Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday 27th June 2016 

Reasonably long-standing visitors to this page may well recall our mention of the allegedly haunted, 'hair salon' - in the Northfield region of Birmingham - that we became involved with in 2013.....  Our subsequent dealings with the site resulted in a number of visits and an article on the matter, which appeared in the 'Birmingham Mail', at the time of our initial interest (HERE).

Well - after a slight lapse in communications with the shop, we have recently been contacted by the owners once more, who have informed us that activity has apparently 'begun again' after a break of some time......!?  As the W.M.G.C. have been greatly 'stepping back' from the active-investigation side of the subject for a while now, it was suggested (by us) that our old friend John Chance (of Wednesbury) and his paranormal team - 'Ghostcallers UK' - might be interested in 'taking over things', perhaps......!?

At the time that we first had dealings with the site in question, it was stressed to us that they wouldn't be interested in allowing any other groups to investigate their premises, but - under the circumstances mentioned above - 'Nokes'z Hair' jumped at the chance of fresh interest.  After passing contact details over, John reports that he has already made a preliminary visit to the site and, we believe that, at the time of writing, investigation is set to follow.....

Needless to say, we eagerly await news of the latter and will be giving further dealings a mention as and when they happen, at a future date......

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday 24th June 2016 

A rather interesting - if brief - experience has recently come to the attention of the W.M.G.C. hailing from the St. Georges area of Telford, in Shropshire.

We were informed that three friends were in the process of walking back from a night fishing excursion - at between 3 and 4 am - when their journey took them past Timbers Island, on Gower Street.  As they reached the island, they all saw what they can only describe as an 'all white male, in a all white suit, riding a all white bicycle' travelling past them...!?!  Our correspondent says the spectacle was 'like something out of an old movie'.... constructed completely of varying shades from white to grey....

As they watched the spectacle, the man proceeded to ride straight past the group, a 'fixed' expression on his face;  looking forward, up towards the hill, directly in front of him.... seemingly oblivious to the startled onlookers!!  Having passed within a couple of feet of the bemused lads, it was clearly noticed that there was no sound at all coming from neither the man nor the bicycle.....!?

Within a second or so, the bemused friends had turned to watch the figure silently riding away from them..... but he had completely vanished from sight!?

For a number of year afterwards, one of the group tried in vain to find word of any other 'strange sightings' from the same area, or perhaps something that could possibly account for the weird encounter....!?  Unfortunately, however, this is where this particular story has to abruptly end - at least for the time being - as nothing more can be unearthed on the subject, either from a paranormal or historical angle!?  Since being informed of the matter, our researchers have taken to pouring over old O.S. maps of St. Georges, but, all that can really be gleaned from such research, is the fact that the entire region was a heavily mined area going back to Victorian times.....

Needless to say, both the W.M.G.C. and our kind correspondent would dearly love to hear of any peculiar experiences or history specifically related to the region concerned!?  If readers of this blog do know something of the area concerned, then please do get in touch with us!! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tuesday June 21st 2016

A recent conversation with Shropshire author, Fran Norton - on the subject of the infamous ghost of 'Madam Pigott' at Chetwynd, near Newport - inspired us to, once again, advertise for information on this most enigmatic and historic apparition....  Thankfully, this recent inquiry proved amazingly successful and we have literally been inundated with an array of stories, fresh, first-hand accounts of experiences and general reminiscences concerning the ghost / ghostlore in the region concerned!!

Of MAJOR importance to the group is the fact that we can now actually put a name and an associated story to the person who admits having 'faked' the 'ghost photograph' that was sent in to us in 2014.  This reasonably famous image - shown above - was emailed to the W.M.G.C., with a brief story outlining how an acquaintance of the sender had supposedly 'caught' the apparition in a photograph taken in Chetwynd Churchyard one night.  At the time that we received the image, our old friends at the 'Shropshire Star' newspaper took considerable interest in the matter and 2 articles were subsequently published on the topic....

However, at the time that we received the image, it was already being regarded as somewhat 'suspicious', as image manipulation experts that we had shared the photograph with instantly suggested one of the numerous, create-a-ghost 'phone apps' that had started to become fairly popular around that time....?  Within a very brief period, someone came forward with a specific figure - found in a 'catalogue of apparitions' from one of these aforementioned 'Apps' - that corresponded almost exactly with the 'ghost' in the photograph that we had been sent...... 

Despite the 'dubious' nature of the image, it was still - needless to mention - something of a puzzle as to 'who' had created the picture concerned and 'why' it had been sent in to the group.....!?  Thankfully, we can now draw a line under this perplexing matter, as - as mentioned - our recent appeal for information resulted in the 'creator' of the picture coming forward and explaining the origins of the shot!

It seems that the photograph had been simply created as a 'joke', being played on the sister-in-law of the person responsible.  The former believed that she had possibly seen 'something' at Chetwynd Church, a little time earlier.  As a result of this, the trickster involved had subsequently gone to the churchyard themselves and 'faked' a ghostly picture to send to their relative!!  The email sent to the W.M.G.C. containing the image seems to have come about as a well-meaning lead from a friend-of-a-friend, who had simply taken the picture from a social media page and, presumably, thought we may well be interested in the matter concerned!?  The 'photographer' involved tells us that no offence was intended and the whole matter was purely carried out in jest!!  Chuckle!!

Well - at least we NOW know, eh!?  Laugh!!

In connection with this matter, we'd also like to point out that copies of Fran Norton and Marie Williams booklet on the potential, genealogical / historical origins of the infamous ghost - 'The Mystery Of Madam Pigott' - are still available to buy directly by emailing the following address:   

As previously reported on this page, Fran tells us that they always been intrigued by the Madam Pigott ghost story and - upon carrying out some research for the 'Chetwynd Medieval Fair' one year - they had basically realised how little people actually knew about a prominent family who had lived at Chetwynd for almost 500 years.....!  As anyone who has ever undertaken any historical research can fully appreciate, it takes a lot of time to thread your way through reams of old documents and books, to discover anything of real importance or interest......  Over the decades, there have been MANY reports of Madam Pigotts ghostly appearances.... and their idea was to endeavour to extract 'fact' from 'fiction' and try to possibly discover the identity of our unearthly visitor...!?  The resulting book is a testament to their painstaking research and a fitting tribute to what must surely be Shropshires most famous phantom......!?