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Photograph of Beinn Edra plane crash pilot published
2 Jun 2017
Photograph of Beinn Edra plane crash pilot published
MORE than 72 years after a plane crash in Staffin which killed nine airmen, a photograph of the pilot has emerged.
The name of Lt. Paul M. Overfield, Jr was added to the Staffin War Memorial in 2015 along with those of his stricken US air force colleagues who died in the crash at Beinn Edra, the highest point on the Trotternish Ridge.
The smash, on a foggy spring day in March 1941, shocked the island community and claimed the lives of nine young men who were on ...
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New Ceumannan II manager seeking a Trotternish home
29 May 2017
New Ceumannan II manager seeking a Trotternish home

A NEW Staffin Community Trust employee is currently seeking accommodation in Staffin/Trotternish.
Angus Murray will run Ceumannan II’s activity programme – working with local schools, older residents, families/children, visitors etc – and have a range of other key responsibilities, including the project’s re-branding, marketing, website, interpretation etc. http://staffin-trust.co.uk/skyes-eco-museum-ceumannan-ii-2
Angus, who is 30-years-old and hails from from the Western Isles, is ideally looking for a two-bedroom, or three-bedroom house/flat. 
The full-time post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the next three ...
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Columba 1400 cafe becomes 14th entry on Staffin biz listings
25 May 2017
Columba 1400 cafe becomes 14th entry on Staffin biz listings

A POPULAR cafe has become the latest addition to the rapidly growing online Staffin Business Directory.


The Columba 1400 Cafe, which is open from 10am to 8pm, is now featured on the local business listings with information about the building, menus and the ethos behind its work with young people. http://staffin-trust.co.uk/food-drink-3
The Staffin Community Trust sets out to help promote ALL the businesses in the community and boost the Taobh Sear economy by promoting them online via its popular website. The directory features an ...
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Hefted hill sheep reported missing from Trotternish grazings
9 May 2017
Hefted hill sheep reported missing from Trotternish grazings
SKYE police are investigating the alleged theft of more than 30 sheep from graziings near the Trotternish Ridge. 
Alarmed stockmen in the Linicro Sheep Stock Club had noticed in the past five to six weeks that some of their livestock were missing. They had hoped the sheep would reappear but subsequently reported their loss to Police Scotland at the end of last week.
Officers have now issued an appeal for information following the suspected theft of the well-bred Blackface sheep. The animals vary in ...
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Next Staffin Community council meeting: 11.5.17
5 May 2017
Next Staffin Community council meeting: 11.5.17
THE new Staffin Community Council meets for the second time next week after it was re-established earlier this year.
The community council will meet on Thursday, May 11 at 7pm in Staffin Primary School. A representative from Police Scotland will be in attendance, generally to discuss police matters but specifically in relation to dog fouling and littering. The members are Jen Shanks, Ann Marie Ferguson, Mairi MacDonald, Barbara Whitehead, Isobel MacDonald and Chisholm Campbell. 
The community council is a statutory body which provides ...
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First day of new exhibition illustrating Glenview’s past kicks off
30 Apr 2017
First day of new exhibition illustrating Glenview’s past kicks off
A MONTH-long exhibition about the Glenview Inn – and its surroundings, the local people and its rich history – starts today (1.5.17).
Called “Imprints of Time”, the event, which is free, is presented by Kirsty Faulds, of the inn in Culnacnoc, along with Caroline Dear and Alison McLaggan.
Kirsty, who runs the Inn and Skye Pie Café with partner Simon Wallwork, said the exhibition would be of interest to everybody in the community and visitors. The transportation of goods between the inn, when ...
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Views sought from community on state of Gaelic in Staffin
30 Apr 2017
Views sought from community on state of Gaelic in Staffin
 
