Title ID 8344Collection ID1057
Title[Balcombe Fete; Timber Hauling]
CollectionArthur Nixey
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life Working Life
KeywordsChildren Fetes Girl Guides Industry Rural Areas Scouting
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionArthur Nixey
CameraArthur Nixey
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film opens with scenes of a fete at Balcombe House, followed by a working film of T.T.B. Haulage Ltd from Amersham, Buckinghamshire felling and removing trees in a woodland using a bespoke Foden vehicle, winch and pole-trailer system.


This film opens with a sign post pointing to: ‘Railway Station Cuckfield' and a yellow 'AA' road sign below: 'To the Fete’. Followed by several views of the Balcombe House fete with second hand clothing on a stall and a woman trying on a hat. The sign above the stall reads: ‘Balcombe Boutique’. A man sells handkerchiefs next to the stall. Mixed shots of people gathered outside a large Manor house and gardens are followed by scenes of people in the sunshine enjoying picnics on the grass. Mixed views of table top amusement games with a sign: ‘Ring the bell for heaven or hell’ is followed by views of a group of Scouts and Girl guides cooking food on a BBQ. A Pearly King and Queen pass through the shot and sit at a stall.

The next section features Tree Surgery/ felling company T.T.B. Haulage Ltd from Amersham, Buckinghamshire felling trees in a rural woodland using a self-loading winch and pulley system and handheld chain saws to fell trees. Several men haul trees through a field using a large vehicle. Several men cut down trees with a chain saw and load logs onto a pole-trailer using a self-loading chain pulley system between a Foden vehicle and large truck. When full, a smaller vehicle tows the trailer out of the field and onto a road.

In another scene (very high contrast) the company log trees in a woodland, dragging them through a field. The trailer gets stuck in the mud and has to be dug out. Large trees are seen being felled and loaded on to a pole-trailer and winched up using a self-loading cable pulley system and Foden.