The building which houses the business of 21st Century
Antics dates from the 17th Century. Situated in Brown
Street in Salisbury,
the building originally consisted of four separate components. In previous
times these components held their own numbers and later during the 1990's the
premises were branded 'the lost building'. The building has more recently been
entitled Number 13. Brown Street dates from 1396 and once contained the place that everyone dreaded residing in - the workhouse! Fortunately this public institution 'for the reception of paupers' does not exist in modern times.
Brown Street now consists of shops, businesses, almshouses, a church and a car park etc. But
its bygone era is somewhat captivated by the copious amount of curios inside
the shop of 21st Century Antics.
Some of the Twilight Shadows Paranormal team have previously
conducted several paranormal investigations at 21st Century Antics with our
former team. Having enjoyed our visits to the shop we decided to take some of
our newer team members there to experience the ghosts which reside in this
The owners of 21st Century Antics have had several
paranormal teams investigate their premises. The most famous was Derek Acorah
who visited while filming his series Ghost Towns. Derek made contact with two
restless brothers, Thomas and Ernest. His visit to the shop resulted in an
amazing display of table-tipping and other phenomena of audible and visible
(furniture moving) ghostly activity.
Shop owner Ben who is part of the paranormal group Halflife
has experienced strange light anomalies, heavy footsteps coming from upstairs
(when Ben was alone downstairs), knocking and banging and while investigating
with Halflife, the team captured the ghostly sigh of a woman, which can be
heard clearly upon the Halflife website.
Experiences with our previous team
While attempting table-tipping, we heard several knocks and
taps and eventually after asking the spirits to move the table, the table
started rocking to and fro. We were asking the spirits questions and they were
rocking the table for yes and stopping the table movement for no. We were aware
of both a female and male spirit joining us at the table. They seemed to react
positively to Ben's voice. As Ben is in this building on a daily basis, the
spirits know Ben and seem to feel comfortable with him.
We had a large candle burning in the centre of the table. It
had been burning brightly for ages, not flickering very much. Ben asked the
female energy if she could blow the candle out immediately. The candle blew
out. We were all astounded by this. We relit the candle and Ben asked again.
The candle blew out again on command. I would say that this was definitely
paranormal as the extinguishing of the candle flame was so precise. I had never
experienced this before and I was shocked.
I also felt the sudden onset of a draught whoosh past me.
The shop is cold but this was no normal draught caused by a natural occurrence.
It was as if a ghost had tried to walk past me but had mistakenly misjudged the
distance and had inadvertently walked through part of my body.
Elfed (my son) who was a member of our previous team was in
the middle space of the attic. He noticed a newspaper and felt strongly
compelled to turn it over although there was no reason to do so and he was not
interested in the newspaper itself. Elfed turned over the paper and in very
large print "GO TO HELL" was emblazoned as a headline.Was this a coincidence or was it a ghostly
message from a spirit who did not want paranormal investigators in their space?
While in the storeroom most members of the team heard a
noise that sounded like something being shovelled and then put into something
else. It reminded me of my childhood when most people had coal fires. You would
constantly hear people shovelling coal from their coal-bunkers and filling the
coal-scuttle to take the coal into the house. Or more eerily it sounded like
dirt being shovelled from the ground to fill a grave! Ben said that he had
never heard this noise before. Team members tried to investigate the noise and
discover its origin but to no avail. There appeared to be no rational
At one point Loretta thought she saw a dark figure in the
room. A couple of other team members thought they may have seen something also.
On another occasion Loretta saw a figure standing behind but to the side of me
while I was sitting at a table.
We have nearly always managed a session of table-tipping in
this location. The best results have always occurred on the ground floor of the
shop, towards the back. Initially the table starts to knock and rap from
underneath. On one occasion we had been calling out to spirits for a
considerable time and eventually the table started to vibrate and then gently
rock backwards and forwards.
We chatted to the spirit rocking the table, which kept at
its gentle momentum until I said that we were excited to be in contact. The
table reacted to our expression of excitement and rocked a bit harder. I asked
if the spirit rocking the table was excited to be in contact with us, to which
the table reacted severely as a positive affirmation.
The table's activity increased and we soon realised that the
spirit causing the table to move had a sense of humour. The more light hearted
we became with this spirit, the faster and stronger the table movement reacted.
We believed this spirit to be a male called Len, a practical joker and
fun-loving spirit that our previous team medium connected with upon our first
visit to this location.
