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ISSUE 6

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IN LONDON

OPEN DOORS

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LIVING HISTORY

Meet local raconteur

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COMMUNITY

SPIRIT

BUSINESS

NEWS

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CONTENTS

7 WELCOME ABOARD!

Message from Mark Darby,

Aurigny’s Chief Executive Officer

8 AURIGNY NEWS

11 SAFETY FIRST

14 AUTUMN ISLE

Get away from it all with a break

in Guernsey

22 ISLAND HOPPING

Five stunning Bailiwick islands to explore

25 OPEN DOORS

Guernsey Open Market property feature

54 STAY A WHILE

Short holidays on the island

59 COMPETITION

Win a luxury trip to Guernsey

60 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HERM

Second in a three-part series on

this beautiful island

66 WHAT’S ON?

Forthcoming events in the Bailiwick

68 GUERNSEY’S UNDERWATER

EXPERIENCE

Discover the newly renovated

aquarium at La Vallette

72 LIVING HISTORY

Meet local raconteur Annette Henry

76 EXPLORING YORKSHIRE

Discover the Yorkshire Dales

via Leeds Bradford

80 MANCHESTER’S MUSIC SCENE

Learn more about the city’s

fertile music scene

84 HALLOWEEN IN LONDON

Have a hair-raisingly fun time in the capital

87 HOTEL PICKS

88 AURIGNY BREAKS

Great offers on flights and hotel packages

90 IMMERSE YOURSELF IN BRISTOL

Explore the area by bike or on foot

95 LONDON CONNECTING…

Explore Lapland and the ease of connecting

through London with Aurigny

99 RESTAURANT PICKS

100 MEXICAN DELIGHT

Guernsey’s newest culinary offering… Búho

104 A DELICIOUS SURPRISE IN MANCHESTER

A foodie adventure awaits you

109 BUSINESS NEWS

Inspiring interviews and local business news

149 GUERNSEY AT THE GAMES

The NatWest Gotland Island Games XVII

152 GOLF IN GUERNSEY

En Voyage talks to John Dent

155 SPORTS DIARY

156 COMMUNITY SPIRIT

160 COLOURING COMPETITION

163 IN-FLIGHT AND DUTY FREE

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1968

Founded

9 MILLION

Aurigny carried its

nine millionth passenger

in 2016

AURIGNY

GUERNSEY’S AIRLINE

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.

1977

First airline in the world to

ban smoking on all services

2016

Voted 4th best

short-haul airline

in the Telegraph

Travel Awards

550,000

Passengers

carried in 2016

12

Routes

MANCHESTER

BRISTOL

SOUTHAMPTON

LEEDS

BRADFORD

EAST

MIDLANDS

LONDON

CITY

LONDON

GATWICK

NORWICH

(Seasonal)

LONDON

STANSTED

2017

Voted 2nd best

short-haul airline

by Which?

8

Aircraft

ALDERNEY

GUERNSEY

300

Staff

1

In-flight marriage

DINARD

GRENOBLE

(Seasonal)

1

Birth on board

Between Alderney

and Guernsey

1

FA Cup

Flown to Guernsey

on 19th August 2016

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WELCOME ABOARD!

MARK DARBY

CHIEF

EXECUTIVE

OFFICER

Before you know it, the summer has waved us

goodbye and we’re heading into autumn, but

for many reasons it is probably one of the best

times of the year in the Bailiwick.

Don’t pack away your beach towel just yet, that

would be far too premature. Out of nowhere

you can still have stunning sunshine and blue

skies in September and October and on quieter

days you could find yourselves on our golden

sands with hardly anyone in sight.

Regardless of the weather, there’s still so much

to do in Guernsey, whether you’re here for

a long weekend or a bit longer. One thing

everyone should take advantage of each

and every year is Guernsey’s ever-popular

Tennerfest offering, where a vast number of

hotels and restaurants put together stunning

menus, at special bargain prices. It kicks off

at the start of October and is a must for any

new visitor. Other autumn events include the

Guernsey Food Festival, Sunday Concerts

in Candie Gardens, Proms on the Pier and

the Guernsey Air Display, but there are many

more. Don’t forget the other islands, though,

because they offer a wide variety of events,

depending on what you’re after. The Herm Ale

and Cider Festival is a must for those who like a

tipple and the Sark Roots Festival is an exciting

recent addition to the Bailiwick calendar. Over

in our sister island Alderney they don’t take a

moment’s rest after Alderney Week, and the

Alderney Air Races, annual angling festival and

Alderney Seniors (Mens) Golf Open are just

some of the attractions.

In this edition of En Voyage, we have an

interesting feature on autumn in Guernsey

and the pleasure of short stays on the island,

just turn over to page 14.

If you’re looking for a short break away from

the island, we also have some great choices

directly on our network. If you’re feeling brave,

why not consider some of the very best and

ghoulish Halloween events in London (see

page 84)? But if rock 'n’ roll is more your thing,

Manchester’s music scene is explored on

pages 80-82.

A quieter and rather more peaceful break can

be found exploring the stunning scenery of the

Yorkshire Dales, as you can see on pages 76-

78. So there really is something for everyone at

this time of year.

The past few months have yet again been

busy for us at Aurigny, with the weather always

giving us a few challenges, but we have taken

great pleasure in helping you get away this

summer. This is only possible due to the

hard work of all our staff across the business,

without which it would be impossible to make

this work. To give you a better idea of what

happens here at the airline, we have launched

a new Behind the Scenes feature in this

magazine (see page 12) so our team can give

you a real insight into life at Aurigny.

All of us would like to wish you a pleasant

journey today and hope to see you on board

again very soon.

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AURIGNY NEWS

L-R: PRESIDENT OF THE GUERNSEY FRIENDS OF AIR SEARCH DAVID HUGO, AURIGNY CEO MARK DARBY,

AURIGNY ENGINEER CHRISTIAN HAINSWORTH, AURIGNY COMMERCIAL MANAGER CLIVE ACTON,

AND AURIGNY PR MANAGER PAUL AINSWORTH.

CHANNEL

ISLANDS

AIR SEARCH

DONATION

We are delighted to have

presented more than £3,000 to the

Channel Islands Air Search thanks

to the success of our Trislander

Charity Flights.

Over 120 people joined us and

helped to raise the funds when

they took to the skies for the

scenic farewell flights on Aurigny’s

now-retired Trislander G-BEVT,

better known as Victor Tango.

A cheque for £3,050 was

presented to CIAS representatives

and these funds are being put

towards the ongoing running

costs of the air search, which is so

reliant on the generosity of local

individuals and businesses.

Our CEO Mark Darby said:

‘The charity flights proved to be

incredibly popular with the public,

really capturing their imagination,

and it’s thanks to their support

that we have been able to raise

this total. The Channel Islands Air

Search plays such a vital role in the

community and has saved so many

lives. It really is a worthy cause.

LAST YEAR IN NUMBERS

I’d like to thank everyone who

made these flights possible,

including the public, our staff

and the airports.’

David Hugo, President of the

Guernsey Friends of Air Search,

said they were delighted with

the support.

‘We are very grateful to all those

who took the opportunity of a

final trip on board Victor Tango;

to the airport authorities who

kindly waived fees to increase the

amount raised, and above all to

Aurigny for their hard work behind

the scenes in organising these

commemorative flights. Air Search

is a wholly voluntary organisation

and fundraising initiatives of this

kind make a massive difference

in helping to cover the service’s

£140,000 annual running costs.’

The sold-out charity flights

were held in Guernsey, Alderney

and Southampton in May, with

all the profits from these flights

going to the CIAS. Guernsey and

Southampton Airports also agreed

to waive airport fees, so extra funds

could go to the charity.

EXCLUSIVE SHORT BREAKS

Aurigny is delighted to team up with Guernsey based travel agency

Wayfarers Travel to offer a selection of exclusive short breaks to the UK.

The exclusive offers can be found on Wayfarers Travel’s brand new website

Escape the Rock, with trips to London, Bristol and Manchester available.

For more details about the deals visit escapetherock.co.uk/guernsey/aurigny/

Aurigny operated

more than

15,000

flights to

14 destinations

The fleet travelled

over 3 million km.

Equivalent to

flying an estimated

80 times

around

the world

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

passengers

Last year reliability

stood at 96%

and more than

80% of services

departed on time

(within 15 mins)

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CHANGES

TO LONDON

OPERATIONS

We are making important

changes to our London

connections as we look to improve

our service and customer experience

at London Gatwick Airport, the key

lifeline route for Guernsey.

At the start of December,

we will have our own team of

staff at Gatwick Airport,

providing our own ground

handling service. This will mean

that passengers will be dealing

with Aurigny staff throughout the

whole travel experience, and there

will be dedicated team available

at all times to help improve

passenger communication

and disruption handling.

The Gatwick route is a key lifeline

service for the island and we felt

it was important to have our own

team, who will become familiar

faces for regular travellers.

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTIAN!

Big congratulations to our

engineer Christian Hainsworth

who secured his first podium

finish in the UK’s Suzuki Swift

Rallycross Championship.

Christian claimed third place

when he headed to Mondello Park

in Ireland in the summer, for a

double header of racing.

Our CEO Mark Darby said: ‘This is

a really exciting opportunity for us

to improve the service we provide

customers at Gatwick Airport. It is

one of the UK’s busiest airports and

one of the island’s main gateways

into the UK. We believe this is the

right thing to do for our customers

and for Guernsey.’

LONDON CITY

As part of the changes to our

London operations, we have, with

regret, taken the decision to bring

to an end our London City service

from the end of October.

We will be operating our last flight

to London City on 27 October

2017, but the service will continue

as normal until that date and

customers can still book flights

to and from City. Customers can

also choose to book flights out

on London City, before or on 27

October, and return via Gatwick

or Stansted after this date, using

the London (All Airports) option

on the website.

For more information about

flights and the latest deals visit

aurigny.com.

It was the first podium finish of his

Rallycross campaign.

Christian said: ‘I loved the track here

at Mondello, it’s a really fun track to

race. Crossing the line in third place

felt like such a huge victory. I have

been so close before, it was a great

relief to finally get there.’

Well done Christian!

GUERNSEY CANCER

SUPPORT GROUP

One of our pilots, Tim Osborne,

has helped set up a dedicated

support group in Guernsey

for lymphoma and leukaemia

patients and their families.

Dornier pilot Tim was diagnosed

with leukaemia in 2009 and set

up the group with two other

patients at the end of 2016.

The group offers support and a

point of contact for patients and

their families and raises funds to

help close family members with

flights to the UK to join patients

for consultant appointments

or visit them in hospital.

Sharing his own stories, Tim said it

was only when he had a routine blood

test in 2009 that he was diagnosed

with CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic

Leaukaemia (most common form

of leukaemia). This is a cancer of

the bone marrow and a particular

white cell - the ‘B’ lymphocyte.

He said: ‘I was 47 at the time, and

was young to get this condition as it

is mostly a condition of the elderly.

I went on a ‘watch and wait’ period

to just monitor the condition. As my

white cells continued to rise to high

levels, it was decided that I would

have the ‘gold standard’ treatment

on a clinical trial in Southampton.

I moved there for six months and

had an almost complete remission.’

Tim said that during this time

he was never sick or ill, which

was incredibly rare, but this was

mainly put down to his fitness.

He went back to flying for three

years until his white cells started

rising again. This time he went on

a new targeted therapy treatment

drug - this only targets the defective

cell and minimises side effects.

Tim said he is very lucky that

this drug is being paid for by his

private medical insurers WPA, who

have been absolutely fantastic.

‘I am now back to work

flying, even though I am still on

medication, as the CAA have

examined everything and allowed

me to fly with regular monitoring.'

At Aurigny, you can see Tim

currently flying on our Alderney,

Southampton and Dinard routes.

Anyone interest in joining the group

or finding out more should email

helpforblood2016@gmail.com.

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AURIGNY NEWS

AURIGNY STAFF

MEMBER HELPS

TO ‘EMPOWER

A CHILD’

During their busy working days,

Aurigny staff are incredibly proud

to help connect you on your

latest travels.

It’s when they have some time

off themselves that they have the

chance to head off on their own

special adventures and sometimes

it’s for an incredibly good cause.

Our Customer Services Agent

Chrissie Ferbrache has just

returned from her latest trip to

Uganda, where she volunteers

with ‘Empower a Child’, a Christian

child sponsorship organisation,

which relies on short and longterm

volunteers to develop a village

outside of Kampala called Zirobwe.

Since 2006 they have built a

school, a medical clinic and a guest

house in the village.

Chrissie said she never ceases to

be blown away by the vast deep

green plants, the orange mud tracks,

the joy of the people despite their

circumstances, the dancing, and just

how much these trips change her.

‘During my first visit in 2014, whilst

spending time with the mothers

who were making beads to sell for

their families, I realised that my skill

of knitting could be implemented in

such a place. So in 2015 I returned

for four weeks to teach some

women in the village and in the city

of Kampala.’

Before Chrissie arrived in Uganda

this time, she was again asked

to teach more women. She also

helped with many other projects

and brought with her donated

clothes and items.

‘My first session saw 28 women

keen to learn, and the language

barriers didn’t stop us. The intention

is to make hats, socks and sweaters

to sell or keep for their families.

‘With the support of my friends

I took 50kg of luggage, most of

which was donations of craft, wool

and clothing. After encountering

a child wearing a t-shirt exposing

his whole abdomen, he now walks

proudly with a shirt. Most children

have no more than three t-shirts to

wear, for two or three years, and

they wear out easily.

‘The programme saw us teaching

PE and providing porridge at

the school, making teaching

aids, clearing plant areas with no

machinery and more. I also spent

time in Uganda finishing a mud hut

(with my hands and feet) for a family

whose house had burnt down.’

BAGGAGE

ADVICE FOR

PASSENGERS

ATR 42

Always secure a tag onto

your baggage containing

key contact details,

including where you

will be staying.

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 medication

and money, with you on

the flight.

Customise the look of

your bag to make it

easier to identify.

Immediately report the

loss of checked luggage

if it does not arrive at your

destination. Do this before

leaving the airport.

Trislander

COMPETITION WINNER!

Carol Bloese was the lucky winner

of issue 4’s luxury trip to London.

She has won two return flights to

London DORNIER 228and a two-night stay at

The Franklin hotel in Knightsbridge.

Carol said, ‘My husband and I are

really excited to have won this trip!’

ATR 42

Trislander

DORNIER 228

DORNIER 220K

DORNIER 220K

Embraer 190

OUR

FLEET

Embraer 195

NUMBER IN FLEET 1

BUILT Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil

ENGINES

2 x General Electric CF34-10E7 Turbofans

MAXIMUM SPEED 542 knots (624 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 122

RANGE 2,500 miles (4,023 km)

Embraer 190

ATR 72

NUMBER IN FLEET 3

BUILT Toulouse, France

ENGINES

ATR 70

2 x Pratt & Whitney PW-127 M Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 276 knots (318 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 72

RANGE 1,023 miles (1,646 km)

ATR 70

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SAFETY

FIRST

HAND BAGGAGE

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.

YOUR SAFETY

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 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

Smoking of cigarettes and

e-cigarettes is not permitted on

board, including within the toilets.

FOOD ALLERGIES

Allergy information is available for all

snacks – please see the packaging

label or ask a member of the crew.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES *

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

doors open.

LAPTOPS, ULTRA-BOOKS

AND NOTEBOOKS

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.

DEVICES WITHOUT

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

and landing.

BLUETOOTH ACCESSORIES

All Bluetooth accessories (for example

wireless keyboards, headphones etc.)

must be switched off from doors

closed to doors open.

ARE THERE ANY TIMES

I CANNOT USE MY

HANDHELD DEVICES?

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

POWER PACK?

ATR Aurigny 42 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.

Trislander

*Electronic devices can only be used on the ATR and Embraer E195 aircraft. Unfortunately they cannot be used on the Dornier.

ATR 42

Trislander

DORNIER

ATR 42

DORNIER 228

DORNIER

ATR 42

Dornier 228NG

Dornier 228-200 and 220k

NUMBER IN FLEET 1

BUILT Toulouse, France

ENGINES

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 1

BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

ENGINES

Trislander

2 x Garrett TPE331-10 Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 19

RANGE 350 miles (563 km)

NUMBER IN FLEET 2

BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

ENGINES

DORNIER 220K

2 x Garrett TPE331-5 or 10 Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED Up to 18

RANGE 350 miles (563 km)

Embraer

DORNIER 228

Embraer 190

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AURIGNY BEHIND THE SCENES

KIERAN YULE

UK MANAGER & DEPUTY GROUND

OPERATIONS MANAGER

I’m the UK manager for Aurigny. I’ve worked for the

airline for over three years and have been in aviation since

1998. I’ve worked in various roles within Ground Handling

at Gatwick, so I have extensive knowledge of most areas of

Gatwick and how the airport works.

Could you tell us a little

about your role and your

day-to-day duties?

I monitor the daily, weekly

and monthly performance of

the flights from the UK. My

day-to-day duties consist of

organising a very busy email inbox;

attending various meetings for

safety/compliance and any other

meetings which may involve our

operation; completing audits on

handling agents in any of our nine

UK stations; compiling statistics

and producing documents for

management and stakeholders

on performance in each station.

What are the biggest challenges

you face in your role?

Each day brings its own unique

challenge. One day I could be

dealing with fog or technical

disruption then next it could be

a normal routine day. I thrive on

achieving a result for all involved,

but even some challenges can

prove more difficult than I

can control.

What unique issues of

operating out of an international

airport, such as Gatwick do

you encounter?

Gatwick, as many people know,

is the world’s busiest single

runway airport seeing over 46

million passengers jet off to

destinations all around the

world each year.

Gatwick certainly have some

amazing teams in place to keep

this operating as smoothly as

possible. With this in mind there

is a lot of technology behind

closed doors and the airport has

a lot of automated systems to

make things easier and clearer

for passengers.

Could you give us an insight

into the complex baggage system

in Gatwick?

Complex is certainly a word

for it! Millions of passengers

means millions of suitcases to sort.

Gatwick’s South Terminal has nine

check-in zones which all feed to

a large sorting area. Each case

checked in has a barcoded label

which contains a lot of information.

Various scanners scan this barcode

to direct it to the correct area in

which it’s then loaded on to a

trailer to be delivered to the aircraft.

Sometimes bags can go missing

for various reasons, which could

include the baggage label coming

off or the scanner not being able

to read the label. Our advice is to

include a piece of paper inside your

bag with essential details on.

Could you share a favourite

memory from your career?

In a previous job, leading up to

Christmas I received a text from

a passenger calling for help.

I remember the text well; ‘Help

I’m in Finland with no clothes.’

To cut a long story short these

passengers had experienced

disruption and all of their bags

with clothes and Christmas

presents had left behind. Playing

the role of Santa that evening

I managed to locate all but one

and send them on the last flight

before Christmas day.

What do you most enjoy about

working in aviation?

Unlike any other job the aviation

industry sees a variety of

challenges. It’s certainly a job

that differs each and every day.

I get to see and experience many

different things that I would not

have imagined seeing in a normal

office job.

How do you monitor performance

across the UK network?

A lot of my work involves a great

deal of data gathering and input to

produce graphs. These show me

how well a station is performing.

Each station has a Service Level

Agreement, which sets standards

to meet and I visit all the UK

stations during the year to check

standards are being followed and

discuss any issues that arise.

What is the best thing about

working for Aurigny and working

at Gatwick?

It’s all about the variety of people

I work with, including the customers

I get to meet regularly.

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AUTUMN

GUERNSEY PADDLE BOARDERS

IMAGE COURTESY VISITGUERNSEY.COM

With temperatures reaching a

balmy 26 degrees in September last

year, and sea temperatures still at

18 degrees, autumn is the perfect

time to take a trip to the Bailiwick.

Take advantage of the warmer

climates and head to the islands

for a well-deserved break.

With almost 30 miles of

spectacular cliff paths that weave

around the south coast and

around our 27 stunning beaches

and bays, walking is one of the

best ways to explore the islands.

Guernsey’s Autumn Walking

Festival takes place from

23 September – 8 October

and is a recent, and already

popular, addition to the

Guernsey programme.

More than 50 walks, ranging in

ability and length, take place across

the two-week programme. All

are led by accredited guides so if

you want to learn more about our

wartime past or when the island

was separated in two, the history

of our parks and gardens or the

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ISLE

Get away from it all

this autumn with a

break in the islands

of Guernsey.

historic past of our capital, keen

walkers will be spoilt for choice.

For those who prefer to go

it alone, Tasty Walks offers 18

self-guided walks, each with an

audio guide, and routes meander

past cafés and kiosks, restaurants

and ice cream vans, ensuring

walkers get to try the very best of

our local produce – along with

the very best of our scenery.

For the more adventurous,

why not try your hand at

coasteering, kayaking or stand

up paddle boarding? Each

offering a chance to discover

the island’s magical coastline

from a different perspective.

Autumn is the perfect

time for food lovers to take

an island break. Now in its third

year, the Guernsey Food Festival

takes place from 16–24

September, and features

everything from exclusive

dinners to live food shows,

markets and festivals.

WITH TEMPERATURES

REACHING A BALMY

26 DEGREES IN

SEPTEMBER LAST

YEAR, AND SEA

TEMPERATURES

STILL AT 18 DEGREES,

AUTUMN IS THE

PERFECT TIME TO

TAKE A TRIP TO THE

BAILIWICK.

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IMAGES COURTESY VISITGUERNSEY.COM

While activity will centre in and

around St Peter Port, food festival

events will take place at various

venues all across the island.

With almost 200 restaurants

and eateries around the island,

Guernsey really is a foodie

paradise. From coastal kiosks

with breath-taking views to

fine dining restaurants in the

heart of the capital, there really

is something for everyone.

GUERNSEY MAY BE

SMALL, BUT IT IS

PERFECTLY FORMED,

SO WHETHER YOU ARE

WALKING OR CYCLING,

DRIVING OR TRAVELLING

BY BUS, EVERYWHERE IS

EASILY ACCESSIBLE.

The day’s catch can be seen

arriving back into the port,

where it’s served up in seafront

restaurants just hours later, with

locally-reared beef, pork and lamb

all featuring on island menus.

Food miles are food metres in

Guernsey where the weekly shop

is done in the island’s hedgerows.

The Tennerfest takes place

through October and into

November and, in 2017, celebrates

its 20th year. The food promotion

is still going strong with many

restaurants still offering a

three-course meal for just £10.

As the nights begin to draw

in, why not get away from the

festive madness and take a

relaxing break in Guernsey?

Indulge in a bit of me time. Switch

your phone off and curl up next to

a roaring log fire with a good book,

check in to a spa or take a walk

along one of our stunning coastal

paths and breathe in the fresh air.

And maybe squeeze in a bit of

retail therapy and a few amazing

lunches and dinners at restaurants

with unrivalled seaviews.

Guernsey may be small, but it

is perfectly formed, so whether

you are walking or cycling,

driving or travelling by bus,

everywhere is easily accessible.

Whether you opt for the

well-trodden path or the one less

travelled, the islands of Guernsey

are waiting to be discovered.

Go to visitguernsey.com and start

planning your trip today.

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A GOURMET PARADISE

AN INSTITUTION IN THE CHANNEL

ISLANDS, LA SABLONNERIE HOTEL IN

SARK HAS WON NUMEROUS AWARDS

AND ACCOLADES BUT FOR MANY, IT IS

THE FOOD THEY ENJOY THERE THAT

HAS BROUGHT THEM BACK TIME AND

TIME AGAIN.

For a small island, Sark offers an abundance of

fresh quality produce that can be enjoyed for casual

and fine dining. But head across La Coupée to La

Sablonnerie Hotel on Little Sark and you’ll find a

unique combination of food, wine and atmosphere.

Owner and manager of La Sablonnerie, Elizabeth

Perrée, describes her hotel as a ‘joie de vivre’ and

nowhere is it more apparent than in the joy of

food at the hotel.

La Sablonnerie prides itself on using locally sources

produce – from fresh lobsters and scallops freshly

plucked from the sea to the fresh berries that are

grown on the island during the summer season and

the gorse honey produced by Sark bees. Elizabeth

says, ‘the food we can source locally is really

something very special and we are very proud to

offer it on our menus. The waters around Sark

produce the finest seafood you can imagine; a Sark

lobster is simply something everyone should try.’

She added, ‘I know that many of our customers

return year after year to Sark just to enjoy a lobster

lunch in our beautiful gardens in the summer. But if

anyone doesn’t quite make it in time for lunch, they

can always enjoy the treat of an afternoon cream

tea in the sunshine.’

Like the rest of the food on offer at La Sablonnerie,

that cream tea would be freshly prepared by

Elizabeth’s expert team in the kitchen. Under the

auspices of Head Chef, Colin Day, the kitchen is able

to produce gourmet offerings to merit the awards

the hotel has received.

Elizabeth said, ‘I have a wonderful team at the hotel

who make sure our guests are cared for during every

part of their stay. Our two Michelin starred chefs in

the kitchen produce superb food and so I know every

meal will be a delight,’

For those visitors who want to explore the island,

La Sablonnerie can even help provide food for a

picnic – with bread and cheese made on-site to

ensure everything is as loyal and as delicious as

possible. Return in the evening though and the

candlelit fine dining in the restaurant will help

explain why La Sablonnerie was given the

Condé Nast Johansens accolade of ‘most

romantic hotel’ as well as ‘small hotel of the year.’

Elizabeth says, ‘We were very proud to receive

those awards, along with recognition from Which?

Hotel guide as ‘the place to stay in the Channel

Islands,’ But we know we must always keep trying to

improve what we can offer our guests, such as with

our recent refurbishment of our rooms. We want

to guarantee that anyone staying with us will enjoy

not only fabulous food but exceptionally stylish and

comfortable rooms and unsurpassed service.’

Tel: +44 (0) 1481 832061

E-Mail: reservations@sablonneriesark.com

Web: www.sablonneriesark.com

ADVERTORIAL

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A. LIVINGROOM ESTATE AGENTS ®, THE OLD MILL, ST. MARTIN, GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS, GY4 6DB

PETIT CHINON

SOLE AGENT

LOCAL MARKET | 5 BEDS | TORTEVAL | TRP 470

PRIVATE COLLECTION

SOLE AGENT

LOCAL MARKET | 6 BEDS | TORTEVAL | TRP 805

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T. (0) 1481 233008 W. WWW.LIVINGROOM.GG

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The bathroom you’ve

always dreamed of

Whether you wish to create a family friendly environment, want

a luxuriously appointed en suite or fancy an exhilarating power

shower, we can help you achieve the right room at the best price.

Stylish. Elegant.

Luxurious.

Norman Piette work alongside

leading bathrooms brands to offer

a range of products which are

beautiful, practical and affordable.

Our dedicated Showroom has 10

bathrooms suites to browse as

well as a team of designers with

years of experience.

The collections available range

from contemporary and versatile

to luxurious with a designer edge,

all of which will bring any size

bathroom to life.

All the finishing

touches

At Norman Piette we pride

ourselves on being able

to provide a huge range

of high quality accessories

to suit any bathroom.

• Towel Rails & Warmers

• Shower Trays

• Radiators

• Underfloor Heating

• Mirrors

• Shower Screens

• Bathroom Accessories

Beautiful bedrooms too

Our Symphony bedroom brands of

Urbano and Embrace offer a wide

choice of classic and contemporary

styles in gloss, matt and painted

finishes. A fitted bedroom results

in a sumptuous feel, allowing for

a seamless style between sliding

wardrobe, bedside tables, chests

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Creating storage space can be

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these made-to-measure items

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Call in and see our displays at Bulwer Avenue or contact our sales team

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Norman Piette. The home of bathrooms and bedrooms.

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A DEVELOPMENT FIT FOR A KING

When Livingroom was instructed as

sole agent to sell the prestigious Royal

Terrace development this year we were

excited and poised for the challenge.

There are four remaining Royal Terrace Open Market

penthouses and apartments for sale through Livingroom.

One is Reffee – a stunning 3,260sq ft. £2.6 million subpenthouse

with private secure garaging for three cars.

It’s extremely rare that a property of this size and location

should be listed for sale and, if that wasn’t enough,

the absolute pièce de résistance is the astounding

uncompromising panoramic view across St. Peter

Port harbour to the neighbouring islands beyond.

What is equally remarkable about this incredible space

(in an otherwise completed high quality development)

is that all remaining Open Market units are being sold

as “shell and core” – quite literally substantial, empty

spaces ready for new owners to make their mark.

