Festive run in: new Staffin cash machine and Christmas Dinner Pies!

CASH can now be withdrawn from a new ATM machine in Staffin, as local businesses gear up for the Christmas season.

The machine is now operational in Staffin Stores which is open six days a week. It is the nearest machine for 17 miles so is very handy for the community. Each transaction cost £1.25 but the feedback from the shop’s customers was that they were prepared to accept that fee as long as there was a new machine.

The Ellishadder Art Cafe is now shut for the season but meals can still be enjoyed at the Columba 1400 cafe which is now on its winter opening hours, Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, and will be hosting the Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch.

At Glenview, the Skye Pie Cafe is looking to build on the huge success of its first season – after feeding hungry customers more than 6,000 pies – by opining up for four days in December. The cafe will be open on December 9 to 12 and is offering a special Yuletide menu including a bumper “Christmas Dinner” pie which has a free range turkey, sage and onion stuffing and cranberry filling. The menu will also include Dexter beef pie – peppered Kilmuir beef with bacon, stilton and Skye Black ale and will sell new gift vouchers for a pie-tastic Christmas present.

Skye Pie gift voucher.

Skye Pie gift voucher.

Co-owner Kirsty Faulds said the four-day opening was as a thank you to locals for their support. “We have loved every minute of it and have had such a great time and feel so much more part of the community, not only with being able to employ local staff, but to have more locals coming through our doors than we ever did before” she said. “Neil Matheson has been the chief pie maker managing to pump out an average of 70 a day with the best total to date 110 pies made in one morning!”

At The Wee Quilter, Wendy Higgins is also opening her doors and offering special festive goods. “I am selling advent calendars, Christmas stockings, Christmas quilts and lots of other Christmas bits and pieces,” said Wendy.

The shop/workshop will be opening from Tuesday, December 1 until December 17. It will be open every Tues, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 2pm. But if anybody can’t make those times phone Wendy to make an appointment to call in and she will do her best to open up.

Wee Quilter tree.

Wee Quilter tree.

Anybody who is late doing their Christmas shopping will be glad to know that Skyelight Candles will cater for them. The popular Garafad candle shop will open from Monday, December 7 right up until Christmas Eve, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Chief candlemaker Nick Wakeham said: “We have some new Christmas candles in stock and even a Northern Lights one with Santa flying over the lights when it illuminates from the inside of the candle and changes colour! There are other bits and bobs available too. Knitwear, crafts and this year we are also very happy to have Skye’s Little Gems jewellery on sale in the shop.
“Drop in and remember, if you’ve forgotten anyone – we are open til 5pm on the 24th!”

More details on Staffin businesses herehttp://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory