Friends of St Ninian's

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  • Gunner Thomas Irvine

    Thomas Irvine

    Gunner Thomas Irvine, Royal Garrison Artillery Orkney

    Gunner Thomas Irvine of Sandside, Deerness died in Kirkwall of influenza & pneumonia on 23 March 1915

    He was 16 years old

    During the next 4 years we will be commemorating the young men from Deerness who gave their lives during World War 1. There will be a display in the kirk on the anniversary of each death.

    Please come along and see what we have. If you have any photos, letters, documents or memories we would love to hear from you.

Deerness News

  • Tree Planting

    The trees have now all been planted at the Community Centre, thanks to a very dedicated band of Deerness folk and friends who braved wind, rain and sleet over the last few weeks.

    We hope you will come past and admire all their hard work, and watch as the saplings flouish to become a mature wood in years to come!

    Thank you to all who have been involved!

Welcome to our website!

Drawing of St Ninian's, Deerness by Isobel GardnerWelcome to The Friends of St Ninian’s website.  We aim to keep you informed not only about our organisation, its work and events, but also to open up the life and times of the Orkney parish of Deerness to local folk and visitors alike, whether in person, or across the world-wide web.

The photographs on this website show you a variety of landscapes and seascapes of Deerness – out to Copinsay, to the North Isles, Auskerry and back across to the rest of Mainland Orkney.  Enjoy these images, and please add more to the photo gallery.

Photo © Donna Eunson

  • Do you live in Deerness and want to advertise your business?
  • Did your forebears come from Deerness and you want to know more?
  • Have you an event in Deerness to promote, or a photo to share or a question to ask?

We look forward very much to your participation in this website.



Join the Friends of St Ninian’s and help support our work in looking after the Lower Kirk and exploring the heritage and culture of Deerness. We welcome membership from Deerness folk, Deerness-connected folk and folk who simply want to support The Friends of St Ninian's because it's a worthwhile endeavour.

Click here to download a membership form.

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