In brief for 5 August 2010

Allotment visit

SCOTTISH environment minister Roseanna Cunningham will be in Shetland on 17 August to visit the Mossbank allotment site.

Shetland Islands Council’s initiative to help create new allotment sites in the isles is viewed as forward thinking by the Scottish government.

SIC environmental management officer Mary Lisk said Ms Cunningham was keen to see the work of the Mossbank community first hand.



Swan en route

THE SWAN, Shetland’s very own tall ship, is back en route from Kristiansand to Hartlepool after turning back on Monday when a sailing trainee Jason Bryant fell ill.

The refurbished historical fishing boat is participating in this year’s Tall Ships Race.

Jason spent the night in hospital and had made a full recovery by Monday evening when he was discharged back into the care of the Swan crew. He has now returned home to Shetland.

Meanwhile, the Swan is expected to arrive in Hartlepool later this week along with the rest of the fleet in time to experience the host port activities.



Design conference

Shetland is hosting an international conference focussing on architecture and design in island and remote northern communities next month.

The conference, part of the year long Power of Place celebrations, has attracted a range of key speakers from Scotland, Faroe and Norway.

Planning board chairman Frank Robertson said he was enthusiastic about the conference and urged his council colleagues to participate wherever possible.

Reminiscing about the arrival of the Scandinavian house design in Shetland in 1973, the Shetland West councillor said: “It is important that the planning board supports quality in design. Learning from our neighbours in Faroe and Norway is a vital part of that.”


The Building Resilience in Island Communities Architectural conference will be held on 17 and 18 September in the Shetland Museum and Archives.


New uniforms

NHS Shetland staff have started wearing the same uniforms as their counterparts across the country.

Previously health staff were a multi coloured species with 250 different styles of tunic in more than 100 colours across Scotland, but the health service believe this created confusion and affected the quality and cost of uniforms.

Nurse director Kathleen Carolan said the new uniforms would be better quality, would save the NHS money and would “give us the professional identity we deserve and help patients and the public to identify our roles”.

The new uniforms will be worn by nurses, midwives, therapists, community staff and dentists.  Senior charge nurses and team leaders will wear dark blue, showing they are in charge of the clinical areas in the hospital and the community.