‘Past Lives’ – Don’t miss this live performance and Full circle archive film this Friday 25th May at Holymoorside, Derbyshire


Dave Sturt, Theo Travis, Clare Bhabra and Deirdre Benscik playing a live film soundtrack to images of the Sarah Bradley film collection

A not-to-be-missed performance is coming to Holymoorside this Friday as part of the Holymoorside and Walton Arts Festival – as well as a workshop to take part in.  

Contact festival office for details and tickets on 01246 567118 or 861997. Renowned musicians Dave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design), Theo Travis (flute, sax), Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) play an evocative soundtrack to this fascinating collection of film from the 1930s onwards. Dave and Theo collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce this thought provoking and engaging performance.

The films were collected as part of the MACE/Full Circle film search project funded by the Heritage Lottery. For tour dates see http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/ MACE would like to thank all those who deposited their films as part of this project and contributed to the rich screen heritage of the midlands.

See this link for more information about the performance and workshop and for details of the Festival.

Dave Sturt and Theo Travis

Guest musicians Deirdre Benscik and Clare Bhabra are from the renowned  Sinfonia ViVA.

deirdre Benscik and Clare Bhabra

‘A History of Daventry on Film’ sells out at the iCon centre Daventry…


Local people at the iCon centre Daventry for the archive film screening on Saturday

Angela and David with the James Green collection of 8mm cinefilms that have been deposited with the MACE film archive for preservation and copying. James Green is the owner of ‘Kinema in  the Woods’ at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

The iCon centre is a fantastic venue for an event – with its lovely cafe and outside seating areas as well as the large auditorium with digital screening facilities

Angela and David are members of one of over 70 local history groups working with the MACE Heritage lottery funded project called Full Circle. The Full Circle project helps preserve original films and make them accessible to the local community by copying them onto DVD. David and Angela first had the idea of  celebrating the past May Day events when they held an exhibition last year of old photographs. James Green a local man donated his May Day films and other films to the history group, and these rare films were preserved and copied by MACE and screened at Saturday’s event.

David introduces the film evening…..

David was a radio engineer at the BBC when Daventry was the radio transmitter base for broadcasting until it all closed down in the 1990s.  In 1925 the newly created BBC constructed a broadcasting station on Borough Hill just outside the town. Daventry was chosen because it was the point of maximum contact with the land mass of England and Wales. From 1932 the BBC Empire Service (now the BBC World Service) was broadcast from there. David found some old footage of the last poignant day when the whole plant was closed down and many people at the film screening on Saturday recognised their younger selves on screen.

David takes a well-earned break from the evening!

The iCon cafe staff were friendly and efficient

Many local people saw themselves up on the big screen on Saturday – ex employees of the BBC, ladies who ran in the Rugby to Daventry Ladies Run, and ex May Day queens from many years ago.

Scenes from the 1964 May Day celebration shown to a capacity audience

BBC Radio presenter Martin Heath provided an excellent commentary  for the BBC films and footage of scenes around Daventry in the 1970s

David and Angela Adams and Martin Heath of BBC Radio Northants

The raffle was an excellent way of raising funds for future local events

If you would like to find out more about the Full Circle project visit our website pages on http://www.macearchive.org/Full circle or contact Kay Ogilvie senior curator Full Circle kogilvie@lincoln.ac.uk

Another Day! Another Fantastic Full Circle Screening by Fownhope Local History Group at Tarrington Village Hall, Herefordshire..



Yesterday I was delighted to spend the afternoon with Fownhope Local History Group and a members  of the Tarrington and Herefordshire communities. The group’s advertised ‘film of the day’ was a fabulous compilation of material, put together by Philip Leach from the Media Archive for Central England, consisting of some great Hop Picking and Farming footage from Peter Davies and John Barnett’s personal cine-film collections. The collections were found by the Fownhope Local History Group and have now been digitised with the help of the MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Film Search Project.

As usual Rachel and her team were on hand to bake lots of delicious cakes and biscuits and pour fresh cups of tea at the interval – which were included in the £3 ticket price!Weston Beggard Hop Farmer John Barnett spoke during the interval about his experience of being a Hop Farmer over the past 50 years and why he chose to record the Hop farming/ cultivation process using his cine camera. His collection has now been digitised and the original cinefilms are being preserved at The Media Archive for Central England.

http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/hops/MediaEntry/49102.html


Claston Farm – Hop Farmer Davies and his wife Pam. Peter Davies discusses with the audience his own experience of being a Hop Farmer in Herefordshire and just how much things have changed during his lifetime.

Overall, it was a great afternoon for learning about Herefordshire and Hops and for looking back at life from the late 1940s to 1970s.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Attention Midlander’s! Don’t Forget 2pm tomorrow: Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Film Screening @ The Crossing, Walsall Tickets £3.50


                                          3RD  WALSALL  SEA  SCOUTS  PRESENTS          

     THE  KINESCOUT  PRODUCTIONS  1929  -  1957

   BY  SARG  (LEONARD  STANLEY) 

Tickets £3.50 and all proceeds will go to Walsall Sea Scouts.

 

With help from MACE’s Heritage Lottery funded Full Circle Project plus some Government funding a set of old films have been restored and put onto DVD in order that they may be shown to members of the public at St Pauls the Crossing Walsall on Tuesday 17th April at 2pm.

The footage includes a 30 minute long synopsis of a feature film “Haunted  Harbour” inCops and Robbers” using members of the 3rd Walsall Sea Scouts to act out comical scenes. The script for this particular film was written by the nationally renowned Boys Book author and friend of Lord Baden Powell Percy Westerman.

