Children's film looks back to St Albans' past

PUBLISHED: 17:51 28 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 May 2010

TAKE a step back over 60 years to see a children s film starring a very young Petula Clark on location in Wheathampstead on Sunday afternoon. The film, Trouble at Townsend, was made in 1946 on location at Westend Farm and Nomansland Common. It is being sh

TAKE a step back over 60 years to see a children's film starring a very young Petula Clark on location in Wheathampstead on Sunday afternoon.

The film, Trouble at Townsend, was made in 1946 on location at Westend Farm and Nomansland Common.

It is being shown by The Malcolm Saville Society, named after the well-known children's author who lived in Harpenden and Wheathampstead and was most famous for his Lone Pine series of books.

Two films were made from his books - Treasure at the Mill set in Essex and Trouble at the Mill filmed at his home Westend Farm.

In 2008 the society released a DVD with both films and short documentaries made at the film locations.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, society members will be revisiting the locations and on Sunday they will be walking around Wheathampstead to see where Trouble at Townsend was made, having a picnic and then finishing with the film show at the URC Hall in Brewhouse Hill at 3.30pm

There will also be a presentation about Malcolm Saville in Herts and in the second half of the programme, presenter Alan Willmott will be showing some films made in the county in the 1940s and 1950s.

The film show is open to all and people need only turn up to get in. The society is asking for a donation of £1 which will include tea and coffee.

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