Monday, 18 July 2016

Monday 18th July 2016
A peculiar image has recently reached the W.M.G.C., taken at a Midlands firm that has been on the site concerned for some 125 years.  There are, it seems, numerous 'strange' stories associated with the property, including 'man-like' shadows seen walking through the building.....

The photograph in question was taken from a shop floor at the firm, looking across at some disused and empty offices opposite.  Ironically, the photographer concerned tells us that he is soon to have to work in the offices involved..... an option that he is now NOT exactly thrilled by!!  Laugh!!

Monday 18th July 2016

A very interesting scenario has recently been brought to the attention of the W.M.G.C., via a post on our popular Facebook page.  The matter concerned involves a residential property in Suffolk, but the details mentioned here were deemed interesting / intriguing enough to be of general interest, despite the geographical distance (from the West Mids) concerned.

In brief:  The candle shown in the attached image was purchased at a 'Sainsburys' store and placed on the window sill of a small bathroom / toilet around 1 hour before being discovered in the condition shown.  It had not been lit and there were no other lit candles with it.  The room concerned had no heat sources in it - no radiators, etc - and was generally known to be a particularly cold area.  (One of the reasons for the candles being placed on the window ledge was that, when lit, they seemed to 'take the chill' out of the bathroom).  The only potential form of heat in the room - for the time that the candle had stood in this position - was via someone having taken a bath, followed by someone taking a shower.  It was following this that the candle was discovered in this condition.

As a result of the above, queries were recently raised with people involved in the candle manufacturing process - parties who basically 'have experience' with candles on a regular basis, etc - with a view to discovering what might have possibly caused this anomaly to occur 'naturally'...?  (We hasten to add, there is no 'blame-style-scenario' taking place here, purely a matter of being intrigued by the situation).

The response from the candle manufacturers / enthusiasts was mainly one of puzzlement and all admitted that they'd NEVER seen anything like this before, under the situations stipulated.  One said that it appeared that there 'should have been' some form of 'direct' heat-source involved to attain this effect.  Another suggested that perhaps the candle wax used had a very 'low' melting point and - maybe - the warmth generated by activities in the room had potentially caused it to react in this manner!?  However, having suggested this, they did say that they'd never personally seen this happen before.......

Quickly adding a new dimension to the overall scenario, it should be mentioned that the property concerned was believed to be the site of a degree of 'ghostly' activity by the family concerned.  It seems, from what has been mentioned, that the activity involved would clearly fall into the 'poltergeist-like' bracket.  In furtherance to the above mentioned 'candle' situation, it was reported to the group that residents in the house HAD, on occasion, entered the bathroom involved to actually find candles on the window sill 'alight'....... but not having been lit by anyone in the household....!!  This situation was deemed worrying enough to merit having all of the possible ignition sources removed from the house after a point - lighters, matches, etc - but the candles continued to be found alight, non-the-less!? 

What is of considerable interest in the latter situation is the fact that it was mentioned that none of the candles found burning 'appeared to have been alight for long'..... as indicated by the general state of the candles; the liquid wax present at the time they were found and so on.  Noting certain features in other, so-called, 'poltergeist cases', it could be theorised that there was a reason for this:  in most cases where 'fires' have featured in cases of alleged haunting, it has been frequently found that the fires concerned were 'discovered' at a point before they were of a magnitude that they could cause any REAL harm!?  Many, needless to say, would regard this as a simple matter of 'good fortune', while others have suggested that this is potentially down to the very 'nature' of this form of haunting:  an example of potential 'threat', rather than blatant 'damage' or 'evil doing', etc!?      

As always, any comments on the subject concerned would, of course, be most appreciated indeed.....

Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday 27th June 2016 

Reasonably long-standing visitors to this page may well recall our mention of the allegedly haunted, 'hair salon' - in the Northfield region of Birmingham - that we became involved with in 2013.....  Our subsequent dealings with the site resulted in a number of visits and an article on the matter, which appeared in the 'Birmingham Mail', at the time of our initial interest (HERE).

Well - after a slight lapse in communications with the shop, we have recently been contacted by the owners once more, who have informed us that activity has apparently 'begun again' after a break of some time......!?  As the W.M.G.C. have been greatly 'stepping back' from the active-investigation side of the subject for a while now, it was suggested (by us) that our old friend John Chance (of Wednesbury) and his paranormal team - 'Ghostcallers UK' - might be interested in 'taking over things', perhaps......!?