Although supposedly depicting scenes from other parts of the country, all the filming was done in Walsall and it will be apparent to a local audience that the end of the Bridge at Potter Heigham is actually the White Heart Hotel in Caldmore!  There are also scenes shot in and around the old Sister Dora Hospital.

Interesting fact: Did you know the Walsall Sea Scouts were part of the team that organised the 1948 Olympic Sailing Team. 

It is not only a record of what our young Walsall people were doing in the mid 1900`s but an historical record of things of popular interest and an insight to some of the thoughts on how modern technology might be developed in the future (our time now) all with a comic turn! 

The films themselves will be stored from now on at MACE in their humidity and temperature controlled archive store, as they are considered to be of historical interest.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

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Calling all Scouts! 2-4pm Tues 17th April at The Crossing @ St Paul’s, Walsall Come & Enjoy a screening of L.G Stanley’s Third Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Films.


Brian Griffiths holds one of the 16mm reels from the L.G. Stanley Film Collection which documents the adventures of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

A few months ago I was contacted by Trevor McFarlane of Full Circle Group –  Cheslyn Hay & District History Society. Trevor had been notified of some cinefilms belonging to Brian Griffiths that had been originally  shot by the one and only L. G. Stanley (Sarg) born 13 February 1899, of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

“His father and Grandfather owned a substantial Leather Business making buckles and this expanded with the advent of plastics and moldings. The firm Alfred Stanley and Sons stood at the corner of Brace Street and Wednesbury Road. They lived in Slaney Road. When Sarg was 5 his father had a house built at 40 Gorway Road and the family moved there.” Excerpt from ‘History of the Third or How I Remember It.’ by Brian Griffiths. 

L. G. Stanley filmed many scouting activities and events in Walsall from the 1930s onwards. One of the films from the collection is entitled: Haunted Harbour. It is a Kinescout adaptation of the book by Percy F. Westerman.

Brian Griffiths remembers the 1957 The Jamboree; Indaba & MOOT, in Sutton Park :

“The Sea Scouts of Sutton Coldfield and Walsall Sea Scouts played host the World of Scouts and helped to organize the World JUBILLE JAMBOREE INDBA & MOOT in Sutton Park

There is a film that covers this event.

(Which is to be screened on 17th April 2012 at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall.)

At odd weekends just before the Jamboree, I had attended several County Meetings with Sarg. Just taking a few notes of dates, times and venues, later following the tuition given to me as a Work Services clerk in the army, I typed out notices, alternative minutes and schedules. This led Sarg to ask me if I was going to attend the event.

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” No” I said. “I will still be doing my National Service.”
“How much longer have you to serve”? was the next question.
“About four days after the Jamboree finishes”.
“I’ll see what I can do”. Knowing Sarg, that was just about anything. Sure enough, about a week before the Jamboree a Brigadier came into my office. The Civilian officer and I jumped to attention, but the Chief Engineer for Western Command stood the pair of us at our ease and asked if I was Brian Griffiths. I didn’t deny it. He asked what part I had played in the organization and I explained that I had taken notes attending meetings at County level, without letting on how many. He granted me leave to attend the Jamboree. It was a good job I had only four days left to do, before my “Demob” The Chief Clerk of the office and R.S.M.at Chester Castle were unhappy that I had influenced the Chief Engineer, but it was worth it.

The crew who shot the film of the comings and goings of the Jamboree were very busy all day and every day. Sarg was busy at meetings and finding old friends, inviting them to see the Guardship in the middle of Powell’s Pool. A Pulling Crew had to be maintained at all times.A telephone switch board had been installed in the after cabin. It had eight phone lines plus mine, also a typewriter and a primitive duplicator. The job in hand was exactly the same as the one I had left at The Command H.Q. at Chester. Typing and duplicating Minutes, similarly, results from events, It took a little organizing to see the camps and sights, I saw a lot of guests and they all needed tea and biscuits. Luckily my cousin was in the Galley. Each of us doing our own jobs, I have no idea how much David saw on the Jamboree.
There were 31,426 Scouts at the Jamboree from 88 countries were under canvas Sarg’s part in this memorable event was to look after all water activities on the various lakes in Sutton Park and in particular the major carnival and displays on Powell’s Pool. The Guardship was a special feature and over the course of the fourteen days 650 Scouters and guests came to the Guardship to see this unique training facility.

The Crossing
St Paul’s Church
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1DA
Phone: 01922 645992

 To book tickets please contact The Crossing for more details.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Ombersley in the 70s Revisited Full Circle Film Screening: With the building of a NEW Bypass & The Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations the 1970s proved to be a busy time for the Worcs village of Ombersley.


Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

On Saturday 31st March, I @luciekerley was invited to attend Sytchampton Village Hall for a film screening of a recently digitised cinefilm entitled: “Ombersley in the 70s”. 

MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley addressing the audience at an Ombersley in the 70s Full Circle Film Screening at Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

The event was attended by a local audience of around 100 people who enjoyed the 2 hour film screening plus interval for a nostalgic natter with tea and biscuit style refreshments!The film was originally shot by Mike and Arthur Turner over 40 years ago and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England‘s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project after a film search event was launched by Roy Murphy of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society. The aim of the Full Circle Project is to connect Midlands communities with their on screen heritage, and this is exactly what this event was all about!

Mike and Arthur took turns to do a live running commentary over to films, using the original notes and a background music, which really brought them to life!

Kindly organised by the Ombersley Dramatic Society , it allowed members of the local community a chance to revisit life in the 70s and all that it meant to their local area.

A new Bypass!

Ombersley Bypass 2012.

1970s Ombersley Bypass Grand Opening saw a procession of Vintage Cars lead the way to a traffic free future.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations! 

 A booming local village with a real sense of community spirit!

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.


MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org