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Aurigny’s leisure and business magazine

ISSUE 1

Great things

happening

in Guernsey

DARK SKIES

IN SARK

The world’s first

Dark Sky island

The Channel Islands

Heritage Festival

8 April-10 May 2017

WIN

A luxury trip

to London

LEEDS BRADFORD

ROUTE TAKES OFF

HIGH-FLYERS GUERNSEY

BUSINESS NEWS

PLUS

LOTS MORE

INSIDE


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‘LIFE IS A JOURNEY,

NOT A DESTINATION’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

SHELL BEACH, HERM ISLAND

HERM.COM

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Cara Delevingne challenges rules. Being free-minded is her motto

and like TAG Heuer she defi es conventions.

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COVER PHOTO

Stargazing in Sark © Sue Daly 2016

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

CLAIRE LINCOLN

Original content published in this

magazine cannot be copied or

reproduced without prior permission

of the publishers. The views expressed

in En Voyage are not necessarily

those of Aurigny or Oi.

Aurigny Air Services Ltd,

States Airport,

La Planque Lane, Forest,

Guernsey, GY8 ODT

aurigny.com

ACCOUNT MANAGER

LUCY JAMES

CONTRIBUTORS

What’s a magazine without

wordsmiths? En Voyage receives

content from a variety of writers

and contributors in both Guernsey

and further afield

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CONTENTS

7 WELCOME ABOARD!

Message from Mark Darby, Aurigny’s

Chief Executive Officer

8 ISLANDS OF DISCOVERY

Unearth Guernsey’s unique and fascinating

history, just waiting to be explored

11 POUQUES AND OTHER

GUERNSEY FOLKLORE

Learn about the island’s legends

and superstitions

14 LOCATE GUERNSEY

Your home, your business and your life

18 THE MAGIC OF DARK SARK

Read about the world’s first Dark Sky island

22 WHAT’S ON?

Forthcoming events in the Bailiwick

26 BEHIND THE LENS

En Voyage talks to Guernsey’s Karl Taylor

30 CHRISTMAS CAPITAL

When it comes to Christmas, London

knows how to celebrate

35 COMPETITION

Win a luxury trip to London

36 TO SKI OR NOT TO SKI?

Find out where’s best to go for snow,

even if you don’t hit the slopes

41 LONDON CONNECTING

Discover Dubai and the ease of connecting

through London with Aurigny

46 SHOPHAMPTON

Explore one of the UK’s top 10

retail destinations

50 BANANA-EATING HEROES AND

UNRULY LIONS

When it comes to theatre, it’s all going

on in the West End

54 BREAKFAST LIKE A KING

Heading to Manchester?

Find out where’s brilliant for breakfast

56 RESTAURANT PICKS

58 NUTRITION FOR THE FREQUENT

BUSINESS FLYER

60 RAISING THE BAR IN GUERNSEY

The island’s latest food offering

62 AURIGNY BREAKS

Great offers on flight and hotel packages

63 AURIGNY SKI

Ski holidays direct from Guernsey

65 AURIGNY NEWS

69 BUSINESS NEWS

Over 40 pages of inspiring interviews and

local business news

114 IN-FLIGHT AND DUTY FREE

Enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks at great

prices plus make the most of Aurigny’s

excellent duty free offers

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1968

Founded

9 MILLION

Aurigny carried its

nine millionth passenger

earlier this year

AURIGNY

GUERNSEY’S AIRLINE

1977

First airline in the world to

ban smoking on all services

600,000

Passengers

carried in 2015

OK, it’s not the easiest of names –

pronounced Or-ree-nee – but it’s

certainly one that islanders are proud

of. ‘Aurigny’ is the Norman name for

Alderney, the northern island in the

Bailiwick of Guernsey, where Aurigny

Air Services was launched in 1968.

Aurigny has been serving the Channel

Islands for nearly 50 years and is owned

by the States of Guernsey.

2015

Voted runner-up in

ERA’s Airline of the

Year Awards

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Routes

LEEDS

BRADFORD

MANCHESTER

EAST MIDLANDS

LONDON

CITY

STANSTED

2016

Voted 4th-best

short-haul airline

by Which?

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Aircraft

BRISTOL

GATWICK

SOUTHAMPTON

ALDERNEY

300

Staff

1

In-flight marriage

GUERNSEY

DINARD

GRENOBLE

1

Birth on board

Between Alderney

and Guernsey

1

FA Cup

Flown to Guernsey

on 19th August 2016

BARCELONA

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WELCOME ABOARD!

MARK DARBY

CHIEF

EXECUTIVE

OFFICER

It’s my pleasure to welcome you on

board our aircraft today and I’m excited to

introduce you to our new look En Voyage

magazine, which has been created by our

marketing agency Oi. En Voyage was first

printed in April 1981 and in those days was

only published every six months. Now, a new

edition is added to the seat-back pockets

of our fleet every two months. The new

magazine is more destination-focused to

enable you to make the most of your time

away. Equally, for locals and visitors alike,

we’re adding more content on the great

things you can do in the islands that make up

the Bailiwick of Guernsey. I’ve been a resident

here for four years and I’m still enthralled by

its beauty and friendly people.

As the year draws to a close, Aurigny can

be proud of its achievements, notably in

terms of route development. We launched

three new services in the summer of 2016,

to Norwich, Barcelona and Leeds Bradford.

Whilst the first two were seasonal services,

Leeds Bradford is our 10th year-round

route to the Bailiwick and it is attracting an

impressive number of passengers.

New for this winter is an extra Gatwick

service on a Friday, meaning we offer 10

connections at the start of the weekend to

London; seven to Gatwick, two to London

City and one to Stansted. The new service

leaves Guernsey at 12:30 and returns from

Gatwick at 14:30.

On Sundays, we’re retiming the 18:00

departure from Gatwick to 14:30. This will

provide a better spread of flights across the

day and will benefit our customers who’ve

arrived into Gatwick late morning on a long

or short-haul flight.

I’m delighted with the performance of

our London City service which, while firmly

aimed at the business market, is enjoying

increasing popularity with leisure travellers.

Customers appreciate the fast access to

the City and the West End courtesy of the

airport’s excellent public transport links. And

on a fine day, especially when taking off to

the west, the views of London are unrivalled.

You can book a London flight at aurigny.com,

giving you a choice of departure and arrival

airports via our London All Airports offering,

so why not fly into London City and leave via

Gatwick or Stansted?

Looking forward to 2017, Oi will complete

the design, build and launch of a new Aurigny

website which will be fully compatible with

mobile devices and tablets to ease the

booking and online check-in process.

Later in the year, we’ll enhance our fleet by

taking delivery of a second new Dornier 228

for use on our Alderney route, so there’s a lot

to look forward to.

I hope that you enjoy your flight with us

today and we look forward to being of

service to you again in the near future.

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ISLANDS OF DISCOVERY

With ancient ruins dating back to the

Neolithic period, castles older than

the Tower of London and a pivotal

position in many a battle - Guernsey

has a unique and fascinating history

waiting to be explored.

Perfectly situated between England and France,

the Bailiwick of Guernsey was originally part of the

French mainland until the end of the Ice Age. Early

farmers settled and from the windswept priory of St

Mary on Lihou Island to Les Fouaillages, a Neolithic

burial mound thought to be the oldest man-made

structure in Europe, evidence of the past is around

every corner.

From 933AD the islands formed part of Normandy

when William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy,

defeated King Harold and seized the English Crown.

In 1066, the Duchy of Normandy and England

became one; this formed the bedrock of Guernsey’s

relationship with the Crown but this relationship has

not remained unchallenged.

Originally built to defend Guernsey’s busy trading

harbour in the 13th century, today Castle Cornet

forms the backdrop of the capital and houses five

museums telling the tales of the island’s rich and

varied history.

To find out more about the island’s unique and

fascinating past, head to visitguernsey.com

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IMAGES COURTESY OF VISITGUERNSEY


DID YOU KNOW?

In around 6,000BC

rising seas created

the English Channel,

and along with it the

Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Still colloquially

referred to as The

Bridge, the northern

tip of Guernsey was

cut off by a stretch

of water until the

mid 19th century when

the area was drained

and land reclaimed.

The island’s unique

position left it perfectly

placed to benefit from

privateering

and smuggling.

Between 1815 and 1890

over 200 ships were built

in over 20 boat-building

yards on the island and

produced over 40,000

tons of shipping.

Guernsey has produced

some of the most

famous seafarers

in British history,

including Admiral James

Saumarez, who was

Admiral Nelson’s second

in command at the

Battle of the Nile.

A Guernsey sea captain,

William Le Lacheur,

established trade

routes for Costa Rican

coffee growers, helping

introduce coffee to the

western world.

The tragic sinking of

the SS Stella in 1899

was dubbed ‘the Titanic

of the Channel Islands’

when it sank in just eight

minutes. 112 passengers

and crew were saved,

but a further 105

were lost.

THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

HERITAGE FESTIVAL

OCCUPATION

AND EVACUATION

One of the most significant periods in the

Channel Islands’ history was the German

Occupation during World War II. From June

1940 to May 1945, it cast a long shadow over

the 20th century, leaving a permanent legacy,

both emotionally and physically. Many families

were separated and the coastline remains

punctuated with fortifications and bunkers,

which still bear testament to this time.

Heritage sites throughout the island share

this extraordinary story, and Liberation Day,

on 9th May, continues to be a poignant day

when islanders celebrate their freedom.

The Channel Islands Heritage

Festival (Saturday 8th April

– Wednesday 10th May) is a

celebration of a group of small

islands with a big history.

The islands’ astonishing tides,

rich landscapes and colourful

histories have drawn people

to their shores for centuries.

The 2017 festival will focus on

the islands’ heroes, myths and

legends.

From the first Neolithic settlers to Norse raiders,

Romans and even exiled royals, these small yet

surprisingly diverse islands have had more than their fair

share of adventure and adversity.

Visit their shores to uncover a wealth of stories,

from tales of early seafarers to heroic accounts from

the German occupation during World War II. Explore

their coastlines for yourself, discover their countryside

on foot, by bicycle or join a tour, visit their museums

and heritage sites and experience all the drama of the

Channel Islands with the programme of festival events.

Each with their own personalities, each with their own

stories to tell, discover the history at the heart of the

Channel Islands.

To find out more about the programme of events,

go to visitchannelislands.com

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POUQUES

AND OTHER

GUERNSEY

FOLKLORE

Legends and superstitions thrive in

Guernsey and form a large part of

its rich folklore heritage.

Stories of witchcraft and fairies, devils and ghosts

have been passed through the generations, from family

to family, and evidence of these tales can be viewed in

the physical landscape of Guernsey. Take street names,

for example. Les Varioufs, in the parish of Forest, means

‘the werewolves’ and Le Pid de Boeuf is where the

Devil was said to have left a footprint. Some homes

have stone witches’ seats built into roof windows and

chimneys for witches to rest on mid-flight. The Longfrie

Inn in the parish of St Pierre du Bois has a good

example of this, with a model witch in situ!

Myths about fairies, or ‘pouques’ as they are known

locally, are prevalent in and around the west coast

area. Le Creux es

SOME HOMES HAVE

STONE WITCHES

SEATS BUILT INTO

ROOF WINDOWS

AND CHIMNEYS FOR

WITCHES TO REST

ON MID-FLIGHT

Faies – the Fairy

Cave - is a prehistoric

dolmen (passage

grave) that was built

in the Neolithic period

and was believed

to be the entrance

to the underground

world where fairies

once lived. The

cave, located on the

L’Eree headland, is open to the public and presents a

fascinating reminder of Guernsey’s pagan heritage.

Other pouques locations include La Table des Pions

in Pleinmont, on the west coast, which is accessed by

foot. Known locally as the Fairy Ring, this ‘table’ was

once used as a picnic area for servants involved

in a formal 18th-century procession called La

Chevauchée. Local legend tells that fairies and elves

dance around the Fairy Ring at night and if you walk

around it three times and make a wish, your wish

will come true.

Another more seasonal

tradition that is still celebrated

today is the Wassail. Held in late

winter and organised by local

cider company Rocquettes,

there is a myth that holding a

Wassail in the winter helps to

encourage a strong apple crop.

This ancient drinking ritual is

intended to confer good health

to both apple trees and cider CAPTION HERE

drinkers and involves large

numbers of people consuming mulled cider on a cold

winter’s night and making lots of noise at the orchard,

to drive off evil spirits and wake the gods or goddesses

in the apple trees.

2017 will be a year rich in folklore celebrations across

the Channel Islands. Spring 2017 sees the opening of

a new Folklore Gallery at the Guernsey Museum and

Art Gallery in St Peter Port and the Channel Islands

Heritage Festival (8 April - 10 May 2017) will focus on

the islands’ heroes, myths and legends, with guided

walks, tours, and events celebrating the islands’ rich

history, from the first Neolithic settlers to Norse raiders,

Romans and even exiled royals, to tales of witchcraft,

fairies and ghosts.

‘Folklore is not magical, mystical or make believe’,

says Guernsey Accredited Guide and folklore expert,

Annette Henry. ‘It encompasses our beliefs, language,

customs, employment, leisure time, diet and education.

It is simply the way people live.’

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LOCATE

GUERNSEY

YOUR HOME,

YOUR BUSINESS

AND YOUR LIFE

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Locate Guernsey, a States of Guernsey initiative

headed up by Richard Le Tocq, is all about

assisting in the process of relocation, both

business and individual. This may be from the

UK, or indeed from other territories.

Whether it’s a corporate relocation, such as a fund

management business, the principal or members of

the senior management team of that firm, for example,

Locate Guernsey is here to assist in a number of ways.

It’s helpful that, unlike some locations, there’s no

requirement to register a business with government in

order to be allowed permission to trade in the island.

Guernsey also has a zero rate of corporation tax for

the majority of businesses, an exceptional professional

services community, excellent connectivity and a probusiness

government.

The ease of life in Guernsey is matched by the ease

of making the move to the island. Guernsey’s system

of ‘Open Market’ housing means if you can afford to

rent or buy a property in the Open Market then you can

make the move extremely quickly.

Unlike other locations, there are no wealth tests

to determine matters such as minimum financial

contributions. For those moving to the islands, that’s

often part of the attraction: as it’s clear that there is a

tax contribution ceiling rather than a minimum figure

to be remitted to the authorities every year. The island’s

attractive tax environment includes an absence of

inheritance and capital

gains taxes, making it an

exceptionally wise choice

for people contemplating

relocation. Many wealthy

individuals have relocated

to Guernsey over the years

and have been delighted

they did so.

THE EASE OF LIFE

IN GUERNSEY IS

MATCHED BY THE

EASE OF MAKING

THE MOVE TO

THE ISLAND.

Often, the team at Locate

Guernsey is the primary

point of contact for the

client, which provides peace of mind for many. Also,

you can rest assured that your approach will, of course,

be treated in the strictest confidence.

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The role of the team in Guernsey

involves navigating and contacting

various stakeholders on the island

who might be touch points for its

clients.

As well as its hands-on approach

with businesses or those

individuals looking to relocate to

the island, Locate Guernsey has a

responsibility to promote the island

to key target audiences; explaining

why Guernsey is such a good

place to live and work. It is tasked

with conveying the positives,

such as the island’s safety, sense

of community, and of course its

evident beauty. On-island travel

takes just minutes rather than

hours, enabling more quality time

to be enjoyed.

THE EASY LIFE

The team at Locate Guernsey

recognises that its audience is

cash rich and time poor so the

more it can do to help, the more

attractive the proposition of

moving to the island will become.

Whilst Locate Guernsey is your first

port of call, queries may require

input from different government

departments including Income Tax,

Social Security, Housing, Planning

and Regulation and Immigration.

Being part of the States of

Guernsey, Locate Guernsey can

quickly put together an itinerary

based on the needs of specific

clients and organise a meeting

of all the relevant parties across

government in order to make the

relocation process as seamless

as possible and at no cost to the

client. Guernsey’s professional

community also has great

expertise and their input, in terms

of knowledge, confidentiality and

welcoming attitude, is invaluable

to anyone considering moving

to the island. With this in mind,

Locate Guernsey has forged close

relationships with industry across

many sectors including legal, tax

THE ISLAND’S ATTRACTIVE

TAX ENVIRONMENT

INCLUDES AN ABSENCE

OF INHERITANCE AND

CAPITAL GAINS TAXES

advisors, estate agents, relocation

consultants and many more.

In addition, Locate Guernsey

works with people who have

already made the move to the

island to understand the needs

before, during and after relocation

in order to continue to improve

its service offering to anyone who

requires it.

Locate Guernsey is not only

committed to delivering the

highest quality service to those

relocating, but also to the island as

a whole by welcoming newcomers

and businesses to the community.

ISLAND LIVING

It goes without saying;

Guernsey is simply a fantastic place

to live. The schools are good and

it happens to be a little piece of

paradise too. The quality of life

is exceptional: a great work-life

balance, which means you can

put in a full day at the office and

still get home to have dinner on

the beach, run the cliff paths with

stunning views across to some

of the Bailiwick’s other beautiful

islands, including Herm and Sark,

or enjoy an evening fishing trip on

the boat. Of course, Guernsey’s

proximity to the UK, with frequent

and quick flights, is a very helpful

factor for those returning home for

a day or two or stopping off before

travelling further afield.

The team at Locate Guernsey is

keen to be contacted directly by

either relocators, or those who

may represent them. If you are

considering relocation, contact

Richard@locateguernsey.com.

Visit locateguernsey.com for more

information and follow the team

on its social media platforms.

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Sark has long been an idyllic destination for summer days but

in 2011 it was designated the world’s first dark sky island by the

International Dark-Sky Association. En Voyage finds out why

we should spend a night or two on this unique island.

Oscar Wilde famously said: ‘We are all in the gutter,

but some of us are looking at the stars.’ In his lifetime

the night skies would have appeared far more star

studded than those of today, particularly in urban

areas. The International Dark-Sky Association asserts

that the nighttime environment is a precious natural

resource for all life on Earth, but warns that the glow of

uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars and

changed our perception of the night.

To label a place as being stuck in the past might

not seem like much of a compliment, but visiting the

Channel Island of Sark is to be transported back in time

in the best way. Its charms are obvious during the day:

it’s a haven for rare wildlife with a spectacular coastline,

whilst cycling and walking are a pleasure when you only

have to look out for the odd tractor or horse-drawn

carriage. But when the sun goes down, Sark’s skies are

simply breathtaking. There are no public streetlights or

car headlights – the only motor vehicles allowed on

the island are tractors. On a cloud-free night, countless

stars and dashing meteors are visible against the

stunning backdrop of the Milky Way.

The idea of pursuing dark sky status for Sark came

from islander Felicity Belfield, an amateur geologist and

astronomer. She saw a TV programme about the dark

skies of Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park and exclaimed,

‘We’re as good as that!’ ‘Indeed, we’re even better than

that,’ says Annie Dachinger, now Starfleet Commander

of SAstroS, Sark’s astronomy group. ‘I didn’t want to

be named after a piece of furniture,’ she adds. Annie

explains what happened next: ‘Felicity took it to Chief

Pleas, our sort of Parliament, and they agreed to make

an application to the IDA, after which began a process

of assessment that went on for two years. It did involve

some slight tweaking to our lighting, where we

had a few intrusive lights that shone upwards instead

of downwards.’

Fellow Sarkees were cooperative in making their

island even darker. ‘They realised it was an area that

was as yet unexploited by tourism and it could make a

big difference to Sark,’ says Annie. The assessors, who

awarded Sark its dark sky status in 2011, suggested

that an astronomy society be formed – and so SAstroS

was born. ‘Our remit was to encourage people to visit

and to enjoy our

lovely starry nights,

to help them if

they required

assistance and to

suggest locations

where they could

see the stars even

better, away from

other islands’ light

contamination.’

ON A CLOUD-FREE

NIGHT, COUNTLESS

STARS AND DASHING

METEORS ARE

VISIBLE AGAINST

THE STUNNING

BACKDROP OF

THE MILKY WAY.

The society put

on fundraising events to buy a decent telescope, and

in October last year the members realised their dream

of opening an observatory. Annie is enthusiastic about

the new facility: ‘It’s in the centre of Sark, almost on

the same level as the mill, which is built on the highest

point in all the Channel Islands. It’s in the corner of

a field where there’s no light pollution at all and you

get almost a 360-degree sweep of sky there. It’s a

wonderful place.’

Irish singer/songwriter Enya has been an unexpected

ambassador for Sark’s night skies. In November 2015

she released her first album for seven years and called it

Dark Sky Island. When Enya said it was inspired by Sark

her fans wanted to find out more, and it turns out that

she is wildly popular in Japan. ‘Enya has helped achieve

lots of good media coverage,’ says Annie. ‘We’ve had

quite an influx of Japanese tourists.’

