Collection Haywards Heath Cine Society pt1
Established in 1949, the Haywards Heath Cine Society filmed local scenes and events along with fiction films, documentaries, club activities and special events. The collections also include films made or collected by individual members before the society was formed. The society is still actively filming scenes and events in Haywards Heath and surrounding areas.
|Collection ID||225||Reference code||WS 930408|
|Title||Haywards Heath Cine Society pt1|
|Dates||1920 - 2016|
|Production||Haywards Heath Cine & Video Society (P. Tester, E.V. Brown, A. Early, P. Thomas, G. Brown)|
|Materials||FILM 9.5mm Standard 8mm Super 8mm|
|Access status||Copyright and access restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Haywards Heath Cine Society collection, held by Screen Archive South East, comprises material dating from the 1920s to the present day. The collection includes a varied mix of fiction and non-fiction films recorded on a variety of amateur film gauges and video tape formats. Genres include early silent black and white narratives, through to colour comedy, documentary and animated children's material.
The films in the collection which pre-date the establishment of the Society were made or collected by society members including Sid Horton. One example, is the film Fire Brigade, dating from 1937-1939 which shows the work of the fire brigade in Surrey and West Sussex. Sid Horton went on to become a founder member of the Society.
The first public show of the Haywards Heath District Amateur Cine Society was held by the society in December 1949 with the first official group club film made in 1952 entitled 'TV Thief'.
Many of the Society's films depict town and village activities in Mid and West Sussex and observe the changing rural landscape of the area. The Society has also regularly produced newsreels documenting the activities of the group, its individual members, and events in the region. The colour film Horley Coronation Fete (30 May 1953), for example, was filmed by founder member and one-time Society chairman D.J.Church, and recorded a village fete held to celebrate the 1953 Coronation. The film Mid Sussex Newsreel 2003 was made by multiple members of the Society who used video cameras to record events around the town of Haywards Heath and beyond, including a Holocaust Remembrance service, a Spring Festival in Haywards Heath and the fire service attending a fire at The Crown Inn in Horsted Keynes.
The Hayward Heath MovieMakers (as they are now known) are one of the foremost amateur film and video societies in the South of England. They are still producing material in a variety of formats, by an active film-making membership, winning awards on both a national and international level. The society also remains affiliated to the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers.
Films in this collection:
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Fire in Their Eyes
|Date||[ca. 1937]; 1968; [ca. 1978]||ID||3106|
Archive footage of the Haywards Heath Fire Brigade just prior to the Second World War is followed by images of vintage fire engines and of fire service demonstrations at Expo Sussex '68; an Open Day at Haywards Heath Fire Station in the 1970s; local fires; and the International Fire Training Centre in Gloucestershire.
[Cuckfield Fire Brigade]
|Date||[ca. 1939 - 1945]||ID||3115|
An amateur film showing Cuckfield Fire Brigade giving several public demonstrations in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, children tobogganing in the snow, a nighttime fire at a large house (Cuckfield House ?) with daytime scenes of the damage.
Family Favourites. A “Moving” Record of Family Events Through The Years; Scrapbook For 1948; News Review 1949
|Date||1947 - 1949||ID||3118|
Three home movie compilations made by a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society which include footage of family gatherings, outings and holidays.
Quiet Weekends: An Introduction to Country Life
Home movie material shot by a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society. The film starts with images of the landscaping of the garden and driveway of a large family home. Guests visit the house when the manual work has been completed and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Colour images of the house and its garden in spring and winter end the film.
[Mid-Sussex Times Newspaper]
An amateur film following the local news stories being reported on by The Mid-Sussex Times newspaper. The stories include a visit to a hospital by Harry Secombe, a fete and a wedding. The newspaper reporters work on their stories before the paper is printed and distributed to local shops. Features scenes at Charles Clarke Printers ltd. Haywards Heath.
[Cine Club Events Compilation]
A compilation of amateur material which includes footage of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the Bluebell Railway, a donkey race meeting and fete at Cuckfield, and the model railway at Beech Hurst Park in Haywards Heath.
Beech Hurst, Haywards Heath Model Railway
People enjoy rides aboard the Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway in this amateur film.
How Do You Go?
Amateur footage of the modes of transport people use whilst enjoying leisure time pursuits, including horseriding on the beach, canal barges, the Bluebell Railway, the Eastbourne Electric tram, and a variety of sea-going boats. The film was made by members of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society.
Dolphin Fair 1964; [Bluebell]; Donkey Races at Cuckfield 1945; [Beech Hurst Railway]; Veteran Car Rally London-Brighton 1963
|Date||1963 - 1965||ID||3119|
A compilation of amateur material showing the Dolphin Fair at Haywards Heath, steam trains on the Bluebell Railway, donkey racing at a fair in Cuckfield, the miniature trains of the Beech Hurst model railway, and the veteran cars on the London to Brighton race.
Newsreel for 1966
A home movie compilation made by a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society. The film contains images of gatherings of family and friends at the film-maker's house, and of outings to a variety of locations.
[Bees; Cambridge; Visit to Tonbridge]; Expo Sussex '68
|Date||[ca. 1966; 1968]||ID||3122|
The first of these two amateur films contains home movie footage of a bees nest, the historic buildings of Cambridge and a family gathering in the garden of a large house. The second film presents images from Expo Sussex '68, an outdoor exhibition of local interest, including vintage motor vehicles, hot air balloons, bellringers and a helicopter display.
Under the guise of a couple looking for a house in the Sussex countryside, the film shows the villages of Lindfield, Ditchling, Cuckfield, Fletchling, Horsted Keynes, Hurstpierpoint, Ardingly and Balcombe. The narrator talks about the history of each village .
Victoria Park Fair
An amateur film-maker captures the fun of the fair at Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. Highlights include fairground rides, beer drinking and tug-of-war contests.
Haywards Heath Market
An amateur film of the weekly outdoor Sunday market at Haywards Heath. The images have accompanying music and commentary comparing the market to those on the Continent. The film-maker was a member of Haywards Heath Cine Society.
Hickstead; Lindfield Pond
A compilation of amateur material which includes footage of showjumping at Hickstead, feeding the ducks on a pond and the pigeons at Trafalgar Square, a playing toddler, children tobogganing in the snow, kittens, and a village fete.
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