Everything from the internal layout to the configuration

of walls, choice of finishes and implementation of

technology is at the discretion of the new owners.

As this is no ordinary sale, the team at Livingroom knew

we had to do something different to define how the spaces

were presented to market and look at the development

with a fresh approach. It is a truly unique opportunity for

someone to create a home of exacting standards so we

invited four local architects to submit their visions for Reffee.

We received four inspiring and unique design

submissions. It is never easy to visualise a finished

product from an empty space but due to the architects’

impressive visuals, potential buyers were now able to see

a spectrum of possibilities from four leading local firms.

Undoubtedly this design process has helped

potential purchasers visualise what this wonderful

space could look like; we’re delighted to say Reffee

is now under offer with Livingroom pending sale.

WE THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE WHAT THE TALENTED GUERNSEY ARCHITECTS CAME UP WITH.

CCD

‘We aimed to maximise views

by opening out spaces and

reflecting light into rooms.

We included a raised master

bedroom and reflective

surfaces to create an

internal landscape of variety

and change connected

with the environment –

bringing the outside in.’

Chris Martel, Interior

Architect and Architectural

Technologist

DLM

‘The scheme controls

views over the harbour

and islands maximising the

natural light offered by the

orientation. The space can

be re-configured with large

pivot-and-sliding panels to

adapt generous open plan

living into a series of more

intimate spaces – offering

privacy when entertaining.’

David De La Mare,

Managing Director

PAUL LANGLOIS

‘We wanted to highlight

the drama of the space

by referencing Moroccan

antiquity with a focus on

open plan living – perfect

for entertaining.’

Paul Langlois,

Chartered Architect

LOVELL OZANNE

‘The two-bedroom

apartment layout we

imagined will maximise the

extensive sea views and

provide luxury high-end

living combined with a

low maintenance ‘lock-up

and leave’ approach. Our

design ethos is to put each

client first. Clearly Reffee is

a blank canvas and can be

configured in a number of

ways to suit the new owner's

individual requirements.’

Andrew Merrett, Director

For further information regarding remaining Open and Local Market properties within the stunning Royal Terrace development,

please contact sole agent Livingroom: website livingroom.gg call +44 1481 233008 email info@livingroom.gg

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ISLAND

HOPPING

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is made up of five stunning

islands, each with their own unique charm and character.

From the car-free paradise of Herm to the laid-back world of Sark and the

wildlife haven of Alderney, this idyllic archipelago is all within easy reach of

Guernsey – Herm and Sark by boat and Alderney by boat or plane.

HERM

Travelling to Herm couldn’t

be easier. Hop on a Travel

Trident ferry, which runs

hourly throughout the summer

season, and 20 minutes later

you’ll be on a paradise island.

For more details on staying in

Herm go to page 66.

12-17 September

Make the most of a long

summer and head over to

Herm for the Mermaid Tavern’s

Real Ale and Cider Festival.

WALKING ON HERM

LA COUPEE, SARK

SARK

Sark is a 50-minute boat trip

from Guernsey – but feels

a world away. Sark Shipping

operates the ferry service

with at least one sailing each

morning and afternoon.

15-17 September

The Sark Roots Festival is a

celebration of land, sea and

community, showcasing a full

line up of music, local food and

brews and activities for kids.

30 September - 8 October

Join local guides for the Sark

Autumn Walking Festival and

visit some of the best scenic

spots on the island.

LIHOU

VENUS POOL

ON LIHOU

Lihou is accessed by a causeway

at low tides throughout the

year and is free of charge to

visit. As well as the ruins of

an old priory to explore, there

is the Venus Pool, a natural

pool that forms at low tide,

where the brave take a dip.

A bird spotter’s paradise, Lihou

and the surrounding area is

a Ramsar-recognised

wetlands site.

For more information on

Lihou, and to check when the

causeway is open throughout

the year, go to: lihouisland.com

IMAGES COURTESY OF VISITGUERNSEY.COM

ALDERNEY

Alderney is just a 15 minute-flight away with

Aurigny. You can also travel by boat, which takes

around an hour, with Bumblebee Cruises, which

leaves from the Inter Island Quay in St Peter Port.

15 September

Star Party – enjoy the Southern sky gems in

Alderney’s dark sky.

23-24 September

21st Annual Alderney Air Races – A popular

aviation event, part of Royal Aero Club’s British Air

Championships, competitive and great fun to watch.

ALDERNEY COASTLINE

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Annual

Half

Marathon

2 September

Annual

Motor Sprint

& Hill Climb

21st Annual

Alderney

Air Races

14-16 September 23-24 September

Small Island, Big Events.

The little island of Alderney has got something for everyone.

There’s the world-class wildlife, rich heritage, beautiful beaches,

wonderful walking and there’s always an interesting event

going on! Visit www.visitalderney.com/events to find out more.

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Opening doors for incomers

with Guernsey's Open Market

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Cooper Brouard, Livingroom

and Martel Maides

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Luxioso's innovative kitchen and

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A NEW FACE

Locate Guernsey is delighted

to announce its presence in

the UK in the form of Edward

Stone, our Strategic Residence

Consultant. With over 20

years’ experience in the legal

sector including stints at Irwin

Mitchell and Collas Crill, Edward

brings enormous expertise

to the team. Our man on the

ground in the UK, Edward is

always happy to meet with

intermediaries who may have

clients interested in Guernsey.

His contact details are available

at www.locateguernsey.com.

NEW TAX RULE

A new rule will enable

individuals who are new

residents, with non-Guernsey

companies that have reserves

of undistributed income at

the date of arrival, to distribute

those reserves within two years

of arrival, and for that income to

not be subject to Guernsey tax.

Yet another reason Guernsey is

attractive to entrepreneurs.

#LOCATEGUERNSEY

Guernsey is beautiful – want

to see more? Follow Locate

Guernsey on Instagram where

we frequently post lovely

pictures of beaches and our

sunny island. In addition we run

competitions so make sure you

follow us to be in with a chance

to win prizes. Make sure to

#LocateGuernsey on any lovely

image you may have!

OPENING DOORS FOR NEWCOMERS

WITH GUERNSEY’S OPEN MARKET

Guernsey’s Open Market is unlike

property markets in any other

territory in that it doesn’t require

official governmental permissions

for incomers to take up residence

if they hold an EU passport. If the

property and the price is right the

Open Market provides a speed and

ease of movement that cannot be

beaten. Locate Guernsey’s Andrew

Carey explains how a better life in

Guernsey could, quite literally, be

only a day away.

There is much to love about

living in Guernsey with its enviable

work life balance, beautiful

scenery and security. Those of

us native to the island are aware

of the exceptional quality of life

on offer here. The Open Market

represents the fastest possible

route to living here.

A BETTER LIFE IN

GUERNSEY COULD,

QUITE LITERALLY, BE

ONLY A DAY AWAY

Many of the individuals who

have used the services of Locate

Guernsey have chosen to rent

first on the Open Market to ‘test

the waters’ of Guernsey (pun

intended) before buying.

There are more than 1,500

properties on Guernsey’s Open

Market register, with a wide

range of different types available

as one would expect, from

spacious, modern apartments to

cosy countryside farmhouses.

Locate Guernsey works closely

with the islands’ leading Open

Market estate agents and lawyers

who provide excellent advice

and support looking at what is

available on the market. Elsewhere

in this supplement you’ll see

some of Guernsey’s Open Market

properties to buy.

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

alongside our colleagues at the

Guernsey Border Agency.

Locate Guernsey can assist

directly with relocations into our

Open Market. 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.

Of course if a business is

interested in relocation they

may well qualify for access to

Guernsey’s Local Market. The best

course of action is to get in touch

with Locate Guernsey. We know

that every case is different and

can answer your questions and

facilitate your potential relocation

free of charge.

Locate Guernsey exists to

promote the island as a place

to live and do business, and

we’re here to help those making

the move too. 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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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

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Property

FORT RICHMOND

ST SAVIOUR'S | OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £1.5M

JOINT AGENT

Cooper Brouard, together with Chesterton's International

are delighted to be the agents offering this iconic

local landmark for sale for the first time since its

construction some 160 years ago. The Fort occupies

approximately two acres of an elevated headland on

Guernsey’s west coast enjoying 360° views of the

scenic coastline and rural island countryside .

Originally built in 1855 as a defensible barracks, the

site remains largely unchanged in appearance since

then. During World War II the German occupying

forces transformed the island into one of the strongest

fortresses of the Atlantic wall when the headland

was once again a significant coastal defence.

OPEN MARKET

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

THE MILITARY HISTORY WE

ARE HAPPY TO PROVIDE

MORE INFORMATION,

MUCH OF WHICH IS

CONTAINED WITHIN THE

CONSERVATION STATEMENT

THAT WAS COMMISSIONED

BY THE VENDORS AND IS

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

A scheme for conversion

to a private residence

has been designed and

planning permission

granted that includes an

additional panoramic third

floor of accommodation.

The plans can be viewed

on our website or contact

our office for a hard

copy of the brochure.

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CONTACT US +44 (0) 1481 236039

enq@cooperbrouard.com cooperbrouard.com

WOODCOTE HOUSE

RUE DU MONNAIE, ST ANDREW'S | £3,250,000

JOINT AGENT

Set within 4.5 acres of natural woodland and formal

grounds is Woodcote, a charming home of 5300sq ft

that we are delighted to bring to the Open Market for

the first time since 1982.

The estate backs onto countryside and yet is still only

a few minutes' drive from both St Martin's and

St Peter Port amenities.

A rare opportunity to acquire and develop a private

and manageable estate.

OPEN MARKET

4 RECEPTION ROOMS

KITCHEN

BREAKFAST ROOM

UTILITY

LAUNDRY ROOM

PANTRY

5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS

DRESSING ROOM

3 BATHROOMS (INCL 1 ENSUITE)

SHOWER ROOM

CLOAKROOM

GARAGE/WORKSHOP

PARKING

GATE HOUSE

VINE HOUSE

SWIMMING POOL & JACUZZI

BUNKER

EXTENSIVE GARDENS

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Property

ANFRE

ST PETER PORT | £P.O.A SOLE AGENT

An exciting opportunity to acquire a detached

bungalow occupying a private position within the

exclusive residential development of Fort George.

This property benefits from some of the best

sea views in the Channel Islands, taking in the

neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark and, on

a clear day, the distant coastline of France.

Internally, the accommodation offers three

double bedrooms and spacious reception rooms,

requiring cosmetic upgrading throughout.

The gardens have been cleverly landscaped to make best

use of the site with gentle pathways linking a succession

of lawns and paved areas. Furthermore, there is a double

garage, swimming pool,

OPEN MARKET

3 BEDROOMS

3 BATHROOMS

TRP 370

parking and a large patio

terrace located outside

the sitting room, providing

the perfect place to enjoy

both the outlooks and

the tranquil setting.

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CONTACT US +44 (0) 1481 233008

info@livingroom.gg livingroom.gg

98, RUE VAUTIER

ST PETER PORT | £1,400,000 SOLE AGENT

THE COACH HOUSE

VALE | £695,000

This detached bungalow is located within the

exclusive residential development of Fort George.

From its elevated position, 98 Rue Vautier occupies

a corner plot, yet set back from the road. The

accommodation provides three double bedrooms,

a fourth bedroom/study along with two bathrooms

and offers prime lateral living. Whilst somewhat

dated, the property has clearly been well looked

after, but now requires some modernisation or

development to realise its true potential. The garden

comprises a sunny West facing patio and raised

surrounding lawns with glimpses towards the sea.

A charming detached granite fronted property

situated in a highly convenient location, within close

proximity of various amenities. Presented to an

excellent standard throughout, the internal layout

offers well proportioned accommodation. The

ground floor comprises of entrance hall, kitchen/

breakfast room opening to a lovely conservatory,

a cloakroom/utility room and a large sitting room.

The first floor provides three bedrooms, one being

en-suite with dressing room and a family shower

room. Externally, there is a driveway with parking

for one vehicle, a single garage and an easily

maintained compact garden laid to lawn and paving.

OPEN MARKET

OPEN MARKET

4 BEDROOMS

2 BATHROOMS

TRP 240

3 BEDROOMS

2 BATHROOMS

TRP 163

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Property

ROCKHILL

HAVELET, ST PETER PORT | £1,900,000

A rare opportunity to acquire an elegant Neo-Georgian

home occupying a superb plot of just under an acre

in a small valley just above Havelet Bay. The mature

gardens are an unexpected and quiet oasis within the

heart of St Peter Port while well screened boundaries

afford almost complete privacy - a vantage point in one

corner even gives views to the sea and Castle Cornet.

The house is essentially a grandly proportioned

bungalow, save for one en suite bedroom and an

integral garage at lower garden level. All the reception

rooms have a particularly gracious feel and the

rooms flow in a comfortable and easy sequence.

Despite its evident quality, there is further scope for a

purchaser wanting to improve

the property - perhaps even

OPEN MARKET

HALL, WC, SITTING ROOM,

DINING ROOM, STUDY,

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM,

WINE CELLAR, MASTER

BEDROOM WITH DRESSING

ROOM AND EN SUITE,

2 FURTHER BEDROOM

SUITES, BEDROOM 4,

BATHROOM 4,

INTEGRAL GARAGE.

to the extent of adding a

second floor to gain some

views, subject to planning.

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CONTACT US +44 (0) 1481 713463

richard.fox@martelmaides.co.uk

claire.holliday@martelmaides.co.uk

LES VIGNES

MT DURAND, ST PETER PORT | £1,600,000 SOLE AGENT

A beautifully presented Georgian town house

standing in a quiet and sought after road not far

from the centre of St Peter Port. Recently refurbished

and immaculately maintained, the property offers

family sized accommodation, which is part formal

but mainly comfortable and welcoming in style.

Of traditional proportions with elegant fixtures and

fittings, the interior has a lovely feel and includes a

substantial garden room/orangery that opens out

onto a delightful South facing walled in lawn, with a

raised terrace outside the breakfast room. From here, a

pathway leads through to a lower 'secret' garden which,

again, is entirely enclosed, sheltered and private.

OPEN MARKET

HALL, WC, SITTING ROOM,

DINING ROOM, KITCHEN,

BREAKFAST ROOM, UTILITY,

FAMILY ROOM, MASTER

BEDROOM AND EN SUITE

SHOWER ROOM,

4 FURTHER BEDROOMS,

FAMILY BATHROOM,

SHOWER ROOM, GARAGE.

Les Vignes stands

well in the road with a

large paved forecourt

providing plenty of off

road parking while also

enhancing the property's

impressive façade.

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Completing

2018

LUXURY

LIVING

34 OPEN/LOCAL MARKET APARTMENTS

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A new luxury sea front development in Guernsey, Channel Islands

Havelet Waters is an exclusive new seafront development in

Guernsey, Channel Islands. Luxury Local and Open Market

apartments overlook the picturesque Havelet Bay, the offshore

islands and historic Castle Cornet, which guards the approach

to St Peter Port Harbour. Laid out in four distinct blocks, each

with its own character and nautical theme, the discerning buyer

will find the perfect home to suit their lifestyle.

Construction is well underway and includes eight 2 and

3 bedroomed Open Market apartments enjoying seafront

positions and exceptional living space, sumptuous style and

seamless quality. They have fabulous balconies, lift access,

secure parking for 2 cars and lock up store rooms.

Lying on the southern edge of Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port,

with panoramic sea and rural views of Les Val des Terres, this

development is just a short stroll from both peaceful cliff paths

or the bustling cobbled streets of the town centre with cafés,

restaurants, shops, marinas and commercial hub. These exceptional

homes offer the ideal location for relaxing, working and playing.

Price Guide

Open Market from £1.4 to £3.5 million

Local Market from £385,000 to £895,000

For all enquiries contact: Cooper Brouard

T: +44 1481 236039 E: enq@cooperbrouard.com

For apartment specifications and

floor plans please visit the website:

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MOVING

ON UP

While they are experts at moving other people, the team at Martel Maides has

recently completed their own relocation for the first time in many years and it

all went swimmingly in just one weekend…

'WE BELIEVE THAT

OUR BRAND

NEW OFFICE

SPACE REFLECTS

CONTEMPORARY

TRENDS AND WILL

SUIT OUR CLIENTS

EVEN BETTER'

Increasing interest and activity in Guernsey’s

Local Market property sector is expected to

keep one of its longest-established agencies

especially busy in their new central premises.

Martel Maides is already one of the island’s

most prominent estate agents and looks set to

become even more visible soon with the agency’s

relocation to a prime spot between

St Julian’s Avenue and the Pollet.

‘After 20 successful years on the

High Street we felt it was time to

press “refresh” and look for premises

that would give us a better presence

and a higher level of visibility. We

believe that our brand new office

space reflects contemporary

trends and will suit our clients even

better, with easy parking close by

and a much improved window

display,’ said Director Richard Fox.

‘While the internet has done many things to

improve our industry by making our clients’

properties more accessible to applicants, it has

also led to a corresponding reduction of footfall in

retail areas. We still maintain that it is important for

a multi-faceted agency, with a strong commercial

property leaning, to base itself in a prime central

location but we have made a considered

choice to move to a very visible junction that

is closer to the business heart of Town.’

He and the rest of the 18-strong Martel Maides

team are now happily installed and, in their new

design-led surroundings, are looking forward to

showing their new premises to established clients

and new people seeking to sell, buy, rent or invest.

‘In addition to longer meetings in which we

advise people on all aspects of the property

market, there are times when customers

appreciate the convenience of just being able

to pop in, perhaps to drop off documents or

collect keys, and short term parking close by in

the Pollet and Truchot is ideal for that,’ he added.

Martel Maides was established nearly half a

century ago and is the only estate agency in

the Channel Islands able to offer a service that

includes everything from Local and Open Market

sales and lettings to commercial property agency,

residential management and fine art auctions.

‘It is a really broad range of interactive services

and we are delighted that our new “shop window”

is going to give us the opportunity to showcase

our expertise to more people,’ said Richard.

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‘THERE IS A REAL SENSE THAT

THE MARKET HAS TURNED A

CORNER. ALTHOUGH CONDITIONS

REMAIN CHALLENGING'

ABOUT MARTEL MAIDES

The agency was established about 50 years ago

and comprises one of the island’s largest and

most experienced property teams. In-house

expertise covers Local and Open Market

residential markets, commercial property

practice, lettings, and management, incorporating

sales, rentals and investment purchasing.

Martel Maides is the leading brand of auctioneers

based in the Channel Islands and have regular

sales of everything from Fine Art, Chattels

and Property through to Fields, Vehicles,

Collectable Wine and Number Plates.

He pointed out that many islanders use the

St Julian’s/Weighbridge/Pollet junction on their

daily walks to and from work and thousands more

drive past the central offices each day, which

will significantly increase brand awareness.

‘Our new headquarters will provide an easy way

for them to absorb the latest details on properties

for sale or rent and, coupled with the chance to

simply pop in for more information, we are confident

that the premises will prove a real asset.’

The year is proving to be a busy one for the agency.

A notable step up in Local Market transactions this

year has led to an increased market share and built

on the improvement originally seen last year. ‘There

is a real sense that the market has turned a corner.

Although conditions remain challenging, our depth of

experience and market knowledge is second to none.

‘This all helps to explain the high level of repeat

business we see but, ultimately, our success

comes down to our willingness to go the extra

mile and to get the job done!’ he concluded.

Further details: martelmaides.co.uk

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Property

IT’S ALL IN

THE DETAILS

Whatever your budget, Luxioso will create a bathroom

or kitchen especially for you that will stand out

from the rest.

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Luxioso’s tagline is ‘Affordable Luxury’ and it’s

at the heart of what they do. ‘We’ve never

wanted to be just another kitchen and

bathroom showroom,’ says designer Justin

Le Tissier. ‘We want to give good customer

service, good design, the whole package.

Without that we wouldn’t be Luxioso.’

If you want a plain white bathroom with

chrome taps or a kitchen with glossy white

units and black worktops then Luxioso will

make sure it’s the most stunning example of

its type. However, a visit to their St Martin’s

showroom is likely to open your eyes to a

world of further possibilities too. As Justin says,

‘Everyone wants something individual and here

we’re able to offer an interior design service

– something that’s completely unique to that

person.’ The client is part of the design process,

with the team making suggestions and showing

examples from their extensive range.

Whether you prefer a traditional or a modern

style, it’s the details that elevate a scheme and

give it a funky, eclectic edge. This is where

Luxioso’s vast product knowledge comes in.

‘As a company we’re all about market research

and keeping our finger on the pulse,’ says

Justin. Europe has some fantastic suppliers

and many of the best are available exclusively

through Luxioso in Guernsey.

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COOL BATHROOMS

Wall-hung, modular bathrooms with recessed storage

suit modern-day living and create a feeling of space as

everything is kept off the floor. As Justin points out,

‘A bathroom is the one place in the house where you

can lock yourself away and escape.’ So a feeling of

wellness is important: think soft lighting and steam

rooms that stimulate the senses.

Luxioso’s range includes:

Dansani – Danish bathroom design at its best. The

range includes Calidris, a modern, modular system

with hand-painted finishes from Farrow & Ball (or any

colour you like).

Imperial Bathrooms – for a high quality,

traditional look.

Grespania – gorgeous tiles from Spain, available in a

host of different designs, shapes and textures.

Samuel Heath – check out their City Bronze taps for

an industrial aesthetic that works in both modern and

traditional settings.

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HOT KITCHENS

‘A lot of what we do is classical modern – it’s

traditional but it’s eclectic and very homely. Even our

modern kitchens have a homely feel rather than the

clinical look that people wanted in the early 90s when

the Germans brought out the first handleless designs.’

Luxioso’s range includes:

Cesar – A step forward from what the Germans

are doing, these Italian kitchens are soft to the touch.

They are available in a multitude of finishes, from

gloss and matt lacquer to cement, rock, rusted metal

or metallic flecked. There are different price points

but all come with the same top-notch carcasses.

How about choosing a different finish for your

kitchen island?

Dornbracht – supplier of some of the nicest

brassware in the world. The quality of their chroming

is second to none but do take a look at their beautiful

rose gold taps.

Falmec – their extractor fans are not only efficient,

they are design features in their own right.

Miele – this German company offers the very

best in appliances.

Buster + Punch – lighting is key in both kitchens and

bathrooms and this company makes seriously cool,

urban industrial lights. Bring them into a classical

setting to add that wow factor.

Justin and his fellow designers will happily talk

you through their showroom displays and fire your

imagination about how your own home could look.

‘The showroom looks expensive but that’s the result

of good design and good product. That’s not the

result of us putting in the most expensive items,’ he

assures. For a bathroom or kitchen that’s a real talking

point, Luxioso should be your first port of call.

Visit the Luxioso showroom on Grande Rue,

St Martin’s, Guernsey or go to luxioso.com.

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TAKING THE STRESS

OUT OF YOUR NEXT

BUILDING PROJECT

Taking on a house renovation or redesigning and

extending your home can be one of life’s most stressful

times. James Gavey, founder of JG Architecture, explains

how appointing a contract administrator will ensure your

dream home is realised with good time, cost and quality.

As a homeowner, you will at

some stage, consider a home

improvement project. You may

have ideas to build a two-storey

extension with a family room

below and a master suite above;

you might be looking to convert

an existing outbuilding into

accommodation; or you may have

purchased a plot with an old house

that needs completely rebuilding.

For clients without considerable

experience this can be a daunting

and confusing process - How will

you know if you are being charged

a fair price, if the work is being

undertaken to the right standard

or, most importantly,if the project

is running to plan and budget?

A contract administrator is a

competent professional within

the construction industry who will

apply the terms of a construction

contract to a project in a fair,

impartial and professional manner.

They will provide you with an

invaluable service at both the pre

and post-contract stages of your

project:

THE PRE-CONTRACT STAGE

• Value management and

engineering to gain a degree

of cost certainty.

• Preparation of the tender

documents (including

approved detailed design,

specifications, tender and

contract).

• Selection and appointment

of additional consultants and

specialists.

THE POST CONTRACT STAGE

• Monitoring and quality control

of the project.

• Client reporting of site

progress.

• Monitoring defects and

instructing variations and

maintenance provisions.

• Certification of interim claims

from the contractor.

• Dispute resolution.

JG Architecture Ltd’s recent

growth, coupled with the 20+

years of industry experience

within the office, has allowed us

the opportunity to offer contract

administration in addition to

our current architectural design

services.

Contract administrators add

value for projects of all sizes

and aren’t just for large, multimillion

pound developments. The

reality is, appointing a contract

administrator can be hugely

valuable for a number of reasons:

SAVING YOU TIME

The contract administrator

is appointed as your advisor,

relieving you of the stresses

associated with overseeing a

construction project. Homeowners

with full-time jobs and families

will simply not have the time,

knowledge and experience that a

project requires.

COMMUNICATION

The contract administrator will

communicate directly with you and

your builder providing you with a

single point of contact.

DETAIL AND PEACE OF MIND

The attention to detail used to

produce your Building Control

drawings will be applied to the

construction process, ensuring the

project is delivered in accordance

with the specified design.

OBSERVATION

Throughout the construction

stage, your contract administrator

will attend site meetings and

review construction progress to

ensure that the project is being

built to the required standards.

As experienced and qualified

architectural technologists,

JG Architecture can identify

unacceptable deviations from the

specification before it is too late.

The severity of these issues will

vary and some could have lasting

repercussions if not identified at

the right time.

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE

From experience, JG Architecture

will ensure value for money is

prioritised and that variations,

as suggested by contractors,

are agreed for value, rather than

buildability.

SUSTAINED RELATIONSHIP AND

FAMILIARITY OF THE DESIGN

Appointing your architectural

technologist as contract

administrator allows the trust and

relationship you formed during

the design stage to be continued.

As your designer and contract

administrator there is an inherent

desire to ensure that the project is

completed as it was intended.

CONSISTENCY THROUGH

CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

Knowledge of the content within

the contract documents are

paramount. These documents

would typically include the

approved drawings and

specifications that inform the

agreed contract value and

particulars.

So before you undertake a project,

we ask you to consider whether

you have the time and expertise to

oversee it.

If you feel that the responsibility

and understanding may be too

much, then contact us today

so that we can explain how our

involvement will reduce the

stresses typically associated with a

building project.

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Property

THE STORY OF THE TOWER

Fermain Tower is one of a string of pre-Martello

loop-hole towers that were hastily constructed

around the island of Guernsey in the 1790s. They

were built to provide defence against a possible attack

by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Of the island’s remaining 12 towers, Fermain is

one of the most beautifully located, overlooking its

picturesque bay and enjoying views across the Little

Russel towards Sark and Herm. From the 1860s,

its military days over, the tower was lived in by the

Ferguson family.

After World War Two the family ran a ferry service

from the town of St Peter Port, using various boats,

one of which had taken part in the evacuation of

Dunkirk. Visitors would alight close to the shore onto

a floating landing stage, giving a sense of adventure

and island-hopping that made Fermain a popular

destination for visitors and locals alike. Now accessed

solely by land or private boat the bay remains a

favourite with locals and visitors alike.

FUTURE PLANS

In 2002 Percy Ferguson bequeathed the tower to the

National Trust of Guernsey, who have been conserving

and repairing the historic structure over the last few

years. Now CCD Architects, who are consultants to the

Trust, have developed exciting plans for the future of

this iconic building. The Tower is to be converted into

one of the Channel Islands’ smallest and cosiest

self-catering dwellings, along the lines of historic

properties converted by the Landmark Trust in England

and at Fort Clonque in Alderney.

This soon to be realised conversion, a long held

ambition for the National Trust, is entirely dependent

on fundraising.

THE NEW DESIGN

In designing a bespoke fit-out within its four tiny

circular floors, Oliver Westgarth, Design Director

at CCD, has carefully retained the essence of the

existing tower’s rugged history whilst providing

modern comfort.

THE

NATIONAL

TRUST OF

GUERNSEY

THE FERMAIN TOWER PROJECT

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN A UNIQUE

HOLIDAY RETREAT ON GUERNSEY’S IDYLLIC EAST COAST?

CCD ARCHITECTS HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE

NATIONAL TRUST OF GUERNSEY TO TRANSFORM

FERMAIN TOWER INTO A BIJOU HOLIDAY HOME.

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Outside, a walkway, the only

new addition, gives access

through the raised doorway into

the main living and kitchen space.

