While news from the front hardly seems encouraging this Christmas, islanders can at least indulge in some escapism. And all in a good cause - a VAD Fete raising funds in aid of the St John Ambulance Association.
The fete takes place on 19 and 20 December at Halkett House in King Street. Visitors, who must pay 6d for adults and 2d for children, can look forward to numerous attractions. There will be stalls, a palmist, plenty of events for children, lantern entertainment and a Christmas tree. Music will come courtesy of Miss Gruchy’s Orchestra, with tea and refreshments on sale. The special feature expected to attract a good deal of interest is a war relics exhibition.
Concurrently, there is an appeal on behalf of the Emergency Committee of the St John Ambulance Association for any old metal. This can include iron, brass and copper, or more valuable scraps of silver or gold. Organisers have appointed various people across the island to arrange collection and reception. Everything collected will be sold with monies raised going towards funding the committee’s work.
It’s a splendid opportunity, they point out, to clear anything unwanted from all corners of the house.
A/E/11/9 contains reports and correspondence relating to the British Red Cross Society, Jersey Branch and the St John Ambulance war time fundraising efforts.