Roz Skinner talks to Julie Brook, an artist who has spent many summers on Mingulay…and many months in African deserts

Art is capable of transporting you to any time and place and giving you glimpses into other countries and cultures.  Whether in the form of a painting, a sculpture or a photograph, each work has the power to snatch the audience into another world. 

The work of internationally renowned artist, Julie Brook, is appearing at An Lanntair from today (Saturday March 19) to May 1 where she will take her audience on an adventure that will take their breath away.

The first new dental practice to be established in the Western Isles in more than 30 years opened in Stornoway town centre.

The Castleview Practice, on Cromwell Street, opens under the direction of owner, dentist Mr Sridhar Kalvakuntla, who said: “Opening Castleview is a big responsibility but it is also exciting.

“At Castleview our main priority is to keep our patients pain free. We understand the majority of patients can be anxious about dental treatment, and we put all efforts in to providing a stress-free environment in our new practice.

A new system for approving requests for NHS-funded escorts is being introduced, to ensure that an equitable system is delivered across the Western Isles.

In certain cases, patients travelling off island require an escort to accompany them. The majority of Health Boards across Scotland only fund patient travel on a mean- tested basis, with only Boards covered by the Highlands and Islands Travel Scheme (Western Isles, Highland, Orkney and Shetland) providing financial assistance to patients and eligible escorts regardless of income.

The NHS Western Isles Patient Travel Policy sets out the criteria by which funding of escorts is approved - which is strictly based on clinical need.

The Royal Mail has won praise for its service quality from Stornoway after it even defied the impact of last week's storms.

Mrs C. A. Hardy of 43 Knock, Point, contacted us to say: "How great is our Royal Mail. 

On Thursday March 27th, at 6pm, Professor Graham S. Hall will be giving a talk on ‘A history of cosmology’, in the Lews Castle College lecture theatre. All are welcome!

A Stornoway businessman has lost thousands of pounds in revenue after BT gave his phone line to another customer.

Keith Morrison (31), who runs Wee Studio, says his ordeal has been an ‘absolute nightmare’ and is now warning customers to be on their guard should something similar happen to them.

Keith said: “My broadband provider Zen sent me a message saying I was about to get a letter from BT saying that they were going to give my physical phone line to someone else. 

A debate about the future of rural policy and support for Scottish agriculture and forestry needs to commence regardless of constitutional uncertainty, Scottish Land & Estates has said today.

At the heart of this debate will be the structure of support for farms and rural businesses.

Scottish Land & Estates supports a long-term strategy of greater emphasis on farming and land management delivering public goods.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has said she wishes there was an election every week as it appears to have made the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, sit up and take notice of what she has been telling him for years – that the rollout of the £148m superfast broadband project in the Highlands and Islands is not ‘rolling out’ very quickly, or very effectively.

Press reports emanating from the Convention of the Highlands and Islands state that the leaders of all the public agencies in the Highlands and Islands, along with Scottish Government Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, have agreed to issue a joint letter to BT to express their concern and frustration over the progress of the £148m superfast broadband programme.

A warning has once again been issued against scam phone calls, after reports that scammers are using 01851 codes so that people will believe incoming phone calls are local.

Trading Standards officers from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar issued the warning yesterday (Wednesday March 6th) after a number of reports from local residents that they’d received an automated call from an 01851 number.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus B MacNeil yesterday met with Mr Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland to highlight concerns from constituents about the service they are receiving from BT.

Mr MacNeil continues to receive correspondence from constituents who are experiencing difficulties with their telephone and broadband services and he is happy to raise these problems with BT.

Mr MacNeil said: “We have had straight discussions over service levels.  BT engineers on the ground do work very hard and we can see that on a daily basis.  It would appear to be a lack of communication from the providers’ call centres once customers have reported a fault.  This is a major issue affecting coordination between companies and within companies.  BT have said they are to move many of their call centres back to the UK.  I am also pleased to receive confirmation that BT has committed to improve customer service and that every advisor will each receive an extra 100 hours of training.

Former smokers who are ‘proud to be quitters’ are encouraging smokers across the Western Isles to find their inspiration too, and kick the habit.

Angus Campbell from North Street and Murdo Fraser from Aignish both quit smoking with the help and support of Smokefree Hebrides. They are now both supporting NHS Western Isles to encourage smokers to give quitting a go.

Angus Campbell initially started smoking at the age of 18 and smoked for 45 years, latterly smoking two ounces of tobacco a week. With the support of Smokefree Hebrides, he managed to kick the habit. He has now been smoke-free since last May.

Labour Westminster candidate Alasdair Morrison has hit out at a statement made by the SNP candidate for the North Uist and Benbecula council by-election, saying it is 'worryingly stupid and astonishing'.

But Roslyn Macpherson, who will contest the vacant Comhairle seat on a Nationalist ticket, says Alasdair Morrison has 'misinterpreted' her comments that the Lochmaddy to Uig route should be recognised as 'the shortest and most efficient connection with the mainland for the Uists'. 

Mr Morrison claims this is indicative of advocating closure or downgrading of Lochboisdale harbour.

A new leisure link partnership with four other areas of Scotland that will see ‘Slàinte Mhath’ members able to access leisure facilities outwith the Western Isles for the first time, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced (today March 26th).

The scheme, involving the four other areas will be known as the “Leisure Link Partnership” and it's believed to be the first of its type in Scotland.

‘Slàinte Mhath’ members will now be able to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure facilities across Highland, Moray, Orkney and Argyll and Bute at no extra cost.

The first dance competition of 2019 was an ‘unforgettable experience’ for young dancers, according to some of their supporters.

The Mackinnon Festival, hosted by Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing and held at the Nicolson Institute on Saturday (March 2nd), attracted a huge number of dancers, both newcomers and experienced competitors.

Trophies and medals were handed out in all classes – all the overall trophy winners are pictured above. (Photo: Sharon Mackinnon School of Highland Dancing).

Tomorrow (March 14th) is No Smoking Day - the national day which celebrates the success of people who have stopped smoking, and encourage those still smoking to give up for good.

For this year's national No Smoking Day, NHS Western Isles asking you to you to tell us what worked for you and how you stopped smoking.

You can send them a message on 01851 701623, post on their ‘NHS Western Isles’ Facebook page or Twitter #TellUsYourWay (@NHSWI) or even write them a letter telling of how you stopped smoking!

The official opening of the £1.9 million Laxdale Primary School extension and developments took place this morning (Wednesday 21st March). 

The project has provided two brand new pre-school playrooms, a gym and assembly hall, a new canteen and dining area and external improvement works. 

The project was designed and delivered by the Comhairle’s in-house Building Projects team and construction work, which has been ongoing since June 2018, was carried out by O’Mac Construction Ltd.

In just 18 months, loyal Supporters of the Western Isles Lottery in Barra have ensured a variety of benefits for their own Island with £10,981 in proceeds being returned to their own postcode area.

A £1 million pilot programme to boost innovation in aquaculture in the Highlands and Islands is set to go ahead, it was announced yesterday.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved the funding package and will run the programme in conjunction with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

The 30-month pilot is expected to attract a similar level of funding from the private sector. It is targeted at helping small to medium enterprises (SMEs) achieve greater commercialisation of new innovative products and services, which will have a positive and sustainable economic and social impact.

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis has announced today (Friday March 2) that renovation works at Sgoil Chrois are due to start in mid-March.

Funding has been sourced from a wide range of organisations to enable this £1m project to proceed. Following a public procurement process towards the end of 2017, the successful tenderer contractor, Neil Mackay & Co, is due to move on site in the next two weeks. 

Annie Macsween, chairperson of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, said: “The renovation of these buildings has been a goal since the organisation relocated to the former Cross Primary School in 2011. 

Pictured is a fundraising group including partners from the Co-op, HHP, Lewis Builders and Young Musicians Hebrides that raised an amazing £2,000 for the Solas day centre, which is run by Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris.

Councillor Murray and members of the Manor and Castle Residents Association contacted Marion MacInnes, Service Manager at Alzheimer Scotland, about a fundraising project and it was agreed that funds would be used for much needed equipment to support the therapeutic music and singing activities at the Solas day centre.

Equipment purchased so far includes an electronic keyboard used at our monthly singing group, a karaoke machine (with Gaelic karaoke CD), a new record player/radio/CD, percussion instruments. Funds have also been used to upgrade the environment, and develop a ‘quiet room’ within the day centre, which provides a comfortable and private space for people with dementia and their carers to use.

David Blaney Chair of HHP said: "This is another excellent example of how HHP are delivering benefits to the wider community through our new build and investment programmes.  We are grateful to Lewis Builders and our other contractors for the way they have responded to these aspirations."

Dena Macleod, HHP's Director of Resources said: "We are delighted to be able to work with our contractors to support the excellent work carried out by Alzheimer Scotland."

The monthly Singing Group runs in Stornoway the second Tuesday of every month at the Solas Day Centre from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

If you are interested in coming along please contact Ellie Donnelly on 07500762041, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre, 18 Bells Road, Stornoway 01851 702123.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has written to SSE to highlight the “unsustainable” charges some islanders are facing to connect their new-build homes to the national electricity grid.

SSE’s own website gives as estimated cost of £1,600 to connect a new house in a “rural/ country” area. However, the local MSP was recently contacted by a constituent from a remote area of Lewis who has been asked to pay £21,000. The new build was around 400 yards away from the existing infrastructure. 


An initial 16 'notspot' sites have been prioritised as the Scottish 4G Infill programme progresses

A £25million project to address mobile ‘notspots’ across Scotland – including areas in the Western Isles – has been launched by the Scottish Government.
The procurement process for the Scottish 4G Infill Programme was announced this week as the project aims to fund new mobile telephone masts in locations with no existing 4G mobile coverage to improve mobile connectivity for communities and businesses.
An initial 16 ‘notspot’ sites have been identified – including one in South Lochs and one in Harris –with about 60 to 70 areas in total being targeted throughout the programme; and the majority of the programme will focus on sites completely without coverage in the Highlands and Islands.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is to introduce £3 a day car parking charges at three of its islands airports – including Stornoway, where expansion work on the car parks started recently (above)

This, HIAL says, is part of its long-term programme of sustainable improvement.

The charges are set to be introduced early this summer. 

An outreach support project for island carers will definitely begin again this summer, after its funding gap was closed by a donation of £3,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

An outreach support project for island carers will definitely begin again this summer, after its funding gap was closed by a donation of £3,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

The Carers Trainers Project is run by Western Isles Community Care Forum – the umbrella organisation set up for voluntary care organisations – who are delighted to have secured the project for another year, beginning in June.

A total of £2.1m worth of funding for two projects in the Western Isles has been awarded as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund by the Scottish Government.

Of that,  £368,338 has also been awarded to the Grinneabhat Project to redevelop the former school in Bragar, which closed in 2013. The project has been developed by the community through extensive consultation and will involve the building undergoing a full refurbishment to include an exhibition space to showcase historical and cultural displays and local artists’ work.

The Point Show committee confirms that there will be a Point Show Family Fun Day this year on Saturday 11th July instead of the usual Agricultural Show.

The buildings at Aird School were substantially damaged during the storm in early January. 

The Council and Urras Storas an Rubha are waiting on estimates and a survey to decide whether to repair or demolish the school. Whatever the outcome, the school buildings will certainly not be available to the show this year.

Community spirit and friendship came to the aid of a young couple facing a £20,000 bill to dispose of unwanted earth and rock.

The 5.30pm sailing due to leave Ullapool today has now been cancelled. An additional Ullapool-Stornoway sailing will be arranged for tomorrow. 

There will also be an amended timetable for the Uig-Tarbert route running tomorrow. 

A wealth of new ideas and interest was generated at the first community drop-in event for the Stornoway Wind Farm to discuss how community benefit could be best used across the local area, Lewis Wind Power have said.

The event on 10th March attracted nearly 50 organisations to have their say in how community benefits from the wind farm could be spent.

A special drop-in event for the public was held from 11.30am to 7pm on Thursday 10th March 2016 at Stornoway Town Hall, which followed a smaller event for individuals that had been involved in some preliminary discussions at the Woodlands Centre.

Nearly 200 individuals from some 50 organisations attended the events which were held over the 9th and 10th March. A huge range of organisations were involved in the event, which included many voluntary and grass-roots community groups. Among the organisations represented, there were a number representing youth groups and older people.

Representatives of the Stornoway Trust and Lewis Wind Power were on hand to discuss the Community Benefit and the distribution of profits from the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm ownership option.

Commenting on the event, John Buswell, Project Director, said: “We wish to thank all those who came on the day to give us their thoughts on how the local community can best realise the benefit from the millions of pounds over the project lifetime that this wind farm will generate for the area.

We are delighted at the level of response we have received from the local community. Some great ideas have been generated from across all parts of the community about how these sums should be spent. We will be analysing the responses we have received and will be engaging with the community in due course again to further refine these.”

On the 7th of April, 7 SCOTS of the Army Reserves will be hosting an evening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Arras, starting at 7pm in the Drill Hall on Church street. The Battle of Arras was one of those largely forgotten conflicts, but one of the bloodiest. 3 Scottish Divisions saw action at this battle, including the 51st Highland Division. Heavy losses were suffered in this short and tragic battle. The evening is open to one and all, and light refreshments will be served.  This will be followed by a church service in Martin's Memorial Church, Francis Street, on Sunday the 9th of April at 11am. 

There will also be a short service to remember the actions of Stornoway's own Ross Mountain Battery in the 102nd year since the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. This will take place at the Drill Hall at 7pm on the 25th of April. Again, all are most welcome to attend. Please phone Sgt Tommy Stewart on 07759100350 for more information. 

 

Above, a Boeing Flying Fortress from the US Air Force

This year sees the 75th anniversary of the official inauguration of the Royal Air Force flying bases at Stornoway and Benbecula. 

Both airfields were established initially to fulfil a similar role, that of convoy protection from German U-boats in the Atlantic and Minches during World War II.  They both went on to become civilian airports.

This significant anniversary is being recognised by both the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), some of whose members served at Stornoway post-war, and the RAF at Benbecula.

Prior to 1st April,  a display of mementoes will be on view in the Stornoway Library window, along with items in the library itself, to include a Book of Remembrance for those airmen lost flying from Stornoway during WWII.

Work has returned to the Arnish fabrication yard and a total of 82 jobs have been created after the yard’s operator BiFab was awarded a contract to produce piles worth up to £26.5 million as part of the Moray East Offshore Windfarm development.

Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, welcomed today’s official announcement. “Arnish is an important economic asset for the island and I am delighted to see it officially reopen after a period when it had no work.

A Harrisman who suffered a seizure on Saturday night was left waiting for 90 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

The incident has prompted Isles MP Angus MacNeil to call on the Scottish Ambulance Service to review the ambulance provision in South Harris.

Said Mr MacNeil: “I have been approached by the brother of a casualty who required medical assistance and had to wait 90 minutes for an ambulance to arrive from Stornoway. Thankfully Dr Naylor, the local GP, was on the scene within minutes, however because the ambulance in Tarbert was busy at the time of this incident, an ambulance had to come from Stornoway.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) is working to restore electricity  to some 4,100 customers who lost power due to high winds across the north west of Scotland.

Late last night and into the early hours of this morning, winds of up to 90mph hit South Uist with wide spread areas being struck by gusts of 70 and 80 mph.

There are currently 47 faults across the region which have led to the loss of power to around 4,100 customers with Skye, Sutherland and Wick the most affected - power has already been restored to over 10,000 customers since the start of the weather event.

BT have advised Police Scotland of a current issue with landline 999 emergency telephone calls in the Timsgarry area on the Isle of Lewis.

Emergency calls placed via mobile telephones are still working as normal.

BT is working to address the issue as a priority and will restore normal service as soon as possible.

The weather is not in our favour this weekend, with strong winds predicted for Friday and Saturday. We still look to open the stall as usual on Friday and Saturday, weather conditions permitting.

However, we will still be taking orders and doing deliveries as usual on Friday and Saturday.

We can arrange to meet anyone in town, at their place of work or deliver to their home on Lewis.

So, if you wish to get your usual fresh veg and you have never ordered from us before you can give us a ring on 0771645238. Please pass this on to friends and family.

The weather this year has not been very kind to us at the stall - roll on Spring I say!

We should have the Mac Reds for a bit longer this year hopefully to the beginning of April. We also have this week those lovely Yellow Plums (if you wait till they have a tinge of red on the skin they are wonderful), satsumas, rhubarb, and lovely large oranges as well as all the other favourites. 

In the veg we have Hispie cabbage, butternut squash, celeriac and fresh beetroot, with all the other favourites.

Don't get hung up about ordering, you can order in KGs or Lbs, in the number of items you want, in bunches and handfuls or any other measure you care to use. We can adapt to anything.

Click here to view the full list of what the Veggie Box provides. 

A biography of a remarkable man, published in Stornoway and celebrating a deep love for the land, has today (Tuesday March 5th) been named on the shortlist for the Highland Book prize of 2018.

The Assynt Crofter: Allan MacRae, a life, by Judith Ross Napier, seen above, was published by Stornoway-based publishers Acair in 2018 – 25 years after the crofters of Assynt stirred public imagination with their bid to buy their land. The book explores the life of a remarkable man – stonemason, orator, athlete, campaigning writer, but above all a crofter who cared deeply for his beloved Assynt.

A key Gaelic publisher based in The Outer Hebrides is set to benefit from £13,390 funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to help target international markets and increase production.

Acair Ltd was originally set up to provide resources for a new bilingual education project and to this day still publishes and sells books, particularly for children, with many so popular they require to be reprinted.

Based at An Tosgan, the Gaelic hub in Stornoway, Acair is now looking to reach more customers and develop new markets around the world.

A car came off the road at Ceann an Ora before 8am this morning due to weather conditions.

The 0730 Tarbert to Stornoway bus service is running late due to being held back at the scene of the accident.

Emergency services are at the scene. 

Mossend Residents Association

AGM.

Wednesday 19th April,

7pm

Sandwick Community Room.

All welcome.

 

A dispute about pay between Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) means that disruption to air travel to and from the Western Isles is possible from tomorrow (Monday April 1st).

Air traffic controllers are undertaking industrial action to support their claim for a double-digit wage increase in 2018/19 or a long-term commitment to above inflation pay awards.

Stornoway Airport café has restricted opening hours since Monday (March 11th), as the current franchise holder comes to the end of his tenure in the café.

Airport management has issued a tender call for a new franchisee twice, without finding a new tenant for the café space.

A full-scale emergency was declared around Stornoway Airport this afternoon (Sunday March 26).

Just after 2pm, vehicles from the police, fire service and ambulance serrvice raced to the airport. 

The main road past the airport was hastily closed to all through traffic.

Police and Coastguard teams worked together yesterday (Thursday February 28th) after a report that a box of live marine flares had gone missing between Stornoway and Ness.

Police asked for Coastguard assistance when a man who had been towing a small boat from the town to Ness contacted them at 1.30pm to say the flares had gone missing, apparently having fallen from his boat somewhere on his journey.

Family style keeps the customers coming back for more

By Taylor Edgar

 

There has been a butcher’s shop at the Westview Terrace site of Alex France’s Butchers for more than half a century.

The tradition has seen three iterations of butchers shop operate there: the first run by Torquil Macdonald and the second by John Smith.

The current incumbent, Alex France Butchers, was set up in 1975. Son, Billy is now the familiar face behind the counter, joining his father 38 years ago at the launch.

Back then there was an abattoir across the street in what is now Maclennan Place, a Hydro building opposite, William Tawse premises on one side and his father’s bakery on the other. There was also ten or more butcher’s shops in Stornoway then. Now there are only four.

Change, though, is the only constant and Alex France’s has kept pace with developments over the years as the times – and tastes – alter. But one unchanging principle through all that time has been their emphasis on providing top quality meat and a personal service to each customer who comes through the door.

“We may now be using a lot of technology and push button stuff we didn’t have back 38 years ago, but we still pride ourselves on the quality of our meat and customer service,” says Billy. “You really can’t beat coming into a proper family butchers like ours and have the meat cut and packaged in front of you.”

Explaining the longevity of the business, Billy points out that this is down, not only to the quality of produce being supplied, but the personal touch and the rapport that is built up with customers over time

“What makes family butchers like Alex France stand out over supermarkets is the personal touch.  The traditional butcher can offer a far more personal service. You can see the fresh produce and have it cut exactly the way you want it.”

The other hallmark of Alex France has been acknowledgement of the need to adapt and diversify. Once upon a time, for instance, tripe was popular, but not anymore. Tastes and lifestyles vary. Shoppers demand much wider variety.

Now there is much greater expectation on the butcher to ‘add value’ to their meat produce through, for example, creating ready-to-cook curried meats, stir fries, and barbecued ribs etc. 

These innovations, taken along with the traditional fare such as secret family recipes for steak pies, Scotch pies and sausage rolls, gives Alex France’s shop an air of a fine food shop.

This theme of specialisation is taken further as the business has sought to make itself a food specialist, offering a variety of produce that can’t be bought in the big chains.

Take a look at the shelves in Alex France’s and you’ll see a tempting array of honeys, marmalades, mustard, artisan oatcakes from Portsoy and Ullapool, not to mention a range of San Pellegrino fruit juice.

 

If you haven’t visited the shop for a while, you may well be surprised by just what there is on offer. There’s a lot more to Alex France’s than black pudding, chops and Sunday roasts.

 

The Lewis & Harris branch of the Common Weal has launched a group which aims to help tackle food poverty in the islands.

The Common Weal’s vision for a better Scotland is based on a well researched ideas that have proven to succeed, Our Policy Unit is a “think-and –do tank,” an innovative model with two broad aims: “THINK”, To normalise progressive ideas in public discourse, and accelerate the adoption of progressive policies in Scotland; “DO”  Actively work to bring about progressive change in Scotland from grass roots up.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed the news that crofters still waiting for a direct subsidy payment at the end of March will receive a cash advance from the Scottish Government.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced that the Scottish Government will use up to £200 million of national funds to provide cash support while Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) claims are being processed.

Alasdair Allan commented: “With extra staff recruited and offices around the country working around to clock to process applications the delays to payments have not been for a lack of effort, and we are now at the stage where the majority of crofters have received their first payment.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed an announcement by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, that payments under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) will be made by the end of March. This will help further support those crofters who are still awaiting Basic Payment Scheme funds.

Alasdair Allan said: “It is well known that, in the face of the most complex reform of CAP payments, there have been significant difficulties in matching the previously excellent track-record of early payments to crofters and farmers.

“Recognising this, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs has already put mitigation measures in place, establishing a £20M loan fund for those affected crofters experiencing cash-flow difficulties at this time, and drafting in additional staff to work through the backlog of payments.

People living in Lewis can expect an ambulance or first responder in an average time of 11 minutes and seven seconds if they are taken suddenly ill, according to a BBC investigation published today (Wednesday March 6th)

The report says critically-ill patients are ‘at risk’ because of the time it takes for ambulances to reach those who live in rural areas. A response should come in six to eight minutes, with people who have a cardiac arrest especially vulnerable to delays.

Am faigh thu lorg air do shròin, do shùilean, do chluasan, do bheul agus do smiogaid? (Le sgàthan)

Can you find your nose, your eyes, your ears, your mouth and your chin? (With mirror)

£5.99 ISBN: 9780861523894

 

As a result of an electrical fault caused by adverse weather overnight, an Lanntair arts centre is closed to the public today (Saturday).

All cinema showings and Saturday Clubs are cancelled.

Spokesperson Kathryn Lamont Smith said: "We are so sorry for this and to those who have tickets for today's showings. Please contact us next week and we will exchange or refund your tickets. Our sincere apologies."

