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 appointed as honorary chartered surveyor by RICS

The achievements and life of pioneering Scottish explorer and surveyor Dr John Rae were celebrated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) today. Fronted by RICS President John Hughes, RICS


Pre-Order Michael Palin's new book on Erebus

A chance to pre -order Michael Palin’s new book  “ Erebus the story of a ship” . Every one bought from us will help to go towards the restoration fund for


Arctic Return

We have heard from our friends in Canada that there is an expedition to the arctic planned in 2019 in commemoration of John Rae's exploits. This is from the expedition website



2018 AGM dates announced

Our next AGM will be at the Pomona inn Finstown on Sunday 4th November at 7.30pm All are welcome


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,


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