The Ansty Crop Circle Mystery ~ Interview with Karen Price
Saturday 24th September 2016
© Lucy Pringle
In light of the debate and controversy surrounding the amazing Ansty crop circle, I hope you will find the following interview with Karren Price helpful in clearing up certain areas of misunderstanding.
The hamlet of Ansty (situated in the south west of England between Salisbury and Shaftesbury, Wiltshire) is a small and sprawling village lying on the A30 between ancient high banked narrow lanes – clearly once used as drover’s tracks. In the southern part of the parish is White Sheet Hill, on which there are Bronze Age barrows including a long barrow. Ansty is in the Vale of Wardour. The A30 Salisbury to Shaftesbury road follows an ancient course, north-west of (and parallel to) the Ridgeway on the greensand terrace, and includes the steep northern slopes of White Sheet Hill.
The Church of England parish church of Saint James dates from before 1210 and is a Grade II listed building. The south wall of the nave is considered likely to be a survival from the original building, and the font is also Norman.
Boasting some 120 inhabitants, Ansty has no village shop or post office. Ansty Pick Your Own (PYO) is therefore the only amenity and lies directly on the A30. It is clearly marked with roadside signs.
Driving in, you enter a large area where cars can park and farm vehicles such as tractors can manoeuvre. The PYO shop abuts a large shed containing farm vehicles and other farming equipment. To the south, and closest to the shop, are rows of strawberries placed in pots shoulder high to prevent the interest of slugs and avoid soil-borne diseases – and to make picking easy.
They are often covered in white plastic sheeting to prevent rain damage and protect the fruit. Beyond lie the various rows of fruit and vegetables. Further still are the fields. From the image below you can clearly see patches of green in the standing crop showing Convolvulus cneorum (Bindweed) throughout the entire field, not just on the flattened wheat.
The crop circle was in the field beyond and to the left of the raised lines of strawberries. It is visible from the shop.
If a crop circle were being made during night or day during a two week period, as suggested by other reports (including the week that Karren was away), surely people picking and attending to the rows of strawberries or working alongside the field in which the circle appeared, would have seen marks in the field? They would have been clearly and unmistakably visible due to its proximity. If this is so, can we conclude that the event appeared in one night?
Ansty PYO is no ordinary farm shop. Consisting of a farm shop, tea room and kitchen, and despite being small in size, the farm shop, as well as basic items, stocks delicious teas and jams, honeycombs, and mouth-watering home baked pizzas, Eccles cakes and Sally Lunn current buns to name but a few. The tea room is where people come for coffee or tea and to feast on Karren’s freshly baked goodies.
Just as Ansty PYO is no ordinary farm shop, Karren Price (also known as K) is no ordinary person. Small, and as slender as a whippet with her light brown hair tied back in a ponytail, she is a whirlwind of activity. You will find her serving behind the counter or baking in the kitchen – where she says she is happiest – or coming through with platters of hot freshly baked food just out of the oven.
Married with two active young sons, she somehow seems to manage to combine all three activities. She told us her husband does a ‘proper’ job. One of the things we noticed was how Karren seems to be on such friendly relations with everyone who came into the shop. She told us that she has many regulars, some of whom come at different times of the year, some to pick or buy fruit, during the summer months, and later in the year for pumpkins and Christmas trees; whilst many regularly come to buy her produce.
Karren is ably assisted by cheerful helpers. Run as a family business, the fruit farm was taken over in 1998 and since then has developed into what it is today. On the wall behind the counter are pictures of several maize mazes that Karren told us she herself had designed and made in the fields with her team.
The first one she made took six weeks to design, plan and place in the field. As they gained experience and skill they were able to speed up the process with the advancement of technology ‘…but we never achieved it in a day – very far from it!’ When asked if she could make the recent crop circle, she laughed and said that given all the time in the world, she couldn’t possibly have done anything like that.
She will soon be framing and putting up two images I sent her.
This then was the setting when the crop circle appeared in early August, one of the busiest times of the year. As soon as word got around, Karren unthinkingly opened it to the public and was totally unprepared for the hundreds of people who descended on her shop and disrupted her already busy life. Armed with microphones, recorders, cameras etc., and wanting to speak to her and her staff, she was inundated, and swept off her felt feet as though she had been struck by a bolt out of the blue.
