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Guernsey set to introduce register of driving instructors

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Plans to introduce a mandatory register of driving instructors in Guernsey are gathering speed.

At the moment registration is still voluntary but it is hoped that will soon become a requirement once the legal process is finished.

To join the register instructors will have to pass a criminal records check and comply with a strict Code of Conduct and Good Practice.

To find out more about the driving instructors register you can contact the Environment Department, Traffic and Transport Services, on 01481 243400 or email

Marine Lake back in action!

Jersey's Marine Lake has officially reopened for the summer today.

£300,000 was spent on restoring the sea lake last summer after it had fallen into disrepair.

Kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling will be amongst the activities available to islanders on a daily basis.

Alongside that a number of special events will also be held throughout the summer.

  • 19th July: Bath Tub Challenge, organised by the Jersey Aquatic Rescue Club.
  • 9th-10th September: International air display beach closed for practice and display.
  • 13th September: Jersey Marine Lake Festival, activities, competitions and demonstration on the beach and on the lake. This is a community event with support from local charities, youth groups and sporting clubs.

Around 650 primary school children and Brownie and Guide packs are already booked in to use the facility throughout June and July.

And after a busy time last year the team in charge are hopeful even more people will be taking a dip this time around.

Another initiative hoping to be set up at the lake is 'Swimsafe'.

It's a scheme that allows children to learn to swim and personal survival in a real-life environment rather than a pool, but they are still looking for a sponsor to get it up and running.

The pool, originally called the Victoria Marine Lake, was first opened in 1897.


Jersey Food Festival ready for big Bank Holiday weekend

The Jersey Food Festival is getting set for a bumper Bank Holiday weekend of showcasing the very best local produce and talent that the Island has to offer.

The festival began on Thursday and runs through until Bank Holiday Monday with a mixture of ale trails, low-water rambling and wild food foraging.

As a special treat today Michelin-starred chef Steve Smith will be offering a special lunch menu at Bohemia celebrating all things great about island food.

The menu will include seafood, foraged food, Jersey Diary products and Jersey Royals.

Another highlight of the day's festivities will be a coastal forage along a beautiful stretch of St Ouen's beach.

The walk will take in the tide and shore line whilst identifying edible plants, seaweeds and shellfish.

Once the food is gathered it will then be prepared and cooked on a beach fire for all to enjoy.

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Jersey has a grown not flown mantra about its cooking, and this Festival is all about celebrating all the culinary treats the Island has to offer.

I would encourage everyone to have a look at the brochure - there is so much to do and so much delicious food to taste. Make sure you take this opportunity to enjoy the very best of Jersey.

– John Garton, Genuine Jersey Chief Executive

To find out more about all the events going on over the weekend click here.

Jerseyman embarks on mammoth journey

A finance manager from Jersey has begun his incredible task of running around five Channel islands in just three days.

Neil Walker started in St. Brelade's Bay at 7am this morning and is now on his way to covering 48 miles around the island.

There will be no time to rest tonight however as he's off to Guernsey for the next 37-mile leg he will endure tomorrow, before taking in Herm, Sark and Alderney on Bank Holiday Monday.

I think the toughest bit will be the second day getting up and running around the 37 miles of Guernsey, particularly the cliff paths because after running around Jersey the day before, I'll probably be a bit sore.

Alderney, Sark and Herm are a bit smaller and I've got a bit of break between them.

– Neil Walker

The full three day marathon will see Neil complete a total of 110 miles.

He originally planned the run as a personal challenge, but since the earthquake and aftershock in Nepal he is doing it to raise money for the Charity Action Nepal.

It works in the remote mountainous areas of Nepal, which for the most part wont have even been reached yet by aid.

The people living there will need significant help over the coming weeks and months to begin to rebuild their lives in what was already one of the poorest countries in the world.

You can be sponsor Neil for his efforts here.

Fog is caused by cold sea temperatures

Jersey Met Office

No it's not, but this time of the year is probably the time that you get more fog affecting the airports than any other and the reason for that is the sea temperature is still relatively cold, it's been obviously cold through the winter and the temperatures are slowly picking up and what tends to happen is the temperatures will rise and the warmer air will arrive but the sea is still very cold and it's the cold sea temperature which effectively causes the fog to form.

– John Searson


Norovirus cases confirmed in Guernsey

Two cases of Norovirus have been confirmed in Guernsey.

It follows an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea at the Peninsula Hotel which was closed earlier this week.

Health bosses believe the situation has been contained but has the following advice for islanders:

  • The most important things to remember are to ensure thorough washing of hands after going to the toilet at home, in public places, establishments and when travelling to and from the island
  • If a person does have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting they should avoid contact with friends and family, stay at home and drink plenty of water
  • Young children or older adults or people who have underlying medical conditions should telephone the appropriate GP for advice but avoid visiting the hospital or GP surgery providing they have received that medical advice

Any local home or establishments who may be concerned about the health and symptoms of someone staying with them should make immediate contact with the Environmental Health team by telephoning the hospital switchboard on 725241.

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