I’m not sure if they are pigeon or seagull eggs but they had obviously fallen from a nest somewhere.
As you no doubt all know by now, the Barony St John has been a church in Ardrossan from 1844 until its closure in 2014.
During that time it has been the venue for what must have been thousands of weddings – and it will hopefully be a venue for weddings once again when it gets regenerated into an Events Centre.
In the meantime, it sits derelict – or does it?
Well, in the past year it has been used as a location for an Irvine based band’s music video – Back in February 2017, The Fall of Eve rock band spent from 6pm one evening until 7am the following day in the church filming a “night shoot” for their latest song “If Even Angels Fall”. The video was posted on my blog page (The Fall of Eve) and on You Tube and has proved a huge hit with their fans (it’s received over 11,000 views to date) due to the music, the theme and the atmospheric quality provided by the Barony St John church.
At Easter time the church was used for an Easter egg hunt by my children who were amazed at the amount of hiding places a deserted church could offer including the pews, the organ, the pulpit and even hidden in the baptismal font. 😀
But most recently, the church building was used for a pre-wedding photo shoot for local couple David McKean and Emma Fotheringham.
David and Emma got engaged at the end of 2016 last year and they will be getting married at Rowallan Castle on the 12th of May this year.
They both live at Church Place and have a view of the Barony St John from their window. David explained;
“The reasons we chose the Barony was mainly because having grown up in Ardrossan I’ve always been interested in its history and architecture and the Barony has always stood out as a unique part of that. It was fascinating to see it with all its original fixtures and fittings and capture some of the atmosphere of the place. Living practically in its shadow we always wondered what it was like inside, and being fans of old architecture it was a good aesthetic for the photo shoot as we wanted to do something a little different.”
I was absolutely delighted to accommodate David and Emma and the photographers, Jarvie and Jones, did an excellent job of capturing the history and architecture of the building.
And although David and Emma couldn’t hold their wedding in the church (or would want to, given its current state), I have told them both that they would be more than welcome to come back to the Barony St John to renew their wedding vows once it is transformed into an Events Centre.
I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing David and Emma a long and happy marriage and best wishes for their future together.
One thing that has bugged me since I bought the Barony St John is the floor as you enter the hall building. It’s a dull red colour, cracked in many places with a black border around the edge. The paint is peeling in some places and it badly needs repainting.
So, in between classes, I decided to paint it.
I opted for grey as that is the colour of the adjoining kitchen floor.
Now the entrance to the hall is the only lockable entrance and exit to the hall building so I began by painting half of it – leaving a walkway so I could come and go without walking on the fresh paint.
The net day, I came in to find footprints all over my floor – someone had been in despite me warning everyone that the floor was painted.
The next day I came in to find someone had walked on it again – I was livid. So mad in fact that I forgot to take a photo to show you the footprint (or rather the skid mark) of whoever had walked on my floor.
No-one admitted doing it (although I’ve since caught the culprit responsible for the first set of footprints.
A touch-up of the skid area, the crack and the entrance to the kitchen area was required….but this left the floor in two different shades of grey.
Hopefully you’ll agree though that the finished results were worth the effort. The entrance looks brighter and cleaner than before.
Another job done. 🙂
This time last year, I had a visit from a medium who wanted to hire the hall out at the Barony St John Centre in Ardrossan.
Now, I know there are good mediums and bad mediums – and I suppose some are just medium mediums – but this chap was your stereotypical medium. He paid me a visit along with his elderly female friend and as soon as they stepped into the hall building there were lots of “Oooh”s and “Ahh”s.
Despite there only being myself and the two of them in the hall room, they explained that the hall was full of people (former parishioners), all saying “Hello”. These ‘ghosts’ were dressed in all different types of clothing – some from Victorian times, some from the war years and right the way up to present day attire. Happily all, I was told, were friendly.
I can sometimes be a little skeptical about these things and being told that there were Victorian ghosts waving over my shoulder kind of stretches the bounds of credibility with me. But who am I to judge?
Anyway, I felt the hall room would not be suitable for them as it is permanently matted for our self defence training and so we parted company.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I met Ann Smith.
Call her what you will – clairvoyant, medium, psychic, spiritualist – but Ann is the real deal. Not only that, Ann actively encourages people to develop their own psychic powers and experience mediumship for themselves. She also showcases other mediums which is highly unusual for someone in this line of work.
Ann popped into the Centre to see if we had a room for hire and coincidently (or perhaps not) our Training Room had just been renovated and was ready for use.
Also coincidently, I had been toying with the idea of naming the Training Room either the Marchetti Room, after local builder Paul Marchetti who has helped me extensively with the Barony St John buildings and who renovated and restored this room; or the Phoenix Room, as the room quiet literarily was reborn from the rubble and ashes. (Being as indecisive as ever, I eventually decided to call it The Marchetti Phoenix Room).
When Ann paid me a visit and asked what the room was called, I told her possibly the Phoenix Room, and she nearly fell off her seat. Her previous group meetings had been called the Phoenix group. Coincidence? An omen? A premonition? You decide.
Anyway, Ann agreed to hire the room every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 9.30pm and the events have proved hugely successful with people travelling from as far as Glasgow and East Kilbride to attend.
After a couple of weeks, I decided to attend a group meeting myself and was introduced to the three visiting mediums who were also present.
I have to admit, they were very impressive. Some members of the audience got two or three readings, all of which were pretty much bang on (telling of family members and how they passed, events that were happening such as decorating a house and relations learning to drive and even pointing out things that were due to occur in the future, like one woman who was told she would be moving to Australia and who later confided in me that her emigration forms had already been confirmed).
But what got me, was how accurate these mediums are with names. They would point to an audience member and say I’ve got a Margaret here for you or a Joe, which I know what you’re thinking, they are common names and can easily be guessed, but some of these names were more unusual. There was a Rose, Glen, Hetti and Lenny. And most of the statements were eerily accurate.
So, Ann’s sessions are on every Tuesday. From 3pm – 4.30pm, Ann will be running a group Mediumship Development class where people keen to learn about mediumship and who would like to test or hone their psychic abilities can come along and participate. These sessions cost £4 per person.
From 4.30pm – 7pm every Tuesday, Ann will hold private readings. She specialises in tarot and angel cards readings and like I said, she is very good. To book or find out more, give Ann a call on 07881 972986.
And from 7.30pm – 9.30pm Ann holds her group sessions where visiting mediums give messages to audience members. This costs £4 per session.
These group sessions are, in my opinion, what makes Ann unique. Not content on showcasing her own skills, Ann brings along well known mediums to the Barony St John on a weekly basis. Here are a few booked to come along over the next few weeks;
January 23rd – Louise Findlay and Fledglings; January 30th – Rene Donahugh and Fledglings; February 6th – Moira Merryvale and February 13th – Joan Frew followed by a Crystal Workshop.
I think we are going to have a very busy New Year at the Marchetti Phoenix Room in our Barony St John Centre – or maybe I don’t think this, maybe after speaking to Ann, I KNOW we’ll have a busy 2018. J
If you would like to know more about what’s going on in the Barony St John buildings, what we’ve discovered and the renovation work we’re doing, please visit my blog page http://www.ardrossman.wordpress.com or if you would like to know about The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, you can visit our website on http://www.ScotCPS.org.uk or look us up (ScotCPS) on Facebook or Twitter.
Happy New Year folks.