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7 WELCOME ABOARD!
Message from Mark Darby,
Aurigny’s Chief Executive Officer
8 AURIGNY NEWS
11 SAFETY FIRST
12 ISLAND HERITAGE
Celebrate the big history of our small islands
21 OPEN DOORS
Guernsey Open Market property feature
Win a luxury break in Guernsey
62 HERITAGE COMES TO LIFE
Explore the island’s many layers of history
66 WHAT’S ON?
Forthcoming events in the Bailiwick
68 CHANGING FACES
Meet James Partridge
70 EASTER IN THE CITY
Uncover the cracking array of events
on offer in London this Easter
75 LONDON CONNECTING…
Explore Hong Kong and the ease of
connecting through London with Aurigny
78 FOREST FANCIES
En Voyage takes a look at all the
New Forest has to enjoy
82 MARVELLOUS MANCHESTER
An ideal family break destination
84 HOTEL PICKS
86 BUSTLING BRISTOL
There’s something for everyone in
Bristol this summer
90 PEAK YOUR INTEREST
The Peak District National Park is at
your fingertips with Aurigny’s links
92 AURIGNY BREAKS
Great offers on flights and hotel packages
94 MY SECRET CITY
The locals impart their wisdom.
This time… shopping!
96 BEACHSIDE GUERNSEY
There’s a wealth of food with
a view around Guernsey
98 RESTAURANT PICKS
100 SPRING CLEAN YOUR DIET
102 RED EMPIRE
Unearth one of the island’s finest
105 BUSINESS NEWS
Over 40 pages of inspiring interviews
and local business news
Try this up-and-coming sport
141 SPORTS DIARY
142 LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Meet local track star Cameron Chalmers
144 COMMUNTY SPIRIT
147 COLOURING COMPETITION
151 IN-FLIGHT AND DUTY FREE
Aurigny carried its
nine millionth passenger
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.
First airline in the world to
ban smoking on all services
Voted 4th best
in the Telegraph
carried in 2016
Voted 2nd best
Birth on board
Flown to Guernsey
on 19th August 2016
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This is always a such wonderful time of
year to visit our islands, and there is so much
to explore and discover, whether it’s a short
break or longer holiday.
From the Bailiwick’s idyllic scenery, to its
rich local heritage, sporting and adventure
activities and its top restaurants, with the
freshest local produce, there is so much
to enjoy this spring. Here at Aurigny, we
launched our own marketing campaign
to entice more first-time visitors to the
Bailiwick, and have teamed up with
VisitGuernsey to help promote the Channel
Islands Heritage Festival, which kicks off in
April and promises to be as popular as ever.
For people living in the Bailiwick, we have
also been looking at how we can improve
the services we provide to those closer to
home. So, I’m delighted we are launching
a new Compassionate Fares and Flexibility
service, supporting people with cheaper
flights when they face a family bereavement
or emergency. We hope this can make a real
difference at a time when people need our
assistance most, and in this edition of En
Voyage we provide more details about how
this service can support islanders, on page 8.
For those keen on a short break off the
island this spring and summer, there are
a wide range of exciting attractions at the
destinations we serve in the UK.
In this magazine, you can read about
Easter activities in London, making a trip to
Manchester with your children and all that
Bristol has to offer this summer. You can
also discover the breathtaking views and
attractions of the Peak District and the New
Forest, just a short journey from Manchester,
Leeds Bradford and Southampton airports.
Elsewhere, this edition of En Voyage
features news of a talented young chef from
Alderney, Poppy Taylor, who is representing
the Bailiwick in the regional finals of the
Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition.
In addition, we celebrate the news that one
of our longest serving Aurigny employees,
Phil Lanoe, has been recognised for 40 years
of valuable service to the company.
Another milestone will be the launch of
our brand new website, which we hope you
will find to be a vast improvement on the old
site, and make the customer experience that
much more enjoyable.
With Easter and the warmer weather
hopefully on its way, we are about to enter
what will be a very busy period, and all our
staff are here to help make your journey an
enjoyable and pleasant one.
Thanks for flying with us today, and we
hope to see you again soon.
Aurigny has launched new
Compassionate Fares to support
people with cheaper flights when
they face a family bereavement
Our comprehensive Compassionate
Fares and Compassionate Flexibility
Scheme, starting 1 March, is
designed for islanders who need to
book unexpected flights, and find
themselves facing high costs for
urgent last-minute seats.
It can help keep costs down in
the event of a recent bereavement
of an immediate family member,
or when an immediate family
member suffers an unexpected
critical medical situation or has to
attend hospital or a hospice as an
Commercial Director Malcolm
Coupar said Aurigny was one of
only a small number of airlines to
launch such a scheme and the first
in the Channel Islands.
He said they had first seen this
type of service being provided by
the Scottish regional airline Loganair
and wanted to offer something
similar to islanders.
Mr Coupar said: ‘We know people
can face high fares when booking
last-minute flights for family
emergencies, and we hope this
service will make a real difference at
what is such a difficult time.
‘This will always be an incredibly
stressful period in anyone’s life and
we would like to do whatever we
can to help support them and make
it as easy as possible.
‘We are confident this service can
provide enormous support, during a
time when people really need
‘It is part of our ongoing efforts
to try to improve how we serve
A Compassionate Fare will cap the cost of a one-way flight to £75
between Guernsey/Alderney and the UK mainland. If you travel
between Alderney and the UK, but via Guernsey, the flight is capped
at £105 each way.
For further information about the scheme visit aurigny.com
or call the reservations team on 01481 822866.
Compassionate Flexibility is
another service designed to
support customers who have
already made travel plans
with Aurigny, but their plans
are disrupted due to one of
these family emergencies.
FOR TRAVEL NOT YET STARTED
If you hold an existing ticket
for travel, which has not yet
started, there will be a number
• Cancel non-refundable
fares and have the value of
the fare held on a voucher
for up to 12 months.
• Apply the value of your
existing ticket towards a
compassionate fare (any
difference in the fare will
have to be paid).
• Apply for a refund in the
case of a bereavement to an
immediate family member.
FOR TRAVEL ALREADY STARTED
If you hold an existing ticket,
where your travel has already
started, but you need to return
home (for one of the abovementioned
will be able to change your
travel without penalty. This is
providing seats are available.
LAST YEAR IN NUMBERS
The fleet travelled
over 3 million km.
flying an estimated
Of the 4% of services
cancelled the majority
were due to adverse
weather, mostly fog.
The airport was
affected by fog
on a total of 46
days last year
Carried more than
half a million
Last year reliability
stood at 96%
and more than
80% of services
(within 15 mins)
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MARK DARBY, AMANDA HOBART AND PHIL LANOE
PHIL’S 40 YEARS OF
One of our longest-serving
members of staff, Phil Lanoe, has
been recognised for 40 years
of dedicated service and he still
thoroughly enjoys the hustle and
bustle of airport life.
The Deputy Station Manager and
Cabin Services Manager joined
the islands’ airline straight from
school, having watched planes with
enthusiasm, alongside friends, from
the edge of the airport as they came
in to land in the 70s.
Back then, the industry
and operations were almost
unrecognisable from what is seen
today, but for Phil it is still work at
the airport, and particularly with the
travelling public, that has kept him at
Aurigny for four decades
‘It is airport life I really enjoy,’ he
said. ‘You can walk around, chat to
people, and help them out
‘Also, getting everything out on
time gives you a buzz.
‘If we are busy at check-in, I have
helped to keep the operation going.
It helps from time to time to get a
feel for what’s going on.’
Phil said it was not unusual to
see famous faces travelling to the
islands. However, there is a far more
significant meeting he has had at
He met his wife Michelle when
they both worked at the former
airport building. She first worked
there as an airport general officer,
and the pair started dating when she
returned as an immigration officer.
They now have two daughters.
Phil first began his working life
with Aurigny in the summer of 1976,
starting straight from school. It was
his perfect job, as a young fan
During his career he rose through
the ranks to Senior Traffic Officer,
and then Duty Manager, before
spending more than 12 years as
There is also not a single day in the
calendar that Phil has not worked,
having been called in on Christmas
Day, more than 10 years ago, when
weather disruption impacted flights.
He now serves as Deputy Station
Manager and Cabin Services
Manager and still thoroughly enjoys
serving the public and supporting
the day-to-day operations.
A young chef from Alderney is
representing the Bailiwick in the
Rotary Young Chef of the Year
competition. Poppy Taylor, 14,
who attends St Anne’s School, will
compete in the regional finals after
being crowned champion locally.
HER EFFORTS BY
TRAVEL TO COMPETE
She won her first round at St Anne’s,
and then took the top prize at the
Guernsey College of FE.
Aurigny supported her efforts by
providing her complimentary travel
to compete in Guernsey.
Poppy will produce the same
winning menu, featuring local
seafood, at the UK competition,
and her local victories have given
her added confidence. ‘I’m a bit
scared, but definitely more confident
than I was in Guernsey. I am looking
forward to it.’
VALERIE LANGLOIS WITH HUSBAND DAVE
Valerie Langlois was the lucky winner
of Issue 1’s luxury weekend in London.
She wins a two-night stay at the
luxurious St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel
with afternoon tea and flights included.
Valerie says ‘It’s almost six years since
we spent a few days in London, I’ll be
taking my husband Dave along to carry
the shopping bags!’.
Wilma Edwards was the lucky
winner of two return tickets from the
prize draw held at Guernsey’s first ever
Health Show, who was ‘gobsmacked
but delighted to have won’.
Always secure a tag
onto your baggage
including where you
will be staying.
It’s a rarity that baggage ever
becomes lost when you’re travelling.
But in the very unlikely event it
does ever happen, we can reassure
you that our staff will work around
the clock to find your case, no
matter where it could find itself.
Most recently a bag destined
for Guernsey became lost on
the airport’s baggage system
at Gatwick. It ended up being
transported on a lorry to Heathrow,
together with other bags, and
then on a cargo aircraft to Lagos
Our staff worked tirelessly to try
to find the bag, and once it was
located, it was transported all the
way back to Gatwick, and then
onto Guernsey, to be reunited with
Like in this case, it’s most
often completely outside of our
control when a bag goes missing.
But we are always 100% committed
to ATR reuniting 42 the passenger with
There are also handy tips that you
can follow when you travel abroad,
in the unlikely event your baggage
does Trislander go missing.
At Aurigny, we take great pride in
carrying your luggage safely and
speedily to your final destination.
But if it does go missing, rest
assured DORNIER 228our team will pull out all
the stops to make sure it is found
as quickly as possible.
Insert a sheet of paper
into your bag with key
personal details, such
as your name, contact
details, flight numbers
and address of where
you will be staying.
Carry any essential
items, such as
money, with you
on the flight.
Customise the look
of your bag to make it
easier to identify.
the loss of checked
luggage if it does
not arrive at your
Do this before
leaving the airport.
Dornier 228-200 and 220k
NUMBER IN FLEET 1
BUILT Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil
2 x General Electric CF34-10E7 Turbofans
MAXIMUM SPEED 542 knots (624 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED 122
RANGE 2,500 miles (4,023 km)
NUMBER IN FLEET 1
BUILT Toulouse, France
2 x Pratt & Whitney PW-127 E Turboprops
MAXIMUM SPEED 299 knots (344 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED 48
RANGE 966 miles (1,555 km)
NUMBER IN FLEET 2
BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
2 x Garrett TPE331-5 or 10 Turboprops
MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED Up to 18
RANGE 350 miles (563 km)
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Once you’ve boarded and located
your seat, please ensure your hand
baggage is stowed safely. Small bags
can be placed underneath the seat in
front of you, unless you are seated in
an emergency exit row.
All other items should be placed
inside an overhead locker. Please
take care when opening the
overhead lockers as items may have
moved during flight and falling items
may cause injury.
We want to look after you on board
and our main concern is for your
safety and that of the Aurigny crew.
Cabin crew are here primarily for your
safety, so please pay attention to their
instructions. Any feedback about the
crew and flight is welcomed.
Life jackets are provided for use
in the extremely unlikely event of
an emergency. It is an offence
to tamper with or remove them
without authorisation and this may
jeopardise the safety of others.
Both staff and passengers have the
right to fly within in a calm, safe and
friendly environment. Aurigny have
a zero-tolerance policy towards
any violent, disruptive or offensive
behaviour, and crew have been
trained to deal with such incidents.
Smoking of cigarettes and
e-cigarettes is not permitted on
board, including within the toilets.
Allergy information is available for all
snacks – please see the packaging
label or ask a member of the crew.
HANDHELD DEVICES WITH
A ‘FLIGHT SAFE’ MODE
Handheld devices, such as tablets,
e-readers and mobile phones may
be used during all phases of the
flight, provided the ‘flight safe’ mode
is enabled before departure. Larger
devices must be safely secured in
hand luggage during taxi, take-off
and landing, either in the overhead
locker or under the seat in front
of you. Any device that transmits or
receives communications but does
not have a ‘flight safe’ mode must be
switched off from doors closed to
Devices may be used during boarding
but not for taxi, take-off and landing
when they must be safely stowed
away in hand luggage. They may be
used in flight, provided any built-in
connectivity such as WiFi is switched
off or set to ‘flight safe’ mode.
A ‘FLIGHT SAFE’ MODE
This will include items such as DVD
players, electronic games and music
players. Only small, handheld devices
may be used during taxi, take-off
and landing. Larger devices must be
switched off and safely stowed away
in hand luggage during taxi, take-off
All Bluetooth accessories (for example
wireless keyboards, headphones etc)
must be switched off from doors
closed to doors open.
DRINK ON US
Please enjoy a complimentary
drink and newspaper. Choose
from: Tea, coffee, still and
sparkling mineral water, orange,
apple and tomato juice, Coca-
Cola, Diet Coke, lemonade,
ginger ale, bitter lemon,
soda and tonic water.
ARE THERE ANY TIMES
I CANNOT USE MY
Under certain circumstances your
flight or cabin crew will ask that
all electronic devices be switched
off, for example, during refuel
operations. This will be announced
over the PA.
CAN I USE MY HEADPHONES
THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT?
Personal headphones can be used
for some stages of the flight and may
be attached to your personal device.
We ask that customers remove their
headphones whenever the seat-belt
signs are illuminated during the taxi,
take-off and landing phases and
during the safety demonstration.
CAN I USE A REMOTE
does not allow passengers
to charge their devices whilst on
board our aircraft.
Please ask a member of cabin
crew if you have any queries.
*Electronic devices can only be used on the ATR and Embraer E195 aircraft. Unfortunately they cannot be used on the Dornier or Trislander
NUMBER IN FLEET 3
BUILT Toulouse, France
2 x Pratt & Whitney PW-127 M Turboprops
MAXIMUM SPEED 276 knots (318 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED 72
RANGE 1,023 miles (1,646 km)
NUMBER IN FLEET 1
BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
2 x Garrett TPE331-10 Turboprops
MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED 19
RANGE 350 miles (563 km)
Britten Norman BN2A Mk.III Trislander
NUMBER IN FLEET 1
BUILT Bembridge, Isle of Wight
3 x 260hp Textron Lycoming pistons
MAXIMUM SPEED 120 knots (138 mph)
PASSENGERS CARRIED 15
RANGE 500 miles (800 km)
DORNIER 11 22
TABLE DES PIONS -
THE FAIRY RING
This spring welcomes the return of the Channel
Islands Heritage Festival (8 April–10 May), celebrating
our group of small islands with a big history.
For centuries the islands’
astonishing tides, rich landscapes
and colourful histories have drawn
people to our shores. From the
first Neolithic settlers to Norse
raiders, Romans and even exiled
royals, these surprisingly diverse
islands have seen their fair share
of adventure and adversity. For
2017 a wide programme of
events are being held across the
Bailiwick of Guernsey, bringing
to life the fascinating history of
our heroes, myths and legends
and culminating in the iconic
Liberation Day events of 9-10 May.
You’ll be surprised at how many
heroic figures have derived from
Guernsey’s shores. This Heritage
Festival we pay homage to those
heroes (famous and lesser-known)
who have shaped the history of
the world as we know it. Take a
tour with Lord Eric de Saumarez
in magnificent Castle Cornet, as
he uncovers the private and public
life of his ancestor, Admiral James
Saumarez, Guernsey’s greatest
naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars
(The Life and Times of Admiral
James Saumarez). Did you know
that military officer Sir Isaac Brock
– nicknamed ‘The Hero of Upper
Canada’ - was born and lived in
Guernsey? Dr Jason Monaghan’s
intriguing talk Sir Isaac Brock, a
Hero and his Portrait offers the
rare opportunity to view the only
portrait made of Brock in his
adult life. From naval figures to
occupation resistance fighters, join
expert Dr Gilly Carr for afternoon
tea at the OGH Hotel as she
captures the heroic voices of
locals who challenged life under
occupied rule, in her haunting
talk A Stub of Pencil for a Piece of
Bread: Why Frank Falla is My Hero
of the Occupation.
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Join us in celebrating the
modern local heroes making
their mark in history in a
series of festival-exclusive
‘Local Hero’ events.
Sporting enthusiasts will be
inspired by racing legend and
present day European and Triple
World Touring Car Champion,
Andy Priaulx MBE in an evening
of good food, honest stories
and uncovered myths from the
professional racing circuit, held at
the Duke of Richmond Hotel.
Horticultural fans however
should not miss the rare
opportunity to join Guernsey
hero Raymond J Evison OBE,
renowned clematis expert
and legendary Chelsea Flower
Show gold medallist (boasting
a record 28 medals!) on his
evening tour of the sprawling
Guernsey Clematis Nursery.
STEP OUTSIDE AND
With so many unique historical
locations across our beautiful
islands, there is no better excuse
to step outside and explore!
Choose from a range of festivalthemed
guided walks, from the
dark and mysterious cobbled
streets of old St Peter Port, to
retracing the infamous coastal
steps of war-time heroes.
For those with a more
adventurous side, join the islandwide
digital treasure hunt on a
‘Learn to Geocache’ guided walk;
a modern twist on hide-and-seek,
taking in stunning views across the
Bailiwick as you use navigational
techniques to discover ‘caches’
(small trinkets) and a few
surprising tales along the way.
If you prefer to explore with
the wind (or sea water) in your
hair, there are bike and waterbased
activities to suit all.
The Pagans, Pirates and
Pouques Guided Cycling Tour
visits historic landmarks and
mysterious sites across the island,
from Neolithic burial chambers
to world war fortifications, each
steeped in history and intrigue,
whilst family-friendly ‘Legends
of the Coast’ Island Rib Voyages
running throughout the festival,
offer the chance to get up close
to Guernsey’s rugged natural
coastline, accompanied by
accounts of smugglers, pirates
and maritime legends.
If getting your feet wet is more
your thing then Exploring the
Creux Mahie Cave with Outdoor
Guernsey is not to be missed!
Their walking and coasteering
tours offer a rare opportunity to
visit this vast, privately-owned
cavern which is normally
inaccessible to the public but
was once a mysterious Victorian
OF VISIT GUERNSEY
Find out more about how our fascinating history is coming to life this
Channel Islands Heritage Festival by heading to visitguernsey.com/
event/2017-channel-islands-heritage-festival or pick up a festival guide
at the Guernsey Information Centre. A sample of the events taking place
can be seen on pages 66-67.
With Heritage-themed events
taking place across the Bailiwick,
a short trip to our sister islands of
Herm, Sark and Alderney
Visit Herm for a glimpse into
the unexplained myths of this
island paradise including a guided
walk and lunch with author
Paul Sherman, who reveals the
locations and folklore that inspired
his new book. For those brave
enough, embrace the supernatural
by spending a night with a
difference on Herm Island assisting
in a Paranormal Investigation
Evening - be prepared for a night
you won’t forget!
It’s no wonder that for centuries
Sark’s wild and romantic coastline
has inspired artists, writers and
Take to the seas with Adventure
Sark as their experienced guides
lead walking, coasteering and
kayaking tours exploring the
mysterious coast. Visit the silver
mines and revel in the history of
the old mine buildings, including
ventilation shafts descending
290 feet. Listen out for the
underground rumble – legend
tells it’s the sound of a Minotaur!
Why not hop across to Alderney
to explore their family-friendly
events running throughout the
festival, including a journey back
in time riding Alderney’s Granite
Train as you follow the story of the
island’s historic breakwater from
its Victorian origin to WW2?
Each with its own personalities
and stories to tell, discover the
history at the heart of the Bailiwick
islands this Heritage Festival.
IMAGES COURTESY OF VISITGUERNSEY SARK SILVERMINES
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VisitGuernsey talks to us about the popularity of
wellness travel and what the islands have to offer.
With wellness breaks showing
exponential growth worldwide,
the Bailiwick is set to tap into this
rising travel trend during 2017.
With spectacular scenery and cliff
paths, fresh sea air, quiet lanes and
a peaceful way of life, Guernsey
and its neighbouring islands
are perfectly placed to offer an
alternative retreat for relaxation
But what is the meaning of
In simple terms, it’s about offering
a landscape, environment,
activities and food that promote
feeling better – both mentally and
physically. This could incorporate
simply getting away from it all
for a few days, visiting a coastal
destination to unplug and unwind.
More serious-minded wellness
tourists expect a bit more
though, with bespoke wellness
packages including a mix of
yoga, meditation, spa treatments,
creative classes, exercise and
boot camps, with emphasis on
fresh organic food and healthy
menus. For the more indulgent
of us, incorporating a day or two
of wellbeing into a longer holiday
is enough and this ‘secondary
wellness’ traveller forms the
bulk of the billion-dollar global
SO WHAT CAN THE BAILIWICK
OFFER THE WELLNESS-MINDED
Guernsey Yoga and Wellbeing Retreats
are offering weekend retreats in March
and May packed full of activities and
healthy vegetarian meals using fresh
local produce. The programme includes
guided meditation and yoga sessions, a
gentle scenic run and, for the creative
guest, a jewellery class hosted by highly
regarded local jeweller Athene Sholl.
PORT SOIF YOGA
OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE
For five-star luxury, the Old Government
House Hotel offers a three-night
Wellbeing Experience which includes a
fitness assessment and personal training
session, 60-minute spa treatment,
revitalising (and healthy) afternoon tea,
daily breakfast and complimentary use of
the gym and spa facilities.
ST PIERRE PARK
Following a £2.5 million spa
refurbishment, the four-star St Pierre Park
offers a luxurious Classic Spa Break. With
its new swimming pool, marble steam
room, volcanic stone sauna and outdoor
sun terrace with hot tub, this is wellbeing
at its most luxurious! One-night breaks
include dinner, bed and breakfast,
two-course spa lunch and two
Lastly, for the island hoppers amongst us,
Stocks Hotel offers relaxed charm and
barefoot elegance on the car-free island of
Sark, a 45-minute ferry ride from Guernsey
where life is about kicking back, enjoying
nature and breathing in the unpolluted
air. From 1 April-30 September 2017
they are offering three-night ‘Discover
Sark’ wellness packages. Prices are from
£420pp, based on two sharing a superior
room and includes an evening horse and
carriage ride under the legendary Sark
dark skies, use of the gym and swimming
pool, a three-hour guided walk, boat trip
around Sark and bicycle hire.
LOCAL MARKET | 4 BEDS | FOREST | £1,750,000 | TRP 317
Les Bardeaux is an incredibly special property situated in a peaceful location in the parish of Forest. Built in
2010, this architect designed home offers stylish contemporary living with a flexible layout, complemented
by modern technology. Upon entering the house one is aware of the space and light that this house exudes.
