Stornoway swimmer Kara Hanlon is continuing on form with a stunning clutch of three gold medals at this weekend’s Scottish Open National Swimming Championships in Aberdeen.

22-year-old Kara, who now swims with the Edinburgh University team, took gold in the women’s 50m breaststroke this afternoon (Sunday 30th June) to add to a gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke on Friday and another in the 200m breaststroke on Saturday.

A lone fisherman got into trouble on Saturday morning (June 29th) when his boat ran aground while he was trying to clear a fouled propeller.

The small fishing vessel Ceol na Mara was off Loch Garenin in Carloway when the propeller became fouled and the vessel drifted while he was attempting a repair.

A lone fisherman got into trouble on Saturday morning (June 29th) when his boat ran aground while he was trying to clear a fouled propeller.

The small fishing vessel Ceol na Mara was off Loch Garenin in Carloway when the propeller became fouled and the vessel drifted while he was attempting a repair.

A 20-year-old woman is to appear in court after smashing her car up in a single-vehicle road accident in Point this morning (Sunday June 30th).

The woman knocked on a door in Shulishader looking for assistance, just before 5am this morning, reporting that her car had left the road. Police were called and the woman was processed and taken to Stornoway police station, where she was charged with drink-driving.

On Friday 21st June there was a large gathering in the Tarbert Community Centre to mark the retiral of Morag Munro as co-ordinator of Crossroads (Harris). 

This was a role Morag carried out, unpaid, for 34 years following a year of hard graft to set the scheme up. 

On Friday 21st June there was a large gathering in the Tarbert Community Centre to mark the retiral of Morag Munro as co-ordinator of Crossroads (Harris). 

This was a role Morag carried out, unpaid, for 34 years following a year of hard graft to set the scheme up. 

Lewis Wind Power, developers of the Stornoway Wind Farm, will be headline sponsors of the first Marathon Hebrides, which takes place on 10th August.

The sold-out event, which has an international field of participants, is the only marathon-distance event to be held in the Outer Hebrides. 

Air Traffic Controllers in the Highlands and Islands are reviving their industrial action against Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, throwing doubt over flights from tomorrow (Saturday June 29th)

David Avery, negotiations officer for Prospect - the union which represents the ATCs, said:“Prospect members in HIAL have overwhelmingly rejected the revised pay offer made by HIAL.

"The work-to-rule which was suspended during the ballot will restart tomorrow (Saturday 29 June).

Barra Atlantic gin has been named a finalist in the Scottish Gin Awards.

The gin is shortlisted in the London Dry Gin of the Year Category, along with Isle of Harris Gin.

Winners are due to be announced in October.

Harris gin is also in the running for its taste experience, while the Isle of Harris Distillery is also shortlisted as growth business of the year, exporter of the year and as the Scottish gin destination of the year.

The Isle of Harris Distillery is in the running for no less than four awards at the finals of the Scottish Gin Awards, due to be announced in October.

Harris gin is in the running for its taste experience, listed together with Barra Atlantic gin as the London dry gin of the year, while the Isle of Harris distillery is also shortlisted as growth business of the year, exporter of the year and as the Scottish gin destination of the year.

Breasclete and Bargar Coastguard Rescue Teams were called to the rescue yesterday evening (Thursday June 27th) when a woman fell and broke her ankle while visiting Carloway Broch.

Lewis-based firm Porteous Architecture LLP has won a major national award.

This was part of the 2019 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards held on Tuesday 25 June.

They were presented by the Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Nick Barley, who chaired the judging panel and the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart.

A new trail launched today (Friday 28 June) will link whale-watching sites on Lewis, Harris, Skye, Barra and beyond.

The initiative, which includes over 30 sites, aims to showcase Scotland's west coast as a top destination for low-impact marine wildlife watching from land.

A new trail launched today (Friday 28 June) will link whale-watching sites on Lewis, Harris, Skye, Barra and beyond.

The initiative, which includes over 30 sites, aims to showcase Scotland's west coast as a top destination for low-impact marine wildlife watching from land.

Launched by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, the trail includes lighthouses at the Butt of Lewis on the Isle of Lewis, Eilean Glas on the Isle of Scalpay, and the UK mainland’s most westerly point at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.

 

Summer is here! Marked by the school holidays starting and the first of the summer shows and events kicking off this weekend.

Here is a quick guide to what's on and when, simply click on an event listed below to find out further details AND don't forget our 'Upcoming Events' calendar for everything else that is happening across Lewis and Harris.

The arrival of a Tesla electric car on site will help highlight a campaign to provide climate change and energy saving advice to thousands of people attending the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

HebCelt, which is being held this year from 17-20 July, is renowned for its green credentials relating to the sustainable use of resources, reducing emissions and waste and raising awareness of environmental matters.

A two-car collision on the Clisham left two visitors to the island in hospital yesterday afternoon (Wednesday June 27th).

Emergency services were called to the A859 just south of the Clisham summit at 5pm, where the two cars had been involved in an accident. One vehicle, with a man and woman from Skye travelling in it, left the road and rolled down a steep embankment, coming to rest on its roof.

A two-car collision on the Clisham left two visitors to the island in hospital yesterday afternoon (Wednesday June 27th).

Emergency services were called to the A859 just south of the Clisham summit at 5pm, where the two cars had been involved in an accident. One vehicle, with a man and woman from Skye travelling in it, left the road and rolled down a steep embankment, coming to rest on its roof.


The staff sergeant who mans 7 Scots base at Stornoway Drill Hall was today (Thursday June 27th) taking pride of place at the Last Post ceremony in Canberra, Australia.

Sgt Tommy Stewart, known to his colleagues in 7 Scots as ‘Batco’, is on holiday in Australia with his wife, Kenna. While visiting the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, he had asked permission to lay a memorial cross for a Scottish-born soldier killed in action while serving with Australian forces at Gallipoli.



Hebridean Celtic Festival is paying tribute to the distinctive island phenomenon of ‘Peatlemania’, with Stornoway band Peat & Diesel to be offered an extra event in the Festival programme.

HebCelt organisers have set a ‘meet the band’ event for the island heroes, scheduled between 2 and 3pm on Wednesday 17th July at Stornoway Town Hall.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “Peat & Diesel have been generating a huge amount of buzz and we are very aware of the huge appeal they have, particularly locally and among young fans.

The best of produce from near and far 28/06/2019

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

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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

 

Organic Swiss Chard (150g)

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£4.35

 

Carrots (UK)

 

£1.75

 

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

 

Jersey Royals

 

£1.95

 

Peas in Pod

 

£5.95

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£3.35

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Organic leaves

 

£2.25

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, and yellow)

 

£4.50

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£5.95

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£4.95

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.65

 

Heritage Tomatoes

 

£5.25

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (Washington)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.35

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gooseberries from Tong 250g

 

£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

 

£10.00

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Yellow Courgettes

 

£3.85

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£5.45

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

An event commemorating the Iolaire tragedy at the Edinburgh International Book Festival has sold out within a day of tickets going on sale – to the astonishment of Stornoway author and historian Malcolm Macdonald.

Malcolm was co-author – with the late Donald John Macleod – of the authoritative book The Darkest Dawn, published in November last year by Stornoway-based publishers Acair as part of the centenary commemorations of the tragedy.

A man has appeared in court in Stornoway after police were called to an address in Parkend at 8pm on Monday (June 24th) to reports of a disturbance.

The 34-year-old was found to be in breach of bail conditions set following an earlier offence and appeared in court from custody on Tuesday, where he gave a guilty plea and was fined, as well as being reminded of his bail conditions, which are to continue.

Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival today (Thursday June 27th) reveals this year’s programme, with events running at An Lanntair arts centre from Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November.

The festival’s theme this year is Human Nature and the programme includes:

  • Julie Brook’s breath-taking environmental art
  • Dan Richards’ journeys to the world’s remote places
  • Margaret Fay Shaw’s pioneering island photography
  • Niall Iain Macdonald’s epic solo attempt to row the Atlantic
  • Cult musician Momus brings his ‘Unreliable Tour Guide’ to Stornoway
  • Faclan Fringe returns for 2nd year, supported by Outer Hebrides LEADER
  • The festival’s acclaimed children’s programme, Faclan Òg.

The current Islands bus services will be reduced in August, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar confirmed yesterday (Wednesday June 26th).

At a meeting of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Members said they were committed to protecting front line transport services in partnership with the communities of the Western Isles. 

Bus operators had been asked to tender for nine transport options, a number of which were left to them to redesign. The outcome of this process identified five options which were subject to a process of Community Conversation and online consultation.

Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil yesterday afternoon met Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is currently imprisoned in Iran. 

Richard is supporting her fight for justice with a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London.

A flock of up to 30 microlight and single-pilot aircraft are due to descend on Stornoway tomorrow afternoon (Thursday June 27th), as the town becomes one of the stopping points on a round-UK charity fundraising flight.

Between 20 and 30 of the light aircraft are taking part in Fly UK 2019, an annual challenge which, since 2005, has collected over £68,000 for the charity Children with Cancer.

The date has been announced for an emergency services event which will throw the doors of search and rescue wide open.

On Saturday 17th August, from 1pm to 4pm, Stornoway Coastguard Operations Room will be open for the first time since its major refit three years ago, providing an excellent opportunity for the public to view at first hand the latest state-of-the-art technology that contributes to search and rescue – locally, regionally and nationally.

One of the most iconic wartime planes of the recent D-Day landing commemoration is due to touch down at Stornoway airport at 1.30pm today (Wednesday June 26th).

The DC3 (Dakota) troop plane That’s All, Brother (N47TB) led the main airborne invasion of Normandy on June 6th 1944. Piloted by Lt. Col John Donalson, the plane led a force of more than 800 planes that dropped over 13,000 paratroopers into battle on the beaches of Normandy.

Councillors will tonight (Wednesday June 26th) record their congratulations for swimmer Colin Macleod, following his marathon swim across the Minch earlier this month.

Colin was dubbed ‘King of the Minch’ by his followers when he landed at Stornoway pier in the early hours of Tuesday June 11th. He had become the first man and the only islander to conquer the Minch, after swimming for 21 hours, covering 33 miles of open sea between Gairloch and Lemreway.

Congratulations to The Nicolson Institute for its performance Fiddler on the Roof!

These are from Stornoway Councillor Charlie Nicolson, who has spoken of the "fantastic musical event" last week.

The passenger ferry MV Loch Seaforth was met by emergency crews in Stornoway yesterday (Monday June 24th) after a passenger was taken ill during the crossing from Ullapool.

The public are asked to nominate noteworthy individuals to be celebrated with a plaque.

Nominations have now opened for the 2019 National Commemorative Plaque scheme.  

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who administer the scheme, are asking the public to nominate individuals from Scottish public life.

Several Barra and Vatersay projects have been awarded funding from CalMac's Community Fund.

Feis Bharraigh’s ‘Music for All’, the Gaelic arts and culture event, has been awarded £2000.  The Barra and Vatersay Junior Sports Club received £1,000 and Barra Children's Centre in support of their Children of the Sea project were awarded £2,000.

The Community Fund is open to non-profit organisations involved in activities to benefit young people in island or coastal communities.  

With little over three weeks to go to the start of this year’s HebCelt, the festival HQ opened yesterday (Monday June 24th) in Stornoway town centre, with festival workers Megan Macsween (left) and Eilidh Jenkins seen above.

Alasdair Allan MSP is encouraging Islanders to take part in the Community Conversation events being run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar regarding their planned redesign of the bus services.

 He has also written to the Comhairle to raise the concerns people have expressed to him about the short time people have been given in which to give their views.

Alasdair Allan MSP is encouraging Islanders to take part in the Community Conversation events being run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar regarding their planned redesign of the bus services.

 He has also written to the Comhairle to raise the concerns people have expressed to him about the short time people have been given in which to give their views.

Alasdair Allan MSP is encouraging Islanders to take part in the Community Conversation events being run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar regarding their planned redesign of the bus services.

He has also written to the Comhairle to raise the concerns people have expressed to him about the short time people have been given in which to give their views.

The first Marathon Hebrides is set to take place on 10 August.

The sold-out event, which has an international field of participants, is the only marathon-distance event to be held in the Outer Hebrides. 

Setting off from Talla na Mara on the Isle of Harris, runners will cover 26.2 miles of stunning beach views, undulating terrain and breath-taking scenery.

A crowd including pupils from Stornoway Primary, Laxdale Primary and the Nicolson Institute gathered today in Perceval Square in the centre of Stornoway to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week, which culminates in Armed Forces Day 2019 which will be held on Saturday 29 June.

The Nicolson Institute pipe band opened proceedings with a musical performance which was followed by a minute’s silence.

All 24 schools in the Western Isles are receiving a Certificate of Excellence from WW100 Scotland Scottish Commemorations Panel.

The certificates are being awarded in recognition of the schools' outstanding contributions and performances in the Dìleab Project and the special HMY Iolaire 100 events.

The project saw Lewis pupils working on the loss of the Iolaire, Harris pupils focussing on World War I and Barra pupils researching emigration.  

All 24 schools in the Western Isles are receiving a Certificate of Excellence from WW100 Scotland Scottish Commemorations Panel.

The certificates are being awarded in recognition of the schools' outstanding contributions and performances in the Dìleab Project and the special HMY Iolaire 100 events.

The project saw Lewis pupils working on the loss of the Iolaire, Harris pupils focussing on World War I and Barra pupils researching emigration.  

This year’s Lewis Christian Conference is due to take place in Stornoway from Friday 28th June through to Monday 1st July.

The Conference will be held in St Columba’s Church and the speaker is to be Dr Robert Smith Jr, from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, pictured above.

The Island Select U-13 & U-15 teams won their last match and now top the UK Athletics Youth Development North league, qualifying for the Scottish finals.

Stornoway Running and Athletics Club said on Facebook that they are “delighted for our fantastic youngsters who again upped the game with their performances. An amazing achievement all round!”

Former Chair of UNESCO Scotland, Malcolm Maclean, who lives in Uig, has challenged Historic Environment Scotland to update their information panel at the Calanais Stones.

He sees the wording on the panel as misleading to the 50,000+ visitors who make their way to Calanais each year and failing to do full justice to the importance of the site.