MP Angus MacNeil’s Bill to reunite refugee families and ease the UK government’s “inhumane” immigration rules has passed its first major hurdle in Westminster today (Friday March 16th).

Despite the UK government’s opposition, the Bill passedits Second Reading in Parliament with the backing of SNP, Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Plaid Cymru, Green and DUP MPs. The Bill will now proceed to Committee Stage for further scrutiny and amendments.

The Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill is set to be debated in Westminster today (Friday March 16th), and looks to ensure:

  • Child refugees in the UK would have the right to sponsor their close family to come to the UK, so they can rebuild their lives together and help them integrate in their new community.
  • An expansion of who qualifies as a family, so that young people who have turned 18, and elderly parents, can live in safety with their families in the UK.
  • The reintroduction of legal aid, so refugees who have lost everything have the support they need to navigate the complicated process of being reunited with their families.

The Leanne Fund will host the 10th Point 5k event on June 1st with the addition of a new 10k race.

The annual Islands Study Conference is due to take place in the Harris Hotel, Tarbert on 20th -22nd April 2018.

This year's speakers are Rev Dr Malcolm Maclean of Greyfriars Free Church, Inverness, who will be speaking on "The Trinity in the Christian Life" and Rev Calum Iain Macleod of Back Free Church, who will be speaking on "Living the Christian life in a 21st Century World.

The community shop, An Clachan, in Leverburgh, has now upgraded its pumps to allow fuel sales after hours making it the only 24/7 petrol station in Harris.

This is as well as supplying general groceries, off sales, local crafts and hardware.

Islanders who received a copy of the National Inpatient Patient Experience Survey are reminded to send in their responses as the comments will help NHS Western Isles to improve its services.

The surveys were sent out to a random selection of patients aged 16 and over, who had an overnight stay in Western Isles Hospital, St Brendan’s Hospital or Uist and Barra Hospital between April and September 2015. Patients were asked to provide feedback on their stay.

The survey pack contained a questionnaire which can be completed in several ways. The paper copy can be returned by post. It can also be completed online or by telephone, and details on how to do this are contained within the covering letter.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant met with apprentices Stuart Buchanan and Scott Barnard and former apprentice Gordon Campbell at Tech Mobile in Bayhead this afternoon.

Mrs Grant also met with other members of Tech Mobile staff in their workshop beside the main shop.

She commented: “I congratulate the company for taking on apprentices – it’s not only an investment in the local economy but an investment in the country’s future.  We need more companies to be like Tech Mobile, to train young people, to fill the skills gap that exists.

As it is nearing the Council Elections, and we have had a few enquiries from candidates who wish to advertise their candidacy, we have decided to run a Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Election Candidate feature in the April edition of EVENTS newspaper.

Each council candidate has the opportunity to place an advert with an image of their choice, and some information about their manifesto - at a reduced rate. 

The April edition of EVENTS will run from April 5th until May 2nd, and with a distribution of around 10,000 copies, as well a downloadable PDF version at www.hebevents.com, the adverts will be viewed by people all over Lewis and Harris – who will be making up their minds as to who they wish to vote for! 

Concerns about the lack of apprentice opportunities at Arnish fabrication yard have been raised by Stornoway North Councillor Gordon Murray.

SNP Cllr Murray has now written to Bi-Fab, the firm who have operated the yard since 2009, to seek detail of their long term strategy to ensure a sustainable future for the yard.

An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway was evacuated this evening (Friday March 29th) after a major flood which affected the building from the inside.

The venue was busy with a sold-out special event in the restaurant and a showing of the popular film The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood, both under way.

A new work of art will be seen by 15,000 multi-national viewers in the space of a few days when it goes on show at the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer.
Organisers of the festival in Stornoway in the island of Lewis are to commission an artist or artists to create a contemporary artwork to mark the event’s 20th anniversary.

Athletes and coaches from the Western Isles islands Games Association were feted at a major public event at Harris & Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway this morning (Tuesday March 19th)

Hebridean businesses were well-represented among yesterday evening’s (Thursday March 21st) successes at the Scottish Rural awards held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Winner in the business start-up category is HebShuttle, a cycle tour and transfer operator based in Stornoway and Benbecula.

The company offers bike transfers, self-guided cycle trips and hire of bikes, including an opportunity to cycle the complete Hebridean Way road cycle route between Barra and the Butt of Lewis.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, who is Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson, has welcomed the report published by Jeanette Findlay, a Scottish ferry economics expert, which has recommended that Western Isles and west coast ferry routes should continue to be run by CalMac. 

The report which was commissioned by the seafarers' union, RMT, has been hailed by the union as making an overwhelming case for keeping the ferry services in the public sector. 

The current contract is out to tender at present with final bids to be lodged this month.  CalMac, who presently operate the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract (CHFS) faces a serious challenge from private operators, Serco, for the £1 billion subsidy to run the ferry network.

The Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band got a gold at the National finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival held at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday March 16th.

Band conductor Gavin Woods, speaking from the Loch Seaforth ferry during their return voyage said: "We are delighted."

The new line-up at the Crown Inn in North Beach…Marcus Hird, Sarah Swan, Angela Smith, and Tom Strathmore.  The bar is opening tonight for the first time while the renovation and improvement work continues in other parts of the hotel.

 


Sulaisgeir

A Gaelic documentary about a Ness tradition has been honoured at the 54th Chicago International Television Festival, earning congratulations for “exceptional work”.
BBC ALBA documentary, Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg (The Hunt), was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the non-fiction programme category at the Festival – the first ever Gaelic language programme to be considered by the festival.
Sùlaisgeir: An t-Sealg, produced by MacTV and first broadcast on for BBC ALBA on New Year’s Day, 2018, followed the Guga Hunt, where men from Ness, Lewis, travel 40 miles north to the rocky outcrop of Sùlaisgeir to bring home their quota of young gannets, a salty delicacy and traditional food source for the islanders.

BBC STARGAZING LIVE – SOLAR ECLIPSE

with

STORNOWAY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Friday 20th March 2015

Live BBC Television Broadcast

Direct from the Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

(On the air on BBC Breakfast Television from 6.00am) 

Live interview with:

Donny Mackay BA, BSc, FBRS.

President of Stornoway Astronomical Society

Friday 20th March 2015

Eclipse coverage viewing, weather permitting,

between

08.00am and 10.45am

JOIN US ON THE DAY AT CALLANISH

Callanish Visitor Centre and Cafe open from 06.00am

Stornoway Astronomical Society has obtained over 100 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses. These will be available free of charge to visitors attending the event at Callanish.

For further information, visit their Website or Facebook page. 

The BBC will be joining Stornoway Astronomical Society for a live broadcast of the solar eclipse from Callanish on March 20th, as part of the BBC Stargazing Live programme. 

Said Donny Mackay, president of Stornoway Astronomical Society: “We expect the moon to make first contact with the Sun around 08.30 am and gradually cover the Sun’s disk over the course of the following hour with the maximum coverage occurring shortly after 09.30 am.

 

Local Area Coordinator of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team in the Hebrides has released a letter of appeal for help to support the work they do rescuing marine life locally. 

David Yardley, Area Coordinator for BDMLR, who is based in Barvas, and is responsible for managing the rescue team for the area between Ness and Berneray, released a 'Very Open Letter of Appeal' on Facebook, urging people to help out by donating and also by sharing the letter to spread the word about what the local BDMLR team does.

Mr Yardley Wrote:

"BDMLR is an organisation of volunteer marine medics that care for the welfare of marine mammals across the UK and has existed on the island for the past 11 years. A month prior to my training with them, I followed closely the events unfolding in Skye, a short video of which can be seen here

"Thanks to a bit of editing, this shows the rescue over a period of minutes, but the events themselves were over hours and days. The video unfortunately, does not show the scenes that even the most hardened of medics found quite distressing. While some would argue it’s a natural part of life, the majority of our responses have been caused by human impact. Since taking this role [last year], my team have responded to 41 incidents within the islands, in all manner of conditions in the name of what we stand for."

He continues:

"I am personally asking that you consider making a donation to our entanglement gear appeal available on Just Giving, as this is crucial to have available during migration season and would make our lives a whole lot easier. However, support can also come in other forms. Consider donating a wet suit or dry suit for a medic. Our rocky shores and seas take their toll on our personal gear every year. So replacements are always welcome."

To view the full letter of appeal, click here

Leurbost's own Julie-Anne Mackenzie is set to run the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday March 10, in aid of Befriending Lewis. 

Originally from Leurbost, but currently studying and working in Barcelona, Julie-Anne is determined to raise as much money as possible for the charity that has helped her uncle, and so many others on Lewis. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, welcomed the community buyout vote on the island of Great Bernera, which saw a decisive vote of nearly four to one in favour of community ownership of the estate.

Alasdair Allan commented: “With nearly 80% of people on Great Bernera voting in favour of ownership of the island by the people who live there, this represents a real opportunity for economic development of this area." The vote follows the recent community vote in favour of buying the Barvas estate.

“I think that the best people to run the island of Bernera are the people who live there and that was clearly the overwhelming view taken by residents themselves. There is, of course, some way still to go in the process and I have written to the trust asking if I can be of any help in this.”
 
 

Wednesday 22nd April

7.30pm

Bernera Community Centre

Voters in the Great Bernera Estate area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers is 4.00pm today (Thursday 19th March). Electors should have ensured they posted the ballot papers in sufficient time to arrive by the deadline.

However, completed Ballot Packs may be handed in to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway by the deadline and they will be included in the count.
 
The counting of votes will take place in Bernera Community Centre today at 7.30pm and will be open to the public.
 

Leverburgh RNLI Branch today (Thursday March 9th)  confirmed receipt of a £335,377.18 legacy, from the estate of the late Mary Aida (Maida) MacLeod MacAskill of Edinburgh, who passed away in September, 2015.

Ms. MacAskill spent her life in Edinburgh, but here, in the islands, she would have been known as Màiri Nèill Iain Bhàin Nèill Gobha, of Berneray.

This legacy was left to the RNLI for use on the west coast of Scotland, and on consultation by RNLI (Scotland), Ms. MacAskill’s executors kindly agreed that it be used for on-shore work at the Leverburgh station.

Claims that the future of Stornoway's Bethesda Hospice will be threatened by a funding shortfall have been met with concern and a declared willingness to talk by the chief officer of the Integration Joint Board (IJB).

Ahead of a planned meeting between Bethesda's trustees and the IJB on Monday (March 25th), claims have been made that the hospice faces a severe funding shortfall if NHS Western Isles and the IJB do not significantly increase their funding support.

Schoolchildren from from Sgoil an Rubha's Primary 4 and 5 classes hosted a Big Breakfast for their parents and the rest of the school on Friday, to raise money for Cancer Research.

Pupils did a presentation on what cancer is, and the work that Cancer Research does. 

Products for the event were Fairtrade to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, and the grand total of £400 was raised for Cancer Research. 

A survey of bus passengers in Western Isles brought a massive response last autumn, with over 300 local people taking part.

The results of the survey, run by the Western Isles Citizens Advice Service, are published today (March 7) with both good and bad news for local service providers.

A major fund-raising event on behalf of sufferers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) was held at the Artizan café, gallery and jewellery shop in Church Street, Stornoway last night.

Saturday (March 19) saw the official launch of the Blue Moon, a rowing skiff which will be the backbone of a new rowing club in Stornoway, open to all members of the community.
NHS Western Isles backed the project with more than £40,000 as part of their Alcohol and Drugs Partnership programme. 

At the launch event at Cuddy Point, the NHSWI chief executive Gordon Jamieson said: “What a fantastic boat this is.  We have had a very small part to play in this, providing some of the resources that have helped to support the work.

“There is no doubt in my mind that everyone who has been involved in this project from the very beginning…should be very proud of themselves and the work they have done.  The perfection in the boat speaks for itself and I would just like to wish everyone, every success.”  He added that he hoped that NHSWI could be involved in projects like this in the future.

Third Sector Hebrides' Chief Executive, Hector Macleod, which supports Staran, the community interest company that backed the Blue Moon project, told the waiting crowd: “The project started in May 2015…it was specifically designed to assist various individuals with issues with alcohol and drugs.”

He praised the work of the volunteers involved in helping the project along.  He drew attention to the high level of skills needed to create a boat of this sort, and paid particular praise to support workers Kenny Maclennan and Carol Maclean for their work on the boat project, with their “can-do” attitude. 

And it was going to be fully used.  There was already a committee in place to form a rowing club.  A number of other skiffs were there at the launch and Mr Macleod thanked the other skiff-building groups on the island for their support during the building of the Blue Moon.

Following on from the success of the skiff-building, Staran has a new venture which will involve learning skills involving wood-working, electricals, mechanics and fibreglass.  The main activities will centre on the refurbishment of the yacht Ahura which aims to provide therapeutic activities.

The Blue Moon Rowing Club –if you would like to become involved or require more information, please contact Staran, 30 Francis Street, Stornoway – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01851 702632.

Edinburgh-based band, Blueflint, will be playing at an Lanntair on Saturday April 11th. 

For more info, make sure to get your hands on April's edition of EVENTS newspaper! (Out Wednesday April 1st)

Enthusiasts for traditional boats gathered in Stornoway last night along with six examples of traditional sailing and rowing boats – and this previewed an event at midday today (Saturday) at Cuddy Point with the launch of the traditional skiff Blue Moon, built by the Staran Community Interest Company over the past nine months.


Last night’s event, from Tree to Sea, involved a talk by writer and navigator Iain Stephen.  The audience also heard from Iain Macleod, and his father, the Ness boatbuilder John Murdo Macleod, the last in a long line of traditional boatbuilders.  The event was held in the Old Beer Store on Inaclete Road where a variety of community projects are undertaken.

Iain Stephen and John Murdo Macleod


On display were the historic sailing boats, the Broadbay and the Callicvol; and also the St Ayles skiffs – the Saorso, the Yackydoola from the West Side, the Blue Moon; and the Madadh Ruadh. 
The audience heard about the role of the sailing boats in the past – with the establishment of the boatbuilders in Ness in the 19th Century and the possibility that the original of the Sgoth Niseach design was actually in Stornoway which was a major centre for boatbuilding for most of the 19th Century. There were differences in design, including variations in how the two types of vessel pumped water out of their hulls.


Mention was also made of the modern enthusiasm for building the St Ayles skiffs which was spreading across the world.
It is hoped that many or even all of the vessels will be afloat in the harbour to greet the arrival of the Blue Moon, glistening with its new varnish – seven coats are needed to get an effective surface protection.

Senior officials from the Department for Transport (DfT) left a meeting of key Highlands and Islands stakeholders in Inverness on Friday (15 March) with the very clear message that  improved and guaranteed air connectivity is critical to the future economy of the region, say the event's organisers

The DfT delegation were in the Highlands seeking comments on a 200-page Green Paper which has been published by the UK Government outlining proposals for a new aviation strategy to 2050 and beyond, with a deadline for responses of 22 June.

HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)  hosted the event at Eden Court, Inverness to develop their collective response to the consultation.

Rona Membury (HTN Treasurer), Donald MacDonald (Secretary) with Dawn Davidson, Support Worker WI Sight Action; and Ali MacLennan (Chair of HTN)

Two local charities recently received a much-needed cash boost to support their activities.

The committee of the Hebridean Talking newspapers association - Rona Membury (Treasurer), Donald MacDonald (secretary) and Ali MacLennan (Chair) - presented Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris branch with £1280.58 and The Western Isles Sensory centre with £2000.

The Hebridean Talking newspapers association was established in the early 1980s with the first tapes going out in November 1984 to about 100 blind and partially sighted listeners in Lewis and Harris. But with the advance of modern technology, demand slumped and the group has recently wound itself up.

The Hebridean Brewing Company today (Wednesday March 1st)  opened its new brewery, bar and shop in Newton Street, Stornoway. 

The new facility is appropriately named… 'The Edge O' The World Brewery'. 

Under licensee and head brewer, Andy Ribbens, it serves Hebridean Brewery's five ales in the bar, as well guest beers, perry and cider – plus teas and coffees. 

Islanders planning a summer holiday should ensure they are prepared for a potential No Deal Brexit, warns Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

  • Check passport expiry dates
  • Get travel insurance to cover medical emergencies

The uncertainty of Brexit has been blamed as plans for a new distillery in Barra are put on hold for an undefined period.

Isle of Barra Distillery had launched a crowdfunding project in December, after a ‘soft launch’ at the community centre in Castlebay. They were seeking £1.5 million of investor funding through a share offer which promised returns for supporters.

The share offer had attracted 33 investors, some pledging over £1,000, and had reached 4% of the target total by last week. It was expected to close on March 31st, but directors Peter Brown, Malcolm Fraser and Neil Mackinnon announced this week that they were withdrawing the share offer for a time, until the economic uncertainty around Brexit had subsided enough to plan for a more certain future.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s democratic services officers are laying contingency plans in case the UK does not leave the European Union before the next European elections.

European elections are due to be held between May 23rd and May 26th although, under the plans for Brexit, it had been expected that the UK would no longer be part of the EU by that date.

SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan has joined with colleagues from across the political parties to oppose Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal and call for the threat of No-Deal to be taken off the table.

Speaking in the chamber during a Scottish Government debate on EU withdrawal negotiations, MSPs from the SNP, Scottish Labour, Green Party and the Liberal Democrats highlighted the growing support across Scotland for an extension to the Article 50 process to avoid a No-Deal scenario on 29th March.

Leabhar le flapaichan a chòrdas ri clann. Cò tha a' falach air an ath dhuilleag?!

A book filled with flaps and fun that you can read with your child. Who is hiding over the page?!

£4.99 ISBN: 9780861525270

The funeral of the well-known former Stornoway-based Harris Tweed manufacturer Bruce Burns took place on Tuesday March 14th in St Columba's Church, Lewis Street, Stornoway. 

The family have kindly allowed the republication of the eulogy which was read by Rev William Heenan for Bruce Burns at his funeral.

"Bruce was born in Western Australia in 1930 in a small place named Bruce Rock near Perth. His family returned to Scotland when he was aged five and eventually settled in Joppa, Edinburgh and Bruce then attended George Watson's school where his love of rugby and choral singing first flourished. 

BT has stated that it is 'obliged' to meet any requests from service providers to take over existing phone lines.

The phone giant was responding to an enquiry from www.welovestornoway.com after we told how Stornoway businessman Keith Morrison had his phone line taken from him and issued to another customer.

BT commented: "Mr Morrison is a victim of 'slamming', which is when another service provider issues a request to take over the line. 

"BT is obliged to meet that request and that’s what happened here. 

"His telephone line was restored on Friday last week and we are waiting for a request from his third party broadband provider to restore his service. 

"We’ll discuss compensation with him after his broadband service has been restored."

For the full story, click here

A construction kit to create a detailed model of MV Loch Seaforth went on sale this week (Wednesday March 13th) via CalMac’s new online shop.

Due to the forecasted high wind speeds the following evening bus services have been cancelled:

7.30pm and 9.40 pm,  Stornoway to Ness and Westside / Carloway

7.40 pm and 9.45 pm, Stornoway to Point district

7.40 pm and 9.20 pm, Stornoway to Back and Tolsta

7.35 pm and 9.35 pm, Stornoway to  Newvalley and North Lochs

More than 250 businesses across the Western Isles are still waiting to learn the outcome of their business rates appeals, almost two years after the new valuations were issued.

New SNP Government figures published today show that as of 31st December 2018, of the 378 who appealed their revaluation across the area, 263 are still waiting for a decision from the assessor.

Celebrity spotters should keep their eyes open next week in Harris and Lewis, as the Christmas special episode of the BBC drama Call the Midwife begins filming in the islands.

Homes, workplaces and iconic landmarks will be going dark across the world for Earth Hour this Saturday, in the world’s biggest demonstration of support for action on climate change.

This year’s switch off event takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March.

Urging her constituents to join in, Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant commented:“Supporters of Earth Hour grow year on year and I’m more than happy to support it.

Hollywood is coming to Stornoway with the launch of an exciting new dancing class.

Is the reality of life in a hum-drum world getting you down? Do you long for an age of glamour and excitement, when all the men wore hats and all the women's complexions were flatteringly monochrome?

Then step back in time with dancer Alex Jones as she teaches you to jive, Charleston and generally get all Fred and Ginger!

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil, and MSP, Alasdair Allan, have backed calls for the UK Government to freeze duty on fuel in the 2016 Budget, due to be published on Wednesday.

This follows warning signs that Chancellor George Osborne is considering upping the tax on petrol in an attempt to fill the black hole in his Budget. Tax currently makes up 70% of the total price of a tank of petrol or diesel. 

Angus MacNeil MP commented: “A rise in fuel duty would hit motorists in Na h-Eileanan an Iar more than anywhere else. We already face higher fuel prices than other part of the UK and any price hike would put additional pressure on households, businesses and in particular the haulage industry. The Chancellor should maintain a freeze on fuel duty to help stimulate the economy and not punish motorists in an effort to balance the books.”

West Coast Ferry operator CalMac is on course to cut its carbon emissions by five per cent this year.

Caledonian MacBrayne is giving away 1000 free tickets as part of National Ferry Fortnight.

Passengers will be able to buy one return ticket and get another free on any of the company's 19 bookable routes. CalMac sails to remote mainland areas and 24 island destinations across a 200-mile long stretch of Scotland’s beautiful and wild west coast.

National Ferry Fortnight runs from March 5-19 and this year is aimed at encouraging first time ferry users to get on board. Passengers must buy their ticket within a fortnight of March 5 to take advantage of the offer and can use the tickets purchased until September 30. The offer applies to foot passenger only and excludes vehicles tickets.

Bookings for this promotion must be made via CalMac's freephone number 0800 066 5000.

Caledonian MacBrayne has been shortlisted for two major awards recognising its role in supporting rural economies across Scotland’s west coast.

The nominations both underline contributions made as a business rooted in the communities served by the UK’s largest ferry network and the difference made to those who live within those areas.

The company’s network stretches from Campbeltown and the Isle of Arran in the south through to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the north – a distance of some 200 miles – and includes 24 islands and two mainland-to-mainland routes.

CalMac Ferries Ltd has submitted its final bid in the process to select the operator of the next Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract, with managing director Martin Dorchester confident it will make the firm a clear winner when a decision is made in a few months’ time.

The current contract expires in September and the Scottish Government’s transport agency, Transport Scotland, has been running a competitive process to select a provider of the services from 1st October 2016, for a period of up to eight years. 

CalMac is up against one other bidder, Serco,  for the £1 billion contract with ministers expected to decide between the two bids before the end of May.

Caledonian MacBrayne, together with The Lane Agency, has won the digital marketing campaign of the year category at The Travel Marketing Awards.

The company and agency were recognised at the UK-wide event in London for The Two Eejits series of short films – CalMac’s first campaign aimed specifically at the millennials sector.

Edinburgh-based The Lane Agency developed the fun and innovative film series for CalMac to appeal to a younger audience, showing that travel to the islands is inexpensive and easy to plan. Called ‘The Two Eejits’, it also sought to face head-on perceived issues of bad weather and the lack of anything to do, with plenty ideas for great adventures regardless of rain, hail, sleet, snow or anything else the notoriously fickle west coast weather gods can dredge up.

As the 10 new HHP homes at Sealladh a’ Chliseim, Leurbost, Isle of Lewis near completion Calmax Construction Ltd donated £500 to the Sgoil nan Loch library project as part of HHP’s Community Benefit requirements.

Today is the first day for new Essence of Harris shop in Tarbert.

They have moved to a new shop right in the heart of the village, opposite Hotel Hebrides and across from the ferry terminal which was formerly the tourist office.