The open plan kitchen/dining room and sitting room with open fire and sliding Fine Line windows recess
completely into the walls, leaving an interrupted view of the South West facing garden and swimming pool.
Additional accommodation on the ground floor comprises a cloakroom, family bathroom, three double
bedrooms, of which one is en-suite with private terrace. Above the reception area is the entire master
suite with dressing room and bathroom which is accessed by its own separate staircase. There is a further
secondary living area with adjacent WC above the bedrooms and accessed by another staircase.
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LOCAL MARKET | 5 BEDS | TORTEVAL | £1,950,000 | TRP 752
Situated in the heart of rural Torteval surrounded by Guernsey’s finest countryside, Les Jehans boasts
privacy and tranquility in abundance. Extensively renovated within recent years, this period farmhouse has
been full insulated and enhanced to provide comfortable family living with a stunning quality of finish. The
property benefits from exceptional levels of natural light throughout and offers up to five bedrooms, three
bathrooms, four substantial reception rooms, study, workshop and garage. Of particular note is the stunning
sitting room with feature fireplace adjacent to the generous kitchen/breakfast room, which leads perfectly
onto the enclosed South facing courtyard. The gardens are truly spectacular and highly private and must
be seen to be fully appreciated. Externally, there are numerous outbuildings, parking for multiple cars and
two gravelled driveways.
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The rentals market in Guernsey is booming thanks to the
island’s large and varied housing stock and a healthy turnover of both tenants
and properties. Livingroom’s Open and Local Market Residential Lettings Negotiators,
Sally Nickolls and Emily Rowe, examine the reasons why the market is busy and what
people are looking for in their rental property.
The very British aspiration to own a
property is alive and well in the 21st
century but that doesn’t mean that
it’s the right option for everyone.
Indeed, Guernsey has a dynamic
rentals market that provides good
quality homes for thousands of
islanders. The quality of the island’s
rental property stock has been
driven, to a degree, by the distinction
between the Local and Open
Markets which applies to property
rentals as it does to property sales.
Many who move to the island
live on the Open Market and want
a good quality property whether
renting or buying. Others are granted
a housing licence that enables
them to live on the Local Market,
which provides affordable, sensible
options for the short and long term.
Of course, rentals on the Local
Market are equally popular with
local people so the lettings team
at Livingroom is kept busy in both
The reasons for renting are just as
varied as the properties themselves;
we see a lot of young professionals
looking to rent – whether as
individuals, couples or groups of
friends. Despite the property sales
market levelling out to more realistic
levels in recent times, it can be hard
for people in this demographic to raise
the deposit and mortgage required.
Renting is also an opportunity
to experience the freedom of
living independently without the
commitment of a mortgage so it’s
no surprise that renting appeals
to them. We also have a steady
demand from empty-nesters and
young families for rental properties.
At Livingroom we’ve recently
restructured our lettings team to
meet this demand to ensure our
rental customers get the same
level of service prospective vendors
and buyers receive. This includes a
professional service and the skill set of
our in-house creative team to expertly
market our properties. A range of
excellent, professional photographs
helps landlords to promote their
property and prospective tenants to
make a quick decision – something
that’s especially important in
the dynamic rentals market.
Some of the maxims that apply to
the purchase of properties also apply
to renting. It’s true, for example, that
‘you get what you pay for’ when
renting a place to live; there are no
truly bad properties on the rental
market in Guernsey but paying a little
extra per month can get you more
floor space, a more modern kitchen
or a much-coveted parking space.
Another point that applies across
both buying and renting is that the
market is price sensitive. A property’s
asking price must be balanced against
competition to attract interest.
Livingroom offers rental property
in all price brackets starting at circa
£800 per calendar month. If you
happen to be looking at the higher
end of the market, some luxury rentals
on Livingroom’s books are available
for in excess of £5,000 per calendar
month. The most popular bracket
for rentals is always changing but at
the end of 2016 and into 2017 we’ve
found that properties between £800
and £1,600 a month are the most
in demand. This bracket starts with
one-bedroom flats and ranges up
to houses – some with the benefit
of outside space and parking.
The buy-to-let market in Guernsey is
another core element of our business.
With low interest rates and money
just sitting in the bank, investors have
turned to the tangible investment of
property to rent out for greater returns.
Livingroom has some great
options for renting property and
we’re always looking for more
good quality rentals for waiting
tenants. Livingroom’s Lettings team,
Sally Nickolls, Emily Rowe and
Lynsey Elliott, are happy to answer
any questions you may have.
Call 01481 233008 or email
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Major reforms coming into effect
this April will force UK non-doms
to reconsider their tax residence
position – for some, relocation to
Guernsey could be the ideal solution.
Separate to the UK yet part of the British Isles,
Guernsey is just a short fight from many of the UK
regional airports including London Gatwick, and its
low tax regime make it an attractive choice when
considering a change of lifestyle.
Swoffers, one of the island’s leading estate agent,
believes Guernsey is in a great position to welcome new
residents, and its team can offer expert advice to any UK
non-doms considering a move to the island.
The property specialists at Swoffers have unrivalled
knowledge of Guernsey’s Open Market, which offers
an extensive range of properties to overseas buyers,
including seafront penthouses, contemporary family
homes, elegant town and historical farm houses.
‘Last year Swoffers maintained more than 50% of all
Open Market sales and enjoyed a significant number of
lettings. We were able to show potential buyers a huge
variety of attractive properties to suit all lifestyles,’ said
Swoffers Director Shauna Clapham, a specialist in Open
‘For those looking to maintain close ties with the UK,
whether it’s for personal or business reasons, Guernsey
can be an ideal relocation destination. Vitally, it’s a safe
haven and a stable environment to live and do business.’
Guernsey is both a destination of breathtaking beauty
and a world-class centre for business. With beautiful
YOUR NEW HOME
Guernsey has two property markets – the
Open Market and Local Market. If you do not
have an existing right to live in a Local Market
property, the Open Market is the best route to
The Open Market is very straightforward and
available to anyone who holds a EU passport.
It’s also available to non-EU passport holders but
the Guernsey Border Agency will also be involved
in assessing the application.
People coming to Guernsey to work – either
employed, self-employed or as an employer
– may be able to reside in Guernsey’s Local Market,
but will need to apply for a licence to do so.
beaches, stunning cliff coastline and idyllic countryside,
it is renowned for its relaxed quality of living and
favourable work-life balance. Yet it also offers
excellent professional services with a global network,
and its finance industry is highly regarded for its
With a mature legal system and democratically elected
government, the island offers political and economic
stability. Its legislative and fiscal independence from the
UK and EU also means it can respond quickly to the
needs of businesses.
It has its financial attractions too; the general rate of
tax payable by Guernsey companies is zero (with limited
exceptions), there is no capital gains tax, inheritance tax,
value added tax or withholding tax, and income tax is
generally a flat rate of 20%.
‘People decide to relocate to Guernsey for a number
of reasons. Those with young families, for example, are
often attracted by Guernsey’s lifestyle and stability, and
the opportunity to leave behind the daily commute,‘
‘For others, it’s the infrastructure for business that’s
the real opportunity. The wealth of talented and
entrepreneurial individuals who live in Guernsey
should not be underestimated.’
Locate Guernsey, which launched in 2016, is a
government-funded body tasked with promoting
Guernsey on the global stage and providing
information and resources to potential new residents.
Since news broke of the changes to UK non-dom
legislation, Guernsey has enjoyed increased interest
from people looking to avoid UK deemed domicile
status, which can be done by ceasing UK residency
for six tax years.
Last year’s EU referendum and shock Brexit result
has also led to enquiries, as details of Britain’s future
relationship with the EU remain unclear.
‘In terms of the EU, the position of Guernsey is clear.
We are regarded as a third country (neither part of the
UK nor part of the EU) and that position undoubtedly
offers us opportunities,’ said Shauna.
‘We anticipate that if current levels of interest continue
then 2017 will be a busy year. Changes to the non-dom
rules in the UK are imminent and it is inevitable that
Guernsey will be one of the choices for those affected.
We offer a simple and straightforward solution and a
stable, safe, well regulated environment.’
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GUERNSEY OPEN MARKET PROPERTY
22 LOCATE GUERNSEY
Guiding you through the process
of relocating to Guernsey
26 OPEN MARKET PROPERTIES
Cooper Brouard, Livingroom,
Martel Maides, Sarnia and Swoffers
51 IS MY BUILDING ADEQUATELY INSURED?
Lovell Ozanne examines the potential
pitfalls of building insurance
52 A PARTICULARLY CREATIVE YEAR
CCD Architects & Interior Designers
take a look back at 2016
56 THE DESIGNER TOUCH
Luxioso, the place to go for a new
kitchen, bathroom or bedroom
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There are more
with a wide range
of different types
available, as one
Richard Le Tocq,
the Head of Locate
Guernsey, the island’s inward investment
agency, explained the important role that
the Open Market plays in helping to bring
people to Guernsey.
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‘Guernsey is a fantastic place to live and work.
Those of us who can call it home are really very lucky,
and the island’s Open Property Market means access
to our excellent quality of life is also available to those
who may not have an existing familial connection to
Guernsey. Therefore, for the work of Locate Guernsey
and our very many stakeholders, the Open Market
Guernsey’s Local Housing Market of course also has
relevance and people who come to the island and
create additional employment may qualify for the right
to live in Local Market accommodation. Naturally,
Locate Guernsey supports this, as job creation and
economic diversification are key parts of what we do.
The Open Market is unlike property markets in other
territories in that it doesn’t require official governmental
permissions for incomers to take up residence. If you
have an EU passport and want to live in the island, then
the Open Market is a great route in. For those who
have non-EU passports, there are still excellent
Investor Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration
programmes, which also lead to an individual being able
to call Guernsey home. My Locate Guernsey colleagues
and I can explain more about these options.
As well as being an excellent residency mechanism,
the Open Market also gives the incomer so much more
than ‘merely’ a property. Living in Guernsey confers
various other advantages too: like a better work/
life balance, short journey times, beautiful land and
seascapes that just make you feel uplifted and a low rate
of income tax. All available through the Open Market.
Locate Guernsey can assist directly with relocations
into our Open Market. That could take a number of
different forms – we can assist with introductions to
different parts of Government or help make other
business or social connections. It’s all part of the service.
We’re fortunate also that the island has an excellent
professional services community to support the Open
Market and property
transactions within it.
Estate agencies, law
firms, surveyors and,
for those who may
need it, tax advice, are
available to ensure
that expert guidance
and advice is provided
all of that with
THE OPEN MARKET
IS UNLIKE PROPERTY
MARKETS IN OTHER
THAT IT DOESN’T
from the Locate Guernsey team and a smooth transition
Elsewhere in this supplement you’ll see some of
Guernsey’s Open Market properties to buy. There’s a
great range of options and at Locate Guernsey, amongst
other things, we promote many of these fine properties
through our @locateguernsey account on Twitter, where
we’ve been showcasing specific Open Market homes.
RELOCATING TO GUERNSEY?
THE TEAM AT LOCATE GUERNSEY CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS
DO YOU HOLD?
PURCHASE OR RENT AN
OPEN MARKET PROPERTY
Locate Guernsey exists to promote the island as a place to live and do business, and we’re also here to help
those making the move. The Open Market makes that easy. Visit us at locateguernsey.com to find out more
about our beautiful island and how you can make it your home.
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THE ONE FOR A LESS
One St Julian’s Avenue is a prestigious development of apartments with
exceptional spaces, quality furnishings and outstanding design, perfect
for luxurious living in the heart of St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Cupola windows and a large terrace boast fabulous views across the
island’s capital towards Herm, Sark, Jersey and France on a clear day.
Penthouse number 32 is finished to the highest standard – with white
silk-brushed oak floors, under-floor heating, the latest kitchen appliances
and home automation systems.
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For more information and to arrange a viewing
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CASTEL | £2,800,000 SOLE AGENT
A distinctive period house, built by one of Guernsey’s
most distinguished families during the 18th century in the
manner of a Breton Château.
The property is close to some of the island’s premier west
coast beaches and is only 600 metres from the village
shops and sandy bay at Cobo, which offers excellent
opportunities for windsurfing, swimming and sailing.
Extensively modernised and refurbished, Carteret Manor
is notable for its light and generously proportioned rooms
enjoying a south facing rear aspect overlooking secluded
walled gardens and tennis court. A fabulous family home
with a staff or guest annexe.
4 BEDROOM SUITES
GARDENS/ TENNIS COURT/
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CONTACT US +44 (0) 1481 236039
LA VILLE BAUDU, VALE | £1,850,000 SOLE AGENT
RUE DU PONT, ST PIERRE DU BOIS | £895,000
La Porte is a stunning example of a local Victorian
villa and one of 10 outstanding properties to have
been put on the new list of top tier protected
buildings. Lovingly upgraded and modernised by
our current vendors offering a balance of modern
living with beautiful period features.
Added sympathetic extensions create a bright and
spacious family home. the large south facing gardens
are beautifully maintained and filled with numerous
shrubs and trees. A large two floor renovated barn
provides ample space for studio, games/party room,
potential office storage and garage. There is excellent
parking, orchard and land with its own access the
whole set in a site of 1.53 acres.
A smart, stylishly presented detached bungalow
located in a rural lane a short drive/walk from
St Peter’s village and charming parish church.
The property has been recently renovated and
being neutrally decorated throughout can take
an array of interior styles.
Large windows allow plenty of light to flood the
rooms and afford lovely views over the private
and sheltered gardens. Reverse plan in design,
the ground floor comprises a garage and lobby
while the remainder of the accommodation is
located at garden level.
5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS
DETACHED RENOVATED BARN
3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS
INC. MASTER ENSUITE
PARKING AND GARDENS
ST. PETER PORT | £1,495,000 SOLE AGENT
Escallonia sits favourably on Mount Durand, neighbouring
the Governor’s residence. Georgian in architecture, the
house offers period features throughout, complemented
by a contemporary glass kitchen/dining extension to the
rear, which enjoys the afternoon/early evening sun.
The entrance hall has been recently glazed, providing
access through to the kitchen/dining room at the
rear of the house and the main hall. Ground floor
accommodation further comprises a cloakroom, drawing
room with a juxtaposed open plan piano room, snug and
The first floor offers two generous double bedrooms, a
single room/study, shower room and bathroom with stairs
leading to the master suite
on the second floor with
bathroom including wet
room and views across
St Peter Port. Externally, there
is parking to the front for
three cars and to the rear is a
private patio off the kitchen/
dining room, which leads
onto the lawned garden with
mature planting and a
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ST. PETER PORT | £3,450,000 SOLE AGENT
L’ETOILE DU NORD
CASTEL | £4,950,000
Albatross is a fully modernised, detached home
situated within the highly desirable Fort George
enclave. Located behind electric gates, Albatross
offers over 5,000sq ft of flexible accommodation
with the recent addition of an en-famille integrated
wing. Wing comprises sitting/dining room with
kitchenette, shower room and double bedroom.
Main house comprises hall, cloakroom, sitting room,
contemporary kitchen/dining room, utility room,
store room, basement snug/den and four generous
bedrooms (three of which boast en-suite facilities)
in addition to the wing. Garage, parking for multiple
vehicles and landscaped gardens.
Internal viewing essential.
A contemporary masterpiece constructed in 2011.
Arranged over three floors, the attention to detail
and high quality design aesthetic were fundamental
in winning prestigious awards from both the Royal
Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Guernsey
Design Awards. L’Etoile du Nord nestles into the
hillside with panoramic views over the countryside
towards Vazon Bay. Its stepped form and layered
use of materials are designed to merge into the
surrounding landscape and throughout the building
careful detailing blurs the boundary between inside
and out. Accommodation comprises generous
reception space, cinema and four bedrooms (all
en-suite). Garage, parking for multiple vehicles and
landscaped gardens. Internal viewing essential.
LE BIGARD, FOREST | £7,350,000 SOLE AGENT
A magnificent example of a traditionally constructed
manorial Longhouse dating back to the 16th century and
standing in an unspoilt hamlet on the edge of the island’s
spectacular south coast cliffs.
This imposing property was more recently subject to a
reconstruction project spanning four years that established
new benchmarks in terms of quality of craftsmanship and
meticulous attention to detail. Works at this time included
the complete underpinning of original walls, the addition
of sympathetic extensions, the raising of a whole new oak
framed roof, and the excavation of cellar space.
The historic and attractive form of the dressed and random
granite elevations are matched for character inside with
a superb array of carved
stone features, inglenook
fireplaces, flagged floors
and wood panelling.
5 OTHER ROOMS
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NO. 1 BELMONT HOUSE
QUEEN’S ROAD, ST PETER PORT | £2,650,000
UPPER ST JACQUES, ST PETER PORT | £1,600,000 SOLE AGENT
A superlative ground floor apartment with neo-
Regency features in one of the island’s foremost
developments of its kind.
Ranging through part of the original building and
substantial extensions, this graceful property offers
well in excess of 2,000sq ft of impressive living
space, which is all finished to the highest
This prestigious apartment overlooks beautifully
tended parkland style communal gardens at the
front, while a private walled rear garden has a
sheltered and sunny aspect and incorporates a
detached double garage with a studio over.
A characterful and very attractive listed farmhouse,
dating in part back to the 16th century, in a
surprisingly central location and within a walking
commute of the hub of town.
The property has been lovingly restored by the
current owners whose recent works have included
the sympathetic addition of two further bedrooms
and a shower room in the converted roof space.
Unusually light and bright for a house of this type,
the accommodation includes a feature vine house
overlooking a beautifully tended south facing
garden, which is also accessed from a semiindependent
ground floor wing.
APT 2 LES RESIDENCES
ROUTE DE CARTERET, CASTEL | £1,750,000
This penthouse measures approximately
1,350sq ft. Internally there is spacious living
accommodation which includes a designer
kitchen, dining room/living room, utility
room, cloakroom, separate WC, master
bedroom (with dressing area and
en-suite) and a further bedroom with
QUEENS ROAD, ST PETER PORT | £2,800,000
Stunning period town house situated only
a short walk away from the town centre.
Offering spacious living accommodation
retaining its period features of high ceilings
and large reception areas.
ROUTE DE SAUSMAREZ, ST MARTIN'S | £3,495,000
In a rural and sought after St Martin's location
with Fermain Bay and coastal cliff path walks
three minutes away by foot, this property
offers tranquil and luxurious living.
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FORT GEORGE, ST PETER PORT | £3,250,000
2 GRANGE TERRACE, ST PETER PORT | £1,495,000
Recent investment has created a stunning, modern
house with spacious reception areas together with
three bedroom suites, double garage and garden.
The property is configured in a reverse plan format
to take full advantage of the views. There are three
reception rooms including a drawing room with
large terrace facing south east.
Additionally, there is a spacious sitting room,
sun room and modern kitchen open to a glazed
The ground floor offers garaging, ample storage,
study/office and games room with potential to
create a fourth bedroom.
LISTED - Canada Lodge is a beautifully renovated
1830s period property situated on the Grange
Terrace leading into St Peter Port.
The ground floor offers a kitchen with access to
the low maintenance rear garden, study/snug and a
double reception room with double panelled doors.
The first floor of the house boasts three double
bedrooms (one en-suite). At the top of the house on
the second floor, there are a further three double
bedrooms, one en-suite and a bathroom.
BEAUCAMP DE HAUT
LES VIEUX BEAUCAMPS, CASTEL | £ P.O.A.
CONTACT US FOR A VIEWING
+44 (0) 1481 711766
AN EXCEPTIONAL GUERNSEY ESTATE.
UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE ISLAND’S
MOST SUBSTANTIAL HOMES.
For the first time in over 30 years Swoffers is pleased
to bring Beaucamp de Haut to the market and offer
a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the
island’s most substantial homes.
Standing in the middle of more than 35 acres of its
own land, it is a unique property which offers total
privacy and seclusion, its peace and tranquillity are a
true escape from the rest of the world.
Located in Guernsey’s finest countryside, in the central
parish of Castel, Beaucamp de Haut is only a few
minutes away from Guernsey’s west coast beaches
and a short drive from St Peter Port - the main town
and business centre.
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Reception Room 1 /
Master Bedroom Suite
Bedroom Suite 2
GUEST / STAFF
Laundry / Store Room
SELF CONTAINED UNIT
Kitchen / Breakfast
Large Storage Room
Plant Room 2
LE CLOS AU COMTE
ROUTE DE CLOS AU COMTE, CASTEL | £ P.O.A.
HISTORIC GUERNSEY FARMHOUSE
CONTACT US FOR A VIEWING
+44 (0) 1481 711766
Le Clos au Comte is a small country estate built around a
classic Guernsey farmhouse with a history going back to
1591, enjoying the tranquillity and views of the rural west
coast of Guernsey overlooking Vazon Bay. The property
sits in approximately 10 acres of land, including its own
In 1968 the house was reconstructed and extended into
a substantial property. Further modernisation took place
in the 1990s, followed by an ongoing programme of
meticulous maintenance and upgrading.
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Master bedroom suite
2 bathrooms and
wardrobe and terrace
RUE CAUCHEE, ST MARTIN’S | £3,650,000
This charming house was built in the early 1900s, and sits
amid grounds of over one acre, located just a short stroll
from the pretty village at St Martin’s and convenient for
the main town.
It has been constantly upgraded and modified into the
stylish home we see today, offering enviable living space.
The landscaped gardens enjoy a high degree of privacy
and a sunny aspect with plenty of parking, there is also a
double garage and newly built triple garage with fabulous
guest annexe above.
ORANGERY & GARDENS
FABULOUS GUEST ANNEXE
GARAGING FOR 6 CARS
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FORT GEORGE, ST PETER PORT | £ P.O.A.
Silver Seas is a sizeable property of over 3,800sq ft,
located on the prestigious and well located Fort George
development, close to the town centre and within
walking distance of the beautiful south coast cliffs
and bluebell woods.
The property offers five bedrooms and three reception
rooms and boasts stunning island and sea views.
Outside is a well cared for garden together with swimming
pool, garage and ample parking. This property really is one
SWIMMING POOL &
GARAGE & PARKING
ST MARTIN’S | £ P.O.A.
CLIFF TOP RETREAT
Dolphins occupies a magnificent front line south coast
position, with scope to enhance the existing property or
create a new modern 21st-century home with stunning
sea views and direct access to the picturesque cliff paths.
This unique property is set in six acres of total privacy
and is now available to the market for the first time in
60 years. Dolphins presents a once in a lifetime
opportunity to acquire a truly beautiful residence
on the island of Guernsey.
STUNNING FRONT LINE
SCOPE TO ENHANCE THE
SET IN SIX ACRES
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
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LES VIEUX MIELLES
LES MIELLES ROAD, L’ ANCRESSE, VALE | £2,350,000
Les Vieux Mielles is a rare opportunity to acquire a five
bedroom picturesque farmhouse situated on the edge
of L’Ancresse Common and a few minutes’ walk from
some of the best beaches on the island.
The property is close to a fantastic links golf course and
the beautiful Beaucette Marina.
Externally there is a walled garden laid to lawn with a
central path leading to the front door, to one side is a
further enclosed garden and driveway, which extends
to the parking area flanked by outbuildings.
Set in approximately 10 acres of gardens and fields with
stables, outbuildings and indoor swimming pool, this
farmhouse would make a fabulous family home.