Here a stunning staircase that

incorporates clever storage leads

up to a double bedroom. Washing

facilities are located below ground

in the former powder store,

accessed only by a ladder.

Another ladder leads from the

bedroom up to the roof terrace,

where a rotating cannon once

stood. The terrace offers a private

vantage point from which to enjoy

wonderful views across the bay

towards the islands. One of the

many quirky features the design

incorporates is a small crane jib

which will allow guests to

hoist up goodies from the adjacent

Beach Café directly to the terrace!

The tower is set to be a perfect

secret hideaway from within

which to enjoy glorious sunrises,

the sounds of the waves crashing

against the shore and an idyllic

view of the night sky.

FERMAIN BAY, GUERNSEY

COMPETITION

We are offering two chances to win a night’s stay for two in the completed Fermain

Tower. We would like you to send us a photograph of something that inspires

you to spend time by the sea. To enter, post your photo to our Faceboook page.

Alternatively, or for another chance to win, donate £5 or more to the Fermain Tower

Project Giving.gg page (referencing CCD Architects) to be entered into a second

draw. We will choose our favourite photograph, and draw another winner at random

from those who have donated shortly after the closing date of 31 October.

For full entry details please see page 157.

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Property

IS

DIGGING

DOWN

THE NEW

BUILDING

UP?

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Case study of a traditional Georgian home transformed

with a basement conversion and extension by

Concept 360 Ltd in Guernsey.

Choosing to upsize and future proof a current

property is often the best decision for people to

create their dream home rather than delve back

into the property market.

Our clients' vision was to transform their Georgian

townhouse into a spacious and much more usable

home, ideal for their family lifestyle and entertaining.

Of course with home transformations planning

permission can sometimes be a little restricting, with

this project we sought to go underground to extend

the property. This idea has been popular in built up

areas in London because going underground can

give so much extra space to your home.

With this home, the basement plan came from what

would have once been the old coal store, this gave

the potential to create a space the size of the whole

ground floor.

As with many similar domestic projects of this

nature, ageing and even newly built properties do

not always conform to modern day living which is

commonly focused around the kitchen dining area.

Thankfully, houses can be modernised and enhanced

quite simply by adjusting the internal arrangement as

well as extending. Beautiful spaces and homes can be

created for most houses, so long as there is a realistic

brief, good planning and plenty of passion.

On this project we were able to introduce several new

and exciting features to our clients’ home:

GLASS FLOORS

Glass floors can bring interest to internal spaces,

introducing borrowed light and views to a building

that would otherwise be hidden. In this case we

created a technically-difficult structured brick wall

feature which seamlessly flowed from the basement

to the roof. This gave views of the sky from the

lower floors thereby enhancing the natural light.

KITCHEN

Our clients retained the sleek look in the kitchen

by choosing handle-less units and drawers. Note

the attention to detail in the alignment of the

flooring tile joints with the kitchen units.

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Property

CINEMA

The cosy cinema with

soundproof walls and ceiling,

together with highly advanced

lighting and the handmade

sliding doors and shutters, created

a real-life cinema experience.

Hidden wall storage for all of the

electrics, continued the property’s

flow of sheer class and elegance.

UTILITY

Let’s face it, every functioning

home requires a utility room but

nobody wants to see it. This secret

utility room was created from a

handmade feature shelved wall,

showcasing aesthetically pleasing

storage space on the outside.

The wall opens up to the spacious

and light utility on the inside,

providing storage space as well

as a sink, mechanical room and

MVHR ventilation system for

the basement.

FINISHES

Space saving, sliding doors were

used throughout this project in

the WCs, wet room, mini bar,

and storage. This allowed us

to continue the contemporary

flow and create flexible usage

on the downstairs entertainment

areas. The ergonomics of each

component were examined

closely, to ensure continuity

throughout the house and

efficient use of adequate space.

No fixture or fitting went without

thought, even the concrete plinth

that houses the feature surround

fireplace on the ground floor was

handmade and hand-polished.

'This project was extremely

interesting and a joy to work on.

It really showcases the vision

and the efforts of our clients,

the architects JFA, the engineers

CBL Consulting and of course

the team here at Concept 360,’

James Regnard, Managing

Director of Concept 360 Ltd.

And our clients were equally

as happy:

‘The house works magnificently.

I have occasionally sat and

wondered about the logic or

madness of building and whether

we’ve done the right thing or not.

However, a gathering of family or

friends is all that’s needed for those

thoughts to evaporate. It’s been so

worthwhile. We’re sharply aware,

though, it’s only been possible with

a lot of hard work. Although I

suspect it’s the care, dedication,

love or compulsive obsession for

the details and execution that made

this project come together.'

Concept 360 accept construction

& building work of all sizes,

contact us for more information.

+44 (0) 1481 736360

concept360gsy

concept360gsy.com

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LOCAL MARKET PROPERTIES

RECENTLY SOLD BY SWOFFERS

RELOCATING

TO GUERNSEY

Reasons to

be cheerful

Local Market property sales have

enjoyed a huge uplift so far this year,

with the number of transactions at

their highest since 2013.

Open Market property sales have

significantly increased in the first half of

this year compared with 2016, proving

that the island remains an attractive

option for those looking to relocate.

As the Local and Open Market leaders,

Swoffers can offer a range of stunning

properties to suit all requirements,

from contemporary homes for growing

families to penthouse lock-up-andleaves.

In addition, the successful

commercial, lettings and management

departments go from strength to

strength.

Both our Local and Open Market teams

have a wealth of experience, so let us

find the perfect property for you.

To find out if a move to Guernsey

is right for you, contact us on

+44 (0) 1481 711766 or visit

swoffers.co.uk

OPEN MARKET PROPERTIES

RECENTLY SOLD BY SWOFFERS

Telephone: +44 (0) 1481 711766

Email: sales@swoffers.co.uk

www.swoffers.co.uk

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IT’S LITTLE WONDER

THE TELEGRAPH NAMED

GUERNSEY ONE OF

THE BEST ISLANDS IN

BRITAIN. COME AND

SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.

Just a 35-minute flight from London, and with

direct routes to other major UK airports, Guernsey

is ideally located for a short break, and its small

size means you can cram a lot into 48 or 72 hours,

whatever time of year you choose to visit.

ST PETER PORT

Or, if cramming in activities is far from what

you had in mind, Guernsey’s leisurely pace of life,

luxury spas, and quaint charm means you’d be hard

pressed to find a better destination to unwind.

Once you’ve landed, regular buses connect Guernsey

Airport to the main town of St Peter Port as well as

other destinations across the island, including its

main visitor attractions. It’s a cheap way to get around

and reliable enough to be the sole form of transport

for any visitor. Plus, Guernsey’s small scale means

you’ll waste precious little time getting from A to B.

No visit to the island would be complete without

a mooch around the cobbled streets of St Peter

Port - a must for any visitor. Narrow lanes and

old stone stairways offer grandstanding views

of the town’s picturesque harbour, which is

renowned as one of the prettiest in Europe.

CANDIE GARDENS

ST PETER PORT SHOPS

IMAGES COURTESY OF VISITGURNSEY

Several of Guernsey’s most fascinating museums

are also located in the town, including the imposing

800-year-old Castle Cornet, the Guernsey Museum

at Candie, the island’s only aquarium, and the unique

19th century home of French writer Victor Hugo.

CASTLE CORNET

Shoppers can enjoy browsing the mix of

charming boutiques and gift shops, and foodies

can delight in a stunning array of pubs, bars,

restaurants and cafés. In fact, Guernsey is an

excellent place for eating well and many eateries

champion sustainable and locally-sourced food.

Enjoy an al fresco breakfast or a fresh lobster lunch at

Octopus, a seafront restaurant with unbeatable views

of Havelet Bay, or indulge in a Champagne afternoon

tea, with lashings of the finest Guernsey cream, at

the sumptuous Old Government House Hotel and

Spa. It’s the island’s only five-star hotel and offers

luxurious accommodation in the centre of town.

FINEST LOCAL PRODUCE

Venture beyond St Peter Port and there are

quaint beach kiosks, coastal cafés and farmhouse

brasseries also serving up the finest local

produce. There is more to experience in the rest

of the island than just gastronomy, however.

The parish of St Martin’s offers stunning cliff-top

scenery and it’s well worth exploring its rugged

coastline through walks around Moulin Huet and Petit

Bot Bay. Reward yourself with a relaxing stay at the

Bella Luce Hotel and Bella Spa, a member of the

Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

PETIT BOT BAY

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MOULIN HUET

TRIDENT FERRY BY ROSAIRE STEPS HERM

In the south-western part of Guernsey, in the

parish of Saint Pierre du Bois, lies Rocquaine

Bay, which is home to some beautiful beaches

and the Fort Grey Maritime Museum. At low

tide, visitors can easily access the tiny Lihou

Island from the bay via a causeway.

Sand and surf await visitors on the island’s

family-friendly west coast. Hit the waves with

the Guernsey Surf School and, if you’d like to

explore the island more from the sea, why not

try kayaking or hire a stand-up paddle board, or

even try coasteering, with Outdoor Guernsey?

If staying close to the beach is a priority, then

La Grande Mare is a four-star hotel a literal

stone’s throw from the popular Vazon Bay.

Heritage is a big part of island life - Guernsey

has a different story around every corner and

history buffs will be fascinated by the legacy

of wartime Nazi occupation, notably the

German Military Underground Hospital.

Guernsey’s compact size means you can cover a

lot of ground in a short space of time, and whether

you visit with family or friends, or are planning

a romantic getaway, the island boasts a huge

range of accommodation, from camping to self

catering to the full five-star luxury experience.

It’s little wonder The Telegraph named Guernsey

one of the best islands in Britain. Come and see it

for yourself.

ISLAND HOP

Even if you’re in Guernsey for a short stay,

there’s no reason why you can’t take in a

visit to neighbouring island Herm. No cars,

no stress, the 1.5-mile long island is just a

20-minute ferry from St Peter Port.

You can fully explore the island on foot in

a morning, or simply escape to one of its

stunning, white sandy beaches and take

in a spot of lunch or dinner at the island’s

pub or two AA Rosette Conservatory

Restaurant. You can even stay the night in

one of the island’s self-catering cottages,

on one of its two campsites, or at its White

House Hotel. See more about staying in

Herm on page 58.

WHITE HOUSE HOTEL HERM

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SHELL BEACH, HERM

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There ' s no

place like

Herm

Though you're more likely to be

wearing flip flops than sparkly red

shoes, you just have to set foot on

Herm to know you're certainly not in

Kansas anymore. En Voyage Editor

Natalie took her family camping in

Herm for a weekend of exploring.

Herm Island is quite simply a slice of paradise.

It's The Beach of the Bailiwick - just easier to

get to and no DiCaprio in sight. And no sharks.

Just puffins and the odd pod of dolphins.

In the years before marriage my husband and I

spent many a sunny weekend in Herm and when

we had children I was keen to introduce them to

camping as soon as they were 'old enough.'

Herm is just 20 minutes away on the Travel Trident so

we hopped on armed with snacks plus a godmother

and fiancé duo - because bringing extra adults

along who don’t yet have children is always handy.

Two minutes off the ferry and in typical fashion,

my youngest, Reuben, ran off with such excitement

he tripped and met the path face first. It was

nothing an offer of ice cream and Star Wars plasters

couldn’t fix, and soon enough he was running

about without a care in the world. That’s the

beauty of Herm. Aside from the odd tractor or

quad bike going about its business - and they don’t

exactly creep up on you unexpected - parents can

completely relax and let the little ones run free.

After a quick ice cream (Poppy recommends the

white chocolate) and a rhubarb cider or two, we

wandered up the hill to check out the campsite.

The tents were much bigger than I expected.

Having only ever camped in our own two-person

tent, I’m not used to so much space. Being able

to stand up inside was a novelty, as was the

camping kitchen. And I certainly wasn’t expecting

the air beds to already be inflated for us too.

The campsite itself has everything you’ll need. There

are coin-operated showers and washing machines,

dish-washing facilities, wooden lockers with sockets

(you’ll need to take your own padlock for these) and

plenty of space in Moss Field for Poppy and Reuben to

play football and have running races. And if you leave

the Fairy liquid at home (like we did) there’s a grocery

shop at the Mermaid Tavern for all the essentials.

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With feet the only mode of transport available, we

wandered back down to fill our tummies at the Mermaid

and despite arriving at peak lunchtime, it wasn’t long until

we bagged a sunny table in the courtyard. With Reuben

having allergies and eating out often a hard task, the

barman was a breath of fresh air – knowledgeable and

confident in the menu and what he could or couldn’t eat.

The food was served quickly and the portions were huge.

To work it off we took a stroll to the sensational Shell

Beach for sand sculptures, shell gathering and, of course,

another ice cream. Once that was polished off we took a

brisk walk around the east coast to the beautiful Belvoir Bay.

There’s another kiosk here as well as crystal-clear waters.

Just to warn you, the water is somewhat 'fresh’ for want of a

better word, but the swim (read paddle) is definitely worth it.

Needless to say Poppy and Reuben watched from the shore,

preferring to admire a fellow beachgoer’s hole digging.

The walk back to camp is uphill and involved quite a

long shoulder ride for Reuben but all in all, the kids blew

my mind with the amount of walking (and distinct lack of

complaining) they did while we were there. I genuinely think

that, aside from the entertainment of two extra adults, we

have the wildlife

TO WORK IT OFF WE

TOOK A STROLL TO

THE SENSATIONAL

SHELL BEACH FOR

SAND SCULPTURES,

SHELL GATHERING AND,

OF COURSE, ANOTHER

ICE CREAM.

to thank for that –

cows, chickens and

pheasants included.

Everywhere we

went we stopped

to inspect an

insect or seemed

to be joined by a

different coloured

butterfly that

needed watching.

We enjoyed an evening BBQ, Poppy had her first roasted

marshmallow and the kids slept remarkably well. After bacon

sandwiches for breakfast followed by some games tent-side

in the morning sun, it was time to head down to the boat.

Please be aware (because we learnt the hard way)

that the campsite doesn’t offer luggage transfer down

the hill for every boat. There are baggage areas on the

campsite for those that do. Perhaps choose one of those

to return as the trek with children and bags is a hot one.

Once we arrived at the bottom of the hill, hot and sweaty,

we parked up at the Mermaid to await our ferry home. After

all, it would be rude to leave without another ice cream

wouldn’t it?

POPPY ON SHELL BEACH

BREAKFAST AT THE CAMPSITE

THE KIDS ON BELVOIR BAY

NOT A HAPPY CAMPER?

If canvas and cook-outs aren’t your thing, there

are other ways to enjoy this stunning island:

SELF-CATERING

Stay in one of the self-catering cottages, apartments

or pine lodge cabins and make Herm your home for

the duration. You can pre-order groceries before

you arrive and come and go as you please whilst

exploring the island. Some of the cottages even

have open fires and their own garden.

THE WHITE HOUSE HOTEL

This country house-styled, four-star hotel sits

by the harbour boasting award-winning gardens

and an old-fashioned elegance of years gone by.

As is the nature of Herm, the hotel encourages

you to unwind, meaning there’s no televisions,

clocks or phones, giving you the chance

to switch off and completely unwind.

For more information go to herm.com/where-to-stay

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CATHERINE’S BEST

GEMSTONES

WHATEVER THE

GEMSTONE, WE

WILL ENDEAVOUR

TO CREATE

A DESIGN TO

INCORPORATE

YOUR FAVOURITE

IF YOU WISH TO

COMMISSION

A PIECE OF

JEWELLERY

Channel Island jewellery designer Catherine Best

talks to En Voyage about all things shiny.

A gemstone, jewel, precious stone or

semi-precious stone is a piece of mineral

crystal, which, in cut and polished form,

is used in jewellery making. Certain rocks,

such as lapis lazuli, or organic materials

that are not minerals, such as amber and

pearl, are also used in jewellery designs and

are often considered to be gemstones.

Most gemstones are hard, such as

diamonds and sapphires; however some

softer minerals are used in jewellery because

of their lustre or physical property that has

aesthetic value. Rarity is a characteristic that

lends value to a gemstone and Catherine

Best is renowned for using all those

mentioned so far - beautiful gemstones

sourced from all corners of the globe

Visitors to Catherine Best are in for a

treat; we stock many unique gems so,

in addition to the collections on display,

you can choose or order the gemstone

you desire for a special commission.

Our designs, which incorporate unusual,

rare gemstones are on display for everyone

to view. One of our favourites is the boulder

opals from Australia, which really are quite

spectacular. The iridescent colours that

emit from a thin vein of opal in a crack of

ironstone are quite mesmerising. The natural

beauty of these stones is stunning; they

are a real favourite of our customers too.

There are also gemstones within a

specific colour spectrum, ranging from

the subtle brown of smoky quartz and the

beige of dusty agate to the pale orange of

mandarin garnet and yellow sapphire.

Diamonds are forever and

there are many shapes and sizes

to choose from, each graded

for the four Cs; colour, carat, cut

and clarity – we include a fifth ‘C’

for Catherine Best! It’s a versatile

hard stone with a lot of sparkle.

Sometimes gemstones have

ancient values and are believed

to make you feel a certain way.

Moonstones are said to aid in

the fulfilment of destiny and

strengthen psychic abilities - their

opalescent lustre is beautiful too.

Whatever the gemstone, we will

endeavour to create a design to

incorporate your favourite if you wish

to commission a piece of jewellery.

Our onsite manufacturing workshop is

where designs are realised and where

visitors can watch jewellery come to

life. The jewellers can revitalise pieces

that have been tucked away in jewellery

boxes and are simply not loved or worn.

People regularly tell us how much they

enjoy browsing the collection. Only the

highest quality precious stones are sourced,

even after 25 years as a professional

goldsmith, it is not surprising for me to

come across a new jewel to design around.

If you get the chance to come and

visit us personally, we would love to

give you help and advice with your own

ideas for your loved ones. Or call us

at any of our businesses to discuss.

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WHAT’S ON

IN THE BAILIWICK?

9 September

PROMS ON THE PIER

Albert Pier, St Peter Port

This popular event returns to Albert Pier again with an

evening of pomp and circumstance - a live broadcasting

from the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as local

performers on stage. The evening starts at 5pm with

free seating available on a first-come-first-served basis

and ends after the live broadcast of the Last Night of

the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.

28 September

IOD GUERNSEY ANNUAL

CONVENTION 2017

Beau Sejour

Having focused on Population (2015) and Health

Wealth and Happiness for Guernsey (2016) this

year’s topic of ‘Infrastructure’ will explore what

more the island can do to remain a great place

to live and work for generations to come.

16-24 September

GUERNSEY FOOD FESTIVAL

Various locations

Enjoy fantastic promotions on offer in restaurants and

cocktail bars as well as markets and shows, interactive

events and plenty for the children to do too.

23 September-8 October

AUTUMN WALKING FESTIVAL

Bailiwick-wide

Autumn provides the perfect backdrop for a walk, the

deep red of its falling leaves and bronzed late light… What

better time to get rambling? Whether you want to take

a short sunset walk, a challenging cliff-top ramble or

discover our historic capital, the Autumn Walking Festival

has walks to suit everyone; guided walks include coastal,

inland and town walks, historical, nature and the arts.

It will explore and seek to address some of the popular

myths that often lead to opposition to investment

in physical infrastructure as well as genuine issues

and trade-offs required to develop infrastructure,

and will look at the contribution of intangible

infrastructure within our society and how the public

sector, private sector, the 3rd sector and independent

bodies can work together to achieve this goal.

15 November

FINVENTION 2017

St James

Combining three central themes – Digital Guernsey, Great

People and Great Innovations – FinVention 2017 will be an

interactive one-day forum showcasing ‘the best of breed’

in innovative technological products and services in the

FinTech, digital, creative and start-up sectors. FinVention

is supported by local government and industry as well as

by partner organisations the Digital Greenhouse, Locate

Guernsey and Startup Guernsey.

Finvention.gg

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WHAT’S ON

ELSEWHERE?

12-17 September

THE MERMAID

TAVERN REAL

ALE & CIDER

FESTIVAL

HERM ISLAND

There are over 60 real ales

and ciders to try as well as

live music most evenings

in the unique Mermaid

Tavern on Herm.

25 September &

5 October

HERM ABOVE

& BEYOND

Herm Island

Pop over to Herm and let

resident Lesley Bailey lead

you around the north part of

the island and listen to stories

about life on Herm, past and

present. Some of the areas

you’ll go are not normally

accessible to the public and

terrain is rough in places, which

includes walking across a

field, climbing over a stile and

ascending a steep hill. There

will be time to stop for a picnic

lunch on the beach - bring your

own or purchase a sandwich

from Shell Beach café.

LONDON

COCKTAIL WEEK

2-8 October

@ various locations,

London

London Cocktail Week is the

biggest, most vibrant celebration

of our capital’s fantastic cocktail

scene when 250 of the city’s

best bars join together to serve

discounted drinks. At the heart

of the festival is a week-long

cocktail village in Old Spitalfields

Market, creating bespoke serves

from every spirit and liqueur

under the sun.

drinkup.london/cocktailweek

WAR HORSE

18 October-11 November

@ Bristol Hippodrome,

Bristol

Based on the beloved novel

by Michael Morpurgo, the

National Theatre's internationally

acclaimed production of War

Horse is an unforgettable

theatrical experience. At its

heart are astonishing life-sized

puppets by South Africa's Tony

Award-winning Handspring

Puppet Company, who bring

breathing, galloping, charging

horses to thrilling life on stage.

bristolhippodrome.net

HARRY POTTER

AND THE CHAMBER

OF SECRETS –

LIVE CONCERT

8 December

@ Manchester Arena,

Manchester

The Harry Potter film series is

one of those once-in-a-lifetime

cultural phenomena that

continues to delight millions

of fans around the world.

Manchester Arena audiences will

now be able to relive the magic

of Harry Potter and the Chamber

of Secrets in high-definition on

a giant screen while hearing a

full live orchestra perform John

Williams’ unforgettable score.

harrypotterinconcert.com

CHRISTMAS WITH

KATHERINE JENKINS

21 December

@ The Mayflower,

Southampton

Start your Christmas celebration

in style with singing sensation

Katherine Jenkins, as she

performs a magnificent concert

of seasonal music and songs.

mayflower.org.uk

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GUERNSEY'S

UNDERWATER

EXPERIENCE

The Aquarium at La Vallette in Guernsey has undergone

a total renovation, making it a unique, fun-filled

destination – with sharks.

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AS A LOCATION FOR AN AQUARIUM,

IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF A KIND.

BUT NOW ITS HISTORY AND QUIRKINESS

ARE BEING CELEBRATED IN A

WONDERFULLY IMAGINATIVE WAY.

The tunnel that has housed Guernsey’s

Aquarium for decades was built in 1864 by

Russian slave workers and used by German

soldiers during the Occupation years as

a store. So as a location for an aquarium,

it’s always been one of a kind. But now its

history and quirkiness are being celebrated

in a wonderfully imaginative way. Marine

expert Marita Iversen and marketing whizz

Peter Grange have joined forces to transform

the Aquarium into a fascinating, top-notch

attraction that everyone will enjoy.

La Vallette has undergone a rejuvenation

of late, with the repair of the Bathing Pools,

the building of Octopus Restaurant and

the installation of a trail of new cast iron

benches. With a popular kiosk and the

Underground Military Museum, there are

more reasons than ever before to visit this

area of St Peter Port – and now we have

an Aquarium that’s really worth its salt.

The wow factor begins before you even

enter, with new signage incorporating

the logo and the tagline Guernsey’s

Underwater Experience. The metal bars

put in by the Germans have been restored

and the wooden frontage painted gun

metal grey. The once damp foyer has been

transformed with an aluminium tunnel and

a reception made from reclaimed materials.

The light shades are upcycled crab pots,

epitomising the industrial, nautical feel

throughout. This has been a true labour of

love, as Peter testifies: ‘We’ve done most

of the work ourselves and have worked

on it seven days a week for 7 months.’

Much of the décor has been sourced

from local fishermen and customised

by Nigel Loller of Motion Welding, who

is a skilled engineer and metalworker.

The new Aquatics Centre is four times the

size of the old shop and sells tropical and

freshwater fish, live corals, reptiles and a

full range of supplies including food, tanks

and accessories. The door through to the

Aquatics Shop is shaped like a shark’s fin,

in honour of its most exciting residents.

It’s not just the sharks that have smart new

lodgings – every species of marine life on

display has an interesting place to live with

lots to discover. The Terrapin Pool features a

battleship gun, mines and a bespoke ‘bomb’

light; suspended beside it is a 2.5-metre

Spitfire aeroplane surrounded by

parachuting Action Men. The

Bass Tank tells the story

of the fish that was

stolen from the

Aquarium in 2012

and entered into

a fishing

competition,

complete with

‘Sea CTV’

cameras to

prevent a repeat

offence!

IMAGES © LUCY JAMES

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

AQUARIUM ADMISSION 10AM – 5PM

THE AQUATIC SHOP 9AM – 6PM

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IMAGES © LUCY JAMES

THE AQUARIUM

IS ONE OF THE

FIRST ATTRACTIONS

IN THE CHANNEL

ISLANDS TO USE

VIRTUAL REALITY

There is a focus on local fish and

crustaceans in the first tunnel, with the

second featuring tropical fish and other

exotic creatures. ‘I think people will be

surprised by the range of local sealife –

it’s phenomenal,’ says Peter. Many of the

occupants of the smaller tanks

have names, such as Ronnie

and Reggie the crayfish. Their

infamous namesakes were keen

boxers so the tank contains a

pair of boxing gloves as well as

a pair of glasses like those worn

by Ronnie Kray. Other artefacts

to be found underwater have

historical significance, like old

boat propellers and even a

huge model U-boat. It’s clear

that Peter and Marita have put

a lot of time and thought into

sourcing these items, as well as others

that bring a sense of fun, such as the

Action Man divers and mermaids.

The Predator Pool, complete with cat

sharks, conger eels and rays, is a huge draw.

The Jellyfish Tank is a specialist piece of

equipment with circulating currents. Beyond

the Predator Pool is a sheltered viewing

gallery known as U-boat, where you can

relax with a coffee and enjoy stunning views

of the beach and the east-coast cliffs.

Education is a key part of the new

Aquarium, with around 60 custom-made

framed posters giving lots of information.

There’s even a shark’s jaw in a display

box together with facts about these

fascinating fish.

The Aquarium is one of the first attractions

in the Channel Islands to use virtual reality,

with two VR headsets giving you the PADI

experience of scuba diving. Furthermore,

the new owners have plans to invite

marine biologists and other experts to give

informative talks at The Aquarium.

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

AQUARIUM ADMISSION 10AM – 5PM

THE AQUATIC SHOP 9AM – 6PM

TELEPHONE

01481 723301

SEARCH

'GUERNSEY AQUARIUM'


Despite its incredible

transformation, admission prices

remain £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs

and £3 for children aged between

4 and 16 years old. Children aged

3 and under get in for free.

A loyalty card gives one

free entrance for every five

purchased and the Ocean

Kids Club is an annual scheme

offering lots of benefits, including

unlimited admission.

As Peter explains, ‘We want the

Aquarium to be accessible to

everyone. We all know there isn’t

much to do on the island when

the weather is poor, and we hope

that local families will enjoy the

experience and return time and

time again.’

The Aquarium is also available

for private hire in the evenings.

For enquiries, email

hello@guernseyaquarium.com.

FILM NIGHTS

There are plans to have

two cinema screens in the

Aquarium, one for adults

and one for children.

The Aquarium also has

a special mascot called

Sharky who often makes

special guest appearances!

It’s already an

atmospheric and

totally unique

place – and

with ongoing

developments

planned for the

future, this is

likely to make

a big splash as a

venue in Guernsey.

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ANNETTE HENRY AT FORT GREY

KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE 'CUP AND SAUCER'

IMAGE © LUCY JAMES

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LIVING

HISTORY

Annette Henry is a researcher and historical raconteur who has

been bringing the Bailiwick’s past to life for 17 years. Her diverse

range of tours covers the whole Bailiwick and all four seasons, but

the darker evenings are perfect for spooky tales of days gone by.

Going from being a nurse to a tour guide might be

an unusual career change, but Annette Henry’s love

of people and love of learning are a huge advantage

in both fields of work. Annette was also used to

imparting knowledge in her role as a trainer for the

Health Promotion unit, so when she saw an advert

in the Guernsey Press to train as a tour guide, she

thought it would be an interesting thing to do. A long

weekend in New York was also a catalyst for Annette.

