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A CHEQUE worth £2,500 has been handed over to Shetland Heart Screening following a successful open day at the Lerwick Community Fire and Ambulance Station at the end of August.

Around £5,000 was raised in total during the event, with the cash due to be split between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Trust and Shetland Heart Screening.

Watch commander Colin Nicolson had previously thanked everybody who had attended and contributed to making it a successful event.


SHETLAND Arts is looking to recruit a published author interesting in mentoring to the winners of this year’s young writers awards.

The arts development agency has teamed up with Shetland Library to offer the winners of the 13-19 year old dialect and non-dialect awards, Ami Grains and Ava Paton, the opportunity of four mentoring sessions during the winter to develop their skills further.

In a statement, the agency said: “If you are a published author interested in supporting and inspiring a young person, Shetland Arts and Shetland Library would like to hear from you.

“We are looking for writers who can encourage and enable young people develop a piece of work or explore a new way of working, to try a different format or to just share their interest.”

For more information can be found here.


A FORMER takeaway premises in Lerwick could be turned into flats.

A change of use planning application has been lodged for 11 Harbour Street.

The application says the plan would be to create two private flats within the property, using the ground and first floor.


Storyteller Jan Bee Brown and sound artist Renzo Spiteri.

SHETLAND-based storyteller Jan Bee Brown and sound artist Renzo Spiteri are collaborating in a new project that will be performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh at the weekend, as well as in Bigton a week later.

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Wave Riders is a series of saga-driven stories of three Viking women: Unn the Deep-minded, Melkorka the Silent and Gudrid the Far Traveller.

Setting sail in small boats, these pioneers forged better ways to live in peace with rights, freedoms and respect, standing shoulder to shoulder.

Brown said: “Many sagas speak of North men, now it is time to shine the light on North women; a refugee, a slave and an intrepid entrepreneur, these are women who sought to defend their right to be human.”

Percussionist Spiteri is an internationally respected creative musician with a performance career spanning more than 30 years, performing in international festivals and venues.

Wave Riders will launch on 14 October at the Netherbow Theatre in Edinburgh, and will be performed again at Hymhus in Bigton on Sunday 22 October at 3pm.


FOUR Loganair employees have raised over £2,000 for the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) by abseiling the iconic Forth Rail Bridge on Sunday.

Captain Eddie Watt, Neil Siddle, Rachael Speller and Ronan Milne had all volunteered to embrace the 165ft drop in support of the charity which is an official partner of Loganair.

Siddle said: “It was a great day despite the weather and everyone was in good spirits. CHAS is a charity close to our hearts at Loganair, and we’ll always do what we can to support their work.”

Loganair has been working with the organisation since 2021, offering connectivity for CHAS staff through its routes to ensure children and families living with life-shortening conditions based in remote communities can still access the care and support offered by the charity.

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