South Harris Show 2019 (Roz test)
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 30 July) long serving Harris GP Dr Andrew Naylor MBE opened the 2019 South Harris show as the sun shone over a packed Leverburgh show ground.
This year’s show was a buzz of activity with each area of the show ground housing a different attraction or point of interest.
Steve Colley attracted the biggest crowd of the day with the former Scottish, British and World trials champion wowing show goers with his death defying stunt show.
Neuro Hebrides is inviting all islanders living with a neurological condition and their carers to come along to their upcoming Neuro Day.
Niall O’Gallagher is the first Bàrd Baile Ghlaschu/ Glasgow’s City Gaelic Poet Laureate, an appointment which runs until 31st October and is part of the Merchant City Festival’s Gaelic Literature and Song Trail.
Bard Baile Ghlaschu is a municipal role with a city profile and the Bard will be in post during the Royal National Mòd in October 2019.
The post is based on the City’s Poet Laureate model, which is in the gift of the Lord Provost’s Office (Glasgow City Council).
CalMac Ferries are seeking a new ticketing system for all their services…and are holding a supplier Open Day in Glasgow tomorrow (Thursday August 1) to get the process under way.
The company are calling the project An Turas or Our Journey.
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn has confirmed that detailed planning of a replacement business centre at South Galson is under way.
Have fun…and get advice - that's offer from Hebridean Housing partnership and the Western Isles Housing Association Communities Forum.
The groups are inviting all tenants and residents from HHP communities to a Summer Fun Day at Back Football and Recreation Club on Friday 9 August 2019 from 12 - 4pm.
Both Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan and Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron have spoken of the need for more detail about UK Government funding for the three island councils as part of the Islands Deal. This follows yesterday’s announcement from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to Scotland that £300 million would be put towards Growth Deals, including the Islands Deal.
Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “There was a frightening lack of detail available in yesterday’s statement by the Prime Minister, a failing which I suspect will be characteristic of his premiership.
Comhairle na Eilean Siar, under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, hereby Orders the temporary closure of the following roads at the following times and dates:
Willowglen Road from its junction on Macaulay Road and its junction with the main A858 road between 12noon to 1pm on Saturday August 3rd 2019.
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Must be uplifted from Point as we can not offer transport.
After a break of several years, the Merseyside-based calendar and guide scammers are calling Western Isles businesses again.
The technique involves claiming that the business being called has already agreed to take part in a special calendar, poster or campaign. The caller will claim that a conversation took place at some point earlier in the year.
The projects are generally in support of some victim-group - in this morning's case, it was victims of bullying.
The Lewis Carnival is currently seeking volunteers. The Lewis Carnival Committee says: "Please, if you can spare even an hour or two on the day, let us know!"
The small group of volunteers has worked for months to make sure that the beloved event can go ahead, but it cannot take place without the required number of volunteers on the day.
The Lewis Carnival takes place 11am-5pm on Saturday August 3rd - volunteers are also needed to set up and clear away.
The Lewis Carnival Committee has taken over the Murdo Maclean's window in the centre of town for the week of the carnival. Passersby watched as the girls filled the window with information about the coming weekend.
The Lewis Carnival Committee told welovestornoway.com: "We want everyone to know just how much is happening, so this window contains information about the Lewis Carnival parade, the food & drink festival and the ceilidh. Two of these events are brand new, and we want them to be as successful as possible. We're particularly excited about the food & drink festival, which will showcase some lovely local food. The parade also looks set to be the best in years - which is all thanks to local people getting together to support the event - so we're very excited!"
This weekend's events include:
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil says Scotland needs ‘better government, not a bribe to stay chained to the union.’
As new Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Scotland yesterday (Monday July 29th), Mr MacNeil said the UK Government are running out of time to keep Scotland on board a sinking ship.
In a bid to promote and improve physical activity levels in Lewis and Harris, a team of new Walk Leaders was recently trained by NHS Western Isles.
A total of seven new Walk Leaders have been trained to lead group walks in their local communities, joining a team of 50 volunteers already trained by the ‘Walk on Hebrides’ project in recent years. These volunteer Walk Leaders are invaluable in providing walkers with an opportunity to reap the health rewards from group walks.
The Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club got a welcome boost this summer as six of its volunteer coaches completed coach training.
The coaches gave up days of their Easter and summer breaks to complete Level 1 and Level 2 gymnastics coach training.
On top of the training days and exams, the coaches also put in many hours running regular gymnastics sessions and completing plans and log books.
Point and Sandwick Trust, in collaboration with a number of industry partners (Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM, CMAL, Johnston Carmichael and Ferguson Marine) have published a feasibility study to assess the suitability of using hydrogen produced from local wind farms to power future ferry services operating in the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland.
Of the nine routes analysed, the highest-scoring route using a small ferry on a short crossing was from Barra to Eriskay and the highest scoring route using a large ferry on a long crossing was from Stornoway to Ullapool.
The Western Isles Citizens Advice Service: offices on the Isles of Barra, Harris, Lewis and Uist, are holding their AGM on Tuesday 13th August 2019 at Lewis CAB 41-43 Westview Terrace Stornoway.
Please come along to see what we do and what we want to do in the future.
We would welcome any new volunteers and members to our board
We will have a some refreshments from 4.00pm ( come and have some of the CAB’s 80th Birthday Cake )
The actual meeting is at 6.00pm
Photograph by Sean Purser.
This summer, one of Scotland’s leading traditional arts organisations, Fèis Rois, is hosting the Scotland Pavilion at the acclaimed Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France for a second year, with over 80 hours of music, song and dance from some of Scotland’s best up and coming artists programmed.
Six Scottish musicians will perform alongside six Breton musicians in a brand new collaboration organised by Fèis Rois in partnership with Festival Interceltique de Lorient. Female Gaelic song trio, Sian, featuring Eilidh Cormack (Skye), Ellen MacDonald (Inverness) and Ceitlin Smith (Lewis) have been working with three female Breton singers to come up with material for a shared performance in Lorient on Thursday 8th August.
Peatland in North Lochs is to be restored to its natural state as part of a peatland action project announced yesterday (Sunday July 28th).
Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Water will work together on 11 hectares of damaged and eroding peatland within the Loch Orasaigh drinking water catchment area, which serves the North Lochs Water Treatment Works.Work will include re-profiling peat hags, blocking drainage ditches and encouraging the stabilisation of vegetation around the edge of the loch.
On Friday (26th July) the West Side Agricultural show returned for its second year at the Barvas Community Centre show ground.
