Archive for December, 2013

Sun shines for Guernsey Cheshire Home Boxing Day dip fundraiser

December 28th, 2013 by Richard Lord

There was a good turnout for the 14th annual Boxing Day dip in Cobo bay on Guernsey’s west coast in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Swimmers and spectators get ready for the Boxing Day Dip at Cobo Beach in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Home (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Swimmers and spectators get ready for the Boxing Day Dip at Cobo Beach in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Home, which was scheduled to begin at 10.30 a.m. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Castel douzenier Dave Chester who initiated the annual Cobo Bay Boxing Day Dip and is on one of the Guernsey Cheshire Home committees said “the numbers were well up on previous years judging by the number of people on the beach.”

Spectators and supporters line the wall of Cobo Beach to view the spectacle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Spectators and supporters line the wall of Cobo Beach to view the spectacle (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Jurat Jonathan Hooley, Guernsey Cheshire Home Treasurer, said “there were about 660 swimmers this year compared to Continue reading

Sorted will pick-up your Christmas tree for recycling and make a donation to four Guernsey charities

December 27th, 2013 by Sorted

(click image to open and download PDF flyer to your computer)

(click image to open and download PDF flyer to your computer)

Sorted will save you the bother of taking your Christmas tree to a Guernsey recycling drop-off point by picking it up from your home for £5 of which £1 will be donated to the Guernsey Athletic Club, £1 will be donated to Georgina’s Gang, £1 will be donated to Clic Sargent children’s cancer charity, and £1 will be donated to the Guernsey Blind Association.

Call Josh on 07781 155766 or Pete Wickens on 07781 423430 or email [email protected] to arrange for the collection of your Christmas tree and the payment of the donation.

Last year Sorted collected over 200 Christmas trees for recycling.

Sorted hopes to collect more trees this year so that their selected Guernsey charities can receive more funds.

 

Rohais emergency closure from 6 pm on 27 December for a few hours

December 27th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water is closing the Rohais on the evening of 27 December 2013 from 6 pm due to a sewer blockage near the junction with Courtil St Jacques.

The work, which is expected to take no more than a few hours, will involve the jetting of the sewer in order to clear it out and allow sewage to flow freely.

Failure to clear the sewer could result in sewage flooding at nearby properties.

The closure will be carried out in liaison with the States of Guernsey Environment Department and the Guernsey Police, and the road will be re-opened as soon as the work is completed.

Guernsey Water would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this emergency closure.

 

Where to drop off real Christmas trees for recycling in Guernsey?

December 23rd, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Area to drop off real Christmas trees at Le Friquet Garden Centre on 3 January 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Area to drop off real Christmas trees at Le Friquet Garden Centre on 3 January 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department have organised the recycling of real Christmas trees.

Between 27 December 2013 and the end of January 2014 real Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

 

Six days and nights in a ShelterBox tent by Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port raises over £7000

December 22nd, 2013 by Richard Lord

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan outside the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port on a windy and wet Saturday night (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan outside the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port on a windy and wet Saturday night (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith, Bridge2Philippines founder, said the ShelterBox tent set-up by the side of the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port to raise awareness of the fund raising appeal for the people of the Philippines who had suffered such extensive damage to their communities from Typhoon Haiyan, had been a great success.

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan inside the ShelterBox tent on Josh's last night in the tent (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan inside the ShelterBox tent on Josh’s last night in the tent (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan spent six nights in the tent, which stood up to strong winds and occasional heavy rainfall.

Many Guernsey residents and visitors walked by the tent on their way to or from their cars parked at the North Beach car park.

Josh Le Moignan and Sarah Griffith thanked the generosity of the Guernsey people who during the week donated a total at last count of £7550 to Bridge2Philippines.

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan acknowledge a supporter (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Griffith and Josh Le Moignan acknowledge a supporter on Sunday morning 22 December 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh exhibited tremendous stamina as he received very little sleep during his six nights in the tent.

