Archive for June, 2015

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

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

Guernsey Cheshire Home to benefit from the 2015 Guernsey Marathon

June 26th, 2015 by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

L-R Vanessa King, Justine Ayres, Lucy Brehaut, Dan Wynne from the CGWM Marathon relay team and staff and residents from Cheshire Home. (click image to expand)

Front row from left to right: Vanessa King, Justine Ayres, Lucy Brehaut, Dan Wynne from the CGWM Marathon relay team and staff and residents of the Guernsey Cheshire Home. (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Cheshire Home has been named as the beneficiary charity of the 2015 Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Guernsey Marathon and Relay Races.

The charity provides long term residential, day and respite care for people with serious physical disabilities such as MS, spinal injuries, strokes and MND.

They currently have 11 permanent residents and offer a range of respite services allowing carers to have a break.

The annual event, which will take place on Sunday 30 August 2015, takes runners through all ten Guernsey parishes and along some of the island’s most scenic roads and lanes.

It has become a key part of the island’s sporting calendar and attracts competitors from around the world. Continue reading

Autism expert to give free workshop at Les Cotils on 13 July 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

Autism expert, Gina Davies, will visit Guernsey to deliver a foundation level training course to early years practitioners in Guernsey thanks to the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and sponsorship raised by Carey Olsen.

The Attention Autism programme will be taught from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2015.

During her visit Ms Davies will also deliver an evening presentation for parents and carers and any professionals unable to attend the daytime course.

The free evening session ‘Behaviour – Let’s Tackle Some!‘ will be at Les Cotils, St Peter Port beginning at 7.30 pm on 13 July 2015.  The National Autism Society book library will also be available to browse at this time.

Tickets to attend the evening session must be booked via Eventbrite. Continue reading

A walk around the main islands of the Bailiwick for holiday visitors

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

A group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands took a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Members of a group of 14 from England, France and the Netherlands booked through hfholidays to take a walking holiday around the Bailiwick of Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On 24 June 2015 fourteen people were passing through Cobo on their way around the entire Guernsey coast.

Through hfholidays, they booked a walking holiday around each island of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The couples and individuals from the UK, France and the Netherlands didn’t know each other until they met on the first day of their trip.

They walked around Sark on 22 June, allowed two days to walk around the coast of Guernsey, were walking around Herm on 25 June, and walking 14 miles around the coast of Alderney on Friday 26 June to complete 68 miles in total before returning to the UK on Saturday 27 June. Continue reading

Guernsey Bicycle Group electric bike demonstration a great success

June 25th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rollo de Sausmarez holding a sign for the GBG electric bike demonstration in Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) organised a very successful demonstration of electric bikes on Smith Street in the heart of St Peter Port from midday to 2 pm on Friday 19 June 2015.

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown's Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Dan Twaite of Adventure Cycles (left) and Ian Brown of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop with the electric bike models members of the public could test ride on Smith Street, St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques provided a range of electric bicycles for members of the public to test ride up and down an area of Smith street delineated by traffic cones. Continue reading

Marine dredging firm Van Oord has its own bicycles for Guernsey work

June 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Van Oord's five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

Van Oord’s five bright orange bicycles parked outside the Guernsey Visitor Information Centre (click image to expand)

It is hard to miss the bright orange bicycles in front of the Guernsey Information Centre in St Peter Port.

On first seeing them while traveling along the waterfront one might think that they belong to a new Guernsey cycle hire company.

The bicycles have caught the attention of Guernsey’s cycling community because of their bright colour and attractive design.

On close examination the bicycles, and there are five of them, are labelled as belonging to Van Oord – the Dutch company laying the new long and short sea outfall pipe in Belle Greve Bay. Continue reading

Driverless car technology expert to give talk in Guernsey on 6 July

June 15th, 2015 by UK Department of Transport

Driverless car (image courtesy of UK Transport Department)

Driverless pod being tested in Milton Keynes (image courtesy of UK Transport Department)

In February 2015 the UK government gave the green light for testing driverless cars on public roads.

Driverless car technology provides a huge business opportunity as well as many benefits to society from reducing traffic accidents to better traffic management and reduced traffic congestion.

The United Kingdom is recognised as being at the cutting edge of automotive technology with all-electric cars being built in Sunderland and the Formula 1 expertise in the Midlands.

The UK government is funding driverless car projects in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry. The UK government is optimistic that the driverless car industry will be worth £900 billion by 2025. Continue reading

Live broadcast of The Big First Aid Lesson at Blanchelande College

June 13th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer with Ms Karen Higgs Blanchelande College class at the end of the Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer, with Ms Karen Higgs year 7 Blanchelande College class at the end of The Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

Claudia Winkleman spoke to children in Karen Higgs’ year seven class at Blanchelande College during a live Big First Aid Lesson broadcast on 12 June 2015.

The forty-five minute broadcast, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, covered what to do when someone is suspected of having a head injury, how to treat someone with a soft tissue injury such as a ligament sprain or muscle or tendon strain, what to do when someone suffers a severe allergic reaction, and how to deal with someone undergoing an asthma attack.

Each health issue was illustrated by actors outdoors and then discussed in a studio with an audience.

All the students were given a quiz to complete based on what they had learned during the live broadcast. 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.