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Inside the Big Kirk in Lerwick. Photo © Ruth Sharville (cc-by-sa/2.0)

PEOPLE of any faith are being invited to attend a ‘prayers for world peace’ event in Lerwick this evening (Friday).

The Shetland Inter Faith event is taking place at St Columba’s Church in Lerwick from 7pm to 8pm.

It is being held in light of the continuing conflict in Ukraine, as well as ongoing wars in other countries.

People will be invited to “reflect, contemplate and pray for peace in our world”.

Its organisers said: “There will be periods of quietness, and those attending are also invited to bring a poem, reading, song or prayer to share (if they wish to do so).”

LECTURERS’ union EIS-FELA is leading strike action through April and May in a dispute over pay.

The trade union is taking its members out on 14 days of discontinuous strike action in pursuit of a pay award that recognises their efforts during the Covid pandemic.


Alex Linkston, chair of College Employers Scotland, said: “We are extremely disappointed that students face possible disruption from the unnecessary actions of the EIS-FELA.”

UHI Shetland said it will look to support students if industrial action takes place.

SHETLAND Arts has secured funding for a project which in its first phase will include a survey of creative practitioners to help design a series of workshops.

The Resonance project is in collaboration with the Innovation School at The Glasgow School of Art.

Shetland Arts said Resonance will support community engagement and civic exchanges to “build capacity and capability to contribute to community, voice, action and development plans”.

The survey for creative practitioners can be found online here.

“We’re pleased to be able to work with the Glasgow School of Art again and bring more support to the Shetland creative community,” Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell said.

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“This survey will help ensure that the workshops respond to the needs of local creative practitioners and help grow their businesses.”

THE LOCAL planning service says the proposed installation of a gas mercury recovery unit at the Shetland Gas Plant would fall under permitted development.

The facility would be used to remove mercury from gas collected from the Glendronach development in order to produce a clean gas source.

Shetland Gas Plant operator TotalEnergies had applied to the council’s planning service for a certificate of lawfulness for the proposed development.

The project had been shelved in 2017 as a result of a decision not to develop the Glendronach gas field west of Shetland due to the high levels of mercury in the gas resource and the low gas price at the time, but it is now back on.

A POLICE recruitment event at Lerwick Town Hall on Saturday (9 April) has been postponed.

Another date will be advertised in due course.

LERWICK Town Hall and Mareel will light up blue soon to mark World Parkinson’s Day.

The day, which is held on 11 April every year, raises awareness of Parkinson’s, which is a progressive brain condition with over 40 recognised symptoms.

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