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.

NEW – Whb, tap / W/C, cabinets

Wash hand basin and 550mm cabinet, gloss white.

Matching w/c cabinet 500x300mm and back to wall Pan.

Soft close toilet pan seat.

Grohe Mixer Tap.

Surplus to requirement.

ALL NEW. £250

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.  

Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 705743 and ask for Melissa, if you can help! 

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.

With prosecco, Downpour Gin and cocktails!

Official opening: 12.30pm


 

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

Any questions : please contact us on 01851 705727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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

Isle of Harris

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.

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. 

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

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area. 

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.60

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Green Cabbage

 

£1.85

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£3.20

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.95

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.50

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

Small Garlic

 

£0.65

 

Organic Chard

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£4.25

 

New Season Dirty Carrots

 

£2.95

 

Bunched Carrots

 

£2.95

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.95

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.75

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Cyprus

 

£1.95

 

Duke of York

 

£1.95

 

Premier Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£3.65

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Organic Lettuce Leaves

 

£2.25

 

Cucumber

 

£1.25

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, and yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.75

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£5.75

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.45

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£1.00

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Charentais Melon

 

£1.95

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.80

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.80

 

Pears (Conference)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Raspberries (West Hardmuir Fruit Farm) 200g

 

£3.50

 

Mineolas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Blueberries

 

£19.00

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Cherries

 

£8.00

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Come along to the first Lewis Carnival Ceilidh.

Tickets on sale at Intermedia Services (Sign Print entrance).

£10 per ticket - limited tickets available!

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 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.  

Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 705743 and ask for Melissa, if you can help! 

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).

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.

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).

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.

The best of produce from near and far 19/07/2019

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.35

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Green Cabbage

 

£1.85

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£4.00

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.95

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.50

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

Small Garlic

 

£0.65

 

Organic Chard

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£4.25

 

New Season Dirty Carrots

 

£2.95

 

Bunched Carrots

 

£2.95

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£3.25

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.95

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.75

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Cyprus

 

£1.95

 

Duke of York

 

£1.95

 

Jersey Royals

 

£1.95

 

Premier Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£3.65

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Organic Lettuce Leaves

 

£2.25

 

Cucumber

 

£1.10

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, and yellow)

 

£4.50

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.50

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£5.75

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.45

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£1.00

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Charentais Melon

 

£2.25

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.80

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.80

 

Pears (Conference)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Raspberries (West Hardmuir Fruit Farm) 200g

 

£3.50

 

Strawberries from Tong 300g

 

£3.25

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Cherries

 

£8.00

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

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.

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.

Isle of Lewis

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!

'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”.


A sweet-seller from Skye has created the ultimate HebCelt delicacy – a stick of rock that says HebCelt right the way through!

Inga Bonk of Inga’s Sweet Treats has been a long-time fan of Hebridean Celtic Festival, attending every year from her home in Skye and this year selling her sweet treats not just at the Town Hall craft market but from her stall at the festival arena itself.

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 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. 

The Lewis Carnival Committee asks that ALL vehicles be removed before this time. 

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. 

 

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 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.

Come Aboard!’ for the annual Stornoway RNLI Open Day and Family 5K on Saturday, July 20th.

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.

Also today they have some Uist treats just in. @ampaipear and MacLean’s meat

This was announced on Twitter

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 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.

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.

Come along to the first Lewis Carnival Ceilidh...

£10 per ticket - limited tickets available!

Welcome drinks by Harris Gin*

Bar by the North Uist Distillery*

ALL WELCOME, UNDER 12s GO FREE!**

Tickets on sale at Intermedia Services (Sign Print entrance), Church House, 16 James Street. 

*ID required for the purchase and consumption of alcohol.

**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.

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.

Are you dynamic, diplomatic and able to act as a link between national tourism strategies and local delivery?

If so, you could be the new Development Manager for VisitScotland in the Outer Hebrides.

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.

Job vacancy: Electoral Canvasser - Barra

You are required to assist the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) with the annual canvass of electors and all year round canvassing. 

You will be required to visit assigned properties and make attempts to obtain completed registration application forms, advising members of the public on the completion. You must ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times and comply with procedures and policies outlined by the Electoral Registration Officer relating to equal opportunities and diversity.

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.

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.

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.

The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website

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: 

  • Tuesday 16 July – Stornoway – Town Hall - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Wednesday 17 July - South Lochs – Balallan School - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Thursday 18 July – Leverburgh - Leverburgh Hall - Doors open refreshments served 1.45pm - 2.00pm event start - 4.15pm finish

Consultation events in relation to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 for the National Islands Plan are being held on: 

  • Tuesday 16 July – Stornoway – Town Hall - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Wednesday 17 July - South Lochs – Balallan School - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Thursday 18 July – Leverburgh - Leverburgh Hall - Doors open refreshments served 1.45pm - 2.00pm event start - 4.15pm finish

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 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.

  • At the June meeting, Trustees were updated on progress with the Castle Grounds Regeneration by Project Officer, Jo Bagrie.

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 facility for the Isle of Lewis and more affordable homes - and above is a vision of what the view will be from Perceval Road by late 2022.

The development 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.

The air traffic control pay dispute is being stepped up with rolling strikes to hit different airports on different days.

Earlier this week Prospect tabled a counter-proposal to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

This was rejected by the company following a meeting on Thursday.

Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe – the Ui Church Trust – is holding its annual Open Day on Saturday, 27th July from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

On Saturday 29th June, a group of 11 directors and Friends of Ui Church wielded wheelbarrows and shovels to fill the numerous rabbit holes in the graveyard at the Church. 

The Postman’s Walk must have been a lonely walk for postmen like Kenny Mackay, the former Rhenigidale Postman. 

But on the 29th June 81 people did the same walk together in aid of Cancer Research in an event organised by the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.

The Postman’s Walk must have been a lonely walk for postmen like Kenny Mackay, the former Rhenigidale Postman. 

But on the 29th June 81 people did the same walk together in aid of Cancer Research in an event organised by the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.

A Market Assessment and Feasibility Study for the North Harris Trust (NHT) into the provision of new business premises in North Harris is under way.

It was recently announced that Highlands & Islands Enterprise is supporting the study.

A Market Assessment and Feasibility Study for the North Harris Trust (NHT) into the provision of new business premises in North Harris is under way.

It was recently announced that Highlands & Islands Enterprise is supporting the study.

Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for Government cash for life-saving equipment.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) yesterday (July 4) as part of Maritime Safety Week and to launch this year’s £1million Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

The fund is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.

Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for Government cash for life-saving equipment.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) yesterday (July 4) as part of Maritime Safety Week and to launch this year’s £1million Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

The fund is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.

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A variety of activities and events that are taking place in Kinloch during the months of July and August related the Kinloch Community Hub in the former Balallan school, and the Kinloch Inclusion Project. 

The University of the Highlands and Islands is leading 30 island universities from across the world in an open letter to the United Nations, European Union, Scottish Government and the UK Government.

The letter calls for urgent action on the threats posed to the world’s islands, in particular, by micro plastics in our oceans.

The best of produce from near and far 05/07/2019

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.55

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Green Cabbage

 

£1.85

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£3.30

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.50

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

Small Garlic

 

£0.65

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£4.40

 

Carrots (UK)

 

£1.75

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£3.45

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.95

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.75

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Cyprus

 

£1.95

 

Jersey Royals

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£3.45

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.10

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, and yellow)

 

£4.50

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£5.95

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£5.50

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.75

 

Heritage Tomatoes

 

£5.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (Washington)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.45

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gooseberries from Tong 300g

 

£2.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£1.00

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Charentais Melon

 

£2.25

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.50

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Raspberries (West Hardmuir Fruit Farm) 200g

 

£3.50

 

Strawberries from Tong 300g

 

£3.25

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

Watermelon

 

£3.95

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Cherries

 

£12.50

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£5.45

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Catering facilities at Stornoway Airport are set to reopen before the end of the year.

