THE BOAT IN THE MORNING

ON 23 April an artist collective known as the Futurefarmers will sail into Jersey on board the RS10 Christiania, as they travel from Oslo to Istanbul with the Seed Journey. On board are will be five artists, two captains, a navigator and a cook.

Afterwards they will move on to Samarès Manor for baking and fresh bread from the ovens, music by the Jersey Ukelele Club, a grain exchange and the chance to get to know one another.

This is the official launch event of’ The Morning Boat’  -  a new

programme of public art projects, exploring and reflecting on agricultural and fishing practices in Jersey and the impact these have on people's lives – takes place on 23 April, from 2pm.

The location is the Albert pontoon, St Helier Marina .(berth to be confirmed).

There will be music, food and good company.

Trailer-transfers will be provided to and from Samarès Manor.

If you are unable to join the Futurefarmers, they will be taking part in the Jersey Boat Show on 29April and a presentation at Quétivel Mill on 27 April, preceded by a guided tour of St Peter’s Valley with the National Trust.

They will return to Jersey later in the year to develop a project based on the research they conduct during their first visit.

*To reserve a space: for 23 April, tel: 01534 482898 / 07797865229

Email: morningboat@arts.je

 

The Seed Journey by the Futurefarmers is an art project and community event that explores a largely unknown story that has shaped Jersey’s history, economy, culture and society.

It is a project by the internationally renowned artist collective

Futurefarmers, who are sailing the RS-10 Christiania, an 1895 wooden rescue boat from Oslo to Istanbul, while conducting research into the

role grains have played in shaping our culture and society and the notion of the commons in relation to agricultural practices.

The sailing ships functions as a library of rare grains that are collected and shared throughout the journey, an exchange of

knowledge between bakers, farmers, scientists, historians, brewers and communities, a radio station, a workshop, school and museum, a bakery and much more.

The Seed Journey will drop anchor in Jersey for seven days, engaging with local experts to conduct research, hosting workshops with local schools, presenting the Seed Journey at public events, working with a brewery to create a special edition beer, etc.

In September and October two artists will return to continue their research and develop a live event in Jersey.

See http://www.futurefarmers.com / http://www.flatbreadsociety.net

 

Milk wholesale price to rise by 4p per litre

The wholesale price of Jersey Milk is increasing by 4p per litre from Monday 15th May, the first rise since 2013.

The price rise has proved necessary because Jersey Dairy is facing increasing costs in its operation as a result of the British pound’s poor performance against the Euro.

Wholesale price increases of between 4% and 8% will apply across Jersey Dairy’s range of other dairy products such as ice cream and butter, effective from the same date.

Eamon Fenlon, Managing Director, Jersey Dairy, explained that Jersey Dairy had resisted an increase in its prices for as long as it could. He commented:

‘We have taken the impact of the movement in exchange rates for the last eight months in the hope that there would be signs of a recovery, but this has not been the case and we are facing increasing costs in packaging, ingredients, operational supplies and other services supplied to Jersey Dairy, with some price increases approaching 20%.

‘The Dairy industry is an important part of Jersey’s heritage, so whilst we are reluctant to increase our prices, it has become unavoidable if we are to address some of the increased costs we are facing in order to sustain the commercial future of Jersey Dairy and the dairy industry.’

Jersey Dairy has increased the wholesale price of milk only four times in the last 14 years, representing just ⅓rd of the increase in the Retail Price Index (RPI) over the same period.

Jersey Dairy implemented price rises of between 7% and 10% on the products it exports off the  Island with effect from 1 January  2017.

CARROTS ARE FUN.

ON Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March, the National Vegetable Society will be selling vegetables grown by HMP La Moye between 11am and 4pm each day at Les Creux Bowls Club in St Brelade.

Dozens of different vegetable plants will be on sale – all of superb quality. Preparations also start that weekend for the popular fun carrot growing competition. Entrants will sow their seeds at Les Creux under the careful supervision of Mark Day and hopefully watch their carrots grow into winners at the summer show.

Fresh ginger has been grown in Jersey for the first time

Woodside Farms in Trinity carried out a successful trial last year resulting in 1.5 tonnes of fresh ginger being produced. This year it is looking to produce 20-25 tonnes of root ginger.

Woodside worked closely with Waitrose to produce the new crop. The farm trialled a number of crops last year including chard, red sprouts, kalettes (developed by crossing kale and the brussels sprout), beetroot and ginger with the beetroot and ginger being progressed on a larger scale.

Sales of ginger have shot up as the trend for fresh juices and smoothies continues.

 

Sweet Talking

 

The Centenary lecture programme pf the Jersey Beekeepers Association starts ion 24 March. This is the first of a series of public talks about honey bees, the threats to their welfare, and that of other pollinators, and what we can do to halt their decline. Giving the talks are leading UK scientists, researchers and campaigners.

The first lecture in the series is: ‘The Honey Bee, Predators, Parasites, Pests and Pathogens.’ The speaker was Dr Giles Budge PhD, of Newcastle University.

The dates, speakers and subjects of the future talks in this series are: Thursday 11 May, 7:30pm at  Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity.  The speaker: Dr Michael Garratt PhD,  Senior Research Fellow in Agri-Environment Studies, University of Reading with the working title: ‘A Place for Pollinators.’

Friday 10 November 7:30pm at Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity. The speaker: Paul da Zilv. The working title. ‘On Being Bee Minded’

Friday 19 January2018: same time and location:  TBA.

The series is sponsored by the Howard Davis Farm Trust.

For further details, contact Bob Hogge. E-mail rnhogge@gmail.com; mobile,   07797765113

 

The Deutsche Bank Festival of the Creative Arts

IT is time for the Eisteddfod again – this week sees the Spring Festival of the Performing Arts take place at the Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity.

Jersey is home to a large number of skilled people of all ages, and as many of them as possible areencourage to enter their particular art or craft in the Jersey Eisteddfod for the enjoyment of others in the  community.

Entrants get the opportunity of having their work appraised by adjudicators from England and can often gain valuable information from this.

The dates are:

Thursday March 16th 10am to 6pm

Friday March 17th 10am to 6pm

Saturday March 18th 10am to 6pm

Sunday March 19th 10am to 4pm

Bus Route No 4

Admission £4 Adults, £3.50 Senior Citizens, Children and Students in full time education - FREE

Contact details Tel 854529 and Email admin@jerseyeisteddfod.org.je

 

 

 

Is there honey still for Tea?

The Jersey Beekeeper’s Association is still buzzing after 100 years, says its former chairman, BOB HOGGE

NOW part of Genuine Jersey and having recently become a registered charity, the Jersey Beekeepers Association has over 100 members, who between them manage over 400 hives.

As JBKA new President, Dr Tim du Feu explained: ‘The disease, American Foulbrood, which killed off almost half the Island’s hives, has now been controlled and the Association is looking forward to the future.

