Title ID 2410Collection ID229
TitleCountryman's Diary
CollectionHaywards Heath Cine Society / Mr Church
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Cultural Events Exhibitions Farming Food Horticulture Landscape Rural Areas Seasons Spring Autumn
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMeadowcroft Productions
CameraD. J. Church
FormatColour Silent
Duration14 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour amateur film, made by a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society, captures the changing face of the agricultural landscape over the course of ten months.


Farm animals including pigs, geese and horses graze on the land in the opening months of the year. The appearance of daffodils, primroses, blossom and calves signals the start of Spring. Farm animals, machinery and produce are on display at the Bognor Regis Show in June. The following month sees the harvesting of crops - corn is bundled into stooks to finish ripening in the Summer sunshine. The rich colours of early Autumn are represented by images of wild berries and apple trees. Although the leaves have begun to fall from the trees by October, the West Sussex woodlands appear fresh and full of life.


A still from 'Countryman's Diary' (1950)