Ribble Valley businessman unveils psychic school plans

Lancashire Telegraph: CASTLE: Kevin Horkin CASTLE: Kevin Horkin

A RIBBLE Valley businessman is bidding to buy a huge castle to open Britain’s first ‘psychic school of excellence’.

Clitheroe-based Kevin Horkin has put in an offer of £850,000 to buy the derelict Grade I-listed Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.

Mr Horkin, who owns psychic management company Parallel, wants to spend 'several millions' renovating the 19th century castle, installing a hotel and facilities for psychics to connect with the spiritual world.

He said: “It has always been one of my ambitions to open a psychic retreat somewhere and this would work on several fronts.

“It will be somewhere where psychics can go to meet like-minded people, to further their interests and develop their psychic senses.

“There will be some psychic workshops because I think there is a desire and a need for that.

“That’s why we have gone for North Wales. It is a fantastic place and this is a dream of mine.”

During an 18-month search for a base of psychic school of excellence, Mr Horkin and his staff at Parallel, based in Waddington Road, Clitheroe, visited around 20 houses and castles before deciding on Gwrych.

It even included an ultimately fruitless search for a suitable location in Lancashire.

However, he believes the psychic retreat in North Wales, which would include a tie-up with a hotel operator, will appeal to ‘ordinary’ people.

Mr Horkin added: “It is something different. There’s a risk with opening it but I just feel strongly about it.

“I love the place and I feel that people will love it too. There’s just something about it.”

Earlier this week, Mr Horkin revealed how a ghostly image had shown up on mobile phone photographs he took at Gwrych Castle.

If all goes to plan, he hopes to open his psychic school of excellence in late 2012.

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4:38pm Wed 17 Feb 10

MJA says...

Is it April 1st?
Is it April 1st? MJA

4:42pm Wed 17 Feb 10

blackburn south says...

Yes, Gwrych Castle, I knew it!
Yes, Gwrych Castle, I knew it! blackburn south

5:05pm Wed 17 Feb 10

Andy H says...

Visited 20 sites, he is not that psychic then.
Visited 20 sites, he is not that psychic then. Andy H

8:00pm Wed 17 Feb 10

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Why is this news?
Why is this news? Michael@ClitheroeSince58

9:28pm Wed 17 Feb 10

burner says...

I knew that already!
I knew that already! burner

10:18pm Wed 17 Feb 10

Eileen Dover says...

Ridiculous story - a guy runs a psychic business and buys a castle which I assume he has bought to turn into a tourist attraction for ghost hunters and.... surprise surprise when he took a photo of the place there was a ghost present! What a coincidence - how on earth did the Telegraph fall for that?
Ridiculous story - a guy runs a psychic business and buys a castle which I assume he has bought to turn into a tourist attraction for ghost hunters and.... surprise surprise when he took a photo of the place there was a ghost present! What a coincidence - how on earth did the Telegraph fall for that? Eileen Dover

11:34pm Wed 17 Feb 10

Davidoff says...

I saw this coming yesterday ... from reading his other plug/ad about the ridiculous 'ghost picture'. So I expect we shall see an army of 'ordinary people' paying £100s up front, desperately thinking or being 'persuaded' they're 'psychic' ... 'graduating' from this 'school' going out into the world, cold reading people in exchange for the usual crossing of palms with silver - plenty of those along Blackpool's promenade! in their bunco booths - or £20 note for 10 minutes to tell people what they want to hear at that point in life. Is Mr Horkin trying to rival the Spiritualist Church or any of the Arthur Findley Colleges who run similar courses? Least with those you know they are accredited courses not new age 'esoteric' hokum and probably a lot cheaper. Just what the world doesn't need right now, more people to prey on the misery of the financial crisis who will turn to all and sundry to find 'answers' to their present misery rather than look around them, at the world in general ... let's all go to the local 'psychic' down the road who charges you £20 to £50 for 10 minutes and no free biscuit or tea. If you really must seek answers in life go to a spiritualist church or something, not one of these fly by night 'academies' ... it's free to go, and you get a free cup of tea and biscuit. You can also leave at any point and not worry about getting fleeced by someone who has been convinced they are psychic - because it's amazing what £500 does, it'll buy you anything except the truth - by one of these places.

