Jersey Reds ‘show guts’ to score late winner against Coventry

Nic Dolly’s late try meant Jersey Reds were one of four teams to get a bonus-point win on the Championship’s opening weekend of fixtures

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon has praised his side’s fortitude after scoring a last-minute try with 13 men as they beat Coventry 22-15 in their opening Championship fixture.

Having seen Mark Best and Auguy Slowik sin-binned Jersey won a scrum penalty, kicked to the corner and drove Nic Dolly over from the resulting line-out.

Two Greg Dyer tries and one from Luc Jones saw Jersey lead 17-9.

But two Rory Jennings’s penalties put Coventry close before Dolly’s score.

“A fair bit of guts needed to be shown by our players, make no mistake,” Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

“We did invite a fair bit of pressure on ourselves with a fair amount of ill-discipline, which we’ve got to get right.

“But we made some brave decisions today and that’ll pay dividends because we went away and were able to maximise points.”

Biljon was keen to praise his side’s defence as the visitors failed to score a try despite Jersey having three men yellow-carded during the match.

“It wasn’t comfortable,” he said. “We were under pressure, they had a fair amount of possession and I think we had two opportunities in their half in the second half and thankfully we were able to take points.

“The Coventry squad – that’s some squad that they’ve put together, it’s a team that are going to be top three or top four, and it shows just how much character we’ve had to produce to get that result.”

Jersey Neolithic longhouse wins national heritage award

Neolithic Longhouse and volunteersImage copyright Jersey Heritage
Image caption The volunteers used Neolithic techniques including mud daubing and thatching

A 20m (65ft) long replica Neolithic longhouse built with the “hard work” of 140 volunteers has won an Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) award.

The building in Jersey was given the Discover Heritage Award after being shortlisted in the Volunteer and Community Projects category.

Jersey Heritage said it was “delighted” to receive the “prestigious” award.

The longhouse took almost two years to build and opened to the public in March.

It was constructed using authentic Neolithic techniques, including mud daubing, thatching and bark-stripping.

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Julia Coutanche, Jersey Heritage’s volunteers co-ordinator, said: “Congratulations and a huge thank you to all our volunteers who spent nearly two years building the Neolithic longhouse, and to those who continue to be involved in the project.

“Without their hard work, this wonderful building for learning, interpretation and experimental archaeology at La Hougue Bie would not be possible.”

The AHI awards takes place every two years and recognises outstanding cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.

Channel Islands to move Church of England diocese

Dean of Jersey the Very Reverend Mike Kierle, the Bishop of Salisbury the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam and Dean of Guernsey the Very Reverend Tim BarkerImage copyright Ash Mills
Image caption The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam (centre) has agreed to discussions about the practicalities

The Church of England in the Channel Islands is set to become part of the Diocese of Salisbury.

The islands’ 500-year-old relationship with the Winchester diocese was changed in 2014 due to safeguarding concerns.

It followed a dispute between the then Dean of Jersey and the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester.

Winchester retained oversight and legal responsibility for administrative affairs with the Canterbury diocese taking over other areas.

A report into the relationship between the Channel Islands and the wider church has made seven recommendations, including updating laws about female bishops and safeguarding and appointing local lawyers to supply independent legal advice.

The ease of travel – with air links to Southampton and a ferry to Poole – and that the Salisbury and Winchester dioceses share legal services, allowing knowledge and experience to be retained, were among the reasons given for the move of diocese.

Report’s recommendation

  • The roles of bishop and dean, and between diocese and deanery to be clarified by a Memorandum of Understanding
  • The 2012 Jersey Canons should be revised to establish a set of amendments that would address such areas as clergy discipline, the role of the dean, safeguarding and women bishops
  • Appropriately qualified Jersey and Guernsey advocates should be appointed as Deputy Diocesan Registrars to provide independent legal advice to the Bishop and Dean
  • Canonical provisions for the Deanery of Guernsey should be reviewed with updates drafted or modified Church of England Canons applied
  • The Bishop and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure 2014 and the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 should be extended to the islands as soon as practicable
  • Simpler process for adopting Church of England measures on the islands should be introduced
  • The Deaneries of Guernsey and Jersey should in future be attached to the Diocese of Salisbury.
Image copyright Ash Mills
Image caption The Dean of Jersey, the Very Reverend Mike Kierle (left), and Dean of Guernsey, the Very Reverend Tim Barker (right), have met with the Bishop of Salisbury

The report pointed out there were historical connections between the islands and diocese as early as 1496 when “the then Pope sought to establish a connection, and that the first bishop to visit the islands was Bishop John Fisher of Salisbury in 1818”.

