Connected Community

Connected Community

With 4G mobile phone coverage and superfast fibre broadband both widely available, Northmavine offers both visitor and resident an ideal location to work, play and tour, connectedly. The Shetland Webcams network of live coastal video extends to Hillswick and its weekly live ‘visual radio’ show, The Beatcroft Social, is broadcast from there.

Northmavine is a busy place, with many businesses and community organisations. Some change location, owners or office bearers quite frequently, so it’s often best to check with the NCDC office if you require detailed information about a club, event or group. Feel free to email or phone 01806 544222. And if you run a business or club and wish to change the details here, get in touch.

Here are some of the connections you may wish to make:

Children & Young People


Northmavine Under Fives

Playgroup for children under 5 years.

When: Mondays 1.15-3pm
Where: Urafirth School

When: Thursdays 1.15-3pm

Where: Ollaberry School
Contact: Cynthia Poleson at NCDC
Tel: 01806 544 222

Urafirth Nursery

Nursery class in Urafirth Primary School. Covers the whole of Northmavine.

Contact: Head Teacher
Tel: 01806 503 282


There are 3 primary schools in Northmavine -

Urafirth Primary School (Hillswick) - Nursery, P1-7

Ollaberry Primary School - P1-7

North Roe Primary School - P1-7

There is a senior secondary school, S1-6 at Brae - Brae High School.

Youth Clubs

Hillswick Youth Club

Ad hoc sessions are run by local parents with the support of outreach youth services staff.

These sessions are open to all primary bairns.

Where: Hillswick Hall
Contact: Laureen Manson 01806 503 246

North Roe Youth Club

North Roe Youth Clubs entertains and works with local children, lets them be creative, do different projects and run off some steam! Several outings throughout the year.

When: Fridays 6-8pm (Primary 1-7 and Secondary 1-2), between the October and Easter holidays.
Where: North Roe Hall
Contact: NCDC

Ollaberry Youth Club

When: Fridays 6-8pm for Juniors, 8-10pm for Seniors, October - end of June
Where: Ollaberry School
Cost: Membership costs £2 per year plus £1 entry each week
Contact: NCDC

The Ollaberry Youth Club is entirely run by parental volunteers and has no paid workers. All families whose children attend are expected to take their turn two or three times on the supervision rota. All adults who supervise on the rota have Disclosure Scotland Checks. The club is affiliated to the Scottish Youth Clubs Association and is organised by a small committee.

The club holds its annual AGM in September and new committee members are very welcome. Typical activities are pool, crafts, baking, air hockey, Playstation, with some evenings having a more formal programme, eg, swimming trip, pantomime trip, quiz night, disco, barbeque, Voar Redd Up. The senior members run a tuckshop during both sessions. Membership of Ollaberry Youth Club is open to all young people in Northmavine between the ages of 5 and 18 years old.


North Roe play area

North Roe & Lochend Playpark Association, North Roe School

Ollaberry Multicourt, Ollaberry School

Runnadale Play Area, Runnadale, Ollaberry

Stucca Play Park, Stucca, Hillswick

Urafirth School Play Park, Urafirth School, Hillswick

Valladale Play Park, Valladale, Urafirth
Contact: c/o Community Development, Community Services Department, Shetland Islands Council, Hayfield House, Hayfield Lane, Lerwick
Tel: 01595 744 000

Senior Citizens

Happy Hour Club

The Northmavine Happy Hour Club is for the senior citizens of Northmavine. It is a good meeting place for a chat and a game of cards, amongst other things.

For more information, contact the NCDC office.


Northmavine Sheepdog Trials Association

The Northmavine Sheepdog Trials Association holds annual sheepdog trials with a view to improving sheepdog handling in Northmavine.

Contact NCDC

Northmavine Cattle Compensation Society

Northmavine Cattle Compensation Society compensates crofters for loss of cattle.

Contact: NCDC

North Shetland Training Group


Northmavine Fiddle & Accordian Group

The aim of the Northmavine Fiddle & Accordian Group is to promote traditional/Scottish/Irish music in the area and to encourage young musicians in Northmavine. Weekly practices during winter in the Hillswick Hall.

