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Shetland Girls U14s post-match team photo: back row (L-R): Shannon Burgess, Lori Smith, Poppy Gair, Missy McShane, Miley Watt, Roma Robertson, Madison Jozwick, Freya Morrison. Front row (L-R): Adah Johnson, Alesha Brown, Lena Christie, Beth Goodlad, Rhianna Sim, Maisie Pottinger.

THE SHETLAND girls under 14s football team have progressed to the next round of mainland-based cup after beating Formartine 5- 1 at the weekend.

Scorers for Shetland were Lori Smith, Roma Robertson, Rhianna Sim and Madison Jozwik, while Formartine also scored an own goal.

The game, played in Rothienorman, was in the first round of the SWF North Region U14s League Cup.

Meanwhile Shetland Girls U16s are heading south to play Ellon Meadows in the next round of U16s league cup on 6 May.

Shetland Girls U18s Scottish Challenge Cup opponents Glenrothes Strollers have forfeited their match in May, so the U18s are through to the last 16 of the National Competition. They will play their next fixture at the end of August.

THE WEAVING Shed in Hillswick is currently hosting a creator-in-residence from the USA.

Suzanne Morlock is planning to work with the Northmavine community to produce artwork, including solar printing, which will ultimately be displayed in the gallery.

The gallery will be open through to 7 May on Thursdays and Sundays between midday and 4pm for people to drop by, as well as anytime the barn doors are open.

On Sunday 7 May there will be a showcase of children and community members’ artwork created during the six weeks of the open studio.

TWO talks have been organised to coincide with a new exhibition in Lerwick.

The Taxcloth: the Toevakoddi Project exhibition, a collaboration by Hazel Hughson, Barbara Ridland and Joan Fraser, is currently being held in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives.

An introduction to Toevakoddi and a conversation with the artists will take place at the museum on Thursday 27 April between 7pm and 9pm.

A second talk, with Carol Christiansen, will be held on 4 May also between 7pm and 9pm. Tickets can be bought online.

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The art project commemorates Shetlanders’ historical payment of rent and tax in wadmal, a wool cloth woven at home and fulled (stabilised and lightly milled) in the sea. Toevakoddi is a rocky cleft with suitable wave action where the fulling was traditionally done.

THE SQA exams period is now underway for pupils studying National 5, Higher and Advanced Highers.

The exam period in Scotland begins today (24 April) and concludes on Thursday 1 June.

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston said: “As students across the Highlands and Islands prepare to sit their exams, I want to take this opportunity to wish them all the very best of luck.

“These exams are a significant milestone in their educational journey, and I know how hard they have worked to get to this point.”

THE ISLE of Wight has been chosen as the location for the UK Government’s second Islands Forum, which will take place on 24 and 25 May and be chaired by secretary of state Michael Gove.

It follows the inaugural meeting in Orkney last year. Shetland Islands Council representatives are invited.

The UK Government said: “The islands forum will help to level up island communities by encouraging collaboration to tackle common challenges such as connectivity, infrastructure, and demographic trends, and explore opportunities including the transition to net zero.

“It will also allow the UK government to hear and learn from island communities to inform future policy.”

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