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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

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General : The Great British Ghost Hunt - Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Posted by Tim on 09-Nov-2007 23:50 (3314 reads)

Halloween's passed and you thought it was all over, well your wrong as here comes another paranormal event, perhaps even the event of the year.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® have teamed up with Fright Nights to bring you what could be the paranormal event of the year raising funds for a charitable cause.

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General : True and terrifying ghost stories that will keep many night lights burning

Posted by Founder on 29-Oct-2007 13:28 (5574 reads)


HOLLYWOOD CREATES MANY spooky films that can be great fun to watch, but there's nothing fun about a real haunting.

Unexplained things... unspeakable things... have terrorized homes that were once as quiet and normal as yours or mine. From some unfathomable place, dark and sinister forces have crept into our reality with a mission of disturbance, fright and even violence. Here are some of the creepiest true accounts of hauntings ever recorded.

THE PROCTOR HAUNTING

Have you ever spent the night in a house reputed to be haunted? This story could make you reconsider.

It was the autumn of 1834 when the Proctors, a Quaker family, began to notice disturbances in their house near Tyneside in northern England. Every member of the family complained of hearing footsteps and whistling that could not be accounted for.

The sound of a clock being wound could not be explained. Over a six-year period, the intensity of the haunting increased. The stomping of angry footsteps echoed throughout the house, contrasted by faint whisperings. And then there were the apparitions. The white figure of a strange woman was seen in a window by a neighbor, and then seen in other rooms of the house by the Proctors. A disembodied white face appeared over a stair railing, seeming to watch the family.

The Proctor's plight was known throughout the area, and then, as now, there were skeptics who were certain they could explain it all away. On July 3, 1840, Edward Drury, a local doctor, volunteered to spend a night in the house with his colleague, T. Hudson, while the Proctors were away. Dr. Drury armed himself with pistols and waited on the third floor landing, unafraid of what he was sure were mundane house noises. Less than an hour into his vigil, Drury began to hear soft footfalls, then a knocking and an echoing cough. Hudson had fallen asleep. But at about 1 a.m., Dr. Drury watched in horror as a closet door slowly swung open out of which floated toward him the ghostly lady in white. Drury screamed and charged the phantom, succeeding only in tripping over his friend Hudson. What next happened the doctor could not recall. "I have since learned," he later wrote, "that I was carried downstairs in an agony of fear and terror."

Some years later the Proctors could stand no more of the unexplained manifestations and vacated the house in 1847. The building was later torn down.

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General : Roman Ghost Baffles Club

Posted by Tonyp on 24-Oct-2007 14:10 (3225 reads)

A GHOSTLY apparition which appeared on footage filmed by an amateur video club has left members mystified.
George Gunn, a member of Outwood Community Video, captured the mysterious figure while filming on a local footpath.
It was not until he got home to edit the footage that he noticed the figure, which he said seemed to resemble a roman soldier.
Mr Gunn, 75, said: "It's too weird. I can't explain it.
"I wouldn't like to say whether it is a ghost or not.
"Some of the club members said it was a trick of the light but some thought it was definitely a ghost.
"A lot of people have said it was flare from the sun. What I can't understand is that it was underneath branches.
"There was a terrible breeze at the time and if there was movement above and around it that should have shown up on the camera, which it didn't.
"I have had a camera a long time and done an awful lot of photography and I have never had flare on the lens before."
The figure stands still in the picture before fading in and out when a pair of joggers move through it.
Club members believed there had been a Roman settlement nearby.
Mike Hooley, 63, said: "At first I just couldn't believe it because I don't believe in ghosts.
"I thought it must have been a trick of the light.
"I can't see it being something to do with the lens.
"We showed it to the members and one or two of them thought it was a ghost, but most were sceptical like me."
He said the group planned to research the area's Roman history.

The video can be viewed here...

A nice smaller link

This article was taken from Wakefield Express

Tony

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General : Echoes in Time

Posted by Founder on 22-Oct-2007 13:52 (2088 reads)

"Echoes in Time" by Alex Leach

Are ghosts "Echoes in Time"?