The previous café closed in March and it is understood that the new facilities will be up and running at some point in August.

A new development will see a 52-bed care home, 50 extra-care units and 74 houses built.

The development is planned for the land adjacent to Goathill Farm.

58 of the houses will be for rent and 16 for purchase through the shared equity scheme.

From busking in the streets of Dublin, to recording songs for a new album in Nashville, Hudson Taylor are constantly revising their career goals.

On the way, the brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor have also earned a growing reputation and following, played some major festivals, including Glastonbury and Cambridge and supported acts including Jake Bugg, Hozier and Kodaline.

The Loch Seaforth ferry will become a floating cèilidh house for thousands of music fans heading to this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival.

CalMac Ferries, operators of the Ullapool-Stornoway service, have agreed a new, three-year sponsorship deal with HebCelt, which is being held for the 24th time in Lewis and Harris this summer.

Almost £1 million in Government funding will be spent cutting deaths in fishing which is the UK’s most dangerous industry, it was announced yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 3).

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani announced during a meeting with safety experts and coastal MPs that an additional £700,000 will be provided to give more fishermen potentially lifesaving training.

  • £1m Government investment in fishing safety
  • Free training and hundreds of new life vests for those working in the UK’s most dangerous industry
  • Part of the first Maritime Safety Week, run by the Department for Transport

Almost £1 million in Government funding will be spent cutting deaths in fishing which is the UK’s most dangerous industry, it was announced yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 3).

An appeal has been issued to find an adult grey seal that needs urgent assistance.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Hebrides say the female seal was last seen on 28 June at the Shiants.

The seal has rope and plastic filament around her neck, causing a deep, strangulating wound.

The reopening of Carloway Broch is set to take longer than originally expected.

The visitor attraction was scheduled to reopen on 1 August.

CalMac have a new mobile maintenance team, ready to assist in keeping the vessels operational.  

The engineers and hydraulic specialists have been given campervans to help them travel to where they are needed on CalMac's west coast network.

The new seven-member team will carry out specialised inspections, monitoring and "proactive maintenance" while working with onboard engineering and vessel management teams.

The company said it was part of its effort to find "flexible and effective" ways of meeting challenges in the running of the fleet.

Mrs Stacey Macdonald has been appointed as project manager to drive forward the case for a Business Improvement District (BID) to be established in and around Stornoway.

A Steering Group has been working with a wide range of businesses on the case for the past 18 months, but the appointment will take the project to the next level, expanding the range of engagement with all businesses. 

Stacey, from Timsgarry, Uig, has 25 years’ experience in business, mainly in customer facing and consultation roles; and will be responsible for the project management of the initiative.

A writer from Ness is taking part in an Art Residency in Gibraltar.

Award-winning author, Donald S Murray, is one of seven visiting artists taking part in the Gibraltar 2019 Natwest International Island Games, Art Residency.  He is pictured above with two young Gibraltarians, Gabriela and Zoe.

The visiting artists are joined by a number of Gibraltar-based creatives.  Together, they are exploring a range of topics and sites in Gibraltar aimed at stimulating creative production.

The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website

A lunchtime talk on Peace and Armistice in 1919 will be held next week.

Professor Lucy Noakes from the University of Essex will be giving the talk on Thursday 11 July in the Town Hall.

 

 A Lewis chessman bought at a 1960s antique sale for £5 was today (Tuesday July 2nd) sold for £735,000 at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house in London. The price set a new auction record for a medieval chess piece.

Sotheby’s threw their weight behind a marketing campaign to help sell the piece when it was listed for today’s sale. A video, which can be viewed here, borrows TV drama production values to inspire excitement, and the piece was displayed at Sotheby’s Edinburgh offices for a day before being taken down to London, where it has also been on display for the past week.

Eligible families in the Western Isles will receive an extra £10 a week for every child under 16.

The new social benefit is designed to help lift children across Scotland out of poverty and it is hoped this will be in place by the end of 2022.

Low income families with children under the age of six will be fast-tracked to receive the benefit in early 2021.

The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website

Isle of Lewis

Prior-notification for farm-related building works, Back

Craig Macleod of 3 Fleming Place, Stornoway has applied for planning permission to build an agricultural building at 42 Vatisker, Back. The building is to be 12 metres in length, three metres high and seven metres wide. The wall and roof are to be made of galvanised steel.

Erect polycrub, Lochs

Calum Mackinnon of Cnoc Bhard, 4 Leurbost has applied for planning permission to erect a polycrub at Cnoc Bhard, 4 Leurbost. The polycrub is to be 12 metres long, four metres wide, 2.6 metres tall. The walls are to be made of polycarbonate sheeting and timber cladding, and the roof is to be made of polycarbonate roof sheeting. 

New build, Uig

Nick Barnard of 80 St. Ann's Hill, London, has applied for planning permission to build a house at 2A Timsgarry, Uig. The house is to consist of three bedrooms, kitchen/dining/living area, sauna, three bathrooms, utility room, study and rec room. An air source heatpump is to be installed. Work is also to include erecting a shed.  A new access will be created to join the public road, and parking will be created suitable for two cars. 

New build, Sandwick

David Carty of 26 North Street has applied for planning permission to build a house at 26B North Street, Sandwick. House is to consist of five bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen/living/dining area, utility room and larder. House will also have an air source heatpump, and work is to include creating parking suitable for two cars. 

Alter and extend house, Ness

Ron and Karen Coleman of 28 Habost, Ness, have applied for planning permission to alter a 1920s era rubble-built cottage. Work is to include replacing two lean to extensions at the rear with one lean to extension of similar size. 

Erect agricultural building, Great Bernera 

Tim Macdonald of 9 Croir has applied for planning permission to erect an agricultural building at 1 Croir. The building is to be twelve metres long, six metres wide, and five metres tall. It is to have green metal walls and grey cement fibre sheets.

New EE mast, Breasclete 

EE has applied for planning permission to install a twenty metre high lattice tower at Telecommunications Tower, Ceadraiseal, Breasclete. Equipment and equipment cabinet are also to be added. New vehicular access and layby will also be created.  

Change of use, Stornoway

Malcolm Macleod has applied for planning permission to change the use of the office at 14 Bayhead into a one-bedroom flat. 

Isle of Harris

Extend house, Tarbert

Seamus Morrison of 4B East Tarbert has applied for planning permission to extend the house at 4B East Tarbert. The plan is to create a 1.75 storey extension which will consist of one bedroom, a lounge, a utility room, a bathroom and a plant/storage room.  

Change of use, Tarbert

James McGowan of Burnside, Bunavoneader, has applied for planning permission to turn the business at 2 Iomairt An Obain, Tarbert, into a brewery. 

 

 

The Scottish ballet are celebrating 50 years of inspiring audiences on and off stage, sharing their passion for creating exceptional dance. As part of this celebration they are bringing Wee Hansel and Gretel to Stornoway - A wee version of a big ballet. The show will be on twice a day at 11am and 1.30pm on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July in An Lanntair.

The Scottish Ballet said: '2019 is our 50th anniversary, and we want you to be a part of it.  

A community garden on the outskirts of Stornoway is growing well, thanks to support from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust and a lot of time and energy on the part of local residents.