A naturally courteous person with a ready twinkle in her eyes, interview after interview was requested by all and sundry. Eventually she declined to enter into any further debate on the issue as she was so exasperated at how things she had said had been chopped, changed and edited.
Gary King and I kept in touch with Karren over this period, respecting her privacy and gaining her confidence. She was therefore prepared to give us one last and final interview on the subject.
On the morning of Saturday the 24th of September we met in the courtyard at Ansty PYO shop. Just at that moment the representative from Wiltshire Air Ambulance arrived to receive money Karren had collected from people visiting the crop circle. The circle had been harvested on 24th August.
Seeing that Karren was busy with shop full of people we decided to drive around, and later returned to Ansty PYO to have coffee. Karren spotted us, and as the shop was having a quiet spell, she suggested we did the interview there and then. Sitting in the tea room with cups of coffee, she told us her story.
She made it quite clear from the start that she did not want to be recorded on tape, nor did she want us to comment on any negativity already written about her or the event. She simply wanted to rectify a few untruths that had been printed. She started off by telling us that she wanted to thank everyone who had visited the circle and told us that she had met some really charming and interesting people as a result. Regarding the question about when she and her parents went on holiday, it was clear that confusion surrounded this and she wanted to clear it up.
Point 1. On the 31st July, Karren together with her husband and children went on holiday to Devon (she even showed us a photograph on her mobile of one of her sons with bucket of crabs he had caught dated the 2nd August and another dated 4th August of the bay where they had been staying). THE CROP CIRCLE WAS NOT THERE WHEN THEY LEFT.
Point 2. Karren and her family returned home late on the evening on 5th August.
Point 3. Early on the morning of the 6th of August Karren saw the circle from her bedroom window. This was the first time she had seen it, and it was complete. Therefore there are just seven days when it might have appeared.
Point 4. Despite reports to the contrary they did NOT go on holiday with her parents. Her parents went on holiday shortly after she returned.
Karren explained that she ‘sat’ on the circle for several days uncertain what to do about it. It was enormous, covering two acres of crop. Her husband has a drone and took several photographs of the circle. He said that people were already in the circle.
Her PYO lies close to two airfields, Compton Abbas just a few miles away, and Old Sarum near Salisbury. Planes fly over the farm constantly. As reported in a previous article, a farmer’s herdsman daily moved the line of the field overlooking the circle and in which the cattle grazed, in order to give them fresh grass. He saw no circle partly made, or being made, in the field below during those seven days. As word got around, Karren decided to open the crop circle to the public.
The famous crop circle web site, Crop Circle Connector (CCC) published the first photographs of the event on the evening of 12th of August. (They had been notified of the circle about noon that day and in case it might be cut-out, Mr Gyro – Mat Stainton – flew over it that evening and took some photographs. He regretted not being able to include the hill behind it due to the light at that time of day.)
Regarding the suggested involvement of the a small American, Bellingham-based company called ‘Mothership Glass’ (run by the artists Scott Deppe and Jake Collins who make glass pipes) and the similarity of their logo to the crop circle, Karren said she had never heard of Mothership Glass until Saturday 13th August. She has never communicated with them, nor has the secretive Mothership Glass responded to any communications from any crop circle researchers.
In addition, Karren wanted us to report that she has very good relations with her neighbours. This seemed clear to us anyway by the happy, friendly relationship she had with all the customers visiting her shop; many of whom were local.
Karren was delighted to donate the profits raised from people visiting the circle to the Stars Appeal – £1107.16 and £1275 split between the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and the Wiltshire Air Ambulances. Together with other donations, this makes the total donated from the Farm Shop to charities this year – to date – to almost £8000! Karren also managed to squeeze in training for the London Marathon this year!. Coming from a small family run business that is an amazing achievement!
In conclusion, one thing in particular struck us both when interviewing Karren. This was her transparent honesty and her determination to tell the truth down to the very smallest detail. Unless you have witnessed this personally face to face, it is a quality that may not be apparent over the telephone – especially if she is busy. (We both consider ourselves good judges of character).
