The Shetland Times » The Shetland Times Shetland News, Sport, Jobs, Properties, Shop Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:16:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brough Lodge receives £460,000 for renovation Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:04:30 +0000 Brough Lodge, the Gothic mansion on Fetlar, is to receive over £460,000 to help transform it into a mixed use commercial building.

The lodge, regarded as one of Shetland’s most unusual buildings, is one of the latest recipients of funding from Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grants Scheme.

Over £1.7 million is to be invested in projects from Shetland to Dumfries, to support the repair and restoration of historic buildings.

The Gothic mansion, which has Moorish influences, is being transformed into a mixed-use commercial venue that will bring people to Fetlar for arts and environmental courses and retreats, as well as offering short-stay holiday accommodation.

Cabinet Secretary for culture, europe and external affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the grant today.

She said: “Our diverse built heritage plays an important role in towns and cities across Scotland and forms a key part of our cultural identity.

“The recipients of this award showcase the scope and scale of these buildings and investing in their repair will ensure they can open their doors to the public for years to come

“One of the key elements of the recently launched strategy for the historic environment ‘ Our Place in Time’ is that we work with partners to help to conserve and promote our built heritage, so it can be enjoyed by current and future generations, and schemes such as this are an important way of helping to achieving this.”

Brough Lodge Trust’s Pierre Cambillard, said: “Our vision is to convert Brough Lodge into a venue for the arts, environment and tourism that will benefit Fetlar and have a positive impact across all of Shetland.”

“This funding will help us complete the second phase of the restoration and bring more people into Brough Lodge, whether from the local community or further afield.”

“This restoration project will create around six jobs, bring more tourists to the island and will offer local people, including school pupils, the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities guided by acknowledged local experts.”

“Brough Lodge played a huge role in Fetlar’s past; this grant will help secure its role in Fetlar’s future.”

“We’re extremely pleased to have Brough Lodge’s potential recognised by Historic Scotland in this way.”

]]> 1 Skene stands down to focus on election Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:13:42 +0000 Danus Skene has stood down as chairman of the board of Shetland Arts to avoid any conflict with his recently announced candidature as MP for Shetland and Orkney.

The decision was announced at last night’s meeting of the board of Shetland Arts when Mr Skene stood down. It follows the intervention of MP Alistair Carmichael in a consultation on restructuring Shetland Arts Development Agency.

A statement from SADA said that Mr Skene wanted to focus his energies on his candidature for the SNP in the forthcoming Westminster elections, and dd not want the best interests of SADA to be jeopardised by the possibility of its affairs being dragged into the arena of party political conflict.  He will remain a trustee of the organisation.

His fellow trustees would like to thank him for his work and leadership over the last two years, it added.

Danus Skene speaking at the Althing debate on Scottish Independence.

Danus Skene has stood down as chairman of Shetland Arts.

In line with SADA’s policies and procedures there will be a vote amongst the trustees to elect a new Chair at next month’s board meeting.

SADA is the leading arts agency in Shetland, developing and promoting a year round programme of festivals, film, music, theatre, literature, craft, visual arts, dance, and comedy events.

Mr Carmichael wants the SADA consultation being undertaken by general manager Graeme Howell, to be held in public. He was contacted by several staff members concerned about the direction and rapidity of the process.

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Airline steps in to help junior rugby team Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:09 +0000 Three teams from Shetland Junior Rugby Club were able to make their planned trip to Edinburgh this weekend when Eastern Airways stepped in to fly the bairns from Scatsta after their ferry to Aberdeen was cancelled on Friday night.

Thanks to the airline’s help, the under-15 girls, under-14 boys and under-12s were able to go and see Scotland play Italy at Murrayfield ion Saturday, leaving Scatsta at 4pm on Friday. Their weekend was to be capped with a series of games at Murrayfield’s back pitches against Edinburgh Wanderers on Sunday.

An Eastern Airways spokesman said: “It was brought to our attention that the ferry service had been cancelled and the Shetland Junior rugby team were due to travel to Edinburgh. To avoid the disappointment of missing out, Eastern Airways and the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) have agreed to assist, on this occasion, to fly the team on an aircraft that is repositioning from Scatsta to Aberdeen. We hope the boys and girls have a great day out and we’re glad to have been able to help.”

Ferry operators Northlink had earlier come under fire for the disruption caused to sporting organisations for the cancellation of its sailings.

The problem arose afterNorthlink decided last night’s northbound sailing should go no further than Kirkwall because of a poor forecast. As a aresult there was no ferry in Lerwick to complete the southward journey tonight.

Northlink are major sponsors of rugby in the isles, and without their help Rugby coach Dave Wagstaff said: “Without their level of assistance we would not be able to field teams in national leagues and club competiions across all age groups. The assistance given, particularly from the lcoal staff is excellent.”

The cancellations also caused problems for the Shetland women’s hockey team’s match against Highland Ladies 2 on Sunday.



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New ship to house 500 Petrofac workers Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:17:27 +0000 A new accommodation ship making its way to Lerwick this weekend to house gas plant workers is the 169-metre SNAV Toscana.

