Meet the Islanders - Tess

Pig Farmer, radiographer and Sailing Club commodore

Alderney is a small island with a permanent community of around 2,000 people living on it, although the numbers do swell during the summer months. Many villages in the UK have a similar population, however none have the diversity of shops, restaurants, clubs, and activities within their boundaries. From many different keep-fit groups to knitting, from helping clear paths with The Wildlife Trust, to going to hear top class visiting musicians play, or even playing in either of two bands yourself, or singing in the community choir. 

I love living here because there is so much going on.  Personally I am involved in the Sailing Club, as Commodore, with Sailing events to help organise and visiting sailing and yacht clubs to welcome. The daily teas every summer afternoon are very popular with locals and visitors alike, and the bar draws a crowd during the evenings. I am also in the Theatre Group, which puts on shows and plays, and brings acts to the island, as well as playing in both bands. 

Then there is work to fit in... I have several jobs (which is often the case here). I am the island's radiographer, doing regular sessions in the local, well equipped hospital, and a full time on call commitment. I am also part owner in a pig farm, with daily feeding duties for the 50 or so free range rare breed pigs, and my particular interest is in the meat production, including making delicious sausages and bacon. Then, another business I am involved in is London House - a retail shop selling homewares, electrical goods, gifts and there my job is picture framing and large format printing of photographs and canvasses. Some days I do some of every jobs... no chance of getting bored! It's like I'm constantly juggling, and trying not to drop any balls!

Holidays here are wonderful. The most beautiful and quiet beaches, rugged cliffs, all to be explored, before resting a while in a local hostelry or taking a picnic to one of the well placed benches to watch the sunset. You may even find me there doing the same, if I find time.