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New Chairman as Membership Almost Trebles

Date: 21/07/2005 | Posted by John Garton
The Genuine Jersey Products Association has a new chairman. Former St Ouen Deputy Ken Syvret MBE has taken over from Hamish Marett-Crosby, who stepped down after taking up a full-time post with BBC Radio Jersey – a position which prevents him from continuing in his chairmanship.

The change comes as the Association celebrates almost trebling its membership over the past 18 months. A number of new members were approved at a recent committee meeting, bringing the total membership to 59. The new members range from a film production company to a restaurant and two bakeries producing cabbage loaves.

Ken says: “This is a very exciting time to be taking over the chairmanship of Genuine Jersey. Hamish has done a fantastic job and has left big shoes to fill. However, I relish the challenge and am looking forward to continuing his work to promote the quality and range of Jersey products.”

His appointment was unanimously approved by the Association’s committee, who thanked Hamish for his hard work and welcomed Ken into the post, saying that he had the ideal credentials.

Ken is a familiar face to many Islanders having spent six years as a States Member, during which time he was a member of the Agriculture Committee. The son of a farmer, he is also a Genuine Jersey grower himself, producing main crop potatoes.

He says that seeing the ‘Genuine Jersey’ label on products makes him feel very proud: “Genuine Jersey not only means that it is from the land and skills in the Island, but also that Jersey is making something of itself that is tangible.”

A retired solicitor, Ken is a former president of the Jersey Law Society and the National Trust. His current commitments include chairman of the Guide Dogs for the Blind; member of the Lions Club of Jersey; Greffier of the Ecclesiastical Court; and editor of the St Ouen magazine Le Gris Ventre.

The new members to the Association include Vienna Bakery and L R Trading (Jersey Bakery) for cabbage loaves. Green Eye Productions’ DVD of its film ‘Living with the Enemy’ – set during the German Occupation - will also now carry the Genuine Jersey logo, as will photographer Dean Hartley’s pictures of local landscapes.

The Village Bistro in Gorey has joined the Association, boosting the restaurant sector of the membership, which already includes Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic; Hamptonne Café; Portinfer Farm Tearooms; Castle Green Gastro Pub; the Garden Restaurant at Jersey Pottery and the Pottery’s cafes.

Membership was also approved for La Barcelone Farm for Jersey Royals; Harmony Produce for a variety of tomatoes; and Brooklands Farm for vegetables, sausages, bacon and ham.