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Summary

  1. Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor says islanders on Armistice Day should reflect on international efforts to preserve peace and prevent conflict in the world
  2. The family of a World War One soldier from the Isle of Wight who died 100 years ago are visiting his grave in Jersey today
  3. A Jersey veteran of the D-Day landings has died. Fred Evans was in the Decoy Regiment of the RAF, and landed on Sword beach on the morning of 6 June 1944
  4. Family Nursing and Home Care says it will have to increase its fees for home care services once funding from Jersey States comes to an end next year
  5. Members of Sark's government met last night to discuss changes to the way electricity prices are dealt with and a members' code of conduct
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands today, we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Reflecting on a trip to Guernsey

Weekend weather: Some sunny spells, so more rain than shine

BBC Weather

After a dry evening, cloud will increase through the night, bringing wet and very windy weather in the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

Saturday will be a rather cloudy day with spells of rain throughout, heaviest and most persistent through the morning.

Winds will ease through the day but it will feel cool under the thicker cloud. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Sunday will be dry, bright and mild with sunny spells and light winds.  

Property purchase prices fall as sale numbers rise

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The average purchase price of property in Guernsey is continuing to fall but not as rapidly as last year.

Latest figures show it's now nearly £413,000 - that's a 5% drop compared with the previous quarter and nearly 8% lower than the same time last year.

Although the average price is down the number of transactions is up to 159 in this quarter, that's 25% more than this time last year.

Sark seeks to reduce electricity prices with commissioner

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Sark's government is hoping to find an independent commissioner to regulate electricity prices and potentially make them cheaper in future.

Plug
BBC

Last night's meeting of Chief Pleas also voted in a code of conduct for Conseillers - to monitor their behaviour.

The Deputy Chair of the Policy and Performance Committee, Conseiller Hazel Fry says the cost of supplying power to the island is very high.

"It will be the role of the commissioner to establish what is a fair and reasonable price," she said.

Death of WW1 soldier marked 100 years on

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Exactly 100 years after his death, a World War One soldier has been remembered by his great-granddaughters.

Pte George Hanlon died on 11 November 1916 while defending a prisoner-of-war camp in Jersey.

Pte George Hanlon and his family
BBC

His grave was found just three years ago, and now Ann White and her sister have come to visit on the centenary of his death.

It was very emotional when we did the minute's silence, it was lovely. I'd been told he was buried in Jersey, and I knew that he was now in a park, but other than that I didn't know where he was."

Ann WhiteGreat-granddaughter of Pte George Hanlon

Guernsey teachers flew to China to 'strengthen educational links'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Eight Guernsey teachers, who were on the same trip to China as representatives from Jersey, were there to "strengthen educational links".

Fifteen teachers from the Channel Islands travelled in total, and the Guernsey contingent said they paid for their flights themselves.

Shanghai
AP

School heads in Jersey have been keen to highlight the £3,500 cost of the trip to China after civil servants were criticised this week by the Public Accounts Committee for excessive spending on travel.

D-Day veteran 'vividly remembered' the bombardment before the landings

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Fred Evans, a D-Day veteran who made Jersey his home, has died.

He featured in a radio documentary and vividly remembered watching the opening bombardment from ships onto the German defences before he landed.

D-Day landings: Soldiers moving on from Sword Beach
PA

There was so much going on around you, rocket ships sending the rockets over, I thought I won't like to be on the end of that one! We were told to keep our heads down because the beach was being mortared and also snipers hadn't been cleared away."

Fred EvansD-Day veteran

Mr Evans took cover from enemy fire, he crouched behind a low wall, to be confronted by his first dead body.

Alderney government reform top of agenda says president

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The president of Alderney States thinks reform of the island's government is likely to be top of the agenda for next year.

Stuart Trought
States of Alderney

Stuart Trought has recently been re-elected unopposed for another four years, having already served eight.

He says a recent report on governance from University College London can't be ignored but it must have the support of islanders.

"It pointed out how we can improve the way we govern ourselves and I think it's important to consult with the people of the island," he said.

"I hope that early next year we can look at governmental reform here in Alderney."

Letter written 101 years ago describes soldier's sacrifice in WW1

BBC Radio Guernsey

Pictures of Alex Allan and his gravestone
Alex Allan

A condolence letter written to the mother of Sgt Alexander Allan of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was killed in France in October 1915, has been shared by his family.

The letter describes the circumstances of his death and where he was laid to rest in a cemetery in an old orchard.

It says his company laid flowers on his grave with "tenderness" and Sgt Allan was a "highly honoured name".

His nephew and namesake Alex Allan, himself a veteran of the Korean War, said he had visited his uncle's grave in France last year.

Alex Allan with a plaque remembering his uncle that was presented to his family
BBC

Mr Allan also treasures a bronze plaque sent to the family with a note from King George.

