On a mission to cycle 100 miles

Fundraising for the Fishermen's Mission continues this weekend.

The second part of an endurance event organised to raise money and awareness of the work of the Fishermen’s Mission is set to take place at the weekend, with a 100 mile cycle, the ‘Pentland Firth Cycle Challenge.’ Keen Fishermen’s Mission supporter Craig Taylor, from Kirkwall, along with Roy Norquoy, …

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Last day to catch ‘Orkney Paint Over’

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Today is the last day to view an unusual exhibition of art in Finstown. Orkney Paint Over is by Lincolnshire artist Peter Roche and involves a series of 31 Orkney-inspired abstract paintings displayed outdoors, near the Finstown slip. After the exhibition, Peter is donating 30 of the paintings to Macmillan Cancer …

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Around the Mainland – by row boat

Members of the Orkney Rowing Club will set out on their around-Mainland fundraising row this afternoon.

Members of the Orkney Rowing Club will set off from Kirkwall this afternoon, Friday, on a fundraising row around the Orkney Mainland. Weather permitting, 37 members of the club set out from the Corn Slip at 3pm, rowing around 90 to 100 miles in support of Cardiac Risk in the …

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Orkney votes ‘remain’

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The majority of Orkney voters want the UK to remain in the EU. The local result of today’s referendum has been announced at Kirkwall Grammar School, with 7,189 of the county’s voters wanting to stay in the EU, and 4,193 wanting to leave. As reported earlier, the turnout of Orkney …

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EU referendum count is under way at Kirkwall Grammar School

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The polls closed at 10pm, the ballot boxes are arriving at Kirkwall Grammar School and the count for the EU referendum is under way. Once all the Orkney votes have been counted and doubtful ballot papers adjudicated, the counting officer, Alistair Buchan will relay the total to the Regional Counting Officer in Falkirk, who will …

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Loganair trials flight delay notification system

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Loganair has launched a trial in the Northern Isles to alert customers of delays to scheduled flights. Passengers can now sign up for emailed notifications of delayed and cancelled flights. In addition, where the first flights south in the morning are delayed due to the late arrival of inbound flights …

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Bidder selected for new hospital and healthcare facility

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Stirling-based firm Robertson Capital Projects has been named the successful bidder for Kirkwall’s new £60 million plus hospital and healthcare facility. The announcement was made by NHS Orkney’s chief executive, Cathie Cowan, at a meeting of the health board this afternoon. The firm will be the health board’s partner in overseeing …

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Child car seat checks postponed

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Orkney Islands Council has advised that next week’s child car seat checking event in Kirkwall has been postponed. The event was to raise awareness of incorrectly fitted — or inappropriate — child car seats. It followed the discovery, last year, that 71 per cent of child car seats were not …

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Polls are open for European referendum

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The polling stations are open for today’s European referendum. In Orkney, 19 polling stations opened at 7am today, Thursday, and will close at 10pm. Any voter who arrives to vote before 10pm, and who is still waiting to vote at 10pm, will be able to vote. In Orkney, there are …

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

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This week’s paper is now available from all the usual outlets and online, here. This week’s front page features stories on how the local council plan on looking at setting up an Orkney power company. Also in this week’s paper: • A lifeboatman is airlifted to hospital in Lerwick after …

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New owners for Little Linga

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The uninhabited island of Little Linga has been given to the Scottish Wildlife Trust by previous owners, the Ferne Animal Trust. The small island, off Stronsay, was acquired by the Ferne Animal Trust more than 25 years ago. The Scottish Wildlife Trust has maintained a reserve on Linga Holm, just two …

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Transfer of Stromness OHAC staff to Kirkwall raised with health minister

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Orkney Health and Care (OHAC) plans to relocate the community mental health team from the Stromness Town House to Kirkwall have been raised with Scotland’s health secretary, Shona Robison. The transfer of staff will see Stromness lose around twenty jobs and was greeted with anger and disappointment in the town. According …

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