‘Our “Beginning Beekeeping” classes are oversubscribed and there is a lot of interest in bees and beekeeping as well as a greater understanding of their importance, not least in giving us our world-class and unique Genuine Jersey Honey.’

On 24 March the Association are inviting the people of Jersey to the first of a series of public talks about honey bees, the threats to their welfare, and that of other pollinators, and what we can do to halt their decline. Giving the talks are leading UK scientists, researchers and campaigners. The series of talks is titled: Will There be Honey Still for Tea? (with apologies to the famous poem, Grantchester Vicarage, 444444444by Rupert Brooke).

The series has been sponsored by the Howard Davis Farm Trust.

The first lecture in the series is: ‘The Honey Bee, Predators, Parasites, Pests and Pathogens.’ The speaker is Dr Giles Budge PhD, of Newcastle University.

It takes place at 7.30pm on 24 March at the RJA&HS, Trinity.

Dr Giles Budge, a leading researcher in honey bee health, will bring his audience up to date on the state of health of the UK’s honey bees and any future threats that might be coming.

Dr Budge is Head of Science at FERA, part of Newcastle University Research Gate Campus outside York. The campus is the site of the National Bee Unit that trains the UK’s bee inspectors and is a leading centre for honey bee research in the UK.

Giles was the lead researcher into Jersey’s recent outbreak of American Foulbrood Disease that wiped just under half of the Island’s managed honey bee colonies and from which the Island’s beekeepers have still not fully recovered.

‘Understanding what is happening to our honey bees might help us understand the reasons why so many of our pollinators are in such a serious decline - and not just here in Jersey but in the UK and around the World. It is something that is now being recognised by governments around the world, who are concerned that a major proportion of what we require for our survival - such as food, natural raw materials and carbon storage - rely on the services of pollinator.

This talk launches the JBKA’s Centenary Lecture series and will be of interest to all those concerned about the environment, sustainability and food security.

After all, it has been postulated that if we lose the world’s pollinators - we lose the world.

 For further details, contact Bob Hogge. E-mail rnhogge@gmail.com; mobile,   0779776511300

Potential global first for new rural support scheme

Jersey’s new Rural Economic Strategy (RES) 2017-2021 was published on 14 February and could be a world first. The plan proposes changes to the way rural businesses receive financial support from the States. It is expected that all farms receiving financial support from the States will be part of the Leaf Global Standard within three years making Jersey the first jurisdiction in the world to achieve this across the entire farming sector.

The current Single Area Payment will evolve into the new Rural Support Scheme which promotes sustainable agriculture. The Leaf Global Standard marque is independently audited and will incentivise businesses to farm in the most economic and environmentally sustainable way.

The new RES proposes new policies to keep pace with changes in the rural economy and promote growth in the sector as well as to ensure the impact of rural business on the wider environment is considered. It aims to change the current financial support mechanism from a payment based on the area farmed model to a performance based model, as well as to incentivise the most economically and environmentally sustainable approaches to farming in Jersey.

For more information on the new RES visit www.gov.je.

 

• First water quality tests in 2017 similar to 2016

THE first water quality tests for the 2017 growing season show that levels of pesticides in untreated water are similar to those recorded last year. Oxadixyl, last used in 2003, was detected in 2016 throughout Jersey’s untreated water sources. Recent monitoring has also picked up azoxystrobin, metribuzin and glyphosate.

Testing of water continues all year round, but these are the first results since farmers started planting potatoes for the new season. It is too soon to tell if this is a one-off occurrence. However, it’s a reminder that farmers need to be vigilant as sudden rainfall can quickly wash chemicals off the ground and into water.

A body established last year to work for improved water quality – the Action for Cleaner Water Group – will continue to support a package of measures put in place to improve Island water quality, and particularly, to reduce the levels of pesticides in Island water courses during the current potato season.

Measures include an immediate ban on the sale and distribution of all plant protection products containing the active ingredient linuron. This was detected in Jersey waters, including Val de la Mare reservoir, on a number of occasions last year. New regulations are to be introduced to address land management practices that can cause water pollution. There will also be tighter controls on pesticide use in certain sensitive areas, such as Val de la Mare and Queen’s Valley and expanded areas for trials such as the use of slow-release fertiliser. 

Last year, the level of oxadixyl in streams and reservoirs remained below the revised World Health Organization (WHO) advisory health limit for oxadixyl of 30 micrograms per litre (ug/l). Environmental Protection officers from the Department of the Environment have monitored the levels of oxadixyl in private water supplies and all tests show they remain well below the current advisory WHO-based health limit.

• Avian flu risk is ‘low but uncertain’ and current measures remain in place

THE risk of an outbreak of avian influenza (also known as avian flu or bird flu) remains low but uncertain, and the States Veterinary Officer is advising no change to the current measures in place.

As in low risk areas in England, the recommendation remains to minimise contact between domestic poultry and wild birds. Where possible, domestic chickens, ducks, geese, etc., should be kept indoors or in a netted area. Housing is not compulsory, recognising it is not always possible to do this adequately. It’s still the case that poultry gatherings, such as bird shows, are not being endorsed. And all poultry importations still need an individual licence, with certain conditions set out for each licence.

These measures will remain in place at least until 30 April 2017 unless changes to control policy are justified before that date. The States vet, Theo Knight-Jones will continue to monitor the situation and advise on any necessary measures.

Members of the public are asked to report any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead birds such as gulls or birds of prey to the States Veterinary office at Howard Davis Farm. The number is +441534  441600 or email rva@gov.je.

Jersey’s links with France strengthened by attendance at International Agricultural Show in Paris

 

Jersey and Normandy will once again work together at the Paris International Agricultural Show (Salon International de l’Agriculture) that runs between 26 February and 5 March 2017The event is one of the world’s largest and most important agricultural shows. It attracts almost 700,000 people, including senior politicians. 

The minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, senator Lyndon Farnham will attend the event, along with representatives from his department, and Genuine Jersey. Visitors to the Jersey section of the stand will be able to enjoy a Genuine Jersey cream tea or a cocktail hour aperitif made with Jersey gin (‘gin and sin’), in addition to tastings of many other local products.

Chief executive of Genuine Jersey, John Garton said: ‘The Salon International de l’Agriculture offers us a superb opportunity to develop our relationship with our neighbours, partnering with one of France’s most renowned regions for food and drink.

‘By showcasing some of our most renowned and authentic Jersey produce in this arena, we’ll be supporting efforts to build an attractive and rounded picture of what Jersey has to offer.’

Minister bans Linuron pesticide

Jersey’s minister for the environment has ordered an immediate ban on the sale and distribution of the chemical weed killer Linuron

Deputy Steve Luce has signed a Ministerial Decision that immediately revokes the sale and distribution in Jersey of all plant protection products containing the active ingredient Linuron.

Linuron is used to control weeds and grasses in a range of field crops, particularly the Jersey Royal potato crop. Linuron is highly soluble and persistent in water. It was detected in Jersey waters, including Val de la Mare reservoir, on a number of occasions last year.

