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Surface dressing update for Wednesday 16 June

Orkney Islands Council's Roads team will be continuing surface dressing road work on Ortie Road in Sanday tomorrow, Wednesday 16 June.

15 June 2021
Stromness Primary bairns say shortlisted school cook Karen is already a winner in their eyes – or should that be bellies!

Stromness Primary school cook Karen Bevan is already a winner in the eyes and bellies of some the bairns she feeds on a daily basis – and they are backing her to win a national competition!

15 June 2021
Registration to open at Willow Tree Nursery soon

Families with young children in Orkney are being invited to register for places at the Willow Tree Nursery in Kirkwall – signalling a major step forward in addressing some of the county’s childcare needs.

14 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Tuesday 15 June

Orkney Islands Council is advising surface dressing road works will continue in Sanday tomorrow, Tuesday 15 June, on Airon, Rue and Ortie Roads.

14 June 2021
Travel concession reminder

Members of the travelling public in Orkney are being reminded to make sure they are taking advantage of travel concessions available to them.

14 June 2021
Bus timetable update

Public bus timetables are being made available this summer individually rather than as part of a combined ‘transport guide’.

14 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Pat Robinson

In her day job, Pat Robinson can be found number crunching as Chief Finance Officer with Orkney Health and Care – a formal partnership arrangement between OIC and NHS Orkney.

11 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Monday 14 June

Orkney Islands Council’s roads team will be carrying out surface dressing work in Sanday on Monday 14 June.

11 June 2021
Barbara turns 100 with her family by her side

Milestone memories of a bygone era

Four generations of one family were able to reunite to celebrate St Rognvald House resident Barbara Jolly’s 100th birthday today, Wednesday 9 June.

09 June 2021
Committee recommends partial reopening of Flotta Primary School

Orkney Islands Council’s Education, Leisure and Housing committee has recommended Flotta Primary School be partially reopened to school pupils on the island.

09 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 10 June

Tomorrow, 10 June, crews will be completing surface dressing road works on Stratheast Road in Holm before moving to Ferryhouse Road, Holm later in the day.

09 June 2021
OIC Welcomes Contract Award for Design of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the news that a contract has been awarded for the concept design of a hydrogen fuelled ferry, which could eventually operate on the Kirkwall to Shapinsay ferry route.

09 June 2021
CCTV at Kirkwall Travel Centre will aid police in latest vandalism

Kirkwall Police are using CCTV installed at the Kirkwall Travel Centre to assist in catching the culprits responsible for damaging seating within the centre recently.

08 June 2021
Gavin’s dedication praised by committee chair

Tribute has been paid to OIC’s Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure Gavin Barr, who will be leaving the Council during the summer to take on a new roll.

08 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Wednesday 9 June

Following completion of surface dressing today at Heath House Road in Stenness, crews will be moving to Graemeshall and Stratheast Roads in Holm tomorrow, 9 June.

 

08 June 2021
Beside the Ocean of Time - exhibition marks 100 years of George Mackay Brown

A new exhibition at The Orkney Museum marks 100 years since the birth of one of Orkney's most prominent writers, George Mackay Brown.

08 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Derek Allan

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

08 June 2021
Public views sought as Papdale community park exhibition boards now on view at KGS

Exhibition boards detailing the preferred concept for a new community park at Papdale in Kirkwall are now in place close to the path at Kirkwall Grammar School.

08 June 2021
Surface dressing update for 8 June

Surface dressing road works are continuing with work at Heath House Road in Stenness today, 8 June.

08 June 2021
Could you - or someone you know - be an unpaid carer?

This Carers Week we're asking could you - or someone you know - be an unpaid carer?

07 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Monday 7 June

We have completed surface dressing works on Upper Twatt Road now and crews will be moving to Heath House Road, Stenness, on Monday 7 June.

04 June 2021
Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements

Boundaries Scotland, present our proposals for Orkney Islands Council area resulting from our Review of Electoral Arrangements under, and in accordance with, section 20 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

04 June 2021
Tribute paid to Hoy Head crew after two people rescued from the sea

Tribute has been paid to the crew of the Orkney Ferries’ vessel, Hoy Head, after their quick-thinking led to the rescue of two people in distress from the sea.

04 June 2021
Free period products available online

Residents of Orkney can now place online orders for free period products funded by the Scottish Government and have them delivered direct to their door, through the Orkney Islands Council MyOrkney website.

04 June 2021
Central Kirkwall road closure - bus service changes

Public Bus routes 4 (the Kirkwall Airport bus) and 9 (Kirkwall Town Service) are affected by road closures in central Kirkwall between 7 and 13 June - passengers should catch these services from Kirkwall Travel Centre rather than from Broad Street.

04 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Friday 4 June

Following completion of surface dressing road work on Ness Battery Road, Stromness, today, crews will be moving to Upper Twatt Road, Stenness tomorrow, Friday 4 June.

03 June 2021
Dementia – feeling bereft but learning to treasure the moment

Devoted husband cares for wife at home thanks to family and community support

From this day forward, for better for worse…. in sickness and in health….Colin and Liz Kennedy made this pledge to each other when they married in 1964 – nearly 57 years ago.

