Remembrance Sunday Services in Staffin & Kilmuir

THE ultimate sacrifice made by men from Trotternish who served in the Boer and First and Second world wars, and military personnel from across the Atlantic, will be remembered this weekend.

Four services will take place at the Culnacnoc, Staffin, Kilmaluag and Kilmuir war memorials on Remembrance Sunday.

The Culnacnoc service will commence at 2.30pm before the Staffin commemoration at 3pm. The Staffin service will also remember the stricken American crew of the Flying Fortress which hit Beinn Edra more than 70 years ago, during WWII. The ...

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Progress on Skye Ecomuseum activities programme

AFTER three months in post as the Skye Ecomuseum’s full-time programme manager, Angus Murray provides a short update about some of the events held as part of the project’s activity plan. There is a lot more in the pipeline – keep up to speed via the Staffin Community Trust website, contact Angus on 562 464/skyeecomuseum@gmail.com or call in to see him at the office, Monday to Friday. 

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Staffin Community Trust demands review of Storr decision

 

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) will request a formal review into its rejected bid to purchase land at the Old Man of Storr.

SCT which believes Highland Council’s decision to turn down its offer to buy roadside ground at the Storr was flawed and against the spirit of new Scottish Government legislation – will also take up an offer from a senior official to negotiate.

Earlier this month, the council refused SCT’s Asset Transfer Request (ATR), which was the first in the Highlands under the ...

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Skye pupils document Latin American adventure

“If someone gave me the chance I could write a book on my experiences.”

Six Portree High School students from all over Skye spent 17 days in Costa Rica this summer through a EU-LAC-Museums exchange programme. Andrew Whitehead from Digg took part having part funded the trip using money raised at soup and pudding event at the Kilmartin in Spring 2017. This project part of continuing international EU funded youth exchange programme between Latin America and Europe, led by the University of ...

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Staffin Community Trust 2017 EGM and AGM

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) will hold its 2017 AGM and an EGM later this month. 

SCT has had another busy year progressing its various projects and an update will be provided on all aspects of its work. The EGM will consider a resolution to make changes to the existing SCT’s articles, which includes a proposal to allow Staffin residents over the age of 16 to become members. The age limit is currently set at 18.

There will also be an opportunity for anybody ...

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Prestigious international honour for ‘remarkable’ Staffin man

A STAFFIN man’s work in finding, protecting and preserving dinosaur and fossil bones and footprints has been recognised by one of the world’s leading societies in the field.  

Dugie Ross from Ellishadder, who has had a lifelong interest in fossils and runs the Staffin Museum, has received the Mary Anning Award from the Palaeontological Association (PA).

Palaeontology is the branch of science concerned with fossil animals and plants. The award was open to all those who are not professionally employed within ...

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Imminent decision on historic community bid at Storr

A HISTORIC decision on whether Staffin Community Trust (SCT) gets the green light to purchase land at one of the island’s most popular landmarks, the Old Man of Storr, is looming.

SCT will find out within the next fortnight if its bid to buy roadside ground at the Storr will be approved by the owner, Highland Council. SCT plans to build a new off-road car park, public toilets and provide interpretation/local business information at the site in a major development, which has ...

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Stellar store lambs from Staffin top Skye sale

MORE than 3,000 lambs were sold in Portree this week – and Staffin stock led the way in one of the biggest days of the crofting calendar.

Crofters from several Staffin townships were at the annual Skye lamb sale with their stock to discover what returns they would be making in the ring. It is one of the key economically important dates of the season and quality livestock from Trotternish did well.

Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd sold 3,239 store lambs yesterday (Monday) ...

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Locals’ views sought on fossils designation in Skye

THE views of residents in Staffin and Trotternish on a proposed new designation to help protect fossils – including the hugely popular dinosaur footprints in An Corran – are being sought by a government agency.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has proposed that a “Nature Conservation Order” (NCO) to protect fossils finds is introduced. It comes after police investigated an alleged attempt by a campervan driver to make casts of the footprints, which are 165 million years old, last Christmas.

There was no criminal ...

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Take The Floor: New Staffin Gym programme features exercise based on dancefloor

A REVAMPED programme of classes – which includes exercise based on a night out – are now running at the Staffin Gym.

Instructors Sam Crowe and Anna MacDonald lead a range of classes at the community gym for five days in the week, between Monday and Saturday. 

One of the new classes is Club Hiit (High Intensity Interval Training) which mixes up a night club dance floor with exercise. Don’t let the name put you off as everybody can go at their own pace and there is plenty of ...

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