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Meet the woman raising thousands of pounds to help protect children Sarah Brooke has raised almost £8,000 for the children’s charity, in the last six months, and admits her biggest challenge is still ahead. From bag packing and cake sales, to a series of running challenges, Sarah is determined to raise as much money as she can and is preparing to take on the London Marathon in April. Sarah, who is a teaching assistant at Victoria College Preparatory School, says: “The NSPCC is a wonderful charity which I have seen first-hand do many supportive things for the children of our island. Read the full story on page 4

Caring Cooks have received almost £6,000 from Standard Bank after the organisation introduced payroll giving in 2018 and chose the charity as a beneficiary. NEWS

The funds raised by staff will be used to deliver Caring Cooks’ Let’s Get Cooking Programme to over 1,000 primary school children in Jersey each year. The programme delivers food and nutrition education to ensure that primary school children go to secondary school with an understanding of basic nutrition and an armoury of essential life skills. The objective is to help young people make positive choices about their food as they become more independent. Debbie Cornish, Caring Cooks Marketing and Fundraising Trustee, said: “We are very grateful to Standard Bank and its employees who have donated generously through Payroll Giving, these funds will support the further growth of our Let’s Get Cooking Programme, allowing more primary school children the opportunity to learn the skills required to prepare and cook their own meals.” Standard Bank was the first bank in Jersey to bring in payroll giving, allowing employees to donate a percentage of their earnings automatically to charity each month via a payroll deduction. The monthly donations are held by the organisation until the end of the year and then passed to charity beneficiaries, who can then claim up to 25% tax back from the Jersey Income Tax Office, further boosting their fund-raising targets. Tina Monro, Head of Human Capital at

Standard Bank Wealth International said: “The Bank very much got behind payroll giving in 2018, recognising the opportunity that it gives our staff to contribute to local charities


Contracts have been signed to build 82 new homes off Rouge Bouillon in St Helier. NEWS

The Summerland site will comprise of seven three-bedroom houses, 52 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom flats. It was previously home to ageing office buildings once used by the States of Jersey Police and the BBC. Andium Homes says the work to clear the site is due

to be completed on Thursday 28 March, with construction commencing the following week. Local building contractor, Camerons, has been chosen to carry out the development. It's due to be completed in the middle of 2021. When it's finished, the development will be renamed 'Le Clos Couriard' in memory of the late Mitch Couriard MBE.

on a regular basis. We are delighted our inaugural payroll giving scheme resulted in a year-end total of £6,000 being collected. It is an amazing result for a very worthwhile local cause.”

Standard Bank staff were asked to nominate their beneficiary charities for 2019 and have chosen Jersey Hospice Care, Cancer Research Jersey and MIND Jersey.




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Islanders are asked to give their views on proposed amendments to the overall planning objectives for construction on the Jersey Gas site in Tunnell Street, St Helier. NEWS

A consultation has been launched into proposed changes to the 2013 development brief which would result in: • an extension to the Millennium Town Park of approximately 1.35 acres • approximately 110 new homes, including some affordable housing • underground parking (150 – 200 spaces), primarily for residents and shoppers. Andium Homes Ltd was required to provide these three elements in a proposition adopted by the States in January 2018. Adapting the development brief (which sets out the overall planning objectives) will ensure that it is aligned with the States

proposition (which sets out the specific proposals for the area). The consultation, which has been published on, will ensure that the community around the site, and any other interested parties,

are able to give their views. The Minister for the Environment, Deputy John Young, said: “The revised development brief will bring current planning guidance into line with the proposition adopted by the States

last year, which sought to secure a significant extension to the Millennium Town Park. We all know that St Helier needs more publicly accessible open space, and this guidance will help to secure more than an acre of new parkland for islanders to enjoy. “The new requirements will also secure the provision of affordable homes, and additional car parking for St Helier residents and shoppers – both of which are in high demand. I am keen to hear feedback from the local community about these additions, which I hope will bring about positive changes in the north of town.” Anyone wishing to have their say can send their comments to Alistair Coates, Principal Planner, by emailing or by writing to Department of Strategic Policy, Performance and Population, 19 – 21 Broad Street, St Helier, JE4 8ND. The consultation will close on 2 April 2019.

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JSO Spring concert 2019 7.30pm Saturday 13th April Gloucester Hall EVENT

The Jersey Symphony Orchestra‘s spring concert will be conducted by Wolfgang Heinz. Our guest soloist Gustavo Surgik will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto composed in 1878. It is believed to be one of the greatest works written for the violin dedicated to wealthy widow Nadezhda von Meck who became his patron.

The concert begins with The Sorcerer's Apprentice by French composer Paul Dukas completed in 1897. It is best known from the Walt Disney 1940 animated film ‘Fantasia’ which was hugely popular. After the interval, the Orchestra plays Mendelssohn's 4th Symphony, also called the Italian Symphony. Mendelssohn said that is was "..the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement...".

