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With the popularity of films such
as those in the Harry Potter series some will be asking what is a witch. There are those who believe that witchcraft
is a religion. They would be wrong. Wicca is as recognised a religion as
Christianity or Islam but you don’t need to be Wiccan to be a witch.
Wicca is based on traditions
often found in Celtic in pre-Christian times.
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of these belief systems and have
found that many of them were associated with Mother Earth and nature. Our ancestors literally worship the ground
they walked on and appreciated all forms of nature in a very similar manner to
the beliefs of Native Americans.
Thousands of years ago Wiccan
people worshipped a god who was a hunter and a goddess who was the epitome of
fertility – cave paintings around 30,000 years old testify to these beliefs as
they emerged thousands of years before Christianity.
Wicca is a modern pagan religion
and involves worship of both a god and a goddess. They are two sides of the same coin and can
be compared to yin and yang or the sun and moon. The god can be seen sometimes as the Green
Man (left) - a personification of the naturalness of the forest. The goddess is sometimes compared to the Christian
Trinity in comprising a maiden, a mother and an old crone. These three typify virginity, fertility and
wisdom and in some parts of Wicca the goddess is the senior deity.
Historically witches were
otherwise known as wise women. They
understood natural things including herbs and creatures of the wild, the
seasons and especially a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. They were healers and teachers and many of
them were mother figures within their community.
However ancient Christians didn’t
appreciate this knowledge and folklore and the early Christian church did its
best to rid itself of such people in the hope that the populace would turn to
the Christian God for succour and support.
In the 16th and 17th
centuries, they did this by waging a war of words against Wiccans, making them
out to be evil and the sort that no decent Christian person would associate
with. Such superstitions have continued
over the years and witches are still seen as evil and wicked, not just in looks
but in deeds as well.
Children’s fairy stories are
littered with witches doing bad things, often to the story’s heroine, and such tales
have perpetuated the bad name of witches.
Perhaps Harry Potter fans are beginning to realise that witches don’t
have to be evil and can be a power for good.
But what is witchcraft? Followers of the craft believe in free will
and promote an understanding of Mother Earth and natural matters and a
responsibility for self. Witches create
spells with the intention of improving love and healing and harmony.
Witches believe in spirituality
of all natural objects; every tree, every rock, every bush and every cloud is a
part of nature and should be respected and revered for what it is. Wiccans accept and acknowledge four elements -
earth air fire and water, and many also believe in a fifth element – spirit or
Wiccans live by a golden rule: ‘harm
none’ and they tolerate any and every action providing it doesn’t violate that
golden rule. It should also be pointed
out that the golden rule of ‘harm none’ applies to animals as well. Wiccans and witches do not sacrifice animals
or indeed any living being.
Another of the witchcraft beliefs
is known as the ‘law of three’. This
says that whatever we do will be returned to us three times as strongly, so if
a witch wishes harm on someone then three times as much harm will befall that witch. On the other hand, if love or healing is
bestowed on somebody or something then the witch herself receives three times
as much love or healing.
There have been many tales of
witches in their covens dancing around woods at midnight without any clothes
on. This is firstly because they believe
the day starts at sunset, and secondly it is often because during the day witches
and wiccans have other things to do like normal everyday jobs. To dance naked or ‘sky clad’ is to feel
closer to the elements which are revered by wiccans and witches.
One of the central tenets of
weekends is reincarnation. They believe
that after death the soul goes to live in ‘Summerland’ before it is
reincarnated back onto the earth.
Wiccans practice very many
rituals at their meetings. These start
with a rite of passage for all initiates and following this those new to the
craft you learn how to use tools and implements within their rituals. Other rituals include hand fasting, which
takes the place of a Christian wedding and wiccaning, the crafts equivalent to
a Christian christening.
There are many wiccans who believe in magic
but there are very few who practise black magic. The vast majority of those who indulge in
magic are white witches and believe in using their powers to help and heal and
do good works for people who need it.
Debbie le May
Retrieving the soul
exactly is soul retrieval?
retrieval is described as ‘a contemporary
therapeutic practice rooted in the 50,000 year old tradition of shamanism’, and
it is attracting significant attention in the modern Western world as the
holistic healthcare movement continues to gather force.