Bayview Community Gardens, organised by Mossend Residents Association, is looking more mature with every year that passes since it was established on derelict waste ground more than a decade ago.

It has been awarded grant funding of £2,239 from Point and Sandwick Trust, the community wind farm charity which runs the three turbines at Beinn Ghrideag, and this year’s money will go towards shed repairs and new maintenance equipment.

The Western Isles Island Games Team donned their team colours for the first time today (Monday July 1st) at a send-off event hosted by their sponsors at the Harris and Lewis Smokehouse.

The kit, packed into individual kit bags for each athlete, was presented by the Scottish Salmon Company, who are sponsoring the team for the fifth consecutive year, reaffirming the company’s commitment to the communities where they work and the health and wellbeing of the islands’ people.

A 20-year-old woman reported for drink-driving on Sunday morning (June 30th) was one of ten drivers reported in connection with drink driving offences in the Highlands and Islands during the last week.

Nine men - aged from 18 to 60 – also have been, or will be, reported in connection with alleged drink driving. The 58-year-old man will be reported in connection with two incidents within the week.

The tall ship Lady of Avenel is providing a fine sight in Castlebay this week, offering short trips out from the village during her short stay en route between St Kilda and Mallaig.

The 20th anniversary Barrathon was run in bright sunshine and with an abundance of good humour on Saturday (June 29th).

The popular summer event draws homecomers and visitors alike to the island and this year set a pre-registration record, with all 300 places for the half-marathon run snapped up within three minutes of opening in January.

A new centre for cancer patients and their families is to be supported by this year’s emergency services charity football match, scheduled for Saturday 10th August.

Western Isles Community Care Initiative (WICCI) announced the new initiative last month, as a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Care. The new premises will offer a space for group activities and individual continuing support, including counselling and complementary therapies, and the fitting out costs will be supported by this year’s 999 match.

Design | PRINT | Publish is the new slogan for Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd - bringing together all its printing, publishing, news, information and signage work at the Stornoway Media Centre at Church House in James Street, Stornoway.  The phone number for all your printing work is 01851 705743.  Pictured are James, Andrew, Fred, Jonathan, Marie Anne, Judi, Caroline, Bryan and Brogan the office dog.  Missing from the photograph are Melissa, Annie, Roz, Lauren, Katie and April. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has today (Monday July 1st) issued further information in relation to the Redesign of Public Bus Services.

Last week, Members unanimously agreed a Redesign process aimed at protecting front line transport services in partnership with the communities of the Western Isles in the context of Service Redesign.

The inaugural lecture of  the 2018 Series of ‘Spioradalachd nam Bard (or as it is better known, the ‘Spirituality of the Bards’ ) will be given by Rev Prof Donald MacLeod, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology, Free Church of Scotland at 7pm in Laxdale Hall on Thursday (2nd August) which is the anniversary of his late mother's birth.

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Despite the damp weather conditions large crowds turned out in Leverburgh for the 60thAnnual South Harris Show

The main spectacle of the show was a display by Yorkshire based stunt team Revolution Stunts.

Drawing a large crowd from across the show ground the performance saw displays from Nico the clown on his quad bike, the stunt grandpa and his mobility scooter and Crazy Dave with a fire stunt.

Services for older people in the Western Isles have greatly improved, according to a new repport.

A Care Inspectorate progress review of services for older people in the Western Isles, undertaken in May 2018, indicated that the Western Isles Partnership had delivered “an impressive amount of improvement” since the inspection team last visited in 2015.

In particular, the report highlights the benefits of a modernised homecare service, the introduction of a more coordinated approach to managing discharge from hospital and more robust community engagement structures.

The man who supported the Isle of Barra flag campaign is entitled to wave his own flag this week, after a prestigious appointment with Scotland’s official heraldry body.

Philip Tibbetts is already communities vexillologist with the Flag Institute, a UK-wide charity which supports development of flags.

He campaigned alongside Barra community councillors, MSP Alasdair Allan and Barra and Vatersay Voluntary Action to get recognition for the Barra flag, a white cross on a green background.

A baby who was feared seriously injured after falling on board the MV Loch Seaforth has been discharged from hospital and returned home to the mainland on yesterday’s morning ferry (Monday July 30th).

The 17-month-old had been on holiday, staying with family in Lewis, and was leaving at 7pm on Sunday evening (July 29th) when the child fell on deck.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas was passing Lewis and Harris this morning (Tuesday July 31st) on her way south towards Glasgow.

She was distinctly visible from Point as she headed down the Minch.

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s pipe music programme Crunluath on Thursday 2ndAugust and Thursday 9th August will feature players who took part in the piping concert at this year’s Ceòlas festival in South Uist.

Presenter Catriona MacNeill will introduce sets from Seonaidh MacIntyre, Kenneth Mackenzie and Fin Moore as well as talented local youngsters who entertained a large and enthusiastic audience in St Peter’s Hall, Daliburgh.

Youngsters from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club were in action at Grangemouth Stadium yesterday (Sunday July 29th) as part of the Islands Select team competing in Scottish Athletics finals.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who was out and about on Westview Terrace in the early hours of this morning (Monday July 30th), after a glass door panel was smashed.

The pane of glass was broken in the front door of a house, sometime after 12.30am today. The resident reported the incident to police, but saw and heard nothing and could not say exactly when it took place.

Police are asking anyone who may have been around the area and seen anyone acting suspiciously to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.

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There was fun galore at the Lochs Show 2018 in Laxay yesterday (Saturday July 28th) as the threatened change in the weather held off allowing all the fun possible for young and old alike with new and traditional events, stalls and displays.  

Swimmers, runners and cyclists showed tremendous endurance and speed in challenging conditions, as they took part in the Hebrides Triathlon (HebTri) on Saturday (July 28th).

The triathlon was open to individuals, duathletes and triathletes, with some completing the newly re-designed course as individuals and others working as a team.

A party from Lewis and Harris were among up to 14,000 people who marched in Inverness on Saturday (July 28th) in support of a new Referendum on Scottish Independence.

Lewis singer/songwriter Colin Macleod will this September embark on a 14 date UK tour which will take him from Orkney to London.

The tour will include two performances in the Western isles at the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway on Thursday 13 September and at the Westford Inn, North Uist on Friday 14 September.

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A new exhibition opened at Morven Gallery on Saturday July 28th.

The main display area shows work by Margaret Stevenson, of Gallery 5, Tolsta Chaolais, in an exhibition which is called ‘Sunlight and Shadows’.

In the gallery area through beyond the cafe area is Donald Libby’s first exhibition of his seafront buildings.

Crofters and others in North Lewis are being invited to find out more about polycrubs and crop diversificaton at an event in August.

Rob Black – SAC Consultant Lewis & Harris - says: "Looking for some croft diversification options? Are you a prospective vegetable grower? Do you want to add a fresh enterprise onto your current crofting business?

"In the face of Brexit and the ever changing agricultural and economic climate the need for executable and viable ideas are more important than ever.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has invited the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles to discuss the Health Board’s system of approving NHS-funded patient escorts.

In March NHS Western Isles announced a new system for approving requests for NHS-funded escorts, with the Health Board’s Medical Director now making the decision where this had previously been the responsibility of the patient’s GP.

The University of the Highlands and Islands - including Lews Castle College -  has received its highest-ever rating from satisfied students.

The National Student Survey 2018 results issued yesterday (Friday July 28th)  place the university fifth in overall satisfaction in Scotland, with an increase of six per cent  in overall satisfaction.

The university has performed above the Scottish sector in almost all measures and this high level of student satisfaction can be found across all areas of the partnership.