Do come and join us for this wonderful programme but don’t forget the Box Office closes at 7 pm on the night so make sure you get your tickets in good time. Tickets can be bought from Fort Regent Box Office or online at In the event of difficulties with your booking or special needs, please telephone the Box Office: 449827 or the orchestra Administrator: 852427




Meet the woman raising thousands of pounds to help protect children

A Jersey woman has raised thousands of pounds for the NSPCC as part of a series of challenges she’s set herself ahead of her fiftieth birthday. CHARITY

Sarah Brooke has raised almost £8,000 for the children’s charity, in the last six months, and admits her biggest challenge is still ahead. From bag packing and cake sales, to

a series of running challenges, Sarah is determined to raise as much money as she can to help keep children safe, and is preparing to take on the London Marathon in April. Sarah, who is a teaching assistant at Victoria College Preparatory School,

says: “The NSPCC is a wonderful charity which I have seen first-hand do many supportive things for the children of our island. “I have been part of many of the Speak Out and Stay Safe assemblies where I work, which are delivered in a child friendly sensitive way, encouraging children to speak out, knowing there'll always be someone who will listen. The latest PANTS campaign is currently being delivered to our Year 3 students which has the added bonus of Pantosaurus!” Trained staff and volunteers for the children’s charity’s Schools Service aim to deliver assemblies and workshops to primary school children every three years, with more than 2,300 children taking part on the island last year alone. Children learn the different kinds of abuse, the signs, and identify trusted adults they can speak to if they have a concern. As well as breaking the ice for teachers to have conversations with children about abuse, it’s important parents do the same, which is why the PANTS campaign was launched in conjunction with the Jersey Safeguarding Board and States of Jersey. P – Privates are private. A – Always remember your body belongs to you. N – No means no. T – Talk about secrets that upset you. S – Speak up, someone can help.

Sarah made the decision to raise money for the NSPCC partly because of how rewarding family of hers on the UK mainland found being involved with the children’s charity in their area. She says: “Living over here it has been difficult to support them and the functions they helped to organise, so I decided that my contribution could be a challenge that coincided wi-th my 50th birthday. This whole thing has been a 'challenge' but I have loved every minute.” Last year Sarah took part in more than 10 running challenges, including The Little Miracles 100k January challenge, The Trail Monkey Winter Series, off-island Park Runs, a Night Trail Run around Val De La Mare and The Durrell Challenge. If that wasn’t enough, she also tackled a Spartan half marathon, a 10-mile Headway Race and the Family Nursing Colour Run. She says: “My last one before I'm fifty will be The Virgin London Marathon on April 28; a week exactly before my birthday and the one I'm most terrified about. “To be so far ahead with my fundraising has really boosted me and when I feel like giving up on a wet, horrid training run it pushes me to carry on. I know I'm never going to be fast, but I'm determined to do my best and raise as much as I can.” Fundraising Chair of NSPCC Jersey, Nicola SantosCosta, says: “As a charity we are heavily reliant on volunteer fundraising from generous supporters like Sarah, who make it possible

for us to do our work, keeping children safe from abuse. “Sarah has astonished us with the number of challenges she has overcome to raise vital funds that will go towards protecting the most vulnerable people in our society – children. “She has done amazingly well with every run completed, bag packed and cake sold. We are extremely grateful to Sarah for believing in our work, and all of her generous supporters who have helped her raise so much. #TeamNSPCC will be cheering her on for the London Marathon in April alongside the other runners wearing green for us.” Sarah says it’s been a ‘team effort’ with strong support from her friends, family, work colleagues, students and parents of the children at her school, despite not quite believing her at first. Sarah’s biggest fundraiser to date has been a cake sale and raffle at the hospital before Christmas, which made over £2,000. Sarah added: “I was totally overwhelmed by the cakes that were made and bought. Friends went above and beyond to help, especially at such a busy time of year. The nicest part for me was delivering all the raffle prizes to people later that evening, it was certainly worth all the hard work.” Childline is free and confidential for children living in the Channel Islands and available 24/7, 365 days a year. Trained counsellors are waiting to listen to children at any time of the day or night, should they have a worry or concern. Anyone keen to �ind out more about Sarah’s fundraising efforts, or donate, can visit her JustGiving page, www.




The Front Office Manager at L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa is hoping his skills on Reception will stand him in good stead for his new role as a member of the Honorary Police. NEWS

Research into assisted dying

The Council of Ministers has agreed to commission detailed research into end-of-life choices in Jersey, including issues associated with assisted dying and dying well. NEWS

In answering a States of Jersey petition, the Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf, said that, due to the complexity, sensitivity and gravity of the issue, it should first be considered by the Council of Ministers, with the necessary time provided to prepare an informed discussion. When discussing the matter, Ministers agreed they wanted to understand the legal and practical implications of extended end-oflife choices. They have therefore agreed to an investigation that would bring together the work already

 Soroptimist International Jersey held a very successful afternoon of Zumba Glow lead by Zumba Teacher Claudia Moreno, at Hautlieu School on 9th February, sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management International. The event raised £1,500 for the Jersey Women’s Refuge. Everyone left with a smile of their face and now the Soroptimists plan to make this an annual event.

done by other British and wider international jurisdictions on issues such as eligibility criteria, protection for patients, registration of medical practitioners and ethical codes of conduct. Ministers understand that there are significant, challenging ethical discussions associated with endof-life choices and, once the legal, ethical and practical issues have been considered in a local context, they intend to extend the work to include public consultation. The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “This is a sensitive and challenging subject, and we need to

understand not only the ethical, legal and social consequences, but also any potential ramifications on our relationship with the UK. “When the Health Minister brought this matter to the Council of Ministers for consideration, we agreed we would draw on the extensive work already done in other parts of the British Isles, and develop a clear view on the issue before consulting islanders. Once we have a better understanding of the research already carried out by neighbouring jurisdictions, we will proceed to a public consultation on the options and their implications.”

