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Also in the news / Orkney makers on show, funding for carers, government targets more onshore wind, Hermaness progress and more…

Ceramic cast hands formed in a chandelier by Kerrianne Flett.

BONHOGA Gallery will host an exhibition of Orkney makers in time for Christmas, from Friday 5 November to Friday 24 December.

An Island Christmas will showcase a selection of handcrafted jewellery from Zoe Davidson and Karen Duncan, unique slip cast ceramics created by Kerrianne Flett and prints of large-scale tapestries from the Hoxa Tapestry Gallery (Leila Thomson and Jo Thomson).

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The exhibition has been supported by the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, who have assisted with the selection of the makers.


VOLUNTARY Action Shetland’s carers project has been awarded almost £13,000 in grants to support local unpaid carers to take a break.

The funding has come from Shared Care Scotland.

It will enable Shetland Carers to distribute grants of up to £150 to unpaid carers who provide a significant amount of caring for another adult or who are classed as a young carer (under 18 years).

Funding will also be made available through the Creative Breaks fund to enable Shetland Carers to provide counselling sessions, massage sessions and an afternoon teas style event in June 2022.

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Carer support worker Kirsten Harcus said: ‘‘Knowing how important it is for carers look after their own health and wellbeing, we are delighted to extend our Time to Live short break grant scheme for another year.

“New funding from Creative Breaks will enable us to provide an additional range of breaks offering carers time out for themselves, support for their mental and physical health and a chance to connect with other carers.’’


THE SCOTTISH Government has launched a consultation on a refreshed onshore wind policy as it looks to see more development in the sector in the coming years.

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The government has an ambition to secure an additional 8-12 GW of installed onshore wind capacity by 2030.

Cabinet secretary for net zero, energy and transport Michael Matheson said: “Our net zero commitment presents the perfect opportunity to revisit and reassess our original Onshore Wind Policy Statement, published in 2017.

“This consultation, and your input and evidence, will help support work that we are doing to establish an ambition for the additional onshore wind capacity needed to help Scotland achieve net zero, as set out in the cooperation agreement between Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party.”


A NEW visitor hub at the Hermaness Nature Reserve in Unst is expected to open in May next year.

Work will commence shortly, and is due to be completed by the end of March.

Meanwhile work on nearly 2km of new board walk in the reserve is ongoing.

The new project includes a new visitor hub with toilets, information about the area and wildlife and carpark improvement.

The scheme has a budget of more than £820,000 and it has received funding from NatureScot and VisitScotland.


PEOPLE of working age with Parkinson’s in Shetland are being encouraged to meet with others and find out more about living well with the condition at a free online event in November.

The event is open to people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, while partners, adult family members or friends are also welcome.

It is being organised by the charity Parkinson’s UK Scotland. To find out more about the event, visit here.

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