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OIC News archive from October 2017
Christmas Grants open

Orkney Islands Council’s Christmas Grant scheme is now open for applications.

31 October 2017
For the Journey and the Return – new exhibition at Orkney Museum

An exhibition ‘For the Journey and Return with the Orkney Boat’ by Beatrice Searle opens on Saturday 4 November at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.

27 October 2017
Sally Named Librarian of the Year

Orkney’s children’s librarian Sally Walker has today (Thursday 26 October) been named as Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of The Year.

26 October 2017
Your Kirkwall - Help Shape It!

A new ideas-gathering exercise will pose the question – what would you want Kirkwall to be like over the next 10 to 20 years?

26 October 2017
Cursiter recycling centre update

Members of the public are advised that although the Cursiter household waste and recycling centre has reopened for public use following temporary closure this morning to enable staff to deal with a small oil spoil, the waste oil receptacle is not in use.

25 October 2017
Duke of Gloucester visits Orkney

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the West Mainland of Orkney today, as part of a two-day visit to the county.

24 October 2017
Kirkwall THI consultation results

Feedback from the recent consultation on ideas for the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative’s ‘Places and Spaces’ project has been collated.

23 October 2017
Council to commission new tug

Orkney Islands Council is looking to purchase a new towage vessel.

23 October 2017
Recycling update - ex-hurricane Ophelia

Due to the high winds brought to Orkney by ex-hurricane Ophelia, yesterday's (Tuesday 17 October) recycling collections were hampered.

18 October 2017
Doors set to close for Lyness refurbishment

The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at Lyness will close at the end of the month ahead of a major renovation project.

17 October 2017
Community Council election results published

Results for the recent Community Council elections in Orkney have been published by Orkney Islands Council.

16 October 2017
Welcome for Island Wind Announcement

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council, James Stockan, has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to include the Northern and Western Isles in a multi-million pounds support scheme for renewable energy.

12 October 2017
Old to New – Roads Recycled into Runways

Work starts later this week to refresh the runways at Sanday and Westray – using recycled road surface material.

12 October 2017
St Peter's Project Underway

Work has begun on a replacement for St Peter's House, with a ceremonial turf cutting taking place.

11 October 2017
Alistair’s quarter century marked

Tribute has been paid to Chief Executive Alistair Buchan’s 25 years of service with Orkney Islands Council.

11 October 2017
Homecare – a rewarding career

A film aimed at encouraging people to consider homecare as a career is being launched by Orkney Islands Council.

11 October 2017
Have you returned your community council vote?

Voters in eight community council areas in Orkney are reminded the cut-off date for returning their ballot papers to Orkney Islands Council is this Thursday, 12 October, at 17:00.

09 October 2017
Views sought on procurement policy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views on its draft Sustainable Procurement Policy, which looks at how the Council buys goods and services in a way that benefits the local community.

09 October 2017
KGS sets traditional skills in stone

Pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School had the chance this week to try their hand traditional building skills, with help from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI).

06 October 2017
Anchors aweigh for striking sculpture

The stunning anchor on Foreland Road, Kirkwall, designed especially for Orkney to help mark 20 years of Friends of ANCHOR – the Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which provides care for cancer and haematology patients - is due to be collected tomorrow (Thursday 5 October) ready to be shipped back to Aberdeen.

04 October 2017
Voice of the islands heard as Committee gathers evidence in Orkney

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the opportunity to put the case to MSPs for measures that will make a difference to the lives of people in island communities.

03 October 2017
Mirran at the Museum

This Saturday (7 October) sees the opening of a new exhibition of paintings, drawings and monoprints at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, by Stromness artist Mirran Hall.

02 October 2017