Archive for May, 2012

Cigarettes kill us, foul our air, and litter our streets

May 31st, 2012 by Events

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According to the World Health Organisation “tobacco products are the only legally available products that can kill up to one half of their regular users if consumed as recommended by the manufacturer.”

The World Health Organisation has designated 31 May as “World No Tobacco Day“.

Every year nearly six million people die from tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. Five million of these people are tobacco users and former users, and more than 600,000 are non-smokers who have been exposed to secondhand smoke.

And in the EU, tobacco accounts for about 700,000 premature deaths each year, which represents the single largest cause of avoidable death in the EU.

According to the WHO, tobacco use is the second cause of death globally after hypertension and is currently responsible for killing one in ten adults worldwide.

After high blood pressure, tobacco use is the biggest contributor to the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases, accounting for 63% of deaths. Continue reading

Guernsey Housing Association gets more funding for social housing

May 30th, 2012 by Guernsey Housing Association

The Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) has secured funding of up to £30 million for the fourth phase of its project to provide affordable social housing for the local market.

The funds have been earmarked for three schemes, the final stage in the transformation of the Grand Bouet site in St Peter Port with the building of a further 80 properties; together with two Extra Care housing developments in the Vale and St Martin where it is proposed to build 113 apartments and communal facilities.

Signing the agreement for the £30 million funding tranche at Maison Maritaine are from left to right: Quentin Spicer, GHA Chairman; Steve Williams, GHA Chief Executive; Rob Girard, RBSI Regional Director; and Senior Relationship Director Scott Philpott. (click image to expand - image courtesy of the GHA)

The signing of the agreement took place at Maison Maritaine, Continue reading

Rotary Guernesiais jazz lunch to aid Hope for Guernsey on 8 July 2012

May 30th, 2012 by Events

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Rotary Guernesiais, in celebration of its 18th anniversary, has organised an Enchanted Summer Jazz Lunch at Sausmarez Manor on 8 July 2012 to benefit Hope for Guernsey.

The lunch takes place in a marquee on the front lawn of Sausmarez Manor beginning at midday.

The cost is £25 per person and includes a barbecue, salads, and dessert.

There is a children’s menu available for £10.

Saxophonist Colin Falla and ‘The Rat Pack’ will play music.

For tickets please contact Joanne on 07781 151000 or email joeyannareynolds @

Deutsche Bank Community Re-Gen programme provides new garden for Wesley Community Centre

May 30th, 2012 by Deutsche Bank International Ltd.

Staff at Deutsche Bank in Guernsey have completed an incredibly busy Volunteering Week for their Community Regeneration Project, Wesley Community Centre.

As part of the Bank’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, this initiative was launched on Island FM in February 2012 and a total of eight projects were nominated in Guernsey.

Wesley Community Centre was declared the winner following a staff vote.

DB Staff have been working from 21 to 25 May 2012 in shifts to construct a brand new garden space for all who attend this Continue reading

Renewable energy researchers from University of Exeter study Guernsey potential

May 30th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Third year BSc/MEng University of Exeter Renewable Energy students gave presentations on Guernsey’s potential to develop offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy resources at a seminar held at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre on Monday 28 May 2012. Research teams also looked at the potential for onshore renewable energy development and infrastructure requirements.

Their completed reports will be presented to the Guernsey public at a seminar in June 2012.  Some of their research findings will be published on Sustainable Guernsey in due course.


Guernsey Dairy milk cartons raise over £13000 for Les Bourgs Hospice

May 30th, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice

At the beginning of February 2012, milk cartons with a difference were delivered to every household in the island to raise funds for the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal.

The cartons were to collect loose change. 682 had been returned by the end of April 2012. So far Guernsey residents have collected more than £13,000 in loose change for Les Bourgs Hospice.

‘It’s been a fantastic response and literally every penny collected takes Les Bourgs Hospice a little bit closer to reaching its £4 million target for the redevelopment.

Connie seems to have travelled far and wide across the Bailiwick and can be found in houses, shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants so we’re looking forward to seeing how many cartons will be returned over the next three months,’ said campaign organiser Helen O’Meara. Continue reading

Guernsey charity variety concert on 15 June in aid of The Tumaini Fund

May 30th, 2012 by Events

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A Charity Variety Concert will begin at 7.15 pm on Friday 15 June 2012 at the Spurgeon Baptist Church, North Clifton, St Peter Port, Guernsey in aid of The Tumaini Fund, which helps AIDS orphans and widows in Kagera, Tanzania.

The concert features Welsh Boys Aloud, other Guernsey musical talent, and humour.

Admission is free although generous donations are gratefully received.  Refreshments will be available.

For more information please contact Vic Richer on 722004 or email vic.richer @


Guernsey Bicycle Group explore Forest during summer evening ride

May 29th, 2012 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

Some of the GBG summer evening ride participants on 29 May 2012 (click image to expand - image courtesy of Francis Paul)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group enjoyed a beautiful Summer Evening Ride on 29 May – the first of ten planned for 2012.

Several 30in30 Challenge riders joined the GBG to cycle the lanes of Forest Parish in glorious sunshine.

The next GBG summer evening ride is on 12 June 2012 and begins at 7 pm at the Bordeaux kiosk (Perry map reference page 11 G1) with Ian Brown leading and David Harry making sure no one loses their way.


Free Guernsey Symphonic Winds concert in the park on 3 June 2012 to benefit Saumarez playground

May 29th, 2012 by Guernsey Symphonic Winds

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The Guernsey Symphonic Winds orchestra conducted by Alan Gough will provide a free lunchtime concert at 12.30 pm for all the family on 3 June 2012 in Saumarez Park, Castel, Guernsey to help raise funds for the new Saumarez Park Playground.

Please bring your children along for the picnic in the park and help raise money for their new play area.

The concert is free to all but donations will be gratefully received to help fund the Saumarez Park playground refurbishment.

Please volunteer to help the lives of young people in Guernsey

May 29th, 2012 by Young People Guernsey

Young People Guernsey is currently recruiting volunteers to assist at their new Youth Information, Advice & Guidance Service based in St. Peter Port, Guernsey..

We have commissioned Barnardo’s to run this new service for young teens from the Centre that will open in the summer of 2012.

Professional local staff have successfully been recruited, and Barnardo’s would now like to recruit teams of volunteers to provide listening and other support to the professional staff.

There may be several potential volunteers within your organisation. Barnardo’s would be delighted to chat to them further about the role. Continue reading