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Monday, 23 July 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: Update on Volume 6

It's glorious weather and I’ve taken the opportunity to cut the hedge and do those tedious, but vital chores that one has been patiently waiting to do whilst waiting for the weather to change into Summer!

Dawn is proof reading Volume 7. She is half way through 1979, while I am sorting out the errors on Volume 6 and doing job, indexing and crediting the persons responsible for assisting us - well done to you all out there who have confidence in us and our project. We are close to finishing this Jubilee edition and are hoping to complete the book within the next fortnight, during our next visit to see the publisher. This will then be sent to Her Majesty.

I am really looking forward to doing Volume 8, which covers just one year – 1980 - eleven months of UFO activity, and then the December period. This, of course, relates to the events that took place in Rendlesham Forest. Dawn and I have decided to include Brenda Butler on the front of the book as co-author because of the help that she has provided over the years. We are pleased that Colonel Holt has also sent us a photo of himself and Volume 3, urging people to read the books. We will delay using this photo until Volume 8 and hope to discuss his role further in the events that took place in due course.

Warminster Cradle of Contact
I’m pleased to say that Kevin Goodman’s book is now on sale on Amazon so if anyone wants to know what it was like during those halcyon days of Warminster when all those necks were bent skywards hoping for a glimpse of the ‘thing’ in all its glory, do please buy the book.

Well done Kevin and his co-author Steve Dewey.  I can’t wait to get hold of a copy, and will purchase one from Jon Downes when we go to see him next.    Kevin has been assisting us with the marketing of both his book and Haunted Skies by compiling uploads on You Tube. His latest offering should go up tonight. Great job well done, thanks for the hits! Kevin has also compiled another video to YouTube advertising Haunted Skies Volume 6:

UFOMATRIX is now out. Well done, Jon Downes 

We received an email from Philip Mantle, last night, and we are sorry to hear that he is not in the best of health.   We hope that he makes a recovery from his ailments, and congratulate him on his forthcoming marriage. Philip has on occasion assisted us with various photographs and a foreword for one of the books.

Local News from other groups etc…


On October 4, 1967, a strange event happened in the waters off  Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. A plane crash? A military exercise gone wrong? Or a UFO?

No one knows for sure, but the Shag Harbour Incident remains Canada's only UFO sighting acknowledged and documented by the Canadian government.

This year marks the 45th Anniversary of the incident.  We will be having our festival on Aug. 3rd and 4th.  Here are the details:  Aug, 3rd - the Centre will open at 9am - 10 am we will have a barbecue - 1pm at the Community hall we will have two locals Laurie Wickens and Havlock Cameron recall their memories.  Havlock was one of the people who saw the object leave the Shag Harbour sound a week later - they will be joined by Chris Styles.  At 3pm we will have a meet and greet time at the Centre for people to speak with Chris.  In the evening we plan a kitchen party. On Sat.  9am we welcome Donald Ledger and Chris Styles to talk on the Shag Harbour story and other maritime UFO's.  There will be a parade at 2pm, our attendant Karmen will do face painting for the kids at the Centre.

For more details see the website  phone no: (902)723-0244

Behind The Paranormal with Paul and Ben Eno  - Saturday September 22, 2012 at 7pm.
Following the successful 30th Anniversary Rendlesham Forest Conference and the Rendlesham Forest 2012 UFO Conference, we would like to announce that on the evening of Saturday September 22nd, 2012 there will be some special guests here in Woodbridge. Paul and Ben Eno of the hugely successful Behind the Paranormal radio show in the US will be making a guest appearance and presentation at a hotel here in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. We have the location finalised and the time will be approx 7pm until 11pm. There will be an additional special guest also if we can sell all the tickets.
This event will be limited to 35 tickets ONLY. If you would like to attend this event please email with number of tickets required. If we receive confirmation that we can sell all 35 tickets then we will put the tickets up for sale. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt in date order.The price is £15 per ticket and this includes a full buffet layed on by the hotel.For more information please visit and

The subject of the talk on Sept 22 will be: PAUL & BEN ENO - program description: Woodbridge, 22 Sept 2012
Take a cosmic journey into the paranormal with American radio personalities Paul & Ben Eno, a father-son team with a combined 50 years of experience, whose work has turned upside down our entire understanding of ghosts, UFOs, cryptids and all things bizarre.

The ultimate focus of their presentation today: The true extent of happenings at Rendlesham Forest, including the UFO incidents of 1980, and what they might really mean for this part of England and for humanity.

