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Tour de Sez 2018 raising funds for Guilles-Alles Children’s Library

June 26th, 2017 by Sarah Groves Foundation

The Tour de Sez 2018, a 700 mile charity endurance bike ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam, had a successful launch on Saturday 3 June 2017.

Over 50 places were taken up by eager cyclists. Organisers reached their target of 85 cyclists signed-up 19 days after registration opened.

Additional registrations will be added to a waiting list.

The Tour de Sez, in memory of Sarah Groves who was brutally murdered in India in 2013, will raise money for the Sarah Groves Foundation which aims to fulfil Sarah’s own ambition in life – to enhance the lives of young people.

Vic Groves, Sarah Groves Foundation managing trustee and tour organiser, said “we are overwhelmed by the response we have received for the 2018 Tour de Sez and are so grateful that so many people want to take on this memorable challenge.”

“We recently announced our pledge to donate £50,000 to the Children’s Library Project at the Guille-Alles Library so the riders and support teams have a real focus for their fundraising activities.”

Michael Hutchinson (left) signs up to take part in Tour de Sez 2018 – a 700 mile cycle ride from Guernsey to Amsterdam – with cycle ride organiser Leon Howard (right)

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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

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.

 

 

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.

Tidal energy realisation takes a big step with installation of tidal turbine array in the Netherlands

September 25th, 2015 by Tocardo International BV

The realisation of electricity generation from tidal energy has taken another big step forward with the installation of five Tocardo tidal turbines to generate renewable energy in the Eastern Scheldt (Oosterschelde) storm surge barrier, in Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Five Tocardo tidal turbines suspended from (image courtesy of Tocardo Tidal Turbine (click image to expand)

Five Tocardo tidal turbines successfully installed in the Oosterschelde barrier in Zeeland in the Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

This installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

The five Tocardo Tidal Turbines are suspended from a steel structure designed and built by Huisman.

The Tidal Power Plant was engineered and produced in only nine months, and the 50 metre long and 20 metre wide tidal power plant structure was successfully installed in under two hours between the pillars under the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier. Continue reading

Guernsey Community Foundation facilitates a stronger partnership between HSSD and voluntary sector

July 2nd, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Community Foundation hosted a workshop at St Pierre Park Hotel on 30 June 2015, which looked at opportunities to benefit the community by building a stronger partnership between the voluntary sector and the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).

The workshop attracted 76 delegates representing over 50 voluntary organisations as well as the HSSD and other States of Guernsey departments.

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, opened the evening’s presentations and discussions.

He introduced Carol Tozer, HSSD Chief Officer, who discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by HSSD, speaking about the importance of the voluntary sector in helping to prevent ill-health, involving people in planning their own care, and developing more responsive services.

Ruby Parry, HSSD’s Director of Communities, led an interactive session where attendees were asked to talk about their reasons for becoming involved in the voluntary sector, and the values and principles that guided their work. Continue reading

Bicycle generator to charge mobile phones at Sark Folk Festival

June 28th, 2015 by Richard Lord

The Eleanor Foundation will erect a tent at the Sark Folk Festival where people will be able to charge their mobile phones in return for a voluntary donation towards the charity’s water and solar lamp projects in the Kagera region of Tanzania.

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Allister Cary of The Eleanor Foundation charging up mobile phones with his bicycle (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Allister Carey, who founded The Eleanor Foundation in memory of his daughter who was a keen cyclist and a passionate supporter of Water Aid, has bought an Electric Pedals generator, which is powered by the back wheel of a bicycle to provide charging for up to eight mobile phones at a time. Continue reading