The minister for the Environment, deputy Steve Luce said: ‘The ban on pesticides containing Linuron adds to the package of measures already being delivered by the farming and related sectors. It will support the new Water Management Plan by helping to secure the clean water which our health, economic activity and biodiversity relies on. I have discussed the ban with the industry and everyone recognises the need to keep Linuron out of Jersey’s water.’ 

The Department of the Environment and Jersey Water have been working with the farming industry through the Action for Cleaner Water Group for some time to improve the water quality of reservoirs, streams and other water sources in Jersey.

This season, growers have made significant changes to the way they plant Jersey Royal potatoes. This includes using less fertiliser, using a more precise application method of pesticides and fertiliser and using less harmful pesticides. They have also been expanding areas for trials for alternatives such as the use of slow release fertiliser. 

The decision includes a ‘use up’ period until 31 December 2017 so farmers can use up any products containing Linuron. A use up period is normal for pesticide withdrawals and is timed so that Linuron is not used during next year’s potato planting.

 

 

 

Bass management measures come into force

MEASURES to add further protection to Jersey’s bass stocks have come into force following approval by the Minister for the Environment, Deputy Steve Luce.

These changes are the latest in a series of measures introduced in recent years to conserve the bass fishery. They take into account new information from the EU Fisheries Council and advice from Jersey’s own Marine Resources Panel.

Some of the measures have changed slightly from those announced by the Minister in January following advice from the Marine Resources Panel. Firstly, tighter controls will be introduced on gill netting to stop fishermen catching fish indiscriminately, and secondly, a selective hook and line fishery will be allowed, which the Minister believes will directly benefit smaller-scale commercial fishermen.

The selective hook and line fishery catch will be sold locally and the Department of the Environment will be working with fishermen to establish a labelling scheme to show consumers that the fish for sale come from a local, sustainable and well-regulated source.      

A measure that hasn’t changed from those announced is that bass fishing for recreational fishermen will only be allowed on a ‘catch and release’ basis, where fish are captured, unhooked and returned to the water.

Deputy Luce said: ‘I’ve listened carefully to the Marine Resources Panel’s views and acted on their guidance in coming to my conclusions. The measures put in place much tighter controls on gill netting, which is indiscriminate and subject to higher rates of discards. I have also taken into account the significant and potentially positive impact on some of our inshore commercial fishermen in allowing a small, low impact, selective fishery. Our view is that a well-regulated hook and line fishery is far preferable to any indiscriminate gill net one.’

He added ‘I want to make it clear that I completely understand the impact measures like these have on all our fishermen. These decisions will affect livelihoods and leisure time, but it is vital that we are committed to protecting these iconic fish. We must introduce measures that ensure the survival of the bass stock for the benefit of future generations. 

‘I would like to thank the members of the Marine Resources Panel for the work they’ve done getting these measures for bass in place. It hasn’t been easy but I am confident this package will bring Jersey to the point of having one of the most sustainable bass fisheries in Europe.’ 

From today the following changes are in place:

Commercial fishing

No targeting of sea bass fishing by commercial vessels, other than a small selective hook and line fishery

In relation to ‘by-catch’ (fish caught unintentionally while fishing)

There will be a bass by-catch allowance of 3% for vessels deploying fixed gillnets and traps

There will be a bass by-catch allowance of 3% for demersal trawlers (demersal trawlers tow a trawl, or fishing net close to, but not on the bottom of, the sea bed).

Recreational fishing

Only ‘catch and release’ fishing permitted.

 

The Minister still intends to ban set hooks and nets on beaches but a date has not been set yet.

 

 

NEW ISSUE OF RURAL DUE OUT, WEEK BEGINNING 5 FEBRUARY 2017

THE new issue of RURAL magazine is due back from the printers at the beginning of the week starting 6 February.  Throughout the rest of the week it will be distributed, first, to our postal subscribers and then around the Island: shops, rural businesses, government departments, agricultural associations, social and sporting clubs, hotels, restaurants, tearooms and coffee houses and of course the reception areas of town banks and businesses.

The principal theme of this issue is Jersey’s trees: this is the 80th anniversary of the Jersey Men of the Trees association, now known as Jersey Trees for Life. We have an interview with the current president, Gerard Farnham, and also with Robert Jones, in his capacity as chairman of the Jersey branch of the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust. In partnership with the Department of the Environment, the trust is undertaking a regeneration project of Jersey’s woodland.

Other articles cover our usual range of contents: farming, gardening, the local arts and enjoyment of the countryside – the face of Jersey that is sometimes obscured by a concentration in the media on business and finance.

We hope you enjoy the new issue.

 

Jersey Poultry and Ornithological Society

 

 

THE Winter Show of TheJersey Poultry and Ornithological Society is taking place at the Royal Jersey Showground, Trinity on Saturday 30 January.  It will be open from 10am to 4pm and will include a variety of classes for rabbits, guinea pigs, poultry, ducks, budgies, foreign birds, pigeons etc.  It is a real treat for the children who always love to pat the animals.

A raffle will be held and a table top sale is being run in half of the hall.

Refreshments will be available during the day.

All are  very welcome and the club is always looking for new members and competitors, so if you have a rabbit or poultry please ask for details at the show.  Several shows are held during the year and the Society is always pleased to give details of membership etc.

The show takes place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 January.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

On Your Marks, Get Set, Grow!

                                     

THE tenth Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition, organised by the Genuine Jersey Products Association and sponsored by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, launches this week as invitations to take part are sent to all primary schools.

The annual event, which sees primary school pupils, the Constables, Women’s Institute branches and the media grow the Island’s premier crop in a bucket, has a new main sponsor this year. The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has been a longstanding supporter of Genuine Jersey and its values of backing local agriculture, protecting the environment, promoting seasonal crops and the importance of provenance.

The competition is also supported by Belles Fleurs Nursery, the States of Jersey Public Health Department and The Jersey Royal Company.

The challenge is to see who can grow the heaviest crop and highest yield of the Island’s world-renowned potato. Schools also get to learn about the health-giving properties of a balanced diet based on fresh local produce when it is at its seasonal best.   

Each competitor receives a growing kit comprising two Jersey Royal seed potatoes, polystyrene chips, compost and fertiliser – and a bucket to grow them in. All the competitors will be judged at the end of May.

Now in its tenth year, this popular highlight in the primary curriculum attracts more entries year on year. In 2015, over 7,000 pupils took part from 31 primary schools between February and May, with St Christopher’s growing the heaviest crop, Grouville the most tubers and St Lawrence producing the best course work.

It is likely that the 50,000th primary school pupil will take part in the competition this year.

Last year, the Constable of St Mary, Juliette Gallichan, grew the heaviest crop and the most tubers. There was a double triumph in the media competition, too, with Connect magazine taking both titles. In the inaugural WI class, La Pouquelaye grew the heaviest potatoes while St John had the most tubers.

