately none of the EVP recordings are audible enough to work out what is being said, however we had three EVPs recorded.
The third location is where previously I had captured whistling noises and I was hopeful that we might hear the same noises. I asked the spirit to make a noise and when they finished to light up the EMF metre. We didn’t hear anything, but several times after I asked a question the EMF lit up.
Once again a very enjoyable ghost hunt at Pluckley screaming woods and some very interesting photos captured by the guests, some of which are on our ghostly gallery (http://www.ghosthuntevents.co.uk/gallery.asp)
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Chaldron Church, Surrey 29-7-2011
This was an unusual ghost hunt for me, as it was the first time that I was going to hold a ghost hunt that I had not already visited in the day time. I like to visit in the day time so that when holding a ghost hunt at night I am not disorientated in the dark. This was also a private ghost hunt and the area was one of long and interesting history. The Church is about 1000 years old.
We started by wondering around the church yard, this in itself was quite difficult as there are building works taking place, what looks like an extension which I think ruins what was an exceptional church, never mind the lack of respect for the graves which are being moved or the builders tools and machinery dumped or resting on gravestones.
We started with a séance and a male energy immediately came over, he gave his name as Jacques (or Jack) and he was a Canadian, he insisted that his grave was on the other side of the graveyard from 1930s and that he was 23 years old. There was also another female spirit present who gave her name as Elisa, she was from the 1950s wearing what I would call horse riding attire, her hat however looked like a trilby hat wrapped with a scarf, which was mostly brown and purple in colour. She also told me that she drove a Triumph Herald and had passed away in a car accident, which she admitted was her fault entirely for driving too fast. Elisa then proceed to rock Nicky (guest) from side to side and then more forcefully forwards and backwards. Elisa also lifted the hands of Nicky & Laura (guest) and Roma (guest) and me. Various lights were seen during this séance as well as rustling noises and strange noises which seem to come from inside the fence surrounding the building work.
At the end of the séance I conducted an EVP experiment and although not very audible there were two EVPs recorded. After this many photographs were taken. Some of these photos are in our Ghostly Gallery http://www.ghosthuntevents.co.uk/gallery.asp
From here we walked around to the other side of the graveyard to look for Jacques gravestone, after a while we found a gravestone which matched the name, the year and the age of the spirit. His full name was Johan Gordon Jack von Arx born August 1915 and died April 1939.
Spirit activity in the rest of the graveyard was very minimal and the local boy racers seemed to use the lane beside the church as an area where they could test the volume of their car stereos.
We decided to move on to an area of woodland that Nicky and Laura knew well. Whilst walking across the edge of the field I saw a spirit energy ahead of us who was a monk, he was also carrying a basket. Once into the main path of the woods, both Nicky and Laura were feeling edgy and nervous. A spirit by the name of Trevor stepped forward, he was a tall man about 6’3″ and of stocky build and he came across as being a bit simple, although he was approximately 40 years old he seemed to act like a teenager and as I held out my hand, as he was a cold energy I felt that he was crushing my hands. So I asked Nicky & Laura to hold out their hands, which they did. Laura’s and my hands felt like they were being stretched with the little finger being pulled away from the rest of my hand. Nicky & Laura both felt a tingling sensation although Laura’s fingers were also being stretched.
During this time Nicky was still very much on edge and unusually did not take any photos. Whilst we were standing still as I had just called out to spirit to make a noise an animal possibly a fox cub started yapping. This was the final straw for Nicky as she just wanted to get out of there. As she said afterwards she felt as if something bad was going to happen if she didn’t leave.
Although the spiritual activity was in my opinion quite good and at some point I may go back to this location as it had a certain feel to it.
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Having previously held a ghost hunt at Kings Wood, I knew how much walking was required to get into the interesting part of the wood.
After our route march I stopped at a location which was close to where the balloons were launched during WWI but because the ground was covered in ants & we found an ant hill about 2′ high no-one really wanted to stay here, so we walked a little further and stopped for our first session.
This was an areaof woods that I haven’t visited before, but our EMF (Electromagnetic Field) detectors were flashing constantly of spirit activity. However whilst the metres were flashing, as soon as anyone took out a camera or an audio recorder the lights on EMF stopped and all remained spiritually very quiet. However unperturbed we took photos and investigated the area of woodland that I had suggested we stop at.
I then decided that we should hold a séance to try to encourage spirit to come forward. During the initial stages there were lots of odd noises, but they didn’t sound like trees or birds, it wasn’t very windy either but the noises were high up in the trees. A male energy made himself known to me, he looked a bit like an Action Man, by that I mean his face was a bit featureless it looked plastic. However he proceeded to give gentle movement, but when I asked for spirit to make a loud noise Debbie (guest) screamed because someone had just blown or whispered in her hear and that startled her a bit!
Nevertheless we carried on and although the male energy I could clearly see wasn’t a malicious energy, there were shadows moving in the background and we all heard foot falls in the background which was unnerving because you couldn’t walk 2′ in these woods without making a noise. As I requested the energy to do something else, Graham (guest) became startled because someone had also just whispered or blown into his ear. The general feeling was that of apprehension as if something was going to happen but we didn’t know when. The male energy that I could see was about 6’2″ and seemed older than what you would expect a soldier to be, he was wearing army fatigues and had a tin hat with webbing on top, exactly like a camouflage soldier Action Man. Scott (guest) then exclaimed that someone had touched him on the leg, there was a tree branch behind him but he said he wasn’t standing near that and even if he were it wasn’t strong enough to feel what he had just felt. With this I decided to break the séance since very little was actually happening apart from noises coming from deeper inside the wood. Scott investigated and came back to tell us that there was an
interesting tree that we should investigate, we followed and yes it was an interesting tree, in fact two trees which had grown together and interwoven themselves which each other.
