Monday, 25 November 2013

November 25th 2013

This afternoon, a member of the West Midlands Ghost Club was asked to speak on the 'Danny Kelly Show' (on BBC Radio WM) concerning an alleged 'paranormal photograph' that has been featured in a number of media sources today......

It appears that the family of an American boy - who was killed in a tornado in May - believe that he has 'returned' to appear in a family photograph taken in July.....  

Sadly, young Nicholas McCabe died when his school - Plaza Towers Elementary School, in Oklahoma - was hit by the terrible storm.  However, some two months later, his likeness is believe to have 'manifested' in a photograph of his young cousin.... taken at a 4th of July celebration!

Nicholas' father revealed that the boy had been buried in his red, school tee-shirt and claims that the 'ghostly extra' in the image appears to be wearing the same type of top?!  Mr McCabe states that he is convinced that the anomaly shown in the image is the spirit of his son and believes that Nicholas is somehow 'watching over the family' now....

Friday, 22 November 2013

November 22nd 2013

A big thank you to our good friend, Su Lamb, for allowing us to reproduce the notes that she recently shared with us about her recent (Tues. Nov. 19th) visit to Bosworth Battlefield in Leicestershire.  The event attended was one of the organised 'Haunted Heritage' visits to the region, a venture which - supposedly, according to their website blurb - has "...exclusive rights to conduct paranormal walks using ghost detection equipment at Bosworth and are able to get closer to the actual battle field than most of the general public are allowed".......... (The 'Haunted Heritage' site can be visited via this LINK).

"Myself my brother and my friend, Sue, decided to go on the Bosworth Ghost walk, which started at around 8.30pm.  We were extremely lucky with the weather because, although it was cold, it was a clear, moonlight night. There was a Medium there, and a Battlefield Expert too. (Who was the more interesting of the two to listen to to be honest!)

Before we set out, the Medium invited people in the group to hold an EMF or K2 meter.... but us three were more intent on looking where we were going and not slipping!  Anyway, up on Ambion Hill, we were given a brief outline of what happened at Bosworth (Aug 22nd, 1485, King Richard III was killed here and so began the reign of the Tudors) then we began our tour of the battlefield.

Almost immediately, some of the people in the group who were holding K2 and EMF meters, noticed that they were going off - making crackling noises and the lights going on and off.  This continued to happen all night, which, according to the Medium was a sure sign of paranormal activity!?  She then kept stopping at various points and telling us what she was "picking up".  Now, to be quite honest, I felt that she was "leading".... in that she seemed to be planting thoughts and pictures into our minds.  She then reported being able to see a very tall figure (which couldn't have been Richard III then, because he was only slightly built).

Now my brother has a night vision lens, and, every now and then, we'd be looking through it.  Suddenly, he drew my attention to something he had spotted, which seemed to be like a ball of light going in a straight line.... clearing a hedge and vanishing!!  Now, I'm one of those people who, when they see "Mediums" on Ghost adventures or some such programmes start talking about 'orbs', I start to yawn!!  But this 'orb', or whatever it was, seemed to have a purpose to where it was going because of the way it moved along!!  I kept this sighting to myself, however, because the whole group would have 'been on' my brother for his night vision lens, like a zombie invasion! lol!

So, we continued to walk around and, actually, it was quite pleasant listening to the owls and foxes there.  However, my friend Sue swore she heard a drum beating; I thought I did too at one point, but then, on reflection, maybe that was a subconscious reaction to what the Medium had previously been saying?  I had also been wondering whether there were any horses or stables in that general area, because the Medium was, at one point, speaking of people hearing horses around the battlefield area, which is quite large?  I was thinking that, when horses start galloping, you can hear them from quite a distance can't you?  Under the circumstances, the sounds reported might not be anything paranormal anyway!?  Not trying to deliberately be sceptical, but this type of thing is a distinct possibility isn't it?

