Psychic News fans around the world have had a long, long wait for the return of their much-loved publication, but it’s almost over! The new-format Psychic News will be launched on 15th December and published fortnightly.
You’ll be able to choose from printed and internet versions and you can subscribe for either 6 months or 12.
We’re thrilled to be able to offer you the new fortnightly Psychic News at £1.40 per single issue, which works out at exactly the same price as the 70p you used to pay weekly.
A subscription to the printed copy costs £48 for a year, or £25 for 6 months. To pay by credit or debit card call Alita McGuiness on 01279 874341.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, make it payable to “Psychic Press Ltd” and send it with your name and address to Psychic News, Suite 6, Thremhall Park, Start Hill, Bishops Stortford CM22 7WE.
A year’s subscription to the online version costs just £26, or £14 for 6 months. If you’d like to subscribe online, simply visit www.psychicnews.org.uk and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you’re new to Psychic News, you can find out more by taking advantage of our free online trial offer. Just visit the website for details.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
By Sue Farrow
The relaunch of Psychic News is just weeks away and we want you to be part of it! The J.V. Trust’s amazing gift of a dynamic, utterly independent new PN offers a powerful voice to every Spiritualist and to everyone who’s interested in a spiritual way of life.
Do you run a church or centre? Have we missed an exciting development while we’ve been away? Please let us know. Share information about your services, circles, workshops, fund-raisers and other special events with our readers.
Are you an evidential medium, physical or trance medium, healer, psychic artist or speaker? We want to know about your work….Continue reading →
By Sue Farrow
With enormous delight and pleasure I can confirm that Psychic News, Spiritualism’s most famous and iconic voice, silenced for so long by the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), is to speak its truth again. Many readers will by now be aware that the J.V. Trust has succeeded in its long-running and complex battle to secure the resurrection of Psychic News. On October 4, it became the new owner of the paper and its world-renowned archive – a large and unique collection of historical material relating to all aspects of Spiritualism. A new company – Psychic Press Ltd – was formed shortly afterwards and was incorporated on October 11.
J.V.’s chairman, Minister Eric Hatton, supported by his fellow trustees Hugh and Margaret Davis, has fought tirelessly to save the paper whose legendary founding editor Maurice Barbanell was a personal friend. Years earlier, Eric had given Barbanell an assurance that he would do all in his power to ensure that Psychic News would continue as an independent voice for the Spiritualist movement…
Physical mediumship has long been the ‘hot potato’ of Spiritualism but, like it or not, there would be no modern movement without it. What were those famed Hydesville knockings if not physical?
Since those far-off days, physical mediumship has been dogged by controversy and only a handful of its exponents have escaped accusations of fraud, whether conscious or unconscious.
Nevertheless, at its finest and most highly developed, physical mediumship can provide the ultimate proof of survival. How much more proof would you need after you’d seen and recognised your own loved one, perhaps held them in your arms and conversed with them? It would do for me! Continue reading →
A statement from Minister Eric Hatton,
chairman of the J.V. Trust.
My fellow trustees and I are absolutely delighted to announce that yesterday, 4th October 2011, ownership of Psychic News, its archives and other assets passed to the J.V. Trust.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” – Proverb
Back in 1964, former president Harold Vigurs was conducting a commission of inquiry into the Spiritualist National Union’s problems and opportunities, and exploring ways forward. In his report, he lamented the fact that, in spite of the Union’s then life of 63 years, it still lacked a vision statement and seemed without clear direction.
To our shame and our loss, almost 50 years later, the same holds true. Without a vision, we of the SNU are like a circus of flies; a wandering generality, when we should be a meaningful specific.
To illustrate how a vision-led strategy works, consider three bricklayers on a building site who were each asked the same question: “What are you doing?” The first replied ‘I’m laying bricks.’ The second, ‘I’m building a wall.’ But the third positively glowed as he declared, ‘I am helping to build a cathedral that will stand for a thousand years!’ Continue reading →
The riots which spread across England earlier this month stunned the world, writes Sue Farrow. TV news channels around the globe regaled their viewers with scenes of violence, arson and looting unprecedented on England’s streets.
For some, the events which began in the north London suburb of Tottenham, and spread to many other areas, were to prove devastating. Loved ones lost, serious injuries sustained, homes and businesses destroyed. In short, lives changed forever. Continue reading →
In an unprecedented decision to engage with a wider public about the SNU’s plans for the future, president David Bruton has authorised public relations officer Minister Steven Upton to respond to some of the many comments that followed Sue Farrow’s report on the Union’s 2011 AGM.
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Sue Farrow introduces a report on some exceptional survival evidence given recently to ‘Valerie’ by London-based medium Michael Bagan.
Few Spiritualists – even those who do their utmost to look on the bright side – can have failed to notice that first class survival evidence has been increasingly thin on the ground in recent years… Continue reading →
Veteran Spiritualist commentator Roy Stemman has paid a visit to a physical séance given by British-born medium David Thompson and, to say the least, his report makes interesting reading.
