Film ID:
YFA 315



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Made by Charles Chislett and commissioned by the Church Pastoral Aid Society, this is a film about a CPAS boy's camp in Pooley Bridge, Westmorland for disadvantaged city children.

Title - They discover the hills
Pooley Bridge CPAS recruits camp
A CPAS production
Photography and Editing by Charles J. Chislett A.R.P.S

Intertitle - Come with us and visit the CPAS recruits' camp in Westmorland
There is a road sign for Pooley Bridge, with directions along the A592 to Tirril and Penryth, and then the camp site.

Intertitle - It is set amongst pleasant meadows near the eastern end of Ullswater

The village is shown with the surrounding fields and hills, followed by Ullswater Lake.

Intertitle - First let us join a party of boys from a northern city for many of whom this is the first experience of camp life or even the country

The boys arrive with their cases and are greeted by the camp workers. They settle in around the camp.

Intertitle - Milk is fetched from a nearby farm which the boys delight to visit

The boys visit the farm and watch as the cows are milked. They then visit the pigs.

Intertitle - On Sundays everybody attends the village church

The boys wander down a country lane towards the church, followed by a Red Cross worker.

Intertitle - In the afternoon we go further afield

The boys walk through a wooded area, and they are accompanied by camp workers. They stop to pick some examples of the local flora and go on to the bridge which overlooks Ullswater. A group of boys post letters and then look at more farm animals in the fields: sheep, turkeys and cattle being rounded up. Some of them play at pole jumping using sticks they have made.

Intertitle - Next morning we set off for the snowy ridges of Helvellyn

The boys walk through the village and board a boat to take them across the lake. On the other side they get into their swimming costumes and go into the water. They then go for a walk. The Red Cross worker sits and makes notes. On their way up the mountain they stop for lunch. At the top they slide down the snow. The film switches to show back down at the lake, diving in, and then waiting for the boat for the return journey.

Intertitle - Still plenty of energy left for struggles of one sort or another!

A group of boys have a mock fight outside their tent.

Intertitle - At Pooley Bridge camp young people, as full of life as wild ponies, do more than discover the hills, they learn to lift their eyes with a new meaning

The film finishes with more images of the countryside, horses and a sunset.