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Sound Service-owned butcher’s gets green-light

14 hours 41 min ago

Plans for a butcher’s shop at Sound have been green-lit by the council’s planning department.

The SIC granted planning permission to the owners of Sound Service Station to change the use of their butcher production facility at Rudda Park into a full butcher’s shop.

The company started selling butchery products in its petrol station and in other shops around the town earlier this year.

Members of the Lerwick Community Council gave their backing to the plans last month, with chairman Jim Anderson saying it was “good to have a butcher’s back in the town”.

Vice-chairman Gary Robinson added it was “really good to see this business going from strength to strength and employing folk in the area”.

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Shetland licensing board discuss fee increase

17 hours 30 min ago

A deficit in the Shetland Islands Area Licensing Board (SIALB) accounts led board members to discuss the possibility of increasing licensing fees.

Specifically SIALB chairman Paul Wishart detailed the board’s accounts over the last 12 months, blighted by Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, during the 21st June meeting.

Mr Wishart said of the report: “It’s very much in line with other years except you will see a big drop off in occasional licences granted, that is very much Covid related.

“Coming to the finances there is a big difference there, in that total income has gone down by about £10k and the expenditure has gone up a little bit. So what we have this year is instead of having a surplus, there is actually a deficit of approximately £3k.

He added: “That’s something that could be taken into consideration when considering fees and I am proposing later on we put out a report to the board, specifically on fees, maybe next month.”

The suggestion, however, received a cautious response during questions and debate.

Stephen Leask asked: “Covid has impacted on the volume of licences, so that is why we see that shortfall in finances but once it comes back, hopefully, we wouldn’t see that deficit so if we were to raise our fees that could impact on the existing licensees through no fault of their own.

“One thing that concerns me is that raising fees is reactive rather than pro-active method to deal with the deficit.

“It is something we will have to discuss in the future as a board but I do feel the licensees and all the businesses have had a really difficult year due to Covid and I think that is something we have to take into consideration because I feel we will be back on track again.

“I don’t think we should be too reactive.”

Mr Wishart replied: “We have a duty to break even. It is difficult to know how things are going to go in the next year or so but we have seen in the last wee while a good number of occasional licenses.

“So I think it fair to assume that we are going to get back to some kind of normality and see the figures increasing.”

The full report on fees will be presented to the board in August, suggested Mr Wishart.

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Happy Shetland Flag Day

19 hours 49 min ago

As if anybody needs reminding but today marks the 15th annual Shetland Flag Day, when we celebrate all that is great about our isles.

Created by Roy Grønneberg and Bill Adams in 1969, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the transfer of the islands from Norway, the flag combines the blue of the Scottish flag with a white Nordic cross to symbolise Shetland’s historical and cultural ties with Scandinavia.

In 2007  Shetland Flag Day was introduced by the SIC, who hope the day will be used to ‘celebrate all things Shetland’.

After almost forty years of unofficial use, the flag was formally granted by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the heraldic authority of Scotland, on 1st February 2005, in time for the Island Games in July 2005 in Shetland.

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Lerwick named Fishing Port of the Year

21 hours 8 min ago

Lerwick was named the Fishing Port of the Year at the 2021 Fishing News Awards last week.

In a virtual ceremony, Lerwick beat competition from Fraserburgh, Newlyn and Eastbourne to win the award.

Lerwick takes over the crown from Scalloway, which was the 2020 winner.

Writing on LinkedIn, Lerwick Port Authority senior commercial executive Victor Sandison said he was “delighted” that Lerwick had been recognised.

“Great to receive this industry recognition for the various investments made at the port over the past number of years to help create the modern hub that we now have for the fishing industry following the opening of our new fish market in August last year,” he said.

The Ocean Challenge LK253 was also nominated in the New Demarsal Boat of the Year category.

Competitors complete half marathon

June 20, 2021 | 4.07pm

The 14th Shetland Simmer Dim Half Marathon was held today in near perfect conditions.

Organised by Shetland Amateur Athletics Club, the 13.1 mile route took the 66 runners from Cunningsburgh to the finish at Clickimin.

Karl Simpson and Neil Arthur lead the race from the start with the lead changing a number of times.

