L’Hermitage & Beaumont Villa – Trip To Jersey War Tunnels

On Wednesday 26th April, some residents and family members from L’Hermitage care home and Beaumont Villa in St Peter took a thought provoking trip to the Jersey War Tunnels, in preparation for ‘Liberation Day‘ and our Open day on Tuesday 9th May, when we invite members of the local community into our home.

The Jersey War Tunnels are a stark reminder of the occupation of the island during World War II. Dug deep into the hillside in the Jersey granite cliffs by slave workers, the extraordinary tunnels run over 7,000 square metres and were originally intended to be a barracks and ammunition store for the occupying forces.

The tunnels have also been called the German Underground Hospital as they were converted to a casualty clearing station as D-Day drew nearer but the hospital was never actually finished. They now contain an underground collection that detail Jersey’s occupation history and provoked lots of contemplation and conversation about what it must have been like.

Outside the Tunnels, we thought about the tour and memories with a quiet moment in the Garden of Reflection and enjoyed coffee and cake in the cafeteria afterwards.

At our homes, we had asked our residents and their families to tell their Liberation Day stories and to note down for posterity. These are now displayed on our ‘Liberation Open Day’ board and there are very touching stories. We have published one of our resident’s stories below as a reminder of what it was like to live in those days.

Eileen: My Story 51 – May 1945

“We lived at Galaad Methodist Church, my father was the caretaker in St Lawrence.

“The Germans lived at Lady Trent’s place across the road. We climbed up on the ledge, to get on the roof to peer into their garden. We would hear them in their lorries and listen to them singing. On Liberation Day, my mum took us, with my brother in the pram, we went down to west Park Pavilion, the Tommie’s were throwing sweets at us; we were scared.

We went down to the Pomme D’or and watched them soldiers hoist the flag. We went down to the pier. The atmosphere was electric. People were singing and cheering. We had our flags out. We spoke in Jèrriais (form of Norman language spoken in Jersey) so the Germans could not understand us.”

At L’Hermitage care home we provide residential and nursing care for up to 66 elderly people. Beaumont Villa provides specialist dementia care for up to 24 elderly residents. Located within the grounds of L’Hermitage Gardens Retirement Village, in St Peter on Jersey, our purpose-built homes represent our commitment to delivering outstanding care.

If you would like to find out more about life at L’Hermitage and Beaumont Villa, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5521 or manager.lhermitage@CaringHomes.org.

L’Hermitage

Home Manager

Colette Bonner

Address

La Route de Beaumont,
St Peter,
Jersey,
JE3 7HH

Contact
0808 223 5521
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Beaumont Villa

Home Manager

Colette Bonner

Address

La Route de Beaumont,
St Peter,
Jersey,
JE3 7HH

Contact
0808 223 5409
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