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Dawna Ward guides visitors around Garden Co.

LOCAL social enterprise COPE Ltd recently welcomed a delegation of four visitors from the Stranraer Community Reuse Shop.

The delegation was the first to visit COPE since the pandemic began.

Paul Smith, CEO of the Stranraer Community Reuse Shop, said he wanted to learn more about COPE’s Home Co. and Garden Co.


The visitors were shown around by COPE’s new home and garden business manager, Derek Hart.

Hart said: “My role is to plot a course forward for both Home and Garden beyond the pandemic. In Stranraer they are facing many of the same issues we face ourselves and it is important to exchange ideas and information on how to move forwards from here.”

SHETLAND Islands Council’s occupational therapy service is asking anyone to return any unwanted assistive equipment.

The team provides a range of support services to people in the community to help individuals to live independently at home.


This includes the provision of items such as mobility aids and equipment for daily living. 

The service is asking anyone who has items of assistive equipment that they no longer need, to please return these to the Independent Living Centre in Gremista:

·       Toilet frames

·       Perching stools

·       Shower stools

·       Kitchen trolleys

·       Bath-lifts

·       Over-bed tables

·       Bed leavers

·       Orthopaedic chairs

The Independent Living Centre can be found on the north side of Lerwick harbour on the Gremista Road.  

All returned equipment can be left in the returns area under the carport at the lower entrance to the building, by the community equipment store entrance. 


Anyone with any queries on this can call the community occupational therapy team on 01595 744319.

THE NORTHBOUND ferry will leave Aberdeen an our earlier tomorrow evening (Saturday) due to the weather.

The Hjaltland is scheduled to leave Aberdeen at 4pm instead of 5pm.

The schedules of the two freight vessels have also suffered slight disruption.

THREE new Covid cases have been confirmed in Shetland.

A further 2,911 cases have been reported across Scotland.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has raised the issue of livestock worrying – saying dogs on leads is the best solution.

Speaking after bringing up the matter in parliament, Wishart said: “There are many responsible dog owners out there but it only takes one irresponsible one to have a devastating impact on livestock.

“It is distressing for the animals, and distressing for crofters and farmers who have to deal with the aftermath.

“I supported the members bill on the protection of livestock in the last parliamentary session but the concerns of a local crofter who told me he thought that the law had not gone far enough led me to ask for the experts’ views.”

A MAJOR consortium has announced its bid for a new Orkney and Caithness offshore wind project.

TotalEnergies and Scottish developer RIDG have teamed up bid for an offshore licence west of Orkney as part of the recent ScotWind leasing round.

The bid is the culmination of five years of engagement between the consortium and stakeholders in Caithness and Orkney.

An offshore site east of Shetland was up for grabs in the ScotWind leasing round but it is not publicly known who has bid for it.