We arrived at Hallam around 10pm. The group was accompanied
by Steve Strange (Hallam producer) and two media students.
We all went into the cellar where Mick talked about the
equipment and what it is used for. We split into two groups.
Group 1 took the bar area and group 2 took the 'spooky room'
and surrounding area. Mick went down into the cellar area
(which was flooded) and took some photographs. We settled
down in the bar area to see what would happen. The temperature
at this point was 8.2 degrees. Brenda felt very cold on
the right hand side of her face. Mick went to let Dave in
and when he returned he told us that the other group had
heard shelves creaking and had taken a weird photograph
(which can be seen on the Hallam FM website). The temperature
in the bar area felt as though it had dropped, Gaz captured
a light anomaly on camera. Brenda picked up on the names
Mary and Charlie. Brenda gave the name of Dennis and said
she felt it was with Steve. Bren and Gaz both (Steve said
he didn't know a Dennis, but by coincidence we had a Dennis
called the Nick at Night show while we were on it the following
Sunday). Both Bren and Gaz thought they saw something moving
by the bar area and it appeared to be quite misty. The room
also felt very cold. Everyone heard something moving about
and there were strange noises on tape. Brenda picked up
on a man who had a problem with his right leg, may have
walked with a bit of a limp. Everyone was shivering but
the temperature had actually gone up. A shadow went across
in front of Brenda that was seen by several members of the
group. The camcorder turned itself off.
Brenda said she felt the presence of a 'cellar man' in
his late 50's modernish time span. Dark hair going a bit
grey, receding at the sides, about 6ft or a bit less, medium
build. He dropped down dead. She also saw a woman cleaner,
smallish, wearing a crossover flowery pinny, 1950's -60's,
medium length unruly grey hair, 5ft 3in tall,late 40's but
looked 60, bad teeth, old fashioned in appearance.She was
stood just in front of the bar then moved towards the shelves.The
temperature dropped from 7 degrees to 4. The woman had worked
there a long time (part of the furniture). The camera turned
itself off again and so did one of the torches. It started
to feel even colder. Gaz checked the windows for drafts
but there weren't any. The name of George was given, an
older man with longer grey hair. The temperature had gone
up to 9 degrees although the air felt absolutely freezing.
A dark shape was seen next to Brenda.
Brenda went into trance and someone started to speak through
her, but it was difficult to understand at first. A mans
voice said 'Jack'.He seemed to have some kind of breathing
problem, kept coughing. The others called on the walky talky
and Brenda came out of trance suddenly.
We took a break for coffee and Steve told Brenda he had
picked up something on tape while Brenda was in trance,
a mans voice saying "I don't want to go home" twice. There
was also a lot of interference on the camcorder tape at
about this time.
The two groups went back down to the bar area where we
discovered on of the coins (trigger objects) had moved.
We swapped areas for our second vigil of the night.
Bren sat in the doorway to the 'programs promotion corridor'
so that she could see both the corridor and the room. We
heard what sounded like footsteps walking up the corridor
towards us.Brenda could hear a woman's voice and asked if
there was anyone above us in the building. We then moved
to the back room. Mick had set a motion detector up in the
corridor and this went off on its own. Brenda picked up
on a man in a dark suit or overall, black boots, carrying
a shovel. She went into trance and picked up a man who had
problems breathing because his legs and chest had been crushed.
We had another break. Both groups joined together for a
vigil in the bar, feeling it to be the most active area.
we all squeezed into the area in front of the bar. A light
shot across in front of us all. There seemed to be something
moving down the back aisle and both Bren and Mick felt 'cobwebbing'.
Mick saw something to his left and Steve's mike started
to buzz loudly. Everything went totally black to the side
of the room where Brenda was and it started to feel exceptionally
cold. Brenda went into trance, it was absolutely freezing
in the room. A man started to talk through Brenda he seemed
quite cold and distressed. He said "Basement. Water. I need
to get away from this place. He's coming back. Smoke. Keep
him away. Stop. Stop. Don't. No more. Don't play with him.
He is not to be messed with. He doesn't like you. What are
you playing at? He is here" The voice started to get stronger
at this point. "Tom. Stop messing around. Stop. He's coming
again. Hurts. legs. Stop" Someone different started to come
through and there was a weird smell like sulphur. It went
very cold again. Something fell over. Brenda's face started
to change shape. There were a lot of knocking noises. Brenda
said "He is trying to materialise" Mick said that the side
of his face was stinging. Mike picked up on the name Sebastian.
There was a strong smell like aftershave. Quite a few of
the group could see a small cloud of vapour which seemed
to be coming out of Brenda's mouth. There seemed to be two
different presences speaking at once. "I am here" "I'll start in a minute" "Arsenic, Help me" "I
am in" "I am in" "Dying, I am all tied up" "He has started"
Brenda then pointed to the back wall, Mike said that what
happened was along by the back wall. "Higher" "He has told
me he is trying to stop me" The air was freezing now. Mike
was talking to the spirit trying to calm and reassure it.
"He has started" Mike told the spirit that nothing could
hurt him. "He won't hurt me?" Mike was guiding him and answering
him all the time. "Take" The camcorder moved on its
own (no one was near it) it turned on the tripod about 120
degrees and then turned back again. Something pushed past
Mike and thumped him in the back.
"You wanted it now you've got it" Mike took over
telling him that we were protected. Something started pushing
Steve's microphone. Mick told the spirit that we didn't
feel threatened by it "You should feel threatened" then directly to Mike "You should be the one" The
camcorder was banging and moving on the tripod (no one was
touching it), shadows were passing in front and behind it. "Watch" The camera started moving again, witnessed
by all except Brenda (in trance) and Mick (out of view).
The camera moved some more and then back to where it started. "Sty" ??
"Watch and learn" Something moved across the doorway
and right up close to where everyone was sitting. "Go
to h**l" Brenda started to come out of trance. "J..S"
"Justice" "One day" Brenda came fully back.
We decided to call it a night and packed up the equipment.
It was about 4.30 am and we were all 'shattered'
This is just some of what happened, all in all it was a
very productive night.!!!
We have 6 hours of video footage and the whole of the audio
from the programmes on CD's.