Annual Jersey vs. Guernsey boules match

Boules Muratti 2021

We mustn’t let Guernsey win again!

Our annual boules match with the Guernsey Society will be going ahead, Covid-securely, on Saturday 26 June in our usual location in Cleaver Square London SE11, opposite the Prince of Wales pub.

Play will commence at 2pm.  Equipment will be provided.

The pub is open and serving food, but it is necessary to book in advance by telephone or email.

The contact details are:

The Prince of Wales
Cleaver Square
Kennington, London, SE11 4EA

T: 0207 735 9916




AGM quiz and answers

On Thursday 11th March the society gathered for the Annual General Meeting. However, this one looked a little different to normal as it was hosted on Zoom!

Following the usual updates from key members of the council, and council elections, Chairman Nicholas Paines led the attendants of the meeting in an island-based general knowledge quiz.

For those not able to make it, please see below the quiz and (separately) the correct answers so you can play along.

Download the quiz here

Download the quiz and answers here


Christmas cracker answers

The Puzzle Solutions!

The Society’s Council wish all members a happy start to the Society’s 125th anniversary year. We hope that the Society’s Christmas cracker enlivened your Christmas. No doubt you found all the solutions, but here they are in case you want to check.

How many of the photos did you recognise? The seagull’s eye view was of Bonne Nuit Bay. On the back page, just visible in the mist, is La Rocco Tower. Next to it – and congratulations if you got this one – La Rosière Bay, situated next to La Corbière. Below them, with Jersey in the background, is a view from Les Ecréhou. The other seagull’s eye view is of Egypt and the frozen water mill is Tesson Mill.

On the centre page, the famous person in a Jersey bonnet is Constable Sadie Rennard singing Beautiful Jersey. Here are links to a couple of her Liberation Day performances, one in Jèrriais and one in English.

And here are the answers to the quiz questions:

  1. A beach in Trinity and another in St Brelade share a name – what is it?
    Petit Port
  2. Why are St Ouen people called gris ventres?
    Because they traditionally wore Jerseys knitted with undyed wool.
  3. What was the name of the treacherous Jerseyman who showed Baron de Rullecourt the way in at Platte Rocque that lead to the Battle of Jersey in 1781?
    Pierre Journeaux
  4. What is the name of the Dolmen in St Clement?
    Le Mont Ubé
  5. In what country and in what town was the hermit monk Helier born?
    Tongeren (or Tongres) in present-day Belgium
  6. Where could you go to admire the beauty of the three sisters?
    Le Havre des Pas
  7. Where in St Lawrence did Henry Vatcher enjoy a picnic in the 1860s, and what profitable discovery did he make there?
    Near the site of Handois reservoir, which fills his former china clay quarry
  8. Which two parishes have the same patron saint?
    Grouville and St Martin
  9. How many of the island’s parish churches have spires?
    Eight. The exceptions are St Helier, St Saviour and St Lawrence (towers) and St Brelade.
  10. Which parish has the longest coastline?
    St Brelade
  11. What is the southernmost point in the parish of Grouville?
    Les Minquiers
  12. What is the highest point in Jersey?
    Les Platons
  13. Which historical figure died in the Royal Square?
    Major Francis Peirson
  14. Which seven letter place name in St Brelade contains all five vowels?

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Crossword answers




Upcoming Jersey and Guernsey Society events: 12th and 14th March

To celebrate the start of the new decade we are going to be posting both the upcoming Jersey and Guernsey Society events.

The Jersey Society’s first meeting of the new decade is taking place on the 12th March, this will be both the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and a lecture given by former BBC journalist and climate change expert Jonathan Renouf.

Jonathan Renouf

Renouf will be talking about Jersey’s climate emergency: opportunity or irrelevance?

