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The Blether - Issue 17
Posted on 26 October 2014

Please click HERE for The Blether Issue 17

Posted on 26 October 2014
Request for Amendments - Orkney 2015 travel guide
Posted on 17 October 2014


Arrangements are currently being made for the production of the 2015 Islands of Orkney Brochure.

In order that the brochure correctly reflects the services which are to be available during 2015, business operators and interested parties are asked to contact their local Community Council Clerk to make/delete an entry or to ensure that the detail of their existing entry in the brochure is accurate. 

There is a very strict deadline for submission of amendments, therefore, you are advised to contact your Community Council Clerk as soon as possible. 

Graemsay, Hoy & Walls Community Council Clerk contact details are as follows:-
Mrs Trish Avis
KW16 3PA

Telephone: 01856 701 498
Email: ghwclerk@btinternet.com  

Deadline for amendments is:-


Posted on 17 October 2014
Hoy Bus Cancellation 7/10/2014
Posted on 07 October 2014

Hoy and Walls Community Bus Service

The last bus run today, 7/10/2014, leaving Longhope at 17.20 pm has been cancelled. 

All other services today between Longhope and Lyness will run as normal, weather permitting!

Posted on 07 October 2014
The Blether - Issue 16
Posted on 22 August 2014

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Posted on 22 August 2014
Hoy bus service cancellation
Posted on 16 July 2014

Hoy and Walls Community Bus 

The bus services to Hoy on 16th July 2014 have been cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience and the short notice.

All other services between Longhope and Lyness will run as normal.


Posted on 16 July 2014
IoHDT Home Care Project
Posted on 09 July 2014

Posted on 09 July 2014
The Blether - Issue 15
Posted on 19 June 2014

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Posted on 19 June 2014
Hoy Marathon and 5k family fun run
Posted on 08 June 2014



Posted on 08 June 2014
Graemsay, Hoy and Walls Community Council Grant Scheme
Posted on 19 May 2014




GRANT SCHEME 2014/2015






The Community Council are inviting applications to the above funds.

For application forms and details about the funds

please contact


Clerk to the Community Council

Trish Avis, Fea, Longhope. KW16 3PA

Tel: 701 498, email ghwclerk@btinternet.com


Friday 6th June 2014

Posted on 19 May 2014
IoHDT board meeting - change of date and venue
Posted on 14 May 2014






If you have any queries or questions,
please contact Debs prior to the meeting
Debs 701444 or debs@palaeoecology.co.uk

Posted on 14 May 2014
Meeting re North Walls Community School
Posted on 21 April 2014
North Walls Community School
Provision of Secondary Education.
Meeting on Friday 25th April at the school,starting at 6:45pm
Chaired by James Stockan
In 2010 all of the S1/2 pupils at North Walls opted to transfer to either Stromness Academy
or Kirkwall Grammar School for their secondary
education. The reasons given at the time
included access to a wider range of opportunities, larger peer group and more social
networking opportunities.
In each of the subsequent years, pupils have had
the same range of choices (daily travel to
either Stromness of Kirkwall; taking up residence
at Papdale Halls) when making the
transition from P7 to S1.
While consideration to undertaking formal
consultation over the future (and possible closure)
of the secondary department at the school began,
this stopped when the Council agreed to
imposing a moratorium on school closures.
The moratorium was introduced pending the outcome
of the work of the Rural Schools
Commission. The report (published in April 2013)
made a series of recommendations on the
delivery of education in rural areas. Some
legislative changes have been introduced this
year as part of the Children and Young People Act.
For North Walls the current position is that
secondary provision is ‘mothballed’. While this is
a potentially helpful state (and arguably better
than being ‘closed’) it leaves the school
community feeling perpetually ‘uncertain’ about the future.
The purpose of the meeting is to explore whether
criteria can be found for re-establishing secondaryprovision at the school. (On Flotta, a similar
proposalhas been made with respect to primary
school provision, which was mothballed
when the school roll fell to zero).
Posted on 21 April 2014
The Blether Issue 14
Posted on 14 April 2014

Please click HERE for Issue 14 of The Blether

Posted on 14 April 2014
Hoy Kirk part time jobs
Posted on 26 March 2014

The friends of Hoy Kirk are advertising three part time positions.

