Collection Arthur Nixey
Local and family films of Cuckfield, Balcombe and environs with views of a local housing and civil engineering construction projects from the 1950s to 1980s.
|Collection ID||1057||Reference code||WS 090115|
|Dates||1950s - 1980s|
|Materials||DIGITAL Standard 8mm Super 8mm FILM|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This collection of amateur films were made by Arthur G. Nixey, a projectionist at Broadway Cinema at Haywards Heath.The collection offers a vivid portrait of community life in his home village of Balcombe with brief visits to the surrounding villages of Newhaven, Handcross, Ardingly and Cuckfield from the mid 1950s to early 1980s. The collection also includes long films documenting several local construction projects, namely the building of Ardingly Reservoir in West Sussex and a new local authority housing development in Balcombe, plus family visits to several zoos and theme parks.
Films in this collection:
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This colour film follows a large steam ship or ferry coming into dock at Newhaven. This is followed by views of the Hope Inn public house near West Beach, with cars and people outside the pub. On the water at Newhaven several boats, a yacht and pleasure craft pass by, with views of the harbour, including a train engine marked '6241'.
[Boys Play Acting; Portrait of Balcombe]
This compilation of films opens with a short Western-themed amateur fiction film where two young boys enact a gun fight. The second film provides a portrait of 1950s life in the rural village of Balcombe in West Sussex with views of the rural landscape and built environment.
[Balcombe to Brighton]
This colour film provides a portrait of life in the seaside town of Brighton. The journey opens with the film-maker boarding a Southern Train at Balcombe Station to arrive at Brighton. Mixed views follow of the roads and streets along the seafront, viewing the Old Steine, Victoria Gardens, Palace Pier, Volk's Electric Railway, Peter Pan's amusement park and playground, and the sea front towards Hove Bowling Green.
[Hospitals Fetes and Village Fairs]
|Date||[ca. 1957]; 15 July 1959; 30 April 1960||ID||8336|
This collection of colour films provide highlights of several Hospital fund-raising fairs and village fetes in Cuckfield and Haywards Heath, featuring village amusements, sports games and fairgrounds. Harry Secombe visits Haywards Heath Hospital to open a local market within the hospital grounds.
[Young Lovers in Spring Garden]
This very short colour film opens with views of young lovers embracing in a garden. This is followed by a series of brief portrait shots of a man and two women posing for the camera and a man and woman with a grey poodle dog.
[Boys Fishing; Mock Fights in Garden]
This film opens with two boys fishing in a river, and playing a western style cowboy play fight game. A younger girl and her mother join in the game, pushing and chasing each other around the garden.
[Pony Show and Gymkhana; Bowders Farm; Shell Brook Waterworks]
This film shows scenes of village life in Balcombe, West Sussex. The film opens with views of a pony show and Gymkhana followed by the family visiting a dairy farm and the film-maker visiting Shell Brook Waterworks (now Ardingly Reservoir). The film also contains family scenes with the children playing with their pets and posing in the garden.
[Charlie Chaplin [HCR]; Balcombe Pony Show and Gymkhana; Shoreham Harbour]
This film of two parts opens with a portion of a black and white film staring Charlie Chaplin [not included in the online clip], followed by a colour film made by Mr Nixey which opens with scenes from a Pony and Gymkhana show in Balcombe, followed by mixed views of Shoreham Harbour and the Power station and Gasworks.
[Washing Hair in Garden]
This spoof colour family-themed commercial, based in a garden, features a man having his hair washed with a brand of laundry detergent 'OMO'. The man's wife covers his head in soap suds and then washes it off. She then blow dries his hair using a hair drier. The wife presents the packet of soap to the camera once she has finished combing his hair.
[Club Compilation: Scouting Activities; Gardens; Charlie Chaplin [HCR]; Trip to London Zoo]
|Date||1959; June 1961; [ca. 1960s?]||ID||8341|
This film opens with the combined Cuckfield and Balcombe Cub Scout packs in a camp, along with the family attending a children's sports day event in Balcombe. This is followed by views of a formal garden and house; a fiction film 'The Two Imps'; a family trip to London and Chesington Zoo; and mixed views of a village fair with games and stalls. The final film is a single shot of a man asleep on a log.
[Milkround; Sports Day] A Fishy Story
This film opens with a portrait of a milkman on his rounds with his milk float in Balcombe, followed by groups of children competing in a school sports day event and a short comedy fiction film about a group that go fishing.
[Station; Boating on Pond; Crawley]
This film opens with a man strolling along several Southern Railway branded station platforms, followed by mixed views of a family playing together in a garden and posing for the camera. On a river two boys play on a wooden punt. Finally mixed views show tradesmen working in Balcombe village and wide views of the Queen's Square Shopping Centre and High Street in Crawley.
[Cricket; Swings; Fishing; Snow Scenes; Charlie Chaplin Films [HCR]]
This black and white and colour films shows scenes of village life in Balcombe with two boys fishing in a stream and playing in snow. This film also includes two commercial short films featuring Charlie Chaplin [not included in online clip].
[Balcombe Fete; Timber Hauling]
This film opens with scenes of a fete at Balcombe House, followed by a working film of T.T.B. Haulage Ltd from Amersham, Buckinghamshire felling and removing trees in a woodland using a bespoke Foden vehicle, winch and pole-trailer system.
[The Bluebell Line]
This short silent film provides highlights of the film-maker's trip to The Bluebell Railway, Sussex. The film features views of several engines, carriages and platforms, accompanied by views of the surrounding countryside from onboard a train.
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