Title ID 9926Collection ID994
Title[Balcombe Fair]
Date9 July 1949
CollectionCyril Hayworth pt2
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life
KeywordsChildren Dance Domestic Gardens Fetes Games Girl Guides Houses Leisure Time Activities Performing Arts Rural Areas Scouting Villages Communities
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Hayworth
CameraCyril Hayworth
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film shows a village fair at Balcombe House attended and supported by local district Scouts and Guides. The Scouts and Guides perform and demonstrate several activities for the watching public.


The film opens with views of a member of the clergy standing on the steps outside Balcombe House welcoming people to the Balcombe Village fair. Views of a formally dressed woman giving a speech are followed by a young child giving the woman a basket of flowers. Mixed wide shots then show Balcombe House and Gardens, with the Scouts and Guides helping out on the stalls and games and members of the public walking around in the summer sunshine.

The second part of the film provides wide views of several folk dance and theatre performances from a group of children (Guides and Scouts ?), followed by a Scout demonstration of knot tying to build bridges and rope swings for the watching public.