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Hope Pupils lend a hand

Pupils at the Hope School have been lending a hand to the local MacMillan charity.

21 March 2017
Families from Syria welcomed to Orkney

Two families from war-torn Syria are starting to build a new life in Orkney.

20 March 2017
Report highlights Weeping Window benefit for Orkney

Around 9,000 people visited Kirkwall last year specifically to see the Weeping Window display at St Magnus Cathedral, according to a recent report.

17 March 2017
Stromness Academy pupils getting Ready to Vote

Pupils at Stromness Academy are gearing up for the forthcoming local council elections by taking part in a series of activities as part of the national ‘Ready to Vote’ campaign.

16 March 2017
Look out for your polling card from this week

Polling cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes over the next couple of days for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming local council elections on May 4.

16 March 2017
Council publishes draft aquaculture plan for consultation

Draft planning guidance for aquaculture activity in the county is being published by Orkney Islands Council this week for public consultation.

16 March 2017
Have your say on sustainable energy strategy

Local people are being asked for their opinions on priorities for achieving a more sustainable future for Orkney’s energy supply, as part of a consultation being run by Orkney Islands Council.

14 March 2017
Orkney Opinions signup reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding local residents who would like to join Orkney Opinions – but have not yet returned their membership survey - to do so by the end of this week.

14 March 2017
Doorstep trading reminder for consumers

Following queries from the public the Council’s Trading Standards Service is reminding consumers of their rights when buying goods or services at their doorstep.

13 March 2017
Recycling collections possibly affected - Tuesday 14 March

Orkney Islands Council is advising that recycling collections could be affected by the strong winds forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 March).

13 March 2017
Breaking Barriers for youth mental health at Orkney Arts Theatre

Young people and mental health will be the focus of a youth arts performance event at the Orkney Arts Theatre next Saturday night (Saturday 11 March).

06 March 2017
Election process gets underway on 13 March

The starting pistol for this year’s local council elections will be fired on Monday 13 March when the Notice of Election is published.

06 March 2017
Council publishes annual performance information

Orkney Islands Council has published its latest Annual Performance Report.

03 March 2017
Magnus 900 programme launched with Easter weekend of events

Relive the martyrdom of St Magnus this Easter on the isle of Egilsay – 900 years after the legendary event took place.

03 March 2017
It’s Health Week at KGS

Pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School are to go on a health kick, as they take part in the school’s annual Health Week (6 – 10 March).

03 March 2017
Give your gizmos a new lease of life

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign aimed at giving old mobile phones and gadgets a new lease of life.

02 March 2017
New group will seek Orkney Opinions

Orkney Islands Council is getting in touch with people across the county to invite them to become part of a new public consultation group.

02 March 2017
Comments on proposed constituency boundaries published

Comments received during the Boundary Commission for Scotland's consultation on initial proposals for UK Parliament constituencies have been published for a four-week period of public scrutiny and further feedback.

01 March 2017
This spring clean - don't pitch it, pass it on!

Orkney Islands Council is urging local folk to give unwanted items a second chance this spring, as part of Pass It On Week (March 11-19).

01 March 2017
Illuminating the benefits of Fair Trade

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be lit blue and green on Friday night (3 March) – Fairtrade’s trademark colours.

28 February 2017
Budget for year ahead agreed

Elected Members have set Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year.

22 February 2017
Local Scottish Youth Parliament candidates announced

The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced.

17 February 2017
So you want to be a Councillor? Find out more

Information sessions for people thinking about standing for election to Orkney Islands Council attracted a good turnout – with advice still available for anyone who was unable to attend.

17 February 2017
Local cycle volunteer recognised with national award

A local man who’s spent the last eight years helping train youngsters to cycle safely has picked up one of only four awards given out annually by Cycling Scotland.

16 February 2017
Award Winning Marine Plan Shortlisted for National Award

An award-winning plan that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters continues to make waves as it’s shortlisted for another prestigious award.

10 February 2017
Mementos and memories of the First World War go on show

Next of Kin, an exhibition created by National Museums Scotland, opens on Saturday February 18 at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall. It presents a picture of Scotland during the First World War through treasured objects from official and private sources, passed to close relatives and down through generations.

10 February 2017
Isles residents respond positively to bins offer

Over 70% of householders in the isles have requested recycling bins under a new scheme to make recycling easier in the isles.

10 February 2017
Orkney Youth Café Numbers are on the Up

The Orkney Youth Café has seen a surge in popularity in the opening weeks of 2017, with up to 40 young folk now using the service on a regular basis.

10 February 2017
Budget for year ahead discussed

Elected Members have recommended Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year.

