|Title ID||6144||Collection ID||714|
|Title||[OMCC Outing to Bexhill]|
|Date||2 July 1950|
|Theme||Family life Seaside|
|Keywords||Beaches Children Communities Leisure Time Activities Outings Play Seaside Resorts Summer Swimming Trains|
|Format||16mm Black & White Silent|
|Duration||7 min. 3- sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Members of Otford Methodist Children’s Church travel by train to Bexhill-on-Sea and spend the day paddling, swimming, riding in Pedalos, rowing boats and playing leap frog on the beach.
In the opening frame of the film a train pulls into Otford station, where the church group disembark from the train. The film cuts to the beach, where the party sit together. Some of the group head into the sea for a swim. Three girls sit splashing their feet in the sea, whilst the younger children play with rings in the water. A man rides in a Pedalo with two young boys, and is helped in towards the shore. More beach scenes follow, in which we see a girl being buried in the pebbles on the beach by her friends. Margaret splashes in the sea with two friends.
In the following frames people row boats on a lake, with Margaret rowing in one, and possibly Mr Newman in the other. The camera then returns to the beach, where a group of people are playing leap frog. More games follow, with a man lifting two children in each arm whilst walking up the beach towards the camera. Three women walk up the beach after paddling with children by the shoreline. The film ends as everyone begins to gather their belongings, and the adults help the children to put their shoes and socks on.