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In brief – 9 February 2010

Local girl guiding queen

QUARFF woman Catherine Mullay has received the Queen’s Guide award from the Countess of Wessex, the president of Girlguiding in the UK.

Twenty six year old Ms Mullay, Brownie Guider with the 2nd Lerwick Brownie Unit, said: “It was a great honour and privilege to collect my award at St James’ Palace and to be representing Girlguiding Shetland as one of the first Shetland women to be presented with the award in many years.”

Her achievements included her involvement in organising events to celebrate the girlguiding centenary in Shetland and helping coordinate a project for the Global Classroom, which conducted research about student responsibility in the UK, Sweden, Germany, the USA, Australia and South Africa.

The ceremony was held at the end of last year, but St James’ Palace only released the photo of Catherine receiving the award from the Countess a short while ago.


Bulls for hire

THE SUBSIDISED crofters’ bull hire scheme will be continued, the Scottish government confirmed yesterday, but communities will be encourages to keep their own bulls.

Environment minister Roseanna Cunningham said the bull stud farm near Inverness will be upgraded to run a modern, streamlined bull stud facility.

“The best way to ensure the continued quality of livestock in crofting areas is a reduced, streamlined stud base at Inverness.

“My long term view remains that communities should provide this facility for themselves. Community groups should start to build their own capacity with a view to running studs where bulls are needed most.”

The bull hire scheme was reviewed last year after the Shucksmith Inquiry into the future of crofting recommended that the scheme, which has been around since 1897, should be changed.


Fishing boats

ENTHUSIASTS of pictures and books celebrating Scottish fishing boats may already be aware of James Pottinger’s latest contribution on the issue.

His ‘Scottish Fishing Boats – A New Look’ should be enjoyed as a companion to his successful first book ‘Fishing Boats of Scotland’.

His latest book contains pictures of more than 200 Scottish fishing boats of all shapes and design from the north east, the west coast and his native Shetland.

All the pictures come from the author’s ever growing collection of photos, which have been given a knowledgeable caption that makes this little book a treasure trove that will be enjoyed by many readers.

Scottish Fishing Boats – A New Look is being published by The History Press, Port Stroud, Gloucestershire, priced at £14.99.


Stand tall

Local graphic design and print business Tay-CAD has become a sponsor of next year’s Tall Ships Race following an in-kind contribution of an exhibition stand, worth more than £2,000.

This support enables the local organising company to promote the Tall Ships Races Lerwick 2011 around Shetland.

The exhibition stand has been installed at the Clickimin Leisure Complex to promote the event, give information about the key dates, website details and information how to get involved.

Tay-CAD owner Mark Fuller said: “We are pleased to be assisting Shetland Tall Ships 2011 Ltd with raising the profile of their event and are supporting the delivery of a fantastic event for Shetland.”