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Hoy Hoolie 2015

Fri 31st July – Sun 2nd Aug

The Hoy Hoolie 2015 is Two Nights & One day of Family Entertainment

Starting on Friday night with a concert, featuring a Local Cabaret, M.C.s and headlined by the ever popular ‘Saltfishforty’.

During the day on Saturday we have a kids fun day, culminating in a self produced event featuring ‘The Crockness Monster’.

Saturday night prepare to let your hair down for the dance, ‘Cera Impala & The New Prohibition’, ‘Dance Bandits’ and ‘The Chair’ will keep you dancing till the wee small hours.

August Bank Holiday Why Not Spend The Weekend?Shore Café

Catering provided at the YM’s new Shore Cafe throughout the weekend.

Free Campsite within easy walking distance of the event.

Transportation Buses from Moaness and Lyness, please pre-book your ferry travel especially if taking vehicles.

We are producing a one-sheet reference / contact sheet for the event, please check back here shortly to download. Alternatively register your interest here and we’ll e-mail it out to you.


Orkney 2015 travel guide

Request for Amendments for Orkney 2015 travel guide

Arrangements are currently being made for the production of the 2015 Islands of Orkney Brochure.

In order that the brochure correctly reflects the services which are to be available during 2015, business operators and interested parties are asked to contact their local Community Council Clerk to make/delete an entry or to ensure that the detail of their existing entry in the brochure is accurate.

There is a very strict deadline for submission of amendments, therefore, you are advised to contact your Community Council Clerk as soon as possible.

Graemsay, Hoy & Walls Community Council Clerk contact details are as follows:

Mrs Trish Avis
KW16 3PA
Telephone: 01856 701 498
Deadline for amendments is: FRIDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2014

28th Hoy Half Marathon

Hoy half marathon logo28th Hoy Half Marathon
Sunday 15 June 2014

Entry is now open for the Hoy Half Marathon – you can enter online.

If you prefer NOT to pay by card online, you will need to print and post an entry form in the usual way, enclosing a cheque for your entry fee. Please e-mail to request a form.

We regret to announce that there will be no Quarter Marathon this year, which we know will disappoint some young runners. Entry has been falling steadily for a number of years, to the point where it has become uneconomic to make the necessary reinvestment in the race which would fall due this year.

Given that a fixed number of volunteers are required to handle a run, even for a very small number of runners, we would like their time and effort to benefit a wider audience. We have therefore decided that instead of staging a Quarter Marathon this year we will hold a 5k Family Fun Run.

  • This will be open to all ages; those under 9 years must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
  • The run will start at North Walls School and follow an out and back route to the north.
  • No times will be recorded.
  • Each participant who completes the course will receive a certificate.
  • Entry costs £1 per person – pay at Registration on the day
  • Entry forms available from hoyhalf@gmail.com Entry also available on the day (although as with the Half Marathon, boat tickets have to be booked and paid for in advance)
  • No online entry available

We hope that this event will appeal to families and supporters of those taking part in the Half Marathon, thus turning a popular event on the sporting calendar into a real family day out.

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!