For Mags Ralston, the love of candle making came almost by accident. It was November 2016 when she responded to a local advert selling small jars, which she had planned to use for crafts. When Mags realised the seller was also offering their candle-making supplies, she bought them on the spot – and Taigh Dubh Candles was born (writes Katie Macleod).

“I had never made a candle before, but from the minute I started I absolutely loved it,” says Mags, whose business has been going from strength to strength through local support and word of mouth.

Created in her work shed at home in Point, the candles come in a range of scents, sizes, and styles, and can be found in community shops like Buth an Rubha, Cross Stores, and Ravenspoint, as well as at the Stornoway and Tarbert craft fairs. There are even plans to sell online in the coming months, too.

 

Dà sgeulachd ann an aon leabhar mu dheidhinn caoraich agus gobhair. Tha cothrom ann coimhead airson an tunnag bheag bhuidhe air gach duilleag cuideachd.

Two farmyard stories in one handy book, where children have the opportunity to look for a little yellow duck on each page.

£4.99 ISBN: 9780861523344

Pic courtesy of Stornoway Coastguard

Coastguard teams were called after reports of a car in the water at Cuddy Point last night. 

Units from Stornoway and South Lochs Coastguard attended the scene at 7.20pm, accompanied by Stornoway Lifeboat.

They were able to confirm that the car was unoccupied, and its owner was safe. 

Blar Buidhe Nursing Home in Stornoway is at the centre of controversy today, after it was revealed a review is underway into the dietary programmes of residents.

Admissions to the care home have been temporarily suspended.

Residents, families and/or their representatives will be contacted and a report will be compiled detailing what, if any, action is required. The process is being undertaken in line with Adult Protection guidelines.

Monday 20th April

7.30pm

Carloway Day Centre

Preaching this Sunday (8th March)

11am Rev George Macaskill

6pm Rev George Macaskill

Prayer meeting on Wednesday (12th March) at 7.30pm

Crèche and Sunday school meet during the morning service.

Carloway CoS AGM

Wedesday 25th April

7.30pm

Carloway CoS Hall

Do you know a charity in need of a bit of a boost?!

This year, the Lewis Carnival Committee is organising something a bit special for the start of summer: The Carnival Midsummer Charity Ball!

Each year, the Lewis Carnival donates hundreds of pounds to local charities chosen by the committee after the event. This year, the committee would like YOU to give them a hand in finding charities who could benefit from a donation from the Carnival Committee.

Money raised from the Carnival Midsummer Charity Ball will be put back into the local community by way of donation to local charities and organisations.

THREE lucky charities/organisations will be chosen to each receive a share of the money raised by the Charity Ball!

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to put your charity forward to be in with a chance of benefiting from what is guaranteed to be a fantastic event!

This year, Stornoway will host the first ever Carnival Midsummer Charity Ball, organised by the Lewis Carnival Committee. The night will also hold the final of the all new Carnival King & Queen Competition.

The ball promises to be a night of glitz and glamour, raising money for local charities.

The ball, which will take place in Stornoway Town Hall on Friday June 10, will commence at 6.30pm, when guests will be treated to a wee drink on arrival, and dinner is scheduled to be served at 7pm.

 

The Bevvy Sisters return to Stornoway - and invite islanders to a singing workshop as part of the Broad Ways season

Launched yesterday (Monday, March 6th) by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, An Lanntair's Broad Ways season, celebrating International Women's Day,  is in full swing this week.

The chance to her BAFTA-winning actor, writer, director and singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson arrives on Thursday (March 9th)  in Story Makars.

Recognisable from her theatre work both as actor – Gerda has appeared in many great pieces of theatre, such as the sequel to John Byrne's iconic Slab Boys trilogy 'Nova Scotia' – and as writer/director, with her play 'Federer Versus Murray' receiving enormous acclaim at Edinburgh International Festival before touring to New York.




In January 2005, the Hebrides were hit by a hurricane force storm which claimed the lives of Calum Capbell, his daughter Murdina and her husband and their three children. Calum Campbell was a well known piper and composer and this book, edited by his son Niall, sister Catriona Campbell and niece Marian Garbull contains fifty mostly unpublished tunes. Foreward by Fred Morrison.  

£10.95 PBK 64pp ISBN: 9780861525744  

Pupils from GM5-7 and P7 at Sgoil an Rubha presented cheques to a number of community organisations recently.

Representatives from Stornoway Trust and the RNLI were presented with cheques from last session’s Wood ’n Rubha enterprise company which created, made and sold wooden Lews Castle models.

The company raised over £500 by selling the Castles to parents and in the local community, with one even making its way to Nicola Sturgeon’s office in the Scottish Parliament. 

The ADS scheme which subsidises air fares for residents in some of Scotland’s most remote communities has been renewed and extended.

Western Isles householders currently paying above average prices for electricity can now benefit from fairer tariffs thanks to a community-led scheme launched today (Tuesday March 6th).

Hebrides Energy, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company led by key local agencies including Tighean Innse Gall, Hebridean Housing Partnership, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Stornoway Trust and Community Energy Scotland, is teaming up with existing Scottish “Fairer Energy” supplier Our Power to promote a range of new Hebridean Tariffs to the local market.

It is hoped that the savings offered by Our Power, in partnership with Hebrides Energy, will represent a key step to curb fuel poverty, which now sees nearly 60% of Island homes struggling to afford energy bills.

A landmark event for the future of Gaelic in the Church of Scotland was held in Glasgow at the weekend.

The first ever conference exploring how the Church of Scotland can nurture the Gaelic language was described by those attending as a 'miracle' and a 'milestone' within the Gaelic speaking world.

The event was organised after Moderator-Designate, Rev Dr Angus Morrison, and Council of Assembly Secretary, Pauline Weibye, identified the urgent need for the Church to do more to promote Gaelic.

CNES Trading Standards have destroyed dangerous goods which were seized from doorstep sellers visiting the islands over the last year.

There are only a few weeks until the babes of 1967 have their reunion in the Golf Club, which takes place on the weekend of the 28th and 29th April. All bookings must be made in advance and ideally by Friday 7th April, so that the organisers can make final preparations for the event. Over 130 have signed up so far, but they are sure more would like to come who haven’t booked yet.

If you would like to attend, please visit www.classof67.weebly.com and complete the booking form. Alternatively, a hard copy of the form can be printed off from the website and given to folk who don’t use computers. There is a closed Facebook page for the event here.

If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0777 071 4987.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Councillor Norman A MacDonald, yesterday (Friday March 9) presented certificates to three apprentices employed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar who have recently achieved their Modern Apprenticeship Level 3 in Business and Administration.

The Scottish Government has given an allocation to the Western Isles of £223,000 under the Town Centre Fund 2019/20.

The purpose of the fund is to drive local economic activity and stimulate economic improvements to town centres.



A story about making new friends, with a message that being different to others can sometimes be an advantage.    

£5.95 ISBN 9780861523733

Lecturers at Lews Castle College will strike tomorrow Thursday (17 March) as a campaign for fair pay and pay equality in Scotland’s colleges escalates.

The initial day of strike action follows a recent statutory ballot carried out by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) for members in its Further Education Lecturers’ Association (FELA). Nationally, 88% of those voting in the ballot backed the move to strike action, on a turnout of 61%.

The programme of strike action is scheduled to continue until the summer, escalating to two and then three days per week, if no resolution is reached in the dispute.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has formally raised the Commonwealth Flag today (Monday, March 12th) in celebration of Commonwealth Day.
Now in its fourth year the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Vice Chair of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee, raised the flag, commenting: “I am pleased to learn that so many people throughout the Commonwealth will be taking part in the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative this year and am delighted that the Comhairle once again participated in Commonwealth Day and all that the Commonwealth represents.”

There is just one week left to get responses in to two linked consultations that the Comhairle is undertaking which look at the delivery of development and housing in the Outer Hebrides. Consultations on the Draft Local Housing Strategy (LHS) and Proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) are due to close on Friday 10th March.

Comments on these consultations are sought from all members of the community.

The Crofting Commission is reminding crofters that they are legally obliged to complete and return the second Crofting Census, which was issued at the end of last year, to the Crofting Commission by the 31 March 2016.

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 requires crofters to complete the Crofting Census each year and if they fail to provide the information without reasonable cause, by the date shown or knowingly provide false information they will be guilty of an offence under this Act. 

The 2015 Crofting Census forms have been well received with many crofters understanding the benefit of providing the information and helping to establish a clear picture of the current state of crofting. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be joining with more than 730 Commonwealth Flag Events in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday for Commonwealth Day 2015, the second time this has been held.

The Western Isles event will be held outside the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices in Stornoway at 10am led by Comhairle Convener, Councillor Norman MacDonald. A special message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen to all those taking part will be read out by the Lord Lieutenant, Sandy Matheson.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today formally raised the Commonwealth Flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Lord Lieutenant Sandy Matheson read out a message from the Queen which stated: "I am pleased to learn that so many people throughout the Commonwealth will be taking part in the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative on Commonwealth Day this year, which I understand will see the raising of a record number of Commonwealth flags. I send my good wishes to all who are taking part.”

On Saturday March 28th members of the public gathered to watch – and help with – the turning over the new boat for the West Side rowing Club, “An Eathar”.

This exciting project was supported by Horshader Community Development Trust. 

The community of Keose Glebe announced today (Friday) that they completed the community land buyout of the local estate on Tuesday March 22.
In a media statement, the Keose Glebe Steering Group said:  “The buyout process has also required the community to consider and develop its skills, plans and ambitions for the future, and how these can strengthen and grow social bonds and economic opportunity, for the long term benefit of all.
“Training, feasibility works, valuations, mapping, business plans, company set-up, community consultation, legal undertakings and many other requirements have also had to be developed, funded and undertaken.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has expressed his concern and disappointment at the findings of the Care Inspectorate’s Joint Inspection of services for older people in the Western Isles.

The 98-page report highlights 'important weaknesses in key performance outcomes', and says that a 'significant proportion of older people… had been subject to delayed discharges from hospital'.

The report highlights that many people have had to wait 'significant lengths of time to receive care at home , support, or access to a care home'.

It was also noted that 'historically there had been difficulties in aspects of partnership working between NHS Western Isles and the Comhairle… They were now facing the consequences of this in high numbers of delayed discharges'.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is again highlighting concerns over the costs falling on newly formed community trusts.

In 2010, there were concerns from the Community Land sector that one of the triggers for registration would be a change of ownership of a crofting estate.

In the case of a community buy-out this would be a disincentive to progress with a buy-out and would also burden a newly formed group with an immediate mass registration of crofts on the estate purchased.

Hebrides Energy is continuing to seek to ensure that customers are on the best possible deal for them following the transfer of Our Power customers – including those who had signed up to Hebrides Energy tariffs – to Utilita.

A spokesperson for the Hebrides Energy said: “The agreement between Hebrides Energy and Our Power was automatically terminated once that company went into administration, and there is no intention to enter into a new partnership with Utilita.  

The construction of the new £8.4 million Sgoil Uibhist a' Tuath will be undertaken by Willmott Dixon Public and Commercial Ltd., in collaboration with the Robertson Construction Group.

The proposed layout of the school remains as outlined during the design consultation process and includes a 100 pupil design capacity in addition to 0-5 Early Learning and Childcare accommodation provision.  

The External Works will include car and bus parking and drop-off facilities, hard-play areas including the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), 3G synthetic pitch, environmental garden and polytunnel and planting area.

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are advising consumers not to respond to a scam e-mail titled “RE:COUNCIL TAX REFUND – CONFIRMATION”.

The message claims to be from council tax.gov.uk and states you are being issued a refund of £341.04.

Council Tax bills issued by the Comhairle next week will see the first increases since 2007 following the reform of Council Tax bands by the Scottish Government and the decision of the Comhairle to raise an additional 3%.

 

This 3% increase will contribute an estimated £380k towards the Comhairle’s budget for 2017/18 and is part of a range of measures to reduce a £6.1m funding gap to £2.5m.

A man who drove his car off the road in Upper Coll this morning (Sunday March 31st) was found to have been drinking and will appear in court.

The single-vehicle road traffic incident was reported to police as having happened around 7am today and the driver was later traced and was found to have been drinking.

He was taken to Stornoway police station and charged with drink-driving, and was released when sober on an undertaking to appear in court on April 16th.

Man in court after fight

A 23-year-old man is to appear in Stornoway Sheriff Court later this month, after getting involved in a fight at licensed premises on Saturday afternoon.

The Boatman's Tower, Lews Castle Grounds.   Photo copyright John Maher

Lewis and Harris are set to have their very own Illuminations as three historic buildings get lit up this month in celebration of island architecture – and island residents have the chance to see their very own artwork up in lights.

An Lanntair arts centre and the Western Isles Architects Group are delighted to present three nights of illuminations and lantern parades to celebrate the diversity of Architecture in the Western Isles on Friday, March 24th in Rodel, and Saturday March 25th and Monday March 27th in Stornoway.

As part of a the 'Building our Islands' project, inspired by the 2016 Festival of Architecture, three island buildings – The Boatman's Tower and The Nicolson Institute Clock Tower in Stornoway, and Store Girnal in Rodel – were selected by the public, with over 500 people casting their vote.

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has expressed deep disappointment at the Scottish Government decision to not introduce the planned Areas of Natural Constraint support scheme, instead opting to reduce support payments to the fragile areas.

“The government have reneged on their promise,” said Russell Smith, chair of the SCF, “which was made in the lead up to this phase of the Common Agriculture Policy. For years government and stakeholders have been working on the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) support scheme, which was to replace the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS).”

Mr Smith said, “LFASS has been consistently misused by Scotland to divert public money intended for support to the fragile areas to act as a ‘top-up’ for the industry farms on better land.

Crofters are receiving demands for payment of business rates on sporting rights that the vast majority of them do not hold, the Scottish Crofting Federation warns.

It is imperative that local authorities halt the process until this has been sorted out, says Patrick Krause, the SCF chief executive.

The Scottish Crofting Federation has received many communications from members who are very anxious over a demand they have received for payment, sometimes of very large amounts of money, for rates on sporting rights they do not hold. 

Crofting in the Western isles seems to be under attack from many angles at the moment, with a series of institutional cutbacks, says Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation.
The closure of Stornoway abattoir is under threat, a massive blow for crofting in Harris and Lewis.  "We are trying to promote provenance of food produce but the closure will see the end of being able to claim meat as being Hebridean from birth to death.  It is also thought that the closure will increase the number of home-kills which do not allow the meat on to the open market."
He points out that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar owns the Stornoway Abattoir and has maintained it to a high standard since giving it a substantial refurbishment in 1993.  The Comhairle admits that “The service this facility provides is a significant element of the crofting/agricultural sector in the Western Isles”, but, he says, cutbacks will diminish the service this year and complete closure is planned for next year.

The impact of Brexit on Scottish rural development and crofting in particular was the subject of a keynote address by Dr Michael Russell, the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe at the Scottish Crofting Federation annual gathering in Applecross.

The meeting on Saturday March 11th heard Michael Russell explain how when he was appointed as 'Minister for Brexit' in August last year that there was no structure in place for dealing with the negotiations.  

Ultimately a committee was established as part of the Joint Ministerial Committee structure between the Governments which he said "was not effective at all".  It was "totally controlled from London" - with all meetings taking place there and always chaired by a UK minister. "There's no decision-making function" within the joint committee structure.  

With deadline day approaching, the Crofting Commission is reminding crofters that they are legally obliged to complete and return the Crofting Census, which was issued at the end of last year.

Completed Crofting Census forms need to be returned by the 31 March 2017.

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 requires crofters to complete the Crofting Census each year and if they fail to provide the information without reasonable cause, by the date shown or knowingly provide false information they will be guilty of an offence under this Act. 

'I want to learn' was the basic message from Crofting Commission Chief Executive Bill Barron to crofters meeting for the Scottish Crofting Federation annual gathering in Applecross on Saturday March 11th.   

Mr Barron was only recently confirmed as permanent chief executive after three months in the post as an 'acting CEO' and took the opportunity to introduce himself in detail to crofters and invite questions on many subjects - excluding the current commission elections.

Mr Barron said he "was delighted to have this job."  He explained he had 35 years experience as a civil servant working for the UK Government and the Scottish Government, starting out as a statistician for 15 years and then moving on to become a policy adviser, working on education, poverty, health, policing, criminal courts and latterly housing in Scotland.  "I had absolutely no knowledge of Crofting at all" until taking up the post in October last year.  He and his family live in a small community outside of Edinburgh and he has some experience of working in community organisations there.


The new Assessors Panel at the Crofting Commission

A new Assessors Panel has been appointed for the Crofting Commission, the organisation has announced today (Thursday, March 22nd).
The Assessor’s role is varied and includes passing on information locally relevant to crofting, being able to signpost crofting to the services offered by the Commission and to also provide to the Commission any relevant information on matters which might arise in their own areas.
Crofting Commission Convener, Rod Mackenzie, said: “The Commission is pleased to welcome a new panel of Assessors.

The count for the Crofting Commission elections will take place in the Stornoway Town Hall from 10am on Friday 17th March 2017.

Live updates will be provided bilingually through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Facebook and Twitter pages and Periscope will be used to give live video of the announcements.

Comhairle Twitter page: https://twitter.com/cne_siar

Comhairle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/comhairlenaneileansiar/

A number of replacement postal packs have been issued for the Crofting Commission Election.  Due to an error by external printers, a number of the original postal packs issued had an incomplete address.

If you are one of the electors who receives a replacement postal pack which should arrive by this weekend, you must complete the ballot paper contained within this pack as the previously issued ballot paper has now been cancelled.

Postal voting packs for the four contested constituencies in the Crofting Commission Elections must be returned to The Returning Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Stornoway by 4.00pm on Thursday 16 March 2017. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Election Office spokesperson Mairi Sine Macdonald said:  “I would urge Postal Voters to ensure that they post their completed ballot paper in the reply paid envelope provided in sufficient time to ensure that it is returned by the deadline”.

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar representatives raised a number of crofting concerns with Environment Minister, Aileen Mcleod, when she visited Uist earlier this week.

Councillors Uisdean Robertson and Donald Crichton met with the Minister to reiterate the Comhairle's position on the Crofter Housing Grant Scheme and addressing the issue of delayed basic payments to crofters.

Councillor Robertson, Chair of the Comhairle's Crofting JCC said: "This was a useful meeting in which the Minister listened carefully and with interest to the issues we raised. We were able to bring before the Minister our concern that there is no new money for this scheme and that we have seen the budget for it cut in half over the last ten years. 

There was cross-party agreement on the need for crofting law reform at the Crofting Law Conference (organised by the WS Society and the Crofting Law Group) held in the Signet Library, Edinburgh yesterday (Thursday).

Trudi Sharp, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform, in the Scottish Government stood in at the last minute for Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, who was unfortunately unwell and unable to deliver the keynote address on behalf of the Government.

Trudi Sharp indicated that she had yet to speak to anyone who would disagree with the sentiment that there was a need to simplify crofting legislation. She said:
“The Minister is clear that crofting legislation should be well thought-through with stakeholders and deliver law that is modern, simple and fit for purpose.”

 

The first ever Gaelic anthology of Gaelic verse from WW1 with English translations and notes on authors and key personalities and events mentioned in the poems.     

£15.00 PBK 509pp ISBN: 9780861525447

If you’re driving anywhere between Ness and Leverburgh tomorrow, be sure and toot your horn at three hardy BBC cyclists. 

Janice Ann Mackay, Emma Lamont, and Allan Macleod are all taking part in a Sport Relief challenge, which will see them attempt to get from the Butt of Lewis to Leverburgh in under 12 hours.

The trio will depart at 6.45am, and hope to be finished their 85-mile effort by 6pm. 

Councillors would like to remind cyclists that the use of pavements for cycling is forbidden.

Cyclists using pavements in Stornoway has been highlighted to the Comhairle as an ongoing problem that needs to be resolved.

Read the Highway Code’s rules for cyclists and you will see, in no uncertain terms, that cycling on the pavements is forbidden. Rule number 64: You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.

However, the issue of cyclists using pedestrian walkways in Stornoway has been highlighted as an issue that appears to be getting worse – endangering walkers, runners, babies in prams, children, and anyone else using the pavement, who are inclined to assume that they are safe from vehicles there.

Stornoway South Councillor and Chair of the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership, Cllr Charlie Nicolson, stated: "A lot of people have been in contact about cyclists using the pavements and the main town centre pedestrian precinct. I know the Police are aware of the issue. This is putting people who are out walking, running, and wheel chair users, in a dangerous situation, especially at night.

“We want to encourage the sport of cycling but would ask cyclists to keep to the rules of using the roads, and not putting pedestrians in a difficult situation. The last thing we want is any serious accidents so please keep to the rules and safeguard our pedestrians, and stay off the pavements."

Mark Beaumont, the well-known adventurer and long distance cyclist is setting off today to complete the challenge to cycle the Hebridean Way Cycling Route in just 24 hours.

The Outer Hebrides Tourism group says: "Everything is in place and Mark has been training hard … the last thing we need is you!  We are looking for lots of cheers and support for Mark as he sets off in Vatersay and to celebrate with him when the 24 hours are up and he has arrived at the Butt of Lewis.

If you are in Barra or Vatersay gather at the Community Hall at Vatersay at 1145 today  (Thursday 10th March) to wish Mark well.

If you are on Lewis you can welcome him as he finishes his challenge at the Butt of Lewis tomorrow  (Friday 11th March) at 13.00.

OHT will be filming Mark through this epic journey with a film crew capturing his personal journey through the islands.  "We are more than happy for cyclists to cycle with Mark for a couple of miles, but then you must peel of as there are lots of filming logistics to fit around.  If you would like to cycle with Mark, please contact Mairi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as there are designated joining points where you can join him for a couple of miles and then peel off.

Follow the challenge on-line  

The 2016 Rally Hebrides is getting closer by the day and the main cog in the wheel to ensure this event happens each year is the people who very kindly marshal on the event, says Lewis Car Club.

"Your help and the giving up of your precious time to help ensure the Rally goes ahead to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer support and is very greatly appreciated by all at Lewis Car Club.

"Both new and experienced marshals are very welcome and will be greatly appreciated.

Elite athletes from the Outer Hebrides have just a fortnight left to apply to benefit from a scheme designed to support travel costs in the islands.

The pilot Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme from sportscotland will support up to 24 high-performing athletes from across the Islands to attend training and competitions. The aim of this scheme is to help the elite athletes of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to gain better access to competitive and developmental opportunities available on the mainland.

Up to eight individuals could benefit in the Western Isles with £1,500 available per person this year.

Scottish Fuels, local supplier of heating oil and lubricants, which is owned by Certas Energy, donated a defibrillator unit to an Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway.

The unit, presented during a training session at the centre on Thursday 26 February 2015, is hosted by an Lanntair's information desk, for use by visitors to the centre, passers-by and local residents.

A new bilingual dementia friendly community initiative in the Western Isles has been given the go-ahead thanks to a funding boost of £180,000.  

The project, run by an Lanntair, is based on two previous pilot projects which used combined local knowledge, local language, and memory tools to support people affected by dementia in a culturally specific way.

This new initiative looks at the role that bilingualism – speaking Gaelic and English - plays in the delayed onset of dementia and the benefits that an oral tradition can have in retaining good memory skills, providing a generational bridge and a sense of belonging.

Are you, or is someone you care about, living with diabetes? The Lewis and Harris Diabetic Support Group are meeting on Friday the 24th of March at 12.30pm in the Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Diabetic Specialist Dietitian, Mrs M Macleod, will be speaking, and tea/coffee and healthy filled rolls will be provided. For more information call Margaret Macleod on 07799 026  484, Isabel Macleod on 01851 70 3273 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All welcome.

