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Welcome to the Hampshire Ghost Club - registration is FREE so come on in and take a seat and meet our community.

A Brief History.

We were formed in 2001 by experienced paranormal investigator, author and TV presenter David Scanlan and rapidly become one of the UK's leading investigation groups, A title we are proud to still have after 8 years of group investigations.

We have visited and investigated numerous sites over the years including Portchester Castle, Levens Hall, Dudley Castle, Wymering Manor, Beaulieu Abbey, Netley Abbey, Michelham Priory, Ancient Ram Inn, Chingle Hall, and many more, there are some sites that we cannot name due to their ownership being in the hands of the Royal Navy and a member of the British Aristocracy.

The Hampshire Ghost Club has also been featured highlighting our work numerous times in the media including Most Haunted, BBC Radio, Net Talk Radio, Power FM, ITV, Meridian, Portsmouth TV, Paranormal Magazine, Beyond Magazine, plus many others.

We are a friendly and dedicated group of individuals and we are always on the look out for new members to compliment our existing team

So....if your interested in finding out what really happens on a Ghost Hunt why not drop us a line in our forums or via our contact forms enquiring about our membership availability

Need Help With The Website?

If you experience any problems with the website, please review our help desk, if there is no solution there then please open a support ticket @ http://support.sjbowers.co.uk (This is only for technical support, all other HGC queries should be done through the resources available on this site)

General : Do You Have a Haunted House

Posted by Founder on 05-Jul-2004 20:59 (2031 reads)

September films are making a new pilot episode for ITV called Haunted Homes. We are currently looking for a location within the London area, the M25 being the boundary. We are looking for a family home that has constant paranormal activity, where an expert team of researchers can investigate and hopefully help in some way. If you know of any such location your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Read More For Details

I can be contacted at September films on 020 8563 9393, mobile 07870 642 850, email – stevengower@septemberfilms.com – hauntedhomes@septemberfilms.com

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Gower
Assistant Producer

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Updates : Todays Updates

Posted by Founder on 29-Jun-2004 22:22 (1978 reads)

Hi,

Visitors to the HGC web site today will notice that I have today added the following updates:-

4 New Book Reviews
7 New Web Links
3 New Photo's from the HGC's recent investigation at Wymering Manor

We would also like to offer a big welcome to our two newest members Mr Rob Grist and Mrs Karen Drysdale. They have been selected to join the HGC after their sterling efforts on the HGC Web Site and also from their past work as guests on HGC Investigations...Well done Karen and Rob and we look forward to working with you in the future.


Hope you enjoy these updates!

Regards

D Scanlan
Founder Of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Patron of The Essex Ghost Hunters
Hon. Member of Ghosts-UK

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General : Incubus & Sucubus - Myth or Reality

Posted by Founder on 29-Jun-2004 18:44 (6065 reads)

In medieval European folklore, a female demon (or evil spirit) who visits men in their sleep to lie with them in ghostly sexual intercourse. The man who falls victim to a succubus will not awaken, although may experience it in a dream. The male counterpart is the incubus.

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General : Olham Coliseum

Posted by Founder on 25-Jun-2004 17:32 (1891 reads)

Lady in black is Carl’s ghost, say spook hunters

Carl Paulson — former Rep director, now its ghost, says group

THE ghost of Coliseum favourite Carl Paulsen is annoyed there is a photograph of him wearing a black dress displayed in the theatre foyer.

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General : Witchcraft and the Summer Solstice

Posted by Founder on 24-Jun-2004 21:58 (2119 reads)

Solstice, Midsummer or Litha means a stopping or standing still of the sun. It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation.

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General : Everest - Still Haunted by Dead Climbers

Posted by Founder on 17-Jun-2004 17:41 (1902 reads)

KATHMANDU : Spirits of dead climbers haunt Mount Everest and funeral rites need to be performed for their deliverance, the Sherpa who whizzed to the summit in record time says.

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Updates : Site Updates

Posted by Founder on 07-Jun-2004 11:01 (1878 reads)

Hi Everyone,

Visitors to the site today will notice that we have added some new and exciting updates to the HGC web site.

Our reviews section has now been totally overhauled with a fresh new look and some new reviews now online.

We have added 4 new photo's from our investigation archives and a further two new web links have also been added.

Hope you enjoy the updates and your comments are, as always, welcomed.

Regards

David Scanlan
Founder - Hampshire Ghost Club

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General : Worting Ghost

Posted by worting on 31-May-2004 17:44 (2626 reads)

My daughter recently stayed overnight to help my wife with some work. About 3am she led on the settee and was watching a hospital programme on sky. She suddenly felt the room go icy cold and a black shadowy figure moved across her from the stairs and went in front of the tv. She could still see the screen through it but the picture and colours were badly distorted (as if you passed a strong magnet across it). It then moved back across the room and stayed still as if watching her for quite a while. She didnt feel threatened but was totaly unable to call her mum who was fast asleep on the other settee. This went on until exacty 4:20am when she saw it move up the stairs. She distinctly heard footsteps and suddenly the room became normal again, the temperature also returned to normal.

