Programme for the 1977 Battle of Flowers along Victoria Avenue . Includes a parade route and seating plan, carnival programme, comprehensive lists of entrants in all of the carnival classes and members of the Jersey Battle of Flowers Association involved in the organisation of the event, as well as portraits of Mr Battle Des O'Connor, Miss Battle Diana Le Bot, Maids of Honour Chantal Gosselin and Mandy Bressat and former Miss Battles, photographs of winning floats from the 1976 show, and advertisements for a number of local companies.

Reference: L/F/445/R/2/1

Date: August 11th 1977 - August 11th 1977

Royal Militia Island of Jersey attestation form of Peter Geoffrey Kevitt Manton

Reference: L/F/97/M22/371

Date: October 3rd 1938 - October 3rd 1938

The Reverend Peter Manton talks about the hurricane of 02/11/1967. Includes: weather conditions; barometer readings; tides and flooding; damage occurring to property all around the coast; lack of sea defences; destruction of the Garden Cave at Plémont; mentions buildings on reclaimed land. Duration: 5 minutes.

Reference: R/03/A/4

Date: 1970 - 1970

Trial Edition Talking News. Introduction by Philip Gurdon. Introduce stories of the island to please and entertain-most will be taken from local publications such as the Jersey Evening Post. Wife, June Gurdon, went to recording of Colchester Talking Newspaper-ideas behind paper-weekly-1st week of October 1975. Thorne Hauser with news round up-state of Jersey's finance, tourism and agriculture industries-no problem with inflation or recession-views of Colin Powell-state of taxation. State of the property market-drop in sales. Building industry hit by recession-state of industry. Delegation from Jersey Democratic Movement and the Jersey Trades Council meeting constables re parish relief-angry exchanges-attempt to bring around reform to parish system-quotes from Jimmy Johns of the JDM. Concern over vraic being dropped on roads by collectors. September fire statistics. Local approved school needed for young offenders-suggestion by Education Committee. Peter Manton-Rector of St John talking about the good weather and the level of water in the island-now going into autumn, sea temperature. To the Met Office-weather forecast. Items from Women's Page from JEP-fashion news, Woman's Institute Harvest Market-report and upcoming. Two amusing holiday stories read out-Mrs J Everett-winner, Mrs J Baal-runner up, no increases in price on groceries, price of fruit and veg within the market. Defence Committee said Hautlieu student 14 year old Colin O'Driscoll lost fight to keep the noon day bus service from Weighbridge to St John's Church. End of first side. Birth, marriages and deaths-read out. St Helier Girls School-girls stopped from wearing high heel shoes. Thomas King-winner of RNLI Gold Medal-celebrating 90th birthday. Housing of a young couple and 2 pensioners-eviction of old couple from flat. Election news-senatorial and deputies elections-candidates standing. Advocate Brian Troy standing in St Saviour No 2 District. Centenier Philip Rondel-to stand in senatorial election. Bernard Cotillard dropping out of St Saviour No1 District. Story on a three legged poodle owned by Mr and Mrs Le Vesconte. Philip Makin-recorded by Tomorrow's World on new machinery installed at a lighthouse. Information on radio programmes of interest being played this week. Eileen Le Sueur speaking in Jersey French-warning of the dangers of over eating before going to bed. Fort Regent-Modern Hotels want more facilities on the island and Fort Regent is the right place-idea of a dry skating rink. Final dates for posting christmas mail overseas. AGM of Jersey Deaf Children's Society. Proposition lodged by the Public Health Committee to build a day care centre for the elderly at The Limes, Green Street. Results of parish cattle shows. Announcements of forthcoming events.

Reference: R/05/A/1

Date: September 30th 1975 - September 30th 1975

Jersey Talking Magazine No 4-October 1976. Beth Lloyd taking over as editor and producer-talks about moving to the island, working for the BBC, changing the format of the magazine, Gordon Young becoming regular presenter. Gordon Young interviewed about how he got into television. Gardening feature-talking and giving advice on planting bulbs, cabbages, broad beans, different flowers, the growing of fruit, chestnuts, the collection of seaweed for the vegetables. Cooking feature-Margaret Jenkins presenting-gives tips on uses of cream. Island administrators-interview Island Magistrate-Judge Lawrie Wilde-talks of the difference between UK and Jersey magistrates-acts as prosecution barrister, legal system compromise between English and French system of law, the cases he trys-in the police, petty debts and juvenile courts, is it a depressing job working with criminals-no because a lot of the people aren't guilty. Tips section on lenses, using the telephone for those with poor eyesight. End of Side One. Above the northern outskirts of St Helier stood the St Louis Observatory which was part of the estate of Maison St Louis which incorporated Highlands College and the old Imperial Hotel-now known as the Hotel de France-1886 Jesuits established teaching college-observatory constructed in 1894 with the tower-housed the Jesuits Meteorological Instruments-taken down in 1929 as it was considered unsafe. St Louis Observatory now run by Pere Ray-between 1917-21 a student at the college. Honoured by the french government for his work during the occupation and in education he is a leading expert in the study of seismology-the study of earthquakes. Reverend Peter Manton went to see him and asked him when the island's only seismograph was installed-30th June 1936, strongest and numbers of earthquakes recorded, interpretation of seismographs, how work going to continue after, under head of Met Office, need for continuity, gap in seismology in 1921-father died, goes from 1894, highest and lowest temperatures recorded at the tower, wettest year, earthquake recorder-purpose to study local earthquakes, talks about some of the earthquakes, tour of the observatory to look at the seismograph-explanation of how the seismograph works, Pere Ray during the occupation-at Maison St Louis carried on the meteorological work and allowed to keep the radio, fought to keep going, made crystal radio sets-describes process. Gordon Young tells of how he had been the target for a knife thrower for television a couple of years previously.

