Golden images of 1960s haymaking in Staffin unearthed by Welsh visitor

A WELSH teenager who had a memorable holiday at a Staffin youth hostel in the early 1960s has uncovered images of Staffin’s crofting past.

Fifty four years later and David Evans is now able to share the pictures with the local community he took when he was only 17 in September 1962. 

It was the month that Ford launched the Cortina, the Glasgow Tramways ran its last normal service and Rangers had started their successful 1961/62 league campaign which would see them pip Kilmarnock to ...

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Storr update: Bids for Options Appraisal lodged

AS VISITOR, and vehicle, numbers have noticeably soared in the last few days of sunshine at the Storr, the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has secured the funding required for an Options Appraisal of the roadside site owned by the local authority.

And three excellent bids have now been lodged by tenderers looking to carry out the hugely important contract which will review all the options at the location, the estimated costs and community and economic benefit for each one investigated.

SCT is currently assessing the submissions ...

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Staffin goes pop! Band who set music video in Taobh Sear return to Skye

A SCOTTISH indie band who used Staffin as the setting for their song’s video are to play Portree later this month.

Ayrshire three-piece Fatherson will perform at the Portree Community Centre on Thursday, May 26 during their national tour in support of their new album “Open Book” which is released in June.

Earlier this year the group filmed a video for the song “Lost Little Boys” which used Staffin Beach, Staffin and Flodigarry islands, Rigg, Culnacnoc, the Storr and Quiraing as the wintry backdrop to ...

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Enhanced housing funding sources for Staffin residents

A REVAMPED croft house scheme and new loan fund can now be accessed by Staffin residents looking to build a home or carry out major renovations. 

The Scottish Government is now welcoming applications to the new Croft House Grant Scheme after the amount of grant available were increased after reaming static for a decade. That meant a significant cut in cash terms as building costs increased significantly during the same period. In Skye, crofters can apply for up to £38,000 towards the construction of a new house or £28,000 if you are trying to renovate a dilapidated or inhabitable croft house.

Previously, the scheme used to have a loan ...

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Alarming Staffin population slump makes local backing for preferred housing site vital

AS STAFFIN’S urgent need for new affordable houses becomes more pressing with a rapidly declining population, local residents have the chance to make their voices heard on a crucial planning blueprint next week.

Highland Council is currently seeking comments on its draft West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan, which will shape the construction pattern in Staffin for the next decade. It is holding a drop-in session at Staffin Hall on Thursday, May 12 between 2pm and 5pm and the planning service is also inviting ...

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Update: Staffin superfast internet access

 A SENIOR BT official has pledged to keep the Staffin community fully informed as the company sets about the “challenging” installation of superfast broadband to the district.

It comes after the community company, North Skye Broadband, announced earlier this month, it had removed all the Staffin postcodes from its target area after BT confirmed it was aiming to reach the whole district with the service.

Robert Thorburn, ...

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Bill Hayward, Garafad.

BILL Hayward, a popular former Staffin resident, has sadly passed away. 

Bill, who lived happily in Garafad for more than 30 years with his late wife Bunty, died on Tuesday morning (12.4) in hospital, following a short illness.

Bill was a gentleman. He and Bunty were very well thought of in their adopted community after the couple moved to Staffin in 1982. He delivered milk for the Stafainn Co-Chomunn and worked at Unipart in Portree. The couple were always together and devoted ...

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Audience told of superfast broadband developments for Staffin

A COMMUNITY company set up to try and deliver superfast broadband for Skye communities has removed Staffin from its target area, it has emerged.
BT has a major contract to deliver superfast internet speeds in Skye in 2016 but will be unable to cover the whole island. That led to the formation of the North Skye Broadband (NSB) company last year which aims to provide the service to the communities that will not benefit from the ...
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Eve of Staffin lambing: take heed and use a lead!

VISITORS – and locals – in Staffin are urged to keep their dogs under control as we approach a crucial time for the district’s crofters.

Lambing is about to commence for most of the Taobh Sear and it is undoubtedly the most vital period in the crofting calendar. Walkers looking to enjoy the spectacular scenery and fresh air are warmly welcomed to Staffin but please use your common sense and respect the livestock you will encounter on foot.

People walking in Staffin’s 23 townships’ hills ...

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Situation vacant: Staffin Campsite looking for staff

STAFFIN Campsite is seeking to recruit staff for the coming visitor season. 

The popular campsite, which is the only one in the district, is looking to employ wardens, preferably a couple, to run the site. As the wardens would really need to be based at the busy campsite a small two-bedroom holiday cottage can be provided as free accommodation or a free pitch for a motorhome, caravan etc. The warden(s) would be required to carry out the usual duties ...

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