The séance, held in Oxfordshire earlier this week, was part of Thompson’s European tour, which will also see the controversial medium demonstrating trance, physical and mental mediumship at a week-long event in Spain.
Roy’s commentary is balanced, considering events through the eyes of both believer and sceptic. He pulls no punches, though, nailing his colours firmly to the mast… Continue reading →
Sue Farrow reviews the third and last book by Katie Halliwell on the work of the Stewart Alexander Circle.
Spiritualists the world over know the importance of chronicling outstanding mediumship. Without those people who took time to record the amazing manifestations and communications which came through mediums such as Daniel Dunglas Home, Helen Duncan, Estelle Roberts, Helen Hughes, Lilian Bailey and Maurice Barbanell, to name just a handful, we would know little or nothing of countless extraordinary proofs of survival beyond death. Nor would we have the wisdom of guides such as Silver Birch and Red Cloud.
Detailing the work of today’s exceptional mediums is no less important, and author Katie Halliwell has already made an outstanding contribution to the records of Spiritualism with her two previous books on the work of physical medium Stewart Alexander and his circle… Continue reading →
Sue Farrow reports on the 109th annual general meeting of the Spiritualists’ National Union.
Following a year of high-profile, and some would say controversial, decisions – the closure of Psychic News, the banning of Eric Hatton’s autobiography from Stansted, proposed changes to the Arthur Findlay College, the purchase of a new £500,000 centre in Stafford – the SNU has held its 2011 annual general meeting, the first under its new president, David Bruton.
After welcoming delegates who had travelled to the University of Warwick for the meeting, David spoke of his intention to “share some highlights and to talk a little about some of the many changes we have brought forward.” Continue reading →
American-based radio station alignradio.com has recorded an interview with UK Spiritualism’s best known ambassador, Eric Hatton.
The interview, which will be broadcast on Friday 10th June, at 5pm UK time, is part of the station’s Surfing the Psychic Waves series… Continue reading →
“When everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” – George S. Patton.
The Seven Principles have once again come under scrutiny. This follows researchers’ discovery that the idea the Principles were given to Emma Hardinge Britten (EHB) by Robert Owen, from spirit life, may actually be a myth. Was it one of those legends that tend to grow up around legendary characters – the embroidery woven by the over-enthusiastic religious mind?
Over the years, Emma, like many others, had made attempts to come up with a simple but comprehensive statement of what Spiritualism is. “The Ten Laws of Right” and “The Spiritual Commandments” from the Lyceum Manual, which she co-authored, are two of them. And it is known that she was in the audience when Owen – still in the body – outlined his views on the universal religion whilst she was living in New York in the very earliest days of the Spiritualist era. This could have been the first seed of the Principles. Continue reading →
Following the decision of the Union not to stock copies of its Honorary President Eric Hatton’s book, Taking Up The Challenge, the President, the Vice-President (Administrative) and the General Secretary of the Union held a meeting with Mr Hatton, Hugh Davis and Susan Farrow to discuss the matters which had led to this decision.
The meeting was a very fruitful and cordial one and after full and frank discussions of the issues involved both the Union and its Honorary President are pleased to announce that they came to a new and better understanding of, and respect for, each other’s positions and as a result were able to achieve a resolution of the situation.
The Union has accordingly agreed to put Mr Hatton’s book back on sale at the Arthur Findlay College bookshop.
Mr Hatton recognised that some of the references in his book could have been taken to be misleading and denigratory but gave an assurance that this had never been his intention.
With hindsight, the representatives of the Union present at the meeting acknowledge that a preliminary discussion with Mr Hatton about the Union’s concerns regarding his book might have resolved this situation more speedily.
From the editor:
Publication of the May edition of Spirit of PN will be delayed pending an important announcement. All subscribers will receive an e-mail notification as soon as the new issue is available online.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Meanwhile, we bring you exclusive news of a shocking decision to ban Eric Hatton’s autobiography (see below).
by Sue Farrow.
In a move that has left many of its loyal members outraged, the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU) has made the astonishing decision to ban the autobiography of its own honorary president from sale at the Arthur Findlay College (AFC).
Eric Hatton’s long awaited book, Taking up the Challenge, was published in December 2010, in response to requests made over many years by Spiritualists and others who wanted him to set down a permanent record of his extraordinary life at the heart of Spiritualism. Continue reading →
Regular visitors to Spirit of PN will know that last week we made an important announcement concerning the ownership of Psychic News and its assets.
A legal ruling has determined that the Spiritualists’ National Union, which unilaterally halted publication of the 78-year-old Spiritualist weekly in July 2010, while claiming ownership of the title, its world-renowned archive and other assets, does not own them. We do not yet know who the new owners will be, but can report that the entire package has now been put up for sale by liquidators Marsh Hammond and Partners.
PN’s future is still uncertain, but as the paper’s most recent editor I pay tribute to those who have worked hard to establish that Spiritualism’s most popular and best known publication is the property of… Continue reading →
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