JRS Lottery draw

The John Rae Society lottery draw was drawn on Sunday 18th Dec at 8pm at the Pomona inn, Finstown. Our Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.










Drawing the tickets were honorary members Hilda and Sandy Firth.  


The Winning tickets were:

  1. Kathleen Drever (£200 cheque)
  2. Colin Young (Platter donated by Fursbreck Pottery)
  3. Rendall (£50 cash)
  4. Kerry ?? (Laphroaig whisky donated by Colin Bullen)
  5. Ingrid ?? (Highland Park donated by Pomona Inn Finstown)
  6. George Burgher (Jewellery donated by Alison Moore )
  7. Young (Voucher donated by Castaway Crafts)
  8. Corrigal (Book: When Pemmican made history)
  9. Hill (Voucher donated by A Tait & Sons Dounby)
  10. Jones (Book: Skara)
  11. A Smith (Clootie dumpling donated by Harray Stores)
  12. C Groundwater (Global Warming book donated by James Chalmers)


John Rae to be given the Freedom of Orkney

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Our Lottery Prizes for 2017

These are some of the great prizes that can be won in this year's John Rae Society Lottery. We will be drawing this on John Rae's birthday 30th September, so


JRS gets a mention in the Scottish Parliament

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Open afternoons at Hall of Clestrain

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Nature Festival - John Rae Trail

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