The table eventually moved from the carpet reaching the bare
stone floor and the noise from it was incredible, if somewhat eerie. We asked
for other members of the team to join us and the table movement increased
dramatically, as if the spirit was excited by this prospect. The table-tipping
continued. Ben asked if the spirit could levitate the table. This did not
happen. I asked if the table could do anything else. Immediately the table
stopped moving and then really slowly it began to tip up on one side. It just
stayed there motionless. This was amazing as everybody just had one finger
lightly resting on top of the table. The laws of gravity should have sent the
table crashing to the ground. After a considerable time of the table remaining
stable in this position I asked "what are you going to do now"? The
table gently reverted itself into its normal position. This experience was
After a break we tried the table-tipping again hoping that
the humorous spirit Len would rejoin us. In no time at all he was back, moving
the table as before. We decided to try and entertain him. To say that he
positively reacted is an understatement. The funnier our comments were, the
more he moved the table. It seemed that he was displaying his laughter through
the table movement. We asked if he would like to hear some music; the table
rocked dramatically. James switched on his MP3 and played 'Little Spanish
Flea'. The table seemed to rock in time with the music. James also played
another funny tune 'Banana Phone'. Len also liked that. Someone else in the
group played Len a 'Bob Marley' track. He was not keen on that. Some team
members started to sing and at this point Len could not contain his mirth. The
table was rocking so much that not one of us could believe it. Everyone had
turns at removing their fingers but the rocking movement did not abate. We all
had only one finger on the top of the table. It was outstanding.
We have also experienced audible phenomena in the shop.
During a séance, every person in the room heard a woman's voice. Although
difficult to describe, some team members thought it was more like a moan. Ben
thought that it sounded like a little girl. The voice originated from behind
us; there was nobody else within the vicinity that could have created this
We also heard two male voices in a conversation. Although we
heard the voices clearly, the content of their conversation was
indistinguishable. We were rather excited but as soon as we reacted to the
voices, they suddenly stopped. It felt as if we had rudely disturbed them and
perhaps they did not want to include us in their conversation.
Once when we were standing outside the office, we heard some
rustling. There was nobody in the office. We listened carefully and we heard
two definite footsteps from upstairs. As everyone was downstairs and accounted
for, this was rather exciting.
With all these experiences the Twilight Shadows Paranormal
team could not wait to visit 21st Century Antics!
On Sunday 10th
February 2008, the Twilight Shadows Paranormal team conducted a
paranormal investigation at 21st Century Antics in Salisbury.
We were joined by Jackie from Phoenix Paranormal. Ben (proprietor), David and
Cameron (all from Halflife Paranormal) were also investigating with us.
We arrived at the shop and following introductions and
exploration for the people who were new to this building, the team split into
two to start the investigation.
James, Matt and Loretta decided to go upstairs with a
camcorder and conduct vigils from different locations, David decided to
alternate between the two groups, while the rest of the group gathered on the
ground floor of the shop. I had previously agreed with Ben that we would try
some table-tipping with one of the largest tables in the shop. Ben had
previously selected a table and we set our chairs around it and spiritually
We sat around the table and began our séance and table
tipping experiment. There were a few knocks and bangs, some from the
surrounding area and some emanating from underneath the table. The atmosphere
became thick and we all felt that we had been joined by spirit. Although we
could not see anyone, their presence was felt. A few people participating in
the séance started to experience an extremely dry throat, others complained of
pins and needles (not positional) and most of our heart rates were racing.
The table started to knock a bit more and then went quiet.
There seemed to be a pressure building and we sat in silence waiting with
trepidation as we all felt that something was going to happen. Suddenly we
heard the sound of what sounded like fingernails being dragged from the centre
of the table towards Jackie and me. We also felt the vibration of them. There
was no way that anyone who was sitting in the séance could have created this
noise. It was so eerie and totally shocked us.
There were two camcorders, both facing the table but from
different directions. Both were fully charged. Suddenly one camera switched
itself off, the battery had been drained. We were surprised by this but even
more surprised when the second camera also switched off about thirty seconds
later, its battery also drained. The table started to shudder and more thuds
were heard. Ben got up quickly and replaced one of the camcorders with a fully
charged battery. This battery which should have lasted at least ninety minutes
only lasted five minutes. We decided that what we were about to experience
should not be filmed.
The table started to move and shift about the floor quite
forcibly. The table was so heavy, we were all amazed. We asked the spirit
responsible for moving the table a series of questions. Ben asked if the spirit
was Thomas and the table moved with such strength, we assumed that the answer
was yes. Ben also communicated with Thomas's brother Ernest. The table moved in
a different manner with each different spirit.
