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Monday, 14 January 2013

Haunted Skies.Trip to Wiltshire.

    Haunted Skies Update January 14th 2013
Today Monday the 14th I went to the Post Office and posted signed copies of Haunted Skies books to various people that had ordered them from me. The 2nd class postage for the earlier Volumes is now costing me £1.90 for 320 pages.

Volume 7 is now classed as a ‘packet’ appropriate bearing in mind its costs us a packet of £3.50 to send the book, which I am well aware of but we didn’t have much of a choice; the work is far too important not to publish. Under the circumstances if anyone wants a copy of Volume 7 signed and sent to them I would ask them if they were prepared to help us by contributing £1.50 towards the postage for Volume 7 and £1 for any of the earlier Volumes. This is more than fair as for the last 2 and half years I have have been paying the postage on every book out of my own pocket, not forgetting Volume 7 has 100 extra pages of information!

Volume 8 (1980) is still being worked on, and will be in colour which is quite exciting, although we haven’t settled on a front cover yet. 
Trip to gloomy Wiltshire
On Saturday last my son Alex and his girlfriend Sonja accompanied by her young son ‘Ollie’ decided to visit the delights of Wiltshire, taking in the sights of West Kennet 
    Alex and Sonja freezing their butts off!

West kennet Longbarrow a dark and brooding day!

Silbury Hill, in its magnificence!
Adams Grave, Avebury, and the delightful ‘Barge pub’ now ran by Amanda and her partner. The first photo was where the ladeis toilet was before alterations. They are in the process of re turfing the strip of land that was the seating area and have placed a sarsen stone in the middle.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Haunted Skies Volume 8 & The real Heroes!

           Haunted Skies 8th January 2013
                      Volume 8
                                 IN Colour
                        These are the real Heroes!
                  Wing Commander Eric Cox and his
                   UFO sighting! 1967
                  copyright to his son Eric

                       Budd Hopkins and Peter Robbins thanks 
                                 Peter for the photo!
 Two wonderful ladies that we had the pleasure of  talking  to, 
 rest in peace Betty and Freda!


Currently we are submitting October 1980 to the
typesetter Bob Tibbitts for inclusion in the current
work.This is sample of what that month contains:-
       Chapter 10 October 1980 
Strange orange glow over East Lothian
On the 3rd of October 1980 Peter Douglas (11) and three friends were out playing on the Muirpark adventure playground near their homes in Tranent East Lothian. When at 7.15pm they saw an orange light covering about half of the sky towards the North West direction.  It then vanished but reappeared a few minutes later as a fuzzy oval shape visible for a few seconds on each occasion it was seen. (Source: BUFORA) Insert letter from Arthur Shuttlewood here dated 3 .10.80

Flying Saucer over Anglesley 

In October 1980 Schoolboys -David Prytherch & Gerald Kellahan, from Syr Thomas Jones School, Amlwch, sighted: “A brightly lit saucer shaped object, full of coloured lights, which made a swishing noise as passed overhead.  It looked like a crab underneath, as it passed directly above our heads, at around 8.00 pm., before heading on towards Parys Mountain, joined, shortly afterwards, by a bigger version of the first.”

David’s father, Ken Prytherch, Postmaster at Penysarn, described his son’s agitated condition and that, after being told what happened, invited him to illustrate what he had seen - identical to that drawn by Gerald. Apparently, the boys weren’t the only ones to sight the UFO.  Members of the McGuire family, from Tyn Ffynnon, claimed to have seen ‘lights’ which seemed to land on the mountain, after darting about in the sky.(Source: The North Wales Chronicle’, 16.10.80 – ‘UFO lands on Parys Mountain’)

UFO over Emley Moor
Russell Callaghan was working as a bus conductor, in Bradford, during October 1980. “We finished early on that day and had little time to spare, so we parked on Odsal Top, looking outwards over Emley Moor.  It was about 3.45 pm.  The sun had gone in. It wasn’t quite dark.  We were shocked to see a silver spinning ‘disc’ in the sky at about a thousand feet off the ground.  Within eight seconds it had gone.”   Russell one of the leading UFO Researchers in the country, was very much involved in UFO Magazine before its demise, after the death of Graham Birdsall.    Insert photo of Russell and Graham

