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Positive feedback from local people to Storr Project progress
18 Nov 2016
Positive feedback from local people to Storr Project progress
THERE was an encouraging local response to a Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) consultation event which outlined the progress with the Old Man of Storr Project.
Around 30 people attended a drop-in event on November 5 – and also called in to the SCT office during the week afterwards, to view a summary of the options appraisal work carried out so far and a proposed site layout at the Highland Council-owned site at the Storr, which attracts thousands of people each year.
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Move over Hollywood… Staffin crofters star in film premiere
8 Nov 2016
Move over Hollywood… Staffin crofters star in film premiere
WHILE Staffin’s scenery has become a mecca for Hollywood in recent years, several crofters from the Taobh Sear will appear on the big screen themselves this week.
The Old Man of Storr, Quiraing and Staffin Bay are some of the most popular local locations for films, music videos and commercials but local people don’t enjoy a starring role.
That is going to change in Portree on Thursday night (10.11) as a film premiere will be held featuring five Staffin crofters.  “Grazing on the Edge” is a ...
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From pastry to pepperoni: Skye Pie eyes a pizza of the action…
4 Nov 2016
From pastry to pepperoni: Skye Pie eyes a pizza of the action…
STAFFIN’S Skye Pie Cafe embarks on a keenly anticipated winter venture tonight (4.11.16) – homemade takeaway pizzas. 
The cafe at Glenview, which has been hugely popular since opening in 2015 as the island’s first dedicated pie eatery, closed for the season last month.
But it was a temporary closure as the couple running Skye Pie have been working hard to prepare for the opening of a special November opening which involves a switch in food offering.
The pies have temporarily made way with ...
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Deadline looms for expressions of interest in potential Staffin business space
1 Nov 2016
Deadline looms for expressions of interest in potential Staffin business space
FRESH expressions of interest in a potential business/storage or arts and crafts space at a proposed Staffin housing development are being invited.
Staffin Community Trust announced last month that it had signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust to progress plans for a six-affordable house development at a site on the Stenscholl Common Grazing.
As part of the development SCT is keen to confirm whether there is interest, from within or outwith ...
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Staffin community invited to Storr Project drop-in event
31 Oct 2016
Staffin community invited to Storr Project drop-in event
STAFFIN residents are invited to attend a drop-in community event this weekend about the Old Man of Storr.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) secured funding earlier this year to carry out an Options Appraisal into Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. A consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out the work and report back to SCT.
The consultant team held a rewarding community consultation event in Staffin ...
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Remember the 5th of November – Staffin Cancer Research Sale
19 Oct 2016
Remember the 5th of November – Staffin Cancer Research Sale

A LONG-RUNNING and hugely successful Staffin sale of work – which has raised a staggering amount of money for a cancer charity over the years – will take place early next month.
Cancer Research UK’s Skye branch is hosting the annual event at Staffin Community Hall on Saturday, November 5 from 2pm. All the usual attractions including an auction, Wheel of Fortune and raffle will be held. 
It comes as Channel Four hosts its “Stand Up to Cancer” series of programmes ...
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Staffin Hall Association LTD AGM minutes
15 Oct 2016
Staffin Hall Association LTD AGM minutes
 
 
STAFFIN HALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED
Minutes of Annual General Meeting
Held on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 at 8.00pm
 PRESENT:
 
Effie Macleod (Emac)            – Chairperson                          Martin Perry (MP)
Peter Richell (PR) – Treasurer                                     Andrea Kerley (AK) – Secretary
Gordon Higgins                                                          Anne Goldsbury
 
 
APOLOGIES
 
There were no apologies.
 
There was one member of the public present.
 
