Evening Post 1939 - 3

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11 September - 16 September 1939
Letters to the Editor
Tuesday 12 September 1939
Cinema hours

Dear Sir - On Saturday I read with great interest and high expectancy the Evening Post placard "Cinemas to Re-open".

But the hopes of every cinema patron must have been dashed hopelessly when they read the Bailiff’s decision regarding the hours of opening. What preposterous hours. Has the States considered the feelings of the people?

Has the States considered the country people, their work, and the time that they finish? Must they be denied their entertainment because their work keeps them busy until 7 or 8 o’clock?

The average working man does not leave work until 6; what chance has he of going to the cinema, it would be half over by the time he got to his favourite place of amusement?

Deputy Ed Le Quesne said that he saw no reason why there could not be two houses. Why are Mr Le Quesne’s suggestions always vetoed?

Mr Le Quesne knows the people, knows what they like, why was not his suggestion adopted? There is no earthly reason why the cinema should not remain open until 10 at least. London, the mecca of German bombers at any time, are not deprived of their entertainment now, most cinemas and theatres are open until 10. If London, why should Jersey be singled out for so much red tape?

People cannot forget there is a war raging, but why hammer it home day after day with senseless rules and regulations?

The people, indirectly, are paying for the Island defence: are they not entitled to some recompense? Give them at least some entertainment, give them a chance for, at least, a few hours to forget the horrors of war.

England expects that the morale of the people should remain at the same high standard in times such as these, but can it be wondered at if morale breaks, where ever thing around us shrieks: “There is a war on”.

Give them a break, a decent one.


What is Joy Riding?

Dear Sir - I have just read a paragraph in The Evening Post that the Island Defence Committee requests that cars be not used for joy riding.

May I humbly ask what constitutes in these days “joy riding”? I am English and have just given two sons, well under 20, to the Army. I own a car. I do not dance, play bridge or attend pictures. If I want to use the car on Sunday to visit the bay I love, to try and find a little peace from this heartache, is this “joy riding”?

I am willing for my car to be used at all times, if driven by myself, for any emergency which may arise, but to call a drive “joy riding”! There can surely be little joy riding for any one of us these days.


Are teachers paid for “National Service”?

Dear Sir - It has been brought to my notice that the clerical work needed for the writing of the petrol ration cards has been done mainly, if not entirely, by some of the elementary school masters. The public might think it is their high patriotic sense of duty that compels them to perform this task. Until we learn that there is an added inducement of 2s 6d per hour.

There are many men in Jersey today voluntarily giving their spare time as ARP wardens, Red Cross workers and Special Constables, many of whom work twice as long and twice as hard and only earn half as much as these patriotic schoolmasters.

On Saturday afternoon schoolchildren were sent around with the application forms and I feel sure that if they were thanked for their task, that was as much appreciation as they received. Many of these schoolmasters are, so I believe, under thirty years of age, and surely they must feel ashamed to realise that they must be remunerated for work of national importance while men of fifty-five, and some older than that, freely give their entire night’s sleep to help guard these patriotic gentlemen.

“1914-1918. I WAS THERE”

Loan for the Defence of the Island
States of Jersey – Committee of Finance

Issue of £100,000 stg, at 4 per cent.

Issue of a loan in bonds, payable to the Bearer, or inscribed, of £500, £200, £100 and £50 stg, each bearing interest at 4% per annum, payable half-yearly.

In virtue of an Act of the States dated 28 February 1939, confirmed by Order of His Majesty-in-Council, dated 25 May 1939, the Committee of Finance has authorised the Treasurer of the States to invite subscriptions to the above Loan at par.

Prospectuses and application forms may now be obtained at all local banks and at the States Treasury, States Offices, Royal Square.

The list will open on Friday 15 September, 1939, at 10 am.

Herbert F Ereaut, Treasurer of the States.