This spot also once again seemed to be highly active with spirit energy but when a camera came out the activity just stopped. Whilst standing near to this tree I suggested an EVP (Electronic Voice
Phenomena) experiment. I have never heard so many people forget what they wanted to say, it was the funniest EVP experiment in the eight years I have been ghost hunting, unfortunately the recording I’ll probably never be able to publish as the language is certainly adult in every way. However in amongst the sensible questions there were 5 spirit voices captured the best one can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG-xf9O4U0Q
From here we moved on to the older part of the wood, one which coincidentally doesn’t have a lot of visitors because it is very deep
into the woods. Once we stopped the EMF metre lit up like a Christmas tree, but as soon as a camera was turned on it stopped. From what I felt at the time it seemed that the women & children spirit were inquisitive but the males were calling them back, as we were outsiders & that is pretty much how everyone felt, as if we didn’t belong. Scott & Debbie went for a stroll and came back very quickly as they heard an odd noise. According to Scott it sounded like someone banging something wooden on a metal railing. The rest of us were about 50 feet away and we heard nothing, although we did hear a fairly loud
noise between us and Debbie & Scott, which they didn’t hear. This sounded like something being dropped from a reasonable height.
Whilst everyone was wondering around I decided to conduct an EVP experiment or two and whilst the actual words we cannot decipher the tone is of anger, which would back up my theory that we were somehow invading their privacy.
Although this was completely different to many of the ghost hunts that we undertake, not least because of the amount of walking, but the
reluctant nature of the spirits it was still enjoyable and I am hopeful that we can clean up the rest of the EVPs so that we can hear what the spirits were telling us.
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After leaving the car park we walked deep into the woods and began a séance on a familiar path (to me). My K2 EMF (Electromagnetic Force detector) metre was showing everyone that there were energies present so after everyone had finished taking photographs we held the first séance. Within a few minutes a male energy by the name of Timothy stepped forward and began to give the guests physical evidence. Timothy was about 5’9″ and of slim build, with dark short hair. He seemed to feel at home in the woods. He started by gently swaying Kerry (guest) to my left and moving the arms of Sandra (guest) to my right. Timothy proceeded around the circle but not everyone wanted to experience physical movement, so Timothy came back to Kerry and pushed her some more, much to Kerry’s amusement. During this session there were many noises of rustling and other normal woodland animals, but every time many of the guests were rattled by these noises.
After the séance had finished I conducted an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) experiment to try to capture timothy’s voice. Unfortunately the results of this EVP experiment are inconclusive, there were some noises and possible voices but they are too quiet to analyse further.
The guests at this stage took many photographs, several of them captured bright spirit orbs.
From here we walked a little further into the woods, once again a familiar place to me. After taking several photos we formed another séance circle. Almost Immediately Timothy had followed us down the path and was starting to sway the people he swayed before. Although there was another male energy who slowly came forward, his name was Drake (which I assumed was his Surname) he was approximately 62 years old, about 5’7″ he had a very haggard looking face and was mostly bald, but had a little grey hair at the back. He seemed to be a fist fighter or prize fighter. Drake was a very strong male energy and he quickly started making people sway and rock, which was very similar to The Weebles (a TV show from the 1980s, the tag line of “Weebles Wobble but they don’t fall down!”) as I commented on this at the time. Even one of the guests who initially didn’t want to be moved or pushed ended up standing beside me and because I knew she would not be frightened if she was moved, spirit obliged and moved her arm gently and held it in a position that would have hurt if we tried to do this of our own accord.
From the next EVP experiment that I conducted there were several noises which when they are fully investigated may prove to be spirit voices, however one example was very clear in the initial response, the spirit in question did say something after answering the guest question but as yet we cannot work out exactly what is said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_baAVqDzhdc
From here we walked a little further down the path (I have never walked this far) the K2 metre was lit up like a Christmas tree and I immediately asked that the spirit(s) in question make a whistling noise, almost immediately we all heard two definite whistles, this did not sound like any animal I’ve ever heard so I asked again. This time the guests heard the whistle but I didn’t. I noticed that every time I asked the lights on the K2 metre went to the lowest light and when I asked my question, almost immediately the lights were pulsating, as if the spirit were letting us know that they had completed their quest. On the third attempt I also recorded this with my digital voice recorder and although we didn’t hear anything at the time, the lights on the K2 flashed away. Upon inspection of the recording you can clearly hear three definite whistles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3moM54VpFs
I also asked the spirit in question to make other noises and we all heard various noises, mostly what sounded like someone walking through the woods, although when a torch was shone in those directions nothing was seen and no animal ran away or made any noise. But because we were in a wood those noises could not confirm spiritual activity.
After the display on the EMF subsided I decided it was time to make our way back to the cars, however as we were approaching the main path I decided to step into a small part of the woodland which on previous occasions has made the guests feel strange and one in which they have seen shadows and movement. Within a matter of minutes everyone was not feeling too great, they all said that whilst they could see something they couldn’t be sure it wasn’t their eyes playing tricks, but they all felt the same; vulnerable and slightly on edge, as if they were expecting something but they didn’t know what.
All in all a very enjoyable ghost hunt in Pluckley Screaming woods with some excellent physical evidence experienced by the guests and the whistling noises were absolutely brilliant and also a first for me to record the unusual sound of a spirit whistling.
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