It was Neil Arthur who eventually emerged victorious after a late surge down Sound Brae. He crossed the finish line in 1:19.47, only 17 seconds ahead of Simpson (1:20.04) with Russell Gair in third place (1:24.03).

For the women Diana Tulloch was clear winner in 1:26.29, with Lynsey Henderson second (1:36.57) and Fiona Shearer third (1:43.48).

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Special mention must go to Richard Ingrey (1:34.11) who is the only runner to have completed all 14 races and 17-year-old Judy Hamer who was the youngest competitor, finishing her first half marathon in 1:54.14.

The race was cancelled due to covid last year so for most runners it was their first time on a start line for at least a year and a half.

Full results will appear in next week’s paper.

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Medical rescue underway off Shetland coast

June 20, 2021 | 12.27pm

The Sumburgh 900 coastguard rescue helicopter is currently on an operation to extract an oil platform worker for medical reasons.

The platform lies 99 nautical miles north-east of Sumburgh.

The operation began around 11.00am, Sunday, 20th June.

No further information regarding the extent of the illness/injury is available at this time.

A vital lifeline to visually impaired

June 20, 2021 | 11.20am
The Talking Newspaper, a service of Shetland Library, is a free, weekly service that transforms the written word into spoken prose allowing users to keep abreast of all goings on.The small team includes a mix of experienced and newer volunteers who not only read the paper but also record it on to USB sticks, duplicate the recordings and send them out in the post.

Recent recruit Jennie Atkinson, said: “For those of us who can, it is so easy to reach for a book, magazine, newspaper, iPad and read whenever and whatever we like. I have always been very conscious of not taking this for granted.

“When I heard the Talking Newspaper were looking for new volunteers I decided to put myself forward. It is quite intense reading, but fun, and I have found I am definitely reading parts of the paper that I wouldn’t normally read.”

Two-year volunteer Deirdre Hayward added: “I felt it was a really useful and valuable thing to do. Eyesight is so precious, and losing it such a hard thing to experience. Anything which can help in such situations has to be very important.

“Being involved in the Talking Newspaper has made me realise just how important sharing news and information in our close-knit community is.”

The process begins early Friday morning, the day of publication of The Shetland Times, with a recording session in a small studio under the library.

Support service librarian Catherine Jeromson explained: “They take The Shetland Times to the studio and they have a format of what they will read from the paper such as front page, isles notes, letters page and so on. It’s about a three hour recording process.”

The weekly service not only informs the users, but volunteer readers also report discovering events or columns they would have ordinarily skipped past.

Reader Marion Ockendon, said: “Yes, I definitely wouldn’t have read Shetland Life, so I found a lot of interest in that. Many of the pieces I read from the Shetland Times I probably would have ignored, such as ‘A Sporting Chance’.”

Teacher Janice Armstrong added: “It’s been good for me as I have learned more and I really think it is a high quality local paper.

The Shetland Times has gone out of its way to be imaginative about the things people would be interested in and the articles that will grab the attention. I like that it is diverse.”

It can also challenge the volunteer readers, Ms Armstrong said, adding: “My impression is, in general, that people are very grateful for the service and have sometimes requested very particular special features such as The Whitrit.

“I have to say that for me that was problematic as I am not a Shetlander. He uses lots of Shetland phrases and I often find myself sounding quite ridiculous.”

Ms Atkinson agreed, adding that although she has lived in the isles for 40 years there will be “some laughter at my attempt at Shetland words”.

As vital as the service is during normal times, the Talking Paper took on greater import during periods of lockdown.

Ms Jeromson said: “During lockdown we managed to record it from home. Kaye Riise, the main librarian who oversees it, she managed to take the recording equipment home and she was posting it from her local post office, so it was one of the services that we actually managed to keep going through lockdown luckily because so many people were so appreciative of still having that.

“When people read The Shetland Times week after week after week and then lose their sight it is quite a big miss.

“Friday has always been The Shetland Times day and to have that taken away from you is quite traumatic and quite a big deal so people are very appreciative of the service.”

In addition to the weekly recordings certain segments of the paper, such as features on history or sporting chances, are read monthly in a special extra, magazine edition that has been running for a number of years.