03 June 2021
“Forget-me-Not” pledge - new initiatives to help families living with dementia

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on the dementia community in Orkney has been deeply felt these past 15 months – exacerbating what can be a challenging condition for families.

A multi-agency approach is being taken locally in a bid to ensure the dementia community are “never forgotten” while raising awareness of a number of initiatives kickstarted during Dementia Awareness Week, which runs until 6 June.

03 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work - Joan Jones

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

A closer look at some of our 2,700 staff has revealed a treasure trove of community-spirited and selfless individuals.

03 June 2021
Stromness Primary’s Karen Bevan shortlisted in School Chef of the Year competition

Orkney is renowned for its world-class fresh produce, some of which ends up on the school menu for bairns and staff to enjoy.

03 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 3 June

Following completion of road work on The Waterworks Rd in Stromness today, crews will be moving to Ness Battery Road, Stromness, tomorrow, Thursday 3 June.

 

02 June 2021
Community urged to focus on the FACTS

The Orkney public are being urged to continue to focus on the FACTS as the county moves into Level 0 Covid-19 restrictions from 5 June.

02 June 2021
Out of the mouths of Glaitness Nursery babes!

The Glaitness Nursery children, who were lucky enough to meet the Royal visitors recently, have been reflecting on the special occasion – although not all of them were entirely star struck!

02 June 2021
Football season kicks off - players reminded of national guidance still in place

With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions Orkney’s 2021 football season has been able to kick off, however, there is still specific guidance relating to sport, sporting events and physical activity that must be adhered to.

02 June 2021
Young people urged to stand in Scottish Youth Parliament Election

As the nation looks recover from the worldwide pandemic, never has it been more important for our young people to take a stand and ensure their voices are heard on the political stage.

02 June 2021
OIC Leader welcomes move to Level 0 from 5 June

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed news of a move to Level 0 of Scottish Government Coronavirus restrictions from 5 June - but reminds people a range of restrictions remains in place.

01 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Wednesday 2 June

Following completion of surface dressing road works on Nistaben Road in Harray today, crews will be moving to The Waterworks Rd, Stromness tomorrow (2 June). This is a minor, dead end road and crews will be dressing the entire length of the road.

01 June 2021
Tall ship visit sparks wave of interest among local sea cadets

A number of Orkney Sea Cadets were able to get a taste of life on board a tall ship when the sail training brig, Royalist, called into Scapa on Thursday (May 27).

01 June 2021
Expressions of interest sought for contract to build new care home in Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council is inviting suitably qualified contractors to register an expression of interest in the contract to build a new 40-bed care facility in Kirkwall to replace St Rognvald House.

01 June 2021
New fairer ferry fares structure agreed

Passengers on Orkney Ferries will see standard fares reduced by 38% from 14 June and the 50% discount on pre-paid books of 50 tickets retained, following debate and agreement of a new fares structure at a Special Full Council meeting of Orkney Islands Council on Monday (31 May).

01 June 2021
Check your car seat this Child Safety Week with Good Egg experts

Orkney’s Road Safety Forum is urging anyone who drives with children to take advantage of free online car seat checks with a ‘Good Egg’ expert this Child Safety Week (7-13 June).

01 June 2021
Business mini-survey launched

Orkney businesses are being invited to take part in a mini survey aimed at exploring how the local business community is feeling about the future following an incredibly challenging last several months.

31 May 2021
Surface dressing – Tuesday 1 June

Following completion of work on Tenston road in Sandwick today, crews will be moving to Nistaben Road in Harray tomorrow (Tuesday 1 June). This is a minor, dead end road and crews will be dressing the entire length of the road.

31 May 2021
Surface dressing update – Monday May 31

Following completion of work on the Georth Road in Evie today (Friday 28 May), surface dressing will take place on Monday 31 May on the Tenston road in Sandwick.

28 May 2021
Views sought – should young islanders receive free ferry travel in line with a new Scottish Government concessionary bus scheme?

Council Leader James Stockan is encouraging people in Orkney to respond to an Island Impact Assessment on the importance of young folk receiving free ferry travel in line with a new Scottish Government concessionary bus scheme.

28 May 2021
Summer opening hours to resume at Hope recycling centre

St Margaret’s Hope Recycling Centre returns to summer opening hours on Monday (May 31).

28 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 28 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Arwick Road in Evie (27 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Georth Road in Evie tomorrow (28 May). This is a dead end minor road.

27 May 2021
A Royal encounter for the bairns at Glaitness Nursery

Bairns from the Glaitness Nursery in Kirkwall enchanted Orkney’s Royal visitors - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - during a chance encounter on Tuesday.

27 May 2021
Cathedral closed to public for St Magnus International Festival filming

Orkney Islands Council is advising St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be closed to the public from 7 – 10 June (inclusive) to allow filming and recording for this year’s St Magnus International Festival.

