Title ID 8083Collection ID1088
Title[Girl Guides]
Date1970; 1972; 1973
CollectionWilliams Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
KeywordsCamping Children Girl Guides Parades Scouting
LocalBentley Heath East Grinstead
RegionalWest Sussex Midlands
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPeter Williams
CameraPeter Williams; Mary Williams
ParticipantsJill Williams (daughter)
FormatColour Silent
Duration8 min. 38 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film from the Williams Family collection showing daughters Jill and Ruth on Girl Guides camping trips and taking part in the St George's Day Parade in East Grinstead.


1970 - The film opens with the St. Mary’s Girl Guides at Blacklands Camp, East Grinstead. The girls are dressed in uniform and are putting up tents and teepees. Mr Williams is seen briefly in the background. A Union flag flies from one of the tents. Jill and Ruth are seen amongst the other Guides. There are panning shots of the campground, tents and washing lines, and shots of a metal dustbin being used to heat water and cooking pots. The girls carry out chores; carrying buckets and unloading boxes from a wooden hand cart. A pole in the ground is engraved with the word 'Leopards'.

1972 - Footage of a St George's Day Parade as it makes it's way through East Grinstead to St. Swithun's Church. The parade is headed by a children's marching band, and we also see uniformed groups of Scouts, Cubs, Girl Guides and Brownies. Jill is seen with the Guides, and Ruth marches with the Brownies. The parade is seen moving towards the entrance of the church.

1973 - A sign reads 'Mid and South Herts Girl Guides, Bentley Heath Camp Site' and the camera pans up to reveal Mrs Williams standing next to it holding a handwritten sign that says '1973'. There follow scenes of the girls doing camp site chores such as washing up, and Ruth holds a drawing she has done to the camera. Off 'duty', the girls lie on the grass in groups reading comics. They are also seen making a structure out of wooden crates, which they cover with foliage for camouflage. Ruth climbs into the hide and waves at the camera.