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Tuesday night for Staffin Trust AGM
20 May 2015
Tuesday night for Staffin Trust AGM
UPDATES on Staffin Community Trust’s main projects will be provided next week. SCT’s 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday night in Staffin. The AGM will include the information on the latest progress on SCT’s work and an overview of the last 12 months.
These include the Staffin Slipway, the affordable housing campaign, the Staffin Crofters’ Memorial, the Storr, the proposed extension to the ecomuseum Ceumannan http://staffin-trust.co.uk/skyes-eco-museum-ceumannan-ii-2 and the outdoor Gaelic in the Environment course hosted by SCT. The annual report on SCT ...
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The Quiraing to Cannes: Staffin at the movies again!
14 May 2015
The Quiraing to Cannes: Staffin at the movies again!
STAFFIN is poised to get a Hollywood-sparked economic boost with a new movie – filmed in the Quiraing – hotly tipped for award success.
The glitterati have pitched up the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where a new adaptation of “MacBeth”,  starring Michael Fassbender, is one of 19 contenders for the top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or.
It is the most prestigious film award around – apart from the Oscars – so the £25million film, which was shot in the Quiraing in February last year and other parts of Skye ...
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Staffin’s broadband shortcomings feature on TV
6 May 2015
Staffin’s broadband shortcomings feature on TV
STAFFIN featured prominently in a national television broadcast on Tuesday night about the community’s sluggish internet speeds.
Nick Wakeham of Skyelight Candles shop/workshop in Garafad and Donald MacDonald of the Staffin Community Trust both appeared on BBC ALBA’s respected An Là news programme to discuss the current service in the district, amid hopes that a new scheme can secure superfast broadband for the whole area.
John White of Kilmuir’s outdoor activity business Whitewave also appeared on the news report by BBC ALBA’s Eilidh ...
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Staffin Trust backs new Skye fossil protection scheme
4 May 2015
Staffin Trust backs new Skye fossil protection scheme
THE Staffin Community Trust and Staffin Museum have both backed a new scheme aimed at protecting important fossil finds in Skye. SCT and the museum in Elishadder, owned by Dugald Ross, have become members of The Skye Fossil Communication Loop which has been set up by Scottish Natural Heritage.  
It comes after concerns were raised last year about the loss of important fossils and potential damage from reckless collectors. In 2011, a significant amount of rock was disturbed at Bearreraig Bay, near the Storr Lochs, ...
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Limited superfast broadband for Staffin
30 Apr 2015
Limited superfast broadband for Staffin
A HIGH speed internet connection will be rolled out to Staffin – but large swathes of the district will struggle to access it.
A meeting was held in Kilmuir Hall on Wednesday night (29.4) hosted by the North Skye Broadband Project  and residents in Trotternish outlined their current internet speeds, amid several complaints about slow broadband.
The project, which is being led by Glendale Trust, is investigating current online speeds in its own community, Kilmuir and Waternish.
BT is in the midst ...
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Staffin support for campaign to save Portree Hospital
27 Apr 2015
Staffin support for campaign to save Portree Hospital
ALARMED Staffin residents are among the 1,500 people who have signed a petition demanding that a controversial move to remove beds at Portree Hospital and reduce 24-hour care is reversed.
At the time of writing, the Save Portree Hospital campaign group’s online petition has attracted the signatures of 1,530 people. It was only launched after a public meeting in the Skye Gathering Hall last month which attracted 300 people.  
The campaign group has warned that a “mistake” was made by NHS Highland when ...
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Thailand tsunami orphans visit Staffin
17 Apr 2015
Thailand tsunami orphans visit Staffin
A GROUP of orphans, who survived the devastating Asian tsunami, enjoyed a visit to Staffin this week.
The Boxing Day disaster on 26 December 2004 saw a tsunami hit Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. It left death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, with the death toll estimated at 250,000 people.
Two days later police and forensic specialists from 40 countries travelled to Thailand to help with the vast human tragedy and identified more than 4,600 victims in the ...
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Hacked off with Staffin and Kilmuir’s broadband speed?
13 Apr 2015
Hacked off with Staffin and Kilmuir’s broadband speed?
A NEW online survey – which will investigate the broadband speed in Trotternish – is now live, as efforts to secure a high speed internet connection gather speed.
