|Title ID||7075||Collection ID||985|
|Title||[Children from Ockenden Venture: Laura and Martha]|
|Keywords||Children Charities Houses Domestic Gardens Swimming|
|Duration||3 min. 34 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Scenes shot in the garden of an Ockenden home of Laura and Martha, aged six.
Two six year old girls swim in a pool. They lie on a swinging bench together, both wearing matching blue dresses with white collars. They climb on a fence and walk along in. Behind are countryside views. Laura (blonde) rides a bike in the garden. The two girls perform handstands and eat a picnic. Laura bounces on a bunny hopper in the garden, grinning to the camera. She is joined by Martha on another bunny hopper.
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.