We all became aware that a female spirit had joined the
séance. David (who was outside the circle) felt that this lady was not
particularly agreeable. The Halflife team had encountered her previously and
they believed that it was this lady that they had captured sighing. We wondered
if it was the same lady that had allowed us to hear her voice on a previous
investigation. We decided to ask her and the table tilted onto its side. The
table was so heavy and all our fingers were lightly resting on top. It seemed
crazy that such a heavy table could move like this. We all sat chatting about
this lady and without warning the table suddenly lifted. We thought it was
going to levitate substantially and although we were slightly scared, we were
very excited but the table returned to the floor.
I was hoping that Len (the joker) would join us but he did
not make an appearance.
The other group eventually re-joined us. They had not
experienced anything of a paranormal nature upstairs or in other parts of the
We finally ended the investigation. We all enjoyed our
experience, our belief in the paranormal reinforced.
We would like to thank Ben, the other Halflife team members
and Jackie from Phoenix Paranormal.
An email received from Jacky from Phoenix Paranormal
"I'm still shaking my head in disbelief from what we
witnessed last night. I'm still juddering at when we heard those fingernails
scrape underneath that table. I could feel it too".
Written by: Maria Williams
VISIT 2 On Sunday 30th
March 2008, Twilight Shadows Paranormal met with their friends
Halflife and Phoenix Paranormal for a 2nd visit to 21st Century Antics in Salisbury.
We were joined by some of Ben's friends and Lucy and Kirsteen who are friends
of the team.
As we had a large group for this investigation, we decided
to split into two halves. Following spiritual protection, Ben's group assembled
into the section of the shop where we have mostly worked previously. Twilight
Shadows and Phoenix Paranormal made our way to a different part of the shop.
Ben had previously informed us that a gentleman had hung himself in that part
of the building, over one hundred years ago. We gathered round a large table
and began our séance.
We placed a Dictaphone upon the table so that we could
record any knocks, bangs, taps or any other EVP that may transpire during the
We began to 'call out' for any spirits within the building,
requesting that they make contact with us. After a considerable time, the
temperature seemed to plummet and most people could feel an icy draught blowing
around their hands. The people experiencing these draughts stated that they did
not feel that the origin of the draughts were explainable. It felt like someone
was blowing on them so perhaps they were spirit breezes? Sometimes the breezes
were blowing into the face of the sitters but as this location is naturally
very cold and draughty, we cannot rule out a natural cause for this phenomenon.
The energy was noted to build up in cycles of approximately
five minutes, dying down and then building up again. Nothing much apart from
the cycles of energy seemed to be happening. Although we could hardly hear the
other team, we suddenly heard them cry out loudly. We all listened to make sure
that they were alright. We heard some of them laughing so we decided to carry
on with our séance.
Caz was filming and taking photographs as we sat around the
table. I noticed that she kept directing the camcorder towards a doorway. The
doorway was situated at the foot of a stairway. Caz felt that there was someone
standing down there. Other team members also felt drawn to this area, feeling
the same as Caz that someone was down there.
Time passed with nothing much happening (apart from the odd
shout from Ben's team) which indicated that they were experiencing paranormal
activity. We decided to call to the spirits of the shop. There did not seem to
be much of a response apart from a few taps on the table which were deemed as
As I called the names of all the spirits which we have come
to know, I realised that I was keeping my favourite to last. I called Len (the
joker). Some of the team stated that they felt the table shudder slightly. I
was very excited. I desperately wanted Len to make an appearance the last time
that the team visited the shop, but sadly he did not join us. I kept 'calling
out' to him and for a long time the table only shook slightly. However,
everyone felt the energy building and we heard a few unexplainable sounds
around us in the shop. One sound resembled a laugh. Encouraged by this, I asked
Len if he would like some fun and laughter. The table responded with a definite
shake. Luckily for us, one of our new team members Ady does a fine impression
of Worzel Gummidge.
The energy continued to build and the table started to tap
periodically and shake. The more Ady impersonated Worzel, the more the table
movement increased. Everyone was laughing hysterically and Len joined in. The table
movement actually felt like a person shaking with laughter.
The hilarity continued, with the team and Len enjoying one
another's company. We stopped for a moment and Jacky gave a startled gasp. Her
chair had been shoved from behind. So we continued our communication with Len.
Suddenly the table started to move and we had to stand as it travelled in a
circular motion. It suddenly felt as if we had been joined by more spirits.