Shamans believe that we are all
born with a fixed amount of energy or power, which is enough to sustain us
through life. But we can become attached
to events or relationships with others (such as ex-lovers) and can give our
energy away. Once this energy leaves us,
it creates a hole in our energy field which other energy can enter, which
shamans call ‘spirit intrusion’, or our own energy can continue to leak away, a
situation known as ‘soul loss’.
This can cause us to feel bad or
unwell, either because of the loss of our power when we give away our energy or
because of the entrance into our bodies of other, useless energy, although
shamans believe there is no such thing as ‘bad’ energy, just energy which is
not helpful to us or which is in an inappropriate place.
In order to maintain health or to
recover from illness we have to get back the power (energy) we have lost. Soul retrieval is an effective way
of doing this.
In the last few years
the practice of soul retrieval has become seen by many people as a
powerful alternative to psychotherapy, although shamanic healers would rather
see it as complementary to therapy, since the approach itself is
action-orientated rather than discussion-based or led by analysis.
Despite its name, soul retrieval
is an intensely practical, down to earth approach which produces surprisingly
immediate and powerful results. It is
also a very democratic procedure – everyone from high-pressured City financiers
to labourers with back ache are turning to shamanic practitioners for
Part of the reason for the
success of soul retrieval is its direct focus on the client in a totally
holistic way. Soul retrieval supports
the whole person and caters for their spiritual, mythic, and emotional needs,
not just those of the body – the focus for conventional
medicine, or the mind – the territory of the analyst.
However, the intense focus on the
client does not fully explain why soul retrieval works so effectively. Whatever happens to the client during
retrieval, it seems plain that they enter some other realm of understanding
where their concerns are set in context against a bigger, deeper picture
of reality. Here, for the first
time, they see their true role and their unique place in the universe.
The shaman’s explanation is
simple. Whenever we are traumatised,
abused, hurt or neglected, parts of our soul split off and take refuge or
become lost or trapped in what shamans call the ‘otherworlds’. Physical accidents, emotional trauma, abuse,
childhood neglect, assault, and rape are a few of the more common reasons for
visiting a soul retrieval practitioner.
Love can also be a culprit – sometimes an ex-partner will not or cannot
return our soul parts to us when a relationship ends (‘Till death us do part’)
– and sometimes we give ourselves too freely in the first place (‘All that I am
I give to you’).
Faced with this hurt, the soul
part takes flight. In itself, this is an
action of positive healing and self-protection.
It is only when the loss of this energy begins to have detrimental
effects that the soul part needs to be returned.
Then, the task of the shaman in
all cultures has been to search the otherworlds to find these fragments, or to
guide the client so that she may enter this space to find them for herself, and
then to bring them back. It is the
return of these soul parts which explains the new feeling of wholeness on the
part of the client, say the practitioners.
The client is re-united with self and so, for the first time, can
actually see their true situation and place in nature.
There is another aspect of
healing here too. The shaman’s journey
is a mythic, archetypal one, the quest of the hero to find lost treasure which,
by its very nature, places the client at the centre of this drama in a position
of tremendous value. Just a few minutes
into a typical soul retrieval consultation, the client –perhaps for the first
time ever – has been listened to impartially, had their story believed and had
a difficult and dangerous journey taken on their behalf by someone acting
expressly in their interests.
Sometimes the shaman takes a
journey for the client (or guides the client to take their own) to find the
soul part (energy) they have given away.
This is usually represented in human form as an image of the client at
the time the energy was lost, so the shaman may see the adult client at the age
of six for example in a situation of stress such as a car accident. It is not unusual for the shaman to be able
to describe the child, the situation, what she is wearing, what she looks like,
what is happening to her, etc, in some detail, and this is proved accurate on
many occasions. The shaman will then
recover this energy by holding the child to him and bringing her back to our reality.
Alternatively, the shaman guides
the client to journey to find the soul parts of others that they may be holding
on to. The client then asks these soul
parts how they can be released and is often given a ritual or some other action
to perform. This releases these parts
back to their rightful owner.
The final stage is for the shaman
to guide the client in journeying to the soul parts returned to her during the
first meeting. She can ask questions of
the soul parts, see any recurring patterns in her life where she is liable to
give away her power (in relationships, for example) and help the soul parts
themselves to reintegrate.
