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West Coast Wander

An evening walk along the west coast - perfect for a sunny evening.

The New Douzaine Room Completed and launched!

In Memory Of A Brave Soldier

Remembering the life of the Lanoë family



Steph to the September.

Hello! The team here at Donkeylogic hope you had a good start to the year and are looking forward to a warm summer. It has been a busy far - Justin and Thu Emile Guilbert, was Year’s Day; you may in the Press.

year for us so Nguyet’s baby, born on New have seen him




We had some great feedback on the last edition of Castel Matters and hope that you enjoy reading this latest edition - perhaps on Cobo or Vazon beach with a bag of chips? If you would like to contribute to, or advertise in, the next issue please contact us on 733300 or email

In December of 2016, the team moved from Castel to our new studio headquarters in the Pitronnerie Road industrial estate. Given all the extra space, we’ve grown the team a little more - Gav and Jo have fitted into the team well and we are looking forward to welcoming

CONTENTS Castel Matters Welcome Canton Douzeniers Taking The Plunge John De Garis The New Douzaine Room Community Matters The Cobo Wives Group Guernsey Gâche ‘N’ Butter Pudding The Guetaways Sunday Club In Memory Of A Brave Soldier Birth & Beyond Outdoor Matters West Coast Wander Photo Gallery

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Youth Matters La Mare De Carteret High La Mare De Carteret Primary Castel Primary Scouts & Guides

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Spiritual Matters Hello From Rev. Karen Dack 36 Service Times 38 Puzzling Matters


Parish Matters Your Douzaine Your Deputies Parish Information Refuse & Recycling Glossary

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I consider that my first duty as Dean is to reiterate the objective of our Douzaine which is to strive to make ‘our’ Castel Parish a district we all have pride in. Various projects have been undertaken throughout my time on the Douzain; Fairfield, Rue A L’Eau plantation, Rue Paintain gates, Grantez Mill site, dedicated dog waste bins and numerous floral displays to name but a few. Given Parishioners support, and the hard work and commitment of all those who serve on ‘your’ Douzaine we will do our very best to make the Castel an even better place to be a part of. We have a picturesque coastline, with some of the finest sunsets anywhere in the world, scenic walks and magnificent views all of which combine to make


Castel very special. By the time you receive this publication our newly refurbished Douzaine Room will have been officially opened and some of you will have already taken the opportunity to view the revamped facility of which we are immensely proud. Indeed, we have held back on this publication so as to include details of the redevelopment. You can see pictures and more detailed information in the later pages. Also hitting the headlines in more ways than one is the role of the Parishes in the Waste Strategy. You could fill several pages and still not get near the final outcome of how the States will be handling the various

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streams of ‘waste’ in the second half of next year onwards. Everybody knows that Guernsey has had waste disposal on the cheap as we have used quarries/landfill with arguable degrees of sophistication. Suffice to say the Constables and Douzaine will strive to give all parishioners, many of whom are taxpayers, the most economic, practical collection options. I have heard some States members say that it is all islanders who will be paying for the waste strategy and therefore it is not relevant whether these monies are collected by central government or by the Parishes. This is not a view shared by us or the other Douzaines. Notional cost projections

have been released by States Trading Assets and only time will tell whether or not they represent any degree of accuracy. In our opinion, ratepayers should be able to clearly identify the true cost of collection streams contained within their Parish rates and it is for Government to justify and collect the tax element of their strategy. Collections have historically been handled by the parishes with the sole intention of providing parishioners with the most economic solution, whilst maintaining the high standard of service you have all come to expect. - Mick Fooks


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Vingtaine des Queritez

Mr J Webster 252952

Mr J Cook




Vingtaine des Grands Moulins

4 Mr MA Fooks 255191

Ms R Cook 253705


Vingtaine des Grantez

Mr N Acton 255999


Mr C Le Page 256663


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Vingtaine des Houmets


Mr J Ashby 256776

Mr K Hudson 252363


Vingtaine de L’Eglise

1 Mr DJ Ozanne



Mr RJ Marquis 254473


Vingtaine des Pelleys

Mr DE Chester 255352

Col. R Graham 254784


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We have a superb new facility in the Castel Parish, namely the swimming pool at the new Les Beaucamps high school.

energy now means that the idea of making the pool available to Parishioners is viable and back on the table.

When it first became available for public use outside of school hours, the Douzaine explored the possibility of hiring the pool and making it available for public sessions. At the time, the initiative had to be shelved for a variety of reasons. It became clear that costings were too great to be viable.

It is envisaged that with 20 swimmers, the cost would be in the region of £3.50 per session - and you will not have to go all the way to Beau Sejour! This would need to be paid in advance and would be nonrefundable, but would be transferable to another person to cover illness, non-availability etc.

The Douzaine has recently been approached by a Castel resident, Mr Brian Aplin, who has volunteered his services as a lifeguard and coordinator for the coming winter period in order that Castel residents may be able to enjoy the use of the swimming pool, be it purely for the joy of swimming of the use of a lane for dedicated training. Mr Aplin’s generous offer of his time and

The provisional plan is to operate from October to March (term times only), one evening per week. The day and time is to be confirmed subject to availability of the pool. Should the idea be of interest, please contact Wendy at the Douzaine office on 255644 with an indication of numbers so that we can progress matters.