Currently the talking paper team concentrate on local publications due to a number of factors, including time constraints and copyright considerations. There is however one strange exception.

Ms Jeromson said: “One of our volunteers is partially sighted himself and he comes in and does the duplication for us. He has an interest in railways so we actually do the Moors Lines quarterly publication which is all about Yorkshire’s rail lines.

“We put that out as well, but I think he is the only customer that gets it, but if there is anyone else interested in the Moors Line we could copy that and get that out to them.”

The team is always looking for additional volunteers to cover holidays and sickness or to expand the service and anyone interested in the scheme in any capacity should email shetlandlibrary@shetland.gov.uk or call 01595 743868.

Ms Ockendon said: “It’s very satisfying, once you get used to hearing your own voice when you check to see if a track has recorded. The staff are very helpful, so don’t be afraid of the computer side of things, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

“And, you learn a lot about Shetland you might otherwise have missed.”

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Four more Covid cases confirmed

June 19, 2021 | 2.33pm

An additional four Covid-19 cases have been reported for Shetland today, announce NHS Shetland.

All four were tested as asymptomatic household/family contacts of the case reported yesterday, 18th June.

The community is asked to remain vigilant to any Covid-19 symptoms such as a new persistent cough, fever or loss of taste and/or smell, and if in any doubt to self-isolate and request a laboratory test.

To book a test visit: www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/. For more information about Covid in Shetland visit: www.coronavirus.shetland.nhs.scot/.

ShetlandMade at Sumburgh is reopening

June 19, 2021 | 12.06pm

Shetland Arts have announced the reopening of their ShetlandMade retail outlet at Sumburgh Airport next week with the launch of new products from isles makers.

The popular outlet stocks high quality local craft for travellers using the airport. The outlet will be open from Tuesday, 22nd June, timed to coincide with flight times:

•Tuesday – Friday 7.30am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 15.30pm
•Saturday – 08:00am – 09.15am and 10.15pm – 12:30pm

Alongside the reopening, Shetland Arts are launching an exclusive range of products, designed by Shetland makers.

In 2021 Shetland Arts held an open call for makers who wanted to expand their practice by developing a new product for retail at Bonhoga, Mareel and ShetlandMade at Sumburgh Airport.

The successful makers each received development funding and support from Creative Scotland, through Shetland Arts, to produce a prototype product.

The final selection of products includes a broch inspired eggcup, coasters made from Shetland shell sand and a knit-your-own bannock kit.

There are also tea towels featuring traditional imagery combined in unexpected ways, wooden prints of Shetland beach and countryside finds you can pop in the post, as well as puffins you can stand or hang up around your house.

Makers featuring their products are: Ross Dalziel, Sarah Kay, Donna Simpson, Helen Robertson, Linda Richardson and Jenny Sturgeon. 

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Convicted teacher learns his fate

June 19, 2021 | 9.01am

A Shetland school teacher has been sentenced after being found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with two pupils.

Kieran Malcolmson was convicted of two charges following a trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last month. He has been jailed for 15 months.

A remote jury found the 36-year-old guilty by majority of being in a position of trust as a schoolteacher and engaging in sexual activity other than sexual intercourse with or directed towards a pupil in 2009.

He kissed and engaged in sexual activity with the girl while he was employed as a teacher at a school in Shetland.

Malcolmson was also found guilty by majority of a similar offence of engaging in sexual activity with or directed towards another pupil at a school in 2018.

He kissed the girl on the mouth and repeatedly asked her to accompany him to a “dark and secluded area”.

Following the outcome of the trial, sentence was deferred on Malcolmson, of Sandwick, Shetland, for reports.

On Friday, 18th June he appeared back in the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to learn his fate.

Defence agent John Keenan invited the sheriff to impose a community order rather than jail.

He said the convictions had had “real consequences” for him, adding: “Since the events in the most recent charge came to light, he was immediately suspended from work and was suspended for about two-and-a-half years before matters concluded following the trial.

“At the beginning of this month he was dismissed from his employment and will not be able to resume work in that field.”

Regarding the offences themselves, Mr Keenan went on: “These are not situations where there is an element of grooming in the build-up to the offences.

“On the contrary, these appear to have been matters that occurred really fairly randomly on an impulsive basis.”

