Title ID 6026Collection ID879
TitleA Happy Ending
CollectionRichard Armstrong
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life Rural Life
KeywordsAnimals Buildings Children Rural Areas Trades
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Armstrong
CameraRichard Armstrong
EditorRichard Armstrong
ParticipantsMr and Mrs Lockwood
FormatColour Sound
Duration5 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film with voice-over narrative tours the Lockwood Family Donkey Sanctuary in Godalming, Surrey narrated from a donkey's point of view. The film has illustrated opening and closing titles.


This colour film with voice over narrative tours the Lockwood family donkey sanctuary in Godalming, Surrey from the point of view of a donkey. A tour of the different areas on the sanctuary includes the quarantine pen, donkey hospital, shots of a baby donkey being born, goats in a yard and the farmer treating a donkey's hoofs. Brief shots of the sanctuary owners working on the farm with school children petting the donkeys are seen throughout. The film closes with an illustrated title: 'The End'.

Contextual information

Lockwood Centre for Horses and Donkeys is one of the oldest donkey centres in the country and providing a peaceful home and rehabilitation centre for equines on a 40-acre site. During the 1950's Mr and Mrs Lockwood set up the Lockwood Home of Rest for Old and Sick Donkeys. On moving to the current site in Surrey, during the 1960's, they quickly amassed a menagerie of animals and by 1982 it was reported they had over 700 animals, including 500 donkeys! Sadly Mr Lockwod passed away in the early 1980’s aged 79. leaving his wife to continue the running of the Sanctuary until she herself passed away in August 2005. The sanctuary estate was gifted to the RSPCA upon her death.