The vessel will provide accommodation for 500 workers from around 6th March, bringing the workforce on the Total gas plant project to 2,000.

She is due to leave Naples, where she is currently berthed, over the weekend.

The former ferry’s arrival in Lerwick will bring to four the number of accommodation vessels berthed at the port.
Chief executive of Lerwick Port Authority, Sandra Laurenson, said the vessel would be berthed at Holmsgarth 5 near the Bibby Stockholm and the Kalmar.

It comes after final 2014 results showed Petrofac made a cumulative loss of around £160 million on the delayed Laggan-Tormore project.

Petrofac spokeswoman, Sarah Fowler, said the company hoped to complete the project by the end of the third quarter of this calendar year.

“We’ve got three barges at the moment. Then we’ve got a liner in Scalloway and now this new liner, so it’s essentially three barges and two liners.

“With the new liner it will bring staff numbers up to over 2,000. We are around about 1,400 at the moment.”

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Heartening news in latest Marinewise feature Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:50:19 +0000 Marinewise_FCThe latest Marinewise feature in today’s Shetland Times includes a variety of positive news concerning different aspects of the aquaculture and fishing industries.

Featured on the front page is the development of a new £15 million salmon smolt hatchery at Girlsta.

The Shetland branch of Grieg Seafood is developing the site, with local contractors involved in its construction.

Also featured are several new appointments at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

Andy Glen, from Sandwick, was recently appointed as new head of training and skills at the centre, with responsibility for all training including the three-year Merchant Navy Cadet programme.

Independent quality assurance company SSQC, based at the NAFC, is looking to the future and aims to support the next generation of scientists working for the industry, with the appointment of three recent graduates.

The board of trustees at the centre have been bolstered by six new members, including Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Simon Collins, Adenia skipper George Anderson and fishing industry stalwart John Goodlad.

Mr Collins, in the latest of a series of columns, bemoans the situation in the fishing industry whereby a regulatory nightmare has come about through people who know the least making the rules.

Two new scallop boats for the isles, Norman Nisbet’s Merlin and Stanley Gray’s Askari, are featured, while in his editorial Peter Johnson states that there is growing confidence in different sectors of the seafood industry.

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RETAIL MANAGER AND RETAIL ASSISTANTS Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:57 +0000 We are looking for enthusiastic, trustworthy and motivated individuals who thrive on new challenges and enjoy working as part of a team to join our growing jewellery manufacturing and retail company.


A full-time retail manager to help develop and promote sales, deliver an extremely high standard of customer service and undertake general managerial duties.


Retail assistants to work alongside our manager to assist in the daily duties – hours to be negotiated.

Please send your application in writing – along with your CV to:

Steven Cooper,
Old Finstown Rd,
St Ola
KW15 1PY
Tel. 01856 871 861

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GRADUATE SOFTWARE PROJECT OFFICER Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:56 +0000 This is a great opportunity to learn software development in a professional environment and produce marketable products.

Candidates should possess a degree in Computing or Computer Science, have graduated within the last 4 years, and have an understanding of Object Orientated Programming and Databases.

For full details see

Closing Date 121312015

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Experienced Stylist Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:52 +0000 The Shearing Shed is currently looking for an Experienced Stylist to rent a chair in a welcoming friendly salon.

Tel. Sandra on 01595 880483
or 07900 054943

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No.4 Vatna Gaet, Friester, Nesting Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:50 +0000 Four bedroom properties for sale. Includes fitted kitchen and white goods. Under fl oor heating throughout.

Conveniently located, with easy commuting to both Lerwick and Sullom Voe. Fully landscaped, fenced and with tarred driveway.

For viewing and further information contact:

D.I.T.T. Construction Limited
Holmsgarth Road,
Tel: (01595) 692733

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TRADITIONAL SHETLAND BOAT BUILDING COURSE DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:47 +0000 Temporary Fixed Term 12 Month Contract

A vacancy exists within Shetland Amenity Trust for the above full-time post. Shetland Amenity Trust hopes to develop an SQA accredited customised award in traditional Shetland boat building. The post-holder will be responsible for the development of the course materials in conjunction with experienced traditional Shetland
boat builders and the Project Team.

Duties will include liaising with the SQA on structure and content of the course, working closely with Train Shetland and Shetland College UHI and exploring funding opportunities for the delivery of the course once approved.

Applicants must have experience in the formulation or execution of vocational qualifications and have an interest or knowledge of traditional Shetland boat building. They must be self-motivated and have an ability to prioritise and work to deadlines, as well as having excellent communication skills and a creative flair.

The salary offered is on the Scottish Council for Local Authorities Services salary scale AP3 (spinal column 23-26) and is within the range £20,931-£22,968 p.a. In addition an Islands Allowance of £1,928 p.a. is payable.

For further details of the post, together with an application form, contact:

Shetland Amenity Trust,
ZE1 0NY.
Tel: 01595 694688,

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th March, 2015.

The Shetland Amenity Trust is a registered Scottish charity, No:SC017505

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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