No coincidence, either, then he's opening it in 2012 I suppose. As for the ghost pictures on his mobile. All I will say is that you'd have to be really gullible to fall for that but also probably the right kind of 'ordinary' person who will get lured to this school, and parting with lots of dosh in the getgo. God, it's worse than Crufts, you'll get all these David Beckham and Posh Spice alike divas of the 'psychic world' mauling each other over whom is the best down there. lol
I saw this coming yesterday ... from reading his other plug/ad about the ridiculous 'ghost picture'. So I expect we shall see an army of 'ordinary people' paying £100s up front, desperately thinking or being 'persuaded' they're 'psychic' ... 'graduating' from this 'school' going out into the world, cold reading people in exchange for the usual crossing of palms with silver - plenty of those along Blackpool's promenade! in their bunco booths - or £20 note for 10 minutes to tell people what they want to hear at that point in life. Is Mr Horkin trying to rival the Spiritualist Church or any of the Arthur Findley Colleges who run similar courses? Least with those you know they are accredited courses not new age 'esoteric' hokum and probably a lot cheaper. Just what the world doesn't need right now, more people to prey on the misery of the financial crisis who will turn to all and sundry to find 'answers' to their present misery rather than look around them, at the world in general ... let's all go to the local 'psychic' down the road who charges you £20 to £50 for 10 minutes and no free biscuit or tea. If you really must seek answers in life go to a spiritualist church or something, not one of these fly by night 'academies' ... it's free to go, and you get a free cup of tea and biscuit. You can also leave at any point and not worry about getting fleeced by someone who has been convinced they are psychic - because it's amazing what £500 does, it'll buy you anything except the truth - by one of these places. No coincidence, either, then he's opening it in 2012 I suppose. As for the ghost pictures on his mobile. All I will say is that you'd have to be really gullible to fall for that but also probably the right kind of 'ordinary' person who will get lured to this school, and parting with lots of dosh in the getgo. God, it's worse than Crufts, you'll get all these David Beckham and Posh Spice alike divas of the 'psychic world' mauling each other over whom is the best down there. lol Davidoff

2:08pm Thu 18 Feb 10

chocky says...

Psychic powers? as full of rubbish and lies as religion...deluded..
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Psychic powers? as full of rubbish and lies as religion...deluded.. . chocky

9:58pm Thu 18 Feb 10

Forever Blue says...

Davidoff wrote:
I saw this coming yesterday ... from reading his other plug/ad about the ridiculous 'ghost picture'. So I expect we shall see an army of 'ordinary people' paying £100s up front, desperately thinking or being 'persuaded' they're 'psychic' ... 'graduating' from this 'school' going out into the world, cold reading people in exchange for the usual crossing of palms with silver - plenty of those along Blackpool's promenade! in their bunco booths - or £20 note for 10 minutes to tell people what they want to hear at that point in life. Is Mr Horkin trying to rival the Spiritualist Church or any of the Arthur Findley Colleges who run similar courses? Least with those you know they are accredited courses not new age 'esoteric' hokum and probably a lot cheaper. Just what the world doesn't need right now, more people to prey on the misery of the financial crisis who will turn to all and sundry to find 'answers' to their present misery rather than look around them, at the world in general ... let's all go to the local 'psychic' down the road who charges you £20 to £50 for 10 minutes and no free biscuit or tea. If you really must seek answers in life go to a spiritualist church or something, not one of these fly by night 'academies' ... it's free to go, and you get a free cup of tea and biscuit. You can also leave at any point and not worry about getting fleeced by someone who has been convinced they are psychic - because it's amazing what £500 does, it'll buy you anything except the truth - by one of these places. No coincidence, either, then he's opening it in 2012 I suppose. As for the ghost pictures on his mobile. All I will say is that you'd have to be really gullible to fall for that but also probably the right kind of 'ordinary' person who will get lured to this school, and parting with lots of dosh in the getgo. God, it's worse than Crufts, you'll get all these David Beckham and Posh Spice alike divas of the 'psychic world' mauling each other over whom is the best down there. lol
Blaa blaa blaa & On & On you forgot to remind us all !!!!! that you once lived in Clitheroe but not any more any landlords out there want to shut have a early night invite this guy in to your pub for for a drink.
[quote][p][bold]Davidoff[/bold] wrote: I saw this coming yesterday ... from reading his other plug/ad about the ridiculous 'ghost picture'. So I expect we shall see an army of 'ordinary people' paying £100s up front, desperately thinking or being 'persuaded' they're 'psychic' ... 'graduating' from this 'school' going out into the world, cold reading people in exchange for the usual crossing of palms with silver - plenty of those along Blackpool's promenade! in their bunco booths - or £20 note for 10 minutes to tell people what they want to hear at that point in life. Is Mr Horkin trying to rival the Spiritualist Church or any of the Arthur Findley Colleges who run similar courses? Least with those you know they are accredited courses not new age 'esoteric' hokum and probably a lot cheaper. Just what the world doesn't need right now, more people to prey on the misery of the financial crisis who will turn to all and sundry to find 'answers' to their present misery rather than look around them, at the world in general ... let's all go to the local 'psychic' down the road who charges you £20 to £50 for 10 minutes and no free biscuit or tea. If you really must seek answers in life go to a spiritualist church or something, not one of these fly by night 'academies' ... it's free to go, and you get a free cup of tea and biscuit. You can also leave at any point and not worry about getting fleeced by someone who has been convinced they are psychic - because it's amazing what £500 does, it'll buy you anything except the truth - by one of these places. No coincidence, either, then he's opening it in 2012 I suppose. As for the ghost pictures on his mobile. All I will say is that you'd have to be really gullible to fall for that but also probably the right kind of 'ordinary' person who will get lured to this school, and parting with lots of dosh in the getgo. God, it's worse than Crufts, you'll get all these David Beckham and Posh Spice alike divas of the 'psychic world' mauling each other over whom is the best down there. lol[/p][/quote]Blaa blaa blaa & On & On you forgot to remind us all !!!!! that you once lived in Clitheroe but not any more any landlords out there want to shut have a early night invite this guy in to your pub for for a drink. Forever Blue

