Les Fieillets Jèrriais
Salutâtions! La fîn d' l'année, la fîn du vîngtième siècl'ye et du millenium. For the section, the closing months will have provided a fitting climax for our year. In the Eisteddfod we acquitted ourselves well and were awarded a Silver Certificate, having gained huiptante-huit pointes for our recitation of Lé juste et L'înjuste, complete with our umbrellas, written by J. Picot in 1912. Our sincere thanks go to Geraint for his persistence and encouragement. Thank you to all those who persisted and contributed to this ground-breaking performance! It was also very encouraging to see so many more juniors competing this year.
We shall also sing carols with Geraint on Tuesday 14th December, now 7.30-8pm outside the Exeter in Queen Street, as well as at Lé Sèrvice Annuel at St. Andrew's Church, as usual, on Saturday 11th December at 7.30pm.
We have received two letters in Jèrriais from D'jonnyi l'Mouosse, one concerning his visit to Cognac and "le Jèrriais qui contchéthit lé monde" - Jean Martel, who left Jersey in 1715 and established Martel's, the oldest cognac distillery in the region. The present generation has opened a small museum with exhibits of this period. The second letter concerns Jèrriais in the St. Martin Millennium Book - a poem by Amelia Perchard and comments on the language's future; and a Norman-French poem about our "Banner" written in 1300, from Rybot's book on Lé Vièr Chaté.
Other information includes the opening of a restaurant, the Beanies, at the Weighbridge which will provide authentic Jersey dishes and their names, en Jèrriais, as soon as possible. We have also received a list of English words from Tony Scott Warren, which the Manx authorities have translated into Manx. These should provide a basis for us to translate into Jèrriais for future use in our literature and conversation..
Et à ch't heu, mèrcie bien des fais à touos lé monde qui nous a aîdgi chutte année.
Jouaie at prospéthité l'jour dé Noué
Touos tes anmîns à l'entou d'té,
A t'aîdgi à mangi tan fricot.
Mais, sus toute chose, né mange pas trop.
J. LeB. Nichols (Chair)
R. Nichols (Ségrétaithe)
L. Manning (Trésôryi)
C. Everard MBE.
La Société Christmas Greetings du temps pâssé
1932 Ch'est not' plliaisi qu'ous ayiz
Un bouan Noué et unne annaie prospèthe.
1933 Lé souhait de man tcheu est qu'ous ayiz
Y'un raide bouan temps à NOUË et yune ANNAIE de prospéthité.
1934 Un bouan Noué ov'sa jouaie
Unne bouanne annaie et ses éthivièthes
Est chein que j'veur pour vous.
1935 Mes millieurs suoaits
Pour un bouan Noué
Et tout ch'qui ya de bein
Pour l'annaie tchi veint.
1936 Les Compllîments d'la Saison
A p'tits et grands
Un raide bouan Noué
Et piêsse l'av'nin
Le Nouvel An
Pour vous cont'nin
Tout ch'qu'i-y-a d'bouan
Interesting spelling n'est-che pon!
Programme for next year - included the following (more emphasis being laid on individual project work) -
January AGM plus 'pais au fou'
February Language lesson - Lé neu c'mîn and suppl. Vocab. For Carré
March Hamptonne signs (switch to Feb as March is a deadline)
April Scavenger Hunt
May N T of Jersey information booklet.
June Soc. - 'week book' - 52 photos and captions en Jèrriais
July Lanes ride with Brian and Joyce
August Battle of Flowers Museum
September Quiz night en Jèrriais
October Beatrix Potter / Winnie the Pooh translation
November Havre des Pas signs - ? March or when necessary
December Carol practice
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