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THE

MAGIC

OF

DARK

SARK

PHOTO BY SUE DALY

suedalyproductions.com

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Annie has always had a fascination with space, having

grown up in the 1960s when the first moon landing

took place. ‘I lived in London for most of my working

life. I discovered Sark when I was a teenager and loved

it - I discovered that you could see stars that weren’t

visible in towns and cities,’ she recalls. Stargazers who

come to Sark are richly rewarded, and there is an added

bonus for female astronomers: ‘They like to come here

because it’s a safe

environment in

which they can go

out at night.’

Sue Daly is

well known for

being a wildlife

photographer and

filmmaker, but her

images of Sark’s

starry skies are

as compelling a

‘IT’S QUITE MAGICAL.

I DON’T KNOW HOW

WE HAVEN’T HAD

MORE ACCIDENTS

WITH PEOPLE CYCLING

ALONG LOOKING UP

AT THE SKY.’

tribute to her island home as any she has produced.

Sue feels she benefits from the safety of Sark when she

takes these wonderful photographs: ‘If the conditions

are really good I’ll stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning.

For the long exposures that make the star trails the

shutter needs to be open for an hour, so sometimes I

set up a camera and leave it running and I come home!’

The way the stars form a circle gives the impression

that they are moving, but this isn’t the case. ‘The stars

appear to rotate but it’s Earth that is rotating,’

she explains.

Sue loves cycling home on a starry night. ‘It’s quite

magical. I don’t know how we haven’t had more

accidents with people cycling along looking up at the

sky.’ It’s clear that both Annie and Sue wouldn’t want to

live anywhere but Sark. As Sue sums up: ‘I used to say

that I couldn’t possibly imagine not living by the sea, but

now I also can’t imagine living somewhere where you

can’t see the night sky.’

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Little Sark - Ideal Honeymoon Destination

reservations@sablonneriesark.com

This delightful hotel and tea garden on the beautiful island of Sark promises you a truly magical stay. The hotel is a restored 16th-century

farmhouse and has 22 individually-designed rooms and suites full of rustic charm, plus cosy public rooms and beautiful gardens. La Sablonnerie

is noted throughout the Channel Islands for its excellent cuisine. Enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch or superb Sark cream tea – or dine romantically

by candlelight. La Sablonnerie is like Sark itself – small, friendly and utterly enchanting. Come and find out for yourself.

For further details and reservations call Elizabeth Perrée on (01481) 832061 or Fax (01481) 832408 www.sablonneriesark.com

Don’t leave the Channel Islands without visiting Sark and Little Sark. ‘It will be an experience that will live with you forever’.

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The Wedding Chapel

at La Seigneurie Gardens, Sark

This beautiful old building within the grounds of La Seigneurie is available for civil marriage

ceremonies. The wedding party has full access to the enchanting Seigneurie Gardens for their

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WHAT’S ON?

Until 31 December

‘GO’ BY BRUCE GILDEN

Guernsey Museum at Candie Gardens

This exhibition by internationally-renowned

photographer Bruce Gilden is named after the board

game ‘Go’ - and is an exploration of the darker side

of Japanese street life. Striking black and white

images capture the intimidating Yakuza (mobsters)

and Bosozoku (members of biker gangs), as well as

vulnerable and disheveled street people.

9 November

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GUERNSEY FC HOME

GAME FIXTURES

Formed in 2011, Guernsey FC offers the island’s

elite footballers the opportunity to progress and test

themselves on a regular basis outside of the Channel

Islands. If you’re lucky enough to be on island during a

home game, you can watch the green lions in action.

Tickets can be purchased from guernseyfc.com.

Upcoming fixtures are:

Sat 19 Nov

GFC vs East Grinstead Town – 14:00

Sun 27 Nov

GFC vs Lewes – 14:00

Wed 30 Nov

GFC vs Tooting & Mitcham Utd – 19:45

Sat 17 Dec

GFC vs Molesey – 14:00

Sat 31 Dec

GFC vs Corinthian Casuals – 14:00

10 November

CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP

Victorian Walled Garden

If you’re planning a trip to Saumarez Park during your

visit, time it right and you can enjoy making some

goodies for the festive season at the Victorian Walled

Garden - Even if you’re not here on the day, the

Garden is definitely worth a visit!

13 November

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Castle Cornet

Although closed for the season, Castle Cornet will be

open for limited hours on the day to allow free public

access to the RGLI Museum. The cannon will fire to

mark the two minute silence.

18-20 November

WINTER FAYRE

Castle Cornet & its Museums

Pop in to the castle for some festive family fun with a

grotto, music, craft fayre, activities and much more!

19 November - 11 December

WINTERFEST

Sark

During the colder months, the island of Sark becomes

a wonderfully tranquil and calm winter wonderland,

with bracing walks by day or by night, and its legendary

magical dark skies. Stocks Hotel offers an ideal island

hideaway to curl up in front of a roaring log fire with

a good book and a glass – or two – of Sark sloe gin,

and hearty, wholesome winter fare. Its Winterfest rates

in November and December start from £90 per night,

based on two people sharing with breakfast.

stockshotel.com

19 November - 11 December

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ON HERM

Herm Island

On selected weekends in the run-up to Christmas, Herm

Island’s ferry service offers free crossings to the island

from Guernsey. Day trippers can use the free crossings

to do their Christmas shopping in Herm’s gift shop, as

well as enjoy the hospitality of the Mermaid Tavern and

have a winter walk around Herm’s stunning coastline.

Tickets are only available on the day of travel from the

Travel Trident ticket kiosk at St Peter Port harbour.

herm.com

1-31 December

REAL ICE RINK

Le Friquet Garden and Lifestyle Centre

Real ice returns to the island under the canopy

at Le Friquet. Once you’re done giving Torvill and

Dean a run for the money, you can relax with a hot

chocolate or browse the beautiful

Christmas displays.

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10 December

DISNEY CHRISTMAS MAGIC

St James Concert Hall

Take in some magical music from the movies with a

live concert of Disney soundtracks. Coming dressed

as your favourite Disney character is encouraged!

12, 14, 19 & 22 December

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR

Island wide

Board one the Island Coachway’s luxury coaches for

a two-hour tour of the island enjoying the beautiful

Christmas lights. Tours start and end at the

Liberation Monument.

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LONDON BOAT SHOW

9 December-8 January

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Whether you’re a seasoned boater or looking to

dip a toe in the water, the London Boat Show

offers something for everyone. You can look

forward to an action-packed day with over 500

exhibitors showcasing the best in watercraft,

equipment and holidays.

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HERITAGE FESTIVAL

8 April-10 May 2017

If you’re thinking about booking a stay in Guernsey

next year, the 2017 Channel Islands Heritage

Festival is a good place to start!

The Channel Islands’ past is woven into its present

and its heritage is just one of its many outstanding

features. The festival celebrates a group of small

islands with a big history.

Visitors and locals are able to explore museums and

take guided walks, cycle rides, kayak adventures

and vintage bus tours plus the many events and

activites that take place at heritage sites around the

Islands, throughout the month-long festival.

To top it off, on 9 May each year, Guernsey

enjoys Liberation Day - a day of celebrations

commemorating the Islands’ freedom from German

Occupation during World War II.

Look out for a feature on the festival’s events

in the next issue of En Voyage!

visitchannelislands.com

LONDON ART FAIR 2017

18-22 January 2017

@Business Design Centre

Pop along to the 29th London Art Fair. It

brings together more than 125 galleries to

showcase museum-quality contemporary artworks

and pieces from today’s leading artists. There’s

also two specially curated sections beyond the

main fair focusing on new works, less established

galleries, and contemporary photography.

londonartfair.co.uk

BRISTOL SLAPSTICK FESTIVAL

19-22 Januray 2017

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The annual slapstick festival gives you an

opportunity to see some extraordinary films

in unique circumstances. They showcase and

celebrate archive film predominately from

the silent era (1895-1930), accompanied by

live musical scores performed by world-class

musicians, and introduced by some of the most

prominent film historians, experts, and comedians

inspired by the comedy legends on screen!

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BEHIND

THE LENS

En Voyage talks to Guernsey’s Karl Taylor, to get

an insight into life as a professional photographer

and how forward thinking has helped

drive his success.

Globe-trotting for your job? Tick. Getting paid to do

exactly what you want? Tick. A YouTube channel with

more than 330,000 subscribers? Tick. All because you

got made redundant and took an opportunistic job?

Double tick.

For Karl Taylor, this is life. A professional photographer

for more than 20 years, he has travelled the world

on assignments, working for some truly mega

corporations, developing his passion, showcasing his

skills and building a huge following.

And he did all this, through a lens, because he was

made redundant from a ‘promising job’ in the design

industry aged 17. So, he applied for a job in a small retail

photography store selling camera equipment. It was a

choice that was to showcase – as is often the way in

life – that the smallest decisions can have the biggest,

unintended consequences.

‘That was 31 years ago, but yes I started off in art and

design and then got into photography more by chance.

The shop introduced me to cameras, and within a

month or two, I was in love with them. They used to

loan equipment to the staff and set projects, so you

knew what you were talking about.

‘I remember the first real shot I was proud of, it was of

a horse galloping on the beach, and I was just over the

moon with the results and in awe of what photography

could do.’

Within a year Karl had moved on, taking different

jobs to save money and buying better equipment.

Wanting to develop his skills and do a bit of travelling,

he spent three years as a photojournalist in South East

Asia, selling the resulting pictures to a variety of titles,

including National Geographic.

‘It was really a hand-to-mouth existence, and not

financially secure.

But I really got

to go to some

extreme locations

and this was

back in the days

of film, and you

had to carry all

the exposed film

around with you,

subjecting it to the

humidity of the

jungle. I had to put

it in polythene bags

with silica gel to protect it against moisture.’

‘I REMEMBER THE

FIRST REAL SHOT I WAS

PROUD OF... I WAS

JUST OVER THE MOON

WITH THE RESULTS

AND IN AWE OF WHAT

PHOTOGRAPHY

COULD DO.’

Deciding it was time to make enough money for a

better way of life, he returned to Guernsey and set up his

own studio, where he did advertising and commercial

photography. This was around the time when digital

cameras were on the cusp of becoming mainstream,

and that’s when he decided to embrace the fact

everyone was getting their hands on a camera.

‘I thought rather than fight it, we could make it into a

product, explaining how we did this or that. About nine

years ago I started running workshops, and then they

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VOLCANIC HIGHLANDS OF ICELAND

started to become so popular that

I could not run enough. I thought

they were so popular locally, what

would it be like on a global level?

‘I decided to film my methods

and make them into a course of

DVDs which could be sold via the

Internet. We hit the market at the

right time, and released a series of

everything from beginner to pro.

I wanted to show people what it

was like to be on a photoshoot,

so we travelled to places like Paris,

or around the UK and showed

people what to do – and shot it

documentary style. Some were 90

minutes long, and others four or

five hours.

‘We were very proud of this work,

it was a big success in the US, and

we got to travel there.’

Fast-forward a few years, and

the DVDs were still selling, but the

Internet had transformed the way

people consumed media. Fewer

people wanted to own physical

media, and instead were looking

for streaming services. Again,

Karl saw the change coming and

decided to ride the wave, rather

than swimming against the current.

More online activity meant coming

up against competitors, but Karl

was not particularly concerned by

this, and was focused on making

his brand the very best it could

possibly be.

‘We are now the third highest rated

photography channel on YouTube.

Putting it there just promoted what

we did, and obviously it is a free

platform, but we decided to do it

when broadband was becoming

more prolific.

‘I FEEL VERY LUCKY,

BUT YOU ALSO MAKE

YOUR OWN LUCK’

‘We now have some big

competitors in the US, and one of

them has had a multi-million dollar

injection of cash, whilst we are a

streamlined business and cannot

do that. But they are a jack-of-all

trades outfit, and ours is wrapped

up in my personality, theirs is more

corporate. People like what I do

because of the way I do things.

‘We have filmed all over the world,

once we said, “let’s do a fashion

shoot in Iceland for 10 days,” and

actually did it. I feel very lucky, but

you also make your own luck’

Clearly, whatever he is doing is

working well, with many of his

YouTube videos receiving six-figure

viewing numbers. Despite this,

Karl’s history of innovation means

there is no way he is going to rest

on his laurels.

‘We are having fibre installed into

the office so we can have gigabit

broadband and I will start doing

my courses live. I think a lot of

people nowadays want to know the

technical stuff. I love imparting my

knowledge and really enjoy teaching,

seeing that lightbulb moment on

someone’s face is great.’

To sum it all up really, he’s a

photographic version of Top Gear.

So keep your eyes peeled on

Amazon Prime.

Visit Karl’s website

for more on his

work and courses:

karltaylor.co.uk

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Travel

CHRISTMAS

CAPITAL

London can be considered

a capital in more ways than

geography, and when it comes

to Christmas, the city knows

how to turn on the magic.

Some head to London for the

streets paved with gold. But come

winter, with decorations in every

window, lights wrapped around

trees and the smell of Christmas

in the air, the roads may as well be

sprinkled with glitter.

WINTER WONDERLAND, HYDE PARK

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HEAD OUT

ON THE ICE

London offers some

of the most amazing

outdoor ice rinks

where you can glide

through the capital. Set

against the backdrop of

Hintze Hall, the Natural

History Museum Ice Rink is undoubtedly one of the

most magical places to be this winter. Stop for a hot

chocolate at the museum’s Café Bar and enjoy the

bird’s-eye view of the rink.

Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace both

offer festive outdoor ice rinks but if you’re looking for

somewhere less busy with an equally amazing backdrop,

the Tower of London offers seasonal skating

sessions within the iconic ancient fortress.

AFTERNOON TEA

After all that retail

therapy you’ll need to

refuel and what better

way than a Christmas

themed afternoon tea?

Bubbles anyone?

Most luxury hotels

in the capital will have

something to offer

but the coffee and

mascarpone Yule log

at Lanes of London is

delicious! For something

a little more theatrical,

head to One Aldwych

and feast your eyes on its

Charlie and the Chocolate

Factory-inspired

afternoon tea. Roald Dahl

would be in awe.

If you’re planning to

take in a bus tour of the

sights during your visit,

why not kill two birds with

one stone and savour a

Christmas afternoon tea

on a double decker bus?

Hop aboard an iconic

Routemaster and take

in the lights of London

whilst enjoying the

exquisite tastes of France

in the form of Christmas

tree cupcakes and Black

Forest Christmas balls.

CHRISTMAS

SHOPPING

Continue skating while you shop at

Westfield London where the shopping

centre’s atrium is transformed into a 500

metre-square rink decked out for the

festive season.

Outside, most of the festive lights get

turned on in November so whether you’re

shopping on Oxford, Regent, Bond or

Carnaby Street, you’ll be surrounded by

sparkle. And if you’re one of the highly

efficient minority who complete their

Christmas shopping in September, head to

one of the capital’s traditional Christmas

markets and take it all in as the rest of us

rush around with lists.

Pretty wooden chalets selling intricate

decorations and handmade wooden toys

will fill the space between the Tate Modern

and the Thames, and the same Germanstyle

chalets will feature at the London

Bridge City Christmas Market. Peruse the

stalls of over 100 independent traders

as well as food stalls and bars serving

Christmas cocktails and mulled wine.

If you’ve never tried a hot cider, now

is the time!

SWING BY

A FESTIVAL

New for 2016, Christmas in Leicester

Square runs from 11 November-8 January

and offers a grotto, traditional Christmas

market and a vintage Spiegeltent - a

Dutch travelling tent - home to a vast

programme of Christmas shows.

Alternatively, Hyde Park Winter

Wonderland is a spectacular festive

event in the heart of the capital. The

six-week extravaganza brings together

a huge selection of entertainment from

circus shows and ice-skating, to festive

activities, Christmas markets and over

100 rides, fun houses and games.

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WINTER WONDERLAND, HYDE PARK

THE BIG DAY

If you’re actually in London over

Christmas, bear in mind that many

Londoners are likely to be away

themselves so make the most of it – book

a table at a fancy restaurant, appreciate a

bus-free view on Christmas Day and stroll

through an empty Hyde Park on Boxing

Day. Regardless of how you choose to

spend your time, London will leave you

filled with festive cheer.

CATCH A SHOW

Festive theatre doesn’t have to be confined to

January’s panto offering. A dance adaptation of

Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman will be showing at

the Peacock Theatre in Holborn. Offering a

family-friendly theatre experience, you can’t fail to

be enchanted as the boy and the snowman take

off and fly above the stage.

For something a little more bouncy, check out

Boing! from theatre company Travelling Light.

The show sees two boys use their beds as giant

trampolines as they stay up waiting for Santa.

If the ballet is more your thing, The Nutcracker

at the Royal Opera House draws

the audience into the magical

Land of Snow and Kingdom

of Sweets. Moving down to

Leicester Square and returning

for its seventh year, La Soiree at

Christmas excites its audience as

cabaret artists perform their quirky acts.

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lucy paine

Artist

ucy Paine was born and grew up

in Guernsey. After studying art at

The Ladies College she took an Art

Foundation degree at Kingston University. She

subsequently moved to Florence to study drawing

and painting at Charles Cecil studios. Here she

studied under the sight-size tradition. The method

has been used by masters since the seventeenth

century, including Reynolds, Lawrence, and

Sargent. She was trained to paint entirely from

life; the subject being placed alongside the

canvas, whereby the artist stands back to gain

perspective. This is the traditional method used in

portraiture which Lucy still thinks is the best way

of getting an accurate likeness of the sitter, and

does not rule out her adapting it for her own style

and modern approach. She is also comfortable

working from photographs when necessary. This

not only enables her to produce an image in

correct proportion with the features of the sitter,

but allows for a life-like interpretation of light

effects on the skin and a sensitive and personal

rendition of the subject being painted.

After sufficient experience she began teaching

summer courses in portraiture and life drawing.

She was later offered a scholarship at the Sarum

Studio in Salisbury. Here she studied for a month

to hone the technique and develop a personal

style of her own. Combining strong broad strokes

with a delicate attention to detail she draws

attention to a focal point, as if the viewer were

looking at the subject in real time as opposed to a

photo where the entirety of the image is rendered

to the same level.

She is now based in London and Guernsey,

travelling between the two to work on

commission basis. Besides portraits she also

paints landscapes, house portraits, pet portraits

and still life with equal vivacity.

Lucy is available to commission upon request.

lucypaine.com

lucy_paine@live.co.uk

lucy_paine_artist

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Travel

TO SKI

OR NOT

TO SKI?

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You’re either interested in the snowfall or you’re not, and with so much,

Grenoble is the perfect destination to enjoy a ski holiday, even if you don’t ski.

Ski holidays typically evoke a Marmite response; either

you cannot get enough of the addictive adrenaline rush

of hitting the slopes, or, you simply don’t ski; it’s not for

you and the thought of spending your long-awaited

holiday on a ski break fills you with dread. For those

in the latter camp, while you might not wish to join

friends and family as they embark on their umpteenth

exhilarating physical challenge, there are in fact plenty

of ways to enjoy a ski break without having to ski at all.

Grenoble is the gateway to a skiing paradise. With a

multitude of resorts in close proximity to this beautiful

city (located at the foot of the French Alps), you

are merely a short bus or train journey away from

truly exciting destinations. Do your research before

you book because the differences in price, facilities

and activity options for skiers and non-skiers vary

considerably. While listing recommendations for the

very best places to go could fill an extensive portion

of this magazine, three destinations that are definitely

worth exploration are Val d’Isère, Val Thorens

and La Plagne.

If you’re looking for a luxury experience, Val d’Isère

ticks all the boxes. This resort, together with Tignes,

falls within the Espace Killy – a ski area situated in the

Tarentaise Valley, Savoie in the French Alps. Here, an

enchanting, picturesque village possessing Disney-like

charm will capture your heart, with its baroque church,

illuminated streets, designer shops and a fine selection

of restaurants offering local cuisine. Val d’Isère knows

how to do gorgeous boutique hotels and pure

indulgence, via the incredible spas found in places

like the five-star Hotel Avenue Lodge and the traditional

chalet-hotel, Le Tsanteleina.

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Val Thorens

VAL D’ISÈRE IS HOME TO THE

INFAMOUS BLACK SKI RUN ‘LA FACE’,

POSING SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE TECHNICAL

CHALLENGE, IT WAS THE SLOPE USED IN THE

MEN’S DOWNHILL IN THE 1992 WINTER OLYMPICS.

For the experienced skier, Val d’Isère is home to

the infamous black ski run ‘La Face’, posing such an

impressive technical challenge, it was the slope used

in the men’s downhill in the 1992 Winter Olympics.

With 26 black runs and 66 blue runs in total, there’s

plenty here to occupy a keen skier.

Adventurous holiday-goers can also enjoy themselves

tobogganing, parascending, sledging and ice skating.

If that all sounds too energetic, besides shopping and

fine dining, relaxing downtime can be spent at the

cinema or the Sports Centre, which includes a steam

room, sauna and spa. And then of course there’s the

incredible nightlife where you can take your pick from a

wide selection of great bars, nightclubs, live music and

entertainment for your après ski.

