721 CORONATION CELEBRATIONS
Butterwick & Boston 1953
16 min B/W 9.5mm Silent
Flag-waving villagers of all ages, exuberant but warmly dressed, leave the church and gather at the Butterwick church hall for a range of events including a children’s fancy dress parade. A massive carnival procession in nearby Boston follows, with cadets, school children, decorated floats, horse-drawn carriages, public utility vehicles, livestock, and a wide range of agricultural machinery old and new.
722 NATURE IN TRUST
Lincolnshire, various 1967
33 min Colour 16mm Sound
A film by the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation. Between them, the demands of mechanised agriculture and the growth of industry with the resulting increase in pollution, are threatening our plants, animals, birds, fish and insects by destroying the natural habitats essential for their survival. These can only be saved if enough people make a determined effort to bring it about. The film explains and illustrates the work of the Trust in setting up and maintaining conservation areas in the county, and promoting a wider knowledge and understanding of what is at stake. A delightful film whose message has lost neither its relevance nor its urgency.
723 AN EYE FOR THE COUNTRY
Lincolnshire, various 1972
26.75 min Colour 16mm Sound
A follow-up film by the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation, reiterating the same basic message but aimed at two specific groups of people. A class of primary school children on a nature walk are encouraged to observe and study the surrounding flora and fauna and learn to understand and appreciate them. Meanwhile, a farm tour aims to demonstrate what can be achieved by co-operation between farmers and the Trust in setting up conservation schemes.
724 CLEARING SNOW
Caythorpe c 1978
3.5 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
Two Roadless 120 tractors struggle to clear a very heavy snowfall which had blocked the lane between Hough on the Hill and Caythorpe. In the end, half a dozen men have to set to with shovels.
725 DOE TRIPLE D TRACTOR
South Rauceby 1968
1 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
Before the introduction of 4 wheel drive, the Doe Triple D was the only type of vehicle capable of dealing with badly waterlogged land. It consisted of two separate tractors coupled together using a kit of additional parts, so that one driver controlled both.
726 E.M.E.B. ENGINEERS AT WORK
Sleaford Area c 1966
23.5 min B/W & Colour Std 8mm Silent
This item has three main sections:
a) Scenes showing electricity generating plant and workmen at the Mareham Lane depot.
b) Engineers engaged in ‘live line’ working, replacing rotten or damaged poles without interrupting the supply. Perched precariously at the top of the new pole, they use specially insulated tools and brackets to unhitch the live cables and support them in mid-air whilst the old pole is removed, and then re-attach them to the top of the new one. A tricky and potentially hazardous task, with no room for mistakes.
c) The maintenance of electricity pylons and associated equipment.
727 COMBINE HARVESTERS
Sleaford Area c 1966
1.25 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
Harvesting wheat. Most scenes show a single combine, but we also briefly see several in line across a large field.
728 BRIDGES AT KIRKSTEAD
Kirkstead 1966 - 69
1.25 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
First seen is the old swing bridge which carried the road over the River Witham. This was replaced in 1969 by the new Overbridge, which is seen under construction. The Overbridge carried the road over both the Witham and the railway, and in line with Railway policy at the time it was made high enough to allow for overhead electrification of the line, though in fact the line closed the following year and was never electrified.
729 BACKING BRITAIN
4 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
An event arranged by the Sleaford Round Table, with stalls in the Market Place promoting various local businesses and organisations. in support of the well-intentioned but short-lived and ultimately ineffectual ‘Backing Britain’ campaign. Besides the presence of ‘Hereward the Wake’ in horned helmet and costume to match, bizarre oddities on display include a crate full of day old chicks with tiny Union Jacks stuck to their backs.
730 DEMOLITION & REDEVELOPMENT IN SLEAFORD
Sleaford c 1972
8 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
Old buildings in West End are seen being demolished as bulldozers batter them or pull them down with steel hawsers. Concrete pipes are laid to convert an open drain into a culvert. Finally, brick-layers begin work on building new flats.
731 SLEAFORD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT
7.5 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
Demolition work clears the area, piles are driven into the ground, and with its job done, the pile-driving crane is manoeuvred onto a low loader. A structure of steel girders gradually takes shape, and its cladding is added. Floral displays enhance the amenities as the work progresses, and there are various street scenes in the surrounding area. (However, much of the filming seems to have taken place after working hours, and the final stages of construction are little seen.)
732 BUILDING THE A17 SLEAFORD BYPASS
Sleaford Area 1973–5
13 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
Typical scenes of roadworks, with heavy plant, and traffic negotiating diversions. The areas chiefly seen under construction are the Holdingham Roundabout, the northbound A153 turn-off, and the overpass at Kirkby la Thorpe. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Grantham M.P. Joseph Godber ends the film.
733 PLOUGH PLAY AT SLEAFORD MARKET PLACE
Sleaford c 1975
0.75 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
A few typical scenes from the Helpringham Plough Play being performed in the Market Place by members of Sleaford’s ‘Little Theatre’.
734 THE TIP: PROTEST MARCH
1.5 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
Opening scenes show the municipal refuse tip in Mareham Lane, after which a small party of well-dressed protesters parade decorously through the town’s streets equipped with banners opposing any further use of the tip – a demonstration unlikely to have left local councillors quaking in their shoes.
735 SLEAFORD CARNIVAL 1980
9.5 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
A procession of decorated floats makes its way to a sports field, where carnival events include fancy dress, a push-ball match, karting for the children, and a fight between two huge inflatable fire-breathing dinosaurs.
736 REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
5.75 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
Contingents representing Cadets, Scouts, Guides, and other local organisations march to the Market Place for an open-air Remembrance service. Afterwards, they march past a saluting base.
737 SKEGNESS ILLUMINATION
Skegness c 1974
2 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
A useful record illustrating the style and subject matter typical of the period.
738 FAIRGROUND AT NIGHT
Unknown c 1974
3.5 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
A lively record of the rides and sideshows popular at the time.
739 GRANTHAM JUBILEE SERVICES
13 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
Princess Anne plants a tree and departs by helicopter. In Harlaxton Road, a lengthy procession makes its way towards Westgate and the Town Centre, the decorated floats being interspersed with Aveling Barford road rollers, dumper trucks, bulldozers and other vehicles. In the park there are fairground rides, and the day ends with a firework display. [This item usefully complements Acc No. 622.]
740 PETER PURVES OPENS BELTON HOUSE 'JUNGLE'
4 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
On Easter Sunday, TV presenter Peter Purves opens the children’s adventure jungle, a series of timber climbing frames and overhead walkways in an attractive woodland setting.