St Mary's Bay
16mm film Black & White Silent c.1953 7:30
Summary: Scenes from a school holiday trip based at St Mary's Bay Holiday Camp, in St Mary's Bay, Kent, 'the largest camp for Boys & Girls in England'.
Title number: 340
LSA ID: LSA/434
Description: At the camp the boys and girls enjoy playing rounders, netball and cricket. There is also a sports competition with races between different groups staying at the camp. The children make many excursions around the local area including trips to local beaches where they swim and make sandcastles. They visit some fortifications, and watch anglers fishing in the sea, before walking around a harbour (possibly Folkestone). Further round the harbour they view a crane lifting coal from a transporter ship (named Greyfriars, registered in Newcastle) onto a heap on the shore side. The girls and boys then board another boat (named Penlee, registered in London). A trip on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway takes them to a Martello tower on Romney Marches. A walk in the country includes a trip to a farm where they watch men shearing sheep with powered clippers. The film ends with an East Kent bus arriving at St Mary's Bay Camp and the children boarding with their suitcases.
Keywords: Schools; Holidays
Locations: United Kingdom; England; Kent; New Romney
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Michael migliorini wrote on June 24, 2020:I went here with st catherine labore primary school circa 62.....i was around 7 and remember falling for a girl…I went here with st catherine labore primary school circa 62.....i was around 7 and remember falling for a girl named pamela from another school...wonder what happened to her
Mary O'Farrell wrote on March 7, 2020:Spent two weeks here in 1968 from St Anselm's RC primary school in Harrow. I remember the nightly cocoa we…Spent two weeks here in 1968 from St Anselm's RC primary school in Harrow.
I remember the nightly cocoa we drank whilst listening to stories of smugglers on the tannoy system and the quiz, the answers being the names of the various huts (we were in Ripon I think). We got to have a ride on a two-seater hydrofoil which went on both land and a river or a canal and a trip to a small stately home (in Winchelsea perhaps) where the owner showed us a sculpture of a naked lady which he'd carved out of a match! Funny the things that stick with you.
My friends from primary school and I were banned from talking about St Mary's Bay at our secondary school (Sacred Heart, Wealdstone) as we drove the unlucky ones, whose schools hadn't gone, crazy!
It was a most magical experience.
john booth wrote on August 7, 2018:I was 11 years old when I stayed here with St Willibrords school clayton in manchester, july 66.…I was 11 years old when I stayed here with St Willibrords school clayton in manchester, july 66. memories include watching the semi final against Portugal,playing cricket & football competitions, the awful cocoa , lads coming out of the sea with cuts from barbed wire still left over from the war. discovering juicy fruit bought at the famous shop & of course the miniature railway & lighthouse at dungeness
Bill Griffiths wrote on April 30, 2018:I was there with a year 6 party from Lammas School Ealing in 1950. There was also a party…I was there with a year 6 party from Lammas School Ealing in 1950. There was also a party there from Lionel Road School Brentford. I remember we had to bring our sweet coupons with us as they were still rationed after the war. Remember also visiting a farm on the coach journey to the camp and a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. The journey on the RH&D Railway was a highlight.
Frank Quinn wrote on March 31, 2018:Must have been about 1958 , I remember the food was good . It was the first time I tasted…Must have been about 1958 , I remember the food was good . It was the first time I tasted new potatoes . Amazing to think I was only 7 or 8. I recently found a letter I wrote to my mum and dad asking them to send me money .the walls were painting with distemper which came off like chalk . Sacred Heart Battersea
Mick Bean wrote on February 20, 2018:I spent a week there in June 1963 from Parkgate JMI in Watford. I remember the dining hall being infested…I spent a week there in June 1963 from Parkgate JMI in Watford. I remember the dining hall being infested with sparrows and the dormitories being draughty. We bought catapult rockets from the site store and passed the evenings chasing them across the beach as they descended on their parachutes. Great times!!
Barry Futerill wrote on August 18, 2017:Had two great weeks at the camp with my school Woodfield Secondary Modern ( Hounslow ) during July 1966 ,start…Had two great weeks at the camp with my school Woodfield Secondary Modern ( Hounslow ) during July 1966 ,start of the World Cup.
Nigel Whitburn wrote on August 15, 2017:The harbour is Dover. The RH&D scenes are at Dungeness and they appear to be visiting the lighthouse, not a…The harbour is Dover. The RH&D scenes are at Dungeness and they appear to be visiting the lighthouse, not a Martello Tower.
Martin Ross wrote on June 7, 2017:We lived on the site between 1968 and 1974, my mother was head cook and I as a seven year…We lived on the site between 1968 and 1974, my mother was head cook and I as a seven year old boy use to help make the many gallons of coco for the guest.
The most happiest time of my life.
Alice Dass wrote on June 6, 2017:I remember spending a week here in 1955 with my primary school. I particularly remember the birds roosting…I remember spending a week here in 1955 with my primary school. I particularly remember the birds roosting on the roof beams above the trestle tables in the dining hall. We were all so scared that they would crap on our food!
maxine pitt wrote on November 9, 2015:maxine pitt i had great holidays here in the 1950 s