The Chief Executive of Genuine Jersey Products Association, John Garton, said: “The 50,000th pupil taking part, which is likely to happen this year, is a significant milestone and we will have a decade’s worth of students who have a better understanding of how food is produced and the importance of Jersey’s agricultural industry.

“With every year, the competition gets bigger and better and we want this year to be fantastic celebration of the historical and cultural importance of the Jersey Royal and Island life.”

Colin Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, said: “We are proud to be associated with the Genuine Jersey Royal Potato Growing Competition and everything it stands for. The Society is a passionate supporter of local suppliers, spending over £10.5m with them each year across the islands. This support has a major impact on our Island economy and communities, creating an enriching web of economic and social relationships, and preserving what makes Jersey a distinctive, fantastic place to be.”

 

 

 

 

 

Marine Resources Panel agrees bass protection plan

 

 

 

 

 

The Marine Resources Panel has agreed a package of legislative measures to protect Jersey’s bass stocks.

At a meeting on Monday 18 January, the Panel agreed that since the EU has not yet published a new regulation confirming additional measures agreed at the December EU fisheries council, it should recommend to the Minister for Environment that he continues with the package of measures that is currently in process. These measures consist of:

Increase in minimum size to 42cm

Maximum three fish per day per person for recreational fishermen

Maximum limit of 50 hooks set on the beach

Maximum limit of 100 metres of net set on the beach

Increase to 110mm minimum mesh size for nets set on the beach

In addition, there will be a ban on winter pelagic trawling. And the Minister for Economic Development has agreed to draft a change to the Policing of Beaches regulations to remove an exemption for driving on the beach to transport fishing equipment. In future, a permit will be required.

Under the current Fisheries Management Agreement, some regulations must have the agreement of the UK Secretary of State, which has already been requested. Once this is complete, the regulations will be lodged with the States Greffe and the draft legislation submitted for debate in the States. 

Any decision on further protective measures will be put off until confirmation is received that the EU has published the new regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Trust for Jersey programme for 2016

The National Trust for Jersey has sent us their programme for 2016. It follows below:

February

Thursday 4 February - Coastal Cinema

Kindly supported by Quilter Cheviot

Come along to the Frances Le Sueur Centre and watch the ‘Perfect Storm’ with George Clooney, which tells the story of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at in the Perfect Storm of 1991.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Sunday 7 February – World Wetland Day at the Wetland Centre

Come along to the centre to celebrate World Wetlands Day. With guided walks around St Ouen’s Pond and its environs, talks and guidance from bird-watching experts and crafts and games for children in the classroom, there will be something for everyone!

 

Meeting point – Wetland Centre, St Ouen

Time – 1 – 4 pm

FREE

 

 

 

Tuesday 16 February - Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making a Decorative Shell Box

Children are invited to create a decorative shell box inspired by the shell-covered gifts that 19th-century traders used to bring back to their sweethearts at home.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time- 10 am – 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Trust Members; £10 Non-members to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

 

Saturday 20 and 27 - Pruning and Grafting Apple Trees with Vincent Obbard

Did you know that every full sized apple tree is made from two different trees? Enjoy a morning of practical information and hands-on learning about the art and science of grafting and pruning apple trees. Morning coffee on arrival at the Manor.

 

Meeting point – Samares Manor Car Park

Time – 9.30 to 12.30

Price - £15 Trust Members - £20 Non Members.

483193 – Booking essential

You will receive a rootstock and a scion to graft and take home for planting (max 15 people per session)

 

March

 

Thursday 3 February - Coastal Cinema

This month’s Coastal Cinema will be held in Room 4 at Grève de Lecq Barracks. The film is ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea’, based on the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870.

Meeting point – Room 4 Greve de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Tots’ Tales

Our popular story sessions for pre-school children begin again on World Book Day. Join us at Grève de Lecq Barracks throughout March for stories and crafts with a coastal theme.

Thursday 3rd March (World Book Day) - ‘Sally and the Limpet’ by Simon James

Thursday 10th March – ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister

Thursday 17th March – ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson

 

Meeting point – Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 10am-11am

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Woodland Wanders

Pull on your wellington boots and join us in the woods at Hamptonne for a Woodland Wander during this beautiful time of year. With fun, educational activities, children will explore, discover, learn and create (and maybe get a little bit muddy!)

 

Thursday 31st March

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Saturday 26 March (Easter Saturday) – The Shark Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt with a difference! Alongside knowledgeable guides, search the high-tide line for shark, ray and skate egg cases which will be identified counted and added to the marine conservation survey (and there may just be a chocolate treat at the end).

 

Meeting point – Given at time of booking

Time – 10 -11 am

FREE

 

27 March ‘Rambles around Rozel’

Enjoy footpaths and hidden tracks with Bob Tompkins on this circular walk before a visit to La Ferme to meet Robbie Perchard and his herd!  Lunch at the Rozel Bay Inn or the ‘Hungry Man’ kiosk before returning to White Rock.

 

Meeting Point – Car Park at White Rock

Time 10 am

Duration - 4 hours (moderate difficulty)

Price – Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members (lunch/refreshments at own expense)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 31 March - An Evening with Kaiya Campbell

Come along to listen to solo artist 17-year-old Kaiya Campbell. 2015 was a busy year, with acclaimed performances at the Gig in the Park and Jersey Live. Kaiya plays guitar and piano and promises an intimate evening of entertainment with songs from artists such as Adele together with her own compositions.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time –7 pm – 8.30 pm

Price £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Woodland Wanders

Pull on your wellington boots and join us in the woods at Hamptonne for a Woodland Wander during this beautiful time of year. With fun, educational activities, children will explore, discover, learn and create (and maybe get a little bit muddy)

 

Friday 1st April

Monday 4th April

Tuesday 5th April

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Monday 4 April to Sunday 10 April - An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Experience Oscar Wilde’s much loved comedy drama performed by the Butterfly Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in the unique setting of the Georgian house museum at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 1 pm/6.30 and 8 pm

Price - £10 TBC lunchtime performances (45 mins)£12 TBC evening performances (1 hour)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 7th April - Coastal Cinema

Enjoy ‘The Crimson Pirate’ - a 1952 American adventure film starring Burt Lancaster as Captain Vallo, the eponymous pirate set in the Caribbean in the 18th century. Tongue-in-cheek, it provides light comedy touches in an otherwise dramatic story.

 

Meeting point - Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Treasures of Jersey’s National Coastal Park - Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th April

 

Saturday 9 April – Wonders of the Salt Marsh

Join Botanist Tina Hull on a walk from Big Vern’s toward Kempt Tower to find out how plants cope in an environment that is subjected to so many intense environmental pressures – blazing heat, wild storms, wind and salt water!

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 1 to 1.5 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants.

 

Sunday 10 April - Written in the Sand – Les Blanches Banques Uncovered.