Reference: R/05/B/1

Date: October 15th 1976 - October 15th 1976

Jersey Talking Magazine No 7-January 1977. Introduction by Gordon Young and new year greetings. Cooking feature-Margaret Jenkins talking about cooking vegetables. Gardening feature-talking about looking after house plants and digging for potatoes. Nature feature-Frances Le Sueur talking about peewits and curlews with bird song from the birds. Island Administrators-Enfant Terrible and Champion of Causes of Local Politics Senator Dick Shenton interviewed by Beth Lloyd. Talks about his years in politics, his functions in the State, his working life away from the States, bringing local radio to the island and the importance of local radio. Hints for the blind including recommendations for large print knitting patterns and shoes for slippery weather. End of Side One. Part One of a tour of St Helier from the Royal Square to the Parade by Mr Robin Cox and Mrs Joan Stevens. Talk about the Royal Square including stories involving the market in the Royal Square until it was moved, became the Old Market, much later became known as the Royal Square after the Battle of Jersey, the different markets in St Helier, centrepiece the statue of George II-made by John Cheere, Chamber of Commerce building-first one in the english speaking world-1768-set up to assist merchants, St Helier Church-named after patron saint-who was he-Belgian hermit-talks about his life and the history of the church-last alteration just over a hundred years ago, the chapel on the side, the Royal Court and the States Building-the history of the different buildings used as a court house, a building built in 1730 by Philip Falle as a public library, the trees in the Royal Square, granite v sign set into the ground of the Royal Square. Interview by Reverend Peter Manton of Mr Bell, a New Zealand journalist, about life in New Zealand. Humorous story of the Winchester Dragon.

