13/04/2017 Channel Islands News


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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. had then we would not them.

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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Thursday's headlines.

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The cost of living in Jersey - food, fuel and household bills

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are pushing up inflation to a five year high.

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My bill at the Co-op seems to have gone up from 42 sometimes ?60. I

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think people are buying food on the Internet now!

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Meanwhile the size of these buses in Guernsey

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is shrinking and becoming more environmentally friendly.

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And an act of God creates an opportunity:

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a watertight future for Alderney's St Anne's church.

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And this Easter weather looks like it will be quite kind to us. Rather

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cool, mainly dry and generally quiet. All the details later in the

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programme. Food, fuel and household bills have

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all driven up the cost Inflation is at 3%, the highest

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for almost five years. Although it's always

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influenced by global prices, it's thought Brexit could be

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the driving factor, Living in Jersey has

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got more expensive. But are people on the street

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feeling the pinch? I think things are getting more

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expensive. Particularly food. Definitely. Having people's wages

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don't reflect that. My bill at the Co-op seems to have gone up from 40

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to ?50 and sometimes 60. Overall inflation is 2.9%,

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the highest rate since 2012. The driving factors

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behind the increase are: A hike in domestic oil made fuel

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costs rise by ten percent. Telephone bills and school fees

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helped push up the price And we've seen a rise in food such

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as fish and vegetables Retailers and businesses

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are blaming it on Brexit. Unfortunately what we are seeing

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is those cost prices being increased because of the impact

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of the devaluation of the sterling. We import a lot of goods,

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not only into the island but into the UK and a lot of people

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are trading currencies whether they are purchasing

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those from overseas. That's making it more difficult,

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suppliers are passing on those cost Which end up more often than not

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passed on to the customer. Citizen's advice say islanders may

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need to shop around more. You can shop and be

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competitive and find That's something you can control

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is exactly how much you spend, but of course inflation is very

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rarely driven by one factor there's normally a number of factors and it

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seems to be a couple of external factors that are driving

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inflation up that really No-one was available

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from the Treasury Department to comment on camera,

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but in a statement they said: It is slightly disappointing

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that it is as high as it is. It is slightly higher than

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the Fiscal Policy Panel predicted. But they were not

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significantly wrong. I think in the long term,

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once we know where we are going with Brexit, it might

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come back down. But until then, people in Jersey may

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have to navigate through more cost increases predicted

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in the near future. New buses are set to roll out

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on Guernsey's roads next month. They're shorter and narrower

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than the existing fleet. And it's claimed the 12 vehicles

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will be more environmentally friendly even though they'll

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still be pumping out diesel fumes. When it comes to Guernsey's

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buses, size matters. And the island's newest arrivals

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will be 7cm narrower and over Here's one of them,

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a new look for a new fleet. These smaller buses are promising

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to improve the passenger experience with high-backed seats,

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USB chargers and increased headroom They'll be running on diesel

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at a time when many see the end Milton Keynes has been

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using electric buses And the Mayor of London has pledged

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to stop buying pure diesel In fact the company providing

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Guernsey's new buses is testing a double decker hydrogen powered

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bus in London. The 12 buses cost more

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than ?1.5 million pounds. They're the first part

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of a phased replacement And the man responsible

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for Guernsey's buses says zero emission buses may be purchased

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in the next phase. What we want to do the next time is

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find an electric vehicle and technology has moved on from 2013,

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we know that battery life has increased so it is a real

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possibility even at stage to stage three.

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So what do bus users make of the new vehicles?

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Well they're very happy about the prospect.

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If you're a cyclist behind current diesels it's a pretty unpleasant

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experience. There should be a marked improvement.

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If everything goes according to plan then the new buses will be

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A 39-year old man has been jailed for six years

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by the Royal Court for smuggling nearly three thousand pounds worth

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of ecstasy into Jersey Andrew David Edward Jones from Liverpool told

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customs officers he was visiting the island to deliver Christmas

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An X-ray revealed a package in his stomach containing

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Jersey's Chief Minister is to meet the St Helier lifeboat crew

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to discuss their dispute with the RNLI.

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All 25 volunteers resigned in support of their skipper

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Former crew member Paul Battrick wrote to the Council of Ministers

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The Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier says

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the council fully supports the lifeboat crew and is arranging

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Senator Ian Gorst's meeting with them.

