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Island Games medal success

Orkney has claimed its first medals in the 2011 NatWest Island Games, on the Isle of Wight — both in clay pigeon shooting. Michelle Koster and Melissa Thomson scored 102 points between them to claim a silver medal in this afternoon’s women’s sporting team shoot, while Derek Firth, Alan Clouston and Victor Smith amassed 156 […]

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Court appearance for man accused of stealing and crashing taxi

The case of a 33-year-old man, charged with a string of offences, has been continued without plea at its first calling. Barry James Reeve, of 16 Bosquoy Road, Kirkwall, appeared from custody at Kirkwall Sheriff Court this afternoon. On Friday, Reeve allegedly took and drove away a car, on Junction Road, Kirkwall, without consent from […]

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Senior lecturer position for NHS Orkney director

Rhoda Walker, director of allied health professionals and nursing at NHS Orkney, has been awarded the title of associate senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. The post will run for two years initially and will see Mrs Walker having personal and professional objectives set by Professor Brian Webster, head of […]

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Clay pigeon shooters narrowly miss out on bronze medal

Orkney’s clay pigeon shooting team were, yesterday, just one point off claiming the first silverware for the county at the 14th NatWest Island Games, in the Isle of Wight. Derek Firth and Alan Clouston amassed 159 points in the Olympic Skeet Team shoot, finishing in fourth place, behind bronze medal winners Guernsey, who scored 160. […]

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Lifeboat goes to aid of stuck yacht

The Kirkwall Lifeboat was called to assist a yacht that had become caught in rope on Saturday. The propellor of the Diva became entangled in the water between Iceland Skerry and Thieves Holm. The lifeboat attended the scene, after receiving the call at 9.30pm, and freed the yacht.

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Island Games begin on the Isle of Wight

  The 14th NatWest Island Games get under way on the Isle of Wight today, following an opening ceremony yesterday. Orkney is represented in nine sports – archery, athletics, badminton, clay pigeon, cycling, golf, sailing, shooting and swimming. A total of 3,000 competitors, from 25 island groups, are taking part in the six-day tournament. Click […]

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Sheepdog trials return to the county

Sheepdog trials will return to Orkney for the first time in over a decade this weekend. Organisers, Kate Birkett, from South Ronaldsay, and Tom Flett, who farms at Appietown, in Rendall, said that if the event is successful, it is something they would like to see taking place annually. Tom, a self-confessed novice at the […]

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Plenty on offer, this summer, in Deerness

There’s no shortage of things to do and see out east over the next few weeks, as part of the Deerness in 100 Objects project running over the summer. The initiative, run by the Friends of St Ninian’s and supported by Scotland’s Islands funding, centres around an exhibition in the Deerness Hall, but features a series […]

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‘Care and Repair’ on the move

From Friday, July 1, anyone requiring advice or assistance in relation to home improvements, repair or adaptations can contact the Orkney Care and Repair team at Orkney Housing Association Limited (OHAL). OHAL has been awarded the contract to deliver the Council’s Scheme of Assistance, designed to provide advice and support to all those wanting to […]

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Orkney v Caithness inter-county football postponed

Tomorrow’s scheduled inter-county games between Orkney and Caithness’s junior and senior football teams have been postponed. The juniors were due to battle for the Corinthian Cup, at Pickaquoy, at 11am, with the seniors on the pitch at 2pm. It is understood the last-minute postponement is due to Caithness being unable to field a full senior […]

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