- or almost everybody - has their own ghost story to tell. Something
which is unexplained...something we've seen or heard or felt which
has no logical explanation to it.
And what do we do with these spooky exeriences? Keep them to ourselves
mostly, because we think people will laugh at us. And then there's
the fear of ghosts, which puts people off investigating unexplained
events too deeply.
But that's not the case for some brave souls - those who are members
of paranormal groups who go in search of "The Truth."
One such group is the Torbay Investigators of the Paranormal (TIP),
which was set up in 1995 by founder members David Phillips, Adrian
Lodge and David Brown.
members are more than happy to carry out all-night vigils at
group meets each Monday night at one of Devon's most reputedly haunted
buildings - the centuries-old Churston Court Hotel in Torbay. The
Saxon building has, it seems, more than one ghost lurking in the
nooks and crannies.
There are stories of candles being re-lit of their own accord, and
of a monk's habit being seen leaving rooms - so this is a perfect
meeting place for TIP.
The group is made up of people who've had unexplained experiences,
psychics, mediums, healers, and those who are simply interested
in all things paranormal - and that includes UFOs.
TIP are also on hand to respond to requests to investigate the presence
of spirits - at public buildings, pubs, or even people's homes.
But what exactly is a ghost? And what do they want with us? David
Phillips explains: "Ghosts are the human energy - released
from the spirit - of someone who has passed on.
Court, with the village church beside it
come back because they've got a message for someone, or they want
to see somebody. The
chances are that if they were nice when they were alive, they'll
be nice as ghosts."
As part of their investigations, TIP hold all-night vigils at buildings
to gather evidence of spirits. They use infra-red video cameras,
and digital stills cameras.
types of camera have captured unexplained white objects which are
not seen by the naked eye - and these are said to be the orbs of
recording equipment is also used - and has in the past succeeded
in capturing the unexplained sound of footsteps and other noises.
A thermometer is also used, because the presence of a spirit is
always accompanied by a sudden drop in temperature.
"There is a frequency at which paranormal
events are detected, and the temperature is another sign of something
being present," said David. "There's
just too much evidence to suggest there's nothing in the paranormal,"
Pomeroy Castle is said to be the most haunted place in Devon
are loads of ghost stories in Devon, and a lot of old properties
are said to be haunted - The Palace Theatre in Paignton, Bowden
House near Totnes, Braunton Museum, and, of course, Churston Court
- to name but a few.
there are the haunted pubs - the Tower at Slapton, the Pilchard
on Burgh Island, and the Kingsbridge Inn at Totnes are among those
being investigated by TIP.
And, there's a clear Number One in the Devon
ghosts chart, according to David: "Berry Pomeroy Castle,"
he said. "I've had experiences there, of hearing gunfire and
muskets going off.
"There are so many stories of ghosts and unexplained things
going on there, it's got to be the most haunted building in Devon."
Unless YOU know differently, of course...
If you want TIP to investigate a haunted building, you can contact
David Phillips on 01803 524980.