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Also in the news / Lord Lieutenant honoured in King’s birthday list, charitable trust cash, Pride pop-up shop and more…

King Charles III and Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter in Lerwick in 2021. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND’s Lord Lieutenant has been honoured in the King’s birthday list last week.

Having served as the late Queen’s and the now the King’s representative in Shetland for the last 12 years Bobby Hunter, was appointed Commander, part of the Royal Victorian Order, in Saturday’s honours list.

Hunter is the only Shetlander to appear on the list this year.


SHETLAND Charitable Trust (SCT) is welcoming applications from local charities for a share of £128,000.

The money is available from the SCT’s main grant scheme for next year.

Most of the £8.9m budget for 2024/25 has already been allocated to organisations including care centres, Shetland Recreational Trust, Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Arts.

The remaining funds are being offered in a new round of applications from 19 June to 21 August 2023.

The money would then be available to successful applications from April next year.

Charities interested in applying should have a turnover of more than £50,000 a year and provide activities in the fields of social care and welfare, arts and culture, heritage and the environment or sport and recreation.


SHETLANDERS can celebrate work done in their local community by submitting nominations to the Scotland Loves Local Awards.

The third year of the awards organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) aim to celebrate small towns and neighbourhoods.

Categories include High Street Hero, Creative Town and Enterprising Community.

Kimberley Guthrie, STP’s interim chief officer, said: “In many ways, the challenges facing our communities have never been greater as we face up to the climate emergency, cost of living and the legacy of coronavirus.

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“But many people and organisations across the Shetland Islands are stepping up to those challenges. In so many ways, this has brought out the best in our people and places.”

Nominations close on 4 September and can be submitted here.


THE Shetland Pride committee have announced they will be operating a pop-up shop in the run up to the festival on 1 July.

The shop will be located downstairs in the Loose Ends Hub on the Esplanade.

It will be open from Monday 26 June to Friday 30 June next week.

The pop-up will allow the public to meet the Pride team and purchase merchandise before the big day on Saturday.

Additionally, Living Lerwick will be running a Pride flag hunt activity along the street.

Activity sheets will be available in the tourist office from 24 June to 9 July.


INPUT from the public is needed to create a new National Care Service, says the Scottish Government.

Events all over the country, including one at Islesburgh on 17 August, will allow people to have their say on what they want to see from a new care service.

Carers, people who access care and anyone with an interest are encouraged to contribute.

Social Care Minister Maree Todd said: “We want everyone to have access to consistently high-quality social care support across Scotland, whenever they might need it.

“There are unique demands across the country, which is why we’re going to different areas over the next 18 months, ensuring communities across Scotland can help design a National Care Service tailored to local needs.”

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