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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
A frenzied Friday for shoppers sees a buying boost
Bed shortages and cancelled operations Jersey's hospital
continues to struggle under pressure.
We count down the weird, the wonderful and heart
warming stories that got you talking in 2016.
We have quite a blustery Christmas ahead of us. Quite mild, but next
week it is somewhat colder. I will have all the details later in the
programme. It's frenzied Friday
for Christmas shoppers. And this year, while it may have
been a bumper time for people buying online in Guernsey,
it seems the High Street It's thought changes made to parking
in town at peak times has encouraged people to get out and go shopping
as Lucy Bickerton has With just two more sleeps
until Christmas, it's But how much present buying has been
done from the comfort of home? Half-and-half. This year we did do
some shopping online, but now we are doing more on high-street.
High-street mostly. Yes, for me as well. Mostly online. Definitely. You
won't be able to buy lovely jumpers like this here. On the high street,
because I prefer to see what I'm buying. If it doesn't fit, I take it
back and change it. Guernsey Post says they've
had their busiest December yet. And put the increase down to more
people buying online. But initial views are that shops
are also doing well this Christmas. The good weather may have helped,
but its thought relaxing some parking restrictions in town has
also meant more people It's one of those things
where you you do come with an initiative which this year
has been fantastic, you work on that and next time we'll perhaps get
through to the public who perhaps So has this really encouraged some
people away from their computers I definitely brought mum in today
knowing that we probably had a bit longer because it takes a longer
walk in and everything. It's a good idea. Anything to encourage people
to come into town and support local traders is a good idea. I don't
think so. I think shopping is a must, so if you need to come into
town, you need to park and that's it, really.
The festive retail number crunching won't take place until the new year.
But for now it seems many will be raising a glass
13 planned operations have had to be cancelled so far this week
as Jersey's hospital continues to come under stress.
Recent staff illness has added to the pressures of severe bed
shortages and it's not known whether the situation
Emma Chambers has the latest details.
As you see with all the lights on in the wards inside,
the hospital is far from closed, but it is under pressure.
Managers admit there is a strain on resources at the moment -
this week the hospital has been on red alert, the second highest
category, but has since stayed stable at an amber alert
That means there's a low number of beds available.
The situation hasn't been helped by higher than usual numbers
of staff off sick, which has led to the cancellation of a number
operations including six yesterday and two today.
The hospital says it's regrettable but unfortunately unavoidable.
In total 13 operations have been cancelled this week.
So with Christmas round the corner, what does the next few
Well, the good news is that there are fewer procedures planned over
Christmas until the New Year, so clearly fewer operations
But there also are asking people to act appropriately.
That means only using the emergency department if absolutely necessary,
cancelling appointments if patients have had flu or vomiting,
and contacting GPs and pharmacists for advice on norovirus type
It means using the emergency department just for emergencies.
A 31-year-old man in Jersey has been committed to the Royal Court to face
Wayne Highfield of Regent Road in St Helier is accused of sexually
assaulting a 25-year-old woman at the end of last year.
This morning he appeared at Jersey Magistrates' Court
where his case was committed to the Royal Court.
Fishing for sea bass has been banned in Jersey's waters.
The island's Environment Minister says he's made the move to ensure
the survival of the fish for future generations.
Commercial ships won't be able to fish for bass,
and recreational fishermen will have to put back any bass they catch.
It's the latest step as part of efforts to protect local stocks.
The latest figures have been released revealing the numbers
of births deaths and marriages in Jersey for 2015.
The annual report shows 1052 babies were born on the island -
the vast majority in St Helier, where the hospital is, with just 22
Almost 500 couples got married and additionally
778 people died - 96 more than the previous year.
Christmas not only dents our purses, but also our relationships.
Citizens Advice Jersey say January is the busiest month
for relationship advice because of the financial
and family pressures that come with the festive break.
It says there is lots of support and advice out there
for when relationships break down, but how you cope on the day can
Some children go up -- grew up hating Christmas because of
arguments and what happened in their household. Don't let that become a
legacy of the break-up of your relationship or indeed your divorce.