Several people may have been disappointed when trying to get in touch with Karren, and a previously arranged interview during a time when she is not busy is a very different scenario to speaking to her over the telephone unexpectedly and hoping for a verbal interview there and then, when she may be extremely busy at that particular moment serving customers or baking in the kitchen.
I will write more about the symbolism of this crop circle and the many other aspects in my annual article but until such time as there is photographic evidence of the crop circle being made (despite all the claims) or any concrete proof of exactly how or when it appeared during the seven day period, this event must remain a tantalising mystery.
In the meantime my latest video, containing all the crop circles I photographed in 2016, is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/5FtIhGHXRGA. I hope it will bring you great joy and happiness as you view our countryside from the air, and occasionally from the ground.
The circles give off vibrations and frequencies, and you may find some will take you to other levels of consciousness, giving you to access to higher dimensions. Several people have told me that certain problems in their lives have been resolved whilst watching these images, giving them a clearer picture of the directions they should take.
I would like to thank everyone who made a donation last time. You have no idea how hugely grateful I am and how much they mean to me, by helping me to continue with my research and allowing me to fly and take these wonderful pictures.
With love and blessings
I cannot believe that so much time has passed since I last put pen to paper. This summer seems to have gone by in a flash. Its mixture of wonderful sunshine and pouring rain has made it difficult at times, but then hey ho, I was born and bred in this wonderful island so should know what to expect!!!
The scientific research day went off successfully. Tests were conducted and whilst I am still awaiting some of the results, others have come in and I will write a full report in my annual article. We conducted the test in the Avebury Study Centre initially and then proceeded to the fish formation on the top of Hackpen Hill. Further tests were conducted some distance away from the circle. These three tests are focusing on the temporary relief of Parkinson’s disease. They are then analysed and compared.
Over the summer we have had some interesting formations, many appearing in the southern part of Wiltshire bordering Dorset, a couple in Surrey, and joy of joys, five in my home county of Hampshire. This county played host to many circles in the early days so I was especially happy to welcome them back. Amongst my favourite of the whole summer was one in barley at Tichborne Hampshire. Whereas it might look simple, its geometric harmony was a joy. I visited it after climbing over a six-barred gate.
Another Hampshire circle was this one just before the Boomtown Film & Music Festival. I photographed it at Cheesefoot Head late one glorious summer’s evening, hence the unusual light.
I also took two groups round the circles. As always we had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed themselves. Several people have been coming with me for years and come back as treasured regulars. It is always lovely to see familiar faces as others just come and go, and I only have the pleasure of being with them briefly. The first tour ended with an optional evening visit to Stonehenge. It had been a day of sun and showers and when we arrived the sun was shining on the stones with a threatening black sky behind. Indeed it did rain but it did not spoil the magic of the circles. In fact quite the reverse, as I felt the soft summer rain was nurturing and blessing the stones. The second tour finished with an optional extra of a flight over the circles which is a fantastic and exciting way of seeing the circles, and the surrounding countryside including the wonderful stone circle at Avebury.
I have taken many photographs this summer and the expense has been enormous. You might like to make a small contribution towards keeping me in the air to bring everyone the joy and wonder of seeing this amazing phenomenon.
I have a question for you – please could you tell me if you find it easy to access my pictures on my website as someone just recently told me that they had experienced difficulties in so doing and any suggestions would be helpful.
As the season progressed the complexity of the circles seemed to increase, and this year was no exception. The circle on the top of Cherhill Hill being one of them. Unfortunately the farmer would not allow anyone in, but a few people did visit it and were lucky not to be caught. One told me that it was especially interesting to see how it lay on a slope and yet does not give that impression from the air.
I did not expect any more circles to arrive. I was preparing my lovely calendar for next year, containing pictures of this year’s events, and rushing to get it to the printers, when what should happen but two more formations appeared. This phenomenon has its puckish side, with circles appearing just when you least expect them. In fact, most fields are already harvested! The most astounding is the one at Ansty (Mothership) that arrived several days ago, lying snugly in a field between Salisbury and Shaftesbury. It has taken the world by surprise, and a few days ago I did a TV interview http://www.streaminglatam.com/vod/index.php/video/7793/tercer-milenio-280816/ with UFO/Crop circle researcher Jaime Maussán who had flown especially from Mexico (sub titles in English). The circle’s location was in a field close to a Pick Your Own farm shop. It wasn’t there in the evening but was there the next morning. It is one of the largest of the year and certainly the most complex. It has caused a tremendous stir world-wide. It is enormously complicated and its meaning seems to be to be multidimensional. I will write about it more fully in my annual article.
