Archive for March, 2017

Orkney Housing Association marks 1000th-house milestone

Orkney Housing Association Ltd (OHAL) marked a major milestone this afternoon with the official opening of their one-thousandth home in the county. The association welcomed the Scottish Government’s minister for Housing and Local Government, Kevin Stewart, who, with the help of retiring OHAL employee, Moira Irvine, unveiled a special plaque set in a locally quarried […]

Read More

Orkney RFC travel south to Borders

Orkney’s rugby players are set to play their 19th league match of the season, facing St Boswells in the Borders. The weekend could be a pivotal one for the BT National League Division 3 title race with the top two — Lasswade and Dumfries Saints facing each other. Third-placed Glasgow Academicals face a tough test […]

Read More

Orkney FC travel away for Inverness Athletic test

Orkney FC are set to end their 2016/17 North Caledonian League campaign with two away matches — starting tomorrow against Inverness Athletic. Orkney will end their season with the Jock Mackay Cup Final against Tain St. Duthus on Saturday, April 15, however away league ties against Athletic and Golspie have to be negotiated first. Inverness […]

Read More

Lucky Locals – 2017’s first winners

The winners of the first Lucky Locals draw of 2017 were drawn this morning. The quarterly prize draw was introduced in 2012 and aims to reward and encourage shoppers who support local, independent businesses. The winner of the £3,000 jackpot is Henry Trotter (winning number purchased from Munro’s Garage). Inga Rae has won the £1,500 cash […]

Read More

Burray’s viking standing tall again

Burray’s “viking” totem pole is standing tall again, after vandals attempted to topple it earlier this month. Sometime between March 18-19, a determined attempt was made to rip the carved wooden pole, which stands sentinel over the beach at the fourth barrier, out of the ground — with what looks to have been a length of […]

Read More

“Unacceptable” forensic practices highlighted in sexual crime report

A new report, looking at the provision of forensic medical services for victims of sexual crime across Scotland, has highlighted the problems faced by victims of rape and sexual assault in the Northern Isles. The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS), which was published yesterday, also sets out that there is […]

Read More

Roadworks in Kirkwall and Stromness

Road closures are planned in Stromness and Kirkwall next week to allow essential maintenance work to be carried out. Victoria Street, in Stromness, will be closed to traffic from the Pierhead to Church Road on Monday, April 3, from 9am to 3pm. Road closures will also be in place on Albert Street and Bridge Street, […]

Read More

Parish Cup teams discover their fate

The draw for The Orcadian Parish Cup first round was made this morning. The draw, aired live on BBC Radio Orkney, saw 14 sides enter, including a tough return for four-time winners Deerness, who are set to play holders and back-to-back winners Stromness. The standout tie of the first round is arguably Sandwick v Holm. […]

Read More

Top o’ the Pops in the Holm Hall

The Holm Hall will play host to a night of chart music this evening, Thursday, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. Top o’ the Pops will feature weel-kent local acts: Hullion, Hadhirgaan and Saltfishforty, alongside newcomers Kaela and Samantha, and an appearance from Holm singer Rachel Hirst. Alongside their own music, each act will perform a […]

Read More

In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

This week’s edition of The Orcadian is now available from all the usual outlets, and here. This week’s front page features a story on a young Kirkwall schoolboy’s discovery of a corroded sword, which has gone on to spark a great deal of interest. Also in this week’s paper: • With paperwork finalised, work on […]

Read More