Paul is a 42-year investigator, award-winning journalist and bestselling author who was expelled from his studies for the priesthood in 1977 because of his early work in the paranormal. Ben, along with being the youngest syndicated broadcaster in America, is a practicing shaman whose abilities have awed even his teacher, a full-blooded Mexican Aztec shaman.

In this interactive presentation, join Paul & Ben on a journey through Paul’s early ghost cases, where the old theories just didn’t add up, all the way to his and Ben’s modern run-ins with “parasites,” alien “grays,” inter-dimensional life forms, secret bases and government agents. The presentation will conclude with a “town hall” style meeting on people’s experiences in the Rendlesham Forest area.

Their radio show, “Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno,” airs on the CBS Radio Network in four American cities on Sunday evenings and in the commuter drivetime slot on Mondays in the Boston area on 1240 AM. Between on-air, Internet and podcast media, the show has an estimated 3 million listeners. It has devoted more on-air time (over 30 hours) to the Rendlesham Forest UFO incidents and its eyewitnesses than any other show in the world. Free podcasts of all shows (nearly 400) are available at The show’s motto: “Everything you know is wrong.” Paul and Ben Eno will be in Suffolk on Saturday September 22, 2012 at:

The Grove House Hotel 39 Grove Road Woodbridge IP12 4LGThe talk starts at 7PM.  Tickets are £15 each plus £2 for paypal reservations only to cover their fees and postage.  Entry is strictly ticket only. We accept paypal, cheques and postal orders.

 Questions? call us on 07811 021230 or 01473 423143 or email

From: John []
Sent: 14 June 2012 13:31
To: Wollaton Library
Subject: re Woolaton Park

Dear Library, I am writing up Volume 7 of Haunted Skies which covers some very strange events that took place between 1978 and 1979. I came across details of this incident as below and wanted to know if you had any further information on the incident please. (As I am loathe to accept cases like this on their individual merits.) I presume that you have come across this before (probably to many times)! I also presume that the daily paper covered the story if so may I request a copy please, ....Regards John Hanson
31, Red Lion St Alvechurch, B487LG 0121.445.0340

Location. Wollaton Park Nottingham England Date: October 29 1979 Time: dusk
Several children returning home after playing, heard a sound like a bell and saw coming out of the wooded area about 60 little gnome like men with wrinkled faces and long white beards, they were about 2-foot tall and were riding small bubble-like vehicles. The beings rode over the swamps near the lake and some chased the children towards the gate of the park. Some of the humanoids wore red hats and green pants and seem to be laughing in a peculiar way. The children ran from the area. (Source: Fortean Times GNOMES, some of whom chose to play with the kids some).

Police Officers and the car that vanished
Sometimes amidst the thousands of reports of UFOs seen by us over the years, there are the occasional ones that stick out in your mind. They would include the UFO landing in July 1955,at Bexleyheath Kent ,RAF Pilot James Saladin’s sighting while piloting his Jet fighter, in 1954 the weird events at RAF Alconbury when a leaping man was seen, Jessie Roestenberg's sighting of a craft and its occupants in 1954 the many sightings at Cradle Hill in Warminster during the 1960 and 1970 period.

Another interesting incident which caught our attention took place in October 1971 and was written up by Jenny Randles following investigation by Derek James of UFOIN for Flying Saucer review. ‘The car that disappeared’  

It began innocently enough with a report of a light in the sky seen over the Midlands in August 1971. This was later reported to Derek James. The man concerned told Derek that after having reported the incident (we presume to the MOD) he received a call from the MOD advising him that he had seen the Russian Satellite 408.  This in itself is strange and out of character for the MOD, who were not in the habit of making telephone contact to witnesses unless they judged the sighting worthy of further investigation .

Derek as a matter of routine checked the trajectory of the Cosmos 408 and found that it was over Newfoundland at the time of the sighting and was not even visible from the UK.

At some stage the witness contacted Derek and told him that over several nights running he had seen two strange men parked in a black Jaguar outside his home.  Derek decided to contact a relative of his - a senior officer on the local police force - and informed him about the car acting suspiciously  with the two men in it, wondering if they were keeping observations on a nearby large toy manufacturing business premises, with a view to committing a criminal act at some stage in the near future.    Police observations were set up; in those days they would have involved a plain police car with two plain clothes officers in it watching, rather than the covert technology in use by present day police forces during close watch surveillance. But this was the 1970s!

