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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.

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

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

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

September 18th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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

Volunteer to help clean Rocquaine Bay beach on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

A beach clean has been organsied for Rocquaine Bay from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014.

This beach clean has been registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and data on the litter collected will be contributed to the MCS national database.

Please contact Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected] for additional information about this beach clean.

Volunteers requested for Saints Bay beach clean on 20 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

A beach clean is being organised for Saints Bay from 10 am to midday on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Please join others to help keep this beautiful beach and bay litter free.

This beach clean is registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and litter collected will be tabulated and sent to the MCS for inclusion in their national database and their report on the status of British beaches.

For additional information please call Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected]

 

 

Guernsey’s elderly to benefit from charities receiving grant funding

September 12th, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The first round of the Pargiter Trust Grants has seen more than £19,000 awarded to Bailiwick charities working with elderly people.

Five recipients were awarded grants: Milly’s Foundation, Guernsey Hard of Hearing Association, Carers Coming Together, Eldad Elim Church and the Guernsey Arts Commission.

The Guernsey Community Foundation has been working with the Pargiter Trust, a UK based charitable trust, which aims to assist disadvantaged elderly people to be independent, healthy and socially included.

The Foundation is acting on behalf of the Pargiter Trust to distribute £50,000 in 2014 to the charitable sector or to those working with the elderly, via a grants programme.

Milly’s Foundation is a new registered charity in Alderney, which has been set up to develop dementia services for island Continue reading