People in the Western Isles are being urged to take part in the public consultation on proposals to tackle incidents of dogs attacking livestock.

The consultation, which ends on 15th May, was launched last month by SNP MSP Emma Harper, who has the support of a number of organisations, including NFU Scotland, the Scottish SPCA, and Police Scotland, and others, to strengthen livestock attack laws.

The public can take part in the consultation on the following link: https://www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/111027.aspx

People in the Western Isles are being urged to take part in the public consultation on proposals to tackle incidents of dogs attacking livestock.

The consultation, which ends on 15th May, was launched last month by SNP MSP Emma Harper, who has the support of a number of organisations, including NFU Scotland, the Scottish SPCA, and Police Scotland, and others, to strengthen livestock attack laws.

The public can take part in the consultation on the following link: https://www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/111027.aspx

The Directors of the Lewis and Harris Auction Mart met on Saturday evening (March 2nd) in the Caladh Inn to present long-serving Secretary Donald Macleod with a gift after his retiral as a Director of the Mart.

Pupils from The Nicolson Institute have today (Friday March 8th) thanked parents and businesses for their support with donations to help sports activities at school.

Stornoway Coastguard Coastal Operations Centre had to deal with two emergencies at sea within one hour yesterday afternoon (Thursday March 28th).

The Coastguard rescue helicopter R948 was scrambled at 3.40pm to the assistance of the Dutch cargo vessel Northern Rock, who had called for assistance with a sick crewman.

Efforts to stop dog fouling in Stornoway are being ramped up. 

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is continuing its anti-dog fouling campaign with visits to known problem areas.

A spokesperson said: “There has been a lot of feedback from the campaign so far with lots of support via social media and officers have being patrolling areas highlighted.  Requests have been made for more dog waste bins however owners are reminded that bagged dog waste can be put in any residual waste bin.”

New flight restriction zones for drone operators come into force today (Wednesday March 13th), meaning that drones must be kept  further away from airports at Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra.

Rachel C. Barowman is the director of the Dùn Èistean Archaeology Project (DEAP). This book contains the detailed report of the survey work carried out by the DEAP team between 2000 and 2007. It also tells the story of Dùn Èistean, a defended local stronghold, caught up in the conflict and political turmoil between the islands and mainland authorities in Scotland in the 1500s and early 1600s. Includes a CD with tables, field catalogues, illustrations and further notes.

English £29.99 PBK 454pp ISBN: 9780861525393

The Bridge Community Centre still has some places left on most of the Heritage trips and activities on offer over the Easter holidays. Open to all young people (they don't have to be Bridge Centre members) aged 11-25 and all free of charge. Ring 01851 702432 for more information or to make a provisional booking.

Lewis weatherman Eddy Graham has been appointed one of the co-editors of the Royal Meteorological Society’s journal Weather, following the retirement of the current editor.

Eddy, who lectures at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) at Lews Castle College, will take over the reins as co-editor alongside University of Exeter lecturer Gavin Huggett from March 31st, when retiring editor Jim Galvin steps down.

Western Isles Labour candidate Alasdair Morrison has called for the new Scottish Government body, Wave Energy Scotland, to be located in Lewis so that it does not become "another distant quango living off peripheral resources".

The new body has been set up following the collapse of Pelamis, the Edinburgh-based technology developer and the Scottish Government's admission that nobody is going to win the Saltire Prize which, said Mr Morrison, "raised entirely false hopes about the wave power sector".

Mr Morrison said: "It is now clear to everyone that, in order to give credibility to its otherwise incredible energy policy, the Scottish Government encouraged expectations about what wave power would contribute on a timescale that was entirely out of line with technical progress."

Urras Energy has burst through its target for community share investment with the total raised standing at an impressive £705,800. 

This heralds a very exciting time for the Society in the months ahead with construction now underway and two additional wind turbines expected to arrive in the middle of the year to add to the rapidly growing community wind energy infrastructure across the Isle of Lewis.

The support from within the Galson Estate and the wider island community has been an essential driver in the project’s success. 

Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort, with Amy Amazon, present their donation to Chrisetta Mitchell and Zena Stewart from The Leanne Fund

The Leanne Fund was delighted to receive nearly £5,000 raised through an epic challenge – the Peking to Paris Endurance Car Rally – completed by an Isle of Lewis duo.

Island residents Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort took part in the gruelling Peking to Paris Endurance Car Rally last summer, crossing two continents and travelling thousands of miles in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122 car, aptly named 'Amy Amazon'.

The couple chose to support The Leanne Fund as one of their charities and raised an amazing £4,952.89.

Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, owners of welovestornoway.com and publishers of EVENTS newspaper, HEB Magazine and a variety of other websites and publications is today (Friday March 1st) taking over the business of SignPrint Ltd, which shares its headquarters in James Street, Stornoway.

Click here to visit our all new Family Announcements page, and read about our introductory offer!

A poignant family tribute to an inspirational Gaelic song enthusiast, singer and teacher will be staged as part of the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer

Rod Mackenzie, who passed away two years ago, was the founder and leader of three Gaelic choirs from Back, in Lewis, who frequently enjoyed success at the Royal National Mod and other competitions. His extensive work and commitment to his community earned him a place in the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

The West Harris Trust are looking for a name for their brand new £1.5 million enterprise centre at Pairc Nisabost – and are inviting you to suggest it!

The winner will receive a meal for themselves and their family to the value of £100, at the café inside the new centre, scheduled for completion this summer. 

Organisers want a name that is ‘memorable, easy to pronounce, and evokes the spirit of the place, English or Gaelic’.

The Farm Advisory Service and SAC Consulting are holding the second in their series of friendly open common grazings discussion groups at the UOG Business Centre in South Galson next Tuesday, the 13th of March, at 7.30pm.  Topics will include public and employers liability, finances, more effective grazings and grants.  The meetings are completely free and everyone is welcome to attend. You can book your place online via www.fas.scot or by contacting Janette Sutherland at SAC Consulting Portree on 01478 621 993 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Tea and home baking will be provided.

The Faroe Islands have a much better mobile phone service than many parts of Scotland, according to Isles MP Angus MacNeil. 

He met with the Chair and CEO of Faroes Føroya Telecom, the Faroese telecom company that operates mobile phone telephony in the Faroe Islands, along with Huw Saunders from Ofcom, to discuss further developments for expanding mobile phone networks in Scotland, particularly in the Scottish Islands.

“This was a very interesting meeting to get an island based telecom company with the UK’s regulator Ofcom to discuss bringing mobile phone telephony to areas where the UK market is clearly failing," said Mr MacNeil.

There are fears in Harris that Cal Mac is planning to ‘remove or reduce’ its ferry service between Tarbert and Uig/Lochmaddy.

So genuine are the concerns, a Harris Transport Forum (HTF) has been established, seeking answers from Cal Mac over recent alterations to the service.

In a letter to Cal Mac, HTF express what they describe as ‘grave concerns’ over issues relating to the route.

So excited are the Loopallu Festival team about this year's headline act that they've broken with tradition to announce first acts months earlier than previous years.

And with first headliner Feeder making Loopallu 2016 their only Scottish festival appearance, who can blame the festival team.

Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas said: “We are very excited to close the festival season in Scotland.

All ferry services on the Lochmaddy-Uig-Tarbert routes are cancelled tomorrow (Monday) because of a southerly storm forecast with winds predicted to hit 70mph.

The afternoon ferry from Stornoway and its return from Ullapool are on amber alert for possible cancellation.

Amber alerts warning of possible cancellation are also in force for the Sound of Harris ferry.

Strong winds overnight from Thursday March 21st and through today (Friday) mean cancellations and disruption warnings on island ferry services.

All sailings between Tarbert and Uig on Friday 22nd March have been cancelled with an amended timetable scheduled to operate on Saturday 23rd March.

Ferries to Castlebay have also been cancelled, and warnings of disruption exist for the Sound of Harris and Sound of Barra services - with the 1300 from Eriskay leaving at 1200 today (Friday 22nd March)

Stornoway-Ullapool Ferry departed Stornoway at 0658 this morning, and will remain in Ullapool until weather improves before making a return. 

Work has started on a £440,000 upgrade that will provide quicker and more efficient access for ferry users in Stornoway.

During April, additional marshalling approach lanes will be installed at the ferry terminal. Together with corresponding changes to check-in procedures, the increased capacity will reduce delays on Shell Street during busy early morning and lunchtime check-in periods.

Improvements are also being carried out to the terminal building car park and drop-off areas. These will include the mini roundabout at the terminal building being removed and a new exit route created via a revised car park layout.

CalMac has published its carrying figures for 2018. 

The Isle of Arran was again the most popular destination across the company’s network with a total of 913,005 passengers carried through Ardrossan and Lochranza, an increase of 1571 on 2017.

Total passengers carried for the year were recorded as 5,253,766, up from 5,238,164 on the previous 12 months, a 0.3% overall increase.

The Annual General Meeting of the Fideach Angling Club will be held in the Sandwick School Community Room at 7.30pm on Friday 14th April 2017.

Ferry passengers and island residents will get their last chance this week for photo-opportunities with the largest semi-submersible oil rig in the world, as the Ocean Greatwhite anchors mid-Minch on her journey north.

A new agreement has been reached to use fire stations across the Highlands and Islands as communication hubs during emergencies.

Using the stations across the Western Isles will allow multi-agency partners to set-up bases for the community and responders in these areas, particularly during power and communication outages.

The Highlands and Islands area has faced a number of communications and power outages over past years, generally associated with high impact weather, but also through technical faults.

In response to these various episodes, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and other responders have been asked to open local stations to provide vital 'on the ground' links.

The new Crofting Commissioners held their first Board meeting yesterday, Wednesday March 29th. 

As a Convener has not yet been appointed by Scottish Government the meeting was chaired by the Crofting Commission’s Chief Executive, Bill Barron.

Amongst other business the Board agreed to appoint Malcolm Mathieson, David Campbell and Rod Mackenzie as members to the Commission’s Audit & Finance Committee and Iain MacIver will be the Gaelic spokesperson on behalf of the Board.

Stornoway harbour is due to see the first cruise passengers of the season on Friday (March 29th), when the Portugese-registered vessel Astoria makes the first of a scheduled five visits to Stornoway.

Today, Tuesday, March 28th, marked the first time all six elected and three appointed Commissioners of the Crofting Commission met.

Meeting in Great Glen House, Inverness, the Commissioners had the opportunity to have an informal chat and get to know each other over coffee.

When introductions were over, the group wasted no time in getting down to business with the morning being taken up meeting Scottish Government officials to discuss the future of crofting legislation.

In the afternoon, Commissioners considered how to work together as a Board.

The first Board Meeting of the new Commissioners will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29th, in Great Glen House.

Pictured are the new Commissioners – (l-r) – Malcolm Mathieson; Billy Neilson; James Scott; Rod MacKenzie; Mairi MacKenzie; David Campbell; Iain MacIver; Andy Holt, and Cyril Annal.

Two island women have become the first to achieve Modern Apprenticeship accreditation as Harris Tweed weavers, a milestone for both the industry and the national Modern Apprentice programme which has never previously accredited an individual in self-employment. 

Power over fishing needs to be given to the Scottish Government to prevent Scottish interests in this industry being negotiated away any further, says Angus Brendan MacNeil MP, SNP Fisheries spokesperson at Westminster.

Fishermen were promised that they would regain full control over the country's fishing waters on Brexit day, 29 March 2019. Instead, the UK will merely be "consulted" on fish quotas during the interim period, while remaining in the CFP.

Last week, Mr MacNeil called on the Secretary of State for DEFRA, Michael Gove MP to clarify what implications Brexit will have on the Scottish fishing industry and to urge that Westminster resists a power grab of Scottish fisheries.

A former MSP voiced her fears for the future of Highlands and Islands Enterprise warning that attempts to 'fit' the development agency into a 'Government department box' will 'kill it'.

Speaking today (Thursday, March 30th) at the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee, Maureen Macmillan, who represented Labour the Highlands and Islands, presented a petition urging the Government to reverse its decision to create a single Scotland-wide board and instead retain separate boards for each enterprise agency, including the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

She further called on the Scottish Government not to take away a power given to the region by a Westminster Government.

Candidates look over the final sheets of results before the announcement of poll tallies last night

Stornoway Town Hall was crowded last night (Tuesday March 28th) as the count took place in the Stornoway Trust election.   Polling ended at 8pm with people streaming in to the Estate Office to vote all through the day and the counting was not finally complete until just before midnight with 22 candidates in consideration.

Murdo F Campbell, of Portnaguran; Norman A Maciver of Back; Donald ‘Dickie’ Macleod, of Goathill, Stornoway; Catriona Murray of North Tolsta; and Donald A Nicolson of Sandwick, were elected to the Stornoway Trust after yesterday’s vote and poll count.

Returning Office and Trust Factor Iain Maciver thanked everyone involved for their patience and their hard work, particularly the "enumerators and the counting team" who had coped with the piles of sheets and choices made by the voters.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar today formally raised the Commonwealth Flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Convener, Norman A MacDonald, who raised the flag, commented: "I am pleased to learn that so many people throughout the Commonwealth will be taking part in the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative this year and am delighted that the Comhairle once again participated in Commonwealth Day and all that the Commonwealth represents."

The Flannan Isles Exhibition and Memorial, which commemorates the tragic and mysterious loss of the three Light Keepers in December 1900, will be opening again for 2019.

The exhibition at Breasclete Community Centre will be open Monday to Saturday 2pm – 4pm, from 1st April until 31st October. It has fully accessible facilities, including a lift, and groups are welcome with advance notice (telephone 01851 621214 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

There is also a memorial at the shore of East Loch Roag, it is on the Breasclete/Pentland Road cross-roads and parking is available.

 

Flybe chiefs are looking into complaints that their services from Glasgow to Stornoway last week (February 26-March 4) failed to fly even on days unaffected by snow at Glasgow Airport.

Mr Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Director of Revenue Management & Distribution, confirmed today (Monday) to welovestornoway.com that “the schedule for Glasgow to Stornoway was planned to run until yesterday.”

It had been announced earlier that Flybe would cease the Glasgow-Stornoway service which began last year, from today. Instead an improved service to Aberdeen is to be provided.

Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, today (Monday March 5th) introduces 12 additional flights a week to its Stornoway – Aberdeen route, providing two flights a day on Monday to Friday and a new Sunday service.

The first flight from Aberdeen this morning arrived more than two hours late because of "the crew being out of hours following the knock-on of weather recovery of flights from last week," an Eastern Airways spokesman said.

The services to Aberdeen also provide convenient onward connections to Flybe’s London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham flights.


The gripping story of one man’s experience of WW2 after being forced to surrender to the Germans at St Valery-en-Caux (With CD). 

Children’s Books    

£15.00 PBK 192pp ISBN: 9780861523283

BBC Alba will this weekend televise exclusive live coverage of the IRN-BRU Cup final between Dundee United and St Mirren

Coverage from Fir Park, Motherwell, begins on Saturday at 12.15pm, with kick-off at 12.30pm. The match will be presented by Calum Macaulay, with commentary from Alex O’Henley and analysis from Ryan Stevenson, who recently retired from professional football following a career at Hearts, Ayr United and Raith Rovers amongst others.

Cliasmol School in Harris - once Scotland's smallest school - is up for sale.

Offers over £80,000 are invited for he school, which closed in 2008 with just four pupils.

Say the selling agents, Ken Macdonald & Co: "The opportunity has arisen to obtain this former Primary School in a remote location in the north west of Harris.  The commercial premises extend to approximately 108m2 and provide the potential for conversion to a studio, hostel or residential premises."  

Stornoway Crown Post Office is now partway through its renovation! 

Workmen are working through the night to give you a brighter, more modern and spacious Post Office without affecting service. 

Disabled young people in Stornoway will have the chance to take part in free dance sessions this April as part of Moving Forward - a new dance and disability project run by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, and Indepen-dance, an inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people.

From Monday 9th to Thursday 12th April, young disabled people aged 12 to 25 can take part in dance sessions held at An Lanntair and Stornoway Town Hall.

The sessions will help participants make friends, get creative, learn new skills in dance and have fun. No experience is necessary and the sessions are free.

A new leisure link partnership with four other areas of Scotland that will see ‘Slàinte Mhath’ members able to access leisure facilities outwith the Western Isles for the first time, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced (today March 26th).

The scheme, involving the four other areas will be known as the “Leisure Link Partnership” and it's believed to be the first of its type in Scotland.

‘Slàinte Mhath’ members will now be able to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure facilities across Highland, Moray, Orkney and Argyll and Bute at no extra cost.

There are plenty of fresh fish at Harbour Seafoods Stornoway but this week we’ve chosen Haddock and Whiting.

Whiting are a white fleshed sea fish, they are a small member of the cod family and have a very similar flavour. As whiting are less well known they are a more economical alternative to buy than cod and are more sustainable. Its flesh is light, firm, lean, sweet and delicate, best cooked quickly.

SC Seafoods - Fishmonger Sean Clarke and nephew Stephen Miller's new shop on Newton Street, Stornoway, opened today

A big smile, a warm welcome and a bit of chat – not to mention a wide range of fresh produce – is what's on offer when you step through the doors of Stornoway's latest fish shop SC Seafoods.

Buckie Fishmonger Sean Clarke has been serving up tasty treats to Western Isles residents for the past 16 years via his extremely popular fish van which tours the island chain, from the Uists to Ness, each week.

And now, with nephew Stephen Miller on board, Sean has opened his Stornoway shop – SC Seafoods – transforming the old Isles FM studios on Newton Street into a clean, fresh and spacious fishmongers.

A Crowdfunding appeal page has been launched by Scalpay Community Association as they continue their plans to completely refurbish the island’s playpark.

Gael Force Group has revealed a deal with Fusion Marine, and will acquire 75 per cent of the outstanding share capital of the fish farm pen manufacturer.

The deal, which is of an undisclosed value, should be concluded by early April.

Gael Force managing director Stewart Graham, who founded the company in Stornoway in the 1980s, said: “Our companies are friends in the market and have worked together for many years – we are delighted to have reached this agreement with Fusion Marine."

Applications from aspiring media professionals are now being accepted for the next BBC Gaelic Apprenticeship programme.

Operated by BBC Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College – and supported by MG ALBA, the Gaelic Media Service – the 2017/2018 course will be the second time the Gaelic apprenticeship has been offered alongside the BBC Scotland apprenticeship, which is about to enter its seventh programme.

The successful candidate will be supported by MG ALBA and will have the opportunity to work across Gaelic platforms such as BBC ALBA and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

Donald John Maciver, renowned for his work in promoting the Gaelic language, has died aged 72.

Mr Maciver was an established author, having penned several publications, and was formerly a Gaelic columnist with the 'Stornoway Gazette'.

 

In co-conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are offering an opportunity to students with Gaelic skills to be employed for ten weeks during summer 2017 in the Western Isles with organisations which use Gaelic in the workplace every day.

These ten weeks can take place anytime over the summer, but the placement must be completed by 31 August, 2017.

This Scheme has been running for many years, and has been very successful in terms of developing the Gaelic skills of students, and giving them valuable experience of a professional work environment.

This Saturday morning at Lewis Retirement Centre, Bayhead, 8:30-12:30, donations on the door

Tea, coffee, cake, fruit juice, fresh apple and orange, croissants, bacon, sausage, egg, cake and much more

A nice, gentle way to start the day.

Parking available round the back

More details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/116670168724302/

This Saturday, 17th March, there will be a Gearranann village walk from the Carpark at 11 am and again at 2pm.

The Gearrannan Project welcome you to come and find out about the project through archaeology, crofting life, and stories. Every one is welcome and there will be tea and cakes too.

For more information visit the Gearrannan Project facebook page

 

A new programme designed to get you off the couch and into running is launched this afternoon (Thursday March 14th) at Ionad Spòrs Leodhais (Lewis Sports Centre).

The ‘Couch to 5K’ fitness programme offers a chance to get fitter, to lose weight, to find out how to start running and to raise money for the Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK, all at the same time.

An election to fill the member vacancies on The Stornoway Trust, occurring as a result of five Trustees coming to the end of their term of office, will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018.

At the end of the statutory nomination withdrawal period, it is now known that 22 nominees will contest the five available seats and a list can be seen here ( http://welovestornoway.com/index.php/2014-07-15-15-43-2/9733-candidates-for-the-stornoway-trust-election-tuesday-march-27 )

In line with recent Trustee elections, the Trust has engaged the services of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (ERS) which will shortly issue postal ballot papers to all persons appearing on the Electoral Roll and living within the Stornoway Trust area who were 16 years of age or over by 1st March 2018.

Swimmers set off on Heb Tri 2017.  Photo: Heb Tri/Duncan Macleod

With only 30 spaces, time to be quick as entries are now open for the 2018 Hebrides Triathlon - Heb Tri - taking place on Saturday, July 28th.
The Heb Tri covers a standard distance triathlon of a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike, and a 10k run; and entries are open to individuals or teams of two.
The 2018 event will begin with registration at the Shawbost Old School Community Centre before the swim stars and finishes from the west side of Loch a’Bhaile, on North Shawbost shore.

If you grew up listening to ABBA’s Dancing Queen or the Bee Gees Night Fever, the chances are you were a teenager of the Seventies.

And it is perennial favourites like these that will be the soundtrack to next month’s 60th School Reunion, when former pupils who went to school together in the Seventies get together to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and reminisce on years gone by.

Who’s hidden in the park? Life the flaps to find out! The children will enjoy searching out the friendly animals behind each flap. (With mirror).     

£4.99 ISBN: 9780861525362

Goathill and Springfield Residents' Association are holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday the 13th of March at 7.00pm, at Grianan Centre, Westview Terrace. All from the area welcome to attend!

Alex Salmond's ultimate objective is to cause so much friction and division in Westminster, Scotland's position will become untenable.

This was the claim made by former Scottish Conservative party leader Annabel Goldie as she visited Stornoway today, endorsing the Western Isles candidate for May's election, Mark Brown. 

"We had the referendum, it was tight, but we had it and we had our say," said Baroness Goldie. 

"We rejected that, the Western Isles rejected that, and people now want to move on from that."

 

Gordon ‘Diesel’ Maclennan was the recipient of the first award of the Roderick J Macleod Award. The award, taking the form of an inscribed Quaich, is awarded by the Isle of Lewis Probus Club and is in memory of the late Roderick J Macleod (Barts). It is awarded annually to an individual living on the Isle of Lewis who has made a significant contribution to the community. The photo shows Philip Rowe, Probus President, presenting the award to Gordon Maclennan.

Rev Gordon Macleod - seen above with wife Diane - was inducted as the new Minister of Stornoway High Church of Scotland, on Friday March 22nd - the first time in  more than 100 years that a native of Stornoway has become the Minister at that Church. 

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019

On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS systems might become inaccurate due to the ‘week number’ rollover event. 

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is asking for an urgent meeting with Marine Harvest after the company’s announcement that it is to shed 80 jobs across the region.

The company said this week that 44 jobs are to be lost in Lochaber, 11 in Skye and Lochalsh; 2 in Argyll, 12 in Mallaig, 3 in Lewis, 2 in South Uist, 4 in Wester Ross and in Rosyth 2.

She has also asked for more details on where the firm’s proposed new feed plant will be in Scotland, urging Ben Hadfield, the company’s managing director in Scotland, to ensure any new jobs will remain in the Highlands and Islands.

Voters in the Great Bernera Estate area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers is 4.00pm today  (Thursday 19th March) . 

