News round-up / Funding for befrienders, dialect competition goes Christmassy, gin makers shortlisted

SHETLAND Befriending Scheme has received £85,888 from Children In Need.

The funding will allow the organisation to continue to support its children and young people’s additional support needs section of its service over the next three years.

The scheme said it was “exceptionally grateful” for the money.

THIS YEAR’s Rhoda Bulter Award competition will see entrants create a Christmas card design with a dialect verse.


The closing date for entries for the annual dialect competition is 31 August.

The award is given out every year by the family of the late Rhoda Bulter, who is known as one of Shetland’s most significant dialect writers.

Speaking on behalf of the family, John Bulter said: “We’re keen that entrants have an opportunity to demonstrate their visual art skills alongside their creative writing skills.

“The dialect writing will be between 40 and 80 words, in the context of a Christmas card verse, and provides tremendous scope for imaginative dialect writing.”

The competition is organised by local dialect promotion group ShetlandForWirds.

For entry forms or further information on the competition contact the group’s convener Mary Blance at mary.blance@btinternet.com or ring Lerwick 01595 694104.

THE MAKERS of Shetland Reel Gin have been nominated for this year’s Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

Shetland Distillery Company’s gin is shortlisted in the Distilling category.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 23 May.