RESEARCHERS are visiting Staffin later this month to hold a key meeting about the state of Gaelic in the district.
Staffin, which was the Gaelic Community of the Year in 2010, has long been a heartland for the language in Skye but that cannot be taken for granted.
The Soillse research team at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is conducting a series of public meetings on how local communities view the current state of Gaelic in their respective localities. 
The team has ...
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BBC and STV news programmes focus on Staffin’s urgent affordable housing need
27 Apr 2017
BBC and STV news programmes focus on Staffin’s urgent affordable housing need
BBC Alba and STV have broadcast reports on Staffin’s challenging housing situation, as plans for six urgently needed affordable homes come under Highland Council scrutiny.
The Highlands Small Housing Communities Trust (HSCHT) officially opened a new three-bedroom affordable house in Flodigarry on Wednesday, which attracted TV crews from STV News and BBC Alba’s An Là programmes. 
For HSCHT, a charitable organisation which assists rural communities in the drive for housing, it was a real milestone as it was the 50th rent-to-buy house it ...
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OPEN! Staffin businesses gear up for visitor season start as Easter looms
2 Apr 2017
OPEN! Staffin businesses gear up for visitor season start as Easter looms
 
STAFFIN’S business community is preparing for another hectic tourism season after a bumper 2016 which saw a record number of people visit Skye’s premier destination.
Cafes, restaurants, shops, craft outlets, B&Bs, self-catering owners and other accommodation providers had reported an exceptionally busy season  while Staffin has continued to welcome visitors during the shoulder months, which are now getting shorter.
At the Old Man of Storr there were 150,000 visitors recorded, and 70% of that annual total is estimated to ...
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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought
28 Mar 2017
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce it is seeking to recruit a new member of staff to manage a key project, the Skye Ecomuseum II.
SCT announced in September last year that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the 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”,  an activity plan ...
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Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route
23 Mar 2017
Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route
RESILIENT tour bus drivers who braved high winds and hail showers have completed urgent path repairs at the Quiraing.
Staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners spent two days working on badly-needed repairs to the route, which attracts thousands of people each year. Despite very tough weather conditions at the exposed site, seven hardy Rabbie’s drivers and office workers dug out a damaged and uneven section of path, created a stone-lined ramp, installed a culvert pipe and landscaped the area. The workers faced ...
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Name that house…ideas sought for name of new property
20 Mar 2017
Name that house…ideas sought for name of new property
STAFFIN residents are being invited to suggest a name for a new house currently being built in one of the district’s well-known crofting townships.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) is constructing a three-bedroom affordable home in Flodigarry and is seeking ideas from the local community for a suitable name. 
The Staffin Community Trust and Flodigarry Township Trust’s preference would be for a Gaelic name, which would have some meaning to the locality in which the house lies. It is ...
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Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust
15 Mar 2017
Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust
STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has formally submitted a bid to purchase local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr. 
SCT has lodged an Asset Transfer Request (ATR) to Highland Council for a section of roadside ground near the popular island landmark so it can construct a new car park, public toilets and interpretation. It comes after several years of talks between SCT and the council, a major community consultation and the conclusion of a site options appraisal/business plan by a consultant ...
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Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes
1 Mar 2017
Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes
AN UPDATE about the proposed new affordable housing in Staffin will be provided this weekend.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is progressing plans for six new houses and business units at a site on common grazings tenanted by the Stenscholl Township. SCT is working in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association to deliver the new affordable houses, which would be the first built in Staffin since 1999.
SCT and its partners are now working ...
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The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago
17 Feb 2017
The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago

AN OLD newsletter first printed in the early 1980s during the construction of Staffin Hall – the Co-Chomunn – has provided a snapshot of the community’s efforts into delivering the ambitious project.  ‘Mac-Talla’ was printed just before Christmas in 1982 to update Staffin residents about progress of the district’s new village hall, which included a shop, restaurant, crafts outlet and toilets.
It was a key period in the Co-Chomunn’s history, as Staffin led the way in Skye in coming together to form ...
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