09 February 2017
Education representatives invited on Japanese trip

Representatives from Orkney Islands Council are headed to Japan this week, after being invited on a trip to find out more about the Japanese education system.

09 February 2017
Kirkwall flood defence works begin

Construction of the Council’s flood defence scheme along the central Kirkwall shoreline starts next week.

31 January 2017
Have your say on possible Harbour Street works

A consultation event is being held this Tuesday, to look at potential plans for repaving part of Harbour Street in Kirkwall.

30 January 2017
Changes at Kirkwall Travel Centre

Changes are being made to the bus stances at the Kirkwall Travel Centre to allow the introduction of a charging point for the county’s electric bus at the facility.

30 January 2017
Help for refugees – Orkney update

Plans are being finalised for the help and support that will be offered when refugees from Syria make a new home in Orkney later this year.

27 January 2017
Fair funding for internal ferries in the Northern Isles

The leaders of the Councils in Orkney and Shetland are asking Ministers and local MSPs to support their call for fair funding for inter-island ferry services in the two communities.

26 January 2017
Orkney Fisheries Association Awarded Funding for Green Fishing Project

A project which could see the development of an innovative piece of fishing gear has been awarded funding from the Orkney Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

23 January 2017
Sportscotland Chief Executive in Orkney in big week for sports and leisure

The Chief Executive of Scotland’s national sports agency will be in Orkney this week to find out more about sport in the county.

19 January 2017
Reuse event rescues almost a tonne of unwanted household goods

An event run by Orkney Islands Council, in partnership with Orkney ZeroWaste, has ensured the redistribution and reuse of almost 1000kg of unwanted household goods - diverting them from being disposed of as waste.

19 January 2017
Wintry roads driving advice

Orkney Islands Council and Police Scotland are advising drivers to take particular care given current road conditions.

12 January 2017
Council Secures Funding for Life Skills Project

Orkney Islands Council has secured £170k of funding for a project which will help vulnerable groups to develop key life skills.

12 January 2017
Locals featured in ActiveLife film

A short film featuring local people getting active has been released by Orkney Islands Council and the Pickaquoy Centre.

12 January 2017
Brexit breakfast blether with Bill and Business Gateway

A business networking breakfast event is being held at the end of this month, to officially launch a new Business Gateway service.

09 January 2017
Crofting Commission Election 2017

An election is being held to elect Crofting Commissioners from the six crofting constituencies.

09 January 2017
£6.5m agreed for Orkney research and innovation campus

Plans for a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness are set to go ahead after the two organisations behind the venture agreed funding for the project.

09 January 2017
Views sought on housing advice and information strategy

The Council’s Housing Service is seeking public views on its Advice and Information Strategy.

05 January 2017
Community Learning Classes 2017

The 'Community Learning Guide' for 2017-2018 is now available with classes from Archaeology to Welding.

05 January 2017
Karen awarded BEM

The Council’s Head of Executive Support, Karen Greaves, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List.

31 December 2016
Second Meeting of the Islands Strategic Group

The second meeting of the Islands Strategic Group took place yesterday, Monday 19 December, in Bute.

21 December 2016
Council teams up with Orkney Zerowaste for after-Christmas re-use and recycle event

Orkney Islands Council’s Waste Management team has organised a collection of unwanted electrical and household goods and items for the New Year.

21 December 2016
Details of new Orkney-wide leisure card announced

Being more active, more often, is now a more affordable new year’s resolution with Orkney’s “universal leisure card” scheme launching early in 2017.

21 December 2016
Support for refugees – Arabic speakers asked to get in touch

Orkney Islands Council is asking Arabic speakers living in the county to get in touch if they may be able to help with efforts to support families caught up in the conflict in Syria.

19 December 2016
Stromness Academy on Track to National Final

A group of pupils at Stromness Academy have made the Scottish finals of a national initiative aimed at supporting young people in building their skills.

16 December 2016
So you want to be a Councillor?

With the local elections coming up in May next year, Orkney Islands Council is encouraging anyone who is thinking about standing for election to find out more about the process.

16 December 2016
Proposed new guidance for ‘Housing in the Countryside’ and ‘Energy’

Newly updated planning guidance for housing in Orkney’s rural areas and energy will be published by Orkney Islands Council on December 15, for a public consultation.

15 December 2016
Enterprising new nativity scene for the Cathedral

A new nativity scene created by folk from St Colms is lighting up a nook in the St Magnus Cathedral this Christmas.

13 December 2016
LEADER funding for local projects

Six local projects have secured support from the latest round of LEADER funding.

08 December 2016
Website maintenance

Due to essential website maintenance, the Orkney Islands Council website may be unavailable for a brief period from 22:00 on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December 2016.