We decided to join Ben's team and see what they had
experienced. We asked them why they had cried out. They told us that they had
had two objects thrown at them. One was a pound coin and the other was a penny.
They had also heard footsteps which had walked towards them. They also heard a
rather strange sound which Ben described as "a farting type sound".
Ben said that it was definitely none of his team members with a chronic wind
problem. The sound had travelled around the room, emitting its farting sounds
from different spots around the table. This was amazing. Was it Len with his
amazing sense of humour?
After a short break, some of Ben's team left the building
and some of us assembled around the table in the apparently active area of the
Straight away a strange sound was heard at the back of the
shop, like a shuffling sound. I felt as if someone had tapped me on the back
and it really made me jump. There was nobody standing behind me. As we were
discussing it, Ben and I heard a humming noise. It was really loud but we were
the only members of the team that heard it. Later, we heard the faint sound of
a woman's voice.
Worzel came back to us and made us all laugh again. The
table started to knock and then shake slightly. After a while the energy died
down and we eventually decided that we would end the investigation.
Twilight Shadows Paranormal would like to thank Ben and his
team Halflife. Also thank you to Phoenix Paranormal, our guests and last but
not least....... Worzel Gummidge aka Ady!
Written by: Maria Williams
On Wednesday 25th February
2009, Maria, Jacky and Dave were invited by Ben from 21st Century
Antics to join him and the rest of the Halflife Paranormal team on a
small-scale investigation at the shop.
Ben chose a large table for us to gather around to begin a séance.
I had brought a lamp containing a red light bulb as I have often been told that
spirits are attracted to red light. I positioned the lamp on top of a cupboard
and the lamp gave off a lovely, warm glow. We started the séance. Dave M did
not join the circle but observed from the outside, attending to cameras etc.
Quite quickly, we heard knocks and thumps at the end of the
shop. As we looked towards the origin of the knocking, we all shuddered at the
void of darkness. It was very cold and the temperature seemed to be getting
colder very quickly. Jacky said that she felt the spirits were "closing
in, getting nearer and nearer and also that they seemed to be all around
us." I had to agree as I felt that we were completely surrounded and also
that something was 'closing in.' Jacky and Dave W heard fingernails under the
table. I didn't hear them but I have experienced this frightening phenomenon
previously in the shop. The table started moving gently and knocking in reply
to our requests to knock, one knock for 'yes' and two knocks for 'no.'
We all heard a strange sound that is difficult to describe,
shortly followed by a groan which sounded like 'Uhhhhhh!' We were all talking
and some of the team said they could hear whispering. I didn't hear it. But the
others said that they could still hear it. After playing the footage back, I
think the whispering they mentioned initially was Jacky but she didn't whisper
again so I'm not sure about the rest. Suddenly Jacky jumped and said that she
had seen somebody standing at the end of the shop by the pillar. She described
him as wearing a peaked cap. Jacky shuddered and said "that was
By this time, we had been conducting a séance for a
considerable time and we wondered if it was a good time to take a break, as the
table had stopped moving and the knocking sounds diminished. As soon as we
mentioned stopping for a break, the rapping started again and was considerably
louder. Jacky desperately needed to use the toilet and she asked the spirit who
was knocking on the table "do you actually want me to wet myself?"
The spirit responded with a huge bang on the table, a 'yes.' The atmosphere had
lightened and I felt that my favourite spirit of the shop (who we believe is
called Leonard) had arrived. I asked if 'Leonard the Joker' was with us and
there was a big tap on the table. I asked if he still liked us laughing and the
response was 'yes.' Several loud thuds followed and the table started moving.
Jacky asked "did I see someone standing up there?"
One big thud was the reply. Jacky then asked "should we worry about the
other spirits?" A big thud on the table indicated 'yes.' The bangs on the
table became louder. Dave W said that he heard croaking. I also heard this
sound and so did some of the others. We all felt that there was a spirit energy
standing in the corner at the far end of the room. We asked if Leonard could
'tap out' how many spirits were present. There were three large thuds. We then
heard movement in the shop and a sigh.
Dave M said that a female spirit was coming through. She
usually comes in by the bottom left hand corner and then moves over to the
right before approaching the sitters. Her presence is unpleasant and makes you
nervous. Previously when communicating with this spirit, the Halflife team
heard a sigh which was terrifyingly loud and completely surrounded them. It is
more usual to hear sighs and other noises from a particular area and not
generally in 'surround sound.' None of the boys who witnessed this strange sigh
have ever forgotten the terror they felt.
