Welcome to Spring!

We hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather, albeit with a sprinkling of snow and hail here and there!

The transition from winter into spring and the lighter evenings, brings about the seasonal switch off of the pole wraps lights on Ferry Road. Throughout last winter, the lights added a bit of sparkle to our town, brightening up daily commutes and school drop offs.  

Plans are in place to complete phase 2 of the Stromness Community Development Trust’s lighting project. This will see the addition of festive snowflake motifs, on North End Road and John Street during December and January.

At the other end of the town, the redeveloped Southend Play Park is almost ready to welcome back visitors. There has been a small delay to reopening, but we hope to be able to provide a positive update within the next couple of weeks – watch this space!

On Saturday 1st May, the Trust and Stromness Community Business Forum launched the ‘support local’ bags for life initiative. This sees participating businesses give away custom designed bags for life to customers who spent over £30 in one transaction.

Funding for the project was sourced by the Trusts development officer, from the Scottish Governments ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund.

The bags feature the ‘Our Hometown’ commemorative mural created as part of the Per Mare 200 celebrations, by the Stromness Museum and Stromness Primary School P7 class of 2017/18. The townscape was assembled by local graphic designer Iain Ashman, who was able to rework the design for printing on the canvas bags.
We hope that using artwork produced by the younger members of our community, will create a sense of pride and ownership, and encourage folk to keep supporting their local businesses.
To find out more about the ‘Our Hometown’ mural, follow the link below.

As always, we are keen to hear from members of the community. Whether you are part of a local group or organisation, a business, or an individual with an idea or suggestion. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the Contact Us form on this website, or through the StromnessOrkney Facebook page.

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