Eight new Police Constables

Some time ago the States authorised the Paid Police Committee to increase the Paid Police by 12 men. Today, eight new police constables were taken on by the Constable of St Helier. The new men are: Messrs Leonard Medder, Herbert Henry John Ozard, Ivor Mervyn Berry, Alfred Albert Chardine, Harold Thomas Ashcroft, Charles Francis du Heaume, Denis John Joyce and Samuel Leslie Macdonald.

Mr Joyce was only married this morning, half an hour before his appointment with the Constable to be engaged. Mr Medder is a son of ex-Police Sergeant Medder. Mr Macdonald is the well-known local boxer, heavyweight champion of the Channel Islands.

All passed the necessary medical and other tests some months ago, but it was only recently that the States voted the extra money which allowed the new men to be taken on. They started their normal probationary period today.

Alleged false pretences
Man arrested in Portsmouth – wanted in Jersey since 1937

A case which had its beginnings in Jersey back in 1937 will engage the attention of the local Courts when Centenier Charles Le Huquet of Grouville returns to the Island with a man who has been arrested in Portsmouth on a warrant from Jersey.

The arrested man is an Englishman, whose name is given as Pinnington, and the allegation against him is that during the spring and early summer of 1937 he obtained various sums of money amounting in the aggregate to a large sum - £400 is mentioned - under false pretences.

The case first came to the attention of Centenier Le Huquet in the summer of 1937, when residents in his parish complained and alleged that they had given orders to a man named Pinnington for silk stockings and ladies underwear but, though they had paid over the monies they had not received the goods.

Enquiries were set afoot and it was found that Pinnington had been in the Island some time, apparently, and had set up a business as a salesman for stockings, underwear, and so on, calling on householders all over the Island.

The more the enquiries went on, the more serious became the allegations against Pinnington, and eventually an affidavit was sworn by some of the alleged victims and a warrant was issued.

The warrant was sent to England in the ordinary way, and the customary insertion in the Police Gazette was made, but Pinnington remained a man of mystery for some months.

Later it became known that he had been arrested for an offence in Scotland and that he was serving a term of imprisonment there.

Recently a fresh warrant was taken out in view of the fact that Grouville had changed Constables since the last one was issued, and then information was received that Pinnington had been discharged from prison and had left Scotland.

He was traced to Portsmouth, and last night (Tuesday 12th) information to the effect that he had been detained was received locally. Centenier Le Huquet, accompanied by P C Nicolle, left the Island this morning to take charge of the prisoner, and when they return the whole story will be unfolded before the Police Court.

Tomatoes and cabbages for the poor

Large quantities of tomatoes and two whole fields of cabbages have been recently given by farmers to St Helier’s Poor Law Commission to be distributed amongst the poor.

The only stipulation regarding the cabbages is that they should be cut by the distributors or their agents. These gifts are very welcome and have been gratefully received both by the Commission and by those to whom they have been distributed.

Intensive work over four days
The new Springfield –
Casualty clearing station

Springfield has seen many vicissitudes since it was taken over from the Caesarea Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It has been the scene of football matches, cattle shows, Battles of Flowers, Eisteddfods, plays and all sorts of entertainments, and was even in the last war a food depot. Now it is to be a casualty clearing station for possible air raid casualties.

It was earmarked for this, its latest development, when ARP first became a familiar term in Jersey for it presents certain features and conveniences which other places in the town and outskirts do not. The idea was kept in mind and plans tentatively prepared but that was far as it got until September of last year when war seemed imminent.

That war cloud passed and so did the plans for Springfield. This September, however, war did break out and the Island Defence Committee, having obtained money from the States, set to work to carry out their original plans, or many of them, and that for Springfield was one.

A week ago yesterday the work started after Mr H Cooper, the St Helier Town Engineer, and Mr R A Foster, his assistant, had worked hard on bringing the plans up to the minute over a period of four days, four days of unremitting toil.

Surprising change in a week

The work has been going on exactly the week and a surprising change has come of the Springfield we all know. It is to be the central clearing station for wounded and gas cases in a possible air raid, and for the purpose of decontamination from gas it is essential that there should be a concrete floor which can easily be washed down.

Also there must be easy access to baths, showers and washing facilities and facilities for the easy construction of air locks. In these respects Springfield was found to be as useful a locale as could be found in Jersey.