In past years the show has gone on in spite of adverse weather conditions but on Friday in blistering sunshine the only complaint that could be heard was, “tha e teth.”
A group of drivers heading south on the main road to Harris today (Monday July 29th) include some owners heading for Uist at the end of a real tractor marathon.
The 2019 Tractor Run from Stornoway to Leverburgh set off from the Porter’s Lodge in Stornoway at 9.45am this morning, heading south to raise funds for the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Group.
Perceval Square car park will be closed from 6pm on Friday 2nd August until 6pm on Saturday 3rd August to make way for the Lewis Carnival.
The Lewis Carnival Committee asks that ALL vehicles be removed before this time.
Nurses currently working in NHS Western Isles can apply for the University of the Highlands and Islands Shortened Midwifery Programme.
The postgraduate diploma, which has been developed in partnership with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and NHS Orkney, will enable registered nurses to become fully qualified midwives in 20 months, helping to meet the needs of communities across the north of Scotland.
Members of the public are invited to a NHS Western Isles Annual Review meeting in Castlebay Community Hall.
The meeting, which will be attended by Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick, gives members of the public the opportunity to hear about the Health Board’s achievements and challenges.
It also provides the chance to hear about progress, proposals and options for healthcare development in Barra.
Exclusive interview with EVENTS feature writer Katie Macleod
“I love chopping parsley!” laughs Gary Maclean, Scotland’s National Chef, when I ask what his favourite part of the cooking process is.
While seafood is one of his preferred ingredients – “it’s an enjoyable, rewarding thing to cook because it’s instantaneous, it’s really quick and timing is crucial” – in reality the Glasgow chef loves it all, from preparation to butchery skills to pastry.
Scotland’s National Chef and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean has cooked for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and Billy Connolly, and in locations ranging from 10 Downing Street to Hollywood.
Leverburgh’s RNLI Lifeboat station and crew need extra help from the people of Harris to continue their valuable work saving lives at sea.
RNLI Leverburgh have vacancies for volunteer fundraisers and event supporters, each essential to the professionalism and effectiveness of the lifeboat team.
Tidal conditions on the Sound of Harris mean changes to the ferry timetable between Berneray and Leverburgh from Wednesday (July 31st).
Extreme tides mean revised timetables will be in place every day from July 31stto August 5thinclusive.
You can find full details of the timetable changes at https://www.calmac.co.uk/service-changes/berneray-leverburgh-summer-tidal-amends-2019
Western Isles Weather is marking ten years since Stornoway’s own tornado with a special blog post today (Sunday July 28th).
The tornado formed around 10pm on July 28th2009 during a period of intense storms across the whole of the islands.
It first crossed Goat Island, sinking a small boat at her moorings, and then hit the Sea Angling Club, blowing in windows and leaving customers sheltering under tables.
The parents of aid worker Linda Norgrove have found a novel way of raising funds for the charity they established in their daughter’s memory.
Having spent years transforming a derelict byre into an upmarket holiday cottage for rent, they plan to use the income to cover the running costs of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, ensuring all money donated by supporters goes straight to projects in Afghanistan.
Lochs Show 2019
The Lochs Show crowds this afternoon (Saturday July 27th) showed that a little bit of rain - indeed, quite a lot of rain at times - was not going to stop them having a good time.
Anderson MacArthur on South Beach Street, Stornoway says it is proud to have joined Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service.
The Free Will Service helps people aged over 55 to write or update their Will free of charge.
A student from Stornoway has developed an engine concept for supersonic jets with the help of the Innovation Centre at Lews Castle College UHI and had his ideas published in a prestigious scientific journal.
Harris & Lewis Smokehouse
Taste of The Outer Hebrides Menu
Thursday August 1st 7pm
A celebration of The Outer Hebrides, our Island Produce and Environment
Two sets of marina facilities in Harris were officially opened on Wednesday 24 July.
The facilities, owned and operated by Harris Development Ltd (HDL), provide the last vital link in the chain of marine facilities.
Shetland yachtsman, Andrew Halcrow, was guest speaker and he cut the ribbons at the two Isle of Harris Marina facilities in Tarbert and Scalpay.
Additional flights between Barra and Glasgow have been added into the timetable to try and ease congestion for island travellers.
Loganair has put additional flights into the schedule on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 30th to try and meet some of the demand for seats during the busiest period of the summer.
A barbecue being held tomorrow afternoon (Saturday July 27th) marks the official celebration of 10 years since the Clan Macquarrie community centre opened.
The new centre in Borve replaced a much older village hall which itself commemorated a momentous event on the Westside of Lewis.
Hebridean Housing Partnership are expanding their highly successful New Supply Shared Equity scheme to rural sites across the Outer Hebrides with support from the Scottish Government.
The Bernera boyhood of Donald Macleod is to be celebrated with the launch of a new bilingual book from Stornoway publishers Acair next month.
Eadar Dà Shaoghal: Between Two Worlds is based on Donald’s successful Radio nan Gaidheal series of the same name, vividly portraying the sights, sounds and emotions of his boyhood on the Isle of Bernera, Lewis.
The second annual Tong scarecrow competition is set to start on Monday (July 29th) and there’s already an early contribution in the village.
For a week, villagers can construct their own scarecrows in gardens, crofts and verges around the village, entering the contest for a donation to Tong Recreation Association of just £5. On Friday next week, judges will carefully evaluate the entries before awarding first second and third prizes.
Staff at the Stornoway TalkTalk call centre are to be given a farewell dinner by their bosses before the doors close on the centre.
A total of 59 employees were handed their notice after broadband services company decided in January that their Stornoway centre was to close.
Traffic heading out of Stornoway towards Back and Barvas may expect delays as the road remains one-way only past the scene of a traffic accident this morning (Friday July 26th). Around midday, traffic queues had backed as far as the Manor roundabout.
Advance tickets for HebCelt’s milestone 25th festival in 2020 go on sale today (Friday, 26 July) to meet demand from fans, just days after another successful event ended.
Early bird weekend tickets for arena shows on 15-18 July next year will be available from noon from the festival website www.hebceltfest.com
The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website.
New car park, Luskentyre
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has applied for planning permission to construct a new car park on common grazing at Luskentyre. The car park will accommodate 11 cars.
New streetworks pole, Leverburgh
Arqiva Ltd has applied for planning permission to erect a 10m streetworks pole, antenna and associated works at the smart metering mast on Ferry Road, Leverburgh.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has called on incoming Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack to ensure the UK Government gives the go-ahead to the Islands Deal.