3 RECEPTION ROOMS
GARAGING & PARKING
QUEENS ROAD, ST PETER PORT
MAIN HOUSE £2,350,000 | APARTMENT £600,000
Swoffers is delighted to offer this stunning period town
house situated just a few minutes’ stroll from St Peter Port,
the main town and seafront.
This beautiful house has been totally renovated resulting in
a fantastic home. The main house is set over four floors and
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Sustainable thinking is a significant part of
JG Architecture’s (JGA) design approach. With the
introduction of Policy GP9 (Sustainable Development)
to the new Island Development Plan (IDP), they discuss
how Guernsey could develop this policy to go beyond
the current requirement.
In June 2016, the UK Government
adopted their fifth carbon budget,
setting firm carbon targets for the
period 2028 to 2032. To achieve
these targets, bold and ambitious
policy action is required by the
construction industry, where it
has been projected that the UK’s
emissions from buildings will
exceed those recommended
by the Committee on Climate
Change for the fifth carbon budget
in 2030 by 18% (Guertler, 2016).
Guernsey’s building regulations
have always been several years
behind the UK’s current edition.
Therefore, neither the Guernsey
Technical Standards nor the new
IDP meet the current sustainability
requirements that require ‘bold
and ambitious policy action’.
A new policy on Sustainability has
now been written into Guernsey’s
IDP under General Policy GP9. This
requires designers to demonstrate
consideration of the ‘triple
bottom line’ (social, economic and
environmental factors), paying
special attention to the use of
energy and resources that could
impact the environment. This will
require consideration of materials,
the site’s location, orientation,
impact on the amenities of
neighbouring properties and the
proposal’s resilience to climate
change and flooding.
While this generic policy is being
developed, it will be interesting to
see if its content will represent a
clear and measureable framework,
similar to the Building Research
Assessment Method (BREEAM).
We, as a design practice, are
committed to providing a
sustainable design approach for
all of our projects. It is for this
reason that JGA follow BREEAM’s
voluntary framework; a framework
of best practice in sustainable
BREEAM schemes consider
10 criteria of compliance. JGA
have identified key points from
these schemes that could prove
beneficial for compliance during
Guernsey’s Planning Stage:
Energy: Reducing space heating
requirements within the home
will minimise the effects that
mechanical space heating has
on our environment because of
the CO2 emissions produced
during this process. This is largely
achieved through insulation
and material selection, but key
considerations to thermal bridges
and airtightness are also made.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing:
Providing a healthy and safe
internal and external environment
for building occupants is the
ultimate aim of design, while
simultaneously realising a new
and exciting living space that is
comfortable, and makes the most
efficient use of the space available.
Land Use: The recycling of
redundant structures, through
conversion, makes good use of
already developed land. JGA set
out to preserve any existing natural
habitats, biodiversity and ecology
systems within a project site.
This is achieved by introducing
appropriate protection methods
and, where possible, enhancing
these natural habitats by provision
of additional soft landscaping to
Waste: Where required, Policy
GP9 requires a waste management
plan to be submitted with
a planning application that
demonstrates how construction
waste is to be minimised; existing
materials are to be reused; and
how residual waste will be dealt
with. JGA design with flexibility
in mind when considering a
building’s lifecycle, and how
alterations to the property can be
achieved with the least amount of
The ultimate goal, through
design and the specification of
building materials is to encourage
a concept of ‘Reduce, Reuse,
Recycle’, which aims to divert
construction waste away from
landfill - a concept that is very
topical in Guernsey.
In 2012, 28% of commercial and
industrial waste was recycled,
15% composted, 20% incinerated
and 37% sent to landfill (Places,
Spaces & People, 2016). While
these landfill figures are slowly
decreasing, designers should
continue to help improve these
statistics through sustainable
JGA view sustainable design
as ‘design that meets present
needs, without compromising
future generations to meet their
own needs’, a philosophy that
could be promoted by Guernsey’s
Development & Planning
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EXTENSIONS - CONVERSIONS - NEW BUILDS
AT JG ARCHITECTURE,
AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE
INTEGRAL TO OUR DESIGN
Our design approach will ensure that you realise
a new and exciting living experience that meets
Communicating effectively with our clients is
fundamental. We will take the time to listen to and
understand your vision, provide clear planning
advice, and consider the construction process
at an early stage. This will allow us to obtain the
necessary Planning and Building Control approvals
for your project, with buildability in mind and value
James Gavey BSc (Hons)
Senior Architectural Technician
We advise that the construction phase is overseen
by JGA to ensure your project is delivered in line
with the approved specifications. This will minimise
the gap between what is designed, and what is
built – a gap that is common in the trade and we
endeavor to prevent. Employing JGA to oversee
your project as Contract Administrator will also
ensure that the appointed Contractor carries out
the work to a high standard of workmanship, in
accordance with the chosen contract and without
any unnecessary additional building costs.
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IS MY BUILDING ADEQUATELY INSURED?
ROSS PAISLEY, LOVELL OZANNE & PARTNERS SURVEYING LIMITED,
DISCUSSES THE POTENTIAL PITFALLS OF BUILDINGS INSURANCE.
If you are the owner of a property, be
it your home, office premises, hotel or
other building, you will undoubtedly
have buildings insurance. Thankfully,
most owners never have the need to
make a major claim on their policy but
will be comforted by the fact that they
have comprehensive cover. However,
will that cover be adequate if a major
The most common causes of major
claims are fire and water damage.
Our Building Surveyors regularly deal
with significant claims of these types.
The modern insurance industry is of
course very knowledgeable, supportive
and understanding to their customers
who are in the unfortunate position
of having a major claim. However,
our experience is that there are not
infrequent occasions when a property
owner finds that when it comes to
making a claim they are underinsured.
This rarely results in the claim being
rejected but in such cases insurers
are usually only obliged to pay a
proportion of the claim based pro-rata
on the actual sum insured compared
to the full insurance rebuilding value.
Imagine that you have a major fire or
flood at your property which results in
damage of say £250,000 and finding
that you are 40% underinsured. In
such a case you may recover only
60% of your repair costs leaving a
potential £100,000 shortfall. This often
becomes apparent when making a
smaller or medium sized claim when
the same principle applies.
Many property owners have a level
of insurance which was calculated
(or estimated) some years ago and has
since been increased annually in line
with inflation or other means. Property
owners, perhaps understandably,
expect that this gives them adequate
protection. Alternatively, some owners
believe that if they are insured for a
sum roughly equivalent to what they
perceive to be the market value of
their property then they are adequately
insured. Our experience has shown
that such circumstances often result
in an underinsured position. Another
misconception is that it is fine to insure
for ‘what I can rebuild for’.
This would be a mistake as insurance
cover and competitive premiums are
based on the general market not select
IT IS UP TO THE
...NOT THE INSURER
In addition to basic rebuilding costs,
some property owners may not realise
that buildings insurance needs to cover,
amongst other things, site features and
services (which may run a long way to
the boundary). Higher quality fittings
can also impact.
Typically, house rebuilding insurance
would include the main building, any
garage, glazed buildings, garden walls,
swimming pools, drives and paths and
any other elements. On top of
that there should be an allowance
for demolition, site clearance,
professional fees and the cost of
any statutory applications.
Certain local insurers produce
helpful tables, which can assist with
establishing the level of buildings
insurance recommended for dwellings.
Property owners wrongly assume
that insurers have the responsibility
to advise how much their building
should be insured for. In fact it is up
to the property owner to check that
the building is adequately insured, not
the insurer. With regard to commercial
buildings, which can be considerably
larger and more complex, there are
no such tables produced which will
provide accurate local information, and
expert advice is therefore necessary.
If you are unsure about the amount
of insurance cover you should have
for your property there are easy ways
to address this. Apart from the guides
mentioned above, your insurer or
broker may provide guidance on where
to get advice or you can contact an
experienced chartered surveyor who
can carry out a relatively inexpensive
calculation for your particular property.
In our professional experience
there are few more unfortunate
circumstances than a customer
having the major worry of a significant
loss and finding out that they are
underinsured, perhaps leaving them
with a damaged property and a
shortfall in the funds required to
reinstate it to its original condition.
2016 LOOKING BACK
ON A PARTICULARLY
By Oliver Westgarth RIBA
2016 caught us a bit by surprise,
it's only now, looking back on it,
that we see it for what it was. There
is no question that the Guernsey
construction industry (in, at least
apparent, contrast to Jersey) has
had a tough year to 18 months.
Whether delayed impact from the
global financial crisis, a reaction to
Brexit or simply a cyclical dip in
confidence, there is less activity,
fewer cranes on the skyline. There
has been a noticeable impact on
certain sub-sectors of the industry
The most significant impact has
been on large scale housing and
infrastructure projects but there
has also been a slowdown on
the high-end of the Open Market.
The slowdowns in both have seen
Guernsey’s largest developer ‘go
under’, a number of medium sized
building firms close down and
many of the larger building firms
The local housing market seems
pretty sound, with consistent
transaction stats reflecting a level
of domestic confidence, and in fact
the latest figures on overall Open
Market transactions are also up.
Over the last decade we at
CCD have become especially
well recognised for two areas of
our work; the conservation and
modification of historic buildings
(which are skills that have always
been at the core of the practice)
and the design of one-off bespoke
houses, many of which have been
at this high-end of the Open Market.
In fact, throughout this time we’ve
continued to produce many Local
Market new-builds, extensions
and renovations for our core local
clientele, larger projects for a group
of loyal developer clients and a
number of community centre and
civic or ecclesiastical projects,
(such as Le Bourg’s Hospice,
St Stephen’s Community Centre,
Holy Trinity Centre etc). We’ve
been quite happy being known
for this work as conservation and
contemporary design are two areas
which represent what we pride
ourselves on, namely, developing
innovative design solutions using
the best of old and new methods
Both conservation and design
require an integrity of process,
specialist knowledge, constant
innovation, real passion and a
constant balancing of value. All
the things we enjoy most, and
exactly what distinguishes good
architecture from average, whether
traditional or contemporary.
So what’s changed for us in the
last 18 months or so? Well, until
looking back at the end of our
financial year, we had assumed it
was business as usual - we've
certainly been extremely busy -
but in retrospect there does seem
to have been one major twist.
‘Business as usual’ in that we
have still been responsible for four
out of five of the most significant
Open Market planning approvals on
Guernsey (three of which for new
THE LATEST FIGURES
ON OVERALL OPEN
ARE ALSO UP
contemporary houses on beautiful
cliff top sites). But while four
approvals like this (one representing,
what we believe to be, the largest
single dwelling ever approved on
the island, at around 24,226sq ft)
makes 2016 a truly bumper year,
we have yet to see one of them
start being built.
One is now moving forward at
pace, but nonetheless this static
period is unusual and has disrupted
the last decade’s flow of these
very time consuming
The slowdown, while at times
frustrating, has actually had an
interesting, positive and somewhat
liberating effect on the rest
of our portfolio.
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Senior members of the team,
who might often be heavily
committed to these demanding
‘flagship’ projects, have been able
to focus more of their energy on
less obvious areas. This nurturing
of often less ‘thrusting’ projects has
lead to us now having what we feel
to be the most exciting, diverse and
creative portfolio we have ever had.
The portfolio remains true to our
central values of high quality (which
doesn't inherently mean expensive)
considered architecture founded
on a deep knowledge and care for
historic buildings and natural
environment or context, merged
with ever-evolving new thinking
and innovative practices.
Whether these admittedly lofty
aims manifest in physical, technical
or aesthetic decisions or simply
in the processes we go about
to develop a client's brief, the
principals really are at the core
of all we do.
Just to give you a bit of a flavour
of what we mean; in the same year
that we have lead the project to
restore The Little Chapel, we have
also designed Tinto (one of the
most compact but visually individual
restaurants on the island); designed
a cutting edge new children’s
library for the Guille-Allès (over
multiple levels with flying walkways,
nooks and crannies for budding
bookworms); designed and received
planning approvals for an exciting
new Centre of Sports Excellence at
the Blanchelande College, received
planning permission and begun
works on the conversion of the
Fermain Tower (a protected
monument) into Guernsey’s
smallest boutique self-catering unit,
planned and planted a collaborative
project to reintroduce an apple
orchard at the historic Les Caches
Farm site, are undertaking two
master planning projects, an
underground swimming pool
complex, partly cantilevering
out into a valley, a private house
hanging over a historic quarry, the
sub-division of two listed open
market houses into multiple flats,
designing a sheltered housing
scheme, undertaking a ‘radical’
listed barn conversion, two bespoke
libraries, two experimental
ornamental outbuildings and
much more besides.
All of these projects either relate
to or are informed by our work on
historic and/or bespoke new
buildings, touching on both sides
of the virtuous circle that these
apparently disparate areas of our
work actually represent.
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There’s no space to go into any
more detail on any of the exciting
projects we’re currently working
(for more see our social media
pages) but in conclusion 2016, may
have brought challenges for the
construction sector generally,
but in adversity we have found
inspiration and satisfaction.
Let’s of course hope the industry
bounces back, there are signs that
it already is, but let’s also not miss
the fact that these are the very times
that innovation and creativity often
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Over the last eight years Luxioso has quietly blossomed into
the place to go for a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
With a stunning new showroom in St Martin’s village, it’s definitely
worth a visit if you want to add a unique touch to your home.
The Luxioso team will give you expert advice and source products
that aren’t available anywhere else on the island.
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‘IF IT’S NOT FUNCTIONAL
PLEASING IT’S NOT IN
SAYS JUSTIN LE TISSIER
Justin Le Tissier and his fellow designers Justeen Baker
and Mike Henderson have a wealth of experience and
bags of enthusiasm for providing bespoke designs for
clients, whatever their budget.
That means seeking out high quality suppliers and
keeping up with the latest technology, plus knowing
how to incorporate interesting details that bring a
design together and inject that all-important wow
factor. ‘Manufacturers are constantly on the cusp of
new ideas and innovation so product training is key,’
adds Justin. ‘There are so many different products on
the market and it’s very hard to be well informed about
what’s right for you, so to have all the experts available
at Luxioso can be a breath of fresh air.’
It is not just the designers’ product knowledge that
sets them apart, but the fact that they manage every
project from start to finish. As Justin explains, ‘We’re
very protective over our projects because we see them
all the way through, rather than just handing over
the design.’ This bespoke service is available for the
whole house: kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and
bedrooms, even swimming pools and gyms.
And the new showroom provides inspiration and
gives you a real feel for how your completed
project could look
Luxioso’s modern kitchen brand is Cesar, an Italian
manufacturer providing a range of materials at different
price points. ‘The Italians have a real flair for design and
dare to go where the Germans don’t,’ says Justin.
From concrete-effect laminate to actual concrete,
and textures from glossy to leathered, these can be
combined in a unique way: ‘People are being quite
architectural in their modern designs, with contrasting
textures being key.’
Davonport is an English company that crafts
handmade wooden kitchens, each one completely
bespoke. Everything is made from European oak,
dovetailed and beautifully finished, at prices that
compare favourably with mass-produced brands.
There’s even a 25-year guarantee, which most firms
will not offer. Whilst Davonport is ideal if you love
traditional farmhouse kitchens, their designs also work
well for a more individual look. ‘We’re seeing a trend
for a more classically modern kitchen, something a bit
more eclectic, and I think that’s borne from the fact
that people are cooking more and using their kitchens
in more adventurous ways,’ says Justin. ‘People want
longevity for their investment, they don’t want to put
something in and in five years’ time have to replace
because it’s out of fashion, so they are opting for a
more timeless theme.’
Those of us who aren’t designers might not know
how to give our kitchen a funky edge, but the team at
Luxioso does. For example, Buster + Punch hardware
has an industrial look which works brilliantly with timber
units, and Dornbracht is a high-end brassware supplier
making taps in gorgeous designs and unusual finishes.
When it comes to
appliances, the Germans
are always ahead of the
game and Luxioso is
Guernsey’s sole built-in
dealer for high-end Miele,
and a partner
of Bosch. Smart
appliances are coming
to the fore, such as
Bosch’s Home Connect
range which links to an
app on your phone. You
can activate your oven
wherever you are and
BECAUSE WE SEE
THEM ALL THE
RATHER THAN JUST
the app has an interactive cookbook; the oven also
has an assistance tool which works out cooking times
and even adds steam during the process – perfect for
producing chicken or fish with moist flesh and a crispy
skin. You can programme the Home Connect coffee
machine to make your Latte or Americano exactly
how you like it, and fridge-freezers are equipped with a
camera so if you’ve forgotten to check how much milk
you have, you can check via the app whilst you’re in the
The kitchen/diner works with the way we live now
and that means extraction is more important than ever.
Italian company Falmec offers extraction systems that
are effective and quiet and look stunning at the
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As with Luxioso’s kitchens, the team’s ethos is
summed up by Justin when he says, ‘If you’re making a
big investment it should look classy and expensive, but
just because something looks expensive doesn’t mean
that it has to be hard on the pocket.’ The Danish excel at
bathroom design, with Dansani the chosen supplier.
The showroom features a walkthrough wardrobe
leading to a shower room, illustrating what you can
achieve on a shoestring in a small space. Other
fascinating displays include a working steam room and
a Moroccan-inspired cloakroom with a curved roof and
a toilet with a platinum-coated base. As Justin points
out: ‘The cloakroom is often overlooked but it’s one of
the most important rooms in a house. Everyone will use
it and spend some time on their own in there.’
Lighting is key in any room and Justin - who has won
a National Bathroom Designer award – is also qualified
in lighting design. Low-level lighting is perfect for ensuites
as you don’t have to put the main light on if you
get up in the middle of the night, and the steam room
stimulates the senses as it goes through a programme
of changing lights.
Walk-in showers are popular, as are luxurious
free-standing baths, available in any colour. It’s the
details that make all the difference - so you can see
examples of a modern take on the traditional Victorian
tile and taps with an industrial finish from British
company Samuel Heath.
Visit the Luxioso showroom on Grande Rue,
St Martin’s, Guernsey or go to luxioso.com.
Italian design reigns in the living room and bedroom,
not just the kitchen. Presotto furniture is available in
a wide range of finishes and textures, with sculptural
designs that transform your home into a unique space.
We all want to be proud of our homes and to have
something different, maybe even a little quirky. Walk
into Luxioso’s showroom and begin your design
journey with them - you will quickly appreciate that
their expert knowledge and advice will allow you to
achieve just that.
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to life in Alderney
In this, the second in a three-part series on the third largest Channel Island,
En Voyage explores the many layers of history to be uncovered in Alderney,
from Neolithic to Roman, Medieval to Georgian and Victorian to WWII.
Although Alderney’s history has often been tumultuous, it has always been
enthralling and it can be readily explored today.
Alderney shares its prehistory with the other islands
in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, becoming an island in the
Neolithic period. Since then it has possessed a unique
heritage, which is recorded in an incredible mix of
Roman, Napoleonic and German architecture.
There is evidence of farming on Alderney dating back
from the Neolithic period, and many artifacts have been
found on the island. You
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IS LONGER THAN
ANY IN THE UK
can see these at the multi
Museum run by the
Alderney Society, a group
of dedicated volunteers.
With five galleries to see,
including a regularly
exhibition space, you will discover an island community
changing over the years, due to both external and
Alderney’s position in the English Channel, some
60 miles south of Portland Bill and just eight miles
from the French coast, has made it an important
military outpost since Roman times. Around 300 AD,
the Romans occupying the Channel Islands built a small
fort at Longis Bay. Known locally as the Nunnery, it is
remarkably intact today. Although it was subjected to
modifications by both British and German forces, these
too have historical significance.
Privateering, or licensed piracy on shipping belonging
to enemies of the Crown, provided much of the island’s
income during the 18th century. The Clock Tower, part
of the original church, Les Mouriaux House, Island Hall
and the Town School (now the museum) were built
during this period.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Guernsey
and Jersey twice, but they made three visits to
Alderney. They came to observe the construction
of the breakwater and a chain of 18 forts and
batteries built to defend Alderney against potential
French attacks. The breakwater is an important
landmark and is longer than any in the UK.
Although some of these forts are derelict, Fort
Clonque was rescued by the Landmark Trust in
1966 and comfortably accommodates up to 13
people - you can book a short break there through
their website. Perched on a group of large rocks,
you reach it by a spectacular causeway leading
to a drawbridge.
It is, perhaps, the legacy of the German
Occupation of Alderney that brings most historyseeking
visitors to the island. On 23 June 1940,
all but six of the island’s 1,400 residents were
evacuated, nine days before the German arrival.
Of all the Channel Islands’ Occupation stories,
Alderney’s is the most harrowing.
The island became one of the most heavily
defended fortresses in Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, with the
occupying forces constructing over 600 bunkers
and defences against invasion, using forced labour.
They also laid over 30,000 mines which were
successfully removed before the islanders returned.
Four labour camps were established - named after
the German islands Borkum, Helgoland, Norderney
and Sylt - to accommodate the workers who built
the fortifications under Organisation Todt, and the
last of these was later taken over by the SS. Research
into the fate of the slave labourers in Alderney is still
ongoing, notably by Dr Gillian Carr, but it is known
that they were brutally treated and that at least 87
prisoners died in Camp Sylt alone. The Hammond
Memorial is dedicated
OF ALL THE
ALDERNEY’S IS THE
by islanders to the
labourers, and can be
found at Saye Bay.
Do visit Bibette Head,
the site of some of the
most interesting and
defences in Alderney.
With its intact trenches, tunnel, armoured machine
gun cupola and casemated gun positions, this site
offers a remarkable insight into the fortification
of the island.
Following extensive clearance and conservation
work, Cambridge Battery at Fort Tourgis is an
excellent example of how the original Victorian
fortifications were adapted by the German forces
during WWII. An information board in the searchlight
position gives a panoramic detail of the surrounding
Although those returning to Alderney in 1945 faced
hardship and uncertainty, they showed great spirit
as they slowly rebuilt their island home.
A full calendar of events commemorates and
celebrates Alderney’s heritage.
24-26 MARCH 2017
FESTIVAL – HISTORY –
FACTS & FICTION
The Alderney Literary
Festival is a niche
event that promotes
the enjoyment of
Speakers include poets,
crime writers and
12–19 APRIL 2017
Part of the Channel
Islands Heritage Festival,
which runs from 8
April – 10 May, this
year’s festival is themed
around ‘Heroes, myths
Discover the history of
and defences on the
many guided tours
and walks taking place
in May, and through
26–29 MAY 2017
This year’s festival theme
is Venice, which will
be reflected in events
celebrating the arts
in historic venues all
around the island.
Events include a
production by Limbic
ball with entertainment
and a gourmet meal, upand-coming
fairytale magic from a
from the creators of The
Icebook, opera recitals
On bank holiday Monday
the inner harbour
fiesta will host local
and international folk
Gabby Young and band,
Robert J Hunter and
Kevin Pallot. Enjoy the
relaxed atmosphere with
local produce served
by local restaurants
and washed down with
locally produced ales
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IN THE BAILIWICK?
8 April-10 May
Various events across the islands
8 April-6 May
SEND A POSTCARD WITH
Iris & Dora, Ruette Braye
Pop into Iris & Dora’s studio and have a
go at printing your own postcard using a
vintage letterpress printing machine.
8 April-10 May
GUERNSEY HEROES EXHIBITION
Guernsey Information Centre
An exhibition celebrating the many Guernsey
heroes (famous and lesser known) who have
shaped the unique history of our island and
left an unforgettable mark on the world.
The UK’s most authentic Fleetwood Mac
tribute show, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood
himself, will be performing at The Doghouse,
Guernsey’s finest live music venue.
GUERNSEY LITERARY FESTIVAL
The fifth Guernsey Literary Festival brings
a mix of talks, music and special events centred
in and around St Peter Port. The festival will team
up with Guernsey Museums to host Museums at
Night on 12 May. The evening, in the atmospheric
setting of Castle Cornet, will include live music,
author talks, poetry readings, children’s activities,
a book fair and castle tours.
Entry to all outdoor events at the castle will be
free with ticketed events to talks available to
purchase in advance.
Join islanders for a
day of celebrations
the islands’ freedom
from German Occupation
during World War II.
St Peter Port
On Sundays throughout the
summer St Peter Port seafront
is closed to traffic and transforms
into a sea of market stalls and
al fresco dining. Take part in
cookery demonstrations and
free tastings of traditional dishes.
Browse stalls selling local
produce and crafts – or simply
take advantage of the al fresco
dining and watch the world go by.
LIBERATION DAY PARADE
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20 May-4 June
Spring is a perfect time to explore
the beautiful blossoming coastlines
or amble around the ancient
town. There are walks morning,
afternoon and evening designed for
all abilities. These guided walks are
ideal for visitors who want to see
the island or discover more about
WHAT’S ON ELSEWHERE?
THE BOAT RACES
@the Thames, London
Watch crews from Oxford and Cambridge
universities battle it out on the Thames during the
famous 4.2 mile Cancer Research UK Boat Race
and the Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race.
Up to 250,000 people gather to witness one of the
biggest free sporting spectacles in London so why
not join in the celebrations?
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
@Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Direct from a smash-hit West End season and
international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning
book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly
and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s
fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile
13 April-20 May
@The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a shipwreck,
Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself
as a man. Finding a job – and love – at the court
of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in
mistaken identities when her disguise begins to
cause more problems than it solves. With some
of Shakespeare’s most popular characters caught
up in this outrageous tale of misadventure, join
Malvolio, Maria and Feste as they argue, drink and
trick their way through the wild world of Illyria.
@Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol
Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation
of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart,
a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.
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En Voyage talks to James Partridge, founder of Changing Faces, about his love
of Guernsey and passion for an organisation that has helped change so many lives.
James Partridge, the founder of nationwide charity
Changing Faces, made his wife’s native island of
Guernsey his home almost four decades ago. He and
his wife Caroline turned around a derelict farm and
grew a herd of fine Guernsey cows. But then in 1992,
all that changed as he created Changing Faces from
scratch. Life-changing for so many, the organisation
is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
After he was seriously burnt in a car accident at 18
years old back in 1970, James had always wanted to
share the unique insights he gained during his long
recovery and put them to positive use. So he wrote
the book Changing Faces, the Challenge of Facial
Disfigurement, published by Penguin in 1990, and
its warm reception led to the founding of Changing
Faces just two years later. With the establishment of the
charity, he was able to build a team to develop the ideas
of the book, and to work for the rights and inclusion
of people with facial and bodily disfigurements.
It is estimated that over a million people in the UK
have a scar, condition or loss of function that affects
their appearance in a way that they find distressing
and affects the quality of their life. ‘Changing Faces
has pioneered and advocated for much more
psychological and social support for people who have
or acquire disfigurements for any reason - from birth
or after accidents, facial paralysis, facial cancer or skin
conditions like acne, psoriasis and vitiligo,’ said James.
The charity is now planning the UK’s first
Face Equality Day on 26 May 2017 – exactly
25 years to the day since the launch.
For James, alongside a strong family life (he and
Caroline have three children and four grandchildren),
his greatest achievement has been to grow Changing
Faces to become a respected source of support,
inspiration and advocacy for people with disfigurements.
‘We have won legal protection for them against
discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 in England
and Wales, and launched the campaign for face
equality - despite the doubters who say “you’ll never
change people’s attitudes to disfigurement”!’
James believes there is still a great deal to be done
through Changing Faces. ‘I want to make the things
that Changing Faces has advocated for – and started
to achieve – in the UK become do-able aspirations for
people with disfigurements across the world,’ he said.
The 64-year-old is recognised as a charismatic
speaker and influential advocate for disfigurement
in the UK. As a result he has taken part in numerous
documentaries, interviews and panel discussions.
In November 2009, James was a guest newsreader for
a week on Five News. He was the first ever person with
a disfigurement to do so worldwide – a breakthrough
designed to foster acceptance and inclusion of people
with disfigurements in society.
James was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal
College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005 and has
Honorary Doctorates from both of the Universities in
Bristol, his birthplace. In March 2010 he won the Third
Sector award for Most
Admired Charity Chief
Executive 2010 and in
October 2010, the Beacon
Prize for Leadership.
James currently splits
his time between London
and Guernsey, where he is
a Trustee and Director of
the Guernsey Community
Foundation, and appreciates
IT IS ESTIMATED
THAT OVER A
IN THE UK HAVE A
OR LOSS OF
much about the island. ‘Its vistas and light, its beaches
and lanes, its cows and flora, its history and community...
and most all, my feeling that it is home for me and my
family,’ he said.
‘If I could change one thing about Guernsey it would
be to have civilised politics built on clear mandates,
and one thing off: to remove Guernsey’s tarnished
name as a tax haven... neither probably achievable.’
The Channel Islands branch of Changing Faces
was launched in April 2006 and aims to offer
advice and raise local awareness. It supports and
represents people throughout the Channel Islands
who have disfigurements of the face or body, from
any cause – and works closely with the UK charity.
After all he has achieved, personally and professionally,
James would like to be remembered for being an
energetic force for fairness and face equality.
Find out more about James and Changing Faces
London has an array of cracking events this Easter
and En Voyage takes a look at a few of them.
Book direct flights
to London City,
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
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From 1-17 April
visitors can follow
the Easter Giant
Duck Trail around
nature reserve at
the WWT London
to discover where
they are hiding. Afterwards you can join in the Easter
arts and crafts sessions to make your own seasonal
gifts to take home.
On Good Friday
and returning for
its eighth year,
see the biblical
brought to life at the
of The Passion of
Jesus in Trafalgar
Square. Witness a cast of more than 100 actors and
volunteers from the Wintershall Players dressed in
splendid costumes, as well as horses, donkeys and
doves, come together to create an authentic scene
in the famous square.
EASTER GIANT DUCK TRAIL
AT KEW GARDENS
Across the same 17-day
period, the Moomins
will be coming out of
hibernation and visiting
Kew Gardens for the first
time. Spring will be well
and truly underway and
the iconic gardens will
be full of spectacular
colour boasting a specially
designed Moomin trail
for children to follow
with interactive activities,
workshops, Moomin dens and much more.
Over at Battersea
Park Children’s Zoo
they’re stretching out
their celebrations for
with a basket-load of things to do.
Good Friday plays host to Easter Bunny Day
– a chance to meet real rabbits, make your
own set of ears and have your face painted
– while crafts and an egg display of the smallest
and largest eggs laid at the zoo are part of
Egg-stravaganza Days on 4 & 6 April.
The Easter Egg Search runs from 1-17 April too.
King’s Cross also welcomes families to an array of
events such as egg painting and hunts. Further
information to be released at kingscross.co.uk
nearer the time.
Looking for something even more adventurous?
Head north to Carnaby and the home of
Choccywoccydoodah, an art and design
focused chocolaterie born in the bohemian city
of Brighton. It specialises in chocolate, one-off
sculptured fantasies, bespoke wedding cakes
and chocolate gifts.
LOOKING FOR A
HUNT WITH A DIFFERENCE?
Hop aboard the London & Essex Railway Easter
Egg Hunt. Running from 14-17 April along the
length of the Epping Ongar Railway on the Easter
Express, solving riddles and finding eggs along
One of the best places to join the fun is right
outside Epping Underground Station where
the vintage London Bus takes you directly to
North Weald Station. Pre-booking is encouraged
however tickets are also available on the day.
15 APRIL CHELSEA
Celebrate all things chocolatey at the Duke of
York Square in the heart of Chelsea on 15 April.
The glamorous square boasts over 30 stores
including flagships for Richard Ward and Liz Earle
and is also home to the iconic Saatchi Gallery and
one of London’s best artisan food markets.
For one day only, the square’s celebrated food
market will be chocolate themed, serving hordes
of chocaholics with their favourite brands and
independent artisans to discover.
EASTER FUN DAY
Rounding off the celebrations, Easter Monday
hosts an array of treats including an Easter Fun
Day at Islington’s Freightliners City, where you can
enter the Easter Bonnet Parade – you can rock up
with your homemade bonnet or make one at the
farm. There will also be stalls, face painting and, of
course, an egg hunt.
CADBURY EGG HUNTS
And finally, the big boy of chocolate, Cadbury,
has joined forces with the National Trust to give
families an opportunity to explore some stunning
properties and gardens in and around London.
The ever-popular Cadbury Egg Hunts offer not
only a chance to get your chocolate fix, but
every time you head out on a Cadbury Egg Hunt
you’ll be helping the National Trust fund vital
conservation work to protect special places:
Brave knights and
dragon hunters can
known at Bodiam
Castle where rangers
have found dragons’
eggs hidden around
the grounds. Help
find all the eggs
to save the castle
from a fiery end and
receive a delicious
For more information on Cadbury Egg Hunts go
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Hong Kong is a feast for the senses where old and
new exist in delightful harmony. With its iconic skyline,
amazing cuisine and so much to see and do, a trip to
this fascinating city should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Hong Kong is a former British colony on the Pearl River
Delta of East Asia, and is now an autonomous territory.
Macau lies to the west and the Chinese province of
Guangdong borders the territory to the north. Hong
Kong’s densely populated urban centre is a major port
and global financial hub, its famous skyline studded with
skyscrapers. Yet you can have so much more than a city
break, since mountains and country parks make up over
70% of Hong Kong, and islands surround it.
HOW TO GET THERE
Aurigny operates regular
flights to Gatwick and Cathay
Pacific flies direct to Hong
Kong from there, with a flight
duration of 11 hours 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you could travel
via Dubai with Emirates.
WHEN TO GO
The perfect time to visit Hong
Kong is October to May. June to
August is hot and rainy, whilst
September is typhoon season.
WHERE TO STAY
Most hotels are concentrated
on colonial Hong Kong Island
and in Kowloon on the mainland,
with Hong Kong Island the
pricier of the two. Many offer
panoramic harbour vistas, but do
expect to pay more for a room
with a view. In recent years,
lots of hotels and resorts have
opened on the outlying islands.
HONG KONG ISLAND
There are plenty of luxury
options here, such as the Upper
House, with sleek rooms, a
manicured lawn where guests
can enjoy free yoga classes and a
café famous for its afternoon tea.
Tuve is a four-star boutique hotel
full of industrial glam, its design
inspired by a series of haunting
photos of Lake Tuve in Sweden.
The Mira Moon on Causeway
Bay is a trendy alternative, with
90 stylish guestrooms and a
penthouse suite, whilst Butterfly
on Morrison is a modestly
priced boutique hotel with
clean, contemporary rooms.
Kowloon also has lots of options
to choose from, with Nathan Road
and the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront
being the most popular areas.
The Peninsula is a luxury hotel
with a rooftop helipad and a
fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms.
Designed by famous local
architects, the Hotel ICON has a
heated rooftop pool, a spa and
a health club. If you’re on a tight
budget, Urban Pack is a lively
hostel with mixed and women’s
dorms as well as new private
rooms and suites. Rain showers,
free coffee and a massage
chair are nice extra touches.
The Tai O Heritage Hotel is
Lantau’s coolest hotel, with
nine rooms housed in a former
police station. Concerto Inn
is a good three-star resort in
Lamma, overlooking tropical
gardens and the sea.
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WHERE TO EAT
Hong Kong’s cuisine is technically Cantonese,
but it is known for its almost unrivalled culinary
internationalism, with many of the world’s best chefs
having set up outposts here. Opened by a former
Four Seasons chef, Tim Ho Wan in Central District was
the first ever budget dim sum place to be awarded a
Michelin star. The baked barbecue pork bun is its top
seller. Yè Shanghai in Kowloon also has a Michelin star
and serves modern dishes in a romantic atmosphere.
For great value seafood, head to the outlying islands.
Cathay Pacific flies to Hong Kong from
Gatwick at 11:35 each day. You’ll land in
your destination first thing in the morning.
If you’re nervous about catching the red
eye from Guernsey, why not stay at one
of Gatwick’s hotels and enjoy a leisurely
breakfast before you fly?
The return flight leaves Hong Kong at
00:45 and lands at 05:50, so you can
catch the 08:35 Aurigny flight back home.
WHAT TO DO
We could fill En Voyage with all there is to do in
Hong Kong, so here are the must-do highlights.
No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a
ride on a Star Ferry, a fleet of vessels with names like
Celestial Star and Twinkling Star. Take your first trip
on a clear night from Kowloon to Central – it’s not so
dramatic in the opposite direction. Star Ferry also runs
a 60-minute Harbour Tour with calling points at Tsim
Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai.
Standing at 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest point
on Hong Kong Island. It’s one of the most visited spots
by tourists and, with its sweeping views, it’s easy to
see why. The best way to reach the Peak is by the
125-year-old, gravity-defying Peak Tram. The lower
terminus in Central has an interesting gallery that
features a replica of the earliest carriage and the upper
terminus is the site of the old governor’s summer
lodge. Japanese soldiers destroyed it during WWII but
the lovely gardens remain and are open to the public.
Man Mo Temple was built in 1847 during the
Qing dynasty by wealthy Chinese merchants and
is dedicated to the gods of literature and war. The
colonial government accepted oaths taken at this
Taoist temple – often accompanied by the ritual
beheading of a rooster.
Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise and it has 14 Louis
Vuitton shops alone. For more local atmosphere head
to the Tung Choi Street Market in Mongkok. You’ll find
some bargains at the Ladies’ Market and on Sneaker
Street, and a stroll around Goldfish Market is
recommended – feng shui subscribers regard an
aquarium of goldfish as a good luck charm. Temple
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Is a trip to the New Forest
something that’s always
sounded like an idyllic pipe
dream that you’ll get around
to embracing ‘someday’?
Well, why not make 2017 the
year you do commit to this longawaited
adventure? To make
your decision even easier, here’s
some answers to a few questions
you might have, to save you the
trouble of researching
WHERE EXACTLY IS THE
Located in the county of
Hampshire on the south-central
coast of England, the New Forest
is a National Park spanning
an area of 150 square miles.
Varied landscapes that include
picturesque villages, woodland,
heathland, saltmarshes, rivers
and mudflats, attract a variety
of wildlife. Deer, ponies, donkeys,
bats, sand lizards, woodlarks,
oystercatchers, dragonflies and
butterflies are just some of the
creatures that call the New
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF
YEAR TO GO?
The short answer is – any
time! Each season brings with
it different benefits. Spring is an
exciting time of new growth, while
colourful autumnal leaves make
for particularly beautiful forest
walks, and winter brings with it the
stunning illuminations of Beaulieu
Palace House, kindling a feeling
of festive cheer.
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WHERE SHOULD YOU STAY?
A range of accommodation is
available to suit all budgets and
lengths of stay. For luxury, some
of the New Forest hotels offer
exceptional service, surroundings,
and spa facilities, such as the
five-star Lime Wood boutique
country house. For a more
affordable option that still offers
home comforts, there is a wide
range of B&Bs and guesthouses
to choose from. Other choices
include self-catering, camping,
caravanning, holiday parks, dogfriendly
places that are specially geared
up for a family stay, or those with
specific accessibility requirements.
Should you be in the New Forest
for a walking holiday, a list of
accommodation that has been
specially approved for walkers
is available, including B&Bs,
self-catering and hotel options.
Any place featured on the list
meets certain requirements,
such as being equipped with
facilities for washing clothes and
making packed lunches, as well as
loaning maps and geographical
books to help walkers plan
and navigate their route.
HOW CAN YOU SPEND
For active holidaymakers
wishing to explore, horse riding,
cycling and walking tours are
all great ways to see the area.
Water sports have a strong uptake
with rib boat rides, water-skiing,
and canoeing among the
WISHING TO EXPLORE,
HORSE RIDING, CYCLING
AND WALKING TOURS
ARE ALL GREAT WAYS
TO SEE THE AREA.
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OUT FOR A RIDE IN THE FOREST
PUBS TO FIVE-STAR
If history is of interest, Fordingbridge
Museum sheds light on what life was like in
wartime, while the Beaulieu National Motor
Museum makes a great day out for the
whole family. The New Forest Centre is a
must, as it offers a multitude of activities and
a wealth of information
about the New Forest
that will help you make
WHERE ARE THE BEST
PLACES TO EAT?
the most of your trip.
Wildlife lovers will be
well occupied with
the New Forest Reptile
Centre, Deer Safari and
Wildlife Park. If you’d like
to just indulge, relax and
switch off, a spa day will
have you feeling
rejuvenated in no time.
After a day of adventuring, you’re going to
want a good meal to restore your energy.
Likewise, a fitting meal needs to suitably
round off an indulgent day of pampering
if you’ve spent your day in the spa. From
dog-friendly pubs to five-star and Michelinstarred
dining, there’s something for all
tastes. Numerous tearooms are located
throughout the area, serving breakfast,
lunch, hot drinks and snacks, with some of
them, such as the Buttery Cafe Tearooms,
offering all homemade produce. Even
afternoon tea comes on a sliding scale of
standard, from the regular kind, to luxury
afternoon tea at places like Bartley Lodge
Hotel, Moorhill House Hotel and Chewton
Glen Hotel & Spa. If you’re visiting in the
summer months, many of the New Forest’s
pubs have outdoor seating, where you can
enjoy a drink while watching the freeroaming
animals wander by. If you’re there
in winter, head straight for the cosy log fire
as you sip on a hot toddy. Should you be
on a romantic getaway, the Montagu Arms
Hotel will see to it that you are treated to the
best fine dining.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND OUT MORE?
Browsing the New Forest website will
quickly give you an idea of what kind of
adventure you would enjoy most, and
which type of accommodation will be most
suited to your needs. You’ll also get some
inspiration for your stay and find useful
advice on the best ways to travel to the area.
So, with these tips in mind, all that’s left for
you to do now is book your trip!
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The ideal family break combines a bit of culture, a lot of fun and,
most importantly, an escape from everyday life. Manchester offers
all these in spades.
If industrial heritage and a reputation for football don’t
immediately scream family fun, think again because
in its 21st-century incarnation, Manchester is a great
place for family breaks or short holidays. And for those
looking to combine a city break with an exploration of
greener pastures, it’s just 25km from the Peak District or
an ideal stop en route to the Lake District.
More compact than London, Manchester is a breeze
to get around thanks to its cheap and user-friendly tram
system, which is just as well because it offers plenty to
see and, best of all, many of its sights are free.
The Museum of Science and Industry, where
Manchester’s industrial heritage is brought stunningly
to life through lots of hands-on experiences, should
be the first stop for any family. You can crawl through
a Victorian sewer and experience the requisite smells,
sounds and rats, watch shows in the planetarium or
4D theatre and witness one of the world’s largest
collections of working steam engines. You won’t find a
more entertaining or child-friendly introduction to the
world of science, technology and industry than this.
Also free and located in the city centre is the
Manchester Art Gallery. Now, if an art gallery visit
usually fills your family with fear, Manchester is the ideal
place to test the waters. Its museums go that extra
mile to create engaging, child-friendly experiences.
At this gallery, for example, children get an explorer’s
tool belt and hard hat, which will hopefully keep them
entertained while you admire the world-famous Pre-
For footie fans young and old, the National Football
Museum is the largest football museum in the world,
and just a few minutes from the city centre lies the
Manchester Museum which, with its mummies,
dinosaur skeletons and live reptiles, is worth a good
If your brood are in need of fresh air, take the selfguided
Manchester Treasure Trail. Simply solve the
clues to crack the code and save the day like a true
secret agent. It takes around two hours to complete
the two-mile circular
A GREAT PLACE FOR
FAMILY BREAKS OR
AND FOR THOSE
COMBINE A CITY
BREAK WITH AN
loop route, but it can
be enjoyed in your
If your little ones
are Mr Tumble fans,
it’s well worth taking
them on a CBBC tour
at MediaCityUK in
Salford, just four miles
city centre. It’s where
many favourite CBBC
programmes are made, such as Blue Peter and
Newsround. You can have a go at being a presenter as
well as discovering what goes on behind the scenes.
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Feeding the family is a no-hassle affair too, with
branches of child-friendly chains such as Carluccio’s,
Giraffe and Wagamama. But there’s no need to play
it safe if your youngsters are adventurous eaters with
family-friendly eateries in Chinatown and on the ‘Curry
Mile’ outside the centre in Rusholme, which offers
an impressive choice of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan,
Bangladeshi and Afghan restaurants.
As for accommodation, the city has a great range of
hotels, B&Bs, cottages and more, with price tags to
suit all family budgets. While Manchester offers plenty
of occasions to splurge, if you choose self-catering
accommodation and take advantage of the city’s many
free sights, you’ll find that family holidays or breaks here
don’t have to be expensive. And with Aurigny running
daily flights from Guernsey and a flight time of just
under 90 minutes, getting there couldn’t be easier.
At the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Greater
Manchester, experience what it’s like to jump into
the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever. There are easy
transport links from the city centre and tickets are
available online from just £17.50pp.
AIRKIX INDOOR SKYDIVING
Experience what it is like to really fly in a fun and
safe environment at the Airkix Indoor Skydiving
Reach leafy new heights with your very own
tree-top adventure at the award-winning
Go Ape zip-wiring park, set within the beautiful
forests at Rivington.
THE PEAK DISTRICT
There’s a huge variety of family friendly things
to do in the stunning Peak District, from amazing
countryside walks and scenic cycling trails to
cable car rides, caverns and exploring.
An excellent public transport network from
Manchester enables you to have a full day out
without having to hire a car.
See page 90 for our guide to the area.
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON
Situated in the waterside Granary Wharf area, just
a short walk from the shopping district, DoubleTree
by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre is the perfect place
to unwind in contemporary rooms complete with
a 42-inch flat screen TV, a walk-in shower and
Head to the 13th floor where the Sky Lounge, with
its unique rooftop cocktail bar and spectacular view
over the city, serves weekend breakfast and brunch,
afternoon tea, signature cocktails and mouth-watering
evening dishes. And as the lights go down, Sky@Night
emerges with great music, DJs and a party vibe.
‘Best hotel in Leeds!’
Rosewood is a luxurious High Holborn
hotel that combines English heritage with
Set in the heart of the city near Covent
Garden, the City and West End theatres,
this five-star hotel serves as an ideal base
for business and sightseeing in London.
From the beguiling jewel box design
of the Mirror Room to the modern
British brasserie – not to mention the
conversational Scarfes Bar and charming
Edwardian courtyard terrace – the hotel
offers some of the capital’s finest cuisine.
An ideal destination for romantic dinners
or corporate entertaining.
‘Fabulous hotel with fantastic staff’
‘Just the right amount of posh’
HOTEL & SPA
Ideally situated in peaceful countryside,
the Best Western Webbington Hotel & Spa
is arguably one of the most idyllic country
hotels in Somerset.
Originally an attractive Edwardian
manor, the house and grounds have
been developed to create a peaceful and
spacious hotel with extensive facilities
including swimming pool, gymnasium,
sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.
Tiark Restaurant provides gastro-pub food
made from local ingredients served in a
relaxing atmosphere of oak-panelled walls
and open fire.
‘Beautiful setting and property’
‘Excellent in every respect’
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It might seem a way off yet but we all know how summer
just creeps up and before we know it, we wish we’d planned
ahead to make the most of our precious holiday time.
A short break to Bristol is a great way to unwind, and with
so many exciting things to see and do between April and August,
there’s never been a better time to book some well-earned R&R.
Here’s a rundown of some of Bristol’s upcoming events,
with something to appeal to all tastes.
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FOR RAUCOUS LAUGHTER…
Leave your troubles at the door and let your hair
down with laugh-’til-you-cry comedy. Jimmy
Carr brings his finest repertoire from his sell-out
tours to Colsten Hall on 7 April and 20 May.
Lee Hurst has creatively named his ninth show
‘Comedy Show No.9’ but don’t let that fool you,
as this much-loved comedian will be packing
a punch with all-new material. The Redgrave
Theatre gives Lee a home for the night on 8 April.
While 2016 is a year many would like to forget,
Rory Bremner was given a wealth of satirical
material for his laugh-out-loud impressions.
Experience his take on Trump and the likes,
with some special guests thrown in the mix,
at the Redgrave Theatre on 28 April.
With box office records behind him, awardwinning
stand-up Omid Djalili is ‘Schmuck
for the Night’ at Colston Hall on 12 May.
And if all that wasn’t enough for you, the All-
Star Stand-Up Tour is anticipated to be the
comedy tour of the year, with some big names
in stand-up and even bigger laughs ahead.
7 April & 20 May JIMMY CARR
12 May OMID DJALILI
8 April LEE HURST
28 April RORY BREMMER
FOR THE LITTLE ONES...
..because happy kids mean happy parents, Gangsta
Granny could be the winning ticket. This touring
stage show, a dramatisation of David Walliams’
bestselling book of the same name, plays from
31 May-3 June at the Bristol Hippodrome.
If Cinderella is a beloved treasure in your house,
then My First Ballet: Cinderella will tick all the boxes
as the familiar story is brought to life through dance
– a performance suitable for ages three and up.
Head to the Bristol Hippodrome 20-21 May for
your happy ending.
As a parent, chances are you’re familiar with a
little character named Peppa Pig. Well guess what?
The masterminds behind it have created a live stage
production of their equally popular Ben & Holly’s
Little Kingdom. I know! You’re excited, right? Ok,
well you might not be but your children will be in
their element, so the Hippodrome needs to be
your destination on 12-13 July.
If fairytale kingdoms aren’t going to cut it for your
mini-me, try the Horrible Histories production at
Redgrave Theatre on 10 June.
If you’re looking for ‘hairs standing up on the
back of your neck’ moments, you could get
yourself to a salon or alternatively, let the arts
create the same effect for you. From 6-9 April,
Handel’s Messiah comes to Bristol Old Vic, and if
their 2013 Bristol Proms performance is anything
to go by, you don’t want to miss this.
For your inner drummer – and indeed everyone
because even if you don’t consider yourself a
music fan, this will grab you in ways you never
thought possible – the Yamato Drummers are
back in the UK and hit the Hippodrum (sorry)
on 24 April with what Visit Bristol describes as a
‘visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive
show’. What’s not to like about Taiko drumming?
BRISTOL OLD VIC
6-9 April HANDEL’S MESSIAH
24 April YAMATO DRUMMERS
25-30 April LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES
8-13 May WONDERLAND
A musical adaptation showcasing the best
of Lewis Caroll’s Alice
13-17 June THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG
IN THE NIGHT-TIME
3-8 July THE DIRTY DANCING STAGE SHOW
7-12 August SISTER ACT
20-21 May CINDERELLA
31 May-3 June GANGSTA GRANNY
12-13 July BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM
10 June HORRIBLE HISTORIES
GANGSTA GRANNY PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK DOUET
BRISTOL BALLOON FESTIVAL
FOR FESTIVAL FUN...
Unleash your dancing spirit at the Bristol Swing
Festival where swing, blues and party tunes reign
supreme at the Trinity Centre, from 14-17 April.
You don’t have to be vegan or even vegetarian to
enjoy Vegfest, the largest vegan festival in Europe,
running from 20- 21 May at the Amphitheatre and
Waterfront Square. This two-day extravaganza
includes live music, DJ sets, amazing vegan food,
cookery demos, face painting and entertainment
for the kids.
2017 FESTIVALS WORTH EXPLORING
14-17 April BRISTOL SWING FESTIVAL
at the Trinity Centre
20-21 May VEGFEST
at the Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square
27-28 May LOVE SAVES THE DAY
Music Festival at Eastville Park
1 July ST PAUL’S CARNIVAL
Colourful, Afro-Caribbean celebration
8 July BRISTOL PRIDE DAY
(part of Bristol Pride which runs from
30 June-9 July)
10-13 August THE BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL
A free, family-friendly event showcasing
hundreds of spectacular hot air balloons.
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Aurigny’s Leeds Bradford and Manchester routes
have opened up new possibilities for breaks in
the UK and the Peak District National Park has so
much to offer, whatever the time of year.
The Peak District was the first designated National
Park in the UK and is one of the most visited in the
world. It covers an area of 555 square miles and
straddles the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire,
Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. Although
classified as one National Park, the area has two
contrasting personalities – Dark Peak and White Peak.
Dark Peak – the higher, wilder northern part of the
Peak District – is easily accessible from both Leeds
Bradford and Manchester airports. It gets its name
because the underlying limestone is covered by a cap
of Millstone Grit. A millstone shaped from this grit
has been adopted as the emblem of the National
Park, being part of its cultural heritage, and there
are around 1,500 of them to discover, scattered
within its boundaries.
The Derbyshire village of Edale is best known as the
start of the Pennine Way, but hikers with less time on
their hands can reach Kinder Scout, the Park’s highest
point, from here. The plateau features Kinder Downfall,
the tallest waterfall in the Peak District, and Mermaid’s
Pool, said to be inhabited by a mermaid who will
bestow immortality upon those who see her on
Easter Eve. Look out for ravens, red grouse, peregrine
falcons and curlews and don’t miss the spectacle of
the Woolpacks and Crowden Tower, a moonscape
of weirdly curved stones, carved by the weather.
There is a Visitor Centre in Edale, which provides a
focus for moorland research and advice for anyone
thinking of negotiating Kinder Scout or the whole
Pennine Way. If climbing is more your thing, the
Peak District has some of the most challenging rock
climbing routes in Europe: there are a number of
companies providing group courses and expeditions,
including Pure Outdoor and Aspire Adventure Activities.
Just south of Edale is Castleton, home of four
spectacular caves where you can discover the hidden
underworld of the Peak District. Peak Cavern has the
largest natural cave
HAS THE LARGEST
MOUTH IN BRITAIN
AND IS KNOWN
LOCALLY AS THE
mouth in Britain and is
known locally as the
‘Devil’s Arse’, due to
noises that emanate
from its depths! In
you cruise along an
by boat and listen
to the guide’s tales
as you head towards the Bottomless Pit. Treak Cliff
Cavern, the only place where Blue John is still mined,
has some amazing examples of stalactites and
stalagmites. Venture up dramatic Winnats Pass and
its towering limestone rock faces to get to Blue John
Cavern, where bones dating back 4,000 years have
been found. You’ll be glad to return to daylight in
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Castleton, where you’ll find plenty of pubs,
tearooms and cafes as well as gift shops selling Blue
On the border between Dark Peak and White Peak
is Chapel-en-le-Frith, home of the Chestnut Centre.
This otter, owl and wildlife park has a nature quiz trail
available throughout school holidays and ‘Follow the
Keeper’ tours take place every day, when you can
hear all about the animals and see them being fed.
Head further south and the landscape gets softer
as you enter White Peak territory, with its limestone
caves and lush green valleys. There are a number
of iconic market towns here, including Matlock and
Bakewell, known for its famous Bakewell pudding
(not to be confused with Bakewell tart – the pudding
has a flaky pastry base and is filled with jam and an
egg and almond custard). Nearby is spectacular
Chatsworth House, which featured in the 2005 film
Pride and Prejudice as Mr Darcy’s home, Pemberley.
A 15-minute drive from Chatsworth takes you to
Eyam, which is known for the bravery of its residents
over 350 years ago. In 1665 a tailor ordered a bale
of cloth from London to make up into clothes,
unwittingly triggering a chain of events that led to
260 villagers dying from bubonic plague – more than
double the mortality rate suffered by the citizens
of London in the Great Plague. The noble villagers
sacrificed themselves by sealing off Eyam to prevent
the disease spreading. You can find out the whole
story at the fascinating Eyam Museum.
Buxton is famed for its natural spring water and
Georgian architecture. The town was founded by the
Romans who named it Aquae Arnemetiae. Don’t miss
the beautiful Georgian Crescent, soon to be a five-star
spa hotel, and the Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of awardwinning
ornamental gardens which include serpentine
walkways, children’s play areas, a lake and a miniature
railway. The Winter Gardens link the Opera House
with the main complex and house a bistro, art gallery
and some charming shops. The Opera House itself is
home to the Buxton Festival, which has developed into
one of Britain’s largest opera-based festivals, Fringe,
and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
Whether you’re a walker, a cyclist, a climber or you
just like pretty little villages, Britain’s first National Park
is waiting to be discovered.
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MY SECRET CITY
Sometimes it’s best to ask the locals about where to
go as their knowledge and passion might steer you in
a fascinating direction you may have otherwise missed.
So, in the first of a three-part series, En Voyage does
just that and starts off with a little retail therapy.
A Marketing and PR guru by day,
Hayley Webb is also Guernsey’s
only professional MAC make-up
artist. Having completed a short
course in drag queen make-up
just for fun, she’s always
up for trying something new
and making sure life is lived
to its fullest.
ARE YOU A SHOPAHOLIC OR
INDIFFERENT TO SPLASHING
I like buying well and the thrill of a
good bargain can be too good to
miss out on sometimes. If I’m in the
mood, I can shop with the best of
them but I tend not to just for the
sake of it.
All of the above!
WHAT TYPE OF SHOP ARE YOU
NORMALLY FOUND IN?
The shops run by local retailers
rather than any of the national
chain stores because the handmade
products available by local retailers
and crafters are so unique.
WHERE DO ALL THE TOURISTS
GO TO SHOP IN GUERNSEY?
They should go to IQ in the High
street to get Apple products that
have no VAT because the savings
are significant and the staff
But for gifts to take home that are a
bit more exciting they should go to
the Bird Box in Mill Street for some
really impressive prints of local birds.
WHICH LOCAL STORE
IS A HIDDEN GEM?
Becky Rowe Jewellery in St. Martin’s
is nothing short of stunning, and
from the décor to the gorgeous
smelling candles, you won’t want to
leave. Becky specialises in bespoke,
handmade, very personalised
jewellery that has to be seen. Design
something whilst you’re in Guernsey
and Becky will send it to you when
it’s complete. It’s easy to access with
parking outside and good bus links
from St. Peter Port.
WHAT AREA OF GUERNSEY IS JUST
WAITING TO BE EXPLORED?
ST PETER PORT BECKY ROWE JEWELLERY
Tourists tend to flock to shops along
the seafront, but what they should
do is venture a little deeper into
St. Peter Port and find Mill Street for
smaller, more boutique shops run
by local retailers.
For clothes, go and see Katie at
Freelove who’ll take good care of
you. It’s an excellent place to find
something different for that special
occasion and the shoes are divine.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU
PURCHASED IN GUERNSEY?
The last thing I purchased was
a cocktail in one of Guernsey’s
awesome cocktail bars, which
are a must for any visitor. Head to
Hook for some amazing local food,
cocktails, excellent music and with
the bonus of great views over the
seafront and it is money well spent.
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During the week, Justin Thomas works
as a Business Analyst in the city and
commutes from Southampton on a daily
basis. At weekends he’s often restoring old
motorcycles, watching rugby or enjoying a
pint in one of the many local forest pubs.
ARE YOU A SHOPAHOLIC OR
INDIFFERENT TO SPLASHING
Indifferent. I’m a typical male in that
respect I’m afraid.
I like to get my money’s worth out of
clothes so it’s an even split between
homeware and lifestyle. I’m not sure
I could choose one over the other!
WHAT TYPE OF SHOP ARE YOU
NORMALLY FOUND IN?
Typically John Lewis – the place
WHERE DO ALL THE TOURISTS GO
TO SHOP IN SOUTHAMPTON?
Definitely WestQuay shopping
centre. There’s so many great brands
in there and don’t forget the food
hall. A lot of the restaurants are open
late so it’s ideal for meeting friends
after a long day at work.
WHAT AREA OF SOUTHAMPTON IS
JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED?
I like a bit of history and, fortunately
for me, Southampton is absolutely
steeped in it. The historic medieval
wall is reasonably interesting along
with the Titanic museum. But a short
drive away is the New Forest and
that’s my favourite place to
WHICH LOCAL STORE
IS A HIDDEN GEM?
Just outside of Southampton is
a small village named Lyndhurst,
which is often referred to as the
capital of the New Forest. There are
many unique little shops but two that
spring to mind are Burrow & Hide
and Shave Green. There’s all sorts of
quirky little bits and pieces waiting to
be found in both stores.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU
PURCHASED IN SOUTHAMPTON?
Unfortunately it’s nothing overly
exciting – a car battery after the cold
snap killed my last one! Needs must
though I suppose.
WHAT’S THE MOST UNUSUAL
THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT
Some random electrical connectors
for an old motorbike I’m rebuilding.
I’d been searching for months but
turns out there was a supplier right
on my doorstep!
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Forest, go to page 78.
ONE OF THE
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Where better to enjoy good quality food than next
to some of the island’s most beautiful beaches?
Beaches are to Guernsey what
Ant is to Dec, what Tom is to Jerry
and what Bonnie is to Clyde. Okay
maybe not that last one. But the
point is that one really doesn’t
work without the other – well, it
would, but you really would notice
the difference. The lack of quality.
The joie without the vivre.
But what makes a great beach?
While it’s utterly delightful to have
some killer surf, golden sand and
just the right number of happy
children milling about – it really
comes down to one thing: food.
Cos we all gotta eat. And nothing
shatters the vibe or ruins the mood
more than a rumbling stomach
when you aren’t within sight of
somewhere to satisfy your urges.
Great news then, because there’s
no finer array of foodie delights
available but a stone’s throw from
your beach towel than what you’ll
find in Guernsey. So use this as
your handy guide to where to eat
beachside while you’re here.
Kicking off with a place that has
benches so vibrant you’ll be able
to see them as the plane banks
over the island, Surfside at Port
Soif. The cocooned beach has
lashings of soft sand, a thousand
THERE’S NO FINER ARRAY
OF FOODIE DELIGHTS
AVAILABLE BUT A STONE’S
THROW FROM YOUR
BEACH TOWEL THAN
WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN
rock pools when the tide is out
and with banked dunes, a natural
windbreak. Beyond these shores
lies this delightful little café,
which dishes out a mean burger
and chips, fresh coffee to fortify
yourself after a bracing walk,
cheese toasties, jacket potatoes,
Guernsey gâche, fresh cream and
cute triangle sandwiches. There’s
even wifi to share your hotdog leg
snap while you wait for an actual
hotdog to turn up.
Heading round the coast we
come to a small hut that has
tourists and locals alike flocking
to it. Why? Well, because here at
Rousse Kiosk they churn out cakes
of such staggeringly fantastic
quality that Mary Berry herself
would be asking what the secret
ingredient was (honestly, try the
coffee and walnut, it is to die for).
Not got a sweet tooth? Okay, then
try the homemade sausage rolls,
which could sway even the most
ardent vegetarian back into the
meat-eating camp. All this while
looking over the picture-postcard
views the bay offers.
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from the UK
to Guernsey at
Actually it’s probably better when
drawn on an easel, but then you
wouldn’t have time to head even
further round the coast to one of
the island’s newest establishments:
Located in the beating heart of
the island’s capital, St Peter Port,
Octopus blasted onto the scene
by taking a rundown café and
transforming it into a modern
mecca of dining. Steak, lobster
(which is killed freshly on site),
craft beer, cocktails, floor-toceiling
windows offering views
guaranteed to de-stress you no
matter what, right now it is the
place to be seen in Guernsey. Plus
it’s next to the bathing pools, the
headland of which has undergone
a total refurbishment thanks to
an extensive volunteering drive, it
makes a delightful spot for an after
Next up is a place that doesn’t
really have a beach, but is in sight
of one. Or it might be two. Either
way it’s a total local institution -
Icart ice-cream. Everyone goes
for gelatinous goodness, which
can turn a great day into a superb
one, a good one into a great
one and, well, you get the idea.
There’s even specialist ice cream
for dogs (really) and this true gem
of a place sits at the end of either
winding roads or undulating cliffs,
depending on how you choose
to get there. Which doesn’t really
matter, as you are guaranteed to
get dreadfully lost on the way –
which is not only part of the fun
and experience of going there, but
makes it all the better when you
do eventually find it.
AT ROUSSE KIOSK THEY
CHURN OUT CAKES OF
THAT MARY BERRY
HERSELF WOULD BE
ASKING WHAT THE
SECRET INGREDIENT WAS
We’ll end up at what is probably
the island’s best pub: The
Rockmount. An extensive boots
and braces revamp a few years ago
transformed the place from oldstyle
quaint to new age chic, and
has been open just long enough to
get that worn-in feel. With plenty
of pub classics – not to mention
a truly dynamite crab salad – and
a rotating selection of fine, quality
ales (available in small thirds on
a taster flight) – there really is
something for everyone. With no
expense spared on stocking the
place full of waiting staff, your
glass need never be empty and
your belly never full. Here’s a
locals’ top-tip, head there late in
the day to catch the last glimpse of
daylight as night time gently casts
its shadow over the jaw-dropping
Cobo view. It is beyond stunning.
And it’s even better with a pint.
SERPENTINE BAR & KITCHEN
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen is in the green heart of Hyde Park
on the banks of Serpentine Lake.
With an outdoor terrace that looks out over one of
London’s most-loved vistas, you’d struggle to find a
better spot for an al fresco meal or drink, with plenty
of tables and chairs, inviting shade under a wide
canopy and stunning views across the lake.
As the weather gets warmer, it celebrates the sunny
days with pop-up BBQs and a Gin Bar serving jugs
of Pimm’s, draft beers and cocktails. If you fancy a
picnic, there’s a smaller counter serving takeaway
sandwiches, fresh smoothies, cakes and coffees.
LE PETIT BISTRO
Discover Le Petit Bistro in the heart of
St Peter Port – authentic, rustic, and
romantic, with all the joie de vivre, and
un je ne sais quoi that France has to offer.
It’s owned and run by front of house
Delphine Pesrin-Auder and executive
Chef Mickael Pesrin, both professionally
trained in the art of French cooking.
Specialities such as coq au vin, frogs’ legs
and Côte de Boeuf are firm favourites
and the varied menu, constantly inspired
by the seasons, ensures there is always
something new on the specials board.
‘Outstanding dining experience’
‘Great authentic French atmosphere’
‘Lovely place by the lake’
‘Fantastic pizza, views and service’
Pata Negra is a bustling, Spanish tapas and
wine bar in the centre of Bristol’s Old City.
Translated literally, the name Pata Negra
means ‘black hoof’, referring to the finest
Jamón Iberico, produced from free range
Black Iberian pigs, fed on acorns and
cured for 36 months. Needless to say,
cured meats are a particular focus here.
Guests will also find a regularly
changing menu of seasonal tapas
dishes, fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes
and a short but sweet dessert menu.
Be sure to try the pork bavette!
‘Excellent tapas; excellent service!’
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Experience the spirit of France on every plate.
In the heart of St Peter Port, Guernsey, you’ll find
Le Petit Café and Le Petit Bistro with all the joie de vivre
and un je ne sais quoi France has to offer.
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Nutritional Therapist Claire Mahy talks about
dusting off our eating habits this spring.
With spring just around the corner, it’s time
to think about lighter dishes and fresh flavours
such as asparagus, radishes, artichokes, spring
greens and rhubarb. As we enter a new season
I thought it would be a good opportunity to
consider the advantages of eating seasonally:
Firstly when crops are allowed to naturally
ripen and are harvested at the time nature
intended, they are even more delicious!
As well as enhanced flavour, in season fruit and
vegetables have a higher nutrient content, since
nutrients are not lost during transportation and storage.
An interesting advantage of in-season crops is they
provide the required nutrients to support your
body at that time of year. For example, spring marks the
start of hay fever season and also yields crops rich in
vitamin C; the connection being vitamin C is a natural
anti-histamine and can help reduce hay fever symptoms.
Another spring connection is the abundance of
vegetables that are a natural source of prebiotics, which
help the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) found in our gut
to flourish. Research suggests a potential link between
allergies like hay fever and our gut bacteria levels.
Eating seasonally can also reduce your
shopping bill, since crops are harvested
in larger quantities, meaning
production costs go down
and as the consumer you
do not pay a premium
for exportation of
Finally, not only
will you be
nourishing your body
and saving money
but you can give
yourself a pat on the
back for supporting
the local farming
industry. Here in
Guernsey we are
fortunate to have
an abundance of
locally grown fruit
on the roadside!
With all this in mind I’ve come
up with a spring-inspired recipe.
This dish combines salmon for good
quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids,
asparagus, artichoke and garlic for natural
sources of prebiotics and lemon and rocket
for their high levels of vitamin C.
SALMON WITH LEMON-ROASTED
NEW POTATOES, ASPARAGUS
AND ARTICHOKES AND A
ROCKET PESTO DRESSING
Shopping list (serves 2):
2 x wild salmon fillets
350g new potatoes
10 x asparagus spears
2 x small artichokes
1 x lemon (juice for pesto and zest for potatoes)
1 x garlic clove crushed
40g pine nuts
Extra virgin olive oil
(60ml for pesto and 20ml for potatoes)
Himalayan pink rock salt
Cracked black pepper
• Blitz the rocket, lemon juice, garlic, pine nuts and olive
oil in a blender to make the pesto and put to one side.
• Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes before coating
with lemon zest, olive oil and rock salt and roast for
• Remove the artichoke stalks and steam whole, this
should take around 20-25 minutes, add the asparagus
spears for the last 5 minutes of steaming. Meanwhile
season the salmon fillets with rock salt and cracked
black pepper and oven cook for around 12-15 minutes.
• Once cooked combine the new potatoes, artichokes
and asparagus to infuse the lemony flavour, plate up
with the salmon, drizzle with the rocket pesto dressing
For more information contact Claire at
the Avenue Clinic on firstname.lastname@example.org
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PRIVATE ROOMS FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Here at the Chrisites Group we have everything you could ever need for your
corporate or party function. With three dedicated private dining rooms
in three fantastic restaurants in St Peter Port, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
La Privata caters for up to 56 people with its own private bar, balconies, DJ booth and 3 multi view HD
TV screens; perfect for just about any occasion, from private dining, conferences, corporate functions,
televised sporting events, discos or even karaoke, the possibilities are endless. Christies Private Dining
is situated on the first floor above the main restaurant and 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. The Swan Inn has a private dining room on the first floor with large flat screen TVs and draft
beers on tap, perfect for watching live sports with friends and enjoying our tasty bespoke burgers and pies.
