Film ID:
YFA 341

DALE DAYS WITH CPAS

1947

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Description

Made by Charles Chislett for the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), this film documents a trip to the Yorkshire Dales organized for underprivileged children who lived in urban areas.  During their trip, the boys stay at a amp just outside the village of Kettlewell.  The film includes footage of the village as well as the boys’ walks around the countryside.

Title: ‘Dale Days with the CPAS’.  

The film begins looking down onto Burnsall and Burnsall Bridge followed by scenes of the surrounding countryside.

Intertitle: ‘If you live in a town like this’.

A brief view of a city street. 

Intertitle:  ‘ . . a week in the Yorkshire Dales comes as more than a change.  It’s an excursion into a new world.’  ‘Kettlewell in Wharfedale lies high up in the dale where the pastures meet the wild moorland’.  

There are more views of the surrounding dale. 

Intertitle: ‘Morning brings duties for everybody in camp, but it’s all good fun’.   

One of the CPAS leaders collects coal in a bucket, and a group of boys race out of a building and do some pretend washing in the open before breaking sticks to light a fire.  Two men unblock the chimney.  The boys set up some benches outside on which to sit to listen to the vicar give a talk. 

Intertitle: ‘We explore the village’.   

The boys race down to the village where a woman is tending flowers.  They then peer over the bridge before continuing to wander through the village.  When they return to camp, they line up for food and eat outside with their billycans.  After the meal, they scrub down the tables.  A group of the workers pose for the camera, and the boys have a bundle. 

Intertitle: ‘After dinner we set off to climb Great Whernside’   

After looking at some horses and cattle, the boys walk up a country path where someone is painting the landscape.  They climb to the top of a hill to take in the view.  They stop in a field for sandwiches and a drink. 

Intertitle: ‘Great activity develops on Sunday evening’.   

The boys spruce themselves up and make their way to the local Church for the evening service. 

‘THE END – which for some is really A BEGINNING’