We are told that the Police kept observations on the Jaguar for two nights running on the 19th and 20th of October 1971   On the third night, the 21st October, the Officers were given the go ahead to arrest the two occupants for questioning at 9.05pm.    The officers got out of their patrol car which was parked on the main road and walked towards the Jaguar car and its occupants. They were about to knock on the window when, 'the car and its two passengers simply disappeared as if they had melted away in front of the eyes of the astonished officers.’

This was, and still is, an amazing case. What a pity we never had the opportunity to talk to the officers, and obtain further information such as, what was the registration number of the car, as presumably somebody must have checked it out on the Central Vehicle Card Index- a long winded process (before Police Computers with links to the PNC were up and running)? The author John Hanson himself remembers an incident in the 1970s when a police vehicle recovered an abandoned motor scooter from the side of the motorway, but was unable to trace the registered owner details for a few days. When they did receive the information he was found to be reported missing. A return visit to the scene found him deceased down an incline at the side of the motorway – nobody thought to look, incredible but true!

Were any photographs taken of the vehicle (unlikely but not impossible)? What happened to the written logs and how as this matter explained away satisfactorily to the senior Officers?What were the descriptions of the occupants of the vehicle? Did they sit in the car all night? What happened to the vehicle after it was driven off? Surely surveillance on this car would have been continued.

Where did it happen, somewhere in the Midlands? Jenny advises us in the original article that none of the names, addresses or the specified location can be published, but that they are on file; even more frustrating - yes we accept the need for confidentiality, but surely the location could have been identified. We tried to trace Mr James but were unsuccessful –likewise a letter sent to Jenny was never answered, but that is assuming she ever received it.

Baby Holly with a copy of volume 2

Richard D Hall with John

Richard D Hall with Dawn

Sun (The) 29.9.67

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Haunted Skies Blog July 12th 2012.

Happy Birthday to Dawn, the co-author of Haunted Skies

Dawn and her grandson

We are busy at the moment downloading the MOD files which have been released, and I have to admit that I haven’t even examined the last lot! Still, at least they will be on file and prove a source of assistance to the many other cases that we have on file. I see that the papers have trotted out the old comment about 95% being explained – which in my opinion, based on our research, is ridiculous. If you want to see the files that are never released, read Haunted Skies as they are published, in fact have a sneak preview, you’ve earned it!

Here is an illustration created by David Sankey showing a craft that was sighted over Olton near Birmingham in the 1970s.

From Chris my son (who sighted a UFO in 1995).    (He must be mad at 40years to age to contemplate this)

“Dear All,

In September last year, Holly my daughter was born almost 3 months early. She weighed just 2lbs 5ozs she was very poorly and spent over three months in the special care baby unit (SCBU) at Kettering Hospital. She had lots of problems, including bleeding on her brain, bleeding in her lungs and a pronounced heart murmur.

Of course we could never have anticipated this and found ourselves somewhat bewildered and terribly worried for Holly. What we didn't expect was the SCBU accommodating us within the unit so we could be close to Holly. The thought of leaving her overnight was unbearable. The unit has created a parents’ suite - funded entirely through charitable donations to allow Mums and Dads to be by their baby's side.

We will never forget how kind and compassionate the staff were and I would love to raise some funds for the parents’ suite. I'm therefore intending to trace Holly's steps and run from my house to the SCBU on Sunday the 16th September, a distance of approximately 70 miles. I will be leaving my house at 6am and hope to complete the run in 12 hours. Any help would be amazing, if you could sponsor me I would be so grateful, or you could even run or cycle some of the way with me if you would like! I will publish the route in the next few weeks. Please see the below link to my fundraising site. Kindest regards - Chris, Jo and Holly x x”

Here is some publicity in the local Birmingham Mail this cost us a free volume of Haunted Skies, but we think it’s worth it despite the usual slant on reports such as these.

Haunted skies: The real Truths

Here are some chapter headings from the books ahead..

