North Mainland Notes 22.08.08

Ollaberry squad dance

THE NORT ladies will hold their squad supper dance in the Ollaberry Hall tomorrow night at 8.30pm.

Music will be from the Alan Nicolson Band and a bar will be available so under-18s must be accompanied. Everyone is welcome and folk can pay at the door. The price is £7 for adults and £4 for under-14s.

Eela at Vidlin

The next couple of weeks will be a busy time at da eela as communities try to hold their competitions before fish begin to disappear again.

The Vidlin eela competition starts tomorrow at 3pm from the ferry pier. Entry costs £4 per person and fishing stops at 6pm. The weigh-in will take place at the Vidlin hall where fried fish and a bar will be available after the weigh-in.

Voe Pier Trust eela

The Voe Pier Trust eela competition originally planned for 19th July had to be postponed due to the weather so the event has been re-scheduled for Saturday 30th August.

The eela will take place from 4pm to 6pm, boats can fish anywhere and entry is £2 per person. The weigh-in will be held at 7pm on the Voe Pier and this will be followed by a fried fish supper in the Pierhead. Supper costs £3 and folk can pay at the door.

Hillswick eela

The Hillswick Eela competition will be held tomorrow from 3pm.

Folk should tend their own catch and the weigh-in will take place at 7pm at the Hillswick Hall with a prize giving and supper to follow.

Sullom eela

And finally the Sullom eela will be held on Saturday 30th August from 5pm to 7pm.

Folk can fish anywhere and weigh-in will be at the Sullom Hall at 8pm. Entry is £5 per boat with a maximum of three crew.

There will be a fish sale and fry-up at the hall after the weigh-in with music by the Northmavine Fiddle and Accordion Club.

Craft fayre at Eshaness

If you’re heading to Eshaness for a Sunday run, along with your trip to Braewick Cafe and Tangwick Haa, why not call along the craft fayre at Eshaness Community Centre?

The fayre will be open from 1-5pm where a number of local craft makers will showcase their art and crafts products for sale. Tea and coffee will also be available during the afternoon.

Calling all Splinters members

The summer has rolled by so quickly, probably due to the lovely weather we have all enjoyed. So here’s a reminder to all cast members that Splinters restart on Sunday. Junior sessions (primary ages) are from 1pm to 2.30pm, followed by youth sessions (secondary ages) from 2.15pm to 6pm.

The organisers look forward to seeing all the cast at the Brae Community Hall on Sunday with their “positive hats” on.

Brae Fire Station open day

Brae retained fire fighters are raising money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity by holding an open day on Sunday at the Brae station.

The fun starts at 2pm with the usual teas and homebakes along with a barbecue and photo display for those out for a Sunday run. You are cordially invited along with the family to experience some additional attractions such as “dook the fireman”, face painting, gladiators, quad runs, the Nintendo Wii challenge, radio-controlled boating and a car wash.

At 4.30pm fire-fighters will don their kit to demonstrate some practical fire-fighting techniques and there will also be an opportunity to find out more about fire prevention in the home through the Community Fire Safety Scheme.

Every year thousands of fire fighters are injured while protecting the public. Every 30 seconds in the UK fire fighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line, and often sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties. The Fire Fighters’ Charity helps fire fighters during their times of need, and assists over 13,500 individuals every year, by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

It costs over £9 million every year to keep the charity running, and with no government funding it is completely reliant on donations from the general public and fire community. So please come along and support the people who put themselves at risk for others.

Food festival

Plans are beginning to be finalised for the Shetland Food Festival to help promote and celebrate local produce in Shetland.

The first event of this kind, organised by SIC economic development unit, will run from 3rd to 12th October.

The Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC) is keen to help co-ordinate entries from Northmavine to highlight the range and selection of food products available from the area.

A number of events will take place during the festival including a farmers market at Clickimin and organisers hope local restaurants will get involved. So if you are a food producer or a cafe or restaurant owner in Northmavine and would like to highlight your local products over the festival, please get in touch with Maree Hay at the NCDC office at Greenbrae, Collafirth. Telephone (01806) 544222 or e-mail

Food producers or local eateries in the rest of the North Mainland who wish to be involved in the festival should contact Neil Henderson at the SIC economic development unit in Lerwick on (01595) 744960 before 29th August.

Wrong code prefix

Apologies for noting the telephone number for The Cabin in Vidlin with an Ollaberry code prefix. The number should have read (01806) 577243.


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