Future of Skye health services – Staffin residents urged to take part

RESIDENTS in Staffin and Trotternish are being encouraged to take part in important work shaping the future of local health services next month.

NHS Highland is holding three information events in Portree prior to key ‘option appraisals’ workshops aimed at developing an enhanced service for elderly, community and hpsutal care.

It comes almost two years after a grassroots campaign secured Portree Hospital’s future in the face of it being downgraded by the health authority and the publication of the out of ...

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Tender issued for Staffin housing, health and business development

THE TENDER for a contract to build a long-awaited affordable housing, health and business development in Staffin has been issued.

Contractors are being encouraged to bid for the project in Staffin which will see six three-bedroom homes, a new health clinic and business premises built. 

The community-led project comes five years after a hard-hitting report was published highlighting a clear demand for housing in the district. Staffin has experienced a population and school roll decline in recent years, with the ...

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Staffin Community Trust’s 2019 AGM

THE 2019 AGM of Staffin Community Trust will be held at the end of the month.

It has been a hectic 12 months for SCT progressing its various projects and an update will be provided on all aspects of its work.

There will also be an opportunity for anybody join the SCT board of directors and for any local residents keen on becoming members.

Being a SCT member does not involve a requirement to attend monthly SCT board meetings – although they ...

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Staffin affordable housing development crowdfunding campaign goes live

THE FIRST ever ‘crowdfunding’ campaign in Skye to build affordable homes and a new medical clinic will be launched by a community organisation this week (6.9.19).

A four-minute film highlighting the challenges faced by Staffin, in the north-east of the island, in retaining and attracting families and young people will be released to publicise the campaign, 20 years after the last affordable housing development opened in the community.

And the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) will urge Hollywood production companies – which have ...

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Young Staffin stockman’s debut success at Skye Agri Show

A CLASSY Stenscholl calf shown by a young Staffin crofter made a big impact at this year’s Skye Agricultural show.

Experienced auctioneer Daniel Urquhart judged the stylish seven-month old Limousin cross – owned by Allan Wilson – the Best Calf and it was also crowned the show’s Reserve Champion in the cattle class.

Allan crofts at Stenscholl and Sartle, drawing on his grandfather Iain’s experience, and is only 22. It was his first time showing at the island’s show, and he ...

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Matheson duo reign supreme at return of Staffin’s Angling Competition

A RAINY Saturday provided the perfect conditions for landing fish at the resurrected Staffin Angling Competition.

The annual summer contest was hugely popular but went into abeyance in recent years. There was a keen appetite locally for it to return and it was held last Saturday (27.7) through Staffin Community Trust’s Skye Ecomuseum activities programme.

Seven boats with crews headed out to sea from Staffin Slip at 12 noon while there were another half a dozen people, of all ages, fishing from ...

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More than £27,000 raised after decade of Staffin Sheepdog Trials

AN ARGYLL handler and his dog were crowned the winners of the 2019 Staffin Sheepdog Trials, as the annual event passed a significant milestone.

The regal sounding ‘Queen’ and her owner Stuart Davidson, from Dunoon, scored the most points on the day at Ellishadder with the action judged by Invergarry-based Mike McNally.

The event is always well supported by the Staffin and wider Skye community and visitors to the area, and each event raises money for good causes. This was the ...

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Scottish internationalist at Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week

A TWO-TIMES Scottish internationalist will preside over the competition at the Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week.

As ever there will be a stellar field of handlers and sheepdogs from the UK and Ireland – and further afield – who will converge at Ellishadder for the popular annual event, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit.

Invergarry handler Mike McNally who has represented Scotland twice, is the judge in Staffin for the popular family event which attracts a significant crowd ...

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Glowing newspaper review for Columba 1400’s food

A FOOD reviewer in a national newspaper has hailed the quality of food and the setting at a popular Staffin eatery

Columba 1400’s Cafe was the subject of a hugely positive 400 word review and pictures in The Press & Journal newspaper, which has a circulation of almost 60,000 copies.

The unnamed reviewer, who went to the cafe incognito, was staying in a Staffin cottage near the shore with her husband. She gave the cafe a glowing 12 stars out of the ...

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New Staffin summer newsletter: out now

ALL the latest news from Staffin including – a fond farewell to a shop stalwart, the youth club’s resurrection, new projects by the local historical society, the achievements of young Bollywood dancers, an important turf-cutting ceremony in Flodigarry etc – all feature in the summer 2019 community newsletter for the district.

Effie MacLeod from Digg retired last month from the community-run Staffin Stores as manager, with Lyndsey Clark her successor. In 2006, the shop lease was bought by Staffin Community Hall ...

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