The Three Valleys - Courchevel, Meribel and Val

Thorens - are also recognised as some of the best ski

areas in France. While Corchevel is a high-end option,

Val Thorens is a far more reasonably priced resort. As

the highest resort in Europe, it usually hosts the first

and last snow of the season, making it possible to ski

all through the winter and on into summer. With a

welcoming cosmopolitan vibe, this resort is suitable

for all ages. Skiers can pick from 30 black runs and 129

blue runs, where the fun begins right on your doorstep,

skiing directly from right outside your accommodation

onto the slopes.

Covering around 70,000m 2 , the Snowpark and Slalom

Stadium will be welcomed by boarders and skiers alike.

Within this resort, you’ll also find a fabulous indoor

pool complex with relaxation space and an assigned

area just for children. Bowling, snowmobiling, paint

balling, mountain biking, zip wiring and tobogganing

on Val Thorens’ 6km-long toboggan run (the longest

in Europe) are just some of the alternatives to skiing.

For the more reserved, opt for a foot pass where you

can take in the atmosphere, admire the scenery and,

depending on the timing of your visit, either relax by

the fire or bask in the glorious sunshine in the

warmer weather.

La Plagne is comprised of more than 10 small

villages, connected via bus and lift networks that run

until midnight. Offering everything from husky rides to

Babygym, La Plagne is always a big hit with families.

Although this resort has a relaxed family feel to it,

those who need their high-intensity snow fix have

their choice of 130 slopes, with 18 black runs and 69

blue runs. A further adrenaline thrill can be obtained

via bobsleighing, while those who enjoy heights

can take in a bird’s-eye view from a helicopter ride.

Snowshoeing, quad biking, dog sledding and ice karting

make for fun alternatives to skiing.

Every budget can be accommodated in La Plagne,

without compromising on quality. It is possible to

stay in beautiful apartments, chalets, B&Bs and hotels

and opting for self-catering can be a good way to

further stretch your holiday euros. Similarly, après-ski

opportunities are plentiful and can be as moderate or

indulgent as you like, with bars, restaurants, a night

club, an outdoor swimming pool and a bowling alley

being just some of the options across the villages.

So the next time a loved one suggests a group ski

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DUBAI

Craving some sunshine? Travelling to

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direct flights from Gatwick and there’s

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Dubai, city of skyscrapers, crazy

manmade islands and gigantic

shopping malls, is situated on the

south-east coast of the Persian

Gulf and is the second largest

emirate in the UAE, after the

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HOW TO GET THERE

Aurigny has regular flights to

Gatwick and there’s no need

to traipse over to Heathrow as

Emirates is an excellent airline

operating three direct flights daily

from Gatwick to Dubai. The flight

time is less than seven hours,

which isn’t bad considering

you’re heading for guaranteed

good weather.

WHEN TO GO

Depending on the time of year,

temperatures in Dubai range from

very pleasant to extremely hot.

In the winter you might need

an extra layer if you’re eating al

fresco, whilst in April and October

temperatures are in the upper 20s/

lower 30s. There are special offers

galore in the summer but with

an average high of 41°C (106°F),

you’d need to be a serious sun

worshipper to go then.

WHERE TO STAY

Dubai is not a budget destination

but if you want a luxurious, getaway-from-it-all

break, there’s a

huge choice of palatial hotels and

beach resorts.

The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is the

ultimate in opulence, with suiteonly

accommodation and personal

butlers. You don’t need to splash

quite so much cash, however. You

could argue that the Jumeirah

Beach is a better option because

it’s opposite the Burj, so you get to

see this iconic landmark instead of

being inside it. Jumeirah and The

Palm – a group of islands formed

in the shape of a palm tree – are

ideal locations if you want a beach

resort and multiple swimming

pools. Recommendations on The

Palm include the Jumeirah Zabeel

Saray, Anantara, Waldorf Astoria

and Sofitel. The swanky Madinat

resort is comprised of five pricey

hotels interlinked by waterways, but

the half-board option at any of the

Jumeirah Group’s hotels allows you

to dine in Madinat’s

sumptuous restaurants.

Dubai Marina has some great

hotels, but pools tend to be on

rooftops so won’t keep water

babies entertained all day. The

city itself is home to a host of

luxurious business hotels, but if

you’re prepared to venture out

a little further (up to an hour’s

drive from the airport) there are

some amazing resorts, such as the

Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate and

the Palm Tree Court, with lower

room rates than those at the more

central beach hotels.

With new resorts springing up all

the time there are always deals to

be found, especially if you’re not

tied to school holidays. Even if you

are, look out for ‘free’ upgrades

to half board: these make a huge

difference to how much you

spend when you are there.

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WHERE TO EAT

If you have a half-board deal at a resort then you will

be more than satisfied with the choice of restaurants

where you are staying. Dubai is a gastronomic paradise,

with award-winning restaurants largely based within

hotels, like Traiteur at the Park Hyatt in Dubai Creek, Solo

at Raffles and Yuan at Atlantis.

There are plenty of affordable eateries away from the

hotels. Special Ostadi is an historic, family-run Iranian

restaurant in Bur Dubai, whilst you’ll have to queue for

fresh seafood with Keralan flavours at Jumeirah’s Bu

Qtair. Remember that alcohol is only served in hotels.

GETTING THERE

FROM GUERNSEY

To make the most of your time, catch

an afternoon flight to Gatwick and have

dinner at North Terminal – how about

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant? – before

catching Emirates’ 21:45 flight to Dubai.

The UAE is four hours ahead so you’ll

arrive first thing in the morning. If you’d

rather not sleep in the air, you could stay at

a North Terminal hotel and leave for Dubai

at 10:00, arriving at 20:00 local time.

The best return flight is the 09:50 from

Dubai, which will get you back to Gatwick

at 13:45, in plenty of time for your Aurigny

flight home.

WHAT TO DO

If relaxing by the pool and enjoying the delicious

food on offer doesn’t appeal to you, you probably

won’t choose Dubai. But there’s more to the city than

sunbathing.

There are two great water parks in Dubai: Wild Wadi at

Jumeirah Beach and Aquaventure at Atlantis the Palm.

Shopping, however, is the Emiratis’ principal pastime

and they are well served with a number of malls.

The biggest is the Dubai Mall, with 1200 shops. It has

spectacular fountains outside and it’s where you go to

take a lift up to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa,

at 829.8m the tallest building in the world. Do pre-book

tickets online to avoid lengthy queues. A trip to the

aquarium, also in the Dubai Mall, is well worth a visit,

and the slightly smaller Mall of the Emirates is home to

Ski Dubai, which has real snow and penguins.

It isn’t easy to find culture but do seek it out. The

Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in

1787, and is the oldest existing building in the city. It has

dioramas of the pre-oil era and a Bedouin tent, whilst

a video shows how the urban scape has grown over

the past 40 or so years. Another must-do is a trip to the

desert. Arabian Adventures run daily tours, including

their popular Sundowner Safari. A fleet of 4x4s takes

guests on a roller-coaster ride on the sand dunes,

before delivering them to the Bedouin Camp for a

feast, and activities which include camel riding, henna

tattoos and shisha-pipe smoking, topped off with a

belly-dancing display. The desert itself is breathtakingly

beautiful, especially at sunset.

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Legoland to IMG Adventure, which hopes to become

the world’s largest indoor theme park. Pearl of Dubai,

its tentative completion date 2020 to correspond with

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The Guernsey French Jewellery Collection

The Patois Collection© was established by Paul Martin

of Martin and Martin Designer Goldsmiths in 1999, from

humble beginnings as a collection made up of only two

phrases, along with its popularity the range has grown

hugely and now boasts over 40 different phrases, and has

a repertoire of over 778 different designs within the range

inscribed with the island’s native tongue.

Live Your Dreams

No Place Like Home

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At Martin and Martin we believe that distilled into

every piece of Patois Jewellery© is the essence

of Guernsey, it has been inspired by the beauty of

the Island of Guernsey and lovingly crafted by our

master craftsmen.

The first ever phrase was ‘friends forever’ and

since then there have been many different phrases

including ‘a la perchoine’, ‘live, laugh, love’, ‘live your

dreams’ and more recently, the tongue in cheek

addition, ‘The world is your Ormer’.

There really is something for everyone, friends, family

members, godparents, colleagues the list is endless.

The Patois jewellery is extremely popular both in and

out of the island. The team at Martin and Martin work

hard to ensure its jewellery is accessible to all, which

is why all of the Patois pieces are available in silver with

prices starting from around £33. There is, however,

a wide range of metals available including silver

and gold, with palladium and platinum available to order.

Visit our store

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SHOPHAMPTON

If your life bears a

resemblance to that of

leading lady Isla Fisher

in ‘Confessions of

a Shopaholic’, then

you’ll already know that

Southampton is a first-rate

haunt for self-proclaimed

shopping fanatics.

For those who are not so familiar with

what this great city has to offer when it comes

to spending your hard-earned notes, here’s a

round-up of some of its best offerings.

As one of the UK’s top 10 retail destinations,

Southampton’s city centre is home to two

substantial shopping centres, designer boutiques,

high street favourites and specialist markets.

What’s more, it also features a large retail park and

local independent shops that cater to all tastes

and budgets.

WestQuay Shopping Centre is a great place

to start, with three levels of shopping heaven

and over 100 stores under one roof. Here you

will be spoilt for choice with well-loved fashion,

footwear, beauty, jewellery, technology and

homeware retailers. Staple favourites M&S and

John Lewis will keep you entertained for some

time, displaying a huge range of high quality

products. Anyone with a stationery obsession

or buying for a creative loved one is likely to

find an affordable, quirky gift in the Flying Tiger

Copenhagen store, showcasing bright, funky

Danish designs. For a more traditional gift of

fine jewellery, Pandora, Swatch, Thomas Sabo,

Swarovski and Ernest Jones can all be

found in WestQuay.

NICK JONAS

MODELS FOR

TOPMAN

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FASHION LOVERS

Fashionistas wanting to enhance their wardrobe

with the latest high street trends will need to pace

themselves. Big name clothing stores are a plenty

with Jack Wills, Karen Millen, Hollister, H&M, River

Island, Superdry, Next and Oasis to name just a

few within WestQuay. Bargain hunters can hit

the High Street and Above Bar Street for Primark,

TK Maxx, Topman and Topshop. Meanwhile,

the athletically-inclined shopper can find a large

selection of sports clothing and footwear from

retailers including Foot Locker, J D

Sports and the Saints Store – the latter

being a must for official Southampton

Football Club merchandise.

RIVER ISLAND

For more unusual fashion pieces,

head to Bedford Place - just a

short walk from the city centre.

Here you can spoil yourself at

Devernois, a French ladies clothing

boutique with a touch of class and

elegance. And for designer shoes

and accessories, Scarpini is the go-to

boutique for designer

brands like Lucy Choi

London and Lisa Kay.

GADGET HEAVEN

Technology

enthusiasts will have

ample opportunity to

get their shopping fix.

A trip to WestQuay’s

Apple Store will soon

have tech geeks

gushing over the latest

Apple products and

accessories. This is

often the perfect place

to keep a reluctant shopping partner occupied

and it might even be possible to attend a free

workshop. Similarly, gadget addicts will likely have

an enjoyable visit to the Menkind store as it sells

smart watches, speakers, remote-controlled toys,

drones, virtual-reality headsets and a multitude of

novelty gifts

FOR THE KIDS

If you have little ones in tow on your shopping

trip, pay a visit to WestQuay’s Build-A-Bear

Workshop where children can assemble and

personalise a cuddly toy with their own choice

of outfits and accessories. Once complete,

head over to the Disney Store in The Marlands

Shopping Centre - always a winner with young

shoppers and often bringing smiles to adults

too. The Marlands is also a good place to

spend pocket money, as it features a Claire’s

Accessories, the Rockbottom Toy Store and an

Aladdin’s cave of craft supplies available from The

Market Gallery & Crafty Destination store.

HOMES SWEET HOMES

For those looking to bring their home

interior to life, Southampton’s IKEA is a must.

This colossal store has four floors of home

furnishings and furniture, with everything from

colourful cookware to wireless charging units

for smartphones. Even the most reluctant of

shoppers will find it hard to leave this store emptyhanded,

discovering items that you never knew

you needed but after seeing them, cannot live

without! Although visiting a furniture store might

not be your immediate thought on a short UK

break, you will be pleasantly surprised at just how

many fabulous IKEA products are small enough to

fit in your luggage.

SOMETHING UNIQUE

Depending on the timing of your visit, the

markets are worth checking out too. The General

Market operates every Friday in Southampton

City Centre. Saturdays see a cyclical rotation of

Antiques and Collectibles, Arts and Crafts, Artisan

Food, and Vintage and Retro Markets. New traders

regularly join the existing market-goers so there is

typically something new to see on each visit.

Should you require some time out from a heavy

shopping stint, Southampton has its own Oxford

Street with a wide selection of restaurants, serving

locally sourced food

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UK’S TOP

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DESTINATIONS

prepared by incredible

chefs. The Olive Tree

takes fresh to the next

level, baking bread

on-site and adjusting

its menu daily to

make the most of

the freshest local seafood caught each morning.

Live music and evening entertainment is also

abundant in Oxford Street, making it a great place

to unwind and admire your new purchases.

As the festive season approaches, Southampton

is a great place to make a weekend of it shopping

for gifts or even just to visit on a day trip. With

plentiful choice and hundreds of stores within

easy walking distance of one another, you

can effortlessly accomplish all of your present

shopping. Alternatively, a Southampton shopping

trip is a great way to take a short break with

friends, mark a special occasion like a hen do, or

to simply treat yourself on payday.

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BANANA-EATING

HEROES AND

UNRULY LIONS

IT’S ALL

GOING ON

IN THE

WEST END

For anyone who can effortlessly

distinguish between Madame Giry

and Glinda the Good, ‘happy is what

happens’ when you see a West

End show. The beauty of this form

of entertainment is that you can

go again and again, still enjoying

and taking away something new

from the theatre experience, even

if you return to watch the same

show several times. However, with

numerous theatrical delights to

choose from, it’s worth straying

from your faithful favourites and

trying something different.

London’s line up for shows in

2017 is typically vast, offering a wide

range of storylines to suit equally

varied tastes. If you were born in the

’80s, you can be forgiven for letting

out a shrill shriek of excitement

on learning that Bananaman: The

Musical is indeed a real thing that

should be hitting the stage next

year, with official dates yet to be

announced. Exactly what this

adventure will entail is anyone’s

guess but with ‘Peel the Power’

being the strapline on the website

holding page, you can probably

expect fruit puns and slapstick

comedy on a par with the beloved

TV cartoon and comic strip.

Another musical to look

forward to in January next year

is the eagerly anticipated Finding

Neverland. Featuring an original

score by Gary Barlow and Eliot

Kennedy, and described by Vogue

as ‘a true must-see’, this production

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promises all the key ingredients of

an outing that you’ll remember for

years to come. Based on the 2004

award-winning film of the same

title, Finding Neverland tells the

story of playwright J. M. Barrie and

the inspiration behind his magical

creation, Peter Pan.

If you want to be transported to

the African plains and indulged in

a magnificent array of colourful

costumes, striking masks and truly

breathtaking puppets, then The

Lion King is your show. It has been

running for 18 years now but if you

haven’t yet seen it, this incredible

production will not disappoint.

Staged in the Lyceum Theatre, you

will soon find yourself in total awe

of how the original 1994 Disney film

has been brought to life so vividly

on stage. Many a theatre-goer

returns to see this production again

and again; it’s just that good that

seeing it once is not enough.

For the more traditional, head

to the Queen’s Theatre for Les

Misérables – the world’s longest

running musical. Receiving a

total of 76 international awards,

you can rest assured that you will

be immersed in a breathtaking

performance. Even if you know

nothing about the storyline, you

will find yourself nodding along to

songs that you are likely to have

heard before but were perhaps

unaware that they are in fact from

Les Mis. Follow the struggles of life

in 19th-century France, fuelled with

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IN THE ’80S, YOU CAN

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LETTING OUT A SHRILL

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BANANAMAN: THE

MUSICAL IS INDEED A

REAL THING.

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FOR THE MORE

TRADITIONAL, HEAD TO

THE QUEEN’S THEATRE

FOR LES MISÉRABLES –

THE WORLD’S LONGEST

RUNNING MUSICAL.

RECEIVING A TOTAL

OF 76 INTERNATIONAL

AWARDS

passion, heartache and spirited survival. Ensure

you have tissues at the ready for ‘I Dreamed A

Dream’ and ‘On My Own’; that lump in your

throat is inevitable.

In total contrast, Kinky Boots is described

by Time Out as ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy

and uplifting’. Winner of the Olivier Award

for Best New Musical in 2016, this show

has taken London by storm. The storyline is

based on the true events

of Steve Pateman’s

working life when he

courageously took his

dying Northamptonshire

shoe factory in a different

direction to meet the

market demands for

supplying patent stiletto

boots and other heeled

shoes, specifically

designed for men. The

musical retelling of this

real-life business venture

has been embellished with the addition of

the fictional character Lola, played by Matt

Henry. Mr Henry might look and sound

familiar to you; he won the hearts of the

nation as a finalist on The Voice (the BBC’s

reality TV singing competition) back in 2013.

Not surprisingly, his West End stage presence

is flawless, while the accompanying cast will

enrapture you as they perform songs written

by iconic pop legend Cyndi Lauper.

Then of course there’s the musical Wicked,

telling the ‘untold story of the Witches of Oz’.

From the outset, you will be thrown into what

feels like a familiar environment of being back

at school and those recognisable emotions

of your first love, unexpected friendships

and rivalry, fitting in with the crowd, and the

push-and-pull dynamics of toeing the line

versus finding your own path. It doesn’t matter

that the characters are of the fairytale realm;

this story contains enchanting elements that

even the Tin Man would feel a warm, fuzzy

glow watching. If you’re a fan of spine-tingling

piano accompaniment, the song ‘Defying

Gravity’ will deliver.

To further enhance your trip, a variety of

full experience packages are available, where

together with great seats at your chosen

show, you can purchase a two-course, pretheatre

dinner or relaxing afternoon tea for

two, and also have the option to incorporate

a hotel stay. These packages make a perfect

present for treating a loved one. Whether you

opt for a long-standing classic or go for a

show that is just beginning its enthralling life

among the greats, with a London show break,

you can look forward to being ‘changed for

the good’.

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BREAKFAST

LIKE A KING

Whether you’re a lover of freshly baked French pastries, a baconobsessed

carnivore or an artisanal coffee junkie, there are few finer

things in life than a good breakfast and Manchester offers them all.

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important

meal of the day but when prepared just right and

leisurely savoured, it can also be the most memorable.

Manchester has a thriving, exciting - and growing -

food scene and while much is made of its fine dining

restaurants and cutting-edge cocktail bars, its wealth of

excellent eateries offers plenty of scope when it comes

to breakfast and brunch.

Add to that Manchester’s decent public transport,

friendly people and fantastically walkable city centre,

and it couldn’t be easier to track down a breakfast of

champions in this thoroughly modern city.

No talk of breakfast would be complete without

mentioning the full English, and if you take your fryups

seriously then the Albert Square Chop House in

Thomas Worthington’s iconic Memorial Hall, bang in

the heart of the city, is a good place to start.

The Albert’s Best of British Breakfast is a belly-busting

way to start the day, with Cumberland sausage, Bury

black pudding, streaky bacon, sautéed mushrooms,

roast tomato and free-range eggs, cooked how you

like, served on Povey’s Staffordshire oatcake - all for

a very reasonable £9. Plus, there are papers to read,

space to stretch out and good coffee. At Albert’s

breakfast becomes a full-on leisure activity.

If you like the idea of enjoying a full fry-up in a fine

dining setting, then the San Carlo Cicchetti is a great

shout. Set in sophisticated yet relaxing interiors, with

huge expanses of light Italian marble, the Cicchetti is

renowned for its Venetian cuisine. When it comes to

breakfast, however, this Italian restaurant pays kudos to

the British way of doing things.

The Great Cicchetti Breakfast includes two eggs

served fried, poached or scrambled, with smoked

bacon, baked beans, two Lancashire pork and leek

sausages, sautéed mushrooms with onions, hash

brown, tomato and

Bury black pudding.

IT COULDN’T BE

EASIER TO TRACK

DOWN A BREAKFAST

OF CHAMPIONS IN

THIS THOROUGHLY

MODERN CITY.

If a bargain feed is

more of a priority than

beautiful interiors,

Hansfords in the

Arndale Market offers

the full monty for less

than a fiver. It might

lack polish but you can

score seven breakfast

items and a builder’s tea for £4.75. For a value brekkie,

this place is unrivalled in the city.