The islands MSP ensured that the Islands Deal was one of the first items on the new Secretary of State’s desk by writing to him urging to take forward a date for announcing the Deal.
Gael Force Group have established a base in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, to serve aquaculture producers in the province and across Atlantic Canada with their high quality and robust range of marine equipment, technology and services.
Scotland’s Airline Loganair reported a pre-tax profit of £1.01 million for the 12 months ended 31 March - its first full year of operation under its new brand identity.
However, the Shetland Times reports today (Thursday July 25th) that the impact of disruptive action by Air Traffic Controllers across airports run by Highlands and Islands Airports since April, has already cost the airline around £1m in compensation payments or accommodation costs related to passengers who were delayed or missed flights.
Willowglen road from its junction on Macaulay Road and its junction with the main A858 road between 12noon to 1pm on Saturday August 3rd 2019.
Macaulay Road / Bayhead Street / Kenneth Street from Manor roundabout through Macaulay Road and Bayhead Street to the junction of Kenneth Street. This also includes the a short section of Kenneth Street between Bayhead Street and Scotland Street between 1pm and 2pm on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Cromwell Street / Church Street / North Beach Street / Castle Street / Point Street / Bank Street from Bayhead Street along Cromwell Street and part of North Beach Street through the west lane of Castle Street to its junction with South Beach Street. The section of Church Street between Kenneth Street and Cromwell Street will be closed for through traffic. This also includes the pedestrianised section of Point Street and Cromwell Street and the full length of Bank Street between 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Perceval Square Car Park from 6pm on Friday 2nd August to 6pm on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Fisherman's Car Park from 00:01 on Wednesday 31st July 2019 to 23:59 on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is hoping to hit a high note with their very first project in a new drop-in centre in Stornoway.
The best of produce from near and far 26/07/2019
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Raspberries (West Hardmuir Fruit Farm) 200g
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Welcome drinks by Harris Gin, bar by the North Uist Distillery.
The world’s most scenic tennis court in North Harris was a place where dreams come true on Saturday (July 20th), with a celebratory birthday doubles match being played by three generations of one family.
Tickets for a Glasgow Barrowlands concert by Stornoway band Peat & Diesel (pictured above on the main stage of the Hebridean Celtic festival during their performance last week) sold out this morning (Thursday July 25th) within minutes of going on general sale.
Barra RNLI Lifeboat was called to assist during a battle to save a fisherman pulled unconscious from the water yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 24th).
Stornoway Coastguard control centre received a call at 12.53pm saying that a fisherman had been found unconscious and immersed in water on rocks in Loch Carnan, South Uist.
Roadworks are due to start next month on Sandwick Road, Stornoway, adjacent to the Engebret Ltd garage, to replace the small bridge that crosses the drainage canal which runs from the sea shore in Broadbay towards Stornoway Harbour.
An Eat Safe Award has been presented to the Isle of Harris Distillery Canteen.
The award is given by the Environmental Health Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland.
This year’s Lochs Show on Saturday (July 27th) is set to be bigger and better than ever – literally bigger as they have the Mighty Smith Show, Adrian Smith, three times Winner of UK’s Strongest Man Competition, on hand to wow everyone with his daring feats of strength.
Jim the Magician and Bubbles the Clown will be touring the showground providing entertainment for all.
A new network of cycle trails could be created across the Outer Hebrides.
Jonny Murray and Jan Schouten from cyclist-transport provider HebShuttle have created Hebridean X Trails to ensure that the Outer Hebrides can take full advantage of growth in cyclocross and mountain biking activities.
Cyclocross and mountain-biking contribute significantly to Scottish tourism numbers and Scotland is recognised as being among the best destinations in the world for both.
Thursday (18th July) saw the North Harris Agricultural Show return to an overcast Urgha showground.
The well attended show saw locals and visitors alike enjoy the events on offer, from life stock judging to highland dancing, there was something for everyone.
A poignant anniversary is to be turned to public benefit by Stornoway RNLI Ladies Guild member Jane Maciver on August 1st, with a 25-mile walk for the RNLI.
Jane is being joined by other Guild members and Stornoway RNLI volunteer crew to walk 25 miles from Bernera to Stornoway, in memory of her late partner Craig, a fisherman who passed away at sea.
Writer and poet Donald S Murray, originally from Ness, has a new chance of an award after being longlisted for an award for a debut novel from the Historical Writers Association.
The nomination is for his recently-published novel "As the Women Lay Dreaming", described in the citation as "a passionate, atmospheric and evocative novel inspired by the Iolaire disaster" that "explores how an event can have a dramatic impact on communities."
A special concert will be taking place in Stornoway to raise funds for the repairs to the St Columba's Church stained glass windows.
An urgent resolution on how chemotherapy medication is transported to the Western Isles is needed, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, after it was revealed that the current method of air transportation could cease.
Presently, chemotherapy medication is delivered to NHS Western Isles via an air freight service between Inverness and Stornoway.
The multi-million-selling singer songwriter KT Tunstall led the praise for the 24th Hebridean Celtic Festival which ended at the weekend after another highly successful four-day event.
KT, one of this year’s headliners, returned to HebCelt for the first time since 2011. During her visit she lauded the festival for being at the forefront of environmentally-conscious efforts and also for ensuring gender balance on stage.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has written to the chief executives of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Eilean Siar asking them to assure him that they have measures in place to deal with risks associated with food allergies.
Mr Cameron acted after research undertaken by the Scottish Conservatives indicated that neither council nor health board provides training courses for their staff or the public.
Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK will be bad for the Islands and for Scotland, say the local MP and MSP
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has reacted to the announcement that Boris Johnson is set to be appointed Prime Minister.
A crackdown on driver behaviour around the Isle of Lewis led to 44 drivers being fined or reported for road traffic offences over the weekend.
The Road Traffic Policing unit from Dingwall was in action between Friday July 19th and Sunday July 21st as part of the continuing Operation Cedar, aimed at improving safety on the roads in the Highlands and Islands.
Stornoway police are appealing for witnesses to an altercation in the town centre very early on Sunday July 21st, after a man was assaulted.
The assault happened at 12.10am on Sunday outside licensed premises in Point Street and police want to hear from any witnesses who may have noticed the events leading up to the assault, or the assault itself.
The bandwagon that is Lewis band Peat & Diesel keeps on rolling, with the latest announcement that a Celtic Connections gig scheduled for January next year is to move to a bigger venue.
