Wanna be a Ghosthunter? Charity event, Ghostfest Southwest, Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2011

I do a lot of events through the year, but this charity ghosthunt organised by Wendy Isaacs and Bruce Kuk sounds like a lot of fun, and has a very impressive line up — and me!  I asked Wendy earlier today to send me some details and she has, so if you are free next weekend and interested in this sort of thing and want to help an excellent charity for research into Muscular Dystrophy, well here are the details! I’m not involved in the organisation of the event so please address any enquiries to Wendy, but I will try to help if I can! Wendy writes —

This huge event will combine 2 nights overnight investigations as well as a variety of stalls, experiments and talks from many guest speakers, including C.J Romer, A.S.S.A.P,  Richard Skeates and our special guest speakers Richard Jones and  Dr Ciaran O Keeffe from Most Haunted, and is being held at St. Briavels Castle, Gloucestershire

Ghostfest-Southwest was created by Wendy Isaacs (BSPRI) and Bruce Kuk (formally of Phantomfest & Parsoc) with the idea of combining Paranomal investigation with raising money for worthy causes. For this event, the money we raise will go to Muscular Dystrophy.

 Muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases cause muscles to waste and weaken. More than 70,000 babies, children and adults in the UK are affected. There is no cure and that’s why fundraising for research is so vital. (Muscular Dystrophy Campaign- Registered Charity No. 205395.)

 Tickets for this event are £45 for one night, £80 for both nights.The cost includes overnight investigation, accommodation and breakfast as well as all the talks. If you prefer just to come along for the talks, this will be £20.

 Friday night tickets – 17th June

Arrive at the Castle at 7pm for a tour and health and safety briefing, overnight investigation, accomodation and breakfast. There will be various stalls during the day as well as a stall selling food & drink. Talks will begin at 2pm on the Saturday and conclude at approx 8pm.

 Saturday night tickets- 18th June

Arrive at the Castle at 1pm to check in. Talks begin at 2pm and finish at approx 8pm with a Q& A with our panel of guests. After the talks there will be a tour of the castle and health and safety briefing followed by an overnight investigation and accomodation. Breakfast will be served in the morning.Check out at 11am

 Saturday Daytime tickets – 18th June

Arrive at the castle at 1.30pm. Talks will begin at 2pm with breaks in between and conclude at approx 8pm.


 There will be various stalls running from 10am until 4pm on the Saturday. If you would like to run a stall, this will cost £20 and we ask for a donation to our prize raffle. All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.


 Accommodation at St Briavels Castle is dormitory style only. Bedding is included but you should bring your own towels. There are wash/shower facilities available. Please note that your personal belongings are your own responsibility and Ghostfest-Southwest Event organisers or St Briavels Castle staff will not be liable for any loss or damage.


 As with any event of this size, health and safety is of the utmost importance and for that reason and for the enjoyment of everyone attending this event, drinking of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Anyone found under the influence before or during the event will be asked to leave the castle immediately and no refund given. The same goes for drugs or any inappropriate behavior. The Ghostfest team reserves the right to refuse admission to the castle.   

 What to bring with you

 Bring a torch and wear flat, sensible footwear.

You are welcome to bring a camera/ camcorder but they are your own responsibility and we will not be liable for any loss or damage. If you do have valuables, you are advised to keep them on you during vigils.


Booking and payment details

 Please email Wendy at ghostfest-southwest@live.co.uk

Or ring me on 07806637602

 To book your place/s, please send cheque/s made payable to ‘Ghostfest-Southwest’ to:

Wendy Isaacs

Ghostfest-Southwest Event Organiser
14 Chatcombe
BS37 4JD

 Along with your cheque/s, please remember to include:

  • Your full name of yourself and that of anyone else you are booking for
  • Your full postal address so your ticket/s can be sent to you
  • Which night you would like to attend.

If you have stayed at the castle before, you can request which room you would like to stay in. Every effort will be made to accommodate you but please note that Saturday night rooms are booking fast. If you are attending as a group, we will endeavor to keep you and your group together both during vigils and for accommodation.

 Please note that tickets must be booked and paid for prior to the event.

 Talks are starting at approximately 2pm on Saturday. (All times are subject to change.)

