Kids invited to festive parade and tree switch on

STAFFIN youngsters have been invited take part in a festive parade and big Christmas tree switch on.

This year’s Christmas tree in Portree will be illuminated on Monday night (December 1).

Any children who wish to participate in the lantern parade before the switch on should meet at the Portree Community Centre at 5.30pm. The youth pipe band will then lead the procession to Somerled Square for the start of the Christmas festivities.

There will be entertainment in Somerled Square before the lights go on and ...

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Younger “Digg” is Skye Camanachd POY

A DUNTULM man who has strong Staffin ties is the Skye Camanachd Player of the Year.

Ally MacDonald from Aird received the coveted honour for the 2014 season at the club’s annual awards dinner dance in Portree at the weekend.

Skye won the Marine Harvest North Division One this season, eight points clear of their nearest challengers Newtonmore.

Ally, a defender, has been a stalwart in the first team this season and was one of only two players to not miss a game. ...

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Wanted: A Creative Spark

YOUNG people in Trotternish are being urged to provide a creative spark in their own community.

The Highland Youth Arts Hub (HYAH), backed by the national agency Creative Scotland, is seeking entrants for an exciting new project called Creative in Your Community.

It aims to encourage young people to get involved in creative activity and wants to support those aged between 12 and 25-years-old develop their own project, within their own district.They would be supported by experienced figures from the arts world.

A spokeswoman ...

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Stop Press: Staffin Autumn Newsletter

MOVES to set up an emergency First Responders scheme and a new gym in Staffin have taken important steps forward, it has emerged.

The very latest updates on both unconnected developments are documented in the latest edition of the Staffin Autumn Newsletter which can be read online or hardcopies picked up from the two shops, the Post Office and Columba 1400.

The community council has worked hard with the Scottish Ambulance Service to investigate the appetite within the district for the volunteer ...

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A Song for Staffin: sparked by German war story

A WAR story set on Staffin Island, which was handed down through the generations, has inspired a new song.
Skye songwriter and musician Hector MacInnes, who made his name with the eclectic band Injuns, has released an EP called “Staffin”.
And the self-titled acoustic song has an intriguing tale behind it.
Hector, whose grandfather hailed from Clachan but was brought up in the south-end of Skye, had heard a story several years ago which got him thinking and then he heard it again more recently from a ...
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Staffin pays Remembrance Sunday respects

THE names of the men from Staffin who lost their lives in conflicts were read out at two Remembrance Sunday services in the district.

Staffin residents Donald MacLeod, Culnacnoc, and Lachie Gillies, Stenscholl, read out the full names of the men who perished in the First and Second World Wars, including their home townships and rank in the military.

Donald did the honours at the Valtos War memorial where more than 20 people gathered. A two-minute silence was held after the last name was read ...

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Staffin to remember the fallen

STAFFIN will fall silent this weekend to honour those who left the district, and never returned home.

A century on from the start of the First World War and the Staffin firefighters of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who will be in full uniform, will join representatives from the Staffin Community Council and Staffin Community Trust to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday

Two services will be held. The first one starts at the Valtos War Memorial at 2pm where wreaths will ...

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Made in Staffin: Mòd Gold Medal winner!

STAFFIN can partially lay claim to the 2014 Gold Medal winner, it has been confirmed.

Inverness-based solicitor Angus MacLeod won the blue riband event for singers at the Royal National Mòd earlier this month. 

Angus, who is also a member of the Inverness Gaelic Choir, won the competition on his home turf but revealed at the time he had a strong Skye and Western Isles family background.

Angus’ grandfather Alec Fraser, who hailed from Clachan, was a former headmaster of Staffin School in the post-war period. Angus’ mother ...

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Staffin candle company for sale but still burning bright

A HUGELY popular Staffin candle-making business has been put up for sale.
But the owners have stressed it is business as usual as they gear up for the busy festive period.
Skyelight Candles, which is run by Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping, has been trading for 14 years.
It started off from humble beginnings in a small garage next to their home at the Old Mission House, Garafad, but Skyelight’s reputation quickly grew, largely through word of mouth. The company’s ...

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Staffin’s busiest day of the year?

ALL roads lead to Staffin next month for the hugely popular Cancer Research UK’s sale of work.

The annual event, which is something of an institution in north Skye, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity’s work over the years.

It is probably the busiest day of the year in Staffin, certainly in terms of the number of vehicles parked around Staffin Hall!

The sale kicks off at 2pm on Saturday November 8. All the usual attractions including an auction, Wheel ...

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