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Cocktails. Pizza. Steak. Tapas. Gin. Wine. Craft beer. Sounds like a good recipe
for a Saturday night (or a Wednesday, we’re not here to judge), but think it
might just not be possible under one roof? Well. Think again. Because nestled -
actually no, not nestled, that would imply it was all understated – brazenly and
outwardly located in the Pollet are four of the finest establishments in the island.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Red Empire. Now while that’s in no way
an official title, and might sound a bit communist, read on.
RED GRILL HOUSE
& COCKTAIL BAR
We’ll start at the beginning,
Red Grill House and cocktail
bar, which arrived on the scene
with aplomb in 2012, tearing up
local convention and creating a
whirlwind of excitement.
Now while there’s nothing new
about a steak house or cocktail
bar, it was the way they did it, with
its smooth groove, superior sense
of self and trend-setting attitude.
Red instantly became the cool kid
that everyone had to be friends
with. You get the sense that every
element, no matter how small, was
endlessly picked over, deliberated
and carefully chosen in a Spielbergesque
Finding out about how this
place came to fruition makes your
mouth water nearly as much as the
steak does. For it wasn’t opened
on a whim, no no, research was
conducted across the globe, with
stints in New York steak houses,
tasting sessions of Wagyu in Tokyo,
and undertaking butchery classes
Their meat comes from only the
finest butchers from farms where
the cattle are grass fed for the vast
portion of the year, with hormones
and recycled proteins against the
rules. Only the finest cuts with the
best marbling will do, and it is aged
for between 25 to 30 days, and
cooked at over 400 degrees on an
enclosed charcoal grill for
All that care, all that passion has
been poured into the walls of this
place to create the best steak joint
Guernsey has to offer. On a total
side note, should you find yourself
not in a steak mood when you
go, the beef wellington is jawdroppingly
great and there are
vegetarian and fish options too.
Now, onto the booze.
The cocktail bar oozes cool
sophistication, with a Parisian/New
Orleans vibe pervading. Staff will
make you a drink from the menu
or just ask them to go wild, and
they’ll serve up something that
would undoubtedly win an award.
The sheer array of alcohol available
in the cabinet is so vast that it
could surely serve as collateral
for a loan. Honestly it’s incredible.
And the wine list is a sommelier’s
dream, plus they serve up some of
America’s finest craft beer from the
Flying Dog Brewery.
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*All figures are correct as of the end of Q3 2016
Red was recommended by a local
colleague as having the best steak
in Guernsey. He also recommended
the truffle chips and minted peas
and I’m pleased to say all of his
recommendations were spot on.
The wine, starter, dessert and service
were all top notch as well. Definitely
Delicious food, the best steak
in Guernsey. Lovely atmosphere
and polite staff. I would eat here
everyday if I could.
‘Never fails to impress’
I’ve been here every time I come
to Guernsey, and I’m always blown
away by the food served. You pay for
what you get, the quality is excellent
and the portions are generous, add
to this great service and nice décor.
If that isn’t enough, hop out the door and into next
door, you’ll find Rosso, where they make authentic
stone-baked pizza in a handmade stone oven using
gas and wood to get it to a perfect-crust inducing 350
degrees. The bar is also so stylish it won an award, the
views over St Peter Port are stunning, yet more amazing
cocktails are available and to top it all off, every Monday
kids eat free with every adult meal sold. There just isn’t
enough of that going on in the world anymore.
There’s even takeaways too.
Should even that not impress you, the last salvo of this
great gastronomic gathering is Tinto Tapas Bar, which
has a huge menu of sharing dishes for all palates and
even better, more than 30 gin and tonics. Yes. More
than 30. All served in Game of Thrones-style goblets.
Some even come with a tonic called BTW (Bermondsey
Tonic Water) – an all-natural tonic water crafted in
South East London, but, by someone from Guernsey,
It’s like an adult Disneyland, honestly, challenge
yourself to go along for an evening and not have a
good time. The sentence, 'this is rubbish’ has
never been uttered in any of the Red establishments
for sure – with the possible exception of closing time.
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106 NEWS BULLETIN
The latest business news from
the Bailiwick of Guernsey
108 WE ARE GUERNSEY
Guernsey continues to lead the way
for London Stock Exchange listings
111 FACES OF BUSINESS
Meet Aurigny’s newest board member,
Ravenscroft Investment Management
looks at recent political events
MEET JULIAN WINSER 118
En Voyage talks to Cazenove's
Chief Executive Officer
FINTECH FOCUS 122
The future of financial services
is in machine learning
The latest appointments from leading
SUSTAINABLE INVESTING 131
ABN AMRO Investment Manager
Jason Robilliard talks sustainability
AND 36 JOBS
Locate Guernsey achieved impressive
results in 2016, facilitating 21
relocations and creating 36 local
jobs. The team attended around 400
stakeholder meetings, 50 events and
handled 140 enquiries.
Keep up to
PRESTIGIOUS STEP AWARD
FOR BUTTERFIELD TRUST’S
Butterfield Trust’s Managing
Director Paul Hodgson has been
recognised by the Society of Trust
and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for
his outstanding contribution to the
society. Paul was one of 14 individuals
from across the world – the only one
from Guernsey – to receive a 2016
STEP Founder’s Award.
The Founder’s Award is given to
members of STEP for extraordinary
service and meritorious
accomplishments in advancing
the aims and objectives of STEP
worldwide. The awards take place
annually and recognise individuals
whose long-term contributions to the
society have gone above and beyond
what is expected of members.
Paul said: ‘It’s a real honour to receive
this award, and I would like to thank
RAY & SCOTT
Ray & Scott Jewellers has been established for 53 years.
It is situated in The Old Bank House, formerly home to
the National Provincial bank on The Bridge, St Sampson's.
The last year has seen a huge refurbishment programme
with investment in a whole new lighting system and the
installation of stunning boutiques for Omega and Hublot.
Ray & Scott is home to one of the largest selection of
watches and diamond jewellery in the whole of the
Channel Islands as well as the only Accredited Diamond
Museum in the British Isles, situated within the building’s
original bank vault. You will also find most of the global,
world-renowned watch and jewellery brands including
Dior, Tag Heuer, Gucci, Hans D. Krieger and many more.
the Guernsey branch for nominating
me, and for their support and
friendship during my tenure on the
committee and as chairman.
‘STEP is an important organisation
that helps ensure the highest levels
of professionalism. In an industry that
is increasingly under the regulatory
spotlight, it’s important to have
a society committed to ongoing
Working with a budget of £400,000,
Locate Guernsey, which is dedicated
to attracting businesses and
individuals to relocate to the
island, has returned an annualised
financial benefit to the exchequer
of almost £700,000.
Its flagship event was a London
showcase presented to more than
200 people including Guernsey and
UK advisers and people potentially
interested in relocating.
Richard Le Tocq, Head of Locate
Guernsey, said: ‘While we will never
be complacent, it is rewarding that
we have made significant progress
with limited resources. We have been
very pleased with the level of support
that has been demonstrated by the
‘The biggest challenge is getting
Guernsey on the radar and
helping people to understand how
straightforward it is to relocate here.
We’ve had some very encouraging
feedback from those who have made
the move to the island.
‘Typically and understandably, there
can be a long lead time from initial
enquiry to eventual relocation. A
number of our leads from last year
are part of our ongoing work in
progress and will come to fruition
further down the line.’
Richard said that the figure of
£672,266 financial benefit to the
island excluded wider economic
value to Guernsey businesses such
as contributions to the construction,
service and hospitality, legal and
‘The ripple effect of the relocations
in 2016 extends much wider than the
obvious benefits and will continue
to do so as new ventures become
established and mature,’ he said.
During the year there were more than
40,000 visits to Locate Guernsey’s
website, there were more than 3.5m
views of social media content and
43,000 other digital interactions.
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BUSINESSES URGED TO PREPARE
FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL OF DATA
The Office of the Information Commissioner and Data Protection
Commissioner is calling on all businesses in the Channel Islands to ensure
they make themselves aware of impending legislative changes that will have
significant ramifications for the way that they handle all personal data.
When it comes into force across the European Union (EU) from May 2018, the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to strengthen data protection
rights for individuals and harmonise compliance requirements for businesses.
GDPR is set to be the largest change
to the protection of personal data
across Europe since implementation
in 1995 of the EU Data Protection
Directive which is currently in force.
At that time, and in response to the
transfer controls on data exported
from the EU, the Channel Islands
implemented the Data Protection
(Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2001
and the Data Protection (Jersey) Law
2005 which ensured the continued
free flow of data to the islands.
The Regulation will be overseen
by the European Parliament, the
European Council and the European
Commission. The governments of
Jersey and Guernsey, together with
the Channel Islands Brussels Office,
are working with the Commission
as well as key stakeholders, to
ensure the islands are prepared
for the changes and businesses
are aware of their responsibilities
and have time to prepare.
The Commissioner is using Data
Protection Day, an international
day designed to raise awareness
and promote privacy and data
protection best practices, to start
the public conversation about
GDPR and its implications.
Emma Martins, Head of the Channel
Island Data Protection regulator, said,
‘The introduction of GDPR will be
transformative for how businesses
handle personal data; we are on
the verge of huge change in data
regulation. To support businesses
of all sizes, we will be preparing
information and guidance as the law
drafting progresses throughout 2017
and are committed to continuing
this conversation with businesses.
‘I cannot over-emphasise the
importance of being prepared for this
legislation. I particularly want to stress
this to the islands’ small to mediumsized
business communities who
may not have access to the legal or
compliance expertise and resources
available to larger organisations.
The new regulations are certainly
going to up the game in terms of
compliance obligations and there is
much greater accountability for data
controllers and processors. Wherever
personal data is involved, whether that
is staff, client or any other information
relating to individuals, data protection
compliance will have to be considered
and built in at the beginning of the
process and to a more significant
and demonstrable degree.’
Emma is also clear that GDPR is
extremely important for individuals:
‘Whilst this is important for the
Channel Islands in that it will ensure
we remain a trusted jurisdiction
with no restriction on data flows,
its importance for all of us in a
personal context should not be
underestimated. We live in an era
where a vast amount of our personal
information is being collected and
used in ways unimaginable only a
few years ago. What happens to that
data is a deeply serious question and
effective regulation plays a significant
part in ensuring we all have the rights
we are entitled to and have come
to expect living in a democracy.’
Both governments have committed
to GDPR being incorporated into local
law with the intention of being ready
for implementation for May 2018.
‘I have had extremely positive
meetings with senior representatives
from the States of Jersey and
States of Guernsey, both of which
are committed to ensuring the
islands are fully compliant with
GDPR. In anticipation, we have
begun a comprehensive review of
the Commission’s structure and
resources to ensure we are in in a
strong position to support businesses
at this time,’ added Mrs Martins.
Data Protection Day is aimed at
individuals, families, consumers and
business and encourages people to
consider the important of protecting
their personal information online.
WITH BVI MERGER
Offshore law firm Collas Crill
has finalised its merger with BVI
firm Farara Kerins, extending the
client offering of both firms and
expanding its global presence
alongside its Singapore, Cayman
Islands, London, Guernsey and
The firm will remain as Collas Crill
in its current jurisdictions and trade
as Collas Crill-Farara Kerins for a
transitional period in the BVI.
Collas Crill Group Managing Partner
Jason Romer said:
‘The last few years have been an
exciting time for us, full of growth
and prosperity, and 2017 marks
the continuation of this. Our BVI
merger was a direct response to our
clients’ needs, extending both our
Caribbean and global presence.’
Alexander Daniels Professional
Recruitment Group has officially
launch its Offshore Division based
The Alexander Daniels team
welcomed clients, candidates and
friends to the Venue at the Fermain
Valley Hotel for an evening of drinks,
canapes and live music to thank
them for their continued support
and announce the opening of their
offices based in Smith Street.
(L-R) ANDY FOOTE, NICK PEARCE,
HANNAH CAMPBELL, SARAH ELLIOTT,
ANDY PARTLOW, ANDREA PEARSON,
STEVE HUBERT, LAUREN MARTEL
AND IAN MOURBEY
GUERNSEY CONTINUES TO
LEAD THE WAY FOR LONDON
STOCK EXCHANGE LISTINGS
to be home to more
listed on the London
Stock Exchange (LSE)
markets than any other jurisdiction globally.
LSE data shows that there were 124
Guernsey-incorporated entities listed on
the Main Market and AIM at the end of
2016 – more than 40 ahead of its nearest
competitor, which is Jersey with 82.
It is also significantly more than the major
economic powers of Russia (29), USA (28)
and India (23), and well ahead of other
centres such as Ireland (51), the Isle of Man
(44), BVI (39), Cayman (37) and Bermuda (32).
In fact, Guernsey added nine new entities
to the LSE markets during 2016, which
is the same number as its two nearest
competitors combined, excluding the UK,
and further evidence of the high regard in
which our infrastructure and expertise is
held by professional advisers in the City of
London and beyond.
Some of the notable listings included
Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments, the
first investment company to list on the
LSE’s Main Market in 2016, and VinaCapital
Vietnam Opportunity Fund, which
completed its migration from the Cayman
Islands to Guernsey and its move from
AIM to the premium segment of the Main
Market in the early part of last year.
In total, Guernsey has 91 non-UK entities
listed on the Main Market of the LSE and
is home to 33 entities listed on AIM.
In addition, Guernsey is the clear market
leader in terms of the number of non-UK
‘Equity Investment Instruments’ – the
majority of investment funds – listed on
the LSE with 74.
Guernsey’s market leading position is due
to a combination of the many advantages it
offers companies looking to raise capital in
London. In addition to our close proximity
to London, Guernsey also has experienced
providers of legal, tax, accounting and
administration services, a state-of-the-art
company registry, excellent regulatory
standards and modern company law.
Indeed, when directors of VinaCapital
announced the fund’s migration they
cited among the reasons for choosing
Guernsey were the island’s well-established
infrastructure for the administration of closedended
funds listed on the LSE and a robust
regulatory and compliance regime.
In addition to the LSE, Guernsey can provide
speedy access to a number of international
stock exchanges including New York,
Euronext, Frankfurt, Australia, Toronto, Hong
Kong, Ireland and Johannesburg. Guernsey is
also home to the Channel Islands Securities
Exchange, which provides a quick and
cost-effective alternative to a full LSE listing,
especially where the liquidity of the share
trading is less of an issue.
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GUERNSEY FUNDS MASTERCLASS
Guernsey’s listings expertise will be a key part of our
messaging internationally over the next 12 months, as
will the the fact that latest figures show that, at the end
of September 2016, the net asset value of all funds under
management and administration in Guernsey stood at
£249.4 billion – an increase of £2.3 billion (0.9%) since
the end of June and was the fifth consecutive quarter of
growth enjoyed by the sector. For the year ending
30 September 2016, the total value of funds in Guernsey
increased by £24.6 billion (10.9%).
Both our listings prowess and recent funds growth
were referenced when Guernsey Finance hosted its first
off-island event of 2017,
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The event, which was
hosted in conjunction with
the Guernsey Investment
Fund Association, was held
in London on 8 February.
It considered the outlook
for raising funds in the
and featured a panel debate
among leading figures from
the funds industry and a
keynote speech from Louise
Harvey OBE, who spent
13 years as a British diplomat working on EU issues in
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and, has since,
worked in business management in Brussels.
Since June there have been many theories put forward
by commentators on what the short, medium and longterm
impact of Brexit will be on the markets. The initial
uncertainty over the summer has largely dissipated and
a degree of normality has returned with investors and
managers continuing to do business, but there are still
many questions as to how this will play out further
down the line.
The Guernsey Funds Masterclass was a valuable
precursor to Guernsey Finance’s flagship event, the
Guernsey Funds Forum, which this year takes place
in London on Thursday 11 May.
MEET THE TEAM
Simon Tostevin, Communications Manager
at Guernsey Finance, is the longest serving
member of staff at the promotional agency.
Here, we find out a little more about him.
Name Simon Tostevin
Position Communications Manager
Responsibilities Oversight of all media relations
activity involving Guernsey Finance. This
includes acting as the main point of contact
for all local and international media enquiries,
coordinating Guernsey Finance news releases,
articles and newsletters and maintaining our
social media presence on the likes of Twitter
and LinkedIn. A key part of my role is also
liaising with industry practitioners to develop
and source content for stories and messaging
concerning Guernsey’s finance industry.
When did you join Guernsey Finance?
Favourite aspect of the job? Seeing all the hard
work we put into hosting our off-island events
How might people know you away from
Guernsey Finance? I enjoy my sport, particularly
football and the NFL. Up until recently I used to
play for Northerners AC locally and represented
the Guernsey football team for several years,
including at the Island Games (2009, 2011) and
at the UEFA Regions’ Cup (2010).
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FACES OF BUSINESS
Having previously worked for the likes of
Microsoft and the BBC before starting her own
digital design consultancy, Meriel Lenfestey
joined the board at Aurigny last year.
How do you start off
your working day?
I hate to admit that it’s
checking emails before I
even get up. Enough said!
How would you describe
your leadership style?
Understated but ambitious.
I believe in motivating and
empowering people to be their
best and to do what’s right for
others (colleagues and customers).
Do you travel much
in your role?
I’ve been a heavy user of Aurigny’s
services for the 12 years I’ve
lived in Guernsey. Ironically, my
Aurigny role is the one which
requires the least travelling
of all my roles. Usually just a
bike ride up to the airport!
What’s the best piece
of advice you were
I was rather a shy child and
teenager, and always did what was
expected, believing it would bring
success. When my secondary
school art teacher told my parents
that I was too quiet and not
stubborn enough to succeed at
art college I began to be myself,
and dared to challenge.
Where is your favourite
place in the world?
I love to explore off the beaten
track. My last few trips have
included Iceland, Montenegro,
Pantelleria and Borneo. My
travelling is more about finding
moments and new experiences.
I keep my 'favourite place in the
world' for the place I spend the
most time. It has to be Guernsey’s
south coast with its amazing
colours, constant change and the
most stunning beaches I know.
How would you
By how much difference I have
made. Difference to my family,
difference to my colleagues,
difference to my customers and
their customers, and ultimately
difference to the world. Having
said that, I haven’t yet worked out a
magic formula for quantifying that!
As a child, what did you
want to be when you
A weather forecaster, a doctor
and an artist! I liked the idea of
predicting the future, making
people better and creating beauty.
I ended up putting it all together
in a rather different way through
designing digital products and
services to deliver the most useful
and intuitive end user experiences.
How do you maintain a
healthy work/life balance?
By trying not to differentiate
between them! I work from home,
so work is something I see as part
of my home life. The balance I
maintain is family/everything else.
What single achievement
are you most proud of?
Aside from my kids (the obvious
answer which nothing else can
compete with), my greatest
achievement is the Experience
Design business I founded in
London in 1997, and exited in 2016.
At the start I had to create a market
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to train staff because no one had
experience of this new field of
research-led design. The industry
is now well established, and
many of my old employees are in
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Anything to stop my mind spinning
through all the different things I’m
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process a valuable business tool and an engaging and productive experience for everyone involved?
1 START WITH OUTCOMES
The danger with performance reviews
is that they can too easily become
just a box-ticking exercise. If you
start by agreeing the purpose of
the performance reviews with the
reviewing manager and their likely
impact on the business, you’ll find it
much easier to convince colleagues
to get involved – and justify any
resulting investment to the business.
2 MAKE IT EASY
Even with commitment, performance
reviews can still be at the top of the
list of tasks managers and HR least
want to do. It seems to be associated
with seemingly endless form-filling
and admin, and little or no insight at
the end of the process.
Thanks to advances in technology,
the latest performance management
software is cost effective. If you
haven’t looked at the market for some
time, you may be pleasantly surprised
at what is now available.
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It’s easy to assume that managers
will automatically ‘know’ how to hold
an effective performance or career
conversation. The reality is that
many managers struggle with giving
feedback, setting objectives and
motivating their people whilst also
Don’t throw your managers in at
the deep end. Many will have been
promoted because of their technical
skills and don’t necessary have the
soft people skills needed to get the
best out of their teams. Provide
training to give them the confidence
to have open, constructive
conversations with their people and
to tackle poor performance head-on
4 BE TRANSPARENT
In a recent CIPD survey, only 39% of
employees felt their performance
management process was fair. This
isn’t really surprising, given that in
many companies, processes are
applied inconsistently. How highly
people are rated then depends on
variables such as: how much value
the manager places on the process
and how ‘soft’ they are. Think about
what you can do to make your
performance management process as
fair and transparent as possible.
5 FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
Traditionally, appraisals tend to
look back at how an employee has
performed during the previous year.
But in a fast-moving, constantly
changing environment, priorities shift
constantly, new skill needs emerge
overnight – and what happened
last year (or even last month) is
largely irrelevant. Try making the
focus of appraisals more about what
the business needs for the future and
how the individual can best use and
develop their skills and competencies
to meet future challenges.
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If there were one aspect of the recent inauguration
of the 45th President of the United States of America,
Donald Trump, that makes it more interesting than many
of the previous ones, it would be the very public angst
displayed by those who didn’t get the candidate they
wished for. More surprisingly, this is not just confined to
the losing supporters, but many in the media whom one
might previously have presumed were – if not
privately, then at least professionally and publicly – neutral.
This raises all sorts of questions not only about the
nature of modern
YOU MAKE ME
Cry, Godley & Creme, 1985
politics, but also
about news reporting
dissemination in an
age where, to steal
the title of Peter
book about life
under Vladimir Putin,
“nothing is true and
everything is possible”.
Given the furore over
the nature of alleged
interference and hacking by Russia in the recent election,
there would seem to be a symmetry of approach.
However, on closer examination, the certainty with
which the recent accusations are being thrown around
rather crumbles. After all, newspaper barons have
been involved in trying to influence elections for time
immemorial and, long before such people existed, more
powerful nations have always tried to promote “friendly”
political leaders. Many, like imperial Britain, France,
Russia, Spain and now the United States herself, have a
long record of interfering in the affairs of countries both
near and far, and not always successfully. Indeed, wars
have been fought as a result of such meddling – all of
which rather puts the recent election in perspective.
Newsflash: the sun continues to rise and set!
Perhaps the better example in this age of ‘fake
news’ and rampant Twitter-fuelled cynicism is the
not-so-subtle campaign to overturn BREXIT.
As stated, the constitutional lawsuit pretended
simply to ensure the primacy of the UK’s parliament.
Actually – as anyone can see – it’s about changing
the outcome of the June 2016 referendum.
The wish of those who were on the wrong side of
the plebiscite to remain inside the EU is a very worthy
political cause and certainly worth fighting for. The
more disappointing aspect is the way in which many
of those opposed to leaving have set about it. Instead
of coming straight out and stating their aim, those
involved have tried to maintain the pretence that the
court case is simply about principle and that they in
no way wish to overturn the result. It is precisely this
sort of cynicism that alienates the average voter and
leads to the sort of combustible reaction witnessed
in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy – and
perhaps later this year in France and Germany.
It bears repeating that the only reason Trump is now
in the White House is because the average working-class
American finally gave into frustration at seeing the
same-as-usual parade of politicians saying one thing to
get elected and then being
captured by the machine
once in office. For good or
ill, Trump is perceived as the
antidote to modern politics,
i.e. that he means what he
says and will act accordingly.