Although he drank large quantities of coffee, he said it was the generosity of Continue reading

Weighbridge taxi rank temporary move to North Beach car park at end of January 2014

December 21st, 2013 by Guernsey Water

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2013 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The taxi rank at the foot of Le Truchot and the Weighbridge roundabout beyond where Guernsey Water will work in January 2014 to alleviate future surface water flooding (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Water‘s forthcoming project at Le Truchot to alleviate surface water flooding will incorporate 18-hour daily working and the repositioning of the taxi rank.

Starting from 14 January 2014, contractors Geomarine will work from 6 am until midnight each day for the first two weeks of the project in order to get the work on and around the Weighbridge roundabout completed as quickly as possible.

The decision to extend the working hours was taken after consultation with the States of Guernsey Environment Department on the best way to reduce traffic disruption in the area.

Work on the roundabout is expected to be completed by 26 January 2014, then excavations will begin in the taxi rank area at Le Truchot. Continue reading

BYD’s electric buses enters service on busy commuter route in London

December 19th, 2013 by BYD Company Ltd

A BYD electric bus enters service from Victoria, London (click image to expand - image courtesy of BYD)

A BYD electric bus enters service between Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge stations in London (click image to expand – image courtesy of BYD)

Two pure electric BYD ebuses were handed over to Transport for London on 18 December 2013 in a ceremony involving the Mayor of London’s Environment spokesman, operator Go-Ahead and BYD.

The buses will operate on two central London routes, number 507 and 521, which operate between Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge stations.

The 12 metre BYD ebus has already been tested worldwide in major cities including Paris, Bremen, Bonn, Madrid, Barcelona, Salzburg, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Brussels and Budapest.

These trials have demonstrated that the range of the BYD ebus comfortably exceeds 250 kilometres on a single charge in real world urban conditions. Continue reading

Caritas Café and Deli opens on Mill Street for community’s benefit

December 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

The entrance to the Caritas community Cafe at 35 Mill Street in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The entrance to the Caritas community Cafe at 35 Mill Street in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Caritas Community Café and Deli has opened its doors just before Christmas at 35 Mill Street in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port.

The café serves as a welcoming community meeting place.  It is bright and cheery, and decorated with attractive framed art by Guernsey artist Frances Lemmon.

It supports the goals and ethos of the Caritas Comunity Charitable Trust “which supports and nourishes young people in difficulty, in the youth justice system, in distress or in need, to help them grow self-esteem and change lifestyles.”

The Deanery of Guernsey bought the property at 35 Mill Street diagonally across the street from Scope Furnishings and offered Caritas the lease for a peppercorn rent.

Julia Le Moignan who volunteers for Caritas said “the Caritas Café keeps food and drink prices deliberately low Continue reading

Occupied ShelterBox tent by Weighbridge Clock Tower helps raise money for Bridge2Philippines

December 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Josh Le Moignan, having volunteered in past years to help provide humanitarian aid with Sarah Griffiths’ Bridge2SriLanka and Bridge2Haiti charities, is spending six days in a ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port, Guernsey to raise awareness of the work of Bridge2Philippines, and to raise money for the ShelterBox appeal to help the people of the Philippines whose property and livelihoods suffered extensive damage during Typhoon Haiyan.

Josh Le Moignan with friends in the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan with friends in the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan visited Haiti in early 2010 after the destructive earthquake and saw the usefulness of ShelterBoxes for people who had lost their homes. He said the tents restored some level of dignity for the people who had lost so much. Continue reading

Guernsey Post and GVS provide Meals on Wheels recipients free Bailiwick Christmas card delivery

December 17th, 2013 by Guernsey Post Ltd.

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Mrs Clark (seated) and Ben Hunter (Guernsey postman) with Meals on Wheels volunteers Jean Cloarec behind the armchair and Morna Harwood on the right (click on image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

Guernsey Post and the Guernsey Voluntary Services (GVS) have joined forces following the success of last year’s partnership to offer the recipients of the Charity’s Meals on Wheels service another opportunity to have all of their Christmas cards delivered to friends and family within the Bailiwick free-of-charge.

The GVS Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver approximately 30,000 meals annually to the island’s elderly, sick and disabled.

The Charity provides a vital service for those who are unable to leave their homes or to cook for themselves. It currently delivers to over 140 addresses within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Continue reading