Jun/July Soulka 2012

 June 29th – July 1st Sanday in Bloom

For the detailed timetable, click here

On Friday 29th June  Throughout the

weekend The Croft and the Heritage

Centre will be open as usual; in addition

there’s a visit to the Lighthouse planned

to start at mid-day, but if you’re arriving

on the boat you should still have time to

join this if you come straight up to the

Scuthvie car-park. Phone 01857-600341

to book and to find out where to meet. 40

residents have signed up for the

Gardening Club’s ‘end-of-

the-road/verge-side planters’ this year, so

a drive around the island should be

punctuated by great splashes of colour at

regular intervals; 8 gardens will be open

to visitors during the afternoon as well;

click here to find out the house-names,

and pick up a map from a local shop or

Heilsa Fjold...

Bill McArthur’s Art Gallery will be

open, as well as Craft &/or Spinning

products and demonstrations at Brigend

and Castlegreen.

2012 is the centenary of the tragic end to

Scott’s race to the South Pole.

Members of the present-day

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will be

on Sanday, and they will

set up a modern-day pyramid tent with

authentic interior furnishings, along with

a display of contemporary photographs

of Antarctica to contrast with the black

and white images of Scott’s last

expedition. Please go to Heilsa Fjold to

see the exhibition.

In the evening, the Community

Association will be hosting a concert,

supper and dance featuring the first-time

visit to Sanday of the band No Soond.

Saturday 30th June  10 Gardens,

several art and craft and spinning studios

and displays, the Antarctic exhibition

and the model railway will all be open

from 10-12; and in the late morning

there’s a special concert for youngsters

in the Community Room – Dennis

Alexander’s Scotch Broth.


must be accompanied – all tickets are the

same price.

After lunch the inter-parish Football and

Netball competitions will begin at 2

p.m., and will be followed by the

colourful Fancy Dress and Floats Parade

(visitors encouraged to participate),

along with entries from the Saddle

Club’s horses and riders.

In the evening, the Antarctic band

Nunatak will open proceedings at the

Community Hall at 8 p.m.; they’ll be

followed by the Dennis Alexander’s

Songs, Stories and Downright Lies; One

year Older and Wiser. Bring your own

refreshments; be there early to secure a

table with your friends, and join in the


Sunday 1st July  6 gardens will be open

this morning, and the studios and

exhibitions. Come to the Community

Room at 1230 for an Antarctic

expedition snack (high-calorie,

low-volume) and drink, and for a talk

Dingle Days – Modern Life on the

Antarctic Peninsula. After that, we hope

plenty of folk will join in a Sports Club

fun-run – anything from a lap of the

track (only 300 metres) to the longer

road-run: it’s all in aid of the RNLI.

There will be plenty of other diversions

and stalls (including the RNLI

burger/hot-dog barbecue and an Italian

wooden flower stall),

and the return of

the Radio Sanday Rock the Bikeshed

Roadshow with live performances,

including members of Stromness Pipe

Band, and record requests. Contact Huw

or Sheena (600-441) if you’d like to

perform, or pick up a request form and

post your dedication message in the

boxes provided in the shops. At 4 p.m.

sharp, the Soulka Raffle will be drawn

and an original Bill McArthur Seascape

will be auctioned in aid of Soulka funds.

In the evening, relax and unwind at

Kettletoft with informal music sessions

from residents, from Nunatak, and

Dennis Alexander.

The 2011 Soulkas were helped

enormously by grants, which helped

us to keep all ticket prices very low.

 This year, an OIC grant funded the

colourful flyer, but the Soulkas are

dependent on income from ticket sales

and donations. The Raffle Team will

be selling tickets at several events over

the weekend, and the prize draw will

be made at the end of Rock the

Bikeshed on Sunday. Please help by

buying plenty of tickets, and if you

don’t really like raffles, donations are

just as acceptable.

The British Antarctic Survey

band Nunatak,

   Dennis Alexander is returning on Saturday; this time he’ll be giving a show – Scotch Broth – for the youngsters late morning, and anotherfor the grown-ups in the evening.

2011 Soulka - Dennis Alexander joined by Jimmy Lennie (Spoons)


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