Whichever side of the great red sauce/brown sauce

divide you might be on, there is no shortage of options

in Manchester when it comes to the full English. But as

any self-respecting breakfast aficionado knows, a good

breakfast comes in different guises. It’s not all about the

traditional fry-up, so here’s a look at the best of the rest…

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THE GUILT-FREE CHOICE

On Tib Street, in Manchester’s

creative Northern Quarter, Evelyn’s

is the place to head for nutritious

choices, including coconut chia

pots with mango and pineapple

and a ‘green bowl’ full of kale,

spinach, herbs, avocado and puy

lentils with a soft-boiled egg. There

are plenty of indulgent brunch

options too, from Korean chicken

with fried egg, chilli and watercress

in a toasted roll to buttermilk

pancakes with blueberries and

honeycomb butter.

Expect to pay between £1.50 and

£4.50 for pastries, toast and cereal

pots, and from £5 to £10.50 for a

more substantial start to the day.

Plus, a lot of the dishes can be made

gluten, dairy or meat-free on request.

A MANCUNIAN

INSTITUTION

Koffee Pot’s no-nonsense

breakfasts have been known to

cure the worst of hangovers. Its

full English and humble butties

have a very loyal following, and

there are Irish, Scottish, veggie and

vegan tweaks too. But it also does

a great line in brunch, offering

smoked kippers, rarebit, haggis and

shakshouka, an Arabic staple of

eggs poached in a spiced tomato

sauce, served here with smoked

feta crumbled on top.

Such is the Koffee Pot’s reputation

that it even got a shout-out from

Elbow front man Guy Garvey at a

Manchester Arena gig. He said, ‘If

you’ve never had a bacon sandwich

from there, you’ve never had a

bacon sandwich.’ Don’t just take

Guy Garvey’s word for it. Most

dishes range from £6 to £8.

BREAKFAST THE

AMERICAN WAY

Manchester’s worst-kept secret,

Moose Coffee, is renowned for its

generous portion sizes and popular

American-style dishes. A fantastic

alternative to the traditional English

breakfast, Moose Coffee boasts a

wide range of breakfast options,

from pancakes with smoked

sausage and bacon, to almost

any kind of egg-based breakfast

you can imagine. Try the themed

breakfasts, like Bronx Brunch or

Coney Island, for a true American

experience. You might have to

queue, but your hangover will

thank you for it.

Home Sweet Home, which has a

branch on Edge Street and in the

Great Northern Warehouse, is all

about big American flavours served

up in even bigger portions.

Bennies are what it’s all about

here - eggs Benedict, served classic

(hollandaise and bacon), Cali (with

salmon and avocado) and ‘macho’

(with chorizo and house hash). This

place does pancakes too. Really

big pancakes. And adventurous

breakfasters can opt for the

waffle-fried chicken, which comes

equipped with bacon and

maple syrup.

Nothing costs much more than a

tenner, with brunch prices between

£4 for eggs on toast to £10 for

steak and egg hash.

FOR FREE-RANGE-

LOVING FOODIES

West Didsbury’s Thyme Out

deli serves up eggs laid by its own

chickens, which roam around

the garden.

At £10.95, the Foodies Breakfast

might carry the price tag of a main,

but you get a lot of breakfast for

your bucks. Featuring venison

and pork belly sausages, horse

shoe Bury black pudding and

your choice of a freshly laid and

poached hen or duck egg, it’s a

firm favourite for fans of regional

produce. Other breakfast choices

include fresh fruit and granola and

Spanish churros with chocolate.

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GUERNSEY

RESTAURANT PICKS

THE HOOK

The Hook is a popular restaurant

located on the seafront of St Peter

Port offering beautifully blue views

of Victoria Marina and a stylish and

contemporary decor. From the

seafood and steak dishes, served on

the exclusive first floor restaurant, to

the beautiful elegance of the sushi bar,

there’s always something to savour.

For a picturesque lunchtime stop, the

Prix Fixe menu offers an extensive range

of dishes from just £10 each – the baby

octopus and chorizo ragu is amazing!

REVIEWS

‘Trendy spot with great sushi’

‘Amazing sushi, seafood

and cocktails’

BRISTOL

LONDON

BUBBA GUMP

SHRIMP CO

For an injection of novelty, head over to Bubba Gump Shrimp

Co. restaurant just a few minutes’ walk from Leicester Square.

The restaurant is a tribute to the film ‘Forrest Gump’ and

features a menu of comfort food from the American South

that reflects the film’s setting in Alabama.

Why not try the Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp (that’s prawns

to us across the pond) served with Cajun marmalade, fries

and coleslaw?

REVIEWS

‘Stumbled upon but delicious’

‘Great food and atmosphere’

PIEMINISTER

A much-loved local brand, Pieminister

is famous for its award-winning

pies, which are made in Bristol using

responsibly sourced ingredients.

There are two restaurants to choose

from in Bristol – Stokes Croft and Broad

Quay – where you can enjoy lunch or

dinner along with craft beers,

cocktails and music.

Be sure to try the Moo & Blue – British

beef steak and Clawson Stilton pie

– and add a side of salt and pepper

onion rings for an authentic Pieminister

experience.

REVIEWS

‘The Daddy of Pies’

‘Superb service, awesome

food and lovely staff!’

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FOOD

WITH

FLAIR

Octopus is the brand new restaurant and bar on the south

side of Havelet Bay in St Peter Port, Guernsey, offering

fantastic views towards Herm, Jethou, and Sark.

The varied international menu provides something

for all, from bar snacks and street food to Ramen

- Japanese noodle dishes - a substantial seafood

menu, soups, casseroles, and a children’s menu.

RESTAURANT

COCKTAIL BAR

VIEWING TERRACE

PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

CHRISTMAS PARTIES

01481 722400 | info@OctopusGSY.co.uk | OctopusGSY.co.uk | Havelet Bay, St Peter Port GY1 1AX | OctopusGSY

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Food

Claire Mahy,

Nutritional Therapist at

Avenue Clinic, talks to

En Voyage about the

potential pitfalls of a

fast-paced lifestyle.

Do you spend more time in

airports, on board flights, in

hotel bars or dining out than at

home? If this sounds familiar

then you may wish to consider

how this busy lifestyle is affecting

your health. Whilst the jet

setter lifestyle can bring much

excitement and enjoyment,

you have to be careful that the

early starts, busy days, one too

many drinks during happy hour

and indulgent dinners don’t leave

you feeling stressed out, tired

and overweight.

NUTRITION FOR

THE FREQUENT

BUSINESS FLYER

Business trips often mean the

alarm clock going off in the

small hours, followed by rushing

around to catch a flight or get to a

meeting. In this situation perhaps

the first thing on your mind is a

caffeine fix, however your body

may not thank you for this! Coffee

is not inherently unhealthy, in

fact coffee has health-boosting

properties, however the problem

is people often substitute coffee

for a meal or rely on caffeine

to stay awake! Furthermore,

for some people caffeine

increases anxiety, affects sleeping

patterns and irritates the gut. That

said, if you tolerate caffeine well

it’s ok to have a morning coffee,

just make sure this accompanies

breakfast and that you’re not relying

on caffeine hits throughout the day!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It’s important to begin the day

with a nourishing breakfast, which

shouldn’t consist of processed

cereals, pastries or white toast.

These foods are a source of

refined carbohydrates which the

body rapidly converts into sugar

(glucose), causing a blood sugar

spike followed by a sugar crash,

resulting in energy slumps and

sugar cravings, and so the cycle

continues. A balanced breakfast

of, for example, toasted rye bread

topped with avocado smash

and poached eggs will help break

this cycle. This meal contains

good levels of protein and healthy

fats, which slow down the release

of glucose into the bloodstream,

keeping your energy levels up and

sugar cravings at bay.

During business trips you

may find your food choices

are based on what is most

easily accessible, which may be

different from your regular diet.

For the frequent traveller you must

consider these trips as your routine

and not continually make choices

as exceptions to the rule, simply

because you’re away, as the calories

soon mount up. Most airports

now offer a variety of freshly

prepared wholesome meals so

there’s no need to rely on junk food.

Take time to seek these out. When

dining out don’t be afraid to ask

restaurants to cater for your dietary

needs. Ask for a dish to be cooked

a certain way or for a side of

steamed vegetables or switch chips

for wholegrain rice or sweet potato.

Regular business trips can

also result in poor sleeping patterns.

There are however ways to improve

the quality of your sleep despite jet

lag, different sleeping environments

and long working days.

‘MOST AIRPORTS NOW

OFFER A VARIETY OF

FRESHLY PREPARED

WHOLESOME MEALS’

Firstly, keep your blood sugar levels

balanced by eating whole foods,

never skip meals and limit your

caffeine and alcohol intake.

Try upping your consumption of

magnesium-rich foods such as

dark green leafy vegetables, whole

grains, nuts and seeds. When we

are busy and stressed our body uses

up magnesium to keep us going

and we must replenish our stores.

During the evening avoid high sugar

foods and working too late, as these

factors increase your level of cortisol,

a hormone produced by the adrenal

glands in response to stress, which

is directly antagonistic to melatonin,

our sleep hormone. Therefore at the

end of a busy working day it really is

beneficial to unwind!

Why not use this journey to give

your body and brain a break, stay

hydrated, snack on nutrient-rich

foods, skip the caffeine and sit back,

relax and enjoy the flight?

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PRIVATE DINING

Here at the Chrisites Group we have everything you could ever need for your corporate or party function.

With two dedicated private dining rooms in two fantastic restaurants you’ll be spoilt for choice.

PRIVATE DINING

La Privata is the new function room located in the

heart of St Peter Port, on the first floor at Villa. Catering

for parties up to 56 people with its own private bar,

balconies, DJ booth and 3 multi view HD TV screens,

La Privata is perfect for just about any occasion.

From private dining, conferences, corporate functions,

televised sporting events, discos or even karaoke,

the possibilities are endless for La Privata.

With a 3 course menu available for private dining, from

canapés to hot and cold buffets, we can create a party

package to suit any occasion. La Privata also boasts a

cellar selection with over 150 champagnes and wines for

you to choose from, with the option to order in specific

choices if required. Open 364 days a year, La Privata will

make your special event everything you want and more.

For reservations or enquiries

call 01481 711162

or Email: manager@laprivata.gg

www.laprivata.gg

Christies is the place to meet and celebrate. The Private

Dining Room, situated on the first floor above the restaurant,

has been specially designed to cater for all types of events;

a grand banquet or less formal luncheon, business meeting

or conference, private party, dinner or wedding.

Special Features

Enjoy peace of mind with your own dedicated waiter, whose

aim is to make your memorable event something that your

guests will want to talk about. For your personal use there

is Wi-Fi, a 50 inch plasma screen and an integrated music

system and the exclusive use of our private terrace and

balcony with stunning views of the harbour and islands.

Menu Options

We are delighted to offer you our extensive A La Carte menu

for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, Canapé menu or Buffet.

For reservations or enquiries

call 01481 726624

or Email: manager@christies.gg

www.christies.gg

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Food

RAISING THE

BAR IN GUERNSEY

The latest offering to the Guernsey food scene - Octopus Bar

and Restaurant (hereafter ‘Octopus’) - opened its doors earlier

this summer, causing quite a stir amongst visitors and locals

alike for its international menu, stunning views and stylish

decor. With more than a little intrigue, En Voyage spoke to

owners, Delphine Pesrin-Auder and Mickael Pesrin, about their

tasty new venture and the story so far.

THE INSPIRATION

Delphine and Mickael are no

strangers to the hospitality industry.

They continue to run Le Petit Bistro

(hereafter ‘Le Petit’), a firm local

favourite nestled in St Peter Port

which Delphine describes as ‘a

little piece of France in Le Pollet, a

celebration of French cuisine.’

Octopus, which is situated on the

south side of Havelet Bay (on the

east side of the island), is perfectly

positioned for far-reaching views

of the entire bay and Castle Cornet

and further across to Herm, Jethou

and Sark. The new restaurant, with

its sleek and modern aesthetic,

could seem far removed from

the traditional nature of Le Petit.

However, the naming of the

restaurant itself is a nod to Delphine

and Mickael’s dual heritage.

It was inspired by Victor Hugo’s

The Toilers of the Sea, a gripping

tale set in Guernsey. Hugo wrote

the entire story in the island after he

was banished from his native home

of France, dedicating the story to

‘the noble little nation of the sea.’

‘He found solace in the beauty

of Guernsey despite his exile and

fell in love with the landscape,’ said

Mickael. ‘We feel proud of Hugo’s

take on our island, particularly

as French-born inhabitants of

Guernsey. We were moved by his

ability to align the two nations that

we equally call home. We named

Octopus after Hugo’s villain in the

tale - an enormous octopus who

fights the protagonist Gilliat - on

the 150th anniversary of the novel,

one close to our hearts.’

THE EATING EXPERIENCE

So let’s get to the important

bit - the food. Octopus hosts a

diverse international menu, with

a strong focus on locally sourced

produce. Delphine and Mickael

are passionate about working

alongside local suppliers to ensure

their ingredients are as fresh as

possible, whilst highlighting the

best Guernsey has to offer. This is

evident from the live lobster tanks

and vast range of local seafood,

potatoes and other island produce

on offer, which is both seasonal

and sustainable.

‘We wanted to provide something

for everyone with the food but

also incorporate the highest quality

ingredients possible - there is

nothing we love more than making

the most of the local produce

which can always be found on the

menu,’ said Delphine. ‘The ethos at

Octopus is very much that anyone

and everyone is welcome, it’s a

friendly and relaxed atmosphere -

and there is strictly no dress code.’

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Reviews

TRIPADVISOR.COM

‘Birthday Meal’

Fantastic location. Great

selection of food and drinks,

all at reasonable prices.

Presentation and flavours of

the food were fabulous. We

thoroughly enjoyed our visit to

Octopus and will most definitely

be returning again soon.

‘Stunning Views’

We sat and had drinks early

evening on the terrace, stunning

views of the castle, the staff were

very friendly and there was a

guitarist and singer performing

which was a lovely touch. It was

pleasantly busy; it seems the

place to be.

‘Happy Days’

I’ve sampled breakfast and lunch

so far at the recently opened

Octopus Restaurant and I can’t

wait to go there for dinner!!

A very stylish restaurant with

amazing views, fabulous food

which is beautifully presented,

and attentive and friendly staff,

what more can you ask for?

The mouthwatering menu includes

bar snacks, street food, ramens,

soups and casseroles and steaks

alongside an extensive seafood

selection featuring a local catch of

the day. Le Petit fans will also be

pleased to see a classic bouillabaisse

incorporated into the mix.

The inclusivity of the philosophy

and open menu at Octopus sets it

apart. Making it the place to be for

any occasion: breakfast, morning

coffee, an afternoon tipple,

ice cream with the kids, a long

lunch or special evening dining

experience.

THE AESTHETIC

The building itself is a testament

to the landscape that surrounds

it, complete with south-facing

terrace and glorious views across

Havelet Bay - the ideal location for

a sundowner throughout the year.

The outside of the building, which

is clad in wood with glass fronting,

creates a light and open space

inside, with a nuanced seaside

feel featuring hand-painted wood

and nautical roping, kept smart

with modern lighting and clean,

minimalist decor.

Hugo’s octopus is present

throughout the interior, on bronze

door handles, wrapping his way

around the fully stocked bar and

of course boldly at the entrance

and on the restaurant’s logo. The

overall design is memorable and

modern yet comfortable.

‘We are so pleased with the look

and feel of Octopus, we wanted to

create a place that is welcoming

and family friendly but also modern

and exciting - the perfect setting

to take part in some good eating.

Our amazing team of chefs and

front of house help to complete

the experience and make it all

possible,’ said Mickael.

...LIVE LOBSTER TANKS

AND A VAST RANGE

OF LOCAL SEAFOOD,

POTATOES AND OTHER

ISLAND PRODUCE

ON OFFER, WHICH IS

BOTH SEASONAL AND

SUSTAINABLE

It is safe to say that Delphine and

Mickael have created something

special in the heart of Havelet

Bay. Drawing from their many

years of industry experience and

the success of Le Petit to create

another restaurant that islanders

can both enjoy and be proud of.

TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

OctopusGSY.co.uk

FOLLOW OCTOPUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

OctopusGSY

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AURIGNY NEWS

AURIGNY -

GUERNSEY’S

AIRLINE

Aurigny has introduced a new

brand positioning statement -

‘Guernsey’s airline’ – as part of a

new marketing approach.

The States-owned airline’s new

positioning replaces the previous

blend of either using ‘The islanders’

airline’ in Guernsey and ‘Channel

Islands’ in the UK. Peter Grange,

Chief Executive Officer of Aurigny’s

new marketing, creative and digital

agency Oi, said the small change is

a simple and cost-effective way of

connecting Aurigny with Guernsey,

which is what is needed now.

‘While there have been discussions

in recent times about whether it

would be useful to rebrand Aurigny

with a name more easily identifiable

with Guernsey, for the benefit

of those who aren’t familiar with

the islands, until a firm decision is

taken by the States as shareholder

we felt it was important to find an

immediate way for Aurigny to help

market Guernsey.’

This new positioning statement

will be gradually introduced across

all of Aurigny’s marketing.

The airline will be moving to a 100%

digital marketing approach

to target the UK in 2017,

supporting VisitGuernsey’s abovethe-line

television and print

advertising activity.

Mr Grange added that sometimes

small changes have a big impact.

On the developments, Malcolm

Coupar, Aurigny’s Commercial

Director, said: ‘We are all very

proud of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

and want to demonstrate this to

our travellers and potential visitors.

As part of our new strategy, we

want to work as closely as possible

with colleagues in government,

such as VisitGuernsey, to maximise

the visibility of the islands in the

UK, encouraging passenger and

economic growth to the Bailiwick.’

CENTRAL LEEDS

SUMMER

SUCCESS FOR

NEW LINKS

The new Leeds Bradford link,

launched in May this year, has made

a successful start. Between May

and the end of September, Aurigny

carried 5,962 passengers with an 81%

load factor. Aurigny’s Commercial

Director, Malcolm Coupar, said:

‘We are delighted with the route’s

performance which was well above

our expectations and proves that the

demand exists for the Leeds

Bradford route.’

The year-round service, originally

identified by VisitGuernsey as a good

opportunity, ran four days a week

and will run on Fridays and Mondays

throughout the winter with an

additional Sunday flight added to the

summer timetable in 2017.

Another new link - Aurigny’s summer

Norwich route, which ran from May

to mid September – carried 1,240

people with a 68% load factor, almost

double Flybe’s 669 passengers on the

route in 2015. ‘Passenger numbers

exceeded our expectations and

greatly exceed those achieved by

Flybe last year,’ added Mr Coupar.

AURIGNY NEWS

CRIMESTOPPERS

RUNWAY RUN 2016

The second Crimestoppers Runway

Run – a 5k run around the Guernsey

runway at midnight – has taken

place and Aurigny happily donated

free flights to head up the raffle. All

proceeds of the draw went to the

Channel Islands Air Search, for which

£800 was raised in total.

LONDON CITY SERVICE PRAISED

Islander David Oxburgh said, ‘I use

London City Airport whenever I can

because it provides a direct link with

the City of London, where I often

have to attend meetings.

The flight’s timings are well suited for

a day trip and the connections to the

DLR are fantastic with it often taking

only five minutes from the plane

steps to the platform. From there it’s

only around 20 minutes to Bank

(or to Westfield Stratford, my family

tell me).

Personally, I’d like to see more flights

and even a fast jet on the route!’

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AURIGNY NEWS

MORE

LONDON

GATWICK

FLIGHTS

TRACY DE CARTERET

& CLAUDIA TEIXEIRA

Customers now have an extra

flight to choose from when they

take Aurigny’s Gatwick service on

a Friday. The airline has added an

extra departure, leaving Guernsey at

12:30 and arriving into Gatwick an

hour later. The return from Gatwick

is at 14:00. The new lunchtime

connection began on Friday 4

November and will continue until

the end of March. It means the

airline is now offering up to 10

flights to London on a Friday; seven

to Gatwick, two to London City and

one to Stansted.

On Sundays, Aurigny has

rescheduled the 18:00 departure

from Gatwick to 14:30, which is

aimed at providing a better spread

of flights across the day. This is of

particular benefit to the connecting

flight traveller who may have arrived

into Gatwick mid-morning.

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s

Commercial Director, said: ‘Fridays

are one of our busiest days,

with customers looking to book

weekends away and business

travellers heading home. The new

lunchtime service from Guernsey

plugs the historical gap in the

schedule in the middle of the day

and adds an extra 144 seats to our

Gatwick service on the day they

AN EXTRA 144 SEATS

TO OUR GATWICK

SERVICE ON THE

DAY THEY ARE

MOST NEEDED

are most needed, throughout the

winter months. For those choosing

to come to Guernsey, the new early

afternoon departure will mean that

they avoid the Friday rush hour.’

He continued: ‘The Sunday early

afternoon departure will remove the

gap between our 11:50 and 16:30

departures from Gatwick, meaning

much better flight time choices for

customers arriving into Gatwick on

Sunday mornings from a long or

short-haul flight.’

