Summer fair at Staffin School

A SUMMER fair will be held at Staffin Primary School this weekend.
And parents, pupils and staff are hopeful it will blow away the community’s blues at such a poor start to the summer weather-wise, with a dry forecast for the event. There will be refreshments, home baking, face painting, “Guess the Name of the Dolly”, a raffle, tombola and car washing. Parent Kirsty Faulds added that there had been great local support for the event. “There are fantastic ...
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Protest march to save Portree Hospital

MORE than 4,000 people – many from Staffin and the Trotternish peninusla –  have signed a petition demanding that Portree Hospital is saved from closure, as plans for a protest march have been announced.

The Save Portree Hospital campaign group has confirmed a march will be held in Portree on Saturday, June 20. The group and supporters will walk from Somerled Square to the hospital demanding the reinstatement of out-of-hours doctors and a full Independent Review of the health service in the area.

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Beinn Edra air crew plaque erected

A PLAQUE marking the tragic loss of nine men in a Staffin air disaster during the Second World War has been erected on the district’s main war memorial. 
The B-17 Flying Fortress from America crashed in fog at Beinn Edra, the highest peak on the Trotternish Ridge, in March 1945.
The Staffin community held a commemoration in March marking 70 years since the tragedy, with the crew’s names now added to the Staffin War Memorial, by the Kilmartin River.
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Whales perish in Staffin Bay

SEVERAL whales have sadly died after being beached in Staffin, despite the efforts of rescuers.

The long-finned pilot whales, part of a pod of more than 20 which arrived in Staffin on Monday, had got into severe difficulties in the bay.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue has been tending to the animals with locals also helping. A large crowd had gathered at Brogaig but were kept away from the whales to avoid the rick of infection.hey were refloated but beached again ...

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Research trip fuels ideas for Staffin Crofters’ Memorial

A RESEARCH visit to public artworks in the Central Belt – which will aid the creation of the much-anticipated Staffin Crofters’ Memorial – has been carried out the Staffin Community Trust (SCT).

The fact-finding trip to Edinburgh, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Perthshire, which was funded by Creative Scotland, was led by Emma Nicolson, the director of the Skye-based arts organisation ATLAS. Emma was accompanied by SCT director Sine Gillespie and local development officer Hugh Ross.

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Digg man urges the diaspora: join the Staffin Trust!

A DIGG man, living hundreds of miles away, has urged Staffin’s expats to follow his lead and support their home district by joining the Staffin Community Trust (SCT).
Whether they are in Birmingham, Bruges or Bangladesh, the Taobh Sear’s diaspora can still play a role in Staffin’s future by becoming members of SCT. Angus MacLeod, who now lives in Warwickshire, has become one of the first ex-pats to join, which has delighted the SCT.
The SCT board of directors meet ...
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Tuesday night for Staffin Trust AGM

UPDATES on Staffin Community Trust’s main projects will be provided next week. SCT’s 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday night in Staffin. The AGM will include the information on the latest progress on SCT’s work and an overview of the last 12 months.

These include the Staffin Slipway, the affordable housing campaign, the Staffin Crofters’ Memorial, the Storr, the proposed extension to the ecomuseum Ceumannan and the outdoor Gaelic in the Environment course hosted by SCT. The annual report on SCT ...

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The Quiraing to Cannes: Staffin at the movies again!

STAFFIN is poised to get a Hollywood-sparked economic boost with a new movie – filmed in the Quiraing – hotly tipped for award success.

The glitterati have pitched up the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where a new adaptation of “MacBeth”,  starring Michael Fassbender, is one of 19 contenders for the top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or.

It is the most prestigious film award around – apart from the Oscars – so the £25million film, which was shot in the Quiraing in February last year and ...

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Staffin’s broadband shortcomings feature on TV

STAFFIN featured prominently in a national television broadcast on Tuesday night about the community’s sluggish internet speeds.

Nick Wakeham of Skyelight Candles shop/workshop in Garafad and Donald MacDonald of the Staffin Community Trust both appeared on BBC ALBA’s respected An Là news programme to discuss the current service in the district, amid hopes that a new scheme can secure superfast broadband for the whole area.

John White of Kilmuir’s outdoor activity business Whitewave also appeared on the news report by BBC ALBA’s Eilidh ...

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Staffin Trust backs new Skye fossil protection scheme

THE Staffin Community Trust and Staffin Museum have both backed a new scheme aimed at protecting important fossil finds in Skye. SCT and the museum in Elishadder, owned by Dugald Ross, have become members of The Skye Fossil Communication Loop which has been set up by Scottish Natural Heritage.  

It comes after concerns were raised last year about the loss of important fossils and potential damage from reckless collectors. In 2011, a significant amount of rock was disturbed at Bearreraig Bay, near the Storr ...

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