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In its first year back at the Barvas and Brue community centre show ground, the Westside agricultural show was once more a well-attended event today (Friday July 27th) 

The show was opened by Agnes Rennie of Urras Oighreachd Gabhsainn, who hailed the effort of volunteers who had again come together to make the successful show happen.

Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan held a major meeting today (Friday July 27th) about Hebridean fisheries prospects in the premises of Islander Shellfish on the Cromwell Street Quay.

The meeting was described as focussed, constructive and realistic by others present, including Duncan Macinnes, secretary of the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association; Ronnie Scott of Islander Shellfish; and Alasdair Macleod, vice-chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Policy and Resources Committee, all pictured above.

A rare ‘blood moon’ and possible lightning flashes could be competing for the attention of Stornoway skywatchers tonight (Friday July 27th).

The long-expected blood moon – a total lunar eclipse during which a red shadow from the earth itself is cast over the full moon – will rise over the south-east horizon in Stornoway at 9.48pm, with 24 minutes of total eclipse left before the shadow of the earth moves slowly away.

A show of scarecrows in Tong in the first days of August will draw visitors, raise funds and keep the children of the village busy.

The idea’s been launched by the committee of Tong Village Hall, looking for ideas to raise much-needed funds to fix the roof of the village hall. Committee member Isobel Ann Macdonald spotted the trend of village scarecrow shows on the mainland and decided to give it a try in Tong.

The new international arts festival and Carnival for Harris is on next week, Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th August, showcasing the best of local talent alongside visiting Scottish and International actors, singers, musicians and visual artists (The full Festival programme is below).

Stornoway-based Rural Nations have been able to secure Creative Europe funding to develop this new Arts Festival and Carnival as part of a collaborative project with five other international theatre companies including artists from Sweden, Latvia, France and Portugal.

The Festival presents a wide range of tastes in music and performance catering for local people and visitors, with the aim of presenting Harris as a creative and exciting place to live and to showcase our unique Gaelic culture alongside international performances from visiting international partners. The Creative Industries are a major part of island life and economy in Harris with many skilled artists, musicians and craft makers living on the islands.

There's a passport missing in Stornoway…and the holder needs it for travel on Monday!

This is the plea this morning (Friday July 27th) from the Francis Street Post Office.

Fish of the week at Harbour Seafoods: well this week it's crustacean and mollusc of the week with fresh lobster and mussels!

Locally grown mussels and lobster caught off the Hebridean coast, we are spoilt up here with the best seafood - what more could you want on a summer's evening with a glass of crisp, cool white wine to wash it down.

At the Fisherman's Co-op: all you need to freshen up the boat before taking it out to (hopefully) get your own supper.

Being a chandlers you expect to find lots of bits for boats but with a vast array of paints and varnishes you can brighten up the boat and anti-foul below the water-line while the sun is shining, replace any worn ropes and anything else you need. The catch is up to you but at least you'll have a vessel any old sea-dog would be proud to sail in.

And if you don't have a boat many there's metal paint, wood stain and plenty more for those DIY projects.

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Leurbost in Lewis.

Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a car was left burning in the Willowglen area of the Castle Grounds on Monday evening (July 23rd).

The same car, a Vauxhall Corsa, had earlier been involved in a collision on Matheson Road.

Police issued an appeal on Monday for two men seen running from the scene after the car was set alight.

Yesterday (Wednesday July 25th) the man was arrested and charged with a variety of road traffic offences, related to both the collision on Matheson Road and the abandoning and burning of the car. He’s to appear in court at a later date

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar has been fined and told to improve its health and safety practices after a boy suffered chemical burns while playing on the pier at Valtos last summer.

A spokesman for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “"The Comhairle pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and promptly investigated the incident and reported it to the Health and Safety Executive. 

In order to inform their work to make the Highlands and Islands a better place to live, work and study,  Highlands and Islands Enterprise have produced a short survey earlier this year for young people aged 15-30.

They say: "Whether they live in the region, have moved away, or are thinking of moving back – we want to know what they think."

An island football referee has resigned and his colleagues are boycotting club matches in a row over an assault which threatens to overshadow the climax of the island football season.

Tomorrow’s (Friday July 27th) Eilean an Fhraoich cup final and some other matches have already been postponed.

The referee was assaulted by the 32-year-old man in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday July 15th.

An island football referee assaulted by a Lochs FC player has resigned and his colleagues are boycotting club matches, in a row which threatens to overshadow the climax of the island football season.

Tomorrow’s (Friday July 27th) Eilean an Fhraoich cup final and other matches have already been postponed and there’s no agreement between island footie supporters on what should happen next.

The referee was assaulted by the 32-year-old player in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday July 15th. The player was arrested, charged with assault and kept in custody over the weekend. He appeared in court the following day and was fined for the offence, which is no longer a police matter.

But the referee also raised the matter with the Lewis and Harris Football Association, who yesterday (Wednesday July 25th) issued a full account of their position. They expected action by the disciplinary committee of the Scottish Amateur Football Association (SAFA) and said they could not force a suspension of the player in question.


The 'Tom Sanderson' RNLI lifeboat. Photo: Sty RNLI

Stornoway lifeboat launched last night (Wednesday, July 25th) to complete a medical evacuation from the cruise ship MV Oriana, anchored outside Stornoway Harbour.
The ‘Tom Sanderson’ lifeboat launched at 1953 hours and was on scene within 10 minutes. The casualty, a family member, and two medical staff from the cruise ship were transferred onto the lifeboat and transported ashore.
The volunteer RNLI crew landed the casualty into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue team; and once the transfer into medical care was complete, the lifeboat returned to the cruise ship with the two crew members.
The MV Oriana, a P&O passenger liner, is the second largest cruise ship to visit the Western Isles this season, with 1,700 persons on board.
The ‘Tom Sanderson’ lifeboat and volunteer crew were back alongside and ready for service again at 2100 hours last night.

Harris Tweed Hebrides has announced the appointment of two island women to key positions on its board. Both are current employees of the company.
Elaine MacRury becomes Finance Director while Margaret Ann MacLeod takes over as Sales Director. 

A chance to put Tiumpanhead on Scotland’s Whale Trail map is being offered on Saturday (July 28th) by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

HWDT are developing a network of whale-watching and whale heritage sites across the west coast of Scotland and plan to include Tiumpan and its famed spotting opportunities on the trail.

The project’s been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, with money from the Crown Estates marine assets.

There was sweet music in the Comhairle’s main chamber yesterday (Tuesday July 24th) as a group of young musicians from the Republic of Ireland entertained their hosts during a tour of the building.

The students are in Stornoway attending Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich, and were invited to visit the Comhairle as part of their off-duty activities. During the Fèis itself they’re participating in tuition, learning some Gaidhlig and teaching students some Gaeilge words in return.

Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich started on Monday (July 23rd) and runs until Friday at Stornoway Primary School, with children from pre-school to teens taking part in classes and sessions.

The picture shows the Irish students at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, with convenor Norman A Macdonald centre back.

Police are urgently seeking information about a man thought to be connected with an assault on a young woman in the early hours of Sunday (July 22nd)

The 19-year-old woman was assaulted on Point Street in Stornoway just before 2am on Sunday.

The man police are looking for is described as about 5ft 11ins tall, with short dark hair and a short beard or stubble, and was wearing a black and red checked shirt with dark jeans.

Anyone who can help providing information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police in Stornoway are looking for a man thought to have carried out two thefts from Stornoway shops yesterday (Tuesday July 24th).

