Evening Post 1939 - 2

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5 September - 9 September 1939
The few who still ignore lighting restrictions

The St Helier Police express satisfaction at the way motorists observed the black-out regulations last night, though there are a few who have not yet realised that these rules are to be obeyed.

"Generally," said Centenier C G Grant, to an EP reporter, "we found that motorists were loyally observing the regulations, and I would like to express my appreciation and that of my colleagues at this fact.

"I estimate that at least 90 per cent of the motoring public who were on the road on Sunday evening stayed at home last evening, and of the remainder, the very great majority had their lights obscured in accordance with the regulations.

"Unfortunately, there were some who did not obey, and they were stopped and warned. In future I, for one, will take the appropriate action against these people and I believe my colleagues are of the same mind.

"Motorists have generally obeyed the regulations but cyclists have not, and some of the principal offenders are cyclists who have dynamo lights. They are difficult to stop, for the light brightens as the machine gathers speed, and one may pass a cyclist travelling slowly only to find that a few yards further on he is emitting a light like a miniature searchlight. I hope that all cyclists will do their best to abide by the regulations as to lights, for if they do not they may find themselves in very serious trouble."

Letters to the Editor
Saturday 9 September 1939
Working men’s pint blacked out

Dear Mr Editor- Referring to the Licensing Law, I, as a barman, do not think it quite fair to rob the poor working man of his little bit of pleasure, and of his pint of beer on Sunday nights.

If a man is used to a pint on Sundays, which is the only day of the week he can enjoy it properly, why keep him from 1 pm Sundays until 9 am Mondays. Could not a protest be sent to the Bailiff, who has a heart and feeling for a working man, to retain even an hour on Sunday nights for the men to have their pint and pleasure.

Thank you, sir, for inserting this simple letter in your paper.

I remain, 'JUST A BARMAN'.

Economic war

Dear Sir- Situated as Great Britain is, as an island, this will be an economic war, as in 1914, dependent on our ships for everything.

The woman in the home plays an important part in winning a war. Let there be no waste. Every scrap of wool is needed for bottle bags, socks, quilts etc, calico for bandages, clean paper can be made use of.

So let us women see that we are careful with light, heat, soap, everything. Anyone with a reasonably sized garden can feed themselves and others. It can make such a difference.



Having been called up, Mr Kleber wishes to thank all his patrons for their support in the past and beg them to excuse him for the inconvenience his departure might cause them.

Mme Kleber will carry on the Ladies’ Hairdressing business to her utmost ability during his absence.

33 King Street, Phone 1589

Passports or permits required to travel

The new passenger regulations which require persons travelling to be in the possession of passports or travel permit cards came into force today. Many people were unable to embark because they had not complied with the necessary regulations.

Aliens officers were on duty at both quays and a strict check was taken of passengers. Special barriers were put up on the New North Quay to simplify the carrying out of the regulations. The majority of the passengers carried their gas masks, whilst a few also had tin hats slung on their backs.

Boats were sandbagged and had visible parts painted out, and the whole procedure was, in fact, a remarkable contrast to the happy scenes of a few weeks ago, when thousands of visitors were arriving in the Island.

The passengers leaving the Island numbered 65 and those arriving totalled 80.

Jersey recruiting well ahead of Guernsey

Jersey is well ahead of Guernsey in the number of applications that have been received for enlistment in His Majesty’s services. Up to yesterday morning Guernsey’s applications had numbered 212 since 1 September.

This afternoon, on enquiry at the Recruiting Office, Green Street, an EP reporter was informed that since 1 September, applications for the Army numbered 567. In addition there had been a couple of hundred applications for enlistment in the RAF and Royal Navy.

Petrol rationing – Capt Parker takes charge

We understand that the offices and staff of the States Tourism Committee, Bond Street, have been taken over by the Island Defence Committee.

Capt A W Parker has been appointed in charge of the rationing of petrol, and it is probable that coal will also come under his jurisdiction.

The Tourism staff will continue to deal with any tourism enquiries but it is obvious that these will be few and far between.

Farewell night at The Plaza

There were almost riotous scenes at The Plaza Ballroom last night (Saturday 2nd) when, in addition to it being a Popular Night, it was also the end of The Plaza’s season.

The reason that The Plaza is closing its doors for the summer season is that several members of Tommy Arnold’s band have been called up, and the management also feel that under the present circumstances there would not be enough people to attend the dances.

Last night was, therefore, a real farewell night, and the international situation was forgotten for a few short hours. The evening ended with the playing of old favourites such as "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag", "Tipperary", etc, and finally came the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and the National Anthem.

Situations vacant

Wanted, good and competent man to take entire charge of farm, about 40 vergees, the owner having been called for military service. Romeril, Surville, Sion 35.

Autumn hats at Baker’s

Here they are, the new autumn hats in the very latest styles, fascinating new shapes, intriguing new colours, and so varied are they you’ll have no difficulty choosing one to suit your personality.

See them in our windows along with other autumn fashions.

Frederick Baker & Sons, Queen Street and Hilgrove Street. Phone 227.

Bailiff seeks the advice of Members
States agree that cinemas can re-open

The Bailiff called the question of entertainments to the House. He had consulted the Defence Committee in regard to entertainments, and although the responsibility was his, he felt that he should consult the House. The committee felt the ban could be lifted. He wished to be directed.

Firstly, as to whether the ban should be lifted; secondly, if it was, at what time should such places close, and thirdly, whether Sundays should be included.

