Thailand tsunami orphans visit Staffin

A GROUP of orphans, who survived the devastating Asian tsunami, enjoyed a visit to Staffin this week.

The Boxing Day disaster on 26 December 2004 saw a tsunami hit Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. It left death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, with the death toll estimated at 250,000 people.

Two days later police and forensic specialists from 40 countries travelled to Thailand to help with the vast human tragedy and identified more than 4,600 victims in the southern region. ...

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Pies Away! New Staffin cafe opens its doors

THE LID has come off a Staffin couple’s new food venture – the very first pie café in Skye.
The award-winning restaurant Glenview Inn at Culnacnoc has undertaken a change of direction and transformed itself into a classy pie eatery.
The Skye Pie Café has opened its doors for the 2015 season and owners Simon Wallwork and Kirsty Faulds, who have run Glenview for several years, are hugely excited about the new venture.
Kirsty said the pie café was partly motivated by a desire ...
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“Beautiful Staffin” is star of new BBC TV series

A NEW television series kicks off next week with a programme dedicated to Staffin.

In the second series of “Eileanan Fraoich”, Islay-born Heather Dewar leaves the familiarity of her home to embark on her own personal “island odyssey”. She visits Colonsay, Mull, North Uist and Eriskay and also explores the communities South Lochs in Lewis.

The producers have shown remarkably good taste and decided to launch their second series, which visits island communities, in ...

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Musician to drive milk float to Staffin – from Norfolk!

A MUSICIAN is confident he has the bottle for an epic trip all the way from south England to Staffin – in a milk float.

Paul Thompson, whose unconventional form of transport boasts a top speed of 15mph, is eagerly anticipating his forthcoming 600-mile jaunt north to Staffin and insists it will not turn sour.

Paul, a singer-songwriter from Norfolk, intends to take the wheel of the milk float this summer and is eager to find some “inspiring settings” to play. The float ...

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Staffin biz page makes perfect scents!

AS the final furlong of Christmas shopping approaches, another popular Staffin business has gone “live” on the district’s website.

And Skyelight Candles knew it made perfect scents to be featured on the Staffin Trust website, which launched its new Business Directory earlier this month.

Chief candle-creators Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping who have made their name through innovative and hand-made products, which include heather and peat-scented candles, are the second local firm to appear on the listings page after The Wee Quilter.

Have ...

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Staffin pays Remembrance Sunday respects

THE names of the men from Staffin who lost their lives in conflicts were read out at two Remembrance Sunday services in the district.

Staffin residents Donald MacLeod, Culnacnoc, and Lachie Gillies, Stenscholl, read out the full names of the men who perished in the First and Second World Wars, including their home townships and rank in the military.

Donald did the honours at the Valtos War memorial where more than 20 people gathered. A two-minute silence was held after the last name was read ...

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Staffin candle company for sale but still burning bright

A HUGELY popular Staffin candle-making business has been put up for sale.
But the owners have stressed it is business as usual as they gear up for the busy festive period.
Skyelight Candles, which is run by Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping, has been trading for 14 years.
It started off from humble beginnings in a small garage next to their home at the Old Mission House, Garafad, but Skyelight’s reputation quickly grew, largely through word of mouth. The company’s ...

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Pics: Staffin Sheepdog Trials

TROTTERNISH designer Steve Taylor, who constructed the new Staffin Trust website, has another string to his bow.

Steve, who runs Cuillin Web Design from Kensaleyre, is also a talented photographer.

He has an impressive portfolio of images, particularly landscape scenes, built up over the years.

Back in July he visited the Staffin Sheepdog Trials in Elishadder and his collection of pictures from that gloriously sunny day are now on his Flickr site.

Around 300 spectators attended the trials which was won by Lewis man Murdo ...

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Stop press: Staffin housing situation goes national

STAFFIN’s affordable housing needs have made headlines in the national and local media after the issue was highlighted in a report commissioned by the Staffin Community Trust.

The West Highland Free Press carried a page three article about the local demand for new housing in Staffin which was confirmed by the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust in a major report.

No affordable housing has been built in Staffin since 1999. Despite widespread coverage of the independence referendum result across the media last Friday, both The Herald and The Scotsman also ...

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Housing in Staffin: report confirms local demand

A NEW report on the affordable housing needs of Staffin has confirmed there is local demand for homes.

The Staffin Community Survey, which runs to 24 pages and was commissioned by the Staffin Trust, has highlighted the fact that 15 years have now passed since the last new affordable homes were built on the site of the old Staffin Primary School.

It also draws attention to the out-of-reach cost of properties on the open market in Staffin for young people, the fact that 18 per ...

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