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In brief – 31 March 2010

Thousands raised at coffee morning

SATURDAY’s coffee morning hosted by the local ladies Lifeboat Guild on board the NorthLink ferry Hrossey raised £3,000 for the RNLI.

The annual event attracted 480 visitors who enjoyed teas, coffees and home bakes in the vessel’s self serving restaurant.

President of the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild, Linda Simpson, said: “We are absolutely delighted and very grateful to see so many people turn out for an event that never loses its popularity and brings in much needed support for the RNLI.”

NorthLink Lerwick service manager, Jane Leask said: “The RNLI is an organisation which is very close to the hearts of all seafarers and here at NorthLink we’re delighted to offer them our regular and wholehearted support.”

The RNLI’s annual open day on Lerwick’s Victoria Pier will be held on Saturday 5 June.


Cash to further studies

NHS Shetland’s senior planning and information officer in the public health department, David Kerr, has been awarded almost £3,000 to complete an MSc Health Informatics through the University of Sheffield.

Mr Kerr received the award under the health board’s staff development programme.

“The award will allow me to go on to complete the second year of the course which, if successful, will take me to Post Graduate Diploma level.

“It will also enable me to attend the summer school, which is essential preparation for doing the dissertation in the third year, to complete the MSc,” he said.

Presenting a cheque for £2,950, NHS Shetland employee director Norma Laurenson said: “This will give Shetland NHS board a higher level of expertise in analysing health information, which will assist in the future planning of health services for Shetland.”


Power of place

Power of Place, Shetland’s first year long celebration of architecture and place and the isles’ annual book festival, WordPlay, have teamed up for a creative collaboration open to everyone.

2100: Future Shetland is inviting people to imagine what the old rock will be like ninety years from now.

Power of Place are looking for poetry, prose, images, music, film, new media, animation or any other art forms. The results will be displayed online and selected work will be read out at the Wordplay festival in September.

Submissions can be emailed to powerofplace@yahoo.co.uk, posted on the Power of Place Facebook group or sent to Power of Place, Shetland Arts, Toll Clock Centre, Lerwick,

More information about the project can be found at www.powerofplace.co.uk


HIAL interim chair appointed permanently

Grenville Johnston has been appointed chairman of state-owned Highland and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) by Scottish transport minister Stewart Stevenson.

Mr Johnston, from Elgin, had been serving as interim chairman since February last year.

“HIAL has many challenges to face in the next few years as the airport industry has not been immune from the recent downturn.

“But I believe that we can use these challenges to improve our service and commitment to passengers and the airlines that carry them,” he said.

One of the first of these challenges will be the growing controversy over HIIAL’s proposal to introduce car park charges at Sumburgh airport.