History Section


La Société Jersiaise

The History Section


Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday December 14th 2004 at 5.15pm
Members' Room

Members present :
Frank Falle (Chairman), Jean Arthur, Marie-Louise Backhurst, Don & Jean Bell, Mary Billot (Secretary), Mervyn Billot, Bertram Brée, Francis Corbet, Guy Dixon, Roy Dobin, Caroline Easterbrook, Mary Gibb, Sue Groves, Douglas Hooke, Nicolas Jouault, Sally Knight, George Langlois, Suzanne Le Feuvre, David Le Maistre, Georgia Le Maistre, Bob Le Sueur, Ian Machin, Alec Podger, Gwyneth Syvret.

1. Apologies for absence :
Anne Corbet, John & Pam Denize, Sue Hardy, Tertius Hutt, Sarah Jordan, David Levitt, Richard Syvret.

2. Minutes of the meeting of November 16th 2004 and amendments

  1. There were no amendments; the minutes were approved as a correct record.

3. Matters arising from the minutes not covered by the agenda
  1. 3Nick Jouault corrected the JEP report (10th November 2004) about the Dispatch; it ran into trouble off La Moye Signal Station on October 17th 1851 but did not sink.
  2. 5 Marie-Louise Backhurst said that Nick Jouault has pictures of the Chinese junk They will give further details at the February 2005 meeting, if Mr Allix does not show his GO slides (see Minute 5.7 of November 16th 2004).

  3. Chairman's communications
  4. 1 Frank Falle appealed for contributions for the History Section annual report for 2004. The deadline for submission of the 2005 Bulletin contributions is January 31st 2005.
  5. 2 Marie-Louise asked whether the Section minutes are on the website. Mary Billot said that she has emailed the minutes to Geraint Jennings for some years and that they are being indexed by Google www.google.com. She reminded members that Geraint manages our web pages and that he is happy to add more word-processed material. Frank Falle asked whether a filtering system is needed. However the Section has only control of its own web pages and cannot influence the content of other websites other than to issue corrections on its own pages.
  6. 3 Frank said that there were only ten places left out of 50 for the circular Three Bells Walk on Christmas Eve in aid of the Oakwell Children's Respite Home. It is 6.8 miles starting in St Peter and ending with lunch at the Mermaid Tavern. It is possible to join for only part of the walk, which is circular.
  7. 4 He reminded everyone that the January 2005 meeting is the Section's AGM and thanked Mary Billot for continuing to produce the minutes.
  8. 5 Mary Billot asked everyone to contribute £2.00 to the cost of the Christmas Party. She said that she would e-mail Prof. Gwyn Meirion-Jones about the Vannes study tour after the New Year. Christmas cards have been sent to him and to Mme Laurent (Rennes).
  9. 6 Bob Le Sueur informed members about L'Etacquerel Fort (between Bouley Bay and Rozel). It is boarded up and suffering dilapidation; its walls need repair. It is owned by the States and at one time was leased to the Youth Service, which rarely used it. It is now the site of rave parties with evidence of drug taking. He asked what can be done to protect the site.
  10. 7 Bob said that the menhir found in the wall of an outbuilding of Les Rosiers in Pontorson Lane, St Clement (property of Jurat Lee Bailhache) has been recorded. It is almost certain that it is at its original site and was spotted by Mr Griffiths, a neighbour.
  11. 8 David Le Maistre reported that he has received as a gift the original score of The Paladins by P.G. Larbalestier, author and composer. He had contacted PGL's daughter in his capacity as Chairman of the Bibliography Section. He has given the score to the SJ Library and noted that there is no SJ Music Section. Mary Billot said that she now has a photocopy of the German Occupation registration card for thes librettist Horace Wyatt; however the Jersey Archive does not have a card for PGL.
  12. 9Frank said that next year is Maritime Year as well as the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
  13. 10George Langlois announced that he has been invited to join the States Scrutiny Panel on Jersey's water resources. Frank congratulated him on having his expertise recognised at last.

  14. The Section's Avranches Tour, September 2004
  15. 1 Bertram Brée introduced a slide show of Frank Falle's slides. Other photographs and information was also circulated. Frank thanked Bertram for his organization of the trip and for the wealth of historical information, which he had provided.

  16. Date of next meeting
  17. Tuesday January 18th 2005 at 5.15pm, in the Members' Room.
  18. Mr Stuart Fell (Environment & Public Services Dept) will attend. The Section's business meeting will then take place, which includes the Annual General Meeting.

  19. SOME TIPS FOR SEARCHING GOOGLE www.google.com, referred to in Minute 4.2 (courtesy of Heather Morton, Reference Librarian at Jersey Library)
  20. [subject] [space] site[colon][domain name] eg. Sundials site:societe-jersiaise.org

This search will bring up everything on sundials on the SJ website, not just information on the History Section web pages.

  1. [subject] [space] site[colon][fullstop][country code] eg. Parish hall enquiries site:.je
  2. The fullstop after the colon and before the country code is essential. This will bring up everything on parish hall enquiries on the States of Jersey website. An alternative search could include the domain type as well as the country code eg. Parish hall enquiries site:gov.je
  3. International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) can also be searched. Enter the 10 digit numbers (spaces not needed) in Google to get a result.
  4. Mary Billot