Title ID 3120Collection ID225
TitleNewsreel for 1966
CollectionHaywards Heath Cine Society pt1
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsAircraft Airports Animals Castles Celebrations Children Christmas Domestic Gardens Fairgrounds Family Gardening Houses Leisure Time Activities Play
LocalArundel East Budleigh Exeter Gatwick Wivelsfield
RegionalDevon Surrey East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRex Films An AE Production (Alan Early)
CameraAlan Early
DirectorAlan Early
SoundAlan Early
ParticipantsMrs Early
FormatStandard 8mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration42 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A home movie compilation made by a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society. The film contains images of gatherings of family and friends at the film-maker's house, and of outings to a variety of locations.


The film opens with a shot of Alan Early (?) holding his cine camera whilst standing outside his large, semi-rural house. The house plays venue to a number of gatherings of family and friends during the year. Christmas sees the opening of presents around the tree, and the sharing of a meal around a large, decorative table. There is also a birthday party for the film-makers young granddaughter (?) - after blowing out the candles on her cake, the invited children play with her balloons in the garden. The garden takes centre stage for a range of activities; the granddaughter is joined by her brother, riding on tricycles and scooters, playing with teddy bears and a bubble-blowing toy, and helping their father with the gardening. Mrs Early, the film-maker's wife, ensures the upkeep of the floral borders and plays hostess to tea parties. The garden is also the play area for the family's new Labrador puppy. The grandchildren are filmed enjoying the fairground rides at Wivelsfield Donkey Races - elsewhere children prepare their donkeys for the upcoming racing. The film-maker films his wife as she explores the grounds of Arundel Castle and Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. He also films the historic buildings of Exeter and the departure of friends from Gatwick Airport on an Irish International plane.