An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club recording a ceremony for the laying of a foundation stone for the new St Mary's Cathedral in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough on Sunday 3rd November 1985. The foundation stone was blessed by Bishop Augustine Harris, Bishop of Middlesbrough.
An amateur film by Betty Cook of a wedding taking place in a small rural parish, location unknown.
An amateur film by Maurice Brunton of the Corpus Christi procession through the grounds of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic church on the corner of The Avenue and Eastbourne Road, in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough in May 1965.
An amateur film made by John H. Hall and Neil Bramwell of the construction of St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church in the Newbiggin Hall estate of Newcastle upon Tyne between 1965 and 1967. The film begins with views of a religious service taking place in a hall, possibly Tenant’s Hall, before the church was built. Construction begins on the church with foundations and building frames being installed. The foundation stone is laid in a service led by the Right Reverend Hugh Ashdown, Bishop of Newcastle on 10th December 1966. More work is carried out on the interior of the church and, with work completed, the film records the dedication service-taking place on the 2nd June 1967 also led by Hugh Ashdown. The final part of the film shows a number of religious services taking place in the new church including a communion, funeral and baptism. Following the main film, additional black and white footage show a service taking place in the church with views of the congregation.
Stock film footage of the Alston area filmed from a train travelling on the Haltwhistle to Alston railway line for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.
Film inserts of the installation of Hugh Lindsay as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and a Phil McDonnell interview with Bishop Lindsay for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.
A sombre film made by students of Bede College in Durham about memory and death. The film is played to Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Albinoni with a commentary given by two men reading from Dostoevsky and the short fable ‘The Invention of the Devil’ by Franz Kafka. Filmed at night, views of Durham Cathedral are followed by a young woman walking through a churchyard. She looks at a gravestone before going inside and sits at a pew looking mournful. The film ends with her getting up and leaving.
An amateur film by David Williams of The Gospel Story in Flowers festival taking place inside St Nicholas' Church on Durham's Market Place in July 1996. The film begins with the church being prepared for the festival and the flowers arriving. A sermon is given in the church followed by various views of the many displays of flowers that have all been designed to tells the story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the St John's Gospel. A musical concert follows next and a sermon given by Fiona Castle. The film ends on a violin solo with piano accompaniment comes next intercut with more views from around the church.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by The Burah Band of the Durham Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar recording a number of Roman Catholic processions, events and services relating to Sacred Heart Church in the town. The film begins with views from possibly two Corpus Christi Processions taking place both in the countryside as well as a town. This is followed by a group of women attending a religious garden party of event in the grounds of a large house. A procession of civic dignitaries and religious leaders are filmed entering the Church of the Sacred Heart, possibly in Redcar, as part of a religious service. Views show a number of Catholic clerics leaving a church are followed with another religious service taking place in the ruins of a church or abbey where the film ends.
Tyne Tees Television filmed news item about a petition raised against the vicar at Aycliffe and his method of raising finance for the local church, originally broadcast on Northern Life on 20 September 1976. Anne Avery reports.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
An amateur film by John Percival Staddon which shows off the attractions of North East of England. A church fete begins the film (possibly St Chads in Herrington, Sunderland), followed by visits to North Yorkshire, including Newby Hall near Ripon and Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast. Back up to Northumberland, the work of fishermen at Seahouses is documented. Views show Christmas lights in Sunderland, and the Shields Ferry service between North Shields and South Shields. The film ends with footage of the Borgsten, at the time of filming the largest ship to be built on the Wear.
This amateur film by John Percival Staddon that takes a look at animals and our relations with them. In the first part of the film a member of the clergy plays with a lion cub called Ricky at Matfen in Northumberland watched by a large congregation. Cygnet's growing into swans inside Mowbray Park in Sunderland are followed by a visit to Chester Zoo and children playing with small animals. A gymkhana event at Herrington near Sunderland follows next and the film ends with a visit to Flamingo Park zoo near Malton in North Yorkshire.