Chapter 1991 includes: Knitting Needle UFO, Diamond UFO over Great Houghton,
UFOs over Portsmouth UFOs over Kent, UFOs over Essex, UFOs over Nottinghamshire,
UFO over Tawsmead Copse, UFO over Humberside, UFO over East Yorkshire, Wythall
Crop Circle, Close Encounter Wigan, UFO Beckhampton Wilts, UFO over Trowell Notts,
UFO over Teynham Church, Triangular UFO Merseyside,
Chapter 1992 includes: UFO over M18, Flying Saucer over Lyyne, Colchester UFOs, Flying Saucer over Halsetad, UFO over Wiltshire, UFO Honey St Alton Barnes, Strange Encounter, Strange sighting County Durham UFO’s over Gloucestershire, Strange sighting County Durham ,UFOs over Gloucestershire
Chapter 1993 includes:Flying Triangle over Dumbarton, UFO over M58, UFOs over
the South West, UFO over RAF Cosford, Strange object over Derbyshire, Incident at Alton
Barnes Wilts, UFO display Hartclifffe Bristol, Flying Saucer over Bolton, Close Encounter
Swansea, UFO over Rochdale, Triangular UFO over Glastonbury, Flying Saucer over
Middlesex, UFOs over Kent, UFOs over Derbyshire, UFO over Darnall, Followed by a
UFO, UFO over Birmingham,
Chapter 1994 includes:  UFOs over Godmanchester, UFO over Chester,
Triangular UFO over Kettering, UFO over Craigluscar reservoir, UFO over Warwickshire,
UFO over Barnsley Lancashire, UFO display over Woodborough Hill, Close Encounter
Silbury Hill , UFO over Armadale , UFO over Anglesley, UFO over Tuxford, Close Encounter
Swanmore, Followed by a UFO, Incident at Wood Norton Gloucestershire, UFOs’ over
Barnoldswick, Triangular UFO over Essex, Strange lights over Belper.
Chapter January to July 1995 includes: UFO over RAF Bentwaters,
UFO over Birmingham, UFO over Sadleworth Red lights over Norfolk, UFO over
Birmingham, UFO over Buckinghamshire, Triangular UFO Birmingham , Black Triangle over Lancashire, UFO over Alvechurch, UFO display East Sussex, UFO over Basildon, UFO over Binstead Triangular UFO over Walton Pool, UFO over Cheltenham, Ghostly Encounter Bromsgrove, Close Encounter Sowerby Bridge, Flying Triangle over Scunthorpe, UFO over Himley, UFO over Avebury stones Wiltshire, Close Encounter M6
Chapter August December 1995 includes: UFO over Southend-on-Sea, UFO over Muirhead, Lanarkshire, UFO over Birmingham, UFO over Peterborough, ‘Close Encounter’, Cornwall, UFO over Leicestershire, UFO over Staffordshire, ‘UFO Concern’ – The Lord Hill Norton, UFO over Norwich, Triangular UFO over Devon Strange object over Haddenham, UFO display Barnet, Yellow lights over Suffolk, Triangular UFOs over London, Flying Saucer over Portsmouth, UFO over Tipton,Flying Saucer over Wimborne, UFO ground traces? Close Encounter Hampshire, UFO over Gloucestershire, Triangular UFO over Pitlochy, Close Encounter Dorset, UFO’s over Church Stowe, Misty Triangles over golf course, UFOs over Basildon Essex,

But here are some of our files from 1990
UFO over Tipton
Ray Brown with a degree in structural engineering was working for a Backcountry Developer in May 1990, redeveloping wasteland next to the old Tipton gas works, which involved clay capping certain areas where toxic chemicals had built up into unacceptable levels, from strip mining ground worked back in the early part of the 20th Century.

As past of this clean up operation huge concrete floors left over from demolished factory buildings were blasted and then broken up by smashing them with a huge demolition ball operated from a crane, powered not by modern hydraulics but diesel.

For reasons that have never been established, some time during the afternoon, the gib of the crane raised itself, stretching the steel cable until it snapped, causing the gantry to buckle and crush the cab below it, fortunately, nobody was inside this cab at the time.

Ray: "The incident with the crane was totally inexplicable. I cannot understand what forces could have raised the gib up. Something even stranger was to take place when, as I was in the process of leaving the site, at 4.30 p.m., I noticed three objects moving against the wind over Merry Hill. Puzzled by what these objects could be, I stood watching and then realised they were approach­ing the construction site, by which time I could make out what looked like three grey coloured 'spheres' in a triangular formation, rotating as they moved across the sky over nearby fields.

