North Mainland Notes 17.07.09

Repeat prescriptions

Following recent computer problems, the Brae Medical Practice has now been issued with a new dedicated email address for anyone wishing to request their repeat medication using this method.

Unfortunately staff at Brae cannot reply to confirm receipt of emails and would like to ask anyone sending a request using this method to attach a “request delivery receipt” or “request read receipt” option. This will enable patients to know that their prescription request has been received by staff at the practice. Staff would also remind everyone to leave at least two working days between ordering and collecting medication.

The new email address is:

MORE thanks

The recent musical evening, “MORE Musical Favourites”, at the Garrison Theatre was a huge success raising £1,712 for the eating disorders charity Beat. This event would not have been possible without the help of so many people.

Rebecca Cheriyan would like to thank the company, musicians and crew for all their hard work and dedication and everyone else who so kindly supported the event.

Light Labs

Light Labs are being held throughout Shetland in the next few weeks by artists Nayan Kulkarni and Roxane Permar, to inspire people to use light as though it was an artist’s paintbrush.

At a series of locations, including Brae and Ollaberry, anyone interested can learn how to create dynamic, colour “light scores”, which will become part of Mirrie Dancers’ Festival of Light in 10 places throughout Shetland this winter.
Later they will form part of the illuminations for Mareel – Shetland Arts’ new cinema, music and education venue.

There are 24 sessions altogether. Nayan and Roxane are encouraging people to go to just one session or as many as they like in any of eight locations all over Shetland. Each Light Lab is free, equipment is provided and everyone is welcome, no matter what level of experience.

The North Mainland sessions will be held at Ollaberry hall next Sunday from 12-1.30pm, 2.30-4pm and 4.30-6pm. The Brae hall sessions takes place on Tuesday 28th July from 2-3.30pm, 4-5.30pm and 6.30-8pm.

For further information contact Roxane on (01595) 859 202 or email

VE views wanted in Delting

Delting Community Council wish to ensure that the representation they make to the Energy Consents Unit, on behalf of the people of Delting, regarding the proposed Viking Energy windfarm, fairly represents the views of the community. In order to aid this process, an open day and public meeting has been organised on Sunday to give folk the opportunity to record their views.

Members of the community council will be available at the Brae hall from 2-5pm to listen to the views of Delting residents. Folk will be able to access the Viking Energy planning documents as well as information from Sustainable Shetland and Planning Aid Scotland to help them reach an informed decision regarding the proposal.

A visitors’ comments book will be open to residents and this will be used as part of the submission.

A public debate, chaired by Drew Ratter, will be held at 6pm on any aspects of the planning application, relevant to Delting, that residents feel they would like to raise. Again this will be included in the submission, so anyone speaking will be asked to give their name and address.

Although as a director of Viking Energy community council chairman Alastair Cooper is precluded from involvement in the meeting, he is still keen that people go along on Sunday. He said: “I would encourage folk in Delting to go along to the hall to make their views known on the Viking Energy proposals, whether they are positive or negative.”

A further opportunity will be available for people in Delting to express their views when Shetland Islands Council holds its series of public hearings. Details of these meetings will be publicised at a later date.

Come Nort Trow

The stunning landscapes at Fethaland and Uyea in North Roe both see a huge number of visitors during the summer months. Recently, apart from the entrepreneurial insight of one local resident to provide Fethaland Tours, there was no economic benefit to local people or the area. There was also little in the way of facilities for visitors, with local sheep crös often being used as make shift toilets by tourists. This changed to some extent last year when a group of local volunteers opened Nort Trow at the North Roe and Lochend Hall.

Nort Trow is a summer exhibition which will run until mid August this year. The exhibits and photographs depict the culture of the area and help to inform the visitor of the rich history. Organisers have also included an eclectic range of crafts and knitwear, produced by local people, many of whom did not previously have access to the market. In addition there’s also a chance for visitors to have a cup of coffee, a cool drink or a calorie-laden cake as well as the all important comfort break.

The exhibition is open Sunday 11am-6pm and Monday to Wednesday 11am-5pm. The exhibition will close for the season on Wednesday 12th August.

Big Bannock baked again

Recent work to increase car park space at the North Roe and Lochend hall can only mean one thing – a Big Bannock will be in the oven this year again. The charity fundraising extravaganza will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August and the jungle drums state that the theme this year is Under the Sea. Mermaids take note.

Maree Hay


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