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.