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In brief for 31 August 2011

Abby returns

SHETLAND music student Abby Hayward will be playing cello with the seven-piece Craigiebuckler String Ensemble at Lerwick’s St Columba’s Church on Friday 9 September.

The ensemble will perform the Strauss Prelude for Sextet from ‘Capriccio’, Vivaldi’s double concerto for two cellos RV 531 in G minor and Brahms Sextet no.2 in G major.

Hayward recently graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music with a first class honours. Last year she received a scholarship to study on the prestigious Guildhall Artists masters programme in London, studying under Pierre Doumange.

The other performers are Erica Buurman and Kay Stephen on viola and violin, violinist Josie Robertson, viola player Liam Redmond and cellists Laura Sergent and Barbara Misciewicz.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£10/£8) are available from Shetland Box Office.

Cancer screening

NHS SHETLAND has witnessed the highest uptake of cervical screening for cancer in Scotland with a rate of 80.6 per cent, compared to the lowest rate in Greater Glasgow of 70.1 per cent.

Scotland-wide there has been a four per cent increase in uptake, which has been partly attributed to the publicity surrounding the death in 2009 of Big Brother contestant Jade Goody.

Hockey results

IN THE Grutness Shield, the results were:

Spurs 0 v 3 Burra

Spurs started well, but Burra’s Bethany Laurenson opened the scoring in the first half, and then repeated the act two minutes into the second half. Despite Spurs’ best efforts throughout the match they failed to reach the net and near the end Laurenson made it a hat trick.

Players of the match were awarded to Sarah Cooper (Burra) and Gayle Johnson (Spurs)

Whalsay 6 v 0 Zetland

Scorers were Nicola Duthie (2), Deborah Mowat, Zoe Irvine (2), Maggie Irvine. Zetland almost scored before the end, but failed.

Players of the match were Zoe Irvine for Whalsay and Eilidh Coull for Zetland.
   
Scalloway 3 v 1 Spurs

Michaela Johnson began the scoring for Scalloway before following up with a second. Spurs’ Kristen Jeromson made it 2-1 before half time, but Rhiannon Inkster made the result beyond doubt.

Best on the night for Scalloway was Michaela Johnson and for Spurs, Kristen Jeromson.

Burra 5 v 2 Delting

Monday’s second match between Burra and Delting saw a closely fought first half, largely thanks to the heroics of Delting keeper Megan Nicholson. Burra’s Kristan Robertson scored first, only for  Toni Sidgwick to score twice and put Delting ahead. Kristan’s sister Lorrie Robertson then got a hat trick, before Kristan managed a second.

Best for Burra was Lorrie Robertson and for Delting Megan Nicholson.

North Atlantic Drift

SHETLAND Museum’s Da Gadderie opens with North Atlantic Drift on Saturday, an exhibition of tapestries by three artists inspired by the warm ocean current.

The artists are Shetland-born Ingrid Arthur, her eldest daughter Robyn Marwick and friend and fellow weaver Clare Coyle.

The exhibition runs from 3 September to 9 October.

Better Together

NHS Shetland has welcomed the results of a patient survey carried out between October 2009 and September 2010 about their experience at Gilbert Bain Hospital, in Lerwick.

Nursing director Kathleen Carolan said she was very pleased with the “excellent feedback” the hospital had received. “I know how hard staff work to provide good quality care and it is pleasing to see this reflected in the feedback from the public,” she said.

Chief executive Ralph Roberts said staff should be proud, but added: “While these results are very encouraging, we should not be complacent, and the survey indicates areas we can and should improve.”

The results of the survey can be found at http://www.patientexperience-bettertogether.scot.nhs.uk/Results/2011/Health_Board_PDF/Z_Shetland.pdf

Sunde lecture

PROFESSOR Jørn Sunde of the University of Bergen will be back in Shetland on Thursday 8 September to deliver a lecture at Shetland Museum and Archives on the abolition of ‘foreign laws’ in Shetland and Orkney in 1611.

At the end of Earl Patrick Stewart’s career in the north, the Scottish Privy Council decided that he had used the old Norse lawbook of Shetland inappropriately, so they issued an edict abolishing laws other than Scottish ones in the islands.

Professor Sunde will be speaking about foreign laws and Scots law on the 400th anniversary of the Privy Council’s edict.

The lecture is free to attend will be held in Shetland Museum and Archives auditorium. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Prior booking is recommended.

Fishing bursaries

THE SCOTTISH Fishermen’s Trust is once again helping fund the fisheries managers and marine scientists of tomorrow with three three-year bursaries worth £1000 for students doing the research Masters in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology Programme at the University of Aberdeen.

Previous recipients have found employment, including at Scalloway’s NAFC Marine Centre.

Students wishing to find out more about the bursary should contact senior postgraduate secretary Paulina Zarembska at P.Zarembska@abdn.ac.uk.

Librarians on loan

THREE Shetland librarians head to Orkney on 9 September as part of a special exchange project between the two islands.

The ‘Librarians on Loan’ project has been funded by the Scotland’s Islands initiative. Shetland and Orkney staff will put on a range of free events in each other’s libraries, gain experience and share best practice.

Events include a Shetland Bookbug session for young children and parents, an open mic Orkney vs Shetland poetry night and a young islands writers workshop.

Early next year Orkney staff will visit Shetland for the second half of the project.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

THE FIRST ever Scottish Apprenticeship Week gets underway on Monday 5 September when employers across Shetland will be encouraged to explore the benefits of employing Modern Apprentices. 

Skills Development Scotland is looking to recruit 25,000 new Modern Apprentices – 5,000 more than last year – in a range of over 80 different occupations.
 
Last year 71 apprentices were taken on by businesses in Shetland, and it’s hoped many more employers will follow suit this year.

More information is avialable by calling 0800 7836000 or visiting www.sds.co.uk/modernapprenticeships.


 

 

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