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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. had then we would not them.
Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Thursday's headlines.
The cost of living in Jersey - food, fuel and household bills
are pushing up inflation to a five year high.
My bill at the Co-op seems to have gone up from 42 sometimes ?60. I
think people are buying food on the Internet now!
Meanwhile the size of these buses in Guernsey
is shrinking and becoming more environmentally friendly.
And an act of God creates an opportunity:
a watertight future for Alderney's St Anne's church.
And this Easter weather looks like it will be quite kind to us. Rather
cool, mainly dry and generally quiet. All the details later in the
programme. Food, fuel and household bills have
all driven up the cost Inflation is at 3%, the highest
for almost five years. Although it's always
influenced by global prices, it's thought Brexit could be
the driving factor, Living in Jersey has
got more expensive. But are people on the street
feeling the pinch? I think things are getting more
expensive. Particularly food. Definitely. Having people's wages
don't reflect that. My bill at the Co-op seems to have gone up from 40
to ?50 and sometimes 60. Overall inflation is 2.9%,
the highest rate since 2012. The driving factors
behind the increase are: A hike in domestic oil made fuel
costs rise by ten percent. Telephone bills and school fees
helped push up the price And we've seen a rise in food such
as fish and vegetables Retailers and businesses
are blaming it on Brexit. Unfortunately what we are seeing
is those cost prices being increased because of the impact
of the devaluation of the sterling. We import a lot of goods,
not only into the island but into the UK and a lot of people
are trading currencies whether they are purchasing
those from overseas. That's making it more difficult,
suppliers are passing on those cost Which end up more often than not
passed on to the customer. Citizen's advice say islanders may
need to shop around more. You can shop and be
competitive and find That's something you can control
is exactly how much you spend, but of course inflation is very
rarely driven by one factor there's normally a number of factors and it
seems to be a couple of external factors that are driving
inflation up that really No-one was available
from the Treasury Department to comment on camera,
but in a statement they said: It is slightly disappointing
that it is as high as it is. It is slightly higher than
the Fiscal Policy Panel predicted. But they were not
significantly wrong. I think in the long term,
once we know where we are going with Brexit, it might
come back down. But until then, people in Jersey may
have to navigate through more cost increases predicted
in the near future. New buses are set to roll out
on Guernsey's roads next month. They're shorter and narrower
than the existing fleet. And it's claimed the 12 vehicles
will be more environmentally friendly even though they'll
still be pumping out diesel fumes. When it comes to Guernsey's
buses, size matters. And the island's newest arrivals
will be 7cm narrower and over Here's one of them,
a new look for a new fleet. These smaller buses are promising
to improve the passenger experience with high-backed seats,
USB chargers and increased headroom They'll be running on diesel
at a time when many see the end Milton Keynes has been
using electric buses And the Mayor of London has pledged
to stop buying pure diesel In fact the company providing
Guernsey's new buses is testing a double decker hydrogen powered
bus in London. The 12 buses cost more
than ?1.5 million pounds. They're the first part
of a phased replacement And the man responsible
for Guernsey's buses says zero emission buses may be purchased
in the next phase. What we want to do the next time is
find an electric vehicle and technology has moved on from 2013,
we know that battery life has increased so it is a real
possibility even at stage to stage three.
So what do bus users make of the new vehicles?
Well they're very happy about the prospect.
If you're a cyclist behind current diesels it's a pretty unpleasant
experience. There should be a marked improvement.
If everything goes according to plan then the new buses will be
A 39-year old man has been jailed for six years
by the Royal Court for smuggling nearly three thousand pounds worth
of ecstasy into Jersey Andrew David Edward Jones from Liverpool told
customs officers he was visiting the island to deliver Christmas
An X-ray revealed a package in his stomach containing
Jersey's Chief Minister is to meet the St Helier lifeboat crew
to discuss their dispute with the RNLI.
All 25 volunteers resigned in support of their skipper
Former crew member Paul Battrick wrote to the Council of Ministers
The Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier says
the council fully supports the lifeboat crew and is arranging
Senator Ian Gorst's meeting with them.
