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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Giving back to get more - farmers will need to look
They can give it to us this year or three years' time and take it away.
They weren't more than three years ago, why are they so worried about
it now? There is no cross left. -- trust.
Jersey's Education minster avoids punishment over claims of misleading
The final furlong for horse racing in Guernsey -
There is a problem. They might have to run this race once every two
years or something. Farmers in Jersey will no longer get
government money based on the size of their farm,
but instead will have to prove they're meeting
sustainable farming standards. The new plan - released today -
will change the way Some say it will bring
more help for businesses but others believe it's too
little, too late. It's no longer Jersey's
most important industry. But farming is an inescapable part
of the island's identity. And it's that impact
on our landscape the government farmers in return for public tax
payers money that they'll receive, to give back to the community
some environmental gain. To show that they're looking
after the countryside, that they're thinking about energy,
water pollution and a whole And in exchange for receiving
public money, farmers are going to demonstrate that
they're looking And that's the big change
in this big document. Farmers will need to reach certain
standards to get grants. The higher the standard,
the bigger the grant. And it's hoped in ten years' time,
all Jersey farms will have met what's called the Leaf standard -
which would be a world first. to the challenge and gets
accreditation for their farm - whether it's cattle,
whether it's sheep or chickens or just the growing side -
if everyone steps up to the Leaf mark challenge,
Jersey's in a great place to market itself as an island
that is producing sustainable food, and that's going to
be a great message. Although Peter admits
the plan isn't perfect. He's worried there isn't more
to help young farmers Something dairy farmer
Darren knows very well. He gave up his organic
status two years ago Now he thinks the strategy
is too little, too late. Organic farming was
obviously the benchmark of all sustainable environmental
farming worldwide. We as an organic association
on the island asked government over three years ago to fund it,
otherwise it was in serious decline, they didn't do it, it has
had serious decline, and now they're out there
championing the fact that they're going to look
after the environment. It seems a little
too late in my book. And with the financial pot not
getting any bigger for farmers, the government hopes the subsidies
will be a big enough But Darren says while the States
is making the right noises, Securing reliable, sustainable,
and affordable air and sea links - that's the main priority people
in Guernsey want the Government to focus on when detailing
the islands future plan. That's the feedback from a series
of drop in workshops to help the Policy and Resources
committee decide the 20-year strategic vision due
to be debated in June. But Deputy Le Tocq told
BBC Radio Guernsey today that they can't focus
on immediate concerns. The a dichotomy if you like between
us fixing things that are a problem and the moment and being able to
look at things, step back and say, we might fix it at the moment but
there will be a novel problem next year and a view yet down the line.
We need a broader look to see what we might have, to make it more
sustainable and warm to map a solution.
The cost of water is going up in Jersey.
Prices will increase by two percent in April -
that's around two pence for the average household.
The rise follows one of the driest winters for years and the extra
costs Jersey Water have had to incur for the treatment of supplies
Jersey's Education Minister has survived a motion of censure over
The motion was called for by a politician who claims
the Minister used misleading information in presenting his
Like many other departments, Education is having to make savings
whether through means-testing free nursery places or reducing grants
But plans to cut the pay of newly recruited teachers got
the Education Minister into hot water.
Backbencher deputy Geoff Southern called for a motion of censure
against the Minister - that's a reprimand by the States
accusing him of using misleading figures.
Teachers in Jersey currently start on ?38,000 a year.
it to just under ?34k, which the Minister argues
teachers in the UK - the least experienced
and qualified - with level three teachers in Jersey -
those with at least a 2:2 degree and post-grad in education -
because the island doesn't recruit below a level three.
But Deputy Southern says that's comparing apples and oranges,
the Minister however says it still adds up.
Jersey level three teachers would still get more than level
three teachers in the UK - including those in better paid
But the motion of censure was defeated overwhelmingly.
So was it all just a waste of States' time?
Well you can argue that but I believe ministers
in particular and their assistants should listen carefully
to the will of the States that we're given open,
straightforward and honest answers and information.
And though the Minister survived the motion,
does the whole debacle throw doubt over his plans to cut pay?
No, I don't, not at all, it goes with the territory,
you have to make difficult decisions, we have to make
budget requirements, we have to make sure
we are operating fully, so we protected our front line
services and are still on track to making education a top priority'.
The question now is what impact any pay cut would have to teacher
Over 900 people have signed a petition
against Jersey's Chief Minister receiving a pay rise.
