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OpenHydro transitioning from R&D to grid-connected tidal arrays

May 6th, 2015 by DCNS

Open Hydro has been in business ten years (please click image to expand - image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro has been in business ten years. Company employees stand in front of a test turbine that was deployed at EMEC in Orkney, Scotland (please click image to expand – image courtesy of OpenHydro)

OpenHydro, a tidal energy company owned by DCNS, celebrates a decade in business this week.

The Irish headquartered business is planning delivery of two of the world’s first grid connected tidal arrays in France and Canada in 2015.

OpenHydro is working with Emera in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia to deploy and grid connect two 16 metre turbines (2 MW each), tapping into one of the most powerful tidal environments on Earth.

OpenHydro will also install two grid-connected, 16 metre turbines at EDF’s Paimpol–Bréhat site off the Brittany coast.

The company has almost one gigawatt of projects under development – equivalent to 25% of Ireland’s electricity demand.

OpenHydro’s commercial portfolio comprises projects in Scotland, the Channel Islands, Canada, Northern Ireland and France, with utility partners including SSE Renewables, Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE), Emera, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and EDF. Continue reading

Final phase of the Belle Greve Wastewater programme underway

May 1st, 2015 by Guernsey Water

High density poly pipes coming out of the factory

High density polyethylene pipes coming out of the Pipelife Norway AS factory in Stathelle (click image to expand)

As part of the final phase of Guernsey Water’s upgrade of the island’s wastewater facilities, over two and a half miles of pipe in nine sections are making their journey from Norway,

Pipelife Norway AS manufactured the purpose-built, high density polyethylene pipes in Stathelle on a fjord, where the pipes are stored temporarily in preparation for their seven-day journey to the island.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager at Guernsey Water, said “the pipes will arrive in Guernsey in early May and will, subject to formal agreement, be temporarily moored at Soldiers’ Bay, where they will be fitted with concrete collars in preparation for being placed on the seabed via a controlled sinking operation.” Continue reading

Bailiwick residents invited to enter 2015 Conservation Awards by 8 May

April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation

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(click on image to view 2015 Conservation Awards entry form as a PDF file)

Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.

Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading

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

Sous Les Courtils, Vazon to close from 7 to 11 April for sewer repair

April 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water will be closing Sous Les Courtils, Vazon from 7 to 11 April 2014 in order to carry out repairs to a surface water sewer.

The utility has been carrying out investigations into the sewerage system in this area after the heavy rainfall and high tides of January and February 2014 led to some localised flooding.

A section of sewer has been identified as a potential cause for some of these problems, and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.

The utility anticipated carrying out the works immediately, but due to the spring tides forecast for the next few days, a decision was made to defer the works for another week.

The road will therefore remain under a one-way traffic flow restriction, currently in place due to an existing excavation, until the closure begins on 7th April 2014.

Mark Walker, Acting director of water services  said “the expected spring tide could have a negative impact on the repairs and lead to further problems, so it was felt sensible to wait until the tide had reverted to a neap tide.”

If customers do notice that there is no work going on in the road over the next few days despite being one-way, this is the reason.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these important works may cause to customers.”

Further information on traffic management arrangements is online at


Guernsey charities promote healthy lifestyle to reduce bowel cancer rate

March 31st, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Male Uprising Guernsey and Bowel Cancer Guernsey have set the challenge ‘30 days to a new you’ for five local media volunteers during April, which is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.

The two charities have joined forces to drive home the message that adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid bowel cancer.

Bowel Cancer is Guernsey’s third most common cancer with around 40 to 45 new cases diagnosed each year.

According to Cancer Research UK studies show that exercise could reduce colon cancer risk by about a quarter.

By maintaining a healthy weight, the risk of developing the disease could be as much as halved, compared to people who are overweight and don’t exercise. Continue reading

Commemorative Cycle for Sarah from St Peter Port on 6 April 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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(please click image to open and download a PDF file of the flyer)

A commemorative cycle ride for Sarah with begin at 10 a.m. on 6 April 2014 from Albert Pier in St Peter Port.

The 24 mile leisurely cycle ride will cross the island to Cobo and then head around the north of the island.

Donations for the Sarah Groves Foundation are welcome.

Sue Daly gives a talk and film show about Dark Sky photography in Sark

March 18th, 2014 by La Société Guernesiaise

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La Société Guernesiaise presents a Sue Daly talk and film show about the ups and downs of capturing Sark’s starry skies beginning at 7.30 p.m. on 31 March 2014 at Frossard Theatre, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port.

Admission to Sue’s talk and film is free but there will be a retiring collection for the Sark Astronomy Society‘s Observation Fund.

Please contact Frank Dowding on 255215 for further information about this presentation.


Music Celebrity Night at St Pierre Park Hotel on 4 April 2014 in aid of two Guernsey charities

March 14th, 2014 by Events

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(click image to open and download the flyer as a PDF file to your computer)

Romanillos & Cook Image Rights have organised a glittering night of Music and Celebrities beginning at 7 pm on Friday 4 April 2014 at the St Pierre Park Hotel.

The evening event is in aid of Samaritans Guernsey and The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.

Compèred by Island FM’s Josh Gabriel, the evening will include live music from Jay Scott and The Find and Bob Baker & Jsky.

Prizes include a weekend in Madrid to watch Real Madrid FC, dinner and wine, a celebrity photo call, and some special newsworthy announcements.

The evening will showcase the wonderful skills of Jeweller Becky Rowe, through her company “Becky Rowe Jewellery / My-D“.

Please download and complete the form and return it with a cheque to Romanollos & Cook Image Rights Ltd, Hirzel House, Smith Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2NG



Young musicians asked for summer gigs in Market Square, St Peter Port

March 7th, 2014 by Town Centre Partnership

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Jack Honeybill, Executive Officer of the Town Centre Partnership, with Matt Watson (blue suit), Head of Brooks Macdonald in Guernsey, who sponsor the Market Square concerts (please click to expand)

The Town Centre Partnership is asking young musicians to sign up to showcase their talent at its Market Square gig series in St Peter Port, Guernsey which returns on 10 May 2014 and continues each Saturday lunchtime (12.15 pm and 1.30 pm) until 27 September 2014.

The return of the series has been made possible by sponsorship from Brooks Macdonald, for the third consecutive year.

The events will once again run in conjunction with the Candie Garden concert series, which will be held every Sunday from 3 to 4 pm from 11 May to 28 September 2014 and made possible by Town Centre Partnership’s longstanding primary sponsor the Ana Leaf Foundation. Continue reading