Lee Norris, who has been part of the team at the AA Four Red Star hotel in St Brelade for the past 18 months, took his Oath of Office when he was sworn in at the Royal Court in December. In his official capacity as Constable Officer, Lee will volunteer his spare time to maintain law and order in the parish and help ensure a safe environment for everyone. He will be trained by the States of Jersey Police and having completed the basic foundation and first aid courses, he will now have speed and road check training as well as learning more about Jersey Law and the island’s unique legal system. Commenting on his new role, Lee said, “When I was a child, I always

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wanted to be a police officer but I really love my job as Front Office Manager and this new role within the Honorary Police enables me to do both. One of the most important aspects of policing is being part of the community and being there for people in their time of need, serving the public. I’m very grateful to Hand Picked Hotels who have been really supportive in helping me live my dream of joining the Police.” Shaun McGachan, L’Horizon’s Hotel Manager, said, “Honorary policing has been a part of island life for hundreds of years and integral to helping ensure that Jersey remains the wonderful place it is to both live and visit. “Lee is a valued member of our team at L’Horizon and I’m sure will be a real asset to the Honorary Police team too”.

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Work on the French Harbour boardwalk has been completed, meaning that a walking and cycling route now runs from St Aubin to Havre des Pas. NEWS

The boardwalk’s construction has been part of a project to link the promenades so that pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users can travel between the west and east of the island on the harbourside without needing to cross the road or re-join traffic, or walk down and up tidal slipways. Comprehensive stakeholder and community consultations took place to make sure that the heritage of the historic harbours was considered in the works, and to minimise disruption for harbour users. The work started in October last year and involved several complex stages,

including removing contaminated soil, stabilising of part of the harbour wall, and building foundations below sealevel (marine piling). Despite the project’s complexities, contractor Brenwal, who were selected to carry out the project following a competitive tender process, completed the works within the £565,000 budget, and within the scheduled timeframe. Jamie Roberts, Brenwal’s Contract Manager, said: “This has been a unique and challenging project with many complexities that we had to take into consideration. We not only needed to minimise disruption for motorists and harbour users, but we also had to plan our work to suit the tides and to meet

heritage requirements. “Working collaboratively has been key to this project’s success, and I would like to thank port and road users for their cooperation and patience during the works. Brenwal are proud to have created a structure that improves safety for walking and cycling, and which is something that both locals and tourists can enjoy.” The boardwalk was opened last month, and the northbound lane of Le Quai aux Marchands, the main road to La Collette from Commercial Buildings, which was closed during the project, is now fully open to traffic. Islanders are thanked for their patience during the time is has taken to complete project.

Prison's community projects

​ risoners have designed bespoke picnic tables for wheelchair users and restored P cast-iron brackets for lampposts that line St Brelade’s Bay as part of ongoing projects to benefit the community. NEWS

The picnic tables were designed for the newly refurbished outdoor area at Les Amis, a charity that supports islanders with learning disabilities. Les Amis Head of Support Services, Jason Loveless, said: “The team at HM Prison La Moye did a fantastic job designing these bespoke, wheelchairaccessible picnic tables. They will not only be used by the people we support at Les Amis, but also by those who attend Le Geyt Day Services. “The tables are specially designed to

allow four wheelchairs users and four of their support workers to sit together and enjoy a picnic or barbecue. The aim of the refurbishment project was very much about inclusion and we couldn’t have done it without the support and input from the prison service.” Prisoners are also in the middle of restoring the cast-iron brackets that sit at the top of lampposts along St Brelade’s Bay. A total of 40 brackets out of roughly 100 have so far been stripped and repainted to their former glory. Chris Wilson, Vocational Training

Manager at the States of Jersey Prison Service, said: “Restorative justice activities, like these, are hugely beneficial to both the community and prisoners. It is a way forward to help guide many offenders into regaining their place within society by putting something back into the local community. Projects such as these also accommodate the varying skills levels among prisoners.” Prison Governor, Nick Cameron, added: “These projects are further examples of prisoners doing something positive to pay back the community.”



Cavern cleaning project Significant changes will be made to the cavern underneath Fort Regent to limit the number of times it has to be cleaned.

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The cavern acts as a storage tank for overflows of sewage and water from the main sewerage system during storms. Keeping the overflows in the cavern prevents them from spilling onto St Aubin’s Bay. Once a storm has passed, the contents of the cavern are pumped to Bellozanne sewage treatment plant for processing. The cavern, which can hold approximately 25,000 cubic metres of waste, is used roughly 80 times a year and cleaned annually. It takes an average of six workers, working ten to 12-hour shifts, between three to four weeks to clean the space. The task is not only lengthy but hazardous because of the nature of the sewage solids and grit left behind. Additionally, the main tank is a confined space with associated risks from gases, low oxygen and restricted, steep access. Proposed modifications to the cavern will cost £533,587 and will

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Jersey Water has presented the Stroke Association Jersey £18,850 following a year of fundraising, during which employees collected the most they have ever raised for their chosen charity. NEWS

At the beginning of 2018, the Stroke Association Jersey was chosen by Jersey Water’s employees as their charity of choice. Over the course of the year, staff raised money in a variety of ways, including setting up the Jersey Water ‘Hydration Station’ at the Weekender Festival. During the event, employees gave out water and refillable water bottles in return for a donation to the Stroke Association Jersey; over 2,000 reusable bottles were handed out along with 4,000 litres of water to keep the crowds hydrated over the hot weekend. Other fundraising activities ranged from teams putting on an Open Day at Handois Water Treatment Works, lawnmower racing, a quiz night, World Cup sweepstake and various cake and raffle sales.

