I had a very enjoyable evening on Wednesday 20th, taking Maureen Land’s development circle. Maureen, one of the old school is bringing on her group slowly, knowing that the development of mediumship requires, time and above all, patience. It was a pleasure to work with the group and they excelled in the tasks I put to them.
On Thursday I was travelling north and east to the Arbroath Spiritualist Centre. George and Margaret Faulkner have put a lot of hard work into the centre and have been stalwarts in the SNU for many years. Margaret is President of the Scottish and Irish District Council, an excellent medium, and tutor, who spends a lot of her time furthering our religion in Germany. George is now Vice President of the S&IDC after being treasurer for many years. The Centre’s address is 20-22 Commerce Street, Arbroath
On Saturday it was again north and east but not so far this time, to ASK, Dunfermline for their ‘open day’. The rain did not stop a good turn out and I hope a pleasant time was had by all who attended. Jock McArthur, Kerry McLeod medium and tutor, and a very enthusiastic committee provide varied workshops and special events throughout the year.
This sort of thing is not an exact science and as well as a lot of success we have had our failures as well. Four years ago we appeared not to have got a single thing right about a small vase that had been sent to us from abroad. Not valuable, but we got nothing at all that could connect with the person who had been the owner of the vase for half a century. That has to be accepted in this sort of work, so the results were filed away and forgotten about. Then one day last week a letter arrived from the curator of the small museum that sent us the vase. On its return the item was then wrongly labelled, so it now turns out that the information we collected was much better that was first thought.
This year one horse perished on the course on the first day, two in the Grand National its self. But the finish of this race this year was where the real horror was witnessed. The winning horse was constantly given hefty cracks of the whip from the last fence to the winning post. So bad was this that the winning rider was handed a five-day ban for excessive use of the whip. Worse was to come when the jockey immediately had to dismount the exhausted horse, for it to be given oxygen and doused with water. These scenes were barbaric to say the least and surely must be Britain’s equivalent to Spain’s bull fighting.
A more sickening spectacle was to follow as we saw on our television screens the back-slapping and jubilation of connections of the horse and others of the racing fraternity. These scenes were beyond belief of an industry that says it loves the horse. They have a strange way of showing it.
It is unbelievable that such a thing is allowed to happen in Britain in 2011. Surely excessive use of the whip on a horse should mean that the connections of the animal do not make any gain whatsoever from that win, that the horse is disqualified and placed last. . The rider of the second gave his hose a few cracks in keeping to the rules and he loses the race, is that fair? I don’t think it is fair for racehorses to be whipped at all unless it is to straighten them out to avoid an accident.
I have always said that Spiritualism is the quiet religion, but if we are going to mention animals in our prayers is it not time we protested about the treatment of the racehorse in racing? It is not just the Grand National that horses are fatally injured on the racecourse it has been reported by one animal organization that 676 animals have perished on British racecourses in the past 1490 racing days. That does not include injury to horses that can walk from the course but will never race again. Also there is the horse that falls during a race, there has to be a lot of pain for the animal as usually the fall takes place when the animal is jumping a fence at racing speed. The commentator may say that the horse has got up and if OK as if there is no pain involved.
We all have our causes where we think there is injustice, I feel strongly about this cause and as a committed Spiritualist I feel that once again I have to bombard all and sundry with my complaints of what happened on Aintree racecourse on 9/4/11 and on British racecourses on a regular basis.
Anyone who feels as strongly on this issue as I do, I ask you to consider writing a letter/email of complaint to the British Horseracing Authority, RSPCA and your MP. If you are not happy with the reply then keep writing and writing until they do take notice.
There is a young jockey in a critical condition after a heavy fall at Aintree of Friday.
I have included a couple of drawings by Kerry New – Psychic Artist on the ‘photo’s page’ this week.