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JOHN DE GARIS It was with sadness that in February John De Garis of Seaview Farm, Kings Mills passed away. John was a proud Guernseyman and Parishioner who, following in his Father’s footsteps, served on the Castel Douzaine from 1972 firstly as a Junior Procureur finishing 22 years later as Vice Dean. A farmer for most of his life he was always at his happiest being out and about whether on the land or enjoying the beauty of Guernsey. He will be missed by all who knew him.


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Les Effards House: The venue for the Castel Douzaine prior to 1967.

Starting to build the “new” Douzaine Room.

Taking shape.

The finished product!

Opening of the “new” facility on 7th June 1967 with the Douzaine of the time.


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THE LAUNCH The original footprint


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At the opening, the Dean of the Douzaine, Mick Fooks, spoke of the bold step taken by the Douzaine, adding that nobody could fail to be impressed by the outcome. Ray Le Poidevin, has been an integral part in the planning, budgeting, commissioning of temporary accommodation and all the moves which had to take place as the offices kept running smoothly. Mentioning former Dean, Nick Dorey, he also mentioned Bob Falla, Nigel

Acton and John Cook, who have been part of the project team. He also referred to John Webster who had undertaken a tremendous amount of research and taken hundreds of pictures. He added that special thanks must go to Chris Workman, who so ably managed the project, and Paul Van Katwyk and Dave Breban “whose professionalism, dedication and craftsmanship have resulted in a flagship building which I am sure will be the envy of many”.

The Douzaine would like to thank all of the refurbishment contractors including: • • • • • • • •

Chris Workman & Co. Ltd. Paul Van Katwyk & Dave Breban Granite Le Pelley EWF Electrical Ltd. Andy Loveridge (Plumbing) Terry Ogier (Plastering) Ecoscreed (CI) Ltd. Window Service Centre

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DW Arundall (Flooring & Blinds) D. A. Gallienne (Decorating) Tarmac Services Smith Signs Queux Plant Centre Guernsey Metals Sarnia Roofing Prime Scaffolding Guernsey Ltd.


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The Cobo Wives Group meet in the Cobo Community Centre, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7.30pm. Despite keeping our traditional name of Cobo Wives, you do not have to be a wife, or live at Cobo to join us! We enjoy a variety of activities including speakers, outings and demonstrations by visiting presenters. We may even sometimes be called upon to learn (and then try out) a new skill! In July and August we manage a bit of exercise by walking (nothing too strenuous!), followed by a light supper at the home of whoever has volunteered to be the host for the


occasion. We donate to local charities (chosen by the members each year) by holding jumble sales from time to time. We welcome new members, so, if you are interested and think you would like to join us, please do call either Val on 257077, Marion on 256613 or Pamela on 252550 for more details.

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GUERNSEY GÂCHE ‘N’ BUTTER PUDDING From Cobo Tea Rooms Ingredients: 3 loaves of Senner’s Guernsey Gâche 250g unsalted Guernsey butter 150g caster sugar 200g raisins 750ml Guernsey double cream 750ml milk 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla extract 50g demerara sugar

Leave to rest for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the top of the pudding with demerara sugar. Bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour in an oven pre-heated to 180 °C, or until golden brown. Serve warm with Guernsey cream for an extra treat.

Method: Slice the loaves of Gâche into 2cm thick slices and butter each generously on one side. Butter a 13” x 11” dish or tin and lay a single layer of Gâche at the base, butter side up. Sprinkle with half of the caster sugar and raisins. Beat the eggs in a jug with the cream, milk, nutmeg and vanilla extract. When combined, pour a third of the wet mixture over the Gâche until it is covered. Add another layer of Gâche butter side up, and sprinkle with the rest of the raisins and caster sugar. Pour over a third of the wet mixture, then top with a third and final layer of Gâche. Pour over the rest of the wet mixture and press down with your hands on the pudding to ensure that all of the pudding is fully soaked in the liquid.


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Children from 4 to 12 years old are very welcome to come along to the Guetaways Sunday Club, held on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the Cobo Community Centre, from 10:30am to 11:30am. Parents are welcome to stay and help if they would like to – especially with any smaller children under 4 years old! Activities we enjoy: singing; stories; cooking; art and craft; playdoh modelling; construction toys and

games - so old clothes or aprons are advisable! After club you are welcome to pop in to church with us to show what you have done, receive a blessing and have a drink and biscuit. If you’d like to come along just call Val on 257077 – we’d love to hear from you! - Val Guilbert


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IN MEMORY OF A BRAVE SOLDIER • On the 6th May 1875, a child Yves Auguste was born to Yves Marie Lanoë and his wife Thomasse Michelle Cardinale, a new 1st generation Guernseyman. They were economic refugees coming to Guernsey to start a new life together from Brittany. Yves and his wife had found lodgings with the Miss Galliennes at Les Rues near Le Gron in St Saviours. The Miss Galliennes, Lucretia (b. 1826) and Ophelia (b. 1828) were dear old souls and kept an eye on the family. They grew up under the influence of the Miss Galliennes and their parents. All they had was their health and the ability to work to earn money. This carried on and they had more children. By the time little Yves was 10 they had made enough money to rent the farm at Jerbourg and to work that to earn even more money. Yves loved it at St Martins and would often talk about it in his old age. He and his brothers and sister spent their teens there and they were forever exploring. They also loved to go swimming down Petit Port and there was an occasion when he said his brother got tangled in some rope and seaweed and he helped him to avoid drowning. As he got older he went down to town on a Saturday night and used to scrap with the town boys on the way in and again on the way out. It was


