Yate Heritage Centre January2016

December 20 2015

At the centre we are looking forward to a host of new exhibitions and events throughout 2016. We will again be looking to hold our major St George’s Day celebrations in April and the International Festival in September.

At the centre we are looking forward to a host of new exhibitions and events throughout 2016. We will again be looking to hold our major St George’s Day celebrations in April and the International Festival in September.
We will be tackling the history of many of our local industries, including aircraft and mining, while February will see the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the Parnall aircraft works.
We kick off with the history of local football. Called Football Crazy, there will be plenty of local football facts and photographs of past players to show the history of the Yate and Sodbury area on Saturday afternoons.

A Lost World
Many local people have provided us with a football world now long gone. Every village had its own team, which by hook or by crook had its own kit, pitch, facilities of a kind and willing players from the immediate area.
Rivalries were fierce, with Yate and North Road being a cherished Boxing Day fixture, followed by drinks at the Codrington Arms. Local benefactors such as Sodbury Quarry in the 1960s and Bill Febry, of Febry’s haulage business, could be relied upon to support the local teams.
Labour of Love
Today’s players might baulk at some of the conditions endured in the past. Changing rooms and showers were unknown at many places and those playing at Uley, near Dursley, had to change in a hen house. Washing in a tin bath was de rigueur.
 “As for the washing facilities …. I used to go to the White Lion with a big tin bath and carry it back. Two people would carry it back twice ….one for each team!” Richard Jordan, Yate YMCA 1950s.
 Injuries were also commonplace. Hard pitches in winter and heavy, leather balls took their toll. The pungent smell of liniment and embrocation to treat injuries filled changing rooms. Basic liniments were even acquired from local vets.

A Social Life
The social life allied to football could be equally important.
“These days they train twice a week but we didn’t have the facilities in winter, like floodlights or gymnasiums. They’d train in the pub playing darts or in the YMCA playing snooker!” Richard Jordan.
Football Crazy runs from January 26 to March 19.

For your Diaries
Until January 24: Friends who Paint – local fine artists showcase their material.
7.30pm, February 2: Yate Lecture Series – The Heights of Depravity, the history of Horfield Prison.
7.30pm, February 9: Yate Lecture Series – History of the Bristol food riots.
Photos:  Courtesy of Old Sodbury FC and Frampton Cotterell local History Society