The temperature suddenly plummeted and we all noticed at the
same time. Dave W felt that someone was behind him. There wasn't anyone there.
We all felt the room getting colder and colder. Dave M said that when this
female spirit comes through, she starts tapping on the furniture and the table,
producing lots of small taps. Suddenly we all heard a voice. It sounded like
'oooooh.' Ten minutes later we heard the 'oooooh' noise again. Dave M said
"she always makes noises."
We asked Leonard if he would knock the table loudly if the
lady was entering the circle. There was a massive bang on the table. All of a
sudden, the table started tapping. The bangs were not so forceful but they were
continuous and they were rapping around the whole table in an incessant manner,
round and round and round. We said "hello lady" and received big raps
again. Ben was tapped on the shoulder, at the top of his left arm. There was
nobody near enough to do this. We were all aware that there were noises all
around and that the table was shaking. I felt that 'the lady' was angry but not
Jacky asked "can you move the table" and the table
suddenly shook with force. It then tipped slightly. Three big bangs followed
and then four taps. Jacky then asked "can you grab our legs under the
table?" Everyone looked horrified and several of us moaned
"noooooo!" Luckily there was no ghostly leg-grabbing. But suddenly
the table moved, towards Jacky. The constant knocking around the table
continued and then suddenly changed direction and went the other way. We were
all amazed by this. The knocking stopped abruptly. Rhys said "has your
battery gone?" Two taps were distinctly heard, meaning 'no.' He said
"can you rock." and the table rocked. Jacky asked "what are you
up to?" Some very strange bangs were heard.
Cameron called out to Leonard but mistakenly called him
'Leroy.' This caused us all to laugh uncontrollably. Dave W suddenly jumped and
said that someone had pulled sharply at his coat. There was nobody behind him.
Aaron said that he saw something (with his naked eye) in the middle of the
table but it was only there for a moment and was gone. He seemed quite amazed
by this. Dave W and Aaron felt cobwebs on their faces simultaneously but they
hadn't moved and were still sitting at the table. Jacky informed everyone that
to feel cobwebs (that aren't there) is a sign of a female spirit close by. Most
of us then felt a sudden breeze.
All of a sudden we all heard a high pitched noise. It was
voice-like and I have heard this noise in the shop before and also on
paranormal programmes on TV. Jacky saw some movement by a wardrobe. We were
then all aware of a smell which smelt like unwashed bodies, like the smell of a
tramp. It was really potent for a while. Ben felt someone tug the clothing at
the bottom of his back. Again, there was nobody there.
We then heard another sigh and some more big knocks. I then
decided I would knock out a rhyme and ask the spirit to copy. I carefully
knocked out the rhyme and instead of copying it, the knocks that ensued
finished off the rhyme. I really couldn't believe that had happened so I did it
again, twice more. The knocking that responded finished off the rhyme again,
both times. Although I didn't hear it, several people heard the sound of fabric
dragging nearby. We wondered if it was the long dress of the lady spirit as she
moved around. I decided to try and knock out a different rhyme. This time I
said the words as I tapped. "Ring a ring o'roses.'" The same sequence
was tapped out in reply. I then tapped and said verbally "Atishoo,
atishoo." There was a short silence and then 'Bang-bang, bang, bang!' We
then heard a humming but not a tune as such.
We all started talking amongst ourselves about past
investigation experiences. The table started rapping as if to remind us that we
should stay focussed upon this investigation. The temperature seemed to drop
rapidly again and then another smell permeated the air. This time the smell was
pleasant and smelt like pastry baking. There was a definite scrape underneath
the table and the smell changed. Dave W said that it smelt like a beech wood
fire. Jacky suddenly exclaimed "oh, I wish you wouldn't do that!" She
said that she had felt someone touch the back of her neck.
We all started chatting again and started to talk about the
'farting' noise that Ben's team experienced the last time we visited. I said,
"I would love to hear that." The spirits didn't oblige but Cameron
did. We all laughed hysterically for ages. Suddenly the table shifted so
violently, I had to stand up and move towards it. It shifted again.
We decided that we needed to close the circle as we were all
working the next day. Prior to us 'closing down' Rhys (who had been sitting out
of the circle for a while) was slumped in a chair and perhaps about to doze off.
He suddenly jumped and said "someone has just poked me in the nose!"
He was really shocked as it had startled him but it was incredibly funny.
Perhaps it was Len.
