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A CALENDAR Girls play is coming to the Garrison Theatre later this year.

The show will be staged at the theatre by Islesburgh Drama Group and directed by Stephenie Pagulayan.

It will run from 29 March to 1 April with curtain up at 7.30pm.

The play is the story of two best friends, Annie and Chris.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia they resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.

They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from a hospital porter and amateur photographer.

Tickets will go on sale from Friday 11 February via this link.

Not only is there the theatre production but the female cast members will pose for a nude 2023 calendar to raise money for Shetland MacMillan Nurses, Clan Cancer Support and CRUK Relay for Life Shetland.

THE AMOUNT of money households pay for water and waste water services will rise by 4.2 per cent in 2022/23.

The new annual charges, collected alongside local authority council tax, will mean an average bill increase of 31 pence per week.

Around half of households in Scotland receive financial support as they automatically have either a discount, exemption or reduction applied to their water and wastewater charges.

Scottish Water said it needs to increase investment to “protect services against the impact of climate change, reduce carbon emissions and ensure customers have reliable and resilient services in future”.

Water and waste water charges to licensed providers who supply businesses and other non-domestic customers will also increase by 4.2 per cent.

A FURTHER 55 Covid cases have been reported in Shetland, following on from 67 on Thursday.

Across Scotland there have been 7,676 new cases.

GOOD progress has been made by Nesting Primary School following an inspection in 2019, a report says.

Inspectors from Education Scotland recently held a virtual follow-up to check on progress and they said there has been “significant progress in developing staff approaches to monitoring and tracking children’s progress to ensure attainment is raised”.

The report, due to be presented to councillors on Monday, added: “Staff have addressed the recommendations from the original inspection successfully.

“As a result, we will make no more visits to the school in connection with the original inspection.”

A FORMER Scottish Album of the Year award winner is scheduled to perform at Mareel later this year.

Kathryn Joseph will appear on the same bill as English comedian Josie Long and US folk-punker Jeffrey Lewis, with the event taking place on 22 September.

It forms part of a series of concerts hosted by musician James Yorkston which will be touring around Scotland.

The first event due to take place at Mareel is Gruff Rhys, Salena Godden and Brìghde Chaimbeul on 22 July, and the third and final show will be on 17 February 2023.

Yorkston’s Tae Sup Wi’ A Fifer project was due to kick off in Mareel yesterday (3 February) with a show featuring Kris Drever and Rachel Sermanni but it was called off.