After Dark at Bodmin Jail With The UK’s Media

We have been running After Dark events here at the jail for many years now.

No matter how sceptical the people are who arrive at these events, more often than not they leave as either believers, or with at least a tiny niggle of doubt.

 

The jail at night

Photo Credit: Bernie Pettersen

 

Bodmin Jail recently invited members of the UK press along with their photographers and bloggers, to an After Dark evening. We thought we would see what they made of the experience.

 

We knew before hand that there were a few definite sceptics in the group, so who better to give an honest opinion of our nights?

 

The Uk's media at Bodmin Jail After Dark

Photo Credit: Bernie Pettersen

 

The three course meal that is included in the experience, went down very well with our media group. So much so, that the evening was running a little behind before it properly started. Not that we like to brag or anything, but our food is delicious and hard to resist.

 

The night was as ever run by our resident expert Mark Rablin with the assistance of Kirsten Honey. They took the group through the usual workshops including the Bubble Bounce technique and more. To get them open and receptive to what they may be able to see and feel during the night.

 

Bubble Bounce workshop After Dark

Photo credit: Bernie Pettersen

 

 

A workshop may sound a bit like a boring educational task, but in fact the workshops are quite short and mostly fun. Mark always does a great job of making everyone relaxed and helping them to enjoy the experience. After all, as he has said before it isn’t about scaring people.

 

The night was a resounding success, with everyone enjoying themselves and the glass table proving to be very active. The glass table involves some of those present placing a finger very gently on an upturned wine glass on a small table. On the evening Kirsten asked lots of questions to determine who of the many spirits reportedly in the jail were present.

 

 

The glass table After Dark

 

The glass flew around the table, much to the amazement of the group. Sceptics or not, not one of them could explain it or apportion blame to anyone purposefully moving the glass. The speed at which it moved, and the lightest of touches from their fingers, made the theory of someone moving it on purpose null and void.

 

You can see the video of the Glass Table experience on The Mirror website, as part of Jo-Anne Rowney’s write up about the evening. It is mentioned in The Sun, where Antonella definitely left more of a believer, and by the sounds of it a little bit scared. You can also read on A Cornish Mum their version of how the evening went and the glass table.

 

The moving glass wasn’t the only hard to explain thing that happened that night for the media. There were reports of people feeling almost as if they were pushed. Strange lights seen in the dark, shadows that seemed to almost expand and retract and more.

 

No definite sightings that perhaps couldn’t be explained away with science, but the After Dark nights have to be experienced to really see why so many believe in other causes so strongly.

 

After Dark experience Bodmin Jail

Photo credit: Bernie Pettersen

 

The Mirror have another video on their site, showing strange green lights in the cell where one of the workshops took place. A reflection from someone’s camera light or phone, an error on camera or something else? Pop to The Mirror and see what you think. Just before this was filmed, one member of the group had to leave in a hurry, possibly due to sensing something themselves.

 

Believer, sceptic or anywhere in between, being at the Jail at night time is one of those Bucket List experiences and at time a little unnerving.

 

If you would like your own After Dark experience, then pop to our After Dark page and get booking! You can make your own mind up in person, go on we dare you.


Posted: 4th October 2016 By: Stevie



an interview with... Mark Rablin

MARKBPhoto Credit: Bernie Pettersen

An interview with our resident psychic medium and energy therapist – the paranormal expert who runs our After Dark evenings, Mark Rablin.

You may have read a few of our Meet the Staff posts by now. If not pop to the main Meet the Staff post, where you will find the links to all of the posts in the series.

One person has been noticeable in his absence though. My original questionnaire that I sent around wasn’t suitable for the questions I wanted to ask Mark Rablin. As such a big part of the paranormal side of Bodmin Jail, I really couldn’t miss him out.

Instead I recently interviewed Mark over a delicious lunch in the Governor’s Hall here at the jail. Here is what he had to say about the jail, working here and all things paranormal.
 

Q –

How long have you been working at Bodmin Jail?

A –

Around ten years, I am one of the longest running members of staff. In fact I recently spent my 1000th night here.

 

Q –

What job did you do before starting work at the jail?

A –

I was a long distance lorry driver.

 

Q –

Wow, quite a change in direction career wise then. How did you end up making such a big career change?

A –

I had a minor heart attack at the age of 40, which had me re-evaluating things already. Then I attended a charity event at Bodmin Jail and was just drawn to the place.

My life changed after this and I ended up working at the jail on a self-employed basis. Last November I became employed fully by the jail.

 

Q –

Why do you work here in particular?

A –

Like I said I felt drawn here initially and I just feel that this is where I am meant to be. I feel that I am doing what I am meant to be doing. Bodmin Jail is perfect for the work I now do.

The construction of the building itself, the materials used and the height mean the energy here is amplified. Also being a correction facility in the past, a huge number of people have been through its doors. These people have left behind traces of residual energy.

What I and others do isn’t ghost hunting, it is working with the energy of the building. Bodmin Jail therefore couldn’t be much more perfect for this. So many people are drawn here looking for something, and many like myself find it.

 

Q –

What is your favourite part of working here?

A –

The interaction with the spirits and the sense of belonging to the building itself. Not to mention just being able to be here when I want to, including at night time.

 

Q –

…. and your least favourite part?

A –

I can honestly say nothing. I am where I want to be, where I am meant to be and doing something that I feel makes a difference.

Mark Rablin - Bodmin Jail - Photo Credit: Bernie PettersenPhoto Credit: Bernie Pettersen

 

Q –

You run the After Dark experiences, what actually happens at them?

A –

To start there’s a three course meal for the people to get to know each other and to fuel them for the night ahead. We then start the rest of the evening with a history tour, workshops on bubble bounce, energy projection techniques and on sensing the energy of people. You can find out a bit more on what’s included in the price and how to book on the After Dark page.

We don’t allow anyone who is drunk to stay, for safety reasons and to stop them ruining the evening for everyone else. I don’t go around suggesting what you should feel or putting suggestions in to people’s heads. I just want you to be open to feeling what you want to feel on the night.

There are usually around 10 people on a tour, which keeps it nice and relaxed although we can sometimes do bigger groups. I like to work to the fraudulent mediums act of 1951. There are no guarantees that you will feel or see anything, however I do have a very high success rate.

 

Q –

Any tips for those attending an After Dark event?

A –

Dress sensibly, we have had people turn up in flip-flops before. The jail is cold even in the hottest weather and at night it is even more so, therefore you should wear sensible flat shoes and bring plenty of layers. Most of all though, come with an open mind.

 

Q –

What do you do when you aren’t working?

A –

When I’m not working, I tend to do things like building mannequins for the jail. To me what I do isn’t working, it’s just life.

 

Q –

Tell me a random fact about you?

A –

I am in to the study of instrumental transcommunication. This is an old 70’s technique of communicating with the world of spirits through the use of electronics.

 

Q –

What would you say to the non-believers in the World?

A –

It is not up to me to make up your mind about the world around you. All I can do is offer my perspective and guide you towards experiencing the power in the world around you.

 

Thanks Mark.


Posted: 30th August 2016 By: Stevie



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