The Shapinsay Development Trust did a survey in 2019 about the need for a community café/pub for the island. The results were overwhelmingly, that people felt that is something that the island needs. Therefor, as part of the 5 year development plan, the Trust are looking into different options for a community café. More information will be available soon. No decision will be made without further community consultation.
After extensive consultation, SDT now have a mandate to pursue purchase of the Smithy from Orkney Islands Council. We are looking into this, plans are being drawn up and there will be a special edition of the Shapinsay Sound dedicated to the Cafe project very soon – so watch this space.