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A ?1 million project to repair storm damage at St Anne's Church

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The roof was extensively damaged during a particularly

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While the damage was covered by insurance,

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the States of Alderney, which owns the church,

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took the opportunity to renovate the roof,

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For the past six months St Anne's Church has been

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shrouded in scaffolding - but the extensive renovations have

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It's taken around 10,000 slates, and nearly a million pounds

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to restore the historic building that is owned by the

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While this is the most expensive renovation but it is certainly

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Following the German Occupation, Islanders returned to find

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St Anne's Church in a sorry state of repair.

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My father and my father who were running the building business at the

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time actually offered the Labour free where the states actually

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funded the repairs and the materials, but there was a great

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deal to do after the war to put it back. And my father, it was his

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driving ambition to see the church restored as it was when it was

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built. And he did that up until his dying day.

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For many people, St Anne's is still the centre

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The community events he, births, marriages and deaths of course but

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also concerts, and I think everybody at some point will be utilising the

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church for either enjoyment or family reasons, so yes it is still

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the hub of the community. Having made it wind and watertight,

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the next phase of the restoration is to make good the damage

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to the interior of the church. A rare pistol - which had been

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undiscovered for almost 350 years - has been found by a metal

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detectorist in Jersey. And even more surprisingly -

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it's in remarkably good condition. Tony Collins made the discovery

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on a cold Sunday in February but it has taken until now

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to understand its significance. Well, not today but perhaps four

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centuries ago this pistol would have been in the hands of a wealthy

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merchant. At the time they were so expensive

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they would always have been cared for far more than something

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from the army. So there are certainly tens of these

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at least in collections in Britain but it's the first one I know

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of that's been recovered from a shipwreck or well

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from the beach at least. And that discovery was

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made by Tony Collins. He was out in St Aubins bay

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when he found the pistol deep in the airlocked sand

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and covered by crusteations. He knew immediately

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that it was significant. What gave it was the octagonal

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barrel normally the barrels are round like I was thinking later

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musket pistols about 1700's - 1800's And the wooden stock of the actual

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pistol is all carved and I thought better leave that as it is and don't

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knock it anymore let's pass Since then it's been

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in a saline solution It was later confirmed it was likely

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to be from the early 17th century. If you asked me to list ten things

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you'd never find that The idea of a pistol 350 -

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400 years old with it's iron mechanism and barrel surviving

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in sea water that time I would have said was incredibly rare

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and there really aren't that many So it look like this gun will go

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down in history as another great Well, it's finally the bank holiday

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weekend and if like me you want to know what the weather

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will be like, David, no pressure this the one

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we've all been waiting for. hello. To start with we have some

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calm weather, some cloud around, predominantly dry not particularly

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good news for farmers and growers but sunshine as well. You've been

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taking pictures again. This is one of our Weather Watchers, some

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glorious sunrises and sunsets over the last couple of days. More cloud

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coming our way, taking its time to arrive. Tomorrow is another bright

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and dry day and becomes rather cloudy and, late in the day, we will

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see a view shower so most of Good Friday is likely to be bright and

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dry. The reason for the settled weather is this area of high

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pressure. It moves around a bit over the next few days, opening the door

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to a couple of weather fronts coming from the north-west late in the day

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tomorrow but it's still has an influence and is back again by the

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time we get to Saturday. A couple of weather systems claiming us first

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thing on Saturday morning, cloud breaking up to sunny spells and a

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cool breeze, no doubt about that from the north-west, and Easter Day

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Easter Sunday, at high pressure going to be reasonably close by.

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Quite weather, settled weather, and some sunshine. The cloud is patchy

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upwind of us at the moment so overnight that will continue. Patchy

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cloud, some clear skies, and temperatures just getting into

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single figures of eight or 9 degrees. Maura breeze on the

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north-west developing. Tomorrow a largely fine day, maybe more cloud

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than we would like, some sunny spells through the morning into the

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afternoon, and then thicker cloud coming from the north-west very late

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in the day. 13th of the top amateur, that's 55 Fahrenheit. Here are times

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of five or -- high water. Not much for our surfers, choppy as well with

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the wind is coming in from the north-west, and coastal waters

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forecast west north-west elite force for, backing Westerly later. The

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forecast will be weakened to were cloudy at first on Saturday,

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brightening up on Sunday and Monday look fine.

