The Seneschal of Sark is the head of the Chief Pleas. Since 1675, he has also been the judge of the island (between 1583 and 1675, judicial functions were exercised by five elected Jurats and a Juge). The Seneschal is appointed by the Seigneur. Recently, following the decision of the English Court of Appeal, the Chief Pleas decided to split the dual role of the Seneschal.
title Seneschal to lose one of his roles publisher This Is Guernsey date accessdate 7 December 2012
January 2006 accessdate 7 December 2012 Sark competes in the biannual Island Games (International Island Games Association) in which the Sark national football team has participated. The annual Sark to Jersey Rowing Race is contested by teams from both bailiwicks.
by at least 40 armed men. Therefore, from his lands, 39 parcels or tenements (Tenement (law)), each sufficient for one family, were subdivided and granted to settlers, the ''Tenants''. Later, some of these parcels were dismembered, and parts of the Seigneurial land were sold, creating more parcels. Originally each head of a parcel-holding family had the right to vote in Chief Pleas, but in 1604 this right was restricted to the 39 original tenements required by the Letters Patent, the so-called
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; The first Gay Games is held in San Francisco, attracting 1,600 participants; Northern Ireland decriminalizes homosexuality; Wisconsin becomes the first US state to ban discrimination against homosexuals; New South Wales becomes the first Australian state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived homosexuality. The condition to be known as AIDS had acquired a number of names – GRID5 (gay-related immune deficiency), ‘gay cancer’, ‘community-acquired immune
24, 31(37); 507–508, 513–514. * '''1983 (1983 in LGBT rights)''' – Massachusetts Representative Gerry Studds reveals he is a homosexual on the floor of the House, becoming the first openly gay member of Congress; Guernsey (Including Alderney, Herm and Sark) decriminalizes homosexuality; Portugal decriminalizes homosexuality for the third time in its history; AIDS is described as a "gay plague" by Reverend Jerry Falwell. * ''' 1984
and Alderney. Sport Participation in sport tends towards individual sports rather than team sports, but the population supports a cricket team, a rugby union team and a football (association football) team.
. Television The 1986 television adaptation of Mr Pye by Mervyn Peake and starring Derek Jacobi was filmed on the island. The original short story is also set on Sark. Sark featured in the 6th episode of the fourth series of ''The New Statesman'', ''The Irresistible Rise of Alan B'Stard'' and also in the Jersey-based television detective series ''Bergerac (Bergerac (TV series))''. Part of the seventh episode of the second series of World War II television drama ''Enemy at the Door'' takes place in Sark. La Coupée features in a number of scenes. Sark, and in particular the Gouliot Caves, features in episode 8 of series 3 of the BBC television series ''Coast (Coast (TV series))''. Sark was featured in Episode 3 of the 2009 ITV (ITV (TV network)) television series ''Islands of Britain (Islands of Britain (TV series))'', presented by Martin Clunes; islanders involved in the programme included Alan Blythe (Constable) and Rossford de Carteret. Sark was featured on the ITV2 programme ''Holiday Showdown'' where one family chose Sark as their holiday destination. In episode 2 of the 2009 ITV mini-series ''Collision (Collision (TV series))'', Guy Pearson (played by Nicholas Farrell) says, "I'm moving to the Channel Islands: Sark. No cars on Sark, it'll be heaven." In John Shuttleworth's ''Southern Softies'' (2009), John and his crew cannot find anywhere to stay on the island. Series 7 and 8 of the BBC television series ''An Island Parish'' follows the Anglican priest and Methodist minister on Sark. See also * List of Seigneurs of Sark References
are the Barclay brothers? first Chris last Tryhorn date June 23, 2004 * Stelios Haji-Ioannou who was quoted as saying: "I have no UK income to be taxed in the UK." Source: David Leigh, Monday, July 10, 2006, The Guardian. Victory Day marks the end of World War II in Europe, specifically the capitulation of Nazi (Nazism) forces to the Allies (Allies of World War II) (the United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France, the United
: news.bbc.co.uk 2 hi europe guernsey 7258214.stm title Europe | Guernsey | Sark agrees switch to democracy publisher BBC News date 22 February 2008 accessdate 1 February 2014 Some Sark residents have complained that the new system is not democratic and have described the powers the new law granted to the Seneschal, an unelected member whose term the new law extended to the duration of his natural life, as imperial or dictatorial. The Court of Appeal has
. Together with the other Channel Islands, it is the last remnant of the former Duchy of Normandy still belonging to the Crown. Sark belongs to the Crown in its own right and has an independent relationship with the Crown through the Lieutenant Governor in Guernsey. Hansard
'''Sark''' ( In 2011, Sark was designated as a Dark Sky Community (Dark-sky preserve) and the first Dark Sky Island in the world.