Reform Jersey launched the online petition
following a recommendation from the States Members Remuneration
Review Body for the island's most senior politician to be paid ?7000
more than the flat line rate of ?46,000
currently received by all politicians.
Most politicians aren't worth the money they are paid because they
don't act in the interest of ordinary islanders and our
democratic system does not give the right level of accountability to
politicians. If you are going to be a small, you should be held to
account by the public more so I would be good any pay rise until the
proper checks and balances included in our political system.
Guernsey's biggest horse race could be cancelled this year.
Organisers are struggling to put on the event and are looking
The May Day bank holiday flat race draws crowds and competitors
But as Mike Wilkins reports, increasing transport costs
What this man doesn't know about horses isn't worth knowing.
Thadie Griffith is one of a handful of farriers in Guernsey.
He also helps run the annual horse racing event.
But this year he says it may have to be cancelled
The event draws thousands of spectators
Unless he can find people to help us with the course and financially,
yes, there is a problem and it could be that they might have to run this
race once every two years or something just to keep it going.
The event draws thousands of spectators
but rising costs are forcing the organisers to think again.
It costs ?30,000 to host and the transport links are not helping.
They are going down fast, Jewish great, because people cannot get
here quick enough. -- tourist rates. This has provided a national
grandstand to watch the races. The question is, will there be anything
to see on the 1st of May? Well, romances in the air but are
things hotting up in response to the let's find out.
Through the morning, quite cloudy but a lot of missed is perhaps. Some
stealth of rain around at first and that rain will bring some thunder.
That cleared in mid to late morning. This is the weather front
approaching. Coming into was denied. Clearing eastwards. Heading through
due tomorrow. Thursday, high pressure. Dry and bright with some
showers. High pressure more or less. David more cloud. Through tonight,
we have starry skies initially but that cloud does tend to build. A
view mist patches and the risk of some forward. Coming in a
south-easterly direction. Could be quite a wet start to think tomorrow
morning. Rain could be quite heavy. Some thunder. As that clears, we see
some sunshine and temperatures of around 11 Celsius. Quite a mild day.
These are high times -- times of high water. Southward and east for
the forecast for coastal waters. Quite moderate visibility. This is
the picture to view next few days. A bit brighter on Wednesday, quite
picture on Thursday. Glad beginning. Some rain as he heads to the Kent.
Not too bad. -- the weekend. Thank you.
And here's something to make you smile this Valentine's day
Mother and Daughter orangutans Dana and Kea puckered up
for the most romantic day of the year - showing love is all
Full marks to our graphics department there. If you got any
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night. And made a man of me. The only one I
ever loved. The letters from the front line
which reveal how love endured And if roses aren't your thing,
choose from 1,700 other species, for the St Valentine's Day flower
count. Now do you enjoy a trip
to the garden centre, a visit to a gallery,
or just chatting over a cup of tea? If you do you might be exactly
the kind of person needed by They're calling for more volunteers
to buddy up with someone with dementia in a scheme
to help tackle loneliness. Harriet Bradshaw has been to Newquay
to find out how it works. She's got Alzheimer's,
which affects her memory and her thinking, and the knock-on
consequences can leave There you go, Pam.
Nice and gentle. For Pam, she's getting out
more and more now thanks Yeah, we do.
Yeah. We are a good
partnership, aren't we? Yeah, yeah.
We have a lot of fun. They've been paired
through a new scheme giving people with dementia the chance to continue
the hobbies they love in the community, but there
is a shortage of volunteers. The demand is so high
for the service in Newquay and St Austell where it's currently
being provided, that we've had to close waiting list,
and at the moment, for everyone volunteer we have, there are three
people waiting to be matched We would like to be able
to provide the people with dementia on the waiting list
with a volunteer, but also eventually to expand the service
across the rest of Cornwall, so that the more people that we have
who want to have one to come on board and make a difference,
really, the better it is for I find, as well, I've gained more
confidence volunteering. I am not one to go out
and about much on my own, but, As I say, it's given me
more confidence, and, Pam had stopped playing bowls
when her husband died, but picking it up again has
given her a new lease of life. It's changed my life, getting out
of the house and meeting people. The Alzheimer's Society says by 2021
more than 1 million people will be living with dementia,
so volunteer work is Harriet Bradshaw,
BBC Spotlight, Newquay. Next tonight, love and loss -
and today of all days is the perfect opportunity to marvel
at the enduring power of love with the release of letters home
written by soldiers fighting They've been made public
by descendants to mark the forthcoming centenary
of the Battle of Passchendaele. John Henderson's been to meet
the great-granddaughter of a soldier who wrote to his wife,
telling her: "You were the only one
I ever loved, the one My darling, if this should ever
reach you, it will be a sure sign that I am gone under, and what they
of view do not know, but there is one above that will see to you and
not let you starve. The language of love undiminished
after 100 years. You have been the best and are you
deeply. How much, you will never know.