Each and every sighting has to be the subject of much scrutiny, before the completed product goes off to be
set into the In Design PDF. This of course means considerable work. Only recently we drove to Dinmore Hill Herefordshire which was the scene of a mysterious
incident involving three people, and interviewed a local farmer  who sighted a UFO hovering over the Clee Hill area. We have sightings over the top of the transmission mast there from the 1990’s, but will have to wait until we come up to the appropriate time/book before we can even start shaping up that Volume.

Spoke to David Sankey and his partner Erica, today they have been the ‘rock’ of what these books have been about, and I apologise if I have mixed up his work with someone elses! 

The problem is that we are a 'one man band' and having taken on the Publishers role demands time which is in short supply.

Colonel Halt has been assisting us with the information contained in Volume 8, but we will be saving his comments for December 1980. he has fully supported our work and  we are grateful to him.
 Megalithic Tours Mysterious Earth Conference 2013

Grimsargh Village Hall Preston Road, Grimsargh, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 5JS
From Neil McDonald  Hi AllThe fifth yearly Megalithic Tours 'Mysterious Earth Conference' will be held over the weekend of the 13th & 14th April 2013.  We will have eight fascinating speakers from across Britain, a range of stalls and catering.  As always the conference will be a great opportunity to meet old friends and like minded people.  Their will also be a four day follow up tour to the 'Mystical Isle of Man', running from the Monday morning.  I have attached a PDF 'information and Booking Sheet' that also covers the 'Post-Conference Tour' and very much hope to see you at the conference.All the bestNeil


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Haunted Skies wishes Happy New Year 1.1.2013

  Rendition of event at Rendlesham Forest  December 1980 by Wayne Mason(c) 2012  

  Haunted Skies 1st Janaury 2013 

Happy New Year to you all from John and Dawn
Volume 8 is under way this covers the period 1980!
Here are some extracts from the forthcoming Volume 8 (The cover has been completed) but wil be under wraps for some time yet
But first does anyone know the whereabouts of Mark Brown & Philip Barnet UFO researchers? 
Aswe would like to speak to them about some old cases?

            VOLUME 8 will be in colour!
We are pleased that the opportunity to show some of the images in glorious colour has finally arrived. We are delighted to be able to show the reader some ‘UFO sketches’ from the possession of UFO researcher Derek Samson from Shirley, West Midlands. Derek was a keen gardener and artist and spent much of his life recording for posterity reported UFO activity, brought to his attention from all over the World. 

Invisible Barriers or force fields encountered
In addition to the sightings of UFOs and their occasional occupants, we have now included reports of mysterious interactions between human beings and what some may refer to as invisible force fields of barriers, which prevent access to something or someone, whose identity still remains unknown. Examples of which have already been published in Haunted Skies. They include the report by British Soldier Leslie Grant who saw a domed object on three legs resting on the ground near Arnhem in 1944. When he approached the object he was stopped by doing so by what he described as “like pushing against rubber” (See Page 38, Volume 1)   In May 1957, Mr. John  Payne encountered an object described as resembling a submarine with two fins at the end object on Winkleigh Airfield Devon. When he tried to get closer he found his way blocked by what he described as an “invisible air cushion, that you could actually lean on”
(See Page 210, Volume 1)  In Reading Berkshire on the 4th of September 1967, Jane a reporter from the Reading Evening News attempted to approach a landed UFO next to the Royal Ordnance factory, but was prevented by “What felt like an invisible force field preventing us getting any closer” (See Page 184, Volume 3) We were to come across many such examples over the years. Many of them took place in Brazil, USA, USSR, and New Zealand but due to lack of space are prevented from reproducing these accounts here; we are forced to confine our interest to what took place in the UK.

