Title ID 7057Collection ID985
TitleAr Grwydyr yng Nghymru [Life at Hendre Hall]
Date[April 1969?]
CollectionOckenden Venture
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCharities Children Domestic Gardens Family Play Uniforms
NationalWales United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
Commissioning bodyOckenden Venture
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration4 min. 33 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes from Ockenden Venture home Hendre Hall. Children return from school, play and sew, eat a meal together and go to bed.


An Ockenden Venture sign for Hendre Hall is seen. Exterior footage of the house and grounds follow. A group of girls return from school. A group of boys leave the house and climb using a rope in the grounds. The residents of Hendre Hall are eating a meal in a room full of tables and chairs. Joyce Pearce is seen joining the children for the meal. They pray at the tables. Two older boys have a table tennis match. A teenage girl uses a sewing machine, younger girls are knitting. Boys position new stamps in large books containing many more. Girls are seen getting ready for bed. They brush their teeth, change into their nighties, read and prepare their bunk beds. They are tucked in and kissed goodnight by a houseparent. For Welsh audio see DVD 9853.

Contextual information

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.