Helier Smith, Chief Executive, Jersey Water said, “We are delighted to have been able to support the Stroke Association Jersey this year. The Jersey Water team have thoroughly enjoyed organising and taking part in the various events, significantly exceeding our previous fundraising which is an outstanding achievement. It has been fantastic working with the

charity and getting to know the team, their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved

with our activities has helped us to raise awareness of the risk of a stroke. Stroke Association Jersey also

held two blood pressure check days at our offices, which most staff took advantage of.’






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GEOFFREY GRIME RETIRES AS CHAIRMAN OF JERSEY ELECTRICITY After a decade of chairing Jersey Electricity, Geoffrey Grime has retired to concentrate on other projects. INTERVIEW


ith his pinstriped suit and trademark gold pocket watch, Geoffrey Grime, Chartered Accountant, Jurat, former States Deputy, looks every inch the traditionalist from his shiny shoes to the tip of his well-cut silver hair. However, at the end of February, he broke a decadelong tradition. After chairing Jersey Electricity’s AGM, instead of turning left into the Boardroom to chair the year’s first Board meeting, he turned right and headed for the Powerhouse exit. ‘The UK Corporate Governance Code recommends three terms of three years so my time as Chairman is up,’ he says. ‘At 72, I’m also getting kicked into the long grass as a Jurat, too! Therefore, I am retiring in some ways but then I’m not retiring. I have plenty to do; charity things, other directorships, acting as a trustee.’ There are also preparations for this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. ‘It will be my 50th, says Geoffrey proudly. I started in 1967 and I have only ever missed two. I am doing it in a 1902 Gladiator. I tell people to get to Hyde Park at sunrise on the first Sunday in November and you will see the finest gathering of pre-1905 automobiles on Earth. It’s marvellous.’ Geoffrey may be passionate about his old cars but there is nothing vintage about his business acumen. During his 15 years on the JE Board, he has helped steer the Company on quite a journey from a turnover of £59m and pre-tax profits of £6m in 2003 to last year’s (2018) best financial performance of £106m turnover and £16m profits. In that period a near £250m of infrastructure investment is paying dividends not only to shareholders but also to customers in terms of service delivery and price. ‘When it comes to supply reliability and carbon emissions, Jersey is the envy of the western world,’ says Geoffrey. ‘And when people complain to me about the price of electricity, I say wait a minute, we’re 15% to 20% cheaper than the average price in Europe and the UK. We are also cheaper than Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ‘I am therefore pleased to be handing over to the new Chairman Phil Austin a Company that is well-positioned for the future and the opportunities it offers. And I would also like to thank all the staff for their hard work and commitment in making Jersey Electricity what it is today. We have a strong independent Board. As a public company, we get good quality people to serve on the Board but it is the technical guys that identify what needs to be done for the future. They identify

 Geoffrey Grime and his electric smart car potential weaknesses on the network, such as when an interconnector will need replacing or building St Helier West Primary Substation for example, and they come to us to approve the investment and oversee the work. A popular misconception is that Jersey Electricity is States owned. It is not. We strongly resist the States breathing down our necks saying, “Do this, do that”. The States is an important shareholder and of course we should listen to their views but we must act in the interests of the Company as a whole over the long term. We are also obliged to report the same information to all shareholders. ‘It is very different now from the old days when the Board was dominated by States Members. Government should not run business. They like to do because they like the control but as a businessman, I would say that is not the way to go. In the last 15 years our share price has risen from £1.85 to £4.50 and the Company is now valued at around £150m.’ One of Geoffrey’s first tasks when he took over from Derek Maltwood as chairman was to appoint Chris Ambler to succeed Mike Liston as CEO. Together they have overseen some major changes throughout

the business, including IT, Customer Service and Retail as well as the major Energy projects that have transformed Jersey’s network. And Geoffrey admits: ‘The highlights of my job have been the major infrastructure projects; ‘installing the undersea cables, building the primary substations., things like that.’ Geoffrey Grime has helped this Island achieve quite a lot considering he originally only intended to stay in Jersey for two years. Despite being born into a newspaper publishing family in the North of England, Geoffrey says: ‘My father said I wasn’t going near a newspaper until I had trained as either a lawyer or accountant.’ Newly qualified in the latter, he arrived in Jersey to work for a company that published a computing magazine – a rarity in 1969. ‘I was fired after six weeks and was jolly upset. I was staying at a guest house in St Aubin and my employee rang next day asking where I was. He’d forgotten he’d fired me. I thought I can’t work for someone like that. A friend worked at Cooper Brothers and Co so I knocked on their door. “A newly qualified account? Can you start after lunch?” they asked and I did.’ Geoffrey progressed to Channel

Islands Senior Partner of Coopers & Lybrand, he was a founder of Abacus Financial Services and founding Chairman of Jersey Finance Limited. He was elected as a States Deputy in 2002, retiring from that position three years later. But as he retires from his position as Chairman of Jersey Electricity what does he think the future holds for the Company. ‘Three links to France gives us great security and resilience. They have a life of about 30 years so as N2 is 20 years old now maybe we would be looking to replace that at some time. We have looked at wind and tidal generation and I think the wave/tide route is just too uneconomical at the moment. Solar is something that should be encouraged. But when the sun goes in or the wind stops you’re in a mess. The grid is an insurance. We have to be fair and reasonable to everyone so if you want that insurance you need to pay an insurance premium. That is how Jersey Electricity’s proposed Standby Charge should be viewed.’ The integration of local renewables on to the grid is something for Geoffrey’s successor and his Board to negotiate. Geoffrey will be steering a new course – starting in Hyde Park with that 1902 Gladiator.

