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Courtesy of a village resident we now present some fascinating old films of the village in years gone by. No need to get your projector out as we have converted them into a form that can be seen on your computer. There are well over half a dozen films to come so well worth waiting for!

We have followed the information given to us to deduce which film is which. If you see someone standing in a crowd who was a baby on the date that we give then we have obviously got the labels wrong, please let us know. Second if you can identify any of the featured people - and there are some wonderful old faces shown - again we'd love to be able to label the person for future viewers. Please get in touch by email!

As well as showing on this page we are also arranging for the films to be added to the world web archive which will store them forever! From there you can download copies to study or keep. We will give you these links as soon as possible.

Each film requires a good deal of pre-processing before uploading to the server which takes us time to complete, so we will add new films as quickly as we are able. The first uploads may be out of order but are simply the ones that need the least processing. Please do bear with us while we complete this large task.

In case you are not used to using You Tube to view videos just click the play button under the item that you want to look at. If you click the button second from the right hand end of the player (the one that has a light square in the corner of a dark square) the video will automatically enlarge to full screen which makes it much easier to identify people! To get back to a small picture before the end, or to chose another video to watch just click the 'Esc' button on your keyboard. There is no charge to view anything but you may have to watch a short advert before your wanted video starts. A bit like ITV really!


As the maximum duration that we are allowed to upload at one time is ten minutes the first film running to 12 minutes has had to be split into two parts, one long, one short. It comes from July 1953 and shows "A Day in the Life of the Women's Institute". In this film you can see many village houses as they were at the time as well as how the village in general looked back then. There are shots of Haywards Heath railway station and the village bus on it's journey into the village as well. It took the same route as now but carried a No 30 in those days, it ran more frequently too! Say what you may about what the ladies do during their "typical weekly meeting", the whole thing shows many residents both young and old and is of real historic interest. Old bus fans will know which model Southdown were running from Haywards Heath station, via Lindfield through the village at the time.

The next 9 minutes of film shows how the village celebrated the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, on the 2nd of June in 1953. Lots of dressing up and film of many older residents. If you can identify the main people shown please get in touch.

Now a few village sports scenes. Just a couple of minutes long but we see the children coming out of school the old fashioned way - nowhere a mum to run them home in the car - they ran home on foot in those days! Then it's swimming in the lake, tennis, cricket and stool ball, all as played by the rather more active villagers in 1953. No wonder not one person in all these films looks overweight! Finally a few pictures taken around the church on a warm summer day.

Now we show a film of the 1954 fete at the old Rectory. That is the garden of the Rectory that used to be on the South Western corner of the village at Ludwell. That garden now contains three houses and two bungalows!

The Horsted Fair May 25th., 1957. This is a long film, running to over 20 minutes so we have had to split it into three parts. The third part is in black and white arty piece showing the evening barbecue.

And the same event a few years later in 1960 as what passes for a crowd in Horsted Keynes gather to watch the procession and crowning of the village May Queen. What is this, dodgems, swings and a roundabout, a real fun fair in the village? Yes we used to have a small one on the recreation ground every year, and a small circus set up several times too. The elephants and other animals (including a camel and a rather aged lion) used to "manure" the football pitch. Your webmaster took on the job of repairing the entire lightning damaged circus sound system in the one day that they were here! We got it working at 4.55 just before the first show started at 5 p.m. so the children could watch before going to bed at 7 p.m. Those were the days in Horsted Keynes, when the entertainment came to us and not the other way round. And it didn't cost a fortune to watch either so everybody could join in the fun!


Ten years later but that's still nearly 40 years ago we are in more modern times with a film showing events at the rather more sedate Rectory garden fete in 1970.



In case you missed it elsewhere on our site here is a short cinema film report of the then Queen's visit to Horsted Keynes in the first months of the war. Please click the picture to view. Lots of contemporary pictures of the visit can be found here.

Finally for now, we switch to the "new fangled" video system to take a look at the village May Fair on the recreation ground just 16 years ago in 1993. Yes watch the same maypole and sword dances while you listen again to the same Jimmy Shand record that the school has used since before the war! Take your partners...


Were you in the Junior Class at St. Giles 20 years ago? If so you may remember this film of a class trip on the Bluebell. If you see yourself please let us know!

All these films as supplied to us were accompanied by a score of professionally recorded music. Had we included this on the You Tube upload it would have resulted in the films being entirely removed for copyright infringement and we feel they should be available on the internet for future generations to see. In the future we will try to add some non-copyright music and sound effects but until then they will have to be viewed silently - which is of course how they were filmed!.



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