News round-up / Lambing season advice to dog owners, NHS/SIC appointment, new creative project manager, Lau returns

Signs like this have been put on fenceposts in Vidlin. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

WITH the lambing season in full swing, the local police force is reminding dog owners to ensure their pets are kept under control when walking near to livestock areas to avoid incidents of sheep worrying.

A police spokesman said: “Lambing is important to the rural economy of Shetland and we will be working with our communities to enable farmers to lamb successfully and responsible dog owners to exercise their dogs respectfully.”

JOSEPHINE Robinson has been appointed to the role of interim joint director of community health and social care in Shetland.

Josephine Robinson.

The role, a joint one for Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland, was previously held by Simon Bokor-Ingram, who is currently acting as interim chief executive of NHS Shetland following the departure of Ralph Roberts.

Robinson will also become the chief officer for the local health and social care partnership Integration Joint Board, a role which was also held by Bokor-Ingram.


She started work for the council as an occupational therapist in September 1998, and led the service from 2009. Her most recent post was executive manager – allied health professionals; another joint post managing staff across both the council and the NHS.

Shetland Islands Council chief executive Maggie Sandison said: “This is a tremendous appointment for both organisations; Josephine will be a welcome addition to our senior management team.”

SHETLAND Arts, meanwhile, has appointed a new creative project manager.

Kathryn Spence, from Lerwick, forged an international career in dance.

Kathryn Spence has returned home to the isles to take up the job at the charity, which will span development and support, education, engagement and arts in wellbeing.

She has worked for a number of years as a dance practitioner.

“I am really delighted to move back home to Shetland, especially to work in a job that has so much creative potential,” Spence said.

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“I am excited to celebrate the arts here in Shetland and to look at how we can expand the opportunities on offer, in both participation and artist development and support.”

Shetland Arts is looking to recruit freelance practitioners to be on its preferred suppliers list, to “share opportunities, work together and collaborate”.

It uses freelance arts practitioners for many of its engagement projects including arts in care, wellbeing arts, creativity labs, creativity clubs and summer activity.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Spence at kathryn.spence@shetlandarts.org with a CV.

LEADING folk band Lau are set to return to Shetland with a gig at Mareel in June.

Lau will return to Shetland. Photo: Genevieve Stevenson

The award-winning band, who comprise of Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke, will perform at the Lerwick venue on 13 June.


The trio will play two sets – one which will mine their back catalogue, and one which will be a complete performance of their latest album Midnight and Closedown.

Fiddler O’Rourke, meanwhile, will also perform at Mareel on 1 November in support of his upcoming new solo album 365:Volume Two.

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