|Title ID||7061||Collection ID||985|
|Title||Opening of Venture House|
|Keywords||Charities Children Domestic Gardens Performing Arts Religious Activities Recreational Facilities Ceremonies Celebrations Buildings Houses|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Duration||2 min. 53 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Venture House, an Ockenden Venture home for refugee children founded by Joyce Pearce, is opened by the Dean of Windsor. Included are scenes of the children during recreational activitiee.
A Bishop performs a ceremony at Venture House. Men, women and children are gathered in the garden. A plaque reads "Venture House opened November 18th 1955 by The Right Reverend Bishop Eric Hamilton Dean of Windsor." Children eat a meal at a large dining table covered with a a check table cloth. An art class is held in one of the rooms. A girl in her early teens plays the piano (no sound) and smiles for the camera. Younger girls pray before bed time.
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.