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Guernsey Language Commission events calendar 2017

Notes on the calendar:

  • The timetable is subject to change.  If you are in any doubt or would like to check the latest details, contact us on 747264 / info@language.gg

  • Unless stated otherwise, entry is FREE to all events listed here.

  • 'Le Grand Courtil' (LGC) is the Extra Care Housing Scheme based at the former Longue Rue House in St Martins.  As you enter the complex from the traffic lights, the small lounge is in the building on the left and the large lounge is in the building on the right.  There is also a café onsite.

  • 'La Nouvelle Maritaine' is the Extra Care Housing Scheme based at the former Maison Maritaine.  It is opposite the Vale Douzaine Room.  There is also a café onsite. 

  • If you would like to attend any of these events but have transport problems, please call us on 747264 as we would like to help if we can.

  • Please note that all of these events are attended at your own risk.  Guernsey Language Commission / Guernsey Museums is not liable for any injury caused.

Date

Event

Venue

Time

Details

January

 

 

 

 

Thursday 26 Jan

Les Bibides

La Nouvelle Maritaine

10 - 11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

February

 

 

 

 

Saturday 4 Feb

Taster workshop for total beginners

LGC small lounge

10am - 12 noon

In the words of Julie Andrews, would you like to start at the very beginning with your Guernésiais?  Book on here!  The price is only £8.  Booking is essential - email janmarquis@suremail.gg 

Saturday 4 Feb

Wassail

Meeting at the Last Post

From 4.30pm

An old fashioned blessing of the Rocquette apple trees to bring about a good cider harvest. The short ceremony will feature Guernésiais. For more information call 747264 or visit www.language.gg

Thursday 16 Feb

La Ribotrie talk

Frossard Theatre

7-8pm

What's a ribotrie? Come along and find out in this interactive and musical insight into Guernsey music, led by folk musician James Dumbelton.  A must-see for lovers of traditional music and song. 

Monday 27 Feb

Speed Patois

The Last Post

From 7.30pm

A social 'serai' (evening gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome.  This will feature live music so if have an instrument please bring it along. 

 

 

 

 

 

March

 

 

 

 

Friday 10 March

Bagpipes & Guernsey

Frossard

7-8pm

Folk musician James Dumbelton will celebrate International Bagpipe Day with a short talk on the fascinating story of Guernsey music.  He'll talk about the origins of the bagpipe in particular - and how they might unlock the sound of traditional Guernsey music. 

Saturday 18 March

Pure Patois

Magnolia Tree café, at Le Grand Courtil

2.30pm onwards

An opportunity for speakers who consider themselves 'fluent' to come together and chat.  This is not a teaching session.  Depending on the uptake for this initial session, we hope it will be repeated regularly.

Tuesday 28 March

Spring walk

Meet at Rousse kiosk

2.30pm onwards

Join us for a social walk around the nearby area. We'll finish off at Rousse for, those who wish to join us, some cake and a cuppa. NB. This is not a guided walk but just a chance to meet up, speak the language socially and have fun.

Thursday 30 March

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

April

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1 April

Tour of the Golden Guernsey Goats

Les Sages

Meet at Styx car park at 2.30pm

Come along and find out about the fascinating Guernsey Golden goats at Les Sages.  Peter Girard will treat us to a tour in Guernésiais and we might even see a kid or two if we're lucky! There will also be cheese tasting and an opportunity to purchase goat products. Many thanks to Peter Girard for kindly hosting.  Booking is essential - please call Jo on 747264 or email Josephine.dowding@gov.gg and she will advise about parking.

Friday 28 April

La Ribotrie

Vale Douzaine Room

7.30pm onwards

Don't miss our event of the year!  Everyone is welcome at this celebration of Guernsey language, song, music and dance, akin to the Celtic Ceilidh or Breton Fest-Noz.  Organised by the Guernsey Language Commission:  www.language.gg

 

 

 

 

 

May

 

 

 

 

Friday 12 May

Museums at Night

Castle Cornet

6-9pm

A free evening of entertainment and culture. We will be hosting Guernsey language related activities for children in the Amherst Room.

