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1920

1928

Following World War 1, Boys’ Clubs formed to keep a sense of comradely for those who had served in the war. The vast majority of boys had left formal education at the age of14 and began life in employment. To many, the street were the only place available to socialise once they had finished work, which became seen as a social problem.

The Boys Clubs from across the city signed the original document forming the Bristol & District Federation of Boys Clubs in a building in Nelson Street, just 50 yards away from the current office.

Women over 21 achieved the same voting rights as men through the Equal Franchise Act

The first ‘Talkie’ is shown in Britain.

Mickey Mouse is created at the Walt Disney Studio

1930

1935

Thorpe Bannister was appointed as the first full-time General Secretary of the Federation.

1936

King Edward VIII abdicates over his relationship with an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.

1939

Despite numerous obstacles, Boys’ Clubs continued strongly through World War 2 and contributed towards the war. Many of the club members became involved with fire watching duties across the city during the war.

Germany invades Poland and the UK declares War.

1940

1942

Thorpe Bannister seconded to work for the war office and Ted Higgins was appointed as his successor.

1945

Germany surrenders on 8 May.

Labour leader Clement Atlee wins landslide election victory.

The UK becomes a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

1948

Ted Higgins took on the role of National Training Officer for the National Association of Boys Clubs and Fred Semwin was appointed as his successor at the Bristol & District Federation of Boys Clubs with Chris Wilcox as his assistant.

 

The National Health Service is established.

The liner ‘SS Empire Windrush’ docked at Tilbury carrying nearly 500 Caribbean people to Britain.

1950

1953

Fred Semwin stepped down and Chris Wilcox was appointed General Secretary of the Bristol & District Federation of Boys Clubs on the 1st April, Chris was in the role for 35 years.

1955

Commercial television starts with the first ITV broadcast.

1956

Hartcliffe Boys Club was opened in Murford Avenue and Ernie Curtis was appointed leader. Jack Clarke was the Chairman of the new club and he was also appointed Chairman of the Federation, a position he held until 1981.

1958

Blue Peter first broadcast on TV.
1960

1961

The Albemarle Report was published by the Government, which recommended that central and local government funds should be made available to build new clubs across the country. A number of new clubs were built in Bristol over the next few years, including Bedminster Down Boys Club, Sea Mills Boys & Girls Club, Filwood Boys Club, Ashton Vale Club for Young People, Bristol Five Boys Club (Harry Crook Youth Activity Centre), Black Horse Boys Club and Teyfant Boys Club.

 

The Oral Contraceptive Pill was first introduced in the UK.

1964

Match of the Day starts on BBC2

1965

The Comprehensive education system is initiated.

1966

England wins the football World Cup.

1967

Abortion and Homosexuality are legalised.

1969

The first man walks on the Moon.

The voting age is lowered from 21 to 18.

1970

1971

Decimalised currency replaces ‘pounds, shillings and pence’.

1976

Avon Country Council was formed and the name of the Fed was changed to The Avon & Bristol Federation of Boys’ Clubs.

1979

Sony introduces the Walkman.
1980

1981

Jack Clarke steps down as Chairman to become President of Avon & Bristol Federation of Boys Clubs and is succeeded by Jay Tidmarsh.

 

Racial tensions spark riots in Brixton and other areas including Bristol.

1982

Smile emoji said to have been used for the first time.

Channel 4 TV station launched.

1984

The Fed embarked upon a new project to build an inner city club linked with Broadplain Boys Club and the Sports Council to build the Broadplain & Riverside Youth Project, which was opened by the Duchess of Kent.

1988

The Federation celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and the Diamond Jubilee Appeal raises the £100,000 endowment which pays for the employment of the Federation Activities Officer.

Chris Wilcox MBE JP retires and Trevor Jones is appointed as General Secretary.

1989

The Federation receives on loan a Sportsmobile, sponsored by Grand Metropolitan which acted as a mobile youth club.

The Berlin Wall is torn down.

1990

1990

With funding from HTV Telathon the Federation purchases its own Mercedes Van called the Roadshow which carries on the work of the mobile youth club.

The Fed receives funding from Avon County Council to appoint a Girls worker.

Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web.

1991

The Fed buys its own office at 113 Parson Street, moving from Clock Tower Yard in the city centre.

1995

The Fed votes to formally start working with girls as well as boys, and the name of the organisation is changed to the Avon & Bristol Federation of Clubs for Young People.

The first item is sold on amazon.com.

1995

The County of Avon is dissolved and is replaced by the four unitary authorities of Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

1997

The Fed receives funding to start the Bristol Young Volunteer project.

Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone is published.

1999

The Fed is funded to run Millennium Volunteers in the Avon area and also receives funding from the National Lottery to continue the Bristol Young Volunteer project.

2000

2000

The Fed became Young Bristol and Pooles Wharf was opened by the Duchess of Gloucester.

World population crosses the 6 billion mark.

2001

iPod launched by Apple.

2003

Young Bristol is funded to deliver a Youth Accreditation Programme by the Society of Merchant Venturers.

2004

Facebook goes live.

2005

Civil partnerships give same-sex couples legal rights.

2007

The first iPhone is released.

2008

Millennium Volunteers finishes but is succeeded by V for Volunteering which Young Bristol is funded to deliver in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

2009

Young Bristol leads the Bristol Application of the National MyPlace Programme, to build a world class central youth centre and secures £5 million to build what is now the Station.
2010

2011

Trevor Jones MBE retires from the position of Chief Executive Young Bristol and is succeeded by Steve Smith.

Young Bristol is involved in the original pilot of the National Citizen Service, a government funded programme for 16-17 year old.

2012

Local Authority withdrew all funding to Young Bristol and Community Youth Clubs.

Young Bristol sells Parson Street and moves into its current premises at The Station.

Young Bristol launched its own outdoor activity Instructor Training Scheme, which was the first scheme of its kind in the South West.

Britain hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics to widespread international acclaim.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.

2013

Steve Smith steps down as Chief Executive and is succeeded by the joint management team of Lee Williams and Anton Boari.

Young Bristol launches its Creative Programme.

Prime Minister David Cameron proposes a referendum on whether to leave the European Union after the next election.

 

2014

Anton Boari steps down and Lee Williams becomes Chief Executive.

2016

Political crisis after voters in a referendum opt to quit the European Union. David Cameron resigns and is succeeded as Prime Minister by his home secretary, Theresa May.

2017

Early elections, called by Prime Minister Theresa May to strength her hand in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, results in a hung parliament and a fragile Conservative minority government, kept in office by an agreement with the main pro-British party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionists.

Bank of England introduces the ‘plastic Jane’ £10 note.

2018

Young Bristol celebrates its 90th Anniversary, raising £90,000 to purchase a mobile youth provision in the Youth Bus for Young Bristol campaign.

Young Bristol becomes part of the Targeted Youth Service consortium to lead on providing youth services across Bristol.

2020

2020

The world sees the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, sending the UK into multiple national lockdowns during 2020.  

Young Bristol is awarded, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

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