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At Bailiwick Express and Connect, we have been thinking a lot lately about renewal and originality and things which are new. Not only because of the New Year. Guernsey’s experience of living with covid seems at last to be moving into a new phase in which we can sense the freedom of soon breaking free of the necessary but nevertheless draconian restrictions with which we have lived for nearly two years.

And at Express and Connect we are moving into a new period ourselves with many fresh faces – some of whom joined very recently and some of whom will join us any day – in our reporting, graphic design and commercial teams.

Our (largely) new team is looking forward to building on the success of our predecessors and bringing you news which informs and features which entertain every day.

This edition of Connect, the first of 2022, reflects the theme of newness (which I’m assured, despite my scepticism, is a real word these days).

In Special Report, we speak to those behind Guernsey’s new and ambitious space for art which promises to rejuvenate the Town’s Old Quarter as well as inspiring a generation of creatives.

In Unplugged, we interview Jane St. Pier, who is new to the role of Chair of the Convenor and Tribunal Board, but not new to the organisation. She tells us what persuaded her to cast aside the adage about never going back.

The features in Soul Food include one on St. James, an iconic and historic venue which has entered its own new era and thrown open its doors to a diverse range of artistic and culture events.

And in the first of a series of features with GROW, the charity outlines the current status and next steps of its £3million development of new facilities in St. Sampson’s.

Mazzouk – Mary Elliot’s business supplying bohemian, authentic and chic homeware, accessories and gifts sourced from abroad – is not new but it is certainly original and distinctive. Mary tells us about her journey from a few holiday purchases to a thriving brand.

We hope readers enjoy these and other features. And our new team looks forward to continuing to bring you interviews with local people doing great things and features of all that is good in the life of our island.

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