Calanais is older than Stonehenge and one of the largest, most northerly and most complex archaeological sites in the UK.

Mr Kenny Matheson, Aberdeen-based businessman and broadcaster, and a native of Gravir, is to give this year’s Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture on the evening of Thursday 24th October at Pairc School, Gravir.

The title of the lecture is: ‘The Leverhulme Initiative – An Opportunity Lost or a Narrow Escape for Lewis and Harris?’, an appropriate theme as we look back a century to Lord Leverhulme’s ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to transform the island economy.

An Lanntair Arts Centre is launching GRINNEAS NA h-ÒIGRIDH 2019 – a new chance for young Hebridean artists to exhibit their work.

On Monday 25th November, Grinneas nan Eilean the Islands’ Open exhibition returns to An Lanntair with this exciting new dimension. 

Grinneas na h-Òigridh will give under-18s the opportunity to contribute with a special section of the show dedicated to young Hebridean artists.

Ferry service provider, Caledonian MacBrayne appears to be falling short of meeting the requirements of European Union disability regulations, it is claimed.

Under regulations set out by the EU in 2012, if a passenger requires assistance with personal care then an individual accompanying them should receive travel free of charge.

Peter White, a pensioner from Sunderland, is a companion in travel for his friend and has been a regular visitor to the Western Isles for the last 30 years.

A yellow warning is in place for Eilean Siar on Sunday 23 June and Monday 24 June.

The Met Office say the warning will come into effect at 9pm on the Sunday until midnight on the Monday.

Heavy, thundery rainfall is to be expected, especially on Monday.  

The Met Office warn this could lead to flooding and travel disruption.  

A 75-year-old male was rescued at Eoligarry Beach on Wednesday 19 June.

The man had sustained a fractured femur on the beach.

Barra Coastguard Rescue team were called out to help carry the man via stretcher to the waiting ambulance.

 

Straight off the boat this morning and ready for your supper tonight, you can't get fresher than that!

Pop down to Harbour Seafoods today to grab fresh Mackerel and Herring, whole or filleted, or Skate wings - caught in Hebridean waters by local boats for Stornoway Fishermen's Co-operative.

Plans for Ionad Hiort - the St Kilda Centre - have taken a significant step forward with the granting of planning permission in principle for the Geodha Sgoilt site in the Uig area of Lewis.

This applies to the first phase of the project - ‘A Chiad Cheum’ -which includes a flexible new-build visitor and research centre, office space and toilets with car parking and road access.

Iain Buchanan, chairman of Ionad Hiort, said: “This is an important milestone which has involved a great deal of preparatory work. It will give confidence to potential funders with whom discussions are continuing.”

Plans for Ionad Hiort - the St Kilda Centre - have taken a significant step forward with the granting of planning permission in principle for the Geodha Sgoilt site in the Uig area of Lewis.

This applies to the first phase of the project - ‘A Chiad Cheum’ -which includes a flexible new-build visitor and research centre, office space and toilets with car parking and road access.

Iain Buchanan, chairman of Ionad Hiort, said: “This is an important milestone which has involved a great deal of preparatory work. It will give confidence to potential funders with whom discussions are continuing.”

The best of produce from near and far 21/06/2019

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Asparagus (UK Wye Valley)

 

£3.95

 

Aubergine

 

£1.55

 

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 Swiss Chard (150g)

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£4.35

 

Carrots (UK)

 

£1.75

 

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

 

Jersey Royals

 

£1.95

 

Peas in Pod

 

£5.95

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Organic leaves

 

£2.25

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow and Orange )

 

£4.50

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£5.95

 

Scottish Tomatoes

 

£4.50

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.65

 

Heritage Tomatoes

 

£4.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (Washington)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.35

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gooseberries Tong 250g

 

£2.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£1.00

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Charentais Melon

 

£2.40

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.50

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

Watermelon

 

£3.95

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Cherries

 

£10.00

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Yellow Courgettes

 

£3.85

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£5.45

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Stornoway pharmacists KJ Macdonald want to “give back” to the local community with the installation of a defibrillator outside their Cromwell Street shop.

Shop owner Karen Macdonald said, “I became aware of an emergency incident locally where a defibrillator was needed. It made me think, if something was to occur on our premises how would we react and what would we do?”

“I didn’t know where the defibrillators were in Stornoway and in a situation like that the immediate reaction is always going to be panic.”

Child poverty in the Western Isles was the main topic of a meeting yesterday (Wednesday 19 June.)

Comhairle members were given information on the Anti-poverty and Local Child Poverty Strategy at the meeting of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee.

Award-winning quartet Fara (seen above in a photograph by Mike Guest) have added their support to HebCelt’s industry-leading efforts to improve gender equality among artists at music festivals.

A recent survey showed that women made up just 26 per cent of festival line-ups in the UK in 2017 and a campaign was launched to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022.

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

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

New holiday let, Castlebay

Mr & Mrs Macintyre of 8 Leanish have applied for planning permission to build a holiday let at 8A Leanish, Castlebay.

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

Wall insulation at Cross Free Church

Cross Free Church has applied for planning permission to provide external wall insulation to rear and south elevations, and to extend the slates, at Cross Free Church, Ness. 

At the Community Conversations held during April/May 2019, it was agreed that further Community Conversations would be scheduled once the transport tender contracts were returned and evaluated.

The Comhairle held a Members’ Seminar on Thursday 23rd May 2019 to consider the tender outcomes and the financial and service implications.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has written to Transport Minister Michael Matheson MSP asking him to act and bring changes to the booking system to address capacity issues on air services – as his colleague Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP has indicated he will do for ferries.

Mr MacNeil has suggested the introduction of different time windows to the booking system of lifeline air and ferry services which would allow a percentage of seats/deckspace to be retained for booking within a shorter window of 2-4 weeks during peak times.  

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has written to Transport Minister Michael Matheson MSP asking him to act and bring changes to the booking system to address capacity issues on air services – as his colleague Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP has indicated he will do for ferries.

Mr MacNeil has suggested the introduction of different time windows to the booking system of lifeline air and ferry services which would allow a percentage of seats/deckspace to be retained for booking within a shorter window of 2-4 weeks during peak times.  

SNP Group Leader at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Gordon Murray, has written to Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP asking her to assist the local authority in hitting its green targets.

Currently the council is footing an annual bill of over £100,000 to transport recyclable waste to the mainland while at the same time trying to increase levels of recycling and reduce waste going to landfill.

Councillor Murray is asking the Scottish Government to consider allowing the additional export costs to be reclaimed from the landfill tax.

Writer and poet Donald S Murray has been nominated for The Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2019. 

Donald – from the Ness district of Lewis but now living and writing in Shetland – is nominated in the Outstanding Literature category.

The islands of Barra and Benbecula are among the few seeing the turning of the demographic tide, with new population growth being recorded, according to a research statement published on Friday (June 14th).

Ruth Wilson, Andrew Copus and Ruth Mitchell are the co-authors of a report published on the website of SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes). The report, described as work in progress, suggests that some islands are bucking a wider trend for 25% population decline and one-third in the working age population by 2046.

A new project is demonstrating that population decline in the islands is not inevitable.

The project is raising the profile of "green shoots" of demographic recovery on islands in Scotland, with an ‘Islands Revival’ blog gathering observations.

The project is inviting contributions to the Islands Revival blog at https://islandsrevival.org and is looking for evidence of population turnaround, or examples of local policy or action that is reversing population decline.

Spending the longest day of the year on a motorbike might seem like no hardship for some, but when the distance to be travelled is from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, even the hardiest biker might quail.

Stornoway man Martin Pitt is taking on the challenge, though, heading off today (Tuesday June 18th) to reach the mainland and join a group of bikers planning on doing the whole length of Britain in a single day.

The new North Lewis Coastal Walk is to be launched as part of Community Land Week celebrations between August 15th and 17th.

The walk encompasses the whole of the Galson Estate and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) will be launching it in traditional style – walking the whole 37km route.

Over 100 people turned out on Saturday (June 15th) to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the Stornoway Masjid, the first mosque serving the Muslim community of the Western Isles.

A constant stream of visitors kept the party going until 7pm, with huge quantities of food provided by donations from local businesses and individuals, including 50 naan breads and a huge vat of vegetable curry, cooked at Bangla Spice restaurant.


Two community-owned homes are almost ready for occupation in Gravir, South Lochs, with applications open for tenants until July 1st.

The two-bedroom, semi-detached homes in Carn Aonghais have been fully renovated with full insulation, underfloor heating and brand new kitchens and bathrooms by Pairc Trust – with support from a huge range of individuals and organisations.

The opening of the Hebridean Celtic Festival shop on Monday 24th June signals an acceleration of activity, with the festival itself just three weeks away.

The festival shop will once again be sited on Francis Street, at the former Gazette shop and right opposite the door of one of the main festival venues, An Lanntair.

Saturday 15th June saw the opening of 'Isle inspire': two local artists exhibitions at Morven Gallery in Barvas. Gill Thompson's 'Beachcomber' collection of collagraph prints and Donald Libby's 'Salt in the blood' display of maritime sculptures sat alongside each other picking up the colours and atmosphere of the islands.

Stornoway town centre has recently become home to a set of three very special benches.

The Western Isles Lottery Team are trialling a set of Children’s Board Game Bench Sets. 

Two are located in Perceval Square and one in An Lanntair's forecourt.


Western Isles football teams competing in the Inter-island football tournament at Ynys Mon this week will be hoping for better results from their matches today (Monday June 17th) and tomorrow, after a disappointing first round of matches.

Both the men’s and women’s teams were drawn against their Anglesey hosts in Sunday’s matches. The Western Isles men’s team opened up their campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat, Luke Mackay scoring an early leader and the only Western Isles goal. The game was played in front of over a thousand spectators, crammed into the Holyhead Spurs stadium for what was described as ‘a cracking game on a wet and windy night’.

77% of premises in the Western Isles can now connect to Broadband at a speed of 24Mbps and over, according to independent website Think Broadband.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan visited Openreach engineers working on an installation of ultrafast broadband technology for new homes near Sandwick on Friday 14 June.  

A full fibre network is being built directly into the new properties at Mackenzie Avenue, Parkend, to deliver ultrafast internet connections. The services can carry speeds up to 1Gbps1 – around 18.5 times faster than the UK’s current average, which recently topped 54Mbps, according to Ofcom.

Police in Stornoway are currently investigating the theft and damage of a car from the area near Reef beach in the early hours of Sunday June 6th.

The silver 2008 Ford Fiesta was last seen by the owner around 5am on Sunday 6th, near the campsite where it had been parked. It was re-discovered several hours later, with significant damage, in a different part of the Uig area.

Police Scotland are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle’s movements around the area, or anyone who has any other information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wish to remain anonymous, quoting incident number NH 784/19.

 

Harris & Lewis Smokehouse Restaurant will close for three days, Monday - Wednesday 17-19th June, to carry out building work, improve the kitchen area and increase their capacity. They will reopen as usual on Thursday 20th June.

Missing girl Sophia Veart who vanished in Edinburgh on Saturday (June 15th) is report to have returned home today.

This came after police, family and friends appealed for help to find her.

Over 2,000 households in the Western Isles have had a reduction in council tax, according to new figures.

The SNP Government’s Council Tax Reduction scheme helps provides financial support to low income households.

Every week in March, £25,600 of savings were made to the total Western Isles Council tax bill.

A beach clean has been planned for tomorrow (Saturday 15 June.)

The clean up comes from CNES, ParleyAIR, Clean Coast Outer Hebrides and Surfers Against Sewage.

It has been planned for 11am and will be held at Swordale beach in Point.  


Ten-year-old Aidan Mackenzie has set himself a target for this summer – to get into training for a massive sponsored challenge in Edinburgh.

Aidan, who’s in P5 at Sgoil nan Loch, has never done a sponsored walk before, but he’s joining his mum, Mairi, on the Edinburgh Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk in September.

At 10 years old, Aidan is just old enough to take on a big distance, so he and his mum are in for the 15.5 mile ‘Big Stroll.’ They’ll be raising funds for the Beatson Cancer Charity, which supports the West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow, an internationally renowned cancer centre and the busiest in the UK.



Doors will be thrown open at Stornoway Masjid tomorrow afternoon (Saturday June 15th) as the community celebrates one year since the building opened for the first time.

Stornoway Mosque was opened after a massive community-driven operation to refurbish and prepare a derelict building, creating a new place of worship for the islands’ Muslim community.

In the 12 months since, the building has seen events, celebrations and regular meetings for prayer, as well as open afternoons such as this, to welcome the wider community in.

The fourth annual Midge Biters Rally starts at Stornoway Golf Club tonight (Friday June 14th) with a full line-up of activities for bikers.

Last year over 100 bikers joined the annual ride-out on the Saturday, the furthest distance travelled probably never to be beaten as a visitor from Australia joined the run.

Ferries today will be full of bikes which return to the island each year for a bike rally quite unlike those on the mainland – stunning landscapes and wide open roads in the day complemented by great company and music in the evenings.

CalMac have received recognition for their innovative Modern Apprenticeship partnership with City of Glasgow College.

The partnership picked up the top prize in the Training & Employee Retention category at the CIS Excellence Awards.

CalMac and City of Glasgow College created a 'Maritime Hospitality' Modern Apprenticeship in 2016, the first in the UK, after recognising that there was no formal training path for retail crew to get started in the industry.

The public have been advised to avoid eating shellfish from the West Loch Roag area.

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

A telephone scam is currently circulating in the islands.

The scam consists of a telephone call and a recorded message informing the recipient they have an outstanding HMRC tax fraud against them, and that they will be arrested if they do not pay immediately. 

A CNES Trading Standards spokesperson said: “This scam is designed to create a sense of urgency to get people to make decisions without thinking things through.

