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The real privilege of editing Connect is meeting and writing about such a diverse range of people – in business, charities, sport and other fields – who have interesting stories to tell and who are contributing so much to the life of our community. In this edition, we speak with people in healthcare, heritage, law, finance, art, cricket and football. 

Special Report gets behind the façade of the largest investment in primary care to date as Dr Robbie Hanna explains the need for the redevelopment of L’Aumone Surgery and how it supports the changing face of GP services. Dr Hanna, one of the island’s best-known GPs, looks back on his younger days in Belfast and his experiences working in Guernsey and looks ahead to an era which he says “lends itself less to the idea of an old-style GP prescribing penicillin and more to a health centre with a wider range of services”. 

Unplugged is with Helen Glencross, the island’s Head of Heritage Services, who oversees dozens of historic sites, ranging from Neolithic tombs 6,000 years old to German fortifications built during the Second World War, and artefacts and stories passed through generations and re-presented at flagship museums such as Candie and Fort Grey and at probably the island’s most iconic landmark, Castle Cornet. 

In No Ordinary Day Job, Stuart Le Prevost, at heart a grounds specialist but now also a facilities manager, talks about the development of the King George V Playing Fields and shares the secrets behind its impressive cricket and football pitches. Stuart says that for 15 years his role “has felt more like a hobby than going to work”. 

There are interviews with leading figures at Ogier, HIGHVERN and Lloyds and a food review at one of Liberation’s recently refurbished eateries, The Deerhound. 

We showcase the work of the Chest and Heart Clinic and Rotary Guernsey and celebrate the extraordinary achievement of GROW, our 2022 Charity Partner, which recently met its ambitious target to raise £3million to redevelop its horticulture premises. 

We have a passionate, uncompromising opinion piece from Harriet St. Pier, a young rising star in local writing, a health and wellbeing feature, and look ahead to a special exhibition of paintings at The Greenhouse Gallery at Candie. 

The year rolls on. When we started this edition, it felt like summer. A week after it’s published, we’ll be planning our Christmas edition. Why do years go much quicker the older one gets? In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading Connect as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

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