Archive for February, 2017

Councillors support calls for greater autonomy for Orkney

An islands councillor’s quest for greater autonomy for Orkney received the support of fellow elected members today, Tuesday. Last year, councillors passed a motion from Councillor Graham Sinclair considering whether Orkney could exercise self-determination if faced with further national or international constitutional changes, or decide if more autonomy might be beneficial for islanders. It also […]

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Fancy a virtual visit to Skara Brae?

People across the globe can now visit Skara Brae from the comfort of their homes, thanks to the launch of a new virtual reality app from VisitScotland.  Launched today, the ScotlandVR travel app is a virtual travel experience that allows people, wherever they are in the world, to be immersed in Scotland’s remarkable attractions.  It’s hoped that […]

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Armed forces charity appeals for Orkney volunteers

A charity which supports the armed forces have issued an appeal for volunteers here in Orkney to join them. SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity which is urging people in Orkney to volunteer for the organisation. SSAFA volunteer caseworkers support members of […]

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Power grid consultation events get underway

A series of consultation events, looking at the options for a future transmission connection between Orkney and Scottish mainland, are now underway in Orkney. A team from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) held the first of a number of these events, in Flotta and Graemsay, at the weekend, with third event taking place at […]

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Flood alert for Orkney

The Scottish Envoronment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a flood alert for Orkney. Strong winds and a moderate storm surge will coincide with high tides today, Monday. Wave and spray overtopping is likely in areas exposed to the strong onshore winds. Flooding to low lying ground is possible in exposed coastal areas around the time […]

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Just hours left to nominate young Orkney heroes

A final call has been put out for people in Orkney to nominate their local young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2017. With just hours left, before entries close tomorrow, Monday, Young Scot is calling on communities across Scotland to nominate inspiring young Scots doing incredible work. The Young Scot Awards is Scotland’s […]

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Orkney all set for Fairtrade Fortnight

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight will see Kirkwall painted blue and green. The Orkney Fair Trade Group has laid on a series of events, due to take place over the next week. Kirkwall BID will be supporting the annual promotion, with town centre businesses displaying pots of spring flowers carrying the message “Buy Fair & Buy […]

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Pier Arts centre celebrates Orkney’s young artists

The work of the latest generation of Orkney artist is on show at a new exhibition opening in the Pier Arts Centre today, Saturday. Innovators – Orkney’s Art Graduates 2015 & 2016 features artists who work in a broad variety of media including, film and photography, product design, landscape architecture and jewellery. The artists in […]

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Stone carving in Kirkwall marks the start of artist’s epic pilgrimage

The start of a project to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus gets under way in Kirkwall today, Saturday. Beatrice Searle plans to mark the anniversary in her own special way — by carrying a 40kg carved stone from Orkney to Norway and back again — a journey of 1,300 miles. Ms […]

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Stromness Golf Club member recognised at national awards

Douglas Slater, junior convener of Stromness Golf Club, was honoured on Friday night at the Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh. He was named as the Volunteer of the Year for his dedicated work in improving not only junior golf in Stromness, but also Orkney as a whole. He has been recognised for playing a pivotal […]

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