4:45pm Sun 21 Feb 10

asterixthegoal says...

I've just checked this guy out on his website... www.kevinhorkin.com

I remember him from being on that TV programme 'how I made my property million'

It's absolutely clear to me that he will be borrowing to buy the castle and borrowing to restore it. His exit strategy to turn it into a phsycic centre will fail as it will not yield enough return to cover his debts. Kevin - do yourself a big favour, I know you want the castle but leave it well alone! Otherwise you will bite off far more than you can chew.

You've had your successes in the past but in the current economic climate, if you don't have millions in the bank; steer well clear pal. You probably know this deep down yourself. I'd be very surprised if the bank will lend on this based on your exit strategy / long term funding plan.
I've just checked this guy out on his website... www.kevinhorkin.com I remember him from being on that TV programme 'how I made my property million' It's absolutely clear to me that he will be borrowing to buy the castle and borrowing to restore it. His exit strategy to turn it into a phsycic centre will fail as it will not yield enough return to cover his debts. Kevin - do yourself a big favour, I know you want the castle but leave it well alone! Otherwise you will bite off far more than you can chew. You've had your successes in the past but in the current economic climate, if you don't have millions in the bank; steer well clear pal. You probably know this deep down yourself. I'd be very surprised if the bank will lend on this based on your exit strategy / long term funding plan. asterixthegoal

9:23am Tue 23 Feb 10

asterixthegoal says...

Incidentally, why does this guy keep applying to go on TV shows and ringing newspapers with what he is up to? It's not like he's promoting a particular business, he's just promoting himself, or just saying 'look everyone, I'm brilliant me'. It's like that film how to lose friends and alienate people! If he did eventually become famous, he'd be like Grant Bovey's cheesy twin! Cringeworthy!
Incidentally, why does this guy keep applying to go on TV shows and ringing newspapers with what he is up to? It's not like he's promoting a particular business, he's just promoting himself, or just saying 'look everyone, I'm brilliant me'. It's like that film how to lose friends and alienate people! If he did eventually become famous, he'd be like Grant Bovey's cheesy twin! Cringeworthy! asterixthegoal

4:11pm Thu 25 Feb 10

UniteAsOne says...

asterixthegoal wrote:
Incidentally, why does this guy keep applying to go on TV shows and ringing newspapers with what he is up to? It's not like he's promoting a particular business, he's just promoting himself, or just saying 'look everyone, I'm brilliant me'. It's like that film how to lose friends and alienate people! If he did eventually become famous, he'd be like Grant Bovey's cheesy twin! Cringeworthy!
Thats the one - Grant Bovey and Anthea Turners 'love' child !!!
More cheese than the cheddar gorge !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]asterixthegoal[/bold] wrote: Incidentally, why does this guy keep applying to go on TV shows and ringing newspapers with what he is up to? It's not like he's promoting a particular business, he's just promoting himself, or just saying 'look everyone, I'm brilliant me'. It's like that film how to lose friends and alienate people! If he did eventually become famous, he'd be like Grant Bovey's cheesy twin! Cringeworthy![/p][/quote]Thats the one - Grant Bovey and Anthea Turners 'love' child !!! More cheese than the cheddar gorge !!!!! UniteAsOne

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