Barely a year of Geoffrey’s chairmanship passed without some multi-million project:  2009: Western Primary opened (£14m)  2010: Work starts on £9m South Hill Switching Station  2011: South Hill commissioning completes 90kV ring around Jersey  2012: French grant permission for £70m Normandie 3 (N3) interconnector  2013: N3 landworks start both sides of Channel, cables manufactured, £60m finance arranged, £10m Sulzer Diesels generators installed at La Collette  2014: N3 successful installed, St Helier West Primary site acquired and cleared  2015:Permisssions granted for £30m Normandie 1 (N1) interconnector  2016: N1 completed, £2m emergency ‘black start’ diesel generator installed at La Collette  2017: St Helier West Primary build underway (£17m)  2018: St Helier West completed and in service


Mother’s Day Neptune – at Letto’s Celebrating 60 years!


It’s Mothering Sunday at the end of March and Letto’s have a fabulous range of gifts that any mum would love to receieve.

Can you believe it? This year Neptune is celebrating its 60th anniversary! This family owned and run boutique is renowned for its friendly and personalised service and you can always be assured of a warm welcome.

As worn by HRH The Countess of Wessex, and Lady Amelia Windsor, the Halcyon Days Maya Torque bangle is available in silver or gold plate set with black, white or cobalt blue stones.


Since 1959, Neptune has continued to provide seasonal collections of fabulous ladies’ fashion plus a wonderful selection of handbags, scarves, hats and costume jewellery – and this season is no exception. The new Robell trousers in stunning designs and colours come in sizes 8 to 24 in various fits. Treat yourself to a few pairs of these in different colours and designs.

Any item from the Engelsrufer(Angel Whisperer) collection will make her day. Choose from gold or silver cages containing coloured sound balls, angels, tree of life pendants and dreamcatcher necklaces.

Marble knitwear offers superb fitting sweaters and lightweight tops – perfect to take you through spring into summer. And keeping spring chills at bay are Frandsen down-filled gilets and jackets in the most gorgeous colours which include mint green, silver grey and vibrant fuschia pink!

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Your most expensive choice is to do nothing Thinking a pest problem will just go away on its own can work out to be very expensive. As they scratch and gnaw to make nesting materials, rodents can not only cause many sleepless nights, they can also chew through electrical cables and damage precious possessions being stored in the attic. Plus not many people realise that bird feeders attract rats who then take up residence in garden sheds and outhouses. Absolute Pest Control uses tamper-proof bait stations to rid all the nooks and crannies of your home and outbuildings of unwelcome winter lodgers. Give Howard Durell a call now for a quote and to find out how they can help.

Prevention is better than cure – especially when it comes to nesting seagulls. If you had to tolerate a summer of noisy and aggressive nesting birds last year you can prevent returning gulls nesting on your property by having gull deterrents fitted now. But don’t delay! Whatever the pest, talk to Absolute Pest Control.

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Marching into spring


Well here we are in March and only around two weeks to the official start of Spring. What a lovely feeling that the evenings are lighter, the days longer and already the sun keeps coming out to remind us we are not so far from warmer days! Up and Above have received the most amazing dresses perfect for any special occasion. Simple in style but with stunning detail that ooze quality, ask for the Libra label. In jewel colours of sapphire blue and fuchsia pink or soft and romantic blush pink or softest baby blue there will be a colour to suit you. I love the transitional pieces that have arrived; the lightweight knitwear could be worn right now and would cheer you up no end. The beautiful quality mercerised cotton tops from Rabe are perfect for early holidays and due in any day is a collection of coral chiffon crepe coordinates that are gorgeous, trust me, I’ve have seen the pictures! Laurie will have delivered their new colours in capris and 7/8th pants by the time this goes to print and the strong cornflower blue and hot pink is going to be very popular! Laurie trousers now start from size 8.

The full range of Ren products, plus loads of other gift ideas, can be found at 100% Health in Conway Street. Tel 610638.

