Festive countdown for busy Staffin businesses

FOLLOWING a hectic 2016 season Staffin businesses are in the midst of the busy festive run-in with only several days until Christmas.

Thirteen local businesses, including the two shops, craft outlets, cafes, accommodation, museum, gym, etc, are all now featured on the Staffin Community Trust’s online directory. It provides helpful information for what is on offer in Staffin for both visitors and locals and SCT has recorded heavy website traffic to the site this year, particulary from other parts of the world. ...

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Staffin crofters film released and is Holyrood bound

IT’S not quite a Christmas DVD…but a film featuring Staffin crofters at work – which was premiered last month – is a special release itself – and can now be watched online in time for the festive season.

And the successful production, which saw Staffin crofters and their collies wear GoPros to capture them gathering their stock on the Trotternish Ridge, is set to go to Holyrood, in 2017 for a screening at the Scottish Parliament before MSPs.

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Abs-fantastic 2016 for Staffin Gym as first birthday looms!

STAFFIN Gym is celebrating a special milestone next month – its first birthday – and is stepping up its promotional efforts to attract locals and holidaymakers to get a sweat on.

The gym has become the 13th business to join the growing online directory aimed at showcasing the wide range of businesses in Staffin following a highly successful 12 months.

One in 10 Staffin residents are now card-carrying members at the gym, which was officially named Aurora Fitness by local school pupils, and ...

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Production company makes welcome boost to SCT coffers

A PRODUCTION company which regularly promotes the Taobh Sear’s unique scenery has made a donation to Staffin Community Trust following a recent shoot. 

Edinburgh-based LS Productions, which is the UK’s largest stills and motion service, has donated £100 towards SCT’s project work.

LS is a regular visitor to Staffin and the Storr and Quiraing feature heavily in its website.The company works on big advertising and filing campaigns for a range of companies and brands and was recently at Loch Mealt, Ellishadder, which is near the Kilt Rock.

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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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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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