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Warninglid film show
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Warninglid film show

With few families owning a television set at that time, my father, Roger Ray, often put on film shows for the children of the parish, usually showing Disney cartoons. This one took place in the Seaforth Hall, Warninglid.
I particularly recall him putting on shows in the rifle range in Handcross Parish Hall while the parents were rummaging amongst the bargains in the jumble sales taking place next door.
My father is on duty behind the 9.5mm projector, and I am standing beside him.
However, I recognise no others in the picture. Please can anybody help?
All the children will now be in the late 60s, or early 70s.
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Two newspaper cuttings of Warninglid events can be viewed by clicking on Open Document.
The first is from the Mid Sussex Times from 1935 and covers a dance held by the Warninglid Dance Club in the Old School, Slaugham.
One of the judges of the ankle competition was Miss Denise Robins, the well-known authoress who lived in nearby Furnace Pond Cottage. The winner of the competition was my mother, 17-year-old Nora Longhurst.
I am pleased to report that ankles, and feet, run in the family.
The second is from the Mid Sussex Times in 1939 and covers a concert in the Seaforth Hall featuring the Handcross Minstels and other entertainers. A picture and details of the minstrel band can be found with picture #1117.
I can remember my grandfather, Harry Ray from Pease Pottage, reciting a few of his monologues, but, until I read this cutting, I was unaware that he performed in public.

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How lovely to see this again.
I can confirm that my younger sister, Jacqueline, and I are sitting in the third row from the front. I am sitting immediately behind the little girl with the ribbon in her hair (whose name I am afraid I cannot remember), and my sister is immediately to my right.
We lived in Old Park Cottages at the time and went to Warninglid County Primary.
I recognise many of the faces but am not so certain of the names. I believe the young lad sitting to my left is Dick (Rocket) Mitchell and the one sitting to his left is Ian Stenning.
Added by Evelyn Ray on 15 July 2014
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