I volunteer my spare time to help my friend, Chris, to run fund raising events called 'Weird Investigations' that allow members of the public to visit some of Wiltshires famous allegedy haunted locations whilst learning the truth about the common myths spread about paranormal research.
For example, people taking part in the events will be allowed to try their hand at things such as table tipping, automatic writing and dowsing and will then have it explained why exactly such methods don't work. The same goes for gadgets often attributed to the paranormal research field. Weird Investigations are designed to be a hands on experience that cuts the bullshit out of 'ghost hunting.'
Locations charge us money to visit their premesis - it's their right to do so and we have no issue with this at all. The events are designed to raise funds for the Weird '10 paranormal and UFO conference and because of this we charge more than just the amount that would cover the cost of the venue hire.
If I was hiring the location for the team I work with (WPR) then we would simply each pay enough to cover the cost, but that isn't the case. Every penny left over from ticket sales once the venue hire charge has been met goes into the fund for the Weird '10 conference being held in August.
Weird '09 - the conference last year was paid for by money out of the organisers own pocket and a slight loss was made and this is why this year it was decided to host 'Weird investigations' and 'Weird Talking' as a way to help stop such a loss being made this year. Not only that but any money raised by WT and WI helps keep the cost of conference tickets down for patrons.
Recently Weird events has come under fire from a Bristol based paranormal research team for making profit from paranormal research. They claim that by charging from £30 a ticket to visit locations that charge less than that we are damaging the research field and ease of access to these locations for non profit 'investigation' teams.
Quite frankly, this is bullshit. Each location that Weird Investigations visits knows exactly what we charge and why we charge it. None of them give a toss as long as they are getting the fee they ask for. Yet, for some reason the founder of the Bristol team saw it fit to tell one of the location owners that myself and the other Weird Investigation team members had put an open invite on facebook for our event at their location with up to 200 people attending and that we would be selling tickets at the gate of the location.
Apparently, according to this person, we would be making over £300 profit and would be pocketing this. This is not the truth at all and is a pure lie and it sickens me that somebody who apparently campaigns for non-profit teams would use such sneaky, underhand tactics to try and make things difficult for Weird Investigations despite the fact WI has nothing to do with them and is none of their business. It stinks of a hidden agenda, but maybe I'm wrong.
Another thought that occured to me is that if a "non-profit paranormal investigation team" reply solely upon locations that charge for entry for their investigations perhaps they should re-evaluate the research they do because to me that sounds like paranormal thrill seeking rather than anything else.
If anyone has any questions about what Weird Investigations is about, or does, or makes money wise feel free to ask me below, or email the founder of Weird events rather than sneaking around behind out backs like children.
I fully agree with 'to each their own' but it works in all directions.