Try and, you know, keep it civil for ever on's benefit and think of the
longer term goals. -- for everyone's So as we steam ahead towards 2017,
we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at the year's big
stories - but what were they? Penny Elderfield has the top ten
stories that got you talking and clicking on this year -
and there are some surprises. 2016 has a lot to be remembered for.
At number ten, it's the tale of this sick cat which was taken to
Guernsey's animal shelter. Things weren't looking good. Until, that
is, it had a good wash, when it became clear it was just a puppet.
Number nine, it is the five Jersey boys who went for the England
manager job. What are you doing in here? Eye after my job? They ended
up meeting the man who got it, Sam Allardyce. He is a big friendly
giant. Very friendly. We now know he wasn't there for long. The number
eight spot goes to Guernsey's election. With all be hellos,
goodbyes, highs and lows. That's politics. You know, move on to other
things. An appearance at number seven, although it is all about
where you do another one or two on board. The ferry operator had to
change its toilet signs from ladies and gents to symbols after a
complaint or transgender discrimination. Wrapping it up at
number six, it is the wrapping teacher from Jersey. Catching the
attention of American rapper 50 cents. He thinks he has some flow.
At number five, -- rapper 50 Cent. The greatest honour any diplomat can
display. This Jersey woman sheltered her Jewish friend for 12 months,
risking her own life to save his. Another act of wartime bravery at
number four. These men were deported to prisons in Europe for
distributing news sheets. After seven decades of searching, this
year their daughters finally found them. At last. I have found the
closure I was looking for. At number three, enjoying the December
sunshine may be the best option for pupils at this Jersey school. After
their annual summer beach trips were cancelled because of health and
safety. A nautical number two, and the quest to find a name for this
research vessel. Eventually, it was after Sir David Attenborough, but
the public voted for Boaty McBoatface, a suggestion from
Jersey. The chief Mr Hurd made headlines after describing the
island as Islamophobic when talking about the decision not to accept
refugees. He later apologised for his comments, but perhaps won't be
celebrating his win on this occasion. An eclectic win to say the
least, but bring on 2017 and all the weird and wonderful news we get to
hear about. Some great stories there.
Jersey's Christmas Day swim in St Ouen's Bay has had to be moved
for the first time because of Storm Barbara.
Stormy seas and strong winds mean the conditions are just too
dangerous so instead it will be held at St Brelade.
Scores of people are expected for the event which sees swimmers
take a dip in the winter waves without a wet suit.
This is the first time we've moved it. Obviously we've been looking at
the weather charts for the last week, and obviously the isobars are
tallying up. That rapper tightening up. The wind is increasing. With the
wind and the swell, the rips etc, it will be slightly dangerous for
swimming in the Bay. That's just one of the many
Christmas day swims taking place but will the weather help us
into the icy waters, Thank you. Hello, good evening. I
think that Christmas this year will not be too bad for the islands. It
will be quite blustery. Generally quite mild, and we will see some
showers dotted around from time to time. They're set up at the moment
is for quite deep areas of low pressure to pass between Scotland
and Iceland. One that is moving away through the night to come, and
another quickly follows. The races in the same sort of direction toward
Iceland through Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. The weather
front that trails behind that will eventually get to us, probably not
until Christmas Day night and the small Isles of Boxing Day morning.
Until then, we have some patchy rain to get rid of first, and those
blustery winds, but they should die down later this evening and with
clear skies at times, tempered as well into single figures, down as
low as 7 degrees. Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, bright, dry and
breezy day. Some sunshine. Just the chance of a few passing showers, but
they will be few and far between. Still quite mild, ten or 11 degrees
I think will be the maximum temperature with a brisk west or
south westerly breeze. Our times of high water. St Hilaire 2:33am and
250 7p. Some big waves have been generated by those two areas of low
pressure in the Atlantic. I don't think the server will be that clean
with onshore winds. The winds are from the West tomorrow, Force five
and occasionally six. Generally fair with good visibility. Here is the
outlook of way to and including the early part of next week. Sunday
starts bright and dry. Christmas Day. We will see pretty good
temperatures on Sunday, 12, 13 degrees. A blustery south west wind
which will increase through the morning and become strong to gale
force in the afternoon. A front going through overnight, so Boxing
Day is bright and dry with lighter wind and then turning cold and
quiet. For the early part of next week. Have a good evening.