It is usual to leave a gap of at
least two weeks between each of these stages, although most clients feel a
beneficial effect very quickly. Many
comment that they feel energy returning to them even as it is blown back into
their bodies and 99% of people feel better within two to three weeks of a soul
In a typical soul retrieval
session, the shaman will purify and cleanse the room where the soul retrieval
is to take place. This is done using
smudge, a mixture of sacred herbs with cleansing properties. He will also smudge himself and the client.
The client and shaman will then
discuss the problem and any symptoms and the shaman will decides whether he or
the client should take this journey. If
the latter, the client lies on the floor in a precise trance position and is
detailed instructions for the journey.
The shaman maintains a steady beat throughout on a special medicine drum (pictured
) and will give the client other instructions as necessary.
When the client brings the soul part back, the shaman takes it and blows it
into the Energy Body of the client, then uses a rattle to seal the soul part in
by rattling around the client’s body.
This will be followed by a discussion of the client’s journey and the
shaman may make further recommendations and observations. The session ends again with smudging.
Perhaps you feel you might
benefit from a soul retrieval. Do you feel incomplete and have no idea why you should feel this
way? Do you suffer from mild depression,
have difficulty fitting in with others, have mental blocks or unfounded fears
of things like fires, spiders, open spaces, the sea etc.
Perhaps you already have knowledge of trauma in your life such as the
passing of a loved one, being rejected by the other children at school, abuse,
rape or perhaps you often get ill or just don’t feel right. These things could be
caused by something in this life or a previous life.
terrible thing happens to you, or something so insignificant that you cannot
actually remember what has happened, a part of your soul might leave you in
order for you to be able to cope with what has happened. This hole in your aura can leaves you open to
depression, anxiety or illness as extreme as cancer. To have a soul retrieval, parts of your soul
can be brought back to make your outer shell complete and whole again.
offer soul retrieval sessions at £25 per session; you would need between one
and possibly three sessions according to how many soul parts have left
you. For more information contact me on
07875 565762, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website www.pathsofwisdom.co.uk
The home of Spiritualism
Hall, just outside Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, is the home of the
Arthur Findlay College.
The original Stansted Hall (pictured) dates back to 1420 and
over the years it has had many owners.
Around 1871 the hall was allowed to fall into to a state of ruin until
the architect Robert Armstrong, together with the Fuller-Maitland family, ‘resuscitated’
the hall to its present glory in Tudor style with 19th century building
He included the two Adams fireplaces rescued from
the old hall and had an Italian artist design and create the very ornate
ceilings which are among the many other features we admire today.
The hall was finally completed in 1876 but
unfortunately Mr Fuller-Maitland died before this time. It was passed on to his son who in 1922 sold
it together with hundreds of acres of land to a Scottish land speculator who
then proceeded to break it all down into sizeable lots to resell.
So it was in 1923 when, upon his retirement from
business in Scotland, Arthur J Findlay MBE JP, a former honorary President of
the Spiritualists’ National Union, bought the estate together with 15 acres of
land, gardens, lawns, feature trees and woodlands.
In 1945 Arthur Findlay mooted the idea of a
Spiritualist College at Stansted Hall to the Spiritualist National Union and a
will was drawn. Nine years later the
National Council accepted the proposed bequest of Stansted Hall.
It was in 1964 after his wife Gertrude Findlay
passed away that Arthur J Findlay transferred Stansted Hall and part of the
grounds to the union, and it was the following July that Arthur J Findlay
passed to the higher life, and Stansted Hall then became the property of the
Spiritualist National Union.
Most of the upkeep and maintenance was and still is
carried out by volunteers who come from far and wide to give their services.
A college supporters fund was started to finance
this work and in February 1970 the President, Gordon Higginson MSNU, and
team of officers created The Friends of Stansted Hall and obtained charitable
status under the Charities Act 1960 (Number 261287) in the said name, which
also incorporated the College Supporters Fund.
Its object is to promote education in psychic science, and in particular
to assist in the establishment and maintenance of a college for the advancement
of psychic science in memory of J Arthur Findlay.
Over the last ten years ‘Friends’ have raised and
donated over £35,000 to the college, which has funded building projects
including a donation to the Pioneer Centre, the endowment of The Blue Room
refurbishment and many other items of furniture and equipment for the benefits
of the students and visitors to the hall.
So it is to this day everyone who attends the
college enjoys the gracious splendour and atmosphere to work, study and relax
in the peace and tranquillity of our beloved Stansted Hall.
