Events and Meetings

Meetings During COVID19

The SSPR Council (its Board of Trustees) has decided  for the 2021-2022 programme of talks, to continue to meet online, at least from September 2021 until Spring 2022, when we will review the situation. It is our hope that by the time of The Archie E Roy Lecture, in May 2022, we will be able to meet together, in person, at Theosophy House, Queens Crescent, Glasgow. 

The decision is based on the following: 

  1. The Delta Variant is considerably more contagious. 
  2. Some of our Members fall into the category of ‘at risk’, either because of underlying health conditions, or age. 
  3. Some of our Members are either anti-vaccination, or believe that the pandemic is being over-hyped for nefarious political purposes. Our position is: we cannot allow members or visitors to take risks with their (or others) health.
  4. The SSPR will follow Scottish Government guidelines. If we ever deviate from official advice, (because of Points 2 & 3) it will be to be more cautious, not less

If anything changes or we begin to meet in person, information will be updated here on our website and also on our page and group on Facebook. 

Until then, we offer presentations on Zoom. You do not need the app as you can access the video link via your browser (if we email you the link, just follow the link) – but the app is free to download. If you install the app, you will still need to click on the link we will email you (if you have joined as a member, or bought a ticket for a specific presentation). 

If you are a member, all our online presentations are free – as will be our face-to-face meetings.

Non-Members will need to pay £5 per presentation to access the link.  

2021 – 2022 Programme: HAUNTED

‘Are Ghosts Respectable Now?’ 

Roger Clarke

Thursday the 16th of September

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We begin our 2021-22 Programme by asking critically acclaimed best-selling author of ‘A Natural History of Ghosts’ Roger Clarke whether ghosts are respectable now? The Supernatural long rife within supermarket magazine stands or rampant on cable television is now ruminated upon within the respectable halls of Radio 4. Has the supernatural finally arrived? This presentation will take the form of an interview with plenty of time for a Q&A afterwards. But we do know what our first question will be!
 
Roger Clarke grew up in the Isle of Wight in the 1970s and lived in a haunted rectory.  While still a schoolboy he was selling stories to famous horror anthologies and corresponding with ghost-hunters such as Andrew Green and Peter Underwood.  After a career in journalism reviewing movies for The Independent newspaper, he turned to writing about his childhood obsession for the supernatural.  In 2012 A Natural History of Ghosts was published by Penguin Books to great acclaim, and has now been translated into many languages including Korean and Japanese.  A published poet and librettist, he lives in Shoreditch, and still hasn’t seen a ghost.
 

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

It Happened to Me!

Real Ghost Stories for Hallowe’en

Thursday the 21st of October 2021

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Now an SSPR tradition! Following in the footsteps of The Fortean Times’ column, ‘It Happened to Me‘, collecting and chronicling first hand accounts of weird happenings, we present 3 testimonies of unusual experiences, with the opportunity to question and discuss afterwards.

This year it’s looking like a HAUNTED HOTEL SPECIAL!! Should be fascinating!

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Ghost Gadgets and the Ghost Hunter

Steve Parsons

Thursday the 18th of November

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In the history of psychical research the debate as to what constitutes reliable evidence, or evidence at all, has been lively and on-going ever since Sir William Crookes investigated DD Hume. Experiments and equipment have all sought to drag the supernatural and subjective into the objective realm; after all, gadgets don’t lie, do they? But do they work? And how do they work? And what sort of gadgets are used in the field today. To help us keep abreast of the rapidly evolving world of the ghost gadget, the SSPR is pleased to welcome back Steve Parsons.

Steve Parsons is a veteran Investigator and Researcher of Ghosts, Hauntings and related human experiences.

Author of five books and numerous published articles on ghosts, ghost hunting and related subjects, cited or referenced in many more. A regular speaker at conferences and conventions throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA.

In front of camera Presenter and behind the scenes Advisor on numerous paranormal documentary shows for UK and overseas broadcast networks including; The Discovery Network, National Geographic, The BBC, ITV etc. Also Canadian, Japanese and US TV networks. Appeared and advised on popular paranormal ‘edutainment’ TV shows including Most Haunted, I’m Famous & Frightened & Paranormal Investigation Live. Hosted & co-hosted radio shows for the BBC and other broadcasters.

Steve is also Co-Host of a popular international weekly radio show Ghost Chronicles International and Host of The West Files weekly radio show. Steve is always keen to investigate and examine ghost experiences and accounts.

His website is theghosthunter.webs.com

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Paranormal Presentations! 

Short Talks

Thursday the 16th of December

Inspired by the popular ‘Pecha Kucha‘, which is a slide-show presentation style, originating in Japan (but trademarked, so obviously, this is completely different) – the SSPR has been holding its own annual evening of short slide shows – much to the approval of members! It’s the perfect smorgasbord of the supernatural!

This years is a proper pick’n’mix! Guaranteed to entertain and intrigue!

The Presenters confirmed so far:

  • Michael McCann – Photographs! Fantastical? Phantoms? Or Fraud?
  • TBC – TBC
  • TBC – TBC
  • TBC – TBC

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

The SSPR Annual General Meeting

followed by a Cases Review

Thursday the 20th of January

 

The Scottish Society for Psychical Research is a membership-funded registered charity and is run by a group of trustees answerable to their membership. This AGM is an opportunity for members to have their say, table amendments to the constitution (to be voted on) and discuss the business of the society. Our most recent annual report will be available and our finances will be scrutinised. All members are encouraged to attend.