The best of produce from near and far 14/06/2019

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Asparagus (UK Wye Valley)

 

£3.95

 

Asparagus White

 

£3.95

 

Aubergine

 

£1.55

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Green Cabbage

 

£1.85

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.50

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

Small Garlic

 

£0.65

 

Organic Swiss Chard (150g)

 

£2.50

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (UK)

 

£3.95

 

Carrots (UK)

 

£1.75

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£3.50

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.95

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.75

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£1.95

 

Cyprus

 

£1.95

 

Jersey Royals

 

£1.95

 

Peas in Pod

 

£5.95

 

Shallots

 

£5.95

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.55

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

£3.35

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Organic leaves

 

£2.25

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, )

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£5.95

 

Mixed Colour Cherry Tomatoes

 

£5.95

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.65

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £2.00

 

Gala Apples

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (Washington)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.35

 

Donut Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gooseberries Tong 250g

 

£2.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£1.00

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Charentais Melon

 

£2.40

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.80

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.80

 

Pears (Conference)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

Watermelon

 

£3.95

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Cherries

 

£10.00

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Yellow Courgettes

 

£3.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£5.45

 

Local Fresh Eggs

 

£2.00

 

A vision for cancer care in the islands is set to be realised, with a dedicated centre for cancer patients to be opened in Stornoway town centre.

Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI)  yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) launched a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/wicci-cancer-support-centre-setup-costs) to help with the costs of fitting out the new centre, which they plan to open for service in September this year.

With the cut of a ribbon NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson officially opened the redeveloped Central Decontamination Unit (CDU) at Western Isles Hospital yesterday, Wednesday June 12th.

The CDU is responsible for the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical instruments to make them safe for use on patients.

Mr Jamieson said: “As we look to the future we plan and take the necessary steps to improve the quality and sustainability of our facilities. To that end, we have extended and modernised our Central Decontamination Unit.

A ‘capable and dedicated’ Coastguard officer was recognised yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) with the award of a long-service medal after twenty years of service.

HM Coastguard’s Coastal Operations Area Commander Murdo Macaulay has responsibility for area 18, which includes the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber.

Neolithic pottery found underwater in the lochs of Lewis will prove to be of worldwide importance, according to the diver who first uncovered the finds.

Stornoway diver Chris Murray has been diving freshwater sites in Lewis and Harris for years, convinced that evidence lies on the bed of the loch that will explain the significance of the crannogs which are scattered across the island landscape.

Now Chris’s work is drawing increasing attention from the world archaeology community, with a paper published yesterday (Wednesday June 12th) in the journal Antiquity, which credits his finds with bringing about significant change in opinion about the islands’ Neolithic history.

A joint proposal from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Galson Estate Trust could give the local community more say on what happens in their area.

The proposal is one of four projects which will see applicants take responsibility for more decisions relating to seabed, coastline and other land.

Crown Estate Scotland launched the Local Pilots Management Scheme in 2018 to create opportunities for communities to get more involved in managing parts of the Scottish Crown Estate. 

Over 30 years of search and rescue flights from Stornoway were celebrated today (Wednesday June 12th) at Bristows’ newly-renovated SAR base at Stornoway airport.

An assembled crowd of press, civic representatives and serving Coastguard officers and volunteers gathered to recognise the work carried out from the base, and the teamwork which links helicopter SAR with land and sea-based services.

The helicopter service, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of HM Coastguard, has a long and proud history of saving the lives of those in need on land and at sea.

Search and rescue volunteers from Lewis and Harris were reunited today (Wednesday June 12th) with the man at the centre of one of the most exceptional rescues in the history of Stornoway Coastguard service.

Rescuers and rescued came together at an award presentation at the Bristows SAR base at Stornoway airport, as island teams received the Department for Transport’s Rescue Shield in recognition of quick-thinking, decisive action, technical skills and teamwork during the rescue, which happened on June 26th 2018.

Edinburgh hill-walker Robin Scott, then 87 years old, had fallen while walking in St Kilda and was stranded on a steep scree slope above cliffs. He remained, slipping slowly downwards and teetering over a 300-foot drop, for nearly 30 hours before rescuers pinpointed his position and came to his aid.

Endurance swimmer, Colin MacLeod, has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.  

Colin became the first man to swim solo across the Big Minch between the Mainland and the Isle of Lewis. 

Colin completed the crossing in 21 hours, setting off from Gairloch just after 4am on 10 June 2019, and arriving in Lemreway, South Lochs, just after 1am on 11 June, having swum an impressive 33 miles. He has so far been able to raise over £7,500 for Cancer Research UK, smashing his original target of £5,000.

A new book on crofting law was launched this week in Glasgow.

The book, A Practical Guide To Crofting Law, has been written by expert, Brian Inkster, and was launched at a reception held in the main law library of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

The Western Isles were represented at the event by Alasdair Allan MSP and Iain M Maciver, Factor of the Stornoway Trust.

A new book on crofting law was launched this week in Glasgow.

The book, A Practical Guide To Crofting Law, has been written by expert, Brian Inkster, and was launched at a reception held in the main law library of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.

The Western Isles were represented at the event by Alasdair Allan MSP and Iain M Maciver, Factor of the Stornoway Trust.

A co-ordinated approach to safety at sea for all leisure users is part of a new plan by HM Coastguard to proactively protect people from getting into trouble on or in the water.

A meeting held at the Stornoway Coastguard Operations Centre on Thursday (June 6th) brought together maritime leisure groups representing sailors, surfers, kayakers, divers and open-water swimmers to look at ways in which people can be kept safe – stopping dramas from happening and improving the chance of rescue if they do.

Maritime operations specialist Carol Campbell told welovestornoway.com today (Monday June 10th): “It’s really Stornoway Coastguard being more proactive and reaching out to the maritime community. Rather than waiting for things to go wrong and stepping in, we’re aiming for better mutual understanding between leisure users and safety services to reduce accidents at sea.

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

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

New building, Goat Island, Stornoway

Stornoway Port Authority has applied for planning permission to build a food standard building, including production area, office accommodation, service yard and parking at Macduff Shellfish Seafood Factory, Goat Island, Stornoway.

Work is to include the demolition of the existing food processing factory. 

Telecom mast, Barvas

Plans have been received to request permission to install external communications apparatus in Barvas.

Agricultural building, Point

Donald Macaskill of 7 Aignish, Point, has applied for planning permission to build an agricultural building at 7 Aignish, Point. 

Installation of Mast, Lochs

Arqiva Ltd has applied for planning permission to install a ground-based mast and smart metering equipment at the Telephone Exchange, Leurbost, Lochs. The mast is to be maximum 15 metres in height. 

Re-roofing, Stornoway

Donna Barden of 37 Upper Coll has applied for planning permission to re-roof the front and rear elevations of the building at 4 Scotland Street.

Work is to include amending the tile profile from curved pantile to flat, finished in colour to match existing. 

Replace windows, doors and handrails, Salvation Army Mission Hall

The Salvation Army has applied for planning permission to replace the existing windows, doors and handrails at their premises at 59 Bayhead, Stornoway. 

Change of use of site, new access road and parking spaces, Newmarket

Calum Daniels of the Church of Scotland Manse, Garrabost, has applied for planning permission to create an access road on to the croft at 78 Newmarket, and to change the use of this land to a site for mobile units.  Work will include creating nine more parking spaces, making a total of ten parking spaces. 

Example of proposed mobile unit.

New distribution service reservoir and booster pumping station, Tolsta

Scottish Water has applied for planning permission to install a new distribution service reservoir (DSR) and booster pumping station adjacent to existing Tolsta Village DSR, North Tolsta.

 

 

The Stornoway Historical Society’s Iolaire exhibition is now on display in the Stornoway Historical Society offices, at Stornoway Town Hall.

The exhibition, which was previously on display at Sandwick Community Centre, was put together by the Stornoway Historical Society, in Collaboration with Point and Sandwick community councils.

 The exhibition details the impact of the tragedy on the areas of Point, Sandwick and Stornoway and plays an important role in the Iolaire centenary commemorations.

North Uist will become home to the UK's first ever vertical launch commercial space port.

The consortium behind the Spaceport 1 project, which includes major players in the UK and international space sector and is led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), is proposing to build a new Spaceport at Scolpaig on the north-west coast of North Uist. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to invest around £1 million to purchase the land where the launch facility will be constructed.

One of the most technically demanding and emotionally-charged musicals in stage history is to be performed in Stornoway next week (Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st June).

Nicolson Institute S1 to S6 pupils are in rehearsal ready to take to the stage with Fiddler on the Roof, for four performances in the school hall.

Stag Bakeries makes the best loaf of bread in the country – something that island customers have always known – but now it’s official.

Stag’s plain loaf was designated ‘best bread in Scotland’ in the Scottish baker of the year competition, winners announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on Saturday (June 8th).

Not only that, but Stag’s iconic water biscuits also carried away a regional bronze award in the Highlands and Grampian region, and the bakery itself was named wholesale baker of the year 2019.

Industrial strikes affecting the college sector are now set to end.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland Further Education Lecturers' Association (EIS-FELA) have voted to approve a total package offer from colleges.

The vote brings to an end strike action which has involved lecturers at Lews Castle College and at Benbecula over several months of this year.

A Lewis actor and singer will be directing the 2019 Gaelic Drama Summer School on Skye.

Mairi Morrison, who now lives in Glasgow, wrote and performed in the Gaelic drama 'Bana-ghaisgich/ Heroines' produced by Theatre Gu Leòr which featured as part of the Iolaire Centenary Commemorations. Mairi is also known for her role in BBC Alba's 'Bannan.'

Mairi will be returning to the School as artistic director for the second year.  

Colin Macleod has become the first man and the only islander to conquer the Minch, after touching the shore at Lemreway at 1.08am this morning (Tuesday June 11th).

He’d been swimming for 21 hours, setting out from Gairloch shortly after 4am yesterday morning, and covered 33 miles of open sea on his way to becoming the first person ever to to swim both the big Minch and the Little Minch (between Harris and Skye).

Kayaker Robert Emmott was alongside Colin as his feet touched ground in South Lochs. Robert, together with Brian Wilson and his daughter Nelly, had also been on the water for the whole 21 hours, providing safety support and encouragement throughout the whole feat.

A play about four royals resulted in a win for Stornoway Primary.

Stornoway Primary won the Council Award at the Local Mod Concert on Friday 7 June.

The group won the award for their play, which was about William, Kate, Harry and Meghan going to a restaurant.  

TIG have a new project kicking off next week with their Energy in Transition - Energy Advice surgeries. The roadshow will be travelling around the islands offering free energy advice, information about how to minimise your contribution to climate change and their new Tesla electric car.

The TIG team will be in Barra at the Fire Station on Monday 17th June, 2.30 - 4.30pm, pop in for a chat and to see if you can save money on your energy bills! 

Over 3,000 island pensioners could face an additional household bill as the BBC confirms plans to scrap free TV licences for over 75's.

The Government announced in 2015 that they would cease funding the free TV Licences for over 75's.

Following a public consultation, the BBC Board has decided that from 1 June 2020, anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence.

 

The National Secondary Schools’ Gaelic Debate Committee today (Monday) announced that Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, will sponsor this year’s competition.  

The airline will transport around 100 pupils from across Scotland’s Highlands to Edinburgh for the 21st edition of the competition.

Commenting on the announcement, Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan said: “As Scotland’s Airline, we are delighted to sponsor this excellent initiative. Gaelic is a crucial element of Scottish Heritage, and we are proud to show our support to events which give young people to develop their language skills.”

 

Update 12.00 Monday 10 June: Endurance swimmer Colin Macleod has reached the halfway point in his bid to become the first man to swim solo across the Minch.

With his back-up team of kayakers and supporters, Colin boarded the support boat Endeavour, skippered by DK Macdonald, soon after midnight and set off from Gairloch at 4.07am today (Monday June 10th).

Morning progress on the 25-mile solo swim route was excellent, with smooth conditions and a warm sea temperature of 10 degrees. Donna Macleod, Colin’s wife and chief supporter, reported that he was stopping every 30 minutes for food and drink and that his biggest problem was fighting off the birds who came after his jaffa cakes!


Ferry travellers passing between Stornoway and Ullapool could have been sailing over a massive asteroid impact crater, left in the earth’s crust millennia ago, according to scientists from Oxford and Aberdeen universities.

A paper published yesterday (Sunday June 9th) in the Journal of the Geological Society explains how rock types from a large area of Scotland’s North West coast point to an impact, with the impact location gradually being narrowed down as geologists research further.

The paper’s authors, led by Oxford University’s Dr Ken Amor, say that none of the volcanic theory explanations for specific rocks around the west coast of Scotland and in Lewis itself adequately explain the exact composition of the rocks. The way in which the rock formations fold and fan out point to a process of movement in a “blanket surrounding an unidentified asteroid impact crater.”

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) have joined forces to launch a £140,000 energy advisor programme to support vulnerable households and help reduce fuel poverty in the north of Scotland.

The first-of-its-kind partnership, fully-funded by SSEN, will see four specialist energy advisors recruited to operate in local Scottish Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABs) providing in-depth, holistic and bespoke energy advice.

Following a competitive process, which included a review of fuel poverty statistics and SSEN’s vulnerability maps, CABs in Western Isles, Shetland, South West Aberdeenshire and East and Central Sutherland have received funding, with advisors expected to be in post by the end of this month.

Two Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles volunteers received the esteemed Clisham awards over the weekend.

Katy Martin (pictured above left in blue) and Jacqueline Jackson (pictured above  right in yellow) were presented their awards by Belann O Brien from the Volunteer Centre.

Although the Westside Club missed out on 3 League points this week, their spirits were lifted at the end of the match by being presented with a cheque for £1,830.60 from Malcolm Paterson of the Western Isles Lottery Team.

The club applied for funding to repair their current goal nets, purchase line flags and also to purchase a set of quality mobile goals for use by organisations throughout the Westside Community. The sum presented was recently raised by Supporters of the Lottery in the Ness/Westside Area bringing the total distributed in the area to £8,430.00.

Previous recipients have been Eoropie Playpark, Balantrushal and Carloway Community Associations,  and the Westside Agricultural Show.  All current proceeds raised to end July 2019 will be received by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis to support them with the final stage of their extensive upgrades which includes the landscaping of the area.

Organisers of the Hebridean Celtic Festival ended Volunteers Week with a glowing tribute to the band of volunteers who help to run the biggest event of the island year.

Over 180 volunteers keep the HebCelt show on the road each year, many returning year after year and using their own annual holidays to make sure they can lend a hand.