As she explains: ‘We went on a small guided tour

and this wonderful lady was so bubbly and excited

about everything, and I thought, if I’m going to be

a guide I want to be a guide who’s approachable,

friendly and willing to learn from others – people

do give you information and you can’t think you’re

the only font of knowledge. And I wanted people to

understand that going on a guided tour isn’t boring.’

Seventeen years later and Annette’s tours are still

going strong. Legends by Lamplight, her first walking

tour, is still very popular but she has added many more

themed tours to her programme – including coach

tours, children’s parties and excursions to Alderney

and Herm. ‘A tour takes about a year to put together,’

says Annette. ‘First you have the concept, then you

spend many months researching it and then learning

it, because I don’t have any notes.’ Even though

Annette is local and had always been fascinated by

the Bailiwick’s history, research is constant as new

discoveries are always being made. For a small place

an awful lot has

happened: ‘A lot of

islanders say they’d

never realised

how much history

there was here,’

says Annette.

You won’t be

presented with dry

facts on any of

Annette’s tours.

Legends, folklore,

EVEN THOUGH

ANNETTE IS LOCAL

AND HAD ALWAYS

BEEN FASCINATED

BY THE BAILIWICK’S

HISTORY, RESEARCH

IS CONSTANT AS NEW

DISCOVERIES ARE

ALWAYS BEING MADE

superstitions and ghost stories are all part of our

heritage. ‘Folklore is not magical, mystical or makebelieve.

Folklore is what we’re doing now: it’s our lives,

our language, our history. It’s what we eat, what we do

in our free time, our religion and our customs.’

Annette’s brand-new, German Occupation-themed

tour illustrates her approach. ‘It’s a very social account

of where the Germans lived, where the slaves lived

and how they were looked after on the other islands.

You can’t just talk about the Nazis and the SS and the

atrocities, you’ve got to give the human side or you’re

not giving a balanced view.’

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ANNETTE HENRY AT FORT GREY

IMAGE © LUCY JAMES

IN THE WINTER MONTHS ANNETTE’S

EVENING TOURS – THE TORTUOUS TOUR

OF TOWN, LEGENDS BY LAMPLIGHT AND

GHOSTS AND GRAVEYARDS - REALLY

COME INTO THEIR OWN, WHEN SHE

WEARS A CLOAK AND CARRIES A LAMP

In the winter months Annette’s

evening tours – the Tortuous Tour

of Town, Legends by Lamplight

and Ghosts and Graveyards - really

come into their own, when she

wears a cloak and carries a lamp,

conjuring up the atmosphere of

places that are haunted by their

past. The area around Cornet

Street was a den of iniquity after

the port was built in the 1700s,

and Annette doesn’t need to make

up any ghost stories; they are all

recorded in books by Marie de

Garis and former Bailiff Sir Edgar

McCulloch. There are many other

areas with a spooky ambience:

‘You hear a lot of creaks and

groans in the Mirus Battery, I

would never go down there on

my own. For me it conjures up

the feeling of aggression and

oppression and it’s sinister and

dark. I get exactly the same feeling

at the Underground Hospital, and

we know people died there.’

The west of Guernsey is known

for its witch trials: ‘In the 16th and

17th centuries groups of women

would meet up at the Longfrie

crossroads. They were herbalists,

the alternative therapists of

their time, and they would swap

stories and recipes, gather plants

and grind them down to make

lotions and potions to deliver to

people in the parish. Although

these herbalists were incredibly

knowledgeable and soughtafter,

they became accused of

dabbling in the occult so they

were singled out and executed.’

Another notorious tale is that

of the three women who were

accused of heresy and burnt

alive on Tower Steps in St Peter

Port. ‘This is all real, it’s well

documented. These trials are an

important part of what I recount;

we’re shocked by the atrocities

happening today but in the past

we did terrible things to people for

religious or superstitious reasons.’

For Annette, the variety of her

work keeps her enthusiasm alive. ‘I

love the fact that in the summer I

can take people across to Herm

on a lovely evening. Herm’s almost

got as much history as Guernsey,

would you believe? Equally I love

taking people on an island coach

tour to be able to show them the

different geography, geology and

history.’ No matter how many

times she delivers the same tour,

the interaction with her guests is

always different and Annette

invariably has an extra story or two

up her sleeve. ‘We have

discussions, and for me that’s

more important than just being an

imparter of information. I like

getting them to feel what the

islanders felt.’

Find out more about Annette’s

tours at annettehenrytours.gg.

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YORKSHIRE

THE SCENERY ON

THE YORKSHIRE

DALES WILL HAVE

YOU WISHING

YOU’D BOOKED

A LONGER STAY

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Ey up lads and lasses! With

direct flights to Leeds

Bradford Airport operating

several times a week,

you now have plenty of

opportunity to explore the

beauty that is Yorkshire.

Known for its steam engines,

the Brontë Sisters, Wensleydale

cheese, and of course that

firm favourite that completes

a Sunday roast offering, you’ll

soon feel settled in, even

on a short break away.

One of the best family attractions

is the National Railway Museum.

With everything from the world's

fastest steam locomotive, the

Shinkansen Bullet Train, to

watching engineers at work

and riding the miniature railway,

visitors of all ages can equally

enjoy a day out for free here.

Despite being almost 50 years

old, ‘The Railway Children’

remains a beloved family film

today. Much of this cinematic

classic was filmed on and around

the Keighley and Worth Valley

Railway, and while adventuring

in Yorkshire, it is possible to see

some of the original carriages

featured in the film and explore

two Railway Children Walks.

The shorter tour, spanning 2.5

miles, begins at Haworth Station

and includes some of the most

memorable landmarks in the

film, while the alternative walking

tour covers six miles and more

extensive highlights. Over 30

steam locomotives are housed

here in total so depending on

the timing of your visit, you can

indulge in a delightful 1st Class

Cream Tea on board, as you take

in the stunning countryside views.

There’s more to Yorkshire

than trains though! Head to the

Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) for a

wild day out interacting with some

of nature’s finest. With animals

from the African Savannah to the

heart of South America, you’ll find

a wide variety of majestic creatures

– almost 400 in total and most of

which are endangered. Big cat fans

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RIBBLEHEAD VIADUCT

will be spoilt for choice with lions,

leopards and tigers in the mix.

Meanwhile, polar bears, baboons,

camels, wallabies, giant anteaters,

giraffes, and black rhinos are

among some of the 70 different

species residing here. Children

under 3 get free entry, while tickets

for those aged up to 15 cost just

£13, and adult tickets are £16

(when ordered in advance online).

WITHIN THIS NATIONAL

PARK, YOU CAN VENTURE

THROUGH MEADOWS,

WATERFALLS, WOODLAND,

HEATHER MOORLAND

AND UNDERGROUND

CAVES, AMONG

OTHER BEAUTIFUL

ENVIRONMENTS

The scenery on the Yorkshire

Dales will have you wishing you’d

booked a longer stay. Within this

National Park you can venture

through meadows, waterfalls,

woodland, heather moorland and

underground caves, among other

beautiful environments. It’s not

any wonder the Brontë sisters’

literary masterpieces, including

Wuthering Heights, were inspired

by these landscapes. Take your

pick of stunning places to stay,

with options to suit every budget,

be it a family holiday with the kids,

a short break with friends, or a

romantic weekend away. If you’re

looking for tranquil caravan or

camping facilities near the Dales,

Alders Caravan Park has been

expertly designed with privacy

and relaxation in mind. Get all

the benefits of being at one with

nature, while still having access to

luxury showers and electric power

points. For a touch of elegance,

Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel

includes the option of a leisurely

game of golf or some well-earned

pampering in the spa.

YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK

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THE BLUE LION AT LEYBURN

THE FAT BADGER HARROGATE

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UNDOUBTEDLY, ONE

CRUCIAL QUESTION ON

MOST PEOPLE’S LIPS

WHEN IT COMES TO

CUISINE IN YORKSHIRE

IS, WHERE SHOULD

YOU GO FOR THE BEST

YORKSHIRE PUDDING?

When it comes to dining, many restaurants

and eateries proudly serve fresh, locally

sourced ingredients that reflect seasonal

availability. You’ll be in great hands at the

Lion at Settle, with hearty cask ales and

delicious home-cooked food served in

welcoming, cosy surroundings. For a

candlelit, romantic dining experience, the

Blue Lion (Leyburn) is an award-winning inn

known for its intimate, charming atmosphere

– ideal for treating that

special someone. Should

you be venturing to Masham,

Samuel’s at Swinton Park

will spoil you with fresh

vegetables, herbs and fruits

from its very own fouracre

garden, incorporated

into mouth-watering

dishes on the Market

Menu, Signature Menu and

Tasting Menu offerings.

Undoubtedly, one crucial question on most

people’s lips when it comes to cuisine in

Yorkshire is, where should you go for the

BEST Yorkshire Pudding? Not surprisingly,

there are multiple contenders for this sweet

spot! Included in the lineup for a winning

traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings

are: The Lister Arms – a charming village pub

that caters for meat eaters, vegetarians and

vegans alike; the Fat Badger – centrally

located in Harrogate, where roast dinner can

either be a two- or three-course affair, with

options for roast beef, prawn cocktail and

crème brûlée, among other favourites; and,

if you really want to commit to a next-level

roast, the Yorke Arms in Nidderdale Valley,

where offerings include red deer, grouse,

Dexter beef and turbot. The calibre of the

latter is reflected in its pricing but as a

Michelin Star restaurant, if you’re looking

to impress a loved one, dining at this

beautiful 18th century coaching house

will be deeply appreciated.

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MANCHESTER'S

MUSIC SCENE

What do the Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, The Chemical

Brothers and The Stone Roses have in common? All of these

artists hail from Manchester’s fertile music scene.

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Book direct flights

to Manchester

from Guernsey at

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From Northern Soul in the sixties and Madchester

in the nineties to Britpop and beyond, few places

in England have the history, style and urban

aplomb to match the music capital of the north.

It’s a city steeped in musical heritage,

and one that still remains at the beating

heart of the UK’s music scene.

Night after night, Manchester throbs to the rhythm

of pop, indie, calypso, reggae, classical, hip hop,

house, garage, beats, bass and bossa - you get the

idea. So whatever pleasures your musical palate,

there's an abundance of sound to bathe your ears in.

There’s something in Manchester’s industrial,

blue-collar past that has lent its artists a special

ability to capture the public imagination, whatever

the era. Just as The Smiths captured the muck and

dirt, confusion and alienation of the working class

teenage psyche, the hedonistic escapism of the

Manchester dance scene also struck a chord.

Plus, its thriving club scene has always made the

city’s bands accessible to their audience and as a

result, Manchester has long embraced the ideal of

unity and inclusivity through music. Just look at

May’s One Love Manchester concert, a response

to the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena.

‘You’ve got the wrong city if you think hate will tear

us apart,’ tweeted Dave Haslam, a former DJ at

Manchester’s legendary music venue the Haçienda.

Sadly now a block of flats, in the late 80s and early

90s the Haçienda was once the world’s hippest

nightclub - more chic than the Copacabana,

sexier than Studio 54 and cooler than the Cavern

or Cream. As well as cultivating the rave scene,

the club also housed legendary shows by other

Manchester legends like The Smiths and New Order.

If you’re a fan of electronic and house music,

you can still visit the old site to pay tribute.

Plus, the Manchester Museum of Science and

Industry holds a variety of Haçienda artefacts,

including the main loading bay doors from

the club, plus posters, flyers and props.

Launched in 1978, the record label Factory Records

boasted several prominent Manchester musical

acts on its roster such as Joy Division, New Order,

A Certain Ratio and Happy Mondays. The label’s old

offices are now music venue Factory 251, part-owned

by ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook.

Saturday club night Stonelove

SO WHATEVER

PLEASURES

YOUR MUSICAL

PALATE,

THERE'S AN

ABUNDANCE

OF SOUND TO

BATHE YOUR

EARS IN.

celebrates Northern Soul,

indie and funk and for those

seeking modern thrills, the

Loft Club on Fridays serves

up house and dubstep.

Music geeks might also

want to visit the Salford

Lads Club, which was

immortalised in the artwork

for The Smiths’ 1986 album

The Queen is Dead. This

functioning sports club is

considered one of the country’s most iconic buildings

by pop and rock fans. Visitors can view memorabilia

such as rare photos of Morrissey. Admission is free

by arrangement, with donations welcome.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL

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Once you’ve properly paid tribute to Manchester’s

past and are looking to understand what makes

the city’s music scene tick today, look no

further than Night and Day Café. Serving bites

of food and an extensive beer selection, this is

a bar and club that hosts several local music

nights every month, with a cross-section of

the city’s up-and-coming bands and DJs.

Situated in Piccadilly, Roadhouse sees local and

big-name rock, indie and alternative acts being put

through their paces in front of an ever-enthusiastic

crowd. It’s considered one of the top spots for

catching unsigned acts and stars of the future.

The Ritz is another of the best live music venues

in Manchester. From The Horrors to Martha

Wainwright and Public Enemy to PJ Harvey, the

live music programme now reflects the quality

of the venue's yesteryears, when bands such as

The Smiths, The Stone Roses, R.E.M and even

The Beatles and Frank Sinatra graced its stage.

Die-hard vinyl collectors shouldn’t miss an

opportunity to visit Piccadilly Records, which sells the

best in lesser-known and underexposed new music.

So if you can’t get enough of Manchester’s heady mix

of music, simply take some home with you.

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Over 100 artists and bands from all around the world

will be performing across Manchester’s best and

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are acclaimed live favourites Peace and Rat Boy

along with some of the country’s freshest and most

exciting names such as Billie Marten, Black Honey, The

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Manchester Camerata team up with stars of

the acid-house era in a euphoric celebration of

the legendary nightclub. The project presents

orchestral reworkings of tracks such as You Got

the Love and Blue Monday and often plays with

Madchester legends such as Bez and Peter Hook.

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HALLOWEEN

IN LONDON

It’s the one night of the year where it becomes socially acceptable

to wear more on your face than on your body, with terrifying

special-effect-esque makeup to rival horror film production sets

and guarantee nightmares. So when you look that good, obviously

you need a great venue to showcase your artistic masterpiece.

IMAGES COURTESY OF THE GHOST BUS TOURS

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As you’d expect, London Halloween parties and

events will have you spoilt for choice. This is by no

means an exhaustive list of options for October 2017

revelry but read on to find out some of the best

places to be for a hair-raisingly fun time.

Book direct flights to

London City, Gatwick

and Stansted from

Guernsey at

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THE GHOST BUS TOURS

Step inside the haunted, vintage double-decker

for an award-winning tour on the Ghost Bus.

Setting off from the Grand Hotel in Trafalgar

Square, this thrilling 75-minute sightseeing

extravaganza will immerse you in London’s

sinister past. Daily tours run at 7:30pm and 9pm,

and are led by an unusual conductor who will

deliver behind-the-scenes wizardry, while sharing

tales of hauntings, executions and murders. A

darker side to major sights such as the Houses

of Parliament, London Bridge, Westminster

Abbey, Downing Street, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's

Cathedral, and the Tower of London will be

revealed on board, including everything from

Westminster Abbey’s infamous tombs, to

Newgate Prison’s legendary black dog. Individual

tickets range from £15 to £25 but look out for

group booking discounts and special offers.

CULT HORROR MOVIES

HALLOWEEN AFTERNOON TEA

Between 17-31 October, get yourself to

the Royal Lancaster London for a black and

white themed Halloween Afternoon Tea,

inspired by 1960s classic horror movies.

At £35 per person, devilish delights include:

Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish, Ominous Crab

Sushi, and Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Eggs, Cursed

Blackbird Macaroons, Psycho Marbled Lollipops,

Black Sunday Battenberg, and Haunted Panna Cotta.

A selection of fresh loose leaf teas, together with

warm chocolate and coconut scones, accompanied

by homemade blackberry jam and Clotted-Blood

Cream, ideally round off this naughty indulgence.

IMAGES COURTESY OF THE ROYAL LANCASTER HOTEL

THE LONDON DUNGEON

Given that it can feel pretty chilling in this infamous

dungeon at the height of summer, spending time

here on Halloween is not for the faint-hearted!

This attraction promises unexpected surprises

lurking in the dark that will call you to be on red

alert. Macabre-loving history buffs will have the

thrill of stepping back in time to revisit some of the

most gruesome parts of London’s past. Eloquent

storytelling from lively characters playing the roles of

torturers, judges, and local legends will convincingly

bring the past to life before your eyes.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF TALES OF PLAGUE

TALES OF PLAGUE

GUIDED WALK

If you’d rather embark on a gory tour on

foot, then the ‘Tales of Plague’ is up there

with the best of them. In just two hours, you’ll

follow a chap with a rat on a stick (as you do),

hearing captivating tales of plague pits and the

ancient history behind some of London’s most

noteworthy landmarks, while being surprised by

legendary characters from yesteryear. At only £10

a ticket, you can’t go wrong with this Saturday

afternoon tour, commencing at 2pm outside

Tower Hill tube station. Older children of 10 years

and up can join in the fun too.

HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE

PUB CRAWL

Hosted by 1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl, this

Zombie spectacular is set to be a greatly

entertaining way to engage in spooky antics,

while getting a taste of some of the best bars in

the West End. Enjoy free entry into five different

bars, four free shots, great deals on other drinks,

plus a complimentary crawl t-shirt.

Those who’ve gone all out with their costumes

are in with a chance of winning a prize, while

anyone not quite in the spirit of things on arrival

can sign up for a free zombie makeover. On 19

and 28 October, enjoy free entry at the Ministry

of Sound, where the party will go on until

dawn. Tickets range between £15 and £25.

DARK ARTS AT THE HARRY

POTTER STUDIO

From 1 October until 12 November, visitors to

the Harry Potter Studio will have an exclusive

opportunity to venture into the captivatingly

sinister world of the Dark Arts. Take on a Death

Eater with expert wand combat techniques, roam

down spooky Diagon Alley, and brace yourself for

an edgier experience than usual in this muchloved

attraction. Dimmed lighting and menacing

music will add an extra layer of eeriness to the

streets as they are patrolled by the followers of

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

IMAGE COURTESY OF ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL

'WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LEAVESDEN – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER’

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MANCHESTER

HOTEL PICKS

BRISTOL

MERCURE

BRISTOL NORTH

THE GRANGE HOTEL

Escape the urban bustle and relax in the splendid

surroundings of Mercure Bristol North the

Grange Hotel. Ideally located amongst 18 acres

of landscaped gardens, the hotel is a stunning

19th-century Bath stone manor house, set in a

peaceful pocket of North Bristol country side.

The country house accommodation is ideal for

both business and leisure guests as it sits amongst

picturesque surroundings, is a short drive to Bristol

Parkway Train Station and only a 17 minute drive to

Bristol city centre.

REVIEWS

‘Peaceful break near Bristol’

‘Elegant and relaxing’

IBIS STYLES

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PORTLAND HOTEL

In the heart of Manchester overlooking

Piccadilly Gardens, the newly designed

Ibis Styles Manchester Portland Hotel is

dedicated to Britain’s unique and varied

climate. The rooms are designed to

capture the very best of each season in

myriad imaginative ways. The Sunshine

Room evokes warm, sunny days with

its bright yellow door and light blue

walls while the Raindrop Room features

teardrop lights and raindrop hangers.

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‘Love the décor’

‘Excellent location and friendly staff’

LONDON

NOVOTEL LONDON

PADDINGTON

The perfect base for exploring the

capital, Novotel London Paddington is a

contemporary hotel featuring a fitness

centre and indoor heated swimming pool

and sauna. With four major tube lines

connecting you to the rest of London as

well as national rail services, the list of

things to do is endless.

Elements restaurant serves international

cuisine in a casual setting. So whether you

want to eat or simply have a drink in the

stylish surroundings of the bar, it is the

perfect place relax and unwind.

REVIEWS

‘Fantastic stay, perfect location!’

‘Quiet in the heart of London’

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GLASSBOAT DINING

IMMERSE

YOURSELF

IN BRISTOL

There’s something about Bristol that makes it special. It could

be the abundance of history and stunning architecture, the

spectacular surrounding countryside, or even its distinctive

creative culture and street art scene… Or perhaps it’s the

unique mix of all of the above.

WHATEVER IT IS,

ONE THING THAT’S

FOR CERTAIN IS

THAT IT’S AN AREA

BEST EXPLORED BY

FOOT OR ON BIKE.

Get up close to the architecture,

feel the texture of the buildings,

breathe in the scent of the

countryside, listen to the wildlife

and appreciate the flow of

the rivers.

The opportunities for walks

and bike rides are almost endless

so we’ve whittled down the

extensive list to a few of our

favourites. Some are guided tours

and others are suggestions of

routes to explore on your own.

Book flights

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WALKS

BRISTOL FREE

WALKING TOUR

This is the ideal tour for those on

a short break and pressed for time.

The guided walk enables visitors

to soak up Bristol’s atmosphere

and orientate themselves by

being shown the key markers

of the city’s history and culture

and told stories about residents

past and present. The tour runs

every Saturday and Sunday at

10.30am and 2.30pm and there

is no need to book. There are no

set fees as it operates on a ‘pay

what you think it’s worth’ system.

TREASURE ISLAND TRAIL

This is a great family-friendly

walk (or bike ride) and can be

done at any time as you simply

follow an app. The mile-long trail

on Bristol’s harbourside explores

the city’s maritime heritage and

impressive literary links, most

notably Robert Louis Stevenson’s

Treasure Island. There are eight

recycled Bordeaux wine barrels

along the route with information

about the literary connections

of each location as well as facts

about Bristol’s fascinating pirates!

longjohnsilvertrust.

co.uk/trailmap.php

THE BANKSY AND

HISTORICAL HARBOUR

WALKING TOUR

Bristol has a unique creative

culture and art scene and this

forms the focus of the tour. It leads

visitors through three decades

worth of Bristol-born Banksy’s

hidden art around the city centre.

It also includes a visit to the Bristol

Museum, MShed and a boat ride

over to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

wherethewall.com/

the-banksy-tour

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BIKE

Bristol is the UK’s first ‘Cycling

City’ and one of the most bikefriendly

cities in Europe.

The city has gone to great

lengths to ensure that it’s a

haven for cyclists and has fought

hard to ensure that nearly all

of its major roads have a cycle

route, as well as providing ample

places to lock up bikes, over 300

cycle parking spaces and freeto-use

bike pumps around the

city. This pro-cycling approach

has in turn led to a whole host

of cycle-friendly restaurants,

cafés and hotels opening up in

Bristol, not to mention a huge

variety of cycle hire shops.

ASHTON COURT LOOP

This beautiful route is more

suited to experienced riders as you

travel across a variety of terrains

such as roads, hills, city cycling as

well as bridges. The route takes

you along the Chocolate Path (so

called due to the chocolate bar

MOUNTAIN BIKING, ASHTON COURT ESTATE

appearance of its surface) and

across the Ashton Avenue Swing

Bridge before heading uphill into

the pretty Ashton Court estate

with its 850 acres of magnificent

oak trees and grazing deer. The

route then continues over the

Clifton Suspension Bridge, offering

fantastic views, then through to

the village of Clifton itself passing

many historic buildings such

as the Avon Gorge Hotel and

the Royal York Crescent before

returning to the harbourside

where you can deviate from the

route to visit the SS Great Britain.

betterbybike.info/rides/

ashton-court-loop

BRISTOL FREE WALKING TOUR

BRUNEL'S SS GREAT BRITAIN

TREASURE ISLAND TRAIL

THE RIVER AVON TRAIL

This is a beautiful and mostly

traffic-free 5.8 mile loop out into

the countryside and back along

the banks of the River Avon. Its

difficulty rating is moderate.

Starting at Queen Square, the

route will take you via Netham

Park, Troopers Hill, Conham River

Park, Avon Valley

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IMAGE COURTESY OF JOHN CHAMBERLAIN

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BATH FROM THE RIVER AVON

Woodlands and Hanham Lock. Highlights include

the ferry during summer months that takes you from

Conham River Park to Beese’s tea gardens across

the river, the wildlife in the Avon Valley woodlands

(especially the kingfishers), and the pubs at Hanham

Lock for a well-deserved break and re-fuel!

betterbybike.info/rides/river-avon-trail

BRISTOL TO BATH RAILWAY PATH

This route can be done in either or both directions.

It’s 13 miles in one direction and a train can be taken

from Bath back to Bristol if you don’t fancy the 26-mile

option! It’s entirely traffic free, has no steep hills and

has plenty of places to stop, making it ideal for family

cycling. Starting at Newton Park, the route will take

you across bridges, through beautiful countryside, past

pubs, a working watermill and a steam train as well as

a Doctor Who-style Tardis toilet called the ‘Who Loo’.

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CYCLE HIRE

Traveling with a bike can be tricky, but don’t worry,

there are plenty of options for cycle hire in Bristol.

Here are just a few:.

BRISTOL TANDEM HIRE

bristoltandemhire.co.uk

WEBBS CYCLE SHOP

They will deliver and pick up bikes anywhere in

Bristol and the surrounding area.

webbsofwarmley.com

RADISON BLU HOTEL

The Radisson Blu Hotel has bikes that guests can hire.

BRISTOL ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE

A great option if you’re worried about the hills!

bristolbikehire.co.uk

ASHTON COURT

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children’s imaginations and restore your sense of wonder.

Finnish Lapland covers an area of almost 100,000 square kilometres

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sweeping plains, coniferous forests and Finland’s largest lake, Lake

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HOW TO GET THERE

Aurigny operates regular flights

to Gatwick and Norwegian Air

flies to Rovaniemi on Fridays,

Sundays and Mondays throughout

December, with a flight duration

of 3 hours 20 minutes. There

are return flights every day

except Saturday, and no flights

on Christmas Day or Boxing

Day. A number of specialist

tour operators offer Christmas

in Lapland holidays, chartering

flights with airlines such as

Thomson Airways, so it may be

more cost-effective to book your

flights as part of a package.

WHEN TO GO

Although there’s a lot to do in

Lapland in the summer, no one

wants to celebrate Christmas

that early! In December, daytime

temperatures generally range

from 0 to -20 degrees, but it

can fall as low as -40 during

a particularly cold spell. You’ll

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3pm, but the rest of the time

it’s dark – although the snow

brightens things up. Despite

the temperatures, the air is still

and very dry, so you shouldn’t

be uncomfortable as long as

you dress properly. Operators

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and boots, but you’ll still need

to take plenty of warm layers.

WHERE TO STAY

Tour operators offering private

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and a more authentic experience

generally base their itineraries

in more remote parts of the

region. Rovaniemi, the capital

of the region, is a compact city

with shopping malls, bars and

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Levi is a lively village in the

northern fells and is one of

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skiing and snowboarding.

The Crazy and White Reindeer

Complex is close to the slopes

and full of pampering options;

it has communal snugs with

crackling log fires and plump

leather sofas. If you have a large

family, suites sleep up to eight.

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at the Golden Crown Levi Igloos.

These glass-ceilinged igloos are

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dates back centuries, and its meat is an essential part

of Lappish cuisine. Sautéed reindeer shavings served

with mashed potatoes and lingonberries is a classic

dish. Lapland is famous for its pure waters and plentiful

fish: specialities include salmon, Baltic herring and

vendace, a small fish served fried and heavily salted.

A must-try is a dessert known as ‘bread cheese’

(leipäjuusto), a type of soft cheese that is fried and

served with fresh cloudberries or cloudberry jam.

Another favourite is a soft barley flatbread called

rieska, and a sweet pastry known as kampanisu.

Finns are heavy coffee drinkers, most of them taking it

strong and black. Glögi is a sweet berry juice with lots of

spices, served warm. It’s nice with raisins and almonds

in it and, for the adults, the addition of 38% proof

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WHAT TO DO

When booking your holiday, it’s a good idea to

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home lies in the mysterious Korvatunturi (‘Ear Fell’) but

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will guide you around a magical post office and take

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

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

La Privata is perfect for just about any occasion.

From private dining, conferences, corporate functions,

televised sporting events, discos or even karaoke,

the possibilities are endless for La Privata.

