The latest on the 2013 Sanday Soulka

As promised, a draft timetable for the May Soulka is also on this website - the next page. You’ll see that some of the timings and costs are missing – but we’ll know them by the time of the next Sanday Sound, when the final timetable will be published. The Heritage Centre at West Cott and the Croft will have been open since the start of the month, and you might try the ‘Ten-stop Trail’ if you pick up a sheet from the Croft during the weekend. Four art and craft studios will welcome your visit, and our Community Association is hosting the Folk Festival's Sanday Soulka Ceilidh (sponsored by the Long Partnership) on the opening Friday of the first weekend. Here's the line-up; click on underlined names for a preview....

The Dirty Beggars
Mike Tickell
Halina & Aidan
Dance – Leonard Brown Ceilidh Band


Next day various art and craft studios, galleries and workshops will be open, and so will Kaye’s Chocolates (North Mire) and Evan’s Model Railway (Tangarth). All of the hostelries are aware that there may be extra folk to cater for at Saturday lunchtime, and then in the early afternoon the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows hope that you will come to their Sale in the Hall. Various stalls, teas, games and competitions should keep you entertained; don’t miss the opening time if you’d like the best bargains. Low tide gives an opportunity to visit (and go up) Start Point Lighthouse; book a place by phoning 600-341 and then meet at the little car park at Scuthvie. Evening’s highlight will be a candle-lit concert featuring Catherine and Tim Shimwell, their second appearance at a Soulka after proving such an attraction last year. Nibbles will be provided, but please bring your own refreshments to this event. There will be no entry price, but Catherine and Tim invite you to make donations to the TEAR Fund Syrian Crisis Appeal.

On Sunday morning more artists and craftsmen and women will open their doors, and the island’s Photo-archive and Oral History project will be on show at Heilsa Fjold. Again the Hostelries will be ready for you from late morning….and then in the afternoon you’ll have to decide between two events. Every year the plant sale at Neigarth attracts a huge crowd, and we hope that this year there’ll be more than ever. Following that, and timed so that you won’t miss the ferry, the Christmas Tree Group (fund-raising for the annual children’s Christmas party) will be serving roast chicken dinners – sit-in or takeaway - in the Community Room from 3-5 p.m.

With the support of the Enjoy Wild Orkney project, we have been able to charter the Varagen for a trip down the east side of Stronsay, around Auskerry, and back again. On the way the boat will call in at Whitehall pier to pick up Stronsay’s wildlife expert John Holloway, who will provide a commentary on the cliff- and seabird action in the early part of the breeding season. Teresa Probert, who alone constitutes 25% of Auskerry’s human population, will also be with us. You might like to browse her website all about Auskerry. On return, you’ll have time to head for Heilsa Fjold for your roast chicken (and Kaye’s chocoates). Varagen tickets have been apportioned to each island, and details are below. However, these will be sold on a first come, first served basis, so if all the adult tickets have gone quickly, you may still have a chance of a younger person’s ticket if any are still available (though of course it will still cost £15. Reserve yours early by contacting Liz Brown (600-730) from 15th April.

Soulka group members (please contact one if you would like to donate a raffle-prize): Tina & Raymond Brown (600-393), Kristen Muir (600-440), Rod & Sylvia Thorne (600-341), Jacqueline Seatter (600-348), Sue McArthur (600-381), Huw & Sheena Evans (600-441) Liz Brown (600-730) Soulka website… www.sandaysoulka.org and follow us on Facebook



Sunday 26th May…depart Loth 12.00, returning approx. 16.00 Commentary from Stronsay’s wildlife expert John Holloway, and Auskerry resident Teresa Probert.

Tickets available from Monday 15th April…Contact Liz Brown at Mill Cottage (600-730), but hurry because tickets are limited:

Adults 50 @ £15

Juniors (under-16 on day of travel) 10 @ £10                             

Very Junior (under-5 on May 26th) 5 free

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