TOUR DE SEZ

BIKE RIDE

Two Aurigny cabin crew swapped

wings for two wheels when they

took part in the Tour de Sez cycle

ride from St Malo to Bilbao. The

charity event saw a large number of

Guernsey cyclists riding together to

raise money for the Sarah Groves

Foundation. The local charity’s

mission is to enhance the lives of less

fortunate young people and it helps

causes both in Guernsey and abroad.

Claudia Teixeira and Tracy de Carteret

trained for six months for the sevenstage

event, one of which was 100

miles long. The team cycled through

harsh weather conditions – wind,

hail and thunder – spending most of

the time cold and wet with only one

day of sunshine.

After training saw her cycle for the

first time in 35 years, Tracy said of the

ride, ‘I would definitely recommend

this to anyone and I would definitely

consider it again. I have a new

interest, many new friends and great

memories of something I would

never have dreamt of attempting let

alone achieving.’

Alongside putting in the miles, the

fundraising element was another

challenge, as each rider needed

to amass a minimum of £1,750 in

sponsorship or donations.

Aurigny’s CEO, Mark Darby, said:

‘In addition to working hard for the

company, many Aurigny staff are

active in the community. I’m proud of

Claudia and Tracy for taking on the

Tour de Sez challenge.’

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EMMA KENDALL (SKYBREAKS), CLIVE ACTON

(AURIGNY), JENNIE CARR (CREATIVE AND

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR SILVER

TRAVELLER), AND CAROL DORAN AND ANNE

ROWE, THE COMPETITION WINNERS.

SILVER

TRAVELLERS

TAKE A BREAK

IN GUERNSEY

AURIGNY NEWS

Three lucky winners recently

flew to Guernsey as part of their

competition prize to experience

travelling through Gatwick Airport.

The Silver Traveller competition,

in conjunction with Skybreaks at

Gatwick, offered a day trip to the

island to celebrate the launch

of the Silver Travellers’ Guide to

Gatwick Airport.

The group left Gatwick at 10am

and on arrival, were whisked off on

an island tour before enjoying lunch

at St Pierre Park hotel. Competition

winner Carol Doran said, ‘The flights

with Aurigny were brilliant…efficient

and the flights gloriously short. We

had a minibus tour of some of this

stunning island and of particular

interest was the Little Chapel…just

beautiful, and the silversmiths too.

The views around the island were

gorgeous.’ To fellow Silver Travellers

she encouraged, ‘If you’ve not been

to Guernsey do put it on your list as

I am sure you won’t be disappointed

and do fly Aurigny.’

Clive Acton, Aurigny’s Commercial

Manager, said, ‘It was a great

opportunity to work with Skybreaks

and Silver Traveller, and show how

efficient it is using Gatwick Airport

and the ease of flying with us on

such a short flight. It was also a

fantastic opportunity to highlight the

beauty of Guernsey to their readers.’

The guide has been created for

the mature traveller by Your Service

Centre Gatwick Airport and is full

of useful information and helpful

pointers for managing your journey

through the airport.

NEW AURIGNY.COM

TAKES OFF SOON

Aurigny, along with its marketing

agency Oi, is in the process of

redesigning and rebuilding its

website aurigny.com, which will

go live before the end of March

next year.

The project is well underway with

the first phase of qualitative market

research completed by specialist

market research company, 4insight.

Focus groups were carried out

in Guernsey and the UK to gain

consumer and business insights

into requirements from airline

websites in terms of functionality

and usability.

Dorothy Parker, a 4insight Director

who led the project, is a worldleading

authority on qualitative

marketing research, with major

skills in delving deep into

perceptions and drivers, to

allow quality brand building,

communications, positioning and

customer segmentation.

4insight are working closely

with the team at Oi, presenting

key insights from the first stage

research, and will be involved in the

coming months as the new aurigny.

com website is designed using

specialist eye-tracking software with

further research groups to ensure

the new website has all the required

feature sets and is leading the way

from a user experience perspective.

DESIGNED USING

SPECIALIST

EYE-TRACKING

SOFTWARE WITH

FURTHER RESEARCH

GROUPS

Aurigny appointed widely

respected digital design strategist

and experienced entrepreneur

Meriel Lenfestey as Non-Executive

Director earlier this year. After

spells in the 1990s working at

the BBC and Microsoft, Meriel

founded Flow Interactive, one

of the first experience design

consultancies in London. She

LOST PROPERTY

We are seeing an increase in items

left on board as passengers hurry

to get to their next destination.

Any items that are left on aircraft

or within the Terminal Building will

be handed in to the appropriate

Airport Information Desk.

Please contact the Guernsey Airport

Information Desk on +44 (0) 1481

237267, opening hours 09.00-18.00,

seven days a week.

OLDEST ATR SOLD

Aurigny has recently sold its oldest

ATR aircraft, with its replacement due

to arrive in mid November. The new

aircraft far surpasses its predecessor

with more hand luggage capacity

and 72 seats, meaning it falls in line

with the airline’s other ATRs.

has consulted to a wide variety

of global corporates, public

sector organisations and start-ups

across most sectors. Meriel

grew her business to become the

UK’s largest, and globally highly

respected, before selling it in 2011.

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BUSINESS NEWS

70 NEWS BULLETIN

The latest business news from

the Bailiwick of Guernsey

74 WE ARE GUERNSEY

Guernsey Finance launches its

new brand internationally

78 WELL TRAVELLED

En Voyage talks to Andy Harrison

former CEO of easyJet

81 AS GOOD AS GOLD

What a year 2016 has been

for precious metals

TOP TEN TIPS 84

How to overcome resistance

to change in business

HIGH-FLYING 90

The latest appointments from

leading Guernsey businesses

FACES OF BUSINESS 97

Meet Andrew Haining, the new

Chairman of Aurigny

FINTECH FOCUS 101

How distributed ledgers could

revolutionise financial services

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Page 73

Sarnia Yachts,

one of the

largest yacht

fiduciaries in

Europe, has

opened a new

office in Malta

Page 78

The Business

Interview.

Meet Andy

Harrison

Page 90

Keep up to

date with

High-Flying

Appointments

RICHARD ROBINSON

HIGHEST RANKING

GIVEN TO ASHBURTON

FUND MANAGER FOR

ENERGY FUND

Jersey-based fund manager Richard Robinson has

secured a top ranking for the performance of the

Global Energy Fund that he manages.

Richard, who has been Energy Investment Specialist

at Ashburton Investments in Jersey for 12 years, has

been given a Citywire AA Fund Manager Rating, the

highest of any manager in the commodities funds

sector awarded by Citywire, a leading independent

information provider of news for professional advisers

and investors around the world.

Earlier this year the fund was given a five-star rating by

investment research company Morningstar, one of only

two funds to receive the highest five-star rating. The

Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS Fund is ranked number

one in its peer group since inception in its sector (C

share class) and now has assets of US$40 million under

management.

In his latest insight commentary on the energy sector,

Richard points to the recent change of policy by OPEC

with its first production cut in eight years. Although the

announced cut was a surprise to markets, there were

significant signs of production exhaustion. There was

therefore, Richard believed, a high chance that OPEC

production was about to slow anyway. The markets

are expecting to find out which countries will carry

the major burden for the cuts in OPEC’s next meeting

at the end of November, with Saudi Arabia looking

favourite to reduce the most (probably accompanied

by Kuwait and the UAE).

He added: ‘It will also likely mean that short-cycle

shale producers in the US will be called upon to meet

demand growth. We have already started seeing

budding signs of [this] with the upturn in US rig counts,

primarily in the Permian basis. Consequently, the call

on OPEC has categorically been shifted across the seas

to the US, something we are invested to capture

within the Fund.’

EQUIOM ACQUIRES

HERITAGE TRUST GROUP

AND EXPANDS INTO

SINGAPORE AND BVI

Leading trust and corporate services

provider Equiom has announced the

acquisition of Heritage Trust Group,

an independent Asian corporate

services provider with offices in

Singapore, Hong Kong and the British

Virgin Islands (BVI).

Established in 2002 and led by Chief

Executive Officer Angelo Venardos,

Heritage Trust Group provides trust,

foundation, fiduciary, corporate and

accounting services.

Equiom’s Global Chief Executive

Officer Sheila Dean commented: ‘The

acquisition of Heritage Trust Group

expands Equiom’s jurisdictional reach

into the new areas of Singapore and

BVI while expanding our current

team in Hong Kong. Equiom’s growth

strategy continues to concentrate

on achieving scale and substance

throughout every jurisdiction we

operate in. I’m pleased to welcome

Angelo and his team to Equiom –

they echo Equiom’s philosophy of

building long-standing relationships

with clients and very much mirror

our client services ethos. For Equiom

clients this provides further access to

international services and expertise.

I thank our equity partners LDC and

our legal advisers Gowling WLG

for their valued input and support

throughout this acquisition project.’

Angelo Venardos, Chief Executive

Officer of Heritage Trust Group,

added: ‘This is a positive move for

Heritage Trust Group. Our priority

has always been to provide the

best service in the industry and this

has become increasingly difficult

in an environment faced with

more competition and regulatory

requirements. Becoming part of the

Equiom Group will ensure our clients

continue to receive the service they

deserve, in addition to benefitting

from the breadth of services and

skills available through the wider

Equiom Group. Heritage clients can

rest assured that they will continue to

liaise with the same contacts who will

now become employees of Equiom.

From their perspective, nothing will

change other than access to a much

expanded range of global services.’

A total of 60 staff, including the senior

management team, will join Equiom

Group with immediate effect. The

Hong Kong team will move into

Equiom’s established offices and

Heritage will rebrand to Equiom in

January 2017.

The acquisition of Heritage follows

the recent announcement of

Equiom’s strategic partnership with

Links Group in the United Arab

Emirates and Qatar.

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FIRST FIAT 500

GATHERING

A SUCCESS

Guernsey’s first Fiat 500 gathering

at North Beach attracted 162 Fiat

500 and Abarth 500 cars, the largest

ever of its kind in Guernsey the

charity event raised over £1,500 for

local charities St John Ambulance,

Channel Islands Air Search and RNLI

St Peter Port Lifeboat.

The event was hosted by Le Mont

Saint Garage which teamed up with

local Fiat 500 enthusiast Stuart Dunn,

whose idea the gathering was.

Le Mont Saint Garage Director,

Peter Beausire was pleased

with the turnout: ‘Being the first

gathering of this kind, it was a

complete unknown how many

people and cars would join us, but

NORTH BEACH, GUERNSEY

we’re so happy with the turnout.

The pride people have in their

Fiat 500 cars is infectious and as

a result of the event, a local Fiat/

Abarth 500 group has been formed

with over 300 members. But most

importantly we raised a lot of

money for three great charities so

the event was a total success.’

The new model Fiat 500 and

Abarth 500s were produced in

2008 and since then have been a

very popular car in Guernsey with

over 1,300 sold by Le Mont Saint

Garage. In addition to the new

models, three original Fiat 500

models attended the event from

as early as 1972.

AUTISM GUERNSEY

LAUNCHES

MONTHLY LOTTERY

Autism Guernsey has been granted

£39,299 by The Lloyds Bank

Foundation for the charity to

support its Autism Services Manager

in the pursuit of a sustainable future.

Launched in 2013, Autism Guernsey

focuses on ensuring a positive future

for those on the autism spectrum in

Guernsey. They currently support

143 people in Guernsey who are on

the spectrum and offer outreach

services to the community.

One of the many initiatives that have

been put into place is the upcoming

Autism Guernsey Lottery. The lottery

is held every month and all proceeds

will help support the charity in what

they do. Tickets can be purchased

for £5 by standing order or £60

cheque for the year, and there are

four prizes to be won of £100, £50,

and two of £25.

To get involved with the lottery or

to find out more information, visit

the Autism Guernsey website here:

autismguernsey.org.gg.

Julia Watts, Autism Services

Manager, commented: ‘We’re

so thankful to the Lloyds Bank

Foundation for the support they’ve

provided to us. Having the salary

costs covered from the grant

allows us to focus on delivering an

effective and efficient service to

the autism community.’

Jo Le Poidevin, Executive Director,

Lloyds Bank Foundation for the

Channel Islands, said: ‘Providing

funding to charities to cover

the cost of salaries and admin

is an important part of how the

Foundation helps to support local

charities. Covering these costs takes

a huge burden off the charity and

allows them to focus their efforts

on the essential and valuable

services that they offer.’

BUSINESS NEWS

ANDREW WALTERS SHORTLISTED FOR CITYWEALTH AWARD

Andrew Walters, a Director at Trust

Corporation International, has been

shortlisted for the Trustee of the Year

– Boutique category at Citywealth

Future Leaders Award, which was

launched in response to a demand to

recognise young professionals in the

private client world.

The awards were open to all wealth

management professionals under

40 years old and the shortlisted

candidates will be judged by a

panel of highly regarded young

professionals.

Trust Corporation International’s

group Managing Director, Amit

Taylor, said: ‘We would like to

congratulate Andrew on his

shortlisting and wish him every

success for the awards. He is highly

respected within the industry and

among our clients; he fully deserves

to be shortlisted.’

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

FROM LEFT: PATRICK SPITERI, ALASDAIR MILROY AND BRUCE MALTWOOD

SARNIA OPENS

MALTA OFFICE

Sarnia Yachts, one of the largest

yacht fiduciaries in Europe, has

opened a new office in Malta.

The company’s headquarters in

Guernsey will work seamlessly

with the Malta team to offer

yacht operation, ownership and

administration services.

The new office will establish and

administer Maltese companies,

handle Maltese flag registrations,

offer VAT administration, Maltese

leasing and other locally based

services for both private and

commercial yachts.

Having a team on the ground

in Malta also provides additional

support for the many yachts that

are required to visit Malta. The new

office in Floriana, close to Grand

Harbour, will allow Sarnia to give

a personal service to clients and

captains during their visits to Malta

and ensure that the yacht can

depart promptly.

Patrick Spiteri has been

appointed Managing Director of

Sarnia Yachts (Malta) Limited. His

fiduciary background extends

to tax compliance and structure

solutions across several European

jurisdictions.

‘Sarnia has been providing a range

of Maltese services for many years

and as the Malta business has

grown it became necessary to have

our own licensed operation based

there,’ explains Bruce Maltwood,

Business Development Director.

‘The quality of our service is

paramount to Sarnia and our

clients, so having our team in Malta

ensures we can provide the same

high standard of client service that

we have delivered from Guernsey

for the past 45 years. We’ve

always been a specialist marine

fiduciary and with our focus only

on the yachting industry, having a

presence in Malta makes sense.’

Malta is geographically well

positioned in the central

Mediterranean for yachts transiting

between East and West and has

extended its already well-known

and well-regarded shipping registry

and legislation to become one of

the most popular flag states for EUflagged

yachts.

Sarnia has over 40 years’

experience in yacht ownership

and operational services. Between

the two offices, 30 staff provide

a diverse and flexible range

of services including yacht

administration, VAT management,

flag registration, crew employment

and payroll and corporate yacht

ownership.

Alasdair Milroy, Managing

Director, comments: ‘The

extension of Sarnia’s business

into Malta is an exciting step. We

continue to expand but will always

remain focused on customer

service.

Malta offers many attractive

options for both commercial

and private owners and Sarnia

continues to offer the specialist

yacht services it has always

been known for, with the added

convenience of two locations.’

Contact Patrick Spiteri, Sarnia

Yachts (Malta) Ltd via Patrick.

spiteri@sarniayachts.com

Visit sarniayachts.com

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GUERNSEY FINANCE

LAUNCHES WE ARE GUERNSEY

BRAND INTERNATIONALLY

The beginning

of the autumn

conference

season has

marked the

launch internationally of Guernsey

Finance’s new corporate brand

and logo.

The rebranding, which was

designed completely in-house,

followed lengthy consultation

with local industry focus groups

over the past year and means

that Guernsey Finance is now

promoting the jurisdiction

overseas under the branding of

WE ARE GUERNSEY.

Since 2007, Guernsey Finance

had been marketing under the

banner of Guernsey International

Finance Centre, however it was felt,

after nearly 10 years utilising that

messaging, that a new brand would

provide Guernsey with a fresh and

updated look which was more

appropriate for the modern world.

After all, it goes without saying that

Guernsey is an international finance

centre and Guernsey Finance

believes the new brand goes

beyond simply stating that fact

and helps better reflect the wider

Guernsey offering, while at the

same time differentiating the island

from its competitors.

The WE ARE GUERNSEY logo

itself incorporates five joined-up

chain links fashioned out of the ‘G’

for Guernsey – one for each pillar

of Guernsey’s finance industry.

It also incorporates the slogan

‘WE ARE CONNECTED’, which

was developed after extensive

market testing and highlights the

ease with which people can do

business with and in Guernsey

because of a joined-up approach

between industry, regulator and

government, and the island’s

extensive links and relationships

with the international business

community. Importantly, the

brand presents Guernsey as an

island with a finance industry, not

as a finance industry with

an island.

WEBSITE

To coincide with the rebrand,

Guernsey Finance has also

launched a new and improved

website at weareguernsey.com.

The site continues to cover all

industry news emanating from

Guernsey, list the events being

hosted and attended by the

company and act as a source of

information on Guernsey service

providers and the island’s wider

financial services offering.

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The decision to change the web address was taken

because it was important to ensure WE ARE GUERNSEY

was put at the front and centre of what Guernsey

Finance does. As is the case with not just the website,

but the brand overall,

THE BRAND

PRESENTS

GUERNSEY

AS AN ISLAND

WITH A FINANCE

INDUSTRY, NOT

AS A FINANCE

INDUSTRY WITH

AN ISLAND.

Guernsey Finance is not

focused on promoting its

own name, which refers

to a promotional agency

with a dozen or so staff.

Its sole aim is to promote

Guernsey’s finance industry

and its 7,000+ employees

internationally as best

it can.

At the time of writing,

Guernsey Finance has

already utilised the new

look at events including SuperReturn Infrastructure, BVCA

Summit and the WealthBriefing Brexit Breakfast Briefing,

all of which took place in London. It has also been used

further afield during roadshows to both Miami and New

York to inform Guernsey’s US counterparts on the island’s

private wealth and investment funds offering.

Before the end of the year it will have been seen at

conferences including STEP Asia, STEP Arabia, STEP’s 25th

Anniversary Reception in London, AVCJ Hong Kong and

the BVCA Nordic Forum in London. In addition, Guernsey

Finance is leading a funds roadshow with industry

practitioners to Oslo and Stockholm, while it will also have

been seen for the first time at one of its own off-island

events – Guernsey’s Insurance Masterclass in Hong Kong

at the beginning of November.

POSITIVITY

Feedback towards the brand off-island has so far

been extremely positive. This is particularly pleasing as a

core part of the new identity is how it connects iconic

Guernsey imagery with key messages through the use

of storytelling and linking the island and its people with

the way it does business. It underlines the fact that

Guernsey is an island with hundreds of years of history

and community, as well as being an ideal location to

do business. Guernsey Finance believes the WE ARE

GUERNSEY brand truly reflects the substance and

excellence of the industry and the quality of its regulation,

which are the foundations of its finance sector alongside

its commitment to international standards.

Address:

PO Box 655, Somers House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3PN

Phone: +44 (0) 1481 720071

Twitter: @WEAREGUERNSEY

Email: info@weareguernsey.com

Web: weareguernsey.com

MEET THE TEAM

Guernsey Finance has a team of 13 working out

of its Somers House office in St Peter Port. In

addition, it employs Wendy Weng as its China

representative in Shanghai and Zoë Cousens

as its Middle East representative in Dubai. Over

the coming editions of En Voyage we’ll take a

look at those members of staff who work in the

Guernsey office under the leadership of Chief

Executive Dominic Wheatley.

Name Dominique Ogier

Age 27

Position Brand and Marketing Manager

Responsibilities Creating and producing visual

solutions, designs and layouts for promotional

materials including digital mailings, literature,

advertisements, website, conference stands,

presentations and other communication

needs. I am also involved in the development

of marketing strategies and the art direction of

video and photography campaigns.

When did you join Guernsey Finance?

August 2015.

Favourite aspect of the job? The rebrand has

been my biggest and most rewarding challenge

of the last year. The challenge was not only to

develop something that would suit the industry

but also appeal to a global market. The feedback

on this project has been incredible and hugely

satisfying. I am extremely proud of what we

have achieved so far and am looking forward

to the future.

How might people know you away from

Guernsey Finance? I am a creative through and

through. My other passion aside from design

is music. I sing in a local band ‘Static Alice’ and

regularly perform in charity concerts. I play

guitar, tenor horn, trumpet and ukulele and in

2015 won the ’Songs from the Shows’ category

at the Guernsey Eisteddfod.

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YET ABOVE THE CROWDS

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Business

En Voyage caught up with the former CEO of

easyJet, Andy Harrison, to find out what life is

like at the top of a big brand.