Suddenly they stopped, completely motionless in the air, approximately twenty feet above my head. I stood not knowing what to do. I glanced at my watch to record the time and examined what looked like weathered 'spheres', without any sign of seams or joins. The 'sphere' at the back, making the point of the triangle, moved downwards - now forming three horizontal 'globes'. I sensed that I was being watched, or evaluated, in some way. I moved slightly to one side, so did the objects. I moved the other way and they followed suit, as if copying my actions. I pondered on what to do again, trying to make sense of the situation. I could see that they were real, as they cast a shadow onto the ground. I bent down to pick-up a piece of broken brick to throw at them. In a split second, they vanished in front of me. I scanned the sky and was amazed to see what looked like the heat waves given off by an aircraft shimmering in the sky, moving towards Dudley Castle.”

Ray told us the sighting had lasted seventeen minutes and that he had reported the matter to the Birmingham UFO Society, run by Rob and Marilyn Aldworth, (who was to tragically commit suicide some years later) and that within twenty-four hours of the incident taking place, he began to itch and noticed a strange rash covering most of his body, apart from the face, hands and back. During conversation with him about this rash, he became quite emotional and unbuttoned the front of his shirt, revealing that his arms and chest were covered with red, scaly, patches, diagnosed as Psoriasis - (A condition that can appear anywhere on the skin, usually starting off as small red spots before eventually forming circular or oval patches, fifty to seventy-five millimetres across.)At 10.20pm, the 2nd of June 1990 bright white lights were seen hovering in the sky over Convey by local resident Denise Radley, “It looked like a car head lights they came towards me out of the sky, two big white beams, it sort of hovered for a while then went over the houses and away, we saw a red light behind it, it resembled an upside down saucer, I have never seen an airplanes that hovers like that silently."

Local UFO researcher Ron West confirmed he had received at least six similar reports to this over Canvey on this date. (Source: Ron West East Anglian UFO association/ Somerset Standard Frome 7.6.90 ‘Upside- Down saucer UFO alert’)

Flying saucer over Wimborne
Electrician Graham Dodson was repairing a cable in a field near Wimborne Dorset on the afternoon of 19th of July 1990, when he noticed a bright light similar to the evening star in the blue sky, about 45degress of the horizon which he presumed was sunlight reflecting of an aircraft. Ten minutes later when he looked up again it was still there, curious he went to the car and fetched a pair of binoculars, and looked through, “I was totally astounded to see instead of a bright twinkling object when viewed with the naked eye, a dark round inner core with bright coloured shimmering lights rotating around its outer surface, I felt a shiver move down my spine and thought this was nothing constructed by human hands. I watched it for about 20minutes during which time it never moved, then it did disappearing into the distance very quickly.After the sighting was reported in the local Newspaper by my Boss who I told, I was to receive a lot of ‘stick’ from my friends and colleagues, but I known what I saw.”Air Traffic Control at Bournemouth International Airport, suggested he might have seen a weather balloon or a mirage caused by hot weather as an explanation.(Source: personal interview/ Bournemouth Evening Echo ‘Close Encounter with UFO gives electrician a shock’ 20.7.1990)

Oblong UFO over Stanstead
A UFO described as oblong in shape was sighted by a number of people moving across the sky over Stansted on the evening of 30th June 1990 .One of the seven witnesses was an ex RAF, serviceman out fishing with his uncle by a lake when he spotted something heading towards the airport from the south. “It had an oblong front, was lit up with searchlights, and flat around the back with two red lights to the rear there was no engine noise despite the fact it was just 200 yards away from me, it sat about 10 minutes, then the lights went out and it disappeared”.

An unnamed Police officer who attended and took a statement from the man contacted Stansted Airport about the matter when he learnt from staff there that six other people had reported similar sightings. A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "The vast majority of reports we receive are very sketchy and vague. Only a handful of reports in recent years have warranted further investigation and none revealed any evidence of a threat."

On the 19th of July 1990 electrician Graham Dodson from Canford Heath Poole Dorset was fixing electrical wiring at White Hill Farm Wimborne when he saw a, “gleaming ‘disc’ with flashing lights hovering approximately 400ft over Horton.”After several minutes it moved away and became lost from view. (Source: Aetherius Society /Bournemouth Evening Echo 20.7.90 ‘Close encounter with UFO gives electrician a shock’)

UFO over Peterborough
Peterborough pensioners Dorothy Bird (71) and Anne Bingham (84) were outside their home address at Stanground Peterborough on or about the 22nd of July 1990 when they noticed what they took to be brilliant Moon shining in through the windows at 6.45pm, (which could not have been the explanation as the Moon rises in the east )

On going outside they saw an object the size and shape of a big red glowing colander hovering in the sky, five minutes later it disappeared from sight. (Source: Peterborough Evening Telegraph 24.7.90 ‘Pensioners spot glowing red UFO’)

UFO over Surrey
On 25th July 1990 An ‘enormous round shiny craft glistening in the sunlight’ was sighted in the sky next to a power cable by delivery man, Peter Simpson who was dropping off a parcel in Millgreen Road, Mitcham, when he saw the unusual object which then disappeared making a whooshing noise.(Source: Croydon Post Surrey ‘Peters UFO encounter UFO leaves ground traces?)

