Leslie Sinel

From "The Pilot",  1992 comes this obituary of Leslie Sinel, probably best known for his Occupation Diary, one of the first published.


An address given by the Very Rev Basil O'Ferrall at the Parish Church of St Helier on 11th October 1991

Leslie Philip Sinel, born on Easter Day 1906.

We are here to give thanks for his life; to pray that he will be at peace, relieved from the stresses of this life; to commend Elsie, John, Mary, grandchildren Olivia and Rosalind, all the members of his family and his many friends to the loving care of God.

To speak of Leslie where does one begin?

Well, I first met Leslie in October 1984, when he was making up his mind as to whether or not I should be the Rector of St Helier....

Excavation shows Fisherman’s Chapel Site was used before

Having a clear out, I came across this rather interesting cutting from the 1980s JEP. The wall paintings mentioned have indeed been restored, and are one of the finest in Jersey. Dr Rodwell looks very young!

Excavation shows Fisherman’s Chapel Site was used before
By Chris Lake

The archaeological dig at the Fisherman’s Chapel Brelade, is coming to an end.

Within the next few days the archaeologist in charge, Dr Warwick Rodwell, will be completing his work and the site will be filled in again and the flooring replaced....

A Visit to the Coronation

Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch later when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months - calculated at 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 17:30 BST.

BBC News

To reflect today's news, I'm posting an article I wrote back in 2012 for the Parish Magazine of St Brelade, La Baguette. It came from an interview with a parishioner who had been over to England for the Queen's Coronation.

In passing, a memory of mine, of how things have changed....

The Alhambra Hotel: a research note

James Mclaren from the Family History Society has been looking at the history of the Quakers in Jersey which I've recently put on my blog, and commented:

A fascinating series of articles, which I may have something to add to...

I did a piece of research for the current owners of the Alhambra Hotel in Roseville Street last year. In the course of this I discovered that the house was built around 1895 for one John Renouf and his ten children: the more I probed, the more obvious it became that he had to be a Quaker.

One of the things it also shows is that the contention about the first Quaker marriage in 1905 is wrong. The process of marriage by Acte de l'Etat was specific to Jews and Quakers, and assuredly John Renouf was not a Jew....

St Catherine’s Woods

St Catherine’s Woods

On the hottest day of the year so far – recorded temperatures of 32C at highest – Katalin and I decided to have a walk in St Catherine’s Woods, where the shade of the trees kept it cooler than a lot of places on the island.

Strange as it might seem, St Catherine’s Woods is one location that I have never actually been to before in Jersey. It’s a lovely woodland walk, from the reservoir, along by the small stream, with the stepping stones to cross, up towards the path meandering past a wild meadow on the right. Although we didn’t see many birds, the sound of birds singing was prolific throughout our walk, a lovely sound.

At night, bats are around and Natterer’s Bat was recorded in April 2014....

Joey’s Last Flight

Joey’s Last Flight

“An aircraft that has served the Channel Islands for nearly 40 years completed its final flight on Sunday. G-Joey, which has a fan club, flew from Southampton to Alderney and then to Guernsey, arriving 10 minutes late at 19:40 BST after celebrations en route. The Trislanders, operated by airline Aurigny, are due to be phased out next year, and replaced by Dornier 228s.” (BBC News)

The average age of the Trislander was apparently 37 years and parts and maintenance costs were getting higher each year.

For the technically minded, Wiki says this:

“The Britten-Norman Trislander (more formally designated the BN-2A Mk III Trislander) is an 18-seat three-engined piston-powered civilian utility aircraft produced in the 1970s and early 1980s by Britten-Norman of Britain....

The Attorney General and Solicitor General: Some History

Buried in the"Review of the Role of the Crown Officers", 2010 is quite an interesting snippet about the history of the role of Review of the Attorney General and Solicitor General, and how it has changed over the years.

The first Attorney Generals mention go back to the 14th century, although the actual term used was "Procureur-Généraux du Roi"

1309 c. Guill des Mareys
1323 Johan de Dicton
1379 Pierre Erembert

The Attorney General and Solicitor General
References to the Law Officers can be traced back to at least the mid­14th centuryfrom which time records relating to the ‘King’s Attorney’ (or ‘King’s Procureur’)and the ‘King’s Advocate’ can be found. In time, the offices came to be known as Attorney General and Solicitor General. They were appointed by the Crown although, as with the Bailiff, it appears that for a time they were appointed by the Island’s Governor until the principle of appointment by the Crown was confirmed in 1615

As the early titles might suggest, the Law Officers were effectively the ‘King’s Men’ appointed to ‘plead the king’s pleas’....

Charity’s Bid to Take Winston Churchill Park from Public

Charity’s Bid to Take Winston Churchill Park from Public

I see that there is a “Proposal to develop Winston Churchill Memorial Park into a Major Attraction” (JEP headline). This is by the Jersey Botanic Garden Trust which is planning to lease the park from the States for a minimum of 99 years, and say that within five years the garden will have an income of £720,000 per annum.

This must be a blessing for the States, who have already cut back on gardeners to the park, and can sit back and get money for the area without having to do anything. Expect a lot of support from a cost cutting Council of Ministers.

As the JEP notes: “The Trust will be raising the funds to convert the park, and it will then be self funding through entry costs and annual membership fees”

This means, of course, that the park would no longer be open to the general public: “It is proposed that an adult ticket would cost £9 but a small section of the park would remain free to visit”

“The Trust hope to create a spectacular garden and education centre that will attract paying visitors all year round, especially during the spring”....

TV Review: The Dark Side of Victory

TV Review: The Dark Side of Victory

In “1945: The Savage Peace”, documentary maker Peter Molloy’s narrative focused on how Germans were treated in Berlin by the Russians, and in countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia. People spoke of how they were raped, or saw others raped and beaten to death, and how even the native German population of Czechoslovakia, some of whom had actually opposed the Nazis, were all treated brutally, savagely.

The Russian army in Berlin was out of control, and in formerly occupied countries such as Poland or Czechoslovakia, what prevailed was essentially mob rule. For some reason, in Czechoslovakia, those leading this campaign of lynch-mob revenge wanted it recorded, and there were some horrific scenes of people lined up and being shot against an earth bank, and then a lorry crushing the legs of the corpses afterwards.

There was appalling violence to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries, and much of it was filmed; this rare archive film had not been seen before, and coupled with the unique testimony of eyewitnesses and victims, told a terrible tale....