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Remember throughout the bank holiday weekend the BBC will keep up to date

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with your local news weather and travel.

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There'll be regular bulletins and any breaking news

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on BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey from six in the morning.

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Also online - find your local page at bbc.co.uk.

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I'll be back with an update at eight and 10.30 and this programme will be

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This would be the icing on the cake. To do it at 31, it has come later

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than I hoped, but it would be fantastic for me to get a promotion.

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Mathematically, Torquay could be relegated from the National League

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this weekend if they lose both their games and other

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They're at leaders Lincoln tomorrow and then at home

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to Braintree on Monday, who're one place above them.

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Last year the Gulls were in a similar position and survived,

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and their manager thinks they can do it again.

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Right now it looks like the penny has dropped, they are picking things

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up, taking on board the information I am giving them, they are

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executing. If they can do that for the next four games, they have

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learned from that experience, and we will have a fighting chance. But it

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is fine margins. We need to take it one at a time, which is why you will

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always get that same answer. After sealing a play-off place last

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weekend, the Exeter Chiefs now want to secure a home semi-final

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with a top-two finish. We have got a semifinal place now,

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sometimes we need to remember that, and a lot of what needs to happen is

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is making sure that mentally and physically we are where we need to

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be. Whether that is home or away is not the biggest issue. I would love

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it to be at home, primarily because it is able board for the players and

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the supporters. And it's the last game of the season

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for our Championship sides. The Pirates are at home to Bedford,

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while Jersey host Richmond. And, where one season ends,

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another one starts. Somerset begin their County

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Championship campaign tomorrow. If they can go one better

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than last summer and bring the title back to Taunton,

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Devon will have played its part, Ben Green, 19, from Exeter. Jamie

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over ten, from North Devon. I had to think about it! Lewis Gregory, 24,

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from Plymouth. Don Bass, 19, from Sid Worth. Greg Overton, 22, also

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from North Devon. I want to find out who the best

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all-rounder is, on and off the field. It is up to you to decide.

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It is very easy. Jamie Overton, hands down, terrible. The Flymo? You

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do well! Not the nicest bunch of lads. I will have to go with Jamie,

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just to get a bit of own back. I fancy my chances, because I do not

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turn the ball. I give myself it. Probably Lewis, he is so short.

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Massive melon, mate, no one else can fit in. If it is a standard

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elevator, probably him, because nothing much can fit in apart from

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his head. The results are in. Good news for

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one of the, bad news for one of you, and the bad news is for Ben Green.

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According to your team-mates, you are the worst all-rounder on and off

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the field. The winner, he has a century, Lewis Gregory.

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He is pretty proud of that. They are lovely. Five from Devon.

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It is great that the cricket season is back.

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You know it is summer. As the Easter weekend approaches,

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David White has been out and about, tracking down events to keep

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the family entertained Tonight he joins us from the Maundy

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Day service at Truro Cathedral, the first of a series of services

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being held to mark Easter. We are having a quick game of spot

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the odd one out. I hope it is not too difficult. They said, you can

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stand with the choir, but absolutely no singing. No syncing. Last week I

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was in a big top, this week I am indeed beautiful surroundings of

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Truro Cathedral, and there is a service taking place denied. This

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kicks off your Easter celebrations. Yes, it is the Maundy Thursday

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celebrations, the celebration of the institution of the Last Supper,

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where Jesus began the holy Communion. It is followed by the

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watch, which resembles the watch that Jesus had in Gethsemane, with

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his disciples will stop tomorrow we have all of the drama of the Good

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Friday services, and that leads up to the joy of Easter Day itself on

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Sunday. The breaking of the bread and wine tonight, and everybody has

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to leave in silence. That is what happens in the Bible. They go to

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Gethsemane and Jesus prays. We tried to resemble that, because that is

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what our Lord did on that night. That will happen very soon.