HebCelt co-ordinator Caroline Maclennan told welovestornoway.com on Friday (June 7th): “More than half of our volunteer team travel home to help us and they do this every year. Volunteers underpin the running of the event and we couldn’t do it without them.”

Consultation on four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) opened on Friday (June 7th) – and two of the areas are in the Minch east of the Isle of Lewis.

Marine Scotland says that the protected features of the proposed sites include basking shark, minke whale and Risso's dolphin, together with seabed habitats and geological features.

Whales and dolphins, collectively known as cetaceans, as well as basking sharks are protected wherever they occur throughout Scottish waters. The four possible MPAs would offer additional levels of protection to locations important for the various life stages of these species.

 

Update 12.00 Monday 10 June: Endurance swimmer Colin Macleod has reached the halfway point in his bid to become the first man to swim solo across the Minch.

With his back-up team of kayakers and supporters, Colin boarded the support boat Endeavour, skippered by DK Macdonald, soon after midnight and set off from Gairloch at 4.07am today (Monday June 10th).

Morning progress on the 25-mile solo swim route was excellent, with smooth conditions and a warm sea temperature of 10 degrees. Donna Macleod, Colin’s wife and chief supporter, reported that he was stopping every 30 minutes for food and drink and that his biggest problem was fighting off the birds who came after his jaffa cakes!

Endurance swimmer Colin Macleod will be swimming the first strokes of the Big Minch Swim soon after 3am tomorrow morning (Monday June 10th) – hoping to become the first man to conquer the Big Minch.

The Big Minch Swim 2019 starts from Gairloch on the west coast of the mainland, heading, in as straight a line as Colin can manage, for Lemreway in Lochs, a total distance of 25 miles.

A war of words has broken out between Western Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar over the immediate future of Eoligarry school in northern Barra and the job of the school’s cook.

The MP has claimed:

  • Council treatment of the cook was ‘shoddy and awful’
  • This is fast turning into a farce, the Comhairle would be wise to withdraw the threat to Eoligarry canteen.
  • A dinner lady with nearly 30 years service has been threatened with losing her job

The Council rejects this.  They say:

As part of volunteer week, Befriending Lewis yesterday (Thursday) welcomed their volunteers to the Stornoway Golf Club for a day of brainstorming and future planning.

Befriending Lewis falls under the control of Volunteer Hebrides and works in partnership with a number of other voluntary organisations. There are currently 80 active befrienders working with a wide range of individuals across Lewis.

Following a short presentation from Befriending Lewis Coordinators the volunteers were split into working groups to carry out activities and discuss future projects.

A fault in an underground high-voltage power cable has still to be detected, after 300 properties were left without power late yesterday evening (Thursday June 6th).

The properties in Arnish and Newvalley lost power around 9.30pm and engineers re-routed supplies to restore the last homes around 11.30pm.

But Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) now have 4.5km of moorland to traverse in the search for the fault itself, before it can be fully repaired.

This week sees Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles hosting several events to mark Dementia Awareness Week 3-9 June.

Pictured above are participants at the ‘Let’s talk about Dementia’ event that was held in the Caberfeidh hotel today Thursday 6th June.

The event was opened by Chief Officer, Dr Ron Culley who spoke of the importance of people receiving good quality post diagnostic support and for the health and social care partnership to make improvements in the support that people with dementia and their families.


Pupils of Sir E Scott school spent three days in the company of some of the most experienced personnel in the Royal Air Force this week (4th and 5th June).

Over 200 primary and secondary pupils were led in activities designed to engage them and offer team-building, insights into employment and STEM projects.

Among the activities, pupils had piping and drumming workshops with members of the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Air Force, tried on pilot uniforms, spoke to RAF pilots and learnt about their local connections with the RAF through a presentation on the crash of an RAF bomber in Harris during the Second World War.


Scotland’s most senior Royal Air Force officer was at Stornoway airport on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, (Thursday June 6th) to cement and commemorate the historic links of the RAF with the town.

Air Vice Marshal Ross Paterson CB OBE ADC DL presented airport managers with the crest of the former RAF Stornoway base, which will be displayed in the terminal building.

Air Vice Marshal Paterson told welovestornoway.com: “The crest marks the history of RAF Stornoway and will be displayed here in the terminal so that those passing are aware of the important role Stornoway has played in the history of the RAF.”

It’s back and this year the popular local buggy walking group ‘Buggy Buddies’ kicks off on Thursday, June 13th, providing a great way for local parents to get more active whilst caring for their baby

Led by NHS Western Isles’ Health Visiting Team and meeting throughout the summer months, Buggy Buddies is aimed at parents and carers of babies and toddlers in buggies, prams, or carriers.

The group meet at the Stornoway Golf Club car part at 1.30pm every Thursday, as group organiser Elaine MacMillan expands: “Buggy Buddies is open to all parents and carers, it’s free and no booking is required.

 

There will be no Loganair flights from Stornoway or Benbecula airports today (Wednesday), despite the fact that strike action by members of the public service union Prospect has been suspended.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said on the suspension of the strike action:  "Following a productive meeting with Prospect, we have received confirmation that all industrial action, including the work to rule, will be suspended from today, Wednesday 12 June, pending the outcome of the ballot on our revised offer."

Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) were expected to strike on Wednesday, continuing the long-running dispute with employers Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL). The strike was called off following a new offer from HIAL, in which Inglis Lyon, MD of Loganair, said the skills of ATCs and the importance of air traffic management services had been recognised.

A power cut is currently affecting part of the Western Isles this evening (Thursday 6 June.)

The fault was reported at 9:52pm and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have said they expect power to be restored at 1am.  

Engineers are currently on site.

The Scottish Government has indicated it will take action to retain space on lifeline ferry services for short-notice bookings during peak times.

In a recent discussion with Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil highlighted the difficulties faced by island communities in accessing ferry services during the busy tourist season.

For people trying to leave Stornoway today (Thursday June 6th), vehicle bookings were available for this morning's early ferry - but none for the next few days at all. 

Medical help was needed for a passenger aboard the Stornoway-bound ferry yesterday (Wednesday June 5th).

Stornoway Coastguard operation control centre took a call from the skipper of the Loch Seaforth at 11.55am, saying that a passenger was suffering severe abdominal pains and requesting advice.

A new central decontamination unit (CDU) is due to open at Western Isles Hospital later this month, bringing to an end a period of disruption to some surgical procedures at the hospital.

The newly extended and modernised Central Decontamination Unit is positioned next to the two operating theatres at Western Isles Hospital, providing a modern unit for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment and ensuring cleanliness on items for use in wards and health centres.

New tests starting at Stornoway harbour today (Thursday June 6th) will provide a more detailed guide to the design of a planned deep-water port which will bring significant economic benefits to the islands.

Stornoway Port Authority has agreed the further investment to provide additional information, manage risk and ultimately make savings on the overall budget.

A series of geotechnical boreholes were drilled into the seabed in 2017 to determine the depth of rock and the soft material above it as part of plans to create the deep-water facility. The boreholes revealed an extremely complex geological sequence with very little consistency.

A total of more than £1800 was raised for the Leanne Fund after Point became a hub of activity on Saturday afternoon (June 1st) when more than 150 runners and walkers took on the 5k and 10k courses.

It was the 10th anniversary of the 5k event and the community were out in force to support it despite the dull and damp weather conditions.

This year a new 10k race was also held.

The Cuach na Cloinne Finals competition, which was held at Bught Park yesterday (Wednesday 5 June) , Inverness, was hard fought, but at the end of the competition Bun-sgoil an Iochdair emerged victorious with Bun-sgoil Portrìgh runners up.

Despite inclement weather conditions the teams provided wonderful entertainment and it was a delight to hear so many youngsters speak so fluently in Gaelic, say the organisers, Comunn na Gàidhlig.

More work is being done on the possibility of creating a multi-million-pound community campus on Barra to provide hospital, care, school and community services for the people of the island and of Vatersay.

Representatives of NHS Eileanan Siar and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently met in Castlebay with stakeholders from Barra and Vatersay to provide an update on the development and delivery of two major infrastructure projects for the islands.

There are currently two separate major investment projects being proposed for the islands.  

Scottish Crofting Federation has commended the Scottish Government on its announcement of more land having been made available for new start-up farms and stresses that land must also be made available for croft new entrants.

“It is good news that Scottish Government is recognising the need to make more land available to new entrants to agriculture,” said Donald MacKinnon, vice-chair of SCF.

Volunteer Week has been a time to celebrate for two Harris volunteers, each receiving awards yesterday (Tuesday June 4th)

Kelly Mackay from Cliasmol was at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh yesterday, to receive a Saltire Award certificate, acknowledging 200 hours of volunteering with Girlguiding Harris.

Three Nicolson Institute pupils recently took part in a transition workshop with Primary 7 pupils at their former school, Sgoil an Rubha, says the primary school.

Craig (S3), Isla (S2) and Gabi (S2) took a step back in time to their former school and were greeted enthusiastically by Primary 7 and school staff.

Two men have appeared in court in Stornoway this week (Monday June 3rd) following separate incidents of assault over the weekend.

A serious assault at a house in Stornoway just before 1am on Saturday (June 1st) led police to arrest and charge a 56-year-old man.

He appeared at Stornoway Sheriff Court from custody on Monday and was remanded in custody.

Willowglen Garden Centre delivered 30 large, beautifully planted, ceramic pots to some of the members of Girlguiding Harris in Tarbert this week.

The displays are now brightening up spaces around the village, pleasing to the eyes of local and tourists alike.

Willowglen Garden Centre delivered 30 large, beautifully planted, ceramic pots to some of the members of Girlguiding Harris in Tarbert this week.

The displays are now brightening up spaces around the village, pleasing to the eyes of local and tourists alike.

Stornoway Coastguard operations centre took a call for help from a luxury cruise ship passing through the Minch yesterday afternoon (Tuesday June 4th).

The Seven Seas Explorer, a Bahamas-registered top-end cruise ship, was between South Uist and Skye at 1.30pm when a 71-year-old Canadian passenger suffered a heart attack.

Airports in the Highlands and Islands will now be open on Wednesday June 12th, instead of being closed by an air traffic control strike day. 

Passengers are urged to contact their airline regarding flights and travel arrangements on the 12th. 

Volunteers Week will be remembered for a long time by Western Isles Weather’s Richard Cooke, who was surprised today (Tuesday June 4th) with an award for his dedication to volunteering.

One of the most unusual-looking cruise ships to enter Stornoway harbour is making her first visit to the port today (Tuesday June 4th).

The AIDAaura is part of a 13-ship German-owned cruise fleet described as ‘one of the most modern and eco-friendly fleets in the world’. The exterior paintwork marks each of the ships with the AIDA personality – an upbeat and personable ‘face’ adorning the prow.

A cheque for almost £9,000 has been presented to Bethesda Hospice as a tribute to the men lost in the tragedy of the Iolaire.

The cheque for £8,810.32 represents the first six months of royalties from the sales of ‘The Darkest Dawn’, the most complete factual account ever published of the events and context surrounding the wreck of the Iolaire on January 1st1919.

The Scottish Crofting Federation says today (Tuesday June 4th) that is pleased to see the publication of the sea eagle management plan by Scottish Natural Heritage last week, accompanied by an unequivocal admission that healthy lambs are killed by the birds.

SCF chair, Yvonne White, commented, “SCF is closely involved in trying to address the sea eagle issue, which results in sometimes devastating losses to crofters all along the western seaboard. So it is useful for all to see the sea eagle management plan published.

Lewis & Harris planning applications 27-31 May

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

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

Betting shop to cafe, Stornoway

Iain Macleod has applied for planning permission to turn the betting shop, D Campbell, at 20 South Beach into a cafe. Below are the proposed plans for the cafe. 

 

Donald McIntosh thought we all might like so see this photograph of the Loch Seaforth ferry passing the cruise ship visitors AidaAura and Astoria this morning (Tuesday June 4th) …and that's great!  Thank you very much Donald for sharing this view with us. 

Floral displays and other environmental improvements around Stornoway are ensuring the town is looking its best for the busy summer season ahead.

Working hard to improve the town, Stornoway Amenity Trust are urging the whole community to help keep the town tidy and are asking that all posters and cable ties put up are also removed after events have taken place.

The chance to chat with professionals about your child’s development is on offer to parents and carers in Barra as the NHS Western Isles Allied Health Professional (AHP) team invite all to a free and informal Child Development Drop-In session.

The Child Development Drop In service has been established to improve access to professional advice/support and promote early intervention. 

Police in Stornoway have appealed for help after an incident involving vandalism in the town centre.

A Ford Kuga parked in the long stay car park on South Beach, Stornoway was vandalised between 1pm and 9pm on Thursday May 30th.

The Stornoway Historical Society’s Iolaire exhibition will be on display in the Stornoway Historical Society offices, at Stornoway Town Hall from Tuesday 4th June.

The exhibition, which was previously on display at Sandwick Community Centre, was put together by the Stornoway Historical Society, in collaboration with Point and Sandwick community councils.

The exhibition details the impact of the tragedy on the areas of Point, Sandwick and Stornoway and plays an important role in the Iolaire centenary commemorations.

The display illustrates the voyage from Kyle of Lochalsh, reactions to the news, instances of searing loss and outstanding courage, stories of the survivors, as well as looking at the inquiry that followed and the Disaster Fund that drew contributions from throughout the world.

It’s mix of photographs, personal stories, artefacts and film was met with a universally positive response from those who saw it in Sandwick, and Stornoway Historical Society has had many appeals from Lewis people living off the island who were unable to visit at the time.

The exhibition is accompanied by a film, entitled So Close To Home, produced by Alyth McCormack whose mother Mary, when chair of Sandwick Community Council, initially suggested the idea of the Iolaire exhibition.

Alyth tells the story from her perspective as a child of Sandwick – her grandfather had witnessed the tragedy first-hand from the headland as a teenager from Holm; her song about the disaster, also called So Close to home, plays at the closing credits.

Prints of the powerful Iolaire 100, portraits of sailors lost and saved, by artist Margaret Ferguson, will also be available to view.