Retelling the stories of this large open area of sand-dune – from dolmens to drama groups: from islanders’ playground to coastal park status. Journey back in time on a one hour circular meander with coastline campaigner Mike Stentiford MBE.

 

Meeting point - Le Carrier car park

Time – 10.30 am

Duration – 1 hour

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Sunday 10 April – Coastal Forage with Kazz Padidar

This coastal forage on St Ouen’s beach will take in tide and shoreline and identify edible plants, seaweeds and shellfish. Cooking on a beach fire, the foraged food will be prepared and participants can learn about healthy properties they may hold.

 

Meeting point – Given at time of booking

Time – 1.30 pm

Duration – 1.5 hours

Price - £15.00

483193 – Booking essential

Please dress with an eye on the weather.

 

Sunday 10 April - Explore the Seaweed Gardens of L’Etacq

Join Bob Tompkins through the flood gullies of L’Etacq. With over 400 species of seaweed and a vast range of marine species in this inter-tidal world, delve into the unique rock pools of this rugged part of St Ouen.

 

Meeting point - Car park at Faulkner Fisheries

Time – 2.00 pm

Duration – 2.5 to 3 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

Wear suitable footwear as you will be wading through the gullies and getting wet! Moderate difficulty.

 

Charlotte Bronte Week at 16 New Street - Commemorating 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Bronte. 

 

Tuesday 19 April - Film Jane Eyre

A fine adaptation of Bronte’s classic love story, starring Mia Wasikowska and Dame Judi Dench, screened in the elegant Regency drawing room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point – 16 New Street

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price £10 to include a glass of wine on arrival

483193 – Book and pay in advance

 

Thursday 21 April - Jane Eyre Costume Dinner

Supported by Highlands Academy, Cimandis Jersey and Vend]

To celebrate the life and work of novelist Charlotte Bronte, we are hosting a Regency-style banquet in the splendour of our magnificent Club Room at 16 New Street. Guests are encouraged to dress in 19th-century costume.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 6.30 to 10 pm

Price £80 per person for a 3 course meal, including wine

Tickets are limited so early booking is essential.

483193 – Booking essential

 

Money raised from this event will be used towards the purchase of a Regency sideboard and silver candelabra for the dining room at 16 New Street.

 

Friday 22 April - Food Glorious Food

As part of Charlotte Bronte week, our resident housekeeper will be cooking up a tantalising feast of traditional 19th-century recipes, laid out for visitors to sample in the Regency dining room of 16 New Street - a great opportunity to learn about Jersey’s culinary heritage.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Price - Free to Trust Members; £5 Non-members

No need to book.

 

 

 

Saturday 23 April – Strongpoint Plémont

Matthew Costard, Vice President of the Channel Islands Occupation Society (Jersey) will lead this guided walk around the German fortifications of Strongpoint Plémont. The clearance of the former holiday camp has uncovered several Occupation structures that were previously inaccessible.

 

Meeting point- (meeting point given at time of booking).

Time - 2.30 pm

Duration 2 hours

Price – Free Trust and CIOS Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 5 May - Coastal Cinema

Disney’s ‘Oceans’ is a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Look at the lives of these elusive deep-water creatures through their own eyes. Migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 7 May - La Pulente Wracking Gullies

Tread the track ways of the Island’s old wracking harvesters with Bob Tompkins. Cartwheel ruts and rock cut channels bear testament to the generations of families that worked the land and sea to make a hard earned living.

 

Meeting point – La Pulente Car Park

Time – 12.00 noon

Duration – 2.5 hours - bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 14 May Open Milling Day

Come along to the only working watermill in Jersey to view the milling process.  Watch the Rangers open the sluice gates, follow the water as it travels along the leat, admire the ancient waterwheel as it springs into action and meet our very own Miller. Free guided walks to neighbouring Tesson Mill throughout the day.

 

Meeting Point - Le Moulin de Quétivel

Time - 10am – 4pm

Price - Free to Trust Members; £3 Non-members

Refreshments are available throughout the day.

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

 

Saturday 21 May Bread Making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off? Brush up on your bread making skills at our own Mill in St Peter’s Valley. Learn how to make a classic farmhouse loaf using our own stoneground flour under the guidance of artisan baker Darren Wallser.

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time - 10am –3pm

Price: £45 to include materials and refreshments

Please park at the Duck Pond in St Peter’s Valley

A ploughman’s lunch and all materials will be provided.

 

Sunday 22 May – Orchid Field (Le Noir Pré) Open Afternoon

Experience a riot of colour at Le Noir Pré, our orchid meadows. Learn about these beautiful flowers with expert botanist Tina Hull; discover how to photograph them and keep the children entertained on a ‘Bug Safari’ with a National Trust Ranger.

 

Meeting point – Le Chemin de L’Ouziere, St Ouen’s Bay

Time – 2 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price – Free entry

 

Thursday 26 May - A Short History of Interior Design: Baroque Interiors

In his first talk in the series, local historian and expert Peter Le Rossignol examines the exuberant Baroque style, which originated in Italy and influenced interior design across Europe. Best known for its sense of drama and love of the ornate, the Baroque style remained fashionable until about 1725.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 7 to 8.15 pm

Price- £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 Booking essential

 

Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May Basket making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

In this two-day workshop at Quétivel Mill, you are invited to learn the ancient craft of basket weaving under the expert guidance of James Dyson.  N previous willow weaving experience is required – just lots of enthusiasm!

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time – 10 am to 4 pm

Price: £120 to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential.

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

Lunch, refreshments and all materials will be provided and we intend for everyone to go home with their own simple round stake and strand basket.

 

 

 

Tuesday 31 May Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making a Decoupage Vase and Flower Posy

In our second half-term workshop, children are invited to create a flower posy and decorative vase, employing the ancient art of decoupage.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together with their child in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 to 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Trust Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Book and pay in advance

June

Thursday 2 June - Coastal Cinema

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot is a 1953 French comedy film starring and directed by Jacques Tati. It introduced the pipe-smoking, well-meaning but clumsy character of Monsieur Hulot. The film gained an international reputation for its creator when released in 1953.

 

Meeting point - Parade Ground – Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential.

 

Saturday 4 June - Country Crafts: Herb Workshop

“Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine”

Whether you are passionate about using herbs to flavour your food, aid your digestion or nourish your body this workshop is for you.  A wonderfully informative, relaxing and rejuvenating course at Quétivel Mill.

 

Meeting Point – Quétivel Mill

Time – 2.30 – 5.30 pm

Price £35 to include all materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential.

Lunch and all materials will be provided and we intend for everyone to go home with their own handmade beauty products, made with local herbs and essential oils.