The thing that is important here is that my son has always sensed something paranormal around the stairs and lounge but my daughter would never believe it until now.

I am lucky enough to have a good range of ghost hunting equipment so I will be setting this up over the next few weeks. I would like to find out more about the history of the house.

Can anyone throw any light on what this could have been???

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General : All you need to know about dowsing!

Posted by Founder on 30-May-2004 18:54 (2767 reads)

A man walking through an empty field holding a Y-shaped stick before him in both hands can be a peculiar sight. What is he doing? Either he's leading some bizarre, solitary parade... or he's dowsing.

What Is Dowsing?
Dowsing, in general terms, is the art of finding hidden things. Usually, this is accomplished with the aid of a dowsing stick, rods or a pendulum. Also known as divining, water witching, doodlebugging and other names, dowsing is an ancient practice whose origins are lost in long-forgotten history. However, it is thought to date back at least 8,000 years. Wall murals, estimated to be about 8,000 years old, discovered in the Tassili Caves of North Africa depict tribesmen surrounding a man with a forked stick, possibly dowsing for water. Artwork from ancient China and Egypt seem to show people using forked tools in what might have been dowsing activities. Dowsing may have been mentioned in the Bible, although not by name, when Moses and Aaron used a "rod" to locate water. The first unambiguous written accounts of dowsing come from the Middle Ages when dowsers in Europe used it to help find coal deposits. During the 15th and 16th centuries, dowsers were often denounced as practitioners of evil. Martin Luther said dowsing was "the work of devil" (and hence the term "water witching").

In more modern times, dowsing has been used to find water for wells, mineral deposits, oil, buried treasure, archaeological artifacts - even missing people. How the dowsing technique was first discovered is unknown, yet those who practice it are unwavering in their affirmations that it does work.

How Does Dowsing Work?
The quick answer is that no one really knows - not even experienced dowsers. Some theorize there is a psychic connection established between the dowser and the sought object. All things, living and inanimate, the theory suggests, possess an energy force. The dowser, by concentrating on the hidden object, is somehow able to tune in to the energy force or "vibration" of the object which, in turn, forces the dowsing rod or stick to move. The dowsing tool may act as a kind of amplifier or antenna for tuning into the energy.

Skeptics, of course, say that dowsing doesn't work at all. Dowsers who seem to have a track record for success, they contend, are either lucky or they have good instincts or trained knowledge for where water, minerals and the like can be found. For believer or skeptic, there's no definitive proof either way.

Albert Einstein, however, was convinced of the authenticity of dowsing. He said, "I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time."

Who Can Dowse?
Dowers say that anyone can do it. Like most psychic abilities, it may be a latent power that all humans possess. And, like any other ability, the average person might become better at it with practice. However, there are some people whose dowsing powers are extraordinary:

* Emmy Kittemann, daughter of a dowser, was one of the most acclaimed dowsers in Germany. In her most famous case, she correctly dowsed the location of a mineralized spring for the village of Tegernsee. All previous drillings found only water with heavy sulfur content. Yet Kitteman accurately predicted the depth at which the water would be found as well as its iodine-rich content.
* In 17th century France, Jacques Aymar Vernay, a stonemason by trade, used his dowsing talents to successfully track criminals. His dowsing rod, on more than one occasion, led authorities to the whereabouts of murderers.
* In December, 1992, a Mr. and Mrs. Anders and Berith Lindgren were hunting with their friends when their dog ran off and disappeared. An extensive search proved fruitless. A few days later they sought the help of dowser Leif Andersson. His dowsing techniques led the hunters to a small lake where they indeed found the body of the dog, where it had apparently fallen through the thin ice and died.

Dowsing is one of the few psychic talents that can be applied directly for profitable result or as a business. Some well-known names from history practiced dowsing, including Leonardo De Vinci, Robert Boyle (considered the father of modern chemistry), Charles Richet (a Nobel Prize winner), General Rommel of the German Army, and General George S. Patton. "General Patton," writes Don Nolan in his article A Brief History of Dowsing, "had a complete willow tree flown to Morocco so that a dowser could use branches from it to find water to replace the wells the German Army had blown up. The British army used dowsers on the Falkland Islands to remove mines."