A ghost photograph from Perth Western Australia


The subject of ghosts has always been a very controversial one from the earliest written accounts of religious beliefs and mythical stories to the present time. It appears that only about 30% of the population are aware of the existence of the paranormal, the rest of us are generally not aware and have unexplained experiences on rare occasions. This has lead to a general scepticism of the existence of ghosts, with a corresponding belief that those who do experience ghosts are hallucinating, because they are either drunk, or are high on drugs. So the question "Do you believe in ghosts?" is usually asked with " tongue in cheek", implying a light-hearted approach to the subject. However those who do experience ghostly activity, or hauntings of any kind, do take the subject very seriously. Consequently those that have these experiences are generally reluctant to talk about them. The anecdotal evidence that has come to us through written stories and from eye - witness accounts suggests a great range of different types of ghost, from repetitive apparitions to ufos and aliens. These can vary in substance from slight impressions of a presence, to quite normal and solid appearances of people, animals and objects, that would otherwise be considered to be real and substantial, apart from something odd about them, eg; their clothes are out of date, or they just look strange. With the advent of the scientific age many attempts have been made to record ghostly apparitions with little or, at the very best, highly questionable results. It is because of these questionable results that scientists have avoided anything to do with ghost research, until now!!

Well do YOU believe in ghosts?

Alex Leach certainly does, because he photographs them.

His ideas about what they represent is quite controversial.

It would seem that human emotions have a part to play in ghostly appearances.
Photographic research in Perth Western Australia has resulted in some unique images that seem to indicate ghosts may be connected to time.
Alex Leach's book "Echoes in Time" contains these photographs of ghosts that he took while researching hauntings in Perth's public and private buildings.

This illustrated book details this research, which comes to surprising conclusions about the origins of ghosts and what they represent.
For those interested in the paranormal and the "supernatural" this book is essential reading.

See more ghost photos at www.westghost.net

e-mail eraphoto@gmail.com

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General : Papal Stargazers reach for the heavens

Posted by Founder on 04-Oct-2007 17:08 (1895 reads)

For the second time in seven years the Vatican is hosting a scientific conference for astronomers.

More than 200 scientists from 26 countries including the United States, Britain, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Japan have gathered in Rome for a five-day meeting on disc galaxies.

At the Papal University in Rome, normally frequented by Catholic theologians studying the Bible, the scientists, including Jesuit priests who work at the Vatican's own astronomical observatory, will be grappling with abstruse formulae and mathematical simulations about the physical origins of the universe, involving concepts such as cold dark matter and black holes.

Father Jose Funes, the head of the Vatican Observatory, said exciting new discoveries have been made with the help of space telescopes since the Holy See's last meeting on galaxies in 2000.

"Disc galaxies are a hot topic," he said.

'Hot topic'

Father Funes has a small full-time staff of only 13 scientists, most of them Jesuit priests, to run his astronomical research programmes, but co-operates with many prestigious universities around the world.

Why does the Vatican fund astronomical research after centuries of public dispute over the relative roles of science and religion?

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a member of Father Funes's team and curator of one of the world's most important collections of meteorites, kept at Castelgandolfo (the Pope's summer residence), explains.

"They want the world to know that the Church isn't afraid of science," he said.

"This is our way of seeing how God created the universe and they want to make as strong a statement as possible that truth doesn't contradict truth; that if you have faith, then you're never going to be afraid of what science is going to come up with.

"Because it's true."

The conference kicked off with a discussion about our own galaxy, the Milky Way, before proceeding to more abstruse concepts of space and time involving how galaxies, stars and planets came to be formed and evolve.

'Against scripture'

The Catholic Church became seriously interested in stargazing as far back as four centuries ago, when Pope Gregory XIII set up a committee to examine the implications for science involved in the Pope's 1582 reform of the calendar.

In that year the Julian calendar, used since the days of Julius Caesar, was replaced by the more scientifically accurate Gregorian calendar.

The Julian calendar year had been calculated slightly too long, and after the passage of many centuries the spring equinox had drifted backwards, causing errors only remediable by a shift to a new calendar system.

Then came Galileo Galilei, the Italian whom Albert Einstein called "the father of modern science".

Galileo, who was born and studied in Pisa, first visited Rome in 1612 to share with Jesuit mathematicians and philosophers his new telescopic observations of the moons of Jupiter.

He argued that his studies proved the fallacy of the Aristotelian view of the universe and the correctness of the theories of the Polish mathematician and scholar Nicolaus Copernicus.

It was Copernicus who first theorised - a century before Galileo - that it was the earth that moved around the sun, and not vice versa.