Heading up three massive companies in 19 years

makes for quite the CV, but for Andy Harrison, it was a

daily reality with daily pressures.

There is no linear thread through what he did, with

Chief Executive Officer positions at car breakdown

firm RAC, budget airline easyJet and Whitbread – the

company responsible for expanding the Costa Coffee

and Premier Inn brands.

This certainly means he knows his stuff, but he

confessed that when he started at each of the

businesses he ‘knew nothing’ about the industries and

had to learn. Now Chairman of the Dunelm group – a

homeware retailer – and adopting a slower pace of life,

he spoke about the ups and downs of daily life being

the man in charge of three gigantic companies. But

at the end of the day, business was ‘common sense’,

and as long as the big decisions were made correctly

and the team was motivated to give their best, the rest

would fall into place.

MEET

ANDY

What was it like being at the helm of easyJet?

‘I found it a huge personal responsibility. If there was

an accident and management was found to be at

fault, how would I have lived with myself? I was the

responsible officer and we were doing 1,000 flights a

day, so it is definitely about safety.

It is also about long-term thinking, about network

and fleet plans, there are very interesting macro issues.

There is also immense short-term operational intensity.

It is a very interesting business to run and a very

interesting place to be – it is just constant change. I led

easyJet through the recession. In 2008 oil hit its peak

price of $140 a barrel, and then by October that year,

HARRISON

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‘REALLY STAND BACK AND THINK ABOUT THE

BIG PICTURE, SO YOU CAN GET A CLEAR SENSE

OF DIRECTION... YOU HAVE TO CREATE THAT

SENSE OF MOTIVATION IN PEOPLE‘

it had dropped to $50 a barrel.

And then we had the closure of

European skies because of the

Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

As with any business, things

happen and you deal with them,

and easyJet had a really great

team of people.’

What tips do you have for

people taking up the top job

in a business?

‘Really stand back and think

about the big picture, so you can

get a clear sense of direction. You

have to lead and create that sense

of direction. You have to create

that sense of motivation in people.

Having lead three completely

different companies, dealing with

cars, planes and coffee shops, it

IF YOU WORK HARD

AND DO YOUR BEST FOR

YOUR BUSINESS AND

YOUR PEOPLE, THEY

WILL DO THEIR BEST

FOR YOU.

was mostly about getting the right

direction and making sure the

team were motivated.

I led three totally different

companies, with three really

different identities, and I knew

nothing about the industries

– I had to learn. I left behind a

stronger business than when

I started. It is about building

the brand, the culture and

management team. When I left

I asked myself, ‘did I get the key

decisions right?’ When you are

a CEO there are a huge amount

of decisions to make, but you

only make a few really important

decisions – you have to step back

from the smoke of the day-to-day

and concentrate of getting those

big decisions right. I used to make

a concerted effort to stand back.

And you have to ask some really

good questions.’

How did you manage the

work/life balance?

‘My wife would say not very

well. I used to wake up every day

thinking about work, and mentally,

you do not get any time off. It is a

great, great relief not to have those

immense responsibilities anymore.

I always tried really hard to spend

time with my kids, to give them

what they needed.

In my late 20s, someone took

a risk and made me Finance

Director, before being elevated to

my first CEO position aged 39.

I was given an excellent

opportunity and it has made its

mark on me.

I have repaid the favour, there are

a few people I have given really

great opportunities to – and many

people perform their best when

they are outside of their comfort

zone. If you work hard and do

your best for your business and

your people, they will do their best

for you. Do what is best for your

company and what is best for

your people.’

Is technology a blessing

or a curse for a modern

day CEO?

‘Modern technology does make

things easier, although it does

mean you cannot get away from

it, although this does not mean it

makes things any more difficult.

For me, I found work at the

forefront of my mind all the time,

so whether it’s an iPad or a fax, it

is useful.

The great thing about technology

is, you can learn things so quickly.’

What are you up to

nowadays and how do you

feel about your career?

‘I am an amateur pilot, and I

spend my time with my wife.

We live in St Albans and fly out

from there. I was in Guernsey in

September, speaking to Aurigny,

which I think is a great airline, you

can see it is an essential lifeline for

the island, like the railways of old.

I wanted to be a lawyer, but

I grew out of that. I feel very

fortunate with the way my life

has unfolded – I wake up and feel

lucky. There were ups and downs

every week, and I think I left every

business better than I found it.’

The proof, of course, is in the

balance sheet and when Andy

left Whitbread he had steered

it through five years of growth

during which its market value

increased to £9.7bn from £2.5bn.

Mission accomplished.

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Business

AS GOOD

AS GOLD

Robin Newbould and Sam Schofield, Directors of BullionRock,

discuss what a year 2016 has been for precious metals!

At the time of writing, the gold price most often quoted

- US dollars per troy ounce - has moved from USD1,072

at the start of the year to USD1,260, a rise of some 17.5%.

This is impressive even when compared to conventional

bond and equity markets which have also performed

well in 2016. This fact is in itself not normal, by the way –

all three markets tend not to rise at the same time – but

then these are really not normal times, are they? Easy

money, incomprehensible levels of government debt

(what does USD150trillion look like please?) and no sign

of any significant interest rate rises, which are normally

a bad thing for non-income-producing precious metals,

have all helped keep the shine on gold, as has the fact

that cash in the bank is now earning savers nothing

either.

For most readers though, assuming (no matter where

they might be travelling to) they are sterling-based, the

price move above will represent, quite literally, less than

half the story. Gold in not-so-great British pounds per troy

ounce this year has moved from GBP725 to GBP1,020,

an astonishing rise of more than 40%. At BullionRock, we

believe in the power of precious metals as a portfoliodiversifier,

as an insurance against you-never-know what …

and this year that was, of course, the surprise result of the

Brexit referendum vote and the subsequent hammering of

sterling against all of its peer currencies.

GOLD IN NOT-SO-

GREAT BRITISH

POUNDS PER TROY

OUNCE THIS YEAR

HAS MOVED FROM

GBP725 TO GBP1,020

So, what do we need

insurance against from

now? Well, without

saying we have a crystal

ball, we think that

sterling weakness may

prevail, that the end of

the QE party must come

at some point and bring

with it the mother of all

hangovers and that, more immediately, the US election,

which has come down to a decision akin to choosing

which kneecap you would prefer to have shot, could

keep the lustre to the appeal of investing in gold, silver,

platinum and palladium. We do have to admit that we

reckon a Trump victory, rather than Clinton, would have

more money flowing to precious metals.

Once investors have decided to allocate a part of their

overall portfolio to precious metals, it is vital that they

know what they are dealing with. The strange maths and

lingo (did you know there are 32.1507 troy ounces in a

kilogramme, for example?) of the shiny tangible asset

world can leave some feeling a little uneasy. BullionRock

prides itself on its ability to compute and translate as

necessary and to make the journey to ownership of

physical bullion coins and bars as easy as buying a

loaf of bread.

GOLD VALUE

FROM

JANUARY TO

OCTOBER

2016

GBP t/oz

USD t/oz

150

140

130

120

110

100

90

4.1.16

4.2.16

We believe that prior to the establishment of

BullionRock, trust companies and wealth managers,

working on behalf of their underlying clients, had not

been well served when it came to trading and storing

physical bullion. Such introducers and intermediaries

are most welcome to use our specialist services

and we are pleased to have a substantial number of

such relationships with companies regulated in the

Channel Islands, United Kingdom and further afield. As

a firm registered with the Guernsey Financial Services

Commission ourselves, we think we are well placed to

understand and fulfil the requirements of other financial

services businesses.

Surrounded by water and hewn from granite, the

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of advantages over the competition when it comes to

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international finance centres.

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short flight away.

4.3.16

4.4.16

4.5.16

4.6.16

4.7.16

4.8.16

4.9.16

4.10.16

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Holly’s no teacher,

but she’ll get your children

through university.

Why?

Because Holly can introduce you to Ravenscroft

Investment Management.

At Ravenscroft we understand the individual

investment needs of each client and believe there

is an investment for everyone, which is why you can

start your own plan with a minimum investment

of just £5,000. So if you’re thinking about saving for

your children’s education, it’s worth meeting Holly.

To find out more about Ravenscroft

Investment Management’s products and services

call Holly on +44 (0)1481 732769,

email her at hwarburton@ravenscroft.gg

or visit www.ravenscroft.gg

INVESTMENTS FOR EVERYONE

Guernsey: +44 (0)1481 729100 Jersey: +44 (0)1534 722051

www.ravenscroft.gg

Ravenscroft is a trading name of Ravenscroft Limited (“RL”) (company number 42906) and Ravenscroft Investment Management Limited (“RIML”) (company number 49397) both of which have their registered

office addresses at P.O. Box 222, The Market Buildings, Fountain Street, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 4JG. Ravenscroft Investment Management is a trading name of RIML. RL and RIML are licensed and regulated

by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and RL is a member of both the London Stock Exchange and the Channel Islands Securities Exchange. Ravenscroft is the registered business name of Ravenscroft

Jersey Limited (“RJL”) (company number 99050) whose registered office address is at P.O. Box 419, First Floor, Weighbridge House, Liberation Square, St. Helier, Jersey, JE2 3NA. RJL is licensed and regulated by

the Jersey Financial Services Commission in the conduct of Investment Business and Fund Services Business. About the Ravenscroft Group of Companies: RIML and RJL are wholly owned subsidiaries of RL.

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Business

It’s close to midnight

and something evil’s lurking in the dark

Under the moonlight you see a sight

that almost stops your heart

You try to scream but terror takes

the sound before you make it

You start to freeze as horror looks

you right between the eyes,

You’re paralysed

THRILLER, ROD TEMPERTON, 1983

CAN YOU

DIG IT?

BY MARK BOUSFIELD,

RAVENSCROFT

INVESTMENT

MANAGEMENT

I know you’re probably

thinking, ‘Hang on a mo…

wasn’t that Michael Jackson?’

Well, as regular readers will

know, we always give credit

to the writer – in this case, Rodney Lynn Temperton of

Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, which is a long way in the

imagination from the smooth sound with which he

dominated popular music in the late 70s and early 80s.

Think Boogie Nights by Heatwave and Off the Wall by

the aforementioned Michael. To see him in a spandex

onesie (and hear his Lincolnshire twang) in his early Top of

the Pops appearances was to realise that he was unlikely

to make it as an artist in the MTV age, but who needs

to when you’ve written the one song that personifies

the transition from audio track to music video? So Rod,

who died recently at the age of 66, should rightly be

remembered as a pop titan. Which is quite something for

a lad from just down the road from Grimsby…

You’re probably also thinking Trump and hard Brexit.

We were too, for a while, but we’ve got election and

referendum fatigue (and no idea who’s going to win –

though Trump seems to be trying very hard to lose as we

go to press) so have decided it’s time for a (temporary)

change of subject.

Our topic for this edition returns to the idea of investing

in technological progress and innovation at a time of

unprecedented human progress. We will do so through

highlighting two of our closely linked global investment

themes: technology and healthcare. Now there is no

way we can possibly do other than skate very quickly

across topics as complex and specialised as these, so we

won’t try. Instead, we’ll simply introduce the idea of how

technology is changing the way in which patients are

now diagnosed and treated since the maturing of such

technologies as regenerative medicine (think stem cell

therapy) and antibody design (used in targeted diagnostic

kits to allow individually tailored treatment).

Frankly, we’re not sufficiently scientifically inclined to be

able to research these sorts of technologies for ourselves

– we can run the numbers, but can’t identify the fine

lines between success application and failure. So instead

we rely upon very specialised fund managers (in many

cases scientifically and medically trained) to conduct due

diligence on the hundreds of emergent companies and

associated technologies.

To illustrate, we highlight one recent success

concerning the application of stem cells to a 21-year old

quadriplegic patient, as

described in an investor

YOU’RE PROBABLY

ALSO THINKING

TRUMP AND HARD

BREXIT. WE WERE

TOO, FOR A WHILE,

BUT WE’VE GOT

ELECTION AND

REFERENDUM

FATIGUE ...

newsletter from John

Mauldin. Even though the

treatment was considered

to have been undertaken

late in the day (as a result

of delays in gaining the

patient’s consent because

his severe injuries meant

he couldn’t give it verbally),

progress in the months

since March 2016 has been

remarkable. In short, from

a situation where he was

paralysed from the neck

down, the patient has now recovered sufficiently to be

able to lift weights above his head with his upper body –

all from an injection of stems cells into his cervical spine.

It is also hoped that this will not be the end of his recovery

and that he may also regain lower limb function.

This fantastic story is but one of many in diverse areas

of research and innovation that are transforming our

existence. Such treatments may not be immediately

available to all, but the mere fact that they exist

means that one day they will be as widespread and

commonplace as hip replacements and heart transplants.

That, alone, is cause for celebration – regardless of the

outcome of November’s Thriller!

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Business

It’s true that change is a fact

of business life – but it’s

also true that most people

don’t like it. Erika Lucas from

Cezanne HR explains how to

ease the transition.

When a change is made, people

within a team can vary widely in the

way they react. A few will immediately

see the benefits of whatever shift

is proposed and will embrace it

enthusiastically. Some may grumble

and say things like ‘we’ve always

done it this way,’ but will get on board

before too long. Then there are the

people who stamp their feet, fight

against the change every step of the

way and refuse to cooperate until the

last possible moment.

This latter group can be tricky to

deal with and if you’re not careful

they can not only delay whatever

change you are trying to introduce,

but can also have a negative impact

on team morale. So what steps can

you take to overcome resistance to

change and get people on board?

TEN TIPS FOR OVERCOMING

RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

BY ERIKA LUCAS, CEZANNE HR

1UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE

RESIST CHANGE

People are creatures of habit. It’s only

natural for them to prefer the norm

over the uncomfortable and unknown.

Understanding why people often

fight against change is the first step to

overcoming that resistance. In many

cases, fear is at the root of resistance.

Faced with a reorganisation, for

example, they may be anxious about

their job. Or if a new HR software

system is being brought in, they may

be worried their IT skills are lacking

and they will struggle to get to grips

with it.

ADDRESS PERSONAL

2 CONCERNS FIRST

When a change is announced,

people’s immediate priority is how

it affects them personally. Naturally,

they have questions about the impact

on their day-to-day job and how a

change might affect their role in the

longer term. Make sure to address

these personal concerns first, before

trying to ‘sell’ the business benefits

of whatever change you are trying to

make.

3USE RESISTANCE AS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO START

A CONVERSATION

If people challenge a change, they

are actually demonstrating an interest

in the business and a desire to get

things done the best way. Use their

objections as a way to start a positive

conversation about what’s happening

and what role they can play.

LISTEN AND WELCOME

4 SUGGESTIONS

Listen to people’s challenges and don’t

immediately dismiss their concerns.

They may know things you don’t. If

you’re introducing a new HR software

system, for example, the people who

will be using it every day will be in the

best position to point out any gaps

in processes. And they can make

suggestions about additional useful

data that could be input.

5 UNCOVER

CONCERNS

Don’t assume you know what people

are worried about. Their concerns

often go deeper than you might think.

Probe to find out what is really on

their minds. It will help to underline

the message that you value their views

and actively want their input.

DON’T LET

6 PEOPLE WALLOW

You need to allow people some ‘hippo

time’ to wallow in their feelings and

concerns. But don’t let it go on for

too long. There comes a point when

people will have to accept that the

change is happening and they need to

move on.

7COMMUNICATE

REGULARLY

Keep everyone in the loop about

what’s happening, and give them as

much detail as possible. If people don’t

know the details, they will speculate

and imagine the worst. In a major

change scenario (such as a merger or

restructuring) it’s important to keep

communicating what you know –

even if you don’t have the full picture

yourself.

IDENTIFY CHANGE

8 CHAMPIONS

Identify the people who are most

likely to be early adopters of

change. You need people who will

enthusiastically embrace new ways

of working. They will be trusted by

their peers and will be able to lead

the way and encourage others to

follow suit.

9PROVIDE SUPPORT

AND TRAINING

If people are asked to adopt new

systems or work in a different way,

make sure they are equipped with the

skills and resources they need to do

the job. Don’t just throw them into the

deep end. Provide training and support

to help ensure a successful transition.

ACCEPT SOME PEOPLE

10 WON’T ADAPT

However hard you try, there are some

people you will never be able to win

over. If they can’t accept the change

they (or you) may decide it’s time for

them to move on – which may be the

right solution for both parties.

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Opening New

Doors.

Offshore Recruitment Expert Andy Partlow talks to EnVoyage about

the launch of Alexander Daniels’ Guernsey office, the merits of working

with friends and the joys of being part of a business which has its very

own bar!

This month has seen some fantastic developments for Alexander Daniels. Only a few short weeks ago, I was sat where you are now flying back to the Island to

launch our new Guernsey office in St Peter Port.

The office is located on Smith Street which is an ideal central location, near the beautiful front and the business hub of Guernsey. When I arrived, I was pleased

to see that the fit out was in full swing. Our new desks, chairs, IT equipment and other office necessities had arrived and we were ready to turn our hands to

building what would be a new ‘work home’ for our latest recruits, Sarah Elliott and Steve Hubert (pictured below with our Managing Director, Ian Mourbey).

In true Guernsey style, Steve and Sarah have known each other for many years and they also became good friends of mine during my time living there. I knew

that they would be perfect, not just for the Guernsey office, but for Alexander Daniels too, which has a real family culture and prides itself on sourcing staff

from both referrals and reputation. I could talk about my newest team additions all day long, but I thought it would be great to let them make their own

introductions!

A few words from Steve: ‘Having worked within the Financial Services sector for the past 20 years at all

levels and within organisations ranging from large corporate companies to small businesses, I have

gained a real understanding of the difficulty in recruiting the right people- which leaves me well

positioned to achieve my main aim of hiring the right individuals for the right opportunities!

My main focus is really getting to understand both the candidate and client’s specific requirements and

also providing the candidate with guidance from my own industry experiences. This not only enables

me to place candidates where they really want to be, but also save clients precious time in their

recruitment process by presenting them with people that are the “right fit” for the organisation.’

A few words from Sarah: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Alexander Daniels! When Andy Partlow

first approached me about this brand new boutique style Recruitment Consultancy, I felt honoured to

have been given such a prestigious start in a brand new business. I believe we can really make a difference

to the Island and add value to both our clients and candidates.

Our main priority is to engage and partner with our clients to really understand their business needs, culture and what kind of person they generally look for.

Similarly, with our candidates, we ensure that we appreciate all of their skills, experience and what they are looking for in their next move to ensure we can

find them their perfect job. My previous background was in Learning & Development and to complement our business here, we offer another service called

‘ADvisory’ which aims to assist school leavers, graduates, part-qualified professionals or even senior executives by providing valuable and tailored career advice.

It’s a fantastic added value offering which allows us to demonstrate our passion for helping candidates ascend the career ladder.’

We are now fully operational, so if you are passing Smith Street then feel free to drop your CV in or give us a call on 01481 729 340. If not, Alexander Daniels

Offshore also has a brand new, fully optimised, dedicated website, which makes it easy for candidates to find and apply for vacancies in either the Channel

Islands or further afield. I especially like our jobs basket feature which allows you to apply for multiple vacancies at once. Make sure you check it out at

www.alexanderdaniels.gg and let me know your thoughts!

In the news back home, the business has also purchased its own grade II listed, Georgian building in the Jewellery Quarter- a very scenic and traditional part

of Birmingham. Grosvenor House is unique in every sense and overlooks the beautiful church of St Pauls; although my favourite part has to be the fully stocked

basement bar (obviously!) I feel very lucky to be one of the few based in both Birmingham and Guernsey, meaning I can benefit from free beer in the UK and

the sea air and relaxed way of life that I came to love on the Island! Check out the pictures of Grosvenor House at www.alexanderdaniels.co.uk.

LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT CAREER OPPORTUNITY?

Andy Partlow heads up the Offshore Division for Alexander Daniels, a specialist recruitment group.

Andy is an experienced recruiter of professionals within the finance sector across the Channel Islands. As well as providing a local offering,

recruiting for positions with local candidates, Andy also benefits from a history of acquiring talent in the wider UK marketplace and other

jurisdictions for overseas opportunities.

If you are looking for a new position in Finance & Accountancy, Trust Administration, Fund Administration, Compliance, Company

Secretarial or any other area, or you are seeking advice on your career, then please contact Andy on +44 (0)7467 953 604 or by email at

andy.partlow@alexanderdaniels.co.uk.

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Business

REG TECH SOLUTION

SUPPORTS CROWN

DEPENDENCY

TAX REPORTING

Guernsey is part of an overwhelming majority of jurisdictions

that have signed up to global taxation reporting. Enterprises

and their owners who do business here may be expected to

provide specific tax data. James Orrick, Managing Director of

PEA in Guernsey, and Gez Overstall, Business Development

Manager at InfrasoftTech, share details of their recent fintech

project geared towards meeting these requirements.

