|Title ID||7051||Collection ID||985|
|Title||Suffer the Little Children, Bickerton Grange|
|Keywords||Charities Children Domestic Gardens Social Problems Family Houses|
|Format||Black & White Sound|
|Duration||6 min. 39 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Michael Parkinson narrates a 1965 Granada Television documentary: "Scene at 630" featuring the Ockenden Venture home of Bickerton Grange in Yorkshire, run by Mr. and Mrs. Lovell.
"From the North Granada presents... from "Scene at 6.30"... The Ockenden Venture, Home for Refugee Children, Bickerton Grange, Wetherby, Yorks... with Mr. and Mrs. Lovell, Houseparents."
Sixteen children live in the Lovell's family home, twelve are from camps in Germany and four are English orphans. The children are "not simply cared for, but grafted into the family." Children play cricket in the garden. In an interview, Mr. Lovell admits "it can be rather trying... but on the one or two occasions when we are free of them it doesn't feel right." Their own children are integrated with the refugee intake; "we can never take the place of mother and father but perhaps we can help them through these difficult years." "It is more of a question of being an aunt and an uncle," says Mrs. Lovell. They live off a low income from Ockenden Venture to provide a home for the children.
"Devised and narrated by Michael Parkinson. The Ockenden Venture provides home, health and education for refugee children from Europe and Tibet."
Ockenden Venture was founded in Woking, Surrey in 1951 by teachers Joyce Pearce OBE, Ruth Hicks and Margaret Dixon in aid of displaced Eastern European children after WW2. It aimed “to provide for their maintenance, clothing, education, recreation, health and general welfare.” Further houses in Haselmere and Donnigton Hall near Derby were soon acquired. Eight new houses were opened after World Refugee Year (1959-1960) increased charitable donations. Ockenden opened twenty five centres in response to the crisis in Vietnam, accepting the ‘boat people’ after the government decided to accept Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the invasion of China in 1979. Joyce Pearce died in 1985 after over thirty years of work. Ockenden International focuses its efforts on overseas projects.