At 11am after-shave was taken from Boots in the town centre, and just before 2pm electrical goods were taken from the Co-op on Macaulay Road.

Police believe the same man was involved in both incidents.  They say they are following a positive line of enquiry, but have yet to trace the man

‘The Flesherin Bard’ Willie John Campbell is having a book of his work published by Stornoway-based Acair.

The company says it “is delighted to publish 'Bàrdachd Uilleam Iain Caimbeul / Poems of Willie John Campbell (Willie Teddy)'.  This bilingual book compiles many of Willie Teddy's most-loved poems, and touches upon a wide variety of subjects.

Daniel Macalpine, pictured with his mother Ruth, has already signed up at Stornoway Library to be a Mischief Maker.

Libraries in the Western Isles are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018. 

Isles MP Angus MacNeil attended an event organised by Arthritis Research UK in Parliament on July 11 to hear about life with the condition and learn how aids and adaptations in the home can help people live independently

The event followed the launch of Arthritis Research UK’s Room to Manoeuvre report, which looks at the importance of aids and adaptations to people with arthritis. MPs tried a variety of home aids and heard from people with arthritis about how aids and adaptations – such as grab rails or specialised kitchen equipment – have changed their lives. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently visited the Shiant Isles to see for himself the work that has been done to improve conditions for nesting seabirds.

The Shiant Isles are one of the most important breeding colonies for seabirds in Europe and play host to one of Britain’s largest puffin colonies.

Scotland’s airline and a hotel brand born in Harris have linked up in a deal designed to benefit their customers.

Loganair yesterday (Monday July 23rd) announced a strategic corporate partnership with  Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, the premium hotel group founded and led by the son of a Harris crofter.

The culture minister has led a chorus of praise for the record-breaking Hebridean Celtic Festival which ended at the weekend after its most successful year.

The 23rd HebCelt, headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble and Skipinnish, was held from 18-21 July in Stornoway and sold out on all four days.

Fiona Hylsop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “HebCelt is a marvellous example of how a well-organised event, supported by its community, can be an international success economically, culturally and socially.

A family spending their summer in Lewis have praised islanders for rallying round to help them out of a tight spot.

Emma Tilley, her husband John Officer and three young daughters are visiting from Glasgow, staying with family in Back for the summer.

Yesterday (Monday July 23rd) they planned a short trip to the beach to let the girls, aged two, five and six, burn off some energy before lunch.

Fans late to book air tickets for the last ever gigs by Runrig will have to look for other options, according to Loganair.

Air tickets to reach the mainland cfrom Stornoway for the weekend of August 17th and 18th are almost completely sold out, and Loganair say there will be no more services laid on once they are gone.

Western Isles fans plan to travel in force to the mainland for the Last Dance, billed as the final concert ever by the Gaelic supergroup. The two farewell concerts at Stirling’s City Park sold out within minutes of going on sale.


Police in the Western Isles are appealing for information following a vehicle fire in the Castle Grounds in Stornoway.
The car - a silver/grey Vauxhall Corsa - was found on fire shortly after 6pm on Monday, July 23rd, in an area of the grounds close to Willowglen Road .
The fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and nobody was injured.
Officers are treating the fire as suspicious and are seeking to identify two men seen leaving the area in the direction of Bennadrove Road.

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Action shots from the Point FC’s summer football school, Donald John MacSween with prize winners Alexander Macdonald, Samuel Maclennan,  and Daniel Macleod.   All pictures by Sandie Maciver at SandiePhotos photography. 

The Point FC summer football school was held at Ionad Stoodie on Thursday and Friday afternoon last week (July 19 and 20) and was open to youngsters from across Lewis – and further afield too – although the majority came from the Point area.

It was open to boys and girls from primary two to S2, with priority given to the juniors who play on a Thursday night at the Point Astroturf pitch.

A total of 65 youngsters took part this year – an increase on last year, when they had between 40 and 50 – and prizes were given for the best players, although everyone got a T-shirt and a water bottle at the end as a memento, plus a certificate for taking part. 

The rapid rise in the number of apprenticeships across the Islands is one of the success stories of Community Learning and Development within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on Lewis and Harris, says HM Inspector Alona Murray in a report issued yesterday (Monday July 23rd).

Community Learning and Development (CLD) partners within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar across Lewis and Harris were inspected by Education Scotland during May and June this year.

Education Scotland staff talked to children, young people, adults and community organisations. They worked closely with local CLD managers, CLD providers, partners, paid staff and volunteers.

Air tickets to reach the mainland for the final two concerts by Runrig are almost completely sold out, despite extra flights laid on by Loganair for the weekend of August 17th and 18th.

Runrig are to play two farewell concerts at Stirling’s City Park on Friday August 17th and Saturday 18th, having added the Friday gig when tickets to the Saturday sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Western Isles fans plan to travel in force to the mainland for the Last Dance, billed as the final concert ever by the island favourites.

The P&O cruise ship Oriana headed for Stornoway on Wednesday (July 25th) will bring more than 2,500 visitors to swell the town’s population. 1,746 passengers are expected to disembark, most British, but including visitors of 20 other nationalities. The ship also brings 788 crew, many of whom will come ashore during the full-day stop.

They’re part of an adults-only cruise, travelling between Southampton and Rejkjavik in Iceland, and taking advantage of one of the ship’s last British Isles calls before she leaves P&O in August 2019, after 24 years with the fleet.

This year the Westside agricultural show, taking place on the 27th July will return to the Barvas and Brue Community Centre following a number of years at the Barvas Machair.

The show will be opened by Agnes Rennie of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn with cattle judging from Ruaraidh MacDougall and sheep judging by Thomas Muirhead.

As well as livestock judging the show will also feature vehicle displays, agricultural produce, arts and crafts, heavy events as well as various stalls and children’s activities.

A major support package for UK industry to power millions more homes and businesses over the next decade is also being announced today (Monday July 23rd)  by Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry.

Offshore wind and, for the first time, remote island wind providers will be able to bid for contracts to power up to four million homes from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles. These clean electricity auctions will be held in 2019 and every two years from then on, signalling support worth up to £557million for the industry.

Announcing the significant package on a visit to the Offshore Renewables Catapult in Newcastle, Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry will say: “The UK renewables sector is thriving, with more offshore wind capacity here than anywhere else in the world and 50% of electricity coming from low-carbon sources last year in what was our greenest year ever. 

The four Citizen's Advice Bureau offices in the Western Isles dealt with client contacts totalling 4398 who raised 6532 issues during the last financial year.

The top enquiries of 36% related to Welfare Benefits and debt related problems were at 29%. 

The remaining 35% of enquiries related to such matters as education, employment, housing, financial products and services, health and community care, immigration, legal, NHS concerns and complaints, relationships, tax, travel and utilities.

An intensive road safety campaign around Lewis and Harris over the weekend of July 20th to 22nd left numerous drivers facing penalties.

The Road Policing Unit were on the islands having travelled over from their base at Dingwall and were on the lookout for a variety of offences.

An upbeat festival weekend in Stornoway showed the town and islands off at their best, with police reporting the town centre in a good humour and with very little trouble in the streets.

Just two incidents at the arena site itself needed emergency action.

At 6.30pm on Saturday (July 21st) police were called to the entrance of the arena where a 66-year-old man was causing a disturbance. He was arrested and taken into police custody, where he has remained since. He’s been charged with breach of the peace and issued with a fixed penalty, and is expected to be released soon.

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Festivalgoers at Heb Celt 2018 are asking each other “did the earth move for you” after the mighty beat of Niteworks from Skye shook the Castle Green to its pre-Cambrian foundations.

