The offical online newsletter of the Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey
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Autmn 2009
News Stories
Two ‘Battle’ honours
New Association proposed
‘Monster, monster’
Message from Connetable
Modest increase in Rates
Chef de Police retires
Lighting up St. Aubin
Fingers Crossed!
All go at tennis club
Twinning Association
Ice rink: warm reception
Epic swim for charity
Award for students
Design career on cards?
Frightfully delicious!
Genuinely Jersey?
Competition success
Letters to Editor
Going Eco-Active
Jersey evacuees
Malaysia to St. Aubin
Seeing red- white & blue
St. Aubin Festival
La Baguette flooded!
Fete raises £2,000+
An invitation to discover Petanque
by Keaven Taylor

The club’s history can be traced to a group of four local enthusiasts who first started playing petanque on St. Ouen’s beach. This led to more challenging encounters on campsites in France and regular gatherings of other enthusiasts at The Old Portelet Inn.
In September 1985 an advertisement was placed in the JEP which attracted some like-minded novices. A further advert inviting people to come and play petanque swelled the number of regular players to 60. This resulted in the establishment of the Jersey Petanque Club in April 1986 and the hosting of the first international competition against a team from Coutances. Petanque weekends in Coutances have become an annual fixture which continue to this day. At the clubs first Annual General Meeting, held in October 1986, the late Gerald Durrell accepted an invitation to become the club’s first Honorary President with Tony Alchurch elected as Chairman and Derek Hart as Club Captain. Following an initial move from Portelet to Les Quennevais Sports Field, the club were provided with a new purpose built facility complete with a Clubhouse at Les Quennevais which was officially opened in 1995.
In 2003 the Clubhouse was extended as club membership grew. The club have also been successful in securing the sponsorship of PBS (Professional Business Systems) which has allowed them to undertake regular competitions and to supply boule and other equipment for players to use. Petanque is a sport that all can play - young and old alike, also those with disabilities - for fun or serious competition, as individuals or part of a team. The club has a reputation for its friendliness and always welcomes newcomers. As well as competitions there is an active social side too. Soup and petanque evenings, picnics and a charity lunch.
If you have some time to spare and would like to try a game or two you can play on Wednesday afternoons: play starts 2.00pm. All you need to do is turn up. If you don’t know the rules, then you will be shown how to play. Non-alcoholic refreshment are available in the clubhouse giving the opportunity to have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee
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