James Orrick explains the

requirements that boutique

private equity administration

company PEA had:

‘At PEA we work in a fast-paced,

data-rich environment and place a

strong focus on using technology

to improve our clients’ experiences

of working with us and, like other

companies, to make our business

more efficient.

‘Tax reporting is a core client

service. With the introduction of

FATCA and Common Reporting

Standards (CRS) it was important

that we were in a position to

capture and house specific tax

data to meet our own reporting

obligations. Our brief involved data

capture for Guernsey income tax

authorities, to seamlessly house

and report on data and to manage

the flow of this data across an

entire investor base to meet

reporting timelines.

‘We were not simply looking

for an out-of-the-box solution.

InfrasoftTech consulted with us on

the accuracy and integrity of the

data that was being captured and

worked alongside us to ensure

the software was going to prove

effective in what is a very important

area of industry regulation. The

Guernsey tax authorities are

collecting this data across a

multitude of entities and then

distribute it to the jurisdictions that

have signed up to receive it. Data

quality is therefore key.’

Gez Overstall of InfrasoftTech,

fintech digital solutions provider,

describes the product.

‘We’ve been working with

financial institutions in the Channel

Islands for over 10 years and we

have a solid understanding of the

data and reporting challenges

that the sector is facing so when

I first met James I understood his

position well.

‘InfrasoftTech’s FATCA/CRS

solution is part of our ‘Regtech’

offering and can be delivered

on premise or as a cloud-based

service. The software captures,

validates and stores core client data

supporting audits and submissions

to tax authorities on time without

the need for manual intervention.

We mapped the required data

from PEA’s existing systems and

applied it in the varied formats

required. The solution incorporates

workflow, robust security and audit

trails and is deployable across

multiple jurisdictions.

‘We developed this solution

locally with a range of commercial

options which include licence

fees and pay-per-user models

depending on client preferences.

Installations can take as little as

a month. Ongoing development

in line with changing reporting

requirements is a key component

of our system development

approach across our RegTech

offering and this very much applies

to our FATCA/CRS solution.’

And the outcome for PEA

according to James…

‘PEA has an obligation to report.

Developing our own systems

would have been resourceintensive

and costly. InfrasoftTech

provided us with the appropriate

software and help on a technical

basis where we had problems with

data which prevented errors and

the need for corrections.

‘It’s encouraging to partner with a

business that delivers leading-edge

technology in the business critical

area of global regulatory standards

that fully understands the nuances

we have to face in the crown

dependencies. This capability is so

important for Guernsey as a centre

of financial services administration

because it’s what enables

businesses like PEA to keep our

competitive edge.’

Private Equity Administrators Limited is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and licensed under both The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of

Guernsey) Law, 1987 and The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000.

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Business

WERGELD AND FEUD

THE TRUE ROOTS OF THE BRITISH

COMPENSATION CULTURE

BY OLIVER YARWOOD AND THOMAS CRAWFOURD

‘Find a cause and someone

to blame and you’ve got a

claim’, or however the

saying goes.

Our propensity to seek financial

redress for any injury, insult or

inconvenience is often portrayed by

the press as one of the worst traits of

the 21st century.

It has been dubbed the

compensation culture, reinforced by

frequent headlines of undisclosed

settlements measured in six or seven

figures and mammoth payouts

awarded by the courts.

Indeed, much of the time the

courts do not need to get a look in,

as financial reward can be reaped by

the mere raising of a complaint or

threatening of a claim.

We like to bemoan that this is a

modern disease imported from our

‘cousins across the Atlantic’ for whom

damages appear to be an antidote to

almost everything.

It is they we look to blame for

infiltrating our values of good-sport

with such an unsavoury amendment.

Whereas in those halcyon days

of old we acted with virtue and

self-restraint if we were wronged by

our neighbours, today our thoughts

turn immediately to converting our

misfortune into money by going for

the jugular.

But is this a rose-tinted view; a

nostalgic vision of a Britain which

never was?

Those with a keen interest in Anglo-

Saxon England will be quick to see

the hypocrisy of such a notion.

Why? Because in reality the

foundation of this compensation

culture lies much closer to home.

It is to the bleak and desolate era of

the Dark Ages that we turn in order

to find a society regulated by a strict,

honour-based, feud culture.

This feud culture existed in an age

prior to the emergence of a formal,

interventionist and regulatory state,

to ensure that ‘wrongs’ did not go

‘un-righted’.

In effect, it was your familial duty to

avenge the slaying of kindred through

a blood feud: the vengeful killing of

the perpetrator.

Thus in feud culture, kindred shared

a mutual responsibility to redress the

actions of one another.

However, this would for obvious

reasons result in a cycle of spilt blood

which would only serve to weaken

both sides of the feud.

THUS THE KILLING OF A

PEASANT WAS WORTH

SIX TIMES LESS THAN

THE KILLING OF AN

EALDORMAN.

Therefore, it became acceptable

and equally honourable for the

guilty party instead to pay financial

compensation to the innocent party

in lieu of blood, known in Anglo-

Saxon England as Wergeld.

Rather than viewing this payment

as a penalty for the commission of

crime, the Wergeld should be seen

simply as a means to end the need

for further bloodshed.

That said, it also came to be extended

to possessions, so that any item of

property which was stolen or damaged

held a compensatory value too.

Whilst Wergeld was undoubtedly a

more civilised alternative to feuding, it

was by no means egalitarian

Conversely, it enshrined inequality

by reinforcing the hierarchical nature

of society through a three-tier system

of life values worth 1200, 600 and

200 shillings respectively.

Thus the killing of a peasant was

worth six times less than the killing of

an Ealdorman.

Feud culture and Wergeld ceased

to exist as kings sought to centralise

their own power under a formal

system of law and order.

The arrival of Christianity in 597 AD

provided the excuse necessary to

discredit the feud system, arguing

that homicide was a crime not only

against God, but by extension the

King himself.

So we shouldn’t be too quick

to point our fingers and blame a

subversive ethos from afar when in

fact the roots of the compensation

culture lie historically on our own turf.

And perhaps we can be grateful at

least that our judicial systems, unlike

those in the land of opportunity,

do not ordinarily award on top of

compensation vast punitive damages

designed to punish and deter

defendants.

In a way, long after the

disappearance of Wergeld,

unintended social inequality in the

legal system still exists today as so

often the ability to seek meaningful

compensation lies only with those

who can afford to take the risks and

pay the costs of litigation.

Oliver Yarwood is a history student

with a keen interest in law. Advocate

Thomas Crawfourd specialises in

employment law and also undertakes

a variety of dispute resolution work.

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HIGH-FLYING APPOINTMENTS

Kate Ovenden

BEDELL CRISTIN

APPOINTS NEW

MANAGING PARTNER

IN GUERNSEY

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has appointed

a new Managing Partner. Kate Ovenden

is an experienced corporate, banking and

financial services lawyer who spent 10 years

working at leading law firm, Withers LLP.

Acknowledged in leading legal directories

for her loyalty and dedication to client

service and described as ‘bright, pragmatic

and responsive’, Kate also has extensive

experience in advising all types of clients on

banking, funds, corporate and commercial

matters. Kate became a Partner of Bedell

Cristin in 2010, having returned to Guernsey

to join the firm in 2006.

Advocate Mark Helyar, the former Managing

Partner, will remain with the firm in an ‘Of

Counsel’ role.

DEUTSCHE

BANK CHANNEL

ISLANDS BOLSTERS

INTERMEDIARIES AND

TRUST TEAMS

Craig Robert (centre) with Albecq Trust’s

founding directors Mik Underdown (left)

and Mike Kupenga.

ROSSBOROUGH

HEALTHCARE

APPOINTS

NEW MANAGING

DIRECTOR

Rossborough Healthcare

International Limited, the specialist

Richard Clarke

healthcare division of the Rossborough Group and the only

local healthcare insurance broker based in the Channel

Islands and Isle of Man, has strengthened its specialist team

with a number of new appointments.

Richard Clarke has been appointed as the new Managing

Director of the Rossborough Healthcare business, and now

leads a team of 12 specialist healthcare advisers across Jersey,

Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Richard had previously looked after Rossborough Healthcare’s

Jersey office, and will now assume responsibility for the

overall business as well as continuing with client work. He

said, ‘This is a very exciting time for our business. We have

a dedicated, specialist team here that takes a huge amount

of pride in providing healthcare solutions for individual and

corporate clients.’

Deutsche Bank in the

Channel Islands has bolstered

its senior team in its Guernsey

office by appointing Daniel

O’Driscoll as Head of

Financial Intermediaries and

promoting Jayne Wallbridge,

Head of Business Operations

for the Bank’s Global Trust

Solutions Division, to

Director.

Daniel, who brings a wealth

Daniel O’Driscoll

of experience in financial

services, will focus on growing

Deutsche Bank’s well-established business that supports a

broad cross section of financial intermediaries. In addition, he

will also take on the responsibility of Guernsey Branch Manager.

Jayne originally joined the Bank as Manager of Client

Accounting in 1997 when it was Deutsche Morgan Grenfell.

She now heads up the global business management team

that is responsible for overseeing the control environment of

the whole of Deutsche Bank’s Trust Solutions division, which

has a presence in Guernsey, Singapore, the Cayman Islands

and Switzerland.

ALBECQ HIRES TEAM TO

ESTABLISH NEW DIVISION

A team of three experienced fiduciary professionals has been

hired by Albecq Trust Company Limited to establish a niche

private funds division.

Craig Robert has joined the business as a director of Albecq

Services Limited, supported by chartered accountant Janette

Robert and longstanding relationship manager Tony Rouillard.

Craig said: ‘Our area of expertise is a bespoke market

inasmuch as it’s neither institutional fund business nor

private client trust work. A private fund has investment fund

characteristics and usually holds family investments so it

appeals in particular to high net worth families, family offices

and small groups of club investors.’

Mik Underdown, Managing Director of Albecq Trust, said: ‘This

is a great opportunity for development of our business model

as we continue to expand into complementary areas.’

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ZEDRA APPOINTS NEW

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

AND SALES DIRECTOR

Robert Burchett-Coates

ZEDRA, the global

independent specialist in

trust, corporate and fund

services, has appointed

Robert Burchett-Coates

to the newly created role

of Director of Business

Development and Sales.

Robert has over 15 years

of multi-jurisdictional

experience in the

fund administration,

investment management

and corporate solutions

markets. He has a

thorough understanding

of the challenges of

establishing mainstream

and alternative funds

in sectors as diverse as

private equity, real estate,

marine and aviation.

Operating from the

Group’s London office,

Robert will have a

worldwide brief to develop

new business both from

within ZEDRA’s existing

large client base and from

new partnerships.

Alan Tidy, Executive

Director and board

member, added, ‘Robert

has joined us at an

important time in our

development and his track

record and experience as

a buyer and seller of fund

based corporate solutions

marks us out as having a

genuinely new approach.’

Left to right: Natalie de Woolfson, Jo McMinn, Lucy James

and Claire Lincoln

BRAND NEW THINKERS JOIN Oi

Oi has made four new

hires in Guernsey.

These new hires mark a

dynamic period of growth

for the full-service creative

and digital agency with

offices in Guernsey

and Jersey.

A talented editor and

graphic designer, Natalie

de Woolfson has joined

as Editor of En Voyage

Magazine.

Natalie has a true creative

flair, plus over nine years’

experience - three of

which were spent as Editor

of Blue Islands’ magazine,

Blue Skies.

Jo McMinn brings over

eight years of senior

marketing experience to

the account management

team, including managing

multi-platform campaigns

across the UK.

Lucy James joins Oi with

strong marketing agency

experience and a love of

photography, all of which

have seen her develop

campaigns and materials

for local and global brands.

Production designer Claire

Lincoln has over 15 years

extensive experience

in the design industry

including working for one

of the largest independent

builders’ merchants in the

UK and producing awardwinning

work for Bayer.

DELOITTE WELCOMES LOCAL AND

INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE AND

UNIVERSITY GRADUATES INTO

THE BUSINESS TO START THEIR

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Seven school leavers and university graduates have started

client work with Deloitte in Guernsey as they commence

three and four-year training contracts with the firm. The

new trainees represent a broad range of backgrounds and

academic specialisms, from aerospace engineering and

physics to archaeology and economics.

In Guernsey, the trainees include school leaver Brendan

Chapman and local graduate Nathan Hazzan who read

Economics.

A further five trainees have relocated to Guernsey. Graduates

include Jefferiss Mathews from the Isle of Wight who read

Archaeology, Ed Price from Stroud who read Economics,

Ben Ackland-Snow from Chipping Norton, who read

Physics, and Caitlin Grupping from Dollar in Scotland who

read Law. Completing the group is Thomas Malagodi who

read Aerospace Engineering. Thomas joins on Deloitte’s

Brightstart programme.

Deloitte’s Talent Partner John Clacy commented: ‘We invest

heavily in our people to ensure that they have a very positive

working experience with us from the outset.’

ESTERA

SIGNALS

GROWTH

AMBITIONS

WITH SENIOR

APPOINTMENT

Fiduciary and administration

services provider Estera has

Ethan Levner

strengthened its management team with the appointment of

Ethan Levner as Group Head of Corporate Development. He

will be responsible for leading the company’s growth strategy,

including mergers and acquisitions.

Farah Ballands, CEO of Estera, said: ‘It gives me great pleasure

to welcome Ethan to our expanding team. Following the

success of our rebrand earlier this year, we are in a strong

position to realise our growth ambitions and Ethan’s

appointment will be pivotal in reaching those goals.

‘Ethan brings a wealth of M&A and strategy expertise to Estera,

having worked as both principal and adviser. I look forward to

working with him and our existing senior management team to

continue to build the Estera business.’

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IS IT TIME TO STAMP

OUT BANTER IN

THE WORKPLACE?

BY SHARON PEACOCK, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, LAW AT WORK (CHANNEL ISLANDS) LIMITED

Business

As the maxim goes, all work and no play

makes Jack a dull boy. It is hardly surprising

to learn, therefore, given the unrelenting

dominance of work in our lives, that we

workers like to lighten it up with a bit of

banter. What may be surprising to learn,

however, is that even after 40 years

of anti-discrimination law in

the UK, and the Channel

Islands following suit,

discriminatory banter is

still rife in our workplace.

A recent survey of UK

employees found nearly

half of employees hear

discriminatory remarks once a

week, and over 70% hear them

once a month. 1 The figures on

objecting to such banter are,

however, very telling as only 4%

of employees actually complain

of discrimination. This either

suggests the overwhelming

majority of workers indulge in a bit

of discriminatory bashing of others

with immunity, or we are reluctant

to object to or, perhaps worse,

we may be oblivious to the fact

that such conduct can amount to

discrimination. Either way, it’s bad

news for employers.

If workers are indulging in, or oblivious to,

inappropriate banter they should note the risk

they run. In law, one person’s light-hearted and

humorous gag can be another’s offensive and

unacceptable bullying or harassment. Further,

when banter is unwanted and relates to a

protected characteristic such as gender (inc.

gender re-assignment) (in Guernsey) and race,

sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity or

age (in Jersey) and disability or religious belief

(in the UK), and its purpose or effect creates

an unpleasant working environment, it can

be actionable discrimination. And that can be

expensive: compensation varies from three

months’ pay (in Guernsey); up to £10,000 (in

Jersey) and uncapped compensation (in the

UK) per head of claim.

Moreover, as illustrated by recent Jersey

case law, individuals as well as their employers,

foot the bill. In Flanagan v Islands Greetings

Ltd & M Ferreira & D Wozniak (JEDT), a bout

of homophobic banter from Mr. Flanagan’s

colleagues, his subsequent report in good

faith to management and resultant selection

for redundancy, landed successful claims of

harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal,

and damaged reputations all round. However,

unlike UK authorities, where the buck invariably

stays with the employer who hasn’t trained its

staff, the Jersey

NEARLY HALF OF

EMPLOYEES HEAR

DISCRIMINATORY

REMARKS ONCE

A WEEK

tribunal was very

quick to order

the perpetrating

employees

pay their fair

share of the

compensation.

Further, just because some workers do

not report discrimination, doesn’t mean that

they tolerate it. Most employees want to be

treated with respect and work in a professional

environment; they go to work to work, not to

witness or suffer abuse. Once word gets round

that bullying or harassment occurs in a given

business, workers can vote with their feet and

the business can struggle to attract or retain

staff without knowing why. This is particularly

pertinent in the Channel Islands where the

labour market is limited and recruitment costs

of replacements are high.

LAW knows from its daily caseload what

it means for local businesses when their

employees are unable to give their best work

because of being undermined or excluded.

That said, no employer wants to create a

sterile working environment, void of humour

or enjoyment. It is crucial to strike the right

balance. There is plenty of scope for nondiscriminatory

banter; it is the grey area

between banter and bullying or harassment

that is the nettle employers should consider

grasping. At the very least, employers should

audit their workplace profile and practices,

roll-out some equal opportunity training, curb

discriminatory banter, and mitigate risk by

supporting victims and disciplining offenders.

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FACES OF BUSINESS

ANDREW HAINING

A Cambridge graduate who has spent his

career in private equity, Andrew was appointed

as Chairman of Aurigny in April 2016.

How do you start off

your working day?

Quietly. I have always started early.

I try to absorb as much information

from the media as possible and

plan what I hope to achieve during

the day. I also try to do my sevenminute

workout – with varying

degrees of regularity!

How would you describe

your leadership style?

Collaborative. I am not smart

enough to know all the answers but

I have tried to use my leadership

roles to draw out the best in those

who work with me. In the end,

though, you have to be prepared to

make the final decisions.

Do you travel much

in your role?

I am fortunate in that I have a

number of roles these days with a

variety of different businesses. My

role at Aurigny, funnily enough, has

not yet involved that much travel

other than to London and Alderney.

However, I have over the years

been lucky enough to travel to most

parts of the world. I used to fly most

months between Europe and the

US for my private equity firm and

when I was chairman of a Formula

1 team, weekends normally involved

some form of international travel.

Where is your favourite

place in the world?

How many categories am

I allowed?

For business, arriving in New York,

seeing the skyline emerge on the way

in from the airport and catching the

buzz from the city over a short stay.

For relaxation, on the back of a

sailing yacht pretty much anywhere

– preferably when it’s sunny!

For variety and activity, a mountain,

any mountain and snow.

However, Petit Port at low tide on

a late summer’s day is still the best

beach in the world – and I am lucky

enough to live at the top of the

steps.

What single achievement

are you most proud of?

I have been involved with a number

of businesses that have grown. I have

sailed across the Atlantic and raced

a skeleton toboggan. I was also very

proud of the single I recorded at the

age of 13 at Guildford Cathedral -

although my mother was probably

the only fan.

The standout winner though is that

my wife and I have three children

in their 20s who still seem happy to

spend time with us!

How would you

quantify success?

Setting yourself goals be they

personal, academic, commercial,

financial, sporting etc. and then

achieving them to the best of your

ability.

What’s the best piece

of advice you were

ever given?

‘Stay in the game.’ My chairman for

many years during my private equity

career had a great influence on me.

He was a talented amateur tennis

player who played in the US Open

and it was his expression.

How many times have we watched

great tennis players 0–40 down with

two breaks of service against them

in a crucial set, who then produce a

miraculous recovery? That’s when

not only their desire to win comes

through but also their training and

they pull it out. For those top-seeded

players, it is not luck, it is mindset.

I am sure all of us can relate to being

0-40 down in some commercial,

personal or sporting situation. I have

and I always try to ‘stay in the game’

if I can.

How do you maintain a

healthy work/life balance?

Sadly, if I do maintain a balance it is

by accident rather than design.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy

what I do in my work, which is a

major part of my life so work

and life have tended to blend

happily together.

As a child, what did you

want to be when you

grew up?

A racing car driver.

What is the last thing you

think about at the end of

the day?

Where have I left my phone?

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EDITORIAL

POTENTIAL

PITFALLS

BREAK CLAUSES IN COMMERCIAL LEASES

BY JEFF O’BOYLE, SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT COLLAS CRILL

A well-drafted commercial lease

and strong tenant can combine

to add significant value to any

investment property. However, for

unwary landlords and tenants, there

are serious pitfalls in commercial

leases which can be absolutely

disastrous. Break clauses are among

the most legally complicated areas

of landlord and tenant law.

If you are the landlord or the

tenant of commercial premises, it

is quite likely that the tenant has

a right to break the lease prior

to the end of the term. This is a

complicated area of law in which

it is incredibly easy to slip up. If you

are unaware of the complicated

obligations on the parties, you could

be facing significant costs and, as a

tenant, an invalid break.

If a break right is conditional (as

they often are), the tenant’s break

notice will be invalid if any of the

conditions have not been satisfied

by the break date.

VACANT POSSESSION

For example, where a break right is

conditional upon the tenant giving

up vacant possession, you need to

consider whether alterations such

as internal partitioning qualify as

fixtures or as chattels.

The crucial distinction is that,

usually, tenants are required to

remove chattels, but not fixtures.