We then walked to the famous Well at Bosworth, which, allegedly, was the place where King Richard III took his last drink before going into battle.  To be honest, I wasn't listening to the medium - in fact I wasn't paying any attention at all, as I was intently watching the frost forming on the wooden fence around the well - when I distinctly felt someone, or something, touch the back of my neck!!!  I turned around and told my brother to stop it and asked Sue if she was playing me up... but both swore to me that they really hadn't touched me!  I looked around and there was actually no one within reaching distance either..... That was rather odd!  The medium later did say that one or two ladies, when in that area, had also reported being touched.... but I guess that's neither here nor there really!?  However, I do 'know' that somebody definitely touched me!!

After the walk, we went back into the building and people had taken photos of "orbs" and 'mist'..... but nothing really significant.  However, I really enjoyed it; it was quite fun and I'd do it again!!"

Needless to mention, with the verified discovery of the remains of Richard III quite recently, the Battle of Bosworth and it's related history has become extremely popular over the past year or so.  The W.M.G.C. first visited the region close to Halloween 2007, after hearing rumours of potential spooky happenings there...... 

Once again - thank you very much to Su for sharing her experience and views with us.....!!

Friday, 15 November 2013

November 15th 2013
West Midlands Ghost Club members would just like to say a very big THANK YOU to our good friend, Roger 'Cyberepair' Simpson, for kindly donating scanners and a printer for the administration purposes of the 'West Midlands Ghost Club'.....!!! 
Very much appreciated indeed!!!

Roger (pictured above in an enigmatic pose!) runs a top quality - local (Bilston, West Midlands) based - computer repair / technical service, of many years standing. Needless to say, any of our visitors in the West Mids region who are encountering problems with their home, computer system - maybe looking for an upgrade or completely new machine - please don't hesitate to give Roger a call, or drop him a line!!!
The official, 'Cyberepair' website can be accessed HERE.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday 10th November 2013
It's amazing how these things work out sometimes, but you can come across 'ghost stories' and snippets of folklore in some of the weirdest places and situations at times.  We frequently have to wait weeks for a decent reference to come in to us..... and then you can simply seem to 'fall on' prime stories without even trying!?
Most weekends, myself and the W.M.G.C.'s John Conway go out into the countryside to indulge in one of our favourite pursuits..... 'metal detecting'.  We have visited one particular, South Staffordshire village many times in the past year or so and were having a rather rare, but nice chat with a farmer this past weekend.  During the course of our conversation, John happened to enquire about the age of the beautiful, nearby farmhouse.  On being told that parts of it were constructed around the end of the 16th Century, John instantly asked if it might be 'haunted' at all, adding that we 'also' ran a ghost related group.  Of course, it's always something of a 'risky business' to impart such information, but the farmer took the news without the slightest hint of sarcasm and said that, while there were no ghosts as far as he knew, a past resident of the house had apparently hanged himself there....!! 
On the general subject of ghosts, however, he informed us that he did indeed have first-hand experience of something 'peculiar' in the area; and encounter from a few years earlier, which - as most good ghost stories do - occurred on a foggy, cold night!  He had been driving along a particular stretch of country lane, not too far from his home, when he had suddenly seen a figure - reminiscent of the character from the old 'Sandeman Port Bottles' - walk across the road in front of his vehicle and vanish into the mist!  Interestingly, he had old relatives living in the region concerned and, on speaking to them about the experience a little later, he was told that the same figure had also been seen 'inside' one of the properties along that lane too!

Upon moving on to talk of our forthcoming detecting for that day, he had cause to digress and, back-tracking a little, said that there was a ghost also associated with a particular spot actually situated on his land!?  Ironically, it was a place that we had visited many, many times in our previous forays into the region.... but, of course, we had known nothing at all of its history until this point in time!!  Lol!!  

The thicket to the far-left of the picture shown above is the site of an old dwelling from many years gone by.... now long demolished. The last occupant of the property is said to have been an old woman, who had lived there alone;  which, of course, might well account for numerous sightings of an elderly, female apparition that has supposedly been spotted abroad in this rather secluded spot!?

The site of future scrutiny by the W.M.G.C., do you reckon!?!  You betcha....!!!