The inaugural meeting of Friends was held on the
21st and 22nd February 1970, and at this meeting the constitution of the
Friends of Stansted Hall – The Arthur Findlay College was adopted.
Gordon Higginson MSNU had recently become the
President of the Spiritualists` National Union when he stood as chairman of the
first Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Stansted Hall in November 1970,
and set out the object of the charity in the statement above.
One hundred Friends signed the attendance roll for
this first AGM and Gordon Higginson, in welcoming them, expressed a hope that
foundations would be laid for the success of Stansted Hall.
The committee elected at
that first AGM were Gordon Higginson, MSNU (Chairman), Bertha Frank
(secretary), Wilfred Potter (treasurer), Frank Tams and Ethel Anderson. With the
committee empowered to co-opt two other persons, it was agreed that Laurie
Wilson, President of the SNU 1950-1953, be invited to continue as legal adviser
to the charity.
Early fund-raising activities included a garden
party in the grounds of the hall which raised £499.17.10. This had been organised by the Friends of
Stansted Hall and the Union of Spiritualist Mediums. The 1970 September Prize Draw had raised
£255.5s. Altogether a sum of £2,000 had
been paid into the SNU Building Fund Pool; there was a sum of £400 in a deposit
account and £146.14.2d in a current account.
There was also mention of people donating full books of Green Shield
Thus from a dedicated few who started raising funds
in 1969 to save Stansted Hall and honour the memory of Arthur Findlay, the
many Friends of Stansted Hall have, over the ensuing years, worked tirelessly
in all kinds of ways, to raise funds, to work during Volunteers Week, and
undertaken committee work.
Around 100 people had donated quite large sums and
were founder members of the charity; each old age pensioner who had subscribed
to the ‘Friends’ had been made an Honorary Life Member and at the time of the
first AGM it was reported there were around 200 Founder or Honorary Life
Members. The total membership is
recorded as 980.
By 1972 in a letter convening the third Annual
General Meeting, Gordon Higginson reported: “The efforts to establish the
Arthur Findlay College as a world centre for spiritual and psychic studies has
now materialised and at last we are showing the world how our teachings can
bring people of all nations together.”
Sufficient money had been raised by special efforts
and donations to purchase eight new chairs for the lounge, recovered 10 chairs
and four couches; the lounge and two passageways had been decorated, the paint
provided by ‘Friends’ some of whom, with family members, had also carried out
all the decorating and cleaning. More
people had stayed at the college than at any other time and the forward
bookings were the highest ever. Visitors
from 15 different countries had been welcomed.
Following the 1972 AGM, Gordon Higginson invited
all the past presidents of the Spiritualists` National Union to a forum to
answer questions on the past, present and future of the Spiritualists` National
Union and the Arthur Findlay College: Percy Wilson MA MSNU; Harry Dawson,
MSNU; C I Quastel, MSNU; John Winning LRCP.
Mr Higginson said he thought the minimum number of ‘Friends’
should be 5,000! So if you are reading this, and want to join ‘Friends’
and help him realise his `magic number` even now, then we shall be happy to
welcome you to a family of Spiritualists, dedicated to the work and
memory of Arthur Findlay, and his expressed hope for a College of Excellence
for Psychic Science.
The current committee comprising Keith Sangster
(Chairman); Ken Smith (Treasurer); Karen Boughton (Secretary); Sherry V Wakeman
(Membership); Rachel Casson (Healing & Education Studies) invite you to
explore the various pages of the website (http://friendsofstanstedhall.com/)
and find out how we are endeavouring to follow the dreams of the original dedicated
few, and to honour all the dedication and hard work so very many ‘Friends’ have
put in over the last 40 years to bring us to the present day.
In setting up the web-site we aim not only to be
progressive, but in doing so, dedicate it to all ‘Friends’, known or unknown,
who have worked so hard in so many ways to bring us to today.
Find the Arthur Findlay college
you believe in reincarnation? There is
an e-mail message doing the rounds at the moment which tells an interesting
the beginning of this century in the Golan Heights of Syria, a
three-year old boy clearly remembered where he’d been murdered in his
previous life, just four years previously.
correctly identified the spot his body had been buried, the village
he previously came from, and even the identity of his murderer. Is
this proof that reincarnation is real?
At first, no one in his small Druze village believed him - that is,
until he led village elders to the spot where
he remembers being buried. The villagers dug up the
spot where the boy said his former corpse was hidden and
a skeleton was exactly where he said it would be.
