Archive for April 20th, 2017

Kirkwall launch for writer’s debut novel

An Orkney writer’s debut novel will be launched at the Orkney Library tonight, Thursday. Gabrielle Barnby’s The Oystercatcher Girl is described as a story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption. In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie — Robbie’s widow, Tessa; Tessa’s old […]

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Vintage Dutch sailing vessel visits once more

The first visiting vintage sailing vessel of the season arrived in Kirkwall early this morning, and despite the windy and foggy cold conditions, this is always seen as a sure sign that summer is indeed on the way. The 102 year-old Tecla arrived alongside Kirkwall after sailing over from Holland. She is a regular visitor, […]

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Do you know where your polling station is?

With just two weeks to go until the local council elections, voters are being reminded to check where their polling station is. The polling station is noted on your polling card and a list of polling stations is available on the Council website, along with a list of the candidates standing for election. Voters in […]

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Orkney charities share £16,000 from the Co-op

Three Orkney charities have shared just over £16,000 donated by the Co-op Community Fund. One per cent of members’ brand purchases made at the Co-op’s Kirkwall, Dounby and Stromness stores goes to the fund, which is then shared out between nominated charities. Yesterday, Wednesday, Crossroads Orkney received £5,410, the Stromness Ladies Lifeboat Guild £5,311 and the Orkney […]

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MSP welcomes government’s change of heart on rod licensing

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Government has dropped its plans for a rod licence scheme for wild fishing. Fears had been raised that such a scheme could have undermined arrangements in Orkney, which already enjoys effective community ownership and free access to its trout fishery. During environment questions in parliament […]

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First-hour-free parking ends for the summer

Orkney Islands Council is reminding drivers that the ‘first hour free’ parking which runs over winter ends on April 30. From May 1, the council car parks in central Kirkwall and Stromness will revert to the summer tariffs. The fees in the Albert Street, Castle Street, St Magnus Lane and Gunn’s Close Car Parks in Kirkwall […]

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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 stories on: • Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has confirmed that — subject to support from the Liberal Democrat party — he intends to stand for the Orkney and Shetland constituency during the planned ‘snap […]

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