The move could come into effect in late 2020 but first approval would be needed from the General Synod, as well as consent from Parliament and the approval of both islands’ States to send the measures to the Privy Council to approve the needed changes in legislation.

Bishop Dakin said: “I welcome the proposal for the island deaneries to be given a fresh start with the Diocese of Salisbury. I remain committed to the flourishing of the churches in the Islands.”

Dean of Jersey, the Very Reverend Mike Keirle, said: “We thank the Diocese of Winchester for their care over the years and… we look forward to building new relationships with the wider Church of England and to the future flourishing of the Church in Jersey”.

The Dean of Guernsey, Tim Barker, said: “We look forward to exploring with the Bishop of Salisbury and his colleagues the development of our mission and ministry in Guernsey.”

Timeline of diocese split

March 2013Commission withdrawn for the Very Reverend Bob Key, the Dean of Jersey, by the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin over concerns about his handling of a parishioner’s complaint about abuse in 2008.

April 2013 – Dean Key is reinstated after apologising for anything he might have got wrong in the handling of the complaint.

August 2013 – Concerns are raised by Anglican church members in the Channel Islands about their relationship with the Church of England.

November 2013 – Inquiry into the handling of the complaint recommends no disciplinary action should be taken against any Jersey Anglican clergy member and finds no evidence of wrongdoing by Dean Key. The final report is kept confidential on legal advice.

January 2014 – The breakdown of relations between Dean Key and Bishop Dakin leads to the Archbishop of Canterbury temporarily moving oversight of the islands to the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, who is based in the Diocese of Canterbury.

March 2014 – Concerns are raised by churchgoers that money continues to be paid to the Winchester diocese.

July 2014 – The Church of England reveals it has spent £190,000 on handling the split, while a lay member suggests it has cost more than £600,000.

January 2015Details of interim arrangement released with Winchester retaining oversight of legal matters with appointments overseen by the Bishop of Dover as well as finance, ministry and training and safeguarding.

May 2019 – Mr Willmott retires but keeps oversight of the Channel Islands as an Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Winchester.

Retiring Jersey bailiff defends office over abuse report

Bailiff of Jersey, Sir William Bailhache
Image caption Sir William Bailhache said he spoke solely about the comments made about the bailiff’s role by the panel and not its findings about the ‘appalling’ abuse suffered

Criticism of the dual role of Jersey’s bailiff are based on “pre-conceived notions and prejudices”, the retiring bailiff has said.

Last month, a panel that carried out an inquiry into historical child abuse on the island called for the roles of States chief judge and presiding officer to be separate.

It criticised a perceived lack of action to tackle the “Jersey way”.

Sir William Bailhache said the comments were “unfair criticism” to his office.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry Panel’s 2017 report focused on Haut de la Garenne and Les Chenes, which were at the centre of decades of abuse in the island’s child care system.

The panel said the “Jersey way” was sometimes used “in a positive way to describe a strong culture of community and voluntary involvement”.

However, it said the phrase was also used to describe a system where “serious issues are swept under the carpet” and “people escape being held to account for abuses perpetrated”.

While it did not directly reference the bailiff’s dual role in 2017 it did suggest “further consideration” be given to the findings of the earlier Clothier and Carswell reports which recommended the separation of the judicial and legislative roles.

‘Grave error’

In July, the roles were debated by the States and a decision was made to keep them combined.

In its final report last month, the panel said it was “concerned” by the decision, describing it as “a further indication of a failure to recognise the importance of these systems, having evident impartiality and full transparency at their heart”.