Inter-island hockey clash in national tournament

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey travel to Jersey tomorrow as they look to defend the EH Trophy.

It's the first time the teams have drawn each other in the competition for more than 20 years.

The last time they played was in the inter-insular in March with the greens running out 1-0 winners in a tightly contested match.

The game pushes back at 13:30 at Le Quennevais with the winner playing in the third round in February.

This is huge, Jersey are going to be a good team but we go there full of confidence."

Andy WhalleyPlayer-coach Guernsey Men's First XI

Letter tells story of soldier killed in WW1

BBC Radio Guernsey

Since the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One a number of people have been inspired to research the history of their ancestors who served.

Well one Guernsey resident Alex Allan has a lot of information about his uncle and namesake due to a letter sent to his mother.

Sgt Alexander Allen died in France in October 1915 while serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Listen to a reading of the letter...

The story of a soldier who died in 1915 is told in a letter to his family

Jersey bus commuters could face disruption from industrial action

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Jersey's bus company has been asked to come up with a better pay offer by its drivers - or face industrial action.

Bus
BBC

Union members voted to reject the company's "final offer" of either 3% or 6% over two years, depending on their length of service.

Both sides have agreed they need to meet as soon as possible to find a way forward.

General manager Kevin Hart said he was disappointed at the rejection of the pay offer - especially as talks have been going on for more than a year.

Man, 31, in court on rape charge

BBC Radio Jersey

A 31-year-old man from Jersey has appeared in court charged with rape and three counts of indecent assault.

Wayne Highfield, from Regent Road in St Helier, is accused of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old woman at the end of last year. 

He is also charged with being in possession of cannabis at the time of the alleged offence in Windsor Road. 

Highfield has been released on bail by magistrates and is due to appear before the Royal Court in December.

Blazing hot debate over bonfire restrictions

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Questions over bonfire controls have ignited a debate online in Guernsey.

It came after Tobin Cook, from Environmental Health, said there's an increasing appetite for some controls over what people can burn on bonfires.

Fire
gett

Here's what some of you have said on Facebook.

  • Robert Bickley: "I don't have a trailer or a pickup! With a large garden I have a lot to dispose of but I always do my best to wait for a favourable wind direction, not so good weather and later in the day."
  • Peter Torode: "All it takes is common sense to have a bonfire... something which many are lacking."
  • Sarah Jayne Laine: "If green waste is what people are 'needing' to burn, then perhaps that could be collected as well as the white and blue bags."

Keep those comments coming - or you can email us.

School heads trip cost £3,500

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

School heads from Jersey have been keen to highlight the cost of a trip to China after civil servants were criticised this week by the Public Accounts Committee for excessive spending on travel.

Shanghai
AP

The seven who went to China spent a total of £3,500 for the week in contrast to two civil servants who sparked an outcry by spending £13,000 flying in business class to South Africa earlier this year.

These Chinese flights were paid for with the States existing pot of loyalty points, while the hosts, China's Han Ban Institute, provided food and accommodation.

The £500 each the group did spend was on local taxes, airport transfers and visas.      

Great-granddaughters mark 100th anniversary of relative's war death

Schools heads strengthen relations with China

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A team from Jersey's education department has been on a week-long trip to China in a trip designed to strengthen international educational links.

Shanghai
BBC

The island's head of education, Justin Donovan, went with six Jersey head teachers to visit primary and secondary schools around Shanghai.

It was the second trip of its sort, with Mr Donovan saying the first trip has already paid dividends, resulting in educational trips for students, mandarin tuition, and cross-cultural personal relationships.

At least one bridge to cross before the GFC game

Jersey States tribute to war dead

Cadets remember war dead on Armistice Day

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Among those paying their respects on Armistice Day in Jersey were the army cadets at Grainville School.

Cadets
Susie Hill

Guernsey people pause to remember war dead

Two-minute silence marked at Jersey Cenotaph

Hundreds gathered at the Cenotaph in Jersey for the two-minute silence.

Ken Soar of the Royal British Legion said today's silence was a more informal event than the one which would happen on Sunday but he was very pleased to see so many people there.

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Headlines for the Channel Islands

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

  • A 63-year-old man from Poole is jailed after officials found nearly 2kg of cannabis in his bicycle panniers on the ferry to Guernsey.
  •  A two-minute silence is observed in the Channel Islands and around the UK in memory of those who have died in conflicts all over the world.
  • Fred Evans, a Jersey veteran of the D-Day landings, has died.
  • The lieutenant governor has praised the people of Jersey for their commitment, dedication and genuine desire to help people in uniform.
  • Sark's government is hoping to find an 'independent' commissioner to regulate electricity prices and potentially make them cheaper in future.