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Elsewhere, there are a view ideas if you are looking to do something. At

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Tavistock, the Passion play is taking place on Good Friday morning,

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a dramatic open-air retelling of the Easter story. There is a new tonic

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for Easter stress in Torquay. In Somerset, lavender and coal are

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opening their field. You sure I cannot sing? OK. I am

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festival by now! festival

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so rude! He knows you so well!

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Now, aside from it being the most-important festival

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in the Christian calendar, for most of us Easter also

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means eggs, of the large chocolate variety.

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Yes, but on the edge of Exmoor in Dulverton,

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something else is fast becoming an Easter tradition.

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Dulverton library, home once a month to the knit and meta group, and they

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do both well. In the run-up to Easter, docks of their delight. It

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involves knitting a straightforward little neck piece and head, then

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there are wings and a beak. And a pocket. And a baby. If you are

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Rosemary, feet as well. They started knitting Easter ducks four years ago

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and have a different design each year. This year, they have a cheque

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in the pocket, we take the chick out of the pocket and we popped a little

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Easter egg in. Ready to go to its new home. I wondered how much the

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ducks are. They are sold in the thrift shop to help raise money for

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the town hall. I will have this one. So far, so straightforward. But

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then, something crackers happened. They have been travelling the world,

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amazing places, and they have been sending postcards, which we have

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here on display. From Cambodia, South America, Venice, and so on.

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The volunteers who also run this shop have been delighted. Hello,

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thrift shop... Christmas 2016 was quite a cold

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one... The Christmas market was just across the river? We have had a

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wonderful trip to Vietnam. We started in Hanoi... So many

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motorbikes! Alex Hales continue and have brought us to Malaysia. She

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thought it was hilarious to bury me in the sand. It is fantastic, such

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good fun. We have been so interested, following their

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progress, and they are kind enough to send us postcards, so we enjoy

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reading about them. We are delighted with their stories. They now have

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their own Facebook page, where their ventures can be followed by

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everyone. Easter is their birthday, and they are keeping tight beat

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about any surprise travel plans, but promised to keep sending postcards

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back to the place they were born. And tonight we'd like to

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welcome the knitted chicks Following in the footsteps

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of our Christmas knitted robins, Brenda and John Joynes sent us

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these from Somerset. They're being knitted

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for the League of Friends shop at Yeovil District Hospital,

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where they've already Like the ducks, they are well

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travelled, with apparently two There is some good news, because the

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weather looks like it will be promising for the Easter weekend. If

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you need rain, there is not a great deal in the forecast at the moment.

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There might be a few showers, but for the next three or four days

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there is dry weather to be had. Tomorrow will be rather cloudy. The

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risk of patchy rain later, but it is light. There will not be a huge

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amount. It is also quite breezy, the wind picking up from the West,

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Northwest. The high pressure is close enough to keep a lot of these

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weather fronts to the North. The cloud associated with them will come

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across us, but there is not much left by the time it gets to us.

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Eventually, they will bring some light and intermittent rain. Gone by

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Saturday. The same area of high pressure just about holes therefore

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Easter day. Even though the weather fronts try to come in from the

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north. It will not get to us, really. Even by Monday, even though

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there is a risk of showers, still a lot of usable weather. We have had

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some sunshine today, not everywhere. This was earlier today. We got some

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good shots of people out enjoying some reasonable weather, and trying

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to gather sheep. Very busy for our sheep farmers. And now into

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Plymouth. A lot of clout in the sky today, but it has not spoil the day.

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If we were really fussy about the weather, you will need to wrap up

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warm, it will not be overly warm. But if the sun comes out just for an

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hour or so, it will help lift the temperatures. This cloud will begin

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through the night. Still clear skies at times in places, so in a few

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shots, sheltered parts of East Devon, Somerset and Dorset, we could

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see four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow, the cloud will come and go. Eventually

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it. To produce showers of rain across the northern half of our

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region. A bit more of a breeze. Bright to

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start with on the Isles of Scilly, then cloudier. If you are heading to

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high water. Some usable surf. A bit high water. Some usable surf. A bit

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choppy on the north Coast, though. Saturday starts a bit cloudy, but it

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should brighten up. Fine weather on Sunday, a small chance of a shower.

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We hold onto the bright with for Monday.

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Well, the choir from Truro Cathedral are now going to play us out

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with a song specially written for Maundy Thursday,

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Have a lovely Easter. Good night.

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