Community Information

Directory of Shapinsay Clubs, Organisations and societies, services

 

Shapinsay Development Trust

Allows islanders to collectively help maintain and improve their lives on this beautiful, peaceful island. For more details go to the Shapinsay Development Trust page

Contact: the SDT office on 01856 711770 to find out about membership and how to get involved.

 

Shapinsay Community Association

Runs the Shapinsay Community Centre. Room Hire available.

Contact: Annette Kirkpatrick 01856 711311

 

Shapinsay Lunch Club

For anyone aged 50 or over – meets every fortnight on a Wednesday during school term time for food and friendship. Activities include educational topics and games with guest speakers on everything from how to become a church Minister to auctions. There is also some cross-generational fun with children from the school, such as members passing on their knitting skills. The club also organises trips out during the summer. Transport to and from the Lunch Club is available.

Contact: Jan Buchanan 01856 711270

 

Shapinsay Parent Council

For parents of children at the school. Meets once per term to keep updated on the school – they also plan fundraising and input with ideas.

Contact: Marie Dunnett 711252

 

Shapinsay Picnic Committee

Organises and plans the annual Shapinsay Picnic event held in June. The committee holds an Island collection to raise funds for the picnic and for prizes for the accompanying School Sports Day.

Contact: Jan Buchanan – 01856 711270

 

 

Children and young people

 

Shapinsay Play Group

Term time only

Tuesdays 10am -12 noon – pre-school children.

Fridays 3pm – 4.30pm – children aged 8 and under

Contact: Caroline Bird – 01856 711730

 

Rainbows

Monday  term time for girls aged 5-7 years  3–4.30 pm

 

Brownies

Monday term time for girls aged 7-10 years 3-4 pm

Contact: Alison Meason 01856 711261

 

Guides

Wednesday – 7.30pm term time

Contact: Marie Dunnett 01856 711252

 

Beavers and Cubs

term time Contact: Emma Clements – 01856 711740

 

Shapinsay Youth Club

Every Friday 6.30 – 8.30pm during term time.

Contact: Emma Rendall – 01856 711344

 

Young persons mixed Football

After school Club.

Contact: Graham Rendall 01856 711311

 

Shapinsay Heritage Trust

Runs the Heritage Centre and Craft Shop in Balfour village and works to record and preserve the valuable heritage of the Island. New members always welcome.

Contact: Kenny Meason 01856 711275

 

Shapinsay Horticultural Association

Organises the annual Shapinsay Horticultural and Industrial Show with entry categories for both adults and children.

Contact: John Rodwell 01856 711770

 

Scottish/Orcadian traditional dancing

Fridays at 8pm in the Community Hall but breaks for the summer – for more details

Contact: Louise Hollinrake 01856 711373

 

Shapinsay Music Group

Meets on Thursdays – 8pm at the community centre – all musicians welcome to join in with traditional music on instruments such as accordion, fiddle, piano, guitar.

Contact: Ian Eunson 01856 711241

 

Shapinsay Entertainments Club

Helps organise social events on the Island such as the bonfire and fireworks annually.

Contact: Glynis Leslie 01856 711389

 

Shapinsay Chess Club

 

Shapinsay Yoga Club

Classes held every Thursday afternoon during term time between 3 and 4.30pm in the Community Centre Club Rooms. Led by instructor.

Contact: mary.scot1@hotmail.co.uk

 

Shapinsay Agricultural Association

Organises farming events such as the Shapinsay Show, Ploughing match and Stock Judging.

Contact: Gemma Leslie 01856 711229

 

Shapinsay Mens Darts Club

Contact: Graham Rendall 01856 711311

 

Shapinsay Singing Group

Meets weekly at the Community centre – Mondays 8 -10pm  If you love to sing you are welcome to go along and join in – a variety of styles of music from ‘Amazing Grace’ to ‘You Raise Me Up’

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730

 

Shapinsay Lifeboat Guild

Welcomes new members to help with fund raising events for our vital lifeboat service

Contact:  Glynis Leslie 01856 711389

 

Shapinsay Badminton Club

Open to all ages and abilities – meets on Tuesday evenings in the Community Centre

Contact: Edith Tait 01856 711352 for more details.

 

Shapinsay Tai Chi

Classes funded by Arthritis Care Scotland – suitable for people with health and mobility problems.

Contact: Jan Buchanan on 01856 711270

 

Directory of Services

Shapinsay Community Council

Makes decisions which benefit the local community.

