On Saturday 21st December 2013, Twilight Shadows
Paranormal conducted a paranormal investigation at a village hall in
We decided to start the investigation with a séance in the main
hall. Jacky began by 'calling out.' After a while we heard the sound
of footsteps walking across the floor. We all felt that this was too
good to be true. Nicci said that she could feel the temperature
dropping and Caz felt like something had brushed past her. There were
more footsteps, a knocking sound and then a loud thud on the floor.
Nicci jumped and said that she had heard more footsteps and then we
all heard some deep thuds. Dave said that he saw a light anomaly
float over the top of the table that we were sitting around. Matt
heard movement behind him and Dave heard a knock right by him. There
was a tap, a loud thud, more footsteps and then something was thrown.
Nicci said that she thought there were two spirits near to where
Matt was standing. I saw movement in the kitchen and we heard the
sound of footsteps. The footsteps were strange. One minute, they were
walking around one end of the hall and the next minute, they were
walking around the opposite end of the hall. Jacky said, “If you go
to one end of the room, the footsteps move to the other end,” We
all felt breezes around the tops of our fingers. Ben saw a small
light travel across the wall. There was a loud thud. I asked if any
spirits present could walk across the floor towards us and we heard
two footsteps. There were continual thuds which Ben thought were
getting more frequent.
I knocked loudly on the table and there was a responsive knock
back. There was a mischievous feel in the atmosphere. We all felt a
masculine energy close by. We heard movement on the stage so we
decided to go and sit up there.
We sat around on the stage. We were asking for footsteps and bangs
and we were getting responses and they seemed to be complying with
our requests. I felt a bit uncomfortable on the stage and a little
jumpy. We were sitting around a table and the table started
shuddering. This then stopped and nothing happened for a good while.
A little later, we heard footsteps walking by Dave, followed by
thumping on the floor and then the sound of running. We 'called out'
and immediately heard more footsteps. We made contact with a male who
said that he was Mr. H. He told us that he was dead and then said,
'Goodbye.' We wondered if this was the spirit who was making all the
noise. He then left us.
After a while, the spirit seemed to return and made it clear that
he only wanted to talk to the female team members.
Did you live in this village?
Did you work in this village?
No. Hub, I go dead.
(Nicci told us that there was lots of industry historically, in
this area. She wondered if 'he' was using words that we could not
place, such as 'hub.')
Did you work at the mill?
Did you die because of an accident?
How old were you?
Mr. H, are any of your family and friends with us?
(At this point, a voice from the spirit box said, 'Yes.')
(Nicci has since informed us that she has researched this story
and can confirm that a gentleman with this name did die at the mill
but the date was 1973 and not 1773.)
Ben decided to ask the spirit person if he could guess our ages.
How old is the lady on my left?
30. (Loretta is 30).
Nicci said, “None of the team know how old I am, so can you tell
me how old you think I am?
46. Nicci said, “Well, I will be 46 in a couple of months.
Jacky asked, “Can you guess my age?”
39. (Jacky is 40).
Ben said, “How old am I?”
26. (Ben is 26.)
Ben asked how old I was and the answer was 54. I am almost 53.
Ben then asked, “How old am I?” The answer was, “I did.”
The Spirit Box said, 'Dave.' The energy seemed to be changing. A
woman's voice from the Spirit Box called out, “Ben.” There was a
biscuit on the table and Ben asked Loretta, “Do you want that?”
Immediately, there was a voice from the Spirit Box which mimicked Ben
saying clearly, “Do you want that?”
Jacky said, “Someone is making knocks and bangs. A voice from
the Spirit Box said, “That's Norman.
Andrew asked, “Norman?” We all heard the Spirit Box reply,
There was a loud bang in the room with us and another one. We
heard footsteps and and another really big bang. We then heard a
sound like the strumming of fingers on the table. The Spirit Box
called out, “Jacky.” We were amazed that the Spirit Box had now
called out three of our team members names.
Jacky 'called out' and we were told, “Stop walking.” Dave had
been pacing around so we assumed that the spirit was referring to
him. We all heard a woman's moan.
Stop walking. No noise. Stop walking. David.
We could all feel breezes blowing around our faces. We asked who
was talking to us and we were told, “Me.”
We decided to leave the stage area and went into the main hall
again and 7 stones were thrown at us in quick succession. The stage
curtain moved in a strange manner, as if someone was behind it. This
made Nicci jump. We hadn't seen the curtain move at all before that
moment and there didn't seem to be any direct draughts from the
windows. The curtain movement was strange but we cannot say that it
was paranormal. Lots of stones continued to be thrown and one hit the
back of my neck. I could tell by the impact that it had been thrown
with force. More stones were thrown and nobody was standing in the
direction that the stones had been thrown. We heard a whistle.
We decided to sit around the table. The table shot across the
floor and we had to quickly move the chairs that we were sitting on.
The table started tapping and moving with force around the room. We
couldn't keep up with it. We then realised that the floor was
knocking and some of us got down to floor level and could actually
feel the bumps from below the floorboards. This felt like a very
different spirit. We felt like we were communicating with a much
older spirit. The knocking on the floor continued and was very
strong. Unfortunately, our time was finished at this location so we
talked about packing up to leave. At this point the table lifted up
on two legs and started whizzing around the hall. We had to run to
keep up with it.
