Gala Event and Birthday celebrations

and Charity Auction

Sunday 30th September. 7.30 p.m
{John Rae’s 205th Birthday}
At The New Orkney Distillery & Visitor centre

The new John Rae Fanfare
Finger Buffet, Coffee, Refreshments, Tastings, Music
Charity Auction with Rare Whisky, Distinguished Artworks, Original Ceramics, Orkney Silver, Glass
John Rae Birthday Draw….! - A Staggering Wealth of Prizes
A Grand Presentation - not to be missed!

Other JRS events:

11am - 5.00pm, Saturday 29th Sept
Hall of Clestrain, Orphir
Open day - tours of the Hall

7.30pm, Saturday 29th Sept
Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
Exhibition by Barbara Rae RA
Northwest Passage paintings and prints - Refreshments served

11.15am Sunday 30th Sept
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Followed by graveside ceremony & libation

7.30pm - Sunday
The New Orkney Distillery, Kirkwall
Charity Auction, Tastings, Buffet

Tickets for Charity Auction - £10 - available from the New Orkney Distillery and Fursbrek Pottery
All other events are free


John Rae appointed as honorary chartered surveyor by RICS

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Pre-Order Michael Palin's new book on Erebus

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Arctic Return

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Ian Ritchie CBE Exhibition of giclée prints for sale in aid of JRS

AT STROMNESS LIBRARY FROM JULY TO OCTOBER 2018 Warehouse Buildings, 2 -12 Victoria Street Monday 9:15am–7pm Tuesday 9:15am–5pm Wednesday 9:15am–5pm Thursday 9:15am–7pm Friday 9:15am–5pm Saturday 9:15am–5pm Sunday Closed email: This email address


Gala Event and Birthday celebrations

and Charity Auction Sunday 30th September. 7.30 p.m{John Rae’s 205th Birthday}At The New Orkney Distillery & Visitor centre The new John Rae FanfareFinger Buffet, Coffee, Refreshments, Tastings, MusicCharity Auction with Rare Whisky,


Volunteers needed for Archaeology survey of the Hall

ORCA are working with The John Rae Society on a series of archaeology activities to explore the environs of the Hall of Clestrain, and the building itself before restoration. This


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