Film ID:
YFA 3087

SHEFFIELD LAKELAND

1963

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Description

This film documents the area around Bradfield, the reservoir area near Sheffield, and the year according to various religious festivals such as Christmas and the Harvest Festival. 

This film opens with a title card - An Ughill Production - Presented by G. E. Gainsford.

On a crisp, sunny morning the countryside is completely covered with snow.  There is a lane which as been cleared by which travellers can pass, and the whole of the countryside can be seen through panning shots.  There is a view of the lake, and the commentary explains it is festive season as well.   

The song Silent Night begins to play, and there is a Christmas tree which is decorated as well as the inside of a church.  A miniature manger scene is set up as well.  A men and boys choir, members dressed in robes, sings a hymn for the church ceremony on one side of the church, and a group of nuns on the other side can also be seen singing along.  Children from the congregation bring up wrapped presents to be put under the tree.  These presents will be later distributed to different families as an act of church charity.   

After the church service there is a party in the village hall.  Much of the community is gathered for this event dancing in the hall, and according to the commentary, it is a popular winter pastime.  Some of the couples dancing are dressed in their Sunday best while others are dressed in costume.  Many of the older members of the community are seated around the perimeter of the dance floor watching the festivities.  Finally, there is a fancy dress parade, and all those in costume are lined up at the end for judging, after which there is more dancing.

It is spring time at a home in the country, and there is a small boy posing with the daffodils.  There is a field of daffodils around the house, and many other flowers are featured as well.  At Ughill Woodside there is a view of the countryside and the lake looking towards Sheffield and Loxley Valley.  There is a balancing tank from Damflask and the overflow from the reservoir.  In the reservoir can be seen reflections of the countryside from all different angles.  There are a few small sailboats in the lake, and fishermen set up along the embankment.  The Viking Yacht Club found the reservoir an attraction of the region, and many of the yachters take their boats out.   

In Low-Bradfield down in the valley, the sports field is the centre of attraction, and there is a cricket game on.  Many cottages line the lane which leads up to the church, and three small children sit on a blanket outside one of the doors of the cottage.  The church is mostly 15th century, but many parts of it date from much earlier.  Inside, the alter is decorated for the Easter season with vases full of lilies on either side of the cross.  Other spring flowers are around the church to add to the decoration.  Additionally there is a christening ceremony which is taking place at the old fount of the church.  There are three families gathered around with their babies who will be baptised.  While the priest is baptising one of the children, the families gathered around are joining him in prayer as he pours water from the fount over the baby.   

Down the winding road from the church is the sports field.  Many people from the town have turned out to watch the cricket match which is on.  There is also a Bowling Green at which many older men are playing.  Nearby the Bowling Green is the post office outside of which the wives of the men bowling are seated at a picnic bench sewing and knitting while their husbands play in the match.   

Back in the countryside and now summer time, a large estate house, Wood Hall, has a large landscaped garden consisting of a variety of flowers and plants.  At the church, there is a wedding taking place.  The commentator explains that the Gillett family, one of the families participating in the ceremony, can be traced back for hundreds of years and appears in the town registrar as early as 1575.  The bridesmaid waits outside of the church for the arrival of the bride.  The bride and her father arrive at the church, pause outside for a moment in order to fix the bride’s dress, and then enter the church for the ceremony.  After, the newlyweds pose in front of the church for pictures, first just them, and then with the wedding party.  Family and friends are gathered around watching.  But before the pictures are finished being taken, it begins to rain, and the bride is supplied with an umbrella.   

In June, it is time for the Children’s Sports Day.  There are two children (one Black and one South Asian) who are standing posed for the camera eating popsicles.  The children of the community then participate in a number of races at the end of which one little girl is in tears because she did not win the race.  In addition to the regular races, there is also a sack race and an egg and spoon race.  During the events, there are many spectators seated on the grass around the sports grounds.  At the end of the races, the judges have to sort out the winners, and when that is done, it is time for one final egg and spoon race for the mothers and grandmothers in which to compete.   

Bus tours are popular around the Sheffield Lakeland, and one of the tour buses can be seen driving on the road towards the countryside to embark on one of these tours.  The bus stops at various places throughout the countryside which provide very nice overall views of the area.  It is close to the last sunlight of the day, and the church tower, as well as portions of the surrounding area and graveyard, is lit in the warm glow of the sun.  The rocks in the hills are also a glow with the setting sun, and the light can also be seen in Agden Reservoir.  Additionally, in the middle of the wooded land, Agden Lodge is on the hillside.   

In Ewden village, at More Hall Reservoir a Yacht Club has set up there also and has many boats on the water.  The Bennett’s House is a local estate house which was built from stones of old farm houses which used to be on the same site.  Additionally there is a tower which is a popular landmark and serves as a look out for the area.  Down in the village and towards Low Bradfield, there is a stone bridge by which traffic can cross some of the smaller rivers and streams which flow into the reservoirs.   

At the annual garden party at the Rectory, the children, in fancy dress, are gathered with their families and other members of the community.  Mr. Frank Homes opens the ceremony making a speech to the guests with leaders of the community and church seated at either side of him.  Mrs. Chadwick then receives a bouquet of flowers, makes a speech, and crowns the new queen.  She also presents a badge to a boy who will be the new school captain.  All are then posed together for a picture, and with the threat of rain, the umbrellas are soon opened all over the party.  Although this does not stop the children as they continue to dance around.   

There are more views of the countryside, and during an early evening walk, a couple make their way towards the water and point out the good views of the water.  Elsewhere in the countryside, there is a small glass house in which a family is sitting having a meal.  A variety of flowers are then featured, and a rainbow can be seen stretching across the countryside after a summer shower.   

It is now harvest season and time to make hay.  The bailer is at work, and while a man uses the machine which makes bails, another man walks around the field raking together the remaining hay.  Also, the women workers of the farm walk around the field and gather the bails of hay into different groups.  The work day then ends with a picturesque sunset.  The next day requires work in the wheat field in order to gather the rest of the harvest. 

During a Sunday morning in autumn, it is time for the Harvest Festival at the church.  A man can be seen ringing the bells of the church signalling the beginning of the service.  Inside, the alter is decorated with autumn flowers, and the choir, made up of young boys and men, sing the opening hymns.  Offerings, brought up by different members of the congregation, are brought up to the alter and presented to the priest.  These gifts consist of flowers, different fruits and vegetables, and a large loaf of bread shaped as a bushel of wheat.  These gifts are then put on display around the church before the film closes with a title - The End.