Contact NCDC


Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary

Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary is a charity based at The Booth, a 400 year old former Hanseatic trading post on the seafront at Hillswick. This is where Shetland's sick, injured and abandoned seals and otters are brought to be cared for until they are well enough to be released back into the wild. A major extension and renovation project is underway to enlarge and improve the facilities.

The wildlife sanctuary is open to visitors most afternoons from June to September. Please give them a ring before you go.
Contact: Jan and Pete Bevington
Tel: 01806 503 348


North Roe Methodist Church


Church of Scotland

Ollaberry Church holds weekly services and Hillswick Church remains open for the moment, though it has been announced that it will close within three years.

Community Council and Shetland Islands Councillors

Northmaven Community Council - contact the clerk, Tom Morton, at NCDC, or check out the Facebook page, where meetings are announced and minutes published.

Shetland Islands Council has three North Mainland members, and all play their part in representing Northmavine. They are:

Alastair Cooper
Linga, Mossbank, ZE2 9RB
01806 242468
or 07990 540708

Andrea Manson
Greystones, Brae, Shetland, ZE2 9QJ
01806 503372 or 07909 514297

Emma MacDonald
Rocklea, Lower Voe, Shetland, ZE2 9PX
01806 588341 or 07392 120742

Community Groups/Clubs


HEARD - Hillswick Eshaness Area Regeneration & Development Association

Ongoing projects to promote the revitalisation of the social and built heritage of the Hillswick and Eshaness area. Projects include oral history, restoration of Cooch Kettles, bulb planting, etc. /

Northmavine History Group - Collection of material on the history of Northmavine. Northmavine History Group also runs the Tangwick Haa Museum.

Contact: NCDC

Ollaberry Shop

Ollaberry Community Enterprise Ltd
01806 544344

Ollaberry Community Enterprise Ltd trade as the Ollaberry Shop. Licensed grocer with fuel, fresh food, bread, hardware items, toys, etc.

Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm
Thurs 9am - 7pm
Sundays 2pm - 5pm
Where: Ollaberry Shop, Ollaberry Industrial Estate.
Tel: 01806 544 344

Hillswick Shop Ltd

Contact: Manager - Sheila Tulloch 01806 503 767
Community-owned licensed grocer with a great range of fresh local produce. Open till 7pm every night except Sunday

Mon - Thurs 9am - 7pm
Fri 7.30am - 7pm
Saturdays 9am - 7pm
Sundays 12pm - 5pm
Where: Hillswick Shop, Hillswick, ZE2 9RW
Tel: 01806 503 767


Eshaness Community Centre - Used for all kinds of meetings, dances, sales of work and games.
Hillswick Public Hall - The main room and club room are available for hire. The Northmavine Fiddle & Accordian Club meet on Tuesdays 8pm.
Contact: Laureen Manson, Secretary, Herradel, Hillswick
Tel: 01806 503 246

North Roe and Lochend Hall - Contact: Secretary, Mrs Saskia Cromarty, Lochend House, Lochend.  Telephone 01806 533228

Sullom and Gunnister Hall - Sullom and Gunnister Hall is available for community events and meetings.
For bookings 01806 522433


Hillswick Health Centre and Community Polycrub

The Hillswick practice is the most northerly practice on the mainland of Shetland and serves the whole of Northmavine. Hillswick Health Centre is a purpose built Shetland Health Board Building, built in 1993. It has two consulting rooms and large treatment room with consulting space and full emergency equipment, video conferencing, library, staff room, tea and coffee facilities for patients, dispensary and surgery garden used by patients and community. The Practice Leaflet and other leaflets can be downloaded from the surgery website.

The Health Centre’s own Polycrub is available to patients and staff to use for growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Where: Hillswick Health Centre, West Ayre, Hillswick, Shetland ZE2 9RW
Contact: Dr Susan Bowie
Tel: 01806 503 277
Fax: 01806 503 399


Collafirth Marina Users Association
Contact: David Laurenson (Secretary), Hytra, Lochend, Shetland ZE2 9RZ
Tel: 01806 533 288