Here is a summary of our home circle.
Home circle held 10th April 2018.
This is a blog which focuses on the particulars and specifics of a recent physical séance. In a prepared and checked room, experienced members and medium sat in a closed room for an investigation into a physical séance.
The séance began with messages that were passed, almost immediately, from spirits to sitters via the medium. These messages contained personal information, memory reminders that were individual and identity references about who the speakers were. There was a joke filled atmosphere that came through as the spirits spoke and the séance seemed engaged and responsive. The messages could be validated by the recipients.
It was as the messages were being given that the medium referred to several younger spirits of children seen in the room. In the séance, at that moment, as the children were spoken of there were specific sounds heard from objects that had been laid out on a central table. While the noises were heard, it could not be explained as for anything being seen there as having caused it from any of the objects.
The medium spoke of a male spirit, a writer and a flamboyant character. It is because of the information about him that was spoken of in the séance, that it is believed this gentleman in spirit is a Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) an English playwright, a director, composer, actor and singer. In the séance the gentleman spoke of the importance of individuality. He stated that one should entertain and shock people because leaving them with a sense of unpredictability can be an appealing prospect. Born in Teddington, south-west London, Sir Noel Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child. He made his professional stage début at the age of eleven. In the séance he was keen to speak about his latter, more defined years. Personality was something, he said, that he felt one matured into and developed. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society and this was to be the arena in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays and this was from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Design for Living, Private Lives, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet), screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward’s stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades. It was found in research that Sir Noel Coward starred in many of his own works.
It was after the combination of spirit speech and information about the individual’s appearance and identity that the medium then referred to a female in spirit. Miss Marple was the first association and then more details were given about a female actress thought to be Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford, DBE (11 May 1892 – 22 May 1972) a British character actress of television, stage and film. She is probably best known for her later career as Agatha Christie’s character Miss Marple. Interestingly it was later found that she first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Obvious connections could be noted between that of the first gentleman in spirit and the lady who spoke to everybody about the feelings she had for family and being seen as an independent, strong woman. In life she won the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for her role as The Duchess of Brighton in The V.I.P.s (1963). Margaret Rutherford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1961 and a Dame Commander (DBE) in 1967.
The medium then noted a gentleman with the first name of Eric. An anniversary was said to be needed to be marked for the gentleman in spirit and this was referred to by a lady in spirit who was seen shortly prior to this and who gave the name of Hattie Jacques. It was because of her physical appearance that it was believed the lady in spirit was that of the recognised female actress. After these two links and a word of friendship, it is believed that the spirit spoken of in reference to the name and who spoke out to the séance was Eric Sykes, CBE (4 May 1923 – 4 July 2012) an English radio, stage, television and film writer, comedian, actor, and director whose performing career spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and/or performed with many other leading comedy performers and writers of the period, including Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, John Antrobus and Johnny Speight. An image of a radio being built was brought into the séance and factually it was found out that Sykes first came to prominence through his many radio credits as a writer and actor in the 1950s, most notably through his collaboration on The Goon Show scripts. It was important to point out that in amongst the research it was written that Eric Sykes became a TV star in his own right in the early 1960s when he appeared with Hattie Jacques in several popular BBC comedy television series. This was of interest given that Hattie Jacques was seen to first introduce the gentleman and was the one who spoke of friendship. The gentleman spoke of comedy not always making one happy but that he now looked back on life and was filled with the happiness he knew should have been with them then, this was true he said, for more than on one occasion. Dogs were talked about by him and he also thanked the séance.
A lot of research did have to be done for this particular séance, after the investigation itself further enquiries were made into the specific individuals and dates were found as for them. The information has been interspersed with that of the spirit noted speech and medium’s identity references of them. Established links were made as for why the three people, not only were individual important public figures but as for how they did seem to overlap into each other’s lives but not necessarily as for how one might think. The reasons as for how each individual spirit became importantly noted in the séance and how they introduced references in itself did interest me. Spirits who have an awareness of each other and the significance of anniversaries, friendships and appearances in each other’s work does seem to suggest that there is an importance for this kind of emphasis on relationships and associations. A link that is important enough to be remembered fondly and spoken about at length.