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February/March 2019

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Already a month into the new year and, for our accommodation sector, promotion and preparation are well underway to fill beds, hold events, celebrate weddings and maximise return from the coming tourist season. One of Guernsey’s family-run establishments recently changed hands, and is under new management. The Grande Mare Hotel, Golf and Country Club’s new General Manager Sacha Cauwels–Wigan took over the reins towards the end of last year, after only having spent 24 hours in the island, having had really positive feelings about both Guernsey and the hotel itself.

While she doesn’t have plans to make immediate radical changes, she is not someone to shy away from a challenge, and she is excited to build on the successful business that the Vermeulens have passed on. We spoke to Sacha and found out more about her extensive experience in hospitality management, andhow she is finding life here so far.

I am delighted that Bowel Cancer Guernsey is Connect’s chosen charity for 2019. There will be a regular column from the charity team in each issue this year – the first on page 39being an overview of some of the profile, and awareness-building, work they do locally.

Do you stick with that piece of folk wisdom and only eat oysters in months with an r in? Or perhaps you don’t like them at all (they are a bit like Marmite after all). Either way they are a common feature on all local menus. Did you know though that every oyster you eat locally is also farmed here? A small local oyster farming industry is perhaps one of the island’s best kept secrets. Find out more about how Charlotte Dickson and her partner Justin relocated to Guernsey in 2016 to take on Guernsey Oysters and Herm Oysters and their plans to develop the business in the coming months and years.

Enjoy Guernsey Connect.

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