Title ID 6042Collection ID848
TitleIt’s Like getting Wings
Date[ca. 1970s]
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsBuildings Communities Disabled Persons Domestic Gardens Entertainment Food Leisure Time Activities Old Age Performing Arts Recreational Facilities Swimming Outings Charities
LocalCrabhill House South Nutfield
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
NarratorRobert Hardy
MusicLibrary music
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration8 min. 23 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Documentary and promotional film made for the Winged Fellowship Trust about their holiday home for the disabled at Crabhill House, South Nutfield, filmed by the North Downs Cinematograph Society in the 1970s; accompanied by library music and a commentary.


Guests are seen arriving in an ambulance, others are brought by friends and family. Elderly and disabled guests are welcomed by Ian, the House Father, and meet the other guests. The commentary states that "Many of them live alone and this is a rare experience" for them. The voice-over promotes the holiday home, stating "there is always plenty to eat, well prepared and served by volunteers...eating in the company of others gives a chance to talk."

The competence of the volunteers is remarked upon, saying that they "have been briefed on bathroom, toilet and dressing routines", "everyone is at ease." The film shows hoists aiding movement of guests in and out of the bath and bed. Volunteers are seen doing the laundry, making beds and running a trolley shop. A photographer takes photographs of the guests and volunteers. The commentary states "everyone likes a memento".

"Each day the house father arranges outings and events." The group is seen on outings at Hever Castle and Bird World at Farnham and in the "peaceful surroundings of Crabhill House." Guests are seen playing scrabble and chess, writing letters and reading. They are seen in the garden and sitting in the sun. A therapeutic swimming pool is shown with equipment and help from volunteers.

A Barbecue is cooked in the grounds and food is served outside. The volunteers put on a performance of Swan Lake, which the guests find "hilarious". The film ends with a disco and banquet with an "air of celebration". The commentary remarks "all too soon it's time to pack up and go home".

The commentary addresses the audience: "we hope this film has made you want to find out how you can help, either as a volunteer or raising funds, so we can carry on and extend our centres. Someone like you can give him wings".


[ItÕs Like getting Wings] (ca.1970s)

Contextual information

The Winged Fellowship Trust, now called Revitalise, was set up in 1963, by Joan Brander, who, while working in London as a regional organiser for the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, witnessed a family break-up due to the pressure of looking after a disabled relative. This made Joan determined to find ways to help other disabled people and their family carers. Seeking to convert some wooden chalets at Grange Farm in Chigwell, Essex, into purpose-built holiday accommodation for disabled visitors, Joan began a fundraising effort. She was so successful that the newly formed Winged Fellowship Trust was able to purchase Crabhill House near Redhill, Surrey and equip it to meet the needs of its many guests.