The deadline for posting having passed, completed Ballot Packs may be handed in to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway by the deadline and they will be included in the count.
 
The counting of votes will take place in Bernera Community Centre today at 7.30pm and will be open to the public.
 

 

“Everyone can sing; if you can hear and speak, then you can sing,” says trained singer, vocal coach and musical director Alison Eade as she invites islanders to stretch their vocal chords in a new series of Singing Workshops.

Born and brought up in Cornwall, Alison and husband Chris recently moved to New Tolsta, Lewis, the home of her late mother, Mairi Alasdair Ruadh, to build their ‘dream home’.

And having spent her time down south training singers, leading choirs, and performing in pantomime, musical theatre, cabaret and opera – as well as being guest soloist on the concert platform with many choirs, bands and orchestras – Alison is keen to bring the joy and fun of group singing to her new home.

“Since moving to the Hebrides I’ve been missing teaching and the exercise that singing brings,” she said. “So I’ve decided to run a series of workshops in Stornoway and, maybe, start a new kind of choir in the near future.”

The firm which made 24 employees in Harris redundant has been sold. 

GSH Group, a facilities management company whose Shared Service Centre was based in Tarbert, has been bought by ISS UK Ltd.

The sale involves the UK, Ireland and Europe arm of the business.

The Gurkhas who are currently on exercise in the Western Isles have a very special treat in store for the public tomorrow afternoon.

For between midday and 2pm, they will be serving out dishes of their special Gurkha curry in Perceval Square.

The Gurkhas will be taking a day off from their training to help members of the Army’s 7Scots battalion who are also in Stornoway on a recruitment drive.

And to add to the occasion, the Gurkhas Pipes and Drums will also be performing, along with the pipe band of The Nicolson Institute.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is pushing for a debate and vote in the House of Commons next week to end Brexit.

Meanwhile, during yesterday (Thursday March 21st) more than 2.25 million people signed an official petition to the UK Parliament, calling for Article 50, which invoked the Brexit process, to be revoked.  

And UK’s top business and trade union leaders called the Brexit crisis a national emergency and demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May produce a “Plan B” to prevent a no-deal departure from the European Union.

Stressful mealtimes? Child refusing to eat? Concerned about their nutrition? NHSWI Dietetics can help!

Police Scotland have now confirmed the identity of the woman who died in an incident at Nisabost beach on the Isle of Harris.

 Harris Highland Dancing Society competition trophy winners at Sir E Scott school, Tarbert, on Saturday 28th March.

Balloons, cakes and exhibits spanning the last half-century filled Tarbert Community Centre yesterday as Harris Voluntary Service celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Members past and present of the organisation were gathered, and many community residents came through the doors to congratulate the group, as well as browising through every single edition of the community newsletter 'De tha Dol', which is produced by HVS.

HVS exists to represent and support the voluntary sector, to assist organisations in coming together for common purposes, and to enable local people to gain access to decision-making processes which affect their community. 

The organisation also aims to present the common policies and concerns of voluntary organisations to develop new ways of responding to need in partnership with statutory and other health, social work, education, housing employment, environmental and recreation agencies and any others concerned with the social  and economic regeneration of the area.

For full report, see April's edition of EVENTS.

 

MG ALBA (The Gaelic Media Service) is undertaking a series of public meetings seeking the views of communities throughout Scotland on the future of Gaelic broadcasting. 

Meetings in the Western Isles will be held as follows and all are welcome to attend:

Thursday 19 March - Lewis - Ness Historical Society - 7pm

Friday 20 March - South Uist - Cothrom - 12.30pm

Friday 20 March  - Barra - Castlebay Community School - 7.30pm 

In addition to the public meetings MG ALBA is also welcoming views via an online questionnaire with details available on www.mgalba.com. 

To reserve a place at any of the meetings or for further information contact Murdo Morrison (MG ALBA) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01851 705550.

Several health visiting services in the Western Isles have been suspended due to a shortage of staff. 

Services are currently being prioritised as NHS Western Isles experiences ongoing difficulties in recruiting to vacancies.

The Health Board says 'every effort' is being made to recruit to two full-time vacancies within the health visiting team, which means that non-priority services have been reduced or suspended temporarily until vacancies are filled. 


The Hebridean Celtic Festival site at Lews Castle Green.  Photo: John Murdo Macaulay

The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival in banning single-use plastics from its site this year as it steps up a drive to make the event as environmentally-friendly as possible.
The action – announced on Green Arts Day today (Wednesday, March 14th) – is the latest in a series of pioneering green initiatives adopted by the event and has won support from the Scottish Government which has urged other events to follow the festival’s lead.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I welcome HebCelt’s steps to ban single use plastic items. It’s good to see communities and organisations across Scotland taking steps to help change Scotland’s throwaway culture and I would encourage other organisations to follow HebCelt’s example and consider what they can do to reduce single use plastics.”

Elephant Sessions at HEBCELT. Photograph by Fiona Rennie

Future music stars are being given the dream opportunity to play at the multi award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival and record at a state-of-the-art studio.

A new competition launched today (Thursday 29th March) in partnership with Black Bay Studio, offers the exciting prospect for up-and-coming artists to advance their careers.

To mark the Year of Young People 2018, An Ath Cheum (Next Steps) will seek out the best young artist or band aged between 18 and 25 at the time of HebCelt, which is being held from 18-21 July in Stornoway and will be headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skippinish and Roddy Woomble.

Jane Hepburn from the Isle of Lewis

Tickets for the 2017 Hebridean Celtic Festival go on sale today – and opening the annual music extravaganza is a trio of trailblazing female fiddle players for three Scottish island groups.

Isle of Lewis talent Jane Hepburn is joined by Louise Bichan from Orkney and Maggie Adamson from Shetland as the three bring together their individual styles in a collaboration concert to be held   in An Lanntair to open this year's HebCelt on Wednesday, July 19th.

The concert is the second musical project organised by An Lanntair under the 'Between Islands' banner and will explore the traditional tunes and playing styles of the three sets of islands.

The internationally-renowned Hebridean Celtic Festival has crowned a glittering few months by winning another prestigious national award.

It is the fifth major accolade in five months for HebCelt, making it the most successful period in the event’s 23-year history.

The festival was presented with the Best Cultural Event or Festival title at the Scottish Thistle Awards in Edinburgh.

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HEBRIDEAN BOOKS CATALOGUE 19 MARCH 2018

An Historical Enquiry Respecting The Performance of the Harp in the Highlands of Scotland.  From the Earliest Times, Until it was Discontinued, about the Year 1734.  To which is prefixed an account of a very ancient Caledonian Harp and of The Harp of Queen Mary.  Illustrated by Three Elegant Engravings.  Drawn up by desire of the Highland Society of Scotland, and Published under its Patronage by John Gunn, F.A.S.E.  H.B.  Published in 1807.  112 Pages.  Boards are not the original and slight marks on front and back.  Slight tears at the top and bottom of the boards.  £250

Sea Tangle.  Some more Songs of the Hebrides.  Collected, Edited, Translated and Arranged for Voice and Pianoforte by Marjory Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod.  Contents: Foreword, Legends and Sketches, Gaelic Pronunciation, Labour Lilts, Ancient Lays, An Island Tragedy, A Clanranald Lament, Uncanny Lilt.  Songs are in Gaelic and English.  A4 Size Publication, Printed in 1913.  This is a presentation copy and signed by Marjory Kennedy Fraser, dated 1920.  44 Pages.  Scarce.  £85

Songs of the Hebrides in 3 Volumes.  Collected and Arranged for Voice and Pianoforte with Gaelic and English words by Marjory Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod.  Volume I has 47 English songs and 47 Gaelic.  Includes Legends, Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod Also includes a number of other Gaelic and English songs.  168 Pages.  Volume II.  67 English and 50 Gaelic Songs, with Legends, Notes, etc by Kenneth Macleod.  Volume III.  59 English Songs and 48 Gaelic Songs with Legends, Notes, etc by Kenneth Macleod.  191 Pages.  All Volumes are H.B.  and were printed in 1922.  £150

From the Hebrides.  Further Gleanings of Tale and Song by M.  Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod.  Contents: Pastoral Lilts, Pre Christian Heroic Themes, Grandame’s Lilts, Sailing Songs, Sea Wandering, Mary Macleod Songs, Of Columba and Iona, Labour Lilt -Milking, Weaving and Waulking, Mystical Songs, Mouth Music, Songs of Love and Sorrow, Uncanny Songs, To the Isles, Words by R.L.S.  Tales and Legends, etc by Kenneth Macleod.  H.B.  Date of Printing unknown but possibly the mid 1920’s.  This is a presentation copy from M.Kennedy Fraser dated 1926.  All songs are in English and Gaelic.  131 Pages.  £85

Songs of the Highlands.  The Gaelic and English Words arranged by Malcolm Macfarlane.  The Symphonies and Accompaniments by Fr.  W.Whitehead.  Of the fifty melodies, forty four are purely folk melodies, the other six are creations of the last few years.  H.B.  Which has the original boards.  All songs are in Gaelic and English.  201 Pages.  Date of Publishing is not known.  Scarce.  £125

The Ever Green Being a Collection of Scots Poems, Wrote by the Ingenious before 1600.  Vol I.  & 2 Publifhed by Allan Ramsay.  43 Songs in Total in Vol I.  270 Pages.  Vol II has 38 Poems.  Vol II also includes a glossary of the words.  Vol II has 286 Pages.  H.B.  and both are fully rebound.  Published in 1761.  £150.  Scarce.

Semi Precious Stones of Carrick by John Smith.  H.B.  82 Pages.  Published in 1910.  Includes Plates.  £15

Upland Fauna of the Old Red Sandstone Formation of Carrick, Ayrshire by John Smith.  H.B.  Printed in 1909.  41 Pages, includes a number of Plates.  £15

Inveraray and the Dukes of Argyll.  With a foreword by the Eleventh Duke of Argyll by Ian G.  Lindsay and Mary Cosh.  Contents: Part one: The New Duke, Duke Archibald’s Castle, The Setting, Inveraray New Town: the Grand Conception, Interregnum.  Part Two: The Castle: Transformation, Building in the Policies 1771-90, The New Town: Realization, 1771-1806, Decline and Revival, Epilogue, Glossary and Abbreviations, Notes on Sources, Notes and References, Index of Architects and Craftsmen, General Index, Acknowledgements, Genealogical Tables.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1973.  487 Pages £35

 Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland.  A Survey of Scottish Topography.  Statistical, Biographical and Historical.  Edited by Francis H.  Groome.  6 Volumes.  Vol I A-Coru 288 Pages, Vol 2 Cor-Eyn, 272 Pages.  Vol 3 Fad -Hyn,280 Pages.  Vol 4 I-Lyth, 288 Pages.  Vol 5 Maa-Rye, 292 Pages.  Vol 6 Sad-Zet.  334 Pages.  All Volumes are HB and includes Plates and Maps.  £60 for the 6 Volumes.

A Desert Place in the Sea.  The Early Churches of North Lewis by Michael Robson.  P.B.  Published in 1997.  95 Pages.  £6

Gaelic Names of Beasts (Mammalia), Birds, Fishes, Insects, Reptiles, Etc.  In Two Parts.  1.  Gaelic -English.  -II English -Gaelic.  Part I Contains Gaelic Names or Terms for Each of the Above, With English Meanings.  Part II.  Contains all the English Names for which Gaelic is given in Part I, With Gaelic,Other English Names, Etymology, Celtic Lore, Prose, Poetry, And Proverbs Referring to Each, Thereto Attached.  All Now Brought Together for the First Time by Alexander Robert Forbes Edinburgh.  H.B.  Published in 1905 and gives a list of all the subscribers.  424 Pages.  £45

Old Skye Tales.  FurtherTraditions, Reflections and Memories of an Octogenerian Highlander by William Mackenzie, Culnacnoc.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1934.  1st Edition.  20 Chapters.  Which includes The last of the Nicolsons, A Ghost Story, Poaching, The Massacre of Eigg and the Burning of Trumpan Church, Lauchlen Macdonald of Ord Skeabost, The Skye Poetess, Arrest of the Mackinnons, The Macdonalds of Mogstad, South Snizort.  Etc.  161 Pages.  £25

Play Away Please.  The tale of the sale of Golf’s Greatest Icon -The St Andrews Old Course Starter’s Box by John Peter Hagen.  The box was sold in a controversial international auction on 10 September 2001 -the before the infamy of the Twin Towers attack.  This book recounts the glory of the little building in St Andrews, ‘the home of golf’ and tells the tale of those who used its services for 77 continuous years.  H.B.  With D/J and signed by the author.  Published in 2010.  238 Pages.  £6

 Ireland and Scotland.  Order and Disorder, 1600-2000 Edited by R.J.  Morris, Economic and Social History, University of Edinburgh, and Liam Kennedy, School of History.  Queen’s University Belfast.  Contents: Part One: The Land, Part Two: Disciplines and Demographies, Part Three: Conflicts and Identities, Part four: Consumed Disciplines, Part Five: History in the Present.  P.B.  Published in 2005.  293 Pages.  £8

 The Wild Sports & Natural History of the Highlands by Charles St John.  Originally Published in 1893, This reprint is from 1986 and contains a new introduction.  H.B.  Published in 1986.  319 Pages.  £12

Am Bard.  Orain, Sgriobhaidhean agus Litrichean Bard Thurnaig (Alasdair Camshron) Air an deasachadh agus air an cur a mach le Iain MacAlasdair Moffatt-Pender.  Roimh Radh le Uilleam I.  MacBhathair M.A, L.L.D Ard Ollamh na Gaidhlig an Oil Thigh Dhun Eideann.  5 Piosan Rosg agus 25 piosan bardachd.  H.B.  Air Fhoillsaechadh ann an 1926.  232 Duilleag.  £30

 Sermons and Meditations by the Rev James A.  Tallach.  With a brief memoir of the Rev James A.  Tallach by Dr H.  Gillies, Stornoway.  Rev Tallach was Minister of the Free Presbyterian Church Congregations at Kames and in Stornoway.  Booklet, Originally Printed in 1962, this reprint is from 1978.  117 Pages.  £6

The Real Taggarts.  Glasgow’s Post War Crimebusters.  By Andrew G.  Ralston.  The policemen profiled in the book are: DCS William Ewing, CID Chief 1937-51, DCS Gilbert McIlwrick, CID Chief 1951-57, DCS Robert V.  Colquhoun CID Chief 1957-60, DCS Robert Kerr, CID Chief 1960-63, DCS Tom Goodall, CID Chief 1963-69, Superintendent Alex Brown, Deputy CID Chief 1957-59, DS Joe Beattie, In Charge of the Northern, Maryhill and Marine Divisions 1969-73.  P.B.  Published in 2017.  237 Pages.  £5

One Hundred Years On.  Kinloch Church of Scotland Isle of Lewis.  1911-2011.  A comprehensive history of the congregation its Ministers, Elders, Session Clerks, Deacons etc.  Booklet, Printed in 2011.  74 Pages.  £6

Hebridean Island.  Memories of Scarp by Angus Duncan.  1888-1971.  Edited by A.Duncan.  The Island of Scarp lies off the West Coast of North Harris in the Outer Hebrides and was populated for more than 400 years until 1971.  This magnificent account of the island describes an island community and a way of life now all but forgotten.  This book was originally published in 1995, this P.B.  Reprint is from 2005.  234 Pages.  £8

 In My Small Corner.  Memories of an Orkney Childhood by Margaret Aitken.  In this book the author remembers island life -idyllic memories of growing up in a close knit community, of walking with the poet and naturalist Robert Rendall.  P.B.  Published in 2001, 125 Pages.  £6

Recipes and Housekeeping Tips from 1908.  This fascinating book originated from the hand written notes of Mrs Annie Mackinnon of 67 Balallan, Isle of Lewis and date from1908.  The handwritten notes were discovered at the house she stayed in in 2004.  P.B.  With Ring Binding.  106 Pages.  £8

Donald Malcolm The Driving Force by Bob Tuck.  The story of the son of the founder of the WH Malcolm Haulage Company, which continues to be one of the country’s largest.  H.B.  Published in 2006.  130 Pages, and includes many photographs, and gives a timeline of the major milestones of the company since its founding.  £10

 One Hundred & Fifty Proud Years.  A booklet to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Main Building of the High School of Dundee.  Booklet, 32 Pages.  Date of Printing Unknown.  £8

The High Girders.  The Story of the Tay Bridge Disaster by John Prebble.  The author tells the story from its beginning, through the long years and incidental disasters of construction, to the brief months of triumph and on to the grim aftermath.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1956, this third edition is from 1975.  220 Pages.  £8

An Old Scottish Town House -Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow.  Pamphlet, originally printed in 1930, this sixth edition is from December 1946.  11 Pages.  £8

John Murray and The Godly Life by John J.  Murray.  This booklet is the substance of an address delivered at a meeting of the Northern Reformed Fellowship in Dornoch Academy on 16th June 2008.  Booklet, 20 Pages.  £5

 Rev William Grant.  A biography of the late Minister of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland.  Contents includes a biography of his life, His Ministry, Tributes, Sermons and Notes, Letters, Obituary written by Mr Grant and fragments from Mr Grant’s diaries.  P.B.  Published in 1978.  133 Pages.  £8

History and Poetry from the Scottish Border.  Volumes I and II By Professor Veitch.  Their main features and relations.  New and Enlarged Edition.  Vol I has 374 pages.  Vol II has 376 Pages.  2nd Edition.  £30

Highland Minister.  The Life and Poems of Rev Angus Mackinnon, Aultbea.  A Biography by his son Angus Matheson Mackinnon.  This book gives an intimate account of the life and times of Rev.  Angus Mackinnon, who was a minister in a Scottish Highland parish from 192401956.  Included are his early life adventures in Canada, and his Gaelic poems with English translations.  P.B.  Published in 1997.  470 Pages.  £6

Leabhar Nan Comharraidhean.  A register of crofters sheep marks from Ness to Ballantrushal on the Island Of Lewis.  Compiled and Published by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (Ness Historical Society).  Booklet, Printed in the late 1970’s.  83 Pages.  £8

Eavesdropping on Myself.  An outsider’s Boyhood in Glasgow.  By Norman Maclean.  This book chronicles the author’s boyhood in Glasgow and explores the push-pull of two cultures; working class Glaswegian and first generation Hebridean.  P.B.  Published in 2015.  193 Pages.  £6

I’ll Sing on.  The Story of Catriona Maclean Mackinnon.  By G.A.  Mackinnon.  Catriona Maclean was born in Glasgow in 1949, parents were from Skye and North Tolsta, she graduated in voice, harp and piano from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  This is her story of her passion for music and her search for truth that would carry her through her struggles with life threatening illness and with the cultural implications of her faith.  She passed away on the Isle of Skye in May 1984.  P.B.  Published in 2017.  114 Pages.  £5

 Scotland’s Golf Course.  The Complete Gide by Vic Robbie.  H.B.  Published in 1997.  Gives a Directory of every Golf Club in Scotland.  Ex Library Book.  235 Pages.  £5

Neil Munro’s Jimmy Swan.  Commercial Traveller.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1931, this reprint is from 1988, and includes illustrations.  P.B.  122 Pages.  £5

Diary and Sermons of the Rev Alexander Macleod Rogart -formerly of Uig, Lewis.  With brief memoir by the Rev D.  Beaton, Wick.  Booklet, Printed in 1925.  60 Pages.  Covers show signs of dampness, but contents are perfect.  £6

Dain Spioradail le Dughall Bochanan.  Spiritual Songs of Dugald Buchanan.  Booklet, date of Printing Unknown.  59 Pages.  £8

Spurious Charity by J.Forbes Moncrieff.  Revised and Reprinted 1962.  Booklet, printed by the Scottish Reformation Society.  16 Pages.  £6

Give me that Joy.  A Simple Devotional Commentry on Acts 1:1 -9:31 by John Tallach.  P.B.  Published in 1996.  159 Pages.  £5

A Brief History of Dornoch Free Church by WH Murray.  Booklet, date of printing not known but possibly circa late 1990’s.  40 Pages.  £5

 The Psalter in Metre and Scripture Pharaphrases With Tunes.  Authorised for use in Public Worship.  H.B.  Originally Published in 1899, this reprint is not dated.  864 Pages.  £10

A Heart For Africa.  The Story of Jean Nicolson -Missionary in Zimbabwe by Dolina MacCuish.  Jean Nicolson was born in Arizona, but with her roots in the Scottish Highlands.  She gave the best years of her life to mission work in Africa.  H.B.  With illustrations.Published in 2008.  229 Pages.  £6

St Mungo’s Bairns.  Some notable Glasgow students down the centuries.  Booklet, 57 Pages.  Printed in 1990.  £6

The Tall Ship at Riverside -Glenlee.  A guidebook about the historic ship.  Booklet, Printed in 2011.  33 Pages.  £5

Rosslyn Chapel by The Earl of Rosslyn.  Contents: A short History, A Tour of Rosslyn Chapel, Cultural Heritage, The St Claires of Rosslyn, Perspectives.  Booklet, Printed in 1997.  56 Pages.  Includes 2 receipts from a visit to the Chapel.  £6

Diary 1851-John Munro Mackenzie Chamberlain of the Lews.  His diary for the year 1851, when he was half way through a six year engagement as Chamberlain, gives a vivid and at times disturbing picture of the issues of the day.  The diary is published exactly as it was written.  P.B.  Published in 1994.  167 Pages.  £8

Owners and Occupiers.  Changes in Rural Society in South West Scotland before 1914 by RH Campbell.  Contents: A Peripheral Region, Agricultural Enterprise, Landownership.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1991.  Includes Maps.  200 Pages.  £10

Bute Connections by Jean Macmillan, Margaret Lamb and Allan Martin.  This book is based on an exhibition that was held in August 2009, and represents a major contribution to Bute local history.  P.B.  Published in 2011.  112 Pages.  £6

 Arran a History by Thorbjorn Campbell.  In this book the author gives an original, fascinating and comprehensive account of Arran’s long and eventful history, and also includes a selection of traditional Arran songs and stories, originally collected by William Mackenzie before the First World War.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2007.  297 Pages.  £10

The University of Glasgow : 1451 -2001 by A.L.  Brown and Michael Moss.  Glasgow University is Scotland’s second oldest University -this volume traces its history from the foundation to the present.  P.B.  Reprinted with Corrections in 2001.  121 Pages.  £8

Scotland’s Shame.  Bigotry and Sectarianism in Modern Scotland Edited by T.M.  Devine.  The chapters in this book are written by the best writers, researchers and academics in the field, including Steve Bruce, Robert Crawford, Tom Gallacher, John Haldane, David McCrone and Andrew O’ Hagan.  Both Catholic and Protestant perspectives are represented as are various disciplines.  P.B.  Published in 2000.  281 Pages.  £6

The Soap Man.  Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson.  In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the eminent liberal industrialist Lord Leverhulme bought -lock, stock and barrel -the Hebridean Island of Lewis.  His intention was to revolutionise the lives and environment of its 30,000 people, and those of neighbouring Harris, which he shortly added to his estate.  P.B.  Originally printed in 2003, this reprint is from 2005.  236 Pages.  £5

Far Off in Sunlit Places.  Stories of the Scots in Australia and New Zealand by Jim Hewitson.  From coastline to desert, from hill farms to the growing cities of both nations, the narrative moves with fluid ease.  Far off in Sunlit places is popular history at its best, highly readable and carrying its scholarship lightly.  It is a very fitting testimony to the resilience and ambition of Scots abroad.  P.B.  Published in 1998.  308 Pages.  £6

