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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Staffin community invited to Storr Project drop-in event

STAFFIN residents are invited to attend a drop-in community event this weekend about the Old Man of Storr.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) secured funding earlier this year to carry out an Options Appraisal into Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. A consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out the work and report back to SCT.

The consultant team held a rewarding community consultation event in ...
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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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Update on revised fish processing proposals in Staffin and Slipway Development

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has welcomed fresh proposals for an organic fish processing development which could create significant employment opportunities and much-needed infrastructure investment.

The improvement and redevelopment of the Staffin Slipway has been a priority of the local community for some time.

Basic amenities such as water, fuel and electricity cannot currently be accessed. There are no boat storage facilities, while increased shelter for vessels, and the ability to berth at all times of the day were frequently highlighted by local people and fishermen ...

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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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Staffin Community Trust makes progress on affordable housing development

STAFFIN Community Trust has taken an important step in realising its aim of building new affordable houses, 17 years after the last homes were built in the area.

SCT has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with two respected housing bodies to work together and progress plans for a six-unit development, which could also provide space for local businesses. SCT has worked closely for almost two years with the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA) and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) ...

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Let’s get ready to rumba! Staffin’s fleet-footed Foxes among contenders for Skye dance title

TWO Staffin couples, including a pair of fleet-footed Foxes from Maligar, are getting ready to rumba at a Skye dance extravaganza.

Couples from the Taobh Sear are starring in the popular “DAES Does Strictly”event later this month. Husband-and-wife John and Disie Fox have been in rehearsals for several months along with seven other island dance partnerships. The Foxes are looking to fox-trot their way to the Strictly Skye title and electrician John will be looking to hotwire his quickstep.

Valtos guest house owner Rachel Morrison and ...

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