Title ID 9915Collection ID994
Title[Sussex County Camp; Acrobatic Display; Scouting Parade]
Date24 - 26 May 1947
CollectionCyril Hayworth pt2
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsChildren Camping Clubs Domestic Gardens Food Girl Guides Houses Landscape Leisure Time Activities Parades Rural Areas Religious Buildings Sport Villages Youth Organizations
LocalStanmer East Stoakley (?) East Hoathly (?)
RegionalEast Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Hayworth
CameraCyril Hayworth
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white film shows the Stanmer Park Sussex County Rally, with events speeches and demonstrations. A smaller Cub Scout gathering shows the boys under a flagpole reciting the Scout oath, followed by shots of the group taking part in several sporting activities and games outside a parish church. The film ends with scenes of a couple in a domestic garden.


This film opens with group and individual portrait shots of Scouts at the Sussex County camp in the grounds of Stanmer Park, being inspected by their pack leaders, Lord Rowallan, County Commissioner Colonel Hickie and Field Commander 'Uncle Bill' Genese. Wide views from the roof of Stanmer House show the Scout gathering on the site. Lord Rowallan stands on a podium giving a speech, at the end the boys throw their hats into the air, and then crowding his car as he leaves. The film continues with a series of brief shots that show a group of Scouts eating sandwiches with a vicar, a group of boys playing with a long nosed vole, portrait views of the Scouts together in camp and a group of Girl Guides sitting in the grass eating sandwiches. Mixed shots of pack demonstrations follow that includes physical exercises and gymnastics, theatre performances and a fancy dress parade. The groups (girls and boys) then formally parade in sections together through the field past a man standing on a podium. Groups include those from: Crawley, Shirley, Battle, 1st Lancing Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts, with Brownies and Girl Guides. Stanmer church can be seen in the background.

The next section shows a smaller group of Scouts standing under a flag pole next to a rural road. As the Union flag is raised the boys perform the Scouts' salute in tribute. Later in the film the Scouts go on a small countryside camp, where they raise a double handed salute and recite the Scout oath, play activities and games including human polo and create a human chariot in a field. In a churchyard several Scouts play a ball game, followed by portrait shots of the children and Scout leaders. The film ends with mixed portrait shots of a garden and a house where a woman leans out of a ground floor window talking to the film-maker and a man tends to some roses.

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Additional colour film of the Sussex County Rally in Stanmer Park is on: [County Rally; Camps; Inspections]