Clubland Activities of the 1950s and 60s
16mm film Colour;Black & White Silent 1950s-60s 23:27
Summary: Walworth youth club.
Camping holidays, sports days and general mucking about all feature in this succession of films taken over several years at a south London youth club.
Title number: 19737
LSA ID: LSA/26179
Description: This contains several different films – some colour, some black and white – shot over several years of Clubland, a youth club for the underprivileged of Walworth, South London. It was started by the Rev Jimmy Butterworth, who features in several of the scenes, and the films show teenage boys and girls at sports days in Burgess Park, Camberwell, on holiday (in France and the Lake District) and at the clubhouse on Camberwell Road.
Butterworth founded Clubland in 1922 for the deprived children of Walworth and became a well-known youth club, combining social and spiritual activities. Butterworth was an excellent fundraiser and received support from celebrities such as Bob Hope, John Mills, Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. These films show the teenage boys and girls engaged in a variety of activities, including a camping trip to France in 1966 and a chaotic sports day in Burgess Park in the early 1960s.
Credits: Mrs Butterworth (Camera operator)
Cast: Rev.Jimmy Butterworth; young members of the Clubland Youth Club.
Further information: Rev. Butterworth's daughter, Mary, believes this is film shot by her mother the person who filmed most of the Clubland activities.
Rev. Jimmy Butterworth was a minister at Walworth Methodist Church from 1922-76 and he began Clubland, one of the most famous youth clubs in the UK to offer social and sporting as well as spiritual opportunities to children from this predominantly poor area. It housed a church, library, theatre, gym and hostel. Rev.Butterworth was a charismatic person and passionate about the club. The present building (which was opened by the Queen Mother in 1964) and the church was designed by Edward Maufe, the architect of Guildford Cathedral. Plaques adorn the inner courtyard (still there today) with the names of famous people and associations who have helped Walworth Methodist Church. The club has gone but the church is still going.
Keywords: community; Methodism; Youth Work; Outings
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Southwark; Walworth
Cassandra Nichols wrote on April 21, 2018:My Nan and grandad were both members of clubland in the late 30,s.think grandad was secretary by the 40’s. I…My Nan and grandad were both members of clubland in the late 30,s.think grandad was secretary by the 40’s. I have photos of shows they put on.
Georgina fraser wrote on February 9, 2018:It was great adventure We all had a lovely Easter In France Wissant seems like Yesterday