It is not in the direct centre of the town, it is comparatively easy of access from town and country and the lower hall has a large concrete floor space which is easily adaptable to the purpose for which it is required.

The plan provides for the entrance of casualties from the Janvrin Road entrances, women on one side and men on the other. Cases which have been wounded and gassed will be taken direct through an air-lock into an undressing room, where they will be undressed by attendants in requisite protective clothing, thence though another air-lock into washing rooms, where they will be bathed either in full-length baths or under showers.

Then they will go to the first-aid department in the centre of the building where they will receive attention, their case needs at the hands of doctors and nurses. Those able to go home will be fitted with new clothing. Stretcher cases, either wounded or gassed, or both, will be transferred in ambulances to hospitals established elsewhere, for Springfield is in no sense a hospital, it is to be a first-aid post, casualty-clearing station and decontamination centre only.

If Jersey ever suffers air raids, which God forbid, her people will at least have a spacious and thoroughly up-to-date casualty clearing station, and Springfield will have done its bit in the war.

The staff has already been detailed for the post, and the building, at the present rate of progress, should be ready for use in a comparatively short time.

Charts, sailing directions and hydrographic publications

Notice is hereby given that all Charts, Sailing Directions and other Hydrographic Publications, whether privately or officially published, must in future be regarded as coming under Regulation 3 of the Defence (Jersey) Regulations, 1939.

This Regulation forbids the obtaining, recording, publishing or communicating of any information of such a nature as is calculated to be or might be directly or indirectly useful to the enemy, and likewise forbids any person to have in his possession, without lawful authority or permission, any document containing any such information.

All persons other than recognised Agents for their sale having copies of any such Charts or Publications in their possession should withhold them from sale, and dealings in copies of such Charts or Publications, whether by way of sale or otherwise, should only take place during the continuance of the war in the following manner:

  • All Charts and Hydrographic Publications for export will be packed and despatched by the Hydrographic Department, Admiralty.
  • Orders for Charts, Sailing Directions, or other Hydrographic Publications, whether for sale to persons within Jersey or for export to any other country must be passed to a licensed Chart Agent, a list of which will be found in Admiralty Notice to Mariners No 2 of 1939.
  • All such orders must be accompanied by a Certificate stating the Charts of Hydrographic Publications will not be used to trade with or be supplied to a country or its subjects with which this country is at war. Order Forms embodying the above-mentioned Certificate can be obtained from Admiralty Chart Agents.
  • The posting or shipment of any Chart of Hydrographic Publication to any person or place out of Jersey is not permitted except as laid down in 2 above.

By order, F G Allix, Harbourmaster of Jersey.

Child badly hurt – washed in caustic soda

A child aged 18 months, Bryan Alfred Unwin, son of Mr and Mrs Unwin of Chestnut Farm, St Peter, was admitted to the General Hospital yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12th) suffering from serious caustic burns to the face and hands.

It appears that the mother was busy in the field and that the little one amused himself by dipping his hands into the caustic soda and washing his face.

His cries attracted the attention of the workers and Dr H G Oliver, who was summoned, advised his removal to the General Hospital where he received immediate attention. His condition is reported as satisfactory.

Paid Police to take first-aid training

We learn that the members of the Paid Police are to undergo a course of training in first aid. The lectures are to be held at the General Hospital and Dr J R Hanna is to be the instructor.

The Paid Police Committee have, it is understood, promised an extra grant for the payment of proficiency pay to members of the force who obtain their proficiency badges.

This is a departure which has long been needed in the Island. Every county or borough police force in the United Kingdom has trained ambulance men amongst its numbers but up to now Jersey has lagged behind in this respect although it was advocated in the columns of “The Evening Post” some years ago.

Police Court
Before J E Pinel, Esq, Magistrate
Saturday 16 September 1939
Fishing charges await law decision

As there is a distinct possibility that, as in the last war, the Fisheries Law may be suspended, the Magistrate postponed judgment in cases which came before him this morning.

