John Brown

Thank you for this opportunity to let the people of Hoy and Walls know who I am and what I believe in.

I am Orcadian born, and educated at Stromness Academy, Edinburgh University and Oxford University.

I am a hard-working positive individual dedicated to serving the community. Experienced in local government, I spent nine years each on the Orkney Islands Council and the Stromness Community Council. I am driven by a sincere belief in making our communities better. I put practical “commonsense” first in decision making. I will represent all areas equally. Representing the South Isles is all about communication. If elected I would attend Community Council and local meetings with public surgeries associated with those meetings. Individuals are always welcome to contact me with their problems.

I believe the main challenges facing the South Isles in the immediate future are medical provision, care for the elderly, transport and jobs.

Medical provision and local care for the elderly is a continuing challenge. Primary care needs professional practitioners on the island backed up by a reliable ambulance service. Emergencies don’t follow working hours! Securing the best possible results needs local representation to the NHS Orkney Board. I would try to do that.

Transport is a constant problem and lengthening vessels can only be a temporary solution. Frequency and timetabling is important for both, community access, year round, and tourism in the summer. Get this right and people will come to the islands, and stay, creating jobs.

2012 Local Council Elections

Orkney Islands Council logoThis year sees an imminent change in Orkney Islands Council, with local elections for councillors taking place on the 3rd May. The recently published list of candidates showed that 46 people have put themselves forward to contest the 21 seats.

For the Stromness and South Isles Ward, seven people are standing:
John Brown, Stromness, Rob Crichton, Stenness, Maurice Davidson, Stromness, Delia Hall, Lyness, Arthur Robertson, Stromness, James Stockan, Stromness and Terry Thomson, Hoy.

Despite being hounded by The Orcadian and Radio Orkney, the candidates found time to address two questions put to them by The Blether. See what they have to say on Pages 2-4. Make your vote count!

Symphony of the Magnetic North

“Comprised of Erland And The Carnival members Gawain Erland Cooper and Simon Tong, with vocals by Yorkshire singer Hannah Peel, the Magnetic North formed after Orkney native Cooper found a 1930s tourism guide to Orkney of the same title. He then had a vivid dream in which he was (stick with us) visited by the ghost of Betty Corrigall, an Orcadian girl who died in the 1770s. Cooper woke the next morning with a list of track names, each a location on Orkney.”
The Guardian – Sat 7th April 2012

This New CD featuring the Stromabank Pub Choir on a few tracks (incl ‘Bay of Skaill‘) which were recorded at the Hoy Kirk is released on 7th May 2012.  The Stromabank Pub Choir will be performing with the Magnetic North at the St Magnus Festival in June.