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Council grants

HILLSWICK public hall received the largest of 31 council grants handed out to community groups in Shetland during December and January.

The hall committee received £92,279 towards the cost of upgrading and refurbishing the hall, a contract which was awarded to T&N Joinery who hope to complete the work this year.

In August last year the hall received £245,000 from the European LEADER fund towards the £350,000 cost, the rest of the money having been raised by the local community.

Other recipients included the Radio Racers Association, who were given £500 towards the cost of attending the Grampian Car Club Endurance Race to race their 1/10 scale electric cars against teams throughout the north of Scotland.

The Shetland A team won the competition after completing a total of 1,407 laps in four hours.

Shetland Baton Twirlers received £2,236 to help with annual running costs. Association members The Shellettes won third prize in the group category at the British Baton Twirling Sports Association’s British Open in Sheffield, Ashley Fuller and Siobhan Miller came third in the pairs.

Filsket Riding Club received £3,520 towards running the organisation, which has 50 members.

Scalloway Youth Centre Trust was awarded £1,599 from the community energy efficiency programme to help pay for a building survey designed to find cheaper ways of heating the building.

Finally Shetland Junior Table Tennis Association were given £2,417 to attend mainland competitions and host a coaching course in Shetland with Table Tennis Scotland coaching director Paul Jackson.