Film ID:
NEFA 20932



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An amateur film made by Richard Annand documenting Finchale Training College just outside Durham City, which provided vocational training programmes for unemployed disabled adults.

The film opens with shots of male trainees, one in a wheelchair.

Students train in horticulture in the gardens of the college.  General views of young men in dungarees working on the gardens, flower beds and an orchard in the grounds of Finchale Training College. 

Various general views show the old prefab buildings around a tennis court, and the gardens. Inside one of the prefabs there's a carpentry workshop in progress. Trainees develop their woodworking skills. 

General view of an empty  conservatory with table tennis tables. 

Tutors examine the flower borders at the college, maintained by the trainees. 

The next sequence is filmed in winter, the college buildings surrounded by snow. Some men are shoveling away snow from the paths. 

The final sequences record a woman skiing down a hill with a view of Durham Cathedral in the background. Portrait shot of the woman holding her skis.

[Finchale was established as a specialist centre for disabled adults when the previous hotel was transformed in 1943 to provide support for injured ex-servicemen returning home from active service during the Second World War. Richard Annand served as Personnel Officer for the centre for 30 years - 

The college, which would have to be knocked down, gained a degree of fame after being transformed into a 1970s police station for popular TV show Inspector George Gently.]