Orkney Islands Council
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OIC News archive from June 2010
ANDREW AND CONNAN ARE TOP ENGINEERS
Two pupils from St Andrews Primary School have won first place in a technology competition run throughout the Highlands and Islands
29 June 2010
FLY THE FLAG FOR ST MAGNUS
The Orkney flag will be flying high for St Magnus Day on April 16 and Orkney Islands Council is encouraging the wider community to join in.
28 June 2010
IS YOUR CHILD A BUDDING ARCHITECT?
Orkney Islands Council is looking for young people’s ideas on what would make the ideal house for Orkney and are inviting youngsters to submit their ideas as part of a competition.
25 June 2010
PUBLIC WARNED OVER FURTHER COMPUTER SCAM
Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards Service is warning consumers to be wary of a scam involving home computers.
25 June 2010
COUNCIL LAUNCHES NEW EARLY YEARS READING PROGRAMME
Orkney Islands Council will today launch Scottish Book Trust’s new Early Years Programme - formerly known as Bookstart.
25 June 2010
GET YOUR BIDS IN
Orkney Islands Council’s official charity fundraising group is offering football fans the chance to get their hands on some exciting sporting memorabilia.
25 June 2010
NEWS FROM THE ORKNEY COMMUNITY PLANNING PARTNERSHIP - PARTNERSHIP PLANS TO SAVE
Leaders from across Orkney’s public sector met recently (June 15) to talk about making the best of savings for the community.
24 June 2010
NORWEGIAN COMMITTEE TO VISIT ORKNEY
A group of Norwegians will be visiting Orkney next week to find out more about Orkney’s services for older people.
23 June 2010
GOLD STAR FOR TRADING STANDARDS SERVICE
Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards Service has been presented with a Gold Award by the International Federation of Spirits Producers UK (IFSP).
23 June 2010
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR TO VISIT ISLES PUPILS
Children’s author Barry Hutchison, writer of the ‘Invisible Fiends’ series and many of the hugely popular Ben 10 books, will be in Orkney next week to meet isles school pupils.
18 June 2010
SANDAY PUBLIC BUS SERVICE
The Sanday dial-a-ride public bus service contract carried out by the current contractors will cease on Thursday November 19 2009.
17 June 2010
CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS
Would you like to be part of a reading group but don’t have time to attend meetings?  If so, a new online reading group set up by the Orkney Library and Archive might be just the thing for you.
17 June 2010
BERRIEDALE BRAES SURVEY GETS GO AHEAD
Further to extensive lobbying by Orkney Islands Council, Highland Council and HITRANS it has been announced today (June 17) that Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson, has now given the go-ahead for a geophysical survey to be carried out at the Berriedale Braes.
17 June 2010
EDUCATION SECRETARY SENDS LETTER ON NEW CURRICULUM TO PARENTS IN ORKNEY
A letter from Education Secretary Michael Russell will land on the doorsteps of parents with pupils in P7 across Orkney this week.
16 June 2010
OIC LEADS GRID TALKS
Representatives and stakeholders from across the energy industry met in the county today for talks led by Orkney Islands Council regarding grid issues in preparation for a renewable energy boom in the region.
15 June 2010
TELECARE ROADSHOW
A series of roadshows is being run by Orkney Health and Care to demonstrate how telecare can enable people to continue living independently in their own homes.
14 June 2010
STUDENT HOUSING MEETING
Orkney Islands Council is planning a meeting with local firms and potential investors to look at the possibility of developing student housing in Orkney.
14 June 2010
TOP TURNOUT FOR TEAM STROMNESS
More than 150 people turned out to Orkney Islands Council’s Team Stromness family day on Saturday June 12 to help showcase the town’s past, present and future.
14 June 2010
PERSONALISED TRAVEL PLANNING FOR KIRKWALL AND SHAPINSAY RESIDENTS
Kirkwall and Shapinsay residents will be offered free personalised local travel planning this summer by Orkney Islands Council to help them make the best of the county’s cycleways, walking paths and public transport services.
11 June 2010
PARTY CLEAN UP PLEA
The Council’s Environmental Health team is appealing to beach party-goers to clear up their mess.
11 June 2010
KNITTING SKILLS PASSED TO A NEW ORCADIAN GENERATION
Pupils at Stenness, Hope and Stromness Primary schools are learning knitting skills as part of a project funded by the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme.
11 June 2010
ORKNEY SIX KICK-OFF DELHI EXPERIENCE
Six lucky people from Orkney are about to begin the experience of a lifetime culminating in a huge dance performance at the Handover Ceremony at the end of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
11 June 2010
OIC SPENDING TO SAVE
Could you save the Council some money?
10 June 2010
ORKNEY MUSEUM JOINS IN ARMED FORCES DAY
An exhibition of unique artefacts from the county’s armed forces tradition will be on display at the Orkney Museum from June 21 to July 4.
10 June 2010
OIC LAUNCHES GATEWAY TO FUNDING
Community groups and small businesses in the county can now browse a huge range of funding opportunities through Orkney Islands Council's website.
10 June 2010
OIC PILOTS PINK POOP-BAGS FOR POOCHES
Dog owners in Orkney are being encouraged to make use of free pink ‘poop scoop’ bags for picking up after their pooch.
10 June 2010
UPDATE ON POSSIBLE HARBOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AT STROMNESS
Plans to rework the lorry marshalling area and waiting lanes at Stromness Pier to make best use of space in preparation for construction of the new primary school later this year were agreed at yesterday’s (June 9) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
09 June 2010
VIKING ‘SCAR’ BURIAL BOAT PLAQUE RETURNS TO ORKNEY

An 1,100 year-old Viking plaque is returning to the Orkney Museum today (June 7) after being on loan to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York since February.

07 June 2010
ORKNEY SCHOOLS GET TOGETHER TO SHARE AMBITIONS
Secondary schools across Orkney will get together this month to share and showcase three years of high aims and innovative work in the Schools of Ambition Final Event.
04 June 2010
STROMNESS OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Team Stromness family day out this Saturday June 12 at the Stromness Community Centre is shaping up to offer something for everyone.
04 June 2010
OIC FLIES THE FLAG FOR ARMED FORCES DAY
Orkney will be flying the flag for HM Armed Forces from Monday June 21 to Monday June 28 as part of the annual Armed Forces Day to be celebrated all over Britain on June 26.
04 June 2010
EXERCISE BRAIN AND BODY WITH LIBRARY QUICK READS
Fitness fanatics at the county’s Healthy Living Centres will soon be able to exercise their minds as well as their muscles with Orkney Library’s Quick Reads scheme.
03 June 2010
GET SET FOR EXCELLENCE

 Scotland’s education is changing, and Orkney Islands Council’s education team wants parents, children and young people to join in the challenging and exciting times ahead.

03 June 2010
RECORD YEAR FOR PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Council planners have had a busy year in 2009/2010 with planning applications numbers soaring to over 600.
03 June 2010
JOBS BOOST FOR ORKNEY COLLEGE
Councillors at a Special Meeting of the Full Council have today agreed to the creation of five new temporary jobs at Orkney College.
03 June 2010
OIC BOOSTS LOCAL TENDER OPPORTUNITIES
Orkney Islands Council today took steps to provide extra support to firms hoping to tender for Council contracts.
03 June 2010
ST PETERS HOUSE UPDATE
Councillors considered a list of potential sites for the future replacement of St Peter’s House at today’s Social Services and Housing Committee.
01 June 2010
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