European refugee children learn English and celebrate Christmas at homes run by Joyce Pearce.
Titles read: '"SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN" - ENGLISHWOMAN'S CARE FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN IS LESSON IN PRACTICAL HUMANITY'.
Various locations of events.
General view of exterior of Donnington Hall, Derby, with refugees playing on the lawns. The children run inside for English lessons. Various shots inside the classroom as teacher Sally Aldred walks amongst the children seated at desks. Sally talks to Zdzislaw Bubeck from Helmstedt Camp then to Janis Gavarsz (Latvian) from Oldenbourg Camp. We see Bzinta, Janis' brother. Sally writes on blackboard then turns to face her class. C/U of Stanislaw Owczarz from Poland.
General view of exterior of Venture House in Woking with refugees entering. C/U of name over doorway "Venture House". Refugees running up steps into house and entering doorway. Inside we see Johanna from Yugoslavia and Lilianne from Latvia making beds. Halina Grzegorsewska, 12-year-old Polish girl born at Belsen camp combing the hair of Helene Vaupsas, 16-year-old Lithuanian girl from Oldenbourg Camp.
Several shots show refugee children sitting round table having meal with Richard Todd and Miss Joyce Pearce. Irena Matyn, 12-year-old Polish girl hands bread to Richard Todd. Wieslawa (wearing earrings), 15-year-old Polish girl from Bralinschwieg Camp.
We then see refugee children eating at table in refugee camp. Boys eating food from bowls. Exterior view of refugee camp with clothes hanging out to dry. Interior of hut, clothes hanging up, pan down to refugee children with their parents. Small child holding bow. Refugee children round table having names taken.
C/U of sign on gate "Ockenden Education Centre". Inside the Ockenden home we see Richard Todd and Joyce Pearce surrounded by children. Natural sound as Miss Pearce tells Richard the various countries from where the children have come. At the end of this scene a little girl called Christina stands up to say her piece for Richard about how grand it is to be in England. He and Miss Pearce say how good it was.
General view of exterior of Drury Lane Theatre (daylight); pan down to Guardsmen playing carols on steps of theatre. C/U of notice "St. Martin's In the Fields Appeal for Refugees An All-Star Christmas Matinee at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane." Refugees arrive at the Theatre Royal. Refugees seated in theatre watching play with Miss Pearce. L/S Nativity Play in progress on stage. Angels praying; shepherd and the Virgin Mary holding baby.
General view at night of Trafalgar Square with Christmas Tree and Church of St. Martin's in the Field in background. Refugee children arriving at St. Martin's in the Fields and looking up at Christmas tree, pan up to top of tree. Various shots of a party in progress in the crypt of St. Martin's in the Fields. Miss Pearce and Reverend Austen Williams, Vicar of the church, are present. Children eating sandwiches.
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