‘Brexit more of a threat to island than Trump’

Guernsey Press

Brexit should be considered more of a threat to Guernsey than the incoming Donald Trump administration in the US, an economic professor and finance industry critic has said.

D-Day landings veteran dies

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey veteran of the D-Day landings has died.

Fred Evans was in the Decoy Company of the RAF, and landed on Sword beach on the morning of 6 June 1944.

Born in South Wales, he made Jersey his home and was an active member of the island's Normandy Veterans Association.

D-Day landings
PA

Man, 63, hid cannabis in bicycle pannier

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 63-year-old man has been jailed after importing cannabis to Guernsey in the saddle bags of his bicycle.

Royal Court builiding
BBC

Andrew Proud, from Strand Street in Poole, hid nearly 2kg of cannabis resin in the false bottom of his bicycle pannier baskets, the Royal Court heard.

He was stopped by customs coming off the Condor ferry from Poole to Guernsey on 3 August. 

He admitted importing a Class B controlled drug and was jailed for three years and nine months.

Judge Philip Robey gave Proud a discount on his time in prison, based on his previous good character.

Should there be more restrictions on domestic bonfires?

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's a question Guernsey's Environmental Health section asked earlier this year.

The deputy chief officer Tobin Cook feels there's an increasing appetite for some controls over what people can burn.

A survey found a 50/50 split between islanders who want more regulation and those who don't.

But what do you think - get in touch on Facebook or email us.

Should there be restrictions on bonfires?

Veteran remembers anti-guerrilla operations in Borneo

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Guernsey Veteran Peter Voute was involved with counter-guerilla operations in Borneo in the 1960s and on Armistice Day remembers his work.

Peter Voute with a map of Borneo
BBC

"Remembrance means what were you involved with operationally," he said.

"And the one big thing that I was involved with was counter-guerrilla operations in Borneo during the Malaysian confrontation from 1962 to 1965.

"Our operation was to outmanoeuvre the guerrillas and of course using helicopters that was the best way of doing it."

Troops in Borneo
Peter Voute

Relatives visit soldier's grave 100 years after his death

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The family of a soldier from the Isle of Wight who's buried in the war cemetery in Howard Davis Park, Jersey, are visiting his grave 100 years after his death.

Cross
BBC

Private George Hanlon was a guard at the prisoner of war camp in St Ouen's Bay during the conflict.

After becoming ill, he died on 11 November 1916 from a lung condition known as pleurisy and was originally buried at St Brelade's Church.

His body was moved to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Howard Davis Park during the Occupation and lies among Allied servicemen from World War Two.

How Guernsey Football Association remembered the fallen

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Guernsey Football Association remembers World War One with an extract from its AGM on 1 July 1919.

Poppies
GFA

"From the early days its members flocked to the colours and played the game on the battlefields in the same spirit in which they had played the game on our football grounds.

"Many have returned and will figure again on the field. Others have returned but, through injuries, will no longer be able to take part in our great winter game. 

"The remainder, too many alas! Have played for the last time and have fallen in the service of King and Country. Too numerous to mention, and if the name of most could be recorded some would I am afraid, be omitted, and in such a cause no distinction can be made, better that not one individual be mentioned than a single name omitted.

"All died in the same cause; officer or private, all did their duty and did it nobly. Though they are no longer with us their memory shall not perish and when we are playing or watching our games their names will recur to us and we shall feel their presence."

Channel Islands remember war dead

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

At 11:00 islanders will join with millions of other people in observing the two-minute silence, held each year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marks the end of World War One.

Jersey
BBC

A two-minute silence will be held at Jersey's Cenotaph and the Bailiwick War Memorial in Guernsey.

In Sark there will be a silence at St Peter's Church.

Primary school pupils read out names of war dead

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The names of former pupils from a Jersey primary school who were killed in World War One will be read out at a special assembly today.

Poppies
Getty Images

Year Five pupils at St Luke's School in St Saviour have been researching the names on a war memorial near their school.

Twenty eight of the names are former pupils who were at the school more than 100 years ago.

The ceremony is being held at St Luke's Church this morning.

Death at 103 of one of Jersey’s oldest residents

Jersey Evening Post

One of Jersey’s oldest residents has died at the age of 103.

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Home care fees to rise but States will make up difference next year

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Family Nursing and Home Care says it will have to increase the fees it charges for home care services once funding from the Jersey States comes to an end next year.

Old person
PA

But the Health department says it will cover the increase in costs for the charity's clients next year while new arrangements over funding are worked out.

Health says it has to stop subsidising home care, not least because similar services are available from about 20 companies that don't receive subsidies.

The department will carry on funding other services provided by the charity, but also wants to develop new ways of helping people at home as well.

St Helier road closures for Armistice Day

Budget in the frame for Jersey Chamber