The exhibition will be open throughout June, July and August on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am – 5pm. Admission to the exhibition will be free.

Pictured is the centre piece of the exhibition, a scale model of the Iolaire, surrounded by information boards.

The viral success of Stornoway band Peat and Diesel led to a literally showstopping performance at The Gathering in Inverness on Saturday (June 1st).

Peatlemania took over as the band were scheduled to take the second stage at 8.30pm, with organisers holding back the start as they were concerned about the size of the audience crammed into a small tent (see above). 

A senior art expert at one of the world’s top auction houses has today (Monday June 3rd) spoken of the ‘thrill’ of holding a rediscovered Lewis Chessman in his hand, after it was brought in for valuation by an Edinburgh family.

Alexander Kader, senior director of Sotheby’s Auction House and the company’s head of European sculpture and works of art, is heading for the company’s Edinburgh office from London today, ahead of a showing of a piece from the Lewis chess set tomorrow.

 

An ambitious project to map emigrants from the islands and tell their stories was launched on Friday evening (May 31st) in Harris.

Isle of Harris Distillery has linked up with Bill Lawson of the Seallam! visitor centre in Northton to start the project, which will link personal memories with interactive technology to chart the settlement of Hebrideans worldwide.

 

An ambitious project to map emigrants from the islands and tell their stories was launched on Friday evening (May 31st) in Harris.

Isle of Harris Distillery has linked up with Bill Lawson of the Seallam! visitor centre in Northton to start the project, which will link personal memories with interactive technology to chart the settlement of Hebrideans worldwide.

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award for 2019 has been won by Hannah Macleod, from Tarbert, Harris, a 6th year pupil in Sir E Scott School.  

Despite a number of extremely strong nominations for the Award, the Trust decided unanimously that this year’s award be made to Hannah. 

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award for 2019 has been won by Hannah Macleod, from Tarbert, Harris, a 6th year pupil in Sir E Scott School.  

Despite a number of extremely strong nominations for the Award, the Trust decided unanimously that this year’s award be made to Hannah. 

Links to the Western Isles stretching back more than 1000 years are to be celebrated by an Icelandic delegation at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh tomorrow (Monday June 3rd).

A busy day of social events in and around Stornoway on Saturday (June 1st) had Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRTs) at full stretch helping marshal and protect all those taking part in outdoor activities.

Volunteers from Stornoway CRT were beside the water as the rowing regatta got under way at 11am and at Stornoway Primary School’s fun day, which started at 1pm. With Ness and Bragar Coastguards they took part in the Hebridean Pride march through the town centre, using their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to help provide safety cover.

A Stornoway-based writer’s first novel – St Kilda Fever – will have a launch event on Wednesday 5 June at Stornoway Library at 7pm. 

And writer and retired solicitor, Fiona Macdonald, says that if she hadn't failed her French exam at school, the novel would likely never have been written.

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Gàradh a’ Bhagh a’ Tuath are among the 281 groups in the UK  to receive this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can achieve in the UK.

Representatives from both groups will attend the Royal Garden Party in Edinburgh on Wednesday 3 July along with other recipients of this year’s award. 

The awards will be presented to the groups in Ness and Northbay by HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles Donald Martin at ceremonies later this summer.  

Gàradh a’ Bhagh a’ Tuath is among  281 groups in the UK  to receive this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can achieve in the UK.

Representatives will attend the Royal Garden Party in Edinburgh on Wednesday 3 July along with other recipients of this year’s award, with include Comunn Eachdraidh Nis.  

The awards will be presented to the groups in Ness and Northbay by HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles Donald Martin at ceremonies later this summer.  

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has secured funding from National Lottery Heritage: Now and Then fund for the Sìth 19/ Peace 19 Project.

This is following last year’s focus in Island schools and communities on commemorating and learning about events related to World War One.

The new project involves CnES Heritage Apprentices working with local historical societies (Comainn Eachdraidh) throughout the Outer Hebrides and youth programmes run by the Community Learning and Development team, examining the local response to – and significant events following - the peace treaty in 1919.

A veterans' breakfast is to be held during Armed Forces Week which runs from Monday 24th June till 1st July.

It's open to all the serving personnel and also to all our veterans, says Sergeant Thomas Stewart. He says:

"So get your eating teeth ready for the next Veterans breakfast, AKA Smudges Belly Buster, to be held at the Drill Hall on Saturday 29th of June from 10am.

Volunteer Centre Western Isles are encouraging all local organisations to think about saying thank you to their volunteers and celebrate their amazing contributions to our islands.  

To launch local celebrations, here’s a message of thanks from Alasdair Allan, MSP to all our great volunteers #VolunteersWeek 

Constituents problems with booking ferry trips to the mainland at short notice have been raised with the Scottish Government by Islands MSP Alasdair Allan.

On Thursday 30 May the Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP met the Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for ferries, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to discuss capacity issues with ferries serving the Western Isles.

Alasdair Allan MSP said afterwards: “This was a useful meeting and I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the concerns of many of my constituents as we begin to experience pressures on ferry services that are more akin to what you would expect for the height of the tourist season than for May.

Representatives for the college sector have welcomed an agreement reached in principle with the Educational Institute of Scotland Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) following the 20th dispute resolution meeting on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 in Glasgow.

Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association will meet on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 to determine whether to ratify the terms of the pay, terms and conditions deal, while the EIS-FELA Executive will ballot its members with a recommendation to accept.

The Second Hebridean Pride Parade and Fun Day takes place today (Saturday June 1st)  in Stornoway.

The organisers have issued guidance on the route and associated road closures.

They state on Facebook:

Airline Loganair hit back at Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant yesterday (Friday May 31st) after she publicly accused the airline, and the management of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, of “drowning out” the voices of protesting air traffic controllers.

Glen Scaladale - photograph by Gordon Macdonald

 The first Golden Eagle Challenge for runners and cyclists will take place in the Isle of Harris on Saturday July 14th.

The challenge, which is raising funds for The Leanne Fund, consists of a 10.6 mile off road run and a 19.7 mile cycle.

The best of produce from near and far 29/06/2018

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Asparagus

 

£4.75

 

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage

 

£1.80

 

Sweetheart (Hispie) Cabbage

 

£1.65

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.90

 

Celeriac

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.35

 

Garlic small

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli

 

£3.95

 

Carrots

 

£1.85

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Leeks

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cyprus Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Jersey Royals

 

£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)

 

£5.50

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.50

 

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

 

£1.95

 

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

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Blueberries

 

£13.00

 

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

 

 

Three motorists - two men and one woman - were stopped by police in the Isle of Lewis, Inverness, and Easter Ross areas yesterday (Thursday, June 28) and all three will be reported for drink driving offences.

Now police in the Highlands and Islands are warning motorists to plan their trip home in advance if they want to enjoy a drink this summer.

Road policing officers will be involved in a national road safety campaign aimed at detecting drivers who are under the influence of drink or drugs.  Despite several high profile campaigns highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving, officers continue to stop motorists who have ignored the risks and got behind the wheel while under the influence.

Membership of the SNP in Na h-Eileanan an Iar has risen by 15% in the last two weeks.

This follows the Westminster power-grab protest which saw SNP MPs walk-out of Prime Minister’s Questions in protest.

Meanwhile, ministerial responsibility for the Islands and for Gaelic has been confirmed following the recent reshuffle.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to continue funding for the Macmillan benefits uptake service for people with cancer and other long term conditions.

The Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed to allocate £25,000 to match fund investment from Macmillan Cancer Support in the service. The Committee heard that the service has secured £3.2m in additional income for people with cancer living in the Western Isles since it started in 2010.

Award winner Anil Thapa along with Margaret Martin, Chair of The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust and Dr Frances Murray, Rector, The Nicolson Institute. 

This year’s Donald Stewart Memorial Trust award has gone to a pupil of The Nicolson Institute.  The Trust decided unanimously that this year’s award be made to Anil Thapa who has just completed 6th year..

The Award, which is presented annually in memory of the long and distinguished service provided by the late MP for the Western Isles, was presented to Anil at The Nicolson Institute Prize-giving earlier today (Thursday 28th June 2018)

Lewis Pipe Band are in the final stages of practising for their summer competitions on the mainland, which begin this weekend with the European Championships in Forres.

The band aim to attend two of the five major championships every year and will be taking part in the World Championships in Glasgow in August, as well as the European competition.

However, the costs of attending these events are huge – and the band were delighted to receive support from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, who have given £1,000 for the second year to help towards travel and accommodation.

In any young band’s career, there are defining moments that signal things are going rather well.

For Niteworks, who formed ten years ago in Skye, one of these memorable occasions came when they launched their much-acclaimed debut album ‘NW’ at Glasgow’s SWG3 venue in 2015.

Chris MacLeod and Donald MacInnes from Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles were successful in scooping up £5000 at the Lens intrapreneurial finals in Stirling on Tuesday June 23 .

The Lens develops intrapreneurship – that is acting with the mind-set of an entrepreneur, but within existing organisations. Already a feature of leading companies such as Google and 3M, The Lens adapts this highly effective way of working and makes it relevant for mission-driven organisations.

Island emergency services rushed to St Kilda yesterday to the aid of an elderly man who had fallen from cliffs. All photos: HM Coastguard

An 87 year old man was airlifted from St Kilda yesterday (Wednesday, July 27th) following a fall of considerable distance down a steep rock face.
The Stornoway Coastguard Rescue helicopter, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Stornoway, Tarbert and Scalpay, and Leverburgh RNLI were all called to the incident on St Kilda, the remote archipelago situated some 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.
The man – who had suffered leg lacerations during the fall – was brought to safety by two Coastguard Cliff Rescue technicians before being airlifted by Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to Western Isles Hospital for treatment.

Delegates from across Europe are gathering in Lews Castle College today (Wednesday June 27th) for the GENCOMM 2018 Conference.

It is organised by the hydrogen fuel, renewable and energy storage company, Pure Energy Centre.

Around 15 people are attending from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Shetland and elsewhere.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have today (Wednesday June 27)  joined forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard’s new official voluntary safety identification scheme. 

RYA SafeTrx: designed to improve safety at sea

The world-leading RYA SafeTrx app is designed to improve safety at sea and potentially cut vital minutes off the time taken to pinpoint a casualty’s location.  It monitors your boat journeys and alerts designated emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.

Using iPhone and Android smartphone technology, this free tracking and alerting system is easily accessible and ideal for everyone who enjoys being on the water – from kitesurfers and kayakers to dinghy sailors and powerboat users.

This year’s winner of the Natural Retreats - Jewellery Competition award is Claire Dedman – a student on the Lews Castle College UHI Jewellery course .

This is the second year that Natural Retreats have sponsored the award.

The award was presented by Mr Colin Maciver from Natural Retreats and is another example of how Natural Retreats are committed to support Lews Castle College UHI as it continues to develop its range of Creative Industries courses and Summer Schools.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has today (Tuesday June 26th) stepped down from his role as Minister for International Development and Europe in the Scottish Government.

The change comes as part of a reshuffle and reshaping of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Government, with the new Cabinet pictured above.

The islands MSP has served as a Government Minister since 2011, first as Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages in the Government under former First Minister Alex Salmond before being appointed his latest role after the 2016 Holyrood elections. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a Cal-Mac Ferries management post being located within the ferry company’s network.

The move would allow for the job to be located in the Islands.

The Comhairle has been calling for Cal-Mac to locate some of its senior posts within the Islands which would not only provide an economic boost within Island communities but also lead to overall improvement in service performance.

Yes, it's that win-a-car time of year with Lochs Agricultural Show ploughing its way towards us - it's on Saturday July 28th from midday at the Lochs Showground in Laxay - but there's a new twist to the car story...you can win one for the kids, too. Seen above in the Stornoway Co-op today (Tuesday June 26th) is the wee car based on Audi’s Q7 range, it has the iconic Audi rings on the front grille and its look mirrors that of the full size Q7.  

The coves and blones of Stornoway Historical Society have joined the technological age, thanks to a £6,000 grant from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

The grant – from the profits from the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm – mean the society were able to buy a suite of new computers, monitors and printers for their premises in Stornoway Town Hall.

Young people in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to tell the Scottish Parliament about what inspires them to be in with an opportunity to come to Holyrood or for the Presiding Officer to come to them.

To celebrate the Year of Young People, the Parliament has developed a number of activities designed to give young people a stronger voice at Holyrood.

Childsmile weeks are about to take place in dental clinics all over the Western Isles. 

‘Childsmile Week’ has been running every summer in the Western Isles since 2010. 

A specific week where mainly children are seen by dentists and dental care professionals kick off in the Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway and Liniclate Dental Clinic in Benbecula on the 2ndof July. 

A chance to see some the vast range of items within the Stornoway Fishermen's Co-op shop…a veritable treasure trove of surprises!

HebCelt customer Iain Maclean is seen today (Monday June 25th) picking up his tickets from the newly-opened HebCelt shop in Stornoway town centre.

The countdown to this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival is now well under way with the opening of the festival’s pop-up shop in Francis Street.

The Western Isles Labour Party has selected a North Uist woman with a strong history of community involvement as the party's candidate for the next Westminster General Election.

Alison MacCorquodale, from Paiblesgarry, currently works as an Economic Development Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. An Honours law graduate from Aberdeen University, she is also secretary of UNISON’s Western Isles Local Government Branch.

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service is bringing its Scams Awareness Month to an end this week with a final message to look out for each other as well as protecting yourself from scams.

The Scams Awareness Month campaign has been running throughout June, with the Western Isles Citizens Advice Service joining with other CABs across the country as well as partners like Police Scotland, Age Scotland and Trading Standards Scotland, to warn people about scams and help them fight them.

 Fiona Mackenzie and Brian O hEadhra

Delegates to XpoNorth 2018, Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, will see and hear about some of the leaders in the Gaelic language at the festival which takes place throughout Inverness on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

The Gaelic Angle (Wednesday 27 June) will hear from multi-award winning singer and musician Julie Fowlis; Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at MG ALBA and Agnes Rennie, Manager at Acair Publishing in Stornoway and who also chairs the community-owned Galson Estate Trust.

The session will centre around the challenges facing the Gaelic sector and the subject of what makes the Gaelic language and culture so alluring to many around the world. Wednesday 27 June @ 10am in Eden Court – Free Entry.

