Also in the news / Westerskeld fire, short-term let reminder, tree planting and more…

THE FIRE service attended a house fire in Westerskeld on Tuesday afternoon.

The call came in just after 3pm. Two appliances from Lerwick and Brae attended, and the fire was successfully extinguished.

Fire crews were at the scene until 5.20pm.

THE COUNCIL is reminding accommodation providers that they have until 1 October to apply for a licence under the Scottish Government’s short-term lets licensing scheme.

Existing hosts of short-term lets that have operated prior to 1 October 2022 have until 1 October 2023 to apply for a licence from the council to continue to provide short-term lets.

Types of accommodation expected to need a licence include: B&Bs and guesthouses; self-catering cabins, chalets, cottages or glamping pods; serviced apartments; self-contained flats; and shared rooms within a home.

Hosts who make an application before 1 October 2023 can continue operating until their application has been determined.

More details and guidance on applying for a licence are available here or by calling environmental health on 01595 745250.

Primary four pupils from Bell’s Brae School assisted staff and volunteers from Lerwick Port Authority, Shetland Amenity Trust and SSER with the latest phase of tree planting at Holmsgarth. Photo: Ben Mullay.

PRIMARY school pupils have planted 150 trees with the help of Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) at Holmsgarth Brae.

The native species were supplied by Shetland Amenity Trust.

LPA said it uses the equivalent of 12 trees worth of paper each year and have been planting since 2017.

The primary four bairns from Bell’s Brae described it as “great fun”.

Mrs Wishart, P4 class teacher, said: “It was a great way to finish our topic on living things.

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“Planting trees helped reinforce our work on biodiversity and understanding the issues to do with climate change.”

SHETLAND Arts has launched the programme for this year’s Folk Frenzy summer school.

The summer school runs from Sunday 6 August – Friday 11 August, curated by renowned Shetland fiddler Kevin Henderson, featuring a busy week of tutored classes, workshops, sessions and concerts.

Joining Henderson in the line-up of tutors are musicians Jenna Reid, Andrew Gifford and Amy Laurenson.

Two more workshops from local musicians feature in the programme – Tim Matthew will lead a workshop in ‘Fiddle Tech’ where participants can learn more about plugging in their fiddle, while David Boyter’s workshop will discuss accompanying traditional tunes on the guitar.

For Frenzy Pass holders, there will also be tunes on the beach at St Ninian’s Isle and a bus tour to the birthplace of prominent local fiddler Dr Tom Anderson.


Shetland Arts said everyone is welcome to join in the workshops, café bar sessions, and can also attend the tutors’ concert and ‘big gig’. Booking is required for the workshops and gigs, while no booking is required for the Mareel café bar sessions from 9pm throughout the Folk Frenzy week.

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