Big line-up (of bands and auction items) for the annual Children In Need bash

With some of the auction items are Radio Shetland staff (from left) Carol Anderson, Jane Moncrieff, Mark Inchley, Mike Grundon and (front) John Johnson. Click on image to enlarge.
With some of the auction items are Radio Shetland staff (from left) Carol Anderson, Jane Moncrieff, Mark Inchley, Mike Grundon and (front) John Johnson. Click on image to enlarge.

BBC Radio Shetland has a full line-up for the station’s annual Children In Need bash on Friday night.

At 7pm community drumming group Aestaewast will kick off proceedings, playing a mixture of African and Cuban music. They will also be bringing along their Mbira, a Zimbabwean thumb piano.

Returning by popular demand after last year’s broadcast are Robbie Leith, Roy Tait and Norman “Girsie” Goudie, for a short country/jazz music session.

At 8pm the Jim Halcrow Band will treat listeners to some Shetland, Scottish and Scandinavian tunes after which singer-songwriter – and now Radio Shetland Tuesday Show presenter – Malachy Tallack will be playing some of his self-penned and thought-provoking numbers.

At 9pm, fresh from her Highland Heartbeat triumph and tour of the US, Jillian Isbister returns to the studio to play the piano and sing some of her repertoire of songs.

Freda Leask and Brian Nicholson will be in at 9.30pm and listeners can expect some fine vocals from one of Shetland’s most popular songbirds, plus great harmonies and guitar playing from the multi-talented Nicholson.

Ceilidh Pukkels (Norma William­son on accordion, Eunice Henderson on fiddle and Isobel Jamieson on piano) will be on at 10pm and their quirky repertoire includes music from Mexico, Russia, Sweden and France. The band is also featuring Henderson’s vocal talent for the first time, which has seen Ceilidh Pukkels enjoy a new following as a result of featuring on Facebook. They will be joined by guest drummer Graeme Garrick.

Older but no wiser, the Ramstams pitch into the studio at 10.30pm for their first Children in Need appear­ance – expect to hear some a**e-kicking traditional and alternative country numbers.

From 11pm the Rumshack Blues Band – an experienced and tight four-piece bar room blues outfit – will be entertaining the audience with their powerful and raw perform­ances. And after that it’s time to take your partners as Da Fustra play a set of two steps, waltzes, marches, reels and jigs.

At the “witching hour” super-group Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag will see the night out with a bang. The band members include some of Shetland’s top traditional musicians, playing a range of traditional Shet­land, Nordic and Celtic-influenced folk music.

Auction List
The items will be split between three auctions, one running from 7pm to 9pm, another from 9pm to 11pm, and the star auction, which will run from 7pm straight through till midnight. Bids can be placed by calling (01595) 694747 (standard local rates apply). Terms and condi­tions for the auction can be found online at and people need to be over 18 to bid.

Any items received since going to press will be added to the auction tonight.

Travel, accommodation, etc
NorthLink – return trip to Aberdeen for two, plus a car, with a premium cabin and £30 meal vouchers – valid till May.

Loganair – two return flights from Sumburgh to anywhere in their network.

Weekend for two in Aberdeen with flights thrown in – from BP – return flights from Scatsta, Friday to Monday, three nights hotel B&B accommodation.

Free parking on the pier from the Lerwick Port Authority – year’s free parking for a non-commercial vehicle.

VIP trip on the tug Knab for up to eight people – from Lerwick Port Authority.

Year’s free inter-island ferry travel – from the council, for a desig­nated vehicle, for non-commercial purposes. Lighthouse accommodation – from the Amenity Trust – three nights’ accommodation at any of their lighthouses – Eshaness, Bressay or Sumburgh – caters for six or seven.

Trip on the replica longship Dim Riv – for up to 12 folk.

Prestige car rental from Aberdeen – donated by Star Rent-a-Car – pick up a prestige vehicle (ie Audi, BMW, Saab) on Friday in Aberdeen, return it on Monday. Company will arrange a meet-and-greet at the airport or ferry terminal. The perfect weekend away (but you do need to be over 25) – normally worth over £350.

