Sunday, February 7, 2016

A chance to discuss LEADER funding in Sanday


A drop-in session in Sanday next week will give groups interested in financial assistance with community projects the opportunity to discuss ideas with the OIC’s LEADER team. The LEADER programme is aimed at small scale, community driven and innovative projects that support both the local economy and Orkney communities. Projects eligible to …

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Longhope lifeboat attending cargo vessel off Hoy


The Longhope Lifeboat is attending a cargo vessel of the west side of Hoy. The lifeboat launched just before 5pm and proceeded to the Schokland. There are no further details at present, but it is understood that the OIC marine services tug Einar is also en route to the vessel.

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Speakers bound for Orkney for ‘Visualising the North’

Delegates at the 2015 St Magnus Conference.

The Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands will be hosting the third International St Magnus Conference in Orkney from April 14-16l. The three-day conference, Visualising the North, will encompass various themes, such as Icelandic sagas, the archaeology of the North Atlantic folklore and modern literature. …

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Pregnant women urged to get flu vaccine


Pregnant women in Orkney are being urged to protect themselves against flu by getting the free flu vaccine, after recent figures show that almost half (48 per cent) are still to be vaccinated. Statistics highlight that flu was the cause of death among one in 11 women who died during, or shortly after, …

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Tankerness resident jailed for rape and assault

Roger Caffrey has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.

A former Nottinghamshire teacher, who now lives in Orkney, has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years. Roger Caffrey, 70, of Tankerness, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court to face charges against seven victims. After a three-week trial, Caffrey was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault relating to five girls under …

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Special status of islands highlighted by Euro Parliament

Alyn Smith MEP

The European Parliament today voted on a Resolution which highlights the specific features and handicaps faced by island regions, such as Orkney. Among the aspects called for by the resolution, which covers island regions around Europe, were an increase in digital connectivity for islands, better maritime access routes and better …

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Decision deferred on future of mothballed secondary department at North Walls


OIC councillors have rejected a move to shut the mothballed secondary education department at North Walls Junior High School in Hoy. Secondary provision at the school is currently suspended and pupils attend Stromness Academy or Kirkwall Grammar School once they leave primary education. The recommendation before members of the education …

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Seats available for Battle of Jutland service

St Magnus Cathedral. (Sigurd Towrie)

People in Orkney are being offered the opportunity to take part in a special Service of Commemoration at St Magnus Cathedral marking 100 years since the Battle of Jutland. The service, on Tuesday, May 31, is being held to pay tribute to those who served at Jutland and the wider …

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