Peat & Diesel announced this morning that their scheduled show at Glasgow’s Òran Mòr on Saturday January 25th has been cancelled – after selling out all the tickets within two minutes of going on sale this morning (Tuesday July 23rd).
A huge exodus of music-lovers leaving the Isle of Lewis after the close of Hebridean Celtic Festival has been declared a success by CalMac’s Stornoway ferry port manager.
Over five sailings between 6am on Sunday (July 21st) and 2pm yesterday, the MV Loch Seaforth carried over 2,500 passengers and 500 cars, vans and motorhomes from Stornoway to Ullapool.
The CalMac ferry MV Isle of Lewis is returning to service this afternoon (Tuesday July 23rd) after a period of extensive disruption to services to and from the Isle of Barra.
The Stornoway Trust has warned about the financial consequences for the local community of the court cases being pursued in relation to wind farm projects in the area.
In a statement today (Tuesday July 23rd) the Trust says that: "Following the unsuccessful attempt by four crofting townships, namely Aignish, Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick and Sandwick East Street and Sandwickhill North Street, who had appealed to the Scottish Land Court over the Crofting Commission’s decision to refuse their Section 50B applications, the Stornoway Trust consider that another key milestone, albeit an unnecessary one, has been passed.
The Lewis Carnival takes place 11am-5pm on Saturday August 3rd - volunteers are also needed to set up and clear away.
Experts are still attempting to discover the identity of nine killer whales, spotted near Vatersay.
The whales were encountered during the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust's annual marine research expeditions last year.
The Trust now hopes to encounter the mystery pod again during its surveys this summer. It says that the unexplained killer whale pod sighting highlights how much there is still to learn about the remarkable marine life in Hebridean waters, and the need for long-term monitoring of cetaceans and basking sharks.
Fèis Mara na Hèaradh is offering people the chance to hear from battling round-world sailor Andrew Halcrow tomorrow night (Wednesday July 24th).
On 5th July, 2 young people from the Westside Open Group and Sir E Scott Open Group attended a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation in the gardens of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an amber flood warning for the Western Isles tonight (Monday July 22nd).
The warning, issued at 3.44pm today, says: “A period of heavy rain may affect the area on Monday evening and overnight, which could cause flooding impacts from surface water and small watercourses. This could include flooding to low-lying land and roads with difficult driving conditions.
Work is well under way on a £6.5 million Scottish Water project to protect the future of the water supply for the district of Ness.
Scottish Water partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD) is carrying out the work to expand the existing water treatment works at Airigh Na Gaoithe and to fit upgraded water treatment equipment and controls. A new filtration system and generator are to be housed in an extension to the existing main building, as well as a separate new raw water storage tank.
Recent samples taken at Loch Ordais, South Bragar have indicated the presence of blue-green algae.
Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects, warns Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Sixteen customers in Vatisker Park have been without power since 6am this morning (Monday July 22nd) and could be waiting until early evening before their power is restored.
An underground cable fault was reported to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks at 6.06am and the cable repair team is still trying to pinpoint the exact location of the fault. Engineering teams are already on site ready to tackle the problem once it’s located.
A full four days of sea-going celebration is planned for the Isle of Harris from Wednesday (24th July) as the 2019 Feis na Mara gets under way.
The festival of the sea starts with the official openings of the Isle of Harris Marina, with events at both Tarbert and Scalpay pontoons at 11am and 12 noon on Wednesday. Traditional boats will gather in Tarbert and there’ll be market stalls on the quay, as well as an on-the-water day run by Lewis and Harris Youth Association.
Police are appealing for information after two plant pots were removed from a North Tolsta garden.
The plant pots were taken from a garden at Camach Park between 7pm on Saturday 20 July and 12pm on Sunday 21 July.
Stornoway police are asking for public help after a car was damaged in Stornoway town centre on Friday (July 19th).
CalMac is struggling to put together a service for passengers leaving or arriving on Barra this week, after the MV Isle of Lewis was shipped off to Clydeside for urgent repairs.
The timetable between Castlebay and Oban has been patchy over past days, with technical problems on the ageing ferry scrambling the timetable.
Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was called to help when a fisherman lost power on his vessel on Friday afternoon (July 19th).
The lone fisherman aboard the small fishing boat Ceol na Mara used VHS to issue a distress call when he lost engine power and was unable to control the boat, in Loch Roag off Bernera at 1.20pm on Friday.
A thin blue line of youth volunteers helped the Hebridean Celtic Festival run smoothly this week.
HebCelt has once again teamed up with Loganair to help ensure one of the festival’s main acts makes it to the stage on time.
The airline has had a long-running association with the award-winning festival and this year as part of its sponsorship flew members of Hudson Taylor from Dublin to Stornoway ahead of appearing at 6.15pm today on the main stage today (Saturday July 20th).
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Peat & Diesel's astonishing climb to local stardom saw more packed and overflowing venues at the Hebridean Celtic Festival yesterday (Friday July 19th).
In the evening, the band totally redefined the meaning of 'acoustic' as huge queues snaked across the field from their scheduled performance in the 'Acoustic Tent'. Large numbers had to listen from outside what is the smallest of the three covered venues.
Inverness Airport will be closed tomorrow (Sunday July 21st), cutting off the Highland capital from its crucial air links across Scotland, England, Ireland and the rest of Europe.
This is part of intensifying industrial action by air traffic controllers, which will see Stornoway and Benbecula airports closed on Tuesday.
HIAL Managing Director Inglis Lyon has apologised for the disruption this further round of strike action will cause and urged the Prospect union to get back round the table and help deliver a solution to its long-running pay dispute.
Wildlife enthusiasts are being urged to keep a close watch on butterflies over the next few weeks, especially to spot a seasonal migrant breed called the painted lady.
The painted lady is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland. Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, reaching Britain and Ireland where it breeds, the young heading southwards again. The last mass immigration occurred during 2009 and this year swarms have been seen heading north through Europe.
Work has begun on adding Scottish Gaelic to Duolingo, a popular online language learning service.
The course is currently in Duolingo’s “incubator”, where language courses are constructed with the help of a community of volunteers, and has an expected completion date of July 17 2020.
Islands MSP, Alasdair Allan, started a campaign on this issue after being inspired by the success which the Irish language had on Duolingo.
Travellers leaving the island from Sunday (July 21st) after the weekend’s festivities at Hebridean Celtic Festival could find themselves battling the odds to get home.