during this time that he made a name for himself in hopping around the railings around the top of the Jerbourg monument and also at the age of 15 he attempted to sign up for the Boer War. He was refused as being too young. Though moving on, they did go back to see their well loved Miss Galliennes, there is a record in the 1891 Census of Emile (Yves’ brother) at the Miss Galliennes aged 7 years, a scholar with the description “visitor”. There were 5 children, Yves, Pierre, Marie, Jean and Emile and all born in St Saviours. About 10 years later, their fortunes improved again and they moved to Castel and rented a farm finally buying it from the owners 5 years later. The boys grew up and Yves helped out on the farm, the others found various occupations. Emile went to seek his fortune in London and secured a job with Sir Alfred Mond Bt. as his valet. This meant that he travelled everywhere with the family, who were considered to be one of the richest at the time. Sir Alfred went on to become the first Lord Melchett. We have cards from all over Europe where they travelled.

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He was called up on the 22nd July 1916. After training, he was posted with the rank of Private in the 3/22 London Rifles staying in England for training and then despatched as part of the British Salonica Force from Southampton on the 18th December 1916, Malta 28th January 1917 to 19th August 1917 and then to Alexandria 20th August 1917 where he disembarked on the 24th August – 2/21st London Regiment. From his enrolment form, we note that Emile was 5ft 2.5ins tall and weighed just 106lbs or 48kg. The Division began to advance to Palestine and by 23rd July was at Deir el Balah (8 miles SW of Gaza). Emile joined the Division, in Palestine and took part in the following engagements: The Third Battle of Gaza (30th October – 7th November), notably for the capture of Beersheba (31st October). Beersheba was defended by lines of trenches, supported by isolated redoubts on earthworks and hills, which covered all approaches to the town. The Ottoman garrison was eventually encircled by the two infantry and two mounted divisions, as they (and their supporting artillery) launched their attacks. The 60th (London) Division’s preliminary attack and capture of the redoubt on Hill 1070, led to the bombardment of the main Ottoman trench line. Then a joint attack by the 60th (London) and 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions captured all their objectives.

On the 23rd October 1917, Emile sent his brother Yves the following letter: My dear Jimmy*, I am writing this in haste. This is the last news you will get from me until after the stunt we are going into in very few hours from now. I believe it to be rather a big affair, so there will be many that won’t return and I may be one of the many, you will no doubt hear what has happened should anything happen. Should you hear the worst that I have gone under, I am enclosing a list of addresses. I wish you to inform the people who addresses I give you, above all do not forget Walter please. Things are just livening up a bit here now otherwise there is nothing to write about, my health is fairly good, just feel a bit shaky, otherwise everything is alright, hoping you are all enjoying the best of health. I hope you will not take this too seriously because I’m not in any way unhappy, please remember me to all friends in Guernsey my kindest regards to all and fondest love au rèvoir. Your loving brother, Emile in Palestine

On the 31st October 1917 the body of Emile Lanoe was found on the battlefield and was buried, later to be placed in the Military cemetery at Beersheba where he lies to this day nearly 100 years later. A brave ‘son’ of Guernsey. * Yves had redgold hair and was known as ‘Jimmy’. Cockney rhyming slang for a gold sovereign (Jimmy O’Goblin).

- P.E. Guilbert


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BIRTH & BEYOND • I am passionate about education and have been a teacher for nearly 20 years working mainly in secondary education and at The Guernsey College of FE. However, almost 14 years ago, after the birth of my first son, I explored my passion for birth and babies and also trained as an antenatal educator with the parenting charity NCT and the University of Worcester  – this was challenging as I had two more babies over the years whilst I trained each month in UK but I eventually got there!  The NCT has been a hugely inspiring and influential part of my life for so long and I really do value this highly respected charity.  I am also a Pregnancy Yoga teacher, Postnatal Mother & Baby Yoga teacher, Hypnobirthing teacher, BabyCalm Consultant and a Birth Doula and so my children and husband are completely submerged with my passion for all topics related to pregnancy, birth, babies and breastfeeding and can identify a placenta and describe a babies nappy contents with an air of normality! More recently I have set up as ‘Nurturing Birth & Beyond’, (NBB), and have extended the birth and parenting courses I offer.  I am fortunate to have two amazing venues in the Castel, very close to home, that I use weekly for my pregnancy yoga, antenatal education and postnatal


Mother & Baby Yoga. One of my weekly pregnancy yoga classes is at Cobo Community Centre and from April to September, when the weather is a little more settled, I venture into Le Guet with the mothersto-be for the start of the class and we use the tranquil space under the pine trees to stretch, breath and prepare for a comfortable pregnancy and confident birth. Women soon realise how accessible the classes are as some may feel apprehensive and that ‘yoga’ is about being super flexible – but this is pregnancy yoga and we focus on birth preperation using breath, gentle stretching, positions, movement and talk about how to prepare for positive experiences. I make no secret that my pregnancy yoga classes are the highlight of my week and I love that the women gain so much from them too with the classes making such a positive difference to their births.