Reference: R/05/B/4

Date: December 31st 1976 - December 31st 1976

Personal View of Police Chief, David Parkinson interviewed by Beth Lloyd. Was brought up in Huddersfield and when he left school went in to an office and then did his national service. Came out at the age of 20 and went back to his old job but was then made redundant. Then decided to join the local police force. Worked on the beat for 3 years and was then selected for mobile patrol duties and worked in various parts in the police force and in 1963 was promoted to sergeant-as a sergeant did patrol work and operation room work. No management training in those days. 1964-Royal Commission into the police force-big changes-number of police forces reduced. Became a different police world-in 1966 had transferred as inspector to the Essex Police Force. First Record-Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Was married 12 months after joining the force in January 1954. The lives of policemen's wives can be very difficult but it depends on the policeman. Moved to the Essex Police Force as an inspector-change from Huddersfield-was a big change of policing. Then moved to the Hertfordshire Police Force-overlap between them and the Metropolitan Police Force. Was a superintendent in Watford. Cooperation between police forces is good although professional rivalry does exist although it does not affect solving crimes. Crime levels rose through the 1960s and 1970s although it has slowed down recently. Policemen were moved off the beat into cars around the mid 1960s and lost contact with the public but have now been moved back. In 1977 reached the rank of Chief Superintendent of Stevenage. Went through a course for chief officers-was made Assistant Chief Constable in the Derbyshire Police Force and then became Deputy Chief Constable from 1977-1983. Second Record-Ted Heath with Don Lusher playing Lush Slide. Personal View with Lieutenant Governor Peter Whiteley interviewed by Beth Lloyd. Had targeted a number of ambitions including making the job as lieutenant governor as relevant to islanders as possible. Has got to know many islanders. Some aspects are like a service job. Was a relaxation after working in the armed forces. Talks of the need to store the archives of the lieutenant governor. First Record-William Boyce Symphony No 5 by the Academy of St Martin in the Field. Originally wanted to become a journalist-second world war came and he dropped it all-gained an understanding of the job. Joined the Royal Marines and eventually became the commander in chief of the Allied Forces Northern Europe. It was a responsibility but didn't worry about it. Has had royal visits to the island-seven since he has been lieutenant governor. Was used to meeting royalty after his previous job. Felt frustrated when the Falklands War was taking place but was satisfied that the people doing the job knew what they were doing. His son was involved and was injured but has now recovered. Threat of nuclear war-can be both helpful and harmful to show films of the possibility. Second Record-Kathleen Ferrier with O Rest in the Lord from Mendelssohn's Elijah. Leaving Jersey next month-advice for the island-need to keep the island beautiful. Believes that the environment makes the man. Need to maintain agriculture. Interest in the work of Gerald Durrell-immense importance. Need to prevent the extinction of animals. Greenpeace-in many cases have spoiled their case by breaking the law and becoming over politicised. Is hopeful for the future. Third Record-Mozart's First Movement of the Piano Sonata No 11 in A Major. Personal View of Reverend Peter Manton, Rector of St John. His family first came to Jersey in 1897 and he was brought up in Jersey. Joined the militia. Went to the Modern School and Victoria College and then joined the Royal Jersey Militia. On the 1st September 1939 was called up at Grouville Arsenal-marked the end of peace days. Pleasant childhood in Jersey-his family was very poor. Caddied for golf in order to make some money. Scouts was the dominating force in his life as a teenager. Went into the army in the second world war. Had wanted to go in to the church since the age of 10. When he was 12 took a weather badge in the scouts which interested him greatly. Ideally he wanted to become a country priest with a weather station which he has now achieved. Got called in to the militia who guarded key points of the island. June 22nd 1940-all shipped to the Isle of Wight. Cut the telecommunication lines before they left. When he left thought he was leaving forever. First record-Morning by Grieg. Went to Grieg's home as chaplain on the Queen Elizabeth II in Norway. Was due to go on a Greek shop but his wife got ill and he had to cancel and they offered him the QE2 as an alternative later. Hard work-1600 people on board and 1200 crew-a lot of troubles to look after. Was happy fighting the German forces because he hated the Nazi doctrine. Had a strict upbringing-when he was 14 met a girl but it was broken up. Met her 20 years later by chance but she was married by then. Thinks there is too much freedom for young people now. Used to go on the train which he enjoyed greatly-inspired him to choose the next record. Second Record-recording of trains. Still interested in railways in England-takes part in trainspotting. It was part of the character and life of Jersey. Could buy a ticket from Snow Hill to Paris via the boat at Gorey Pier. Went off to the second world war-spent time with the Royal Hampshire's. At that time went into a church and made a vow that if he survived the war he would go into the church. Went out on D Day, then went out to India to fight the Japanese. After the war went to a theological college in Oxford-was accepted but was told he was too old by the bishop and that a younger man would give longer service. Joined the Meteorological Office at the Jersey Airport for 13 years. If he had gone into the church he would have been prepared to go wherever he was sent and would have been a better clergyman. Was happy to go into the Met Office-used to work from sunrise to sunset and then did 24 hour watches. Was an interesting job-has pleasure making notes on the weather. Had limited equipment at the end of the war-did a lot of observation of the sky. Had news by the radio of the weather in different parts of the world and then teleprinters. They were able to predict things remarkably accurately. Average rainfall in St John is 33 inches but in La Rocque it was 26 inches-big difference in a small island. Enjoyed his days in the Met Office. After 13 years in the Met Office he was sitting a civil service exam and at that time the Dean of Jersey asked him to reconsider ordination. Was offered promotion at the Jersey Airport but he wanted to wait for the bishop's decision whether to accept him. The Bishop of Winchester interviewed him and he was accepted. Third Record-Miserarie. Became curate of St Mark's Church for five years. Had full theological training at Whitcliffe Hall at Oxford-very disciplined life in college. Could have been sent anywhere but he was drawn back to Jersey-he understood the people he was serving. Helpful to understand parish life-is involved in the parish. Has extra functions than in England-looks after the churchyards and cemeteries. Thinks the church will always be important in island life. Fourth Record-Religious piece of music sung by Paul Phoenix. Was a curate for 5 years and was then invited to take St John's Church-was extremely nervous in take services on his own for the first time. Can be difficult for a first time rector-thought he had done very well for his first funeral but discovered he'd put the body in the wrong grave. Parishioners forgave the mistake. Has been rector of St John's for 17 years. Did not know the parish well previously-only went out there for the first time at 10 years of age. Only happy when he is taking services in church-a feeling of completion. Strong community in St John with the church playing a large part in this. Fifth Record-Pomp and Circumstance No 4. Still maintains his interest in the weather-weather hasn't changed much. The relationship between tides and the weather. End of Side Two.

Reference: R/07/B/6

Date: 1982 - 1984

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