The States of Jersey has declared a climate emergency, and plans are in place to make Jersey carbon neutral by 2030 – twenty years earlier than the UK. It will mean huge changes, involve a lot of money, and touch on almost every aspect of island life. But are we just wasting our time? What difference can Jersey make to a global problem? Is tackling the climate emergency a once in a generation opportunity, or a complete irrelevance? Jonathan Renouf is a Jerseyman who spent almost 30 years working for the BBC, initially on Newsnight, and then in a variety of roles in the BBC Science Unit. He’s been nominated for three BAFTAs (one of which was for a climate change documentary) and won numerous other awards. He was Executive Producer of the Brian Cox series “Wonders of the Universe”, was deputy editor of “Horizon”, and Executive Producer of the Sky at Night.

Over the last 20 years he’s been involved in almost all the major BBC TV documentaries about climate change, including the most recent David Attenborough film “Climate Change: The Facts”. He’s filmed in the hottest and coldest places on earth, climbed a mountain in the Andes to find the wreckage of a plane that vanished 60 years ago, stood on the edge of two active lava lakes, and thrown up over the side of a boat filming at Easter Island. In August, after 7 months of travelling around the world with his wife and two young children, Jonathan and his family moved back to Jersey. He was a member of the Jersey Electoral Commission, and writes a column in the JEP.

As usual, there will be a three course meal preceding the talk, and bar facilities open throughout.

More details are available on the booking form here.


Following this (two days later!) the Guernsey Society are holding their event on Saturday 14th March entitled ‘We will teach!’ led by Anne Johns and Jenny Head. We will teach! tells the story of some of the many Channel Island women who trained to teach in Salisbury – the first being Eliza Smith from Guernsey who trained in 1843. Anne and Jenny will cover the changing system of education and the impact of this on these strong women.

Meet at Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Street, London W1 1RL (nearest station Paddington) at 12.15 for a pub lunch.


Chris Guille-Marrett 1942-2019

Members of the society will be sad to learn that Chris died on the morning of 15th October after a long battle with a progressive illness which he initially made light of and which he fought until the end when it could no longer be ignored.

He was an indefatigable, meticulous and long-serving Events Secretary whose devotion to Jersey was reflected in his determination to continue in his role with the help of his family.

We have individually and collectively lost a loyal friend.

A funeral service for Chris will be held at Trinity Parish Church at 12 noon on the 28th October.

Chris’ family welcome friends to join them at the church service, however this will be followed by a private family burial.

In lieu of flowers donations to Parkinson’s UK, c/o Sarah Earles, would be welcomed.


17/10/19: The National Trust for Jersey

Our last meeting of the year will take place on the 17th October, this will be a lecture given by Georgina Malet de Carteret, president of the National Trust.

Georgina Malet de Carteret, President of the National Trust for Jersey

The National Trust for Jersey is an independent charity dedicated to permanently protect Jersey’s natural beauty, rich wildlife and historic places for all to enjoy and experience. Georgina will be speaking about some of the National Trust’s recent projects, and its plans for the future.

Georgina’s background makes her the ideal person to be speaking about this: from her experience working at the Prince’s Charities Office overseeing abroad range of areas including the Built Environment, the Arts, Responsible Business and Enterprise, Young People, Global Sustainability and Rural Affairs, to her personal mission to restore the gardens and woodlands around St Ouen’s Manor to conserve its natural beauty and encourage wildlife, she will bring the enthusiasm and passion to bring this fascinating topic to life.

As usual, there will be a three course meal preceding the talk, and bar facilities open throughout.

More details are available on the booking form here, and the menu can be viewed here.


22/6/2019: Annual boules match with the Guernsey Society

We are looking forward to our annual boules match against the Guernsey Society on Saturday the 22 June , however we are always looking for more players and supporters to join us on the day!

The friendly match take place at Cleaver Square, London, SW11 4EA.  Please do meet us at the Prince of Wales pub from 1pm onwards where drinks and food are available to be purchased. The match will take place in the square outside the pub.

It’s always a great day!