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The women then join my antenatal couples’ courses with their partners which I often hold at Vazon Elim church hall. Over several weeks, we explore topics that help prepare them for the time ahead physically, practically and emotionally in an informative and positive way…  from the role of the birth partner to nappies, breastfeeding to parenting.  My aim is that parents leave my courses feeling empowered and confident about the time ahead – really special lifetime friendships are formed in these groups and I am humbled and touched that I get to share such a special part of a couple’s life as they prepare for birth, parenthood and beyond. Postnatally, the women return to my postnatal support groups and then Mother & Baby yoga which is a fun activity that focuses on postnatal healing and well-being, baby development and a beautiful interaction(s) between mother and baby(s).  We sing, we talk, we laugh, we cry and I aim to create a nurturing space for those in their birth and parenting year. In any week, I have the privilege of working with over 80 pregnant and

postnatal women, their partners and babies. One of my highlights is when women and their partners come back to me a year or two later and I get special messages informing me that they are in early pregnancy and would like to join my classes all over again!

As a mother, a teacher and a professional birth doula I recognise the importance of the special life transition of becoming a parent. I acknowledge the hopes (and anxieties) that parentsto-be may experience in pregnancy, surrounding birth and the postnatal period and facilitate courses that ensure a safe environment to explore making informed decisions from the choices available to parents here in Guernsey.   I am passionate about normality, (in birth and beyond), and this is the anchor of all topics explored although I also recognise that more importantly, positive experiences are what make positive parenting with confidence and this is the key aim of Nurturing Birth & Beyond. - Anita Davies


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Summer is just around the corner and how better to spend a warm summer evening than a walk whilst the sun is setting? We are very lucky that the best sunsets on the island are on our doorstep in Castel. Having done this walk in the spring, we think it is of moderate difficulty and should take somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours long. The walk is mainly on the flat apart from at the beginning. If you wanted to make your time in the sun a little bit longer, you could always stop off for a drink or something to eat on your way! There are plenty of restaurants, kiosks or tearooms right on the sea front.


If you want to take your dog, please note that dogs are not permitted during the summer months on Cobo, Vazon and Port Soif - but they can go on Grandes Rocques! We hope you enjoy the walk as much as we did. We are all looking forward to doing it again in the summer.

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1&2 The Gun Emplacement and Fort Hommet were first recorded to be on this site in 1680. Evidence suggests that they may have had a much earlier settlement. Previously, it has been used as a barrack block for the Regular Army garrison until the First World War, and by the Germans during the Occupation. Within the grounds of the German section of the fortification is the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, constructed in 1960 by Hubert Le Galloudec who decorated the shrine with hundreds of shells. It was reopened again in 2008 after restoration. 3

Legend suggests that Creux Des Fees was where fairies invaded the Island. The legend is based on a story of an attack by mercenaries in 1338. When you descend the headland further, you come across remains of a medieval settlement which offers incredible and impressive views.

4&5 Albecq and Lion Rock are just along the footpath. The route takes you around Albecq headland where there are large chunks of granite in the sea known as Lion Rock. Named by Victor Hugo (the French author) because he described it as “one moment resembling a camel, and another a lion�. Nowadays, coach drivers often stop to point out this

feature which is best seen looking back. 6

Cobo Bay is known for windsurfing, golden sand and amazing sunsets. One mile out at sea is Grosse Rocque where a Guernsey flag flies. The flag is raised on Liberation Day (9 May) every year. Cobo itself was also once a fishing village. Fishing boats can still be seen at Long Port (the next bay north). It is a very popular beach to sit and eat fish and chips.


Chateau Grandes Rocques was built as a school originially, but is now a private residence. Fortifications on the headland date back from the early 19th century. As elsewhere, the German occupiers of the Second World War took advantage of the location to build on top of the existing defences.


Port Soif and the nature trail has the best example of live sand dunes in Guernsey. They are home to rare plants (such as the Bee Orchid) as well as lots of different species of bird. This area is now protected. On the opposite side of the road, there is a short nature trail which was originally designed with the needs of disabled people in mind. Overleaf is a map of the route.


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Here are the results from the most recent inter-club competition with the theme “Rural Guernsey”, held at GPC on 23rd May at Vale Douzaine Room. 1st: St Peter’s Water Wheel, Jeff Holden 3rd: Rural Sunset, Alan Robilliard Joint 4th: Sow What, Brian Johnson 2nd: Not Quite Bullseye, Cindy Carre

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LA MARE DE CARTERET HIGH Time has flown this term and our thoughts turn to Year 11 students who are about to begin their final term at La Mare de Carteret High School. I am certain they will use their time productively over the holidays to revise and ensure they are up to date for this final push. The term may have been brief but such a lot has taken place. We have continued to be well supported at various events from our highly successful school production and our PTA quiz evening. We have had trips to Canada skiing, rugby in Jersey, Year 7 trip to Lihou and our Duke of Edinburgh expedition. This coming weekend we had an arts trip to London


to explore the cultural sites. We hope all of the students have great experiences and memorable times. Our students work was entered in the art exhibition for Eisteddfod. It was a fabulous display of talent and I know many of our students entered individually for various interests too. Sports continue to be a strength and we have been very successful in rugby girls and boys this term, congratulations to all of you who have participated. Our technology group have visitied Offshore Electronics to see how skills are applied in the workplace and we have had study groups working in partnership with the Library Service.