Encounter with UFO

Two days later, on 27th August 1980, Gateshead waitress - Marjorie Stainthorpe - was driving towards Winlaton, at 3.00am, near Shibdon Bank, when she became aware of a blue and green coloured ‘ball of light’ following behind the vehicle. I was terrified. When I arrived home, I found myself shaking with fear. I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t any aircraft.” Enquiries with the local coastguards revealed a blue/green ‘flash of light’ was sighted over Marsden Rock, on the same evening, which was explained away as a shooting star.  (Source: personal interview)


               Flying Saucer’ seen near Temple Meads Bristol

William McQuaid of Knowle Bristol telephoned us in 2007 wishing to bring our attention to something that he witnessed around the 1980 period.    “At the time I was employed as a catering steward for British Rail. One morning we were on our way to Cardiff and had just left Temple Mead Station Bristol. I happened to look out of the window and see a sight that shocked me to the core. A spinning silver saucer shaped object showing a completely smooth outer surface, with no sign of any rivets joins or windows, showing a dome at the top and bottom, hovering in the air about 6ft away from where I was.   I estimated it was about 3ft in length and 2ft wide, my first thoughts were that it was radio controlled. There was a man asleep in a nearby carriage, but for some inexplicable reason I didn’t try and awake him”.

From Volume 6 the Jubilee edition 1975-1977

Close Encounter with UFO

Actress Freda Driver, the sister of Betty Driver - more familiar for her role as evergreen Barmaid, Betty Turpin, of ‘Coronation Street’ fame - spoke to us about a strange incident she and her sister witnessed, during the 1970s.Freda:  “I was sitting in the lounge at the farmhouse where we lived at the time, one stormy evening, and happened to glance through the window, when I saw this large circular yellow ‘ball of light’ hovering above some trees, apparently unaffected by the gale force wind blowing outside. I watched it, noting it had a slightly misty halo around it, and thought to myself it’s watching me as well!

After about 15 minutes, I decided to summon up the courage and venture outside, asking my sister, Betty, to come with me. When we opened the door, accompanied by the three boxer dogs, the wind was so strong we had trouble standing.  As soon as the dogs saw the UFO they ran back inside and hid under the table, at which stage we began to feel frightened and went back inside the house.

After 5 minutes or so, it shot up into the sky and disappeared, followed by the wind dropping dramatically. We found out that others had also seen this UFO, which was explained away as a weather balloon!”

Freda described another incident which took place, while home with her sister, Freda, one evening, approximately ten miles from Ellesmere Port, when they noticed a curious ‘ball of light’ travelling in tandem with their vehicle, about a hundred yards away. Freda:  “I stopped the car to have a closer look at this object, and was surprised to see it had also stopped motionless in the air, as if somehow watching us.

 Unsure of what to do, we got back into the car and continued on our journey, noting, with fright, it was still following us - always at the same distance away from us, irrespective of whatever speed we were doing. It stayed with us for about 20 miles and was clearly seen by other motorists, some of whom stopped their cars. To our relief, when we entered a built-up area, it shot off upwards into the sky and disappeared.”

A few days after the incident, Freda was not surprised to learn, from reading a local Newspaper, that the UFO had been seen by other drivers on the road, one of whom launched an appeal, asking for any other witnesses to contact him.   Needless to say, Freda and Betty decided to keep quiet, fearing ridicule.   (Source: personal interview)

Don Ramkin who has been a valuable supporter of the Haunted Skies project is off to Rendlesham Forest tonight to celebrate the New year with Terry and Brenda Butler. Our best wishes to all of you hope you have a great night.

Don -Well here are three photos of the latest kittens. We've named the black tabby Tabatha , the black n white is called fur ball as its a podgy thing , and the beige & white we called Charlie .Happy New year.

   We would also like to thank Steve Franklin, David Bryant and Jason Chapman for their help with illustrations. If any budding artists wish to assist of any age ! All contributions are welcome here! please contact us on 0121.445.0340
Once again Happy New Year from John and Dawn.