Title ID 9728Collection ID1232
TitleWhitgift at Cranwell
DateAugust 1958
CollectionTomes Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionCommunity
ThemeWartime And Military
KeywordsAircraft Armed Forces Children Education Men Parades Railways Railway Stations Schools Uniforms Villages Visits
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Tomes
CameraGilbert Tomes
EditorRichard Tomes
Format16mm Black & White Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white narrated film shows highlights from the Whitgift School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at RAF Cranwell in 'August 1958' featuring the cadets undergoing formal training exercises, sports events and watching a passing out parade. [Music has been removed from online clip for copyright reasons]


Opening Titles: 'Whitgift at Cranwell. Sponsored by Whitgift school Combined Cadet Forces. Photographed and Edited by Richard Tomes (member of the Photographic Society). Acknowledgement and thanks to the RAF Authorities at Cranwell for their generous co-operation '.

The film shows highlights of their trip starting with the journey to the camp aboard a train, followed by shots of the base with recreational facilities canteen and cinema. The cadets undergo inspections, orienteering, survival skills, target practise, visit a church and attend a sports and games day with prize giving. The cadets take part in a rifle range training and a shooting competition, along with formal training and flying of an RAF aircraft. The cadets visit the RAF College museum containing WWII artefacts including German planes and unmanned craft (?), followed by a flight training session onboard an RAF training aircraft.

The film ends with the cadets attending the annual passing out parade at RAF College Cranwell, attended by General Lauris Norstad (US Air Force). A military RAF formation flypast and hoisting of the RAF (standard) ensign flag is also shown before the end title: The End.'