'The Beloved Medium'

Passed Over in September 1967,
aged 74 years

One of Spiritualism's
Great Clairaudient Mediums

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Helen Hughes was an excellent medium who had strong links with the North-east of England, and in particular with the Spiritualist Church in Seaham Harbour, where the original of the above photograph hung on its walls.

Helen Hughes was a superb medium who conducted countless propaganda meetings around the British Isles, in modern times when mediumship was still subject to the antiquated and outdated Witchcraft and Vagrancy Act (formed in 1735).

Helen Hughes was a dedicated Spiritualist whose public mediumship and private seances - during which she was often directly entranced by her sitters' loved ones - greatly impressed countless thousands of people. Her work was recognised to be of the highest calibre, and the genuineness of her gifts was never disputed.

Verbatim records of her spirit messages make astonishing reading. Along with Estelle Roberts and a few other notable mediums of the late twentieth century (such as the trance medium Lillian Bailey) she commanded the stage at large halls and conference centres across the length and breadth of the UK, and her survival evidence was startlingly accurate.

Maurice Barbanell, the Founder editor of the popular newspaper, Psychic News, wrote that the spirit people who communicated with Helen Hughes often referred to her as "Helen the Beloved".

Helen possessed great charisma, and her psychic abilities were remarkably well-developed: Mrs Hughes was a Clairaudient (i.e. she could hear spirit voices).

Helen's mediumship was considered instrumental in the UK government's banishing of the old 1735 Witchcraft and Vagrancy Act, and in its replacing of it in 1951 by the Fraudulent Mediums Act, which at least recognised the existence of genuine mediumship. Following this replacement another British Act of Parliament was passed, which officially recognised Spiritualism as a religion in 1954.

Of her clairaudient abilities and her contact with the spirit people, Helen said, 'I hear quite naturally, as though I were using the ordinary ear. The voices sound quite normal. I can tell if it is the voice of a man, woman, or child - or if it is a loud voice or a quiet one. Listening to the voices enables me to give the names, facts and details that provide the evidence.'

The medium heard her spirit voices 'in my ears, or in the region of my solar-plexus...and they vary in clarity.'

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Here are some verbatim snippets of Helen Hughes's remarkable clairaudiently-received spirit messages, which she delivered in the late 1930s:

Pointing to a woman in the auditorium, Helen began:
Helen: Is your name Nellie?
Recipient: Yes
Helen: Well, then, you knew a Mr Bramwell; and I have to tell you that Mr Bramwell is here and he's brought Harry and Mrs Wilson. She says she's all right now, and thanks you for what you did for her. She suffered from a weak heart. She tells me that your name is Boynton.
Recipient: Correct.

For another recipient, Helen Hughes received a message "from someone called Eva, who was a musician." She then singled out a woman in the crowd and added: "You are Eva's mother. She played the piano; and she had a companion, Elsie, who has also passed over. Her full name is Eva Huxley."
Recipient: Yes

Helen: (pointing to a woman in the circle) There is a Mrs Richardson in the gallery. I get the name Jimmie Richardson. He worked in an office by himself. He brings Robert and Lizzie, and also Mary Bewick. He tells me that your godmother was Mary McIntyre, and that she was in some way connected with an off-licence for the sale of beer when you were fourteen to seventeen years of age.
Recipient: Quite right!

In a private consultation which was attended by a Mr Hogg and his family, all of whom were perfect strangers to the medium, Helen Hughes delivered the following clairaudiently-received information:

Pointing to Mr Hogg she said, 'There is a young airman here. You are his Dad.' Turning to Mr Hogg's son-in-law she added, 'This boy calls you Ian: and he calls himself Douglas.' And to the two girls who were present she announced, 'And you are his sisters, Isobel and Mary.'

Each name and tie-of-relationship was perfectly correct.
Further reading: find a copy of the long out-of-print book
The Mediumship of Helen Hughes (Spiritualist Press Ltd, 1945; by Bernard Upton)