Also in the news / Reflecting Hope, war graves tour, sandeel fishing and road safely lessons

A GROUP of Adventist church pastors have been cycling the length and breadth of Shetland over recent days having conversations with local people and giving their Christian literature.

They are involved in the ‘Reflecting Hope’ project which seeks to bring hope and encouragement of the Christian message to the public.

They are hosting two public meetings at the Islesburgh Community Centre tonight (Friday) at 6.30pm and again on Saturday at 11am.

Pastor Wilfried Masih said: “We are having a public meeting this evening and tomorrow all day to bring hope and encouragement to the public.”

DURING war graves week later this month the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will again be offering free tours of the Knab cemetery.

The free guided tours will take place on 24 May at 7pm and on Saturday 27 May at 12noon, and they will give people the chance to discover the some of the stories of the men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.


More than 119 casualties from World War One and World War Two are buried at Lerwick CWGC Cemetery.

The cemetery contains some of the crew of both HMS Mary Rose and HMS Strongbow, which were sunk by two German light cruisers in 1917.

The tours will be led by local resident and history teacher Jon Sandison, who is a volunteer for the CWGC.

To book a tour visit this link.

THE SCOTTISH Government has confirmed its intention to consult on proposals to prohibit commercial fishing for sandeels in Scottish waters.

The measure is intended to support the wider marine ecosystem and could provide greater resilience to Scotland’s seabirds, some of which have faced declines in recent decades.

Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “The species is particularly vulnerable to climate change and the impact of warming seas, but fishing puts them under additional pressure.

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“Currently commercial fishing for sandeels takes place entirely by European vessels, where they are then sold for animal feed.”

The UK Government is currently consulting on prohibiting sandeel fishing in English waters.

Some of the Tingwall primary pupils with a Northwards truck.

PUPILS at the Tingwall Primary School received a road safety awareness visit from local transport operator Northwards this week.

The 81 pupils (from P1 to P7) were made aware of a truck’s blind spots, what the driver can and cannot see from their mirrors, how to cross the road safely, and how to be safe whilst on the road.

The company’s regional manager for the Highlands and Orkney Michael Foubister said: “The pupils were, of course, delighted to have the chance to sit in the truck and beep the horn, but it also gave them a very practical understanding the size of the vehicle and how loud it is, where the blind sports are, and what they must do to stay safe on the road.”

Primary two to four teacher Karen Saunders said she felt the road safety lesson was “especially pertinent at the moment with all the construction that is happening”.

She added: “All the bairns had a great time exploring the truck. Northwards may have recruited a few future truck drivers!”

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