On Saturday 28th
July 2007 the Twilight Shadows Paranormal team conducted an
investigation into a specific area of 'allegedly' haunted woodlands. We are
unable to be location specific as the woodlands are privately owned and not a
public right of way. We were given permission to investigate this location as
the landowner is a friend of one of our team members.
The area in which the woodlands are situated are known to
have been inhabited by the Beaker people and Early Bronze Age. There are some
Bronze Age barrows on the perimeter of the woodland.
We started off the investigation with laughter assisted by
Vikki who when trying to hop over a huge puddle, collapsed and sat down in the
middle. I think that these funny situations which make us laugh during investigations
and vigils do well to prevent us from taking ourselves too seriously. We made
our way to our location.
It was raining but the woodland was beautiful. We headed for
a clearing and stayed there for a while. There have been sightings of a shadowy
figure in this area but as long as we stayed there, we did not have any ghostly
visitors. Matt went off on his own to see if he could experience anything. He
later reported that he could hear tiny bells ringing. There was nothing in the
area that would sound like small bells and nobody was wearing anything that
would jingle. Later on in the investigation, Matt heard the bells again.
We eventually decided to move on. Vikki found a log to sit
on and felt that someone was with her. This spirit was trying to influence
Vikki and she felt compelled to get up from the log and walk but she knew it
would not be from her own free will. The rest of the team caught up with Vikki
so she was able to dispel the feeling.
We wondered around the woodlands. Shelly found an area in
which she did not feel comfortable. She took the rest of the team there. Shelly
said that it felt 'nasty'. As we followed her we all agreed that this small
part of the woodland felt oppressive.
We went for a walk around the woods. We met a sweet, little
toad who was enjoying the rain and we think we found a badger set. As everyone
was exploring I saw a shadow figure really close to me, dash from one tree to
the other. I quickly looked behind me. Although the figure did not look like
anyone from the team, I just had to check. They were all a little way behind
me, still looking at the badger set. I just stood there in disbelief. Although
it was raining, the night was very still and there was no wind. Suddenly as I
looked at the tree at which the shadow ran towards, all the branches at arm
level just separated as if someone had pulled them apart and passed through.
The invisible person must then have let the branches go again as they all
suddenly snapped back into place. There was absolutely nobody there and no
animal of any sort. The branches were just a couple of feet away from me. This
Vikki heard a growl right beside her, again nobody or no
animal there. She also thought she could see a figure further in the woods. By
the time the rest of us looked, the figure had gone.
After this nothing much happened and the atmosphere which
had previously felt charged now felt normal. We decided to finish the
investigation and we were in high spirits as the whole experience had been so
Written by: Maria Williams