Heresy

Galileo was later attacked by Catholic theologians who held that his theories went against scripture, and was eventually tried for heresy by the Inquisition.

It was not until the reign of Pope John Paul II - nearly four centuries later - that the Catholic Church finally admitted that Galileo had been right and he was officially rehabilitated.

What could be called the Vatican's first scientific astronomical observatory was finally set up in 1789 in a building which still exists near the Apostolic Palace, called the Tower of the Winds.

A century later, in 1891, Pope Leo XIII, in an attempt to counter the persistent perception of hostility by the Church towards science, set up another small astronomical observatory on a hill behind the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica.

This was abandoned, however, in the 1930s, by which time light pollution from the city of Rome prevented the study of the fainter stars, and a new Vatican Observatory with German-made telescopes was set up at Castelgandolfo in the Alban Hills, 25km (15.5 miles) south-east of Rome.

Further expansion of the Italian capital and brightening of the night sky meant that Vatican stargazers were forced to relocate yet again to a higher, less polluted observation point.

In 1981 they chose a mountaintop in the US near Tucson, Arizona, where in 1993 the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope was completed, equipped with a new large American-made 1.8 metre mirror.

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General : Ghost Hunters are priced out

Posted by Founder on 24-Sep-2007 15:06 (2161 reads)

The new West Country branch of the British Paranormal Association could be heading for a showdown with the National Trust and English Heritage over some hefty fees being demanded for overnight ghost hunts.Farleigh Hungerford Castle, near Bath, run by English Heritage, wants to charge paranormal investigators £1,300 for a few hours - not even overnight - and the National Trust's Brean Fort, near Weston-super-Mare, about £800.

BPA spokesman for the West Country, Garry Evans of Paulton, North-East Somerset, who is more than a bit miffed, accused the two bodies of attempting to cash in on the growth of paranormal investigation groups.

"I don't think English Heritage and the National Trust are being very fair," he told me. "After all, it's the public's property. Virtually every site where we might like to do something they either come back with some absolutely ridiculous price or fob us off. It took me six months to get a decision on Brean Fort."

As the charging policy affected the whole country, the BPA - set up to champion the smaller and less affluent investigation groups - wanted to make a national statement about it in the hope that fees would be reduced. Groups already carried the costs of public liability insurance. Alex Brannen, spokesman for the NT's Wessex Region, explained that as a charity, the NT had to maximise income-raising opportunities so as to reinvest in the conservation of its properties.

Property managers individually would fix charges according to staff costs, health and safety considerations, security and "conservation values".

And he added: "Some of our smaller houses are too small and the infra-structure too delicate to accommodate this kind of thing."

South West spokeswoman Debbie Holden said that to cover their costs all English Heritage properties charged for outside use.

"Every site is unique, therefore we don't have a standard charge, but certain costs are fixed, such as for staffing and security, across all sites," she But perhaps there could be a compromise over charges for investigations as they can help to increase the number of visitors to these historic buildings.

After all, the National Trust and English Heritage have been getting in on the paranormal act by responding to the rapidly growing interest in ghost-hunting. In the last couple of years, both have published big, glossy books promoting the supernatural aspects of their properties nationwide.

This article was made available from: http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk

The BPA has set their newest site up at: http://paranormaltimes.co.uk/ukbpa

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Updates : The Hampshire Ghost Club Gets Live Chat

Posted by Tim on 22-Sep-2007 19:34 (2801 reads)

Yes you heard it right, the HGC now has it's paranormal chat rooms open.

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General : Uni's Ghostly Course

Posted by Founder on 05-Sep-2007 08:25 (2589 reads)

Uni's ghostly course

A Scottish university is to offer classes studying ghosts, poltergeists and demonic possession.

Glasgow University will start running its £128 course in psychical research next month.

The paranormal study group is the brainchild of veteran academic Professor Archie Roy, 84, reports The Scotsman.

"Psychical researchers have studied these events for over a century, resulting in evidence as to their authenticity," he said.

But critics have labelled the 20-week course "dangerous drivel" and claimed its "pseudo-science" should have no place in a respected academic institution.

The National Secular Society, which campaigns against the influence of superstition, said it did not know "whether to laugh or cry".

The series of lectures, titled An In Depth Study of Psychical Research, will be launched through the University's Department of Adult and Continuing Education.

