by Steve Pallett
First, I would like to thank all those who attended, and those individuals and businesses that provided prizes for the raffles, at both the recent Macmillan and British Legion coffee mornings held at the Parish Hall. The events raised over £1,000 for each charity; the successes being attributable to all the helpers and staff who served refreshments and food and sold raffle tickets. Well done all!
Following on soon after the British Legion coffee morning was the Remembrance Day Service held at St. Brelades Church to commemorate all those parishioners who gave their lives in protecting their country and freedom. The wreath laying ceremony is always a sombre occasion but having so many young people, through the scouts, girl guides and brownies amongst others, will hopefully ensure that we will remember in perpetuity all the fallen in both World Wars and in many other conflicts since. Dressed in their uniforms they certainly added some colour to the ceremony and I intend in future asking some school children to read out the names of those remembered on the Parish War Memorial.
We have been blessed with summer lasting a bit longer this year, with record temperatures I am sure we all appreciate. We have now turned the clocks back and are looking at shorter winter days. Can I ask all parishioners that have a vehicle or ride a bike to ensure your lights are working properly and if you do not have lights on your bike, to invest in some for your own safety and to avoid being stopped by the police.
I am pleased to say the next phase of traffic calming on Petite Route des Mielles has been completed and ask that parishioners take care on the new section between Rue du Pont Marquet and Route des Genets. I know that residents between the Airport Cash Stores and Pont du Val are keen for their section to be calmed and I can assure those residents that plans are being drawn up presently before we consult more fully and seek Parish Assembly approval.
Can I next thank those reading this column who have taken part in the consultation in regards to a new site for Les Quennevais School. The Education Sport and Culture (ESC) Department are delighted that over 1300 individual responses have been received as well as there being very well attended public meetings. A new secondary school is a big decision to take for St. Brelade and also for the the island so we need to get it right not only for the staff, students and parents who are desperate for modern day facilities to teach and learn in, but for the taxpayers who are being asked to fund a £40m project. The next step is to review all the responses before the Minister for ESC announces a preferred site, following which more detailed plans will be drawn up leading to a formal planning application. As both Connetable and Assistant Minister I am keen to find the best solution, not only for the department , but more importantly for the Parish.
A very quick reminder that the Christmas Fayre will take place in St. Aubin on December 5th from 12 noon and will include food stalls, entertainment, Santas Sleigh, a candlelight procession and the Christmas Tree switch on. Wrap up warmly and come and join in the festive fun!
Finally both myself and Ann wish all parishioners a very Happy Christmas and Healthy 2016 and hope to see many of you in the New Year.