I always think that crop circles, or at least some of them, speak to you. And whereas this one was welcoming and happy when I visited it and seems to asking us to enter, it wasn’t until I was in bed that night and thinking about it that the word ‘didactic’ suddenly popped into my head. This happened to someone else several years ago when looking at my images. In the dictionary it says ‘didactic’ is ‘designed or intended to teach… …intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment’ – brilliant! A friend also found that there were 33 little clumps in the design around the outer edge of the circle. I know that number 3 is a sacred number but I needed to learn more, so I got up in the middle of the night to research further meanings behind number 3 and what I found seems just so beautiful: ‘The number 3 refers to The Trinity, and means that you are receiving divine protection, help, and guidance. In most cases, if you are seeing a lot of 3’s, this is an ‘Angel Number’ a sign that you have a close connection to Jesus, the Son in the Holy Trinity. 33 means that Jesus is with you and helping you.
Number 33 is a ‘Master Number’ (Master Teacher) and resonates with the energies of compassion, blessings, inspiration, honesty, discipline, bravery and courage. Number 33 tells us that ‘all things are possible’. 33 is also the number that symbolises ‘guidance’. So the more I think about it, the more I believe that the formation is so complex in its multidimensional layering that more glimpses of understanding will reveal themselves as time goes by. Maybe the circle is an Awakening?
I am giving my annual Crop Circle talk at Petersfield Community Centre, Petersfield, on Saturday 15th October. Doors open 6.30pm and my talk will start promptly 7.30pm. Please do come if you can.
My wonderful new crop circle calendar will be ready in the middle of October and I have already received many orders, so please remember to place yours in good time. It will be a beautiful one.
With love and blessings
I forgot to mention that the Chilcomb Down, Winchester formation appeared on Midsummer’s Day, the night of the Strawberry Moon. Some 12,000 people thronged to Stonehenge to witness the sunrise and renew the energy of the land and its crops. They were blessed with good weather.
Solstice derives from an ancient Latin word ‘solstitium’ meaning ‘stop’ or ‘sun stands still’. For the first time since 1967 the summer solstice coincides with a rare ‘strawberry’ moon with possibility of bringing 17 hours of sunlight.
It is an extremely rare event. The Algonquin tribes of North America believed June’s full moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. This event in the Northern Hemisphere is sometime also called the Rose Moon, the Hot Moon and the Honey Moon, whereas in the Southern Hemisphere it is known as the Long Night Moon.
Being such a sacred and ancient place, people have gathered at Stonehenge and celebrated the solstice for thousands of years. We are told that the day is considered to be sacred by many pagans around the world who celebrate the solstice among their yearly holidays and sometimes call the festival Litha, a term dating back to the Venerable Bede for the months of June and July.
As the land warms up after the long days of winter, the summer solstice is a time of joy and jubilation as the crops planted earlier start growing repaying days of toil; the seeds that were planted in the fields bringing forth promise of their forthcoming abundance and making all the hard work worthwhile. Being the longest day of the year, it is a time of light not just literally but a time of Light in our souls. It is the time of Celebration when we renew our Inner Light; a renewal; a time when the sun washes away the dark days and enters our being. A time of Love and gratitude and growth.
The circle at Chilcomb Down seems to be showing us a glorious abundance of petals, maybe a reminder that our souls can open with joy just like the petals.
The next event came with a complex circle at Hackpen, Wiltshire close to the ancient chalk white horse.
James Hussey has kindly opened his field to visitors yet again. Almost two years ago James’s lovely wife, Gill lost her hard fought battle against breast cancer and James set up a charity in her memory to raise money to equip a breast screening radio therapy unit to be built on the site at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, as the closest unit was in Oxford and for Gill and others to have to travel many hours for a daily treatment lasting a few minutes each time over a period of six weeks was altogether too exhausting and draining. This is a really splendid and worthwhile Charity worthy of support. Since then the Charity has raised £750,00 against a total target of £2.9 million. Brighter Futures who are running the appeal tell me that to date ‘we have received support from companies in Swindon such as Sainsbury’s Stratton and TE Connectivity. Staff at other companies including Corporate Events, Arval, Jury’s Hotel, Nationwide and Santander have all supported the appeal by fundraising for us.’