 

Thursday 16 June - A Short History of Interior Design: Georgian Interiors

In his second talk in the series, Peter Le Rossignol looks at interior design of the Georgian period (1714-1830), which saw the rise of highly influential designers and architects such as Robert Adam and Horace Walpole. The Georgian Drawing Room at 16 New Street provides an authentic setting for this fascinating talk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 7 – 8.15

Price - £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 18 June - Time Travel at Grève de Lecq

A rare opportunity to compare a day in the life of a typical 18th-century soldier with that of a World War II soldier – what they wore, where they slept, what they ate and which weapons they used! The site will be divided into two distinctive camps – with the 1781 Militia stationed up at Catel Fort (listen out for the canons) and Force 135 based at the parade ground.

 

Meeting Point - Grève de Lecq Barracks and Catel Fort

Time 11 am to 4 pm

Price - suggested minimum donation £2 per person

Refreshments are available throughout the day

 

Saturday 18 June - Wild West in Full Bloom

Join Botanist Tina Hull and discover the botanical delights of coastal strip, dune and wet meadowland.  See plants which have adapted to survive salt spray, baking sun and little fresh water along with plants at home within a wet meadow.

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants.

 

Friday and Saturday 24 and 25 June - Sunset Concerts

Enjoy live music in the beautiful setting of the natural amphitheatre at Grantez overlooking St Ouen’s Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy fantastic live music as the sun sets. 2016 sees local bands perform on the Friday evening and Brothers Strut on Saturday.

 

Meeting Point – Mont Grantez

Time – 5.30 to 9.30 pm

Price – FREE but retiring collection. £5 for Parking

 

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July

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s Bay.

 

July 26th – Bees, Wasps and Ants

July 27th – Dragonflies and Damselflies

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Rock Pool Rambles

Splash through the rock pools at low-tide to discover ginormous shore crabs, tiny spider crabs, colourful anemones and beautiful starfish. Learn to look at this familiar environment in a new way and discover creatures you have never seen before!

 

Monday 18th July 11.30am

Tuesday 19th July 12.30 pm

Wednesday 20th July 1pm

Thursday 21st July 2 pm

Friday 22nd July 2.30pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

FREE – Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193– Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Hop To It! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

An exciting opportunity for families to dip in to the weird and wonderful world of creatures that live in and around fresh water. Children will explore in and around the pond, identifying and learning about the strange creatures that lurk below the surface.

 

Monday 18th July 2.30pm

Friday 22nd July 10am

 

Meeting Point - given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

 

 

Sunday 3 July – The Water World of the Violet Bank

Join Bob Tompkins on a ramble across the Violet Bank and the lagoon between Seymour Tower and the Karame reef.  Discover why this unique reef system is a ‘RAMSAR’ site and learn about the marine life that calls it home.

 

Meeting point - Car park opposite the Seymour Inn

Time – 11.00 am

Duration – 3.5 hours

Price - £5.00

483193 – Booking essential

Wear suitable footwear as you will be wading through the gullies and getting wet!

 

Thursday 7th July - Coastal Cinema

Point Break is the 1991 cult classic surfing thriller starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. The title refers to the surfing term where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land. Reeves stars as rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah.

 

Meeting point – Le Don Hilton (The White House, St Ouen’s Bay)

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Monday 4 July - Vikings, Mills and Bunkers

Join Blue Badge Guide Jean Treleven on a beautiful journey around the mills and bunkers of rural St Lawrence and St Peter’s valley, through Green lanes and woodland with the occasional steep slope! Learn about Norse place names and Vikings!  

 

Meeting Point - Mill Pond, St Peter’s Valley

Time – 10 am – 1 pm

Duration – 3 hours

Price – Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Wednesday 13 July – Friday 15 July Embroidery Week at 16 New Street

The National Trust for Jersey have teamed up with The Embroiderers’ Guild to create a unique exhibition celebrating 300 years since the birth of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Hand-embroidered cushions, inspired by landscapes and gardens managed by the Trust will be displayed as a trail throughout the house.

 

Meeting Point – 16 New Street

Time – 10am – 5pm

Entry £5.00; Trust Members free

 

 

 

Saturday 23 July - The Tea Party at the Barracks

Come along and enjoy a scrumptious cream tea at Grève de Lecq Barracks prepared by Maureen Bourniquel and her team of volunteers. Enjoy freshly made scones with homemade jam and Jersey cream served al fresco if the sun is shining in this unique setting.

 

Meeting point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 2.30 pm

Price - £6 – all funds raised to go towards the maintenance and upkeep of Plémont forever and for everyone.

 

Sunday 24 July – Kite Flying at Plémont

Come along to the newly restored headland at Plémont – the subject of much campaigning over the past 10 years. Learn how to make and fly a kite, bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful fun-filled afternoon for all the family.

 

Meeting Point – Plémont

Time – 2 pm

Duration – 3 hours

Price – Free

 

August

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s pond.

 

August 9th – Centipedes and Millipedes

August 10th – Beetles and Bugs

August 15th – Ladybirds

August 16th – Crickets and Grasshoppers

August 24th – Woodlice and Worms

August 25th – Butterflies and Moths

August 29th – Slugs and Snails

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

 

Rock Pool Rambles

Splash through the rock pools at low-tide to discover ginormous shore crabs, tiny spider crabs, colourful anemones and beautiful starfish. Learn to look at this familiar environment in a new way and discover creatures you have never seen before!

 

Monday 1st August 11.30am

Tuesday 2nd August 12.30 pm

Wednesday 3rd August1.30pm

Thursday 4th August 2 pm

Friday 5th August 2.30 pm

Monday 15th August 10.30 am

Tuesday 16th August 11 am

Wednesday 17th August 12 pm

Thursday 18th August 1 pm

Friday 19th August 1.30 pm

Monday 22nd August 3.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd August 4 pm

Monday 29th August 10.30 am

Tuesday 30th August 11.30 am

Wednesday 31st August 12.15 pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

FREE – Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193– Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Hop To It! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

An exciting opportunity for families to dip in to the weird and wonderful world of creatures that live in and around fresh water. Children will explore in and around the pond, identifying and learning about the strange creatures that lurk below the surface.

 

Wednesday 17th August 3 pm

Tuesday 23rd August 10 am

Friday 26th August 2.00 pm

Tuesday 30th August 2.30 pm

 

Meeting Point - given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 4th August - Coastal Cinema  

Finding Nemo is the 2003 animated film produced by Pixar Studios. It tells the story of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin who, with a regal tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour.

 

Meeting point – Parade Ground at Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine (for adults only)

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 6 August - Beatrix Potter Family Day Out - commemorating 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter

Storytelling throughout the day along with an exhibition to celebrate the life of this much-loved children’s author who bequeathed 4,000 acres to the National Trust.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 4 pm

Price - £5.00; under 7s free of charge

Come dressed as your favourite Beatrix Potter character

 

Saturday 13 August – Big ‘Wild’ sleep out at Morel Farm

A one night only ‘sleep over’ at Morel Farm. Cook on a campfire, go on a moonlit walk, search for glow worms, create a feast for a hedgehog, build a woodland lantern, sleep under the stars and enjoy the dawn chorus….

