Phone problems across Shetland Council sites

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UPDATE AT 14.30h  PHONE LINES RESTORED  Phone lines to Shetland Islands Council premises are now fully restored and working normally again.  The fault with external BT phone lines has now been resolved. Apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by…

Windows smashed in Stornoway

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Police are appealing for information after two windows were smashed on Saturday night (May 16) in Stornoway. Around 11.30pm a window at the Clydesdale bank on South Beach street and a window at Cambies Tea room on Cromwell street were…

Vehicles permitted once again on SY-Ullapool route

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From tomorrow, (Monday May 18) vehicle traffic will resume on the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry route. Ullapool harbour will fully reopen to vehicles after a four week closure. Work to replace the harbour’s link span to improve reliability and allow a greater…

Three new heads for Orkney schools

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Three new head teachers have been appointed to Orkney’s schools this week. Gordon McDonald, who is currently acting head at Kirkwall Grammar School, will now take on the permanent post.  Mark Taylor, currently Acting Head at St Andrew’s Primary School,…

Seven day Oban-Fort William bus service announced

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Oban is set to benefit from a seven-day bus service to Fort William- the highest level of service operated on the route for almost twenty years. The enhanced 918 Oban-Fort William service comes after a successful funding bid to the Scottish…

Three candidates for Storas elections

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The closing date for directors’ nominations for Sealladh na Beinne Mòire, the community company that owns the South Uist Estate, has now passed and three candidates have put themselves forward for election. There are two vacancies on the Board this…

Police appeal over Harris paintings theft

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Police are appealing for information following the theft of two paintings from a cafe in Harris. The paintings were removed from the Skoon Art Cafe on May 8, 2015. They are described as: Picture 1 . 25CMX13CM – SEAVIEW, SKY…

Trump sister helps Stornoway Bethesda expansion

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Bethesda care home in Stornoway will have nine new beds, thanks to a donation from magnate Donald Trump’s older sister. Maryanne Trump Barry, a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United states Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit,…

More nuisance call blockers for vulnerable in Orkney

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Devices which can block unwanted calls have proved successful in protecting elderly and vulnerable people in Orkney, following a trial last summer. Orkney Islands Council has now taken delivery of ten more ‘call prevention’ boxes which filter calls for the…

Expansion for Hebridean Connections

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History and digital archiving project Hebridean Connections has been awarded £145,000 to continue its work for a further year. The funds will support the extension of Hebridean Connections’ activities and website (www.hebrideanconnections.com) to new geographical areas, and a training officer post…

Shetland mountain bike trails meeting

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Shetland Mountain Biking Working Group is holding an open meeting for anyone interested in the continuing development of mountain bike trails in Shetland.  There will be an opportunity to be part of the discussions and to consider proposals and designs…

Extra summer sailings for SY-Ullapool

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Details of the four new additional sailings linking Stornoway and Ullapool over the summer have now been published by ferry operator CalMac. The two extra return journeys on Fridays and Saturdays will run from Friday, June 26 to Saturday, August…

Orkney shellfish landings consultation ends this week

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A Scottish Government consultation on management proposals for lobster, velvet crab and green crab landed into Orkney ends this week. The management measures were developed by Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Ltd, which is part of the Inshore Fisheries Group network. The…

Shetland dog owners invited to information event

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Dog owners are being encouraged to attend an information event taking place this Wednesday, offering free health checks by a vet, dog treats and information, stickers and advice. The event has been organised by the Environmental Health Service of Shetland…