Secret & urgent: WWII emergency document for “enemy invasion” in Staffin uncovered

A FASCINATING piece of Staffin’s wartime history has been uncovered –  instructions on what to do in the event of an “enemy invasion”.

The memo, labelled “Secret & Urgent”, was sent by a police chief to the Staffin Exchange – in May 1944 as the Second World War raged. At the time Britain was still a year away from the end of the war and the German surrender.  Eight men are listed on the Staffin and Valtos war memorials having died during the ...

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Positive feedback from local people to Storr Project progress

THERE was an encouraging local response to a Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) consultation event which outlined the progress with the Old Man of Storr Project.

Around 30 people attended a drop-in event on November 5 – and also called in to the SCT office during the week afterwards, to view a summary of the options appraisal work carried out so far and a proposed site layout at the Highland Council-owned site at the Storr, which attracts thousands of people each year.

Increasing numbers ...

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Move over Hollywood… Staffin crofters star in film premiere

WHILE Staffin’s scenery has become a mecca for Hollywood in recent years, several crofters from the Taobh Sear will appear on the big screen themselves this week.

The Old Man of Storr, Quiraing and Staffin Bay are some of the most popular local locations for films, music videos and commercials but local people don’t enjoy a starring role.

That is going to change in Portree on Thursday night (10.11) as a film premiere will be held featuring five Staffin crofters.  “Grazing on the Edge” is a film which ...

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From pastry to pepperoni: Skye Pie eyes a pizza of the action…

STAFFIN’S Skye Pie Cafe embarks on a keenly anticipated winter venture tonight (4.11.16) – homemade takeaway pizzas. 
The cafe at Glenview, which has been hugely popular since opening in 2015 as the island’s first dedicated pie eatery, closed for the season last month.
But it was a temporary closure as the couple running Skye Pie have been working hard to prepare for the opening of a special November opening which involves a switch in food offering.
The pies have temporarily made way with owners Simon Wallwork ...
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Deadline looms for expressions of interest in potential Staffin business space

FRESH expressions of interest in a potential business/storage or arts and crafts space at a proposed Staffin housing development are being invited.

Staffin Community Trust announced last month that it had signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust to progress plans for a six-affordable house development at a site on the Stenscholl Common Grazing.

As part of the development SCT is keen to confirm whether there is interest, from within or outwith the Staffin ...

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Remember the 5th of November – Staffin Cancer Research Sale

A LONG-RUNNING and hugely successful Staffin sale of work – which has raised a staggering amount of money for a cancer charity over the years – will take place early next month.

Cancer Research UK’s Skye branch is hosting the annual event at Staffin Community Hall on Saturday, November 5 from 2pm. All the usual attractions including an auction, Wheel of Fortune and raffle will be held. 

It comes as Channel Four hosts its “Stand Up to Cancer” series of programmes this ...

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Staffin Hall Association LTD AGM minutes




Minutes of Annual General Meeting

Held on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 at 8.00pm



Effie Macleod (Emac)            – Chairperson                          Martin Perry (MP)

Peter Richell (PR) – Treasurer                                     Andrea Kerley (AK) – Secretary

Gordon Higgins                                                          Anne Goldsbury





There were no apologies.


There was one member of the public present.


The following issues were discussed:


  1. Election of Officers


The current Chairperson wished to resign after they had delivered their report. Martin Perry was nominated by Effie Macleod and seconded by Gordon Higgins. The rest of the ...

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Mòd Fever: young Trotternish performers in final rehearsals for na h-Eileanan Siar

A GROUP of talented Trotternish youngsters are getting ready to set sail across the Minch to take part in the Royal National Mòd.

The October school holidays are now underway but 18 children from the peninsula, who attend Staffin, Kilmuir and Portree primary schools – and Portree High –  have been hard at work in rehearsals as they prepare for an array of competitions.

Trortternish has enjoyed tremendous success at Gaelic’s annual blue riband event in recent years which is testament to the pupils’ proficiency in the language and guidance and support from their teachers and parents.  

Eighteen ...

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Staffin-based Ecomuseum’s phase II secures major Heritage Lottery grant

SCOTLAND’s first Ecomuseum – which opened in Staffin almost a decade ago –  is to undergo an exciting revamp and improvements thanks to major National Lottery investment.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the Skye Ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. The HLF award will enable the construction of a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, new footpaths and interpretation, a central Staffin “orientation point”, a ...

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‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas 2016’ – Gaelic in the Environment course in Staffin


A summary from UTS director and CnaG’s Sine Gillespie on the successful outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin which goes from strength to strength…

In the summer of 2016, Urras an Taobh Sear (Staffin Community Trust) was once again delighted to host Roddy Maclean’s 10-day course, ‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas’.  Delivered in Staffin through its native language, Roddy’s course explores the Gaelic view of the Scottish environment.

In week one at the end of July, we studied ‘Croit, Coille, Monadh is Boglach’.  Many ...

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