06/02/2014: Low water fishing talk and AGM


Although he has lived in St Clement for a number of years David Le Maistre is, at heart, a St Ouennais. David was born in 1937 and met Jim Le Couteur at Victoria College. As schoolboys they spent many hours together on the rocks in St Clement’s Bay and later with family members low water fishing in St Ouen’s Bay. Jim has drawn the illustrations to be used in the talk.

After working in a lawyer’s office for a few years, David moved into banking and later into the finance industry. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, he retired in 1995 to spend some quality time with his wife, Ann, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1971.

An active supporter of the Societe Jersiaise, he has at various times served on the Executive committee of the Societe and been chairman of both the History and Bibliography sections. David takes an active interest in the history and culture of his native island.

This is the second time that David has visited the JSL and some members may recall his 2001 presentation Bv Gone Jersey: A selection of old postcards.

Click to download attendance slip, AGM agenda and further details



Boules Muratti: Saturday 22 June 2013

JERSEYguernSaturday 22 June 2013, Cleaver Square, London SE11 4EA from 12.00 noon


The third Boules Muratti will be held this year on a Saturday afternoon in the idyllic setting of Cleaver Square – one of London’s finest Georgian Squares. An added attraction of the Square is that it has a pub, The Prince of Wales, selling Shepherd Neame beers from Faversham, Kent.

Traditional pub food is available at The Prince of Wales until 3.00pm.

Boules is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

If you have a set of Boules, please bring them along.

The nearest underground station to Cleaver Square is Kennington (Northern Line). Vauxhall (Victoria Line) and Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line) are about 15 mins. walk away. Buses passing near to Cleaver Square are 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 196, 333, 360 & 415.


Events for 2013

The next meeting of the Society will be on 2nd May at the  Vincent   Rooms , Vincent Square, SW1, when Dr Gillian Carr will speak on ‘Protest, Defiance  and Resistance’. This will reveal completely new material about the Occupation of the  Channel Islands . We will be joined on this occasion by members of the Guernsey Society. The 2013 Boules Muratti will be on a Saturday for the first time on 22 June and the annual Dinner will be on 17 October, in the Vincent Rooms, when  Jersey ’s Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, has been invited as the guest speaker.

Karen Blampied’s Icons at the “Icons Today” exhibition, Pimlico. 25th – 27th October

Karen Blampied designed 12 icons for each of the Parish Churches based on Saints. 2 of these (St Brelade and St Ouen) are featured in the “Icons Today” exhibition at St Saviours Church, St George’s Square, Pimlico. All are welcome.

For further details including how to find the church please click here.

Opening times

Thursday 25th October 10.30 am to 6.00 pm
Friday 26th October 10.30 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday 27th October 10.30 am to 4.00 pm

10 May 2012: An Architectural History of St. Helier

The next meeting of the Jersey Society in London, on 10 May, is an illustrated talk by David Le Lay. Details of the venue and booking arrangements will be posted here closer to the date.

The planning and architecture of St. Helier reflects the English influence upon Jersey from about 1800. Throughout the nineteenth century it grew from its mediaeval core around the church to fill the whole of the natural amphitheatre that lies inland. It includes many fine examples of Regency architecture which are grossly under-valued, especially in Jersey itself.

David Le Lay was born in Jersey and was educated at St. John’s School and Hautlieu. He studied architecture at the Canterbury School and the Regent Street Polytechnic. In 1970 he established his own practice in Chelsea, which still flourishes, though David retired in 2005.


09/02/2012: AGM and “Across the pond” documentary

Some 3700 miles of the Atlantic Ocean separate Jersey from Gaspé in Quebec, Canada. But in 1843 this didn’t deter 29 year old Thomas Le Page from leaving his island home of Jersey to head across the pond to Gaspé. His incentive was to avoid the embarrassment of bankruptcy.

In a quest for a new life, Thomas left his wife and children to claim 110 acres of land just inland at Malbaie, an area already saturated by fellow Jerseymen all keen to cash in on the new and exciting cod fishing industry that had grown from strength to strength over the previous ten years. He, as many others had before him, built a traditional four bedroom Jersey home which still stands today.

Two years later his wife and four children joined him to help with a life of farming and fishing. Tragically, Thomas drowned off the coast of Gaspé but in true Jersey tradition left the farm to his son, Thomas David, and so life went on.

Full details can be found here