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OIC News archive from November 2014
Gunnie Moberg ‘ In Print’ an exhibition of a photographer who left her mark.

Orkney Museum will open 'In Print' a much anticipated exhibition of Gunnie Moberg photographs on Saturday 6 December.

28 November 2014
New Councillor Elected

Leslie Manson has been elected as a councillor for Kirkwall West and Orphir in this week's by election. 

28 November 2014
Islands welcome Smith Commission findings

The Leaders of Scotland’s three Islands Councils have welcomed the findings of the Smith Commission as a major landmark for the Our Islands Our Future campaign.

27 November 2014
College Young Enterprise venture dishes up a treat

A new artisan handmade chutney  - made entirely by a group of six Orkney College students - is hitting the market.

26 November 2014
Funding welcomed for wind-and-tidal initiative

An Orkney-based project to develop an innovative use of renewable energy generated on land and at sea has secured funding support from the Scottish Government.

26 November 2014
Council welcomes first Minister for Islands

Orkney Islands Council’s Convener has welcomed the appointment of Derek Mackay MSP as Scotland’s first Islands Minister. 

24 November 2014
Reminder on voting system for by-election

Over 3000 folk will go to the polls on November 27 to elect a new Councillor for the Kirkwall West and Orphir Ward. 

21 November 2014
Garson recycling centre – change of opening hours

From this Monday November 24, the Garson Recycling Centre in Stromness will no longer be open on Mondays.

20 November 2014
Museum traineeships – deadline extended

People interested in applying to become one of two trainees working with Orkney Islands Council's museums service have until Monday to get their applications in.

20 November 2014
Stromness Primary scoops award for best school design

Stromness Primary School has taken top spot in the Education category in an industry award highlighting local government architecture and design.

18 November 2014
Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative information seminars announced

A series of information events are to be held locally aimed at people who own property in the Kirkwall Conservation Area or are involved in the building trade.

18 November 2014
Health and social care integration plans move ahead

Health and social care integration has taken a big step forward with a joint meeting held between representatives of Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney to plan a number of key actions for the formation of the body corporate, which will oversee the delivery of health and social care services in Orkney.  

17 November 2014
Islands Leaders and Secretary of State hail positive Islands Working Group meeting

Representatives of the three Islands Councils in Scotland have today taken part in the first Islands Working Group meeting in Edinburgh with the UK Government. 

17 November 2014
Protect your children online

Parent and carers across Orkney who want to build their confidence and learn more about internet safety will be able to access free informative workshops on this subject in the coming months.

14 November 2014
Book Week Scotland at Orkney Library

Book Week Scotland 2014 runs from 24th – 30th November and there are events for all ages at Orkney Library & Archive. There is a distinct Northern Isles flavour this year, with three Orcadian authors, plus a Shetland based murder mystery. The library will also be open longer, with extended hours until 7pm on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th.

14 November 2014
A bright new day facility for adults with disabilities

Folk who use the day centres at Keelylang and St Colms have taken a peek at their new facility at the Pickaquoy Centre as it nears completion.

13 November 2014
Two trainees to be taken on in Council’s Museums Service

Orkney Islands Council's museums service is set to take on two new trainees early next year. 

13 November 2014
Lifeboat training rig a first for north of Scotland

Vital experience using lifeboat and rescue equipment will soon be a reality for local seafarers, thanks to funding secured by Orkney College UHI’s ‘Nav School’ for a lifeboat training rig.

12 November 2014
Two arts and culture funding schemes invite applications

Two funding schemes for arts and cultural events, projects and activities are now open for applications.

11 November 2014
Council issues planning reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding applicants and developers of the need to adhere to the plans and drawings attached to any planning permission granted by the local authority.

11 November 2014
Norovirus help and advice

NHS Orkney has issued guidance to help prevent the spread of norovirus, which is known to be circulating in the county at present.

10 November 2014
Orkney's wild being escapes to the Pier Arts Centre

A modern-day Orkney ‘Wild Being’ discovered on the shores of Sanday this summer will be on display at the Pier Arts Centre from this Saturday (November 15) for five days only.

10 November 2014
Orkney Islands Council Projects Recognised at Scottish Planning Awards

Orkney Islands Council has received commendations for two of its projects at this weeks Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

07 November 2014
Orkney Pupils Honour and Remember War Heroes

Pupils at Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School have planned a number of events for next Tuesday's Rememberance Day commeomorations (Tuesday 11 November). 

07 November 2014
By-Election Polling Cards Arrive This Weekend

Electors in the Kirkwall West and Orphir ward should keep an eye out for their by-election polling card arriving this weekend.

07 November 2014
Mara’s African tales for Orkney Schools

In what is her second visit to Orkney, Kenyan born Mara Menzies will be visiting some lucky Orkney youngsters this week, as she brings her unique style of storytelling to some of the county’s Primary schools.

07 November 2014
Orkney Conference to explore equalities issues

A conference taking place this Thursday (13 November) aims to explore a range of equalities issues.

07 November 2014
Lyness Tanks Works Take Step Forward – and Public to See Inside

Work to bring six wartime oil tanks at Lyness in Orkney back into action should make some major progress early next year. 

06 November 2014
OIC Development and Infrastructure Committee Chair Raises Grid Concerns with Secretary of State

The Chair of the Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee Councillor James Stockan raised concerns over Orkney’s connections to the National Grid during talks in London today (Wed) with the Secretary of State of Scotland, Alistair Carmichael MP.

05 November 2014
OIOF Make Submission to the Smith Commission

The Our Islands Our Future campaign has submitted its views on the devolution of more powers to Scotland to the Smith Commission.

05 November 2014
Recycling collection disruption - 4 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising people in recycling collection area J that today’s (November 4) recycling collection has not been completed due to breakdowns.

04 November 2014
Good neighbours stop rogue traders

November 3 - 7 is National Consumer Week, and the theme this year is ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’.

03 November 2014
Don’t be steamrolled into unwanted driveway work

Orkney Islands Council's Trading Standards team is warning local people to think twice before accepting offers of work from doorstep callers.

03 November 2014
Transforming services to benefit the people of Orkney – public survey launched today

Orkney Islands Council is giving people the opportunity to help shape the way services are provided in the years ahead.

03 November 2014