Detail

Title ID 7081Collection ID985
Title[Children from Ockenden Venture: Adam]
Date1984
CollectionOckenden Venture
Genre/TypeAmateurNon-fiction
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsChildren Charities Sport Play Food Swimming Domestic Gardens
Location
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionOckenden Venture
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 33 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

A young boy living in an Ockenden home plays tennis and goes swimming in 1984.

Description

A young boy, aged five or six, plays tennis on a tennis court with a young woman, surrounded by countryside. He swims in a garden swimming pool, diving in from the edge. He eats from a plate of food in a conservatory, poking his tongue out and laughing at the camera.

Contextual information

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.

Related resources

Collections

Ockenden International, Surrey History Centre (SHC Ref 7155)

Records include minutes, annual reports, correspondence, papers, personal files, photographs, documenting lives of staff and refugees at Woking, Haslemere and overseas in Asia, the Middle East and northern Africa.

Websites

Surrey History Centre

The website for the Surrey History Centre
http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/heritage-culture-and-recreation/archives-and-history/surrey-history-centre

Exploring Surrey’s Past

An online history of Ockenden international, previously Ockenden Venture, in text and photographs from Surrey History Centre archives. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enabled the history of Ockenden International to be preserved. The charity’s archive held at Surrey History Centre has been catalogued and memories have been recorded.
http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/subjects/refugees/ockenden_international_from_vision_to_venture