Film ID: YFA 1244 Video of YFA_1244 St. Luke's Parish Gazette ST. LUKE'S PARISH GAZETTE 1934 Visitor TabsDescription This film was produced for the annual parish Bazaar. Although never actually entering the parish, this film captures people who attended the various sermons at St. Luke's parish church (West Yorkshire) in the 1930s. This film also contains some very interesting footage of boy scouts participating in various activities including fencing and boxing. Title - St. Luke's parish gazette. Produced for the Bazaar. Feb. 1934. The opening shot of this film shows members of the parish and local children walking down a street wearing white shawls. Title - The servers. Young boys wearing white shawls pose for the camera in a group before the filmmaker gets individual close ups of each boy. Title - Leaving church. Men and women in their Sunday best formal wear gather outside the church to chat. The following sequence contains many shots of the church-goers walking down the church steps and along the roads. Title - Confidential close-ups. The filmmaker then captures close ups of the Reverends and other important attendees, including a man who is draped in a black cape. The final shots in this sequence show a close up of woman, who in the next shot is shown feeding chickens in a field. Title - The football team action. In a field, a football match is underway (presumably St. Luke's parish team). There are shots of the match from various different angles; some are taken from the touchline capturing general play, others include a close up of the goalie between the posts, and a shot of a cheering spectator. Title - Goal! The footballers crowd around celebrating. Cutting away from the football match, the filmmaker shows people in formal attire spilling out from the church after another service, and the filmmaker captures the reverends leaving at the end. There are then shots of the young boys in shawls (perhaps choir boys) leading a procession down a street followed by the church goers. The procession comes to a halt, and the filmmaker captures portrait shots of some of the congregation. The next sequence displays boy scouts posing for the camera in rather acrobatic fashion. The motion of the film is then reversed, and shows the boys getting into another impressive formation (not dissimilar to the leap frog position). Two boy scouts then have a boxing match; one boy is knocked to the floor and the referee runs in to check on him. The boys then have a fencing match with lightweight swords, before the whole group play the leap frog game. Context A fine example of the how cine film surpasses photographs in its ability to reveal something of the personalities of people who can be identified by a specific time and place, St Luke’s Church, Beeston Hill in Leeds 1934. But much more than this, the film provides a strong sense of the solidarity of interwar church life. There are also wonderful displays of scouts boxing, fencing, and building human pyramids, as well as the church football team in action. This is one of many films by accomplished Leeds amateur filmmaker John (Jack) Eley, from 1932 to 1980. St Luke’s (the Evangelist) is a C of E church on Malvern Road. The Parish covers the relatively poor area of Holbeck and Beeston Hill. Seen in the film is the vicar, the Revd. W.E. Smith (known as just W.E.), who served from 1918 to 1936. His wife, Catherine Smith, organised the pantomimes. The church also had two exceptional musical brothers, Harold and Ernest Bradbury. It was a very active church at this time, with a strong Parochial Council – set up by the 1920 Enabling Act. Apart from missionary work, they had, as can be seen here, a football team and Scout group, but also Girl Guides and Brownie groups.