A ?1 million project to repair storm damage at St Anne's Church
The roof was extensively damaged during a particularly
While the damage was covered by insurance,
the States of Alderney, which owns the church,
took the opportunity to renovate the roof,
For the past six months St Anne's Church has been
shrouded in scaffolding - but the extensive renovations have
It's taken around 10,000 slates, and nearly a million pounds
to restore the historic building that is owned by the
While this is the most expensive renovation but it is certainly
Following the German Occupation, Islanders returned to find
St Anne's Church in a sorry state of repair.
My father and my father who were running the building business at the
time actually offered the Labour free where the states actually
funded the repairs and the materials, but there was a great
deal to do after the war to put it back. And my father, it was his
driving ambition to see the church restored as it was when it was
built. And he did that up until his dying day.
For many people, St Anne's is still the centre
The community events he, births, marriages and deaths of course but
also concerts, and I think everybody at some point will be utilising the
church for either enjoyment or family reasons, so yes it is still
the hub of the community. Having made it wind and watertight,
the next phase of the restoration is to make good the damage
to the interior of the church. A rare pistol - which had been
undiscovered for almost 350 years - has been found by a metal
detectorist in Jersey. And even more surprisingly -
it's in remarkably good condition. Tony Collins made the discovery
on a cold Sunday in February but it has taken until now
to understand its significance. Well, not today but perhaps four
centuries ago this pistol would have been in the hands of a wealthy
merchant. At the time they were so expensive
they would always have been cared for far more than something
from the army. So there are certainly tens of these
at least in collections in Britain but it's the first one I know
of that's been recovered from a shipwreck or well
from the beach at least. And that discovery was
made by Tony Collins. He was out in St Aubins bay
when he found the pistol deep in the airlocked sand
and covered by crusteations. He knew immediately
that it was significant. What gave it was the octagonal
barrel normally the barrels are round like I was thinking later
musket pistols about 1700's - 1800's And the wooden stock of the actual
pistol is all carved and I thought better leave that as it is and don't
knock it anymore let's pass Since then it's been
in a saline solution It was later confirmed it was likely
to be from the early 17th century. If you asked me to list ten things
you'd never find that The idea of a pistol 350 -
400 years old with it's iron mechanism and barrel surviving
in sea water that time I would have said was incredibly rare
and there really aren't that many So it look like this gun will go
down in history as another great Well, it's finally the bank holiday
weekend and if like me you want to know what the weather
will be like, David, no pressure this the one
we've all been waiting for. hello. To start with we have some
calm weather, some cloud around, predominantly dry not particularly
good news for farmers and growers but sunshine as well. You've been
taking pictures again. This is one of our Weather Watchers, some
glorious sunrises and sunsets over the last couple of days. More cloud
coming our way, taking its time to arrive. Tomorrow is another bright
and dry day and becomes rather cloudy and, late in the day, we will
see a view shower so most of Good Friday is likely to be bright and
dry. The reason for the settled weather is this area of high
pressure. It moves around a bit over the next few days, opening the door
to a couple of weather fronts coming from the north-west late in the day
tomorrow but it's still has an influence and is back again by the
time we get to Saturday. A couple of weather systems claiming us first
thing on Saturday morning, cloud breaking up to sunny spells and a
cool breeze, no doubt about that from the north-west, and Easter Day
Easter Sunday, at high pressure going to be reasonably close by.
Quite weather, settled weather, and some sunshine. The cloud is patchy
upwind of us at the moment so overnight that will continue. Patchy
cloud, some clear skies, and temperatures just getting into
single figures of eight or 9 degrees. Maura breeze on the
north-west developing. Tomorrow a largely fine day, maybe more cloud
than we would like, some sunny spells through the morning into the
afternoon, and then thicker cloud coming from the north-west very late
in the day. 13th of the top amateur, that's 55 Fahrenheit. Here are times
of five or -- high water. Not much for our surfers, choppy as well with
the wind is coming in from the north-west, and coastal waters
forecast west north-west elite force for, backing Westerly later. The
forecast will be weakened to were cloudy at first on Saturday,
brightening up on Sunday and Monday look fine.