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The Student Business Challenge has caused great competition and enjoyment for our students. They have shown great dedication and entrepreneurship in the making and selling of products. They have faced all sorts of weather over the weeks while selling in Market Square, but it has been a triumph for all who participated. We wait for the final rounds but all should be extremely proud of their contributions. School Production: Hairspray by Lucy-May de Carteret, Year 7 After months of preparation, the school production of Hairspray was ready to show to the public. It was really well received from the audience reaction. I could tell that they enjoyed every part of the show because of all the laughing and the loud applause at the end. From my research, I have seen that La Mare De Carteret High School have done lots of shows but they have said this was their best yet!

Photo courtesy of The Guernsey Press.

LMDC Radio Studio LMDC Waves Radio has arrived at La Mare and is preparing to go live to our listeners at home over this summer. We have had a professional standard Myriad SR4 Radio Studio installed at La Mare. It is the first of its kind in Guernsey and we hope it will be used by every student at school, whether as a listener or a learning tool! We have had an incredible amount of interest so far, with students utilising their music and drama lessons to learn how to present and host shows. The premise of LMDC Waves is to instil the professional skills required to work within the radio industry and use it as a learning tool within all curriculum at school. We hope to see many other subjects getting involved over the coming year and showing you their classwork beyond the classroom. Physical Education This term we have seen an outstanding contribution to girls rugby, with support from Rugby Development Officers, the Year 8 and 9 girls have shown an incredibly strong performance across the island. They have won against St Sampson’s High School on three occasions. The Year 7, 8 and 9 girls took part in development tournaments and a final tournament at Footes Lane. The team was fantastic and some impressive goals were scored.


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The boys also had a cracking term of rugby with over 75 representing the school. School fixtures are ongoing but the Year 7 team look to be in contention to be table toppers, and the Year 9 team are closing the gap on St Sampson’s team. 20 boys also headed to Jersey for two days to play against De La Salle College as well as an English touring school side. Some fantastic performances were put in with the boys drawing one and losing two games.

Next term, both boys and girls will be focussing on athletics where we look forward to both Sports Day and competing against the other schools. We have already started practicing!

Finally, congratulations to eight boys in Years 10/11 who represented the Island Schools team to play in the Lord Jersey Cup in Jersey. Gwydion, Tiago, Jack, Cameron, Niks, Phil, Zander and Will all put in courageous performances throughout the day and were placed second in the overall standings. Final words to mention are the very successful charity events that have taken place during the course of the term. Thank you all and have a lovely summer.

Stay tuned for more information on the school’s Twitter account @lamarehighschoo. - Mrs V.A. Godley, Headteacher


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It has been another busy and exciting half term.

Firstly, we are delighted to be the first school to achieve the Guernsey Healthy Schools Award 2017. At the start of April we had an inspection from members of Education Services who carried out an in-depth inspection resulting in us winning. We are really proud of winning the award. Once again, we were very successful in this year’s Eisteddfod. Our Year 3 and Year 5 children entered the choral speaking at the Eisteddfod. Mr James’ and Mrs Hubbard’s classes all received Certificates of Merit whilst Mrs Brown’s received a First Class Certificate. Our Reception children who attend French club also experienced Eisteddfod for the first time and received a First Class Certificate. We also had a go at the Everest Challenge. What a wonderful group of Effective Contributors! These children


were absolutely wonderful. They raised over £400. A big thank you to Mrs Brown for organising it and to the staff who also took part, raising £200. There were also a number of sporting achievements. Year 5 and 6 girls came 3rd in their 7-a-side tournament after much perseverance and teamwork. The Year 5 and 6 teams fought hard. La Mare Lions reached the Bowl semi-finals, and the La Mare Leopards reached the Plate quarter-finals which were massive achievements. The Year 3 and 4 team reached the final against Beechwood and the La Mare Tigers got together and won by a narrow margin. In netball, the Girls B Team finished 4th overall in their tournament and the Year 5 and 6 girls finished 2nd with one goal between the two teams! We






- Kim Hutchison, Headteacher

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We have had another incredibly busy term with a wide range of activities occurring. Year 1 had a trip to the Walled Garden and Folk Museum at Saumarez Park as part of their current project on ‘Old and New.’ Year 2 visited the Eisteddfod to look at the displays there and they have also designed and made ‘worry dolls’ as part of PSHE. Year 3 have been working on a dance unit in PE and presented their country dancing routines to parents recently. Glowing reports and praise for their moves were received! Year 4 have had some sessions on First Aid training from visiting nurses which delivered to them vital skills and knowledge in relation to helping both themselves and others. In Year 5, pupils have been working on researching, preparing and delivering a 5-10min presentation to their peers on a hobby or topic of their choice. This focussed on developing their personal organisation, planning and public speaking skills. A wide range of topics was presented about.

to introduce the work and give guidance and advice on how to take a good photograph. The pupils then visited Saumarez Park to take their shots; these will be entered into a Year 6 competition. Nick will return in the near future to judge the winning entry! On the sporting front, our Netballers recently came second in the Primary Schools tournament; our Year 6 team won the Tag Rugby tournament at Footes Lane and our Year 4 footballers won the recent Year 4 Primary Schools Football tournament. Many of our pupils have represented both themselves and the school at the Eisteddfod ranging from poetry to art and craft to musical performances. Please feel free to take a look at our Well Done blog at welldonecastel. to see details and photos of our pupils’ achievements. - Peter Curtis, Deputy Headteacher

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Youth Matters

SCOUTS & GUIDES The Scout movement is ideal for energetic youngsters who want to try their hand at canoeing, camping and helping the community. The 8th Guernsey (Reliant Sea Scout Group) meet at Le Douit Baudin near Saumarez Park.