Bad weather forecasts, full ferries and strike action at airports could combine to cause changes to travel plans, with flights especially subject to unexpected disruption.
Award-winning singer songwriter KT Tunstall took a ride in an electric car to support HebCelt’s drive to improve the environment which also includes working with Lewis Wind Power and Essence of Harris.
Members of the public are asked to help researchers look into the effect of plastics on birds.
A new website has been launched by researches from the University of the Highlands and Islands to gather information about the interaction between birds and debris such as plastics.
Members of the public are being asked to upload details and photos of birds which have become entangled in debris or which have incorporated it into their nests to www.birdsanddebris.com.
HebCelt Festival is pleased to announce that Peat & Diesel will be playing an additional gig today (Friday, 19 July) at 2.15pm on the main stage.
This will be a 30-minute show and open to all main arena ticket holders.
A Gaelic praise evening will be held on Sunday 21 July at 8pm at the Stornoway High Church on Matheson Road..
The event will feature Celtic songs of praise, performed by Domhnall Michael MacInnes, Noel Eadie, Isabel Macleod and Craig Parks.
Jane Mackinnon, a former long-standing Hebridean Housing Partnership Board Member, officially opened Corran Cismaol, Castlebay on Wednesday 17 July 2019.
Stornway-based Calmax Construction Limited, who employed several more local contractors, went on site in June 2018, with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart in Castlebay to cut the turf and completed construction in April 2019.
Young people have the chance to get involved in two different weeks of Gaelic music, language and culture coming up in Lewis later this month - Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich (Stornoway) and Fèis an Rubha (Point).
Youngsters in Harris enjoyed their opportunities earlier this month as Fèis Eilean na Hearadh took place from 1st-5th July.
The event provided children from nursery age right through to secondary school with the opportunity to learn a new instrument, speak Gaelic and participate in other activities including drama, sports and arts and crafts.
Lewis Wind Power is delighted to be supporting the Lochs Show for the second year in succession.
The show, to be held on Saturday 27th July at Laxay showground, is always a highly anticipated event in the Lewis and Harris summer calendar with competitions ranging from flower shows to photography to agriculture. Alongside the numerous competitions, attendees will also enjoy a range of attractions and shows.
The start of work on the massive homes project on land from the former Goathill Farm on Perceval Road, Stornoway, was marked this afternoon (Thursday July 18th) with a large official event.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said it was delighted to welcome Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, to formally mark the commencement of the Goathill Farm Care and Housing Development, with a turf-cutting ceremony on the site, where preparatory work is already well under way.
Point Agricultural Society issued an urgent call for help yesterday (Wednesday July 17th) after strong winds took hold of one of their marquees and blew it into the community centre at Aird.
Tiumpanhead Community Centre’s gable end wall took the brunt of the impact as the large marquee flew across the showground. When it was spotted by neighbours, it was wrapped round the centre and across the roof.
Lochs goalie Rachael Johnstone is heading for Denmark at the weekend, after being picked by her club, Celtic FC, to play in next week’s Dana Cup youth tournament.
Celtic FC announced a squad which they say combines experience with youth to defend the under-15s cup, won by the Celtic FC girls last year.
The unexpected island phenomenon that is Peat & Diesel struck again yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 17th) with youngsters shut outside a venue which was too full for safety.
The island trio has been building a storm of support, especially amongst very young fans, with a mixture of rousing tunes and off-the-wall, very sing-able lyrics penned by guitarist and songwriter Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod.
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Senior Government officials have relayed concerns raised by Isles MP Angus MacNeil to the energy regulator Ofgem ahead of the final decision on the Western Isles interconnector.
Mr MacNeil is calling on Ofgem to do what is best for the environment, the consumer and the economy and approve the Needs Case for the construction of a 600MW link to the islands.
And Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron, has also written to the Chief Executive of Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, in a final push to encourage support for a 600Mw transmission link between Lewis and mainland Scotland.
It was shearing time for the Callanish alpacas yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) – and owner Clare Lewis made sure her herd had only the best when it came to shearers.
Specialist alpaca shearer James Dixon came off the lunchtime ferry and headed straight over to the West Side, eager to get the alpacas shorn before any chance of rain could stop him.
Change of use of building, Newmarket
Blackwater Survey Services has applied under Section 42 to remove condition 1 of planning permission, the effect of which would be to allow the storage facility to be a storage building and ancillary hardstanding to create a separate Class 5/6 unit at Commercial Storage, Blackwater, Newmarket.
New house build, Point
John Angus Morrison of 4 School Park, Knock, has applied for planning permission to build a house at 4a School Park, Knock. Details of the house are unavailable as of yet.
Highland dancers from all over Scotland are heading for Lewis this weekend, as the biggest ever Hebridean Celtic Dance Festival kicks off on Saturday (July 20th).
Hosted by the Lynn Maclean School of Dancing, the annual event has been drawn into the HebCelt fringe programme and has attracted the highest number of entries since it began in 2012.
Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has hit back at a claim that Scottish island flights could be axed under Liberal Democrat proposals to tackle climate change.
Yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) he defended comments from one of two contenders in the Lib Dem leadership race, Sir Ed Davey, who had called for a ban on domestic flights within the UK in a bid to reduce environmental damage.
A new water treatment works that will serve three small communities in North Harris was safely delivered yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) – by sea, beach and road.
The new Scottish Water plant was loaded on to a specialised barge at Kishorn on Monday, before crossing the Minch and sailing through the Sound of Harris to lie offshore at Huisinis.
The Stornoway Trust recently welcomed two new additions to its Castle Grounds Squad: Head Gardener, Jack Pocock (below), and Gardener, David Bayly (above), who will both work from the Trust Nursery.
They will be working closely with Jonathan Torrance, the Estate Nurseryman, as they focus on restoring the Castle Grounds, making good use of its rich resource of trees and shrubs.
'Blasasd Fèis Uig' was held in Uig Community Hall on the afternoon of Friday 12th July.
It was run to gauge demand for running a full Children’s Fèis through the medium of Gaelic in the future. And the answer was…a resounding yes!
A new Water Treatment Works that will serve three small communities in North Harris has been delivered by sea to one of the island’s most spectacular beaches.
The new Scottish Water plant was loaded on to a specialised barge at Kishorn on Monday, before crossing the Minch and sailing through the Sound of Harris to lie offshore at Huisinis.
Newton Faulkner is currently taking his music on tour, but he is also on the road to a new stage of his career.
