Church fund boosted by talk on the Orkney Islands

The Old Man of Hoy.
The Old Man of Hoy.
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Exploring Orkney is the third Trinity Travel Talk in a new series of six talks by Stuart and Anita Kellington.

It will be presented on Friday, December 1st, in Trinity Methodist Church and Community Hub, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JY.

Admission is £5 (no tickets) including interval refreshments with net proceeds for Trinity Methodist Church Development Fund (charity number 1129609).

The six talks will take place on the first Friday evening of each month from October to March.

Just off the north coast of Scotland, the Orkney Islands have stunning coastal scenery including some of the highest cliffs in Great Britain, huge seabird colonies and rare wildflowers and are packed with hidden secrets of our past.

Steuart said: “We visited seven of the inhabited islands, observing mostly on foot their different characteristics and learning of their ancient and modern history including their strategic importance during the first and second world wars.

"There is a wealth of archaeological sites including the world famous Scara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe showing the importance of the Orkney Islands in Neolithic times.

"On Papa Westray, after watching a plane take off and land within one minute on the shortest commercial flight in the world of just 1.7 miles, we visited the well preserved remains of one of the oldest farmsteads in Europe from 3,600 BC.”

Anita said: “I was very impressed with the abundant bird life. We saw hen harriers, great northern divers, a puffin colony, the second largest bird colony in the UK after St Kilda along five miles of cliffson Westray and walked amongst Great Skuas.

"Our most enjoyable walk was on the Island of Hoy. We took the early ferry and walked to the spectacular Old Man of Hoy in glorious sunshine under a blue sky!

"The 450 foot sandstone sea stack looked resplendent with some of the highest cliffs in Britain alongside.

"Our photograph shows the Old Man of Hoy from the neighbouring cliff top. We saw no other walkers until we had returned to Rackwick Bay. Afterwards we visited Lyness and the site of the main service area for ships in Scapa Flow during both world wars when 12,000 service personnel were stationed there.”

Brochures listing all six Trinity Travel Talks are available from Trinity Methodist Church, Clitheroe Library and the Platform Gallery.