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Beavers meet on Mondays from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. Cubs meet Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Scouts meet Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the summer and 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the winter. Explorers meet Fridays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Group Scout Leader, Robert Prigent, can be contacted on 241696.

The 12th Guernsey Group meet in the Maurice Lihou Building at Les Beaucamps High School.

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Beavers meet on Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. Cubs meet on Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Scouts meet on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Group Scout Leader, Pat Queripel, can be contacted on 722710.

Guiding is for girls to make friends, learn skills and have fun.

Rainbows: Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre. Contact Saffron on 07781 413977.

Rainbows: Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Delisles Church Hall. Contact Sandra on 255915.

Rainbows: Fridays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre. Contact Lesley on 254333.

Brownies: Mondays from 5:45pm to 7:00pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre. Contact Claire on 259248.

Brownies: Tuesdays from 6:15pm to 7:45pm at Delisles Church Hall.

Contact Debbie on 255043.

Brownies: Fridays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre.

Guides: Mondays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre.

Contact Claire on 201085.

Contact Colleen on 257686.

Guides: Wednesdays from 6:15pm to 8:00pm at Delisles Church Hall. Contact Yvonne on 258018.


Spiritual Matters



I would like to introduce myself, I am Karen Dack the new Priest of Ste Marie du Castel and St Matthew’s, Cobo. I was born in Belfast and have lived in London, Newcastle, Carlisle, Guernsey, New Zealand and back to Guernsey. One of the metaphors of the Bible is journey. It begins in the Old Testament with Abraham, continues with the children of Israel leaving Egypt and heading for the Promised Land and the theme continues into the New Testament with Jesus journeying throughout Palestine preaching the Good News of the Kingdom


of God and then the Apostle Paul and his journeys throughout the Mediterranean. Christianity is believed to have been brought to these islands by Sampson, a wandering Celt or it may have been brought here much earlier by the Roman traders. However Christianity arrived here, it was certainly brought by people on a journey. We are all a journeying people and we often make sense of our lives through the idea of journey, whether that be the journeys made by our ancestors in our family history or the journey we have made in our careers, or the way we live our lives; sometimes we may

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even talk about our spiritual journey. Thinking about the Christian life as a journey reminds us that life is not static, we are on our way somewhere and on this journey of faith we will hopefully take every opportunity to grow and develop as people and become the kind of human beings that God created us to be, loving our neighbour as ourself and God with all our heart. Sometimes people let us down and we try to remove them from our story, it is not unusual for those applying for weddings to ask if they can leave out any mention of one or other of their parents. Sometimes people have been disappointed by people who go to church or by Christians who appear not to measure up to the message they preach. Sometimes people are angry with God, but God is a part of


Sundays 8:00am Book Of Common Prayer 11:00am Eucharist

our story whether we like it or not, just as Christianity is inextricably linked with the history of this island, whether that fact suits us or not. Is God angry when we try to live our lives without any reference to the fact that God gave us life, sustains our life and prepares for us an eternal life? No, God is not angry with us, but God cares for us in the way that a good father cares for his children. God is the kind of father you would want at your wedding! Why not revisit the place of God in your own story, why not visit a community of faith to see if your story might be enhanced by joining with other people who are on a journey? You might find it to be the beginning of a new chapter in your story. Yours, Reverend Karen Dack


Sundays 9:30am Wednesdays 10:00am

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Sunday 10:00am 11:00am 6:30pm Tuesday 2:00pm Thursday 7:30pm Friday 7:00pm

Sunday School The Lord’s Table Gospel’s Service Women’s Meeting Prayer + Bible Study Youth Night

For more information contact 251042


Sunday 10:30am 6:00pm

Fellowship Meeting Sunday Meeting

Tuesday 7:30pm

Tuesday Meeting

For more information contact Mr L Davies on 255000



Sunday 10:45am 6:00pm

Celebration Worship Evening Meeting

Tuesday 1:00pm

Parent + Toddler

Friday 6:00pm 7:30pm

Acorn Club (3-8yrs) Transformers (8-11yrs) Vibe (11yrs+)

For more information contact Pastor Matt Gregor on 259822


Sunday 10:30am

Sunday Worship and Junior Church

For more information conatct Rev Mark and Deacon Sian Street on 234105

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St Joseph + St Mary

Sunday 8:00am 10:30am 6:30pm

Sunday Mass Sunday Mass Sunday Mass

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7.30am


Tuesday/Thursday 9.30am Mass

Sunday 10:30am 6:00pm

Sunday Worship Evening Worship

For more information contact Majors Jamie and Claire Hill on 244631


Notre Dame du Rosaire Saturday 5:30pm

Wednesday 12:05pm

Saturday Mass Wednesday Mass

Our Lady Star of the Sea Monday 12:00pm Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am

Midday Mass Saturday Mass Sunday Mass

For more information on any of the churches contact the office on 720196

Tuesday 7:30pm

Meditation Sessions

Meetings for Guided Meditation are held regularly and other meetings for study and discussion are also held. The meetings are open to people of all schools of Buddhism and indeed to people of any or no religion. For more information contact Richard Moorman on 255445


Puzzling Matters



Place numbers 1 to 9 in each column, row and 3x3 box. EASY


Answers can be found for all three puzzles at the back of the magazine.


