Les Fieillets Jèrriais
Salutâtions tout l'monde. Tchi temps acouo! Thank you to those who attended last month's meeting. Details of the Dictionary launch programme and the Fête were discussed and the helping hands organised. Participation in everything was encouraged and we ended by practicing our selected Eisteddfod pieces for the Fête performance.
The Dictionary was duly launched on Monday 19th in the Members Room of La Société and our Chairman introduced the project. The valuable work of the Don Balleine, L'Office du Jèrriais and the Section was outlined by Jean Le Maistre, President of Le Don Balleine and the Bailiff duly launched it to the keenly waiting guests, hosted by La Société. He spoke of the need to keep the Jèrriais and French languages in the public domain and praised the resources being produced by LOffice.
On Friday 23rd, the early evening Parade proceeded through town in costume and with song and verse at various points, finishing at the Town Hall with a fine Vin dHonneur of food and liquid refreshment, very kindly hosted by Simon Crowcroft, the Connétable. The evening was concluded at the SJ by a very interesting language-links lecture on Les Vikings et Les Patois de Normandie et des Îles Anglo-Normandes by Prof. Jean Renaud from the University of Caen.
The Fête at the RJA&HS grounds started on Saturday and finished on Monday afternoon. The Norman and Guernsey participants duly arrived and entertained us on Saturday and Sunday along with Jèrriais presentations from LOffice, L'Assembliée, Le Congrès and the Section who also entertained us throughout Monday. The buffet supper at St. Martin's Public Hall on Saturday evening was excellently catered and the ambience was very convivial and much enjoyed by our Norman guests.
The success of the whole programme was due to the work of members of Le Congrès and L'Office with help from the Students and Section members.
The organisation, accommodation and hosting proved successful thanks to Colins arrangements, and a debt of gratitude is owed to Tony and Geraint for their stamina and expertise in overseeing the programme and its presentation despite poor weather and noise interference at times.
Special thanks are also accorded to Carl Hinault and John Renouf who cheerfully and efficiently greeted, transported and despatched the French and Guernsey visitors to and from the harbours, hotels, Trinity and St. Martin venues in two minibuses kindly on loan from St. John and St. Ouën.
Our next meeting may seem an anticlimax but is on Wed. 4th June in the AM Room at the SJ for some light hearted vocabulary and language exercises and any discussion and planning for the next project.
John Clarke (Président)
Ralph Nichols (Ségrétaithe)
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