Subjects to be covered include apparitions, haunted places and people, poltergeist activity, telepathy, mediumship, psychic surgery, paranormal healing, possession and reincarnation.

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General : Derek's Near-Death on the Nile

Posted by Founder on 03-Sep-2007 11:35 (1828 reads)

DEEP inside the Great Pyramid celebrity psychic Derek Acorah was feeling uneasy.

He’d encountered several scary ghosts in Britain filming spooky series Most Haunted, but something told him Egyptian spirits were on another level entirely.

Acccording to Derek a strange force struck him hard on the face – leaving him unable to breathe and fearing for his life as colleagues looked on helpless.

The terrifying ordeal, which lasted several minutes, will be screened next month on Living TV’s Paranormal Egypt.

Derek, 57, says: “It took me completely by surprise, and it wasn’t a pleasant one.

“We were filming in the main chamber of the Great Pyramid and I could tell there was a lot of spiritual activity going on.

“Forget Most Haunted, this was a stronger force than anything I’d ever encountered before.

“I heard something approaching and then ‘bang’, it hit me hard in the face and I started choking because I couldn’t draw a breath.

“There was a paranormal substance or powder that went across my mouth and into my nostrils, basically suffocating me.

“Thankfully the symptoms subsided but then I felt really sick and had to rest until the nausea passed.

“I’ve no idea what the entity was, but it’s obvious something didn’t want me there in the Great Pyramid.”

During his month-long Egypt investigation in June, Derek claims his supernatural powers helped:

# Uncover the real reason behind boy king Tutankhamun’s premature death

# Establish the Curse Of The Pharaohs was a myth

# Discover two new passageways inside the Great Pyramid that had remained secret - until now

And although he’s still unnerved by the spooky attack, Derek felt drawn to Egypt ever since his first visit nine years ago.

Derek says: “I went on a cruise on the Nile and stopped off at all the main attractions.

“The atmosphere of the place has always stayed with me – it’s unlike anywhere else I’ve been on earth.

“There is a magnetic, mystical and spiritual feel to Egypt which is amazing to experience.

“I was delighted to be able to visit again and to allow the wonder of the place to really sink in.”

One of the great Egyptian mysteries which Derek hopes to lay to rest in his new show is the infamous Curse Of The Pharoahs.

Tales of the jinx circulated widely in 1922 when British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, and eight of his team members strangely died soon after.

Derek says: “There is no such thing as a curse.

“I got these answers in Tutankhamun’s tomb but I don’t want to give too much away.

“I discovered the cause of the deaths was a concoction that had lain dormant in the tomb for thousands of years.

“When Carter opened the tomb up to the fresh air there was a reaction and the substance became potentially deadly.

“This had devastating consequences for some of Carter’s team and the spooky rumors began to circulate.

“There was nothing supernatural about their deaths. It was a physical thing and nothing to do with a curse.”

In Tutankhamun’s tomb Derek claims he also learned the real cause of the Boy King’s death.

Derek says: “There are lots of theories out there about what actually happened to Tutankhamun when he passed over at 18.

“In his tomb I discovered the exact cause of death, which is very shocking but I can’t say any more than that.

“The spiritual energy was fantastic – someone was desperate to communicate the truth to me.

“All I hoped for during my visit was good cooperation from the other side.

“Actually what I encountered surpassed my expectations entirely.

“The level of contact with Egyptian spirits was really quite unnerving.”

After wrapping up filming on his new eight-part series, Derek took a well earned holiday in Spain with his wife Gwen.

The veteran medium freely admits the Egypt experience left him exhausted and rattled.

Derek says: “We bought a villa in Spain two years ago and boy was I glad to escape there.

“It’s on a mountain surrounded by orange and lemon groves – the perfect place to unwind after all the intense activity.

“Of course now I’m back to working with a UK tour coming up, private readings to do and the show airing soon on Living TV.

“I’m certainly in no hurry to return to Egypt.”

Paranormal Egypt starts on Living TV on 4 September.

Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk

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Updates : Free Paranormal Websites @ Paranormal Times

Posted by Tim on 30-Aug-2007 19:00 (2718 reads)

I suppose you could call this ParaSpace, or ParaGroups.

This is a new service to the SJBNetwork, you can now sign up for your own free paranormal website, forums, polls, and more, with a paranormal domain name too.

http://www.paranormaltimes.co.uk

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