Please CLICK HERE for details of the jobs and how to apply.

Any queries or questions can be asked via: 



Posted on 26 March 2014
Job advert
Posted on 18 March 2014

Feasibility Researcher
10 hours per week (flexible) @ £10.00 per hour plus relevant expenses.

IoHDT is looking to recruit a part time Feasibility Researcher on Hoy for a Fixed Term contract for 6 months starting May 2014

The successful applicant will be expected:
• To assess the current provision of Home Care on the island.
• To highlight shortfalls in this provision and identify what is required to achieve a more holistic Home Care/Help service for the service user.
• To identify the needs of the Home Care helpers to ensure realistic job satisfaction.
• To investigate the financial input to the current service and assess additional funding required for an enhanced service.
• To liaise with other communities about what they are doing in this respect.
• To research possible funding streams for an improved service.
• To provide regular reports on progress and write a final report to the Island of Hoy Development Trust.

The successful applicant must be highly motivated, able to work unsupervised on their own initiative. They must possess excellent communication skills and be able to relate with vulnerable people. A current driving licence and access to a vehicle are essential.

Further information and applications by letter to Teresa Bird, Myre Cottage, Longhope, KW16 3PQ or by email to jayne492@btinternet.com
Closing date for applications is Friday 28th March 2014 at 5pm, with interviews being held on Saturday 12th April 2014.
Posted on 18 March 2014
The Blether - Issue 13
Posted on 25 February 2014

Issue 13 - better late than never!

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Posted on 25 February 2014
Bag the Bruck
Posted on 25 February 2014

Posted on 25 February 2014
Hoy Half Marathon 2014
Posted on 16 February 2014

28th Hoy Half Marathon
Sunday 15 June 2014

Entry is now open for the Hoy Half Marathon – you can enter online at www.entrycentral.com/hoy-half-marathon.

If you prefer NOT to pay by card online, you will need to print and post an entry form in the usual way, enclosing a cheque for your entry fee. Please email  hoyhalf@gmail.com to request a form.

We regret to announce that there will be no Quarter Marathon this year, which we know will disappoint some young runners. Entry has been falling steadily for a number of years, to the point where it has become uneconomic to make the necessary reinvestment in the race which would fall due this year.

Given that a fixed number of volunteers are required to handle a run, even for a very small number of runners, we would like their time and effort to benefit a wider audience. We have therefore decided that instead of staging a Quarter Marathon this year we will hold a 5k Family Fun Run.
• This will be open to all ages; those under 9 years must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
• The run will start at North Walls School and follow an out and back route to the north.
• No times will be recorded.
• Each participant who completes the course will receive a certificate.
• Entry costs £1 per person – pay at Registration on the day
• Entry forms available from hoyhalf@gmail.com Entry also available on the day (although as with the Half Marathon, boat tickets have to be booked and paid for in advance)
• No online entry available
We hope that this event will appeal to families and supporters of those taking part in the Half Marathon, thus turning a popular event on the sporting calendar into a real family day out.

Posted on 16 February 2014
Broadband survey
Posted on 04 February 2014

Recently a team from Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) outlined where the new fibre optic network in Orkney is going to be developed. Hoy and other areas such as Shapinsay, Rousay, Eday etc are not going to be included. CBS have given Development Trusts from the Isles an opportunity to develop an island wide solution to achieve a faster and more reliable broadband service, possibly by the end of the year.

Project managers from the Development Trusts of Rousay and Shapinsay are leading the project but we on Hoy and Walls need to provide them with some information to get the project underway. Deadlines are tight but we really need some information from YOU and we would really appreciate it if you could fill in the questionnaire (see link below) about your broadband, its speed, its cost etc.

Click here for questionnaire

Deadline for the return of the survey is 10th February but any submitted after this will still be of use for the next stage. Please email or give surveys to Jayne, Hillhouse, Longhope – jayne492@btinternet.com or Debs, Loft, Longhope debs@theblether.org.uk

Many thanks

Posted on 04 February 2014

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