08 December 2016
Hunt the puffin and win a Christmas gift

Young visitors to the Orkney Museum are invited to join a Christmas puffin hunt.

07 December 2016
Isles residents offered help with recycling‎

The Council is contacting households in the North and South Isles to offer up to two wheelie bins to help with recycling and waste storage.

07 December 2016
Archive a treasure trove of wartime memories

A rolling exhibition of archive material from 100 years ago is shedding new light on how Orcadians experienced, thought and felt about World War 1.

02 December 2016
Police Scotland Welcomed to Warehouse Buildings

An open evening will be held next week to welcome Police Scotland to the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness.

02 December 2016
Your chance to comment on procurement proposals

Feedback is invited on proposals which set out the approach Orkney Islands Council will take in future in the procurement of work, goods and services.

01 December 2016
Energy Efficiency Funding Reminder

Are you struggling to keep your home warm during the colder weather?

01 December 2016
Government introduces document check for taxi and private hire car drivers

People applying for licences to drive taxis or private hire cars will from the start of December have to show that they have the right to work in the UK.

28 November 2016
Summer tradition on show for Christmas season

This year’s Christmas Exhibition opens at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall on Saturday (December 3) with a celebration of a unique event.

28 November 2016
Orkney getting in the festive spirit

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (26 November).

25 November 2016
Get Switched On to National Consumer Week 2016

Monday 28th November marks the beginning of this year’s National Consumer Week.

25 November 2016
Barriers listed as structures of national importance

Two of Orkney’s famous Churchill Barriers have been listed by Historic Environment Scotland for the first time.

24 November 2016
Orkney secondary schools reach silver sports status

Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy have both been recognised with a national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

23 November 2016
Caledonia LNG: Joint Co-operation Agreement To Develop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deliveries in North UK and North Sea

UK – ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the “Caledonia LNG ” project. The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.

23 November 2016
Home Office takes up Orkney offer to help refugees

The UK Government has accepted an offer from Orkney Islands Council to provide homes for two families caught up in the conflict in Syria.

22 November 2016
Alert on local fraudulent parking tickets scam

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards Service are alerting members of the Orkney public of a fraudulent parking ticket scam received by a number of local residents.

22 November 2016
Culture Fund 2017 – 2018 open for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its 2017 to 2018 Culture Fund.

22 November 2016
Help stamp out puppy farming this Christmas

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign to help stamp out so- called ‘puppy farms’, by issuing a list of tips for anyone shopping for a puppy

22 November 2016
DIY Rescue for Historic Homes

DIY enthusiasts can sign up for expert tips on how to properly repair traditional homes, thanks to funding support from the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI).

22 November 2016
OLECG update

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at 4pm for an update on the situation with phone networks in the county.

17 November 2016
Minister visits new housing

The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP visited Orkney recently.

17 November 2016
Message from OLECG - 17 November

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at lunchtime today to determine a multi-agency response to the phone and electricity outages being reported at various locations throughout Orkney.

17 November 2016
Armed forces award for Council

Orkney Islands Council has been recognised for its support for the armed forces.

17 November 2016
Candidates for next year's MSYP elections

The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced.

11 November 2016
Pioneering marine plan wins Scottish Award

A plan developed with communities across the north of Scotland to help manage the marine environment in and around Orkney has won a national award for its pioneering joint working.

09 November 2016
Sustainable Fishing Projects Receive Backing from Local Fund

Two projects have received the backing of a local fund designed to support the development of the local fisheries sector and community.

07 November 2016
Exhibition showcases work by new Orkney art collective

An exhibition showcasing the work of a new art collective, established by a group of young Orkney based graduates, opens tomorrow (Saturday November 5) in Kirkwall.

04 November 2016
Students step into new Evie School

Evie school children are enjoying their first week in their new school.

03 November 2016
Lucky escape for centuries old carving

A routine check of artefacts on loan at the Orkney Museum has revealed a remarkable tale of luck, serendipity and survival against all odds for one centuries-old carving.

03 November 2016
OIC Christmas Grant Scheme Open

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

03 November 2016
Pride in Billy’s achievements

The Council has congratulated Billy Muir, whose work as an airfield firefighter in North Ronaldsay has helped him win a Pride of Britain Award.

02 November 2016
Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Service releases Annual Report

Orkney Islands Council has released its Housing Services Annual Report for 2015-2016.

31 October 2016
Sea battered cliff yields rare discovery

A rare Pictish carved stone has been recovered from an eroding cliff face in Orkney after a delicate rescue mission.

28 October 2016
Sophie is UK Apprentice of the Year

The Council has congratulated Sophie Turner whose work as a stonemason at St Magnus Cathedral has earned her the twin titles of Scottish and GB Apprentice of the Year.