Businesses and residents in Staffin and Kilmuir are being urged to complete the short survey, which only takes two minutes, so that an accurate picture of the current broadband service in the peninsula can be measured.
The survey can be accessed by clicking here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Glendalecommunitybroadband
It comes as the North Skye Broadband Project, which is being ...
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Staffin’s outdoor Gaelic course returns
8 Apr 2015
Staffin’s outdoor Gaelic course returns
A POPULAR outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin is set to return this summer.
The Staffin Community Trust hosts Gaelic broadcaster Roddy MacLean’s course Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas in June and August.
The 10-day Gaelic in the environment course is aimed at fluent Gaelic speakers and advanced learners. This year it is offered in two five-day blocks and is suitable for countryside rangers, teachers, people employed in heritage and tourism in Scotland and beyond. It is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Students learn to ...
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Staffin businesses cracking into Easter
7 Apr 2015
Staffin businesses cracking into Easter
STAFFIN businesses are gearing up for the start of the 2015 visitor season with the Easter weekend upon us.
Premises have been painted/refurbished, stock orders have been arriving and menus have been revamped. Some businesses have even launched new ventures, like the Skye Pie Café.
While Staffin is by no means a closed shop during the so-called “shoulder months” between October and March, the A855 is already noticeably busier with traffic of all shape and sizes – and speeds!
Please note that ...
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Slipway: drop in consultation on Saturday
19 Mar 2015
Slipway: drop in consultation on Saturday
AN UPDATE on the Staffin Slipway Development will be provided this weekend as the feasibility stage nears completion.
The Staffin Community Trust is hosting a drop-in community consultation on Saturday (21.3) to provide the latest information on the transformational project.
Marine engineering firm Wallace Stone, environmental consultant Duncan Bryden and economist Steve Westbrook have been investigating the project’s potential and reviewing the construction options in the last year. Aspect Land and Hydrographic Surveys Ltd has also carried out a seismic report at ...
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Pies Away! New Staffin cafe opens its doors
17 Mar 2015
Pies Away! New Staffin cafe opens its doors
THE LID has come off a Staffin couple’s new food venture – the very first pie café in Skye.
The award-winning restaurant Glenview Inn at Culnacnoc has undertaken a change of direction and transformed itself into a classy pie eatery.
The Skye Pie Café has opened its doors for the 2015 season and owners Simon Wallwork and Kirsty Faulds, who have run Glenview for several years, are hugely excited about the new venture.
Kirsty said the pie café was partly motivated by a desire to spend more ...
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Mystery solved: ‘Eda’ was wife of Beinn Edra victim
12 Mar 2015
Mystery solved: ‘Eda’ was wife of Beinn Edra victim
THE mystery behind a piece of jewellery, which was found by a schoolboy among the wreckage of a warplane that crashed 70 years ago in Skye, has finally been solved.
And efforts are now underway to reunite the St Christopher’s pendant – inscribed with a woman’s name – with the American family of the man who was killed when his aircraft crashed into Beinn Edra in Staffin, after his identify was confirmed.
Tormod MacLeod, from Clachan in Staffin, found the pendant ...
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70 years on: Beinn Edra air disaster remembered
3 Mar 2015
70 years on: Beinn Edra air disaster remembered
TODAY (Tuesday 3.3) marks 70 years since the Beinn Edra aircraft disaster in Staffin – which claimed the life of Charles Jeanblanc – and eight of his colleagues.
The community will mark the solemn milestone on Saturday at the Staffin War Memorial where a plaque, inscribed with the crew’s names, will be unveiled.
Charles Jeanblanc was the navigator on the Flying Fortress when it crashed into the rockface on the Trotternish Ridge on March 3, 1945, in heavy fog. He was 23-years-old.
Skye ...
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“Beautiful Staffin” is star of new BBC TV series
25 Feb 2015
“Beautiful Staffin” is star of new BBC TV series
A NEW television series kicks off next week with a programme dedicated to Staffin.
In the second series of “Eileanan Fraoich”, Islay-born Heather Dewar leaves the familiarity of her home to embark on her own personal “island odyssey”. She visits Colonsay, Mull, North Uist and Eriskay and also explores the communities South Lochs in Lewis.
The producers have shown remarkably good taste and decided to launch their second series, which visits island communities, in Staffin.  The production company Caledonia TV spent two days ...
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