Playing in the Islands Tent, the “Jurassic schploom-schploom” of their beat –  a festival-goer’s comment referencing the Tyrannosaurus footsteps of the film Jurassic Park – made an unforgettable impact on the last evening of Heb Celt 2018.

The sold-out festival has been the most successful event in its 23-year history, say organisers.

Headlining acts for Hebridean Celtic Festival were caught up in ferry delays last night (Thursday July 19th), after a road accident closed the road south of Ullapool.

Passengers heading for Stornoway on yesterday afternoon’s 5.30pm sailing of the Loch Seaforth were brought to a halt after a fatal motorcycle accident. Police confirmed that a 50-year-old man died following the two-vehicle collision, on the A832 at Corrieshalloch Gorge, just south of Ullapool, yesterday at 2.30pm.

Representatives from Stornoway Amenity Trust, Western Isles Lottery and Willowglen Garden Centre at the new flower beds at Manor Roundabout.  All photographs by John Dyer

Stornoway is in full bloom thanks to a project by the Stornoway Amenity Trust.

The Trust, which is a non-profit making organisation, led by a team of volunteers, made it its mission to brighten up the town for the summer.

This year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival is set to become the most successful in its 23-year history after selling out all four nights of the event photographed by Colin Cameron, above.

Festival-goers have snapped up the few remaining tickets for the multi award-winning event, which started on Wednesday and closes on Saturday evening.

A total of 18 drivers will be reported for offences relating to driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Highlands and Islands during a recent safety campaign.

Detections were made across the region during the national summer initiative, which ran from Friday, June 29 until Friday, July 13.

During the weekend immediately after this - from Saturday, July 14 until early hours of Monday, July 16 - a further six drivers were stopped with reports to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink or drug driving.

A new method for people with diabetes to measure their glucose levels is coming into use in the Western Isles.

Flash Glucose Monitoring FGM) is the newest method of glucose testing.  The Abbott FreeStyle Libre is currently the only flash glucose monitoring product available, and it is currently only approved in Europe

Libre became available for prescription on the Scottish Drug Tariff on 1st November 2017.

Well, you never know…it has been known to rain in Stornoway…and suppose that were to happen, the Fishermen's Co-op is just ready and waiting to provide some cover!  From head to toe, if need be!

Photo: Chris Murray

Stornoway RNLI launched yesterday (Wednesday 17th July) at 1150hours to the aid of a 23ft yacht aground just off Balallan, Lewis.
The casualty vessel had hit rocks and run aground, and on arrival, the Stornoway RNLI volunteer crew established a tow line between the yacht and the ‘Tom Sanderson’ lifeboat.
The Stornoway RNLI lifeboat then towed the vessel safely off the rocks and continued to tow the casualty to berth in Lemreway.
The ‘Tom Sanderson’ and local volunteer RNLI crew returned to berth in Stornoway around 1730hours.


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Yesterday evening, 17th July, saw three Skiff Races in Stornoway Harbour as part of the Sail Hebrides Maritime Festival 2018.

There were five Lewis Skiffs taking part - An Eathar: Yackydoola, Westside Rowers: Fir-Chlis, Row Flo: Florence, Staran: Blue Moon and Stornoway Rowers: Madadh Ruadh.

The boats were crewed by members of An Eathar, Westside Rowers and Row Flo.

Below are pictures of the action in the Ladies, Mens and Mixed races:

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The race's started at Cuddy Point heading out to the Starboard (green) buoy in the outer harbour, around a marker buoy and back to Cuddy Point. The winners were:

  • Mens Race: An Eathar
  • Womens Race: Madadh Ruadh
  • Mixed Race: An Eathar

Western Isles Libraries in Stornoway have won a national competition for the best Golden Man Booker library display!

The Booker Prize Foundation  launched the Golden Man Booker Prize to mark their 50th anniversary. This special one-off award was tocrown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.

Libraries were asked to participate in the promotion and send in photographs of their displays.

Angus Macleod, chair of the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association, pictured outside Ospadal nan Eilean in Stornoway, where the renal unit is located

The mum of one young kidney transplant patient in Lewis is organising a fun day so that children and families affected by renal problems can get together and give each other support. 

The event, being planned for September in Stornoway, is being made possible by community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, who have donated £1,000 to the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association to help towards the costs.

It should be good fun for the young kidney patients, as well as an informal occasion for their families to get to know each other and share experiences.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan; Dr Vicki Ooi; Steve Taylor; festival site manager Iain Macphail; Oscar Fung  

The Hebridean Celtic Festival opens for the 23rd time tonight (Wednesday July 18th) and has already proven inspirational for some overseas visitors.

A delegation from Sha Lo Wan, a village of just 50 people in Lantau Island, Hong Kong, has travelled to Stornoway to learn from HebCelt ahead of hosting its first music, dance and drama festival in November.

 

The Iolaire Working Group has announced that tickets can be reserved for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am on Monday 10th September . 

The event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, and is the civic event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.

An iconic artwork marking 100 years since the ed of the Great War may add a new date to its anniversary programme by ending its centenary tour in Stornoway.

Three London-based members of the planning committee organising the 14-18 Now Centenary Art Commissions were in Stornoway yesterday (Monday July 16th) studying possible sites for a river of red poppies, flowing from a landmark building.

A 32-year-old man appeared in court yesterday morning (Monday July 16th) charged with assault. He’d been arrested in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning and kept in custody until his court appearance. He was released following the court appearance and has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

A 49-year-old man spent the night in police custody at the weekend, after being arrested in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 15th).

He was charged with abusive and threatening behaviour, and was kept in custody until sober, when he was released. He’s been reported to the Procurator Fiscal over the incident.

An incident of domestic violence in Stornoway on Sunday lunchtime (July 15th) led to a 55-year-old man being arrested and charged with assault with domestic aggravation.

The man appeared in court on Monday and has been remanded in custody, pending a future court appearance.

International artists from the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival will take part in BBC Radio nan Gaidheal's free shows in Stornoway Town Hall on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July. The events will be presented by Emma Lamont and will be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal this week.

On Thursday, from 2pm-4pm, the show will feature Canadian trio Vishtèn; Glasgow-based trad band TRIP; Scots fiddler and American cellist duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas; as well as performers from Blasta, which brings together a group of multi-talented Gaelic singers - Anna Murray, Mischa Macpherson, Ceitlin Smith, Josie Duncan and Calum Alex Macmillan.

On Friday, from 3pm-5pm, performances will come from Kinnaris Quintet; Lewis singer songwriter Iain Morrison; Yves Lambert Trio, from Quebec; and London-based Pilgrim's Dream, the project of former Royal Marines Commando Rob Ouseley.

BBC Radio nan Gàidheal music producer John Murray said: "We are keen to welcome folk along to enjoy the programme and the music.  It's free entry and a great chance to hear an intimate performance from some fabulous singers and players."

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: "Radio nan Gaidheal is a great supporter of HebCelt and these free, live shows give people in Stornoway and those listening on the radio a real taste of the festival."

 

Heb Celt Site Manager/Director Iain Macphail, Cal Mac Staff: Callan Sloan, Robert Urquhart, George Lightbody, Dot Wisniewska, Dolanna Macleod with HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan

 The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry is being temporarily renamed in honour of the flagship Hebridean Celtic Festival that opens on Wednesday July 18 and is heading for a sell-out.

During this week, the Loch Seaforth will be known as the HebCelt Ferry as it carries thousands of festival-goers to and from the award-winning event.

