Title ID 8339Collection ID1057
Title[Charlie Chaplin [HCR]; Balcombe Pony Show and Gymkhana; Shoreham Harbour]
CollectionArthur Nixey
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life Family Life
KeywordsAnimals Children Harbours Ships Industry Leisure Time Activities Water Transport
LocalBalcombe Shoreham-by-Sea
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionArthur Nixey
CameraArthur Nixey
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film of two parts opens with a portion of a black and white film staring Charlie Chaplin [not included in the online clip], followed by a colour film made by Mr Nixey which opens with scenes from a Pony and Gymkhana show in Balcombe, followed by mixed views of Shoreham Harbour and the Power station and Gasworks.


The colour family film opens with a sign that reads: 'Balcombe Pony Show and Gymkhana, The Field, Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe... Saturday 5th September....' followed by views of the registration tent and riders eating ice lollies whist mounted on heir horses.

The next scene shows several boys competing in an egg and spoon race; a three legged race with two boys sitting on the grass having their legs untied; and a sack race followed by the sacks being collected. Mixed shots of a rider competing in the Gymkhana follow. Mixed shots of horses leaving the field of play are followed by a group of riders competing in races and agility exercises.

The next section opens with views across Shoreham Harbour with boats on the water waiting for the lock gates to open. Views of the Lock keeper opening the gates and the boats sailing through. The lock gates close after their boats go through, allowing pedestrians to cross over, with views of Shoreham power stations behind. Wide views of pleasure craft and boats in the harbour are followed by views of a construction site next to several large industrial buildings (Southwick Gas works?); mixed views of a man fishing off the harbour wall and panoramic views of industrial sites next to the harbour.