News / In brief – 9 April 2010

Support for new Tingwall museum

A PUBLIC meeting to support proposals for a new agricultural museum to be built in Tingwall has come out strongly in support of the £1.3 million project

Around 70 people turned out at a meeting in the Tingwall Hall, on Wednesday evening to discuss the project designed by local architect firm Redman + Sutherland.

A spokeswoman said: “Everyone seemed impressed with the design of the building, and a show of hands said that nobody was opposed to the museum going ahead.

“Overall it was a very successful meeting that has encouraged us to really push the project on now.”

Seven local people volunteered to join the eight already on the project’s steering group. The appointment of office bearers to a new committee is planned for the near future.


Grants to local groups

Shetland Islands Council’s community services yesterday gave details of 30 grant awards to sport and community clubs.


A total of £51,622 pounds have been committed mainly to help with annual running costs but also in support of special projects, particularly sending young sports people to the Scottish mainland on competitions.

A council spokesman said that the overall cost for the 30 projects were £163,294 with match funding of more than £111,000 being found from other sources.

Details of the awards can be found here.


Shetland swimmers do well

Shetland has a new Scottish champion in 13 year old Donnie Price from the South Mainland Swimming Club after he won the 1,500 meters in his age group at the Scottish National Age Group Championships, currently being held at the Tollcross Leisure Centre, in Glasgow.

Other Shetland swimmers also got off to a fantastic start.

Sarah Williamson was the fastest qualifier in the 12 year olds 100m breaststroke final, while Andrea Strachan qualified 4th fastest for the 16-18 year old girls 100m breaststroke. Megan Petursdottir qualified for the 13 year old girls 100m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Callum Macgregor qualified 4th fastest in the 100m Freestyle final in the 16-18 year olds age group, while Felix Gifford and Craig Nicolson will be in the final for the 15 year old boys. Felix will also be competing in the 200m fly final.

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