Speaking in his last States meeting as presiding officer, Sir William, who has served as Bailiff since 2015, said criticism of the dual roles was based on “pre-conceived notions and prejudices”.

He added the inquiry “took not a scrap of evidence” from the witnesses “who might be thought to know something about the island’s constitution and the way in which the dual role was managed”.

He also rejected a link made by the panel between allegations of lack of fairness and transparency in decision-making over historic child abuse by the bailiff, describing it as a “grave error”.

Jersey teacher ‘punished pupils for own sexual pleasure’

Christopher BaconImage copyright Jersey Police
Image caption Christopher Bacon abused boys while teaching at D’Hautree School, now St Helier Boy’s School

A former music teacher who carried out corporal punishment on pupils for his own sexual pleasure has been jailed.

Christopher Bacon admitted five counts of indecent assault against four boys during the 1970s and 1980s, while head of music at Jersey’s D’Hautree School.

A Royal Court judge said his actions were a gross betrayal of trust and sentenced him to two years.

The court heard Bacon, 77, would take his victims into a sound proof music room to carry out the assaults.

One teenager, who was caught smoking, was told by Bacon he could tell the head teacher or he could deal with it there and then.

Bacon is already serving a prison sentence in La Moye for similar offences and had been due to be released in July next year.

‘Traumatic events’

The previous convictions prompted further victims to come forward, police said.

Judge Michael Birt said Bacon assaulted his pupils by “administering corporate punishment for his own sexual pleasure and not for disciplinary reasons”.

Det Sgt David Hill, of Jersey Police, said: “Bacon was a prolific sex offender who grossly abused his position of authority and trust to satisfy his desires.

“Despite the passage of time since these offences occurred, the impact on the victims still remains today.

“It takes remarkable courage for victims of this type of abuse to come forward and relive such traumatic events.”

Jersey Reds ‘unfortunate’ in Championship Cup defeat at Doncaster

Jersey Reds began their Championship Cup campaign with a home defeat by Newcastle

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon said his side were “unfortunate” in their 32-26 Championship Cup loss at Doncaster.

Despite matching the hosts’ four tries with scores by Will Homer, Leroy van Dam, Kyle Hatherell and Antonio Harris, two Sam Olver penalties for the Knights proved decisive.

The loss left Jersey third in their Championship Cup pool.

“We played a lot of good rugby, we definitely weren’t going to get the rub of the green,” Biljon told BBC Jersey.

“We played at a good tempo, real endeavour from the players, we were just unfortunate.”

Jersey were guilty of missing a number of chances for further tries as George Spencer, twice, and Tom Williams went close and Hatherell had an early touchdown ruled out by the referee.

“It could have been very different,” Biljon said.

“But you’ve got to give Doncaster credit, they slowed the game down at the right time, they put the referee under pressure to make a couple of calls and he did.

He added: “I think what we’ll find is there’ll be some good learning coming out of this game, we’re working out again what’s working for us and areas.

“We need to make sure we can keep our composure, build and apply pressure and then hopefully come away with some points.”

Jersey Bulls’ Sandhurst Town win is ‘best performance yet’ says coach Kevan Nelson

Jersey Bulls play their home games at St Helier’s Springfield Stadium

Jersey Bulls’ assistant manager Kevan Nelson says Saturday’s 4-1 top-of-the-table win over Sandhurst Town is the side’s best performance of the season.

It was the Bulls 10th win in 10 games, leaving them 10 points clear at the top of the Combined Counties Division One.

“We are very happy. We feel that is our best performance of the season so far, from start to finish,” Nelson said.

Goals from Harry Cardwell, Karl Hinds, Sol Solomon and Fraser Barlow saw Bulls comfortably beat their nearest rivals.

“It is pleasing to see some of the goals today, with them being outside the box. It shows we have variety, and if we continue working on this we can become a very dangerous team,” Nelson added.

But the Bulls do face a dilemma in attack after top-scorer Karl Hinds was sent off late on and faces a three-game ban.

“It leaves a sour taste in the mouth,” Nelson said of Hinds, who has scored 13 goals in nine matches.

