Archive for October, 2017

Orkney librarian scoops top award

Orkney’s children’s librarian, Sally Walker, has been named Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of The Year. The award, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), celebrates the work of people involved in Scotland’s library and information services. Those nominated for the award were assessed by five judges for their: […]

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Orkney Storytelling Festival kicks off

The 8th annual Orkney Storytelling Festival kicked off this afternoon with a story walk around Orphir cemetery. With fun activities and talks set to take place at venues across the county, this year’s festival promises entertainment for local people and visitors alike. Visiting storytellers include Ruth Kirkpatrick, who will be leading a children’s storymaking workshop tomorrow […]

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McArthur challenges First Minister on freight fares increase

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has challenged the First Minister to justify the decision to increase freight charges for commercial traffic travelling to and from the Northern Isles by 2.9 per cent. The increase was announced by Transport Scotland recently, despite it having been indicated that freight fares would be frozen at least until RET comes […]

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Orphir gardener wins national award

A local gardener, and her plot, have won an award in a national competition. Caroline Critchlow, who lives in Orphir, has been announced as the winner of the “Challenging Plot” category of the 2017 Gardener’s Worlds magazine Garden of the Year Awards. The winners of the competition’s categories were announced in the November edition of the […]

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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: • Frustrated Stronsay residents come face to face with NHS Orkney executives, following a five-month-long suspension of their resident medical team. • An Orkney woman — who has suffered from crippling back pain […]

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Full museum status for Westray Heritage Centre

The Westray Heritage Centre has been awarded Full Museum Accreditation. The heritage centre, which was awarded the accreditation earlier this month on October 5, is situated in the centre of Pierowall Village and was established over 20 years ago. A significant resource for locals and visitors alike, it has consistently been praised by VisitScotland as […]

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Updated: Recycling centre temporarily closed

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Cursiter Recycling Centre has been temporarily closed today, Wednesday, to help stop traffic spreading a small spill of engine oil. The council will be posting updates on the OIC Facebook page and council homepage, www.orkney.gov.uk, when the spill is cleared up and the centre has reopened.  **UPDATE** The spill at Cursiter […]

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Video: Royal opening for Stromness Warehouse Buildings

The Warehouse Buildings in Stromness were given an official opening by HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester earlier today, Tuesday. The Duke began a two-day visit to Orkney, arriving this morning. He toured the West Mainland today, visiting the St Magnus Kirk in Birsay to commemorate 900 years since the death of Earl Magnus and […]

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Orkney carpentry firm up for apprenticeship award

A Burray-based carpentry firm has reached the finals of the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards. Leo Kerr of Kerr Carpentry will be heading down to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery for the Awards on November 16. The master craftsman is hoping for a win in the Micro Employer of the Year category. The former apprentice, who […]

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Survey sets out priorities for islands businesses

A survey of 275 of Scotland’s islands businesses, including those in Orkney, has revealed that 88 per cent of small firms feel they face challenges that firms on the mainland do not. The report, which was conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has shown that Scotland’s islands small businesses consider transport and affordable housing […]

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