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GLASSBOAT

Glassboat is situated on Welshback in Bristol’s historic

floating harbour. The tables look out to the water through

large, restored wooden windows, with views around the

harbourside and to the city. Its philosophy is simple: hearty

cooking, big flavours, meats, fish, sauces, and the best steaks

in Bristol. The menu is classic French, served alongside a

carefully chosen selection of wine and a stunning view.

REVIEWS

THE PICKLED PIG

The gastro pub belonging to the Duke

of Normandie hotel, the Pickled Pig is

a quirky and intimate pub offering a

varied menu bursting with homemade

dishes including 100% Guernsey beef

burger and local seafood. Local real ales

and craft beers are available and if the

sun is shining, why not wine and dine

al fresco in its courtyard beer garden?

REVIEWS

‘Guernsey’s best kept secret’

‘Excellent food and service’

‘Lovely meal, impeccable service’

‘Great dining experience’

LONDON

EL PIRATA

For nearly a quarter of a century,

El Pirata has been serving authentic tapas

in the heart of Mayfair. This authentic

Spanish tapas bar and restaurant offers

a warm and friendly atmosphere with

Spanish prints, black woodwork and

wrought iron interiors reminiscent of

Madrid and Barcelona. Try the ‘Menu

del Dia’ served from 12-6pm: great

value at £10.25 per person for two

tapas dishes, a basket of bread and

alioli and a glass of wine or beer.

REVIEWS

‘Incredible tapas’

‘My favourite restaurant in London’

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MEXICAN

DELIGHT

Perched high above the stunning Fermain Valley is Guernsey’s newest and most

exciting culinary offering… Búho.

This Mexican restaurant is

unlike anything else available in

Guernsey. Their motto of ‘Expect

the unexpected’ intrigues diners

before they even set foot in the

restaurant, and their stunning

logo depicting perhaps the most

stylish owl you’ve ever seen is a

nod to the name Búho, which

is Spanish for owl (now you see

why we described the restaurant

as being ‘perched’ in the opening

line. Sorry, but the puns won’t

stop there).

Upon arrival at the doors of

Búho you are met with swings….

an odd choice for a restaurant

entrance you might think, but the

masterminds behind this decision

knew what they were doing as I’m

yet to see anyone able to resist

a quick swing before they enter

the restaurant with a smile on

their face. The swings aren’t just

a quirky and fun touch, they also

offer a subtle taste of the Mexican

street vibe that awaits you inside.

The dark and rich interior sets the

tone for Búho’s quirky ambiance.

Stepping foot into an incredibly

stylish and funky Latina Cantina in

the middle of Guernsey is not what

one expects (they did warn us to

‘expect the unexpected’!). There

are booths with plush distressed

leather seats set on bare brick and

adorned with cushions featuring

Mexican Day of the Dead artwork,

incredibly cool industrial-style

lighting hanging from a ceiling

made up of a patchwork of wellweathered

woods and raw metals,

an extensive and impressively

stocked bar, a few obligatory cacti

plants and a variety of extremely

artistic owl eyes wisely peering

down at diners from the walls.

As for the menu, if you’re

expecting standard tacos and

burritos to be the extent of the

offerings then think again.

Búho has given Mexican street

food classics a classy makeover.

There are ‘Shack Nibbles’ such as

baby calamari and chipotle mayo,

a choice of ‘Naughty Nachos’, a

to-die-for grill selection, ensaladas

served in tortilla bowls, and the

undoubted star of the menu –

the Búho Street Food, which

gives diners a choice of bases,

fillings, added ‘heat’ options and

a selection of wraps to hold it all

together. If you’ve managed to

save a bit of space the desserts are

definitely worth a try, especially

the Churros Dulce de Leche.

If the menu is a little too

authentic for your level of Spanish

vocab, they also have a handy

glossary to help you make a more

educated meal choice.

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All of this before we’ve even looked at the

five-page cocktail menu! It’s packed full of classics

such as margaritas and caipirinhas, specials, rum,

gin and vodka-based cocktails, after dinner cocktails

and of course a huge list of tequila and tequila-based

cocktails ranging from a ‘crazy bee’ through to a

‘sofisticado’ depending on what type of evening

you’re having! The large terrace is perfect for sipping a

cocktail or two while taking in the view.

There’s a VIP area which seats up to 18 people and

live DJs on some weekends. The Fermain Valley

shuttle bus is available to diners travelling to and from

St Peter Port (booking advised).

So get your amigos together for an evening of

Mexican fun at Búho… you’ll have a ‘hoot’!

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THE ‘SUNSHINE

VITAMIN’

Nutritional Therapist, Claire Mahy, talks about our

relationship with vitamin D.

Vitamin D is often tagged the ‘sunshine vitamin’,

since our skin produces this nutrient from bare

exposure to the sun's ultraviolet B rays. Importantly

this is the form known as vitamin D3, which is deemed

to be superior for our health. Around this time of year

we should consider how to maintain optimum levels

of vitamin D, as from October to April we are unable

to synthesise enough vitamin D from the sun.

SAFETY IN THE SUN

The difficulty is balancing safe v. inadequate sun

exposure. As you are aware, sunburn is damaging

and may increase the risk of skin cancer, however

on the flip side low sun exposure (i.e. low vitamin

D) may increase the risk of autoimmune conditions,

cancer, osteoporosis and depression, which highlights

the multifunctional and systemic importance of this

vitamin. It's essential to point out that our skin can

produce vitamin D in approximately half the time

it takes to burn, therefore sun exposure doesn't

necessarily mean tanning and definitely not burning.

HOW MUCH VITAMIN D?

The subject of how much vitamin D we need is

complex and individual. The following are groups

of people who have an increased risk of vitamin D

inadequacy:

• Exclusively breastfed infants

(depending on maternal vitamin D status)

• The elderly

• Individuals with limited sun exposure

• People with darkly pigmented skin

• People with conditions that affect fat absorption

• Obese people

SUPPLEMENTS

In certain situations it may be necessary to

top up your vitamin D levels via a supplement. If

this is the case then select a reputable brand, opt for

D3 over D2 (some companies now offer a vegetarian

D3) and chose an emulsified liquid form to enhance

absorption and bioavailability of the nutrient.

FOOD SOURCES

It would be wrong not to mention that we can get

some vitamin D from food, however, we cannot rely

on food alone to provide enough vitamin D to meet

our bodies' needs. Food sources of vitamin D3 include

oily fish, egg yolk, milk and red meat and mushrooms

are a source of vitamin D2.

TESTING

If you're unsure whether you're getting enough

vitamin D, then discuss this with your GP or nutritionist

or refer to sources/organisations such as the Vitamin

D Council who regularly revise their advice based on

published research. You could also consider testing

your vitamin D levels via a simple blood test through

your GP or alternatively there are companies that offer

home testing kits.

WINTER SUNSHINE?

Hopefully you have enjoyed plenty of sun this

summer and practised safe sun exposure to top up

your vitamin D levels. If this is not the case, then

now is an ideal time to review your vitamin D status,

consider getting your levels checked and whether you

would benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement

over the next six months. Failing that you may be lucky

enough to grab a flight for some winter sunshine!

For more information contact

Claire at hello@cmnutrition.co.uk

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Food

A DELICIOUS

SURPRISE IN

MANCHESTER

If you like food (but then who doesn’t?) and you’re

visiting Manchester, you have to check out the city’s food

markets. These weekly, monthly, and annual events will

have you coming back for more each and every time.

A culinary hotbed, here’s our foodie favourites.

IMAGES COURTESY OF MANCHESTER FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL LTD.

PICCADILLY GARDENS

The Street Food Market in

Piccadilly Gardens treats goers

to fresh food from some of the

region’s best street vendors in

the heart of the city centre.

Every Thursday and Friday

from 11am to 5.30pm the market

features over 15 stalls, which sell

a range of dishes that include

Middle Eastern wraps, dim sum,

chow mein noodles, pasta, ostrich

burgers and African cuisine.

ALTRINCHAM MARKET

Altrincham Market has been

retailing since 1290; revamped in

2014, this historic market now has

a refectory hub, market house,

and stalls in the upper market

hall and lower open market. The

thriving market boasts more than

180 stalls and has a reputation

for specialist food products,

particularly fish and cheeses.

Today you can find inexpensive,

specialised, and top quality

products following on the

Middle Ages tradition of produce

bought and sold on the market

such as local farm products.

Most of the market is under

cover with parking nearby.

There is a farmers’ market on the

first Friday of every month from

8am to 4pm with an amazing

bunch of local farmers and makers

selling their fresh produce.

MANCHESTER FOOD

AND DRINK FESTIVAL

2017 marks the 20th anniversary

of the Manchester Food and

Drink Festival returning to the city

from 28 September to 9 October.

The festival is focused around

Albert Square, but there is also a

programme of events stretching

across Manchester. Highlights

include a food rave in a derelict

train station on October 5, run by

chef Gary Usher of Hispi and club

alchemists-turned-restaurateurs

the Unabombers. This year’s

festival also welcomes a host of

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ALBERT SQUARE - MANCHESTER

2017 MARKS THE 20TH

ANNIVERSARY OF THE

MANCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK

FESTIVAL RETURNING TO THE

CITY FROM 28 SEPTEMBER

TO 9 OCTOBER. THE FESTIVAL

IS FOCUSED AROUND

ALBERT SQUARE.

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ALTRINCHAM MARKET IMAGE COURTESY OF VISIT MANCHESTER

acclaimed restaurants to Albert

Square, including Spanish

restaurant El Gato Negro,

Stockport's the Allotment Vegan

Restaurant, and Altrincham's Sugo

Pasta Kitchen. Local brewery

Cloudwater is hosting a beer

tasting on 6 October, with wine

from Reserve's Kate Goodman

and food pairing from Altrincham

Market's Wolfhouse Kitchen.

ARNDALE FOOD MARKET

Arndale Food Market offers

a magnificent food hall with

international foods from Jamaica,

Greece, Brazil, Poland, China and

India. It’s Manchester city centre’s

best bet for a one-stop food shop,

which also boasts a microbrewery

beer bar alongside the old faithful

meat, fish and veg vendors.

Whales Fish offers everything from

turbot to trevally, while the meat

counter is a good bet too. Visit Hit

Strawberry Garden for fruit and veg

and the Queen Brie for cheese.

BURY MARKET

500-year-old Bury Market, voted

best market in Britain and the

biggest in the north, is located

next to Mill Gate Shopping Centre.

Set aside a good chunk of your

Wednesday, Friday or Saturday,

when the greatest number of stalls

are open, to explore. Bury Market

is a big town centre attraction

with free coach parking and

is fully accessible for disabled

visitors. From exotic indulgences

to everyday necessities, food

shoppers with mouths to feed

should head straight for the fish

and meat halls.

BOOTHS

Booths specialises in the best

food and drink from Lancashire,

Cheshire, Yorkshire and Cumbria,

supporting small producers and

delighting those who love good,

soundly produced meat, fish,

dairy, and local veg. So if you

want a true taste of the country

– the freshest vegetables from

Hesketh Bank, seasonal salt marsh

lamb from Morecambe Bay or

the most traditionally produced

artisanal Lancashire cheese –

you need look no further.

HEATON MOOR MARKET

In a Stockport suburb that’s

now home to a cluster of good

restaurants, this community

market runs from February to

December on the first Sunday

of the month. Producers include

Meadow Farm Eggs, Marmalady,

and Chorlton Cheese made in

Cheshire not Chorlton, funnily

enough. Those interested in

unusual street food should

check out the Moocher.

LEVENSHULME MARKET

Minutes from Piccadilly by

train, Levy market is one of the

most community-minded of

Manchester’s food markets. A great

stop for street food, the market is

held every Saturday, from March to

December, in the car park by the

station where there’s a café, bar,

and all the inspiring fresh produce

a cook could want. The second

Saturday of the month is all food.

SCRANCOATS POP UP

STREET FOOD

If you’re in the city on a Thursday

and you’re looking or a bite to eat

check out SCRANcoats Pop Up

Street Food at Ancoats General

Stores, which opened its doors for

the first time last year and is

already taking Manchester by

storm through collaborations with

some of the best street food

operators in the north.

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BUSINESS NEWS

110 NEWS BULLETIN

The latest business news from

the Bailiwick of Guernsey

114 WE ARE GUERNSEY

Zurich event shows Guernsey as

a 'thought leader' in ILS

117 FACES OF BUSINESS

Meet Moira Sermon,

Director at SPF Private Clients

127 A LOOK AT IMPACT BANKING

ABN AMRO Investment Manager

Jason Robilliard talks sustainable farming

MEET ANDREW WHITTAKER 130

En Voyage talks to the co-founder

of Aver Partners

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER 133

Ravenscroft Investment Management

looks at the ECG criteria

HIGH-FLYING APPOINTMENTS 136

The latest appointments from leading

Guernsey businesses

FINTECH FOCUS 140

Initial token offerings

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RAY & SCOTT

WIN COVETED UK

JEWELLERY AWARD

GUERNSEY LINE UP: STEVE GOUBERT, JOHN TEED,

MARK EDGAR, PETER BOURGAIZE AND LES GAUVAIN.

AFM STAFF CELEBRATE

MORE THAN 650 YEARS

Faclities management firm AFM has recognised 40 staff

members who, together, have served more than 650 years.

In Guernsey, 21 people from both the facilities

management and projects division have been with the

company for between 10 and 19 years and eight have

served more than 20 years. Client Relationship Manager

Mark Neville has notched up 45 years. He started with

the company in 1972, and during his career he has been

seconded to roles in London and Saudi Arabia.

‘We have a fantastic team of dedicated employees at AFM

and their commitment to the company is demonstrated

by the length of time so many of them have been with us.

It’s heartening to hear that the family feel, interesting and

diverse work and support from across the company – at

every level – has such a positive impact on staff members,’

said Managing Director Mark Edgar.

COLLAS CRILL

ADVISES ON

FIRST OPEN-

ENDED PRIVATE

INVESTMENT FUND

Collas Crill has advised

Freedom Select Funds PCC

Limited (FSF) in converting

it to Guernsey's new Private

Investment Fund (PIF) regime.

FSF is managed by Freedom Asset

Management Limited (FAML) and

was established as a registered

closed-ended fund in 2016.

The Collas Crill team, including

group partner Paul Wilkes and

associate Alex Wickens, played a

central role in the conversion as

lead counsel to FAML.

Paul said: 'The launch of the PIF

regime in November last year

provided an opportunity to take

advantage of an even more flexible,

cost-effective fund regime.

'Using the PIF for FSF made perfect

sense as, by its intended nature, FSF

was not likely to exceed the investor

or subscription limits set out in

the PIF Rules. Most importantly,

FAML, as manager, has the close

relationships with its investors

that the GFSC identified as a

cornerstone characteristic of a PIF.'

The jewellery industry elite came

together for a night of recognition

and celebration of the sector’s

achievements at the UK Jewellery

Awards 2017 in London.

Ray & Scott Ltd, Guernsey won

Watch Retailer of the Year and were

praised by Retail Jewellers' expert

judging panel for their enthusiasm,

professionalism and continuing

to evolve in a very competitive

market. The store on the Bridge,

St Sampson's was mystery shopped

by the judging panel and scored

impressively for the ways in which it

markets, presents and sells watches.

The UK Jewellery Awards are the

most admired and relevant awards in

the jewellery and retail industry, and

provide industry recognition.

THE RAY & SCOTT TEAM

WITH THEIR PRIZE

Martin Search, Managing Director,

Ray & Scott Ltd, Guernsey said of

the win:

'The 25th anniversary edition of

the industry’s leading awards event

was nothing short of phenomenal.

A fantastic accolade to win Watch

Retailer of the Year! My team and I

are extremely grateful to our loyal

customers, friends, colleagues and,

more importantly, the industry.'

Alex said: 'The GFSC was

happy to assist throughout the

conversion process. Be that with

pre-application queries to the

application itself. The GFSC also

clarified that its expectation is

that each PIF will be established

with its own manager entity free

of connections to existing funds

so as to reduce the risk of another

fund's failure affecting the Private

Investment Fund.

'However, the GFSC will

take each application on a

case-by-case basis and will

consider applications by

managers, such as FAML,

who also manage other funds.'

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NEW NATIONAL

TRAVEL COUNSELLORS

VENTURE TAKES OFF

Guernsey woman Nicki Harrison

has set up a local travel service

and joined the National Travel

Counsellors franchise.

With almost ten years’ travel

experience, Nicki is now part of

one of the UK’s most trusted travel

organisations, providing a personal

service for people booking holidays

and travel around the world.

She believes that experienced and

new travellers alike are increasingly

switching away from direct booking

as they recognise that a travel

professional can find holiday extras

and provide invaluable support for

a myriad of glitches and the more

serious problems that can occur.

Despite the general economic

situation, it seems that travel

remains one of our most important

indulgences, so Nicki believes her

timing is spot on.

‘Being part of the franchise means

I can independently research

exclusive excursions and emerging

locations while still giving good

value for money,' she said.

And with the bonus of the Travel

Counsellors financial trust - which

fully financially protects your booking

and being ATOL bonded, I can give

customers top quality care and make

the most of every trip they take.’

BUSINESS NEWS

NOTES ISSUE BY GUERNSEY’S

DOM RE IC A ‘GLOBAL

BLOCKCHAIN FIRST’

Dom Re IC Limited, a Guernseydomiciled

ILS reinsurance transformer

and incorporated cell of Solidum

Re (Guernsey) ICC Limited has, with

its most recent placement, issued

what it believes to be the first notes

ever to have been digitised on a

private blockchain.

Referred to as the ‘ILSBlockchain’, the

mechanism has replaced the role of a

traditional settlement system such as

Euroclear or DTC for this note issue.

Dom Re IC Limited issued $14,800,000

Principal-at-Risk, Participating

Notes, due 2023, an asset-backed

securitisation of a reinsurance

contract, to a total of six investors.

Solidum Re acts as the paying agent

and common depository of the

permanent global note. Solidum

Re also acts as the blockchain

permission grantor and blockchain

sponsor. The investors subscribed

for the notes, paying into a Guernsey

trust where Artex Risk Services

(Guernsey) Limited acts as trustee.

On the issue date, the paying agent

created cryptographically-certificated

notes on the ILSBlockchain and

then the investors were able to

execute, peer-to-peer with the

paying agent, delivery-vs-payment

transactions on the ILSBlockchain to

purchase the newly created notes.

Investors now hold their notes,

cryptographically confirmed, on the

ILSBlockchain. Secondary market

traders wishing to purchase notes

can do so by becoming participants

on the ILSBlockchain and can then

execute direct peer-to-peer deliveryvs-payment

transactions to buy and/or

sell notes seamlessly. Equally, brokerdealers

can become participants

on the ILSBlockchain in order to

intermediate trades between the

other participants.

Cedric Edmonds, Director of

Solidum Re, whose idea it was to

use a blockchain and who was key

in the design and implementation of

the ILSBlockchain and surrounding

structural mechanics, explained that

Dom Re required an alternative to

Euroclear. He said it was becoming

increasingly difficult to access

Euroclear efficiently for smaller

private placement note issues.

'It was a case of necessity being the

mother of invention,' said Mr. Edmonds.

'Without the excellent support and

flexibility of the service providers in

Guernsey, most notably Artex who

picked up the baton at a late stage from

another service provider and then ran

amazingly swiftly with it, completing

this would not have been possible

– my thanks go out to them.'

Mark Helyar, Non-Executive

Director of Solidum Re and Of

Counsel, Bedell Cristin, said:

'I am delighted that Solidum Re ICC

has concluded this latest transaction.

It is not an exaggeration to describe

the new Dom Re IC structure as

a ground-breaking, global first,

not only for the ILS sector but for

dematerialisation of listed securities

generally. Guernsey is once again the

jurisdiction of choice for innovation

in the ILS sector and I anticipate this

model will be widely adopted.'

Paul Eaton, Business Development

Director of Artex, added:

'It has been a great experience to work

alongside Cedric and Solidum for this

innovative transaction which makes

best use of Guernsey’s strengths and

demonstrates the range of services

that Artex is able to offer our clients.'

GTA AND

BOURNEMOUTH

UNIVERSITY MARK 20

YEARS OF OFFERING

MSC CORPORATE

GOVERNANCE

This year the GTA University

Centre and Bournemouth

University mark 20 years this year

of teaching company directors,

lawyers and senior managers how

organisations should be governed.

The partnership’s MSc Corporate

Governance was launched

in Guernsey in 1997 and is as

successful now as it was then.

‘We first ran this MSc with

Bournemouth University

with a cohort of 15 students.

Here we are, 20 years later,

and the course’s longevity is

testament to its high quality

and relevance to the Bailiwick’s

industry and workforce,’ said

Kate Lenfestey, the GTA’s Head

of University Programme.

The course is aimed at anyone

whose position requires them

to have a deep understanding

and practical knowledge of

how organisations should

operate and be governed.

‘Partnering with leading

universities, such as

Bournemouth, allows the GTA to

provide local students with access

to UK-based courses and lecturers

without the need for costly travel

to the UK. We can offer students

a learning environment with the

focused support and attention

that is only possible with a small

cohort. They will also benefit from

world class teaching programmes

enriched by the experience

of leading academics, here in

Guernsey,’ said Simon Le Tocq,

the GTA’s Chief Executive.

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TENNERFEST IS 20

DIANA THOMPSON

TISE PLANS SMOOTH TRANSITION

FOR REGULATORY HEAD

The International Stock Exchange

(TISE) is planning a smooth transition

to a new Managing Director of its

regulatory arm, the International Stock

Exchange Authority Limited (TISEA).

Advocate Diana Thompson, the

current regulatory head of TISEA,

will be stepping down from the role

at the end of the year, after nearly 20

years’ involvement with the Exchange

business. She will be joining a new

legal practice alongside her husband,

Advocate David Thompson.

Jon Moulton, Chairman of the

International Stock Exchange

Group Limited (TISEG), which is the

commercial arm and parent company

of the Exchange Group, said: 'Diana is

a long-standing member of the team

who has held a number of different

roles over the years. Her work has

been invaluable and I wish her every

success for the future in her new

venture. Our search to find a successor

is already well underway and we are

expecting a smooth transition.'

Advocate Thompson said: 'I have

thoroughly enjoyed my time at the

Exchange and in particular, the last

four heading up the regulatory part of

the business. I will be sad to be leaving

people whom I have worked with for

a number of years but the opportunity

to join David in this new venture is

something which I could not overlook.

I am proud to be leaving the company

in such a strong position and wish the

business every success in the future.'

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of TISEG,

added: 'I would like to thank Diana for

all her hard work at the Exchange. It

has been a pleasure to work so closely

with her since I joined the business

two and a half years ago and I wish her

all the very best with her future plans.

'Diana will not be leaving us until

the end of the year and so, in the

meantime, it is very much a case of

business as usual, with the exception

that we are now searching for a

successor who will be a highly skilled

professional with proven leadership

skills and an in-depth understanding

of the regulatory environment. This

process is already well underway and

we hope that the individual will be able

to take the helm prior to the end of the

year, ensuring a smooth transition for

our members, issuers and staff.'

RECOGNITION FOR APPLEBY AS

LEADING LAWYERS

Eight lawyers from Appleby have been

recognised in the 2017 Citywealth

Leaders List, a list compiled by

collating nominations from peers,

private wealth managers and advisors,

as well as clients.

Speaking on the announcement,

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Global

Head of Appleby's Private Client &

Trust group, commented: 'We are

proud that a large number of Appleby

lawyers continue to be recognised

JON MOULTON

on the Citywealth Leaders List

each year. The Listing continues to

provide reputable recognition and is a

testament to the commitment of our

lawyers to achieve the best results for

our clients.'

Among those recognised across their

jurisdictions were Alison MacKrill,

Partner, Private Client & Trusts,

Guernsey and Fraser Robertson,

Partner, Local Group Head, Jersey

Dispute Resolution, Jersey.

For the first time ever, Tennerfest

is launching a free standalone

newspaper to be delivered direct to

homes across Guernsey and Jersey.

As part of its 20th anniversary

celebration, 70,000 Tennerfest

newspapers will be printed, giving

participating restaurants an

unrivalled opportunity to get their

menus before the eyes of islanders.

‘20 years is a fantastic

achievement and we owe a huge

thank you to the restaurants

for their enthusiasm and

commitment. This is why we want

to give them the best exposure

and ensure the continued

success of Tennerfest for many

years to come,' said Efrem

Cockett of Hamilton Brooke.

Hamilton Brooke launched

Tennerfest in 1998 and it remains

the biggest and one of the most

popular food festivals in the

Channel Islands.

CATHERINE BEST

EXPANDS TO LONDON

It started with a young girl’s

passion for jewellery design and

quickly became an international

brand operating out of the

Channel Islands. Catherine Best is

expanding further with a move to

Mayfair, London.

‘We have been looking in London

for a while' said Catherine. ‘It all

happened very quickly and we are

now working hard to open our

new showroom and workshop in

Mayfair towards the end of the

summer. Over the years the team

in the Channel Islands has grown

so much and now London means

we can expand further. We are all

extremely excited.’

Daughter Vikki Freeman, also an

award-winning jewellery designer

for the company, is delighted with

the addition to the business and

is increasing her responsibility

in the Catherine Best empire to

help with this exciting phase of

business growth.

‘Mum, the whole family and the

teams in Guernsey and Jersey

have worked hard over the years

to build our business. Opening in

London is the icing on the cake,’

she said.

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Business

ZURICH EVENT SHOWS

GUERNSEY AS A ‘THOUGHT

LEADER’ IN ILS

Guernsey

demonstrated its

insurance-linked

securities (ILS)

expertise and

thought leadership at the latest Guernsey

Finance-hosted ILS Insight event in Zurich.

Nearly 100 delegates attended from across

the insurance, asset management and

advisory communities – an encouraging

turn-out for what is a growing but

still relatively niche asset class.

ILS is a form of financial instrument through

which investors can earn returns for taking

exposure to major insured events such

as hurricanes and earthquakes. The term

encompasses catastrophe (‘cat’) bonds and

other forms of risk-linked securitisation,

such as collateralised reinsurance.

ILS has become popular with both insurers

and investors in recent years. They permit

an insurer to purchase additional protection

for low-frequency high-severity losses such

as those connected to natural catastrophes.

Investors are attracted to ILS because returns

are non-correlated with the normal economic

cycles that affect returns and values of

conventional financial assets such as shares.

Guernsey has become a leading destination

for ILS structures in recent years with the

number of locally-domiciled insurance entities

growing from 804 to 835 by the end of 2016,

a substantial year-on-year increase largely

attributable to growth in the ILS market.

The continued success of ILS Insight, which is

now in its fourth year, shows how well thought

of Guernsey is as an ILS centre. Its track record

in insurance, specifically its status as Europe’s

leading captive insurance domicile, together

with its expertise in collateralised reinsurance

and the structuring of investment funds and

listed vehicles, means that the island’s offering

is differentiated from many other jurisdictions.

This view was endorsed by one of

this year’s panellists, risk consultant

Florian Heimann of AIR Worldwide.

He said: “Guernsey is uniquely positioned

as a thought leader in the forefront of

securitisation of cyber risk and attendees

seemed genuinely interested in learning

about the nascent cyber market.”

A major differentiator of Guernsey in the

ILS sector is its ability to offer two alternative

cell structures; incorporated cell companies

(ICCs) and protected cell companies (PCCs)

with some ILS funds availing themselves of

both structures. These provide a low-cost,

low-administration vehicle for investors

wishing to invest in the reinsurance markets.

Guernsey Finance ensures the island

remains in the minds of the global insurance

community by hosting events like ILS

Insight in the right place at the right time.

Indeed, the Q4 events calendar includes

hosting the annual Guernsey Insurance

Forum in London in October. The event,

which has focus on the world of cyber risk,

features former head of the FBI’s Cyber

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Division James Trainor as keynote speaker. Now

Senior Vice President within Aon’s Cyber Solutions

Group, Mr Trainor played a critical role in developing

the FBI’s national strategy to combat cyber-crime.

Preceding that, the promotional agency’s second

champagne reception in Monte Carlo in September

assures its presence amongst the major players in

the global reinsurance market as it coincides with the

week-long congress Les Rendez-Vous de Septembre.

Les Rendez-Vous has established itself as the

key annual get-together for the reinsurance

community, attracting lawyers, bankers,

accounting firms, rating companies and specialist

journalists. It also marks the beginning of the

annual negotiation process prior to the renewal

of reinsurance treaties and allows Guernsey to

position itself at the heart of the big hitters.