“Karl tends to react to situations like that, we know that, he knows that. He has apologised since, he will learn from it.

“The positive twist is that it gives others the opportunity now to step up, and show their worth.”

Jersey Bulls’ winning start to the season
3 August: Beat Ash United 3-0 (h)
14 August: Beat Deportivo Galicia 6-0 (a)
17 August: Beat Godalming Town 5-0 (a)
25 August: Beat Fleet Spurs 4-0 (h)
26 August: Beat Westside 1-0 (a)
7 September: Beat Bagshot 7-1 (h)
14 September: Beat Kensington and Ealing Borough 5-1 (a)
21 September: Beat Eversley & California 5-1 (h)
28 September: Beat AFC Hayes 2-1 (a)
5 October: Beat Sandhurst Town 4-1 (h)

Jersey Bulls: 10th successive win after 4-1 Sandhurst Town victory

Karl Hinds has scored 13 goals in nine games this season for Jersey Bulls

Jersey Bulls put in a dominant performance to beat Sandhurst Town 4-1 in their top-of-the-table clash in the Combined Counties League Division One.

Goals from Harry Cardwell, Karl Hinds, Sol Solomon and Fraser Barlow saw Bulls comfortably win, despite conceding a Patrick Gardner goal.

The victory was the Bulls’ 10th in 10 games and they are 10 points clear at the top of the division.

But Jersey could rue the sending off of top-scorer Hinds late on.

The 13-goal striker saw red after an off-the-ball incident and is set to face a ban.

Jersey Bulls’ winning start to the season
3 August: Beat Ash United 3-0 (h)
14 August: Beat Deportivo Galicia 6-0 (a)
17 August: Beat Godalming Town 5-0 (a)
25 August: Beat Fleet Spurs 4-0 (h)
26 August: Beat Westside 1-0 (a)
7 September: Beat Bagshot 7-1 (h)
14 September: Beat Kensington and Ealing Borough 5-1 (a)
21 September: Beat Eversley & California 5-1 (h)
28 September: Beat AFC Hayes 2-1 (a)
5 October: Beat Sandhurst Town 4-1 (h)

Storm Lorenzo: England awakes to beautiful sunrise

Sunrise over Gorey CastleImage copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Steve
Image caption BBC Weather Watcher Steve captured the sunrise over Gorey Castle in Jersey

Swathes of England awoke to a stunning sunrise this morning thanks in part to ex-Hurricane Lorenzo.

Social media was awash with pictures of colourful skies, some of which can be seen below.

BBC weather forecaster Billy Payne said the remains of the former hurricane had brought in high-level cloud from the west which combined with the low sun to produce the views.

He said it was a chilly start, with -1.9C recorded in Northumberland.

Some parts of the home counties also neared sub-zero temperatures.

View of beach in HastingsImage copyright Andy Jenner
Image caption Andy Jenner was out early at Hastings to capture this view
Sunrise over fieldsImage copyright @Dkeen
Image caption Twitter user Dan said he just had to stop on his way to work to get this picture near Alconbury, Cambridgeshire
Sunrise overImage copyright @dkeen
Image caption Dan was one of many using #sunrise this morning
Wind turbines in CudworthImage copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Phototom
Image caption BBC Weather Watcher Phototom took this picture of wind turbines at Cudworth in South Yorkshire
Mist and sun over trees at ElterwaterImage copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Heartbeat
Image caption This was the view at Elterwater in the Lake District as caught by BBC Weather Watcher Heartbeat
Sea breaks under sunImage copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Kev
Image caption BBC Weather Watcher Kev from New Marske got this stunning picture down at Redcar on the North East coast
View of sunrise over fields with morning mistImage copyright Angelika Smith
Image caption Angelika Smith said it was a chilly 2C when she took this picture at Churchover near Rugby at about 07:00 BST
Tree with sunriseImage copyright Angelika Smith
Image caption She said it was “crunchy” underfoot
Sunrise in Birmingham
Image caption BBC reporter Duncan Leatherdale snapped this shot in Birmingham
Sun rises over houses in HarlestonImage copyright BBC Weather Watchers/Flamingo
Image caption It was 3C when BBC Weather Watcher Flamingo took this picture in Harleston in Norfolk
Purple clouds over sea at PerranporthImage copyright Ian Jepson
Image caption Fisherman Ian Jepson captured this view off the coast of Perranporth in Cornwall
Clouds over Didsbury
Image caption This was the view over Didsbury in Manchester as captured by BBC reporter Tom Mullen
Sunrise over Oxford
Image caption BBC reporter Michael Race caught the sunrise in Oxford
Colourful skies over a riverImage copyright Sheepio
Image caption Twitter user Sheepio snapped this shot over the River Wyre in Lancashire
Sunrise over harbourImage copyright Sonia Webb
Image caption This was the view at Ryde on the Isle of Wight as caught by Sonia Webb