At the time that we first had dealings with the site in question, it was stressed to us that they wouldn't be interested in allowing any other groups to investigate their premises, but - under the circumstances mentioned above - 'Nokes'z Hair' jumped at the chance of fresh interest.  After passing contact details over, John reports that he has already made a preliminary visit to the site and, we believe that, at the time of writing, investigation is set to follow.....

Needless to say, we eagerly await news of the latter and will be giving further dealings a mention as and when they happen, at a future date......

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday 24th June 2016 

A rather interesting - if brief - experience has recently come to the attention of the W.M.G.C. hailing from the St. Georges area of Telford, in Shropshire.

We were informed that three friends were in the process of walking back from a night fishing excursion - at between 3 and 4 am - when their journey took them past Timbers Island, on Gower Street.  As they reached the island, they all saw what they can only describe as an 'all white male, in a all white suit, riding a all white bicycle' travelling past them...!?!  Our correspondent says the spectacle was 'like something out of an old movie'.... constructed completely of varying shades from white to grey....

As they watched the spectacle, the man proceeded to ride straight past the group, a 'fixed' expression on his face;  looking forward, up towards the hill, directly in front of him.... seemingly oblivious to the startled onlookers!!  Having passed within a couple of feet of the bemused lads, it was clearly noticed that there was no sound at all coming from neither the man nor the bicycle.....!?

Within a second or so, the bemused friends had turned to watch the figure silently riding away from them..... but he had completely vanished from sight!?

For a number of year afterwards, one of the group tried in vain to find word of any other 'strange sightings' from the same area, or perhaps something that could possibly account for the weird encounter....!?  Unfortunately, however, this is where this particular story has to abruptly end - at least for the time being - as nothing more can be unearthed on the subject, either from a paranormal or historical angle!?  Since being informed of the matter, our researchers have taken to pouring over old O.S. maps of St. Georges, but, all that can really be gleaned from such research, is the fact that the entire region was a heavily mined area going back to Victorian times.....

Needless to say, both the W.M.G.C. and our kind correspondent would dearly love to hear of any peculiar experiences or history specifically related to the region concerned!?  If readers of this blog do know something of the area concerned, then please do get in touch with us!! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tuesday June 21st 2016

A recent conversation with Shropshire author, Fran Norton - on the subject of the infamous ghost of 'Madam Pigott' at Chetwynd, near Newport - inspired us to, once again, advertise for information on this most enigmatic and historic apparition....  Thankfully, this recent inquiry proved amazingly successful and we have literally been inundated with an array of stories, fresh, first-hand accounts of experiences and general reminiscences concerning the ghost / ghostlore in the region concerned!!

Of MAJOR importance to the group is the fact that we can now actually put a name and an associated story to the person who admits having 'faked' the 'ghost photograph' that was sent in to us in 2014.  This reasonably famous image - shown above - was emailed to the W.M.G.C., with a brief story outlining how an acquaintance of the sender had supposedly 'caught' the apparition in a photograph taken in Chetwynd Churchyard one night.  At the time that we received the image, our old friends at the 'Shropshire Star' newspaper took considerable interest in the matter and 2 articles were subsequently published on the topic....

However, at the time that we received the image, it was already being regarded as somewhat 'suspicious', as image manipulation experts that we had shared the photograph with instantly suggested one of the numerous, create-a-ghost 'phone apps' that had started to become fairly popular around that time....?  Within a very brief period, someone came forward with a specific figure - found in a 'catalogue of apparitions' from one of these aforementioned 'Apps' - that corresponded almost exactly with the 'ghost' in the photograph that we had been sent...... 

Despite the 'dubious' nature of the image, it was still - needless to mention - something of a puzzle as to 'who' had created the picture concerned and 'why' it had been sent in to the group.....!?  Thankfully, we can now draw a line under this perplexing matter, as - as mentioned - our recent appeal for information resulted in the 'creator' of the picture coming forward and explaining the origins of the shot!

It seems that the photograph had been simply created as a 'joke', being played on the sister-in-law of the person responsible.  The former believed that she had possibly seen 'something' at Chetwynd Church, a little time earlier.  As a result of this, the trickster involved had subsequently gone to the churchyard themselves and 'faked' a ghostly picture to send to their relative!!  The email sent to the W.M.G.C. containing the image seems to have come about as a well-meaning lead from a friend-of-a-friend, who had simply taken the picture from a social media page and, presumably, thought we may well be interested in the matter concerned!?  The 'photographer' involved tells us that no offence was intended and the whole matter was purely carried out in jest!!  Chuckle!!

Well - at least we NOW know, eh!?  Laugh!!

