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Councillors Say No Casinos For Scilly

Councillors Say No Casinos For Scilly

Councillors have passed a resolution that effectively bans casinos from being opened in Scilly from the 1st January 2016. The addition to the Council’s policy on gambling was suggested in September’s Licensing Committee meeting but needed to be ratified by the Full Council last week. They felt that a casino would “not add to the […]

Islanders Given Chance To Thank Gry Maritha Crew

Islanders Given Chance To Thank Gry Maritha Crew

  Over the years islanders have shown their appreciation for the crew of the Gry Maritha in different ways. The men have been invited to meals in The Mermaid and a special evening has been held in their honour at the Atlantic Hotel. This year, St Mary’s businessman Tim Guthrie is arranging a collection to […]

Scilly Has ‘The Force’ According To Last Census

Scilly Has ‘The Force’ According To Last Census

Scilly has the second highest percentage of ‘Jedi Knights’ in the country according to data released to coincide with the launch of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Fourteen islanders, or 0.6% of our population, recorded their religion as Jedi Knight in the last national census, beaten only by Brighton, where just under […]

Video Recording Introduced At St Mary’s Police Station

Video Recording Introduced At St Mary’s Police Station

St Mary’s police station had been upgraded in order to meet mainland standards when dealing with prisoners. Sergeant Colin Taylor says the cells have been remodelled and an intercom added, to allow people in custody to attraction attention. Smoke detectors, cameras and microphones have also been fitted. Colin says with limited numbers of staff, especially […]

Councillor Allowances Kept At Current Levels

Councillor Allowances Kept At Current Levels

The Council needs to review the allowances it pays to elected members because there’s a perception that only wealthy islanders can stand for vacant seats. That was the view expressed by Cllr Ted Moulson during a debate on remuneration at last week’s Full Council meeting. Members voted to broadly peg payments at the current levels […]

Unusual Christmas Decorations Pop Up All Over St Mary’s

Unusual Christmas Decorations Pop Up All Over St Mary’s

Have you been down to the woods today? If you’ve not walked from Moorwell to Carn Gwaval through Doily Woods, you could be missing a wonderful, seasonal sight. Dozens of white knitted pompoms or ‘snowballs’ have appeared strung across the path from tree to tree. A collection of woollen decorations including knitted holly has also […]

Scilly Christmas Tradition Will Go Ahead Whatever The Weather

Scilly Christmas Tradition Will Go Ahead Whatever The Weather

Angels, shepherds and wise men will be out in force on Sunday for the annual ‘walking nativity’. Former Methodist Minister David Easton started it around ten years ago but it is an event that welcomes participation from all of the island’s churches. Jackie Pritchard is helping organise it. She says that the main characters will […]

Report Hails Strong And Visible Leadership At Council

Report Hails Strong And Visible Leadership At Council

Council Chairman Amanda Martin and Chief Executive Theo Leijser are both offering “strong and visible leadership” at the Town Hall. And since they’ve been in charge the positive culture within the authority is “tangible.” That’s according to a report written by local authority experts who visited Scilly at the end of September. The consultants’ trip […]

Popular Lantern Procession Returning To Islands In February

Popular Lantern Procession Returning To Islands In February

Organisers of next February’s Lantern Procession are promising something new. Video footage will be projected from inside the paper shapes, which will be paraded down The Strand at the end of the half-term break on Saturday 20th February. It’ll be the third time that the Articulate Art Collective will have visited Scilly for the mid-winter workshops […]