The Jersey Society team, June 2018
The Jersey and Guernsey society teams, June 2018

23/5/2019: Great War: An island story at a time of global conflict

We look forward to welcoming you to our second talk of the 2019 lecture programme. On Thursday 23rd May at the Vincent Rooms, LondonIan Ronayne, historian and author of ‘Ours: The Jersey Pals’ and ‘Jersey War Walks’ will speak on the topic of The Great War: An island story at a time of conflict.

Ian Ronayne, historian and author of ‘Ours: The Jersey Pals’ and ‘Jersey War Walks.’

Over the last four years, the world has commemorated the First World War. We have marked centenaries of epic battles, recalled heroics, horrors and sacrifice, elevated ground-breaking wartime achievements. In short, we have dutifully remembered a period in world history that should never be forgotten.

Jersey too has been remembering a period of its history that was largely forgotten until comparatively recently. Overshadowed by occupation in the Second World War, Jersey’s own Great War experience slipped out of mind. Today, rightfully, that situation is changing.

Ian Ronayne is a Jersey historian with a passion for history. Some years back, that passion turned to the story of the island between 1914 and 1918. In 2009, Ian published his first book on this subject, the acclaimed ‘Ours: The Jersey Pals in the First World War’. It dealt with a small group of men from Jersey who left in 1915 to serve gallantly with the Royal Irish Rifles. A follow-up book, ‘Jersey’s Great War’, was published in 2014 to record the whole story of islanders between 1914 and 1918.

In recent years, Ian has led or supported many initiatives linked to Jersey’s remembering and commemorating of its First World War experience. These include visits to the former battlefields of Jersey soldiers, school and public talks, weekly blogs, ceremonies and monument erection. All of which safeguard the legacy of Jersey’s Great War and the islanders who lived through it.

As usual, there will be a three course meal preceding the talk, and bar facilities open throughout.

More details are available on the booking form here.


‘Breaking Ice’: an exhibition

Nicholas Romeril’s exhibition Breaking Ice celebrates his recent expedition to Antarctica  aboard HMS Protector, which he undertook as Artist in Residence for the Friends of the Scott Polar Institute.

Breaking Ice: Nicholas Romeril in Antarctica

A Jersey native, Nicholas Romeril captures the essence of what is central to many islander’s lives. His striking motifs of boulders, sand dunes and foaming seas create beautiful and dramatic visions of pristine coastlines.

The exhibition Breaking Ice will feature over 70 works. It is open from the 2nd April until 4th May at Chris Beetles Gallery, 8&10 Ryder Street London SW1Y 6QB.


7/3/2019: Jersey’s Overseas Aid Programme: Good global citizenship or a waste of money?

Our first meeting of 2019 is sure to be a good one, on the 7th March we will be joined by Simon Boas the Director of Jersey Oversea Aid.

Simon Boas, Director of Jersey Overseas Aid

For over 50 years, Jersey has operated a taxpayer-funded overseas aid and development programme. A little rock off the coast of Normandy has funded boreholes, schools and clinics in six continents, and sent almost 1,000 volunteers on work trips to developing countries. We even have a Minister for International Development. Why do we bother? Shouldn’t charity begin at home? Can our aid really change anything? For that matter, can anyone’s?

Simon Boas has been Director of Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) since October 2016. Brought in with a mission to reform and professionalise Jersey’s overseas grant-making, he will lift the lid on Jersey’s humanitarian and development donor ship and provide a candid assessment of what’s worked and what hasn’t. He will explain how funding decisions are made, the changes underway at JOA, and set out how the Island can maximise the impact of its international aid programme over the next five years.

Before arriving in Jersey, Simon spent most of his career designing, implementing and evaluating aid projects in developing countries. He managed UN and NGO offices in the Middle East and South Asia His experiences range from long-term development policy-making to immediate post-disaster relief. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford before, more latterly, receiving a Master’s degree in International Policy Analysis from Bath University.

As usual, there will be a three course meal preceding the talk, and bar facilities open throughout.

More details are available on the booking form here.