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Castleton 1940: Lose Hill: 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts



Archive: Media Archive for Central England
ID No.: n/a
Title: Castleton 1940: Lose Hill: 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts
Date: 1940
Film-maker: Reverend Keith B. Frampton
Colour: Colour
Sound: Silent
Duration of complete item: 13 min. 44 sec.
Themes: Community Life


Summary:

A day in the life of the 5th Mansfield Boy Scouts camping at Castleton in Derbyshire in 1940.

Description:

The film sets out to show an ordinary day for the boys of the 5th Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) scouts attending the Losehill Camp at Castleton in Derbyshire. Intertitles in the form of boys holding up captioned pieces of paper are used throughout, the first of which is “Castleton 1940 Lose Hill Camp 5th Mansfield (St. John’s Pathfinders) Boy Scouts” . There are wide shots of Peveril Castle and Derbyshire hills, and of scout tents in camp. “Rising Time ”. The boys emerge from their tents and a fire is lit for hot water. “Morning Dip Time”. A group of boys, wearing towels, make their way through trees and are then seen to dive naked into a small pool. “Prayer Time”. A boy is seen praying (images are dark) followed by a shot of an alter with a cross and two burning candles.

“Breakfast Time”. The boys prepare breakfast over an open fire, some are seen eating porridge from bowls and boiled eggs are handed out. “Cleaning Up Time”. The boys wash up, pack up their kit and sweep up the site. “Wash and Bath Time”. The boys, wearing loin cloths, wash at the camp and then by the pool wash from metal bowls, we also see a scout leader shaving. “Inspection Time”. The scouts (again wearing their loin cloths but now with hats and ties) stand to attention outside their tents. “Lunch Time”. The boys and a scout leader sit on the ground eating sandwiches and apples then more shots of washing up. “Spare Time”. The boys are seen relaxing around the camp, one chops wood with an axe. “Swimming Time”. The boys return to the pool where they again swim. “Dinner Time”. There are shots of sausages frying in a pan and food being prepared. “Chapel Time”. Candles are lit on the alter and two boys sing a hymn. “Bed Time”. The boys fool about for the camera wearing pyjamas and are then seen asleep in their tent.

Context:

Former Group Scout Leader Jack Webster of Mansfield donated the films of the 5th Mansfield (St John’s Pathfinder) Boy Scouts in November 2002. In the main they are a record of the group’s summer camps from 1931 through to 1963 with a break between 1942 and 1946, presumably because of the difficulty of sourcing film stock during the war.

The films, which were filmed on 16mm, were actually shot by the Reverend Keith B. Frampton who for some years before and after the Second World War was the Group Scout Leader of the 5th Mansfield and the vicar at Saint John’s Church in Mansfield, where the group met. Despite moving to Farnsfield in Nottinghamshire after the war the Reverend continued to attend the 5th Mansfield’s camps with his camera. Consequently there are moving image records of the group’s summer camps long after he moved away from the area.

Many such camps were held in the Derbyshire Peak District, particularly at Edale, but also in the Norfolk Broads. This particular title shows how, in the summer 1940, life in rural areas went on unchanged in many ways.

 

Castleton 1940, Lose Hill, 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts

Castleton 1940, Lose Hill, 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts

Castleton 1940, Lose Hill, 5th Mansfield (St John Pathfinder) Boy Scouts

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