Colchester Spiritualist Centre


About us

Have you ever wondered what happens to you when you die? Most people have.

Many have come to an interesting conclusion: a BBC survey in 2017 found 46% of people did believe in a life after death, and 46% don’t.

Do you know anything about Spiritualism?

At a Spiritualist Centre you can learn that you are not just your physical body – but rather you are mind and spirit. You do not have a soul or spirit, you are spirit.

It is your spirit, sometimes called your soul, which animates or brings life to your physical body. This spirit is immortal and leaves your physical body at death. It’s perhaps a bit like leaving behind a worn-out shirt or jumper that is no longer useful.

Spiritualism doesn’t ask you to have faith of any kind. We don’t ask you to accept the authority of a supernatural being of some sort. Spirits are absolutely natural.

There is no ancient scripture that you must accept. Rather, mediums offer evidence for you to assess and judge for yourself. And, if you like, to keep re-assessing and deciding for yourself.

At Colchester Spiritualist Centre you can attend our Thursday evening demonstrations where a medium gives people messages from spirit, from your loved ones who have passed over to spirit.

You can book (and you usually have to pay a small amount) for a private sitting with a medium, there are workshops and special events, sometimes with nationally-known mediums.

We also offer, on Monday nights, a development circle for you to develop your natural spiritual abilities.

We don’t mind if you have any other religious belief, or none, so long as you are respectful of the other people present. We think, guided by spirit, that the knowledge that we all live on in a better, higher place after death is very important for people to know, and brings invaluable comfort to those who have lost someone dear. So we want more people to come and hear what spirit has to offer them, everyone is welcome, for whatever reason you come.

Spiritualism can’t promise to find you what you are looking for, but for many people who have heard convincing evidence for them personally it is certainly “glad tidings” certainly it can be life-changing knowledge.

We are affiliated to the Spiritualists National Union, the SNU, where you will find much more information, ideas, history, resources and links, all at

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Our Committee

No-one is paid to run the Centre, we’re all volunteers, doing our best to keep the knowledge of Spirit alive in Colchester. All Centre members can be nominated to the Committee. Currently we are:

Michelle Richardson, President; Arthur Johnson (known as AJ) Vice-President; Sue Ettritch, Vice-President; Laurie Sheldrake, Secretary; Sharon Rodriguez, Treasurer; Sharon Johnson, Mediums Booking Secretary; Chris Lane Committee Member; Janice Freestone, Mediumship and Chris Johns, Mediumship.  If you have any ideas or issues, please speak to one of us, thank you.

Michelle Richardson

Michelle Richardson


Arthur Johnson

Vice President/Membership
Sue Ettrich

Sue Ettritch

Vice President/Events
Lauri Sheldrake

Laurie Sheldrake


Sharon Rodriguez

Acting Treasurer
Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Mediums Booking Secretary
Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Committee Member
Janice Freestone

Janice Freestone

Committee Member/Mediumship
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Chris Johns

Committee Member/Mediumship
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