After a year when many have faced and are still facing restrictions in aspects of both their social and work life it was great for Guernsey I to be able to donate £1000 to the local charity, Guernsey Cancer Support. Our choice of charity for 2020 was decided when one of our own started his battle with the “Big C” which thankfully he seems to be winning, the group offers one to one and group support to those affected by cancer whether it is the person diagnosed or the family supporting them and after spending a few hours with them at their Christmas party which included various party games it was clearly evident that they have a passion for what they do.
Guernsey I has been lucky in that as an island we have been able to control the effects of the pandemic which, after an initial lock down we have been able to lead a fairly normal way of life with only travel to and from the Island being restricted, as we move into 2021 it looks like it will be more of the same for most of the world and we will remain in our bubble.
Update: Unfortunately our bubble has burst and as from 23/01/2021 we have returned to lock down but looking forward it looks like March 22nd will be the day that this current lock down is lifted and we return to freedom within our Bailiwick bubble.
Guernsey has been Covid – 19 free for 111 days at the time of writing this post which has allowed us to essentially lead normal lives without the need for social distancing and whilst travel off the island has been possible the isolation rules when returning to the island have remained strict and our courts have fined those who deemed it necessary to break those rules (fines of £6000). We have been allowed to visit other islands close by which include Herm, Sark and Alderney and there is an “air bridge” with the Isle of Man who also have no known cases of Covid-19 active at the present time.
Unfortunately Jersey has chosen a different path and has opened their borders to visitors with testing on arrival and at 7 days which has lead to further cases developing in the island which currently stands at 11 and with what appears to be an increase across Europe and the rest of the world it is unlikely that there will be any rest from this virus until a suitable vaccine is produced.
We at Guernsey I hope that all our brothers and sisters stay safe and look out for each other in this difficult time and hope that we can see you on the road soon.
Guernsey has now been free of any new positive cases of Covid-19 for 48 consecutive days and currently have no one suffering from this aweful virus, on Saturday 20th June 2020 we will see many restrictions within the islands lifted so a sense of normality will return. Unfortunately those wishing to travel to the islands from outside the Bailiwick still have to self isolate for 14 days due to the length of time Covid-19 takes to seed but it does allow us locals to move between the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm without restrictions.
Whilst we know that we are in quite an enviable position our thoughts are with those that are still under lock down restrictions
The Bailiwick of Guernsey will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its liberation from the German Occupying forces on May 9th 1945, this will be the first year that the usual celebration of street parties and live events across the Bailiwick as seen in the image above has to be in a “virtual capacity” due to the current pandemic, never the less the meaning remains at the forefront of all islanders both young and old.
Following our AGM at the back end of 2019 we decided to elect “Guernsey Cancer Support” as a charity to support in 2020, this was an easy decision to make as literally the same week of the AGM one of our founder members was diagnosed with cancer, at present we are running a lottery based fundraiser where numbers are bought and the bonus ball that is drawn each week wins a cash prize. We hope to continue this form of fund raising throughout the year and may choose additional charities every quarter.
On Saturday 16th November 2019 members of Blue Knights Guernsey I met with the CEO of Headway Guernsey Philippa Stahelin to donate a cheque for £800 which had been raised over the year.
Headway Guernsey is a local charity supporting islanders and their families who are living with the long-term effects of a brain injury, the charity provides a range of services that bring people together in a supportive environment helping them on their road to recovery to a life back into the community.
Philippa gave a very informative talk and walk around the facilities and it was clear that the work they do as a charity is invaluable to the people that use it.
On Thursday 3rd October 2019 4 Blue Knights travelled to the UK to pay their respects at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire, after the usual and unusual delays with Condor we arrived in Poole at about 04.00am, heads hitting the pillows in the hotel at 04.30am, at this time Jayne O’Connor would have been just getting up for her 05.30am taxi to Guernsey Airport!!!!
We arranged to leave Poole at about 09.15hrs which at least gave us some sleep, knowing we had to get to the Village Hotel Spa Nottingham that day with pick ups at Southampton Airport for Jayne and Oxford train Station for Lucy Le Page who had requested a lift as her steed was broken, we covered the 295 miles in fairly good weather apart from the 25-30 minutes of rain between Southampton and Oxford.
Friday night was spent with members of Blue Knights England 6, the evening was kindly arranged by Graham Buxton, it was nice to meet up with him and the lovely Jacqui along with Tom “BlackAdder” Elliot and the lovely Maureen Elliott and other members of the chapter, a good pub meal was had in the CornMill just 5 minutes from our hotel.
Graham pick us up at 09.30am on Saturday to guide us to Tesco to meet up with the Forces Bike Shed, Tesco kindly put on free Tea, Coffee and freshly baked pastries before our departure to Burton Services to pick up other members of the Blue Knights from various chapters.
The ride was frantic and the flags mounted on the bikes only just survived, long delays getting into the arboretum meant overheating bikes and burning clutches were common, the bonus was that we were parked merely yards from the front door of the NMA in the main tarmac carpark.
As is usual with this event I was in awe of those around me, generations of all regiments meeting up and paying respects to their fallen comrades, the service was its normal emotional rollercoaster with new content, I think the phrase “Dim Witted Drivers” found its way into the Lords Prayer this year but the meaning of the service is still the same, Seeing the families of the fallen laying their wreaths brought tears to the eyes and no one could escape the emotion from what had to be nearly 10,000 people.
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