Title ID 10816Collection ID1265
TitleA Church Outing to Chessington Zoo and Two Trips to Box Hill
Date1949 - 1950 - 1951
CollectionJohn William Bell
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeEarly Film In The South East Leisure Travel
KeywordsChildren Everyday Life Fairgrounds Communities Games Landscape Youth Youth Organizations Transport Sport Racing Play Animals
LocalChessington Box Hill
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn William Bell
CameraJohn William Bell
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


An amateur film documenting the children at North Cheam Junior Church on three separate outings between 1949 and 1951. The first outing takes place at Chessington Zoo and the other outings take place at Box Hill on two separate occasions.


An amateur film documenting the outings of North Cheam Junior Church. The film opens when they go on an outing to Chessington zoo on Whit Tuesday 1949. The children are filmed boarding buses at Wesley Hall and on their journey. At Chessington zoo they: board a miniature train ride, ride a chair swing, play in a playground, watch pet's corner (a puppet show), feed the animals at a petting zoo, see the exotic animals, visit the circus and watch the zookeepers feed the sea lions. On their second outing they visit Box Hill on May 20th 1950. The coaches arrive at North Cheam Methodist Church and the journey is filmed. The camera pans and we see the view from the top of Box Hill followed by children playing on swings. Following this 'the races' take place were children are filmed running, taking part in the egg and spoon race, the sack race, the three legged run and the wheelbarrow race. Some played games such as the ring of roses whist others got ice cream, played 'horses', played on the swings, performed acrobats or played cricket. Mr. Matthews is filmed nursing a baby named Martin. At tea time little white rabbits are filmed and Sheila dances with the little girls, the children are filmed queuing up for tea. The children are filmed on their coach journey home. The group visit Box Park again on Saturday 19th May 1951 in coaches where we see them from the top of Box Hill playing and some of the races. At lunch time the children are filmed feeding the birds and the rabbits before eating their lunch. After lunch the group are filmed playing jump rope, taking part in more races and climbing Box Hill. At tea time the group are filmed queuing for tea. After tea the group are filmed skipping again and playing cricket before they return back to North Cheam on the coaches.