Councillor Alasdair Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been appointed as Joint Vice President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’ influential Islands Commission for 2018/19.  

Councillor Macleod shares this position, on a six monthly rotation, with Mr Filip Reinhag, Vice Mayor of Gotland Island, Sweden.

Ferry passengers arriving from today (Monday July 16th) to participate in Hebridean Celtic Festival must have a ticket before they arrive at Ullapool, according to an online warning this morning from CalMac.

The ferry company has already published a similar warning on their website for the period from Wednesday July 18th to Sunday, July 22nd, when ferries are expected to be at peak capacity. They’re insisting that even foot passengers must book ahead if they want to travel to or from Stornoway anytime this week.

A race between five rowing skiffs will be taking place tomorrow (Tuesday 17th July) in Stornoway Harbour starting at 5.30pm.

The race will set off from Cuddy Point heading up to the Starboard (green) buoy, spectators are encouraged to come down to watch and cheer the rowers along from either Cuddy Point or Esplanade Pier. There will also be a barbecue and refreshments at Cuddy Point.

The race is part of the 2018 Sail Stornoway Hebridean Maritime festival, listed below are further events planned for this week:

It has been announced this morning (Monday July 16th) that the a’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland will be the site of the UK’s first spaceport, confirming rumours that proposed locations in the Western Isles had not been favoured.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil called the decision ‘hugely disappointing’, since it means that North Uist has missed out on selection as the site of the UK’s first spaceport. North Uist had been identified as a possible spaceport site due to the existing rocket range, with exercises in long-range missile firing seen as a good advert for the site’s potential.

The only rocket ever to reach space from UK soil was launched from the Uist rocket range in October 2015, as part of the NATO military exercise Joint Warrior. The rocket, which had been shipped to Uist from the US, reached space before being shot down by USS Ross, the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Food retailer Iceland has come under fire after a national discount for emergency workers specifically excluded customers in the Hebrides.

The national chain, Iceland Foods, launched a UK-wide promotion on Twitter on Friday (July 13th) offering 10% off any shop for police, fire, NHS, coastguard and RNLI workers, saying: “Because you do so much for us… we want to do something for you.” But it was the small print which caught the attention of some, as the footnote read: “Offer available in the UK only, excluding the Hebrides.”

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Point Agricultural Show held yesterday (Saturday, July 14) found itself defying poor weather yet again as low cloud and rain enveloped much of Point while Stornoway remained dry.

Nonetheless the Point Show, held for the first time in 2003, attracted hundreds of visitors to the showground on the site of the former Aird School, whose school hall once hosted the varied displays of art, crafts and foods now covered by large marquees.

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The official naming ceremony took place today (14th July 2018) of Leverburgh’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, RNLB Stella and Humfrey Berkeley 13-25, just over 2 months since the brand-new £2.1m lifeboat arrived in Leverburgh on 21st April.

The special ceremony, held on Leverburgh Pier, was attended by a large crowd despite the some-what damp day. Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, who had travelled over especially for the occasion, started the days events followed by an opening song from local ladies choir, Coisir Bhan Na Hearadh, under the instruction of Iain “Costello” MacIver.

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The official naming ceremony took place today (14th July 2018) of Leverburgh’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, RNLB Stella and Humfrey Berkeley 13-25, just over two months since the brand-new £2.1m lifeboat arrived in Leverburgh on 21st April.

The special ceremony, held on Leverburgh Pier, was attended by a large crowd despite the somewhat damp day. Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, who had travelled over especially for the occasion, started the day's events followed by an opening song from local ladies choir, Coisir Bhan Na Hearadh, under the instruction of Iain “Costello” MacIver.

Starting out 10 years ago with a mere handful of participants, the Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group (HMCSG), a lengthy title sometimes shortened to “The Cancer Club”, has gone from strength to strength.

Every Friday afternoon at two o'clock a group of men gathers at the Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead Street, Stornoway, for its weekly meeting.

They sign themselves in, make themselves at home in the comfortable armchairs, and, depending upon their mood, they may strike up a conversation with a neighbour, they may join in whatever is being discussed already, or they may sit quietly for the time being, listening to what others are saying; if they wish, they may just sit in silence with their own thoughts, knowing that none there will criticise them for it.

The meetings are invariably noisy, with many comments shouted across the room, and much laughter. The voices speak Gaelic or else English with the accents of the Islands, the Highlands, the other regions of Scotland, or of town and country South of the Border.

 

 What about engineering studies at Lews Castle College…look and listen with some of those involved

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The resurgence of skiff rowing in the Western Isles will be celebrated as part of Sail Stornoway, the Hebridean Maritime Festival, with the first events tomorrow (Saturday July 14th).

It’s part of a busy week out on the water, as boats traditional and modern gather to share their love of the open sea.

A family fun open day has been organised tomorrow by An Eathar, the community rowing club based in Shawbost. Fun starts at 10am with free taster session on Loch a’Bhaile, South Shawbost. After lunch at the Old School in Shawbost, teams will compete at 2.30pm for the Digby Chick Trophy. The day winds up with a ceilidh at 8pm at the Old School, music provided by Ness Melodeon Band.

Two homes in Stornoway were searched for drugs between Tuesday and Thursday this week (July 10th to 12th) after police were issued with warrants to carry out the searches.

Officers found a quantity of possible illegal or controlled substances at both addresses and these have been sent for testing.

If the items found test positive, reports will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

A 32-year-old man was in court yesterday (Thursday July 12th) after being arrested on Plantation Road, Stornoway, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour after swearing and shouting aggressively, causing alarm to people nearby.

He was kept in custody at Stornoway Police Station until his court appearance and has now been released on bail.

The Arnish yard of BiFab has been left with a skeleton staff of maintenance workers, with workers union the GMB yesterday confirming that all BiFab’s sites are ‘effectively closed.’

Isles MSP Alasdair Allan yesterday (Thursday July 12th) raised the situation with minister for business, fair work and skills Jamie Hepburn MSP, after hearing from the union that hopes for a resurgence in the company had been dashed.

The BBC’s flagship programme, The One Show, is coming to the Hebrides next week as part of a unique partnership with Scotland’s Gaelic Media Service (Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig), MG ALBA.  

  • Two-night special with Alex Jones and Matt Baker will come from Harris, then Lewis
  • Programmes will feature a range of content about life in the Western Isles
  • Project only possible because of unique partnership delivered with MG ALBA
  • Face of BBC ALBA, Fiona MacKenzie to join the One Show team as a presenter
  • The team will look at the impact of the Castaway TV programme on the Isle of Harris

 Donald Martin and Matt Bruce with Foyer service users, staff and committee members. 

Western Isles Foyer, the charity which supports homeless and other vulnerable young people in the islands, is celebrating a double recognition – the award of Investors in Young People status and a very good report from the Care Inspectorate.

To mark the occasion, Foyer hosted a tea party in the sun at their premises in Bayhead, Stornoway, for all of their service users, staff and committee members. 

The Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Donald Martin, attended the event to present the Investors in Young People award to Foyer, and was full of praise for the work they do with young people aged 16 to 26. 

This Sunday, St Columba's Church, Lewis Street, Stornoway, is holding a "Sea Sunday" service at 11am.

This is an opportunity for island people who depend so much on the sea , to give thanks for God's protection and provision.

The number of households in the Western Isles is set to fall over the next 25 years, against a national background of increasing household numbers.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar is one of just four local authority areas in Scotland expected to see a reduction in household numbers, reflecting not only a lower population but also more households headed by people aged 70 or over, many living alone.

The figures were released yesterday (Wednesday July 11th) by National Records of Scotland, in a report called ‘Household projections for Scotland’.