John Alexander Perree, 24, and Henry Perree, 23, both of St Mary, were charged by Centenier C P Journeaux, of St Martin, with having, between 3 and 4 am, committed an infraction of Art 2 of the Fisheries Law by using a drawnet in St Catherine’s Bay.

Centenier Journeaux told the Court that yesterday morning the Fisheries Inspector reported to him that he had found Messrs Perree drawnetting in St Catherine’s Bay. Witness measured the net and found it under the size required by law. Only seven fish and a crab had been caught.

Fisheries Inspector R L Kempster said that he caught the two men in St Catherine’s Bay. They told him that they thought, in view of the war, the Law had been suspended. They admitted the facts and helped witness all they could.

The other cases were then heard.

Edward Philip Mollet, 43, of St Martin and Philip Stanley de Gruchy, 45, of St Saviour were similarly charged by Centenier H T Bree, of Grouville, with having used a drawnet in Grouville Bay on September 15 at about 2 am.

William Henry Neil, 35, John Joseph Neil, 42, John George Le Huquet, 46, all of Grouville, were similarly charged by the same Centenier with a like offence in Grouville Bay on the same day at about 2.30 am.

In both cases evidence was given by Centenier Bree and Mr Kempster. In neither case had the men any fish; they were just entering the water with their nets when caught.

The Magistrate: "This is a terrible business. The Fisheries Inspector did his duty, as he had sworn to do, and these people have to be presented before the Court. The Law is clear, the fine is not more than £5 or less than £1 and the confiscation of nets may be ordered. I have to put the Law into execution.

I have the information the States are to suspend the Fisheries Law and my opinion is that the sooner they do so the better. They say there is no fish, yet as soon as people catch fish they are jumped upon.

I am not above the Law, but under the exceptional circumstances I will suspend judgment for a week. Your nets will be returned to you provided you adhere not to use them until the Law is altered.”

The raising of rents

Deputy Ed le Quesne moved:

"The States have resolved that no increase in the rental of any land, buildings or apartments shall be permitted as from this date, without permission for such increase is granted by the Committee of the States appointed for this purpose.

"Failure to obtain the aforementioned permission previous to increasing of any rental will, on representation of this fact to the Royal Court make the offender liable to a penalty of £20, or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, as the discretion of the Court."

Continuing, Deputy Le Quesne said they did not want a repetition of what happened in 1914 when, after the declaration of war, rents were increased tremendously.

The President observed that a Rent Restriction Act would meet the case. This was referred to the Defence of the Island Committee.


Walls bordering St Aubin’s Hill and various other roads in St Brelade have been whitewashed and provide an excellent guide for motorists. On St Aubin’s Hill, rocks on the bend, painted white, have considerably minimised the danger of accidents.

Cut your hedges

It has been suggested to us that Constables of the various parishes would be rendering a useful service if they requested owners of hedges bordering the public highway to cut closely all quick-growing brambles or bushes. It is feared that whilst the black-out is in progress someone may receive serious injury from projecting twigs or brambles.


New models –Acme wringers:

  • Portable wringer 47s 6d and 49s 6d
  • Acme folding wringer 80s
  • Acme cabinet wringer 97s 6d

Le Gallais Household Stores.


National Emergency: If you are closing down your house remember that the Pomme d’Or Hotel is the most modern, comfortable and luxurious hotel in the Channel Islands

Specially reduced terms, limited number of rooms. Central heating throughout, gas and electric fires, lift to all floors, multi-spring mattresses, fully licensed.

Single rooms, double rooms, twin-bedded rooms, suites of rooms and rooms fitted with bathrooms available.


A suggestion! Why not take up residence at Swanson’s Chelsea Hotel, Esplanade and enjoy the facilities this Hotel can offer?

Fully licensed, billiards, H & C in all rooms, comfortably furnished throughout. Many indoor recreations all entirely free to guests.

With curtailed evening entertainment, one can at least enjoy sociability under pleasant conditions. Extremely moderate inclusive terms (definitely no extras). Call or phone 1368 for particulars.

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