The following issues were discussed:
 

Election of Officers

 
The current ...
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Update on revised fish processing proposals in Staffin and Slipway Development
10 Oct 2016
Update on revised fish processing proposals in Staffin and Slipway Development
STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has welcomed fresh proposals for an organic fish processing development which could create significant employment opportunities and much-needed infrastructure investment.
The improvement and redevelopment of the Staffin Slipway has been a priority of the local community for some time.
Basic amenities such as water, fuel and electricity cannot currently be accessed. There are no boat storage facilities, while increased shelter for vessels, and the ability to berth at all times of the day were frequently highlighted by local people ...
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Mòd Fever: young Trotternish performers in final rehearsals for na h-Eileanan Siar
10 Oct 2016
Mòd Fever: young Trotternish performers in final rehearsals for na h-Eileanan Siar
A GROUP of talented Trotternish youngsters are getting ready to set sail across the Minch to take part in the Royal National Mòd.
The October school holidays are now underway but 18 children from the peninsula, who attend Staffin, Kilmuir and Portree primary schools – and Portree High –  have been hard at work in rehearsals as they prepare for an array of competitions.
Trortternish has enjoyed tremendous success at Gaelic’s annual blue riband event in recent years which is testament to the pupils’ proficiency in the language and guidance and support from their teachers and ...
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Staffin-based Ecomuseum’s phase II secures major Heritage Lottery grant
6 Oct 2016
Staffin-based Ecomuseum’s phase II secures major Heritage Lottery grant
SCOTLAND’s first Ecomuseum – which opened in Staffin almost a decade ago –  is to undergo an exciting revamp and improvements thanks to major National Lottery investment.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the Skye Ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. The HLF award will enable the construction of a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, new footpaths and interpretation, a central Staffin “orientation point”, ...
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‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas 2016’ – Gaelic in the Environment course in Staffin
23 Sep 2016
‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas 2016’ – Gaelic in the Environment course in Staffin
 
A summary from UTS director and CnaG’s Sine Gillespie on the successful outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin which goes from strength to strength…
In the summer of 2016, Urras an Taobh Sear (Staffin Community Trust) was once again delighted to host Roddy Maclean’s 10-day course, ‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas’.  Delivered in Staffin through its native language, Roddy’s course explores the Gaelic view of the Scottish environment.
In week one at the end of July, we studied ‘Croit, Coille, Monadh ...
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Staffin Community Trust makes progress on affordable housing development
22 Sep 2016
Staffin Community Trust makes progress on affordable housing development
STAFFIN Community Trust has taken an important step in realising its aim of building new affordable houses, 17 years after the last homes were built in the area.
SCT has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with two respected housing bodies to work together and progress plans for a six-unit development, which could also provide space for local businesses. SCT has worked closely for almost two years with the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA) and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust ...
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Let’s get ready to rumba! Staffin’s fleet-footed Foxes among contenders for Skye dance title
19 Sep 2016
Let’s get ready to rumba! Staffin’s fleet-footed Foxes among contenders for Skye dance title
TWO Staffin couples, including a pair of fleet-footed Foxes from Maligar, are getting ready to rumba at a Skye dance extravaganza.
Couples from the Taobh Sear are starring in the popular “DAES Does Strictly”event later this month. Husband-and-wife John and Disie Fox have been in rehearsals for several months along with seven other island dance partnerships. The Foxes are looking to fox-trot their way to the Strictly Skye title and electrician John will be looking to hotwire his quickstep.
Valtos guest house owner Rachel Morrison and ...
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Staffin Community Trust 2016 AGM date set
7 Sep 2016
Staffin Community Trust 2016 AGM date set

UPDATES on Staffin Community Trust’s main projects will be provided later this month. 
SCT’s 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday night in Staffin. The AGM will include the latest progress on SCT’s work and an overview of the last 12 months. These include the Staffin Slipway, the affordable housing development, the Staffin Crofters’ Memorial, the Storr, the proposed extension to the Skye Ecomuseum Ceumannan and the outdoor Gaelic in the Environment courses hosted by SCT. The annual report on SCT accounts ...
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Slump in lamb trade at Portree but Staffin stock still among top prices
7 Sep 2016
Slump in lamb trade at Portree but Staffin stock still among top prices
PRICES at Skye’s biggest lamb sale of the season this week were markedly down from the first trade only a fortnight earlier.
At Dingwall and Highland Mart’s sale last month almost 2,900 sheep went through the Portree ring with an average price of £44.90, which was £2.84 up on the same sale in 2015. However, on Monday (5.9) – at what is traditionally the bigger of the island’s two main lamb sales – the average price had slumped dramatically by £7.41. 
The average price was ...
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