Contact: maureenspence@orkney.gov.uk or vandamoodie@orkney.gov.uk  Tel: 01856 873535 Ext 2200

 

Shapinsay refuse collection

Tuesdays – alternate weeks black and recycling bags collection by Orkney Islands Council.

 

Island Shop

Thomas Sinclair in Balfour Village

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 6pm – 6.30pm.
Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am and 12 noon – 5pm.
Sunday 2pm – 4pm.

 

Post Office

In the Island shop, Thomas Sinclair.

Open – Mon Tues, Wed, Friday 9am – 11.30am, Thurs 9am – 11.30am and 12.30pm – 5pm. Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am

 

Fuel

Petrol and diesel can be purchased from the petrol pump at the Thomas Sinclair shop and post office in Balfour village – see above for opening hours.

 

Shapinsay Health Centre

Part of the Heilendi Practice in Kirkwall

The office at the Shapinsay Health Centre is open at the following times – for making appointments, collection of medication, travel arrangements or any other queries.

 

Morning Afternoon
Monday Closed 15:00 – 18:30
Tuesday Closed 12:15 – 16:15
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday 09:00 – 13:00 Closed
Friday Closed 12:15 – 16:15
Weekend closed closed

 

GP Surgeries in Shapinsay

 

Morning Afternoon
Monday 15:00 – 18:30
Thursday 09:00 – 12:00
Friday 14:00 – 16:00

 

Appointments can be made outwith these times, as the phones are covered by Heilendi Practice, when there is no receptionist in the Shapinsay Health Centre.  Doctor’s are also available to speak to outwith the surgery times, during the day. Patients are also able to make appointments at Heilendi Practice to see a Doctor.

Contact: Shapinsay surgery Tel: 01856 711284 Shapinsay Nurse Practitioners 01856 711348 Heilendi Practice, Kirkwall 01856 872388

 

Shapinsay healthy Living Centre

This was the first of the Healthy Living Centres in the isles. The gym is open for supervised general use 3 times per week: Sunday 4-6pm, Tuesday 7-9pm and Thursday 7.30pm-9pm There are also Slimmer’s classes and Tone and Trim sessions at various times of the year

Contact: 01856 711346.

 

Shapinsay Sound

Island newsletter delivered monthly to every home on the Island. Digital version and back-copies can be viewed via the SDT website.

 

Mobile Library

A mobile Library van visits Shapinsay once a month – for dates go to http://www.orkneylibrary.org.uk/assets/Isles_Mobile_2015.pdf

 

Shapinsay Kirk

Meetings held every Sunday at 11am in the summer (May – Sept) and 12 noon in the Winter (October – April). Sunday Club for children between 2 and 12 years during the service every 3rd Sunday during school term times when the minister the Rev Julia Meason visits.

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730

 

Transport

Out of Hours Boat

Service available to Shapinsay residents.

 

Shapinsay Community bus and electric car

Shapinsay Development Trust operate an Electric Nissan Leaf and a 12 Seater Minibus for Residents and Community Groups on Shapinsay. This service is in operation between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Contact: the SDT Office for more details on 01856 711770

 

Electric cars can be charged up at the Island’s charge point at the Boathouse just up the road from the pier

 

Meeting Places

The Community Centre

Hall, rooms and kitchen available

Contact: Annette Kirkpatrick 01856 711311

 

The Boathouse

A newly re-furbished building and new home of the Shapinsay Development Trust. Will also offer flexible space for small meetings, social events , training and also educational opportunities via video and conferencing links. A range of computer equipment will be available for use and free Wi-Fi for residents and visitors. Space available to hire from early 2016 – see Shapinsay Sound newsletter for updates or

Contact: the SDT on 01856 711733

 

Shapinsay Kirk

Flexible space with the main church hall and side rooms which can be hired out for events and meetings to include heating, electricity and use of modern fully fitted kitchen.

Contact: Caroline Bird 01856 711730

 

Links

Shapinsay Facebook Page – Island residents can request to be added to this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/597823700234355/

 

Island Bloggers

Simply Woven and More – Tales of an Island Crafter by Sandra Rodwell http://simplywovenandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Shapinsay based Businesses

Thomas Sinclair

Well  stocked Island Shop and Post office. Freshly brewed coffee and a selection of take-away warm snacks available plus delicious cakes and buns baked onsite in the Balfour Bakery. Tel: 01856 711300

 

Orkney Isles Preserves

A small family run business based on the Orkney island of Shapinsay. We specialise in producing fine quality jams, marmalades and chutneys using traditional recipes handed down through the generations.

