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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 …


History in a Wird: the meaning of ‘smoorikin’

SHETLAND NEWS has teamed up with the I Hear Dee project to help spread the word about their work on promoting the local language. Run by linguists Dr Viveka Velupillai and native Shaetlan speakers Roy Mullay, Julie Dennison and Andrew Blance, the I Hear Dee project aims to document and describe the contemporary use of […] Shetland News …


Council working on solutions to plug Unst childcare gap

THERE are hopes that the Baltasound Primary School nursery in Unst will soon be able to take in two year olds after the closure of a local childminder. Shetland Islands Council’s early years manager Sam Flaws said the local authority will also offer additional, paid-for hours for bairns attending the nursery over the usual entitlement. […] Shetland News …


Noss wardens return for 2022 season

THE ISLAND of Noss – described as one of Europe’s finest wildlife sites – welcomed back its two seasonal wardens this week. Jen Clark and Sally Reay have taken up residence on the island, which is located off Bressay, in their second season as a pair. They will monitor the wildlife, including the internationally important […] Shetland News …


Tree planting ceremony kicks off school project to mark platinum jubilee

A TOTAL of 70 trees will be planted at local schools as part of a project to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – with the first transferring to Shetland soil today (Monday). Trees will be planted at 16 different schools in Shetland – from Baltasound to Dunrossness, and from Skeld to Whalsay. Depute lord lieutenant […] Shetland News …


Torch-lit procession lights up Cullivoe

CULLIVOE played host to the welcome sight of a torch-lit Up Helly Aa procession last night (Friday). As part of a modified Cullivoe Up Helly Aa the procession in Yell was followed by live music at the local hall. Under the name of the Raven Banner Ball, a dinner dance with the James Leask Band […] Shetland News …


Unst’s annual festival ready to return after two cancellations

UNSTFEST is the latest community event to signal its intention to return this year as Covid restrictions ease. The event will take place across the island from 11 to 17 July. More details about the events will be released in due course. The last Unstfest, which offers a programme of family-friendly events, took place back […] Shetland News …


Young carers day focuses on tackling isolation

TACKLING isolation was the theme of this year’s national Young Carers Action Day, which was marked locally. The Shetland Carers service organised displays to advertise and promote the day at Mareel, at Shetland UHI campuses, the Anderson High School, Bridges project and Market House in Lerwick. It also organised a group activity for the young […] Shetland News …