Jacky, Dave W and I would like to thank Ben and the other
Halflife boys for asking us to join them. It was an amazing evening. As the
evening was so active, I wondered if the red lamp may have helped. I will take
it along to some other investigations to try this theory out.
Written by: Maria Williams
JACKY'S REPORT 21st Century Antics is a lovely bric a brac shop in the
heart of Salisbury. It is a
family-run business owned and managed by Dave and Gerry Scott with their two
sons, John and Ben. Ben is also a member of Halflife Paranormal. It was Dave M
from Halflife Paranormal who asked Maria if we would like to join them for a
last minute investigation in the shop.
When we got there we all proceeded to the small room, just
off the main entrance. This part of the building seems to be the most active
room historically speaking, from previous investigations. Ben and co. had
already started setting up and were in the middle of choosing a nice, heavy
table, big enough to have us all sat around for vigil. After trying out a few,
we decided upon a lovely, heavy, pine table. So we pulled up some chairs,
locked off the cameras and prepared to begin.
Maria had brought a lamp with a red light bulb in.
Apparently the red light is supposed to attract spirits and encourage
supernatural activity. Maria began by opening a protective circle. This is
where we visualise a bright protective light surrounding us, also asking the
'higher realms' and our 'spirit guides' to prevent any harmful spirits or
entities from entering the circle and causing mischief. Once this is done, you
then visualise the white light flowing from one person to another in a
clock-wise direction. This helps to get the energy going and helps any spirit
beings to make contact.
It wasn't long at all until we felt the table vibrate (21st
Century Antics is one of the only places where I have seen and been involved
with table tipping which has actually being successful). The table started to
rock back and forth quite violently and this seemed to un-nerve the boys. This
was Dave W's first visit to the shop and he seemed very impressed by the activity
happening at this very early stage. It often takes a while to get the energy
going and for any paranormal activity to happen. This never seems to be the
case in this particular shop though. Activity always seems to start very
quickly. The shop also seems to be very cold. You really notice as the energy
starts to build, just how cold the place starts to get. I felt that while we
were 'asking out' for any spirit people to make contact or whenever we were
talking among ourselves, there was always something catching the corner of my
eye or a knock or a thud would happen. There seemed to be lots of movement
within the shadows this evening and many people witnessed movement or some type
or other. Some members of the team saw someone walk up by the entrance of the
shop. Myself and a few others could see someone (I thought was male), standing
up by the entrance watching us.
Others heard shuffles and something like fabric being
dragged across the floor. Many, many taps, bangs and knocks were heard. While
we were sat around the table, something quite strange and unique happened. Some
of the members had decided to go to another part of the shop. I was left, with
Dave W, Ben, Maria and another member of Halflife Paranormal. The table had
been moving and vibrating which is amazing to witness in itself but it suddenly
started to move in a circular direction, going from right to left. From
underneath the table was a series of very rapid taps, very much like miniature
footsteps running around and around the underside of the table. The table was
moving in exactly the same time, in the same direction and the tapping was
getting louder and louder. Then the table seemed to pause and started to go in
the opposite direction. Maria, Dave W and I found this amazing and we were getting
very excited about it. Ben and the others were not finding it very amusing and
Ben was getting very un-nerved. We felt that as the table activity was dying
down a little, we would take a break and then resume.
After our break we sat around the table and began to 'ask
out' again. The table almost immediately started to move and in a very
pronounced manner but whoever this spirit person was, they really didn't want
to give too much away. The atmosphere changed again and the table moved in a
different way. Maria decided to try and see if the spirit person could copy
what she was tapping on the table. She tapped out a pattern and asked the
spirit person to copy but the spirit completed the sequence. She thought it may
be a fluke so she did it again. Once again the sequence was completed correctly
and she got an immediate response. Maria tried tapping the nursery rhyme 'ring
a ring o'roses' and again the spirit person was able to complete the sequence.
Hopefully this is all caught on cam as we had quite a few cameras rolling.
The atmosphere changed again and the table took a couple of
violent jumps to the right which did alarm me a bit. We were just deciding to
call it a night as it was getting late and being a week-night, some of us had
to be up early. Maria asked if the spirit person could finish the evening with
something spectacular. After a couple of very definite jumps to the right
again, the circular tapping started. Along with that pattern the table started
to move in the direction of the tapping before. We thanked the spirit for
trying so hard to join us this evening and we then closed down the circle.