 

Meeting point – Morel Farm

Time – 7 pm to 9 am

Price - £10

483193 – Booking essential

Families will need to bring their own tent, sleeping bags and a torch. Please note there are no washing facilities only toilet facilities.

 

September

 

Bug Safaris - BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Our Bug Safaris have had a make-over! With a different focus for each session, children will not only hunt for their favourite invertebrates, but also join in with fun, educational games and crafts in our secret hideaway beside St. Ouen’s pond.

 

September 1st – Spiders and Harvestmen

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Time - All sessions start at 2pm

Price – Free for Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 1 September - Coastal Cinema

‘Jaws’ is the 1975 classic thriller directed by Steven Spielberg.  A giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island prompting the local police chief to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.

 

Meeting point - Le Don Hilton (The White House, St Ouen’s Bay)

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 3 September – Icho Tower via La Rocque

A scenic ramble with Bob Tompkins to Icho Tower through the flood gullies of La Rocque. Take in the tranquil, stunning landscape around and beyond this offshore tower. Learn about the marine life, history and archaeology of this fascinating and unique part of Jersey.

 

Meeting point – La Rocque Harbour

Time – 1.00 pm

Duration – 3.5 hours

483193 – Booking essential

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

 

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September - Heritage Open Days

2016 is the 80th anniversary of the National Trust for Jersey and all of the Trust’s properties will be open over the course of the weekend.  The Open Days offer you the wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the Island’s finest historic buildings. Special events and activities will be organised at the key sites.

 

Open properties and special events will be announced closer to the time. Please keep an eye on our website www.nationaltrust.je or our Facebook page.

 

Saturday 24 September Bread Making Workshop at Quétivel Mill

In our second bread making workshop, Genuine Jersey baker Darren Wallser will be on hand to guide you through the process of making your own sourdough from scratch – from mixing and flavouring the ferment to proving and baking your own loaf of bread.

 

Meeting Point - Quétivel Mill

Time - 10 am to 3 pm

Price - £45 to include materials and refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

Please park at the Mill Pond in St Peter’s Valley

A ploughman’s lunch and all materials will be provided.

 

Saturday 24 September - Wild West Gone to Seed!

Now autumn is upon us join Botanist Tina Hull and see how plants in our coastal national park have changed with the season. Come and see which plants remain, which die down and the many interesting seeds and fruits plants produce.

 

Meeting point - Car park next to Big Vern’s

Time – 2.30 pm

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

Please note that the ground is uneven and walkers will need to be fairly agile to bend down to examine plants. Bring hand lenses or magnifying glasses if you have them.

October

 

Go Batty! BRAND NEW FOR 2016!

Join us in the woods to enter the twilight world of our only flying mammals. We will begin the walk as the sun goes down, then use bat detectors to help identify the bats as they start to feed at dusk.

 

Saturday 1st October 6.45pm

 

Meeting point – given at time of booking

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For families with children aged 4 plus. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes. Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Woodland Wanders

As the seasons change, come and walk through crunchy leaves and squelchy mud in the beautiful setting of Hamptonne Woods. With a variety of crafts and activities, children will experience the season in a fun and educational way.

 

Wednesday 26th 10 am and 2 pm

Thursday 27th 10 am and 2 pm

Friday 28th 10 am and 2 pm

 

Meeting point – To be advised at time of booking

 Sessions at 10 am and 2 pm each day.

Duration – 2 hours

Price - Free Trust members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

For children 4 - 11 years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear long trousers and closed shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.  Unsuitable for buggies.

 

Kindly supported by HSBC

 

Thursday 6 October - Coastal Cinema

‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ (1962). Based upon a real 1759 mutiny, Marlon Brando leads the crew of the HMS Bounty in a mutiny against the sadistic Captain Bligh, portrayed by Trevor Howard.

 

Meeting point – Room 4, Greve de Lecq Barracks

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483183 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 13 October A Night at the Opera

A fantastic programme of operatic duets and arias, performed around the grand piano in the magnificent Club Room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 7 – 8.30 pm

£10 to include a glass of wine on arrival

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 20 October - A Short History of Interior Design: Victorian Interiors

In our final talk in the series we explore the rich and opulent interior design of the Victorian era (1837-1901), which saw the rise of influential artists such as Pugin and William Morris. The venue for this talk will be the Victorian Club Room at 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point -16 New Street

Time -7 – 8.15pm

Price - £10 to include a glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 October - Black Butter Making at The Elms

Come along and get involved in the National Trust for Jersey’s annual Black Butter making event. It is a real community affair with all ages welcome and it is free!

Thursday 20 October – Embrace the community spirit as you participate in the ancient art of making Black Butter – peeling apples from 2 to 5 pm at The Elms,

Friday 21 October - Peeling will start again at 10 am until late! Stirring of the apples and other ingredients will commence mid-morning on Friday in the large ‘bachin’ over a roaring fire in the Bake-House and will continue all night until Saturday lunch-time.  Volunteers are invited to peel, stir or contribute to the community supper which will take place on Friday evening with live music.

Saturday 22 October – Market Day from 10 am until 4 pm. Pumpkin carving, stalls selling fresh produce, home baked cakes and Jersey Wonders, cider and sausages as well as art and crafts from local artisans. Participate in the jarring up of the freshly made Black Butter which then goes on sale!

Tuesday 25 October - Vintage Crafts Workshop: Making and Furnishing your Own Doll’s House

In our final half-term workshop, children are invited to make and furnish their own doll’s house.  A wonderful opportunity for families to work together with their child in the delightful setting of 16 New Street.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 10am – 11.15am

Price - £5.00 Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Booking essential

 

November

Thursday 3 November - Coastal Cinema

The Fog is a 1980 American horror film about a strange, glowing fog that sweeps in over a small coastal town in California, bringing with it vengeful ghosts of mariners who were killed in a shipwreck there exactly 100 years prior.

 

Meeting point – Frances Le Sueur Centre

Time – 7 – 9 pm

Price - £10 including glass of wine

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 12 November – Fungi Foray

Join Andrea Simoncelli for a guided walk through woodland in St Peter’s Valley to identify edible mushrooms. Learn about their ‘pot’ potential, colours, forms, shapes and quirks that various species display.

Meeting point – To be advised at time of booking

Time – 10 am

Duration - 2 hours.

Price - Free Trust Members, £5 Non Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Saturday 19 November - Children’s Workshop: A Letter to Father Christmas

Good little boys and girls are invited to join us for this special Christmas workshop at 16 New Street, where they can try their hand at calligraphy and finish their personal messages to Father Christmas with sealing wax. 