In connection with this matter, we'd also like to point out that copies of Fran Norton and Marie Williams booklet on the potential, genealogical / historical origins of the infamous ghost - 'The Mystery Of Madam Pigott' - are still available to buy directly by emailing the following address:   

As previously reported on this page, Fran tells us that they always been intrigued by the Madam Pigott ghost story and - upon carrying out some research for the 'Chetwynd Medieval Fair' one year - they had basically realised how little people actually knew about a prominent family who had lived at Chetwynd for almost 500 years.....!  As anyone who has ever undertaken any historical research can fully appreciate, it takes a lot of time to thread your way through reams of old documents and books, to discover anything of real importance or interest......  Over the decades, there have been MANY reports of Madam Pigotts ghostly appearances.... and their idea was to endeavour to extract 'fact' from 'fiction' and try to possibly discover the identity of our unearthly visitor...!?  The resulting book is a testament to their painstaking research and a fitting tribute to what must surely be Shropshires most famous phantom......!?

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday 25th April 2016

We've recently found ourselves most disgusted to see the following article in the 'Tamworth Herald' newspaper:

Not only is this yet another example of people utilising matters - that wouldn't be in the public domain, if it weren't for the W.M.G.C. - to make money for themselves..... but this is also unscrupulously charging members of the public £12 to enter a site that is completely FREE to people under any other circumstances!?

Given the private ownership of the site concerned, we cannot help but wonder if the commercial ghost company concerned have actually gained permission from the relevant authorities prior to planning / advertising this venture!?  It does seem quite unlikely that the Ministry Of Defence would give the go-ahead for such shenanigans, possibly!?   

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday April 15th 2016

Yet another local-based story that has happened to 'come back to us' after a period of some time is a matter that doesn't strike the listener as potentially 'ghostly' in nature...... but certainly most 'peculiar' and 'unnatural', all the same?  Needless to say, if any incidents simply fall somewhere into the 'bizarre' category of experience, then we're more than happy to look into them.....!?

In brief:  the matter concerned initially came to our attention back in 2013, it seems, when a group member happened to be speaking to someone on a social media site about a totally unrelated matter.  In passing, the person concerned happened to as the member whether they might know something about an old factory site situated in a specific region.  As it turns out, the member did indeed know the site concerned and - when they'd asked why, particularly - they were told of a rather strange incident that had taken place there during the 1990's......

The person involved - our 'witness' in this situation - had specifically been referring to a particular spot at the rear of the factories concerned; a smallish pool of water, man-made, and once utilised in the running of the Victorian factory that was located on the periphery of the lands occupied by the former company.  As our confidant had grown up, this general patch of land had served as their 'stomping ground', as they were raised almost directly opposite the site....

An accurate description of the 'pool' itself is unnecessary to this account, save to say it appeared to be of 'concrete' construction - possibly shaped like a square based pyramid, going 'into the ground'  - each side possibly being approx. 12 meters in length.  The water was always 'sitting low enough' in the pool to reveal a few feet of each, sloping side and there was a purpose-built 'tunnel' leading 'into' one of these sides.....

Going back to the witness' story:  they tell us that their group of friends had become somewhat obsessed with the 'Goonies' movie as children and, probably because of this, they'd made up their minds one day to go and 'explore' the aforementioned tunnel.....  Skimming for the sake of brevity, a number of them had then entered the tile-lined, tunnel - with a couple of barely adequate torches between then - and succeeded in travelling a reasonable distance therein....  Coming to a junction in the passageway, they were horrified to spot - albeit only illuminated by poor light - a 'thing' that appeared to be seemingly in the process of 'scratching at the floor' of the passageway, some meters distant.....!?!  At this point, one of the mortified group had released some expletive or other and the 'whatever-it-was' had apparently 'turned to look at them'!!!   

Again, having to take very poor lighting and a state of extreme trepidation into consideration, our witness 'suggests' that the 'creature' they saw resembled some bizarre mixture twixt a 'pig'... and some sort of 'dog' in form and size.......!?  Needless to suggest, perhaps, the end result of this 'adventure' and subsequent sighting involved a group of teenagers attempting to quickly exit the very cramped tunnel in a state of extreme terror.......!!  

Of course, even in a realm as weird and wonderful as the paranormal, such a report does generally strike the onlooker as highly incredible...... but W.M.G.C. members couldn't help but be struck by the amount of background research that the witness had subsequently conducted on the site, which - we wouldn't imagine - was something that someone would basically 'do for nothing'!?  While the former factory itself is 'long gone', the pool concerned does actually still exist, having been utilised - by the company that now occupies the site - as an ornamental habitat for local wildlife.....!?!