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Whit’s on this Valentine’s weekend

Roses are red Violets are blue Have fun this weekend There’s plenty to do…  Orkney Gin Festival @ The Old Library, Kirkwall Why not treat the gin-lover in your life, this weekend? The inaugural Orkney Gin Festival kicks off today, Friday, and there’s far more to it than just a tipple or two. Along with special tasting events, where Orkney […]

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Bridge Street to reopen to traffic

The entrance to Bridge Street from Harbour Street, in Kirkwall, is due to re-open to traffic, tomorrow afternoon, Saturday. Orkney Islands Council has said the usual one-way system in Laing Street will also be back in place from tomorrow afternoon — with traffic turning left into Laing Street from Albert Street. The Bridge Street entrance has […]

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Shapinsay ferry service to resume schedule

MV Shapinsay is to resume service, tomorrow, Friday, after industrial action from Orkney Ferries crew members resulted in the cancellation of all sailings between Shapinsay and Kirkwall today. Last night, Orkney Islands Council reported that the service would be unable to operate after the final sailing from Kirkwall on Wednesday evening, due to a crewing […]

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McArthur: Orkney needs an abattoir that is fit for purpose

Further meetings were held this week over future provision of an abattoir in Orkney. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, what attended the meeting on Tuesday this week has reported that interest has been expressed in the Challenge Fund that the local council set up to attract private investors to the abattoir. The local council, which owns […]

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Power restored following Sanday power cut

A meeting of the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) took place yesterday in response to a power cut on Sunday, which should now have been resolved. Immediately following the meeting, which took place at 5pm yesterday, Wednesday, Kirkwall Police Station’s Inspector Keith Bendall said that just after midday strong winds on the island resulted in damage to […]

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Stromness road works planned

Orkney Islands Council is advising that essential maintenance work is set to take place on John Street and Victoria Street in Stromness over the next two weeks. The work is planned for Victoria Street from Monday, February 19, to Friday, February 23, and for John Street the following week. Road closures will be needed while […]

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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 online, here. This week’s front page features: • A breakdown of Orkney Islands council’s budget for the coming financial year. • The Highlands and Islands Student’ Association demands apologies after one of their delegates from Orkney couldn’t board one of […]

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Industrial action results in ferry cancellations

Orkney Islands Council is reporting that, due to industrial action, a crewing situation has resulted in the MV Shapinsay being unable to operate after the final sailing from Kirkwall this evening, Wednesday. Orkney Ferries says it is working hard to find a solution so that a vessel can operate on the Shapinsay to Kirkwall route […]

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Disruptions to recycling collection

Due to today’s high winds, Orkney Islands Council are having problems collecting the recycling from the areas three, central Kirkwall, and eight, South Ronaldsay and Burray, today. OIC have said If they don’t get all the recycling today then members of the public in affected areas can put it out for the next collection for the […]

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Grant money presented to local Men’s Shed

Orkney Men’s Shed is hoping to expand and attract new members after receiving a grant from Age Scotland. The project has been awarded £884 to support its local work tackling loneliness and isolation. The shed, which is in Finstown, provides a meeting place for men from all backgrounds to socialise and share skills. According to […]

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