Title ID 7072Collection ID985
Title[Children from Ockenden Venture [?]: Sports at St. Moritz; Cricket Match]
CollectionOckenden Venture
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBeaches Domestic Gardens Winter Summer Holidays Leisure Time Activities Travel Beachwear Play
RegionalSurrey Jersey
NationalEngland United Kingdom France Europe
ProductionOckenden Venture
FormatColour Silent
Duration16 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at a beach, sports day, skiing holiday and cricket match in 1958.


Adults and children walk along a path in the grounds on an Ockenden Venture house. Children eat toffee apples behind a wind break at the beach. They play with a dog in the breakers. At a boys' sports day at St. Moritz, participants run obstacle course races and a three-legged race. The children stand on the hard with the dog. Further beach scenes [Jersey?] and the harbour at sunset follow.

An Ockenden house is seen in the snow. The sun sets over the countryside. Scenes in the Alps [?] follow. Mountains and chalets are seen from a ski-lift. The children learn to ski on the nursery slopes. People sit outside a chalet in deck chairs with a panoramic view of the mountains. The family eat sandwiches and oranges.

The film closes with footage of a cricket match. Spectators sit in chairs around the green and in front of the cricket pavilion.

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.