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News round-up / Young Enterprise final, youth play postponed, gender imbalance event at parliament

Replenish when they won the Shetland round (left to right): Judge John Hamilton from Bank of Scotland, Matthew Johnson, Bethany Laurenson, Freya Balfour, Katie Wink, Cameron MacDonald and judge Terri Malcolmson from Terri Laura Designs.

BRAE High School’s Young Enterprise company Replenish are in Edinburgh today (5 June) for the programme’s national finals.

The company, which won the Shetland round recently, designed reusable aluminium water bottles.

In addition to the company of the year title, Replenish are vying for the publicly voted people’s choice award.

Voting is open online here until 3pm.


A PRODUCTION of Shakespeare’s The Tempest planned for this summer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shetland Youth Theatre has been postponed.

Shetland Arts said the first rehearsal was held on 2 June but “due to busy summers we won’t be able to rehearse as intensively as we’d need”.

The organisation said participants have been refunded and added that it is currently deciding if Shetland Youth Theatre will host a production this summer.


WOMEN in Shetland are being encouraged to think about attending an event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh which aims to tackle gender imbalance in politics.

The Scottish Parliament.

The parliament’s debating chamber will open up to over 400 women from across Scotland on 7 September for a “day of action and inspiration”.

The initiative, called Scotland’s Women Stand, is being organised by the Parliament Project, which is a non-partisan project aiming to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK, and YWCA Scotland: The Young Women’s Movement.

Registration for the event is open to all women from across Scotland. Women can sign up to attend online, and organisers are actively collaborating with third sector organisations to ensure the event is inclusive and accessible to women from all backgrounds.

Deputy presiding officer Linda Fabiani, who will chair the event, said: “This event is for women up and down the country that have never thought about standing for political office, didn’t think it was for them and didn’t know that they had the power to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Scotland.”