The singer songwriter, who plays at the Hebridean Celtic Festival which opens tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 July), has sold more than 1.5 million records, with 180 million streams, making him one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters so far this millennium.
The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is inviting photographers from across the Hebrides to submit entries to its second annual photography competition.
This overall winner will be granted free entry to all events in next year’s festival programme, which will run from 7-20 February 2020 at An Lanntair and across Lewis and Harris.
The winning photograph will also be showcased in the artwork for the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival’s 2020 programme, following in the footsteps of this year’s inaugural winner, Meet Steve by Berneray-based photographer Casey McIntyre (shown above).
As a result of the continuing support for The Western Isles Lottery from residents in Barra &. Vatersay, Volunteers from Northbay Gardens (“the Garadh”) were delighted to receive a cheque for £1,000 to help them continue their excellent work.
Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a’ Tuath is a horticultural-based project . Volunteers grow and sell local produce whilst helping people with Additional Support Needs and reducing the carbon footprint of the local area. They love working on projects that improve the environment and health of the area through a range of activities including community gardening and conservation.
There's been official praise today (Monday July 15th) for the sponsors who backed the successful Western Isles Islands Games team.
Prior to them leaving for the Games in Gibraltar, WIIGA’s main sponsor, The Scottish Salmon Company, presented the WIIGA squad with their official kit and hosted the final Team Briefing at the Harris & Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway. A further 'welcome back' event will take place at the start of August, which the Smokehouse say will be like a 'thank you' from the athletes and coaches to their families – a 'WIIGA Family Breakfast' from about 9am on Friday August 2nd.
Fundraising for Bethesda is taking place on football fields and with music events this summer.
There is a charity football event involving Back Football Club and an XI from Ross County on Friday July 26th at the Back Football and Recreation Club ground, starting at 7pm. There’s a buffet afterwards at the Caladh Inn in Stornoway.
A former Scottish Office minister has called for an independent review of “current and future issues affecting west coast ferry services”.
Brian Wilson, who lives on the Isle of Lewis and chairs one of the island’s largest employers, Harris Tweed Hebrides, says: “It is completely unfair on CalMac Ferries and the people who work for them that they are at the sharp end of every crisis while the causes are largely outside their control”
He said the review should take place “outside the political arena”.
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Get ready for this weeks Heb Celt Festival and Hebridean summer in general - if the sun is shining you may be joined by some unwelcome friends, the midges, and it is the Hebrides so it's likely to rain at some point. So pop in to the Fishermen's Co-op Stornoway and arm yourself with midge repellent, maybe even a midge head net, wellies and waterproofs. The re-usable ponchos are perfect for festivals being so compact you can keep them in your bag just incase the weather turns.
A call by one of the contenders for the Liberal-Democrat party leadership to end domestic flights in the UK has been derided as ‘out of touch’ and isolationist for Scotland’s islands.
Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey is contending with East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson to become leader of the Lib-Dems. On Sunday (July 14th) he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on that he stood by previous calls for domestic air travel to end.
A couple from Nottinghamshire have completed the project of a lifetime in Harris.
80-year-old Peter and 79-year-old Pat Dixon have spent the last 40 years visiting the 708 villages listed in the Reader’s Digest Book of British Villages.
Peter told welovestornoway.com: “We bought the book from a book club and went to visit a village that was quite near to where we lived.
A 45-year-old man was arrested at an address in Stornoway in the early hours of Thursday (July 11th) and charged with domestic breach of the peace.
Police were called at 1.53am to an incident at the address and took the man into custody, from where he appeared in court and was released on bail.
A man has been disqualified from driving after police found him to be driving with alcohol in his system in the early hours of last Wednesday (July 10th)
The 54-year-old was stopped while driving in Bunavonader at 4.05am on Wednesday, and appeared in court from custody the same day. He pled guilty and was handed the ban on the spot.
A review of all fishermen's training and certificate regulations is being carried out.
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency are aiming to update and modernise the training and examination system for fishermen.
Perceval Square car park will be closed from 6pm on Friday 2nd August until 6pm on Saturday 3rd August to make way for the Lewis Carnival.
Transport Scotland is examining the impact of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) that was introduced in October 2015 - and wants to know what you think if you are a user of CalMac ferry services, whether as a business, resident or occasional ferry user.
RET is a consistent set of passenger and car fares across all routes based on a fixed fare plus distance based element.
Information has gone out to stallholders and others in relation to the format of this year's event on Saturday August 3rd.
The organising committee says: "The Lewis Carnival is organised by a small group of volunteers. It takes six months of plans, emails, letters, calls, and applications to bring the event together.
The Western Isles Island Games Team landed at Stornoway airport on Saturday afternoon (July 13th) to a heroes’ welcome from family, friends and supporters, after a week of truly memorable sporting action in Gibraltar.
The 31 cyclists who completed the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle reached Castlebay in sunshine, after enduring headwinds, heavy rain and thick mist during their three day epic challenge.
The MV Loch Seaforth is to be transformed from Monday morning (July 15th) when it becomes the HebCelt Ferry for a week, as the influx of visitors builds for the start of Hebridean Celtic Festival week.
Earlier this month CalMac announced a new, three-year sponsorship deal with the internationally-renowned festival, which includes launching the HebCelt Ferry with a pop-up information and ticket office on board and a festival-themed menu in its restaurant.
Three Coastguard Rescue Teams were called into action at 10pm on Friday (July 12th) after reports of a person missing on Conostrom Hill in Uig. Breasclete, Miavaig and Stornoway CRTs responded to the call from the Stornoway Coastguard operations centre, but were almost immediately stood down when the casualty was located safe and well. Teams were off-duty once again by 10.24pm.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has today commended the Western Isles team following on from their participation in the 2019 NatWest Island Games.
The Island Games are held every two years. They allow athletes from different island groups across the world to compete internationally and help to forge links between different islands.
Five singers from Lewis will be off to Gothenburg in Sweden at the beginning of August, to take part in a Eurovision singing competition.
The Eurovision choir competition is being organised by the people behind the massive song contest and is being held for only the second time this year.
Great news from Leurbost…the wanderer returns, none the worse for wear but anxious to replenish his energy reserves.
The best theory is that he had been accidentally shut in a shed somewhere nearby.
It was on Wednesday July 10 that Hilary Heggie was asking for help to find the family's missing cat.
She stated: "Our beautiful black boy has been missing since Monday 8th July from Leurbost, old school/telephone exchange area.
Recent samples taken at Loch nan Ritheanan, Keose have indicated the presence of blue-green algae.
Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects.
Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems.
Recent samples taken in Loch nan Ritheanan, Keose indicate the presence of blue-green algae.
The Comhairle have advised the public to avoid contact with the algal scum or water close to it.
A wedding was under threat from the cancellation of all sailings between Oban and Castlebay today (Friday July 12th) and Saturday due to a technical fault with the MV Isle of Lewis.
Angus MacNeil MP was in touch with Calmac this morning regarding this "unacceptable situation."
Latest news: Due to the delayed ferry Buth Bharraigh will close at 18:30 this evening and reopen at 23:30 to assist travellers disembarking from the late ferry.
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Angus MacNeil MP has again been in touch with Calmac this morning regarding this "unacceptable situation."
Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington MP flew out of Stornoway airport this morning (Friday July 12th) after an unannounced visit to Lewis and Harris yesterday.
Mr Lidington, who is MP for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, visited island businesses and briefed the island’s Conservative Party executive committee during a whistle-stop tour of the Highlands and Islands. He flew in yesterday afternoon after a visit to Moray and is today in Oban.
Goathill & Springfield
Residents from the Goathill and Springfield roads area of Stornoway gathered in force last night (Thursday July 11th) to celebrate the contributions to community life made by local residents.
This evening (Thursday July 11th) has started with a one-two-three of medals for Western Isles athletes at the Natwest Island Games in Gibraltar - and appropriately two out of three have come in the triple-jump.
Mary Macleod jumped a silver medal distance of 11.14m tonight, with Heather Marie Mackinnon close behind her for the bronze with 11.10m.
Tickets on sale at Intermedia Services (Sign Print entrance), Church House, 16 James Street.
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**Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Limited kids' spaces available. Purchase early to avoid disappointment. Free allocated kids' spaces will be assigned upon purchase of adult ticket.
The Anchorage restaurant in Leverburgh has today (Thursday July 11th) announced the launch of an art and photography competition for all ages.
It’s the second year for the competition, which drew tremendous enthusiasm from visitors and locals alike last summer.
The Butt to Barra charity cyclists are battling the odds today (Thursday July 11th) on the second and longest day of their top-to-bottom challenge.
Thirty cyclists left the Butt of Lewis lighthouse yesterday morning, with cloudy conditions failing to dampen spirits for day one. Led off by Hector Mackay, the posse stopped for a break at Barvas filling station and Alistair Glover of Bespoke Bicycles helped make some minor adjustments before setting off again for Stornoway at lunchtime.
The Sound of Harris ferry is being delayed by sea fog today (Thursday July 11th).
CalMac earlier warned that the 10.25am from Berneray and 11.40am from Leverburgh would be running late, because of slow passage on the early morning crossings, caused by poor visibility.
A community shop is up for an award in the Retail Industry Awards.
Uig Community Shop could be awarded the Independent Community Retailer of the Year title.
The Retail Industry Awards aim to celebrate excellence in grocery retail, giving recognition to both small retailers and large supermarket groups.
Lewis swimmer Isla Budge took her place on the medallists’ podium in Gibraltar yesterday evening (Wednesday July 10th), with the fourth medal of the NatWest Island Games for the Western Isles. With a bronze medal for her powerful race in the women’s 400m freestyle, she joined fellow swimmer Kara Hanlon, who almost immediately topped off her total with a third gold medal, this time in the women’s 100m breaststroke – Mairi Maclennan was 5th in the same race with a new PB.
Fundraisers Belinda and James Richardson are seeking help from companies, individuals, groups or families to sponsor them £238 to visit each of the 46 SCOTTISH RNLI Lifeboat Stations for this year’s RNLI-911 Challenge in Scotland.
And Stornoway, Leverburgh and Barra stations are still without sponsors.
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Work has started on the vast £46m project for new homes on Perceval Road, Stornoway.
The project includes a 52-bed care home, 50 extra-care units, and 74 houses (58 for rent and 16 for purchase through the shared equity scheme) and is due for completion by autumn 2022.
There will be a Sea Sunday service this Sunday, July 14th, at 11am in St Columba's Church, Lewis Street for any connected with the sea industry - the RNLI, Coastguards, Off-Shore Industry, Fishermen, Fishermen's Mission, Stornoway Port Authority and Haulage Companies.
We give thanks to God for His continued protection over everyone and on our island community. Organisations meet in the Hall at 10.45 am .
Leaving the Hub in Willowglen around lunchtime today…more than 30 cyclists (not all pictured) heading for Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay over the next three nights.
The group were aiming to raise £10,000 for charities - and have already passed £11,500 in total.
Here are some of the Heb 60 reunion committee presenting cheques to representatives from two worthy charities recently.
A total of £1,300 was raised by those who attended the reunion over May holiday weekend and it was split between Crossroads (Lewis) and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Well done to all involved!
Western Isles athletes put in maximum effort at the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar yesterday (Tuesday July 9th), to achieve a raft of firsts for the team across their competitions.
The team are competing in the badminton event for the first time this year, and had something to celebrate when first Beth Macphail, and then the men’s doubles team of Kedar Paul and Davie Fraser notched up first wins for the islands.
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Another huge day is expected for the port of Stornoway tomorrow (Thursday July 11th) as one of the biggest ships cruising British waters is scheduled to call into port.
Cunard’s Queen Victoria will be making her maiden visit to the islands, bringing 1,959 passengers and 964 crew for a full day in Lewis and Harris. She’s en route from Reykjavik in Iceland to her home port of Southampton, on a voyage which has already taken in two weeks of fjordland scenery in Norway and around Iceland.
A complex operation to put a new water treatment plant in place will close part of the road to Huisinis in North Harris next Tuesday morning (July 16th).
Scottish Water are installing a new Transportable Treatment Unit (TTU) at Bedersaig water treatment works, using sea-going transport as well as large road vehicles.
Project manager Kathy Auld says the TTU itself simply looks like ‘a big green shed’ and has been planned in conjunction with land owners the North Harris Trust as part of a £4.5 million investment by Scottish Water to provide a single, improved water supply for Gobhaig and Huisinis. Planning consent for the development was granted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in February this year, with work beginning on site soon after. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The business of publishing is no mystery to Lewis author Gary Ross-Jordan, since intrigue, suspense and action are the raw materials of his trade.
And 45-year-old Gary had his business head on when he set the local launch of his latest novel for tomorrow (Thursday July 11th). The book’s mainly set on a cruise ship, and Thursday is the day that more than 2,000 cruise passengers are set to inundate the town of Stornoway.