Trading Standards officials at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are reminding residents in the Outer Hebrides to contact Home Energy Scotland on 08088 082282 when considering buying energy saving measures including solar panels, insulation and new boilers.

Home Energy Scotland will give impartial, independent, free advice.

Stornoway RNLI landed the casualty into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team.  Photo: Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team

Stornoway RNLI volunteer crew launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 21st June), at 1605 hours to complete a medical evacuation from a cruise ship anchored outside Stornoway Harbour.
The casualty was transferred onto the ‘Tom Sanderson’ lifeboat and taken ashore, landed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team.
The Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was alongside and ready for service at 1715hours.

This summer will see the launch of the first Library Lego Club in the Western Isles, thanks to a donation of Lego bricks and parts from the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery. 

The Lego Club will take place in The Space, the new MakerSpace area in Stornoway Library, formerly the location of the Library Café.

The best of produce from near and far 22/06/2018

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Asparagus

 

£3.75

 

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)

 

£1.35

 

Fennel

 

£1.50

 

Garlic small

 

£0.65

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli

 

£4.20

 

Carrots

 

£1.85

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Leeks

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Ayrshire Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cyprus Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Jersey Royals

 

£2.25

 

Roosters (Black Isle New Season

 

£1.35

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.45

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.85

 

 

 

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)

 

£5.50

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.50

 

Heritage Tomatoes

 

£5.75

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

3 for £1.80

 

Gala

 

4 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

 

Pied Del Sapo

 

£2.35

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.50

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Donut Peaches

 

4 for £1.50

 

Pears Conference (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Blueberries

 

£16.00

 

Bramleys

 

£2.85

 

chillies

 

£15.00

 

Cherries

 

£13.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Rhubarb (Forced)

 

£4.50

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

 

 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil is bringing the issue of reuniting refugee families back to the House of Commons today (Thursday) when he leads a backbench business debate on his Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill.

Coinciding with Refugee Week, Mr MacNeil is also very pleased to have been able to assist in the reunion of a refugee family in his own constituency – making him even more determined to push for changes to the laws which are currently keeping families apart.

Mr MacNeil said: “Under the Home Offices’ rules, adults with refugee status in the UK are able to sponsor their spouses/partners and their children under 18 to join them. It’s hard to imagine just how much joy and relief must come at that moment of reunion.

The good news for Roddy Woomble fans is that there are various ways to catch him live in his various line-ups in the coming months.

He headlines the Hebridean Celtic Festival next month as part of a solo tour and also plays a few gigs later in the year with the acoustic folk super group in which he features with Kris Drever and John McCusker.

And he is recording a new album with Indie giants Idlewild and will be back on stage as the group’s frontman when they tour in support of the new release next year.

MSP Alasdair Allan met with the team at the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (WILL) this week to learn more about the Lottery’s success and how proceeds have already benefitted every age group across Na h-Eileanan an Iar. 

The picture shows Alasdair Allan with WILL’s Tony Robson, Janet Paterson and Emma Fraser

The SNP MSP also became the latest islander to sign up for regular tickets via the Lottery website www.westernisleslottery.co.uk.

MSP Alasdair Allan met with the team at the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (WILL) this week to learn more about the Lottery’s success and how proceeds have already benefitted every age group across Na h-Eileanan an Iar. 

The SNP MSP also became the latest islander to sign up for regular tickets via the Lottery website www.westernisleslottery.co.uk.

Since its launch in August 2017, support has steadily increased and an average of 1,650 tickets are currently purchased for each Saturday night draw. 

Labour’s policy to install sprinklers in all new build social housing is to be taken forward by the Scottish government.

Over the past year Labour MSP David Stewart has led a campaign for greater fire safety measures in Scottish social housing.

His proposed member’s bill would have required fire sprinkler systems to be installed into all new-build social housing across Scotland, as a method of tackling Scotland’s high rates of fire death and injury.

Labour’s policy to install sprinklers in all new build social housing is to be taken forward by the Scottish government.

Over the past year Labour MSP David Stewart has led a campaign for greater fire safety measures in Scottish social housing.

His proposed member’s bill would have required fire sprinkler systems to be installed into all new-build social housing across Scotland, as a method of tackling Scotland’s high rates of fire death and injury.

Scottish Water is asking customers in Stornoway and Point to use their water wisely as a result of prolonged dry weather affecting the area.

The dry conditions over the past two months - including more than three weeks with no rain at all - have caused lower than normal water levels in Loch Mor an Stairr, which supplies Stornoway Water Treatment Works.

As a result, Scottish Water will supplement this with water from nearby Loch Scarabhat Mhor.

I love watching the sunrise as I wake up in the morning, fresh cup of coffee in hand. Usually I have a quick glance through the window at the light breaking over the Manhattan skyline, but for most of the last month I’ve watched the day begin over the Minch...and memories of Bayble Island and beaches, seen above  

Stornoway publishers Acair are joining in events marking the 25th anniversary of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust formally taking possession of the North Lochinver Estate in 1993.

To mark this anniversary, the Trust is organising a week-long celebration of Crofting – Past, Present & Future, from Saturday 30th June.

The Board of David MacBrayne Ltd yesterday (June 19, 2018) confirmed the appointment of Robbie Drummond as Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd. He has been acting as interim managing director since February.
David McGibbon, chairman of CalMac’s parent company, David MacBrayne Limited, said:  ‘Robbie's performance during his tenure as interim managing director has been excellent during one of the most challenging periods in the company's recent history.

Hebridean Books sellers of Second Hand Scottish, Highlands and Islands, Gaelic, Football and Sport books at reasonable prices.

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  1. Dictionary of the Gaelic Language. 1. Gaelic and English. II English and Gaelic. First Part Comprising A Comprehensive Vocabulary of Gaelic Words with their different significations in English and the Second Part comprising A Vocabulary of English Words with their Various meanings in Gaelic. By the Rev Norman Macleod and the Rev Dr Daniel Dewar. H.B. Slight tears at top of spine. Published in 1909. 1005 Pages. £65

Community-based sport and physical activity projects in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have a chance to share in a £1million cash investment thanks to a new programme aimed at changing lives and creating a more inclusive and healthier nation.

The Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity (CLTSPA) Fund is being launched in partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012, and will support organisations to deliver positive change in communities across the country.

Training in a wide range of Microsoft Office applications is being offered by Lews Castle College from next week.

There is a range of flexible courses priced at £30 per subject area - all are at beginner level and start from Monday June 25th. They run throughout the year.

Lews Castle College UHI is offering a range of Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) next session.

Achieving an HNC or HND is one of the best ways to achieve a career with prospects. 

HNC and HND courses provide the practical skills you need to do a job and the theoretical knowledge your employer will expect you to have.

Higher National qualifications don't just qualify you for work. Some HNCs allow direct entry into the second year of a degree programme, and some HNDs allow direct entry to third year.

HNCs and HNDs can also give you the knowledge and understanding required for Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).

They can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations.

The recommended qualification for entry to an HNC or HND course is one of the following:

  • a programme of national Units appropriate to the course you want to study;
  • one or two passes at Higher or above;
  • an equivalent qualification.

Lews Castle College UHI offers the following HN programmes. Clicking on the title will take you to the college website for further information.

 

Administration and Information Technology HNC

Administration and Information Technology HND

Business HNC

Business HND

Childhood Practice HNC

Computing Science HND

Computing HNC

Engineering Systems HNC

Jewellery HNC 

Music HNC

Social Science HNC

Social Services HNC

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People in the Western Isles aged over 70 are being urged this week to look out for scams which target their age group and which can lead to people losing thousands of £s.

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service says over-70s have the highest reported detriment from a wide range of scams, including cold callers using landlines, postal scams like ‘you have won a prize’ letters and doorstep scams like fake tradesmen. 

The CAB is urging people to be vigilant and sceptical of any offers that seem too good to be true, and to report any scams they do come across.

Today, Monday June 18th, Police Scotland launched its Firearms Surrender Campaign – allowing people in who have firearms and ammunition for which they do not hold a valid certificate to surrender them to police without fear of prosecution for possession.
The gun amnesty will run until Sunday, July 1st, and both Police Stations at Stornoway and Benbecula are Surrender Locations, where people can hand over firearms and ammunition, as well as replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.
Assistance Chief Constable, Bernard Higgins, of Police Scotland, said: “Protecting the public sits at the heart of everything we do and the purpose of the Firearms Surrender Campaign is to remove firearms from criminal availability, thereby reducing the risks of harm to the public and our communities.


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

Stornoway RNLI launched last night (Sunday, June 17th) at 2050hours to the aid of a yacht in difficulties with fuel problems.
On passage from Iceland, the yacht was struggling to make headway near Cellar Head when the Stornoway ‘Tom Sanderson’ RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch to assist.
The lifeboat arrived by the casualty at 2145hours and a tow line was established between the two vessels.
The volunteer crew of Stornoway RNLI then towed the stricken yacht to Stornoway harbour where she was safely secured alongside at 0125hours this morning (Monday, June 18th).
And Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 0150hours.

The opportunity to find out more about the work of BDMLR Hebrides takes place this week as the local branch of marine mammal medics deliver a public talk in Stornoway on Thursday, June 21st.
Established in 1988 – celebrating its 30th anniversary this year – British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) is an internationally recognised voluntary marine animal rescue organisation.
With volunteers across the UK on-call 24 hours a-day, seven days a week, BDMLR provides a voluntary network of trained marine mammal medics who respond to call outs from the general public, HM Coastguard, Police, RSPCA and SSPCA.

The more Robert Robertson travels, the more he feels at home. Having established a burgeoning fan base in Scotland, his band Tide Lines are now winning new followers in Europe.

The four-piece ended 2017 playing to audiences in Germany, France and Switzerland and found the traditional music of their homeland travels well.

 

Just a few short years ago, no one could have imagined the Isle of Harris would become widely renowned for making beautiful gin. 

Yet today on her Instagram account, internationally renowned celebrity chef Nigella Lawson says Harris gin is the best. 

The Lewis Christian Conference is due to take place from  Friday 22nd June through to Monday 25th June.

The venue for this year’s conference will be St. Columba’s Church on Lewis Street.

There will be three conference meeting at 7.30 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings.

Larry Lamb, Wendy Brown, Marianne Brown, and George Lamb in Stornoway today. 

Former Eastenders star Larry Lamb and his TV presenter son George were out and about in Stornoway this Saturday (June 16). 

They are cycling through the islands for their TV series, Britain by Bike, for Channel 5, and happily posed for photos with fans. 

Donald John MacSween receives the Celebrating Communities Award on behalf of Point and Sandwick Trust from event host Sally Magnusson and Ashley Pringle, chair of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, sponsor of the award.

 

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust won a major accolade at the Scottish Charity Awards on Thursday night (June 14) – taking the ‘Celebrating Communities’ trophy.

The award is for their charity work, funding and supporting community projects with the profits from their wholly community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag. 

Visitor numbers for the Outer Hebrides have remained almost static since 2013, after a big rise between 2006 and 2013, according to statistics presented to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee on Wednesday June 13

But councillors were told that the findings of the 2017 Islands Visitor Survey showed the amount spent by visitors has soared by 20% from £53.5m to £64.5m.

However, the proportion of people “very satisfied” with their trip to the Outer Hebrides fell from 87% in 2013 to 82% last year.

Solo ocean rower Niall Iain Macdonald, 44, has been rescued from his boat, ALBA, today (Friday) after his cabin was swamped and his systems started to fail during heavy seas.

The Gaelic broadcaster from the Isle of Lewis, who was more than a quarter of the way into his North Atlantic challenge, was battered by severe weather during the night and forced to make a Mayday call before abandoning ship.

He was picked up from his liferaft this morning by a Dutch cargo ship, the DOLFIJNGRACHT. His boat, which has suffered extensive damage, has been abandoned at sea.

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This afternoon, Friday 15 June, people gathered at the Lewis & Harris Horticultural Producers (LHHP) allotments site at the back of Lews Castle College to see what has been going on recently – there has been some good progress with more people working the allotment sites and polytunnels to grow a vast array of fruit, vegetables, herbs and some flowers.

The wooden 'shed', inherited from the ARCH project 10 years ago, has now got an off grid electricity supply from solar panels installed on the roof (courtesy of a £1000 grant from TIG).

The building now has a working toilet and a comfortable kitchen/meeting area to be used for group talks and as a base for showing off the site - with heating, kettle etc. all running off the solar power gathered. The next project is for a concrete access path (likely within a month) following grant aid from NHS Western Isles.

The Western Isles pioneering e-Sgoil project has been endorsed by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister in the first-year review document which has been circulated nationally to all schools in Scotland.

John Swinney, pictured above at the opening of the e-Sgoil centre in Carinish last year, said: “It gives me great pleasure to attach a short foreword welcoming the review of the first year of e-Sgoil.  I am also very pleased to support the development of the e-Sgoil project, based in the Western Isles, operating throughout Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. 

World leading travel company, TUI UK and Ireland, is praising a Laxdale primary school class for their contribution to protecting the environment.

Laxdale Primary pupils’ commitment to combating plastic pollution and a stunning ‘recycled’ turtle wowed judges of a contest run by TUI so much that students were rewarded with a visit from the Marine Conservation Society for an exclusive learning day.

The pupils took part in a competition which was part of TUI’s Better World Detectives programme.  This forms a key part of the company’s sustainability strategy and is designed to use the excitement of travel to stimulate young imaginations and practically engage children in the global issue of sustainable tourism. 

An exhibition on Scotland’s ancient silver is running in Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle until Saturday 23rd June.

The display shows how silver was more valued in the first millennium AD. When the Romans first brought silver to Scotland, silver was a lot more precious than gold. Silver was a symbol of social status and would sometimes even be gifted to their gods.

From Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st June, the Sport & Health team at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting a multi sports event for S3 & S4 pupils from the four secondary schools on the Western Isles.

Pupils from Castlebay, Lionacleit, Sir E Scott and The Nicolson Institute will be in Stornoway for the Games – which are modelled on the Natwest Island Games, being held next year in Gibraltar.

Scotland's system of government is under threat, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil.