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Jersey’s Guthrie: ‘I had glandular fever for six months’

Guthrie has won 51 caps for England

England captain Serena Guthrie has revealed she suffered a six-month bout of glandular fever before this summer’s World Cup.

The 29-year-old centre led England to bronze at the World Cup in Liverpool in July.

She was diagnosed after January’s International Quad Series.

“I kind of rolled out of bed for the game, then would roll back into bed for a few more days,” Guthrie told BBC Sport.

“It made me realise how much I’d been pushing myself to get to the level that I wanted to get to.”

Guthrie, a 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, also missed parts of the domestic Superleague season.

Guthrie, who won four titles with Team Bath in an eight-year spell from 2007, left Australian side Giants to rejoin her first club for the 2019 campaign, but was diagnosed shortly after.

“I have quite a holistic approach to my netball life anyway, but it wasn’t great in a World Cup year to get that news,” she said.

“We weren’t very sure what was wrong with me. It just looked like I was really sick.

“I wasn’t feeling myself after it either and I took myself to the doctor’s. I thought it was a cold and that I’d be fine, but I went to get some blood tests because there was something that didn’t feel quite right.

“I was diagnosed with a reactivation of glandular fever and I thought, ‘that explains it a bit!’.

“In the next, at least 10-12 rounds, I was out of the Superleague. I only came back between rounds 12 and 14, so I had quite a substantial time out prior to the World Cup.”

Housby doesn’t miss a shot as England take bronze

‘Thank God for Netflix!’

England beat South Africa in the play-off to claim bronze at the World Cup, having lost by two goals against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

“I’d been asked to be captain and I wasn’t really around the team as much as I would have liked to have been,” Guthrie said.

“I didn’t want to make a big song and dance about it.

“I just wanted to make sure I was doing the best I could to recover for it prior to World Cup selection. It was about rest and recovery, listening to the sport’s medical team.

“It was real rest. It wasn’t just one bike ride a day or anything – it was genuine rest, so it was quite tough for me to be going from doing full-time training, working and everything like that and enjoying my life to absolutely nothing, so thank God for Netflix!”

Guthrie played in all 11 of England’s matches during the tournament.

She added: “It did cross my mind whether I would be able to step out there and be the Serena that everyone – and myself – expects me to be, but when I got into it everyone was pretty calm, and it helps when you’ve got people who believe in you.

“It’s amazing how much you can push yourself through something when you don’t know what it is that you’ve actually got.”

‘The demands of the game are so intense’

Since the World Cup, Guthrie has taken a break from playing to “rest and recover” as she focuses on “off-court opportunities”.

“The demands of the game, they’re so intense and it never stops,” she said.

“It is very much just about me taking some time to get myself back into a position where I can physically and mentally get back into netball.

“I’ll be in and around the Superleague environment – from meeting sponsors to helping out with fan engagement, doing meet-and-greets.”

Although she expects to relinquish the England captaincy, she said the national team have been “very supportive” and “want me back in the fold as soon as I would like”.

She added: “I’ll have that discussion with them and go from there.

“It’s obviously a hard decision to choose to take yourself away physically from something that I absolutely love, but it feels like the right time for me to do this at that beginning of a four-year cycle.”