5 Library Place Opening Party!
THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE HAS CELEBRATED THE OPENING OF ITS NEW PREMISES
The Alliance Française has celebrated its move to new premises at 5 Library Place with an opening ceremony held in the presence of the Deputy Bailiff, the Chief Minister and other invited guests at 5.30 p.m. on Friday 26th September 2014.
The Alliance had been based at the Town Hall for a number of years but the growth in the number of students meant that it had outgrown these premises and needed to look for larger ones. With assistance from the States of Jersey Property Holdings Department the Alliance has now moved to 5 Library Place where students will be taught in a much improved environment with several teaching rooms and more space for the Alliance’s library which has French CDs, DVDs, books and magazines available.
Martin Lafitte, Director of the Alliance Française de Jersey said “We are delighted to have entered into a 9 year lease with the States of Jersey for 5 Library Place. Our student numbers for the new academic year are already up on previous years and we would not have been able to cope in our old premises. We are sure that everyone who comes to the Alliance will be delighted with the new surroundings and we hope that our central town location will encourage even more islanders to join us.”
John Harris, Chairman of the Alliance Française Committee said “The premises at 5 Library Place were originally given to the States of Jersey by Philippe Falle in the early 18th century for use as Jersey’s first public library and it is therefore particularly appropriate that the premises are today back in educational use. The Alliance has gained increasing prominence in Jersey in recent years under our Director, Martin Lafitte, and the new location will help us to develop our services for adults and children learning French and the FLAM courses which are for French speaking children living in Jersey.”
The opening took place at 5.30 p.m. on Friday 26th September and was a real success in ambiance as well as attendance from officials like members of the public and students. We were really pleased to see that all the answered our Rsvp was present and enjoying themselves.
The entertainment was provided by Art’Comedia, a theatre company from Bécherel in Brittany and the songs they performed were greatly appreciated. The art exhibition promoting artistic links between France and Jersey was organised in co-operation with the Jersey Arts Trust and will be on the walls of the Alliance until the 17th. We also wanted to thank Cocorico for the amazing quiches, tartes and macarons as well as to bonvin.co.uk for their excellent selection of white, red and sparkling wines.
We want to thank our president John Harris, the Deputy Bailiff William Baillache for the respective speech. We also want to thank the states members and civil servant whom were present, amongst others, Senator Gorst, Senator Ozouf, Mr Mc Loughlin, and Mr Donovan. We also want to extend these thanks to our partners of the Jersey Arts Trust, Jersey Arts Centre, Flam, La Maison de la Normandie.
Finally our very special thanks go to Pierrette Corsane (founder of the Alliance Française de Jersey) for her presence which gave a special flavour to the opening as well as all the Alliance Française team for all their hard word to organise and cater the event itself.
Now we encourage to pass the word around you about us to anybody that might want to learn French and has any interest in French culture and stay tuned (through our Newsletter, email or Facebook) about the numerous cultural activities we have in store for you.
And finally, a special thanks to Karolina Dean for the great photos!