Website: http://www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com/orkney-isles-preserves

Contact: Glynisleslie@btinternet.com  Tel: 01856 711389

 

The Smithy Café and Restaurant

Simple cooking, sourced from local producers on the island, and Orkney favourites from the mainland  – delicious coffee and cakes

http://www.islandcafe.co.uk/   https://www.facebook.com/thesmithyshapinsay?fref=ts

Contact: 01856 711269

 

Steven G Bews

Builder  Contact:01856 711792  Mobile 0774 301 7226  E-mail  steven@sgbews.plus.com

 

K & S Garson

Groundworks of all kinds undertaken – ditching, drainage, road maintenance, landscaping etc

Contact: 01856 711223 or 0792 1004 755

 

Groat’s Charters

Available for Sea Fishing, Sports Diving, Island Trips, Bird Watching, Pleasure Cruises

Contact: 01856 711254 or 07884 470600 www.orkneyangling.co.uk

 

Barry Moncrieff Joinery

Timber supplied and cut to order – replacement windows and doors etc

Contact: 01856 711376

 

Muir & Sons

Agricultural Contractors

Contact: 01856 711288 or 711315

 

Darren G Muir

Joiner

Contact: 01856 711728 or 0784 617 0853

 

Shapinsay Crafts

See Creative Shapinsay for our feature page on local crafts.

Jen-Ewe-Ine

Jenny Hall crafts quality, quirk handmade bags, aprons, toys etc. She also produces home grown fleece and DK / 4ply wool from her Border Leicester/Balwen cross and Jacob sheep on Shapinsay.  Wild Heather Crafts, Hoy Peedie Hansel, Kirkwall, Harbour Bindery, Stromness and the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop (in summer) currently stock some of her products.

Contact: jenny@impactniger.org  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Ewe-Ine/1604033073195149?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite

 

Pat Hazzledine

Has a studio at her home at Luckston, Shapinsay. She does her own water colour and acrylic painting and also makes constructions and art works from beachcombing finds mixed with needle felted pieces. Pat runs occasional workshops and classes in water colour or acrylic.

Contact Pat for information about forthcoming workshops on 01856 711263  Her work – including paintings and cards – is on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.

 

Simply Woven and More

Sandra Rodwell – crafts include felted hats, scarves, keyrings and brooches made from up-cycled wool, hand woven hangings, pictures and other items knitted with wool which she has blended and spun herself. Hearts, chickens, flowers sheep and cats are amongst a range of distinctive and colorful themed designs. Products on sale at Peedie Hansel in Kirkwall, Castaway Crafts in Dounby, Wild Heather Crafts on Hoy and the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop (in summer).  Sandra has a Facebook Page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/simplywovenandmore/?fref=ts . She also writes a regular blog as a diary of her work and projects http://simplywovenandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Gaia Soaps

Rebecca Taylor started making soaps in 2010 and so far has developed 17 ‘flavours’. She makes the soaps herself, handmade from scratch. Hence all have a unique shape. They are all made using essential oils and contain no artificial scents or colourings. The soaps are on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.

Contact: gaiasoaps@hotmail.co.uk

Thyme Crafts

Jean Coomber specialises in bobbin lace and also patchwork.You can see a selection of her products, which include dainty hanging decorations and eye-catching serpent bookmarks at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThymeCrafts?ref=search_shop_redirect . Her work is also on sale at the Shapinsay Heritage Centre craft shop in the summer.

 

 

 

Places to Stay

Hilton Farmhouse

B&B, Shapinsay – located 25 minutes by ferry from Kirkwall. Courtesy transport to and from ferry terminal provided. Evening meals available to order for guests.

Contact: 01856 711239 or email catherinannb@aol.com

Shoreside Cottage

Balfour village – self-catering – Sleeps 4 – available to let all year round

Contact: Natasha Leslie 01856 711203 or 0751 306 8807 email oldlodge03@btinternet.com

Iona Cottage

Self-catering – 3 bedrooms, en-suite facilities

Contact: Brenda McDonald 0780 301 6972 www.islandselfcatering.co.uk

 

 

Places to Eat

The Smithy Café and Restaurant

Provides traditional island fare in a comfortable setting, offering service daily throughout the summer to both visitors and islanders. Local produce features heavily in their menus, particularly with baking, eggs and vegetables. Tel: 01856 711269