During this evening, other than the activity mentioned we
also witnessed lights of various types, green being seen by many members of the
team. Also extreme temperature changes, smells that went from burning pastry
one minute to burning wood the next. Cold, icy blasts of air were experienced
and a few members felt like they had been poked or clothing pulled.
I would like to thank Halflife Paranormal for giving us the
opportunity to visit this wonderful location.
Finally boys, I'm afraid the whispering you heard may have
been me. I was laughing to myself at how scared you all seemed to be but I
didn't realise you may have heard me. I'm sorry. :0)
Written by: Jacky Wicheard
On Thursday 19th
August 2010, Jacky, Dave, Sharon
and I were invited back to the shop for the evening to see if we could make
contact with the ghosts who live there. Ben had invited some guests, some of
whom we knew and some who we didn’t know.
Jacky opened up and ‘called out,’ encouraging spirits to use
our energies and make contact with us. We heard a noise, a small tap. Ben
called out, asking any spirits present to hit the table as hard as possible.
All was quiet. Ben asked again and the table tapped underneath. Ben asked
"Could you tap louder please?" Ben called out the names he knows who
are connected to the shop, Thomas, Ernest and Leonard. Jacky said that she
could feel the energy building up but it seemed slower than usual in the shop.
Jess said that she could see something between Dave and
Jacky and that it had leaned forward right by them. Jacky said that she thought
that Dave had been leaning on her. He said that he hadn’t moved and I knew that
he hadn’t as I was sitting next to him.
Dave said that his hand was icy cold. We had all been
experiencing small draughts blowing over our hands. I ‘called out.’ I called
Len, asking this hilarious spirit gentleman to join us. Jacky and I both wanted
the scary female ghost to join us too, as although the atmosphere is terrifying
when she joins us; we always enjoy her contact with us. Rhys said that he felt
something touch his eyebrow. All was quiet in the shop.
Suddenly we all heard a noise upstairs, directly above us.
We knew there was nobody upstairs. We were also aware of the draughts that had
increased over our hands as we sat around the table. Jess ‘called out.’ There
was a tap and a rumbling sound. The table shuddered and then started tapping.
Several members of the team saw something standing at the end of the shop,
behind Jacky, Dave and I. They said that it kept standing back when noticed.
Ben ‘called out.’ After a while, a sharp rap was heard,
followed by another noise. The second noise was a swishing noise like the
rustling of taffeta material. Jacky said "What the hell was that?" It
came from somewhere nearby us. The table started to knock in response to our
requests. Jess said that she thought that something was manifesting between
Jacky and Dave. The knocking on the table was now by Jacky and Dave. We all
heard more strange sounds coming from different directions within the shop.
We noticed that when we asked the spirits to bang on the
table, it banged but it did not bang when we asked specific questions. Jacky
said that she did not feel as if Len (our favourite ghost) had joined us.
Ben looked at Jacky and asked her "Is that you?"
She replied that she had not moved or made a noise and Ben said that he had
heard something shift. It seemed really dark in the shop, darker than usual.
Ben and Dave both remarked on this. We all heard a sound upstairs. Jacky said
that she could feel an energy building. A sharp knock rapped on the table.
Jacky said that she didn’t like her back being towards the dark expanse of the
shop. There was more knocking on the table. One of Ben’s guests asked the
spirits present if they recognised any of the people sitting around the table
and if they did, would they please knock the table near to that person. There
was a loud knock by Ben. Ben asked "Did you work in this shop?" There
was no response. Ben asked "Did you live here?" The table shuddered
and then knocked. This was followed by a sudden burst of knocking. Jacky said
"Something is stroking my arm and I don’t like it. Stop picking on me!”
There was a sharp knock on the table. Jess asked if it could knock near someone
else and a knocking commenced around the table. We heard something metallic
being moved near to us.
Ben explained to any spirits listening to us that there were
a few sceptical people among the group so it would be good to show them that spirits
do exist. Ben asked "Please shake the table again" and before he had
finished speaking, the table shook. Jess asked if the spirit knocking the table
was a man and the table shook. Jess asked "Are you friendly?" The
table knocked and the bangs were getting louder. We all felt that this spirit
was a spirit that had been there a very long time. Jacky thought that the
spirit person wanted to make itself known but did not want us to ask questions.
Jacky asked Dave "Did you just move your foot?"
Dave said that he had not moved his foot at all and Jacky make a scared type of
noise. Jess gasped and said that she had just seen something come from behind
Jacky, it had manifested itself into a black shadow, moving behind Dave and
then leaned over my arm with its arm and its fingers looked like the film
character ET’s fingers. Jess appeared really shocked.