Before we go, just a reminder there are regular news,
travel and weather updates on BBC Radio Guernsey
From all of us here at BBC Channel Island News,
finish it off. Enjoy. I will, probably too much. That is very nice
actually. I do have to go back to work boat. See you in a bit, go on,
go. Still to come in
tonight's programme... Join me for corals and horses at
Bigley barracks. -- carols. And a blustery Christmas I had. Quite mild
but next week at a somewhat colder. Now the last of our
Santa Steam Train series. Given the time of year we've been
taking some special journeys on the railway and tonight we travel
between Paignton and Kingswear. On the Spotlight Express we meet two
young passengers whose lives are affected by illness this
Christmas. Our reporter John Danks
followed their trip Welcome aboard the spotlight express
on the Dartmouth steam railway. As the train steams on towards
Kingswinford Dartmouth the excitement is on board is building.
One passenger trying to take it all then is four-year-old Flynn who is
here with his grandparents. Flynn's is with us today because his big
sister has been rushed to Children's Hospital. She is being treated for
cancer at the moment and has been fighting for 15 months. Her third
session of chemotherapy so she is away for three months now. Doing
events and trips like this with the little one is very special to him
because he misses his sister and his mum. And soon it is time to meet
Santa himself. I like your jumper! I wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Thank you very much. Flynn's trip was paid for by the Torbay holiday
helpers network, a charity that specialises in days out for families
with seriously ill children. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Also
getting into the festive spirit is four-year-old Harry from Newton
Abbot. Is ticket provided by a cancer charity. He has been
undergoing treatment for leukaemia since April. It is one of those
little things, it is very small and it means so much to them. He has
been so excited. Because Father Christmas is here so it is brilliant
really. Magic of it. And Flynn already knows what he wants for
Christmas. To play with Allah. -- for to play with Ella. It looks
like these two have headed off. In the run up to the big day we've
seen families reunited as servicemen and women return from tours of duty
- others of course won't be home We'll hear their Christmas
message in a moment. But first military families have
gathered to sing carols at the home Johnny Rutherford is
at Bickleigh Barracks. A carol service with a bit of a
difference, isn't it? Actually we are at Bickleigh Barracks but have a
look around, this is in fact the stables at Bickleigh Barracks. Where
22 horses although they are not quite military forces but I will
explain that in a second are here at Bickleigh Barracks. Earlier on I had
a look around the stables. The stable club was founded in 1961 but
the horses aren't actually military working horses, no Trooping the
Colour here. Some are owned by military personnel and some by
Republic. Cathy Gillespie runs the stables. Who are the stables
actually for? They are here for families and their children and not
just the military but also be public as well so anybody can come up and
have riding lessons and see the work that we do, our primary purpose is
to provide riding lessons and horse care for military families. Would
you like to have a look around? That would be great. Let me put Bob to
bed and there will be right with you. This is thin. Hello. He is
still a baby. Here we have grace. Hello. She is wondering what is
going on. She is gorgeous. And then we come to my favourite because he
is my horse. This is labour. The stables here, we work very closely
with soldiers who have PTSD and problems like that so we are doing
therapy with them. We're going to be extending that into 2017. Quite a
big thing because back in May the stables were close to closing and
within two weeks, and now all good to go. 2017 is definitely for you to
be our year. Something special going on? I am not going to say, watch
this space, but there is going to be something very special happening
over 2017. The commander of 42 commando is here. What does this
mean having the stables here? It is wonderful, it brings great warmth
and character to the unit. We are having the carol service this
evening not just to get into the Christmas spirit to remember all the
people at 42 Commando deployed at the moment. Members in the Middle
East but also people in the Naval service and wider Armed Forces
working for Christmas and means we can figure them. There are some
families here this evening? Yes, the stables live with us here at
Bickleigh Barracks but they work with servicepeople from all over the
Naval service and give a lots of the community so we are bringing in the
family is deceiving to say thank you. It is always a difficult time,
to be away from families. Yes, as I said we have people away and it
gives us a moment to think of them. The stables are all about a
community and family spirit and there is no better time than
Christmas to have that. Hopefully we will hear some music later on.