Remember throughout the bank holiday weekend the BBC will keep up to date
with your local news weather and travel.
There'll be regular bulletins and any breaking news
on BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey from six in the morning.
Also online - find your local page at bbc.co.uk.
I'll be back with an update at eight and 10.30 and this programme will be
This would be the icing on the cake. To do it at 31, it has come later
than I hoped, but it would be fantastic for me to get a promotion.
Mathematically, Torquay could be relegated from the National League
this weekend if they lose both their games and other
They're at leaders Lincoln tomorrow and then at home
to Braintree on Monday, who're one place above them.
Last year the Gulls were in a similar position and survived,
and their manager thinks they can do it again.
Right now it looks like the penny has dropped, they are picking things
up, taking on board the information I am giving them, they are
executing. If they can do that for the next four games, they have
learned from that experience, and we will have a fighting chance. But it
is fine margins. We need to take it one at a time, which is why you will
always get that same answer. After sealing a play-off place last
weekend, the Exeter Chiefs now want to secure a home semi-final
with a top-two finish. We have got a semifinal place now,
sometimes we need to remember that, and a lot of what needs to happen is
is making sure that mentally and physically we are where we need to
be. Whether that is home or away is not the biggest issue. I would love
it to be at home, primarily because it is able board for the players and
the supporters. And it's the last game of the season
for our Championship sides. The Pirates are at home to Bedford,
while Jersey host Richmond. And, where one season ends,
another one starts. Somerset begin their County
Championship campaign tomorrow. If they can go one better
than last summer and bring the title back to Taunton,
Devon will have played its part, Ben Green, 19, from Exeter. Jamie
over ten, from North Devon. I had to think about it! Lewis Gregory, 24,
from Plymouth. Don Bass, 19, from Sid Worth. Greg Overton, 22, also
from North Devon. I want to find out who the best
all-rounder is, on and off the field. It is up to you to decide.
It is very easy. Jamie Overton, hands down, terrible. The Flymo? You
do well! Not the nicest bunch of lads. I will have to go with Jamie,
just to get a bit of own back. I fancy my chances, because I do not
turn the ball. I give myself it. Probably Lewis, he is so short.
Massive melon, mate, no one else can fit in. If it is a standard
elevator, probably him, because nothing much can fit in apart from
his head. The results are in. Good news for
one of the, bad news for one of you, and the bad news is for Ben Green.
According to your team-mates, you are the worst all-rounder on and off
the field. The winner, he has a century, Lewis Gregory.
He is pretty proud of that. They are lovely. Five from Devon.
It is great that the cricket season is back.
You know it is summer. As the Easter weekend approaches,
David White has been out and about, tracking down events to keep
the family entertained Tonight he joins us from the Maundy
Day service at Truro Cathedral, the first of a series of services
being held to mark Easter. We are having a quick game of spot
the odd one out. I hope it is not too difficult. They said, you can
stand with the choir, but absolutely no singing. No syncing. Last week I
was in a big top, this week I am indeed beautiful surroundings of
Truro Cathedral, and there is a service taking place denied. This
kicks off your Easter celebrations. Yes, it is the Maundy Thursday
celebrations, the celebration of the institution of the Last Supper,
where Jesus began the holy Communion. It is followed by the
watch, which resembles the watch that Jesus had in Gethsemane, with
his disciples will stop tomorrow we have all of the drama of the Good
Friday services, and that leads up to the joy of Easter Day itself on
Sunday. The breaking of the bread and wine tonight, and everybody has
to leave in silence. That is what happens in the Bible. They go to
Gethsemane and Jesus prays. We tried to resemble that, because that is
what our Lord did on that night. That will happen very soon.
Elsewhere, there are a view ideas if you are looking to do something. At
Tavistock, the Passion play is taking place on Good Friday morning,
a dramatic open-air retelling of the Easter story. There is a new tonic
for Easter stress in Torquay. In Somerset, lavender and coal are
opening their field. You sure I cannot sing? OK. I am
festival by now! festival
so rude! He knows you so well!