Set Lunch & Dinner Function Menu STARTERS

Les Ormes Home Made Soup With freshly baked bread

Chicken & Duck Pâté

With pickled cucumber, shallots, mustard seeds & cracker

Grilled Peaches & Parma Ham

With wild rocket, black olives, shaved Pecorino & walnuts Smoked Mackerel Arancini Deep fried rice ball coated in panko bread crumbs with beetroot, chicory salad & basil mayonnaise MAINS

Chargrilled Chicken Breast

With braised chickpeas, chorizo, purple sprouting broccoli & herb green sauce

Char Grilled 28-day Aged Irish Sirloin Steak

Wild rocket, shaved Parmesan, balsamic, fries & pink pepper sauce

Pan Roasted Salmon

With artichoke, borlotti beans, spinach & curly kale pesto

Rigatoni Bolognese

Our 12hrs beef Bolognese cooked with thyme, garlic, tomato, red wine & Parmesan DESSERTS

Panna Cotta of the Day

Served with fruit compote & crushed Amaretto biscuit

Classic Italian Tiramisu

With orange marmalade & coffee ice cream

Sicilian Lemon Meringue with raspberry Mascarpone

Mini Cheese Plate

Section of Italian & English cheeses, chutney & cracker

2 courses £19.95 pp; 3 courses £22.95 pp Smaller groups can eat off our à la carte menus

This menu requires a pre-order of at least 72 hours prior

If you are going off on holiday soon, now is the perfect time to browse, or if you are one of those amazingly organised ladies who always wants the best choice then a visit now is a must to see everything new. Up and Above is at No 50 Don Street, telephone 758808.

Whatever the occasion, make it a memorable one at Les Ormes Do you have a big occasion coming up? To create a memorable event, and to take the headache out of planning a get together, talk to Katherine, the Les Ormes events coordinator.

Finger Buffet Menu

Katherine will talk you through all the event options. The stylish Brasserie interior allows space for larger gatherings whether it’s a society dinner, Christening, anniversary, birthday or a wake. The restaurant seats up to 80 people or you can take over the private function room seating up to 70 with its own bar. A DJ and entertainment can be arranged for private parties.

Minimum 20 persons, no pre-order required Ideal for larger functions up to 180 A Selection of Sliders: Prawns with Mary Rose Sauce Curried Chicken & Lime Cheese & Red Raw Sauce Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Pancetta, Pecorino, Puff Pastry Twirls Wild Mushroom Arancini Sticky BBQ Chicken Drumstick Salt Pepper Squid Crispy Pork Belly & Pink Lady Sauce Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Parma Ham Peppered Steak Pie

As well as the stunning location and gorgeous ambient decor, Les Ormes’ speciality is the incredible food. Les Ormes Head Chef, Trevor Howard, offers a superb mix of healthy and vibrant dishes with an Italian influence. Food and family are his passions: ‘Bringing family and friends together with delicious food are healthy ingredients towards creating happy lasting memories.’

Bruschetta of: Duck Liver & Chicken Pâté Smashed Peas & Mint

With its modern facilities and plenty of onsite parking, Les Ormes is without doubt Jersey’s premier destination for all occasions – whether you’re after a team golf day, wanting to celebrate a big birthday or to just simply enjoy fantastic food in Les Ormes Brasserie. Visit for further details on events and corporate days. Or call Katharine on 497038 to arrange a bespoke occasion to suit all your needs. Email:

£18.95 per person Selection of Petit Fours Extra £3 Per Person


With every visit to Les Ormes and its facilities you are contributing towards the Bosdet Foundation which is committed to helping local Jersey charities.

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Thoughtful gifts for mum 14

Mothering Sunday gifts all under £20 can be found at Madame Wang’s Emporium.

Le Pivot, the charity and community hub, opens its doors

Le Pivot is the new centralised hub, opened by the Bosdet Foundation, where charities and the community sector can receive advice, access to meeting rooms and IT facilities


Soapstone elehant with baby elephant inside £16

Madame Wang’s has a selection of ethically sourced soapstone figurines and boxes along with luxuriously soft cashmere mix wraps for £16 and hand decorated shopping totes from £8.50.

A walk. For men The hub was officially opened by ambassadors from charities that Bosdet support (pictured front row): Sophie Dingle for Jersey Childcare Trust, Kevin Teles for Family Nursing & Home Care and Tim Melim for Mind Jersey. Pictured behind are Roger Trower, Mike Graham, Lady Dalton, Simon Crowcroft, Cliff Chipperfield and Nigel Campbell Le Pivot was opened in January to an impressive welcome. In attendance were: Lady Dalton, wife of the Lieutenant-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton; Constable Simon Crowcroft; Senator Kristina Moore; Health Minister Richard Renouf; Sean McGonigle Director of Local Services; the Bosdet trustees, Nigel Campbell, Roger Trower and Cliff Chipperfield.

Soapstone egg with baby owl inside £8.95

There are also handbags in all sorts of colours and designs, faux fur neck wraps and beautifully embroidered summer dresses.

The Bosdet Charity Manager Alan Le Pavoux told me, ‘The main purpose of Le Pivot is for it to be the place for local charities to come for advice and support. A friendly ear, access to small resources – a hot desk, meeting room and printers, and as a training facility in the evenings.

Les Ormes Managing Director, Mike Graham said: ‘It is encouraging that Jersey Government is becoming more engaged in a practical way with the charity and volunteer sector, we see Le Pivot as being a useful resource in supporting all charity endeavours going forward.’ The Bosdet Foundation supports Jersey Community Partnership whose chief executive, Rachel French, commented, ‘When Le Pivot opened its doors, it made volunteering, community support and the sharing of resources accessible to all. The Jersey Community Partnership is delighted to have a base at Le Pivot, and we look forward to seeing the space and resources used by all members of the voluntary and community sector.’ A desk at Le Pivot is also designated for, another initiative set up by Bosdet, which connects Jersey’s non-profit organisations to suitable and willing volunteers. Alan added, ‘We want to encourage more people to come and see what volunteer jobs are available. Anyone is welcome to pop in and have a chat face to face.’