He wished it to be known that he would retain the right to reimpose the ban should he consider it necessary. He submitted that the lighting restrictions should be rigorously adhered to.

Jurat P E Bree said that for the moment the lighting restrictions must be adhered to, but they had to remember the possibility of accidents. He was favourable to the opening of cinemas in the afternoons.

The Constable of St Helier was of the opinion that the houses could open from 6.30 till 8.45. As regards traffic he hoped the managements would see that all pedestrian traffic would be allowed to get clear before the motor traffic was allowed to move.

It would be well for the people to have some sort of diversion and this with the good will of the managements would be provided.

Deputy Ph Le Quesne appealed on behalf of the country people. He felt that the working man wanted a second house performance. Personally, he did not think there could be any hard in having two houses each night.

The Bailiff said the question could not be considered in terms of first and second house. If he granted a permit it would be in the understanding that the closing be at a given time.

Sunday opening discussed

The Constable of St Clement moved that the cinemas be allowed to open from 2.30 till 9 o’clock each day with no opening at all on Sundays. This would allow people to have a little fresh air. Jurat Gallichan seconded.

Jurat Le Masurier thought the working man should be given a little relaxation and for that reason he favoured Sunday opening. He further thought the cinemas should be allowed to open in the afternoon as well as on Sundays. He moved that the houses be allowed to open until 8.30 including Sundays.

Deputy Le Masurier thought houses should be allowed to open on Sundays, the more so seeing that owing to the reduction in staffs in businesses it might be impossible for some men to go to a place of entertainment except on Sundays.

Deputy Ed le Quesne pointed out that it had always been understood that places of entertainment must not open during church services. He thought they should consider that point.

The Rector of Trinity pointed out that the hours of services had been altered to assist in the traffic regulations. Deputy Richardson thought the House should support the proposition of the Constable of St Clement. He also thought the licence victuallers should have longer hours.

Jurat Le Masurier’s amendment (8.30 all the week) was defeated by a large majority and the Constable of St Clement’s proposition – from 2.30 to 9pm each weekday, was carried.

Palace Hotel sets example

Over the signature of Mr R E Miller, Governing Director of the Palace Hotel (Jersey) Ltd, the following notice has been issued to the staff of the hotel:-

"I shall endeavour to keep the hotel open throughout the trying times which have recently been enforced upon us.

"Certain alterations may have to be made, but it is my earnest wish that all the present staff will rally round and carry on their duties in the normal manner.

"Any married man in our permanent employ who has his family in Jersey and who is called to colours, may leave his wife and children in the care of the Palace Hotel, who will provide them with board and lodging as long as it is possible.

"I shall be only too pleased to help any employee of the hotel to the best of my ability."

Air raid precautions

All volunteers who have not received a notice posting them to duty have been placed on a reserve and will be notified as soon as their services are required.

Those who have received a gas mask should write their name and address on the box or container it is kept in. Any person finding a gas mask is requested to return it to the owner or the ARP Office.

Important notice

It is in your interest to take particular notice of the following:-

  • Take great care of your respirator and that of your children.
  • Keep it in a cool, dry place in its container.
  • Do not hang it up by the straps.
  • The transparent eye piece must not be bent.
  • Be sure that you put the mask on the face in the way instructed, as the rubber portion is fragile.
  • To remove the mask from the face: hold the metal part in the left hand and draw the back straps over the head towards the forehead with the right hand. Do not take the respirator off the face by pulling the container upwards over the face.

The mask issued to you is the property of the States. For any information or help – see your Warden. Carry your respirator always wherever you go.

W Stewart, Hon Organiser, ARP, Jersey

Competitive football
in Jersey suspended

At meetings of the Jersey Football Association and Jersey Football League, held last night (Wednesday 7th) it was decided to suspend all competitive football in Jersey.

Reports of the meetings at which the decisions were made are as follows:-

JFA decision

At an emergency meeting of the Jersey Football Association held at the Chamber of Commerce it was unanimously decided that competitive football should be suspended for the time being. Mr Ph Le Quesne, President, was in the chair, and a representative gathering was in attendance.

It is understood that the matter may come up for further consideration should the situation change in any way.

JFL meeting

A meeting of the Jersey Football League was held last evening at the Chamber of Commerce. Those present were Mr C E Horn, President, Mr E J De Ste Croix, Vice-President, Mr B C O’Neill, Hon Treasurer, and delegates representing all clubs competing in the League.

The President informed the meeting that the JFA had met and had decided that owing to national emergency no competitive football would operate for the time being.

It was decided that all signed-on forms be registered.

A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr Mourant, the retiring President of the Guernsey Amalgamated Clubs, for the help in arranging the Easter holiday matches.

Official decisions:

Owing to the war, it was resolved to:-

  • Suspend activities until normal times
  • Return all entry fees to the League for 1939-40
  • All trophies to be returned from the clubs forthwith
  • Alter paying all accounts, all monies in hand to be placed in deposit accounts with Barclays Bank until activities are again resumed
  • The amalgamated funds to be held in abeyance until the end of the 1939-40 season
  • The officers and committee to remain in office until the next annual general meeting

Signed P E Quirot, Secretary

Footballers called up

Local footballers who have been called up and who left the Island on Saturday included Ken Le Sueur, Alec Galway and Bobby Le Riche, The Beeches captain. Bert Brint, the local boxer, also left today, having been called up on the Reserve.

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