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  • Temporary Closure of Roads in Kirkwall for Boys Brigade Parade

    Notice is hereby given that Orkney Islands Council has made an order in terms of section 62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to ensure the safety of the public and road users during the holding of the Boys Brigade Parade.

    The order will be in operation on Sunday 4 December 2022 between the hours of 10:15 and 13:00. The effect of the Order will be to close the roads specified in the Schedule below between the hours on the date stated. Traffic signs will be erected to indicate when a road is closed.

    24 November 2022

  • The Orkney Islands Council (Broad Street Car Park, Kirkwall) (Temporary Closure) Order 2022

    Orkney Islands Council has made the above-named Order under section 62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers to enable Kirkwall BID to hold a winter themed event in the Broad Street car park.

    The Order will be in operation from Thursday 1 December 2022 to Monday 5 December 2022 and its effect will be to close the Broad Street car park between these dates. Traffic signs will be erected to indicate when the car park is closed.

    24 November 2022

  • Schools and nurseries strike action reminder

    The Council is reminding parents and carers that most schools in Orkney will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, as a result of the planned industrial action by teachers in a national dispute over pay.

    The only facilities open are: Eday (nursery/school) North Walls (nursery/school) Papay (nursery/school) Rousay (nursery/school) and the nurseries only at Dounby, Glaitness, Papdale and Stromness Primary. Both the Strynd and Willow Tree Nurseries will be open and Shapinsay will be partially open in both the primary and nursery sections.

    23 November 2022

  • Occasional Licence - Brian Clouston - Firth Community Centre - Dance

    The Orkney Islands Area Licensing Board has received an application for occasional licence from Brian Clouston for Firth Community Centre, Finstown.

    23 November 2022

  • Naval group pay their respects during visit to Orkney

    Naval group pay their respects during visit to Orkney

    A group of ten young Naval officers from the HMS Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Royal Oak memorial within St Magnus Cathedral and performed a short ceremony of remembrance on Friday (18 November).


    The group were on a battlefield study trip as part of their Cultural Study programme, and have been to Fort George and Culloden before spending a week in Orkney to visit Lyness, HMS Tern and the Ness Battery among other sites.


    In the Cathedral, their “Act of Remembrance” commenced with the reading of an eyewitness account from Ordinary Signalman Kenneth G. Conway, a survivor of the HMS Royal Oak, and ended with the Naval Prayer and Naval Hymn.


    One of the visiting group, Sub- Lieutenant Yanislav Yurkevych, said: “Being able to come to Scapa Flow and pay our respects to the many war memorials, particularly that of HMS Royal Oak, has been a sobering chance to reflect. Seeing the graves of naval officers the same rank as us, but many of them much younger, certainly puts things into perspective.”

    22 November 2022

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