He joined his SNP colleagues in walking out of the House of Commons on Wednesday (June 13) following what he called repeated attempts by the UK government to silence Scotland's voice on Brexit.

The SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP led the walk-out after the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow asked Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Blackford to leave during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar backed the development of a Community and Business Improvement Partnership for Stornoway at a meeting of the Sustainable Development Committee.

This "Stornoway Vision" includes the employment of a project manager and is part of a Scottish Government initiative.

The Scottish 'Business Improvement District' legislation and model is used by local businesses to bring about a strong local partnership that is able to address local issues and concerns.

Further Education students at Lews Castle College UHI enjoyed their end of year celebration and prizegiving today (Thursday June 14th)  and formed part of the sapphire celebration for the college which was founded in 1953.

The best of produce from near and far 15/06/2018

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Asparagus

 

£3.75

 

Aubergine

 

£1.70

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£1.90

 

Savoy Cabbage

 

£1.80

 

Sweetheart (Hispie) Cabbage

 

£1.65

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.80

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.35

 

Fennel

 

£1.50

 

Garlic small

 

£0.65

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli

 

£4.50

 

Carrots

 

£1.95

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Leeks

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cyprus Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Jersey Royals

 

£2.25

 

Roosters (Black Isle New Season

 

£1.55

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.45

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.85

 

 

 

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

 

£5.75

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

5 for £1.50

 

Gala

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (USA)

 

3 for £1.80

 

Apricots

 

6 for £1.00

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£2.35

 

Pied Del Sapo

 

£2.35

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.50

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.50

 

Donut Peaches

 

4 for £1.50

 

Pears Conference (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Pineapple

 

£1.95

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bramley Apples

 

£2.75

 

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

chillies

 

£15.00

 

Cherries

 

£8.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.65

 

Rhubarb (Forced)

 

£4.70

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

 

A Gaelic songwriter’s ‘love letter’ to her native Hebrides will be heard in public for the first time at the Hebridean Celtic Festival next month.

Eilidh Mackenzie, from Gress, was commissioned to write the new song as part of a suite of traditional music showcasing the islands’ musical heritage and young talent.

To mark the Year of Young People 2018, HebCelt has brought together 20 musicians aged between 12 and 16 from Barra, North and South Uist and Lewis and Harris and their collaboration will be premiered on the main festival stage next month.

Lewis long-distance runner Rhoda Bamsey who lives at Cliff in Uig is aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK Stornoway by running the Glencoe Marathon on September 30.

She just started a 16-week running schedule to get her ready for the event.

The Glencoe off-road marathon is Scotland’s toughest marathon and is an epic trail run that ascends a total of 1,608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis.

For the first time in the Western Isles there is a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition on horseback next week.

Six girls from Lewis and Harris will be travelling down to Uist Community Riding School on Monday June 18th and will travel home the following day via the ferry. (They are pictured above practising for the trip)

Four primary 7 pupils, Morgan Macleod, Mia Jappy, Abby Morrison and Vasundhara Ortchison, received certificates and Saltire awards upon completion of their Young Volunteer training at the Bridge Community Centre recently. 

The girls attend the Bridge Centre each week for Club and have been volunteering regularly to support the youth workers on other evenings and during events.  Having undertaken 8 hours of training, certificates were presented to the girls by Charlie Nicolson, and Bellann O’Brian of the Volunteer Centre presented them with their first Saltire awards for 10 hours of volunteering.

In the photograph, from left to right, are: Sammy Morrison, youth worker at the Bridge Centre, Bellann O’Brian of the Volunteer Centre, and receiving certificates for completion of training to become young volunteers are Morgan Macleod, Mia Jappy and Abby Morrison.  Missing from the photograph is Vasundhara Ortchison. 

 



Storm Hector is expected to hit Scotland’s west coast overnight causing widespread disruption to ferry services, operator CalMac has warned.

Ferry services to Castlebay and Ardmhor on Barra have already been disrupted while ferries between Lochboisdale, Mallaig and Armadale also face warnings of delay or cancellation.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of tomorrow (Thursday June 4th) before moving up through the Inner and Outer Hebrides throughout tomorrow morning.  The UK Met Office has revised its warning to run between 03:00 and 15:00 on Thursday June 14. It stated at 4pm today: "Storm Hector will bring a spell of very windy weather on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely."

From left, Lawrence Cowan {Scotland Manager for Breast Cancer Now), Jen Hardy (Perjeta Now campaigner) and Donald Cameron MSP.

Donald Cameron MSP is backing calls for a life-extending breast cancer drug to be made available in Scotland.

“Women in Scotland should be able to access the life-extending breast cancer drug Perjeta just like women can in England and Wales”, says the Highlands and Islands MSP.

The Comhairle’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee have agreed to finalise reciprocal arrangements for access to sports facilities with the Highlands and Islands Regional Sports Partnership.

The move would see families from the Western Isles with existing Slàinte Mhath memberships able to use them across all facilities operated by the Comhairle, Highlife Highland, Orkney Islands Council and Moray Council, with a reciprocal agreement for members of similar schemes to use Comhairle facilities.

The Western Isles Housing Association Communities Forum (the Forum) and Hebridean Housing Partnership Ltd are holding an event for tenants and anyone consider becoming a tenant of HHP at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday 15thJune from 2-5pm. 

If you have any questions, for example about how houses are allocated, how rent is calculated or if you're curious about the standard of housing, the Forum - which is run by tenants themselves - will be on hand with all the information you need.  There will also be heating masterclasses with Peter O'Donnell, discussions on repairs with HHP and FES, advice on saving money on your energy bills with Tighean Innse Gall, and a prize draw! 

Tea, coffee and baking will be provided (free!) by the Cearns Community Association.

Belgian adventurer Pierre De Greef has once again thanked the many Islanders who offered to help him out after his tent and gear were damaged by vandals in the Castle Grounds last week.

Writing on the welovestornoway.com Facebook Page on Tuesday (June 12th) he said: “Your comments have touched me a lot and I thank you very much for your many proposals for help of any kind.

“I wanted to speak more especially this time to people who propose me material as I think some of you were astonished not to be contacted.

Anticipation is building for this year’s Point Agricultural Show on Saturday, July 14 – and community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust have doubled their sponsorship of the event.

The Point Show, held for the first time in 2003, can attract up to 2,000 visitors and locals who now live away on the mainland are known to come home for it.

It is held at Aird School Showground, with gates opening at 1pm. The official opening – by broadcaster Anna Macleod this year – takes place at 1.30pm. Gate entry prices are £4 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for a family ticket of two adults and two children.

Island adventurer Niall Iain Macdonald is more than a quarter of the way home in his epic NY2SY challenge, where he is attempting to row the North Atlantic solo.

Niall Iain’s weather router and main shore support, Leven Brown, confirmed last night (Tuesday June 12th) that the 44-year-old had passed 871 miles or more than 1,400 kilometres and was averaging about 40 miles a day.

As the crow flies, the total distance will be about 3,350 miles and Leven said Niall Iain could make landfall by the end of August – although he stressed that was extremely weather dependent. 

Coming up soon, there's a Casino Night for men at the Caladh Inn, Stornoway  - and all in a good cause!

The MacMillan Cancer Support Committee say: "We have sold quite a few tables but we still have a few seats to sell.

"Any sports groups, friends or  workmates out there then get a few of you together (no need to have a full table) and book some seats for this Men Only event. 

 

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it's Cupcake Day on Thursday (June 14th) in aid of Alzheimers. There's free coffee, tea, cakes all day and high hopes for donations at Artizan Café. Church Street, Stornoway.

Following on from the success of two previous visits to Stornoway in 2016 and 2017, the Highland Cycle Ability Centre is returning to Lewis with a range of adapted cycles for people of all abilities to get cycling.

The Highland Cycle Ability Centre, based in Cantray near Inverness, attracts over 3,000 visitors annually and caters in particular for people with disabilities. Many individuals and groups from local schools, day centres and support organisations visit regularly throughout the year and the Manager at the Highland Cycle Ability Centre, Gareth Jenkins, is looking forward to once again bringing their Outreach service to Lewis. He said,

“We have always received the warmest of welcomes when visiting Lewis. It is so rewarding to see people taking the opportunity to cycle on our specialised cycles and we are really hoping to see lots of new people turn out, as well as our friends from Macauley College, Sandwickhill Learning Centre and Ardseileach Centre.”   

The Highland Cycle Ability Centre will be offering free sessions on a drop-in basis as follows:

Fri 15th June:   1.30pm – 5pm (Lewis Sports Centre)

Sat 16th June:   9am – 5pm (Bayhead Bridge Centre)  

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07546 517 312.

A spell of very windy weather is expected on Thursday (June 14th) with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely, according to the UK Met Office.

A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure.

The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.

An Lanntair arts centre currently has a great job opportunity for a young person aged 24 or under to join their team as a Gaelic-speaking Trainee Performing Arts Programmer for a year, with potential to extend permanently if funding allows.

There’s a new part-time Harris Tweed related course starting at Lews Castle College soon.

The Harris Tweed National Progression Award is for you if you have an interest in the Harris Tweed industry, fashion or textiles design.

Over the past weekend members from the Hebrides Platoon of the local Army Reserve were joined by other members of C Company, 7 SCOTS in conducting low level training in the Arnish area.

This culminated in a "dawn raid" on positions manned by their full time regular counterparts from 4 SCOTS (The Highlanders).

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar trophy for best performance at the Mòd Ionadail Leòdhais concert was presented to Sarah MacBain of Breasclete School for her story on the war.

The 60th Reunion (1957) which took place last autumn led to donations to Bethesda Hospice and Pancreatic Cancer (SKIG2SKIG)

The Reunion place in the Stornoway Golf Club on 22nd September 2017.  The event raised £600 through ticket sales and on the evening.

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There was a huge turn-out at Stornoway Airport on Saturday evening for the Smiths Garage of Contin sponsored drag race.

There was a delayed start because of a crisis with the "Christmas Tree" - the sophisticated array of lights which signals the start of each run.

But overall organisers Lewis Car Club were happy with the outcome, saying on Facebook:

The Barvas Food & Craft Fayre due to take place this Saturday, 16th June, has been cancelled.
 
Reschedule information to follow when available.  

 

Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative are looking for new members, if you are interested click HERE for a membership form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call 01851 707219

Residents of Goathill Road, Stornoway, were baffled by a big display of flashing blue lights and sirens on Saturday evening around 7.15pm.

And people out and about in Stornoway town centre slightly later were treated to a similar display as a cavalcade of fire engines and vehicles with a police escort did a circuit of the town.

But no one can have been as surprised as Stornoway Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager John Campbell. This display was the total surprise element of his retirement event after just over 41 years with the fire service.

It says much for the individual talents of Kinnaris Quintet that their collective work was causing excitement before it was even heard.

From diverse geographical and musical backgrounds, they gravitated from playing with other outfits to forming their own band and finding their own sound.

While the five-piece is relatively new, their gigs regularly sell out and their success is set to continue with the release of their debut album in the summer.

People aged under 24 in the Western Isles are being warned that they are more vulnerable to certain types of scam than other age groups.

In the second week of Scams Awareness Month, Western Isles Citizens Advice Service are targeting their message specifically at young people who may be unaware that they are at risk.  

Recent Citizens Advice research shows that:

Two visiting Norwegians are appealing for help to get their bicycles to Edinburgh Airport - slight snag, they are already on the ferry to Ullapool this morning!

So is there anyone heading south, with room for two bikes?

Belgian visitor Pierre De Greef has left a message on the welovestornoway.com Facebook Page thanking the hundreds of Islanders who responded to his predicament after his tent was slashed and some of his camping equipment destroyed in an incident on Wednesday night.

He is also apologising for relocating his tent to a highly visible spot near the Stornoway Golf Course to ensure that it could not be attacked in secret again.  This has shocked people, he admits - and, in addition, he says some young people have asked him to "move on."

In his post he states: "I miss the words to express my feelings about the incredible amount of generosity that was shown to me after the publication of the article reporting my misadventure with my tent in the Castle Grounds this Wednesday."

And he has very special thanks to an unknown stranger who "who dropped in my tent during my absence a stove, a full gas bottle, a lighter and a very good bottle of whisky.

"I sincerely hope to have the opportunity one day to see you again and to say to you personally thank you for your gesture that really touched me!!  I will enjoy it, Cheers!!"

The 5K warm up was led by Marina Murray

More than 150 runners and walkers took part in this year’s Point 5k in aid of The Leanne Fund.

Participants in the event, held on Saturday June 2nd, enjoyed glorious sunshine as they made their way around the course.

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: “It was a great day and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and took part.

A Highlands Labour MSP has called for speed limits for HGVs to be raised from 40mph to 50 mph on Scottish single carriageway roads.

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and long-time road safety campaigner, David Stewart said HGV’s driving at 50mph are less polluting than those travelling at a slower speed.

At General Questions on Thursday June 7th in the Scottish Parliament, David Stewart asked the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP, when he planned to publicise the findings of the A9 pilot HGV 50mph speed limit.

Almost dried up - the stream in Willowglen

MONDAY June 11 UPDATES: EDDY GRAHAM confirms another two days without rain - making a new record of 21 consecutive days with 0mm of rain in Stornoway

Of the recent clouds above Stornoway, Eddy says: " it’s mid- and high-level cloud which is often there anyway - we are only seeing it because there is little low cloud to obscure it for a change!"

The past three weeks has seen the driest recorded period in the history of Stornoway, according to local weather expert Eddy Graham.

Writing in his eddy_weather Twitter account he says that according to his provisional results, the driest spells in Stornoway since 1930, based on daily records, were 37 consecutive days with up to a maximum of 0.2mm total precipitation from March 22, 1974; and 23 days with 0.4mm from May 5, 2008.

“Today (Friday) we have had 19 days with zilch, so I think we have a new record for total consecutive days with 0.0mm for Stornoway!”

Registered electors in the Laxdale Community Council Area are reminded that the deadline for nominations to serve on Laxdale Community Council area is 4pm on Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Nomination papers are available from the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway as well as via the Comhairle website.
 

Isle of Harris Distillers picked up a major award at Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards on Thursday night (June 7th).