SHOWING OTHERS THE WAY

Guernsey has also demonstrated its expertise in

the area of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS),

with recent events in Shanghai and Hong Kong

attracting a combined audience of nearly 300.

Guernsey was among the first wave of countries

to adopt CRS in 2014 and is among the first 50

countries and jurisdictions to begin automatic

reporting this year. Adherence to international

reporting standards is a relatively new issue in China

and Hong Kong and they are looking for guidance

from practitioners in jurisdictions like Guernsey,

which has always been at the forefront of adopting

and implementing global transparency standards.

PROGRESS AFTER INNOVATION

It is almost a year since Guernsey introduced the

smart and simple Private Investment Fund (PIF),

which was developed in response to market demand

by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission in

consultation with the island’s £266.5 billion funds

industry, and the concept has taken off at pace.

In the first eight months of its existence alone,

seven PIFs had been launched, with the first two

taking place just four months after the legislation was

introduced. More recently, the first open-ended PIF

was established in the island following the successful

conversion of Freedom Select Funds PCC.

The PIF recognises that certain funds are characterised

by a relationship between management and investors

that is closer than that of a typical agent, and so

dispenses with the requirement for information

particulars such as a prospectus in recognition of

that relationship, significantly reducing the cost

and processing time of launching of a fund.

The PIF should contain no more than 50 legal or

natural persons holding an economic interest in the fund,

although no attempt has been made to limit the number

of investors to whom the PIF might be marketed – a

feature not available under other comparable regimes.

Address PO Box 655, Somers House,

St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3PN

Phone +44 (0) 1481 720071

Twitter @WEAREGUERNSEY

Email info@weareguernsey.com

Web weareguernsey.com

MEET THE TEAM

Declan Maginnis joined Guernsey Finance two

years ago. Here, we find out a little more about

him and his role at the company.

Name Declan Maginnis

Position Events Assistant

Responsibilities My role is to assist in the

smooth running of the Guernsey Finance

events calendar, which features both our own

events and ones we attend as a third party.

This includes liaising with industry, promoting

the event and attendance on the day.

When did you join Guernsey Finance?

August 2015

Favourite aspect of the job? As part of the

events team, I have the opportunity to travel

regularly to manage the events on the day.

By attending these events, I am able to meet

lots of new people and represent Guernsey

around the globe.

How might people know you away from

Guernsey Finance? I enjoy taking part in

charity challenges. I recently completed

my fifth Guernsey Rotary Walk as well

as the Three Peaks Challenge. I am now

training towards my first marathon.

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FACES OF BUSINESS

MOIRA SERMON

Appointed as a Director at SPF Private Clients in 2017,

Moira Sermon has 30 years of experience in financial

services and an in-depth knowledge of the financial

services market, wealth management and lending. Before

joining SPF, Moira developed her career in leading private

banks and has established an excellent network of key

business partners within the Channel Islands and London.

How do you start off

your working day?

I’m an early riser and am always

out walking my dogs at 6am. One

of them only has little legs, so our

morning walk isn’t as long as the

ones in the evening (I take them

out separately then). After this, I

review my emails on my phone

before heading off to the office.

I like to be prepared for what is

waiting for me as much as possible.

How would you describe

your leadership style?

I would say it is a ‘relationship

leadership’ style (if there is such a

thing!) - I like to be encouraging

and do my best to understand

and embrace diversity and

different ways of working among

my colleagues. My aim is to

be approachable and fair.

What’s the best piece

of advice you were

ever given?

‘Always read what you sign or put

your name to.’ This may sound

obvious, but when I was starting

out in the finance industry a wise

colleague said this to me. I can

see how, if one was really busy,

the temptation might arise to

assume that someone else has

double checked the contents of

a document - however, doing

your own ‘due diligence’ is a really

important part of the process.

How would you

quantify success?

For me, success is achieving

happiness, and balance in life - so

not relying on one thing too much

to the exclusion of something

else. People talk about having

a good work/life balance and

sometimes it can be tricky to

achieve this, but it’s so important.

Do you travel much

in your role?

With offices in London and clients

in the UK, I travel to the other

Channel Islands and to London.

Apart from that I am very happily

based in Guernsey. Technology

means it’s easy to keep in touch

with clients and colleagues from

a distance, although nothing can

beat a face-to-face meeting.

Where is your favourite

place in the world?

Guernsey of course, I was adopted

as a baby to Guernsey and feel very

proud of our island. However, as

all islanders say, ‘it is good to get

off the Rock’, and so the Bahamas

is my second favourite as I have a

school friend who lives there and

I try and visit her as often as I can.

What single achievement

are you most proud of?

Being a parent. I know that is a short

answer but really those three words

say it all as far as I’m concerned.

As a child, what did you

want to be when you

grew up?

I really loved all kinds of animals,

so I remember my wish was to be a

zoo keeper, which obviously did not

come to pass. However, over the

years, sometimes my dealings with

colleagues have made me feel as

if I have achieved this early aim. In

the nicest possible way of course!

How do you maintain a

healthy work/life balance?

I would say my dogs help me to

do this. They ‘make' me get up

early, and leave the office - so

any temptation I might have to

stay too late has to be tempered

with their need for company

and for food and exercise.

What is the last thing you

think about at the end of

the day?

How lucky I am - this sounds trite

but it really is true. Even when

things haven’t gone as well as

they might, I still have a lot to be

thankful for.

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FIVE REASONS

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DEPARTING

EMPLOYEES

‘LEAVE RIGHT’

ERIKA LUCAS FROM

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THE REASONS WHY IT

MIGHT PAY FOR YOUR

BUSINESS TO KEEP IN

TOUCH WITH ‘THE EX’

Every company has its share

of employees who have been

disruptive, unpleasant or

incompetent and who they are glad

to see the back of. But rogue staff

are (hopefully) in the minority and

there are many reasons why it might

pay for your business to keep in

touch with ‘the ex’.

Maintaining a good relationship is

more difficult, of course, if you are

having to let employees go because

of a downsizing or reorganisation.

People will inevitably be upset, but

if they are treated with compassion

and respect, offered support and

allowed to leave with dignity, they

are more likely to maintain positive

feelings about the business once

they’ve got over the initial shock.

Keeping on friendly terms is

also important if people leave

for a competitor. You may have

to put them on garden leave to

protect the company’s interests,

but that doesn’t mean you

have to take their departure

personally and adopt a ‘never

darken my doorstep’ approach.

Here are five reasons why it’s

important to make sure employees

‘leave right’:

1. You might want them back

Employees leave their jobs for all

sorts of reasons. In a fast-moving

and ambiguous climate, however,

things change fast and shifts in the

market or a new strategic approach

might make your business an

attractive proposition to them again

in the future – at a time when you

might be equally keen to entice

them back. Ex-employees often

make great recruits because they

understand your culture and how

things work, are often returning with

valuable new skills and experience

and can hit the ground running.

2. They are your best

brand ambassadors

There’s no better ambassador for

your brand than an ex-member

of staff who has left the business

with a nice warm glow. They

will talk positively to friends and

family about your products and

services and may even go so far

as to actively endorse them.

Keeping past employees in

the loop about new products

or company developments will

help to maintain these positive

relationships and make people feel

as if they are still part of the family.

3. They can help you find

new talent

Ex-employees can be a great

source of referrals when you’re

recruiting. They are more likely

to refer candidates who they know

have the right skills for the job and

who will be a good cultural fit.

Making sure past employees are

among the first to know about

job opportunities can help you get

the right talent quickly.

4. A badly managed exit affects

existing employees

There’s nothing like seeing a

colleague being poorly treated to

ruffle the feathers of the remaining

team. If someone ‘disappears’ with

no announcement about their

resignation being made, people

will gossip and speculate about

why they are leaving and whether

they are going to be replaced.

Make sure departures are handled

efficiently and everyone is kept

informed about what’s happening.

Use the exit interview not just to

gain valuable information about

why people are leaving, but also

to encourage them to keep in

touch and ensure they know

the door will remain open.

5. They could bring you

new business

When employees leave, they

typically move to a role within the

same industry or area of expertise.

They may go to a competitor, a

supplier, an industry organisation

or even a client. This makes

them an important part of your

network and definitely worth

keeping in touch with. They could

become an important influencer,

a source of industry information

and a supporter who can help

to raise your company’s profile.

Who knows, they may even

become your next big client.

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article originally published by

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Business

IT'S TIME TO THINK

ABOUT THE FUTURE

BY REBECCA GOATER, INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISER/DIRECTOR

AT NETWORK FINANCIAL PLANNING.

As part of an initial meeting with a client, I will always

enquire when they intend to retire; and there is one

answer I receive more than any other, which is along

the lines of:

‘I’ll probably have to work forever if the

Government keeps moving the pension age.’

Now, it is indeed true that the pension age is currently

being increased to age 67 in Guernsey, and from 2020,

it will start to increase again so that by 2049, it will be

age 70; but this shouldn’t mean that one couldn’t

retire until then.

Firstly, to offer perhaps an unpopular opinion, it isn’t

particularly unreasonable that the States pension age

is to be increased. To consider some UK statistics: The

National Insurance Act 1946 introduced contributory

State pensions for all from 1948, paid from age 65 for

men and age 60 for women. At this time, the average

life expectancy for men was just 66, and for women 71 * .

The life expectancy now is 79 for men and 83

for females, meaning that the States pensions will

need to pay out for a lot longer than they were ever

intended to when they were introduced. The shifting

of the States pension age is an attempt to rebalance

this as the current demographic trend (of an ageing

population) continues to put a strain on budgets.

As it is the working population that must prop up

the pensioners as their pensions are paid from current

income, which is becoming increasingly difficult. The

dependency ratio (the number of people of working age

compared to the number of younger and older people)

in Guernsey and Alderney is already one of the highest

amongst advanced economies and is set to increase † .

Therefore, the increase in States pension age is one

of the measures being taken to try and help the old

age pension remain sustainable in the future, by not

only reducing years of payment perhaps, but also by

potentially increasing (some people’s) working age to

aid the dependency ratio in the future.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand

that there are a lot of professions in which working

until age 75 would be challenging at best and

impossible at worst. However, we do all still ultimately

have control over our own retirement ages.

The old age pension should really only form a part of

anyone’s retirement planning; and, given that this can

be changed at any time, not relied upon too heavily.

Therefore, a personal retirement plan (be it a pension,

or other investment) should really be a priority for

anyone as early as they can. The earlier you start a

pension, the less you need to contribute each month

and/or the more you will have when you do retire.

This could give you control over both your retirement

age, and the level of income you receive in retirement,

as well as reducing your reliance on the States pension.

However, a survey undertaken by the Guernsey Policy

Council in 2012 found that only 45% of respondents

are paying into a private sector pension. This is a

worrying statistic and to anyone falling outside of this

bracket, with no current

WE DO ALL

STILL ULTIMATELY

HAVE CONTROL

OVER OUR OWN

RETIREMENT AGES

provision, I ask: What is

your retirement plan?

And it is younger

people who are less

likely to have a personal

retirement provision.

Many older people

have either occupational schemes from employment,

and/or personal pensions or investment properties.

They perhaps have lived through a different time,

but it is likely their priorities were also different

and therefore they planned for the future.

The States of Guernsey are currently considering a

Secondary Pension Scheme to try and tackle that lack

of personal pension provision for people these days.

But in the meantime, I would suggest that everyone

consider their retirement plans, and if suitable, approach

an Independent Financial Adviser for some advice.

In the world we live in now, one of available instant

gratification, it is very easy to live in the moment,

rather than planning for the future. And whilst I

always like to enjoy today, we must still prepare for

tomorrow, as it is unlikely to prepare for itself.

* Taken from Office of National Statistics

† https://www.gov.gg/article/155412/Longer-Working-Lives

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PLANNING A GARDEN

MAKE-OVER?

BY ALASTAIR HARGREAVES, ADVOCATE AND MANAGING PARTNER, FERBRACHE & FARRELL.

At this time of year, it seems that

flowers in Guernsey are everywhere.

The bright colours certainly

supplement the enjoyment of being

outdoors, whether they are from

the marigolds and geraniums we

find in the manicured roundabouts,

the ragwort and sea thrift along the

rugged cliffs, the Open Gardens

of Floral Guernsey or even the

Guernsey Lily on the ‘Welcome to

Guernsey’ sign at Guernsey Airport

(originally painted by our very own

botanical artist Sally Cokeley!).

Those of you with greener fingers

than me may well be enjoying the

floral displays in your own gardens

after the time, dedication and effort

that you have invested earlier this year.

However, as we relax into the warmer

evenings and longer days outside, I

wonder how many of us contemplate

some kind of home improvement

that involves the garden?

That might be, for example, an

extension, removing a hedge, a

new pond, installing a swimming

pool, taking some trees down

or maybe even something on a

grander scale such as a tourelle.

The planning rules that deal with

such projects are both varied, and in

parts, actually quite detailed. In some

cases, the activity will be exempt from

requiring planning permission, and in

other cases approval will be needed.

With that in mind, we at Ferbrache

& Farrell thought it might be helpful

to set out a few basic considerations.

The Guernsey Planning Service have

also produced a useful Practice Note

entitled ‘Do I need permission for

my development- Householder’s

Guide’ which is well worth reading.

The rule of (green) thumb is that

generally development needs

permission. As one might imagine,

it is more complicated than that

because some development is

exempt from needing approval

since it is a specific activity, or else

it is too small in nature. In fact, 20

types of home development are

exempt. More on that below.

Development, without being overly

legal, is anything that involves building

or engineering operations, or which

changes a use of property. There are

Laws and Ordinances that provide

a structure to that, but practically

speaking, if the improvement or

change needs heavy machinery

or professional help (for example

a landscaped pond), it may well

need planning permission.

Another thing to bear in mind

is whether your home is listed

or protected in some way, or

contains important trees or is in a

Conservation Area (for example). If

that is the case, you may already be

aware that special rules will apply to

preserve the unique qualities of your

property. It is not that development

cannot be carried out; more that

it requires careful consideration

and a well-crafted application.

One of the many balancing acts

that our Planning Service must

manage is to have regard to a

homeowner’s reasonable aspirations

to develop their property, but at

the same time meeting legal and

policy requirements. The recently

adopted Island Development Plan

provides a degree of flexibility for

the planning officers that they have

not had for very many years. This,

in turn, will help homeowners.

Bear in mind that exempt

development must generally be

carried out in your garden (domestic

curtilage to be more precise), and as

an abundance of caution it is always a

good idea to check with the Planning

Service helpdesk (01481 717200).

Development that may be allowed

without needing permission (provided

specific criteria are met) may include

the placing of a caravan, installing

a flag pole, installing a swimming

or other pool, putting up a fence or

gate, creating a hard-surfaced area

including timber decking, setting

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or installing a garden structure

designed to support plants.

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whilst sat by the BBQ can, most

definitely, become a reality.

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A LOOK AT IMPACT BANKING

By Jason Robilliard, Investment Manager, ABN AMRO

In its simplest

form banking is

the process of

taking money

from savers

who want

security whilst

earning some interest and lending

it to borrowers who are willing

to pay interest in order to use the

funds. Impact Banking takes things

a little further in that the bank will

only lend their savers’ money to

organisations and projects which are

intended to make a positive social,

environmental or cultural impact.

IN ADDITION TO

FINANCING, FARMERS ARE

ALWAYS GIVEN TRAINING

AND GUIDANCE. THERE

IS OFTEN BIG GAPS IN

THEIR KNOWLEDGE

ABN AMRO in the Netherlands is

working closely with its clients to

participate in this sector of the market

and one industry being supported is

third world farming. The idea behind

this is straight forward. Farmers are

given a loan of several hundred

dollars to buy fertiliser or new planting

materials in order to increase their

production and eventually improve

their standard of living. ABN AMRO and

its commodity clients jointly take on

the risk of the loan. Obviously, the loans

are relatively small when compared

with ‘standard’ commodity loans to

producers and traders to meet their

working capital needs which can run

into hundreds of millions of dollars. The

main difference is that Impact Banking

focuses first on the impact on people

and the planet, and then on the return.

In addition to financing, farmers are

always given training and guidance.

There is often big gaps in their

knowledge about things that first world

farmers simply take for granted. There

are stories about fertiliser programmes

which failed in the past – not because

of the quality of the fertiliser, but

because the farmers just put it on

their plants in one go. Today farmers

are given specific training in fertilising

techniques and the basic principles

of a company balance sheet.

The biggest problem for these farmers

is to get access to finance. Before

granting a loan, lending institutions

always want to see a balance sheet.

Smallholder farmers don’t have this

for the simple reason that they have

nothing to report on. Their only assets

are a few old cocoa trees, which have

no value after a couple of decades

when they stop bearing pods. The

little income they had drops further,

making it even harder for them to buy

fertiliser and new trees, and ruining their

prospects for improvement. To reduce

costs, they often put their children

to work on the farm. The children

inevitably ‘inherit’ the farm one day,

with the result that these families stay

trapped in poverty for generations.

You could say that Impact Banking

blends sustainability and commerce.

It’s not microfinance, which often

involves too strict repayment

schedules and focuses on one small

business at a time. ABN AMRO seeks

to lend exclusively to large groups

of farmers. One of the projects

the bank is currently working on

involves 15,000 farmers. A number

that big gives a sufficiently profitable

scale of operations. If a project

like this is going to be a success,

there has to be a positive business

case in place for the farmer, for the

bank’s client and for the bank.

ABN AMRO is keen to emphasise

the self-reliance aspect of Impact

Banking. Farmers are given a loan,

not a donation, which means

this banking product benefits

both them and the bank.

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Business

BRISTLES, BRUSH AND FUZZ:

POGONOPHIA IN THE WORKPLACE

By Oliver Yarwood.

Oliver is a history student

and regular summer intern

at ABT where he sits in

the Employment Law

Department with Advocate

Thomas Crawfourd.

Pogonophobia is the fear

and aversion to beards.

Unfortunately for sufferers,

it appears that the beard

is well and truly back.

At university, the beard is no

longer the preserve of hipsters

and Socialist Worker pedlars,

but has been attempted by

me and my friends alike.

Once a sign of wisdom and

virility, do we still associate facial

hair with prowess, or are we

simply too lazy to shave?

Our parents might protest

that it’s just a youthful sign of

rebellion, a passing stage in life; all

remember the infamous handlebar

moustaches of the seventies.

Yet the moustache continues to

hold a special place within military

etiquette, as testified by article

08.301 of the Ministry of Defence’s

current Army Dress Regulations.

These stipulate that whilst a

beard is unacceptable under

normal circumstances, the

moustache is welcomed as

a paradigm of tradition.

Adopted by the British during

the Napoleonic Wars, where

it adorned the face of French

troops, the moustache grew in

popularity in Britain throughout

the nineteenth century.

The penchant for facial hair was

further reflected in the adoption of

sideburns by soldiers stationed in

Asia, whose local custom saw them

as a sign of knowledge and power.

The rise in importance of facial

hair came to the fore in 1856 when

command No. 1695 of the Queen’s

regulations made the moustache

compulsory amongst soldiers of

all ranks.

And it was only in 1916 that fears

of cleanliness in trench warfare

forced the military establishment

to relax the stringent requirement

that the top-lip go unshaved.

However, beards have long been

repressed by the powers that be.

Famously, Peter the Great

introduced a beard tax in 1698

to bring Russia in line with

Western European culture.

More recently, other dictators

such as Saddam Hussein and

my supervising advocate have

forbidden them altogether.

But when it comes to

employment, are employers justified

in requiring employees to go

beardless, or am I entitled to protect

my bit of stubble in the workplace?

Fortunately, being stationed in

an employment law department, I

am in the right place to find out.

It seems that employers are free

to set their own standards when it

comes to grooming and appearance.

Therefore, they may require

employees to be clean-shaven,

perhaps in the interests of

projecting a presentable or

professional image, or for reasons

of health and safety or hygiene.

However, in certain jurisdictions

such as England and Wales,

statutory protections exist

against the likes of race and

religious discrimination.

Here, employers need to ensure

that any requirement to be

clean-shaven does not indirectly

discriminate against those, for

example, who grow beards for

racial or religious reasons.

This means that any requirement

to be beardless must be justifiable

to make lawful what may otherwise

be unlawful discrimination.

Health and safety is a good case in

point: requiring firemen to be cleanshaven

may be justifiable because

a beard could prevent a proper

seal in their breathing apparatus.

On the other hand, justifying

a requirement that office

workers be clean-shaven is

likely to be more difficult.

In Guernsey there is currently

no race or religious discrimination

legislation, so employers here

can enforce any no-beards

policies more freely.

Whilst this might enable some

pogonophobic attitudes to

prevail, employers still need to

be careful that they do not give

bearded employees any grounds

to resign and treat themselves

as constructively dismissed.

Alas, it transpired that the order

I received to shave my beard

before undertaking my summer

internship was only meant in jest.

So begins the process of

rehabilitating my two-month old

beard to its former strength...

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Business

MEET

ANDREW

Aver Partners is Guernsey’s new

independent director services company.

The role of the non-executive director (NED) is

changing, according to the co-owner of Guernsey’s

new independent director services company.

Aver Partners, created by Andrew Whittaker and

Sarah Macknight, provides independent director

services to investment funds around the world.

Andrew, who spent the past six and a half years as

Managing Director of IPES in Guernsey, said NED

roles in the island are facing increased regulation

and governance and therefore experience and

knowledge of the finance industry, more so now

than ever before, is vital of a NED appointment.

‘The role of the independent NED is paramount

to the governance of a company and to the

benefit of the shareholders and investors,’ he

said. ‘It is the responsibility of a NED to adhere

to regulatory requirements through processes

and procedures, documenting everything, and

by making sure things are done properly.’

Improving industry standards is at the forefront

of Aver Partners. ‘Previously NEDs have provided

their services outside the regulatory framework,

but now those NEDs with multiple directorships

are meeting the requirements to have a fiduciary

license. Things are changing and that is a

step in the right direction,’ said Andrew.

With the NED industry becoming more regulated

Andrew and Sarah saw this as an opportunity to

provide the required level of expertise and regulation,

alongside existing NEDS, in the marketplace. ‘This

particular, and specialised, focus on regulation

and governance is what Aver Partners can offer in

WHITTAKER

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'NED ROLES IN THE ISLAND ARE FACING

INCREASED REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE

AND THEREFORE EXPERIENCE AND

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FINANCE INDUSTRY,

MORE SO NOW THAN EVER BEFORE,

IS VITAL OF A NED APPOINTMENT.'

abundance and with confidence,’

said Andrew. ‘Independence

is also paramount and vital for

effective corporate governance.

Company boards must be

diversified, bringing together

numerous and different

components, skills and cultures

in order to continue to be

effective and efficient.’

Andrew’s technical knowledge

of the investment fund industry

is fundamental to what Aver

Partners can offer.

‘THE ROLE OF THE

INDEPENDENT NED IS

PARAMOUNT TO THE

GOVERNANCE OF A

COMPANY AND TO

THE BENEFIT OF THE

SHAREHOLDERS AND

INVESTORS'

Not only does his financial

services career span two decades

working in London, Dusseldorf,

Paris and the Channel Islands,

his industry body appointments

include being the current

chairman of the Channel Islands

Working Group for the British

Venture Capital Association

(BVCA), technical committee

member for the Association of

Investment Companies (AIC),

executive member and former

chairman of the Guernsey

Investment Fund Association

(GIFA), a Guernsey International

Business Association (GIBA)

council member, former

regulatory member of the

Association of Real Estate Funds

(AREF) and former technical

group member of Invest Europe

– European Venture Capital

Association (EVCA). He is also a

member of the Chartered Institute

for Securities and Investment

(CISI) and the Guernsey Society

of Chartered and Certified

Accountants (GSCCA). He is a

graduate of Cardiff University

and Université de Provence.

Previous to his stint at the

helm of IPES, Andrew was

Managing Director at Capita

where he lead teams specialising

in private equity, real estate,

investment companies, offshore

hedge funds, taxation and

DTP. He has also held senior

management roles at Moscow

Narodny, DML, and qualified

as a chartered management

accountant while at HSBC.

Sarah too has 20 years’

marketing and business

development experience

in the finance industry,

telecommunications, and

ICT. She currently sits on the

Guernsey Investment Funds

Association marketing committee

and is a former member of the

Association of Real Estate Funds

marketing committee. She is

also a member of the Chartered

Institute of Marketing (CIM).

Sarah founded a successful

marketing and public relations

company in the UK and recently

established a communications

department for a global financial

services company in Guernsey.

Prior to this she was a marketing

consultant to Capita Asset

Services delivering specific

strategic marketing and business

development plans for the

board and sales directors of

Capita. Sarah is a graduate of

Birmingham University and

Université de Toulouse.

Sarah and Andrew have

professional ties to the island

going back over a decade and

are also involved in the Guernsey

Rugby Club. Despite there being

a friendly rivalry when it comes

to the Six Nations, between

supporting Wales, where Andrew

originates, and England, where

Sarah was born, both are proud

to call Guernsey home.

And, if you’re wondering about

the name Aver Partners, Aver

is a legal term used in court

for alleging a fact in support of

a plea. ‘Quite simply it is your

statement of truth,’ said Andrew.

COMPANY BOARDS MUST

BE DIVERSIFIED, BRINGING

TOGETHER NUMEROUS

AND DIFFERENT

COMPONENTS, SKILLS

AND CULTURES IN ORDER

TO CONTINUE TO BE

EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT.’

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BY MARK BOUSFIELD,

RAVENSCROFT INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT.

THE GRASS IS

ALWAYS GREENER

YES, THEY'LL ALL COME TO MEET ME,

ARMS REACHING, SMILING SWEETLY.

IT'S GOOD TO TOUCH THE GREEN,

GREEN GRASS OF HOME.

Claude “Curly” Putman Jr, 1965

Umair Haque’s 2011 book ‘The New Capitalist

Manifesto’ essentially revolves around Environmental,

Social and Governance (ESG – often referred to as

'green'). In essence it is a call to arms for businesses

to embrace ESG but he also argues that by doing

so, because of consumer demand, companies will

benefit in terms of growing sales, increasing revenue

and ultimately share price. That was a few years ago

and it is undeniable that since then this view has had

an ever increasing impact on company behaviour,

consumer behaviour and of course investor behaviour.

A discussion point and question that we can pose

is whether or not ESG criteria warrant an investment

category all to themselves or whether they are simply

symptoms of a well-run, competitive enterprise

in the marketplace. After all, if you didn’t run your

(public) company in line with the best management

principles while taking account of your responsibilities

to society and the planet, where would it get you?

Well, you could, for example, ask BP. Many of you

will not remember the efforts of the former British

Petroleum (the name was cynically resurrected by

Barack Obama in his mission to maximise damages

following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the

Gulf of Mexico) to rebrand itself as ‘Beyond Petroleum’

and reduce its dependence upon black gold. Ten years

before disaster struck, then-chairman Lord Browne,

with the help of Britain’s-own Mad Men at Ogilvy &

Mather, made a determined effort to ‘greenwash’ BP’s

image, including the adoption of the now-ubiquitous

green and yellow sunflower. Was this a disingenuous

attempt to hoodwink the public as to BP’s real mission

or a genuine effort to re-orientate a global company

along more ethically and socially responsible lines?

Having read many articles about BP’s behaviour before,

during and after the environmental catastrophe, I am

persuaded that the company’s board was sincere in

both its aims and intentions. Unfortunately, a succession

of small failures baked into the oil exploration process

over many years – what the aviation industry calls the

‘Swiss cheese model’ of accident causation – aligned

to cause a massive accident from which, arguably, BP

has never properly recovered. Regardless, it has cost

the company some US$61.6 billion so far! Good job it

can still pump cash out of the ground to pay the bills…

Returning to the meaning of being ‘green’, a recent

report from investment manager State Street Global

Advisors has attempted to define ESG and identify those

institutional investors who have adopted the principles

– and then attempt to see whether any of it makes any

difference. This latter issue is, of course, fairly important,

since few clients are interested in unprofitable social

experiments with their

FEW CLIENTS ARE

INTERESTED IN

UNPROFITABLE

SOCIAL

EXPERIMENTS

WITH THEIR

RETIREMENT

MONEY

retirement money – though

there are some ethically pure

investors out there. What

is left is a large number of

those who are very happy to

do the right thing if it doesn’t

unduly affect their profits, but

who are a little more wary

of the pursuit of ESG for its

own sake. The key challenge,

therefore, becomes

trying to work out cause

and effect; that is, is ESG the cause of any particular

outperformance or simply the outcome of a company

operating to its potential within the marketplace?

