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  • Council arrangements for day of Queen's funeral

    All non-essential Council services and Council buildings – including schools and nurseries - will be closed on Monday 19 September for the national bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.

    This will also mean a revised waste collection timetable – further details below - and no leisure and culture facilities.

    Essential services, such as 24/7 care and some harbour operations, will continue, although the Harbour Office at Scapa will be closed. Day Centres will also close, this includes - West Mainland Day Centre; Gilbertson Day Centre; Lifestyle Service; St Colm’s and Kalisgarth day service.

    13 September 2022

  • Update on inter isles air service disruptions

    An update (as at 16:00 on Monday 12 September) for inter-isles air passengers in Orkney on current service disruptions:

    12 September 2022

  • Road works and related bus service changes from Monday 12 September

    An update of road works and impacts on public bus services for the week starting Monday 12 September:

    11 September 2022

  • Proclamation Ceremony to be held on Sunday

    A local ceremony to proclaim King Charles III will take place outside St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on Sunday 11 September at 2.00pm.

    Following the sad death of the Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, her eldest son Charles becomes the new monarch, but that needs to be formalised through what is known as the Proclamation.

    09 September 2022

  • Hoy on Hoy event postponed

    As a mark of respect and to honour the period of mourning following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the visit to Hoy and formal opening of Scapa Flow Museum by Sir Chris Hoy and the ‘Hoy on Hoy’ community events will not be going ahead on Saturday 17 September. 

    09 September 2022

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