Title ID 7062Collection ID985
TitleOckenden Venture: Share Till it Hurts [Afternoon Plus; Thames Television]
CollectionOckenden Venture
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyInstitutionalNon-fictionNewsreel/News
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCharities Children Domestic Gardens Buildings Houses Education Social Problems
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThames Television
CameraNick Sargent
DirectorBob Ando
ProducerPeter Denton
EditorAndrew Watmore
SoundJohn Heasman; John Ramsden
ParticipantsJoyce Pearce; Margaret Dixon; David Ennals [?]
Other creditsDubbing Mixer: Terry Hill; Production Assistant: Helen Campbell-Dunlop; Film Researcher: Roger Miles; Associate Producer: Anna Arki; Executive Producer: Catherine Freeman;
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration20 min. 34 sec. + 13 min. 44 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Interviews with Joyce Pearce of Ockenden Venture produced by Thames Television.


Thames Television logo opens the film.Views of an Ockenden Venture home for refugee children follows. Joyce Pearce walks in the garden next to a man. She is interviewed inside (no sound). The interview is interspersed with news footage of refugees moving through the landscape with their belongings and children, being given medical treatment and living in camps. An interview with a woman, who appears in the footage and who was helped by Ockenden Venture [?] follows. A further interview with Joyce Pearce is interspersed with footage of Tibetan refugees. A report is shown titled "North-South: A Programme for Survival, The Report of the Independent Commission of International Development Issues under the Chairmanship of Will Brandt" is shown. Boys and girls learn English at an Ockenden home. "end of part one."

In part two, Ockenden children prepare food in a kitchen. They all eat together at tables. Joyce Pearce is shown eating with the children at one of the tables. A final interview with Joyce Pearce is interspersed with footage of refugees and photographs of Joyce and Ockenden children. Please note: there is no sound on the SASE copy.

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.