The debate perpetuates and our investment team

continues to discuss whether ‘correlation equals

causation’, but it would be safe to say that, as value

investors with a global outlook, it is not in our interest

to buy shares in companies that seek to damage the

environment, have reactionary views about social

change or can’t be bothered with the formalities of

proper management principles. Regular readers will

know that we have railed about all of these issues

in the past and that we have never been slow to sell

companies that attempt to disguise poor practice as

idiosyncrasy. Does, however, this make us thematic

ESG investors? Current thinking could reasonably

be described as ‘not necessarily’. We see the trend

and are already on board, but we are not yet sure

whether we see ESG, in isolation, as being a theme

in itself. It is nevertheless a typical characteristic of

the sorts of companies in which we choose to invest.

Because, as you know, the grass is always greener…

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TALENT

MATTERS

James Orrick, Managing Director

of PEA in Guernsey, shares his

views on why Guernsey’s

financial services talent offering

is an untapped USP.

Financial services capabilities have

been at the core of Guernsey’s

economic progression over the

past 50 years and our credentials

encourage overseas investors to

come here. But how effectively do

we promote the strength of our

talent pool as a key reason to

do business here?

Finance is a strong part of our

economic heritage. Today, we are the

number one jurisdiction for non-UK

listed entities listed on the London

Stock Exchange (LSE). We are also

the first choice in Europe for captive

insurance and the captive domicile

of choice for 40% of the FTSE 100.

Our investment funds sector sees

consecutive quarterly growth and

we have made a strong name for

ourselves as a home to private equity.

These are strong credentials, which

have developed over many years

and, alongside them, a highly skilled

financial services workforce has been

established. Indeed, at the base level,

the capability and experience of

individuals working on a fund group

are essential to its success. These

skills should bolster wider market

confidence in what it is we do here

so very well.

The quality of our financial services

workforce has been nurtured by an

accessible training infrastructure,

which has contributed strongly to

Guernsey’s skillset and expertise. It

has indeed helped to fuel the ability

of employers to compete globally in

the race to create Guernsey’s appeal.

Guernsey offers a range of avenues

for individuals to develop incredibly

diverse skills in financial services. For

people who are considering their first

career, financial services may appear

like just one option. The reality is

quite different. Guernsey’s eclectic

finance industry can provide a range

of career paths and the opportunity

to add multiple strings to the bow.

I have experienced this first hand.

I began a work placement in a big

four accountancy firm during summer

holidays in 2002 and 2003. This

transitioned into a graduate placement

opportunity and the chance to witness

as an auditor what interested me most

about the various fund structures

and entities that reside in Guernsey.

Post-qualification I decided to

embark on a Masters in corporate

governance which enabled me to

qualify as a chartered secretary at

the same time through the affiliation

the programme had to ICSA.

Career progression followed

alongside this academic route. My

interest was drawn to private equity

in 2009 when I joined PEA and

was appointed Managing Director

in 2014. There is no doubt that my

learning and development path

gave me the skills I need to fulfil

the role that I currently hold.

The training opportunities provided

by the GTA and Guernsey BPP are

incredibly supportive. Whether

you are keen on professional

qualifications such as the chartered

secretary through ICSA, accountancy

through the ACCA, multiple board

skills through the IOD Company

Direction Programme or academic

qualifications such as an MBA or

MSc, the options are here on-island.

CPD events make it very easy for

professionals to retain the currency

of their know-how and the ready

local network, enhanced by bodies

like GIFA and GACO, makes current

thinking and guidance easy to access.

Attracting the right employees

is crucial to the success of all

businesses. As a local employer

I see real opportunity in investing

in the potential of junior talent –

in supporting school leavers and

graduates who wish to embark

in training in fund administration

while gaining work experience

in a jurisdiction that has world

class regulatory standards and

strong product innovation.

The debate about Guernsey’s

population challenge, for me,

seems to reinforce the importance

of our careers marketing. We have

a collective role in informing the

young about the excellent training

opportunities and ready careers

that are open for them right now

on-island. Here they can train while

gaining work experience in a best of

breed location, which will provide

them with a wide pool of options for

the future. And they instantly qualify

for the work-life balance that draws

so many to our beautiful island.

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HIGH-FLYING APPOINTMENTS

COLLAS CRILL

LAWYER IS NEW

CHAMBER OF

COMMERCE VICE

PRESIDENT

Collas Crill Associate Hana

Plsek has been voted Vice

President of the Chamber

of Commerce in Guernsey.

Hana, who has day-to-day

responsibility for the firm’s

employment and housing

practice, represents the

Chamber of Commerce on

the Disability Discrimination

Legislation Project Team.

Hana said: ‘This is a great opportunity for me to

work with the Chamber of Commerce on some

important projects that will help enhance the island.’

John O’Neill, Director of the Chamber of Commerce,

said: ‘We are delighted that Hana has joined us.

She will be an invaluable member of the team,

bringing in her legal skillset to assist with some

of our wider, community-based projects.

In her role at Collas Crill, Hana regularly advises on

contentious and non-contentious matters ranging

from confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements

in connection with restructuring to redundancy

and dismissal procedures for local firms. Hana also

sits on the Chamber of Commerce’s population

sub-group following the implementation of the

Population Management (Guernsey) Law, 2016

by the States of Guernsey earlier this year.

PROMOTION AT C5 ALLIANCE

Daniel Steadman has been promoted to the role of

Senior Consultant in the professional services team at

C5 Alliance following five years with the company.

Having graduated from the University of Lincoln with a

first-class degree in Games Computing, Daniel currently

specialises in Microsoft .NET, SharePoint and Nintex

Workflow and Forms development, with additional skills in

database development and performing data migrations.

Matthew Thornton, Director of Professional Services

at C5 Alliance, said: ‘Dan has been a great asset to the

team and we’re sure he will continue to prove himself

as an invaluable member here.’

NEW DIRECTOR FOR MARTEL MAIDES

Martel Maides, one of the island’s oldest-established estate

agencies, has appointed property negotiator Claire Holliday

as a Director. Her appointment cements a long working

relationship with Martel Maides, which began when she

joined as a receptionist nearly 20 years ago and then

progressed through various departments within the agency.

‘Claire has superb people skills and has handled several

roles within the 18-strong team, most recently as an

Open Market Consultant. We are delighted to have her

on the board. Her depth of experience and wholehearted

enthusiasm for helping people when they are buying or

selling are just part of what make her a real asset to our

business,’ said Staff Director Richard Fox.

CAREY OLSEN

MAKES SIX SENIOR

APPOINTMENTS

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen

has made six senior promotions

across its global network of

offices. The promotions include

Peter Sherwood who moves

up to counsel in the Cayman

Islands office, Alan Hughes who

has been promoted to counsel

in the Singapore office and four

new senior associates: Andrew

Chissick in London, Luke Sayer

in Guernsey and both Samantha

Hoare and Sarah Townsend

in Jersey.

Guernsey-based Luke Sayer

has extensive experience in

commercial litigation, acting

for clients in complex and high

value commercial disputes.

Carey Olsen Chairman,

John Kelleher, said: ‘These

promotions reflect the growing

talent within the firm and I

congratulate the group on their

well-deserved success. We

are also delighted to welcome

Michael back to Carey Olsen.’

Paula Fry

APPLEBY EXPANDS ITS

CLIENT & TRUSTS TEAM

Walkers Appleby has appointed Paula

Fry to its Private Client and Trusts

team in Guernsey.

Paula joins Appleby as a Senior

Associate, advising on all aspects

of trust law, which includes the

establishment, restructuring and

winding up of private, charitable,

purpose and commercial trusts

and foundations.

Group Partner Alison MacKrill said:

‘We are delighted to welcome Paula

to our established Private Client &

Trusts practice in Guernsey. She has

a vast knowledge of Guernsey trust

law and her appointment further

strengthens our ability to offer a

seamless service to our clients.’

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NEW CHAIRMAN FOR IMPERIUM TRUST

Local fiduciary company Imperium Trust Company Limited

has appointed Roy McGregor as its new Chairman

following the retirement of Peter Snowden.

Roy moved to Guernsey in 2006 when he was appointed

CEO of Credit Suisse’s businesses in the Channel Islands,

a role that he held for 10 years, where he was responsible

for the group’s significant activities in the islands and the

Isle of Man.

Commenting on his new role, he said: ‘There has been

a degree of consolidation in the fiduciary sector in recent

times. An independent trust organisation such as Imperium

is in a strong position to capitalise on the changes in the

market place, and to continue to develop business

opportunities through its flexible and high quality

service delivery.’

Director David Gilmour added: ‘We are delighted to welcome

someone with Roy’s gravitas and depth of experience to

the role of Chairman. His considerable knowledge of the

international financial services sector will be invaluable.’

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OI APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF CREATIVE

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creative and digital agency

Oi has appointed Paul Le

Breton as Head of Creative

in its Jersey office.

Paul has been in the

industry for 29 years

and brings with him a

wealth of experience

working on a range of

high profile campaigns

for local, national and

international clients.

On his new role, Paul said:

‘I’m really pleased

to have joined such an

innovative, highly creative

and amazing team.

I can’t wait to work with

everyone and get stuck in!’

Ben Clarke, Oi Creative

and Digital Director, said:

‘We’d like to welcome

Paul to the Jersey team.

Paul’s role will be focused

around inspiring and

developing our juniors, as

well as crafting some more

of our award-winning

brand and creative work.’

DELOITTE EXPANDS ITS ADVISORY TEAM

Deloitte has announced two new appointments and a

promotion to Director within their expanding advisory

team. Harriet Gowan and Chris Macdonald have joined

as Manager and Senior Manager respectively, and Sally

Rochester has achieved promotion to Director.

Formed four years ago, Deloitte’s advisory team now

comprises of 14 specialists across both islands, with further

growth expected in order to meet increasing demand.

Chris is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive

experience in insolvency and restructuring. Harriet,

a qualified Project Manager, joins Deloitte from the

Financial Investigation Unit, where she worked in the

Fraud Department and the Financial Intelligence Service.

Sally’s promotion to Director will help to ensure

that Deloitte is uniquely placed to capitalise on the

growing advisory requirements of the local market.

Our recruitment team are here to

listen, so if you’d like to change your

personal horizon, let’s talk.

Call us on 01481 701616

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SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT BDO

Nine new recruits have joined BDO Limited as the

accountancy and business advisory firm continues

to expand in all areas. The latest intake of qualified

professionals includes seven audit seniors who have left

their previous working lives in South Africa and Namibia

to bring their expertise to the northern hemisphere.

‘A big part of BDO’s expansion strategy is investing

in the growth of talent we offer to our clients,’ said

Managing Partner Richard Searle. ‘Our new joiners

bring wide expertise and strong experience to our team

of over 75 people in Guernsey and will see us further

expand our client tax and audit services in particular.

Among the other new joiners is Guernsey-born

Senior Tax Manager Caley Clarke who brings with her

22 years’ unbroken experience working within the

local tax services industry, initially with the Guernsey

tax office before transferring to private practice.

At 24 years of age, Guernsey-born Compliance

Assistant Lucy Smith is the youngest of the new

joiners, but having worked in compliance locally for

six years she too brings a wealth of experience.

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DESIGNING

OPPORTUNITIES

BY ANDY MERRETT, DIRECTOR AT LOVELL OZANNE & PARTNERS.

This time last year we were all

getting hot under the collar with

regards to the upcoming Island

Development Plan (IDP). Both

business and the public were trying

to get to grips with 372 pages of

the Plan, and trying to interpret

what it would all mean for them.

Since its introduction at the end of

2016, Lovell Ozanne has been gaining

considerable experience in working

with the document and its policies,

identifying possibilities for our clients

within this new planning landscape.

To date we have established a number

of development opportunities within

the IDP, which we are exploring

with the Planning Department.

To give an example, the IDP now

has a policy framework that can be

utilised to bring old and redundant

buildings back to life with a number

of potential uses. IDP Policy GP16,

parts A and B, presents potential

options for such sites which did not

exist previously. We have seen this

new policy welcomed by clients

who were historically unable to find a

viable development option for existing

redundant structures on their land.

Clearly this can be seen as having

a positive impact upon the island,

improving the environment and

replacing redundant structures with

a building/land use, which positively

contributes to the surrounding area.

Based upon this interpretation of the

new Plan, we have recently submitted

a planning application for a wellknown

Guernsey site. In days gone

by it was a popular tourist attraction

but had struggled to survive over the

years and eventually closed. A number

of attempts were made under the old

Rural Area Plan to bring this site back

into use, however the Plan restricted

what could be achieved on the site.

TO-DATE WE HAVE

ESTABLISHED A NUMBER

OF DEVELOPMENT

OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN

THE IDP, WHICH WE ARE

EXPLORING WITH THE

PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

On behalf of our client, we prepared

a sketch proposal, which sees the

existing building converted into five

contemporary houses within a set of

landscaped gardens. Within the context

of the new IDP, we obtained positive

advice at pre-application stage, which

gave our client enough confidence to

progress with a Planning Application.

In proposing the redevelopment

of redundant sites, it is important to

demonstrate that there will be no

adverse effect upon the character of

the area. Design quality is important,

as is the contribution of any new

structure to the sustainable design

of the existing building or site. In

this case, Lovell Ozanne has taken

a contemporary design approach,

which utilises the rhythm of the

existing steel frame with a palate

of sustainable building products to

convert the existing building into

high quality sustainable homes.

Following on from this example,

there are certainly other policies

within the new IDP which facilitate

development which was previously

impossible. In particular the IDP

allows for further flexibility within the

Main Centres (MC) and Local Centre

(LC) policies. We are always happy to

advise if you know of a site or building

which might be able to benefit from

opportunities within the new IDP.

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INITIAL TOKEN

OFFERINGS

– FIVE THINGS

THAT YOU NEED

TO KNOW

ABOUT THEM

Initial token offerings (ITOs), also called initial coin offerings

(ICOs), token launches or token generation events, are one

of the latest trends in financial services. ITOs have

emerged out of the increasing use of distributed

ledgers and blockchain technology, the software that

underpins cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin.

BY STEPHEN OZANNE,

SENIOR ASSOCIATE,

WALKERS (GUERNSEY) LLP

However, are ITOs just another buzzword or fad in the Fintech

sector, or are we seeing a new method of investing emerge?

Here are my top five things that you need to know about them.

1. WHAT ARE ITOS?

Tokens (or coins) are a virtual

form of investment, which have

been created using blockchain

technology. Some start-up

technology companies are "issuing"

tokens as an alternative means of

raising capital by using an existing

blockchain platform, such as

Ethereum, to create and record

the distribution of tokens as a form

of investment in the start-up.

The investment terms of the

tokens are pre-programmed into

the blockchain to form a “smart

contract” that can be automatically

performed by software. For

instance, smart contracts can

autonomously transfer tokens

to investors once the smart

contract has recognised that all

the conditions for investment have

been met (such as transferring

the purchase price for the tokens,

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usually in a cryptocurrency, to

the issuer). A blockchain platform

can securely verify and record

transfers of tokens, and should be

a transparent means for investors

to monitor their investments

(Bitcoin’s open blockchain ledger

is publicly visible online, although

other blockchain platforms can be

private). Since the administration

of the token issue is automated by

software, it is very efficient, and

typically only the token issuer and

investors need to participate. This

has the potential to disintermediate

(cut out) many of the parties that

are typically involved in traditional

forms of issuing investments.

2. WHAT IS THE SIZE

OF THE MARKET?

ITOs have become popular

for start-up companies in the

cryptocurrency, cloud computing

and social media sectors to

raise capital as an alternative to

venture capital and initial public

offerings (IPOs). According to

Autonomous Research, a financial

analytics firm, start-up technology

companies have already raised

over $1.2 billion in 2017 from

ICOs and ITOs in over 50 different

businesses and projects. The

first notable ICO was in 2014 by

Ethereum, which raised $18.9

million. More recently, Tezos raised

over $208 million from an ICO.

3. WHAT DO INVESTORS GET?

Typically, tokens give investors

a right to an interest in the startup,

similar to traditional forms

of investment such as company

shares, and can include rights to

a share of profits. Alternatively,

tokens can be used to give

investors other rights and licences

to the products or services

produced by the start-up.

4. ARE ITOS REGULATED?

Some ITOs have been promoted as

an unregulated form of investment,

relying on the argument that

tokens are not a security for the

purposes of the different investor

protection laws in countries around

the world. As a result, some token

issuers have used ITOs as a means

of avoiding regulation. However,

depending on the nature of an

investor's rights that attach to a

token, it is possible that a token is a

form of security, particularly if those

rights entitle the investor to a share

of the profits of the token issuer

and the investor is not involved

in the day-to-day management

and control of the token issuer.

This view has recently been

recognised by the US Securities

and Exchange Commission (SEC)

in its investigation into the coins

issued by the DAO (decentralised

autonomous organisation),

which had raised over $150

million from an ICO that the SEC

classed as an offer of securities.

Tokens that give investors other

rights, such as licences to products

and services, could fall outside

the scope of being classed

as a security. However, token

issuers and investors still need to

proceed with caution, because

it is possible that those types of

tokens could also be classed as a

security, depending on the facts

and circumstances of each case

and the investor protection laws

that apply to the tokens. Further,

how different countries want to tax

gains made on tokens may also

influence how they are recognised

for regulatory purposes.

5. ARE ITOS JUST

ANOTHER FINTECH

BUZZWORD OR FAD?

Unlikely. Reports suggest that the

ITO market grew over 800 percent

in the past two years, and a further

540 percent during the past six

months, which is staggering. The

market is also starting to diversify to

include other types of businesses

and projects, including investment

funds. In essence, tokens and

coins are the labels given to the

means of granting investors' rights

using blockchain technology,

whatever those rights may be.

Once traditional technology

and investment firms start using

blockchain technology for making

investments, it is likely to quickly

become a common method of

investing. In this regard, IBM and

the London Stock Exchange Group

have recently announced a joint

project to use IBM's blockchain

platform to enable SMEs to more

easily offer securities in the EU.

I expect ITOs will be around

for the foreseeable future.

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THE REAL

DANGER

OF CYBER

ATTACKS

Tom Bale, Business Development and Technical Director, Logicalis, talks to

En Voyage about the threat posed by cyber attacks, and says that they have

the potential to cause more economic damage than major natural disasters.

Business

Extreme cyber attacks could be

costlier than natural disasters as

the scale of global attacks grows.

Estimates from Lloyd’s of

London suggest extreme cyber

attacks, such as a cloud service

provider hack, could cause

over £90 billion of economic

damage – more than the cost

of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

With the threat of cyber

attacks growing, we are warning

companies and organisations to

take preventative measures to

secure their systems in time.

Prevention is better than cure

for cyber attacks and there are

many things a company can do

to reduce their risks. Ransomware

remains the biggest threat to any

company, so cyber-protection

plans need to include offline,

up-to-date, bullet-proof back

ups that have been tested and

verified to enable full recovery.

Most backups are nightly which

leaves everyday working papers

exposed. These are the things

your team might be finalising

today to present tomorrow, so

losing them could be just as

costly, if not more, than losing

older correspondence.

With the cost of cyber insurance

likely to jump as underwriters

get better at gauging the

risks, companies need to

step up security to improve

their chances of avoiding

cyber attacks and reducing

the damage if one occurs.

Over 600,000 organisations

in 170 countries were affected

by the Wannacry ransomware

attack in May, while the Petya/

NotPetya malware attack in June

affected over 60 countries, with

serious economic implications.

Following the Petya attack

Mondelez reported a 3% drop

in sales growth because of

disruptions to its systems, while

Reckitt Benckiser predicted a

£110 million drop in sales.

Unlike Wannacry, a ransomware

spread between networks by

‘worms’, the Petya malware

didn’t have a way to de-encrypt

data, meaning it was completely

destroyed. More than six weeks

after the attack, firms such as TNT

were still suffering repercussions

- backlogs of parcels after

they were left processing

international shipments by hand.

The risks of being exposed to

cyber attacks are growing, and

with them the level of losses

a company may experience,

to everyday business, and

overall reputation, that are not

necessarily covered by insurance.

Cybercrime is complex, and even

companies that think they have

sufficient cyber insurance, may

find policies don’t cover cases

such as staff transferring money

to fraudsters during a phishing

attack. This is what happened

last year with Leoni AG, a cable

and wireless manufacturer,

which lost €40million during

a whale phishing attack.

The classic phishing attack

involves fraudsters mining social

media profiles of executives and

creating credible fake emails

asking people to make payments

to their bank accounts instead of

to real suppliers. However, hackers

may also exploit vulnerabilities in

a system, and lurk in a network,

reading company emails until

they glean enough information

to take an account over.

As cybercriminals find out

more about companies and

their systems, they are using

increasingly sophisticated

methods to engineer fraud, so

it’s important to train staff how

to avoid phishing attacks and

test them regularly to stop your

organisation becoming the

next victim. Security awareness

training, such as that operated

by KnowBe4, simulates phishing

attacks on subscribers to

help flush out vulnerabilities

before criminals find them.

According to Symantec’s 2017

Internet Security Threat Report,

email has become the weapon

of choice for criminals, with

spear-phishing attacks targeting

over 400 businesses a day, costing

companies over $3 billion over

the past three years. Last year

Symantec saw a 36% increase in

ransomware attacks worldwide,

with the average ransom

increasing by 266% on 2015.

Round the clock monitoring,

such as through a Security

Operations Centre, is the only

way to know who is accessing

your system, while proper

maintenance and management

are vital for keeping systems

up to date, backed up, and

working as reliably as possible.

You can’t stop natural disasters,

but with the right planning and

protection, you can at least reduce

your risks of cyber attacks turning

into corporate Armageddon.

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On 22 September 2016, the

States of Guernsey voted by

33-5 to approve legislation

introducing same-sex marriage,

thereby implementing the States’

Resolution of 10 December 2015.

Having received Royal Sanction,

the Same-Sex Marriage (Guernsey)

Law 2016 came into force on 2

May 2017 and, for the very first

time, same-sex marriage is now

formally permitted in Guernsey.

As it stands, the Law applies only

to Guernsey and not to the rest of

the Bailiwick. With the exception

of Northern Ireland, same-sex

marriage will now be legal in

the UK and in each of the

Crown Dependencies.

Unlike the UK, the States of

Guernsey rejected the alternative,

some would say ‘stepping stone’

and arguably out-dated, option

of introducing same-sex civil

partnerships. The Civil Partnership

Act 2004 came into effect in the

UK in December 2005, which gave

same-sex couples who entered

into them the same rights and

responsibilities as marriage. These

partnerships were often called ‘gay

marriage’ by much of the British

media but the government at the

time made clear that they were

not marriages. In July 2013, the

Queen granted Royal Assent to

the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples)

Act 2014 which allowed the first

same-sex marriages to take place

from 29 March 2014. Any couple

registered in a civil partnership was

also granted the ability to convert

that partnership into a marriage.

Up until now, same-sex couples

who have married or entered into

a civil partnership in the UK or

abroad have not had their marriage

or civil partnership recognised by

the law of Guernsey. The Same-

Sex Marriage (Guernsey) Law 2016

specifically addresses this lacuna

in respect of same-sex marriage

by affording legal recognition to

same-sex marriage entered into

outside of Guernsey. The same

cannot be said for civil partners

who will be required to convert

their civil partnership to marriage

before they are ‘caught’ by this

new Law.

IT REMAINS TO BE

SEEN HOW MANY GAY

COUPLES WILL CHOOSE

TO MARRY OR 'UPGRADE'

THEIR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

Naturally it follows that the new

legislation confers jurisdiction on

the Matrimonial Causes Division

of the Royal Court of Guernsey

to grant a divorce to same-sex

spouses whose marriage has

irretrievably broken down, subject

to either of the parties being

domiciled in the Bailiwick of

Guernsey on the date proceedings

are begun or having been

habitually resident in Guernsey

throughout the 12-month period

beforehand. The new Law also

extends that jurisdiction to

circumstances where the parties

married in Guernsey but where

there is no jurisdiction in the

courts of their home country to

grant divorce or ancillary relief.

The grounds for divorce are the

same as for a heterosexual couple

with one notable exception: the

definition of ‘adultery’ remains

unchanged by the new legislation.

This means that people in a samesex

marriage who discover that

their spouse has been unfaithful

to them will not be able to cite

adultery as the cause of the

breakdown of their marriage,

unless the adultery was with

someone of the opposite sex.

Equally, married heterosexual

people are not able to accuse their

spouse of adultery if they discover

that they had a secret lover of the

same sex.

It remains to be seen how

many gay couples will choose

to marry or ‘upgrade’ their civil

partnership. Perhaps Guernsey

will benefit from gay marriage

‘tourism’, encouraging couples to

come to Guernsey to tie the knot

because it is not legal in their own

country? Whatever the statistics,

it is clear that this long-awaited

legislation has rightly received

overwhelming support from the

States of Guernsey and extends

the opportunity and institution of

marriage to everyone in society.

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IT’S TIME TO

GET SOCIAL

FOR BUSINESS

When it comes to sales and marketing for business, it has always made sense to go where your

customers are. These days, many of your customers are on social media, as Stefanie Haigh,

Social Media Consultant at Oi, explains.

There are many arguments for and against having a

social media presence as a company these days. Many

business owners worry about the upkeep, the exposure

on a public forum and the what ifs that come with that.

Others claim their business could not survive without

social networking. In this day and age, it can be argued

that if you do not have a company presence on social

media then, quite frankly, you are already behind. And

the longer that you leave it before inevitably jumping

online, the more you’ll have to do to catch up.

WHY SHOULD YOU SET UP A SOCIAL MEDIA

PRESENCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Social media is where many of your customers

are. Whether you are a service or a product-based

business, consumer-facing or not, chances are you

will find your ideal customer, just as you will find your

teenage daughter, your next door neighbour and your

Great Aunt Mildred on Facebook. As social media

has become more mainstream, all generations and

cultures are using it, not only as a standard, but actually

as their preferred form of communication. People

across the world use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

not only for keeping in touch with friends and family,

but also for interacting with brands and businesses in

order to find out information or purchase something.

If you have an announcement to make about your

business, then you need to go to the one place where

as many people as possible will see it. These days, that

place is in their News Feed on their phone, no more

than an arms reach away from them at all times.

THE POWER OF SOCIAL WORD-OF-MOUTH

The number one advantage to a social media presence

is brand awareness. Some of the biggest companies in

the world rely on brand alone to sell their products and

services. When done right, social media can do more

for your business than any billboard or magazine ad,

thanks to its unlimited reach and shareability. There is

nothing better than having new clients or customers

come to you because they heard about your business

from a friend or because they saw something online

or in a magazine that made them interested in your

brand. It is well known that word-of-mouth is one of the

most powerful marketing tools a business can benefit

from, because personal referrals and recommendations

are trustworthy and effective. With social media, you

can create that kind of awareness on a much larger

scale. As satisfied customers and their friends share

your product and your message, social media will

start to work for you with hardly any effort on your

part. Surely you want people knocking on your door

or popping up in your inbox convinced that they need

to buy from you without you having to say a word?

Of course you do. If done strategically, investing a

little time and effort now, will pay off in the future.

SOCIAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

Huge international brands, such as Nike and KLM,

also rely on social media as an efficient customer

service tool. From dealing with a defective product to

changing a flight reservation, they successfully deal

with hundreds of customer questions, queries and

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complaints quickly and cost-effectively on Facebook

and Twitter on a daily basis, often within 30 minutes or

less. This real-time communication not only increases

customer loyalty and satisfaction, but also makes their

customer service team much more efficient as they can

tackle problems much more quickly than if they were

answering phone call after phone call or sending emails

back and forth. No

HUGE INTERNATIONAL

BRANDS, SUCH AS

NIKE AND KLM, ALSO

RELY ON SOCIAL

MEDIA AS AN EFFICIENT

CUSTOMER

SERVICE TOOL

matter what kind

of business you

have, it is worth

remembering

that the more

the world moves

towards this kind

of communication

with brands, the

more you will need to be ready to deal with incoming

messages on social platforms, as they are fast

becoming a customer’s first port of call for a quick

response thanks to easy accessibility and the more

public aspect of the forum.