Therefore, by not removing, for

example, the partitioning between

offices, a tenant runs a serious risk

that their break will be invalid. This

would mean that a tenant would be

on the hook for many more years of

rent, service charge and rates.

ALTERATIONS

Has the tenant made alterations

to the premises? If so the break

clause will need to be interpreted

in conjunction with the alterations

and yielding up provisions in the

lease. If, for

example,

‘SEEK EXPERT

ADVICE AT

THE EARLIEST

POSSIBLE

STAGE’

the tenant is

not required

to remove

alterations

unless the

landlord

requests their

removal,

is there a timescale for such

notification? Could the landlord

serve notice on the penultimate

day of the term, potentially

invalidating a break?

MINOR BREACHES

Perhaps most surprising is the UK

court’s approach to any condition

that the tenant must have complied

with its obligations in the lease at

the break date. Unless the condition

is qualified in some way, then any

minor breach of the lease could

invalidate a break notice.

This means that a break notice

could be invalid if the walls have

been painted with the incorrect

shade of paint or there is a cracked

window pane. It is fair to say that

almost all tenants will be in some

form of breach when they leave

the premises, so the risk to tenants

is significant.

On the other hand, conditional

break clauses provide an

opportunity to landlords, especially

in a market where rental demand

is weak. If, as a landlord, you are

aware of the strict interpretation of

conditional break clauses, then it

may be possible to take advantage

of an invalid break notice. However,

by not seeking specialist advice, you

could be allowing a tenant to walk

away, quite unnecessarily.

RENT REPAYMENT

Assuming that a break clause has

been validly exercised, then surely

there will be a refund of rent to the

tenant for the period following the

break date? Well, no actually. Unless

the lease provides for a refund,

then the landlord may retain any

overpayment of rent. This is another

reason to seek expert advice at the

earliest possible stage in a lease

negotiation, preferably when heads

of terms are being discussed.

Break clauses are one of the

most contentious and complicated

areas of landlord and tenant law.

However, by seeking expert advice

at the outset, the process can be

managed smoothly to mitigate the

risk of nasty surprises. At Collas Crill,

we have a dedicated team

of UK-qualified specialists who

would be delighted to assist

you in this process.

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DISTRIBUTED

LEDGERS COULD

REVOLUTIONISE

FINANCIAL

SERVICES

BY STEPHEN OZANNE,

SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT WALKERS

At Walkers, our global Fintech

group is focused on technology

and how it is changing both

the legal sector and our clients’

industries. Technology is a

fundamental part of our strategy,

which is evidenced by the fact

that we have our own in-house

software development team. We

also monitor new developments

and trends, so that we are always

in a position to advise our clients

who wish to utilise the latest

technologies to improve the

operation of their businesses and

to provide new services.

One trend starting to gain

traction and popularity is the use

of distributed ledgers. Blockchain is

the distributed ledger technology

that underpins Bitcoin. However,

whilst blockchain is mainly

associated with crypto-currencies,

distributed ledgers have the

potential to radically change

financial services in many other

areas too.

CONNECTED

In essence, a distributed ledger

is a database that is shared across

a network of computers, which

can be held in any location around

the world that is connected to the

internet. Each participant in the

network has their own identical

copy of the database and any

changes to the database must

be made to all copies of it. For a

change to be recognised all (or at

least a majority) of copies of the

database must reconcile with each

other. This process in itself makes

distributed ledgers very secure,

because a hacker should not be

able to make a change to the

information recorded in the

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distributed ledger by altering just

one copy of the database. Instead,

they would need to access and

manipulate nearly all copies of it,

which in the case of blockchain

is made even more difficult

because it is also protected by

sophisticated cryptography.

Blockchain works using a

process that creates ‘blocks’

of data and connects them to

form a ‘chain’. A request for the

creation of a block is distributed

across a network of computers,

which operates under a set of

rules that dictate the elements of

a valid block. Importantly, a block

can only be created after applying

considerable computing power

to solve a cryptographic puzzle.

Once each computer receives

the data for a new block, they

work to solve the puzzle, which

links the new block to the block

immediately preceding it in the

chain. The first computer that

successfully solves the puzzle

creates the new block and then

distributes the updated chain

to the network, which must be

agreed by all participants to

be validated.

In theory, any type of information

can be recorded in a distributed

ledger. In financial services, using

a distributed ledger, such as

blockchain, to record ownership

of financial instruments, including

company shares, could quickly

become the industry standard.

Using distributed ledgers should

be quicker, cheaper and more

secure than traditional methods.

Distributed ledgers could also have

a significant role in compliance.

An example that might be used

soon is using distributed ledgers

to securely record client due

diligence (CDD), such as identity

documentation. The technology

could reduce compliance costs

whilst making it much easier

for service providers to record,

monitor and (where required)

share clients’ CDD.

OPPORTUNITIES

We have identified that many

large organisations already see the

opportunities that may be created

using distributed ledgers and they

are investing in the technology. For

example, UBS has its Crypto 2.0

Pathfinder Program and they have

created the Utility Settlement Coin

(USC) as a distributed ledger-based

cash equivalent of major currencies

for making payments and settling

transactions quickly. The Hyper

Ledger Project, a collaboration

between the likes of J.P. Morgan,

ABN AMRO and BNP Paribas, and

technology businesses such as IBM

and Cisco, is aiming to establish

a cross-industry open standard

for distributed ledgers to change

the way business transactions are

globally conducted. Further, the

European Securities and Markets

Authority (ESMA) is currently

assessing the use of distributed

ledgers in securities markets.

Distributed ledgers can also be

combined with other technologies,

such as smart contracts (computer

programs that verify and enforce

contracts) and digital signatures, to

enable fast and secure execution

of legally binding agreements.

The Channel Islands may have

a unique advantage for smart

contracts because in Guernsey and

Jersey the formalities for forming

most types of agreements can

be completed digitally, whereas

in England, for example, many

types of agreements are written

as deeds and it is currently

questionable whether deeds

can be electronically executed.

This factor, combined with the

islands’ successful track record for

completing online transactions

in the e-gaming and online

retail sectors, demonstrates why

Guernsey and Jersey could be

leaders in this area.

The use of distributed ledgers

and blockchain technology outside

of crypto-currencies is still in its

infancy. However, their potential

uses and the large amount of

interest they have attracted from

major financial services and

technology organisations indicate

that we will start to see distributed

ledgers being used in a number of

different areas very soon.

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HERE’S THE PLAN

LOVELL OZANNE: CHARTERED ARCHITECTS & SURVEYORS

With the imminent introduction of the new Island

Development Plan, there has been much talk of the

new constraints to development but we are also

hopeful that it may bring new opportunities. Either

way, it is inevitable that architects, developers and

homeowners alike will have to think smarter and work

harder to adapt to this new regulatory context.

It’s a great time for new ideas. Guernsey can use the

change to the new IDP as a chance to hit refresh and

recognise the need to aspire to new solutions.

The island risks becoming constrained in the

collective way we think about our built environment.

Perhaps there is a general desire not to introduce

architecture which stands out. This is combined with

planning constraints, high build-costs and perceived

limitations on the accessibility of new technologies

within the island.

There is doubtlessly a lot to protect here in terms

of the island’s historical architecture and beautiful

landscapes. New additions to the building stock need

to enhance and improve this setting. This cannot

mean bland, poorly thought-out design or we risk

the development of a Guernsey vernacular which

is neither exciting nor in keeping with the island’s

traditional character.

Developers and property owners should be

challenging our architects, engineers, designers and

construction professionals to innovate and think

outside the box. Let’s also look outward to other

countries and cultures and see if we can’t learn a

thing or two.

Are there any parallels in the seafront architecture

of Copenhagen, for example? Or can Japan’s ‘Pet

architecture’* be used to create small and intricate

modern buildings, maximising on awkward town

infill plots? Why

GUERNSEY CAN

USE THE NEW IDP

AS A CHANCE TO

REFRESH AND

RECOGNISE THE

NEED TO ASPIRE TO

NEW SOLUTIONS

not also look to the

subtle enhancement

of traditional

architecture which

can be seen in a Swiss

mountain village?

Should we create

jaw-dropping

Californian-style clifftop

retreats to encourage ‘archi-tourism’? Or does

the island really need a Sydney-style iconic building

to create a whole new perception to those visitors

arriving at the port?

This doesn’t need to be about landmark buildings

and drama. Maybe we feel that these are not right

for Guernsey. To put it more simply, how can we

best design and work with our assets and unique

environmental factors? How do similar islands or

environments evolve their local vernacular? How

successful are they? Should we copy? Can we set a

benchmark of our own?

Guernsey is a beautiful and inspirational place,

and it can provide a context for inspired buildings,

art and design.

* This is nothing to do with animals. The term is used to describe the

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Oi LANDS

AURIGNY

ACCOUNT

Progressive Channel Island-based creative and

digital agency Oi has been appointed as the

full-serve marketing, design and digital agency

for Aurigny - Guernsey’s airline.

‘HAVING WORKED WITH

THAI AIRWAYS FOR THE

PAST SIX YEARS, Oi HAD A

VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO

THE AVIATION INDUSTRY’

Following a rigorous pitch process against every

agency in Guernsey, Oi has been awarded the contract

to refresh Aurigny’s brand, implement and manage a

more modern marketing strategy, revamp then manage

the publishing of the airline’s En Voyage magazine,

and implement many other customer-centric, and

commercial, marketing initiatives to make Aurigny more

loved and more successful - locally and nationally.

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s

Commercial Director, said: ‘With an

impressive amount of destination

marketing expertise under their

belt, and having worked with THAI

Airways for the past six years, Oi

had a valuable insight into the

aviation industry. The company

demonstrated great strategic

thinking and creativity that will

modernise our brand. Oi had excellent customer

service improvement suggestions, they challenged our

processes and highlighted ways that we can market

Aurigny in a more progressive manner.’

He continued: ‘We’re excited about our new

partnership with Oi and we look forward to working

with their team to make the Aurigny brand even more

successful.’

Aurigny has also decided to award Oi the contract for

the redesign, build and management of its website -

VISIT JERSEY

Oi has been Visit Jersey’s campaign

agency since spring 2015. Its work has

helped increase visitor numbers from

January to April 2016 by 9% compared

to the same period in 2015.

Nearly 66,000 people visited Jersey

in the first three months of 2016, the

highest number for almost a decade.

The agency launched Visit Jersey’s new

brand via a predominantly digital, major

national summer marketing campaign,

incorporating 360° videos and virtual

reality, which showed very

strong results.

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SHANGRI-LA

HOTEL, AT THE

SHARD, LONDON

Oi is the creative and

digital agency for the

five-star Shangri-La Hotel

at The Shard, London.

It helped launch the

luxury hotel in 2014 and

continues to be

the agency of choice

for the global brand

in the UK.

AWARD WINNING

Oi won a 2016 global platinum

creative award for its effectiveness in

launching Taj Hotels London in 2015

and continues to be the luxury Indian

hotel group’s retained full-service UK

marketing agency.

aurigny.com - following a separate pitch process against

local, UK and European agencies. The decision was

based on Oi’s significant digital expertise and track record,

including designing and building the THAI Airways UK &

Ireland website and the agency’s ideas to reshape and

refine aurigny.com.

‘When we were invited to pitch for the Aurigny account

we knew that it was a client we wanted to work with. The

airline industry is dynamic, full of challenges and Aurigny,

as the island’s flag carrier, is a local brand with great

potential,’ said Peter Grange, Oi’s Chief Executive Officer.

‘This is definitely a career high and we’re relishing the

opportunity of influencing and improving hundreds of

thousands of people’s travelling experiences to and

from Guernsey.’

Established in 2004, Oi has become the leading

Channel Islands marketing communications agency, now

employing 30 staff across Guernsey and Jersey. The fullservice

agency has also created a niche in the international

travel and tourism sectors, achieving significant success for

Channel Island and international brands.

Oi has worked with THAI Airways UK &

Ireland since 2010, providing full creative

and digital services for the airline that

generates over £100m a year.

FIVE STARS

Oi recently won a global pitch to

launch Milaidhoo, one of the top luxury

Maldivian island resorts, which opens

later this year.

Oi is an accredited Google Partner, has been a CPD Accredited agency of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) since

2010 and won the Marketing Team of the Year Award at the 2015 Channel Island Chartered Institute of Marketing Awards.

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Heritage & a

Handcrafted

Approach

NEW

GENUINE

GUERNSEY

RANGE

There is a great deal of Guernsey in

Wheadon’s Gin. The Wheadon family

have been involved in the production

and distribution of fine alcohol on

Guernsey for over a hundred years and

it is this heritage, combined with our

island’s maritime environment, that is

the inspiration behind Wheadon’s Gin.

Produced in traditional copper stills in the

atmospheric cellar lounge of the Bella Luce in

St Martins, proprietor Luke Wheadon uses rock

samphire foraged from the nearby cliffs and other

carefully sourced botanicals to create perfectly

balanced artisanal gins in very small batches.

We pour time, effort and expertise into the process

of crafting the most exquisite gins possible; gins in

which flavour is king and provenance is key.

For further information call 01481 238764

or visit wheadonsgin.co.uk

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NEW

GENUINE

GUERNSEY

RANGE

Great gin gains its reputation because of flavour; the

balance of botanicals producing a spirit perfect for sipping

on its own, pairing with high quality tonic, or as the basis

for your favourite gin-based cocktail.

By distilling Wheadon’s Gin in

very small quantities its makers

are able to finely tune the flavour

profile of each batch to ensure

consistency and quality, thereby

delivering delicate gins for the

connoisseur.

The Wheadon family distills a

range of different seasonal gins

on Guernsey, each made to

complement the flavours that

they will sit with in a gin and

tonic, martini, negroni or other

classic drink.

As a proud supporter of the

Bailiwick of Guernsey and its

community, in 2017, Aurigny will

introduce a Genuine Guernsey

range of local products on board

and Wheadon’s Gin will launch

the collection. Why not treat

yourself or a loved one to a

bottle and help support our local

craftsmen, spreading the story

of our small but highly talented

community amongst friends and

far beyond our shores.

Look out for new products

throughout the new year

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DRINKS

Echo Falls Wines £5

Red, white, rosé

18.75cl

IN-FLIGHT

Enjoy refreshing drinks and

snacks at great prices plus

make the most of Aurigny’s

excellent duty free offers.

Products listed may be subject to change due

to availability.

SPECIAL

OFFER

TWO FOR £8

WINE + ANY SNACK £6

FREE DRINKS

SERVED ON BOARD

EAST AFRICA GOLD FAIRTRADE TEA

CAFE DIRECT FAIRTRADE COFFEE

SUNMAGIC JUICES:

ORANGE, APPLE AND TOMATO

COCA-COLA

DIET COKE

LEMONADE

SLIMLINE TONIC

TONIC

SODA WATER

BITTER LEMON

CANADA DRY

Bottega Gold £6

Prosecco

Spirits £5

Bacardi, Courvoisier,

Gordon’s, Jack Daniels,

Smirnoff Red,

Bell’s Whisky

50ml

Breda Lager £4

Free drinks are served on our Embraer

and ATR aircraft on flights between

Guernsey and the UK.

On flights between the Channel

Islands and the UK, the allowance

includes 200 cigarettes and one litre

of spirits. A duty free service is only

available on the Embraer and ATR

aircraft.

You must be 18 or over to purchase

tobacco or alcohol. Credit cards,

debit cards or cash accepted

CIGARETTES & TOBACCO

GOLDEN VIRGINIA TOBACCO 5 x 50g £33

BENSON & HEDGES 200 £37

SILK CUT 200 £37

LAMBERT & BUTLER 200 £37

MARLBORO GOLD 200 £37

BENSON & HEDGES 400 £47

SILK CUT 400 £47

LAMBERT & BUTLER 400 £47

MARLBORO GOLD 400 £47

200 pack equivalent to £3.70 per 20 pack

400 pack equivalent to £2.35 per 20 pack

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SNACKS

Eat Natural Snack Bars £1.50

Various Flavours

Pringles £1.50

Original

Sour Cream and Chive

Dairy

Milk

Duo

£1.50

Grasshopper

Organic Porridge

£2.50

Coconut & Date

Coconut & Raisin

Kit Kat Duo £1.50

Mini Cheddars

£1.50

Cafe Brontë biscuits

£1.50

Various Flavours

Maltesers

Big Bag

£1.50

Haribo Starmix

£2.50

DUTY FREE

Courvoisier

Artisan VS Brandy

£29 or 2 for £52

1 litre

The Famous

Grouse Whisky

£11 or 2 for £18

1 litre

Gordon’s London

Dry Gin

£11 or 2 for £18

1litre

Bombay

Sapphire Gin

£14 or 2 for £24

1 litre

Smirnoff

Blue Vodka

£14 or 2 for £24

1litre

Courvoisier Brandy

and either

Famous Grouse Whisky

or Gordon’s Dry Gin

for £38

MIX AND MATCH

Famous Grouse Whisky

and Gordon’s Dry Gin

for £18

MIX AND MATCH

Bombay Sapphire Gin

and Smirnoff Blue Vodka

for £24

SPECIAL

OFFER

SPECIAL

OFFER

SPECIAL

OFFER

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT

VICTORIAN VALLETTE

Legacy Team leader Pat Johnson talks to En Voyage

about what’s been happening at La Vallette in Guernsey.

In years gone by, La Vallette

Bathing Pools were a hive of

activity. A place where a huge

number of people on the island,

who grew up without Beau Sejour

Leisure Centre - which was only

built in 1979 - learnt to swim. They

went down with their schools and

to catch up with friends.

Over time the area fell into

disrepair and after the pools were

damaged during storms in February

2014, the gents’ pool remains

closed with repairs estimated to

cost £200,000.

Following a radio interview in

September 2015, Floral Guernsey

Chairman Pat Johnson walked

from one end of La Vallette

to another and decided its

rejuvenation was doable. Floral

Guernsey agreed to put up

£10,000 which was enough seed

corn to start the engine and the

Legacy Team Committee, of

which Pat is also Chair, was born.

Talks began on how to tackle the

project, repairing the battered

bathing pools and rejuvenating the

Victorian promenade.

Pat said: ‘This was a Victorian

esplanade that had been left

to rot with a vengeance. Its

redevelopment is a concept that

Floral Guernsey are facilitators of

but we only have nine Councillors

so we can’t take on a project of

that size. We accept that we have

limitations but we are there to

inject enthusiasm.’

And inject enthusiasm they did.

The call for volunteers proved

more fruitful than anticipated. Of

the response, Pat said: ‘Never in my

‘DON’T CHANGE

ANYTHING, APPRECIATE

WHAT YOU’VE GOT’

wildest dreams would I be faced

with 160 volunteers at 7:45am on a

Sunday, with another 160 arriving at

lunchtime - all rallying to the call of

recovery to reinstate this area. They

all did seven to eight hours’ work

in each four-hour session of hard,

mundane but crucial work.’ With

advice and free-of-charge work

from CVTS and Paulo’s Garden

Services, the volunteers chopped

PHOTO: DAVID DUQUEMIN LEAPS

FROM THE STEPS TO THE POOL IN

1976. PHOTO BY ROB MILARD

down self-seeded sycamores to

create light to allow principal trees

to prosper and vegetation to grow.

They came in groups of 10, from

triathlon teams to motorcycle

groups, they shifted 27 tonnes of

green waste and removed 200

tonnes of wood that was chipped.

It was backbreaking work but the

local spirit and island pride shone

through - over 600 people helped

and a further 300 had to be turned

away as so much got done in the

first few weekends.

The ladies’ pool changing rooms

are fantastic now. Local firm AFM

asked if they could contribute

and ended up donating £50,000

of work. Staff and their Managing

Director worked late, sometimes

until midnight, and the changing

rooms now have hot showers

and a cleanliness that wasn’t there

before. There’s also a room where

tea and coffee can be made at

7am by those brave enough for an

early morning dip. Sarnia Roofing

also sealed the floor of Island Cafe

to stop damp getting into the

cubicles. Aside from their time,

the local community showed its

support with financial donations

large and small from companies,

charities and individuals.

Pat insists that the finest view

of St Peter Port is from Havelet.

‘We need to appreciate what the

Victorians gave us and recover 30+

years of environmental growth

that is spoiling views. Unless we

celebrate what we’ve got, how can

we expect tourists to?’

The Legacy Team are not alone in

their regeneration and La Vallette

Challenge is the front garden to the

area. The opening of Octopus Bar

& Beach Restaurant (see page 60),

in addition to Coco Mini Brasserie,

Surf ’n’ Turf and Randalls Brewery’s

development of the Slaughter

House on Castle Pier, and the

entire area is set to be a hive of

activity once more.

‘It’s an incredibly exciting time

and long overdue. Something

that the tourist industry needs,’

Pat explained. ‘If you think we’re

stopping where we are we’re

not. Polishing the silver has no

boundaries and the cause is great.’

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