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TESCO has announced it has temporarily cancelled its delivery and click & collect services due to stocks running low.

In a social media post the supermarket said on Sunday that they have been struggling with supplies ever since the NorthLink freight boat Helliar had been taken out of service at the middle of May.

They said that usually they would get at least three trailers full of goods daily, but over recent days the supermarket received just one on both Friday and Saturday and none on Sunday.

Most affected are the grocery and ambient (non-chilled) produce areas with items such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, citrus fruits out of stock. Other stock they said was running ‘severely low’.

Tesco added that they were expecting five or more trailers to arrive on Monday morning and said they hope to re-instate the delivery service by Tuesday.

NorthLink boss Stuart Garrett said the company expected the Helliar to be back in service on Tuesday.

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From left to right: Ami Robb, Lucy Wheeler, Yolanda Bruce, Keith Massey, Rachel Birse, Katie Leask. Photo: UHI Shetland

WORK by graduating students on UHI Shetland’s fine art and contemporary textiles degree courses is set to go on show next week.

The degree show exhibition will run from Friday 7 June to 21 June at the UHI Shetland Lerwick campus.

Special Saturday and late evening openings have been organised, inviting the public to immerse themselves in a diverse array of artworks out with working hours.

The exhibiting artists are Rachel Birse, Yolanda Bruce, Katie Leask, Keith Massey, Ami Robb, and Lucy Wheeler.

Paul Bloomer, site leader of the fine art course, said: “Degree-level study in fine art provides a unique opportunity to delve deep into the individual creative process in an experimental way, backed by a strong conceptual framework.

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“Our graduates this year are exceptional, embracing a range of artistic mediums and forms of expression, from painting and filmmaking to printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and installation.”

More details can be found here.


NOMINATIONS are now open for the Orkney and Shetland constituency in the upcoming general election.

Interested candidates have until 4pm on 7 June to submit their papers. The election is due to take place on Thursday 4 July.


CATERING staff at Sound Primary School in Lerwick have won an award at this year’s national Assist FM conference, which celebrates the public-sector facilities management industry in Scotland.

Earlier this week, head cook Alison Beattie, assistant cook Brenda Moar and relief cook Kris Farmer were presented with their ‘Community Focus Award’ by the SIC’s direction of children’s services Helen Budge.

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In December the catering team volunteered their time to cook 115 meals on Christmas Day, which were delivered to households in Lerwick and Scalloway to families and individuals who might not otherwise have been able to enjoy a full Christmas dinner.

Also shortlisted at this year’s Assist FM Awards was Duncan Leask, head janitor at Aith Junior High School, who was a finalist in two categories Sustainability and Outstanding contribution to FM Services.

For the last 10 years, Duncan has led the school’s growing projects and he runs the school gardening club, sharing his skills and knowledge with pupils and growing produce that is shared between the school and the community.

The Assist FM conference took place in Glasgow on 16/17 May.


THE ROYAL Voluntary Service (RVS) is opening its doors and inviting people in Shetland to join a social event it is holding as part of The Big Help Out.

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On Friday 7 June people will be able to drop along Baila Room in the Sound Hall from 4.30pm to 6.30pm to find out more about volunteering with the charity’s Shetland social and lunch clubs and community transport service.

The ‘open house’ event will be a chance to meet the RVS volunteer team, learn about the projects and the difference they make, socialise, and ask questions.

Guests will also be treated to a buffet whilst enjoying live fiddle and accordion players.

Last year, 6.3 million people joined the first ever Big Help Out event, which was launched as an official celebration of Their Majesties’ Coronation.

This year, it is hoped even more people will join in the nationwide event, which takes place from 7-9 June and offers a taste of how rewarding volunteering can be.

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