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The health centre had some unusual visitors today. Photo: John Dally

TWO garden gnomes have mysteriously appeared at the Whalsay Health Centre today (Wednesday).

Photo: John Dally

No one locally seems to know where they came from, but they have set up home in what was described as a “nasty pothole” seemingly to draw attention to the very hole.

A local resident was overheard saying that, perhaps NHS Shetland would dispossess the gnomes of their new home by fixing the pothole.

The health board has been contacted for comment.


ST Columba’s Church in Lerwick will display photos, model ships and maritime memorabilia in honour of the Tall Ships visit next week.

Photo: David Grieve

It will be open to the public in the afternoon during the Tall Ships events next week and then on Tuesday and Thursday throughout August.

Churchgoers took photos on the theme “God saw all that he had made and it was very good”.

Exhibition organiser David Grieve said: “We have had a great response to our challenge. The end result is a display of 46 stunning colour photographs.”

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their three favourite photos.


ANOTHER exhibit will also open in Lerwick next week, with work from three artists overlooking Bain’s Beach.

Art from Ruth Brownlee, Alex Malcolmson and James Dodds will be hosted in Sea Winds at 45 Commercial Street.

Alex Malcolmson, Outer Skerries, Mixed Media Box construction.

Local woman Brownlee will be displaying some dramatic new work of Shetland’s coastlines and skies as she prepares for her first solo exhibit in Edinburgh.

Malcolmson, another Shetlander, is a sculptor. He creates three dimensional boxes and fills them with mixed media, including model ships and wooden fish.

Dodds lives in East Anglia and originally trained as a shipwright, so it will come as no surprise that his work heavily features boats.

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This will be the first time he’s exhibited in Shetland. His pieces include wood cuts and oil paintings.

The exhibition will be open from 11am to 5pm on 26 to 30 July.


THE organisers of the Shetland Relay for Life have set up a survey to determine the best time of year for future events to happen.

The relay, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, is usually held on the last Saturday in May.

But now the organisers are asking Shetlanders if they would prefer a different date to ensure “as many people as possible can take part”.

Options for next year are for the date to stay the same, or instead hold it in June or August.

The survey can be found here and will be open until the end of the month.


YOUNG Shetlanders are being encouraged to take part in local heritage workshops.

Local community interest company Moder Dy works to increase awareness of Shetland’s maritime heritage.

This year they are using their funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to work with young people to find out what heritage means to them.

The free workshops, lead by artists Alex Purbrick and Aimee Labourne, are available to book now.

They are suitable for anyone aged 12 to 26.

Purbrick’s mural project in Brae is already fully booked but there are still some places available with Labourne, which will run as follows:

  • Mareel Green Room – Thursday 3 August (2-4pm)
  • Carnegie Public Hall, Sandwick – Friday 4 August (2-4pm)
  • Scalloway Youth Centre – Tuesday 8 August (2-4pm)

More information on their website.

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