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 – 11.15 am

Price - £5.00 Members; £10 Non Members to include materials and refreshments

Suitable for 6 - 12 year-olds

483193 – Booking essential

 

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

 

Tuesday 22 November – Christmas Decorations

Join Beverley Speck to create your own textile decorations in this fun session. You will make a Christmas decoration to take home and leave with a head full of ideas for more creations! All equipment is included along with refreshments.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

 

Tuesday 29 November – Christmas card Making

Design, carve and print your own Christmas cards with artist Kerry-Jane Warner.  Learn how to carve a block and build a design to create your own cards, tags and gift wrap. Take home your block and an ink pad to continue creating.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 24 November - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

December

 

Thursday 1st December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

 

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December – A Victorian Christmas at Hamptonne

The Victorians changed the face of Christmas and the era saw the introduction of traditions such as the Christmas tree, the making and sending of Christmas cards, Christmas crackers filled with sweets and decorating homes with greenery. Victorians also actively revived and popularised the singing of carols and feasting.  Come along to Hamptonne and enjoy some of these traditional pursuits and eat, drink and be merry!

Time – 5 to 9 pm Friday evening - 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday

Price - £1 entry fee

Parking – Shuttle service to be provided. Details to be confirmed.

 

Saturday 3rd December Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street on any Saturday in December and rekindle the spirit of Christmas past.  Traditional decorations will be displayed throughout the house, with a guided tour by candlelight at 4pm.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 4 pm

Price Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non-Members

483193 – Booking essential

 

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

 

Tuesday 6 December – Christmas Wreath Making

Join Elise Stubbs from Forge Farm Flowers and learn how to create a beautiful Christmas wreath using fresh greenery at this evening workshop.  All equipment is included along with festive refreshments.

 

Meeting Point – Room 4 Grève de Lecq Barracks

Time 7 – 9 pm

Price - £20 to include refreshments

Christmas Craft at the Barracks

Thursday 8 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

 

 

Saturday 10 December - Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street and marvel at the traditional rooms, which have been festively adorned for the season. Upstairs in the attic, good little girls and boys will have the opportunity to visit Father Christmas and receive a special gift to take home with them.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 5 pm

Price - Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non Members

Visits to Father Christmas: £5.00 to include a gift

 

Tuesday 13 December - Candlelit Tour of 16 New Street

As the nights draw in, experience 16 New Street in a totally different way. Explore this fine Georgian building by candlelight, guided by one of our costumed actors. The tour ends with mulled cider and mince pies in front of a roaring fire.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 6 - 7.30pm

Price £10

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 15 December - Carol Concert at 16 New Street

Come and join the Amity Singers for our annual Christmas Carol Concert at 16 New Street, with seasonal refreshments served afterwards. All ages welcome.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time 6.30 – 7.30 pm

A retiring collection will be held at the end of the evening to raise funds for 16 New Street

 

Thursday 15 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

Saturday 17 December - Christmas at 16 New Street

Bring your family to 16 New Street and marvel at the traditional rooms, which have been festively adorned for the season. Upstairs in the attic, good little girls and boys will have the opportunity to visit Father Christmas and receive a special gift to take home with them.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time – 10 am to 5 pm

Price - Free to Trust Members £5.00 Non Members

Visits to Father Christmas: £5.00 to include a gift

 

Tuesday 20 December - Candlelit Tour of 16 New Street

As the nights draw in, experience 16 New Street in a totally different way. Explore this fine Georgian building by candlelight, guided by one of our costumed actors. The tour ends with mulled cider and mince pies in front of a roaring fire.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 6 - 7.30pm

Price £10

483193 – Booking essential

 

Thursday 22 December - Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

Step away from the crowds on King Street and lose yourself in the National Trust for Jersey’s Christmas shop, laden with imaginative and beautiful seasonal gifts. Trust members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all purchases if they show their membership cards at the desk.

 

Meeting Point - 16 New Street

Time - 4pm – 8pm

Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

 

Jersey Gardening Club – dates for your diary

 

Tuesday 16 February: Jennifer Rendell will present  “Who’s that in the garden?” - interesting research on some familiar plants, who they’re named after and who discovered them.

Tuesday 15 March: Well known and respected “birdman” Mike Stentiford MBE will give an illustrated talk on “Going wild in the garden!”

The theme for this month’s “Looking Good in the Garden” competition for members this month is One Hyacinth bulb in a pot/vase in flower.                                                                                                          

Tuesday 19 April: Kew trained Bruce Labey, founder of The Jersey Botanical Garden Trust, will present an illustrated talk entitled “The Island of Flowers, - A Garden of Islands”.

Tuesday 17 May: John Woods of the National Gardening Society & Secretary of Manchester & Cheshire District Association will share his knowledge with an illustrated talk on “Growing& Showing Vegetables”.

All these events take place at 8pm at St Lawrence Parish Hall.  All further details from the club president and chairman,  Jennifer Rendell, whose e-mail contact details are: jenniferrendell58@gmail.com

A Wandering Wassail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

The National Trust for Jersey and Jersey Heritage invite your company to join them in a ‘Wandering Wassail’ at Hamptonne and The Elms, on Saturday 16 January - a celebration of Jersey’s rich heritage of cider production.

The custom of wassailing dates back to pagan times but has enjoyed a minor resurgence in recent years. This tradition of blessing the orchard in order to receive a good harvest later in the year is a first at The Elms and Hamptonne.  Wassail (Old Norse "Ves Heil", Old English was hál, literally 'be you healthy') is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. The name comes from the salute 'Waes Hail', first used as a simple greeting.

The practice of wassailing dates back centuries in England, when, in the dead of winter, villagers would stage elaborate ceremonies in the hopes of ensuring a good cider apple harvest the following year. Some of these rituals included hanging cider-soaked toast from the apple trees, encircling the oldest tree and singing, reciting incantations, banging pots and pans, even firing shotguns. Often, a Wassail King or Queen was elected to help awaken the trees and scare away evil spirits. Then an incantation is usually recited such as:-

Stand Fast root, bear well top.

Pray good God send us a howling good crop.

Every twig, apples big,

Every bough, apples enow.

As the 2015 apple harvest was fantastic, the National Trist and Jersey Heritage hope that your assistance will be available to encourage a good crop in 2016.

So, dress up warmly, help to crown the king and queen of the Wassail, toast the orchard, raise a glass and enjoy winter. Participants are asked to bring noise makers; whistles, pots and pans or anything that makes a noise to frighten away the evil spirits!

 

Programme of Activity

12pm - 2pm Hamptonne Country Life Museum – free of charge

 

•       Crown the King and Queen of the Wassail

•       Visitor will process with The King and Queen and the Jersey Lilies to the orchard

•       Pieces of bread will be dipped in warm cider and hung on the chosen tree and participants will have a small glass to ‘toast the tree’.

•       Artisan bread and cheese will be served in the Cider barn

 

2.30 pm – 4.30 pm The Elms, St Mary – free of charge

 

•       Morris Dancing with the St Helier Morris Men

•       Procession to the orchard for wassailing of the trees and bees

•       Mummer’s Play, followed by cider and apple cake in the Pressoir and general merriment of singing and dancing!