Soapstone dolphin with baby dolphin inside £12.95

Alan Le Pavoux with Kevin Teles Visit the shop at Tel: 07797 716879.

‘We are here to help and support anyone in the charity and community sector, if we can’t help, we will know someone that can. We want this space to be used to the point where the floor wears out. My aim is to have an even bigger office in ten years.’

Le Pivot in New Street is now open to the public and ready to serve the community.

The Bosdet Foundation, owner of Les Ormes, is a charitable trust and this year donated over £300,000 to the local community supporting local charities and non-profit organisations with profits from Les Ormes.

MADAME W ANG’S emporium

Men Walk, Men Talk is a men’s health initiative – it’s a walk, for men. The 5km walk is easy, non-competitive, nonjudgemental. It encourages conversation and allows you an opportunity to get things off your chest. Walks are the last Sunday of every month, start at 9 am at Les Quennevais Playing Fields rear car park and it’s free. Turn up every time. Turn up once. Turn up whenever you like. Walk with someone and talk with someone – a friend or a stranger. Bring a coffee too! The simple act of communication can throw someone in need a lifeline.

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TALK Chinese Year of the Pig

If you know someone born in the year of the pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995...) treat them to these beautiful Halcyon Days 18 carat gold plated cufflinks with hand painted flying pigs. Available at Letto’s.

Give mum the gift of great skin – and great chocolate!


with Sarah Jane Holt

The Mondaine collection Mondaine has long been known for creating the Original Swiss Railways Watch. The simple design, the unmistakable easy-to-read face, distinctive hands and the famous red seconds hand have made the Mondaine collection successful the world over. Choose from watches for ladies and gents, desk clocks and wall clocks. Mondaine has also created the Helvetica collection. Helvetica is the world’s most utilised typeface font (created in 1957) which has been translated to a watch design. It’s incredibly simple at first glance, but has little quirks that are only noticed when studying the watch. To view the Mondaine collection which is exclusive to Letto’s, call into H. Letto & Son Ltd, 18 Charing Cross. Tel 730952.

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From bespoke to rental If you appreciate incredible craftsmanship and are looking for something different, then speak to North Coast Designs. North Coast Designs was the brainchild of Sam, a carpenter, and Bobby, an electrician. Together they have always had projects on the go and decided to put both their skills together and build a company doing things they both love. Their unique bespoke ‘river tables’ are absolutely stunning and beautifully crafted

– the perfect centrepiece for your home. These can be colour matched to your home decor.

Along with furniture, custom made signs can be personalised just for you. Or they have a choice of signs to bring real impact which can be rented – great for a wedding. You can contact Sam and Bobby through facebook: northcoastdesignsjsy/

Mum will certainly love you if you give her a Mothering Sunday gift from 100% Health.

firming serums and night creams has to be anti-ageing skin care collection of your dreams!

Caudalie Reservatrol (Lift) is so much more than just another range of beauty products. With 93% of natural origin ingredients, the Face Lifting Soft Cream combines a nourishing active formula with a light soft texture. Formulated with Caudalie’s new breakthrough patent of stabilised Vine Resveratrol for firmness and micro hyaluronic acids for volume, this innovative cream with a texture as soft as cashmere fights the signs of ageing while keeping skin deeply nourished. Along with the Soft Cream, the Resveratrol collection of eye balms,

When you pick up a bar of Chocolate and Love organic chocolate, you are not only about to indulge in award-winning chocolate, but you also experience the luxurious quality and ethically made goodness at an affordable price. These bars tell mum you really love and appreciate her and that you respect good quality chocolate. And what better time is there to show her much you care? 100% Health has every decadent Chocolate and Love flavour you can think of and more, with beautiful boxes full of chocolate goodness that any chocolate lover will be delighted to receive. If you’re at all confused on what to choose, helpful staff are always on hand at 100% Health in Conway Street. Tel 610638.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

BLESSING There is no blessing quite so dear… as a mom like you to love year after year.

Thank You, Mother

Once upon a memory Someone wiped away a tear Held me close and loved me, Thank you, Mother dear.

Happy Mother’s D You’re simply the ay! best. Love always, Lorraine & Da ve xxxx

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Rebecca, you are an amazing mother. Have a lovely day. From us both x I would like to wish my wife a Happy Mother’s Day. We love you!

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Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you so much for everything you do for me and James. You are my best friend as well as the best mum in the world. xx

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Spring cosiness with a splash of mustard yellow in soft furnishings!

Exciting new Spring deliveries arriving shortly... Industrial furniture, cosy rugs, linen cushions and new lighting in the home section! Spring deliveries of clothing & sandals from Italy, Denmark & Sweden with jewellery & scarves to compliment. Watch out for the latest deliveries on our Facebook page.... Tel 01534 726224 | FB: The Gooseberry Bush, Jersey Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10-5pm & Sunday 10-2pm (Closed Mondays!) The Gooseberry Bush, Rondel’s Farm, La Rue du Haut de l’Orme, Trinity (Turn opposite Union Inn, Queens Road)

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Spring garden preparation checklist

As important as the right plants are, they can’t do all the work for you. A great garden still requires a lot of preparation and maintenance to develop.


efore you begin planting in the spring, here is a checklist of the 8 steps you should take to prepare your garden for a successful season:

Get your shed in order Go over your tools. Sharpen blades, oil hinges, and think about expanding or upgrading your collection. Use a mill file to sharpen blades, then add penetrating oil to remove and prevent corrosion. You would be surprised how much easier it is to dig or cut with a sharp, well-oiled implement; the right tools will make the whole season much easier! You should also take this opportunity to replenish your supplies. Make sure you have enough fertiliser and soil amendments on hand. Replenish your supply of plant supports, and pre-assemble any structures like tomato cages that you want to make for yourself. It is a lot easier to do get this work done in your shed while the weather is still icky than to have to worry about it later in spring when there is plenty of things you would rather be doing outside.

