Title ID 1150Collection ID60
TitleNo Milk Today?
CollectionSevenoaks Cine Society
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionFictionActuality/FactualDocu-Drama
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsCharities Communities Everyday Life Family Health Services Hospitals Houses Interiors Old Age Service Industries Social Services Social Welfare
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSevenoaks Cine Society
CameraLeslie Fry; Norman Spurgeon
DirectorCyril Lee
ProducerDennis Runnicles; Neill Baird
Commissioning bodySevenoaks and District Old People’s Welfare Committee
WriterElizabeth Lee (Script and Dialogue)
LightingGeorge King
MusicCyril Lee (Original Music); Philip Sanders (Piano); Allan Pearce (Piano)
CastAgnes Harris; Conrad Volk; Elizabeth Goldsack; Joan Lloyd; Margaret Sennitt
ParticipantsOther parts are played by members of the Sevenoaks Cine Society and their friends.
FormatColour Sound
Duration17 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Three pensioners talk about the help they receive from the Old People’s Welfare Committee (Age Concern) and express their appreciation of it. The spoken narrative is provided by each of the characters. The film was made for the Old People’s Welfare Committee by the Sevenoaks Cine Society.


A milkman discovers an elderly lady has had an accident in her home. He alerts the emergency services, an ambulance arrives and takes her to hospital. While in hospital the staff organise home help for her through the Old People’s Welfare Committee. When she returns home she finds someone has done her shopping and prepared food for her. She also receives visits from the district nurse and laundry services. Other services are organised for her: the Red Cross lend her a wheelchair and she pays a visit to the chiropodist.

An elderly man living in a remote country cottage receives help from the Decorating and Radio Repair Service. The mobile library service also calls on him.

At a social club for pensioners the men and women enjoy tea and cakes and play cards. The ladies also sing in a choir. At the Handicraft Circle ladies sit around the long tables knitting and chatting.

The final scenes, described by an elderly woman who lives with her daughter’s family, show her going to stay at an old people’s home in Blackpool for a break. Similar accommodation is shown in Sevenoaks: the Old People’s Housing Association flats. The film ends with the milkman greeting the woman he had helped earlier; she has fully recovered and is most thankful to the Old People’s Welfare Committee.


A still from 'No Milk Today?' (1961) - A woman standing by a mantelpiece

Contextual information

Cine clubs were keen to have their work taken seriously. This film is an excellent example of how a club could work together with an organisation.

Commissioned by the Old People’s Welfare Committee (now known as Age Concern), the film would’ve been used to promote the charity’s work at a regional level, yet would also have proved an effective vehicle for showcasing the cine club member’s skills. From the credits it is clear that this was a fairly complex production. It is common for most amateur productions to have only one or two credits, this one, however, in addition to the usual Director, Producer and camera, has credits for lighting, original music and a script/dialogue writer. As was usual for such productions, club members and friends were used as actors.

A Bus for All People (2001) was made by the Mid-Sussex Camcorder & Cine Society. The film is a similar example of a cine society producing a promotional film for a charitable cause. Featuring the Hurst & Hassocks Community Bus the film was originally made by the club as an entry in the annual Albany Competition. The film follows the various journeys made by the bus, and includes a scene showing senior citizens visiting Age Concern. A shortened version was screened by Meridian television in August, 2002 as part of their FreeScreen programme.

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Related resources


British Film Institute National Archive & BFI Reuben Library

The BFI in London holds many ‘How To’ manuals and publications giving advice to the amateur film-maker and cine societies. The catalogue is searchable online.


British Film Institute National Archive & BFI Reuben Library

The BFI houses a selection of periodicals relating to amateur film-making, including Amateur Cine World and Home Movies & Home Talkies. The magazines contain many references to cine clubs and societies nationwide.

Other Resources

Age UK

The Old People’s Welfare Committee featured in this film is now the charitable organization known as Age UK (also formally Age Concern). The charity continues to provide essential services to older people in the community. '...helping everyone make the most of later life".


Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

“An international organisation whose aims are to further interest and education in relation to all aspects of film and video making and associated visual arts.” The website has links to further useful resources as well as lists of cine clubs and societies nationwide.