By Olivier Bacquet
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The jeu de palm, the lengthy palm, the ball within the sieve, the ball within the hand… and particularly the balloon in handthe final identify for a staff sport that has advanced rather a lot because the court docket of Louis XIV.
This balloon within the fist that continues to be a practice deeply rooted in PicardyAmiens internet hosting the federal championships each summer season.
These sports activities have been performed in Picardy since Antiquity.
Among the many finest golf equipment in France
André Sehet, an everlasting fanatic who already has many works dedicated to the historical past of the Nièvre and Somme territory to his credit score, has set himself a brand new problem: to revive the reminiscence of Picard sports activities practiced up to now within the Nièvre Valley.
The ball within the fist is the strongest instance. Till the Second World Struggle, the valley had among the finest golf equipment in France.
That is significantly true at L’Etoile (Somme), the place there have been as much as 5 golf equipment with ball in hand, and which whole ten “flags” (federal champion titles), forward of the six flags of Flixecourt and Saint- Ouen, the 2 from Domart-en-Ponthieu and Vignacourt, and the flag of Saint-Léger-les-Domart.
Within the heyday, there have been as many soccer golf equipment within the Nièvre valley as there have been soccer golf equipment at present…
The ball in hand on the service of paternalism
The bosses of the very paternalistic Saint Frères factories understood this properly, encouraging the employees of the Moulins Bleus at L’Étoile to observe the ball of their spare time.
“Nonetheless, the employees will not be left to fend for themselves,” emphasizes François Lefebvre, creator of a e-book devoted to Saint Frères (A century of textiles, revealed by Encrage).
François Lefebvre clarifies his ideas: “One of many L’Etoile golf equipment is run by Alfred Leriche, first president in 1913 of the Federation of Balloonists of the Somme, then president of the Nationwide Federation of balloonists. This supervisor is an accountant on the Moulins-Bleus manufacturing unit. On this means, the boss is ready to know intimately the lifetime of the membership. »
On the lookout for paperwork
When you have photographs, paperwork, press articles on these Picardy sports activities, you may contact André Sehet on 03 22 51 23 23. The paperwork might be scanned and returned as quickly as doable.
1939: 4,000 folks attend the victory of L’Étoile
On his reference web site dedicated to the historical past of L’Étoile, Ghislain Lancel additionally mentions the determine of Alfred Leriche.
“Widowed, this president remarried and had a son-in-law named Georges Nortier who was a superb landowner (again) till his unintentional demise in 1936. To mark his reminiscence, the household established the Nortier problem, a statuette representing the hero awarded every year to the profitable staff on the Moulins-Bleus ballodrome. »
Gilles Caron, beginner historian who has listed all of the Picardy golf equipment, mentions golf equipment in Berteaucourt les Dames, Bettencourt-Saint-Ouen, Condé-Folie, Halloy-les-Pernois, Pernois, Ville le Marclet… After the battle, the observe has misplaced in reputation.
“In 1939 there have been 4,000 folks current in Amiens to witness the victory of L’Étoile, says Ghislain Lancel. However round 1963/64 the native staff forfeited and we by no means noticed the gamers coaching behind the Moulins-Bleus manufacturing unit once more…”
Who remembers the large names of yesterday?
As we speak, the ball in hand has disappeared from the panorama of the Nièvre Valley. “However the elders nonetheless take into account the names of landowners of excellence: Marie in Saint-Ouen; Nortier, Brebion or Dadier at L’Étoile; Verdeghem in Flixecourt; Delaporte at Domart…”
André Sehet intends to incorporate this reminiscence in the e-book he’s making ready. And for which he’s on the lookout for all sorts of paperwork. The decision is launched.
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