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OIC News archive from March 2016
Young entrepreneurs with big ideas

A competition is underway for young pupils to showcase their ‘big’ business ideas.

31 March 2016
Changes to recycling and waste collections begin next week

Orkney Islands Council is reminding residents that changes to recycling and waste collections begin next Monday (4 April).

30 March 2016
Drive to make Orkney a WorldHost Destination steps up a gear

The drive to win prestigious WorldHost destination status for Orkney is stepping up a gear, with more and more businesses in the islands signing up to the customer service initiative.

29 March 2016
Exhibition at Orkney Museum – ‘Ship of Fools; a Continuation’

A new exhibition of paintings opens at the Orkney Museum this Saturday.

29 March 2016
New exhibition gives eye witness accounts to key events from WW1

A new exhibition has opened at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum as part of the Council’s WW1 commemorative programme.

29 March 2016
Big response from poppies volunteers

More than 60 people have put their names forward to help care for a spectacular display of ceramic poppies at St Magnus Cathedral.

25 March 2016
Another way to play – Bounce Back to Netball

Bounce Back to Netball is coming to Orkney for the first time and giving people the chance to play netball in a sociable and casual way.

25 March 2016
Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan now in place

A plan has been agreed that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.

25 March 2016
Council appoints head teacher for North Walls

A new head teacher has been appointed for North Walls community school.

25 March 2016
Orkney Councillors Hold Further Discussions on Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Plans to offer a home in Orkney to Syrian refugees took a further step forward this week as Councillors recommended that two properties currently held for student accommodation be used to house the two families that could be resettled here.

24 March 2016
Pipe banner presented to The Royal Regiment of Scotland

The Highlanders 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland has been presented with a new pipe banner from Orkney Islands Council that will be used during ceremonial occasions.

22 March 2016
Local abattoir study recommendations to be assessed

Discussions are to take place on the recommendations from an independent study looking at Orkney’s future abattoir needs.

21 March 2016
Council appoints head teacher for Kirkwall Grammar School

The post of head teacher at Kirkwall Grammar School has been offered to and accepted by Don Hawkins, who is currently depute head at Fraserburgh Academy in Aberdeenshire.

21 March 2016
Public views sought on universal membership for sports and leisure facilities

The Council is seeking public views on the possible launch of a universal leisure membership card that would give access to all of Orkney’s sport and leisure facilities.

21 March 2016
Go online to give your views on ferry services

The Council is encouraging people to complete an online survey as part of a consultation on the next Northern Isles ferry services contract. 

18 March 2016
Look out for your polling card

Polling cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes over the next couple of days for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary Elections on May 5.

18 March 2016
Let’s talk business

Four entrepreneurs will provide an insight into running a successful business when a new festival for Orkney gets underway next month.

16 March 2016
Kirkwall tree planting tribute to HMS Hampshire

The Woodland Trust Scotland will plant hundreds of trees in Kirkwall on Saturday 2 April to create HMS Hampshire Centenary Wood ahead of the centenary of the ship’s sinking off Marwick Head in June.

16 March 2016
‘Peedie pupils’ enjoy balance bikes at nursery

Nursery pupils throughout Orkney get a chance to ride balance bikes at school for the first time through the ‘Play on Pedals’ programme.

14 March 2016
Free Saturday night football for youngsters at KGS

Teenagers in Kirkwall still have two more weeks to join in on the Midnight League football programme at Kirkwall Grammar School.

09 March 2016
Don’t be tricked by bogus office supplies

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards team is warning local businesses and organisations to be wary of payment demands being received from Office Max.

09 March 2016
Have your say on future ferry services contract

The Council is encouraging local folk to attend a public consultation meeting on the Northern Isles ferry services contract - currently provided by Serco Northlink Ferries.

07 March 2016
Chip in to keep your dog safe

The Council is reminding owners that all dogs need to be microchipped and registered from early next month (April).

07 March 2016
Stories and artefacts needed for War at Sea exhibition

The Orkney Museum is looking for help in creating an exhibition which will form part of this year’s Battle of Jutland commemorations.

07 March 2016
J.K. Rowling Drops in on Orkney Library

Orkney Library welcomed a surprise visitor yesterday (Saturday) when author J.K. Rowling dropped in and took part in their Saturday Slaughters book group.

06 March 2016
Changes to bin collections next month

The Council will be making changes to its recycling and waste collections from April.

03 March 2016
Divers confirm Scapa Flow ordnance as German torpedo

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have examined an item of suspected ordnance found during a routine seabed survey in Scapa Flow and confirmed that it is a German torpedo.

03 March 2016
Move planned for West Mainland Day Centre

The West Mainland Day Centre service is due to be relocated to Smiddybrae House in Dounby later this year.

03 March 2016
Top Tweeter Stewart scoops Librarian of the Year award

Orkney Library’s Senior Librarian, Stewart Bain, has been named Librarian of the Year at an awards ceremony this week.

02 March 2016