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News round-up / Sportswear drop box, SSMO wins award, dance workshop and new Rotary Club president

Lorraine Morgan, Lesley Spence, Sanna Aitken, Jennifer Thomson and Louise Johnson from the SIC’s sport and leisure service. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council is relaunching its sportswear drop box scheme for a third year thanks to the donation of over 200 items of sportswear.

The scheme was originally set up to help families unable to access fitness activities due to a lack of suitable clothing and footwear.

Building on connections made over the past two years, the sport and leisure service has been working with a network of local projects and people to redistribute clothing to around 50 people in need.

It is now looking for continued donations of sportswear that is clean and in good wearable condition.

Sport and physical activity co-ordinator Lesley Spence said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of people in Shetland, we are in a position to run the sportswear drop box scheme for a third year.

Drop Box collection points will be located at: Unst Leisure Centre; Yell Leisure Centre; Whalsay Leisure Centre; West Mainland Leisure Centre; North Mainland Leisure Centre; Clickimin Leisure Complex; South Mainland Pool.

SHETLAND Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO) has been honoured for “driving improvements” in the brown crab and scallop fisheries that were first certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in 2012.

The awards for “achievements in seafood sustainability” were made at the MSC’s UK’s annual Sustainable Seafood Forum and Awards at Fishmongers’ Hall in London earlier this week.

SSMO inshore co-ordinator Carole Laignel said: “Our brown crab and scallop fisheries were first certified in 2012 but we had a number of conditions which required improvement.

“This was achieved with the help of scientific advice from our local NAFC Marine Centre who carry out our stock assessments, data collection and surveys amongst other things.”

As a result, last year the fishery was successfully recertified with only one new condition.

YOUNG people aged 12 to 26 will get the chance to sign up for intensive dance workshops and contribute to the European tour of a “captivating and exciting” interdisciplinary work of dance and design, which arrives in Lerwick next week.

“Internationally renowned” choreographer Elisabeth Schilling is staging Felt– an installation inspired by touch. It is a solo performance rendered by movement, music and shape and performed entirely under a large sheet of black wool felt.

Schilling will deliver the workshops at the Methodist Church Hall in Lerwick.

She will be examining contemporary dance and choreography techniques, and will explore the themes and concepts of her new choreography.

Participants will share what they have learned from the sessions as an opener to the performance.

Tickets are available in person from Mareel and the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at www.shetlandarts.org

THE ROTARY Club of Shetland has a new president.

New Rotary Club president David Anderson is being congratulated by outgoing president Robbie McGregor at the club meeting in the Lerwick Hotel last week.

David Anderson has taken up the post after a career as chief pharmacist in several London teaching hospitals and as a lecturer.

Anderson returned to clinical practice at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick in 2002 and retired three years ago. He is now a fully qualified tourist guide in Shetland.

Outgoing rotary club president Robbie McGregor said: “David brings enthusiasm and organisational skills which will ensure that his year as president will be a very successful one.”

The Rotary Club of Shetland raises money by holding various functions during the year and distributes funds to charities and organisations both in Shetland and further afield.

“The club is looking for new members from all walks of life and anyone interested should speak to any member for further details,” McGregor said.