Gruelling 48 hour run in St Peter Port to raise £100,000 for charity

May 20th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Philip Smith and Warren Mauger hope to raise £100,000 for four charities through sponsorship for an Epic 48 hour long run on treadmills in Market Square, St Peter Port, Guernsey from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2015.

They will be joined in their challenge by experienced marathon runners and record-breaking athletes Robert Young and Adam Holland.

The money raised will be split three ways with a third of the funds raised going to This is Epic, a third to The Hub, and one third to Robert Young’s chosen charities – the NSPCC and Dreams Come True. Continue reading

OpenHydro transitioning from R&D to grid-connected tidal arrays

May 6th, 2015 by DCNS

Open Hydro has been in business ten years (please click image to expand - image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro has been in business ten years. Company employees stand in front of a test turbine that was deployed at EMEC in Orkney, Scotland (please click image to expand – image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro, a tidal energy company owned by DCNS, celebrates a decade in business this week.

The Irish headquartered business is planning delivery of two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays in France and Canada in 2015.

OpenHydro is working with Emera in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia to deploy and grid connect two 16 metre turbines (2 MW each), tapping into one of the most powerful tidal environments on Earth.

OpenHydro will also install two grid-connected, 16 metre turbines at EDF’s Paimpol–Bréhat site off the Brittany coast.

The company has almost one gigawatt of projects under development – equivalent to 25% of Ireland’s electricity demand.

OpenHydro’s commercial portfolio comprises projects in Scotland, the Channel Islands, Canada, Northern Ireland and France, with utility partners including SSE Renewables, Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE), Emera, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and EDF. Continue reading

2015 Rock to Rocque Bike Ride on 24 May to aid Les Bourgs Hospice

May 3rd, 2015 by Heritage Group Ltd

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The family-orientated Rock to Rocque Bike Ride that raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice is on Sunday 24th May 2015.

The event sponsored by the Heritage Group has three starting points and starting times.

The majority of bike riders will begin at the top of Val des Terres at 8.45 a.m.  Please note that there is no parking at Val des Terres start point. It is a drop-off point only.

Cyclists can also start by Fort Grey (the Cup and Saucer) at 9.45 a.m. or cyclists can start at Grandes Rocques at 10.45 a.m. Continue reading

Walk because you never know who you’re going to meet on the way

May 2nd, 2015 by Living Streets

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Many Bailiwick of Guernsey residents will be walking to raise funds for several very worthwhile charities in World Aid Walk on 4 May 2015.

This is a wonderful beginning to National Walking Month in May, which is promoted by Living Streets and encourages us to walk to work and walk to school to improve our health.

Living Streets in the UK and Living Streets Guernsey champion pedestrians and campaign for safe, attractive streets where people want to walk.

It is probably stating the obvious that walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise but it is often overlooked.

The benefit of walking is that it can be incorporated so easily into our daily lives.

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Final phase of the Belle Greve Wastewater programme underway

May 1st, 2015 by Guernsey Water

High density poly pipes coming out of the factory

High density polyethylene pipes coming out of the Pipelife Norway AS factory in Stathelle (click image to expand)

As part of the final phase of Guernsey Water’s upgrade of the island’s wastewater facilities, over two and a half miles of pipe in nine sections are making their journey from Norway,

Pipelife Norway AS manufactured the purpose-built, high density polyethylene pipes in Stathelle on a fjord, where the pipes are stored temporarily in preparation for their seven-day journey to the island.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager at Guernsey Water, said “the pipes will arrive in Guernsey in early May and will, subject to formal agreement, be temporarily moored at Soldiers’ Bay, where they will be fitted with concrete collars in preparation for being placed on the seabed via a controlled sinking operation.” Continue reading

Waitrose ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme expands across the Bailiwick

April 30th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose 'Grow and Sell' kit for schools (please click image to expand)

Waitrose’s ‘Grow and Sell’ pack for schools (please click image to expand – image courtesy of Waitrose)

Waitrose will deliver ‘Grow and Sell‘ packs to school children in Alderney, Sark and Herm later this month following strong interest in this scheme from Guernsey schools.

The ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme has already given out 37 kits to Guernsey schools.

The scheme aims to encourage seven to eleven year old children from across the UK and the Channel Islands to grow their own produce, which they can then sell to Waitrose customers.

The kit, which has been specially designed by Waitrose to get school vegetable patches up and running, includes seeds, equipment and step-by-step growing instructions and aims to promote healthy eating and increase pupils understanding of where their food comes from.

Aurigny has kindly provided the flights for Kelly Divall, community matters co-ordinator at Waitrose Rohais, to travel to Alderney to deliver the kit to St Annes School. Continue reading

Bailiwick residents invited to enter 2015 Conservation Awards by 8 May

April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation

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Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.

Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading

Home-Start’s Dragonflies drop-in centre for pre-school children

April 14th, 2015 by Home-Start Guernsey

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With funding from the Sarah Groves Foundation for three years, family support charity Home-Start launched ‘Dragonflies’ drop-in centre for parents and carers with pre-school children in April 2015.

The drop-in occurs on Tuesdays (including most of the school holidays) between 9.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. at Roseville Community Centre, Le Petit Bouet,  St Peter Port.

The Sarah Groves Foundation’s aim is to ‘enhance young lives’ and one of the ways to do this is through the use of art.

This ties in with the aims of the drop-in, which is led by a play-leader to give children the opportunity to explore different arts and crafts with their parents, which will follow certain themes such as seasons or celebrations. Continue reading

Guernsey deputies enjoy the many benefits of owning an electric bike

October 30th, 2014 by Richard Lord

With the adoption by the States of Guernsey of a new transport strategy, several deputies have changed their travel habits in Guernsey by investing in electric bicycles.

Deputy Lester Queripel, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc and Deputy Yvonne Burford, Minister for the Environment Department, arrive on their electric bicycles for the States of Deliberation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Lester Queripel, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc and Deputy Yvonne Burford, Minister for the Environment Department, arrive on their electric bicycles for the October 2014 States of Deliberation meeting (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Five States of Guernsey deputies: Yvonne Burford, Roger Domaille, Michelle Le Clerc, Roger Perrot and Lester Queripel have purchased electric bicycles recently for travelling around the island and a sixth deputy, Mark Dorey, is in the process of purchasing one.

Deputy Yvonne Burford, States of Guernsey Environment Minister, and principal author of the States of Guernsey newly approved transport strategy, said she had to do more than talk about the strategy but also adopt its principles as part of her own lifestyle, which is to use alternate modes of transport to the private car when appropriate, and she is extremely pleased she has done so.

Deputy Burford and Deputy Le Clerc both said they felt ‘more alive’ cycling along Guernsey’s roads.

“I see a lot more than I used to sitting in a car,” Deputy Le Clerc said. Continue reading

Eleanor Foundation’s Hug the Coast Bike Ride on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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This year’s Eleanor Foundation annual bike ride begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014 at Grand Rocques car park on Guernsey’s west coast.

Registration begins at 9.45 a.m. at Grand Rocques car park.  A donation of £10 is requested from individuals and £20 from a family.

The annual bike ride, which is conducted at a leisurely pace, is a wonderful community event for the whole family.

The bike ride follows a route around the north coast of Guernsey to finish in Market Square, St Peter Port.

The Eleanor Foundation, set-up in memory of Eleanor Carey, raises funds to install water pumps and bring clean drinking water to communities in the Kagera region of Tanzania. Continue reading