On the 30th of July 1990 four members of a family from Hopton Great Yarmouth sighted a “red object with a rear light apparently descending over farmland, the following morning a circular impression was found in the grass surrounded by ten equidistant smaller circles” (Source: Ivan W Bunn /David Dane/Eastern Daily Press).

Cylindrical UFO over Hampshire
This would appear to have been the same evening when a,” cylindrical object showing two large red lights at, the top and bottom with an orange light either side of the middle making a heavy laboured noise,” was seen by Porton resident Jane Manning Philips at 10.30pm, who watched it fly over Porton School towards Highpost and then round to Boscombe Down, where it disappeared from view.

An appeal in the local newspaper attracted a reply from Mr. J.V. King who wrote to the Avon Advertiser on the 22nd of August 1990, informing the readers of having seen an identical object at 6.30am at Salisbury in May of that year, described as a ‘glowing red object, seen to move backwards at an amazing speed ‘(Source: The Avon Advertiser Fordingbridge 8.8.90 ‘Did you see it asks Porton Physiotherapist’/personal interview)

Bright orange globe over Norfolk
Five days later on the 4th of August 1990, members of a farming family at Knapton near North Walsham Norfolk was disturbed by dogs barking, and what sounded like a power saw cutting through timber. When they looked outside they saw a bright orange globe covered in lights rotating on its outer edge in the sky. The next morning they discovered the batteries in the tractor to be flat, along with the discovery of circular impressions found in the nearby barley crop. (Source: David Dane/artist/UFO researcher)

‘Three strange lights forming a triangle ‘were seen in the sky over Stainland Yorkshire at 5am 16th of August 1990 by residents Ronald Farrar and his Wife Muriel, (Source: Halifax Courier and Guardian newspaper ‘Lights in the sky’ mystery’ 16.8.90)

UFO over Warminster
Mr T Holloway wrote to us in 2010……….

"Dear Mr. John, Hanson,

Having read your article in the local paper I thought I would pass on to you three "sightings" I have experienced, if they are of any interest to you. The first happened around the time that you are researching, it happened around 10 pm during the summer. I was lying in bed watching the stars in the southern sky towards Westbury/Warminster when appearing from the west was a large orange ball.

Not only was the object the colour of an orange it had the surface covering like an orange[dimpled] It stopped moving and appeared to explode into many smaller balls that flew all over the sky to disappear. The small balls then reappeared and joined together to form, what I would call a dumbbell shape, the shape then changed to an arrowhead shape with rounded corners on the two lower corners with a slight convex between the two points. The shape then changed again into the dumbbell shape and flew off in an upward direction.

The second "sighting" happened about 1990 late in a winter's evening whilst I was walking my dogs. Both dogs were trotting along in front of me when they both stopped, sat on their haunches and looked up, I followed their gaze and saw two large black discs travelling across the sky from west to east. The only reason that I could see them was because they blanked out the stars as they moved across the sky .

The total time it took them to travel from my right horizon to left horizon was about 4-5 seconds. After they had passed my dogs stood up and carried on walking. There was no sound of any description. The third "sighting" was about 2 months ago, reported in The Wiltshire Times. What I saw, in the northern sky, was 4 orange lights, 2 large and 2 small, forming the four corners of a square. The lower of the 2 smaller lights were joined by 2 very small, 1 red 1 blue lights the 2 smaller lights then disappeared followed 2-3 second later by the 2 larger ones. I would like to point out that I am not, for the sake of a better phrase, a UFO "nerd/freak". I try to keep an open mind but feel that so many sightings from so many people all over the world that there might, just might be something. I hope this may be of some use to you."

