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News round-up / Satisfied tenants, Fishing News awards open for nominations, Relay for Life launch, big country music event and Fjanna launch new CD

The Hjaltland Housing Association affordable homes scheme at Quoys, Lerwick.Hjaltland Housing Association; above average tenants’ satisfaction.

HJALTLAND Housing Association has expressed its delight after a major survey found its tenants to be very satisfied with the services they receive.

The survey, which returned over 400 responses, found satisfaction levels to be higher than national average

Ninety nine per cent of tenants found the housing association to be good or very good at keeping tenants informed, while 95.6 per cent were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall services provided by the housing charity.

Head of housing and customer services, Ian Bray, said he was particularly pleased that over 91 per cent of tenants were satisfied with the opportunities they were given to be involved with housing association.

Referring to figures suggesting that 30 per cent of tenants in social housing in Shetland ‘do not manage well financially’, Bray added: “As a landlord, we are here to help.

“Our financial inclusion officer can offer advice on Universal Credit or housing benefit claims look at income maximisation and sign post to a number of agencies, including applications for community care & crisis grants.”


Nominations for the 2020 Fishing News awards, recognising excellence across the sector, are now open.

Last year, Shetland scored nominations in five categories, with two awards going to individuals and businesses.

Chris Duncan, skipper of the mid-water trawler Altaire LK 429, took Pelagic Fisherman of the Year, while Research LK 62 won the best pelagic vessel in the New Boat of the Year category.

People can nominate themselves or others at fishingnews.co.uk/awards

Nominations close on 11 February, and the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 14 May 2020 in Aberdeen.


ONE AND a half thousand pounds were raised during a launch concert for the 2020 Shetland Relay for Life fundraising event, at the Garrison last Wednesday.

The main 12-hour event for Cancer Research UK, which has so far raised more than one million pounds over recent years, will take place on 30 May at Clickimin.

Local campaign chairman Martin Henderson said “It is great that Shetland continues to support the amazing work of Cancer Research UK, and hopefully we can have a little fun along the way.”

There are a number of other events planned in the build up to the relay including a wedding show in February and the return of Shetland’s Got Talent in April.

Anyone wanting to register as a team or as a survivor please visit www.cancerresearchuk.org and search for Shetland under the get involved section.


SHETLAND Country Music Club has started promoting their biggest event for 2020 when Europe’s leading tribute act, hosted by Sarah Jayne’s the Dolly Parton Experience and the Country Superstars are back in Shetland.

Tickets have now gone on sale from High Level Music for the concert in the Clickimin Bowls hall on 9 June next year, “a great idea for a Christmas present”, the club said.

The show features eleven different tribute acts including Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Glen Campbell and, of course, Dolly Parton.

A spokeswoman for the club said: “Bring your cowboy boots and take a break from working 9 to 5 with Europe’s leading tribute Sarah Jayne as Dolly Parton and the Country Superstars in June 2020.”


WELL known young traditional group Fjanna are due to release their new CD Re-Routed in the beginning of December.

The group consisting of Mike Laurenson (16) accordion, Anya Johnston (16) fiddle and piano, Jodie Smith (17) fiddle and Arran Philip (18) drums and pipes will be performing sets from their new recording at a launch event in the Clickimin Centre’s function suite on Friday 6 December from 7.30pm.

The new recording already described by local music man Drewie Hawick as “having to be heard to be believed” promises to be a big hit with local traditional music lovers.

The launch is open to the public and the CD will be on sale in local shops in time for the festive season.

General Election - 12 December 2019