28 October 2016
Helping to improve services for deaf people

A free training session is on offer in Orkney aimed at raising awareness of issues faced by deaf and deafblind people in everyday life.

28 October 2016
Sustainable heating from the sea in Stromness

Innovative technology that draws heat from the sea is proving effective in keeping one of Orkney’s newest buildings warm.

28 October 2016
Have you tried our budget simulator?

The Council is making an online budget simulator available for an extra week.

27 October 2016
Proposals for Lyness Museum redevelopment go on display

People in Orkney have the chance to view and comment on proposals for the redevelopment of the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum when they go on display on Monday (October 24).

21 October 2016
Welcome for firefighting training boost

Investment worth £1.2 million in new training facilities for firefighters in the Northern Isles has been welcomed by Orkney Islands Council.

21 October 2016
Could you be Orkney’s next youth parliamentarian?

The countdown is on for young people in Orkney hoping to stand in the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament elections.

21 October 2016
Orkney Sports Awards 2016 now open for nominations

Orkney’s Sports Awards 2016 are now open and looking for nominations.

20 October 2016
Proposals for Lyness Museum redevelopment to go on display

Members of the public will get the chance to view and comment on proposals for the redevelopment of the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum when they go on display shortly.

18 October 2016
Upcoming exhibition changes at Orkney Museum

A group of galleries at the Orkney Museum will be closed from next month to allow staff to prepare for a major new permanent exhibition.

17 October 2016
Acting head appointed for Stromness Academy

Orkney Islands Council has appointed Ian Berstan as Acting Head Teacher at Stromness Academy.

12 October 2016
Council agrees ways to support recycling efforts in the isles

Orkney Islands Council today (Tuesday 11 October) approved measures to make recycling easier for people in the North and South Isles.

11 October 2016
Planning applications routine maintenance

Public access to planning applications will be unavailable from 17:00 on Tuesday 11 October 2016 and will be available again from 08:00 on Saturday 15 October 2016 as a result of routine maintenance.

11 October 2016
Further garden waste collections for Kirkwall

A second round of garden waste collections are due to take place in Kirkwall from Saturday 15 October.

10 October 2016
Launching a great place to play

A boat naming ceremony with a difference took place at Burray primary school this afternoon (Friday 7 October).

07 October 2016
Burray bairns get on their balance bikes

Early years pupils at Burray Primary School have been getting on their bikes lately through the Play on Pedals scheme.

07 October 2016
Ferry fares survey online

An online questionnaire is running for people to give their views on ways to reduce ferry fares on Northern Isles routes.

06 October 2016
Karen appointed Head of Executive Support

Orkney Islands Council has appointed Karen Greaves as Head of Executive Support.

05 October 2016
Drop in and have your say on future ferry fares

Two drop-in sessions this week give people in Orkney the chance to join the debate on ways to reduce fares on ferry routes linking Orkney, Shetland and mainland Scotland.

03 October 2016
Budget simulator gives you the chance to balance the books

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to have a go at balancing the Council’s books – using a budget simulator.

03 October 2016
‘About Face’ – A new exhibition at Orkney Museum

A new exhibition opens at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House next Saturday (8 October).

30 September 2016
Local Learning Disabilities Service Attracts Amy to Orkney

Folk from ‘St Colms Cards’ and ‘Wood B Good’ welcomed a Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work student, Amy Fletcher, from Salford University this week.

30 September 2016
Educational Psychology Service Helping Orkney Islands Council Get it Right for Every Child

A report by Education Scotland has highlighted the valuable role that the Council’s Educational Psychology Service is playing in ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ in Orkney.

30 September 2016
Strategy for Orkney’s arts underway

Artists and organisations are being invited to comment on a draft plan for strengthening and developing Orkney’s rich cultural scene over the next decade.

29 September 2016
Short film launched to lure votes for world leading marine plan

Orkney Islands Council has published a short film to help attract public support for a pioneering local marine planning project.

29 September 2016
Call for nominations for young volunteering award

The Orkney Youth Awards are coming up in November and as part of that organisations or members of the public can nominate a young person aged 12 – 25 for a Summit Award.

29 September 2016
Local Fire Service Provides CPR Training for Halls Association

Local folk responsible for running Orkney’s community halls received a first-aid CPR training session from the local fire service this week.

29 September 2016
Council offers former day centre as a base for Maeshowe visitors

Councillors have given their backing to plans to offer Historic Environment Scotland (HES) use of a Council building in Stenness as a temporary base for visitors to Maeshowe.

28 September 2016
OIC and HIE team up for tourism study

Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to carry out a study into the opportunities and challenges arising from the changing patterns of  tourism activity in Orkney.

27 September 2016