Like thousands around him on the battlefield, Private Albert Ford
thought constantly about home and his wife and six children who he
left behind. The youngest was born in June 1917
and he had already gone to the front so he never saw her. A photograph
was taken of the six children to be sent to him, but I do not know
whether he did or did not see it. Private Ford was initially a
merchant seaman and that his ship was torpedoed and the letters
revealed a coach of guilt about taking part in the greatest war.
He volunteered to sign up and I think that is why there is this
tinge of regret that goes through the letter.
It was posted to the front -- he was posted to the front and was killed
in action on the 26th of October 19 17. The last letter home was made
public and in it he tells his wife Edith to marry again if she ever
gets the chance. She never did marry again. She kept
all of his letters together and died in 1956. Shortly before her death,
she claims she saw him in her bedroom. She was certain he had come
for her. His great grand daughter who lives
in Dartmoor, and do her the latter home is the ultimate love letter.
Know that my last were of you... Now it wouldn't be Valentine's Day
without flowers, and, if roses aren't your thing,
there are plenty of other More than 1,700 different species
of flowers have been counted blooming at National Trust
properties across the south-west. It's the 12th year for the annual
flower count, and although numbers are down on last year,
they're still very high and suggest Clare Woodling has been to one
of the counts in Saltram. "A flower blossoms
for its own joy" - And this year they are in abundance
on National Trust properties There will always be
the staple things in flowers, things like the snowdrops
and camellias at this time of year, they are always in flower,
so there's always the familiar things, but with a garden
like this, there are 1500 That's not different plants,
that's different types of plants. And there are always
going to be surprises. There is always something that
has tried to throw up a flower unexpectedly,
and that's always As you can see, there are lots
of crocus here in front of us, but they are all the same type
of crocus, so although there are hundreds of the plants here,
this all only counts as one So you do not have to
count every single head? No, otherwise I would be
here for weeks if I had to do that. This is a carefully planned
and it is the only such It originates from Nepal and has
a lovely sweet fragrance. Because it blooms in February,
it needs all of the ploys it can get to attract bees and other insects
in to help the flowers pollinate. Cataloguing all of the different
varieties each year offers a moment to reflect on how
the garden is evolving. The chance of doing this flower
count is a chance to really be able to focus on that,
because we are so busy trying to keep on top of the practical,
day-to-day gardening, that it is a really nice opportunity
just to slow down a bit and focus on what is actually
going on in the garden. These are Helleborus,
which are otherwise known They are a really, really
lovely looking flower. As the years go on, the data may
give an insight into changing weather patterns on native
and exotic species, and also what needs to be done to keep
these gardens coming up roses, and camellias and snowdrops and
crocuses and daffodils and tulips... Now, let's set the scene -
a spray of flowers, a nice romantic light,
after all, this is But in Somerset a romantic light
to rival even this has been lit The St Valentine's Day
lamp is the county's only working gas lamp,
and every February 14 it's lit by the man who spent
months restoring it. The ceremony has seen at least one
proposal over the years, but, as Michelle Ruminski reports,
the gas lighter is now looking for an apprentice
to take on the role. Reg's love affair with a Valentine
lamp all began when he found Over nearly three decades,
he has put his heart and soul into restoring it,
decorating it with symbols of love, All I know is I got carried away
and, I think, anyway, I fell in love with the lamp
by accident, and it controlled me Because I often say,
why ever did I start? But having started,
rather like in a romance, And it's fair to say
that the Valentine gaslamp has a special place in many
other people's hearts as well. I think you can't fault it,
and I'm just hoping that people will take good care of it,
because you won't find anything How many years have you been
going to the ceremony? So it really does mean
something to you? Yes, no, it does, and a lot of other
people around here as well. None more so than Dave
and Sue, Reg's daughter. It was here two years ago
that I proposed to sue, It was here two years ago
that I proposed to Sue, and they brought with me
a heart-shaped red cushion and got down on one knee
and popped the question. A great shock, but wonderful shock,
and now we are planning to get married and live the rest
of our lives together. We will always have that history
with the Valentine lamp. But, with Reg growing older
and with his family living up north, he is urgently looking for someone
to replace him. You see, I am looking
for a lamp lighter. Tonight, Reg has done
the honours for the 23rd time. Many turned out for this Valentines
tradition. Who knows? Maybe it will spark someone else to fall in love
with it as well. Michel Ruminski, BBC
Spotlight, Frome. Let's hope they keep that tradition
going. I hate to spoil the romantic scene here, but there was a risk
assessment had to be filled in for this lit candle and we have a man
standing by, the editor, to put the candle out if it gets dangerous. But
that spoils the romantic ambience. We need someone to fan the flames.