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100695076645445

Promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmLYd3gTNH4

Muscular Dystrophy-Bradley’s story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czE8C6ACu9g

Justgiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Isaacs

 Ghostfest guest speakers


C.J Romer – 2pm-2.45pm

 Christian Jensen Romer (“CJ”) became interested in parapsychology after seeing a ghost in 1987. Since that time he has written rather a lot of words on the subject, and worked on several paranormal TV shows in minor roles as a researcher or “expert”, though the idea of an “expert” in a field where we know so little is rather puzzling! A member of a number of research organisations, and a veteran of over a hundred investigations, he is still learning from everyone he meets and hoping someone else can cast light on the whole subject for him…

 Today he maintains a small poltergeist related blog (http://polterwotsit.wordpress.com/ ), his personal blog  (you are reading it!) and divides his time between ghosthunting and writing supplements for role-playing games, a life-long passion of his. He is very interested in trying to raise awareness of the findings of mainstream psychic research (for example www.spr.ac.uk ) among ghosthunting groups, and vice versa!

 C.J’s talk at this event is entitled,”Ghosts: why everything we think we know about them is probably wrong!”
“since the nineteenth century, parapsychologists have developed a number of theories about what a ghost is, and what a ghost experience involves. In this talk CJ questions whether we are being misled by mistaken assumptions,… which may be holding back ghost research, and suggests new directions in trying to understand the nature of the ghost experience – but ones which will surprise most sceptics.”

  Teresa Cox – 3.30pm-4.15pm

 Teresa Cox from A.S.S.A.P (The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) will also be giving a talk.

The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) has been investigating the weird seriously (and the seriously weird) since 1981. Their main aims are paranormal research and education.

 Anomalous phenomena include psychic phenomena (including ghosts, ESP), UFOs, Forteana and earth mysteries.

They specialise in:

 •investigating hauntings and ghost cases

•training paranormal investigators

•researching all anomalous, paranormal and xenonormal phenomena.

A.S.S.A.P will also have a stall at the event so you can find out more about them and how to join.

 (Break for refreshments – 45 minutes)

Richard Skeates – 5pm-5.45pm

 From a very young age, Richard was made aware of his psychic abilities as he was able to hear and feel his guides. He was empathic, clairaudient, clairsentient and claircognizant, so as he grew and spent time talking with his guides, they taught him everything about spirit and mediumship that he knows today. Over the years he has developed many of his own healing methods and has also grown to develop clairvoyance, clairgustance and clairalience.

Richard is a qualified hypnotist, hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer as well as having a keen interest in psychology. He performs hypnosis for entertainment, street hypnosis and of course he also provides very high standard professional hypnotherapy services. He also attends regular hypnosis seminars and training events.

Richard joined the BSPRI team as their Medium with his fiancée Kate back in May 2008 when the group investigated Bridewell police station and magistrates Courts.

Richard Jones – 5.45pm – 6.30pm

 Richard is the author of the best selling books Walking Haunted London; Haunted Britain and Ireland; Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland; Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland; Walking Dickensian London; Haunted Inns of Britain and Ireland; Haunted London; Haunted Houses of Britain and Ireland; His latest book includes St Briavels Castle.  He has conducted on the spot research at over 2,000 haunted places and is well versed in paranormal history.

 Dr Ciaran ‘o Keeffe – 6.30pm

 Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe is a psychologist operating on science’s fringe. He’s been involved in many unusual projects: the physiological effects of infrasound, ghost investigation of Hampton Court, an exorcism ‘training day’ and author of best-selling book on ghosts – GhostHunters: A guide to investigating the paranormal. The two decades of work, research and education gradually turned a teenage passion for the supernatural and all things weird and wonderful into a full-time career as a Parapsychologist. The educational path involved two years of preparation at Washington College for an Honors undergraduate thesis on paranormal beliefs and experiences, a year’s full-time Investigative Psychology MSc at Liverpool University culminating in a critical thesis on psychic criminology, and, at University of Hertfordshire, a parapsychology Doctorate focusing on paranormal practitioners (e.g. psychics and mediums). He is currently a Professional Member of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Full Member of the PA (Parapsychological Association) and SPR (Society for Psychical Research).

 7pm- Your chance to put your questions to the experts as there will be a Q&A with our panel of guest speakers!

7.30pm – A representative from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign will give a talk about why Muscular Dystrophy is such a worthy cause. This will be followed by the cheque being presented to The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

After a break for refreshments, there will be a tour of the Castle for those who haven’t been on one. This will be followed by our second night of investigations at the Castle.

Wendy Isaacs & Bruce Kuk

Ghostfest-Southwest Event Organisers


About Chris Jensen Romer

I am a profoundly dull, tedious and irritable individual. I have no friends apart from two equally ill mannered cats, and a lunatic kitten. I am a ghosthunter by profession, and professional cat herder. I write stuff and do TV things and play games. It's better than being real I find.
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