Film ID:
YFA 822



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This is a documentary which shows the work of St. George’s Crypt, a Boys Club and Hyde Lodge Nursing Home.  The film concentrates on the effects St. George’s Crypt night shelter has on the lives of those who frequent it.  The story is told through the eyes of George, a non-Christian who is converted after he has witnessed the work of the shelter.   

Titles – New Lives for Old
A C.P.A.S. Production
Taken with the co-operation of Rev. Tony Waite and his helpers at St. George’s Leeds, Capt. Keirle of the Church Army, the Rev. Fred Pickering and the Leeds City Police Service
Photography and Editing by Charles J. Chislett A.R.P.S.

Opening title:  ‘What do men find in the works of St George’s crypt which helps them to see life from a new angle?’  . . . is it friendship?’   

The film begins with a group of men who enter the ‘rest room’ of St George’s Church.  One of the men goes through some documents while one of the Crypt workers stands behind a desk.  At a different enquiry, desk a woman with a pram is seen to by one of the women workers who are working in an office. 

Intertitle:  ‘Is it selfish service?’   

The men queue up to get a roll and a mug of tea, and elsewhere a woman gets her feet bathed by a nurse. 

Intertitle:  ‘Is it help and guidance?’  

A young man is given a new overcoat and speaks with the vicar. 

Intertitle:  ‘Is it the feeling that Jesus Christ is at work at the centre of all work which goes on there?’   

The Church Warden puts out prayer or hymn books in the Church. 

Intertitle:  ‘Let us watch the effect of the crypt on one who came to know it by chance when he was a critic of everything for which it stands.  He shall be known as ‘George’.’   

A man looks at his morning post, and as he leaves home, he is asked by his mother to deliver a parcel to St George’s Crypt.  When he arrives, he is greeted by the vicar, Rev. Tony Waite, who takes him inside.  George stops to look at a stained glass window depicting a scene from the New Testament, with a quote from Matthew 25:35, “I was a stranger and ye took me in”.  The vicar shows George the work being done at the Crypt:  giving food, clothing and nursing.  George observes the men who are given hymn books at a service. 

Intertitle:  ‘When George asked what good all this achieved they told him, amongst other people, of ‘Harry’.’   

A man, ‘Harry’, breaks into a parked car and steals a coat. 

Intertitle:  ‘As days went by Harry was troubled by a guilty conscience.’  

Harry enters the Crypt along with a group of other men.  A passing policeman looks on.  As the others join a service, Harry meets the Church Warden. 

Intertitle:  ‘First steps to a new beginning.’   

He accompanies Harry to Leeds City Police Headquarters where Harry confesses his crimes.  Harry is asked to empty his pockets which are then checked. 

Intertitle:  ‘We shall have to lock him up, but the fact that you came in on your own will be taken into account.’   

Harry is led away.

Intertitle:  ‘In due course . . .’   

Harry is accompanied back to the Crypt from the Police Station by the Church Warden and joins others in digging up the Church grounds.  George and the vicar look on. 

Intertitle:  ‘The they showed George the Boys’ Club’   

A group of boys bring in another boy, feigning an injury, and are shown how to put his leg in a splint.  One of the boys is mocking him.  They then watch a boxing match between two boys. 

Intertitle:  ‘This is how the club began.’  ‘The world needs ideas, imagination, energy and leadership.  There was plenty nearby  . . running to waste.’   

A group of boys are playing football in a street, but run off when they see a policeman.  One of the boys hits the policeman on the helmet with a catapult.  As the policeman chases the boy, the boy’s friends break into the back of a shop.  As they make off with their loot, the chasing policeman sees them and catches two of the boys.  One of the boys escapes by hiding in a dustbin.  Another boy alerts the Church Warden to the policeman who is dragging the boys along the road. 

Intertitle:  ‘The boys went to the police station and were eventually placed on probation.’   

The Warden escorts the two boys from Leeds City Police Station.  

Intertitle:  ‘The club grew in numbers and the boys responded to the challenge of responsibility.’  ‘On May 4th 1951 the club premises were opened by the Chief Constable of Leeds.’ 

Standing behind a desk on a raised platform with the vicar and others, the Chief Constable gives a speach to an assembled room.  The Chief Constable then meets a group of the boys. 

Intertitle:  ‘George also heard of ‘William’ who existed like this . . . perhaps to forget that he once had a real home.’   

A group of people, including a young man ‘William’, are playing cards for money in a pub.  As they leave one of them clears up, and there appears to be a card on the floor (possibly indicating that William was cheating). 

Intertitle:  ‘The Crypt showed William a new way of life and he took it.’   

A workman arrives at a house. 

Intertitle:  ‘Kindly employers are found who are glad to co-operate in giving other men a new chance to be of use in the world.’ 

A respectable looking couple have a meeting with the club organisers.  William is then taught how to be a waiter. 

Intertitle:  ‘The work of St George’s is not confined within its walls.’   

On a cobbled street corner, a group of children and adults, joined by a policeman and the vicar, have gathered together to sing hymns.  The conductor stands on a chair in front of the group.   

A sign for ‘Hyde Lodge Nursing Home, 52 Clarendon Road’.  Two vicars enter the Home to visit a young woman recovering in bed. 

Intertitle:  ‘Many lives are affected and many hearts changed.’ 

The film then revisits some of the earlier scenes. 

Intertitle:  ‘ . . . and lastly, George himself . . .’   

George is again shown leaving home with a parcel from his mother before joining others in a service.  George gets up and speaks. 

Intertitle:  ‘This was his testimony: “Twelve months ago I knew nothing of this book which you know so well but since coming to St George’s I have seen it lived out in the Crypt and I now acknowledge the one of whom it speaks as my saviour and friend.”   

George gives his testimony with a prayer book in his hand. 

Intertitle:  ‘The End, which for so many is really a beginning.’