News round-up / Local farmer shortlisted, Violence Unseen exhibition, town centre cafe/bar keen to expand

Farmer Jamie Leslie with a herd of cattle at Scholland.

A SHETLAND livestock farmer has been named as one of three finalists of the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Award, run by AgriScot, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and sponsors Thorntons Solicitors.

Jamie Leslie of Scholland farm said he felt humbled to have been nominated and “very pleased to get to the finalist stage”.


He added: “The process of analysing our own business in preparation for the judging has been very worthwhile and we look forward to our beef production system being scrutinised during the judging process.”

Scholland is 350-hectare farm run by Jamie Leslie in partnership with his father John. The farms runs 80 Aberdeen Angus suckler cows with progeny predominately finished and sold through local butcher shop.

The other two finalists are Firth Farm from Melrose and Kingan Farms in New Abbey. The winner will be announced during an event at Ingliston in Edinburgh on 20 November.

A PHOTO exhibition raising awareness of violence against women is one of the highlights of ’16 Days of Activism’ by Rape Crisis Shetland which kicks off later this month under the theme Generation Equality.

Part of a global campaign to shed light on the different forms of gender-based violence, the local organisation says it is organising a series of activities to raise awareness of the issue, including a professional training day.


The Violence Unseen exhibition, described as a collection of photos “exploring forms of violence against women that are still misunderstood, hidden and unacknowledged”, will open at Mareel on Thursday 21 November and stay at the arts venue until 24 Nov before travelling to Sumburgh Airport (28 Dec to 2 Dec) and finally to Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary (5 to 10 Dec).

Shetland Rape Crisis activism worker Lavinia Schmidt said: “This year’s theme #GenerationEquality is incredibly fitting for what we are seeing in Shetland.


“While many rape myths are still prevalent in the communities, young people are pursuing what they think is right.”

PLANS to expand a town centre cafe and bar with takeaway and function areas have been welcomed by Lerwick Community Council.

The Dowry recently lodged plans with Shetland Islands Council to create a takeaway facility in the Commercial Street building’s basement, which is currently used as office space for Shetland Property Lets.

On the top floor existing office space could be transformed into a bar and function area.

Members of Lerwick Community Council noted the application at a meeting on Monday, and comments were made that it could enhance the offering of the street.

The community councillors also noted an application to turn the Captain Flint’s pub at the Market Cross into short-stay rental flats.

The community council also had no objection to an application for a provisional alcohol licence for the proposed Premier Inn hotel on Lerwick’s South Road.