Marie de Garis
Our Group created a garden on an area of waste land next to the Post Office car park in 2008. It quickly become a popular place for passers-by to break their journey and enjoy this mini oasis in the heart of our village. A path was laid through the garden so that pedestrians approaching from the village can avoid the busy vehicular entrance to the Post Office.
In 2010 the community garden was renamed the Marie de Garis Community Garden to honour the doyenne of our parish. Mrs de Garis celebrated her 100th birthday in June. She was to have unveiled the commemorative stone herself on 10th August, sadly she died on that very day.
Mrs de Garis will be best remembered for her work in keeping our island language Guernésiaise alive through her Dictionary and recordings and interviews.
Over the years she has left us a great legacy. We are all aware of the debt that we owe to her for keeping the history and culture of this parish in her books on the parish and its folklore.
The Poppy Field
The field was sown with Flanders poppies in Autumn 2013 by individuals and groups representing the Scouts, Royal British Legion, Army Cadets, the school and the W.I to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
This four year project commemorates almost 1,200 men from Guernsey, Alderney and Sark who died fighting for their country, including 45 from this parish. Some 5,300 Bailiwick people took part in the war.
For weeks throughout the summer the field was a sea of red delighting all who visited to take photographs, walk around the field or sit and picnic.
Lest we forget
Our 2016 display on the Ammunition Store wall at Les Paysans is an abstract view from and including Les Hanois lighthouse at sunset, to Fort Grey.
In 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation we created this living walI. Built during the War by the Germans the wall was part of the Armoury for the Mirus Battery, a 1km x .75 km fortification. To disguise it from air raids the Germans painted on windows and doors to mimic houses. We attempted to replicate the windows - and our central feature was a 'V' for Victory.
We planted 2,500 red and white begonias to create our design.