As we mentioned - many military families won't be
together this year - spending the festive
The men and women on board HMS Ocean which is currently out in the Gulf
have sung their Christmas wishes ? well, almost.
# Were going to have a party tonight.
# Snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun.
# The season, love and understanding, Merry Christmas,
everyone. And you can see the full video
on our Facebook page. Well, the big day really is almost
upon us now and here at Spotlight we're big fans of Christmas,
so our Christmas celebrations Here is a reminder. It is nearly
over, this stupid money spending bracket we call Christmas. The
pantries are stuffed with charities, cakes and puddings. Sellers are
dripping with... Sorry, I have forgotten it. Can we start again?
What a fantastic site. And Santa Claus has got 31 hours. How much do
you get paid? I think that is a personal matter, isn't it? Would you
do it for nothing? I would if they wanted me to.
I looked across the field. I thought I saw a rabbit, spiced the rain
gear. When we came close it was a baby reindeer! 531 hours and that
gives us the speed which is 6 million mph.
Looking at the plumpness of the breast. Do you agree? Yes.
The knowing nod. I think someone is following you around. I will miss
him after Christmas. It feels like Christmas eve, but that is not so
plenty of time to start the shopping! I would think about what
It looks like we will have a relatively quiet Christmas. There
will be some wind. Quite a strong wind. It is easing off a bit
tonight. It will return tomorrow. Generally it is mild and we will see
some showers dotted around. Compared to other parts of the country we are
doing quite well. That book of cloud to the north-east is one area of low
pressure. That is leaving Canada. Tracking across the Atlantic and it
has been given a name and it looks like that will head towards the
centre of Bavaria. Heading towards the far north of Scotland. For much
of Christmas Eve for tomorrow looks like it will be dry. A few showers
dotted around. That turns up through Christmas Day. The weather front
will arrive late in the day for us on Christmas day afternoon into
Christmas Day evening. Let's have a look at the rain we saw earlier
today because that is now clearing away from Dorset and the east of
Somerset and what we are left with is more broken cloud over to the
West. This was earlier today where is there was some pretty big waves.
Strong gusts of wind earlier today have whipped up the seas. Not too
bad for people other than the bug with the breeze nowhere near as
strong across the northern half of Britain. 40 or 50 mph. Those winds
have eased and I think for tomorrow it won't be nearly as windy and
actually quite a bit brighter too. This evening and overnight tonight
the first line of showers clears away and we are left with clear
skies. Just a few showers dotted around. In between some lengthily
clear skies which will it turns quite cold. Overnight temperatures
could well be as low as three or four Celsius. I don't think we will
see a frost but it will be a cold start. We should get some morning
sunshine before the cloud thickens and later in the day we will start
to see thicker cloud approach from the far west but most of the day
brightened dry. The chance for a few showers. Otherwise a dry story and
not as windy is today. Temperatures getting up to an around ten or 11.
For the Isles of Scilly bright and breezy then cloudy in the afternoon.
For other surfers the waves are going to be big. Very messed up
because of the wind. Ten feet along the northern shores of Cornwall. The
winds for the coastal waters are westerly. Forced 5-6. Mainly fair
with generally good visibility. Here is the Christmas Day broadcast. A
lot of cloud and also quite windy. Not strong to start with but picked
up and in the afternoon on the coastline we will have gale force
winds. Through boxing day and the early part of next week it is much
quieter but also quite a bit colder. The only white stuff we are likely
to see is a bit of frost from early next week. From all of us have a
lovely Christmas, back to you. Well, that's our last full
programme before Christmas - we will, of course, keep you up
to date in our bulletins We'll leave you tonight
with the sound of members From Arsenal, a very happy
Christmas. -- we leave you with Rudolph, the
red nose reindeer.