Monday 22 May

Denys Corbet Walk

Meet at La Gouffre car park

Meet at 11am

Join us for a social walk to celebrate the birthday of one of Guernsey's favourite Guernésiais poets. This route, which will include roads and cliff paths, will take us past Corbet's house where there is now a blue plaque.  The walk will take about an hour with a chance to purchase a coffee or lunch at the end. NB. This is not a guided walk but just a chance to meet up, speak the language socially and have fun.

Thursday 25 May

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10 - 11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

June

 

 

 

 

Saturday 10 June

Flower walk

Meet at L'Eree car park (near the ice cream van)

2.30pm

Join us for a social walk around the orchid fields of St Peters.  The walk should take about 1 hour, with the opportunity to have tea/coffee at the end.  NB. This is not a guided walk but just a chance to meet up, speak the language socially and have fun.

Thursday 22 June

Speed Patois

Small lounge at LGC

2.30pm onwards

A social 'arleuvai' (afternoon gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome.  Free tea & coffee.

Friday 23 June

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

July

 

 

 

 

Monday 10 July

Speed Patois

The Last Post

7.30pm onwards

A social 'serai' (evening gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome. 

Thursday 27 July

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

Friday 28 July

St Sampsons walk

Meet at the Clock Tower on Southside of the Bridge

11.30am

Join us for an informal 'procession' to mark the birthday of St Samson, Guernsey's Patron Saint.  The walk will take about 45 minutes and there will be an opportunity to chat further over a drink or lunch at the end. NB. This is not a guided walk but just a chance to meet up and speak the language socially. 

 

 

 

 

 

August

 

 

 

 

Friday 25 August

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10 - 11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

Tuesday 29 August

Reservoir walk

Meet at the southern car park

2.30pm onwards

Join us for a social walk around the reservoir. This route, which will include uneven paths, will take about an hour. Please feel free to bring a drink or snack for the half-way-round break! NB. This is not a guided walk but just a chance to meet up, speak the language socially and have fun.

 

 

 

 

 

September

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 13 September

Speed Patois

Les Douvres, St Martins (back room)

7.30pm onwards

A social 'serai' (evening gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome. 

Thursday 14 September

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

Tuesday 26 September

Guernsey Museum visit

Guernsey Museum, Candie Gardens

Meet at 2.30pm

To mark European Day of Languages, it seems fitting to have a social get together at our national Museum.  There will be free entry to those attending this social tour of the venue, with the option to buy a tea or coffee at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

October

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 10 October

Speed Patois

Small lounge at LGC

2.30pm onwards

A social 'arleuvai' (afternoon gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome.  Free tea & coffee.

Friday 20 October

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown-ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

Friday 10 November

Origami session

La Nouvelle Maritaine (large lounge)

2.30 - 4pm

Join our resident origami expert, James Dumbelton, on International Origami Day.  Practice your Guernésiais as you learn about the fascinating art of folding paper. All ages are welcome at this great brain workout!

Mon 20 November

Speed Patois

The Last Post

7.30pm onwards

A social 'serai' (evening gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome. 

Tuesday 28 November

Carol singing in Guernésiais

Venue TBC (please check back closer to the time)

5.45 - 7pm

A gathering for people who would like to learn some Christmas carols in Guernsey's language. No experience of the language is required - lyric sheets with phonetic guide is provided. 

Thursday 30 November

Les Bibides

Small lounge at LGC

10-11am

Fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. 

 

 

 

 

 

December

 

 

 

 

Weds 6 Dec

Carol singing in Guernésiais

Venue TBC (please check back closer to the time)

5.45 - 7pm

A gathering for people who would like to learn some Christmas carols in Guernsey's language. No experience of the language is required - lyric sheets with phonetic guide is provided. 

Tues 12 Dec

Carol singing in Guernésiais

Venue TBC (please check back closer to the time)

5.45 - 7pm

A gathering for people who would like to learn some Christmas carols in Guernsey's language. No experience of the language is required - lyric sheets with phonetic guide is provided. 

Mon 18 Dec

Speed Patois

The Last Post

7.30pm onwards

A social 'serai' (evening gathering) for anyone wishing to practice or speak the language.  All levels welcome.  Expect a cosy Christmas evening of carol singing and games.

Friday 22 December

Les Bibides

Le Grand Courtil (small lounge)

10 - 11

Festive, fun Guernésiais learning for children up to age 7 & their grown ups.  Free tea, coffee or squash. No need to book - just turn up. Expect a fun Christmas morning session with games and songs.

 

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