Puzzling Matters

WORD WHEEL Find as many words as you can in the wheel. All words much use the central letter. There is at least one 9 letter word.


Try and find all oft the summer themed words.

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Parish Matters


YOUR DOUZAINE The douzeniers work for you by offering their services free of charge to administer the parish. This system has worked well for over a hundred years and we hope it continues. The douzaine undertakes a number of parochial duties which include:

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Election organisation Cemetery management School committees Moorings Refuse and recycling Parish rates Noxious weed reports Quarry inspection Salle publique licences Dangerous roads

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Flag days Cistern inspection Civil defence Parish meetings Road name signs Dog tax collection Stream inspection Liquor licensing Seats, siting and upkeep Auctioneers’ licences

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Barbed wire Crown & Anchor licences Fuel storage Hedge and tree inspection Illegal dumping Abreveurs and troughs Bookmakers’ licences Dangerous buildings Sunday trading licences Bornements and permits

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Mark Dorey Richard Graham

Chris Green Jonathan Le Tocq Barry Paint

YOUR DEPUTIES We asked the Castel Deputies about their thoughts on summer. 1. What do you enjoy most about Guernsey summertime?

3. What flavour of ice cream is your favourite?

2. What is your favourite Guernsey beach?

4. What is your ultimate summer song?

MD: 1. The long days. 2. Vazon. 3. Coffee. 4. I have to go back to my teenage years, “School’s Out For Summer” by Alice Cooper.

JLT: 1. Fish and chips watching the sunset at Cobo. 2. Cobo, for sure, eh! 3. Raspberry ripple. 4. “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald.

RG: 1. Spending days at Vazon while my teenage grandsons surf all day and inexhaustibly. 2. Vazon for recreation. The tiny beach opposite the Guet watch-house for swimming. 3. Vanilla, or honeycomb. 4. “Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald.

BP: 1. I think early morning sunrise, it’s so peaceful at that time. 2. Perelle, it is the beach that was my playground when I was a boy. I was always on the beach and rarely went home dry. I found so much there that interested me, winter and summer. I use to fish off the rocks, pier, and drainage pipes, swim and go snorkelling. On low waters there is hundreds of rock pools to catch shrimps and explore. 3. Coffee 4. I like most songs that are popular or classical that have heartfelt meaning. For example “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” or “Je Ne Regrete Rein”.

CG: 1. Barbecues in the garden and long summer walks. 2. Vazon / Richmond. 3. Vanilla 4. “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks.


Parish Matters

PARISH INFORMATION Barbed wire It is an offence to use barbed wire on the outside boundary of a hedge or fence when it borders a public place, road or way at a height less that 6ft from the road surface. Bornements or permits A bornement is required in respect of any building work within 1.5 metres of any public road. Application must be made in writing to the constables. The fee is £25 for each application. Cisterns, wells + pits These must be covered or fenced in such a manner as to prevent any person from falling in accidentally. Dog tax Ten pounds must be paid in January of every year in respect of each dog except for service dogs. There is a fine of £500 for non-payment. Douzaine Room It is available for hire on application to the parish secretary. Call 255644 for further information. Fairfield Fairfield is a delightful area and is available for use by the public. It is available to be hired for events. Please contact the parish secretary.


Floral Guernsey Helpers are required to form a new committee. If you are interested please contact the Parish Secretary on 255644 for further information. Hedges Hedges bordering a public road must be cut back between 1 and 15 June and 15 and 30 September every year. All dates inclusive. Noxious weeds Reports relating to noxious weeds can either be made to the douzaine office or to the States Horticultural Services on 234567. Owners’ + refuse rates The owners’ and refuse rates are levied on householders based on the TRP values of their dwellings. Only those properties that are charged a refuse rate are entitled to collection. Parochial rates are levied annually and cover the period from 1 January to 31 December in any given year. Parish meetings Two meetings are held every year in April/May to approve expenditure (known as the remede) and in November to elect parish officials.

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Parish office The office is located at: La Chambre de la Douzaine, Les Beaucamps Road. It is open from 9am - 12pm weekdays. ď‚• 255644 ďƒ Quarries These must be adequately protected by private land or fenced to ensure they are not a danger to the public. The quarries are inspected in the autumn by the parish constables. Recycling Recycling of glass, paper, cans, cardboard and clothing can be undertaken at the amenity site at Vazon. Refuse collection details can be seen overleaf. If any parishioner is genuinely unable to access the recycling banks within the parish and has no one able to do it for him/her, please contact the douzaine room. Arrangements can be made to collect recyclables on a regular basis.