Do not be afraid of negative opinions and online

chatter. The truth is that you cannot hide from them,

however, it would be much better to be a part of a

conversation about your brand than not. In fact, dealing

with a negative situation head on, politely and efficiently

can do more PR-wise for your company than any

positive press release or stunt.

Most situations can be diffused quickly with a little

acknowledgement and positivity, because customers

appreciate honest and open communication. If there is

one thing that is worth remembering when dealing with

social media for business, it is that people respond to

people. And therefore, it is time to get social.

Oi works with a variety of clients, both internationally

and in the Channel Islands, including Aurigny, on their

social media strategy and content, providing bespoke

training, guidance and management options depending

on the needs of each business.

For more information, or to talk about how

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@OiGroup or drop us a message on Facebook

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Sport

Sport

WOMEN'S CYCLING TIME TRIAL TEAM GOLD

IMAGE© JON MARLEY

GUERNSEY AT

THE GAMES

Brian Allen, Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games

Association, talks about the island’s team at the

recent NatWest Gotland Island Games XVII.

It always amazes me how quickly this biennial event comes

around. It seemed such a short time ago that we were celebrating

a good games for the Guernsey team in Jersey 2015.

Gotland was never going to be an easy Games to organise as

Scandinavian countries are always harder to get to and more expensive

than the norm. The worry of the pound with Brexit was also always

going to be an added concern. The GIGA organising team worked

very hard and went for the direct route of chartering three planes

to get the 250 plus Guernsey team to Gotland. This was a good

move with the team arriving in good form and well prepared.

The sport started on the Sunday and our team went from

strength to strength with exceptional performances across the

board. Every day the medal tally was growing and as the week

passed you could see the overall team confidence building.

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The medals just kept coming day after day leaving

us feeling that this could become one of our best

Games. Right up to the last day we were in contention

of topping the medal table. We had medals boards in

our hotel bar area, which our athletes enjoyed filling

out to tell the rest of the team about their success.

There were so many special moments throughout

the week. We ended up 4th on the medal table, just

one medal behind our biggest rivals Jersey. It was

a great result for everyone in Team Guernsey.

The Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, is our greatest

supporter and was hard at work throughout the

week visiting every sport and joining in with the

team rather than sitting in VIP seats. He was good

company and added inspiration for the competitors.

Gotland was a great Games with memories for

life for all of Team Guernsey and it was so good to

see so many first-time competitors getting those

bronze medals or fourth positions. The future of

the Games looks good for Guernsey especially as

the Gibraltar and Guernsey Games approach.

The planning never stops. We are already looking at

transport and accommodation for Gibraltar in 2019.

Guernsey 2021 is also always there in the

back of our minds as so much still has to be

done and we are constantly looking for ideas

of how to make the next Guernsey Games as

good if not better than the Games in 2003.

The legacy that every Games leaves is so good,

not only for the host islands but as a visiting island it

gives new targets for competitors and back home a

goal for all those who want to join Team Guernsey.

Living together for a whole week with 250 plus

sporting people gives you a clear idea of the value

of sport as a truly life-changing experience. The

commitment of everyone, the friendships and

experiences gained create such a special team

atmosphere it's hard to explain. What a great week.

Well done Team Guernsey, you showed us at our

best, I am so proud

of everyone

involved.

TRIATHLON

MEN'S TEAM SILVER

THE GUERNSEY ISLAND GAMES 2017 TEAM

IMAGE© CHRIS GEORGE

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ALL OTHER IMAGES

© JON MARLEY


MADDIE WILSON AND

MEGAN DOWINTON

COMPETE IN

THE MOUNTAIN

BIKING WOMEN’S

CROSS COUNTRY

MEMBERS OF

THE ARCHERY

TEAM DURING THE

OPENING CEREMONY

ATHLETE

HANNAH LESBIREL

WOMEN'S 200M

GOLD MEDALIST

OPENING CEREMONY

FLAG BEARER EMMA

WEBB WENT ON TO

WIN BRONZE WITH THE

BASKETBALL TEAM

WHAT A GREAT WEEK.

WELL DONE TEAM

GUERNSEY SHOWED

US AT OUR BEST,

I AM SO PROUD OF

EVERYONE INVOLVED

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GOLF IN

GUERNSEY

With its gorgeous beaches, top-quality restaurants and three completely different golf

courses, Guernsey has all the ingredients to be a prime location for golf tourism

– and La Grande Mare’s new pro is determined to see the island maximise its potential.

JOHN DENT

Having run golf courses in

Turkish holiday resorts for the

last 20 years, it’s fair to say John

Dent knows what golf tourists

are looking for in a location.

One of only 40 or so PGA

Pro Fellows in Europe, he has

brought vast experience and

enthusiasm to La Grande Mare

at a time where its owners have

committed to investing significant

sums in its golf offering.

‘My background and expertise is

in resort golf so we are trying to

bring that mentality to La Grande

Mare,’ said John. ‘We want to get

more people visiting the island to

play golf. Guernsey is a wonderful

island; it’s got some of the best

beaches and restaurants – I must

have eaten out about 50 times

in the last three months and I

haven’t had a bad meal yet – and

I’ve been speaking to a lot of my

contacts in Europe about them

bringing teaching groups over

for a golfing holiday. Guernsey

has everything it needs to be

a golf holiday destination.’

The concept that John is

seeking to develop would, he

said, not only benefit La Grande

Mare, but also the courses at

L’Ancresse and St Pierre Park.

‘These sorts of visitors, whether

that be teaching groups, ladies

or a group of men coming for

a short break, might stay here

and play a couple of rounds at

La Grande Mare, but they will

also want to play a round at

L’Ancresse and maybe St Pierre

Park too. Then they’d go into

Town for some shopping or a

night out. What is not to like about

a trip like that in Guernsey?’

One of the selling points is that

the three courses on the island

are completely different. La

Grande Mare is a woodland

course, L’Ancresse is a links course

and steeped in history, and St

Pierre Park is an attractive par 3.

ONE OF THE SELLING

POINTS IS THAT THE

THREE COURSES

ON THE ISLAND ARE

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

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LA GRANDE MARE

DRIVING RANGE

These are interesting times for

golf fans locally, with the current

redevelopment of St Pierre Park’s

driving range into a multi-purpose

centre for golf and the substantial

investment at La Grande Mare.

Under John’s guidance, the

course at La Grande Mare has

undergone something of a relative

overnight makeover in the three

short months since his arrival.

Gone are the sit-on mowers, with

their heavier and un-loving touch

on the fairways and greens, and

in at John’s insistence is handcutting.

The result has been faster,

truer greens that have members

excited at the direction the

course is taking. John has also

overseen changes to the layout

of a number of holes, a reduction

in green size – to help increase

quality - and the planting of

more trees to help with drainage

and definition of the course.

‘Members love the improvement,’

said John. ‘This is a challenging

course, you really have to work

your way around it. In many ways

it is the complete opposite of the

Royal in how you have to play it.

The whole club is buzzing at

the moment, we have fantastic

ladies' membership with lots

of competitions and we are

trying to create a modern

club that will attract new

members and visitors alike.’

Other notable changes include

investing large sums into the

driving range and club shop.

THESE ARE INTERESTING

TIMES FOR GOLF FANS

LOCALLY, WITH

THE CURRENT

REDEVELOPMENT OF ST

PIERRE PARK’S DRIVING

RANGE INTO A MULTI-

PURPOSE CENTRE

FOR GOLF AND THE

SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT

AT LA GRANDE MARE.

The range has had a complete

makeover. Formerly a rather

barren rectangle of grass, the

range now has bunkers to avoid,

pins at various

distances to aim for and all new

mats to play off. In terms of the

shop, aside from all new gear

there is an increased focus on

using the latest technology to

help aspiring golfers make sure

they have the right clubs for

their game. In a further sign

of the club’s commitment,

it spent about £50,000 on

the Trackman technology.

‘It’s used by pro golfers and most

take it on tour with them,’ John

explained. ‘It measures everything

about your swing, from trajectory

to club and ball speed, to distance

and spin. We use it a lot during

lessons now but also when

players are fitted for new clubs.’

Anyone visiting the club will

be shocked by its rapid

transformation, and it’s clear the

improvements are just the start of

the big plans John and La Grande

Mare have for the future of golf in

the island.

LA GRANDE MARE GOLF COURSE

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FOOTBALL

GUERNSEY FC

LEAGUE STARTS AT HOME

SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Footes Lane

Bostik Isthmian League

Division One South matches,

home and away fixtures

For more info visit guernseyfc.com

SPORTS

DIARY

TRIATHLON

Sunday 3 September

07:00

GRANITE MAN

1900m swim, 90k bike, 21k run

Plus sprint option

Pembroke

Please register in advance at

guernseytriathlon.com/events

22-24 September Various

TRY-A-TRI

Olympic distance, sprint distance,

super sprint distance and kids' event

TBC

Sunday 8 October 09:00

BAQUATHON Bike-Swim-Bike

TBC

For more info visit tryatriguernsey.org

WALKING

Sunday 23 September -

Sunday 8 October Various

AUTUMN WALKING FESTIVAL

Guided walks with

accredited guides island-wide

Various

For more info visit visitguernsey.com

YOGA

Friday 13 October - Sunday

15 October Various

AUTUMNAL HERM YOGA &

WELLBEING RETREAT 2017

Herm

Limited space, for more info visit

@beinspiredyoga

ATHLETICS

Every Saturday 09:00

PARKRUN 5k

Pembroke Bay car park

Please register in advance at

parkrun.org.uk

Sunday 10 September 15:00

GUERNSEY MIND FUN RUN

10k

KGV Rue Cohu

Registration will be announced via

Guernsey Mind Facebook page

Sunday 17 September

09:00

PWC CLIFF SERIES 10 miles

Imperial

Sunday 8 October 09:00

PWC CLIFF SERIES 15 miles

Havelet

For more info visit

guernseyathletics.org.gg/events/cliffs/

CHESS

Sunday 15 - Saturday

21 October Various

43RD GUERNSEY

CHESS FESTIVAL

Week-long International

Chess festival

Peninsula Hotel

For more info visit

guernseychessclub.org.gg

RUGBY

GUERNSEY RAIDERS

FIRST HOME GAME

SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Footes Lane

London & South East Premier League,

home and away fixtures

For more info visit grfc.gg

FUN/SPECTATOR

Saturday 2 September

11:00

THE ROYAL MARINES

CHARITY FAMILY FUN DAY

& MUDDY ASSAULT COURSE

Les Maingys Activity Centre

For more info visit rmcgsy.co.uk

Thursday 14 September

10:45

GUERNSEY AIR DISPLAY

St Peter Port

For more info visit

guernseyairdisplay.com

Monday 23 - Friday

27 October Various

ON YOUR MARKS

Range of kids' sport activities £1-£3

Grammar School

For more info visit guernseysports.com

FLY AURIGNY

FOR GROUP

BOOKINGS EMAIL

groups@aurigny.com

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THE YOUTH COMMISSION

JOINS FORCES WITH THE HUB

The Youth Commission for Guernsey and

Alderney has operationally merged with

The HUB service. The two charities will now

work together to provide a wide range of

services, from universal to targeted support,

for children and young people across

Guernsey and Alderney.

‘We believe that the Youth Commission

and The HUB working together provides an

opportunity to build on the unique strengths

of both charities,’ said Kerstin Neason, CEO

of the Youth Commission.

‘Forming a joint service enables us to increase

the opportunities for children and young

people to engage in positive activities, have a

voice in local decision making, support more

young people’s emotional health and wellbeing

and continue to deliver our Duke

of Edinburgh and Prince’s Trust programmes.

Our vision is a Bailiwick where all children

and young people are safe, supported,

healthy, respected and empowered to

reach their full potential.’

‘This new partnership is a significant, and

logical, development that builds on the

quality support that was previously provided

to YPG by Barnardo’s.

We now have a professionally developed

team of staff and volunteers who understand

the needs of local children and young

people and who will continue to effectively

deliver positive outcomes for those who

access The HUB’s services through the Youth

Commission,’ said Jane St Pier, Chair of

the Youth Commission and YPG.

The Youth Commission

is an independent local

charity responsible

for the delivery and

co-ordination of all

forms of youth and

support work in the

Bailiwick. The services

it offers range from

universal to targeted, individual support

for children and young people.

‘OUR VISION IS A BAILIWICK

WHERE ALL CHILDREN AND

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SAFE,

SUPPORTED... AND

EMPOWERED TO REACH

THEIR FULL POTENTIAL’

YPG is the charity behind The HUB, a centre

that provides a range of specialist services

for around 400 children, young people and

their families each year. Support offered

includes emotional health and wellbeing,

services for young people facing bereavement

or terminal illness in their families and those

affected by parental imprisonment and child

sexual exploitation.

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FCG EPIC WEEK DEEMED

A HUGE SUCCESS

Over 1,000 people took in

sporting challenges as part

of the FCG EPIC Week – EPIC

Challenges’ biggest and most

inclusive event to date.

FCG EPIC Week’s aim was to

inspire people of all ages to

become more active and take

on new challenges. More than

1,000 school children and over

160 individuals got involved,

raising over £25,000 for

Guernsey Mind and This Is EPIC.

The money for Guernsey Mind

will help the charity invest in a

community project to provide

support services for the mental

health of adults with autism and

Asperger’s and that for This Is

EPIC will go towards projects

which empower people to

overcome poverty in a sustainable

way through savings and loans

projects in Uganda and the

Democratic Republic of Congo.

Throughout the week,

participants took part in their

own swimming, cycling, running,

walking or triathlon events

alongside local endurance

athletes Philip Smith and Warren

Mauger who took on their

biggest challenge to date – seven

Ironmans in seven days. Warren

successfully completed four out

of the seven days with Philip

completing five Ironmans in five

days before ending the challenge

on day six due to exhaustion.

Teachers at Vauvert, Castel and

Amherst primary schools ran

activities all week for their pupils

including hula-hooping, cycling,

circuit training and games.

The FCG Hotshots, a group

of employees from FinTech

business and sponsor FCG, set

themselves the challenge of

completing a 5km run every day

of the week. The group of 15

staff trained hard and supported

each other from start to finish.

Each day for seven days the staff

ran at different locations and

on one of the mornings joined

pupils at Vauvert Primary School

for their warm-up.

The seven consecutive day event

concluded with a celebration at

Octopus Bar & Restaurant where

participants were invited to

come and share stories of their

personal achievements.

EPIC Challenges co-founder

Philip Smith said: ‘We are still

processing the impact of the

FCG EPIC Week. We wanted

to make this community event

about the community and not

about Warren and I taking on our

challenge. Success for us was for

people to realise that by setting

big goals they can achieve more

than they could ever imagine.

To see the pictures and read the

stories of what people achieved

has been incredible. Everyone

taking part in the FCG EPIC Week

had so much support during

their challenges, Guernsey came

together to be epic for a week

and the challenge now is to take

this forward and change even

more lives.’

CCD SUPPORTS THE

FERMAIN TOWER PROJECT

As featured on page 50, CCD

Architects, who are responsible for

the overall design of a wonderful

new quirky holiday retreat within

Fermain Tower, have announced

two competitions to support

the National Trust of Guernsey’s

Fermain Tower Project.

The first is a photography

competition and CCD want

entrants to capture something

beautiful that inspires living/

working/being near the sea.

To enter you’ll need to like the

CCD Facebook page and post

your photograph using the hashtag

#fermaintowerproject. CCD

Architects' judging panel will then

pick the winning photograph and

the lucky photographer will win a

one-night stay at the tower (when it

is up and running!). The judging will

take place shortly after the closing

date of 31 October, and the winner

will be announced on Facebook.

The second competition is a raffle

whereby all donations of £5 or

more received on the National

Trust of Guernsey’s Giving.gg page,

(referencing ‘CCD Architects’), will

be entered into a raffle and again

the lucky winner will win a

one-night stay at the tower.

giving.gg/donate/event/1153/The-

Fermain-Tower-Appeal

For further information about the

Fermain Tower Project and

T&Cs please see CCD’s blog:

ccd-architects.com/blog

NEW SUPPORT FOR

YOUNG SAILORS

Sailing will be more accessible

to Guernsey children after the

Guernsey Sailing Trust secured a

new corporate sponsor.

Garenne Group has chosen to

support the trust, which was

established in 1988 to enable

children from all walks of life to

experience and enjoy sailing, to

celebrate its new brand.

Richard Jones, Chief Financial

Officer at Garenne Group, said:

‘The trust’s inclusive approach

ensures every child in the Bailiwick

has the opportunity to experience

the fun and challenges of

sailing, learn new skills and build

confidence,’ he said.

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Community

CREDIT SUISSE CHALLENGE

RAISES OVER £15,000

Work on Frossard Ward’s new

outdoor play area will begin later

this year after Credit Suisse’s

triathlon challenge raised more

than £15,000.

The play area, which will

transform the neglected garden

into a usable outdoor space for

patients and their families, will

cost around £35,000 and is the

latest project for the Friends of

Frossard Children’s Ward charity.

Credit Suisse has chosen Friends

of Frossard Children’s Ward as its

charity of the year and organised

an all-day fundraising challenge

last month with the aim of

raising £10,000. The Hel(l)vetia

Challenge, named after Credit

Suisse’s headquarters on South

Esplanade, saw two teams

complete a triathlon-inspired

route 25 times.

‘We can’t quite believe how

much Credit Suisse raised from

this incredible challenge,’ said

Cathy Gallienne, founder of

Friends of Frossard Ward, who

took part along with charity

co-founder and Cooper Brouard

colleague Matt Brouard.

‘They exceeded their ambitious

target of raising £10,000 before

the challenge had even begun,

which is just brilliant. We can’t

thank them enough,’

Team Awesome saw 100

Credit Suisse employees,

including senior managers

from London and Zurich as

well as former managing

director Roy McGregor, join

with representatives from the

event sponsors and businesses

who work closely with Credit

Suisse. Starting at 5am, members

individually completed either a

500m sea swim in Havelet Bay,

a 1.5km cycle up and down the

Val des Terres or a 2.25km run

from Havelet to the Aquarium

and then back along to the

slipway below Castle Cornet

until 25 full laps of the route

had been completed.

Team B, made up of just five

people including Credit Suisse

Channel Islands CEO Paul

Annegarn and Guernsey Rugby

stars Cameron Craine and Dan

Hill, completed the same route

in rotation.

‘I am extremely proud of every

single person who took part,’

said Mr Annegarn.

‘Everyone took on a personal

challenge and gave 100% and

the camaraderie and team spirit

was more than I expected. To

raise so much money shows how

passionate everyone at Credit

Suisse, and the sponsors and

companies who joined in, is about

Frossard Ward and the incredible

care it gives young islanders.’

Mr Annegarn also expressed

his thanks to Babbe, Recarta,

C5 Alliance, Offshore, Cooper

Brouard and the International

Stock Exchange who all sponsored

the event and to Guernsey Police,

the Harbour Office and the Yacht

Club for their support.

‘Their support helped make

the event the success it was.

We’re now planning to turn this

into an annual event in order

to encourage more people to

participate,’ he said.

GUERNSEY CHARITY

SET TO BENEFIT FROM

INNOVATIVE CO-FUNDING

ARRANGEMENT

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the

Channel Islands and the Guernsey

Community Foundation have teamed

up to fund a Deputy Manager for the

Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support

and Witness Service.

Each Foundation will pay 50% of

the Deputy Manager’s salary for the

next two years. This marks the first

time that the two foundations have

worked together in this way.

Victim Support is an independent

charitable organisation supporting

both victims and witnesses of crime

in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The

charity has offered its free and

confidential service since 1998

and will be celebrating its 20th

anniversary next year.

PUPILS WALK 11 MILES TO

IMPROVE READING SKILLS

Children and staff from St Sampson’s

High School raised enough money

through its annual West Coast

Challenge to fund its acclaimed

reading programme for a year.

The Accelerated Reader Scheme

is a computer programme that

helps teachers manage and

monitor children’s independent

reading practice.

More than 500 children took part

in the 11-mile sponsored walk from

Pleinmont to Pembroke, which

raised more than £5,000. Any

money left over will be used for a

new online student planner and to

buy new books for the library.

Assistant Headteacher Liz Dale

thanked sponsors Rossborough,

which gave each pupil a rucksack

and pedometer.

‘We had a great day – the

pedometers went down a storm,

with lots of the students looking at

them on the way round. The PTA

had put treats together inside the

bags and Guernsey Electricity gave

everyone a pen and some mints. It

was a really good day,’ she said.

‘As always, we are extremely

grateful to Rossborough for their

continued support for this popular

annual event. It’s always great to

have their bright blue bags as it

makes it easier to see where all the

children are.’

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The Guernsey Property &

Construction Awards

Beau Sejour - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Bringing together all areas of the property,

building and construction industry

The awards evening will celebrate achievements and

showcase the successes of the wide range of professional

services that makes Guernsey’s property and construction

industry great

Celebrating architects to engineers; contractors to surveyors;

property agents and managers - anyone involved in the

industry and their guests are welcome

Tickets for this black-tie gala evening, which includes

entertainment from TV comedienne Lucy Porter, together

with a three-course dinner and a charity raffle are just

£75 per person or £750 for a table of ten

To make a reservation, contact Julie Todd

email: julie@collaboratecommunications.com

tel: (01481) 715222

www.guernseyconstructionawards.com

Supported by

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Competition

WIN

A HAND-PAINTED

PERSONALISED

PIGGY BANK

COLOURING COMPETITION

TO ENTER:

Colour in this illustration and send it to

En Voyage Colouring Competition, Oi, Unit 9,

Les Caches Business Park, Les Caches Road, St

Martins, Guernsey, GY4 6PH by 31 October 2017.

Open to children up to the age of 10.

About the artist:

My name is Katie Meader. I am

a Guernsey girl, born and bred,

originating from the 1970s era.

I started Round Chimney Pottery

in 2009, built from a big passion

for pottery. I love everything to do

with pottery, from the materials; the

creation and processes; to the final

piece - whether it is something to

just look at and admire, or something

entirely more humble that gets

routinely used every day.

It's the pottery, or crockery, that

gets used for eating together with

friends and family, or favourite tea

and coffee mugs that are perhaps the

most special pieces to me, even with

little imperfections that pottery often

collects over time!

This drawing is representative of my

tiny workshop with all the pots of paint

and brushes and endless bits and bobs

and blank earthenware bisque pottery

shapes ready for glazing and firing in

the kiln, not forgetting Bruno, one of

my feline workshop supervisors!

LOCAL POTTERY ARTIST

KATIE MEADER

KIDS

FOR

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ENTRANT NAME:

EMAIL ADDRESS*:

ADDRESS:

AGE:

*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.


PUZZLES

SUDOKU MEDIUM

Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its

squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box.

2 5

9 8 7

2 9

8 6 2

5 4 8 1

7 6 9

4 7

2 1 5

DID YOU KNOW?

FROM FISHING TO FASHION

The traditional Guernsey jumpers

- originally knitted for local

fishermen to protect them from

the elements - have made it on

to the pages of Vogue and now

appear on the silver screen.

The major film Swallows and

Amazons staring Kelly Macdonald,

Rafe Spall and Harry Enfield sees

the four Walker children in their

Guernsey-made Guernseys!

8 4

CAN YOU

FIND THE

FOLLOWING

GUERNSEY

PLACES?

Saints Bay

Bulwer Avenue

Vale

Castel

Delancey Park

Richmond

Pleinmont

Hauteville

Cobo

Le Jaonnet

Fort Grey

Rohais

Fermain Bay

Albecq

Saumarez Manor

L’Ancresse

Le Friquet

WORDSEARCH

G O A P A H A U T E V I L L E D P L G A

D S R L T D K B F P L H K M L F H A O F

W A E B P L E I N M O N T V A O S N X L

U I Z F G V K H G O S V Q D M B L C V E

S N D P C O B O A M P A K F X A T R D F

H T O M O K L B R T G L B V J L S E H R

K S G L B F O R T G R E Y A S B A S M I

O B P F H B V P T R P Q O N H E I S K Q

A A R X A G U H A G D N S F L C N E R U

S Y O O K S Q R D S N T X E N Q T R A E

H T H D L K I M N E G D H R A R S T P T

S K A N F X R H T D M O J M C G V Q Y C

C K I O V B F R G P L D C A S T E L E O

J P S M M A E C O B V A V I L R K G C T

U A D H D O L V Q H G N H N V O H V N C

D U R C L G T D D O A M O B X A C L A T

F J S I A S F B H L V I B A D F T N L K

C F O R T G R D X D G S F Y L N X H E A

S A U M A R E Z M A N O R H M K G V D B

A P M B U L W E R A V E N U E A D O P M

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There is a

great deal of

Guernsey in

Wheadon’s Gin

Produced in traditional copper stills

in the atmospheric cellar lounge of

the Bella Luce Hotel in St Martins,

proprietor Luke Wheadon uses rock

samphire foraged from the nearby cliffs,

Mandarin Limes grown in a local

glasshouse and other carefully sourced

botanicals to create perfectly balanced

artisanal gins in very small batches.

Join us around the beautiful copper stills of the

Bella Luce Small Batch Distillery in St Martins

for a gin experience ranging from tastings and

stories through to our “distill while you dine”

evenings, and let us take you on a gin journey.

Now available to purchase duty-free

onboard Aurigny flights.

www.wheadonsgin.co.uk • @wheadonsgin

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In-Flight

NEW

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GUERNSEY

IN-FLIGHT

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£28

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or

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and hibiscus

70cl

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£12

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IN GREY

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In-Flight

SkySnacks

Enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks at

great prices plus make the most of

Aurigny’s excellent duty-free offers.

Products listed may be subject to change

due to availability.

SOFT DRINKS

HOT DRINKS

Nescafé White or Black Coffee £2

Nescafé Cappuccino £2

Nescafé Latte £2

Aero Hot Chocolate £2

Tetleys English Breakfast Tea £2

BREAKFAST BITES

Muffins

Variety of flavours

Double Chocolate

Blueberry &

Toffee £1.50

Belvita Breakfast

Yoghurt Crunch

£1.50

Coca Cola 150ml £1

Diet Coke 150ml £1

Schweppes Lemonade 150ml £1

Schweppes Canada Dry Ginger Ale 150ml £1

Schweppes Tonic Water 150ml £1

Britvic Orange Juice 150ml £1

Britvic Tomato Juice 150ml £1

Schweppes Slimline Tonic Water 150ml £1

Red Bull (not included in offers) 250ml £2

Robinsons Fruit Shoot 200ml £1

Still Spring Water 500ml £1.50

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Pringles

£1.50

Original

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Mini Cheddars

£1.50

Sea Salted

Pretzels

£1.50

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COMBO

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HOT DRINK

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HOT DRINK AND

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CHEDDARS, PRETZELS OR

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CIDER OR WINE OR PIMM'S

£5.00

CHEDDARS,

PRETZELS OR PRINGLES

AND SOFT DRINK

£2.00

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Duty-Free

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Echo Falls £4

White, Rosé

18.75cl

Live for the

Journey £4

Red 18.75cl

SPECIAL

OFFER

2 FOR £7

Breda Lager,

Magners

Cider

330ml or

Pimm's

250ml £4

SPECIAL

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2 FOR £7

Lunetta

Prosecco

£6

200ml

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2 FOR

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£11 or

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Bacardi, Courvoisier, Gordon’s, Jack Daniel's,

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SPECIAL

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SWEETS

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£14 or

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1 litre

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1 litre

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Dairy Milk Duo £1.50

Maltesers Big Bag £1.50

Haribo Wine Gums £2

Kit Kat Chunky

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Golden Virginia Tobacco 5 x 50g £33

Benson & Hedges 200 £37

Silk Cut 200 £37

Lambert & Butler 200 £37

Marlboro Gold 200 £37

Benson & Hedges 400 £47

Silk Cut 400 £47

Lambert & Butler 400 £47

Marlboro Gold 400 £47

200 pack equivalent to £3.70 per 20 pack

400 pack equivalent to £2.35 per 20 pack

HOT DRINK AND

KIT KAT OR MALTESERS

OR DAIRY MILK

£3.00

SOFT DRINK AND

KIT KAT OR MALTESERS

OR DAIRY MILK

£2.00

On flights between the Channel Islands and the UK, the allowance

includes 200 cigarettes and one litre of spirits. A duty free service is only

available on the Embraer and ATR aircraft. You must be 18 or over to

purchase tobacco or alcohol. Credit cards, debit cards or cash accepted.

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