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OIC News archive from May 2017
Getting Down to Business in Stromness

Business Gateway Orkney are to run two drop in sessions in Stromness this summer.

31 May 2017
Two hundred years of diaries at Orkney Library and Archive

Two centuries of everyday moments captured by people around the world is on show in Kirkwall and Stromness libraries, in a collaboration with London-based artist Dylan Stone.

31 May 2017
Remembering those who died when HMS Vanguard went down

Commemorations will be held this summer to mark the huge loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart while at anchor at Scapa Flow in Orkney.

29 May 2017
Dementia Awareness Week in Orkney

Organisations across Orkney will come together over next week (28 May to 3 June 2017) to raise awareness of dementia within the local community.

26 May 2017
OLECG update

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) has met after the terrorism threat level in the UK was raised to critical.

25 May 2017
Convener's message of support

Councillors and council staff joined people across the UK in observing a minute’s silence at 11 this morning as a mark of respect following the Manchester terrorist attack.

25 May 2017
Postal vote packs arriving

Postal voting packs for the forthcoming UK Parliamentary Election on 8 June will start arriving through Orkney letterboxes from today (Tuesday 23 May).

23 May 2017
Polling cards arriving this weekend

Poll cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes this weekend for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming UK Parliamentary General Election on 8 June

19 May 2017
School report published for Evie primary

Education Scotland has published the findings of an inspection visit to Evie Community School.

19 May 2017
Health and care drop-in for Westray

Westray residents have the opportunity to find out more about results of a survey last winter into health and care services on the island, at a drop in event on Tuesday (23 May).

19 May 2017
Community Justice Event

An event is being held in Orkney on Friday 19 May looking at redesigning community justice and how it can help improve the community and lives within that community.

18 May 2017
Senior appointments made by Council

Elected Members have appointed Orkney Islands Council's Convener, Leader and Depute Leader.

16 May 2017
Temporary closure of Shore Street car park

Orkney Islands Council is advising of a temporary closure of its Shore Street car park (also known as the Waterfront East car park) for a period of around 10 weeks, starting 1 June, to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme, around the Kirkwall Pier entrance and the Shore Street car park.

16 May 2017
Hospitality course launch

A new course in hospitality designed for people with learning difficulties is launched tomorrow (16 May 2017) by Orkney College UHI.

15 May 2017
Call for voters in Orkney to register in time for June election

Poll cards for the Parliamentary General Election will be sent out from Monday (15 May), hot on the heels of last week’s Orkney Islands Council elections.

12 May 2017
Council secures funding to delve into Magnus connections

The Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to delve into the landscapes, seascapes and places where the Magnus story unfolded.

12 May 2017
Candidates announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Six candidates have put their names forward to stand for the Orkney and Shetland constituency in the UK Parliamentary Election in June.

11 May 2017
Orkney marine energy firms promote islands at major industry event

Orkney’s marine energy sector will have a strong presence at a major renewables industry event that gets underway in Glasgow today (Wednesday, 10 May). 

10 May 2017
Road works on Pickaquoy Road starting Monday

Orkney Islands Council is advising of road works planned to start on Pickaquoy Road on Monday 15 May, in the vicinity of the junction with Tesco.

09 May 2017
Erin’s Jutland poem showcased at London charity gala

A poem by Orkney school pupil Erin Dundas portraying the grief stricken aftermath of the Battle of Jutland has been read out an event in London whose attendees included the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

09 May 2017
Orkney's results declared for the 2017 Scottish Local Government elections

A total of 18 candidates were elected across the five contested wards: Kirkwall East, Kirkwall West and Orphir, West Mainland, East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray and North Isles.

05 May 2017
Notice of General Election published

The Notice of Election for June’s General Election has been published today.

05 May 2017
Three Stromness and South Isles Councillors Officially Take their Seats

Returning Officer for Orkney, Alistair Buchan, has formally declared the result of the uncontested election in the Stromness and South Isles ward.

04 May 2017