Now, aside from it being the most-important festival
in the Christian calendar, for most of us Easter also
means eggs, of the large chocolate variety.
Yes, but on the edge of Exmoor in Dulverton,
something else is fast becoming an Easter tradition.
Dulverton library, home once a month to the knit and meta group, and they
do both well. In the run-up to Easter, docks of their delight. It
involves knitting a straightforward little neck piece and head, then
there are wings and a beak. And a pocket. And a baby. If you are
Rosemary, feet as well. They started knitting Easter ducks four years ago
and have a different design each year. This year, they have a cheque
in the pocket, we take the chick out of the pocket and we popped a little
Easter egg in. Ready to go to its new home. I wondered how much the
ducks are. They are sold in the thrift shop to help raise money for
the town hall. I will have this one. So far, so straightforward. But
then, something crackers happened. They have been travelling the world,
amazing places, and they have been sending postcards, which we have
here on display. From Cambodia, South America, Venice, and so on.
The volunteers who also run this shop have been delighted. Hello,
thrift shop... Christmas 2016 was quite a cold
one... The Christmas market was just across the river? We have had a
wonderful trip to Vietnam. We started in Hanoi... So many
motorbikes! Alex Hales continue and have brought us to Malaysia. She
thought it was hilarious to bury me in the sand. It is fantastic, such
good fun. We have been so interested, following their
progress, and they are kind enough to send us postcards, so we enjoy
reading about them. We are delighted with their stories. They now have
their own Facebook page, where their ventures can be followed by
everyone. Easter is their birthday, and they are keeping tight beat
about any surprise travel plans, but promised to keep sending postcards
back to the place they were born. And tonight we'd like to
welcome the knitted chicks Following in the footsteps
of our Christmas knitted robins, Brenda and John Joynes sent us
these from Somerset. They're being knitted
for the League of Friends shop at Yeovil District Hospital,
where they've already Like the ducks, they are well
travelled, with apparently two There is some good news, because the
weather looks like it will be promising for the Easter weekend. If
you need rain, there is not a great deal in the forecast at the moment.
There might be a few showers, but for the next three or four days
there is dry weather to be had. Tomorrow will be rather cloudy. The
risk of patchy rain later, but it is light. There will not be a huge
amount. It is also quite breezy, the wind picking up from the West,
Northwest. The high pressure is close enough to keep a lot of these
weather fronts to the North. The cloud associated with them will come
across us, but there is not much left by the time it gets to us.
Eventually, they will bring some light and intermittent rain. Gone by
Saturday. The same area of high pressure just about holes therefore
Easter day. Even though the weather fronts try to come in from the
north. It will not get to us, really. Even by Monday, even though
there is a risk of showers, still a lot of usable weather. We have had
some sunshine today, not everywhere. This was earlier today. We got some
good shots of people out enjoying some reasonable weather, and trying
to gather sheep. Very busy for our sheep farmers. And now into
Plymouth. A lot of clout in the sky today, but it has not spoil the day.
If we were really fussy about the weather, you will need to wrap up
warm, it will not be overly warm. But if the sun comes out just for an
hour or so, it will help lift the temperatures. This cloud will begin
through the night. Still clear skies at times in places, so in a few
shots, sheltered parts of East Devon, Somerset and Dorset, we could
see four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow, the cloud will come and go. Eventually
it. To produce showers of rain across the northern half of our
region. A bit more of a breeze. Bright to
start with on the Isles of Scilly, then cloudier. If you are heading to
high water. Some usable surf. A bit high water. Some usable surf. A bit
choppy on the north Coast, though. Saturday starts a bit cloudy, but it
should brighten up. Fine weather on Sunday, a small chance of a shower.
We hold onto the bright with for Monday.
Well, the choir from Truro Cathedral are now going to play us out
with a song specially written for Maundy Thursday,
Have a lovely Easter. Good night.