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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Staffin holds global web appeal!

VISITORS from every continent in the world have logged on to check out the new Staffin Trust website in the first month since it went live.

The Trust has been delighted by the huge amount of interest in Staffin and its economic projects, with almost 2,000 page views since the site went live.

More than 550 different people have clicked on and spent an of average more than two minutes visiting the site.

Of that stream of heavy website traffic, 90 per cent of people live in ...

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Community First Responders’ event in Staffin


RESIDENTS in Staffin are being invited to attend an information event about a scheme which sees trained volunteers respond to emergency calls, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), in partnership with Staffin Community Council, is hosting the event about the Community First Responders initiative next month. 

There are currently more than 100 communities across Scotland which have first responders living locally and a scheme was set up in Glendale just last year.  

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Trotternish pupils to the Four at Mòd

CHILDREN from Staffin and Kilmuir swept the boards at the Royal National Mod on Monday (13.10) winning FOUR competitions.

The talented youngsters finished the first day of children’s competition in Inverness with an impressive haul of silverware.

Youngsters from Bun-sgoil Stafainn and Kilmuir Primary teamed up as Clann Thròndairnis to win the folk group category.

The group, made up of Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies, won top prize and were presented with the Murdo MacFarlane Trophy for under 13-year-olds.  Trotternish children previously won the same competition ...

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