The small boy said he was murdered with an axe in his previous
life. A large axe mark on the skeleton corresponds to
a birth-mark on the boy’s head. He also showed the
elders where the murder weapon was hidden, and upon
digging, they found an axe, right where he said.
Mixed in with the group of Druze village elders was an Israeli
doctor, Eli Lasch (pictured).
Dr. Lasch recounted these astounding events to a German therapist,
Trutz Hardo for his book, ‘Children Who Have Lived Before:
Reincarnation Today,’ in which this boy’s story is retold, along with other stories
of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy.
The boy was of the Druze ethnic group, and in his culture the
existence of reincarnation is accepted as fact. His
story still surprised his community, due to
the clarity of his recollection of the events of
his previous life and death and the proof he was able
Druze beliefs incorporate elements from Abrahamic religions,
Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Pythagoreanism and other philosophies creating a
distinct theology known to highlight the role of the mind
and truthfulness. The Druze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhid ‘the People
of Monotheism’ or ‘the People of Unity’ or al-Muwahhidun,
The Druze believe, as some other cultures do, that birthmarks
are related to past-life deaths. This boy was born with a long,
red birthmark on his head and as soon as he was old
enough to talk, he told his family he had been killed
by a blow to the head with an axe.
The boy also remembered the full name of his killer. When he confronted
this man, the alleged killer’s face turned white, according
to Dr. Lasch, in his account to author,
Trutz Hardo, but the assailant did not immediately admit
to the murder.
faced with all of the evidence provided by the boy, the murderer
was eventually compelled to admit to the crime and he
was then legally charged.
also a two and a half minute video at Justice from Beyond the Grave
science of philosophy
every aspect of our lives is influenced by the modern scientific principle of
proof and sound logic. As a result
humanity requires both proof and logic as far as philosophy is concerned too. Only after testing it will people agree to
accept its usefulness. Truth and reality
will be accepted only after they are tested with logic and scientific proof.
insistence of ‘proof’ has challenged the very existence of Spiritual
Sciences. Man’s glory has its roots in
high level faith that encompasses both sacred ideals and principles. Logic and proof says that faith is ‘blind’,
hence today we need to test spiritual values like faith, trust, ideals etc on
the basis of scientific logic. For this,
very scientific research needs to be deployed.
everyone fully accepts the importance of material science. It is important because it tests itself on
the basis of logic, experimentation and research. Of course, scientific findings can change every
now and then. The first time some proof
is found it is not necessary that it will remain eternally correct because when
newer discoveries and inventions appear the previous conclusions are rejected. Thus any scientific finding is accepted as
true only until new findings later disproved it.
spiritual science has achieved is far more than the achievements of material
science. Spiritual philosophy is the
foundation of human thought and the very life force of spirituality serious
questions regarding the stall, the existence of God and the creation of the
world can only be answered by spiritual philosophy. Anyone who is open to truth can not be swayed
by fanatical beliefs.
was a time of many centuries back when our scriptures were thought to be beyond
doubt. Today because intellectualism and
logic/proof is the ‘in’ thing scriptures will not be gulped down solely on the
basis of faith. The philosophy of faith can only be reinstated today on the
firm foundation of its utility, proof and truthfulness. Nowadays we have to ensure that spiritual
science is presented in a way that is appropriate to the computer age.
highly intellectual class of this computer age can only be convinced by giving
philosophical answers to philosophy, scientific answers to science and logical
answers to logic. Atheism is ruling the
roost today simply because spiritual principles have not been shown to have
sound scientific proof and logic behind them.
Rishi Shriram Sharma
The sweet by and by
My mother’s favourite gospel hymn
was called ‘In the Sweet By and By’ and its chorus was: “We shall meet on
that beautiful shore.” (Lots of recordings on the internet if you don’t know
it!). Whenever Mother sent someone a
bereavement card she would mention the chorus of this hymn and she was often
thanked for the comfort the words gave.
My mother was a Spiritualist all
her adult life and she never doubted the existence of the next world and reunions
with family already there. I think that
many people, Spiritualists or not, know instinctively that death is not the end
but we should all remember that it is only the Spiritualist Church which can
provide proof of a life hereafter.
