• Short Summary

    Every Saturday morning, when most of us are wondering what is to become of the day, two hundred or more children come running over bomb sites and out of working class houses that line the streets of the poorest part of Bow in London, and assemble in 'children's order' in a queue outside three houses in Farn Street.

  • Description

    Every Saturday morning, when most of us are wondering what is to become of the day, two hundred or more children come running over bomb sites and out of working class houses that line the streets of the poorest part of Bow in London, and assemble in 'children's order' in a queue outside three houses in Farn Street.

    There is nothing imposing about these three houses - but for the name board above them - Fern Street Settlement - you would take them to be the house of working class folk. But inside them work four ladies who carry a torch of service lighted more than fifty years ago.

    Mrs. Clara Grant was a school-teacher in Bow, and was appelled by the poverty she found in the homes of her pupils. This was the year 1900 before the birth of the idea of the Welfare State. Mrs. Grant began to work for the poor, the sick, and the needy and that work has gone on ever since.

    The unique feature of Mrs Grant's work was her realisation of the immense pleasure given to children by simple things. She was obliged, at first, to work without funds, and therefore she wrapped any little simple toy she could procure in a bundle. These bundles she sold to the children for a farthing - the smallest coin in the currency. This tradition of a 'bundle for a farthing' has gone on ever since - latterly, since Mrs. Grant's death, under the wardenship of Mrs. Violet Way.

    The whole of this story is contained in the looks on the faces of these children who week after week pass through a height board - the only eliminating factor. Mrs. Way lets them start with a farthing bundle when they are two, and many of them go every week until they are ten or more and no longer can pass beneath the gate to the 'farthing bundle'

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADWTGTV42LF0S9HV50VKY7P5ZK
    Media URN:
    VLVADWTGTV42LF0S9HV50VKY7P5ZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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