|Title ID||7072||Collection ID||985|
|Title||[Children from Ockenden Venture [?]: Sports at St. Moritz; Cricket Match]|
|Keywords||Beaches Domestic Gardens Winter Summer Holidays Leisure Time Activities Travel Beachwear Play|
|Duration||16 min. 20 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright 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.
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.