Jacky felt as if she had been poked. She said "Please
don’t poke me." Jess asked "Are you interested in Jacky?" There
was a loud knock. Jess said "Do you like her?" There was a sharp rap
on the table. Jess asked "Was that you I saw standing behind Jacky?"
We all heard a thud from upstairs. The table moved and then shuddered. We were
all aware of a scraping noise coming from underneath the table.
Jacky felt like a different energy that we had never met
before had joined us. She asked if this was so and a tap was heard on the
table. Jess said that someone had tickled her shoulder and said that she
thought that this spirit had a preference for women. The table knocked. Jess
asked "Are you feeling playful?" A knock was heard and the table
lifted up slightly.
The table lifted up from one corner. Ben asked "Did you
just lift the table?" Jess said that something had just stroked her leg.
Rhys said that he felt weird and floaty but his hands felt like a ton-weight.
Jess said that something was pushing against her chest. There was a tapping on
the table near to Dave. Most of the team members were experiencing different physical
There was more tapping and the table felt like it was trying
to lift. Somewhere in the shop I heard what sounded like dog paws tapping
towards me. Rhys also heard it. Gary
said that he had been touched on the back of his neck. He then asked aloud
"Are you touching the right side of my leg." Please knock if you
are!” There was silence and then suddenly Rhys burst out laughing. He
apologised for his outburst and tried to stop laughing. The table shuddered
considerably. We all heard a footstep inside the shop. Rhys started laughing
again, almost hysterically. During Rhys’s laughter, there were intermittent
tapping sounds on the table. We all started smiling because Rhys’s laughter was
infectious. Jacky said "Len’s here!" Rhys stopped laughing and then Sharon
started giggling. She tried to stop but could not contain her mirth. She kept
trying to explain that she didn’t know why she was laughing. Rhys started
laughing again. Although we were all laughing by now, Rhys and Sharon’s
laughter was different. It really was as if they were being affected.
We continued with our séance. Suddenly a camera which was
recording the séance switched itself off; followed by another until
systematically all cameras switched themselves off. Out of seven cameras, only
two were left running. I thought there must be a natural explanation for this
but some of the boys said that it was impossible that they had all run out of
battery at the same time because they all had different life-length of batteries
in them. Some batteries were eight hour batteries so they should not have
drained so quickly. Jess said "It’s a power drain!" There was a
knocking sound in the shop. Rhys and Sharon were still laughing intermittently
and now two more of Ben’s guests started to laugh.
We all heard a rustling noise near to us in the shop. It
sounded like fabric rustling, like a long skirt swishing as someone walked.
Jess asked out "Can you touch one of us!" Jacky suddenly shouted out
"No, No, No!" We all looked at Jacky and she said "Someone has
just pulled my trouser leg up!" Another camera switched off. Jess told us
that she saw something move behind Alana.
Dave said that he could smell burning. As he finished his
sentence, we all heard a very loud knocking. Jacky asked for the table to be
lifted and we could all feel an energy really trying to lift the table. We all
tried to encourage whatever it was that was trying to lift the table. Another
camera switched off so my camera was now the only camera running.
The table lifted. We asked it to lift the other side and it
did. Ben wondered why his EMF meter had not been activated when we had
experienced some very strange things. He asked if a spirit could walk towards
us and activate his EMF meter. We all heard two loud knocks and then a scraping
noise under the table. The table continued knocking and moving. Jacky said
"And for my next trick" and there was an immediate tapping which
resembled a drum roll. We all laughed and I told everyone about a previous time
that I had tapped out the beats of a rhyme onto the table and something had
tapped out the rest of the rhyme to the finish. I am inclined to think that it
was our friend Len that tapped out the drum roll in response to Jacky’s remark.
We all heard footsteps from within the shop. The table moved
and then after a while it moved again. This was followed by tapping from random
areas of the table. Suddenly Ben’s EMF meter began to bleep.
We continued with our séance and the table continued
tapping. Eventually it stopped and we started chatting amongst ourselves. As
soon as we diverted our attention from the spirit activity, the table shuddered
and lifted considerably. We were all surprised at the strength it would have
taken to lift this heavy table. The table lifted again. Following this, the
table moved, shuddered and tapped intermittently but eventually we had to end
our paranormal investigation as it was a week-day and it was very late.
Twilight Shadows Paranormal/ Phoenix of Wessex would like to thank Ben and his
guests for a very enjoyable evening.