Archive for December, 2017

Special end to Stromness Per Mare celebrations as the Soothenders seal Yule Log victory

Stromness’s Per Mare year, which has seen 12 months of celebrations marking 200 years since Stromness became a Burgh of Barony, ended in a unique fashion, with the Soothenders winning the Stromness Yule Log. A revival of a unique street game, pitting folk from the north end of the town against those living in the […]

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Stromness prepares to welcome back The Yule Log

Tomorrow, Hogmanay, will see a very special event return to Stromness for the first time since around 1937, as folk from opposite ends of the town come together to battle over a 400kg log. The Yule Log is a revival of a unique street game, which pitted folk living in the North End of the […]

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Survey reveals majority of OIC care workers feel “positive”

A survey of OIC employees working in the care sector has revealed that most staff feel “positive” about their jobs, according to Orkney Health and Care chief officer Caroline Sinclair. The survey was sent to all 770 care staff employed by the local authority asking for their views, after allegations of bullying in council-run care facilities were […]

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Three Orcadians included in New Year’s Honours

Three well-known Orkney faces have been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, which has been published this evening, Friday. Receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) will be Rita Jamieson, founder of the Blue Door charity shop, Kirkwall, in recognition of her support for local community projects. Meanwhile, both Glenys Hughes and Bryan Sutherland have each […]

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Orkney’s Christmas baby boom!

Christmas babies at Balfour Hospital Maternity Ward. From the left: Tarik Scollay born on Christmas Eve to Graham and Netsi Scollay, Ronnie Leonard born on Christmas Day to Alex and Davy Leonard, Thorfinn Stuart Fraser born on Boxing Day to Shereen Linklater and John Fraser and Olivia Mary Soames-Moodie born on Boxing Day born Emma […]

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We’re on the shortlist — Highlands and Islands Media Awards finalists revealed

The Orcadian has been shortlisted in the Newspaper of the Year category, for this year’s prestigious Highlands and Islands Media Awards. Chief reporter, Craig Taylor is also in the running for the Reporter of the Year — Jim Love Memorial Award, and for Sports Reporter of the Year prizes. BBC Radio Orkney/BBC Radio Shetland have […]

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In this week’s festive 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: • Orkney’s festive baby boom! • A survey of OIC employees working in the care sector has revealed most staff feel “positive” about their jobs. This week’s edition also features reports and […]

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Rotary ‘mud run’ takes place

The Rotary Club of Orkney held a special Mud and Obstacle Fun Run on the outskirts of Kirkwall today, Thursday. The fundraising event saw runners start at the Rugby Club in Kirkwall before navigating a wet and wild route through Corse Farm, via Muddisdale Road and the footpath that runs beside Liberator Drive. At Corse […]

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Just days left to apply for Scottish suckler beef support scheme 2017

Farmers are being reminded to apply for the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS) ahead of the December 31 deadline. Applications for the scheme can be made online through the rural payments website or on paper. The scheme gives direct support to specialist beef producers. It has an annual budget of €38 million for beef […]

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Lifeboat callout confirmed as false alarm

It has been confirmed that the emergency beacon being searched for by crew on the Stromness Lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter was set off accidentally. The search, which began sometime shortly after 3.30pm today, Wednesday, saw the lifeboat called to Hoy Sound to look for the source of an emergency signal. The lifeboat crew discovered […]

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