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Jersey Writers Launch Heritage Anthology

May 7, 2015

An anthology of short stories, by Jersey authors, celebrating the island’s heritage, is going on sale for the first time on Liberation Day.

Once Upon an Island features 21 stories by local writers. Each story in the anthology is inspired by a monument, site or other location run or maintained by Jersey Heritage. The stories offer a glimpse into our island’s history and the people who have lived it. Once Upon an Island contains stories from prehistoric to contemporary times with tales of murder, love, wartime and peace.

The book is the first publication by Jersey Writers, a new information, network and support group for writers in Jersey.  25% of profits from book sales will be going to Jersey Heritage, with the remainder being used for literary activities on the island.

Book editor, Julia Hunt, said: “The stories take you on a journey around the island, through time and history. Each of the 21 authors offers a different perspective on some of Jersey’s most beautiful and important locations. Jersey is often depicted by artists, but this is one of the first attempts to represent the island through fiction.”

The first copies of the book will be on sale at the Jersey Writers’ stall on Liberation Day, Saturday 9 May, in People’s Park, and then through and through Jersey Heritage outlets.

Gwyn Garfield- Bennett, founder of Jersey Writers, said: “We decided to publish the book to support Jersey Heritage in the first year of the Channel Islands Heritage Festival. Our writers work across a range of genres, from screen writing to novels, crime, history and even food. Once Upon an Island was an opportunity for us to work together and focus on something we all have in common; our love of Jersey and its heritage.”

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Jersey's Beaches Excel for Water Cleanliness

April 15, 2014

Idyllic Beaches: Greve de Lecq, 'Recommended'

Island’s Beaches Excel for Water Cleanliness

13 of Jersey’s 16 beaches have received a top rating by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for 2014.

The MSC Good Beach Guide looks at data on water quality supplied by authorities across the British Isles, including Jersey, Guernsey and The Isle of Man, to assess standards of cleanliness.

Jersey beaches which achieved the highest standard – ‘Recommended’ – included some of the islan...

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Raw Food In Jersey

February 3, 2014

Lorraine Pannetier: Raw Food Fitness

Think Raw Food belongs in Hollywood or at the bottom of the fridge? We discover how it helped a Jersey fitness instructor get her body back on track

Advocates of raw food believe that cooking destroys natural enzymes vital for regenerating the body, and that cooked food can contain toxins. While there are various aspects of ‘Rawism’ with some people only eating raw fruits and vegetables, and others eating raw meats and fish, there is a general belief ...

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Jersey Chef in Mince Pie Charity Auction

December 9, 2013

Michelin-Star Mince Pies: Place your bids now

The head chef of one of Jersey's Michelin star restaurants is taking part in this year's Mince Pie Project. Steve Smith from Bohemia will be one of 100 chefs creating mince pies for an auction in aid of FoodCycle and Kids Company.

Each chef will make two boxes of their signature mince pies; one for auction, the other for a raffle which takes place on 13th December. Last year’s event raised over £30,000, with the highest bid being raised by Da...

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Horsing Around: Beautiful Jersey Horses

October 1, 2013

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Unique places to Stay in Jersey: The Barge Aground

August 26, 2013

The Barge Aground: Art Deco Beach House

Is this a boat? Is this a house? No, it’s the Barge Aground. Just as Jersey is home to some super men, well, one Superman to be precise, it also produces some super houses.

The Barge Aground is a Jersey Heritage holiday rental property right on the edge of St Ouen’s Beach. It is so close to the water that your only neighbours to the west are on the opposite side of the Atlantic.

Shaped like a boat, this 1930s bungalow has two bedrooms with bunk...

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Five Favourite Jersey Beaches For Summer

July 16, 2013

St Brelade's Bay: Perfect for watersports

Summer is here and with temperatures well over 70F finding somewhere to enjoy the weather, and to keep cool, is a priority.

Jersey might be the sunniest place in the British Isles, yet, thanks to its position on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it is rarely too hot. At nine miles by five, everywhere in Jersey is close to the coast which means beaches; a sea breeze, and the sea are all easily accessible.

Everyone has an idea of what makes the perfect...

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Jersey restaurants and hotels scoop awards

February 3, 2013

The Somerville Hotel, Picture by Victoria Stewart

Two restaurants, which feature in The Good Taste Guide: Jersey, have been recognised in national awards.

Tides at the Somerville is one of Dolan Hotel’s three hotel restaurants to achieve a Gold Highly Commended Taste Accreditation.

This accolade, by Quality in Tourism, the assessment service for VisitEngland, looks at the amount of fresh produce used by the restaurant, along with taste and presentation of food, and the service.


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Christmas Book Signing of The Good Taste Guide: Jersey

December 10, 2012

Image of local seafood at The Bass and Lobster, Jersey

The Good Taste Guides will be in Waterstone's St Helier on Saturday 15 December from 10.30am-12pm to sign copies of The Good Taste Guide: Jersey.
As the Channel Island's first independent restaurant guide, the book is a practical gift for anyone who enjoys eating out in Jersey. Filled with colour images of scrumptious food and gorgeous landscapes, the book is also a lovely present for friends or relatives who live off the island.
Light enou...
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Last Chance to Visit Jersey Attractions before Winter Closure

November 12, 2012

Image of Mont Orgueil, Gorey

Get your timings right if you plan to visit Jersey's attractions out of season

The school holidays are over and winter is nearly here. As the trees lose their last copper leaves and the temperature drops, many of Jersey’s top attractions start preparing for the end of the season.

November is one of the quietest months to visit Jersey, so if you want to hike the cliff paths or have the beaches to yourself now is the time. Many of the island’s hotels offer grea...

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