The Product of the Year Award went to Isle of Harris Gin with the company also having earlier won the Distilling Awards for what the judges described as their “iconic” product.

More food and drink businesses than ever entered this year's Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards which took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Almost dried up - the stream in Willowglen

The driest period of weather in Stornoway for decades continues today (Friday June 8), despite a light display of white clouds.

Temperatures have dropped to around 15C from 20C or more earlier in the week.

Calmac's Clansman ferry is returning to service ahead of schedule.

The vessel, which has been having essential repairs carried out to its propulsion system, was due back in service on June 13, but will now be back in service on Saturday, June 9 on the scheduled Oban-Coll-Tiree service.

The vessel’s return will allow MV Lord of the Isles to deliver an additional Oban to Lochboisdale sailing on Friday, June 8 after which she will restart the suspended Lochboisdale Mallaig service on June 9 along with delivering the Mallaig-Armadale route as scheduled.

To mark World Oceans Day, ferry operator CalMac has announced further steps to cut down on the amount of plastic it uses on board.

Currently CalMac operates a Zero Waste Overboard Policy and provides recycling bins on board its vessels and in terminal buildings.

Earlier this year CalMac signed up to Sunnyside Primary School's #NaeStrawAtAw campaign and have replaced plastic with paper straws.

A former RAF man with a burden to preach and train men for the work of the ministry is due to preach at the annual Western Isles Bible Conference which takes place in Stornoway this weekend.  The Conference, which is hosted by the Stornoway Congregation of the Free Church (Continuing) is due to run from today (Friday 8th) to Sunday 10th June. 

This year's speaker is Rev. David Kay, who has ministered for the last 25 years at Whiddon Valley Evangelical Church, Barnstaple, Devon. 

Brought up in a church-going home in Rhyl, North Wales, it was not until after he joined the RAF as a sixteen-year old that he came in contact with evangelical truth.  During a posting to the Middle East he attended services where the Padre unashamedly preached the Gospel of saving grace. 

The Hebrides played a double role at Wednesday night’s reception in Edinburgh Castle for the General Assembly of the World Crafts Council (Europe).

The organisation recently awarded the Outer Hebrides with World Craft Region status (it’s technically World Craft City but that wouldn’t make sense here!) for Harris Tweed.

And local MSP Alasdair Allan declared the event open in his capacity as Scottish Government Minister for Europe and International Development.

Islanders erupted in anger and sadness with comments on the welovestornoway.com Facebook Page after reading our report overnight about how Belgian visitor Pierre de Greef had found his tent and camping equipment vandalised.

Julie Vallier-Green said: “This is a terrible thing to have happen. Can we not set up a JustGiving page (or similar?) to buy him a new tent and equipment? It's our responsibility as islanders to put this wrong right.”

Julie Amanda Dawn Smith said: “Yet again an example of complete and utter ignorant vandalism, I’m disgusted to see this. Whoever is responsible I hope you’re ever so proud of yourselves & the attention you’ve brought to MY lovely home. But for all the wrong reasons. Instead of leaving this beautiful island with happy tales and having experienced beautiful weather to enjoy our island Pierre de Greef , shall forever remember his visit by this mindless act of vandalism. I hope the culprits are caught."

Niall Iain Macdonald's  shore support and weather router, Leven Brown, has been closely involved at all stages and spoke of Niall Iain’s predicament this week. (They are pictured together in 2017)

Leven, who was part of Mark Beaumont’s support team for his Around Britain cycle challenge, is a hugely-respected ocean rower in his own right – and knows only too well what Niall Iain has been going through and how catastrophic a broken rudder can be.

“It’s one of those things,” said Leven. “A tiny R pin, a thing that holds the rudder in place, snaps in the middle of the night and the next thing you know the rudder is flapping around…

The US Coast Guards, who took some pictures of their encounter with Niall Iain, the damaged rudder, and his boat, spoke of their joy at being able to help the intrepid islander.

Lieutenant Commander Brian Chapman, Executive Officer, said: “The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Niall MacDonald today. The Row Boat ALBA's rudder was giving Mr MacDonald some trouble, so we dropped in to assist.

In a blog post late on Thursday (June 7th) Niall Iain Macdonald revealed what had happened, which almost ended his NY2SY venture after his boat ALBA was damaged.

 “I was hit by some really nasty weather on Monday night. Winds of 25-30kts had been forecast but these felt much stronger. I was sitting on my sea-anchor and throughout the night I could hear the sound of my rudder being pounded by the waves.

“The conditions were too dangerous for me to even open my aft hatch to see what was going on, in case the cabin was swamped, so I resigned myself to the fact that I would just have to wait until morning until I knew if any damage had been done. It was a long night.

Niall Iain Macdonald continues today (Friday June 8) to make progress in his NY2SY Solo North Atlantic Row – after a broken rudder on his boat ALBA threatened to end his challenge for good.

After ten years of welcoming walking trips across Scotland and a month-long series of walks across Lewis, lecturer Pierre de Greef from Belgium came across another aspect of Island life on Wednesday evening this week.

Camping for the second time on this trip in the Castle Grounds, in a secluded spot not far from the Lady Matheson monument, his tent was slashed and his cooking stove and gear destroyed in a large fire which had been lit nearby.

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of the Food Standards Agency has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in East and West Loch Roag -  Linngeam, Torranish, Drovinish, Miavaig and Eilean Tenish 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.  

The best of produce from near and far 08/06/2018

Email the 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

Asparagus

 

£3.75

 

Aubergine

 

£1.70

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£1.90

 

Savoy Cabbage

 

£1.80

 

Sweetheart (Hispie) Cabbage

 

£1.65

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower

 

£1.80

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.50

 

Fennel

 

£1.50

 

Garlic

 

£0.65

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli

 

£4.20

 

Carrots

 

£1.95

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Cornish Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Cyprus Potatoes

 

£2.25

 

Jersey Royals

 

£2.50

 

Roosters (Black Isle New Season

 

£1.55

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.45

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.85

 

 

 

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

 

£5.75

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Fugi Apples

 

5 for £1.50

 

Gala

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious (USA)

 

3 for £1.80

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Clementines

 

5 for £1.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.75

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.50

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£2.35

 

Pied Del Sapo

 

£2.35

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Nectarines

 

3 for £1.80

 

Peaches

 

3 for £1.80

 

Donut Peaches

 

4 for £1.50

 

Pears Conference (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Pineapple

 

£1.95

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bramley Apples

 

£2.75

 

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

chillies

 

£15.00

 

Cherries

 

£7.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Rhubarb (Forced)

 

£4.70

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Loss of mobile phone signal is causing major disruption for residents of the Uig district and local politicians are calling on the mobile phone operator to take urgent action to resolve the situation.

Angus MacNeil MP and Alasdair Allan MSP have been in regular contact with EE over recent days and weeks after many constituents contacted them to report repeated disruption to the network in the Uig area.

The poor signal for EE customers is caused by ongoing works to upgrade the mast to a 4G service, however Mr MacNeil said customers have not been kept well informed and are becoming increasingly frustrated.

More than a fortnight into the crossing, Niall Iain Macdonald had covered 18 more miles in the 24 hours up to 5am today (Stornoway time, Thursday June 7th).  At the time of the update, he was moving at more than 2.3 knots, way above the average speed of 0.86 knots achieved over the whole of the voyage so far. 

A group of young prospects aiming for a career in the music business will make their debut on stage at one of Scotland’s leading festivals next month.

Ten students from New College Lanarkshire have volunteered to provide hands-on help at the multi award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival to gain practical experience as part of their sound production course.

A festival is being held in An Lanntair arts centre in October which is run by and organised for, young people – defined as those under 27.

To begin the Las! / Ignite! programme, An Lanntair is holding a launch event on Saturday (9th June) at 12pm to introduce the festival’s existing board members and to reach out to more keen, young islanders who would like to get involved in planning the festival.

The Las! / Ignite! Festival will take place between 20th and 25th October at An Lanntair.

Police in the Western Isles are appealing for information following a break-in at Campbell's Filling Station in Stornoway.

Entry was forced to the garage on Cannery Road shortly after 2.30am yesterday (Wednesday, June 6).

The chances of successful large-scale windfarm development on the Islands took a step forward yesterday (Wednesday June 6) with a positive announcement from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan welcomed the department’s “current intention that wind projects on the remote islands of Scotland that directly benefit local communities will be eligible for the next Pot 2 auction.”

The Western Isles Housing Association Communities Forum (the Forum) and Hebridean Housing Partnership Ltd are holding an event for tenants and anyone consider becoming a tenant of HHP at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday 15thJune from 2-5pm. 

If you have any questions, for example about how houses are allocated, how rent is calculated or if you're curious about the standard of housing, the Forum - which is run by tenants themselves - will be on hand with all the information you need.  There will also be heating masterclasses with Peter O'Donnell, discussions on repairs with HHP and FES, advice on saving money on your energy bills with Tighean Innse Gall, and a prize draw! 

Tea, coffee and baking will be provided (free!) by the Cearns Community Association.

Would-be Atlantic rower Niall Iain Macdonald is continuing to make progress out into the mid-Atlantic according to his update at 5am today (Wednesday June 6th).

His speed is continuing to increase, according to the data provided, and he was travelling at almost 2.9 knots.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan visited Eilean Siar foodbank this week (on Monday June 4th] to lend a hand as part of Volunteers’ Week 2018.

The islands MSP saw first-hand the work that goes in to processing food donations and preparing them for collection.

The photograph shows Alasdair sorting food with volunteer Margaret McLellan.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan pledges his backing for Carers Week which begins next Monday, by committing to support local carers across the Western Isles.

Alasdair Allan has signed up to the Carers Week pledge to take carer-friendly action – highlighting the tireless work of the 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK and offering them any support they need.

There are an estimated 788,000 unpaid carers across Scotland – with 44,000 of them under the age of 18.

Luke MacLeod, from Gress, who is a pupil at The Nicolson Institute was today (Tuesday June  5)  announced at the Lewis Local Mod’s Literacy Day as the winner of the Dìleab (Legacy) prize.

Luke wrote a poignant story about the HMY Iolaire tragedy and received high praise from the judges who presented him with the award.

Hebrides Energy has launched a NEW fixed tariff for customers with storage heaters, providing an opportunity for customers to achieve significant savings and secure guaranteed prices until September 2019.

The new fixed Hebridean Take Control Tariff is offered in partnership with Scottish not-for-profit energy supplier, Our Power. At a time when many suppliers have increased their prices, this means local households could secure a competitive fixed rate right up to September 2019.

Chair of Hebrides Energy, Carola Bell, commented: ‘At a time when electricity prices continue to rise, we know there is interest in the certainty a fixed rate tariff can offer. Island homes with THTC meters have traditionally been disadvantaged as they’ve had no option but to stick with one supplier. We’re delighted to be working with Our Power to improve competition in the local market and hopefully generate considerable savings for local households.’

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the extension of the Scottish Government’s HEEPS Equity Loan scheme to the Western Isles.

The pilot scheme allows homeowners on low incomes to borrow up to £40,000 for energy efficiency improvements and essential repairs, including the installation of a new boiler, double glazing or repairs to reduce heat loss – which will be repaid when they sell their home or transfer ownership.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s 2018 Apprenticeship posts are now LIVE on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

The Comhairle and partners have a number of apprenticeships which will see posts created from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sectors and departments including:

  • Business Administration
  • Child Care
  • Education Attainment
  • Gaelic language assistants
  • Health and Social Care
  • Reablement Workers
  • Trainee Accountancy

Niail Iain Macdonald is speeding up as his bid to row across the Atlantic Ocean extends almost to the end of a fortnight.

With continually changing weather patterns around him, he is now travelling at almost 1.7 knots, more than double the average speed for the voyage so far..

Dementia awareness week this year runs from yesterday (Monday June 4th) and the theme is making sure no one faces dementia alone.

Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles kicked off their events yesterday with an afternoon Tea and blether at Dun Berisay care home in Balmerino Drive, Stornoway.

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

Carolyn Hare has joined the team at Outer Hebrides Tourism., the tourist industry organisation for the Islands.

Carolyn took up her new role as the Hebridean Way Route Development Officer last week and is based in Harris, but she will cover the whole of the Outer Hebrides.

Shona MacLeod, manager of the Hebrides Alpha Project, at the project’s residential unit in Upper Coll

A residential recovery programme for islanders with addiction would quickly “become unsustainable” without the grant support it receives from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

The Hebrides Alpha Project received £15,000 from Point and Sandwick Trust last month (May).

Shona MacLeod, manager of the Hebrides Alpha Project, said they were “so grateful” for the support from Point and Sandwick Trust, which goes towards salaries and other administrative costs such as travel and amounts to nearly half the money that Hebrides Alpha has to raise each year, just to keep the project going.

Harris resident Paul Finnegan is getting set to swim from Skye to Harris as part of The Little Minch Swim attempt before taking on the Big Minch, swimming from Lewis to mainland Scotland.

This is despite only trying out open water swimming for the first time this year.

Would-be and existing jewellery workers are being asked to consider joining an HNC course which Lews Castle College is offering for the first time in the next academic session.

The college emphasises the inspiring views overlooking the grounds at Lews Castle College UHI and the college’s spacious, well-equipped workshop.

They say that, “studying this HNC at Lews Castle College in Stornoway provides a creative environment for you to develop your design and jewellery making skills.

The “Efficient Deck Hand” certificate is a 5-day course aimed at experienced sailors, from all backgrounds, looking to expand their knowledge base, and open up further career opportunities and it is available from June 18th at Lews Castle College…so there's no time to lose!

It includes both theoretical and practical instruction on:

  • Rope and wire handling
  • Anchors and mooring techniques
  • Opening and closing cargo hatches
  • Cargo gear and rigging
  • Gangway and pilot ladders
  • Watchkeeping and other duties


 

Daniel MacAlpine, aged seven, who attends Stornoway Primary School, has won the Gravett Garden Competition in the national First News children’s newspaper.

Daniel won £500 of gardening vouchers for his school garden and a set of signed books written by the children’s author Emily Gravett.

Daniel designed a school garden with three rules to protect wildlife that might visit the garden.