The Durham Paraphysical Society, aka the Scepticals, was founded by Professor Vernon Rawlins. Anyone is welcome to join as long as they have an open mind and are willing to discuss the unusual with at least some attempt to do so rationally.
The weekly meetings are not dissimilar from a book club and are held at his large house near the university. There is food and drink (from his extensive personal supply – a major plus in prohibition), this combined with the rather lax rules means that the club has a rather wide membership base. Part of the club's purpose is to go out and investigate things for the professor who, due to his war wounds, can't always get out where into the field to see things for himself.