Also in the news / Cemetery tours, school catering award and more…

The graveyard at the Knab in Lerwick. Photo: Shetland News

FREE guided tours will be held in the Lerwick Cemetery over the coming months to give people in the chance to discover the stories of the men and women from Commonwealth forces who died in the first and second world wars.

The tours will take place at 7pm on 31 August, 12pm on 24 September, 7pm on 28 September, 11am on 29 October, 11am on 5 November and 11am on 12 November.

The tours will also help local people learn about the skills, dedication and expertise of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) staff and volunteers who work to keep the memories alive.

More than 42 casualties from World War One and 74 from World War Two are buried at Lerwick Cemetery.

This includes some of the crew of HMS Strongbow and Mary Rose which were sunk by two German cruisers whilst part of a westbound convoy in 1917.

CWGC volunteer Jon Sandison said: “Behind every name on a war grave or memorial in Shetland is a human story waiting to be discovered and the tours provide the perfect opportunity to do that.”


SHETLAND Islands Council’s catering team has received the ‘Food for Life Served Here’ bronze award for its school meals service across all of their nursery, primary and secondary schools for the second time.

The award is a nationally recognised mark of quality that celebrates the team’s efforts to serve, healthy, sustainable and locally sourced school meals.

The council serves 2,500 meals daily in three nurseries, 21 primaries, five junior highs and two secondaries.

The council originally achieved the award in May last year, becoming the first local authority in Scotland to hold the award for all of its schools.

Education and families committee chairman Davie Sandison said: “Our catering staff have worked really hard to achieve this and I am proud of their dedication to ensuring pupils have access to healthy, locally sourced food. I am delighted that all of our schools and early learning centres have yet again met the criteria required to gain this prestigious award.”

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PEOPLE in Shetland are invited to apply for the 2022/23 round of workshop bursaries at arts organisation Gaada.

These one-to-one sessions can be used to support the development of work which utilises Gaada’s visual art workshop facilities and staff support to explore new ways of working.

The bursaries aim to contribute toward a more vibrant creative landscape in Shetland by alleviating some of the financial barriers associated with accessing creative development in the isles.

More information can be found here.

A LERWICK based RAF air cadets group will open on Monday (15 August).

The cadets are open to people aged at least 12 and in education.


Thousands of cadets across the country participate in a wide range of activities; from sports or fieldcraft nights at the squadron to annual camps at RAF stations learning more about their day to day work, both in the UK and overseas.

The local scheme will “offer the opportunity for cadets to regularly participate in a variety of activities such as first aid, ceremonial parades, sports and adventure training – it’s difficult to find a week where you won’t be busy”.

The 102 (Lerwick) Detached Flight group is located at Fort Charlotte in Lerwick and meets on Mondays from 7.15pm to 9.30pm.

Flt Sgt Davie Nicolson, in charge of the Lerwick Detached Flt (DF) 102 Sqn Air Cadets.
Photo: Gordon Siegel

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