Dowsing, the Ancient Art relates this remarkable information:

Professor Hans Dieter Betz (professor of physics, Munich university) headed a team of scientists that investigated the ability of dowsers to find underground drinkable supplies, taking them to 10 different countries and, on the advice of dowers, sank some 2,000 wells with a very high success rate. In Sri Lanka, where the geological conditions are said to be difficult, some 691 wells were drilled for, based on the advice of dowsers, with a 96% success rate. Geohydrologists given the same task took two months to evaluate a site where a dowser would compete his survey in minutes. The geohydrologists had a 21% success rate, as a result of which the German government has sponsored 100 dowers to work in the arid zones of Southern India to find drinkable water.

Types of Dowsing
There are several types or methods of dowsing:

* Forked stick. The most traditional method uses a small Y-shaped tree branch (most often from a willow). The dowser holds the branch parallel to the ground by the top of the Y shape, then walks over the area to be probed. When the dowser passes over the sought object, the end of the branch is drawn down, pointing to the spot at which the object can be found.
* Rods. An alternate method uses two L-shaped metal rods, one held in each hand parallel to the ground and parallel to each other. In this case, when the dowser passes over the sought object, the rods either swing apart or cross each other. You can easily make dowsing rods from wire coat hangers.
* Map Dowsing. Some dowsers don't even have to visit the location to be dowsed. For them, a map of the area is sufficient over which they hold pendulum. They know they have located the target area when the pendulum begins to move in a circle or back and forth.

Y-rods, L-rods, pendulums and other dowsing equipment can be purchased from the American Society of Dowsers.

How You Can Dowse
It's easy to try dowsing yourself. Here are some steps for a dowsing test:

1. Make or purchase the dowsing tool with which you will be most comfortable.
2. Ask a friend to bury an object (try a metal object or small bottle of water) somewhere in your yard, just a few inches below the surface. Be sure your friend is careful to conceal the burial spot so that it is not at all obvious where they have dug.
3. Before starting, mentally ask your dowsing tool to indicate to you when you are passing over the hidden object. (Be sure to consult some of the sources listed in this article for the proper way to hold the dowsing tool.)
4. Start walking. You can either take a methodical approach, walking in a defined pattern up and down the yard, or you can walk randomly, following your instincts.
5. Walk slowly, concentrating on the object and trying to remain open and sensitive to the movements of the dowsing tool.
6. When your dowsing tool reacts and indicates a specific spot, stop and see if you have succeeded. If not, try again.

If at first you don't succeed, try a different dowsing tool or a different type of target. Try it at different times of day and in different frames of mind; these may all affect the outcome. Keep a record of your attempts and keep at it. You might find that you have a strong ability for dowsing

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General : Welcome to the Haunted House

Posted by Founder on 25-May-2004 09:06 (2260 reads)

A stately home thought to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain has been opened to the public.

Plas Teg in Pontblyddyn, near Mold, Flintshire, is said to be occupied by a number of spirits, including the ghost of the notorious "Hanging Judge Jeffreys".

Members of the Cheshire Paranormal Society have held regular vigils there and claimed several sightings.

Some mediums are even said to have fled the 17th century Jacobean house because they are so unnerved.

My hand went ice cold, I could 'see' a child, almost as Alice in the famous Wonderland books

Medium Carl Fletcher
The owner of the house has decided to throw it open because it needs restoration work - although what its spooky long-term inhabitants make of the influx of visitors remains to be seen.

Antique dealer and interior designer Cornelia Bayley bought Plas Teg Hall nearly 20 years ago.

The three storey Grade One listed building has been restored but Ms Bayley needs to increase her revenue to complete the refurbishment.

With this in mind, she decided to open her home to the public every Sunday.

Plas Teg was built in 1610 by John Trevor
If day trippers are lucky - or perhaps unlucky - they might encounter the spirit of one of its former residents who dispensed stern justice more than 300 years ago.

"Hanging Judge Jeffreys" was born not far away, in Acton Park, Wrexham, in 1648.


He gained his nickname because of the punishment he handed out at the trials of the supporters of the Duke of Monmouth.

In 1688 when James II fled the country, Jeffreys was placed in the Tower of London for his own safety.

He died there the following year at 44 of kidney disease.

One medium, Carl Fletcher, took part in a vigil at the house and claimed to have encountered several spirits.

He told the BBC Wales website: "I was gazing across this large room stood with my right hand on a settee back, looking at a newly lit wood fire.

"My hand went ice cold, I could 'see' a child, almost as Alice in the famous Wonderland books; blonde curly hair and smock-type dress with deep frills to cuffs and hem."

John Millington, chairman of Cheshire Paranormal Society said there had been a number of sightings in the hall.

"It's very active and it has been for many years," said Mr Millington.

"Paranormal groups have come in here and gone, mediums have come here and ran," he said.

"We've been very successful in what we've been getting."

Another member added: "The chair started to vibrate, it felt like underground railroads underneath."

Over the past 20 years steps have been made to restore the hall to its former glory and the restoration of Plas Teg is continuing.

story taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk

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