27 May 2021
Deadline approaching for comments on ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy’

The deadline date for submission of comments to the Scottish Government on proposed plans for a six turbine, council-owned wind farm at Wee Fea in Lyness is fast approaching.

27 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 27 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Puldrite Road in Rendall today (26 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Arwick Road in Evie tomorrow (27 May). This is a dead end minor road.

26 May 2021
Tall Ship Royalist to call

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not the only Royalty expected to visit Orkney this week.

26 May 2021
Warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess

The visit to Orkney by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been warmly welcomed by the county’s Lord Lieutenant and the Leader of Orkney Islands Council.

26 May 2021
Taskforce tackling child poverty in Orkney

Orkney fares better than 22 of the 32 local authority areas across Scotland – when it comes to rising levels of child poverty – but there is no room for complacency.

26 May 2021
Orkney electricity transmission link worth up to £807 million to Orkney economy

A new electricity transmission link between Orkney and the Scottish Mainland could be worth at least £371 million to the Orkney economy, according to a recently commissioned study into the potential value of the cable.

26 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 26 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Holland Road in Firth today (25 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Puldrite Road in Rendall and Arwick Road in Evie.

25 May 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

25 May 2021
Papdale community park planning application submitted

A planning application has been submitted to the Council for a development to transform an area of green space at Papdale into a community park for all ages and abilities.

25 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 25-28 May

Orkney Islands Council is advising of revised plans for surface dressing road works for the coming days, after recent delays to previously publicised schedules due to weather.

24 May 2021
KGS pupils launch appeal for donations

Want to help Kirkwall Grammar School S2 pupils change the world and make it a better place? They're appealing for donations of educational materials and tech and money to help reduce poverty and inequality for counterparts in schools in Pakistan and Nepal, as part of the global Connecting Classrooms project.

24 May 2021
Orkney Islands Council and Greener Orkney to work in partnership during national clean-up campaign

Orkney Islands Council, in partnership with Greener Orkney, is supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Summer Clean for 2021.

24 May 2021
Surface dressing delayed due to cooler spell

Orkney Islands Council is advising that, due to weather forecasts, surface dressing road works planned for today (21 May) at Holland Road in Firth have been postponed until warmer, drier weather returns to the county.

21 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 21 May

Plans for the Council’s Roads team to carry out surface dressing tomorrow (Friday 21 May) on Holland Road in Firth are postponed due to weather conditions.

20 May 2021
Orkney stands proudly on the national musical map

While not wishing to focus on himself, Edmund Holt was instrumental in laying the foundations – alongside Alistair Bain – for what is now widely recognised as one of Orkney’s Education Service success stories – and now almost 50 years later the Orkney Instrumental Music Service is still going strong.

20 May 2021
Once in a lifetime chances for some instrumentalists

Chris Giles – Principal Teacher of Expressive Arts from 2008- 2013.

20 May 2021
Instrumental Music Service - the jewel in the crown of the Education Service in Orkney

Penny Aberdein shares some thoughts and memories from her time with the Orkney Instrumental Music Service from 1998-2008.

20 May 2021
Orkney Islands Council Instrumental Music Service – hitting the right note for almost 50 years!

In May the Pickaquoy Centre is normally alive with the sound of music, when over 200 young musicians from across Orkney’s schools come together for the Instrumental Music Service’s annual music course. Due to Covid-19, the course has been cancelled for a second year running.

20 May 2021
First hour free summer parking proposed

Councillors at today’s Policy and Resources committee backed recommendations for a ‘first hour free’ approach at Council car parks across Kirkwall and Stromness for the summer period, starting from July 1.

19 May 2021
Test of change for Regional Improvement Collaborative

Issued on behalf of the Northern Alliance.

The pandemic has required every aspect of our working lives to adapt to more challenging circumstances and regional improvement collaboratives set up to support education and children’s services teams across Scotland are no exception.

19 May 2021
Plan for fairer ferry fares discussed

Passengers on Orkney Ferries could see fares reduced by 38% in June, if proposals for a new fares structure are approved by Orkney Islands Council.

18 May 2021
Norwegian Constitution Day – a time to reflect, remember and celebrate

Orkney’s special friendship with Norway was celebrated on Monday 17 May – Norwegian Constitution Day.

18 May 2021
KGS Peter Higgs Science Award 2020

We are delighted to be able to celebrate the success of some of our exceptional young Scientists here at KGS.

18 May 2021
Sustrans and Council support for active travel projects

Projects to encourage walking, cycling and wheeling as an attractive first choice for travel in Orkney are set for a boost with the help of a new Sustrans Officer who will be based locally, working with Orkney Islands Council.

17 May 2021
Constitution Day. A Virtual Tog

Convener Harvey Johnston has penned these words in celebration of our continued friendship and links with our Norwegian neighbours on this, Norway’s Constitution Day.

17 May 2021
Pupils launch community appeal to assist linked schools in Pakistan and Nepal

S2 pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School are reaching out to the wider community in Orkney to help reduce poverty and inequality for counterparts in schools in Pakistan and Nepal - as part of a unique global education programme, Connecting Classrooms.

17 May 2021

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