Clear out weeds and debris Do a spring cleaning of the area, removing anything in the way until you are back to the bare soil. Dead organic matter can go on the compost pile to break down. Well-composted mulch or organic matter can stay right where it is to be incorporated into the soil, but “fresh” mulch needs to be raked away to expose the soil. Your main concern is any weeds that might still be alive. These must be removed from the soil and either burned or placed in the middle of a working compost pile where the heat will kill it before any seeds can germinate. You don’t want to leave any living weeds around, or they might come back and try to compete with your garden plants! Prune Many trees or shrubs can use a good pruning this time of year, especially those that bloom on new wood. Late winter/early spring is the perfect time to prune back old wood because you can see the branch structure well and you can shape the plant before the buds break dormancy and the plant starts investing energy in its

branches. Before you go snip-happy, though, there are a couple of things to consider. First you should use a clean rag and some isopropyl alcohol to sterilise your pruners before each cut. This precaution keeps you from inadvertently spreading plant disease all around the garden. You wouldn’t want a surgeon cutting into you without sterilising the blade first, would you? Secondly, there are many plants that you should NOT prune at this time of year because they bloom on old wood. Whenever you prune your plants, it is a good practice to add a little fertiliser to the soil to ensure that the plant has the nutrients on hand to heal its wounds quickly.

Prepare the soil Once the frost has lifted and the soil is workable, start preparing your garden beds. In winter, soil tends to become compacted, so the first thing you want to do is loosen it back up by tilling or turning it. Using a tiller or a sharp spade, work the soil to a depth of 12 to 14 inches to loosen it up. Any mulch or leaf litter that is wellcomposted should be mixed right in, but if it is too fresh, you should remove it first. Next add compost and amendments. You can use a soil test to see where you pH and nutrient levels are, which will tell you what type of materials you might want to add. If you have poor or clay-based soil, it is especially important to add a healthy layer of compost to improve the soil’s texture, nutrient content, and moisture-retention. Then rake the soil level and water it lightly to help it settle and release air pockets. If your existing soil is particularly poor, the easiest option might just be to rise above it with a raised garden bed.

Set up new planters and beds It is easy to get excited by the beautiful new varieties each year. Now is the time to build garden beds, install shepherd’s hooks or window boxes, and order new pots to ensure that you have enough of a venue to showcase all your gorgeous new plants. Divide perennials like Daylilies Some perennials tend to crowd each

other out, causing their performance to deteriorate year over year. Daylilies, Shasta Daisies, Hostas, and many others all benefit from being divided in early spring. Before the growing season takes off, give these plants room to spread out.

Early Planting Get the first wave of planting done. Many plants can be started indoors this time of year for planting out in spring, and particularly hardy vegetables (onions, potatoes, artichokes, and some lettuces) are ready to be planted now. Look at the plant information for whatever you intend to plant. Bulbs and Perennials tend to be straightforward to plant—it’s really just dig, drop, done! Dig the hole at the proper depth and spacing, add any soil amendments necessary, add the bulb/root ball and be sure that the crown is right at soil level, then fill in the hole and water thoroughly. With Trees and Shrubs, here is a tip to help those roots settle in to their new home: the moat method. Again you should dig a hole plenty large

Early planting

Gardening in March: As the weather warms up and the days get longer, the focus is on planting and sowing. Fruit and vegetables Sow lettuces, tomatoes, salads and cauliflowers under cover. Outside, you can sow peas, carrots, beetroot, summer and autumn cabbages, herbs, leeks, spinach, turnips, spring onions, broad beans, Brussels sprouts and parsnips. This is also a good time to start planting out early potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots. Permanent crops, such as asparagus and strawberries, can also be planted now.

Roses March is the latest you should plant bare-root roses. These are usually purchased by mail order and arrive, as the name suggests, not in a container but with their roots exposed, so it’s very important to get the plants into the ground as soon as possible.

and wide enough to accommodate the plant’s roots, and add a cone of amended soil for the roots to rest on, then fill in the hole with more amended soil. But before you water in, create a ring of soil around the plant a bit wider than the original hole. This ring will act like a berm while you water the plant in, allowing you to really get the deep saturation necessary without turning the whole area into a mud pit. Apply mulch Last but not least, apply a thick layer of mulch wherever you can. Mulch is much more effective at keeping weeds from becoming established if you can get it in place before the weeds start sprouting. You might still be waiting to plant out in lots of areas, or you might have seeds germinating that you don’t want to bury in mulch. You can avoid a lot of this conflict if you have already started your seedlings indoors, if you are working around established plants, or if you buy wellestablished plants in the nursery. Just don’t wait too long to mulch an area, or the weeds will beat you there!














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Jersey Pages | Issue 64  

Jersey Pages | Issue 64