This belief in an afterlife has
come down through the ages. The Pyramids
of Egypt – those tombs of their rulers – were filled with objects to help the
deceased in their future existence and they placed their ‘Book of the Dead’ in
the tomb. They also believed that the only
way to have an afterlife was to be mummified and put in a sarcophagus (an
Egyptian coffin) which was covered with complex symbols and signs.
The ancient Greeks believed that
people had a soul and, like the Egyptians, they believed in life after death. They believed that at death you had to cross
the River Styx which was the river of death.
The river had a ferry to take you across and the ferryman’s name was
Charon. Of course Charon had to be paid
for his services so relatives would place a coin in the mouth of the deceased
to pay this toll as they believed that someone who could not pay the fee would
never be able to cross the river and so reach life after death. Today archaeologists have found that even the
coffins of humble people they have excavated contain a coin to pay the boatman
to ferry them across the river.
Even today many people think of
death as crossing a river or a sea. One
of the last poems that Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote was called ‘Crossing the Bar’. In it he refers to his departure from life
into death. He speaks of death as going
out to sea. The ‘bar’ is the last piece
of land before you reach the sea and he asks that there be “no moaning at the
bar” when he is put to sea (that is ‘don’t grieve for me’). I particularly like his last two lines :-
hope to see my pilot (God) face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
A Baptist minister called Robert
Lowry wondered why there were so many hymns about the river of death and he
thought we should start thinking about crossing the river of life. He
determined to write a more cheery hymn and he gave us that well known hymn
called ‘Shall we gather at the river which flows by the throne of God’.
Our Victorian ancestors took a
very gloomy view of death and this all started with Queen Victoria who could
not reconcile herself to the death of Prince Albert. She started a display of mourning that was
very macabre and morose. Widows wore
black for two years (‘widow’s weeds’) after a death, eventually moving to
grey. Some, and especially the Queen,
never wore colour again.
Jet jewellery was the only one
worn and then there were brooches and rings made from the hair of the
deceased. In houses, the mirrors were
covered, clocks were stopped at the moment of death, curtains were drawn and a
black beribboned wreath was placed on the door.
There was even black bordered stationery and black-edged handkerchiefs.
Well, these days we don’t have
some of these morbid customs and in fact when you attend a funeral today we are
told that we are there “to celebrate the life of…” which I think is a fine
thing. The Salvation Army refers to
death as “Promoted to Glory”.
All Spiritualists know that death
is not an end but a new beginning – new life freed from an aging body with all
its related health problems. Silver
Birch refers to it as “freeing the imprisoned bird from the cage”. A life of new opportunities, a time to fulfil
unattained ambitions. Remember the words
of Sydney Carton in Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: ‘It is a far, far better
place I go to than I have ever been before.’
We think of death not as a
crossing of a river but as moving toward a light and, as we emerge from the
light, we are met by family and friends already there. I often think of death as emigrating over the
sea to a new country in which case the chorus of my mother’s favourite hymn is
“In the sweet by and by we
shall meet on that beautiful shore.”
If you would like to know more
about my thoughts on Spiritualism then read my book “Why I am a Spiritualist.”
Obtainable direct from me. (£5 including
p & p) Visit my website www.missadamckay.com
Hunting the paranormal
A paranormal investigation will take place in November at Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire.
On the banks of the River Ouse, Saltmarshe Hall has belonged to the same family for over 900 Years and is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including the White Lady, the Dark Shadows and poltergeists.
It was built in 1825 by Philip Saltmarshe from money left to him by his aunt and extended some 14 Years after construction, as the original hall was now large enough to house Philip, his wife and their 10 children. At this time a new stable block was also added but since about 1935, the servants’ quarters have lain untouched by human hands.
During the 1970s the hall was sold when the last Philip Saltmarshe passed away in the building and thus the family association also ended. It is now a hotel.
As one can imagine, a building of this age and history will have a story to tell, and a ghost or two. One would be right as Saltmarshe Hall has the lot. The team of ghosthunters from Mystical Ghost Hunts have organised a public paranormal investigation.
The Saltmarshe Hall Ghost Hunt will include such events as table tipping, group séances, Ouija boards and glass divination and those more scientifically minded may use many of the ghost hunting gadgets, such as EMF meters, motion sensors, EVP recorders, infra red cameras and more.
Ghosthunters will be given full access to the servants’ hall, a three-storey building which includes kitchens, bedrooms, living area and cellars. The massive cellars are believed to be so haunted that present-day staff refuse to enter them.