This video is about Dave Bennett, dairy man and farm worker at Saddlescombe 1983 - 1996. This is his story of living and working on a downland farm. It is a short extract taken from extensive interviews. Dave shares his motivation, his feelings and experience, his memories about the dairy and how he came to work at the farm and the changes he has witnessed and why he welcomes the National Trust's move to return Saddlescombe to farming with its new farmer tenants, Roly and Camilla.
The aim of this film is to share Dave's insights and unique knowledge. The film was commissioned by the National Trust for archive and educational use. It was photographed and produced by Deirdre Huston of Photography Pathways, March 2014. This film was photographed and produced by Deirdre Huston of Photography Pathways, March 2014.

 

This is an indepth but edited version of extensive interviews with Dave Bennett, dairy man and farm worker at Saddlescombe Farm, 1983 - 1996. This is his story of living and working on a downland farm: his motivation, his feelings and experience, his memories. The film enables Dave to share detailed information about how the dairy worked: tenants collecting milk, milk sampling and collection, the history of the milking parlour and his memories of older farm workers, such as Stan Hollingdale, and their tales of early dairy work.
The film also enables Dave to discuss his view of changes in the farm, it's demise as a dairy farm, purchase by the National Trust as part of the Devil's Dyke Estate and why he welcomes the National Trust's move to return Saddlescombe to farming with its new farmer tenants, Roly and Camilla.
The aim of this film along with unabridged versions of the interview, farm and dairy tour is to preserve the wealth of Dave's knowledge for future interest. The film was commissioned by the National Trust for archive and educational use. It was photographed and produced by Deirdre Huston of Photography Pathways, March 2014.

 

What were the South Downs like during World War Two? This film collects together contemporary interviews with Mr Gerald Milner, archive voice interviews and archive photographs, courtesy of the National Trust to explore this question. Mr Milner remembers back to a traumatic episode in his teenage years when he came upon a plane crash at Saddlescombe Farm. Images are also set against the memories of Margeret Booker, a farm worker at Saddlescombe. Do you know who was billeted at the farm during the war? Can you spot places you know now in wartime pictures of tanks? Whether you are someone who remembers wartime Sussex or a child researching how things used to be, we hope you enjoy this film.
Produced June 2013.

 

This video combines the voice of Stan Hollingdale with archive photographs and contemporary filming to explore how life on the farm has changed since Stan was a boy. Stan talks about being a downland shepherd and sheep-droving through Sussex. He explains how the landscape was different when many sheep grazed upon Devil's Dyke.
He remembers working on the farm as a boot boy, seeing the oxen and the Robinson family. He also recollects archaeological finds of the time.
Stan saw many changes in recreation on the Devil's Dyke Estate over his lifetime. Listen and hear how our use of this landscape has altered, and decide for yourself how it has stayed the same.
Produced June 2013

 

Stan Hollingdale came from a farming family. His father was a shepherd and so was he. He shares with us his memories of farming in Sussex, sheep-droving and how the presence of many flocks of sheep affected our downland landscape. He remembers the significant changes for agricultural workers, such as mechanization. Thanks to The Copper Family for providing an excellent soundtrack with their song, "The Threshing Song" and to Henfield Museum for sharing Victoria Burleigh's painting of a threshing machine.
Stan's memories are given context with archive photography from the National Trust, contemporary stills and video from Deirdre Huston of Photography Pathways. Rural living is in a constant state of flux yet some aspects remain unchanged. Stan's memories help us to understand and appreciate this.
Produced June 2013.