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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

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.

 

 

 

Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Les Cotils on Saturday 10 October 2015

October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

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Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.

Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”

“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.

Nick McMillen from Field Farm Project based in Hampshire will be at the centre of the Fair.” Continue reading

Deadline of 26 September to request Waitrose Christmas meal support

September 18th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose will help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in the community this Christmas for the third year running.

The support is aimed at cutting the number of those who feel lonely or isolated at what is the most sociable time of the year for many others.

The retailer will help support local Christmas lunch events for people who might otherwise be on their own on Christmas day.

Waitrose Admiral Park supermarket (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Waitrose at Admiral Park will be supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas lunch (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

While the Admiral Park branch will be supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas lunch, the Rohais branch is asking organisers of Christmas dinner events to get in touch where they can apply for support from the retailer.

The deadline for requests is 26 September 2015. Continue reading

The 2015 Saffery Rotary Walk raises over £46,000 for Guernsey charities

September 18th, 2015 by Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House wishes walkers success Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House congratulates Saffery Rotary Walkers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The 2015 Saffery Rotary Walk raised £46,301 for 11 local community projects, which is £10,000 more than raised from the 2014 walk.

The annual around the island walk, which took place in June 2015, saw almost 500 people take part.

Mr David Mortimer, the out-going Chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk, presented cheques at a special presentation evening at Les Rocquettes Hotel on Thursday 17 September to Butes Play Park in Alderney, Guernsey Motor Neurone Disease Association, Parkinson’s UK Guernsey Branch, Shiloh Church, Guernsey Sailing Trust LBG, National Autistic Guernsey Branch, Home Start Guernsey LBG, Guernsey Scout Association, Safer LBG, GROW Ltd and Access-ability.

As well as the chosen charities, Mr Mortimer also acknowledged a number of individual walkers in recognition of their specific achievements. Continue reading

Night Ride raises funds for Cardiac Action Group & Guernsey branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society

September 18th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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Healthspan’s charity Night Ride organised by the Guernsey Bicycle Group for Saturday 19 September 2015 will raise funds for the Cardiac Action Group and the Guernsey branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Night Ride provides routes for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

There are five cycling routes to choose from:

  • family friendly ‘NightRide Minis’ route is a flat six mile ride along the island’s west coast setting out just before sunset.
  • A 10 mile Sunset Cruise to Pleinmont and return to Vazon;
  • A 20 mile circular Twilight Tootle,
  • A 40 mile Roaring 40
  • A 60 mile Nocturnalist route.

Continue reading

Volunteer for Guernsey beach clean on 19 and 20 September 2015

September 17th, 2015 by Vanessa

The annual Marine Conservation Society beach clean weekend occurs this year on the 19 and 20 September.

Guernsey volunteers will pick-up litter from Saints Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday 19 September and from Rocquaine Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday 20 September 2015.

A volunteer beach clean is also being organised for Fermain Bay on Sunday 20 September.

Please download the PDF file to your computer for details.

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Litter accumulates on Guernsey beaches from two principal sources.

Marine borne litter washes up on the Guernsey shore from the shipping industry, the fishing industry, and run-off from land, and litter is also added to our beaches by a few careless people visiting the shore.

Guernsey Community Awards are at St James on 4 November 2015

September 4th, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The Guernsey Community Awards will be on 4 November 2015

The Guernsey Community Awards will be on 4 November 2015

The Guernsey Community Foundation’s annual Community Awards return to St James Concert and Assembly Hall on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

The Community Awards celebrate the local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick of Guernsey and further afield.

The event is hosted by the Guernsey Community Foundation along with principle sponsor State Street Global Services.

Achievements are recognised across seven categories: Continue reading

Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers raise funds for 11 local charities

June 27th, 2015 by Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House wishes walkers success Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House congratulates Saffery Champness Rotary Walkers less than two miles from the finish line (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The 2015 Saffery Champness Rotary Walk was a great success with approximately 470 people taking part in the 39-mile around the island walk on Saturday 6 June 2015, which was 24% more than participated in 2014.

Organisers have said that it’s now important for all those who took part to collect their sponsorship money and hand it in so that the chosen charities and organisations can get started on their projects and initiatives.

This year, for the first time, there will be a prize draw for any walker who has raised more than £100 in sponsorship.

The winner will receive an overnight stay at the Hotel de Havelet and dinner for two at the Wellington Boot Restaurant.

The draw will take place on the 2 July 2015 by the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk’s organising committee.

Those who wish to be included need to ensure they get their funds raised handed in by 30 June 2015. Continue reading

An excellent year for the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

June 11th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Ronez were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd. were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners – (left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Steve Roussel, Operations Manager; and Seamus Gillespie and Chris Le Tissier from Ronez Ltd (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd won the top prize in the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The local quarrying and construction business won the award for the environmental initiatives it has implemented at its Les Vardes quarry in the parish of St Sampson.

Michelle Arundale, HR and PR Executive at Insurance Corporation, and chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel, said that awarding the top prize of £2,000 to Ronez Ltd was a unanimous decision.

“The judges were greatly impressed by their commitment to maintaining a Biodiversity Action Plan and their passion for delivering it,” she said.

“They have planted 7000 trees and have installed numerous nesting boxes to encourage barn owls, kestrels and peregrine falcons.”

Many staff members are involved with the project to enhance the environment at their industrial site.

Harvey Adams, aged 15, was the runner-up and received £1,000 for his tree-planting scheme at the KGV playing fields as part of the Little Trees Project.

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation, the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas, and Harvey Adams with his award (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; and Harvey Adams with his certificate and Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Harvey’s project has merit because the planting will benefit insect life as well as the public,” Michelle Arundale said.

“The path that has been built is not well-known but it is charming and we hope the planting will attract more people to visit the area,” she said.

This was the 25th Anniversary of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards so it was decided to give an additional ‘Manpower’ Award, which was won by the charity Edible Guernsey.

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; with Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey, who received the Insurance Corporations Conservation Awards Manpower Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A large team of workers from Insurance Corporation will spend a day helping Edible Guernsey develop their Bee Alley.

The judges were very impressed with their Edible Farm situated on a three vergee site at the former Sandpiper Vinery in St Pierre du Bois.

The charity will provide greater food security and sustainability on the island by increasing the diversity and abundance of local produce.

The winner of this year’s Peter Walpole People’s Choice award, which was voted for on the insurance Corporation website, was Harvey Adams whose Little Trees Project gained the most votes. He won £500 to help fund the initiative.

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation, with Harvey Adams, and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation; with Harvey Adams; and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the judging committee (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Judges also viewed a number of other projects including a scheme from Queux Patio Plants to highlight and counter the over-planting of allergenic wind-pollinated trees in urban areas by supplying female plants such as Coprosma sp.

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypoallergenic (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypo-allergenic (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Conservation Awards judges also viewed a new cliff path to Saints Bay in St Martins, and a Floral St Peter Port project to install a flower basket watering system in the retail area of St Peter Port.

Queux Patio installing flower baskets on Fountain Street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio installing automatically watered flower baskets on Fountain Street in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The youngest entrant was eight year-old Enzo Crowson who won a special ‘Young Conservationist of the Year’ award for his excellent bug hotel in his parents’ front garden.

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Enzo has also entered in previous years with his elder brother Jenson and the judges were delighted to see his use of recycled products and his continued commitment to such an important environmental cause.