Of course, whether it is worth
placing one’s trust in quite
so volatile a character is the
64,000-dollar question! No
MEANS IN THE
one knows whether Trump will be able to overcome the
institutional inertia that characterises a 2,500,000-person
federal workforce (don’t forget there are also 22,000,000
state government employees to go with them).
Moreover, how long will his acolytes give him before
they deem his presidency a success or failure? Will
he seek re-election in 2020 and act accordingly? Or
simply relax and consider his ambition achieved?
It is for precisely all these reasons that we can’t predict
the future and don’t even try. Investing is difficult enough
without second-guessing the cesspool that is politics.
Know what you own, why you own it and avoid the cry!
En Voyage talks to Julian Winser about his
transition from army to finance and his
affections for life in Guernsey.
The best bacon sandwich available ‘almost anywhere
on earth’, is at Richmond Kiosk [mid way along
Vazon, for those non Guernsey readers], according to
Cazenove Chief Executive Officer Julian Winser.
And this is from a man who used to travel the world
flying helicopters for the Army Air Corps. So, he’s tried
‘It’s also the most generous in terms of the amount
of bacon you get. I have never been there and not
seen it without a queue.’
The former pilot, who flew helicopters for the army
between 1978 and 1986, moved to Guernsey in 2005,
when Schroders asked him to come and look at their
business over here.
‘I decided I couldn’t be in the army for the long-term,
and joined Baring Asset Management, where I worked
in operations for five years or so. But I wanted to be in
the teeth of the business, so moved to the client side,
working with pensions and charities.
‘Then three years after that, Nick Leeson happened
[the Singapore based trader who, in a matter of weeks,
racked up hundreds of millions of pounds in losses
disguised them as profits and fled authorities, bringing
a 232-year-old institution to its knees. It went into
administration and was sold to Dutch bank ING for
£1]. I wanted to work with private clients and I thought
they were the future.’
Working with Schroders in London from 1996 on the
private client side for the next decade, he then wound
up in Guernsey, and hasn’t looked back.
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‘WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO LONDON, WHERE
YOU DO NOT WANT TO CATCH SOMEONE’S
EYE, HERE, WHEN YOU ARE WALKING TO
WORK AT 7.15AM, YOU CAN SAY HELLO TO
EVERYONE YOU PASS AND THEY SAY IT BACK‘
‘I was asked to come and look
at the business here, as we had
two chief executive resignations
in short order. I found a fantastic
business, slightly on its back, but all
it had to do was find its feet again.
I thought I was the person to do
that, and I have now been here
for 11 years. It is a very successful
business, and while much of the
local competition has fallen away
we now mainly compete with
London based banks. We have
really great staff and low turnover.'
‘I FOUND A FANTASTIC
BUSINESS, SLIGHTLY ON
ITS BACK, BUT ALL IT
HAD TO DO WAS FIND
ITS FEET AGAIN’
Guernsey is ‘great to work from’,
he said, and that was partly down
to the type of government it has.
‘Guernsey is very steady as an
economy, and much less cyclical
than many other jurisdictions.
I think this may be because
we either have a non-party
government; or the overall process
of decision making is slow. But
that makes an environment that
is pretty much right. Our clients
want consistency and stability, an
environment that does not change
too much, but keeps up. We
[Guernsey] do not have to be the
bleeding edge, we just have to
‘My feeling is that you can go
through life challenging everything,
and you might win a few battles, or
you can just not make too
Plus, there was the island’s
stunning aesthetics and friendly
people, which has made sticking
around all the easier.
‘I sometimes walk to work [the
offices are along the front in town],
and when the tide is right up and
almost coming over the wall, that
just lifts your spirits. There are
good connections to London too,
with about 10 flights a day. There
is very little crime here, and the
people are nice too. When you
compare it to London, where you
do not want to catch someone’s
eye, here, when you are walking to
work at 7.15am, you can say hello
to everyone you pass and they say
it back. People feel safe here.
‘I spend a lot of time walking and
running, and one of my favourite
stretches is the cliff path between
St Peter Port and Jerbourg. It is
His favourite restaurants rank as
Octopus (‘the food is just fantastic,
and we had a spectacular summer
client party there’) and
But it is not all play, with Mr
Winser arriving most days at
the office by 7.30am. With it
being open plan – which has its
advantages, he says – it also means
the place is only peaceful before
the staff arrive or after they leave.
‘The peace and quiet is in the
morning and the evening, that’s
when you have your time to write
and to plan.
‘The office has been open plan
since I arrived, I far prefer to be
able to hear people, and when
you are speaking to clients you
have to be positive, and it is very
important to set the tone for the
A lot of his time is spent with and
looking after the clients, validating
what they were getting from
‘I try to demonstrate to them
the integrity, passion, teamwork,
innovation and excellence that
the business is all about.’
For anyone looking to join the
business, he had some words
‘We say to all our interns,
Guernsey has all the values of
an island, but the majority of
Guernsey businesses look beyond
the island. It is vital that anyone
who wants to come and work
with us has an appreciation of the
world, because in a perfect world,
we would all have an international
view of life.’
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THE FUTURE OF
IS IN MACHINE
BY STEPHEN OZANNE,
SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT WALKERS
WHAT IS MACHINE
Since the 17th century
mathematicians have been
developing formulas in statistics
to help make demographic
and economic forecasts for
policymaking. More recently, with
the arrival of digital computers,
more powerful algorithms have
been developed, which we
now use every day for a wide
range of tasks, such as weather
forecasting and internet searches.
Machine learning has evolved
from statistics and involves the
development of algorithms that
can give computers the ability
to learn information, without
the information being preprogrammed,
in order to solve
Generally, there are three
different forms of machine
learning. In ‘supervised learning’
the computer is given an example
question, the data needed to
answer it and the correct answer,
similar to learning in a classroom.
The computer can then learn
the process for answering the
question in order to answer
similar questions on its own.
In ‘unsupervised learning’ the
computer is not told what the
correct data is that is needed to
answer the question, or what
the correct answer is, which the
computer has to work out for itself.
Lastly, ‘reinforcement learning’
gives the computer a goal, such as
winning a game of chess, and it is
given feedback each time it plays
the game until it wins. In financial
services, where most information
is now accessible in a digital form,
we are starting to see the use of
machine learning techniques in
automating tasks, decision-making
and compliance, which is likely to
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Three reasons why machine learning is going
to radically change the financial services industry.
IT SHOULD SOON
TO TEACH A
ARE THAT APPLY
TO A PARTICULAR
FOR THE COMPUTER
TO THEN MONITOR
programs can be used
to automate the tasks
needed to perform
services. In the insurance sector,
Fukoko Mutual Life Insurance is
now using IBM’s Watson platform
to automate the information
gathering exercise to process
policyholders’ pay-outs. IBM’s
Watson uses machine learning
to build an understanding of the
expertise needed to complete
the task. Fukoko Mutual believe
that Watson will increase the
firm’s productivity by 30% and
save about $1.2 million, but at the
expense of over 30 staff who will
be made redundant. The World
Economic Forum has estimated
that automation using computers
and robots will result in a total
loss of over seven million jobs
during the next five years in 15
developed countries, two thirds of
which are focused in routine white
collar office functions, such as
On the bright side, however,
there is expected to be two
million jobs created in computer,
mathematics, architecture and
There is a lot of
talk about ‘big data’
in financial services,
and with the dramatic
increase in the number
of devices that are connected to
the internet it seems that data can
be collected on nearly everything.
However, such large amounts of
data can be difficult to process in
order to produce any meaningful
information. Machine learning
can be used as a tool to analyse
big data and to extract useful
results. Further, because machine
learning programs are less reliant
on human involvement, they can
process very large amounts of data
quickly and efficiently, whilst also
identifying information that may
otherwise be missed by human
data analysts. Decision-makers
within businesses that utilise
machine learning will be able to
arm themselves with insights,
such as in relation to customer
behaviours, product development
and business strategy, which
would otherwise have been
unavailable, when making
important strategic decisions.
or RegTech, is
increasingly being used
to assist financial services
businesses to meet
their compliance requirements.
Machine learning can assist in risk
management, fraud analytics and
know-your-client due diligence
tasks, which for many businesses
previously required large
compliance teams. Some banks
are already using machine learning
to detect credit card fraud. It
should soon be possible to teach a
computer what the regulations are
that apply to a particular business
and for the computer to then
monitor the business’ compliance
with the requirements of
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
I would suggest that your firm
builds a strategy on how it will
use machine learning. I would
also suggest that you start small
before letting your business
become reliant on more significant
tasks performed by a computer.
For regulated businesses, it is
important to note that tasks
performed automatically by
a program are likely going to
be more difficult to explain or
demonstrate to a regulator than
if those tasks are performed by
a person, so give your business
sufficient time to get the regulator
comfortable with the software that
you decide to use. Further,
I would suggest that you
consider how you will protect
your business know-how and
intellectual property once it has
been learned by the computer,
including in relation to your cybersecurity
financial services businesses that
do not have a digital strategy
to take advantage of the rapid
developments in machine learning
are likely going to quickly lose
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James Orrick, Managing Director of PEA, explores a necessary
shift in the factors to emphasise when selling Guernsey’s
financial services offering in 2017.
A ‘flight to quality’ is often a response
to market uncertainty. The historic
promotional messaging about
Guernsey’s established financial
services offering has often cited
this well-used term as a way of
summarising the stability that’s on
offer in Guernsey to funds and their
service providers compared to
There are a number of key messages
that those of us in the finance sector
have long been emphasising when we
articulate the benefits of Guernsey’s
industry. We’re well used to reeling
off expert regulation, the array of
practised and professional service
providers, Guernsey’s modern legal
framework and political stability, in our
list of key selling propositions.
A quick glance at the current
growth trends would indicate that the
messages must be working. Indeed,
they’re particularly powerful in the
context of present market uncertainty
fuelled by a new UK government, the
un-concluded UK Brexit negotiations
and a new US President in the chair.
Little wonder that the investment
funds market is in full bloom and that
predictions remain strong for 2017.
January figures have reported a
fifth quarter of growth for Guernsey’s
funds industry with the net asset value
of all funds under management and
administration standing at £249.4
billion, up £2.3 billion (0.9%) since
June 2016. Guernsey is also the first
choice for non-UK entities listing on
the London Stock Exchange with 91
non-UK entities listed on the Main
Market of the LSE and 33 on AIM.
Notably, Guernsey leads on non-UK
equity investment instruments with 74
listed on the LSE.
So, yes, the flight to quality message
remains relevant. The key messages
that underpin it, however, are shifting.
The ever-evolving changes to
regulation and tax legislation, mainly
in the current forms of AIFMD and
BEPS, are influencing the agendas
of the investor community and it’s
important that Guernsey’s financial
services industry players – the key
influencers of funds coming into the
island – respond.
Investors are rightly prodding beyond
the sole performance of funds as a
key concern. Questions regarding the
quality of reporting, approaches to risk
management and the requirement
for relevant policies and procedures
are also now key items on investors’
agendas. And so, it’s responses to
these concerns that we now need
Brexit is also relevant. There will be
different questions about Guernsey’s
links to the UK because of the
unfolding UK exit from the EU. In
Guernsey we rely quite heavily on
people’s perceptions of the UK as a
way of explaining our relationship
with the UK and the EU. The UK’s
voice for the Channel Islands in the
EU has fallen silent so efforts are
underway to further strengthen the
direct links we have built. This presents
a need to clearly divorce Guernsey
from that uncertainty and promote
the standing we have independently
achieved in Europe and the stability
we consequently offer.
Some messages remain relevant.
Guernsey’s regulatory environment
continues to evidence the quality
we offer. Among our regulator’s
more recent achievements include
proactively securing Guernsey’s
recommendation for third-country
pass-porting in Europe and developing
the Private Investment Fund and
Manager Led Product – two fund
products that substantially add to our
marketing wares this year.
Also still underpinning Guernsey’s
quality as a funds jurisdiction is the
experience that exists across the
range of Guernsey’s practised and
professional service providers. It’s
this experience that undoubtedly
guides the efficient flow of work and
contributes to the very success of
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of Guernsey) Law, 1987 and The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000.
NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE
FOR NP GROUP
Paul Rogers is the new CEO of the NP
Group. He is also Managing Director of
Norman Piette and will now oversee all
six companies within the Group.
‘I have really enjoyed my time as Norman
Piette’s Managing Director and that role
will continue,’ he said. ‘I am also very
excited to be involved in all the other
businesses within the Group and will
offer support to them in any way I can.
Paul said that the local building industry
had been through a tough time over
the last few years but the NP Group had
been preparing itself for the recovery:
‘As we have retained and built on our
staff expertise during the lull, we will be
in the perfect position to capitalise on
the upturn when it comes.
'I am proud to be taking on the
challenge of leading this professional
business with its long and successful
history of serving Guernsey with
RBS NEW HEAD OF FUNDS
Peter Brown has been
appointed Head of Funds at
RBS International to drive the
expansion of the bank’s offering
to the alternative funds sector.
Peter has more than 25 years’
experience in corporate and
institutional banking and was one
of the founding members
of the RBS mid-market leveraged
finance business, delivering
multi-million-pound buyout transactions alongside key
private equity sponsors.
OCS APPOINTS NEW CHANNEL
ISLANDS MANAGING DIRECTOR
Facilities management firm, OCS, has appointed Jacquie
Walby as Managing Director.
A proven business developer, Jacquie has been
responsible for multi-million pound projects, leading
private, public and multi-sector teams. She was Director
of Strategic Business Development for OCS UK and
previously Director and Partner at management and
development firm Arkanum.
Phil Taylor, Chairman of OCS Channel Islands, said: ‘We
are confident that Jacquie’s vast experience in designing
and implementing operational and organisational
solutions will provide huge opportunities for OCS.’
Following the completion of its BVI merger, Collas Crill
has made six promotions across the firm.
Simon Heggs, Nin Ritchie and Anna Douglass have been
promoted to Senior Associate in Guernsey and Alex Jeffery
has been promoted to Associate in Jersey. In the firm’s
business services teams, Jessica Hobbs has been promoted
to Marketing and Digital Manager and Ollie Le Prevost has
been promoted to IT Support Analyst.
Jason Romer, Group Managing Partner, said: ‘These
promotions are all in recognition of the hard work and
dedication of these individuals to the firm. We are very proud
of our home-grown talent approach and pride ourselves on
the internal career progression available at our firm.’
Simon Heggs Nin Ritchie Anna Douglass Alex Jeffery Jessica Hobbs Ollie Le Prevost
NEW STREET MANAGEMENT LIMITED
APPOINTS A NEW DIRECTOR
Nicola McGall is an experienced Trust Director with over 20 years’ experience in
the Private and Corporate Fiduciary market in Guernsey. Her role will involve the
provision of trustee services and directorships of client companies as well as leading
New Street Management Limited's International Pension and EBT offering.
Simon Graham, Managing Director of New Street Manager, said, ‘Nicola brings a
wealth of experience and is great addition to our team. We very much look forward
to working with Nicola as we continue to grow our business.’
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EIGHT PROMOTIONS AT BDO
BDO Limited has announced a series of end-of-year
promotions in Guernsey with eight people being
given new roles and added responsibilities across the
company’s 75-strong local employee base.
In the accountancy and advisory firm’s audit department,
six employees were promoted. Mirela Epure, Danny
Fooks and Josh Payne are now Assistant Managers and
Aaron Ockleford, Chris Freeman and Olga Stratulat are
now Audit Supervisors.
Zoe Broome has been promoted to Senior within the
locally-focused business services & advisory team, while
tax specialist Russell Morgan is now Tax Manager.
Managing Director Richard Searle said ‘Over the course
of this year, 25% of our people have progressed through
new roles here in Guernsey. Providing all of our people
with clear development opportunities is core to our own
growth as an organisation. Our membership of the BDO
international network allows employees to benefit from
local and international career opportunities.’
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EXPANSION FOR TOUCHSTONE
systems expert Touchstone
has expanded its Asia
Pacific team. Four new
experts have joined to
support the emerging
opportunities especially in
Singapore and Hong Kong.
Michael Kerr has joined as
Head of Sales and brings
a wealth of sales and
marketing knowledge and
experience from across
the financial services
and ‘fintech’ industries.
Yvonne Faulkner has
over 20 years’ experience
in Public Trust and
organisations and has
an in-depth knowledge
of the regulatory
the financial and estate
Peter Le Brocq,
Director, said ‘I am
delighted to welcome
Danni and Shankar as
great additions to the
Touchstone team. They
are all highly skilled and
experienced in their
respective fields and
we are looking forward
to working closely
with our clients to help
them become more
efficient and effective
all over the world.’
INVESTEC PRIVATE BANKING
GROWS GUERNSEY TEAM
Investec Private Banking has appointed six new members
of staff in Guernsey to support the continued growth of
James Torode and Emma Wright join the Private Client
team with responsibility for UK resident non-domiciled
& international clients, and clients based outside of
the UK respectively; Gordon Irish also joins the Private
Client Services team, focusing upon leading and further
developing the Guernsey-based private client business.
Sean Gauvain has been appointed Executive Mortgage
Manager, Jane Niles has become Head of Corporate Client
Lending and Daniella Sargent has joined the bank
as Operational Risk Manager.
Stephen Henry, Managing Director of Investec Private
Banking in the Channel Islands said, ‘Our business
continues to grow in the Channel Islands and these
appointments reflect Investec Private Banking’s focus
on recruiting the right people to deliver the level of service
our clients demand.’
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they need us. So, by building on our global presence we help our clients to grow and prosper
because we measure our success from their perspective. When they succeed we do too.
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By Jason Robilliard, Investment Manager, ABN AMRO
real estate, fair
We are becoming
discerning as a society and demanding
sustainable alternatives in many areas
of our lives. This trend is also beginning
to play a role in the choices we make
regarding our investment portfolios.
The idea that sustainable investment
is a serious alternative to traditional
investment portfolios is gaining traction
and ABN AMRO NV are determined to
be at the forefront of this movement.
WILL NOT INVEST IN
A COMPANY, WHICH
IS IMPLICATED WITH
THE VIOLATION OF
Financial returns still play a major role
in rating investment performance, but
the impact on people and the planet is
equally prioritised. Historically investing
in a socially responsible manner was
almost a guarantee of poor investment
returns but at ABN AMRO we believe
that this no longer has to be the case.
The United Nations have estimated
that by the year 2030, the global
population will have passed the eight
billion mark. The extra mouths to feed
and homes to build will put serious
additional strain on our environment
as CO2 emissions increase and finite
supplies of natural resources grow
thin. In addition, current supply chains
still present social issues such as poor
working conditions. The ecological
impact of our actions may one
day literally drown us, and to avoid
such disasters in our future we must
adjust our behaviour today. That
also applies to the way we invest.
When investing sustainably, we look
beyond the expected financial returns
versus the risks. Special attention
is paid to the Environment, Social
and Governance (ESG) impact of
a company or product. Ultimately
each Pound, Euro or Dollar invested
has a direct or indirect impact on
people and the planet. By way of an
example, a sustainable investment
fund will not invest in a company,
which is implicated with the
violation of human rights. Indeed by
giving companies, funds and other
investment products a rating we can
provide insight into the sustainability
of the investment. That rating is
commonly based on ESG criteria.
We believe that if financial institutions
follow such a policy and consciously
chose where to invest we can
indirectly influence the activities of the
organisations involved. If a company
is structurally involved in polluting or
unethical practices banks and brokers
can choose not to recommend them
to clients and to exclude them from
managed investment portfolios. This
will eventually reflect in the share price
of these companies and hopefully force
change for the better. This principle
also applies in reverse and companies
that do uphold their responsibility
towards people and the planet will
ultimately benefit from the support
they will receive from investors.
From a financial perspective,
a sustainable investment is not
necessarily less profitable than a
traditional one. So even if returns
are your primary focus there is no
real reason to abstain from investing
in this way. Indeed the careful
decisions made by companies with
a long-term focus could actually be
an indicator of future success. Good
management makes for a healthy
company, which also reduces the
odds of incidents that could lead to
loss of reputation and financial damage.
Sustainable investment offerings
are on the rise, and at ABN AMRO we
now offer a full range of investment
services incorporating our Sustainable
Mandates which sit alongside our
traditional investment capabilities.
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The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987, as amended. ABN AMRO (Guernsey) Limited is a participant in the Guernsey Banking Deposit
Compensation Scheme. The Scheme offers protection for ‘qualifying deposits’ up to £50,000, subject to certain limitations. The maximum total amount of
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NOT SO INNOCENT
Advocate Thomas Crawfourd looks at some
of the perils of recreation.
It’s one of those rare weather
phenomena in Guernsey: a weekend
of warm unbroken sunshine unmarred
by a howling gale or an insidiously chilly
breeze. All the world and his wife have
ventured outside to take advantage,
fearing the occasion may never arise
again. You are no exception, and in
a break from the norm you decide
to go for a march on the cliffs. After
all, you are more inclined to strolling
on the west coast within easy reach
of a beach kiosk and car park.
As you wend your way along the
cliff path, your mobile reception
drops and you survey the distant
speck of your car with rising panic.
You wonder whether you should have
brought some provisions and flares
with you, and consider beating a hasty
retreat back when your attention is
Some cows have breached a fence
to escape their field into a lane
adjoining the path, where they are
munching sedately on the grassy banks.
Evidently the pastures are greener
on the other side, you muse, oh the
eccentricities of rural Guernsey!
Feeling lifted and reassured to see
a road leading to civilisation, you
continue your slog less daunted.
As you round a corner, you hear the
strained whirr of an electric motor
before meeting head-on with an elderly
gentleman bouncing along the path on
his mobility scooter. You move aside
to let him pass, and he doffs his cap
and confides that he has snuck out
of an old people’s home for a quick
trundle in the glorious weather. You
marvel at his autonomy, then note the
hip flask secreted in his top pocket.
A QUAINT SNAPSHOT
OF GUERNSEY LIFE, BUT...
Soon you enter a wooded valley
where you encounter a group of
teenagers clambering a tree in the
construction of a makeshift tree
house, their bicycles abandoned
below. Wonderful that they’re out
in the fresh air engaging in such
a timeless activity, you observe,
better that than moping at home.
Further on, the unmistakeable
smell of grilled meat fills the air, burnt
sausages to be more precise. Your
gaze is directed towards a young family
perched on a bluff around a flaming
portable barbecue. Superb place for a
picnic, you think, even if the cooking
leaves something to be desired.
Then, out of nowhere, a Yorkshire
Terrier appears and makes a
beeline for a charred chipolata in
one of the children’s hands.
She runs away, but the yapping mutt
gives chase and manages to snatch
the morsel just as his apologetic owner
arrives and gets him back to heel.
Fortunately, everybody laughs it off,
except the cook who is seething.
What you have just witnessed might
be a quaint snapshot of Guernsey
life, but it was also an extensive crime
scene. Indeed, had you been PC Plod,
you would have had a field day.
Those wandering cows could have
landed their keeper with a conviction
for straying animals and a £1,000 fine.
And that rambunctious dog could
have seen his owner both fined
£2,000 and imprisoned for two
months maximum for failing to
restrain him from chasing a person.
But most criminality arose through
the cliff paths and adjoining land, like
other swathes of Guernsey, being
classed as places of recreation.
Here, many activities, whilst not
expressly prohibited by law, amount to
an offence punishable by a maximum
£2,000 fine if done without the
written permission of, typically, the
Constables or States of Guernsey.
