A record of an annual cricket match and luncheon in an Essex village.
Joyce Allingham, amateur filmmaker and sister of noted English crime writer Margery Allingham, shot these films at an annual cricket match and luncheon hosted by Margery and her husband Philip Youngman Carter at their home in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex.
Said to be one of the highlights of life in the village, Joyce captures these annual 'cricket parties' beginning in 1937 and running until 1950, with a necessary break during World War II. The 1937 match was played against a team from the north Essex village of Chappel, whilst Joyce captures the luncheon in the following year, after which the players gather together for a group photograph and the winners urn is carefully carried off.
Returning after the war for the 1948 match, Joyce shows preparations for the big day, followed by the 'feast', a photograph and the match itself. In the evening, guests celebrate inside D'Arcy house, where Margery herself acts as barmaid. Joyce also captures highlights from the 1949 and 1950 meetings, the latter featuring shots of Margery preparing lunch.
Margery Allingham; Philip Youngman Carter
D'Arcy House, Tolleshunt D'Arcy