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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 2 Diary
11 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 2 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. The community-centred project, which involves an 8-metre by 2-metre trench, 1x1m test pits and geophysics, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The Staffin Trust sees it as an important project, culturally and economically, for the district. The site may date ...
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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 1 Diary
10 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 1 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. The community-centred project, which will involve an 8-metre by 2-metre trench, 1x1m test pits and gephysics, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who ...
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Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year
9 Sep 2015
Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year
LAMBS from Staffin were again among the top prices at the island’s second big sale of the season in Portree.
More than 4,100 store lambs were sold by Dingwall and Highland Marts on Monday in what was described by a company spokesman as a “good sound trade” for all classes. It comes after the first sale last month saw several Staffin crofters come away with top prices, further enhancing the district’s reputation among buyers as a source of top quality store lambs. 
The ...
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Staffin stalwarts step down: new members needed!
4 Sep 2015
Staffin stalwarts step down: new members needed!
SIX members of the eight-strong Staffin Community Council have indicated that they will step down this autumn, sparking a need for new people to stand for election.
The group of community councillors are steeping down for a variety of reasons having given excellent service to the Staffin community over some years. 
The community council is a vital statutory body as it allows local residents to act and speak out on behalf if their district. Their specific role can vary according to the ...
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Archaeological excavation starts in Staffin next week
2 Sep 2015
Archaeological excavation starts in Staffin next week
STAFFIN Community Trust and the University of the Highlands and Islands is holding a five-day archaeological excavation near An Corran next week. The small-scale community-centred dig, which will involve an 8-metre by 2-metre trench and 1x1m test pits, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14.
The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who lived off the wild resources of the land and sea. The excavation – which will start at ...
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Biz directory bolstered by Staffin shop and Jurassic mecca!
28 Aug 2015
Biz directory bolstered by Staffin shop and Jurassic mecca!
A BUSY community shop and Jurassic museum are the latest additions to the online Staffin business listings, as the website’s popularity soars. 
Nine Staffin businesses are now featured on the http://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory and Staffin Community Trust is looking to add more in the coming weeks as it seeks to further showcase what the Taobh Sear can offer.
Establishing a one-stop Staffin website was a key objective of the Staffin Trust’s board of directors as local businesses had repeatedly called in recent years ...
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Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season
25 Aug 2015
Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season
MORE than 1,900 lambs were sold at the first Skye livestock sale of the season and stock from Staffin fetched excellent prices in the ring.
On a key day in the calendar for crofters in Staffin the sale at Portree on Monday, held by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, saw 2,247 store lambs and ewes sold.
Despite recent concerns at a fall in the price of lamb and the poor weather over the summer a company spokesman praised the standard of stock and ...
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Staffin people feature in Gaelic documentary
24 Aug 2015
Staffin people feature in Gaelic documentary
GAELIC-speaking Staffin residents feature prominently in a new online documentary about the language in Scotland, 10 years after it was enshrined in law.
Edinburgh Napier University journalism student Lauren Beehan visited Staffin last month as part of the filming and carried out several interviews for the 20-minute programme. She wanted to investigate the language’s role in society a decade after the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act was introduced.   
Lauren, who is from Ireland, conducted her interviews in English and spoke to ...
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The Staffin roar sparks tug ‘o war games glory!
7 Aug 2015
The Staffin roar sparks tug ‘o war games glory!
STAFFIN’S warrior women say the roar of their supporters provided the spark for their aching limbs, as they reclaimed the coveted tug o’war 2015 title at the Skye Games.
The island’s most decorated tug o’war team ever – having won 11 championships at The Lump in a row – had failed to hold on to the crown in the last two years, as the Portree Bootcamp team took the silverware.
However, the fighting spirit in the Trotternish squad, and a tough pre-games build ...
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Take the strain: Staffin women out to wrench back Games title!
30 Jul 2015
Take the strain: Staffin women out to wrench back Games title!
A DETERMINED Staffin team are going all out to haul back their Skye Highland Games title next week.
After a decade of dominance – but two recent hollow years – the talented squad from the Taobh Sear, who are no strangers to silverware, are stepping up their training for the tug o’ war in Portree on Wednesday.
And they are imploring everybody from Staffin and Trotternish to head up to The Lump to roar them to to victory.
Forty eight hours before the contest, the team will ...
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Superslow internet? Staffin residents needed for superfast broadband push
23 Jul 2015
Superslow internet? Staffin residents needed for superfast broadband push
STAFFIN residents and businesses – who are currently plagued by frustratingly slow internet speeds – are needed to help secure a new superfast broadband scheme.
The North Skye Broadband Project, which was launched by the Glendale Trust, investigated internet provision in Glendale, Waternish and Duntulm in a major public consultation between April and May and concluded that there was demand for a community-led broadband service.
Almost 50 people from Staffiin also completed a survey outlining the current online service in the Taobh Sear, which ...
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John and Joe triumph at Staffin Sheepdog Trials
21 Jul 2015
John and Joe triumph at Staffin Sheepdog Trials
A LOCH Ness-side man beat off the Emerald Isle charge to secure victory at the 2015 Staffin Sheepdog Trials.
In a stellar international field of 52 dogs at Elishadder, John MacKillop from Fort Augustus emerged the victor with his dog, Joe.
The pair won the annual competition, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit, by a five-point margin.
Behind John, in runner-up position, plus third, fourth and fifth, were a group of talented Irish handlers. In sixth position was Kensaleyre’s Jimmy ...
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Walking guide training for Staffin people
15 Jul 2015
Walking guide training for Staffin people
STAFFIN residents who are keen to take part in a new walking group are being offered the chance to have a day’s training next month as a guide.
The Staffin Community Trust is progressing plans to create additional footpath routes in the district as part of the Skye Ecomuseum, Ceumannan. http://www.skyecomuseum.co.uk/staffin-trust.php  The paths are not just for visitors though. SCT wants to encourage local people to get the benefit of the Ceumannan sites and enjoy pleasant walks all-year round in Staffin and is keen to set up ...
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Broadband shortcomings outlined by Staffin residents
8 Jul 2015
Broadband shortcomings outlined by Staffin residents
STAFFIN residents and businesses have outlined the limitations of their current internet service – amid moves to secure high speed broadband for the district and other north Skye communities. 
The North Skye Broadband Project (NSBP), which is being led by the Glendale Trust, investigated internet provision in Glendale, Waternish and Duntulm in a major public consultation between April and May.
BT is in the midst of a region-wide roll-out of superfast broadband but none of those communities are included. In Staffin, limited superfast broadband ...
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International flavour to Staffin Sheepdog Trials
6 Jul 2015
International flavour to Staffin Sheepdog Trials
THE Staffin Sheepdog Trials takes place next week with competitors from several different countries making their way to the hugely popular annual event in Trotternish.
The judge presiding over the handlers and dogs has an impressive pedigree himself.
Stuart Davidson, who will be casting an expert eye over a stellar field of competitors, is no stranger to silverware and has been the Supreme Champion twice and Scottish National Champion five times.
Handlers from all over Europe, Wales, England, Ireland, and of course ...
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