Title ID 479Collection ID20
TitleFellowship of St. Nicholas Homes for Children, Christ Church, St. Leonards-on-Sea
Date[ca. 1940s]
CollectionHastings Film Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurInstitutionalNon-fictionFundraising
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsBeaches Charities Children Outings Scouting Social Class Social Problems Social Welfare Sport Youth
LocalCamber St. Leonards-on-Sea
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film depicts many of the activities being undertaken by The Fellowship of St. Nicholas, a local charity founded to counteract, "the effects of poverty, disadvantage, neglect and abuse suffered by children and young people." It is highly probable that the film was used as an awareness-raising, and hence a fundraising, tool.


The film begins with the forward, "This film, while depicting numerous activities of the St. Nicholas Homes, can portray but a little of the wide scope of their work. It is the sincere hope of the Board, however, that it may bring the realisation that this work, namely to put these youngsters firmly on the road to good citizenship, is one well worthy of your generosity and as such a fitting memorial to its founder."

Exterior shots of several of the St Nicholas' Homes pepper the film, including St. Joseph's, St. Lawrence House, and St. Mary's House. The children who are housed in these homes are filmed partaking in various activities, such as working at their classroom desks and in the arts and crafts room, eating meals, and saying their prayers before bedtime. Some of the boys wear Scouts and Cubs uniforms whilst they garden for locals; others play snooker in a local club, swim in an outdoor pool, and participate in cricket and tennis matches; the older boys find employment in a printing office. One of the boys celebrates his tenth birthday with a cake and a tea party. A visit to Camber Sands sees the boys playfighting on the sand, eating ice-creams and returning home on a train. The young girls at St. Mary's Home entertain their adult guests at a garden party which forms part of an Open Day. Whilst on leave from the Armed Forces, Two of the old boys return to one of the Homes.

Related resources


The Fellowship of St. Nicholas

The website for The Fellowship of St. Nicholas, a charity, "dedicated to counteracting the effects of poverty, disadvantage, neglect and abuse suffered by children and young people."