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NORTH Yell Development Council (NYDC) has been awarded more than £140,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to buy the Cullivoe shop.

NYDC will take over the running of the shop, securing employment in what is an important amenity and gathering space for the community.

The land fund is supported financially by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

FOR THE third year running, the team at Viking Energy wind farm has provided support for those most in need at Christmas.

The team has worked closely with the SIC’s children’s services this year to ensure that over 60 children across Shetland receive a gift in for time Christmas.

Working with Harry’s, children aged four months to 11 years old will be gifted toys, while older children will receive Boots vouchers.

SSE Renewables’ community engagement manager for the wind farm Julie Graham said: “Here at Viking, we like to do something extra special in the community at Christmas which for many families can be a difficult and stressful time of year.

“Previously we have supported the local food bank, and last year provided Christmas dinner hampers and this year we are providing toys and vouchers.”

VOLUNTARY Action Shetland (VAS) is to support the local delivery of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, which takes place in secondary schools in Scotland.

Each participating school is responsible for directing a grant of £3,000 to a local charity championed by its young people through teamwork, research and competition.

VAS youth volunteer development worker Lavinia Schmidt said: “We at Voluntary Action Shetland have been a big supporter of the initiative for many years as it creates such great links between young people and the third sector and offers a mutual benefit for everyone involved.

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“I’m looking forward to the year ahead and getting to see more of the amazing work schools and pupils will be taking part in to raise awareness and funds for local causes.”

A NEW vice-chairman has been appointed by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association after David Hutchison, skipper of the Charisma (LK 362), stood down following 15 years in the role.

Richard Williamson, one of the owners and skippers of the Research (LK 62), stepped into the post at the most recent association board meeting.

Chairman Alex Wiseman said: “I have really enjoyed Davie’s company while travelling to and attending important pelagic meetings.

“It is great to welcome Richard into the position, continuing the balance of mainland and Shetland interests as office bearers of the association.”

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