Events and Meetings

Important Change to Meetings

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding social distancing and the coronavirus, the SSPR Council has decided in order to safeguard its members and visitors, we will be holding our meetings online for the foreseeable future

We will review Scottish Government Guidelines and as soon as it is deemed safe enough to meet up again in person (without masks and indoors), we will return to our usual venue/s. The SSPR Secretary will contact all our mailing list by email – and information will be updated here on our website and also on our page and group on Facebook. 

Until then, we are offering 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 our face-to-face meetings – if we get to have them before the end of our 2020-21 programme! 

Non-Members will need to pay a fee to access the links.  

It Happened to Me!

Real Ghost Stories for Hallowe’en

Thursday the 15th of October 2020

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Following on from Last Year’s Highly Successful and Engaging Evening we will listen to 3 First Hand Accounts of Anomalous Phenomena with an opportunity for all to ask questions. 

There will also be plenty of time for anyone to talk about their own experiences and for the group to respond. 

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. 

ESP and Sensory Deprivation

Dr Cal Cooper

Thursday the 19th of November 2020

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Parapsychologist and active Councillor, Member and Researcher with The Society for Psychical Research, Dr Callum E Cooper revisits the SSPR to talk about ongoing parapsychological research into Psi/ Extra Sensory Perception and how sensory deprivation can dramatically alter results! 

Dr Cooper has been noted for his work on altered states of consciousness, having spent a lot of time in the past few years working with floatation tanks and sensory deprivation. Throughout his time in research, he’s  travelled the world promoting science and the scientific method, as well as encouraging a sceptical approach to claims of exceptional human experiences. 

Dr Cooper is also a successful author, having written Telephone Calls from the Dead, Conversations with Ghosts (with Alex Tanous) and Paracoustics: Sound and the Paranormal (with Steven T Parsons). 

Dr Cooper is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He lectures in Psychology at The University of Northampton. 

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 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. 

Paranormal Presents! 

A Selection Box of Short Talks

Thursday the 17th of December 2020

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! 

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

THE Presenters will be:

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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 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. 

SSPR Annual General Meeting

Plus Cases Review

Thursday the 21st of January 2021

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The Scottish Society for Psychical Research is a membership-funded registered charity and is run by a group of trustees answerable to their membership. The 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 and approved. All members are encouraged to attend.

Our AGM is open to the public and visitors are welcome to attend ~ but visitors are reminded that they cannot vote!

After the business part of our AGM is concluded we will review the spontaneous cases (anomalous experience/paranormal phenomena) that have come into the SSPR in the past year and members will have the opportunity to discuss recent and on-going cases with the Case Coordinator and Investigators.

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 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. 

Arthur and Me

Ann Treherne

Thursday the 18th of February 2021

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Ann Treherne comes from a corporate background in banking and finance, latterly being CEO of a subsidiary company of a large, international bank. Back in 2000, she left the corporate world, having encountered premonitions which she states as being ‘dramatic and traumatic’. This, was her ‘wake-up call’ which caused her to seek out answers and ultimately to give up her job to become a Psychic Investigator. Now an International and inspirational Speaker, Tutor and Workshop Facilitator, she brings a unique talent and professionalism to the mysterious world of the metaphysical.

Now a Medium in her own right, Ann has worked with some of the best-known names in the industry including James Van Praagh, Tony Stockwell , Gordon Smith, etc.  Although she travels extensively, Ann comes from Edinburgh, the birthplace and hometown of Arthur Conan Doyle and is Chair of The Centre which bears his name, where she hosts talks and events celebrating the life of this great man.    

Ann will talk about her book ‘Arthur and Me‘ – an extraordinary account of her communications with the renowned Author and advocate for all things spiritual and psychical, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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 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. 

Demonstration of Mediumship

Ricky Martin Jennifer Phillips Diane Hodgson

Thursday the 18th of March 2021

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!

This year we are delighted to welcome back, Medium Ricky Martin, who will be joined by two Mediums who have yet to demonstrate for us: Jennifer Phillips and Diane Hodgson

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Ricky Martin, like many mediums, had experiences from an early age. But he kept them to himself, thinking that he would not be believed. In later years, his sister encouraged him to attend a Spiritualist Church and, eventually, Ricky began to develop his mediumistic abilities. He now serves the SNU (Spiritualist National Union), as well as independent churches all over the UK. Ricky has assisted the SSPR on many occasions, including at our fundraising Mediumship Demonstrations; Investigations; and at well-attended and well-received Psychometry Evenings in 2011 and 2019.

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Jennifer Phillips has been working as a platform medium for the last 15 years.
She began her development in a closed circle (old school!) at the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists and continued her development by attending many courses; mainly with ministers Judith Seamen & Stella Upton and at AFC.
Jennifer has a huge passion for spiritualism and enjoys all aspects of mediumship and, in her own words: “I travel anywhere spirit takes me. I love taking church services and also run my own church & development group in Balfron for the last 8yrs and expanding to teaching workshops. Charity work is a huge part of what I do and I love to help where I can“.

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Diane Hodgson has been a spiritual medium for 35 yrs with an 8/10 year break to bring up her children. She trained at Ayr Spiritual Centre and her mentor was the formidable Margaret Nicholson who, according to Diane, “let you away with nothing… no nonsense!”
In Diane’s words: “What brought me to spiritualism was when my father died then my mother… I was told when you die you die…. I couldn’t understand this…”
Tragically, eight years ago, Diane’s daughter died with epilepsy: “this brought me back to spiritualism, as she was only twenty-two… I had a dream my mentor was taking me back to the church where I started to start again… That was 8 yrs and have never looked back..”.

Please note: There will be an experiment conducted on the night in the form of a questionnaire. Attendance confirms your agreement to taking part in this experiment! [It will be painless form filling in and box ticking but we’ll be conducting psychical research – what the SSPR is here for!]

The Evening 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 £10.

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: £10

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. 

Alien Life – Why are ‘they’ like ‘us’?

Dr Stephen Bostock

Thursday the 15th of April 2021

Why is alien life so often like us? Bipedal? Two arms. Two legs. Is it because we’re hallucinating, fantasising or just lack the imagination to see something different? Or is there a good biological, even physiological reason for life to evolve to look like us – especially a space-faring one!

Dr Stephen Bostock is an Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy at The University of Glasgow, long associated with the now closed Glasgow Zoo and an Academic Animal Rights Ethicist. Dr Bostock’s interest in Psychical Research was greatly increased by attending Professor Archie Roy’s (and Tricia Robertson’s) night classes in An Introduction to Psychical Research and is now an Investigator and Council Member of the SSPR.

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

Dr David Hamilton

Thursday the 20th of May 2021

David has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health.

He is now author of 10 books, including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’ and the Amazon bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’. He writes a regular blog on his website and occasional blogs for the Huffington Post (US version). David is the ‘Kindness Tsar’ for Psychologies Magazine and writes ‘The Kindness Conversation’ and the ‘Kindness Project’. He is also the ‘Life Hacks’ monthly columnist for Soul & Spirit Magazine and in 2016, he was voted ‘Best writer’ by readers of Kindred Spirit Magazine. David is featured in the award-winning documentary, ‘HEAL’. He appears regularly in the media and was recently featured on Channel 4’s live show, ‘Sunday Brunch’, in the UK and ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in the USA.

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.