Before the Oil Ran Out.  Britain 1977-86 by Ian Jack.  This is a selection of the author’s journalism, along with a portrait of his father and his own childhood largely in Scotland, and includes all those pieces that have won such acclaim.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1987.  271 Pages.  £6

 The Celtic Church in Scotland.  Being an Introduction to the History of the Christian Church in Scotland down to the death of Saint Margaret by John Dowden D.D.  Bishop of Edinburgh.  H.B.  Published in 1894.  334 Pages.  £30

Killearn Past and Present.  Research and old photographs by Helen Louden & Hugh McArthur for the Quincentenial Celebrations.  A selection of photographs over the year’s.  Booklet, Printed in 2006.  62 Pages.  £6

Rogart -The Story of a Sutherland Crofting Parish.  Written and Compiled by John Macdonald.  With written contributions from Dr Michael Simpson and Rosa Macpherson.  A fascinating record of the village.  Which includes many photographs.P.B.  Published in 2002.  439 Pages.  Signed by the author.  £10

A History of Lairg by Lesley Ketteringham.  With local contributors.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1997, this reprint is from 1998.  256 Pages.  £8

Pronouncing English-Gaelic Dictionary.  Compiled by Neil Macalpine.  Formerly Published as Part 1 of Macalpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1971.  281 Pages.  £8

 Healing Threads.  Traditional Medicines of the Highlands and Islands by Mary Beith.  In a fascinating look at these traditions, the author links the threads of Highland medicine across time and space to embrace the wider contexts of European orthodox medicine, Celtic art and rituals.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1995, this third reprint is from 1998.  294 Pages.  £6

 Scottish Midwives.  Twentieth Century Voices by Lindsay Reid.  This book traces, through the oral testimonies of midwives, the development of midwifery in Scotland in the twentieth century from their own, very personal, perspectives.  P.B.  Published in 2000.  193 Pages.  £5

The Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Campbell Maclean.  A novel set in the time of the Cold War, Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded.  People disappear.  Originally Published to great acclaim in 1955, this fourth reprint is from 2009.  262 Pages.  £5

 Rock Lighthouses of Britain by Christopher Nicholson.  In this new and greatly enhanced edition of his classic work, which has become the standard work on the subject, the author vividly describes the construction and history to the present day of some of the world’s most famous lighthouses.  Originally Published in 1983, this edition is from 2006.  H.B.  With D/J 224 Pages.  £10

St Clement’s Church at Rodel by Bill Lawson.  A Harris Church in its Historical Setting.  Booklet, Printed in 1991.  44 Pages.  £6

Yesterday’s Child by Christina J.  Morrison.  The author was born and brought up in Innes Street, Inverness of lewis parents.  She began her working life at the Town Clerk’s office in Inverness.  Once war was declared she was instructed to go to London, where she discovered, that she would be working for Military Intelligence at Whitehall, decoding top secret messages for Churchill’s Government.  Many of the messages she decoded related to events, which, in hindsight, proved to be of great historical significance.  Her tales of her adventures in wartime London are fascinating (including meeting Winston Churchill in his pyjamas!) P.B.  Published in 2016.  160 Pages.  £5

 Bobby Tulloch’s Migrations.  Travels of a Naturalist.  This book follows his voyaging over northern seas to the Faroes and remote St Kilda, and south as far as the Seychelles and the Falklands, in search of greater understanding of the birds he has loved and studied all his life.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1991, 151 Pages.  £8

Fishing Vessels of Britain and Ireland 1999.  A Fishing News Publication.  The handbook for the Fishing Vessel Operator.  A4 Size Publication.  272 Pages.  £10

The Munro’s.  Scotland’s Highest Mountains by Cameron Mcneish.  All 284 Munros Included.  H.B.  With D/J Originally Published in 1996, this edition is from 2003.  228 Pages.  £8

Twenty Years of Hebridean Memories by Emily Macdonald.  The author a niece of island landowner Lord Leverhulme, covers the years 1918-1938.  H.B.  With D/J and includes Photographs.  Published in the mid 1960’s.  156 Pages.  £20

 Travels in the Western Hebrides from 1782-1790 by Rev John Lane Buchanan.  Introduction by Dr Alasdair Maclean.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1793, this reprint is from 1997.  109 Pages.  £8

 The whole earth shall cry Glory.  Iona prayers by Rev George F.  Macleod.  H.B.  Published in 1985.  64 Pages.  £6

Am Feachd Gaidhealach.  Leabhar de rosg agus bardachd a chaidh a chuir ri cheile airson an fheadhainn a bha ann a seirbheas feachd a righ aig am an dara cogaidh.  H.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1944.  320 Duilleag.  £10

The Hydro Boys.  Pioneers of Renewable Energy by Emma Wood.  The hydro electric project was a crusade, with a marvellous goal: the prize of affordable power for all from Scottish rainfall.  P.B.  Originally Published in 2002, this edition is from 2010.  205 Pages.  £5

Captain Robert Peter.  The sailor -poet of Tulliallan.  By Rev William Meiklejohn M.A.  Booklet, Date of Printing early 1980’s.  97 Pages.  Signed by the author.  £8

My Father and other Working Class Heroes by Gary Imlach.  The story of Stewart Imlach, born in Lossiemouth, left the fishing port to become a professional footballer in England, was in the Scotland squad at the 1958 World Cup, the following year he won the FA Cup with Nottingham Forest.  This book was described as one of the best sports books of recent times.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2005.  235 Pages.  £5

Alison -A father’s Search for his missing daughter by Quentin Macfarlane.  On 17th August 1981, a pretty 19 year old student from the Island of Lewis, Alison Macdonald, set off on a short walk from the guest houe at which she was staying in the Kashmiri Village of Sonamarg in Northern India.  She never returned.  This book follows the remarkable story of one of the most intriguing and compelling mysteries of modern day.  H.B.  Published in 1986.  167 Pages.  £6

One Man’s Lewis.  A Lively View of a Lively Island by George Morrison (The Breve) A compilation of his columns which appeared in the Stornoway Gazette from the 1940’s until the 1980’s.  P.B.  Published in the 1980’s.  125 Pages.  £6

Highland Ways and Byways by Kenneth Macrae (Coinneach Mor) A selection of his writings.  The extracts in this book are taken from the 3 books which the author had previously published; Highland Doorstep 1953, Highland Handshake 1954, and Northern Narrative 1955.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1973.  147 Pages.  £6

English -Gaelic Dictionary.  Compiled by John Mackenzie.  Formerly Published as Part 2 of Macalpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1971.  269 Pages.  Slight tears on the front of the D/J.  £8

A Short History of the Highlands and Isles by W.C.  Mackenzie.  With Illustrations.  The main purpose of the book is to trace the various stages of social, economic, religious and political development through which the Highland people have passed, from the earliest historical times down to the present day.  24 Chapters, additional notes and index.  H.B.  Published in 1906.  389 Pages.  £25

Crofts and Crofting by Katharine Stewart.  Contents: Bibliography, What is a Croft?, The Land Wars, A Living from the Land, Skills for Living, The Lively Minds, Crofting Today -and Tomorrow.  P.B.  Published in 1980.  64 Pages.  £5

A Bibliography of the Works of Neil Gunn by CJL Stokoe.  Contents: Preface, Chronology of Neil M.  Gunn, Books and Short Stories, Plays, Dramatisations and Film Scripts, Verse, Articles in Newspapers and Periodicals, Broadcast Material, Miscellanous, Index.  P.B.  Published in 1987.  243 Pages.  £6

The Scottish Regiments by Diana M.  Henderson.  Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G.  K.T.  Covers all the Scottish Regiments.  Appendices include Battle Honours, The Territorial Army, Scottish Military Music.  P.B.  Published in 1993.  183 Pages.  £8

 Atlantic Challenge.  An Epic Solo Voyage across The North Atlantic by Angus Matheson Mackinnon.  This book describes a solo voyage across the north Atlantic, that turned out to be an unprecedented challenge.  The Author spells out the nature of the challenge and the triumph of overcoming it.  P.B.  Published in 1995.  371 Pages.  Includes many photographs.  Signed by the Author.  £8

The Land of the Hills and Glens.  Wild Life in Iona and the Inner Hebrides by Seton Gordon.  With 57 Illustrations from Photographs by the Author.  1st Edition.  Published in 1920.  H.B.  35 Chapters.  223 Pages.  £35

Steering the Stone Ships.  The Story of Orkney Kirks and People by Jocelyn Rendall.  Drawings by Crispin Worthington.  Through many centuries, Orkney’s churches have been the theatre in which the great drama’s of Orkney’s history have been played out.  The author tells the fascinating story of an island’s people through the records of these churches.  P.B.  Published in 2009.  268 Pages.  £8

 Genealogical Collections Concerning Families in Scotland, Made by Walter Macfarlane 1750-1751.  Edited from the Original Manuscripts in the Advocates Library, by James Toshach Clark.  Keeper of the Library.  Vol I H.B.  Published in 1900.  438 Pages.  The book also gives a list of members for the Scottish History Society in 1888-1889.  £45

Avonside Explored by Edward H.  Peck.  A Guide to Tomintoul and Glenlivet.  Illustrations by Donald R.  Macgregor.  This booklet, aims to expand on Victor Gaffney’s book ; Tomintoul its Glens and its People, by including more of Inveravon- Glenlivet and by providing up to date directions for walks and drives in exploring the Banffshire Avon and its tributaries.  Booklet, Printed in 1983.  52 Pages.  £8

Robert Louie Stevenson and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland by Louis Stott.  A look at RLS’s journeys to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  P.B.  Published in 1992.  154 Pages.  £6

 Chi Mi Domhnall Iain Macdhomhnaill.  The Gaelic Poetry of Donald John Macdonald.  Edited by Bill Innes.  With introduction, Notes and Parallel Translation.  Includes a biography of the Bard.  This is the first book of his poetry to be published and includes English translation, introduction and notes to all the poems.  P.B.  Published in 1998.  369 Pages.  A presentation copy from the Editor which is signed.  £8

Eilean Fraoich.  Lewis Gaelic Songs and Melodies.  Originally Published in 1938, this reprint with many of the newer songs is from 1982.  Includes Published Songs, Unpublished Songs, Orain Luaidh, Puirt a- Beul, and some of the new songs.  Where known there are a couple of lines of biography on each bard.  P.B.  Published in 1982.  238 Pages.  £8

Stornoway and the Lews by James Shaw Grant.  Humour, Mystery Tragedy and Adventure.  Unusual Stories from the Western Isles.  P.B.  Published in 1985.  198 Pages.  £8

An Island Nurse by Sheila Chapman.  Elizabeth Laird Manson was born on the 27th November 1926 in a well known Northern Scottish Village called John o’ Groats (locally known as Groats) at the very North tip of mainland Scotland.  Little did anyone know when she was born that she was destined to be the district nurse on the Island of Stroma.  The author was the second youngest daughter of Elizabeth Manson.  P.B.  Published in 2009.  83 Pages.  £6

Harris Tweed.  The Story of a Hebridean Industry by Francis Thompson.  This book describes the economic struggles of the Hebrides, the methods of Tweed Manufacture, both traditional and modern, and the marketing problems.It tells a unique and exciting story.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1969.  1st Edition.  Includes many illustrations.  191 Pages.  £10

Great Scott -The autobiography of Scotland’s most capped player.  Scott Hastings and Derek Douglas.  Hastings tells of his life at the centre.  He writes about Grand Slams and Grand slumps, joy and despair with the British Lions down under and of an Edinburgh childhood where sibling rivalry knew no bounds.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1996.  190 Pages.  £5

The Hub of My Universe by James Shaw Grant.  More Humour, Mystery, Tragedy and Adventure from real life in the Western Isles.  P.B.  Published in 1982, 148 Pages.  Signs of dampness on the back cover of the book.  £8

Twelve Select Sermons of the Rev Andrew Gray.  With brief account of his life.  The Rev Andrew Gray was a Minister of the Gospel in Glasgow.  He passed away aged 22 years in 1656.  Booklet, printed in 1961.  128 Pages.  £6

The Gaelic Reader With Notes and Vocabulary.  Edited by Malcolm Maclennan.  New and Revised Edition.  H.B.  2nd Edition.  Published in 1913.  80 Pages.  £10

Scotland Archaeology and Early History by Graham and Anna Ritchie.  With 149 Illustrations.  The authors provide the first fully comprehensive survey of Scotland’s archaeology and early history, from earliest times to the union of the Picts and Scots in ad 843.  P.B.  Ex Library.  Originally Published in 1981, this Edition is from 1985.  192 Pages.  £8

 Notes of Everything.  The Rev Dr Archibald Clerk’s Kilmallie Parish Minister’s Diary of c.  1864.  With an index of person’s named in its text.  Prefaced by the illustrated story of his family.  Booklet, Printed in 1987.  74 Pages.  £6

Jacobite Activities in and around Inverness.  A description of events concerning Jacobitism which occurred in the Inverness locality during the years 1688-1746 by Barrie Robertson.  Booklet, originally printed in February 1970, this reprint is from April 1972.  21 Pages.  £6

In The Middle by Iain Crichton Smith.  Poetry which demonstrates the same unobtrusive technical mastery, and the same intellectual curiosity and sensitivity.  P.B.  Published in 1977.  64 Pages.  £5

Neil M.  Gunn.  The Man Who Came Back.  Short Stories and Essays.  Edited by Margery McCulloch.  P.B.  Published in 1991.  211 Pages.  £5

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club 1888-1988.  Compiled by Alex Main.  Booklet, Printed in 1988.  78 Pages.  £6

Highland Postbag.  The correspondence of Four Macdougall Chiefs 1715-1865.  Edited by Jean MacDougall.  The surviving correspondence of four Macdougall chiefs provides an authentic record of the concerns and vicissitudes of the family during a time of major change in the way of life in the Highlands, and of the impact of local, national and international events upon it.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1984, this reprint is from 2003,294 Pages.  £8

Charles Kennedy A Tragic Flaw by Greig Hurst.  The Biography of the late leader of the Liberal Democrats and one of the ablest politicians of his generation.  Charles Kennedy -1959-2015, served as MP for a Highland constituency from 1983-2015.  This book was published in 2006, after he stood down as leader of his party.  H.B.  With D/J 307 Pages.  One of the best political biographies of recent times.  £6

 The Modern Gaelic English Dictionary.  Am Faclair Ur Gaidhlig -Beurla le Robert C.  Owen.  Specially recommended for learners, containing pronunciation, irregular verb tables, grammatical information, examples of idiomatic usage.  P.B.  Published in 1993, this reprint is from 1996.  139 Pages.  £6

Laoidhean le Alasdair Macleoid.  Bhuineadh Mghr Macleoid do bhaile a Chnuic, A rubha, Eilean Leodhais.  Leabharann, le 16 laoidh.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1973.  33 Duilleag.  £5

Rona -The Distant Island by Michael Robson.  The most comprehensive book ever written on the island.  The author knows his subject well and shares his knowledge and affection in the book.  P.B.  Published in 1991.  179 Pages.  £12

Hebridean Altars by Alistair Maclean.  Some studies of the Spirit of an Island Race.  H.B.  Published in 1937.  1st Edition.  157 Pages.  £15

Witdom.  By Oliver Brown.  Essaygrams -an extension of The Extended Tongue.  Foreword by Hugh MacDiarmid.  P.B.  Published in 1953, this reprint is from 1969.  134 Pages.  The cover is signed by the author.  £10

Colonel Colin Mackenzie.  The First Surveyor General of India.  By W.C.  Mackenzie.  This is the story of Stornoway born Mackenzie, who was a master surveyor and an outstanding geographer.  He devoted his life to the East India Company, and had thirty eight years service in India and Java without a break.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1952.  230 Pages.  £35.  Scarce.

Salar Delicious -Flaky Smoked Salmon.  Serving Suggestions & Recipes.  Compiled by Jane Twelves.  Booklet, with ringbinding.  Published late 1990’s.  47 Pages.  £6

The Hugh Barron Papers.  A selection of the papers he delivered to the Gaelic Society of Inverness and in other publications over many years.  H.B.  Published in 2011.  485 Pages.  £15

Winchman by Chris Murray.  A Life on the Wire.  This is the life story of Chris Murray.  As a winchman on Search and Rescue Helicopters for 22 years he was involved in the rescue of many people from the seas and mountains around the Western Isles and the north of Scotland.  P.B.  Published in 2013.  183 Pages.  £6

Skye & Lochalsh Including Raasay & Plockton.  The Guide Book.  First Published in 2009, this second edition is from 2012.  Booklet, 68 Pages.  £5

Innsgall -The Western Isles.  Text by John Barber.  Design and Photography by David A.  Magee.  Contents: The Geology and Geomorphology of the Islands, The Thaw, High Summer: Climatic Improvement, The Rainy Season, The Peat, Light and Dark, Echoes of the Lordship of the Isles, In living Memory, Gazetteer of Archaeological Sites, Further Reading.  P.B.  Date of Printing Unknown.  127 Pages.  £6

The History and Traditions of the Isle of Skye by Alexander Cameron.  This book was originally published in 1871.  This reprint is from 1994.  H.B.  With D/J 25 Chapters.  161 Pages.  £8

John Macleod D.D.  by Rev G.N.M.  Collins.  A biography of a native of Lochaber who became Principal of the Free Church College.  11 Chapters, and a further chapter which includes the tributes after his passing.  H.B.  Published in 1951.  285 Pages.  £15

The Next Horizon.  Memories of a Hebridean Skipper.By Ewen Nicholson with Allan Henderson.  The life story of Ewen Nicholson from Grimsay in North Uist, and his tales of life on the high seas,as a sailor and as a fishing boat owner.  He had his demons but thankfully he overcame them.  This is a book that you can’t put down.  P.B.  Published in 2012.  152 Pages.  £6

Scottish Customs.  From the Cradle to the Grave by Margaret Bennett.  A highly readable and absorbing anthology of traditional Scottish customs and rites of passage, drawn from a broad range of literary sources dating back to the Sixteenth century.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1992.  This reprint is from 2009.  340 Pages.  £8

Uig Lodge.  The Fhorsa River system.  Contents: Fhorsa River, Dam Pool, Corner Pool, Flounder Pool, Upper Falls Pool, Otter Pool, Gorge, Green Bank, Canal, Ciste, Sea Pool, Estuary Pools, Bruton Stream, Loch Slacsavat.  Includes a map of all the places.  A pocket sized booklet.  14 Pages.  Date of Printing unknown.  £15 (Scarce)

Aithris is Oideas.  Traditional Gaelic Rhymes and Games.  This publication brings together into a convenient form about 350 selected examples of the rhymes, rhyming games and general play material which still exist in the oral tradition among speakers of Scottish Gaelic.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1964.110 Pages.  £8

Dunfermline Abbey.  A Brief Guide.  Booklet, 24 Pages.  Date of Printing Unknown.  £5

Memories of Kyleakin by Mary Macpherson.  Booklet, Printed in 1950.  36 Pages.  £20 (Scarce)

James Fraser.  A record of missionary endeavour in Rhodesia in the Twentieth Century by Rev Alexander Macpherson.  F.P.  Minister at Dornoch.  H.B.  Published in 1967.  224 Pages.  £5

Cogadh Na Saorsa -Solus Lathail.  An Ceathramh Earrann.  Leabhar a chaidh fhoillseachadh aig am an dara cogaidh, agus as an robh earran airson gach lath adhan a bhliadhna.  H.B Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1943.  £10

Leabhar Aideachaidh a’ Chreidimh, le Da Leabhar a Cheasnachaidh maille ri ui agus feum an eolais Shlainteil.  Eader Theangaichte o’n Bheurla chum Gaelic Albannach air tus le Seanna Earra- Ghaeil ‘s’a bhliadhna MDCCXXV a ris le Gileabart Macdhomhnuill ‘s’a bhliadhna MDCCCIV agus a nis ath leasaichte chum na canain Ghnathaichte ‘s’a bhliadhna MDCCCXXXVIII.  Air ath fhillseachadh ann an 1960.  H.B.  261 Duilleag.  £8

Marbhrann a rinneadh air Diadhairibh Urramach, nach maireann agus dana spioradail eile, le Dr Iain Domhnullach Ministeir na h-eaglais Saoire an toisidheachd.  H.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1897.  Than a Marbhrann agus na rain mun na leanas; An Urramach Tearlach Caldair,Dr Stiubhard, An Urramach Eoin Robison, Rainn a Rinneadh leis an Ughdair air a Thuras do Eilean H-Iorta anns a bhliadhna 1822, Maighstir Iain Ceannadach agus dana spioradail eile.  202 Duilleag.  £15

Moll is Cruithneachd.  Bardachd a’ Phuilein.  Anghas Caimbeul e Nis, Eilean Leodhais.  30 piosan bardachd.  H.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1972.  96 Duilleag.  £8

Thy Own Soul Also or The Crisis of the Church by Rev Murdoch Campbell.  Booklet, date of printing unknown.  71 Pages.  Some marks on the front cover, and some tears at the bottom of the spine.  £6

God’s Unsettled Controversy by Rev Murdoch Campbell.  Booklet, date of printing unknown.  Front cover has stains on it.  56 Pages.  £6

The King’s Friend.  Memorial of Norman Macdonald or Tormod Sona by Rev Murdoch Campbell.  Booklet, Date of printing unknown, but possibly late 1940’s.  56 Pages.  £6

Iain Beag Fhionnlaigh, Bragair, Leodhais.  Leabharann, chan eil fios cuin a chaidh fhoillseachadh.  Dain spioradail.  35 Duilleag.  £5

Fiughalaich Eileanach Pairt 1.  Alasdair Mhurchaidh a Liurbost agus Tigh Anna Mhor A Bruth leis an Urr Iain Macleoid An Eaglais Shaor Barabhas.  Leabharann, air fhillseachadh ann an 1947.  23 Duilleag.  £5

Game on Lewis -Past and Present by David S.D.  Jones.  In this attractively illustrated booklet, David Jones looks at the changing wildlife of Lewis and Harris over the centuries as seen through estate and game records.  Booklet, Printed in 2007.  64 Pages and includes photographs.  £6

Lewis and Harris by Francis Thompson.  An essential guide to the discerning tourist and island devotee: everything the visitor needs to know about the islands, heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna.  P.B.  Published in 2017, 112 Pages.  £5

Scottish Theology in relation to Church History Since the Reformation by John Macleod.  H.B.  With D/J Originally Published in 1943, this third reprint is from 1974.  350 Pages.  £8

Festival of Britain.  18th Century Scottish Books.  Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Signet Library Edinburgh Aug 3 to Sept 15 1951.  Booklet, 190 Pages.  £8

Birds in Kintyre.  A discursive site guide with status and seasonality checklist by Eddie Maguire.Booklet, printed in 2003.  77 Pages.  Signed by the author.  £8

Everlasting Love.  Devotional Sermons by Rev Murdoch Campbell.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1969.  2nd Edition.  12 Sermons.  94 Pages.  £5

Kilmuir Church North Uist Recipes Book.  Booklet, with Ring Binding.  Printed in 2006.  102 Pages.  £8

The Modern Crofters Cookbook.  A taste of the Western Isles.  Compiled by residents of Bernera in Lewis to raise funds for the community hall.  Contents: Traditional, Soups & Starters, Fish, Meat, Pasta, Puddings & Desserts, Baking.  P.B.  With Ring Binding.  Printed Mid 1990’s.  105 Pages, plus an Index.  £8

An Toinneamh Diomhair.  Na h-Orain aig Murchadh MacPharlain Bard Mhealaboist.  Roimh Radh le Alasdair Iain Macasgaill.  39 Orain gu leir.  H.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1972.  102 Duilleag.  £8

