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OIC News archive from January 2015
New Rik Hammond exhibition at Orkney Museum

An exhibition at the Orkney Museum of recent work inspired by Orkney's archaeological landscape, by local artist Rik Hammond – entitled '-perhaps found (perhaps not)' – opens on 7th February 2015. 

30 January 2015
Health and social care integration moves ahead

Orkney Islands Council has agreed detailed proposals for the joint board that will plan and deliver integrated health and social care services for the county.

26 January 2015
OIC publishes biodiversity report

Orkney Islands Council has published its first formal Biodiversity Report, outlining the work it’s carried out to support wildlife and the local environment during the last three years.

26 January 2015
Public Exhibition on Kirkwall Flood Defences

An exhibition will be held next month to give the public the opportunity to view Council plans for increased flood defences in the Kirkwall harbour area. 

23 January 2015
Families the focus in February

Making sure children and their families get the best possible support is the focus in February as two new initiatives are launched by local organisations.

23 January 2015
Deadline approaching for arts fund

Artists and craft makers in Orkney have just a little over two weeks left to apply for funding from the Council’s Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards Scheme.

23 January 2015
Help make Orkney a community of learners

People across Orkney have the chance to help guide future community learning and development work, in an online survey launching today.

22 January 2015
Bus service update for Service 6 (Tingwall and Evie) and Service 7 (Dounby and Birsay)

Bus timetable changes for the Evie, Swannay, Quoyloo and Sandwick areas will come into operation from next Monday (January 26) following feedback from bus users.

21 January 2015
Special in-depth tour to close Gunnie Moberg exhibition at Orkney Museum

To mark the close of the current exhibition at Orkney Museum, there will be a free gallery tour of ‘Gunnie Moberg In Print: The photographer and her books’ on January 31. 

19 January 2015
Norwegian consul retires along with 108 year old uniform

Norwegian Consul for Orkney, Bill Spence, hands over the reins today – on his 70th birthday - to Leslie Burgher after more than 35 years serving in the role.

19 January 2015
Kirkwall training exercise for Cal Mac's latest ferry

The new Caledonian  MacBrayne ferry Loch Seaforth has visited Orkney as part of a crew familiarisation exercise.

19 January 2015
Progress made at energy talks

The Council has welcomed continuing efforts by the UK and Scottish Governments to enable the Scottish islands to gain greater benefit from their renewable energy resources.

19 January 2015
Poison laws changing

New laws are due to come into force on March 1 which will affect retailers who sell products containing non-medicinal poisons.

16 January 2015
Flag at half mast in memory of Jim

Tributes have been paid following the death of the former Vice Convener of Orkney Islands Council, Jim Sinclair.

15 January 2015
Budding scientists at KGS to showcase research

The secret life of soil invertebrates on North Ronaldsay, the truth about study drugs, and how human bones can speak to us about our past have been unveiled by budding science researchers at KGS.

14 January 2015
Council appoints head teacher to Stromness Academy

The post of Head Teacher at Stromness Academy has been offered to, and accepted by, Emma Taylor, currently the head teacher at Farr High School, Sutherland.

14 January 2015
Record breaking year for liner visits

The number of cruise ships visiting Orkney will top the 80 mark for the first time this year.

13 January 2015
OLECG advice during stormy weather

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) is asking friends and neighbours to keep an eye on potentially vulnerable people during the severe weather conditions the islands are experiencing.

09 January 2015
Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group Press Release – Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) is advising the community to be prepared severe weather conditions over two days later this week.

07 January 2015
Christmas Tree Collection Service Next Week

Now that the festivities are over for another year, the Council will be carrying out a Christmas Tree Collection service next week (12 January to 16 January). 

07 January 2015