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Transatlantic Rowers Should Reach Scilly This Weekend

Transatlantic Rowers Should Reach Scilly This Weekend

Two men rowing across the Atlantic should reach Scilly this weekend and if the Manhattan to St Mary’s rowers arrive on Friday, they’ll be record breakers. But Chris Elliott and Dale Walters will need almost perfect conditions to cover the remaining 400 miles of the 3,246 mile crossing to beat Samuelson and Harbo’s time, set […]

Winter Warmth On The Agenda In The Heat Of Summer

Winter Warmth On The Agenda In The Heat Of Summer

We may be enjoying some of the warmest weather of the summer but councillors’ thoughts are already on keeping vulnerable residents warm this winter. At last week’s Health and Wellbeing meeting, they approved continuing with the Winter Wellness programme, which provides advice on insulation and heating improvements to the community. It also offers an emergency […]

‘Weatherproof’ Plans For this Year’s Sports And Music Festival

‘Weatherproof’ Plans For this Year’s Sports And Music Festival

Organisers of this year’s Scilly Sports and Music Festival have announced a weatherproof Bank Holiday event plan. Mark Twynham says they had investigated bad weather cancelation insurance but the cost was prohibitive. So they’re applying for a licence for both the 24th August and the next day, the Monday, as a back up if there […]

St Helens Island To Feature In Children’s Studies

St Helens Island To Feature In Children’s Studies

School children will get a chance to study at Scilly’s historic Christian site. The annual pilgrimage to St Helens is taking place at 2pm on Sunday and this year, the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, will join the visitors. The island is named after St Elidius, who lived there in the 8th century. He is […]

Councillors Try To Delay Staff Restructuring Decision

Councillors Try To Delay Staff Restructuring Decision

Several councillors have tried to defer a decision on the Authority’s new staff structure, because they feel there isn’t enough financial information provided. The details of how the new roles would fit together were discussed in a special sitting of the Full Council yesterday. Chief Executive Theo Leisjer called on councillors to accept the new […]

New Hardened Runways Open At Land’s End Airport

New Hardened Runways Open At Land’s End Airport

Land’s End Airport re-opens for flights today and the Chief Executive of the Steamship Company, Rob Goldsmith, says he’s “delighted.” The Skybus-owned facility closed on July the 4th so Lagan Construction could hard surface the grass runways. Engineers did face some challenges during the £2.6 million project. The base layer that was going to be […]

‘Good Feeling’ About Rugby In Scilly As Club Goes From Strength to Strength

‘Good Feeling’ About Rugby In Scilly As Club Goes From Strength to Strength

“There’s a good feeling about rugby” in Scilly at the moment. That’s according to St Mary’s Rugby Club Secretary Rob Hughes. Scilly’s young players are set to receive more training this weekend, following last week’s Cornish Pirates sessions on Tresco and St Mary’s. The RFU’s Neil Smith is returning to coach 5 to 16-year-olds on […]

Porthcressa Flats Move A Step Closer To Getting A Makeover

Porthcressa Flats Move A Step Closer To Getting A Makeover

Porthcressa Flats are a step closer to getting a makeover. At last week’s Planning Committee meeting, councillors approved plans to refurbish the building, including replacing the current walkway at the front with a new timber and glass balustrade, new porches and adding cedar tiles. The concrete structure also needs reinforcing and the exterior will be […]

Get Ready For Flying Bears In Parish Church Fundraiser

Get Ready For Flying Bears In Parish Church Fundraiser

Dozens of teddies and cuddly toys will parachuted from St Mary’s Parish Church tower in an innovative fundraiser next month.