Title ID 6144Collection ID714
Title[OMCC Outing to Bexhill]
Date2 July 1950
CollectionNewman Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurInstitutionalNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Children Communities Leisure Time Activities Outings Play Seaside Resorts Summer Swimming Trains
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman
ParticipantsMethodist Church members
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration7 min. 3- sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright 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.


A Still from OMCC outing to Bexhill (1950) showing pedalosA Still from OMCC outing to Bexhill (1950) showing pedalosA still from [OMCC Outing to Bexhill] (1950)