Memorial Inscriptions in Old Sandwick Cemetery, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.  A Stornoway Historical Society Publication.  A4 Size Publication, Printed in 1997.  55 Pages.  £8

Reminiscences by John Macleod I.S.O.  Retired H.M.  Inspector of Schools.  12 Chapters.  Contents Includes Nova Scotia, Glasgow University, Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, Educational Work of the Churches, Educational State of Lewis, Education in Skye, etc, etc.  H.B.  Published in 1910.  192 Pages.  £30

A vigorous Institution.  The Living Legacy of Patrick Geddes.  Introduced and edited by Walter Stephen.Contributions by Aubrey Manning, James Mackinnon, Mike Small, Kenny Munro, Frank Spaven, Anne-Michelle Slater and Sofia Leonard.  P.B.  Published in 2007.  176 Pages.  £5

Tom Blake & Co.  The Story of the Scots in America by Jim Hewitson.  In this remarkable collection of stories and illustrations, Jim Hewitson documents the lives of settlers and their descendants: transported prisoners, refugees from clearances, poverty and repression,immigrants in search of land, fame and fortune.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1993, this edition is from 1995.  292 Pages.  £6

Sermons by the Late Rev John Macsween M.A.  Rev Macsween was a Minister in the Free Church of Scotland, In Tongue, Canada and finally in Point, Lewis.  P.B.  Published in 1999.  135 Pages.  £6

Old Highland Tartans.  By the Edinburgh Branch of the Saltire Society Exhibitions.  Early Tartans, Spinning Implements, dye samples, Illustrations of Highland Dress, manuscripts, etc, from the collection of J.  Telfer Dunbar F.S.A.  Scot, Edinburgh.  The exhibition was held at Gladstones Land 483 Lawnmarket -Edinburgh.  Year and date of exhibition unknown.  Pamphlet 7 Pages.  £15 (Scarce)

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 1974.  A programme of the events at the 1974 tattoo.  10 Pages.  £8

Bean Mo Ruin.  Laoidhean agus Dain le Donnchadh Macasgaill.  Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1987.  43 Duilleag.  £8

The Lonely Lands.  A Guidebook to Argyll Including Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Appin, Oban, Crinan, Inveraray, Kintyre, Cowal, Dunoon, Islay, Jura, Gigha.  By Tom Atkinson.  P.B.  Published in 1988.  Third Edition.  171 Pages.  £8

St Columba’s Old Parish Church, Stornoway.  Guild Recipe Book.  Contents: Starters, Main Courses, Vegetarian, Salads, Desserts, Baking, Confectionary, Preserves, Household Hints, Temperature Guide.  P.B.  With Ring Binding.  Published in 2005.  £8

Tiree Bards and their Bardachd.  The Poets in a Hebridean Community by Eric Creegan and Donald W.  Mackenzie.  Booklet, Printed in 1978.  27 Pages.  £6

Teach Yourself Gaelic Dictionary by Boyd Robertson and Iain Macdonald.  Contents: Introduction, the layout of the dictionary, abbreviations, Gaelic -English Dictionary, English -Gaelic Dictionary, personal names, place names, grammar.  Over 24,000 definitions, access a variety of usage and expression, keep up to date with contemporary gaelic.  P.B.  Published in 2004.  320 Pages.  Signed by the Editors.  £6

Inveraray Castle.  Contents : A Message from MacCailean Mor, Introductory Note, A Tour of the Castle, The State Dining Room, The Tapestry Drawing Room, The China Turret, The Armoury Hall, The Saloon, Earls and Dukes of Argyll, The North West Hall and Staircase, The Gallery, The Victorian Room, The Macarthur Room, The Clan Room, The Kitchen, The Creation of the Castle, Demesne and Town, The Argyll Family and Clan Campbell.  Booklet, Date of Printing unknown.  24 pages.  £6

Am Port Mor a bha air Chall agus Sgeulachdan eile na h-Airidh Leis an Olla Niall Mac an Rothach.  Eadarthangangaichte bho an Bheurla Sasunnach gu Gaidhlig Albannach leis an Urramch G.  Mac Dhomhnuill D.D.  H.B.  Date of Publishing Unknown.  101 Pages.  £20

Fishing for Wild Trout in Scottish Lochs by Lesley Crawford.  The book looks in detail at the natural history of Scotland’s trout.  There are useful location maps and an important section on the legal implications on where to fish.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1996.  147 Pages.  Ex Library.  £8

The History of the Highland Clearances by Alexander Mackenzie.  With a new introduction by Ian Macpherson M.P.  Contents: Sutherland, Trial of Patrick Sellar, Ross Shire, Inverness Shire, The Hebrides, Argyllshire, Buteshire, Perthshire, Notable Dicta, Statistical Statements, Appendices.  H.B.  Originally Published in 1883, this second edition altered and revised is from 1946.  286 Pages.  £15

The Silent Weaver.  The extraordinary life and work of Angus Macphee.  The story of Angus Macphee from South Uist, who after returning from WW2, was a broken man, and he retreated into a silent, private world, impenetrable to those around him.  During the following fifty years as a patient in Craig Dunain Hospital in Inverness, he spent his time creating a huge number of objects -out of woven grass, sheep’s wool, meadow flowers and beech leaves.  P.B.  Originally Published in 2011, this reprint is from 2013.  177 Pages.  £5

Am Measg Nan Lili.  Tormad Sona a bha ‘n Siadar Bharabhais Leis an Urramachadh Iain Macleoid An Eaglais Shaor Barabhas.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1948.  H.B.  144 Duilleag.  £6

The Discovery of the Hebrides.  Voyages to the Western Isles 1745-1883 by Elizabeth Bray.  This book is a fresh, lively and perceptive history of the discovery in the 18th and 19th centuries, of one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Britain.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1986.  1st Edition.  268 Pages.  £8

Teagasg Nan Aithrichean.  (The Teaching of the Fathers)

 Leabhar a chaidh a chuir a mach an toiseach aig am a chiad chogaidh.  P.B.  air ath fhoillseachadh, chan eil ceann latha air.  Seaormonan le Ministearan cliuteach as an naoidheamh linn deug agus toiseachd na ficheadamh linn.  160 Duilleag.  £8

Our Square by Jessie E.  Macdonald.  Booklet, which gives a history of George Square In Edinburgh.  Date of Printing 1925.  This is a third and enlarged edition.  23 Pages.  £10

The Autumn Road to the Isles by ‘BB’ Illustrated by D.J.  Watkins Pitchford.  65 Engravings.  The story of the two month journey the author made in the highlands from Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch, Beauly, Lairg and Shin, Strath Glass, Laggan and Glengarry and South to Fyne, before finishing in Galloway.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1959.  1st Edition.  176 Pages.  £15

A Garland of Scottish Prose Compiled by Agnes Mure Mackenzie.  Edited by James Kinsley.  A selection of prose from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, in what was the author’s last book before her death.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1956.  144 Pages.  £10

No More Sea by Angus Finlayson.  Sermons and addresses of the Rev Angus Finlayson, 1897-1973 North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis.  Booklet, Printed in 1975.  71 Pages.  £5

Fish Hooses 2.  More tales from an Aberdeen filleter by master story teller Stanley Robertson.  With illustrations by Eric Ritchie.  P.B.  Published in 1991.  The author shares his unusual stories and experiences from the thirty five years he has worked in the Aberdeen fish trade.  190 Pages.  £5

Church and Social History of Atholl by John Kerr.  Foreword by the Very Reverend Sir Robin Barbour.  P.B.  Published in 1998.  159 Pages.  £8

Famous Regiments.  The Scots Guards by Anthony Goodinge.  Edited by Lt-General Sir Brian Horrocks.  This is the inspiring story of the oldest regiment of the Household Troops, older than the British Army itself, raised by Charles I in Scotland in 1642.  It tells the story of the part they played in famous battles at Fontenoy, Dettingen, Talavara, Barrosa and Waterloo.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1969.  1st Edition.  149 Pages.  £15

Air a’Mhisean.  A record of all those from Lewis and Harris who were missionaries in the Free Church and in the Church of Scotland.  There are also photographs of many of those named in this booklet.  Printed in 1998.  51 Pages.  £6

Ladies of the Reformation.  Short Biographies of Distinguished Ladies of the Sixteenth Century by J.H.  Alexander.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1977.  140 Pages.  £8

Iain Macaskill -A real life story.  The story Of Iain Macaskill, from Lochmaddy, North Uist.  It charts his upbringing, school days, working for British Airways, before entering the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland, at Uist, Rosskeen and presently in the Stirling congregation.  Booklet, printed in 2017.  39 Pages.  £5

Highlands and Islands by Naomi Mitchison.  Contents: The Highland Situation, The Land, The Sea, Trees and People, Transport, Holidays, Education, Roots of Living, Roots of Democracy.  Booklet, date of printing unknown.  55 Pages.  £8

The Living Past by Professor Donald Macleod.  A series of recollections of growing up on the Island of Lewis between the Forties and Sixties.  P.B.  Published in 2006.  268 Pages.  £5

A Choisir Chuil.  The Gaelic Choir.  The St Columba Collection.  Arranged for Part Singing.  This collection of Gaelic Songs and Music is designed to further the cultivation of the native music of the Highlands.  H.B.  100 gaelic songs.  Date of printing unknown.  80 Pages.  £25

My Story by Archie Macleod.  The life story of Archie Macleod from Scadabay in Harris, who spent the majority of his working life as a policeman in Glasgow, rising to the rank of Superintendent.  P.B.  Published in the mid 2000’s.  92 Pages.  £6

The Spey from Source to Sea by Donald & Brian Barr.  The authors consider the multiplicity of identities as the affectionately explore the river.  Also included are easy to follow walks, notes on local wildlife and historical sites, as well as the distilleries, golf courses, tourist attractions and of course the fishing.  P.B.  Published in 2009.  127 Pages.  £8

Teagasg Nan Cosamhlachdan leis an Urramach Domhnall Iain Martainn, M.A.  (Nach Maireann) A bha na mhinistear anns an Eaglais Shaor Aonaichte ann an Steornabhagh agus anns an Oban.  Air a dheasachadh leis an Urramach Calum Macillinnein.  Addresses on the Parables.  H.B.  Published in 1914.  Slight tears at the top and bottom of the spine.  197 Duilleag.  £20

Domhnullan -Dan an Ceithir Earranan Leis an Urramch Domhnall Mac Chalum Ministear Aosda Sgire Nan Loch an Leodhas.  P.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1925.  59 Duilleag.  £10

The Magic of a Hebridean Island by Doreen Marchant.  A historical and current perspective of the isle of Harris.  Booklet, Originally Printed in 1987, this is a second reprint from 1989.  36 Pages.  £5

Precious are the Ties that Bind by Jim MacVicar.  A book that looks at the origins and identity of the name Macvicar, and the different branches of the family.  P.B.  Published in 1999.  120 Pages.  £8

Place Names of Scarp by John Maclennan.  Edited by Calum J.  Mackay.  P.B.  Published in 2000.  47 Pages.  £6

A History of Kilmore Church Mull by Hilary M.  Peel.  A detailed history of the church and congregation and early religion in Mull.  12 Chapters and 5 Appendices, and has many photographs and illustrations.  P.B.  Published in 2004.  70 Pages.  £8

Pitlochry -heritage of a Highland District by Colin Liddell.  The history of Pitlochry dating back from the First Millenium to the Twentieth Century.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1993, this reprint is from 1994.  159 Pages.  £8

Centenary of Castle Street, Church of Scotland, Dingwall by Gordon Bruce and Betty Wilson.  A history of the congregation, its Ministers, the building, Sunday School etc.  Booklet, Printed in early 2000’s.  28 Pages.  £6

Gaelic Hymn Book Specially Adapted for Evangelistic Meetings.  Compiled by John Campbell for Duncan Maccoll of The Glasgow Highland Mission.  121 Hymns.  Booklet, printed in 1957, 4th Edition.  128 Pages.  £8

Additional Lectures, Sermons and Writings of Rev Lachlan Mackenzie Lochcarron.  Contents includes the life and times of Rev Lachlan, Reminiscences and Anecdotes, lectures of portions of scripture, hitherto unpublished.  47 Lectures, 5 articles he wrote.  H.B.  Published in 1930.  442 Pages.  £30

A Measg Nam Bodach.  Co Chruinneachadh de sgeulachdan is beul aithris a chaidh a chraobh sgaoileadh air an fhritheud eadar Samhuinn 1936, agus An Gearran 1937.  Chaidh na sgeulachdan a thogal ann a Leodhas, Na Hearradh, Uibhist a Tuath, Uibhist a Deas, Barraidh, Eilean Sgitheanach, Muile agus Tiriodh.  H.B.  air fhoillseachadh ann an 1938.  148 Duilleag.  £12

Gaelic Proverbs and Proverbial Sayings.  With English Translations by T.D.  Macdonald.  Contents: Introduction, Miscellaenous, Men, Woman, Marriage, Weather and Season Lore, Object Lessons from Nature, The Diety, The Devil, Land and Labour, The Fingalians, St Columba and Other Saints, Clans and Clanship.  H.B.  Published in 1926.  156 Pages.  £12

The Highland Clans -Their Origins and History by L.G.  Pine.  Tracing the origins of these people from earlies times and setting the emergence of the Gael in historical perspective, this book goes on to recall the bitter inter-clan feuds of the 14th and 15th centuries and the constant forays and rebellions which marked the endless struggle for supremacy between Highland and Lowland Scotland.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1972.  1st Edition.  198 Pages.  £10

Journal of a tour in the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland in 1800 by John Leyden.  Edited with a bibliography by James Sinton.  H.B.  Published in 1903.  1st Edition.  318 Pages.  £65

Pictures in Song for Schools and Colleges.  Edited and Arranged by Robert Mcleod, Director of Musical Studies for Teachers in Training, Moray House, Edinburgh.  Tonic Sol-Fa Edition -Book 1.  36 Songs are included.  Booklet, Printed in 1915.  46 Pages.  £25 (Scarce)

Two Centuries of the Church of Scotland 1707-1929.  The Hastie Lectures in the University of Glasgow by the Rev.  Andrew J.  Campbell.  This book is an expansion of five lectures delivered by the author as Hastie Lecturer in Glasgow University.  The five lectures have been expanded into eleven chapters.  H.B.  Published in 1930.  317 Pages.  £10

Discovering Lewis and Harris by James Shaw Grant.  The author provides us with a fascinating picture of the history and geography of Lewis and Harris.  P.B.  Published in 1987, This reprint is from 1994.  237 Pages.  £8

The Isle of Taransay by Bill Lawson.  A Harris Island in its Historical Setting.  Booklet, Printed in 1997.  44 Pages.  £6

Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Land that Never Was by David Sinclair.  The Extraordinary Story of the most Audacious Fraud in History.  The story of the Scot who persuaded thousands to subscribe to a £200,000 development loan he floated on the London Stock Market, to attract immigration and investment in the Cazique of Poyais.  An investment and a life that never was.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2003.  358 Pages.  £6

Island of Kerrera.  Mirror of History by H.  Macdougall.  Contents: Historical, Gylen Castle and Sindrie Houses, Merklands, Crops and Beasts, Rents and Services, Farm Graith, Bailemor Township and Farm, Meal Mills, Sea and Land Harvest, Ferries and Changehouses, Schools, Churches, Community, Foundations.  Includes Illustrations.  A4 Size Publication, Printed in 1979.  157 Pages.  £15

Roll of Honour Ness to Bernera.  For King and Country 1939-1945.  A record of the men and women from Ness to Bernera in Lewis, who served in WW2, also includes a photograph of those featured in the book.  A4 Size Publication.  Printed in 1988.  125 Pages.  £10

Land Lines -An illustrated journey through the landscape and literature of Scotland.  Produced and Devised by The Scottish Literary Tour Company Ltd.  Contents: The Natural Landscape, Landscape and Community, The Other Landscape.  Includes Photographs.  A4 Size Publication, Printed in 2001.  181 Pages.  £8

Shinty -Celebrating Scotland’s Game by Hugh Dan Maclennan.  100 years of the Camanachd Association.  The most comprehensive history ever written on the sport and includes many photographs spanning the century.  Also has a short biography of each club.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1993.  368 Pages.  Signed by the author.  £10

My Little Town of Cromarty by David Alston.  The History of a Northern Scottish Town.  This book is a history of the small town of Cromarty, north of Inverness at the tip of the Black Isle peninsula.  Although it has less than 750 inhabitants, Cromarty is viewed by its residents as a town rather than a village, which reflects the settlement’s beginnings as a royal burgh, and its days as a leading port for the northern Highlands.  H.B.  With D/J.  Published in 2006.  372 Pages.  £10

The Celtic Annual 1916.  Edited by Malcolm C.  Macleod.  Year Book of the Dundee Highland Society.  A bilingual publication with short stories, poetry, features, obituaries and includes illustrations and portraits.  The book has the signature of Angus Matheson, who is possibly Professor Angus Matheson 1912-1962, the first Chair of Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow.  H.B.  138 Pages.  £15

Transactions of The Franco Scottish Society 1897 Scottish Branch.  At the Anniversary Meeting of the French and Scottish Branches on 12th- 17th July 1897.  Part I -Addresses and Papers,Part II Narrative of Proceedings and a short History of the Society.  A book that was circulated to members only.  H.B.  238 Pages.  £20

The Celtic Garland by Henry Whyte “Fionn” The Volume Contains: Gaelic Songs with Translations, English Songs with Translations, Original Gaelic Poetry with English Translations, Gaelic Readings and Sketches.  H.B.  With D/J Third Edition Greatly Enlarged.  Published in 1920.  353 Pages.  £25

Catechizing A Forgotten Practice by John J.  Murray.  Booklet,a reprint from the Banner of Truth October 1962.  14 Pages.  £5

Leaving the Nets.  Trusting Him.  The Memories of Dr John Watt Robertson.  Dr Robertson spent the majority of his working life as a G.P.  in North Harris.  P.B.  Published in 2014.  128 Pages, and includes many photographs.  £6

Hostail agus Sgeulachdan Eile le Tormod Caimbeul.  Sgeulachdan bhon an ughdair mun a bliadhnachan aige as a hostail ann a Steornabhagh as na 1950’an.  Leabharann, air fhoillseachadh ann an 1992.  91 Duilleag.  £6

Treallaich agus Tuilleadh Treallaich le Mairead Hulse.  Leabhar de bhardachd agus de cheol an ughdar.  P.B.  Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1998.  112 Duilleag.  £6

Recipe Book.  A Collection of Recipes from Wester Ross.  Contents: Soup, Starters, Fish, Meat, Savoury Meals, Sweets, Cakes, Scones and Biscuits, Sweetmeats, Chutneys.  Booklet, Date of printing unknown.  36 Pages.  £6

Landscapes and Longings.  A selection of island scenes and Bible meditations.  Artwork by Ivor Mackay and text by Iain D.  Campbell.  Booklet, date of printing unknown.  28 pages.  £5

Cults Kirk.  Howe of Fife Parish Church.  A Short History.  Pamphlet, 6 Pages.  2001 Edition.  £5

A Pictish Pin from Golspie, Sutherland by Joanna Close Brooks.  Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.  Vol.  106 Session 1974-75.  Booklet, 8 Pages.  £8

Kings College Chapel Windows.  Booklet, 8 Pages.  £6

SY Gone By.  Stornoway Historical Society Journal.  Issue no 45.  December 2015.  Contents: Editorial, Kipper Boats, Pulling the Chain, What’s the Nicolson? -the novelty of Stornoway to a teenage Londoner in 1968,HMS Lively, St Peter’s Church, The Nicolson Institute -an article written by the late Donnie B.  Macleod for the Scots Magazine in June 1964, Readers Feedback.  A4 Size Publication.  38 Pages.  £5

There Was A Piper, A Scottish Piper.  Memories of Pipe Major John T.  Mackenzie.  John T.  Mackenzie was born in Edinburgh in 1920, who became a highly respected authority on highland piping with a commitment to tradition and excellence in performance.  He spent the latter part of his life teaching and playing the pipes in Canada.  P.B.  Published in 2001.  176 Pages.  £12

 Cambuskenneth Abbey Stirlingshire by Stewart Cruden Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland.  Pamphlet.  6 Pages, originally printed in 1950.  This reprint is from 1970.  £6

Beauly Priory Inverness Shire by W.  Douglas Simpson.  Pamphlet.  7 Pages.  Originally Printed in 1954, this reprint is from 1966.  £8

Benholm Kirk Historical Exhibition.  A Guide.  Pamphlet.  8 Pages.  Date of Printing unknown.  £8

Spynie Kirk 1736-1986.  Booklet, 12 Pages.  Printed in 1986.  £8

Crathie Parish Church Royal Deeside.  Photographs by The Rev Ronald Falconer.  Booklet, 16 Pages.  Printed in the 1970’s.  £8

The Whithorn Dig by Peter Hill and Dave Pollock.  Archaeologists working for the Whithorn Trust have been digging at Whithorn since 1986.  This booklets presents the highlights of five years of research.  Booklet.  Printed in 1991.  24 Pages.  £8

Holy Island.  Jewel of the Lough.  A History.  Written by Gerard Madden.  Published by East Clare Heritage.  Booklet, 39 Pages.  Date of Printing Unknown.  £8

The Covenanters and Other Poems by H.  Brown, Lanark.  Contents: Canto First, Canto Second, Canto Third, Canto Fourth, The Destruction of Sodom, The Missionary, The Bereaved Mother and her Friend, The Dying Student, The Poet’s Wishes, On John Knox Preaching, The Jew’s Farewell to Jerusalem, The Hypocrite, The Tempest, A Sabbath Evening by the Sea Shore in the Isle of Arran, Desaix, Welcome to Sir Norman Macdonald Lockart, Bart, Lines on Visiting the Glasgow Necropolis, The Fall of Babylon, The Christian, Extract from an Unpublished Poem on Intemperance, Spring, The Conversion of Paul, The Fall of the “Auld Big Tree” West Port, Lanark.  H.B.  Published in 1866.  156 Pages.  £35

The Elusive Gael by Dugald Coghill.  With introduction by The Duke of Sutherland.  Contents include: The Gael in the World, The Gael in Earlier Fiction, The Gael According to Scott, The Gael According to Neil Munro, Supplementary Characters: Alan Breck Stewart, The Vital Spark Series, Works of Thomas Dick Lauder and James Grant etc, Influence of the Gael on Poetry and Drama.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1928.  158 Pages.  £12

The Doctrine of Holy Scripture in the Free Church Fathers by Nicholas R.  Needham.  The author examines the views of scripture held by five founding fathers of the Free Church of Scotland: Thomas Chalmers, William Cunningham, James Bannerman, Robert Candlish and “Rabbi” John Duncan.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1991.  157 Pages.  £10

The Sword and the Cross.  Four Turbulent Episodes in the History of Christian Scotland.  Introduced by Richard Holloway.  Over 100 full-colour illustrations.  This book is based on a major BBC Scotland history series that explores the great good -and the great harm -that the people of Scotland have experienced in the name of religion.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2003.  150 Pages.  £6

Iain Macleod.  A Biography by Robert Shepherd.  The first full biography of a legendary figure in the Tory Party for many years -Iain Macleod 1913-1970.  One of the most brilliant of modern politicians.  He died at the age of 56 a month after becoming Chancellor.  Widely regarded as the lost leader of the party.  Although born and brought up in Yorkshire, Macleod classed himself as a Scotsman -both his parents were from the Isle of Lewis.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1994, this reprint is from 1995.  608 Pages.  £10

Cathedrals Abbeys and Priories in Moray.  Text by Ian Keillar.  Illustrations by Crispin Worthington.  Published by the Moray Field Club.  Booklet, 23 Pages.  Printed in 1979.  £8

