St Helier’s Royal Hotel hosted a long-planned fundraising event on Friday 5 April. Organised by the Jersey Branch of the British Red Cross, the fête offered an impressive range of stalls, entertainment and refreshments as well as a display of the organisation’s wartime work in the island.
Young ladies wearing VAD uniforms greeted visitors on arrival, selling small mementoes of the occasion. Within the hotel’s lounge were a range of stalls offering all manner of goods. There were vegetables, plants and flowers to purchase, along with jams, ornamental and other useful items. The nearby smoking room had further stalls, including one served by Lady Vernon, the Bailiff’s wife, with all types of antiques including some rare old lace.
On the first floor was the ‘Hall of Mystery’, a well-attended curiosity attraction featuring Signoras Firenze and Sybil. Visitors could also enjoy two entertaining concerts given in the ballroom, and splendid buffet served with cups of tea. The centrepiece was a display of exhibition of items made locally by the organisation for use in military hospitals.
While successful, raising over £140 for the charity’s work, organisers were a little disappointed with final numbers.
A/E/11/9 contains a number of documents relating to the Jersey Branch of the British Red Cross and its wartime activities in the Island.