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My work could be described as ‘no ordinary day job’ as I get to speak to different people, about different things, every day. That was definitely the case when I arrived for an interview with Lieutenant William De La Mare during his visit to the island in early May. 

Expecting a quick chat while he posed for some photos, we were instead asked to put on lifejackets, were given a safety briefing and taken aboard HMS Puncher for an unscheduled trip out to the Russell. A sudden shout of ‘man overboard’ sparked an exercise which my colleague and I were lucky to see first-hand. The shouting and quick movements which accompanied the actions, were delivered without any sign of haste or panic. The seamless work of a small team, each with a designated duty to take on in any emergency, was extraordinary to watch. 

Captain De La Mare definitely has ‘no ordinary day job’ and it was a pleasure to spend time with him and his crew. 

Looking ahead to this summer, with the Island Games approaching, we took some time out to sit down with Lee Merrien to hear from the athlete-turned-coach about the highs and lows of competitive sport. Another extraordinary story of personal determination, and grit, coupled with natural skill. 

The Garenne stand will be a focal point for spectators watching the athletes testing their own abilities at this summer’s Island Games and there is no intention to change its name despite the Garenne Group going into voluntary liquidation earlier this year. 

A lifetime’s work disappearing before your eyes is not something to wish on anyone, so, while it’s unfortunate that Stuart Falla is refusing interviews, it is completely understandable. We’re still tracking the liquidation processes of the Garenne Group and its businesses, and any creditors who may wish to comment are welcome to contact us. We know there are more stories to uncover here, and, believe me, we’re working on it. 

We are always keen to hear from you, about what makes you tick and what you value as important to our community. From the work of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation to the thoughts of our Chief Minister on housing, and efforts to reimagine Sark, we have covered a breadth of issues this time round. Let us know if there’s something you think we should be looking into for next time! 

In the meantime, enjoy Connect.

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