Do not do that. It is time for the weather forecast. What is it looking
like, Holly? Don't worry. Good. I thought you had
left me out. I will say that to the end of the forecast. Yes, do not
touch the candle. It is Valentines evening and how lovely. Happy
Valentine's Day. Roses are red, violets are blue, and for some of us
today the sky was to. Here in Cornwall, a lovely picture and
springlike. For many of us it was more grave. Low cloud around and a
bit of mist and hill fog as well as outbreaks of rain. And it gradually
works its way eastwards and improves from the West. Amazingly, tomorrow,
we do it again. Another weather front approaching with some styles
of heavy rain in the morning. That rain could be quite lively but also
possibly bringing thunder. Brighter in the afternoon, much like today,
and a bit less breezy than today. This is the weather bug affecting as
earlier and that pushes eastwards. You will see this next weather front
waiting in the wings. That will go through to the second part of
tonight into tomorrow, and it will clear and then higher pressure
building its way in on Thursday. It will settle. Comes with a mist, but
first I should break. Light winds, dryness, and brightness. That
high-pressure doing its best but we have got a weather front
approaching, and then it does start to bring you a bit more cloud and
maybe just a little bit of rain. More so later in the day. This great
stretch of cloud associated with our weather fronts and patchy rain
underneath it. This cloud also quite low but it way eastwards. That rain
is coming in from the West. Also these showers working their way
towards us. That is the picture through this evening and tonight.
Quite heavy showers working their way around midnight, and further
ease some starry skies initially but some low cloudy mist and hill fog
re-bonding. In the early hours some more persistent rain is working its
way in across or more. Some odd rumbles of thunder but also a mild
night with loads of seven or eight Celsius. Heading through tomorrow
morning and a bed of a wet start. Rain could be heavy through the
course of the morning. It worked its way eastwards, good news, becomes
showery and those showers peel away. Some sunshine coming out. Quite a
springlike look into tomorrow afternoon and the wind will be that
bit lighter. Initially a brisk southerly but eases into the
afternoon, I ran to the south-westerly. These are top
temperatures. Height of ten or 11 Celsius. As high as 13 or 14
Celsius, so not a bad look for things at all and much milder than
we are used to operate the several recent days, especially last week
into the weekend. For the Isles of Scilly, early heavy rain should nip
through quickly during the morning and much of the day will have
sunshine. The risk of some heavy showers. Not too many. Usual times
of high water. For servers, the waves are not looking too big. It
could be cleaned along the north coast I suspect at first, but went
veering around to become choppy. -- file servers. Coastal waters
forecast, Winter southerly at four or five, and using a late into the
afternoon. Rain or showers visibility moderate or good and
light but moderate at times. Overall, not looking too bad over
the next few days. Although we have got a view things to watch out for,
early rain through tomorrow morning and quite heavy and thundery. Could
improve come the afternoon. There looking like the most promising day
of the next view, with high pressure in charge and winds lighter than
they have been. A bit of mist and fog early on should clear and then
persistent sunshine on Thursday. Even though that high-pressure stays
in charge for Friday, some cloud working in the risk of a bit more
rain by day and perhaps more persistent rain into the evening.
Into the weekend, I think it tries to stay settled, and a bit of rain
but hopefully not too much. Generally a reasonable picture.
You have not even have any fizz. Come and join us. This is for
Valentines night. Thank you very much. Happy Valentine 's night. See
you again tomorrow. Cheers. Cheers. Cheers.
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