Andrew’s Adventures – a £250 voucher for one of their coach tours.

Fuel voucher – £100 voucher from Jim’s Garage.

New Fair Isle Bird Observatory – a weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) in July or August (by arrangement) for two in a twin room, full board.

Tour of Fethaland – Davy Murray will give you a guided walking tour of Fethaland – takes 4-5 hours, and a vehicle is available if required.

Camper van hire – for a weekend from Alan Stronach’s Island Campers – from Friday evening to Monday morning.

Dinner, bed and breakfast at the Scalloway Hotel for two.

Wigwam holiday at the Braewick Cafe – sleeps up to four adults, or a family of six – for up to four nights.

Festivals and entertainment
Shetland Folk Festival – two memberships, two foy tickets, two tickets to any other concert of choice, plus two invitations to the final fling.

Shetland Fiddle and Accordion Festival – weekender package for two; club membership, tickets for concerts on the Thursday and Friday of your choice (if booked early), to the grand dance on Saturday night and the Sunday afternoon concert.

Shetland Blues Festival – two tickets for each of their Friday, Saturday and Sunday night gigs and two T-shirts.

The Big Bannock – 10th anniver­sary package; a porcelain moneybox, DVD, T-shirt (size L) – plus two Vatersay Boys CDs, and two Vatersay Boys T-shirts (both XL); plus their new picture CD music collection Noo Dan – Dis is Da Bannock! Shetland Film Club – two mem­ber­ships for the rest of this season.

Pantomime tickets – two tickets for the final night of Open Doors’ Pinocchio on Saturday 12th December.

Food and drink
MSP Tavish Scott – a bottle of sparkling Scottish Parliament wine.

MP Alistair Carmichael – will give you a guided tour of the Palace of Westminister, plus lunch for four at the Houses of Commons, plus tickets for Prime Minister’s Questions (every Wednesday).

Monty’s Bistro – £50 voucher.

Valhalla Brewery – case of 12 mixed ales, a T-shirt (you choose the size) and a bar mat. A big Christmas dinner – from JK Mainland butchers – a 14lb turkey, a pork roast, leg of Shetland lamb, Shetland beef roast, leg of Shetland reestit mutton, 1kg of any kind of stuffing you’d like, 1kg of chip­olatas, 25kg of either local Records or Kerrs Pink tatties, 2kg neeps, 2kg carrots, 1kg Brussels sprouts, a Savoy cabbage, a green cabbage and a white cabbage. You can get the whole at one time, or stagger delivery, and the only thing not from their own farm is the turkey!

Globe Butchers – 12lb fresh turkey for Christmas. Fresh mussels – 5kg of freshly harvested mussels from Blue­shell – can be staggered, or taken all at once.

Smoked mus­sels – 5kg of smoked mussels from Demlane.

Scoop hamper – assorted goodies.

Bag of tatties and bag of neeps – from Councillor Allison Duncan.

More councillors’ tatties – 25kg of Shetland Blacks from Jim Budge.

Bottle of vodka – donated by Charlie Inkster.

Box of fish of your choice – from the LHD.

Olive Tree – a deli hamper worth £25 – made up to your requirements.

Goodies and treats
Personal training – six personal training sessions at Clickimin from the Shetland Recreational Trust.

Starter pack of 50 trees and shrubs from Shetland Amenity Trust.

Spa session for two at the Northern Lights Holistic Spa in Bressay.

Smirk – Stephen Gordon will draw you a caricature.

Biyoni Hair Salon – a conditioning treatment, restyle, cut and blow-dry, plus product to take away.

A year’s postal subscription to The Shetland Times.

A six-foot Nordman fir Christmas tree from the Plantiecrub.

A day’s loch fishing – with Shetland Anglers’ Association – tuition and all tackle supplied.

A Sheila Fleet necklace in russet red enamel and silver – to a design made for 2008 Lerwick jarl Roy Leask.

Burra Bear – Peerie Osla o’ Pitt Lane.

Christmas cards – a box of 30 handmade cards from the Aid Craft Group.

