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Spiritual Truth Foundation

A warm welcome to our website. Whether you’re here to find out how to apply for a grant, explore the unique wisdom of the much-loved spirit guide Silver Birch and purchase his books or listen to recordings of some of our greatest speakers, you’ll find everything you need right here.

Where we started

Maurice Barbanell

Silver Birch gave his teachings through a medium named Maurice Barbanell.

Barbanell was the founder and editor of the weekly Spiritualist newspaper, Psychic News, and for half a century devoted his life to spreading spiritual knowledge through its columns and those of other publications with which he was associated.

In his own obituary, which he wrote before his passing at the age of 79 on 17th July 1981, he revealed that he was told by Estelle Roberts’ Red Cloud — a spirit guide for whom he had the greatest admiration and affection — that in a previous incarnation he had made a promise to reincarnate and devote his life to spreading Spiritualism. Though he had no conscious knowledge of that life or promise, events certainly conspired to make it possible.

Silver Birch

A psychic artist depicts him as a serious-looking native American Indian with a single feather and compassionate eyes. There is evidence to suggest that this was simply a convenient persona behind which a far more spiritually evolved soul hid in order that those who read his words would judge them not by the name attached to them but by the wisdom that pervades every sentence.

Those who knew both the guide and his medium were well aware of the differences in the way they spoke and the words they used. They both had spiritual missions and they fulfilled them admirably, particularly when working together in their unique two-world partnership. This, as you will discover, has provided inspirational answers to the questions we all ask from time to time, about life, its meaning and purpose. Those answers are needed now more than ever before as we prepare for the many challenges that confront us and our world in the 21st century.

STF to Host Unique Physical Mediumship Archive


by Susan Farrow

We’re delighted to announce the creation of a new website to host the complete archive material of the Noah’s Ark Society.

The NAS was founded in 1990 to promote the understanding and development of physical mediumship. It flourished for over fourteen years until its eventual closure in 2004.

During the fourteen years of its existence, no fewer than one hundred and thirty-nine journals were produced, covering every aspect of PM, including its history, mediums, phenomena, home development circles, public seances and much more.

The preservation, cataloguing and collating of this hugely significantly material is largely down to the efforts of one person, lifelong Spiritualist Lew Sutton, whose determination and commitment to preserve it and make it publicly available have taken years of work.

As trustees of STF we’re acutely aware that over the decades large quantities of material relating to Spiritualist history have ended up in skips and bins, simply because the people who inherited them just didn’t realise their importance. This makes us as passionate as Lew about preserving everything we possibly can for the benefit of future generations.

This new NAS website has been beautifully designed by our own co-chair and IT specialist, Nic Whitham. It’s easy to navigate (even for me!) and an absolute goldmine of fascinating information. Our thanks also go to Stuart Neale who has voluntarily assisted Nic with the huge amount of work involved in making this material available online.

You can find it here:



by Nic Whitham

Are you a healer, a trainee healer or thinking about embarking on your own journey of healing? If so, we have some great news for you!

We’re proud to announce the imminent publication of a groundbreaking new book on healing, written by STF’s own co-chair, Nic Whitham.

Nic has devoted decades of his life to the practice and research of healing, not only spiritual healing but more than twenty other healing modalities. His approach differs from many others in that he looks in depth at how these healing methods work, and believes that contemporary science can help to explain the efficacy of at least some of the treatments and diagnostic techniques he describes.

Alongside this, Nic offers detailed practical advice on running a successful healing practice, including making your client comfortable, whether to work hands-on or hands-off, respecting the client’s space, the importance of listening, and creating a calm and nurturing healing environment. Issues of consent, confidentiality and appropriate record-keeping are also covered.

Other chapters cover the Biofield (also known as the auric field) which Nic believes is central and fundamental to all healing, the chakra system, healing in ancient times and renowned healers of the more recent past. He also addresses one of the most sensitive and profound issues for any healer – healing for the dying.

To pre-order your copy, priced at just £8.50, click here:


A Selection of Prayers by Silver Birch

Silver Birch, the spirit guide and trance control of medium Maurice Barbanell, was renowned not only for his spiritual philosophy, wisdom and guidance, but equally for his eloquent use of the English language, which he had never actually spoken while on earth.

Nowhere is this mastery more evident than in the lyrical, heartfelt prayers he offered as opening invocations at the weekly sittings of the Hannen Swaffer Home Circle, and when conducting two-world dedications of new Spiritualist venues.

This book contains a small selection of those timeless and beautiful prayers, first published in 1941 in response to requests from Silver Birch’s many admirers. It will provide a uniquely inspirational and thought-provoking resource for all who conduct public services today.



Who hasn’t wondered at some point whether there’s life after death? Finding the answer becomes even more important when we experience the loss of someone very close.

Death raises many questions. Did they suffer? Could they hear what I whispered to them at the end? Did they mean to take their own life or was it an accident? Did they know how much I loved them? And above all – will we meet again?

This book contains verbatim conversations between spirit individuals – who gave detailed proof of their identity – and their earthly loved ones. These intimate exchanges took place in the private home circle of the world-famous medium Estelle Roberts, whose public demonstrations regularly packed London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Read with an open mind, the evidence of survival beyond death in this volume is so compelling that it will cause even the hardened sceptic to reconsider.

Silver Birch Quote

Asked by a sitter if ‘psychic’ and ‘spiritual’ were the same, Silver Birch replied: “Almost the same, but not quite. You can have all the psychic faculties, but they do not become spiritual faculties until they are used for a spiritual purpose in association with spiritual people in our world. You are naturally psychic, as well as physical, and you all have the faculties of the psychic body, but it is not until these faculties are developed and blended with the power of the spirit that they become spiritual gifts.”

Meet the Team

Trustees Today

Co Chair, Publications Manager & Secretary 

Susan Farrow


Co Chair & Honorary Treasurer

Nic Whitham


Spiritualist Minister

Robert Clarke


Retired Businessman

Robert N. Q. Wallace

Guernsey, Channel Islands

Property Company Director

Ann Wallace

Guernsey, Channel Islands

Chocolatier – Owner of Artisan du Chocolat

Anne Weyns


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