Community

Brae leisure centre marks 20-year milestone

THE NORTH Mainland Leisure Centre in Brae is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its upgrade from a pool to a leisure centre tomorrow (Saturday) with a day of free activities, tours, taster sessions and social events. Centre manager Graham Framer said: “We’ve got a packed day of activities showcasing all the indoor, outdoor and pool […] Shetland News …


Islands bond proposal ‘misguided from the outset’, councillor says

A SHETLAND councillor representing a ward in which an island school due to a lack of pupils was recently mothballed has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to scrap a bond proposal aimed at tackling depopulation. Duncan Anderson, who is one of three councillors for Shetland’s North Isles, said the government’s islands bond idea was “misguided […] Shetland News …


‘Focused on the job’ – 30 years and counting for CAB

SHETLAND Citizens Advice Bureau has turned 30 years old – and the charity is busier than ever. The organisation, which offers free, confidential and independent advice to local people on any problem, has been serving the islands since 1992. A small birthday celebration will be held after the CAB’s AGM tonight (Thursday) at the Islesburgh […] Shetland News …


New society formed to appreciate Shetland’s ’extraordinary’ geology

A NEWLY formed Shetland Geological Society will have its inaugural meeting next week in the Scalloway Museum. The new group aims to support the understanding and enjoyment of geology and other earth sciences through lectures, field trips, events, and the dissemination of information and publications. The news of the formation of the group coincides with […] Shetland News …


Fond farewells as Lea Gardens goes on the market

ONE OF Shetland’s most iconic properties has been put on the market after owners James Mackenzie and Rosa Steppanova decided the time was right to hand over their lives’ work to a new generation of gardeners. Lea Gardens, located in the village of Tresta, is undoubtedly Shetland’s most impressive garden and has been described as […] Shetland News …



Acclaimed artist to paint portrait of MRI fundraiser on BBC TV show

A SHETLAND woman who led a community knitting campaign for the MRI scanner fundraising appeal is set to feature in a national TV programme next week – and have her portrait painted by an acclaimed artist. Harriet Middleton started the MRI Maakers group back in 2019, encouraging people to create pieces to sell on for […] Shetland News …


Fiddlers’ society marks 60th birthday

AN EXHIBITION featuring memorabilia from 60-plus years of the Shetland Fiddlers’ Society is on show in the foyer of Shetland Museum until the end of July. Postponed for two years due to the pandemic, the fiddlers’ society was finally able to mark its 60th birthday at the weekend with a nearly full house concert in […] Shetland News …


Small groups celebrating after securing grants from charitable trust

A RANGE small community groups across Shetland are in line to receive grants of up to £5,000 from a funding scheme run by Shetland Charitable Trust (SCT). One of the maximum awards is going to Shetland Heritage Association towards its modernisation plans. The association brings together a network of small history groups and is aiming […] Shetland News …


Milk float: innovative islander creates paddleboard out of used bottles

AN ENTERPRISING Shetlander has used a somewhat different material to make his own paddleboard – used plastic milk bottles. Glenn Tonner, who lives near London, used 80 plastic bottles to make the stand-up paddleboard – the “milk float” – and he recently took it out for a successful test run. It comes after Tonner – […] Shetland News …