A personalised copy of the new Gordon and Janet Sing Gospel CD – specially printed for the winner, in a polished wooden presentation case, with a brass plate which will be inscribed to your instructions – from the Gordon “Hank” Smith Memorial Trust Fund.

Riding Lessons – from the new Shetland Equestrian Centre – two half-hour lessons for any standard, child or adult. Kit and horse supplied.

Name that tune – the chance to name a Steven Spence tune – CD and manuscript supplied.

A week’s free childcare – at Peerie Foxes. Five days, 8.30am to 5.30pm, don’t need to be taken all together, for bairns three months plus – and you need to register with them first Gott Farm Boarding Kennels – will look after one dog for two weeks, or two for one week – animals have to be fully vaccinated, and you’d need to book early for the school holidays.

Soap Company hamper from Cope.

Shetland Coffee Company hamp­er from Cope.

Davie Cooper will do a story­telling session at your home, or at an event – tailored to your needs.

Give us a Tune – the chance to present Radio Shetland’s weekly dedications programme.

Arts and crafts
Neila Nell designer cape – contemporary, textured knitted cape in autumn colours (burnt-orange with a tiny green stripe); very versatile over-the-shoulders wrap, fits any size – can be worn formally or informally.

Fair Isle gloves – ladies double-fingered gloves in natural colours, knitted by Agnes Walterson of Sandness. Shepherd’s crook – handmade by Tom Leighton, Scatness – head made of buffalo horn with an abalone shell insert, bone spacer and hazel shank.

Two model barrels – made by George Jamieson of Scalloway – 19cm and 10cm high, replicas of a barrel found by Willie Fullerton at Papa, believed to have come from the wreck of the German ship Castor.

Woodcarving – of the Scatness Bear by Johnnie Walterson, Scalloway. Knitted cushion, toorie hat and clothes hangers – made by Evelyn Georgeson of Sandsound.

Knitted clown – nearly two feet high, in going to bed mode! – with hot water bottle, alarm clock, candle and little shawl – hand made by Marion Sill, Baltasound.

Fair Isle knitting – a Fair Isle oven glove and two Fair Isle heart-shaped pin cushions, made by Mavis Stuart.

Dolls’ shawls – two small shawls, one in natural colours, the other in green/yellow/white, knitted by Margaret Anderson in Whalsay.

Austin Taylor photo – looking towards Foula from Burrier Head, 16” x 12”. Model bus – an annual favourite! Ian Smith o’ Troswick’s model this year is a 1951 Bedford SB – Leask’s brought it into Shetland originally. It went to Scalloway in the 1960s, and stayed there till the 1970s, end­ing its life as a shed in Weisdale.

Computer playing up? – ITS will troubleshoot your PC – just take it in to them, they’ll diagnose any problems, and throw in up to £50 worth of parts if required.

Clothes drier – A DriBuddi super­fast electric inflatable clothes drier – brand new and PAT tested – from McKnab’s Kippers.

Brand new, PAT tested Daewoo manual microwave oven KOR61, a Morphy Richards 44415 toaster, Morphy Richards 43679 kettle (3kw).

Recycled birdbox – made by Martin Gray.

John Tulloch CD – from a reel-to-reel tape recorded in the 1960s by John Tulloch from Bonhouse in Clousta – nine old country classics – called Westerskeld Winter Nights.

Strictly for the crofters! – two black and white fleckit Shetland gimmer lambs from Foula – donated by Isobel Holbourn.

James Bond book – coffee table hardback – James Bond – the Legacy – donated by Damien Ristori.

1950s coffee set – very stylish five-piece set in white and red – donated by Margaret Burgess.

Pudsey teddy bear.

Disability Shetland exercise DVD – pre-release copy of the group’s Stretch and Breathe DVD, for exercising in your chair.

Necklace and earrings – stylish modern diamante and faux-pearl necklace and earrings – from an anonymous donor.

National Geographic – a whop­ping 168 copies of the magazine from 1976-2002 – there’s a few missing but they’re all in good condition. They’re boxed up, but can the winning bidder please collect! Donated by Elma Smith in Sandwick.


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