Close encounter Hampshire
Following an appeal in the local newspaper Steven Beiderman from Fordingbridge Hampshire contacted us with regard to a strange experience which befell him in summer 1990,“At the time I was driving along the B7073 road near Godsill when I saw an object resembling a Victorian sponge cake covered in lights passed overhead making a low buzzing noise heading towards the New Forest.When I arrived home I found out that I was unable to account for two hours, of missing time. when you asked me if I had noticed anything unusual after the event, I cant remember anything specific although during a visit to my optician a few years later he asked me when I had surgery, as he could see scarring on the lens of my eyes presumably to have corrected a vision defect, when I told him I have never had this sort of surgery, he referred me to a Consultant who examined me and was just as baffled as I was when I told I had no knowledge of any surgery on my eyes.”

(Source: personal interview)

UFO over Gloucestershire
John Turvey from Evesham Gloucestershire wrote to us with regard to what he experienced while driving towards Bredon in the Worcestershire area in the summer of 1990.”It was a particularly fine dry evening, at the time when I noticed a curious ‘light’ appearing and disappearing between the trees and hedgerows, as if pacing the car from one side, this went on for several miles, until whatever it was rose up vertically into the sky at tremendous speed, and was soon just a tiny speck of light in the starlit sky’” The next day he eagerly scanned the local newspapers hoping to find other reports of a UFO being seen, there was nothing, when he tried to tell people what he had seen they laughed at him and suggested he had seen a shooting star!

Last but not least……….

Our Apologies to Don and the Guinness Book of Records for using a photograph of that delightful kitten in the previous blog.

From Don an update on the Kittens. Re: previous blog.

"Could you amend one thing for me please , that photo of the kitten isn't MY kitten , it was an email of a 2yr old kitten my friend Ginnette had forwarded to me that’s in the Guinness world records . She knows I’m a true animal & wildlife lover so she sends me all manner of cute , funny , or just plain weird pet or general animal photo's & links , so it was that email that I forwarded onto you , so if you can at your convenience stick a letter T in and change the word his for this.

Talking cats its been a nightmare here as 4 cats went missing for a full 24hrs having disappeared the previous night around 8pm when we last saw them on the neighbour's wall looking into the next street. The following day we thought they might have come through the cat flap during the night but there was no signs of them and naturally you start imagining all kinds of scenarios, but all day on and off we kept calling them and went out looking in gardens locally , then at around 8.07pm one of the silver tabbies appeared in the back garden, then 20mins later we heard meowing and found another tabby out in the front garden, which was a surprise as she's never even seen the front of the house or front garden so how she found her way home that route is a mystery, then the mum appeared in the back garden so we were just missing Smudge Monkey as we call her, and it wasn't until almost midnight that she finally appeared on the fence and took ages to decide to come in for a feed .
We've no idea where they'd been or if they'd been together or what had happened to make them disappear like that , but cats are a real worry. However, you can't restrict or tame a free spirit so I think its time to buy a bottle of Kalms and prepare for the future with these 4."

On the way home the other night we came across this delightful slug and took a photo of it, the coin is a twenty piece which give you an idea of the size, I though it was quite pretty.

Sun (The) 26.10.67.

Friday, 6 July 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: 5th July 2012

It’s been a tiring few days following a visit from Richard D Hall, who interviewed me about the Haunted Skies books, and some other cases more up to date. These included an examination of an incident in 1994 when a retired Police Officer sighted a UFO while out fishing. As result of him informing the MOD, he was later subjected to some harassment. The investigator, John Jenkins spoke about his early investigation and then the retired officer gave his viewpoint. We also discussed what appears to be the recovery of an alleged implant and some harassment afterwards to the party concerned, who also gave her side of the matter. This took place in 1995.

Richard was very pleased with the interviews, and is in the process of ordering a number of books from the publishers, which will be available when the programme goes out in a couple of month’s time.

Devon Libraries have now begun to stock the books, which is also great news.

Don Ramkin from London sent us a photo of his gorgeous kitten.

Kevin Goodman has been in contact and tells us that his republished book Cradle of Contact  is due out on Amazon any day now.  Well done Kevin!  Kevin is also giving a talk at the Weird Weekend in August.

We wanted to show you the original cover for Haunted Skies, which we paid £40 for to some guy in Suffolk, who we met while walking through the forest. I gather he was peeved that we didn’t use it - sorry we changed our mind!

