Bumper deal for Hebridean Sea Salt

Local business Hebridean Sea Salt has today announced a £180,000 deal with supermarket chain J Sainsbury’s.

The company, based in Habost, Lochs, will see their Original and Peat Smoked sea salt hit the shelves of Sainsbury’s in their first UK-wide deal.

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Open Day at Gallery 5


'Catching the Morning Light' by Margaret Stevenson

Following a successful first summer, Gallery 5 in Tolsta Chaolais is delighted to hold its first Open Day on Saturday, September 3rd, to mark the close of the season.

The base for artist Margaret Stevenson, Gallery 5 is a unique converted  blackhouse studio gallery with views across Loch Roag to Bernera and the Uig hills.

The stunning vistas are an endless source of inspiration for artist Margaret, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, who captures the moods of the island, its forms and life, painting in oils and watercolour.

Margaret's works will be on display during the Open Day, and all are invited to join for wine and nibbles at Gallery 5 from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday.

For more details about Gallery 5, please visit www.gallery5hebrides.com 

New SY base for hair salon

M'n'M Hair Design has a new home - at 38 Kenneth Street, Stornoway.

But it has a problem with its phone-lines - as the number from the previous salon has not been transferred as requested - and customers are asked to ring the mobile 07521 406978 to make contact, book appointments and make any arrangements.

Speaking to EVENTS newspaper in May as M'n'M Hair Design celebrated its tenth Anniversary, hairdresser Maureen Macphail said she never anticipated owning her own business when she returned home to live on Lewis ten years ago.

“I never dreamed I'd move home and open my own place,” said Maureen, who had previously managed a salon in Dumfries, as well as working as a hairdresser on cruise ships.

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Reviving sail traditions, West Indies-style!

One of the launch events for the Hebrides International Film Festival 2016 (Wednesday 14th to Sat 17th September 2016) is the first UK screening for Vanishing Sail  - The Story of a Caribbean Tradition.
Vanishing Sail is an 88 minute feature documentary about a boatbuilder on a small island in the West Indies.  The film is part of a transmedia project that began nearly 20 years ago when marine photographer Alexis Andrews, restored an old wooden fishing sloop salvaged from a sinking accident in Antigua.
That year, 1997, he sailed her south to Carriacou to find the creator of this beautiful vessel.

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Big parade in town for Lewis Pipe Band

The Lewis Pipe band had their final parade of the season yesterday afternoon (August 27th) starting at 3pm in the Narrows in Stornoway.

The Band commented beforehand that; “It's been an excellent year for us having been crowned European Champions in June, so come along for a listen before we have a break to work hard on new material for 2017.”

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New office base for MSP

Local MP Angus MacNeil and Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan outside Alasdair's new office

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has announced his Stornoway constituency office is to move to a new location from Monday 29th August onwards.

The island MSP has moved round the corner from Bayhead to 20 Kenneth Street. Local MP Angus MacNeil will continue to be based in the office at Bayhead.

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