Title ID 7053Collection ID985
Title[Keffolds Home; Yangzom and Tibetan Students]
Date[ca. 1960s]
CollectionOckenden Venture
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCharities Children Cultural Heritage Domestic Gardens Performing Arts Social Problems Houses
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration6 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes from Keffolds, an Ockenden Venture home, at which Tibetan children are being educated and cared for. Included is an interview with Ockenden founder Joyce Pearce.


A young Tibetan boy sings "Little Bow Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them..." into a voice recorder. Children are seen reading allowed in English at an Ockenden home school. An interview with Joyce Pearce follows: "They come from Austria and Germany but recently we've been helping a few from India, Tibetan refugees." She explains that Ockenden venture run sixteen homes in England and four in India. Houseparents are shown as they teach the children English before they can enter mainstream education. She speaks of emotional problems the children often have; "they still have all the memories of a very difficult time. Some of them find it difficult to adjust, the majority of them do." Children play on a climbing frame in the grounds, and three older Tibetan boys walk in the garden together, talking to other residents. Two of them wear traditional dress and one wears a Western suit. A woman opens the box containing the microphone for the young Tibetan boy, seen singing at the beginning of the film. He sings a song in Tibetan for the recorder.

Contextual information

Keffolds, in Bunch Lane, Haslemere, was run as a Barnado's children's home until 1958 before reopening as an Ockenden home to house refugee children in April 1959. Ockenden purchased Keffolds in 1965. Joyce Pearce, Ockenden Venture's founder, interviewed in the film, later moved from her home in Woking to Keffolds.

Ockenden Venture was founded in Woking, Surrey in 1951 by teachers Joyce Pearce OBE, Ruth Hicks and Margaret Dixon in aid of displaced Eastern European children after WW2. It aimed “to provide for their maintenance, clothing, education, recreation, health and general welfare.” Further houses in Haselmere and Donnigton Hall near Derby were soon acquired. Eight new houses were opened after World Refugee Year (1959-1960) increased charitable donations.

Ockenden opened twenty five centres in response to the crisis in Vietnam, accepting the ‘boat people’ after the government decided to accept Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the invasion of China in 1979. Joyce Pearce died in 1985 after over thirty years of work. Ockenden International focuses its efforts on overseas projects.

Related resources


Ockenden International, Surrey History Centre (SHC Ref 7155)

Records include minutes, annual reports, correspondence, papers, personal files, photographs, documenting lives of staff and refugees at Woking, Haslemere and overseas in Asia, the Middle East and northern Africa.


Surrey History Centre

The website for the Surrey History Centre

Exploring Surrey’s Past

An online history of Ockenden international, previously Ockenden Venture, in text and photographs from Surrey History Centre archives. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enabled the history of Ockenden International to be preserved. The charity’s archive held at Surrey History Centre has been catalogued and memories have been recorded.