Film ID:
YFA 3181



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This film documents the 100th Anniversary of the Sailors' Children's Society.

Opening titles - The Sailors' Children's Society presents
One Hundred Years of Care
A record of our Centenary Celebration at Newland 6,7 July 1963
A postman makes his way up the walk towards a building where there are many office workers including the Financial Director of the Newland Estate.
Outside, a man raises the Sailor's Children's Society Flag alongside the Union Jack. Tents are being setup by with the help of boys on the football field.
People connected with the society, both young and old, return for the special event. Here they register themselves, as well as their extended family for the records of the society. Special exhibits are set up around the Estate including a many old photographs at which the older returnees look at and reminisce. Tours are also given of the various houses on the Estate.
The recreational portion of the day includes many different types of races in which the children first take part, and is then followed by the adults. There are many spectators lined up along the race track watching the day's events. Races include a sack race, and obstacle course race, and a tug-of-war.
A slide is presented to the society as a gift which is accepted by David Birch. He, along with many of the small children, line up on the slide for a few pictures. The children can then be seen enjoying the new gift later on while many of the older members who have returned to the Estate walk around checking out the premises.
At Stratten Hall, there is a record number of people seated a large long tables for mealtime. The hall was originally used as a cafeteria, but now all meals are made by the house mothers in the individual houses.
There is another photo exhibit which displays photos grouped by decade. There is also an awards ceremony in which large trophies are handed out to the winners of the races which took place earlier in the day. After the awards ceremony, there are many performances put on for entertainment including traditional dancers, a ballet, comedy performances by both children and adults, and a choir, all of which take place in front of a very large audience. The entertainment comes to a close with a rock band playing while many people 'do the twist.'
A brief shot of the day care can be seen which takes care of the younger children.
Two members of staff set up a magnetic soundtrack player which is used to play recorded messages from celebrities, dignitaries, and members of other affiliated sailor's organizations around the world congratulating the society on its work and wishing them well in the future.
The film then closes with the man taking down the society flag.
End title - Produced by Walter Garton Film Productions

Additional information:
[Escape from Antarctica
by Rick Groleau

In Ernest Shackleton's view, there was only one course of action. Never mind that it was an act of desperation. He and a few of his men would have to leave Antarctica's Elephant Island and summon help. It was the best hope for saving himself and the 27 other men stranded there. So on April 24, 1916, Shackleton, accompanied by Frank Worsley, Harry McNeish, Tom Crean, John Vincent, and Timothy McCarthy, set out on an 800-mile voyage through a stretch of ocean notorious for its extreme weather and raging seas. Seventeen days later, after enduring almost unceasing gales and even a hurricane, they landed their 22-foot boat, the James Caird, on the remote but inhabited island of South Georgia.

That they survived such a long voyage despite stormy weather and ferocious seas in a small boat is remarkable enough. That they successfully navigated to tiny South Georgia Island is a testament to the unparalleled navigating skills of Frank Worsley, who was able to take only four sightings during the voyage, and those on a boat pitching wildly on enormous seas. No wonder the voyage is considered one of the greatest ever completed.

Sir Ernest Shackleton
Expedition Leader
An Irish-born polar expedition veteran, Shackleton approached to within 745 miles of the South Pole with Robert Scott on the 1901 Discovery expedition, then pressed to within 97 miles on his own Nimrod expedition of 1908. Imperious, single-minded, ferociously loyal to his men, he once said "Optimism is true moral courage," a tenet he lived by until his death on South Georgia Island in 1922.

Charles Green
The son of a master baker, Green went to sea at the age of 21, becoming a cook in the Merchant Navy. With Blackborow's help, he worked in the galley - both aboard ship and on the ice -- from early morning till evening, preparing meals for 28 mouths.]

Charles Green was a member of the Sailors' Children's Society and raised at the Newland Estate.