‘Many schools, nurseries and centres for learning have also adopted us as their chosen charity for the year, as have many other smaller organisations such as churches, local groups and WI’s and Rotary Groups. To find out the latest news about what we are doing with the help of local people visit our website on www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk.’
The circle is a strange one, depicting fishes and sharks. To me its meaning is complex and I am sure others will find many varying interpretations. Certain sharks with their open jaws full of terrifyingly sharp teeth can be regarded as aggressive, fearsome beasts whereas fishes, the symbol of Christianity signal love and peace and harmony. Yet despite whales being mammals, they both share the same environment, the oceans. We live in changing times and maybe in the two opposites we are being shown the need reconciliation, for that is just what we urgently require worldwide, particularly just at this time in this Sacred isle of Albion after all the bitterness of our referendum to stay or leave the EU. Tempers have run high and great divisions have been created even among families. Maybe the shark and fish depicted as swimming together are showing us the way to forget our differences and how we all need to work together towards the Greater Good for everyone. I like to think of this circle as being a personifying messenger of healing and unification.
As a reminder, I still have few Stonehenge tickets left so please hurry if you would like to join me for the private entry evening visit on the 28 July.
Also I have a list of people who would like to fly with me in a helicopter and earlier this week I took up Mona de Silva and we had a wonderful evening flight over the Tichfield, Hampshire formation. She was thrilled to bits with the experience. The helicopter can take three people plus the pilot so that means there are two spare seats available. We fly from Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire with brilliant pilots.
May you have joy and happiness in your heart.
All very best wishes,
I am delighted to be able to give you news of more circles. There has been a slow start of the season but it looks as though things are just beginning to hot up. Since I last wrote we have had four new circles and the Silbury Hill circle has developed into a pretty pentagram with five overlapping arcs surrounding a flattened ringed circle.
In June, the first to appear was a curious event on the 6th June consisting of a series of double arcs surrounding a rhombus. The first one of the season in young wheat. It lay beneath Castle Hill close to the town of Mere, South Wiltshire. This castle has an ancient and interesting history, and dates back to 1253 when it was built as a medieval fortification by Richard, the Earl of Cornwall, brother of Henry III. It was clearly a splendid building, built in stone, and sporting six towers, with a hall, inner and outer gate, a deep well and a chapel. Over the years its importance declined and by the 1600’s the stonework had been removed and reports suggest that it was reused for building the town of Mere in the same way some of the stones at Avebury were used in the construction of houses in the village. It is now completely abandoned and only the earthworks remain. It is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.
We were lucky with the weather as the sun was patchy, but the sun gods were kind and I had a wonderful flight taking two friends with me. We were also able to photograph another circle close by at Willoughby Hedge that had appeared the previous day, 5th June – a decagram inside a ring with a wide rimmed flattened centre. It was in barley, the first crop to grow high enough to take an imprint apart from the yellow flowered canola.
Next to come was another circle that appeared again on the Wiltshire-Somerset borders on the 16th June. A stunning circle in barley with a wide outer rim containing hieroglyphs. It seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, nestling close to a wood and just south of Wyle. The light was perfect.
Yet another circle has arrived, this time in Hampshire, and as I write this letter I am hoping to get a flight as soon as possible as it lies on Peverell Bruce’s land and he has a deep and profound hatred of this phenomenon unlike his father who was so fascinated by the circles that one night he posted men all around the large natural amphitheatre at Cheesefoot Head to watch out for any activity. They saw and heard nothing yet in the morning, there lay a brand new circle in the bottom on the amphitheatre!
I will write to you again shortly to keep you up to date with all the latest activity and may. Please remember to book your places for the wonderful private entry evening visit to Stonehenge and your places on my exciting crop circle tours. All the information is on my web site.
All very best wishes,
P.S. I flew last night over the Chilcomb Down formation near Winchester, Hampshire not far from where I live, and I include a few images. Please visit my website for more information.