Orkney International Science Festival Hoy events coming up!

We are delighted to be part of the Orkney International Science Festival again. It’s always a highlight of our annual programme and this year we have two events – an evening of talks at Hoy Heritage Centre and an online event both taking place on Friday 02 September.

Join us at Hoy Heritage Centre at 6:30pm on Friday 02 September for Hoy to Hudson’s Bay and back inspired by our current exhibition on the life of William Sinclair Ritch. We are pleased to welcome Stromness Curator Janette Park to talk about the connections between Orkney and the Hudson Bay area in Canada, as well as Polar historian Dr Maria Pia Casarini who will tell us about the history of the Hudsons Bay Company itself. It’s sure to be a great night with the usual warm reception with soup and refreshments.

The event is free. If you are coming from out with Hoy, take the 6pm passenger ferry from Stromness to Moaness (book through Orkney Ferries Stromness) and return on the 10pm ferry back.

See the live event details in the OISF programme here.

image above: Mr & Mrs Wylie meet Bob Wylie’s cousin Roddy Marten from Fort Chipewyan, North Alberta when he visited Orkney. Photography by Keith Allardyce from his collection at Stromness Museum

For those unable to join us in person, you can still visit Hoy virtually with our online event at 7pm. Hoy: Dark Enchanted Isle is an audio visual presentation of the first episode of our popular podcast Tales o Hoy. The audio is illustrated with photographs from the Hoy Heritage Archive. It’ll be sure to transport you.

See the online event details in the OISF programme here.

Shore explore! Wednesday 10 August

It’s another of our Hoy Wonder series of art and nature events. This time get lost in the wonders of the shore with marine marvel Katy Firth. Katy will lead the group on a shore survey to see what creatures call Moaness home. Record marine life and make a cyanotype print.

Meet at the pier at 1pm. Bring wellies. For all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free but must be booked call 07762570215 or email hoyheritage@btinternet.com

Creative writing – new date!

NEW DATE FRIDAY 12 AUGUST

Join us on Friday 12 August at Hoy Heritage Centre when poet and writer Yvonne Gray will lead a writing workshop, one of our summer series of Hoy Wonder nature and art events, 11am-2.30pm Hoy Heritage Centre. 

We will do a warm-up exercise and work on a variety of short pieces of writing – poetry and prose – inspired by or reflecting on the place we are in and what we discover in it. Bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, and a packed lunch. If weather permits, we may spend some time writing outside. Places are free but limited. Contact us here to book or call 07762570215.

Following the workshop there will be plenty time left for a short walk and visit Beneth’ill Café near the pier.

If you are coming from beyond Hoy, the session ties in with the Stromness to Moaness ferry service: depart Stromness 10am; return from Moaness 4:30pm. Book online through Orkney Ferries http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/onlinebooking.php or telephone 01856 872044.

Creative Writing workshop

Join us on Friday 22 July at Hoy Heritage Centre when poet and writer Yvonne Gray will lead a writing workshop, one of our summer series of Hoy Wonder nature and art events, 11am-2.30pm Hoy Heritage Centre. We will do a warm-up exercise and work on a variety of short pieces of writing – poetry and prose – inspired by or reflecting on the place we are in and what we discover in it. Bring paper or notebook, pen or pencil, and a packed lunch. If weather permits, we may spend some time writing outside. Places are free but limited. Contact us here to book or call 07762570215.

Following the workshop there will be plenty time left for a short walk and visit Beneth’ill Café near the pier.

If you are coming from beyond Hoy, the session ties in with the Stromness to Moaness ferry service: depart Stromness 10am; return from Moaness 4:30pm. Book online through Orkney Ferries http://www.orkneyferries.co.uk/onlinebooking.php or telephone 01856 872044.

Moth workshop Friday 15 July

Join us on Friday 15 July at Hoy Heritage Centre when Mary Harris will introduce us to the world of moths. Part of our Hoy Wonder nature and art events. A chance to slow down and take in the detail of Hoy’s wonderful nature.

11am – 2pm Hoy Heritage Centre. Bring a packed lunch and in the afternoon there is plenty time to visit Beneth’ill Café.

Places are free but limited. Contact us here to book or call 07762570215

They day ties in with the 10am Stromness to Moaness ferry service and the 4:30 return for anyone coming from out with Hoy. Book through Orkney Ferries.

Call to tender for Hoy Kirk building work

REFURBISHMENT OF INTERIOR SOUTH WALL OF KIRK and REFURBISHMENT OF INTERIOR OF ENTRANCE VESTIBULE OF HOY KIRK

In an endeavor to make the Hoy Heritage Centre more energy efficient we want to carry out a refurbishment project.  Please find below the specification for the proposed project.  It would be appreciated if you can send your quotation for the works described to the Friends of Hoy Kirk Secretary by email by 1st August 2022. Please see attached document for details.

Contact us if you have any problem accessing the document.

Keep on the grass

Thanks to John Crossley for a Hoy Wonderful day looking at the wild grasses. We hadn’t even left the pier before we were introduced to the beauty of False Oat-grass and Cock’s-foot. Further up the hill the soft purple haze of Yorkshire-fog caught our eye and near to Hoy Kirk an elegant Tall Fescue was rather fetching. Tufted Hair-grass, Timothy, Meadow Foxtail…..in all we found 18 grass species plus a few other rushes, sedges and horsetails.

False Oat-grass
Cock’s-foot
Yorkshire-fog
Tall Fescue

Here’s our list: Meadow Foxtail / Timothy / Cocksfoot / Yorkshire-fog / Couch / Perennial Rye-grass / Tufted Hair-grass / Tall Fescue / Red Fescue / Crested Dog’s-tail / Sweet Vernal-grass / Sweet grass / Reed canary grass / Purple moor grass / Lyme grass / False Oat-grass / Rough Meadow-grass / Downy Oat-grass

We had a lovely stop at Beneth’ill Café then a beach walk back round to the pier, entertained by an otter on the way and taking some orache home for tea.

If you fancy some photography and poetry about grasses you might enjoy this website whenthegrassdances.art (apologies for shamesless plug! – Rebecca)

The Wild Grass walk was part of the Hoy Wonder series of art and nature events. Lots more to come!

Friday 08 July Wild Flower walk with Tim Dean

Friday 15 July Moth workshop with Mary Harris

Friday 22 July Creative Writing with Yvonne Gray

Wednesday 10 August Shore explore and Foraging workshop with Katy Firth and Fiona Sanderson

All free but must be booked email us here.

Wild Flower walk Friday 08 July

Join us on Friday the 8th of July for a wild flower walk with naturalist Tim Dean. The walk is free but places are limited so book yours now by calling or texting on 07762570215 or emailing hoyheritage@btinternet.com

This flora walk is part of our Hoy Wonder series of summer events celebrating the wonder of Hoy through art and nature.

There are just a couple of spaces left for the Wild Grasses walk with Orkney plant recorder John Crossley this Thursday 30 June, make it your space for nature, book yourself on for a day of wonder.