The AGM is open to the public and visitors are welcome to attend ~ but are reminded that they can’t vote!

After the business part of our AGM we will review the spontaneous cases (anomalous experience/paranormal phenomena) and members will have the opportunity to discuss recent and on-going cases with the Case Coordinator and Investigators.

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Ghosts of St. Andrews

Richard Falconer

Thursday the 17th of February

Having been brought up in St. Andrews, Richard Falconer knows all about its ghosts. No stranger to the SSPR, Richard was once one our Members when we had an Edinburgh Branch, ran by the late Stewart Menzies.

Richard is an author, a publisher (Obsidian Publishing) and a renowned highly rated Tour Guide of St. Andrews’ Ghostly spots.

From the age of 13 Richard spent many a night in the Cathedral ruins. He has seen ghosts from the age of 6, and has a few accounts from the Cathedral precincts. His latest encounter with a ghost was in August when himself and a tour party saw the black shape of a person standing behind the benches opposite the Haunted Tower in St Andrews. After a second or two it moved toward the light and was gone.

Armed with a hundreds of first hand witness accounts and tales he collected over the years from residents of St Andrews and Fife, tourists (often during his own tours!) and historical research, nobody is better to guide us through the ancient streets of St. Andrews and tell us all about its ghosts.

For more information on Richard’s Tours and Publications: www.obsidianpublishing.com

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Demonstration of Mediumship

Mediums to be Confirmed

Thursday the 17th of March 2022

The Society has a long tradition of providing an opportunity for Spiritualist Mediums to demonstrate their abilities in front of the public ~ and for our members and visitors to be able to judge for themselves whether the information is accurate, specific and meaningful!

We will also continue to treat these demonstrations as an opportunity to conduct research and all participants are required to complete the questionnaire!

The Evening also will be a Fundraiser for the SSPR and other charities chosen by the demonstrating mediums. Numbers will be limited – with places reserved for Members – who will gain access for free – and to Non-Members at £5. [This was previously advertised as being £10 but Council wants to give you a special pandemic offer!]

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Email Links will be sent to Members and Non-Members by Email up to ONE HOUR Before Presentations Begin. 

Scotland’s Historic Haunts

Mark Anderson

Thursday the 21st of April 2022

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Scotland is internationally famed for its historic houses and castles, each with their own bloody history and tales of hauntings ~ but how much of it is actually true? Guidebooks may list tales of grey ladies and spectres that stalk the castle corridors at night, but when was the last time anyone has actually experienced something? Are there any contemporary witness accounts attached to these ancient clan seats and aristocratic piles? Mark Anderson has made it his mission to visit these places and find out for himself, interviewing staff and visitors alike!

Mark Anderson is a member of West Lothian Paranormal and has been investigating the paranormal since 2015. Professionally Mark is in I.T, being a Database Manager in the Finance Sector.

All are welcome. The SSPR holds no corporate view on the paranormal and we welcome believers, sceptics and critical thinkers alike. 

Presentation begins at 19:30 GMT (+1 BST) and will last up until 21:30 (including Q & A). 

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Link to Online Presentation: £5

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Email Links will be sent to Members and Non-Members by Email up to ONE HOUR Before Presentations Begin. 

The Archie E Roy Lecture

Malcolm Robinson

The Sauchie Poltergeist & other hauntings

Thursday the 19th of May 2022

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The Scottish Society for Psychical Research is delighted to welcome back Author & Investigator Malcolm Robinson, who will talk about one of Scotland’s most fascinating and credibly witnessed poltergeist cases: the Sauchie Poltergeist. Malcolm will also share his own reflections on this case and others he has personally investigated.

Malcolm Robinson is an author, international speaker, media consultant and founding member of Scottish Paranormal Investigations. He has personally investigated many of Scotland’s most iconic paranormal mysteries including descending Loch Ness to a depth of 400 ft to look for Nessie and being on-site at Dechmont Law to investigate Bob Taylor’s baffling UFO experience. Few in Scotland can match his time spent in the field investigating the paranormal and he has the experiences to prove it: Malcolm has been slapped by a ghost, had his hair pulled by a ghost, and seen a pair of levitating shoes fly up into the air and crash through a glass window! And that’s just scratching the surface.

Join Malcolm this evening to hear him tell us more!

All are welcome. The SSPR holds no corporate view on the paranormal and we welcome believers, sceptics and critical thinkers alike. 

Presentation begins at 19:30 GMT (+1 BST) and will last up until 21:30 (including Q & A). 

This Presentation will be free to Members on Zoom. Members will be sent a link by email. 

Non-Members contact us: theSSPRsecretary@gmail.com

Then Pay by e-banking or BACS:      SSPR BANK ACCOUNT
Bank of Scotland         

Account Name: Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Sort Code: 800752      Account No: 00817842

Or by PayPal

We will confirm Payment then send you a link. 

Email Links will be sent to Members and Non-Members by Email up to ONE HOUR Before Presentations Begin.