We were sad to leave the investigation here but it was time to
leave. We would love to return to this hall another time. Thank you
to Jacky and Dave for arranging this investigation.
Written by: Maria Williams.
As it was nearly Christmas, Dave and I thought we would throw a
little get together for the team. This was going to be a get
together with a difference. I had hired a local hall (which we had
noticed had a definite ‘feel’ to it when we had been there before
for other functions). This turned out to be a smart move.
Our guests for the night included Maria, Andrew, Ben, Loretta,
Matt, Caz, Nicci, Dave and I. I had laid on a few nibbles so after
we had finished these we decided to see if there really was any
ghosts at this mystery hall.
We decided to set up a table in the middle of the hall. Maria had
the idea to leave the red candle burners going as it is believed that
spirits are attracted to red light. We started to call out and as
usual nothing much happened for a while. It can take a while for the
energy to build up at the start of an investigation. About 20
minutes into the mini investigation we heard a strange moan that
wasn't quite human sounding yet it also didn't sound like a car going
past or a plane going over either as it stopped too abruptly. Just
after the moan we heard a series of taps. These increased in
intensity until they were more like thuds and you could actually feel
the vibrations too. Nicci suggested that maybe the door wasn't quite
secure so Dave went off to find out. The door was fine and it was not
rattling in the lock. As Dave came back to join us, we heard another
thud down by the door. It seemed that if you went down to
investigate you then heard the thud at the opposite end of the room.
We asked if we could hear their footsteps walk across the wooden
floor of the hall. We heard a knock just after we asked this. As we
continued to call out to try and encourage any spirit activity, Nicci
felt something touch her hair. As was telling us this we heard a thud
at the opposite end of the room.
We decided to take a break and we set the table up on the stage
area (as some of the team felt drawn there). While some of us were
in the kitchen, the rest of us were either sat up on the stage or in
that area. You can see us talking on the video footage that we
suddenly realise that we can hear lots of thudding under the floor.
At first I think we all assumed it was coming from the people in the
kitchen. You can see all of us suddenly realising this is not so.
You can clearly hear this thudding going on as we are discussing it
with each other. We asked the team members in the kitchen if they
were making the noises and they confirmed it was not them.
During our séance, we got a very chatty spirit through who was
eager to tell us that he was nice. We got a name and an age which
was later verified by Nicci, however, the date was slightly wrong.
We were given 1773 and the evidence Nicci has is dated 1973. As this
means this spirit is in living memory, out of respect for the family
I will keep the identity anonymous.
We were just discussing our conversation with our very chatty
spirit friend when we heard a stone clatter to the ground. This
turned out to be the first of many. As Ben went to find the first
one we heard another one clatter to the ground. Nicci went to find
this and about 2 minutes later another one clattered to the ground.
The stones we found were all very similar in size. We have had this
phenomenon before which is called an apport. However, this
phenomenon seemed to be happening to us more and more. As Ben,
Nicci, Caz and Andrew were comparing the stones we heard another one
clatter to the ground near to Maria. We heard another stone clatter
to the ground near the stage. We put the lights on to see if we
could find the stone and to our amazement just as we found the stone,
we heard another one falling to the floor. By now we have a nice
little collection of stones on the table. All were the same size and
roughly the same shape and they were all tiny bits of the same stone.
The stones kept coming. I say this can’t be a regular occurrence
as the floor would be covered by stones. Nicci went to get a stone
that had fallen by the curtain and suddenly she cried out. She felt
as if there was someone on the other side of the curtain that was
pushing the curtain back at her. We got a few more stone apports and
then the activity stopped as abruptly as it had started. We called out
to see if the spirit had really finished. We got no response so
after about 10 minutes we decided to try our hand at table tipping.
We moved to the table we used at the beginning of the evening. We
heard another moan before the table suddenly tipped up on 2 legs. The
table suddenly moved over to the right, taking us all with it (much
to Ben's delight). He asked the table to go back to where it was so
we can all sit down. Amazingly enough, the table did. We asked out
again and the table moved over to the right again. This time we all
stood up. Over the next half hour we were scooted across the floor by
the table like a giant planchette. I wondered to myself if this was
the same spirit that was having us run around the hall following the
thuds, then the stones. We also realised after a while that there
was a thudding noise going on underfoot while the table was moving
(and if the table was not moving). The table was getting taps on it
in answer to our questions. We asked if the spirit was male. We got
a thud. (We know that nearby there was a very heavy Saxon influence
so I asked if he would have been from this time.) We get a thud.
Maria exclaims how lovely this is. We were amazed that the activity
continued like it did earlier. The table was still moving us to
different parts of the hall. The table came to a standstill by
Maria's camera and we continued to hear the thuds. We carried on
chatting to our very friendly Saxon spirit that has definitely
brought with him a lovely party atmosphere. We were all laughing and
it felt as if this spirit had been having fun joining in with us.
Sadly, we had to draw the investigation to a close as we had promised
to be out by midnight.
Looking back I am amazed at the activity we got from an
investigation which was not meant to be a serious one (but turned out
to be). We had thuds, taps, audibles on camera, light anomalies and
I would like to thank everyone who came to join me for our little
Christmas get together and also the lovely spirits that came to join
in with us on our Christmas fun.
Written by: Jacky Wicheard