Refuse waste Two bags of refuse waste per household are allowed each week (more information overleaf) and should be in place by 10pm. Wheelie bins can be used but the refuse waste must be in sacks. Do not put glass or any containers of liquid in the sacks, these should be put out separately in a box. No garden waste should be included; this can be taken to the tip at Chouet or Friquet Garden Centre. Streams Controlled streams are inspected twice a year between 1 and 30 June and 15 and 30 September. Owners must cut vegetation and clean streams so an unrestricted flow of water is ensured. If you need any clarification on any parish matter, do not hesitate to contact the parish secretary on 255644 or the douzenier for your canton.


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REFUSE COLLECTION MONDAY EVENING: Belle Vue, Clos De Cache, Rue De La Carlton Estate Charruee, Rue De La Chemin Robin Cobo, Route Du La Planque Chou, Rue Croix, Rue De La Emrais, Clos Des Emrais, Ruette Des Forfaitures, Rutte Des Francis, Rue Des Galahad, Rue Du Grandes Mielles, Clos Grandes Rocques Road + estates Haye Des Puits, La Hougue Du Pommier, Route De La Houmets, Rue Des Lilyvale Crescent Mare De Carteret, Route De La Mielles, Clos Des Ollivier, Courtil Port Soif Road Presbytere, Rue Du Pretre, Rue Au Ronce, Rue Au Ronde Cheminee, Rue De La Saline, La Saumarez, Route De Saumarez, Ruette Touillets, Rue Des Varendes, Clos Des



TUESDAY EVENING: Albecq, Clos D’ Banquette, La Bouverie, Rue De Camp, Clos Le Carteret, Route De Cherfs, Estates Les Cobo Coast Road Cobo, Route De Cornielles, Ruette Des Courtil Cobo Carteret, Clos De Deane, Clos Douit Boudin, Le Feugre, Le Fries, Ruette Des Genats Estate Genrotte, Ruette De La Giffardiere, La Hougue, Rue De La L’Aumone Estate Lande, Rue De La Marottes, Ruettes Des Masse, Rue De La Neuve, Rue La Percee, La Pre De La Cotte, Le Querites, Les Renouards, Rue Des Retot Salle, Clos De St Germain, Rue Terramar Court Tour, Ruette De La

WEDNESDAY EVENING: Albecq, Rue D’ Baissieres, Les Barmere, Clos De Beaumont, Clos De Beaucamps, Les Briocq, Ruette St Cache, Clos De La Cauvains, Clos Des Cauvains, Les Chemin Des Monts Cobo, Route De Cordage, Clos De Croix, La Delisles, Rue Des Efforts, Ruette Des Eglise, Rue Du Eturs, Rue Des Foire, Rue De La Goddards, Clos De Goddards Rise Goddards, Rue Des Houguette, La Landelles Les, I Mare Estate, La Mare, Route De La Mares Litres Mont D’Aval, Le Neuve, Rue La Perruque, Rue De La Petite Mare, De Lis Clos La Petits Puits, Clos Des Preel, Rue Du Queux Lane Rocquette, Clos De Sous La Mer Sous Les Courtils (Including all estates) Tamaris, Rue Des Tertre, Le Tertre, Route Du (Including all estates) Village Rachelle

THURSDAY EVENING: Beauvoir, Clos De Belles, Rue Des Bergers, Rue Des Boulains, Rue Des Candie Road Chemin Des Monts Clos Au Compte, Route Des Cohu, Rue Estates Courtil Simon Lane D’Enfer, Rue Dos D’Ane, Rue Du Douit, Rue Du Fauxquets, Rue Des Fresnes, Rue A Frie Plaidy, Rue Du Gele, Rue Du Grandes Moulins, Les Grantez, Rue Des Guildown, Clos Hamel, Rue Du Haut Séjour, Ruette De Haye, Rue De La Hechet, Rue Du Highland Estate Hougue, Rue Des Hurette, Rue De La Julienne, Ruette L’Eau, Rue A Marais, Rue Des Meadow Drive Morts, Rue Des Pelleys, Les Piette, Rue Ponchez, Ruette Porte, Rue De La Pre De Quertier Puits, Les Saumarez, Clos De Talbot Valley Torval, Rue Vallees, Rue Des Vazon Coast Road Villocq, Clos De Villocq, Estate Le Villocq, Lane Le

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RECYCLING The local recycling bank at Vazon will take: • Glass (coloured and clear) • Steel cans • Aluminium • Paper • Plastic • Textiles • Cardboard • Cartons Kerbside recycling will be collected on the same night as the refuse waste collection.

Blue Bag Cartons, tins and cans, aerosols, aluminium, plastic bottles, food/drink packaging. Clear Bag Cardboard, paper, magazines, envelopes.

To find out which bag is put out each week, go to:


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GLOSSARY Bornement n A permit required from the parish douzaine in Guernsey to make alterations to property within 9m of the public highway. Constable n There are two constables per parish. They carry out the decisions of the Douzaine and manage the day to day affairs of the parish. Each constable has a maximum length of service of 3 years. Canton n An area within the parish which is managed by two Douzeniers. Castel has 6 Cantons. Deputy n A member of the States of Guernsey. They represent the parish as politicians. Douzaine n The main body in each parish. The Douzaine is made up of 12 Douzeniers. Douzenier n A member of the Douzaine. They have a number of responsibilities which they partake in voluntarily. All 12 Douzeniers meet monthly. Parishioner n Someone who lives in the parish.





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Castel Matters: Summer / Autumn '17  
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