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Rhona Richards, Actor: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Rhona Richards, Actor: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Friday 12 June 2020

Rhona Richards, Actor: Five things I LOVE about Jersey


With a career between the theatre stage and the courtroom, this actor and director has lived in several places, but loves so many things about Jersey.

Having worked in theatre and television before becoming a barrister and then getting back into performance after moving to Luxembourg, Rhona Richards now runs her own theatre company and coaches young people in the performing arts.

Now based back in Jersey where she grew up, Rhona tells Express the five things she loves most about living here... 

1. Vitamin Sea

Many of my best memories seem to be of either in or around the sea. It seems you can find almost anything you are looking for in or near the ocean: tranquillity, clarity, exhilaration. 

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Pictured: "Growing up in Jersey I took the sea for granted."

Growing up in Jersey I took the sea for granted and it was only when I moved to live in London and Luxembourg that I realised just how important the sea was to me. It’s the place I feel more at ease than almost anywhere else.

2. Taste local

The recent lockdown has really made me appreciate how lucky we are to have such amazing local produce.

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Pictured: Rhona loves the quality of Jersey's local produce.

We’ve been buying our veg from Didier and Christine Hellio’s Manor Farm shop and fresh fish straight of the boat via the Jersey Alternative Fish Market Facebook page. Recent months have reminded me that local really is best. 

3. West is best!

It goes without saying that St Ouen’s is the best parish in the island. Fact. Obviously, there are some lovely places through the big tunnel to the east but you can’t beat St Ouen. We have the surf, Greve de Lecq (well, the best half of it), Plemont and L’Etacq. Enough said! 

4. Trust in the trust

Working to preserve Jersey’s environment and heritage, The National Trust is invaluable if we are going to ensure the natural beauty of our island.

We have a rich array of habitats and, in part because of the work of The National Trust, our coastline, meadowlands, wetlands and dune lands will be preserved for generations to come.

5. The wonder of Jersey Wonders...

Who would have thought that deep frying flour, butter, sugar and egg would make something so delicious? 

I remember these as being a real treat at school fêtes but now, thanks to the wonderful Jersey Wonderer (a.k.a. Collette Labey) you can enjoy them anytime. Bouan appétit, ma luv!

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Posted by nigel pearce on
I have to agree with her re local produce. We have done a lot more shopping in the Central Market and fish market lately and one thing we have noticed is how pleasant it is to be dealing with real people instead of picking off a shelf.
I had the same withdrawal symptoms when I worked away from the sea. You never appreciate it until it is not near.
I can't agree with her about Jersey Wonders. UGH! I think the 'wonder' bit is " I wonder why anyone would eat one from choice".
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