Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Armadale could see a redevelopment of its shop, post office and petrol station - if plans submitted to the Highland Council get the go ahead.

Sleat Community Trust was awarded £80,000 from SSE toward the redevelopment costs of the project.  

The Trust was chosen as 1 of only 15 projects out of 87 applications that SSE has agreed to fund.

Sleat Community Trust offices will also receive refurbishment.  

The plans for the redevelopment remain available to see in the Trust Offices.


Communities affected by Royal Bank of Scotland closures will receive support, says the Highland Council.

The motion by the Leader and Convener of The Highland Council states: “In view of Royal Bank of Scotland’s continued determination to close Highland branches and cause problems particularly with tourism, small businesses and the many people in our communities that do not have or wish to access online services, we believe Highland Council now needs to take initiative where we can.

The War Memorial in Portree's Somerled Square is currently undergoing restoration work.

A spokesperson from the Highland Council told The Skye Times: "Restoration work is underway to restore the memorial to a good standard, including replacing lettering to mark the WWI centenary."

They also stated that it is aimed to complete the work at the end of July to the beginning of August, depending on the weather.

Pupils from Sleat Primary School received recognition from a conservation charity.

MSP, Kate Forbes, congratulated the pupils on their awards from the John Muir Trust, which has been working with the children as they compiled scrapbooks and carried out tree and wildlife surveys in the local Tormore Forest.

After a two-month project, pupils were presented with their Discovery Award certificates on Monday 25 June at a special ceremony in the school.

A 51 year old woman injured her ankle in south Skye on Friday 22 June.

The casualty was injured on the path between Strollamus and Torrin.  

Twelve members of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team, along with local police, assisted at the scene and the woman was taken to Broadford Hospital for treatment.

A Skye man will be among a team of injured servicemen taking part in an infamous mountain bike race.

45 year old Simon Culshaw, from Portree, will be heading to France to take part in the Mountain of Hell race.  

Mr Culshaw served in the Kings Own Scottish Borders infantry regiment for 4.5 years.  He was discharged in 1994 after suffering from anxiety and later moved to Portree after suffering a stroke.  

Mr Culshaw took up mountain biking last year while on an Outdoor Adventure course.  He said: “I had a lot to learn but I really enjoy it. It’s fun with an element of danger – like being a kid again and trying something new for the first time.

A purse has been left behind in a Staffin cafe.

Belonging to Geraldine Ryan, the purse was left in Kilmartin River Cafe, where it is currently held safe and sound.  

The owner of the purse can phone Morag on 01470562322.

A collie dog has been reported missing in the Kensaleyre area.

Police say the dog answers to "Jill".  Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

A Viking long ship created by pupils from Elgol Primary School on the Isle of Skye is now on public display in Armadale Castle museum.

As part of their curriculum Primary 1 to 6 pupils researched and then worked as a team to design the model ship, which is now exhibited at the museum.

Acting Head teacher at the time Mhairi MacDonald said: “The pupils are delighted their long ship can now be enjoyed by members of the public. Its creation was very much a team effort and I would like to thank them for all their hard work. I would also like to thank the staff at our school and the parents for their support. Everyone was very enthusiastic and fully on board with the project and the whole school found it a great experience.”

The Highland Council is informing parents on changes in how the authority collects information on funded Early Learning and Childcare following guidance introduced by the Scottish Government.

The data will be provided by the local authority (parents do not need to do anything). Information such as name or medical information will not be shared. The information will be transferred from local authorities to the Scottish Government using secure data transfer systems, and access to data will be restricted.

What data will be collected on your child?

The information that will be collected on your child has been chosen to help Scottish Government understand how families are using funded ELC and to help ensure that funded ELC is accessible to all. The following will be collected:

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