Such activities include lighting fires,
wanton mischief-making, and using
mobility scooters and bicycles or any
other mechanically propelled vehicles
And perhaps most surprisingly, the bold
act of climbing a tree also constitutes
an offence, as does climbing a bank,
gate or fence for that matter.
On the other hand, it is not expressly
an offence to throw stones and
boulders over the cliffs, unlike in
Sark where it is strictly forbidden
and can result in a fine in the
princely maximum sum of £5.00!
“Flexibility is Key”
Offshore recruitment expert Andy Partlow talks to EnVoyage about the benefits of
temporary contracts & a flexible workforce
Guernsey is an island where people are likely to experience a healthy
work life balance. What if you could add even more flexibility to your day
In recent years we have seen that temp jobs are increasing in popularity.
There are several reasons for this, for example companies are seeing the
value in having a flexible work force to assist with seasonal variances in
demand and workload or perhaps to adhere to headcount restrictions, to
assist with short to medium term projects, or to enable the business to
establish what it’s longer term staffing requirements are whilst plugging
the gap. But it’s not all about the employer….candidates are enjoying the
flexibility and variety that temporary assignments can offer.
Temp life ……….. a candidates view
Learning about how different companies operate can translate into
a diverse skill set that may make you far more employable.
Temping can offer you the opportunity to work across diverse industries –
particularly competitive ones. When your goal is to make a move to a
new industry, temp work can get your foot in the door and build a
persuasive case that your skills are easily transferable across industries. In
addition to this of course, there is every chance that the temporary
assignment could lead to a longer term or permanent arrangement.
Another benefit is that you get to meet and learn from a large number of
people you wouldn’t have otherwise met. No-one can underestimate the
power of networking or its importance on the island.
For many, the biggest perk of temporary work is that it gives you more
control than permanent positions in choosing when you want to work
and how long for.
Although a temporary assignment may come with a little uncertainty for
the future, many come to love the freedom of this way of working. Also a
good recruiter can help you to find the frequency of work that you
require to maintain your desired level of income.
recruitment and actually if you have an excellent relationship with a
recruiter that understands your business you can trust them to find the
right candidate without even interviewing them, as well as all the onboarding
and compliance being in place. Using a specialised recruiter can
assist skilled professionals find the next step in their career, resulting in
clients benefitting from motivated and passionate interim professionals.
Hiring temps for your business means that you can adapt quickly to
Some businesses employ temporary workers as an excellent and costefficient
way to recruit and test the abilities of new workers before taking
them on permanently. Often companies will repeatedly use the services of
a temp worker who has proven to be a company asset, as they already
know the business, their systems and processes. Hiring a temp can also be
a good way to continue getting work done whilst you search for the
perfect candidate for a particular job.
Temp life………… the recruiters outlook
Both clients and candidates need their recruiter to go the extra mile and
understand exactly what they need for their business or for their career.
This way we are able to ensure that we supply work-ready
temps/contractors that will hit the ground running.
We look out for the clients long -term interests even when supplying
short term temps. We have a number of tried and tested interim
professionals. Should you have any temporary or contract requirements
or if you are an interim professional looking for your next assignment,
please contact one of our specialist consultants.
Temp life……….. the clients perspective
Hiring skilled workers through agencies is different from hiring workers
directly. Firstly this saves the client valuable time and money in not
having to advertise for the position and then sift through unsuitable
applications. This in its very nature defeats the object of temporary
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Setting the standard since 1952
The media landscape in the Channel Islands,
and the world, is changing rapidly with
the explosion and power of social media,
especially the strengthening grip of Facebook.
Peter Grange, Chief Executive Officer of Oi,
a leading creative and digital agency, explores
this social phenomena.
Facebook was founded in the same month and year
as Oi – February 2004. However, it is fair to say it has
certainly enjoyed meteoric growth in comparison
– now worth $350 billion, making it the sixth most
valuable company in America.
Mark Zuckerberg started the social media giant,
originally known as 'theFacebook’, at Harvard, stating
his intention ‘to create a universal website that can
connect people around the university.’ Within 24
hours of going live around the campus there were
between 1,200 and 1,500 registrants. Within the first
month, more than half the undergraduate population
at Harvard was registered on the service. In June 2005
Facebook dropped ‘the’ from its name after purchasing
the domain name facebook.com for $200,000.
In September 2006 Facebook opened its doors to
everyone aged 13 and older with a valid email address.
It also introduced business pages. Then it went
stratospheric – with monthly growth of 178.38% - to
an eye-watering 100 million monthly users by August
2008. By the time of Facebook’s IPO on 18 May 2012
Facebook stated it had 845 million active monthly users
and featured 2.7 billion daily likes and comments. The
IPO raised $16 billion, making it the third largest in U.S.
history, and valued Facebook at $104 billion.
Fast forward five years and Facebook’s biggest
achievement so far, besides connecting over 1.2 billion
users, has been cracking the code of monetising a
mobile platform. Facebook believed that advertising
was the way to go – and they have proved they were
right. It worked out the recipe for mobile devices and
rolled out feed-based ads, which essentially solved
the problem of lack of screen real-estate on mobile
devices for delivering banner and text ads to users.
Facebook innovated. At that point, it was hard to
imagine that clogging up Facebook’s regular feed with
sponsored posts and ads would not negatively impact
user experience. However, the company was careful
in terms of design and targeting by leveraging usergenerated
THERE ARE 38,000
PEOPLE IN GUERNSEY
AND 66,000 PEOPLE IN
JERSEY WHO HAVE A
such as interests,
natural part of
a lot of advertisers due to their highly targeted nature
and impressive click-through rates - ranging from 2-6%.
Taking an average figure of 4% implies that Facebook’s
feed-based ads experience 40 clicks per 1,000
impressions, which is significantly higher than other
digital marketing channels.
This leads me to why, for certain businesses,
Facebook has become the most important marketing
channel, or is certainly an integral part of any marketing
communications activity, in the Channel Islands.
It has changed the media landscape locally, in our view,
and will continue to be a media disrupter putting more
and more pressure on traditional media owners, leaving
them scratching their heads as what to do next.
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According to Facebook’s Ad Manager, there are
approximately 38,000 people in Guernsey – over 50% -
who have a Facebook account, and 66,000 – 64% - in
Jersey. That’s better reach and penetration than any
other forms of local media such as local TV, newspaper
While Facebook may not necessarily be the right
marketing channel for everyone, it is now an important
one for many businesses in the Channel Islands, for
five reasons: it has exceptionally high, regular user
engagement; it is hyper-targeted; it is completely
measurable: it is reasonably priced and it is very
effective with very high click-through rates when
The social metamorphosis is well underway - expect
even greater things to come from Facebook in the
near future with the evolution of 360° videos, virtual
reality, plus many other opportunities for brands to
engage with, and advertise to, audiences around usergenerated
content, especially on mobile devices.
As Mark Zuckerberg once said: 'Advertising works
most effectively when it's in line with what people
are already trying to do. And people are trying to
communicate in a certain way on Facebook - they
share information with their friends, they learn about
what their friends are doing - so there's really a whole
new opportunity for a new type of advertising model
Oi runs many very successful Facebook advertising
campaigns and competitions for clients including
Aurigny, as shown above.
To find out how Oi, and Facebook, could boost your
business call Peter Grange on 01481 213730
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Search @offshoreinternational on Facebook.
En Voyage talks to Try-a-Tri Guernsey founder Laura Fry and
uncovers the zest for life behind this up-and-coming sport.
The iconic image of Alistair Brownlee
helping his brother Johnny over the finish
line of the World Triathlon Series in Mexico
back in September 2016 stays fresh in our
minds, as it captured what it means to be a
Laura Fry, British Triathlon Coach and
Personal Trainer, knows only too well that
it is the camaraderie, encouragement and
support of fellow triathletes, rather than
where you place, that counts. Laura, in
partnership with Amy Critchlow – Age Group
Triathlete and Sports Massage and Remedial
Therapist, initially set up Try-a-Tri Guernsey
in 2015. Born from what Laura describes as
‘a simple idea to take willing ladies through
the experience of completing their first
triathlon’, Try-a-Tri has now become ‘a
thriving community of ladies, guys, young
and not-as-young who train and
IF YOU’RE THINKING,
‘I COULD NEVER DO THAT’,
LAURA WOULD ASK,
‘HOW DO YOU KNOW IF
YOU DON’T TRY?’
Typically, the triathlon is perceived to be
a gruelling physical challenge that requires
highly expensive equipment and the greatest
athletic ability to participate. Laura wanted to
challenge this, making triathlons accessible
to people who do not consider themselves
‘sporty’. From personal experience, she
knows how negative experiences of school
P.E. lessons can create a mindset where we
spend our adult years still believing we can’t
do sport, we will never be good enough,
and concluding that it will always be
‘You don’t have to be the best swimmer.
All you need to be able to do is get from A to B
– even if it’s doggy paddle or breaststroke.
It’s not about the equipment. We don’t mind
if you have a £50 bike that
you borrowed from your
friend – as long as it’s safe
and can move, that’s all you
need. You don’t have to be
a fast runner – you just need
to be able to move a little
quicker than walking pace.’
This refreshing take on
triathlons opens the event
up to anyone looking for a
new personal challenge. For
newbies wondering if this event
is for them, Laura encourages
you to come and have a taster.
Recognising that there are
intimidating factors about triathlons,
Laura and Amy make it their priority
to break down the training involved
into small steps that are achievable.
‘Everyone participating finds at least
one aspect difficult. We make it fun
and don’t take ourselves too seriously.’
If you’re thinking, ‘I could never do
that’, Laura would ask, ‘How do you
know if you don’t try?’, drawing on
countless examples of people who
initially said ‘I can’t’ who now belong to
the Triathlon Club and swim daily. Ability
and age needn’t be a limitation either –
living proof being people like Madonna
Buder, the 86-year-old IronMan triathlete,
who took part in her first Ironman World
Championship triathlon at the age of 55.
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THIS REFRESHING TAKE ON
TRIATHLONS OPENS THE EVENT
UP TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A
NEW PERSONAL CHALLENGE.
Many thanks go to the Trust Corporation International for their invaluable
contribution as the series sponsor for Try-a-Tri Guernsey.
IMAGES COURTESY OFTRI-A-TRI
THE GROUP THAT
JOIN US ARE ALL VERY
PEOPLE. EVERYONE IS
SOFT, GENTLE – AND
As a skilled coach and personal trainer,
Laura’s experience has been that it is usually
the mental preparation that requires the
most work. Together with the training plan
and technical advice, instilling a supportive,
encouraging, community ethos is the
key to succeeding in this challenge.
‘The group that join us are all very likeminded,
similar people. Everyone is soft,
gentle – and slightly terrified! Our group
is so supportive and lovely that you can’t
help but feel motivated.’
With such a positive
atmosphere, it isn’t any
wonder that over 600
people have participated
in various components of
Try-a-Tri Guernsey to date.
One of the most rewarding
aspects for Laura taking
people on this journey has been what she
describes as ‘the shift’ – ‘when someone
has gone from starting out thinking “I can’t
do it”, shifting into “I am doing it and I don’t
care what I look like”, to finally crossing
that finish line, where there’s laughter,
celebration, and tears from people who
originally thought they couldn’t do it.’
Donna Le Tissier participated in the first
Try-a-Tri and has continued to be involved
ever since. Keen to find a new personal
challenge to take her out of her comfort
zone, Donna immediately signed up. ‘My
primary reason was because as a parent, I
am aware that little eyes are always watching
me, learning by my example.’ Those little
eyes couldn’t have been prouder of their
mum when it came to race day. For Donna,
swimming was the most challenging aspect
– ‘it was 17 years since I’d swum a length in
the pool. It’s hard to accept you can’t do
what you would like to be able to do straight
away. The challenge is to be persistent and
consistent - to keep trying, to keep
improving’. Describing Try-a-Tri as a ‘fantastic
event that was well promoted and
organised’, Donna praised Laura and Amy for
‘enabling and empowering so many females
to access a new sport that they may never
have considered before.’
If you’re reading this thinking
‘maybe I could give this a try’, yes you can!
to find out more.
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Please register in advance at
Sunday 26 March
CHERTSEY HOUSE 10km
Friday 14 April
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EASTER RUNNING FESTIVAL
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SAVE THE DATE
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Except not as you’d normally think. No. This fast lane
isn’t on a race track, it’s on the athletics track and for
one local lad it has only recently been discovered.
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Cameron Chalmers, 19, used
to play football and only headed
onto the athletics track three years
ago to keep up his fitness in the
summer. And now, shortly before
he headed off to Tenerife for a
week’s training – seriously –
En Voyage caught up with him
to see what it was like discovering
he was so naturally talented at
something, having had no idea
‘When the football season had
finished, I was looking to keep up
my fitness and my brother said
I should go down to the track.
I started when I was 16, so I am
relatively new to it.
‘I was just running quicker and
quicker, and after just two months
training, I was the 14th fastest in
the UK at the 400 metres for
under 17s. So I dropped the
football and started training full
time for athletics.’
Just to be clear, he’s really good
at it. At Elizabeth College he broke
the Year 8 record for the 400
metres. Then he did the same in
Year 9, before completing the hat
trick in Year 10.
Running was a different beast to
football, he said, and it took
a totally different toll on his body.
Happily he has a specially adapted
mindset, which allows him to
master anything challenging.
‘I KNOW HIS GOAL IS TO
RUN UNDER 46 SECONDS
WHICH WILL MEAN HE IS
RIGHT IN THE MIX FOR
SENIOR GB CALL UPS.’
OFFICER, TOM DRUCE
‘It is such a high intensity sport,
the sessions leave you ruined,
so you have got to rest and recover,
or else you get injured. My legs
were not adapted to the workload.
‘I just think it is obviously a really
tough sport, it is pretty gruelling,
but I have always enjoyed winning
– if I am honest. Most things you
are good at you do enjoy more.
‘Plus I have got to go to a
lot of places, I have been to
Germany, Poland, Gotland and
in a minute, Tenerife.’
Never one to rest on his laurels,
Cameron said this year’s main
aim is to qualify for the Great
Britain under 23 European
Championships, which sits
alongside two other goals.
‘Well, the personal best is the
standard aim, but my ultimate goal
is to be an Olympian, that really is
a life goal. The next one is in Tokyo
in 2020. I know I have two or three
shots at getting there. The next two
are when I will be at my peak.’
So there’s every chance that one
day you’ll be tuning in to see
Cameron taking gold in front of an
international audience – or turning
up on the Graham Norton show
like those Irish rowers.
But before he gets there – and
speaking to him, you’re left with
no doubt he will succeed – he’s
already racking up the awards.
Last year he was voted the
Guernsey Sports Commission
Outstanding Performer, and was
nominated for Sports Personality
of the Year.
‘It is very nice to be nominated
for it, it is always very nice to get
recognised in that way. Recognition
from home is the nicest thing. It is
just the little things on the side, and
shows that people do see what you
are doing – it is always really cool.’
Guernsey was an excellent place to
develop talents, he said, and no one
should be put off from trying.
‘I just think you realise how lucky
you are. By the [Footes Lane] track is
a great, high performance gym right
on the finish line, and that is five
minutes from my house. Everything
is just a crazy good set up.
‘There is also access to runners
like Dale Garland, people who
have been there and done it,
which is just invaluable when you
are new to it.’
For Cameron, this was a way of life,
‘A lot of people do it to keep fit, or
for a social element. My mindset is
elite and to dedicate my life to it.
‘Each week I do three running
sessions, three gym sessions and
one rest day. In Tenerife we will
be starting training at 10am, so
He’ll leave the outrageous training
for the Olympics, no doubt.
Broke the Guernsey Under 17
400m record (now surpassed
by brother Alastair)
Suffered from injury and nearly
Broke the Guernsey Under 20
record numerous times
Represented Great Britain
in the 4x400m relay
Gold at the Island Games
4th at the English Schools
Attended Bath University
UK Indoor and Outdoor
UK Senior Indoor Silver medallist
British Universities Indoor
and Outdoor Champion
Scottish Senior Indoor
Hampshire Under 20 County
Champion (breaking a record
previously held by Roger Black)
Qualified for the semi-final
at the World Under 20
Championships with a time
1st in the UK Under 20 rankings
14th in the UK Senior rankings
Fastest junior 400m athlete
ANDY AND JO
MICHAEL MORRIS -
GROUP PARTNER AND
ANNA DOUGLASS –
COLLAS CRILL COMPLETES
ON PRIAULX PREMATURE
Collas Crill’s UK Real Estate Team
has completed on the Priaulx
Premature Baby Foundation’s
purchase of The Burrow; a
property near Southampton
While the Foundation currently
leases a flat available to Guernsey
families, The Burrow is the
first property owned by the
Foundation, purchased due to
the high demand of local families
needing a place to stay when their
premature baby or critically ill child
requires off-island treatment in
Southampton. The property is due
to open in the summer.
Anna Douglass, Associate in
Collas Crill’s UK Real Estate
Team whose own child was born
premature, advised the Foundation
on the purchase of the property
with Collas Crill covering the
conveyancing costs, all legal
advice and disbursements.
Anna said: ‘I’m so glad that
we’ve been able to support the
Foundation whose work goes
a long way in supporting local
families at such a difficult time.
Having spent almost a month
with my baby on the neonatal
unit last summer, I had firsthand
experience of what a big
difference the charity makes with
the new equipment, essential
support they offer and all the
wonderful fundraising they do for
this great cause. It felt great to give
something back to them and this
flat will be an essential lifeline for
so many families.’
Jo Priaulx, co-founder of
the Priaulx Premature Baby
Foundation, said: ‘Thanks to Collas
Crill’s hard work and generosity,
it’s all feeling very real now! Many
local families, just like Anna’s,
have to go through the worry
and stress of having a poorly
little one, and if UK treatment is
needed then having a place to
stay is of vital importance. The
team’s support means that we can
start fundraising for The Burrow’s
preparations and continue helping
Guernsey parents and their
children for years to come.’
'WE CAN START
GUERNSEY PARENTS AND
FOR YEARS TO COME ’
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make our house
Raising the money to buy The Burrow
has been the Priaulx Premature Baby
Foundation’s biggest challenge to date.
Now, thanks to all of you, parents of premature babies
and poorly children will soon have a safe haven, close
to Southampton Hospital at a time when they need it
most. But our challenge is only just beginning; we need
to decorate, furnish and equip The Burrow to make it a
home-from-home and then pay the maintenance and
running costs to keep its doors open to those in need.
Thank you Guernsey. Together we have bought
a house, now let’s make it a home.
Please visit ppbf.org to make a donation
or learn more about how you can help
ROOTING FOR RIVER
NEW CHARITY HOPES TO
MAKE GUERNSEY MORE
Dementia Friendly Guernsey (DFG) was
launched in February. Facilitated and
supported by the Guernsey Community
Foundation, DFG is a partnership of
charities, professionals and organisations
aiming to improve the lives of people
living with dementia, and their carers.
Dementia Friendly Guernsey wants to
encourage as many people as possible to
take a local Dementia Awareness Course
in order to better understand, identify and
support people they deal with on a daily
basis who live with dementia.
Cooper Brouard Estate Agents was the
first business on the island to sign up to a
Dementia Friendly Guernsey awareness
course. Matt Brouard, Director at Cooper
Brouard said: ‘Any business will benefit
from understanding dementia more
clearly. All customer-based businesses
will come into contact with people who
live with it and if they can just understand
them a little better I am sure they can
offer a better service.’
Locally-owned online retailer
allbeauty.com has stepped in
with a large donation in support
of a one-year-old boy diagnosed
with a rare form of cancer.
Brave River Dennis, who lives
in Chicago with mum Lucy – a
Guernsey expat and former All
Beauty employee – and dad
Dallas, was diagnosed with AT/RT
just days after his first birthday
‘I’M STILL A BIT LOST
FOR WORDS AND
JUST IN AWE OF HOW
PEOPLE ARE. THANK
YOU WILL NEVER BE
Lucy worked as an Online
Customer Service Advisor and
when former colleague Heather
Scott organised a cake sale in aid
of Rooting for River, All Beauty’s
directors were so moved by
the news that they donated an
additional £10,000 to help cover
medical and travel expenses for
Heather said; ‘We just really
wanted to do something to help.
It’s also a subject that’s quite
close to our hearts and that’s
why the directors decided to try
and do something to help.’
Lucy said, ‘I’m still a bit lost for
words and just in awe of how
amazing these people are. Thank
you will never be enough.’
Other local institutions have
been raising money; the
Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing
Club raised £100 at its ladies
boxing session taking donations
on the door and Guernsey-born
singing sensation Nessi Gomes,
teamed up with local charity
Helping Jonah-Helping Others
at her album launch in Guernsey
raising £1800 for the cause. She
said of her Guernsey home;
‘We unite and take care of one
another like a massive family. A
beautiful community I am proud
to call my home.’
Anybody wishing to help can
go to the Rooting for River
Fundraising page on Facebook.
JULIUS BAER SPONSORS THE
The Guernsey Literary Festival is once
again looking for young writing talent
with its WriteStuff competition, ahead
of the fifth Festival which will take place
from 10-14 May 2017.
The festival organisers are delighted that
Bank Julius Baer is generously sponsoring
the competition, which has a dedicated
website and provides cash prizes,
certificates and specially commissioned
illustrations to the winners in each
category. This year the WriteStuff asks
writers to create a character effectively,
and impress the judges in just 300 words.
Jean-Luc Le Tocq from Bank Julius Baer
said: ‘Julius Baer is proud to be the official
sponsor of the WriteStuff Competition as
part of the Guernsey Literary Festival. We
are a long-standing supporter of the arts
and culture across the world and truly
value the education of youth. With the
continuing expansion of the Julius Baer
presence in Guernsey, the collaboration
with the Literary Festival underlines our
local commitment to the island. We are
pleased to support a competition which
encourages local young writing talent as
part of the educational programme for
For more information about the
competition, which is open to school
students from Year 3, go to writestuff.gg.
You can find out more about
the Guernsey Literary Festival at
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Colour in this scene and send it to:
En Voyage Colouring Competition, Oi, Unit 9,
Les Caches Business Park, Les Caches Road,
St Martins, GY4 6PH by 30 April 2017.
Open to children up to the age of 10.
A COPY OF ‘PERCY
- A FLYING START’
BY MEGS BAILEY
LOCAL GUERNSEY ARTIST
About the artist:
by local artist Megs
Bailey, features a scene
from one of her lovely
books about a seagull
named Percy, from
Perelle. Megs, formerly
a teacher, created a
stuffed toy of Percy
which was so popular
she found herself
making more and
more. This led to the
creation of the books
which Megs writes,
illustrates and publishes
herself. To find out
more about Percy and
his adventures search
*Email address will only be used to contact the winner, and postal address is required for delivery of the prize.
Please note entries cannot be returned.
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squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box.
2 5 9 3
1 3 8 6
5 7 8
5 4 2 3
8 4 7 5
5 Petty (5-6)
7 Stump (4)
8 Farm bird (5)
10 Degree of excitement
during a debate (11)
12 Open space in a forest (5)
13 Central Chinese desert (4)
15 Unentitled (11)
1 Thick slice (4)
2 Large flightless bird (3)
3 Open up (6)
4 Quantifiable (10)
6 Birthplace (10)
9 In favour of (3)
11 Dais (6)
13 Present (4)
14 Fenland cathedral
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Iris & Dora
'Baise Mon Chu'
- Kiss my bottom.
'J't'oime' - I love you
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