A pair of handcrafted one-of-a kind musical instruments are to be auctioned off in aid of The Leanne Fund.
Dr Ali Whiteford of Garrabost, Isle of Lewis, who makes and repairs string instruments, has created a bespoke Long Island guitar and a Mandocaster mandola and will sell them to raise funds for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.
Hliary Heggie is asking for help this morning (Wednesday July 10) to find the family's missing cat.
She states: "Our beautiful black boy has been missing since Monday 8th July from Leurbost, old school/telephone exchange area.
Island music-lovers are being urged to pick up their tickets for the Hebridean Celtic Festival – before the big influx of visitors begins to swamp the shop.
Off-island festival-goers – both visitors and homecomers – are expected to begin arriving from Saturday, making the most of a holiday week in Lewis while the festival is on. That means Buth HebCelt will soon see queues forming and longer waits to pick up tickets.
Point Show Boards
Poster Boards promoting the annual Point Show have been placed in various places across the district.
Point Agricultural Society engaged in a community involvement initiative with the children in Sgoil an Rubha to create poster boards with an agricultural theme.
Tape recordings of the New Testament read 30 years ago in Gaelic are to be digitised and preserved for all time.
The recordings, made by members of the congregation of Knock Free Church, now merged with Garrabost Free Church, in the late 1980s. There were 40 sets of 17 tapes and they will be made widely available – online and hopefully in CD format – once the digitisation and restoration is complete.
Point and Sandwick Trust donated the remaining £1,800 needed for the project, which has been organised by David Murray, the session clerk to Garrabost Free Church.
Organisers of the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle have made a plea for care from drivers, over the three days of their annual epic cycle the length of the Western Isles.
A group of 32 cyclists will set off from the Butt of Lewis lighthouse at 8am tomorrow (Wednesday July 10th), heading for the pier in Castlebay, Barra over a three-day cycle. The 175-mile route is split down into sections, with dedicated rest and overnight stops, and is all on main roads – hence the plea for driver patience.
Police are appealing for information after a charity shop window was damaged.
The incident took place on Kenneth Street some time between early evening on Friday 28 June and mid-morning on Saturday 29 June.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 and quote NH/848/19
Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Donald Cameron, has denounced SNP ministers for failing to get on top of an ongoing air dispute that is causing harm to the Western Isles economy.
Mr Cameron said: “The first duty of the Scottish Government should be ensuring that the essential transport services linking our island communities to the mainland are fit for purpose and running smoothly.
Kara Hanlon has earned the first Western Isles gold medal of the NatWest Island Games, touching the pool end first in the women’s 50m breaststroke this evening (Monday July 8th).
In dazzling Gibraltar sunshine, Kara swam her best, covering the 50 metres in 31.08 seconds.
Western Isles Island Games team are all systems go today (Monday July 8th), beginning a second day of intense competition at the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar.
There have already been successes both in the pool and on the badminton court today. 14-year-old Beth Macphail (pictured) has won the Western Isles’ first ever badminton singles victory 21-11 against Ynys Mon, and Kara Hanlon placed first in her first outing of the games, the preliminary round of the women’s 50m breaststroke.
The public have been advised not to eat shellfish from the East and West Loch Roag areas.
Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in East and West Loch Roag.
Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was sent to the rescue of an elderly lady who had fallen ill aboard a cruise ship in the Minch yesterday evening (Sunday July 7th).
Barra RNLI lifeboat was yesterday (Sunday 7th July) sent to assist a fishing vessel grounded on a reef north-east of the island.
The lifeboat was called at 5.29pm to the assistance of the Castlebay-registered trawler Grianan Oir, with seven people aboard, grounded near Rubha Bhruairnish in Northbay. After awaiting the rising tide to refloat, Barra lifeboat took her under tow to the pier at Northbay.
Drivers dropping off passengers at Stornoway airport are being asked to use the designated drop-off and pick-up area, rather than trying to ‘beat the system’ by parking on access roads.
Spaces have been designated for drop-off and pick-up, but you do need to go through the parking barrier to get to them.
Consultation events in relation to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 for the National Islands Plan are being held on:
The Lewis Carnival Committee ask that ALL vehicles be removed before this time.
The Labour Party has challenged “the Western Isles silent men” to defend the way the islands' local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has been more harshly treated than any other in Scotland.
The islands have suffered by far the most severe cuts of any local council in Scotland over the past five years.
Stornoway Golf Club last night (Sunday July 7th) joined in the public row over whether waste bins should be removed from the Castle Grounds.
On their Facebook Page, they stated:"One bit of positive news, folks.
"Stornoway Golf Club has just managed to secure grant funding in the main for 14 new litter bins (general waste/dog waste).
Following public reaction to the Stornoway Trust's proposal to remove all waste bins from the Grounds, we are publishing their social media statement of Friday 5 July at 14:58 in full.
The Stornoway Trust is facing a backlash from dog-owners and walkers, after using social media to announce the removal of all waste bins from the Castle Grounds.
A statement issued by trustee Catriona Murray on Friday (July 5th) included reports on progress with the major works in the grounds, but also detailed a decision to remove every bin in the grounds as a move towards eradicating litter.
Scottish Ambulance and Coastguard teams were called to Luskentyre beach this morning (Sunday July 7th) after a visitor suffered a broken ankle.
Scottish Ambulance requested Coastguard assistance at 11.15am, after being called to help the 63-year-old woman, who had broken her ankle while walking on the beach.
Barra lifeboat is currently (Sunday July 7th 6.30pm) standing by to assist a fishing vessel which is grounded on a reef north-east of the island.
The lifeboat was called at 5.29pm to the assistance of the vessel, with seven people aboard, grounded near Rubha Bhruairnish in Northbay.
Western Isles athletes raised the yellow banner of the islands with pride on Saturday evening (July 6th) as the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest Island Games got under way.
Carrying the flag for the Western Isles in the opening ceremony on Saturday night was assistant team manager Eve Carrington, who is at her eighth consecutive Island Games and who will compete in the women’s shot put and hurdles this week.
When a baby dies, whether it's because of miscarriage, stillbirth, or neo-natal death, a family has very few memories to sustain and comfort them.
The charity SiMBA gently supports families to gather precious memories of the short time their baby was here.
The SiMBA Annual Butterfly Releases form a key part of their support.
Over the next three years, the land adjacent to Goathill Farm on the edge of Stornoway and Broadbay will be transformed providing a new care facilit