Guernsey Botanical Trust raising funds to build The Gatehouse visitor and education centre

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Stall at Seafront Sunday in St Peter Port (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Botanical Trust, which runs the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden in Saumarez Park, Castel plans to build The Gatehouse as part of their on-going restoration project.

The Trust, which is a Guernsey charity, receives no financial support from the Guernsey government.

It needs to raise £200,000 to build The Gatehouse, which will include a visitor and information centre, an education centre, a shop called La Choppe, a crew room for garden volunteers, and storage facilities for garden tools and equipment.

Drawing of The Gatehouse in the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden (click image to expand)

The Guernsey charity is holding a private lottery.  Five pounds Sterling buys a roof tile and enters the purchaser in a draw for the chance to win £1000.00. Continue reading

Guernsey Post Ltd invests in fleet of electric postal delivery vans

May 25th, 2017 by Richard Lord

Guernsey Post Ltd now leads the way in electric mobility on the island with the largest fleet of electric vehicles.

The company has had strong environmental credentials for many years.

It earned the ‘Keep Guernsey Green Award’ in 2009 for its biodiversity enhancement work and for improvements to building energy efficiency due to better facilities management.

Letter delivery on the island has traditionally been made on a bicycle.

Guernsey postal workers are admired for cycling up steep hills and delivering the mail on a bicycle in all weathers.

With the Internet causing a decline in the volume of letter delivery and a rise in parcel delivery, push bikes can no longer deliver the volume and weight of packaging, so the company has had to convert many of its mail delivery routes traditionally made by bicycle to van and trucks.

Guernsey Post Ltd fleet of electric Nissan postal delivery vans on 5 May 2017 (click image to expand)

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Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Saffery Rotary walk on 3 June 2017

May 18th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017 (click image to expand)

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and Lady Corder will take part in the Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017.

They will be given the specially allocated walker identification numbers 1 and 2 respectively to acknowledge their support of the charity fund raising walk.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Saffery Rotary Walk and the 40th anniversary of Saffery Champness in Guernsey.

Over 650 people participated in the 2016 walk with one in six coming from outside the island, making a significant contribution to the total raised of £57,526. Continue reading

Celebrate Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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Guernsey Bicycle Group is proud to support Cycle to Work Week from 22 to 26 May 2017.

It’s the perfect excuse to dust off the bike, pump up the tyres, lubricate the chain (if necessary), and take the bicycle for a spin.

Cycle to Work Week is a great opportunity to join the many Guernsey people who cycle as part of their daily commute.

Nearly two thirds of Guernsey’s population live in the northern half of the island, where the ride to the main areas of commerce is only a few miles away, and over a fairly flat area.

From The Bridge, St Sampson to the waterfront of St Peter Port is a pleasant, mostly by the seaside, ten minute journey on a bicycle, and with no parking difficulties when one arrives on a bike, it can often be quicker to cycle to work this way than to drive.

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Cycling to work offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, be more intimate with nature, and perhaps socialise with other cyclists.  You’ll arrive at work more refreshed than if you had sat in a car.

The Guernsey charity encourages people to commute by bike if they haven’t done so already.  Those new to cycling to work may find it a delightful and enjoyable way to start the day, and it may turn out to be a surprisingly fast way to arrive at the office.

The GBG Facebook page has more information on Cycle to Work week.

 

 

Clear Guernsey watercourses of vegetation and silt by 15 June to reduce flooding risk

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

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Guernsey Water reminds islanders who have streams, douits, and other watercourses on their land to ensure that they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June 2017.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island’s catchments and minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 15 June ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees. Continue reading

Essential maintenance to GJ1 Jersey – Guernsey electricity cable

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity switched off the cable importing electricity from France in early May 2017 to undertake essential maintenance work to the Channel Islands Electricity Grid.

The planned maintenance should take about two weeks to complete.

It will include work in the Barkers Quarry substation, as well as complementary work on the grid in Jersey and France.

After two successful years of operation following a pre-emptive repair in 2015, the submarine cable GJ1 will be inspected and reburied.

The CS Recorder, a ship owned by GMSL, will rebury the section of cable subject to weather conditions.

CS Recorder in St Peter Port harbour on 17 May 2017 (click image to expand)

Alan Bates, Chief Executive of Guernsey Electricity, said “‘we are undertaking maintenance of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid system to ensure that our infrastructure continues to provide Guernsey with a secure and stable power supply.

This work has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest level.

We have ensured that Guernsey Electricity Ltd’s on-island electricity generators are ready to meet the demand,” he said.

“The cable GJ1, which imports low carbon energy from France via Jersey, normally provides up to 90% of Guernsey’s electricity.”

Guernsey Electricity Ltd has invested nearly £30 million in on-island generation infrastructure to meet the island’s electricity demand during electric cable maintenance.

 

 

2017 Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride itinerary

May 16th, 2017 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

The first Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride begins from Les Douvres Hotel, St Martin. (click to expand image)

The ever popular Guernsey Bicycle Group series of Tuesday evening social bicycle rides return with the first of the year on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

These gentle family-friendly bicycle rides go along many Guernsey quiet country lanes during the long summer evenings.

All bicycle rides begin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. from the following locations.

23 May 2017 – starting and finishing at Les Douvres Hotel, Rue De La Motte, St Martin, Guernsey GY4 6ER

30 May 2017 – starting at the Last Post, Route De St Andre, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8XR

6 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Rockmount, Cobo Coast Road, Guernsey GY5 7HB

13 June 2017 – starting and finishing at Pony Inn, Les Petites Capelles Road, St Sampson, Guernsey GY2 4GX

20 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Captains, St Martin, Guernsey GY4 6EF

27 June 2017 – starting and finishing at The Imperial, Rocquaine Bay, Torteval, Guernsey GY8 0PS

4 July 2017 – starting and finishing at the Longfrie Inn, St Pierre Du Bois, Guernsey GY7 9RX

11 July 2017 – starting at London House and finishing at The Indian Cottage, South Side, St Sampson, Guernsey GY2 4QQ

18 July 2017 – starting and finishing at The Beach House, Pembroke, Vale, Guernsey GY3 5BY

25 July 2017 – the ever popular bike treasure hunt starting and finishing at The Last Post, Route De St Andre, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8XR

At the end of the bicycle ride many people stay on for a drink or a meal.

 

 

 

The fourth TEDxSt Peter Port at St Pierre Park Hotel on 5 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

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The fourth TEDxStPeterPort will take place on 5 May 2017 at the St Pierre Park Hotel.

This year we will be asking how business and the community can contribute to the Guernsey government’s Future Guernsey plan and help to turn that vision into a reality.

The event comprises twenty talks, with fifteen live speakers, and five recorded TED talks including; creating industries from scratch, the future of money, community kitchens and putting Guernsey on the map.

TEDxStPeterPort will inspire, educate and spark ideas around Future Guernsey’s four themes:

Our economy
Our quality of life
Our community
Our place in the world

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Offshore Wind Power Generation presentation by Professor David Infield on 3 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers

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The Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE) is hosting a lecture in Guernsey and Jersey by Professor David Infield from the University of Strathclyde on “Offshore Power Generation.”

Dr. Infield is Professor in Renewable Energy Technologies.

His Guernsey presentation will be at the Princes Royal Centre for Performing Arts in St Peter Port. The presentation begins at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017.