 

Fresh Salmon steaks or fillets at Harbour Seafood's - Poached, pan fried or grilled, marinate in honey and garlic and serve with new potatoes, or bake with Chilli and lime for an oriental flavour - this popular fish is versatile and good for you!

 

Going on a camping trip with the family or friends? Got all you need? The Fisherman's Co-op can help with tents, sleeping bags, lanterns and portable stoves. They also have a wide selection of gas canisters, you don't want to run out when the kettle hasn't quite boiled! And don't forget the midge repellent.

Taking a picnic to the beach? Grab a picnic blanket, flasks, mugs, cutlery, or a cool bag to keep your food fresh (or the beer cool). 

The best of produce from near and far 13/07/2018

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage

 

£1.80

 

Sweetheart (Hispie) Cabbage

 

£1.65

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.80

 

Celeriac

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.35

 

Garlic small

 

£0.95

 

Bunched Carrots (per bunch)

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli

 

£3.95

 

Carrots

 

£1.85

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Leeks

 

£3.40

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cyprus Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Jersey Royals

 

£2.25

 

Premier ( Inverness)

 

£2.25

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.45

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.85

 

White Turnip

 

3.50

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£5.75

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.50

 

Heritage Tomatoes

 

£5.95

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£4.50

 

Yellow Tomatoes

 

£5.75

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (USA)

 

3 for £1.80

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£2.25

 

Watermelon

 

£3.50

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.80

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears Conference (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Raspberries (west hardmuir Fruit Farm) 200g

 

£3.45

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Blueberries

 

£15.00

 

Bramleys

 

£2.85

 

chillies

 

£15.00

 

Cherries

 

£9.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Rhubarb (Forced)

 

£4.50

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 


The cruise ship MS Gann arrived in Stornoway harbour last night (Wednesday July 11th) with an unusual payload both of passengers and crew.

MS Gann is a Norwegian ‘Skoleskipet’, a training vessel owned by a sail training school in Stavanger, which provides real-life training for deck crew, cruise caterers and officers.

During the summer it offers training cruises both to raise funds for the school and to give experience to student crew-members.

The Fratellis’ most famous song is as familiar to football and ice hockey supporters as it is to fans at their live shows.

Next week it will be the turn of the Hebridean Celtic Festival audience to belt out the infectious chorus of ‘Chelsea Dagger’ which appeared on the band’s first album 12 years ago.

As well as a crowd pleaser at gigs, the song has been adopted, and adapted, by fans at both Celtic and Chelsea as well as followers of the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL.

The multi-award-winning Point and Sandwick Trust is seeking to harness wider support for its community wind farm and the projects it supports by introducing a new level of membership – ‘Friends of the Trust’.

Point and Sandwick Trust is 100 per cent owned by the community and invests all the profits generated by its three-turbine wind farm at Beinn Grideag to projects and initiatives in the Western Isles.

As a community organisation, the Trust is made up of 450 local members, an elected Board and a small-but-dedicated team of staff based in the Old School at Knock.

Keen Code Club members at the library

On Friday 20th July, Stornoway Library is going to host a Moonhackathon for the very first time.

A Moonhack is an annual celebration of coding which aims to get parents, the community, and most importantly, children, enthusiastic about coding. 

Departing today Stornoway harbour at 9am today (Wednesday July 11th) and heading north up the Minch was the sleek Archimedes, reportedly worth $100 million and owned by US billionaire businessman and philanthropist James Simons.

It’s not known whether the owner was on board, but a private jet flew passengers into Stornoway airport yesterday (Tuesday).

And the luxury sailing yacht Farfalla came into port this morning.  She’s a 102ft five-star sailing vessel built in 2014 and costing $81,500 per week, plus expenses, to charter. 

Summer events in Lewis and Harris

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Saturday 11 AugustFamily Fun Day at Museum & Tasglann nan Eileen, Lews Castle, Stornoway 11am-4pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/267750233816042/)

Saturday 11 AugustFamily Fun Day & Community Open day at Grinnebhat (Old Bragar School) Midday (https://www.facebook.com/BragarArnol/)

Saturday 11 August- Tong Motorshow, Tong Show ground 1pm (https://www.facebook.com/witpg2000/)

Monday 13- Saturday 18 August- Isle of Harris Mountain Festival: Events throughout Harris (www.iohmf.co.uk)

Friday 17 - Tuesday 21 August- Purvai Festival of South Asian Art and Culture: An Lanntair (lanntair.com/creative-programme/purvai)

Saturday 25 August- Lewis & Harris Horticultural Producers Open Day: 11am behind Lews Castle College (www.facebook.com/Lewis-Harris-Horticultural-Producers)

Friday 7 - Saturady 15 SeptemberBlas Festival- celebrating Highland music & culture: Across the Highlands (www.blas-festival.com)

****For exhibitions, children's activities, adult classes, coffee mornings, gigs, quiz nights, etc. through the summer visit our What's Happening calendar (top left of this page) or click here****

 

To find out more about the Scaladale Activity Centre – including how to become a ‘Friend of Scaladale’ – please visit www.scaladale-centre.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and to learn more about the work of LHYCA and how they can help your club, check out the website at www.lhyca.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association (LHYCA) organising an Open Evening from 6.30pm on Friday, July 27th, which will give all their past, present and future supporters a chance to see around the Scaladale Centre and meet the team and new Centre Manager Kate Lewis.


For over 50 years the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association (LHYCA) has helped support youth clubs and youth organisations. The hard work and dedication continues as this charity offers exciting opportunities for the islands young people, ‘growing their own’ through instructor and leader training, and ensuring there is guidance and assistance for groups running or wishing to start new youth clubs.

“As part of our vision, Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association run Scaladale Outdoor Centre which aims to provide participants with an enjoyable, challenging and safe environment, enabling young people to work together and discover the natural environment around them,” said LHYCA Chair Neal Ingram.

Weaving demonstrations are available at the Harris Tweed Authority tweed display this Thursday (July 12th) and Friday, upstairs in the Town Hall Stornoway.

The most iconic features of the HTA Brand Room are two of the Harris Tweed industry’s renowned looms – a single width Hattersley loom and a double width Griffiths loom. Weaving demonstration take place 

A landmark moment has been reached at Cross School, the headquarters of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis where a major rebuild is under way.

The Salvation Army in Stornoway issued an urgent doorstep scam warning on Tuesday July 10th, after reports that people are going door-to-door in the Stornoway area claiming to represent the charity and asking for credit or debit card details to set up regular donations.

And members of the public reported that there were two people on Monday around Maclean Terrace, Stornoway and in Parkend with red tabards but it was for the Red Cross that they were claiming to be collecting.  They were wanting bank details for direct debit payments to help elderly people in Stornoway who can't get out and about.

However, legitimate charity collectors currently working in Lewis should not be confused with potential doorstep scams, say the Comhairle’s licensing department.

Shawbost-based coastal rowing club, An Eathar will host their annual family open day at Loch a Bhaile, Shawbost, on Saturday 14thJuly,

The event will be a great opportunity for novice rowers to get their first experience of what is an ever-growing pastime.

Alasdair Allan MSP signing the pledge with Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has lent his support to helping improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness. 

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Alasdair was interested to hear about efforts to encourage people to think about their wishes for the end of their life and discuss preferences with loved ones.

Power supplies have been turned off in parts of South Harris today (Tuesday July 10th) as major upgrading work is carried out to the main supply network.

Properties in parts of Leverburgh, Strond and Borrisdale are without power from 10.30am