Mr Keenan said Malcolmson, who continues to deny the offences, had been an active member of the community, coaching a football team and also sitting on a community council.

He added: “Aside from these offences, otherwise he’s led a useful and productive life which has really, in some ways, been ruined by his actions.”

Sheriff Philip Mann told the court: “This case involves a serious breach of trust.

“Despite your good character and the high price you have paid, I have come to the conclusion only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Malcolmson was jailed for 15 months and made subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act for a decade.

New Covid case recorded in Shetland

June 18, 2021 | 3.48pm

Another person has tested positive for Covid in Shetland, NHS Shetland report.

The new case is linked to travel to the Scottish mainland.

NHS Shetland, interim director of public health, Dr Susan Laidlaw, said: “The vaccinations do offer protection against the variant, and prevent serious illness, but you can still contract Covid and be infectious, and not everyone is vaccinated as yet.

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She added: “For this reason, it remains important to continue keeping to the FACTS to prevent spread of Covid.”

The reminder comes after the Delta variant was found to be now dominant in Scotland and NHS Shetland urge residents to follow the FACTS, even for those who had both vaccinations.

The FACTS include: Wearing a Face covering; Avoiding crowds, Cleaning hands, keeping Two metres apart and Self-isolating and booking a PCR test if you have Covid symptoms.

For more information visit the NHS Shetland website.

 

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Tartan Army descend on London for Auld Enemy clash

June 18, 2021 | 10.14am

The Brae Tartan Army have arrived in London ahead of tonight’s heavyweight clash against England.

John Gold sent in this picture of himself, James Milne, Addie Manson, Ryan Tulloch and Ryan Sutherland in the capital yesterday afternoon, dressed in Hawaiian Scotland shirts and kilts.

There is a party atmosphere in London today with thousands making their way south for Scotland’s second match of Euro 2020.

Scotland will take on England at 8pm tonight (Friday).

Brae Tartan Army fans enjoy Scotland’s Euro return

June 16, 2021 | 9.27am

It was the wrong result at Hampden on Monday, but Brae Tartan Army members Ryan Sutherland, James Milne and Addie Manson were pictured enjoying themselves anyway.

Fellow Brae Tartan Army member John Gold told The Shetland Times earlier this month that watching Scotland was “a good trip ruined by the football” and so it proved in Glasgow again this week.

The group took in this week’s 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic from the national stadium and are all heading to London for Friday’s daunting clash against England at Wembley.

Scotland will finish the group with a match against World Cup runners-up Croatia next Monday.

Crowds gather for family fun day in Scalloway

June 12, 2021 | 3.13pm

Today might well be the day the teddy bears have their picnic, but there were plenty of other folk who turned up for the Scalloway Youth Centre’s Big Lunch.

The event has made a welcome return to the village, marking what is hoped will be a sign of normal life returning due to the easing of restrictions.

Organisers staged a teddy bear theme for the day, which also included raffles and stories in what promised to be a fun-filled time for all the family.

Dramatic video captures controlled explosion at Dales Voe

June 9, 2021 | 4.46pm

A video has shown the moment the Ninian North platform at Dales Voe had its legs blown off.

The dramatic step was taken as part of the decommissioning process of the massive structure.

WATCH: First works league outdoor bowls matches held in Lerwick

June 5, 2021 | 1.02pm

The first works league outdoors bowls match was held amid glorious sunshine on Friday evening at King George V playing fields in Lerwick.

Teenage fundraiser earns parliamentary praise for half-marathon effort

June 4, 2021 | 10.51am

Charity fundraiser Brynn Hauxwell was congratulated in Holyrood this week after his latest marathon effort.

Brynn, 16, completed 16 half-marathons in May to coincide with his latest birthday and to raise money for Ability Shetland.

Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston raised a motion in the Scottish parliament to highlight Brynn’s achievement.

“It’s really inspiring to see young people like Brynn taking on challenges like this and being so successful,” Mr Halcro Johnston said.

“He has every right to be proud of his exceptional performance which must have required a considerable amount of grit and determination.

“This certainly wasn’t Brynn’s first challenge, and I doubt it’ll be the last.”

Brynn raised more than £1,200 for the charity last month, more than double his initial target of £500.


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