From our friend Roy Dutton,  a newspaper cutting about a recent visit that he had:

Dave Hodrien of the Birmingham UFO Group Chairman & Investigator:

On Sunday 17th June I, my father, brother and other members of BUFOG headed down to Suffolk for the 2012 Rendlesham UFO Conference. It was a really great day, with some excellent speakers followed by a visit to the forest. I’ve now uploaded a full review of the conference including loads of photos of the event. You can have a read on the Birmingham UFO Group website at the below link:

Hope you enjoy the review. You have permission to forward the link via E-Mail or on any forums, although if you wish to copy the article it for use elsewhere please contact me directly for approval.

Sun (The) 19.12.67.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Haunted Skies Blog for Monday 25th June 2012

Last Wednesday morning (Solstice) we drove to the Henge Bookshop in Avebury , and after having a chat with Esther and John, who are now selling Haunted Skies books, we came across a friend of ours, ‘Viv’. She was in the car park opposite with her friend Graham, and lives in Glastonbury. She is a talented artist and an old friend of ours. She drives ‘Luis’ the van, and it was Dawn who was the first to spot it. 

We then bumped into Denny Clarke, a lady who we knew from yesteryear, and who was showing some American tourists around the stones. We handed out some business cards and showed them the books and after kissing her goodbye, we walked around the stones and introduced ourselves to various people telling them what we were doing. Suffice to say there were not that many people about, as it was mid-week and the weather was not very good. 

We stopped off at Marlborough Library and spoke to a friendly librarian who asked that we leave a book with her in order to ask the committee whether they would be prepared to stock Haunted Skies.

We then went to the Red Lion public house and had a drink and chatted to Alfie the baby (well at least to his beautiful mum) before walking over the antique shop where we were shown some UFO books that had belonged to Andrew Collins, who used to live in the Avebury some years ago. The owner told us about a UFO sighting he had had with his daughter during the 1990s when they saw a cigar-shaped object showing flashing lights hovering over the village. 

We then made out way to Eastfields where we parked for the night in the car, after having visited the car park at the top overlooking the fields and speaking to tourists who were looking for the recently formed crop circle that had appeared a few days before. We were told this was a hoax, but didn’t see it ourselves.

After a hardy night we set off across country to Glastonbury, where we made our way to the Gothic Image bookshop where we were asked to leave two books for them to make a decision about stocking Haunted Skies. We then continued our journey to Devon where, after enduring the pouring heavy rain, we arrived at the publishers on the afternoon of Friday, by which time I had began to develop a heavy cold, which I still have today. No doubt sleeping out on the side of a rain-soaked hill is not good for your health!

We are in the process of completing Volume 6 which will cover the period of British UFO history between 1975-1977 and Dawn is proofing Volume 7, 1978-1979. I am working on Volume 8 which will cover just one year: 1980! And what a year that is going to be! 

Haunted Skies blog update published 15th June 2012

Currently we are working on Volume 7 which covers the period 1978 to 1979: an incredible jam-packed two years! We have also been in contact with Vice Admiral Nicholas Hill Norton who has been looking at our books, and have talked about his illustrious father.

We are sorry we have been out of circulation this was due to a serious health problem with a member of my family, but it appears it was not as serious as first thought (and it don’t get much more serious than that) but he is out of hospital, and hopefully doing well.

Robert Taylor, Dechmont Woods, Scotland: We have been in touch with Malcolm Robinson with regard to the Robert Taylor case as we want to ensure that our coverage of this case is thorough.(not forgetting the assistance of people like Philip Mantle, Gary Heseltine, Graham Birdsall, ‘Wee’ John Jenkins, and Andy Owens. What I would like to have seen, is the original illustration as drawn in the Police Officer pocket book (long gone).

Does any know the whereabouts of Roger Glover please? He was/is a Scottish UFO researcher and Malcolm would like to speak to him.

Marketing plan: Two books have gone out to a large bookstore in London (fingers crossed) another two have gone out to the Birmingham Evening Mail who will be reviewing the books and doing an article on us.

One has gone to a retired Colonel in the States who will be assisting us with a later book, and another has gone to Phil Hoyle and Roy Lake who have been very helpful over the years, and others have gone to the illustrators. We have Steven Franklin and Mick Walters who are helping us, but we need others if only to vary the work used in Haunted Skies so if anybody wants to assist us with illustrations and get their names in our books please contact us, and send some specimen work.

I spoke to Tony Pace in the week, who was formerly Director of Investigations with BUFORA, and he would like to contribute something for the 6th Volume with regard to his visit made to the Welsh coast in the late 1970s.

Father's Day cake

Jubilee day at  the Caravan site!

 The People 30.03.97 Parts 1 - 5