Elgin Cathedral.  The Cathedral Kirk of Moray.  Ministry of Public Building and Works.  Official Guide Book.  Description by J.S.  Richardson.  History by H.B.  Mackintosh.  Booklet, which also includes a map of the cathedral.  Originally Printed in 1938, this 2nd reprint is from 1968.  28 Pages.  £8

A Short Guide to Kilmacduagh County Galway.  Kilmacduagh Monastery by J.P.  Hynes.  Booklet, Printed in 1986.  15 Pages.  £6

New Light on the Anglian “Minster” at Hoddom by Christopher E.  Lowe.  Reprinted from The Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society.  3rd ser.  LXVI 1991.  Booklet, 35 Pages.  £15

East Fife Medieval Churches Trail.  A Guide to East Fife’s Medieval Heritage.  Scottish Church Heritage Research.  This booklet was written by Kirsty Owen as part of the Places of Worship in Scotland Fife Pilot Project.  Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown.  8 Pages.  £5

The Acadians of Nova Scotia Past and Present by Sally Rose and Alphonse Deveau.  The first work devoted exclusively to the Acadians of Nova Scotia, this book presents a thorough study of Acadian history from the earliest days of French settlement to present day Acadian communities.  P.B.  Published in 1992.  214 Pages.  £8

Beyond the Highland Line.  Highland History and Culture by Caroline Bingham.  The author traces the history and culture of the Highlands in a way that is both entertaining and absorbing.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1991, this reprint is from 1995.  236 Pages.  £8

“Citizen Rambles” by Tom S.  Hall.  Foreword by George Eyre Todd.  There are thirty two rambles in this work, which feature round the Glasgow area.  H.B.  Published in 1929.  123 Pages.  £10

Landscapes and Lives.  The Scottish Forest Through The Ages by John Fowler.  Ancient oakwoods, thickets of shimmering birches or lonely clumps of gnarled Caledonian pine all count among the most atmpospheric and inspiring places in Scotland.  A book as rich and memorable as the forest themselves.  P.B.  Published in 2002.  292 Pages.  £8

Pronnagan.  Gospel Advent in Barvas Parish.  A history and development of the post reformation church in Barvas and the impact of the Gospel in the wider parish and beyond.  Originally Printed in 1948, by the then Minister of the Free Church congregation in Barvas, this updated reprint is from 2008.  Booklet, 48 Pages.  £5

The Angus Macleod Archive.  Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod 1916-1992.  An introduction to the Collection.  Compiled by Michael Robson.  An illustrated introduction to the remarkable life and collection of historical material left by the late Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod.  Booklet, Printed in 2004.  56 Pages.  £5

Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness.  Volume XXXV 1929-1930.  With Index.  H.B.  430 Pages.  £15

The Compleat Angus.  The Life and Works of Angus Macintyre of Taynuilt and Tobermory.  Angus Macintyre, Poet, Philosopher, Bank Manager, Raconteur and Wit.  Born Taynuilt 1911, Died Tobermory 1986.  P.B.  Published in 1989.  142 Pages.  £6

The Pentland Hills.  Their Paths and Passes.  With a Map.  By John Bartholomew.  Fifth and Enlarged Edition.  P.B.  60 Pages.  Printed in 1889.  £10

Scotnotes.  George Mackay Brown’s Greenvoe by Alan MacGillivray.  Booklet, Printed in 1989.  54 Pages.  £5

Island Conversion.  The Transition of a Gaelic Poet from Sceptic to Believer by Myles and Margaret Campbell.  The story told by the authors in this book is inextricably linked to their island upbringing and cultural background.  It is a very personal story, and one which honestly seeks to understand and interpret the events they have experienced.  P.B.  Published in 2011.  241 Pages.  £5

Calum Cille.  Le Cairstiona Nicleoid agus Morag NicChoinnich.  Dealbhan le Domhnall Macleoid.  Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1972.  35 Duilleag.  £5

Bardachd Leodhais.  Air a dheasachadh le Iain N.  Macleoid.  Leabhar de taghadh bhardachd e Leodhas a chaidh fhoillseachadh an toiseach ann an 1916.  Tha caibeadal ann mu eachdraidh Leodhais.  Chaidh an leth bhreac seo fhoillseachadh ann an 1998.  321 Duilleag.  £8

Survival against the Odds.  The story of Petty Officer Donald Mackinnon Russian Convoy Survivor by Donald J.  Macleod.  P.B.  Published in 2000.  99 Pages.  £5

A Harris Way of Life.  The story of Marion Campbell (1909-1996) By Gisela Vogler.  A woman who became famous through her Harris Tweed weaving.  P.B.  Published in 2002, this reprint is from 2006.  64 Pages.  £5

Hero of Buzancy -Angus Macmillan 1886-1961 by his son Kenneth.  This brief record of the life of Angus Macmillan are based on pocket diaries he kept from August 1915 to March 1919, and from manuscripts of three lectures given in 1935.  The rest of the information in the book is from his son Kenneth.  A4 Size Publication.  Printed in the early 1990’s.  68 Pages plus 27 appendices.  £10

Nis Aosmhor -the Photographs of Dan Morrison.  Foreword by Professor Donald Macleod.  Deasaichte le Fionnlagh Macleoid.  A collection of photographs which were taken in the community of Ness on the Isle of Lewis between the 1930’s and the 1990.  There are 114 photographs in total.  P.B.  Published in 2007.114 Pages.  £10

Sula -The Seabird Hunters of Lewis.  Photographs and Commentry by John Beattie.  Introduction by Brian Jackman.  Once a year in the utmost secrecy, ten chosen men from the Ness area of the Isle of Lewis spend two weeks on a remote rock in the Atlantic where they harvest 2000 gannets as part of a legacy that has existed for over four centuries.  This is an extraordinary story, rooted in age old tradition and infused with hardship, mystery and ritual.  P.B.  Published in 1992.  143 Pages.  £12

A place To Pitch Your Tents.  The Story of the Scripture Union Camps in Scotland.  Edited by Jim Findlay, Elizabeth Candlish & Sheila Kilpatrick.  The story is published to mark the 50th anniversary of Inter School Camps.  P.B.  Published in 1987.  194 Pages, Includes many illustrations.  £6

The Highland Kitchen Maid.  Pamphlet, Published by the Free Presbyterian Church.  8 Pages.  £5

The Late Fr Allan Macdonald, Miss Goodrich Freer and Hebridean Folklore by J.L.  Campbell.  Pamphlet, reprinted from Scottish Studies Volume 2, Part 2, pp.  175-188, 1958.  12 Pages.  £8

Golf on the Rocks.  A Journey Round Scotland’s Island Course by Gary Sutherland.  After studying a crumpled golf map of Scotland, Gary decided to embark on a voyage.  His target was to play 18 rounds of Golf on 18 Scottish islands in honour of his dad, a ship’s captain who, went he wasn’t at sea, was never off the golf course.  His journey would take him to the Northern Isles to the Outer Hebrides.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2011.  310 Pages.  £6

The Wiles of the World.  Caran an T-Saoghal.  Edited by Donald E.  Meek.  Anthology of 19th Century Scottish Gaelic Verse.  P.B.  Published in 2003.  485 Pages.  £8

Facts and Fancies.  Linked with Folk-Lore about Kilmaveonaig By Christopher I.K.  Bowstead.  Priest in Charge, A.D 1899-1912.  Canon of St Ninian’s Cathedral.  Rector of Holy Trinity, Pitlochrie A.D.  1891-98.  H.B.  Date of Printing Unknown.  126 Pages.  £15

Spirit of Revival.  The story of J.G.  Govan and the Faith Mission.  By his daughter I.R.  Govan.  Foreword by Rev.  W.Graham Scroggie, D.D.  H.B.  With D/J Tear at the top of the D/J.  Originally Published in 1938, this 2nd reprint is from 1960.  208 Pages.  £8

Reminiscences of Islay by W.N.  Blair.  Booklet, Printed in 1983, 35 Pages.  £6

The History of the Outer Hebrides (Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula and Barra) by W.C.  Mackenzie.  18 Chapters of in depth history of the islands.  Originally Published in 1903, this reprint is from 1974.  623 Pages.  £35

 Sounds out of Silence.  A Life of Alexander Graham Bell by James Mackay.  This superb new biography follows Bell from his birthplace in Edinburgh to his studies and teaching in London and Europe and thence to riches and fame in the United States and Canada.  The telephone made him wealthy, but Bell went on to invent the iron lung, pioneer aircraft, improve the breeding of sheep and co found the National Geographic Society.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1997.  320 Pages.  £8

The MacDiarmid MS Anthology.  Edited by Derick S Thomson.  Poems and Songs mainly anonymous from the collection dated 1770.  This is the first edition of the anonymous poems and songs in the McDiarmid MS of 1770, compiled by a perthshire minister who used a variety of oral and some MS sources.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1992.  340 Pages.  £15

Aspects of the Religious History of Lewis.  Up to the Disruption of 1843 by Rev.  Murdo Macaulay.  P.B.  Published in the 1980’s.  227 Pages.  £8

The Trout & Sea Trout Rivers of Scotland by Roderick Wilkinson.  Region by Region, river by river, the author guides us round the prime trout and sea trout fisheries of Scotland, with maps to guide you and the essential addresses of tackle shops and where to buy your licences, H.B.  With D/J Published in 1990.  156 Pages.  £8

These Fifty Years.  The Jubilee Story of Hillhead Baptist Church 1833-1933.  Booklet, 72 Pages.  £10

Agriculture and Society in Seventeenth Century Scotland by Ian Whyte.  This new study makes use of the large quantity of little used manuscript sources from that century which have survived.  It examines various facets of rural life and society in a key period which witnessed a transition from medieval to more modern conditions.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1979.  301 Pages.  £10

Reminiscences of a Highland Parish by Norman Macleod.  H.B.  Date of Publishing unknown, but the book has the owner’s name in it, dated 1912.  314 Pages.  £10

Highland Clachan by Margaret Stewart.  Booklet, 4 Pages.  Contents: The Clachan, The Layout, House 1, House II, House III, The Kiln, Excavation.  Scarce.  £6

Glasgow Tales of the City by John Burrowes.  Some of the individuals profiled in this book are Lex Maclean, Mark MacManus and Peter Keenen.  P.B.  Published in 2001.  247 Pages.  £5

The Birds of the Island of Arran by J.A.  Gibson.  Booklet, Printed in 1956.  38 Pages.  £8

A Cruise to the Western Isles by Hugh Munro.  Coronation Souveneir 1937.  A book which was not for sale to the general public, details a cruise round the Hebridean Islands -Inner and Outer Hebrides.  H.B.  Published in 1937.  56 Pages, includes a map.  £45 Scarce.

Oban High School.  The First 100 Years.  Edited by Robert Reid.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1993.  Includes many photographs spanning the century.  220 Pages.  £10

Caledonian Dreaming.  The Quest for a Different Scotland by Gerry Hassan.  Foreword by Fintan O’ Toole.  This book offers a penetrating and original way forward for Scotland beyond the current independence debate.  It identifies the myths of modern Scotland, describes what they say and why they need to be seen as myths.  P.B.  Published in 2014.252 Pages.  £5

Thomas Chalmers a Short Appreciation by W.M.  Mackay.  This booklet outlines the course of his life and sketch some of his main ideas and interests.  It does not attempt to be a complete and balanced appraisal of the life and achievement of Dr Chalmers.  Booklet, Printed in 1980.  46 Pages.  £5

In Time of Need by W.R.  Mackay, Chaplain, Inverness Hospitals.  A selection of daily readings and meditations that were shared with unseen audiences in the Royal Northern Infirmary and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.  Foreword by Alastair Morrison, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.  Booklet, date of printing unknown.  63 Pages.  £5

The King of Sunlight.  How William Lever Cleaned up the World by Adam Macqueen.  One of the most extraordinary men ever to leave his mark on Britain was William Hesketh Lever -soap boiler, social reformer, MP, Tribal chieftain, multi millionaire and Lord of the Western Isles.  The author traces Lever’s footsteps from his humble Bolton boyhood to a business empire that straddled the world.  P.B.  Published in 2004, reprint from 2005.  328 Pages.  £5

Psalm 23 An Anthology.  Versions collected and Annotated by K.H.  Strange & R.G.E.  Sandbach.  Contents include: Anthology of Psalm 23, Early Versions, Seventeenth Century Versions, Eighteenth Century Versions, Nineteenth Century Versions, Twentieth Century Versions, Scottish and Shetlandic Versions, Pidgin and Dialect Versions, Modern Paraprases.  H.B.  With D/J Originally Published in 1969, this revised and extended version was published in 1978.  118 Pages.  £8

Island Emigrants.  The History of Emigration from the Hebrides over The Centuries.  The proceedings of a conference held in the Isle of Harris, 10-12 September 2009.  Speakers included: Professor Tom Devine, Michael de Mordha, Bill Lawson, Morag Macleod, Margaret Bennett, Chris Lawson, Greta Mackenzie, Calum MacNeil & Marjory Harper.  P.B.  Published in 2010.  187 Pages.  £6

 The Highland game by Glyn Satterley.  Introduction by Michael Wigan.  A photographic record of a great many Highland estate lodges, sharing grant Twelfth of August dinners, ghillie’s balls, and occasionally being treated like royalty.  P.B.  Published in 1992.  136 Pages.  £10

 The Scots Magazine -A Celebration of 250 Years.  Contents: Humour, Wildlife, Strange Things, Investigations, customs, Characters and Personalities, Out and About, History, I Remember, Fiction.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1989.  160 Pages.  Ex Library.  £8

Laithean Ceisde ann a Leodhas Mun’n a Bhliadhna 1880.  Clar-Innse: Roimh Radh, La na Ceist an Sgire Steornabhagh, La na Ceist Sgire Charlabhagh, La na Ceist an Sgire Chrois, La na Ceist an Sgire Bharabhas, La na Ceist an Sgire Bhac, La na Ceist an Sgire Uig, La na Ceist an Sgire Luirg.  Leabharann air fhoillseachadh aig toiseachdh na 1960’an.  48 Pages.  £15

Bardachd Mhurchaidh a Cheisdear.  Songs and Hymns by Murdo Macleod (The Lewis Bard) Second Edition.  A collection of the Bard’s Gaelic Songs and Spiritual Hymns.  Also has a biography of the Bard and his family.  H.B.  Published in 1965.  73 Pages.  £8

Dolina -An Island Girls Journey.  Dolina Maclennan in conversation with Jim Gilchrist and Stuart Eydmann.  Dolina Maclennan is well known as an outstanding singer, actress, and storyteller of national and indeed international renown.  In this sensitive and very personal account, she looks back on some of the forces which moulded her, from her childhood in a traditional Gaelic speaking community in rural Lewis to her friendship with many of the great figures of the Scottish literary and artistic scene over the past half century.  P.B.  Published in 2014.  155 Pages.  £5

Laithean an Iasgaich ann an Tolstadh bho Thuath.  A record of the fishing industry in North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis from the 1890’s to the present day.  Includes old photographs and a register of all fishing boats skippered by men from the village.  A4 Size Publication with ring binding.  37 Pages.  £5

By Paths of Highland Church History by Principal John Macleod D.D.  Edited by Professor G.N.M.  Collins.  Contents: Evangelical Traditions of Lochaber, The Evangelical Movement, A Son of the Soil: Francis Macbean, Disruption Days, Post Disruption Days, Other Worthies, The Last of the Old Session, North Country Separatism, Some Separatist Leaders, Alexander Gair and His Circle, Separatism in Inverness Shire, Norman Macleod The Assynt Separatist, A Separatist Blast.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1965.  165 Pages.  £15

Island -A Collection of Poems and Prose by Young Writers from the Isle Of Barra.  Megan Bickle, Cara Donnelly, Louise MacNeil and Amy Macphee are four teenagers who were inspired by their experiences of life on the Island of Barra.  Booklet, date of Printing Unknown.  42 Pages.  £6

Songs of the Hebrides for Schools by M.  Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod.  For Unison Singing in Schools.  Edited with Words & Voice Parts.  Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown.  24 Pages.  £10 (Scarce)

Gaelic Without Groans by John Mackechnie.  In a serious of twenty nine lessons.  P.B.  Date of printing unknown.  152 Pages.  £5

Chi mi’n Tir.  Oran as na Hearadh.  Tha oran a seo a sgriobh coig deug bhard a bhuineadh dhan a Hearadh.  Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1996.  43 Duilleag.  £6

Re na h-Oidhche.  The length of the Night.  Bardachd le Catriona Nicgumaraid.  Poems by Catriona Montgomery.  Ro radh le Somhairle MacGill-Eain.  Introduced by Sorley Maclean.  Gaelic poems with English translations.  P.B.  Published in 1994.  79 Pages.  £6

The Thin Blue Line.  The story of the City of Glasgow Police by Douglas Grant.  9 Chapters, Illustrations and appendix with a list of officers who have been awarded medals for gallantry in saving or attempting to save life from 1917-1972.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1973, 192 Pages.  £8

Glencoe and the Indians by James Hunter.  A real life family saga which spans two continents, several centuries and more than thirty generations to link Scotland’s clans with the native peoples of the American West.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1996.  224 Pages.  £8

East Sutherland Gaelic.  The Dialect of the Brora, Golspie and Embo Fishing Communities by Nancy C.  Dorian.  Contents: Foreword, Maps, Introduction, Past and Present Distribution of Gaelic in East Sutherland, Formation of the Fishing Communities as a Locus for Gaelic, ESG and Competing Language Forms, Phonology, Morphophonology, Grammar, Dialect Affinities, Sample Texts with Translations.  H.B.  Published in 1978.  220 Pages.  £15

At the Roots of a Nation.  The story of San Andres School in Lima, Peru by John M Macpherson.  This Christian School was founded in 1917, in Lima, Peru, by the Free Church of Scotland.  The school has had a remarkable impact on Peruvian life with many of its former pupils attaining positions of political, intellectual and spiritual influence.  P.B.  Published in 1993.  230 Pages.  £6

High Balls and Happy Hours.  An Autobiography.  Gavin Hastings with Clem Thomas.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1994.  192 Pages.  £5

Tales and Traditions of the Lews.  Collected by Dr Macdonald of Gisla.  There are 60 tales and traditions in this collection, by Dr Donald Macdonald of Gisla -1891-1961.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1967.  1st Edition.  297 Pages.  £15

Ionad Hiort -The St Kilda Centre.  A booklet, put together by the St Kilda Centre Development Group, Uig, Isle of Lewis, for their plans to build the centre at Mangersta, Uig, Isle of Lewis.  A4 Size Colour Booklet, 24 pages.  £8

The Economy and Culture of Fisheries in the Western Isles.  Fish: An Ancient Resource -A Sustainable Livelihood.  This information file shows how the fishing industry in the Western Isles has taken advantage of opportunities and is developing sustainable working practices which will ensure the future growth of the industry as it moves forward on another phase of its journey of change and progression.  A4 Size Colour Publication.  24 Pages.  £8

An Co Mor -A Celebration of the Harris Tweed Industry in the 1930’s.  A booklet produced at the time that Theatre Highland were touring with the play An Clo Mor.  A4 Colour Publication.  Printed in 2000.  20 Pages.  £8

Stornoway Golf Club Centenary Magazine 1890-1990.  A series of articles, and a good selection of photographs, and profiles some of the club characters to commemorate the Centenary.  A4 Publication.  60 Pages.  Printed in 1990.  £10

 Caisteal Leodhais: Leasachaidh.  Lews Castle Development.  A Feasability Study.  A4 Colour Publication.  24 Pages.  Date of Printing mid 1990’s.  Also contains documents with plans to move the library from it’s then location on Keith Street, Stornoway to the newly refurbished Lews Castle.  The document looks like the submission that was made to the Millenium Commission for funding and was subsequently refused.  Scarce document.  £10

The Story of Manish School 1879-2000.  Compiled by Deborah Mackinnon.  It gives a history of the school with contributions from former pupils and former teachers.  A good selection of photographs as well.  It also gives a list of all the pupils who registered in the school from 1905-2000.  A4 Size Publication with ring binding.  £10

Skye Remembered by Derek Cooper.  A Ghaidhlig le Martainn Domhnallach.  Contents: The World of Work, The Encircling Sea, The Heart of the Island, Ten Thousand Common Soldiers, An Island In Revolt, Houses and Hovels, The Sporting Scene, The Quality at Leisure.  P.B.  Published in 1983.  Includes Photographs.  96 Pages.  £10

Enchanted Island by James Shaw Grant.  A Humorous Tale from an Island that refused to die.  The writers aim with this book was to try to catch, in an exaggerated fictional way, the spirit of an island that refused to die, because there were those around who could extract laughter and good fellowship even from their own predicament.  P.B.  Published in 1989.  128 Pages.  £8

Sweet Believing.  Eight Character Studies of the Scottish Covenanters by Jock Purves.  Contents: James Guthrie, Hugh MacKail, Richard Cameron, David Hackston, John Brown, Margaret MacLachlan and Margaret Wilson, John Nisbet, James Renwick, Epilogue.  P.B.  Originally Published in 1948, this 2nd Reprint is from 1999.  96 Pages.  £5

Salt in my Porridge.  Confessions of a minister’s Son by Angus Macvicar.  H.B.  Published in 1971, Ex Library.  192 Pages.  £5

No Final Solution.  Unsolved Crimes of the Twentieth Century by Douglas Skelton.  Throughout the century there have been many true life cases of murder which have baffled the Scottish Police and Public alike.  The author investigates the many conspiracies and cover ups surrounding these crimes which led to some cases never being solved.  P.B.  Published in 1993.  190 Pages.  £6

Gangsters, Killers and Me By Gerard Gallacher.  A Detective’s Story.  The Inside Story of Policing Glasgow’s Underworld.  Gallacher was a policeman in Glasgow from 1981-2011.  He talks about the major underworld figures from this period.  323 Pages £6

The Chambered Cairn of Clettraval, North Uist by W.Lindsay Scott.  Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Vol LXIX.  (Vol.  IX, Sixth Series) Session 1934-35 (Pages 480 to 536) P.B.  Publication.  Some tears in the binding and also some damage at the bottom of the first few pages.  57 Pages.  £10

Scottish Verse From The Book of the Dean of Lismore.  Edited by William J.  Watson, Professor of Celtic in the University of Edinburgh.  H.B.  Published in 1937.  1st Edition.  Also gives a list of the members of the SGTS for that year.  335 Pages.  £15

Pride of Perth.  The Story of Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd.  Scotch Whisky Distillers by Jack House.  This book is not just the history of an organisation but of a unique relationship between a company and a city, in which the prosperity of the one has contributed to that of the other in an unprecedented way.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1976.  134 Pages.  £8

 Croft Histories of Balranald and Paiblesgarry by Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath.  An interesting booklet which has articles based on the history of the two villages and also some gaelic poetry.  The main focus though is on the history of each croft.  Booklet, Printed in 1988.  51 Pages.  £8

Macpherson’s Pocket Guide to the Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Outer Hebrides.  By Duncan Macpherson.  Foreword by J.M.  Macpherson.  H.B.  Pocket Size.  160 Pages.  Published in 1959.  Ex Library.  £10

Kilberry Recipe Book.  Published by Kilberry Kirk Session in aid of the Church Fabric Fund.  Contents: Foreword by Rev Tom A.  Davidson Kelly, Soups, Starters etc, Fish Dishes, Meat Dishes, Sweets, etc, Biscuits, Cakes and Loafs, Marmalades, Miscellaneous.  Booklet, 43 Pages.  Date of Printing Unknown.  £6

Stornoway Historical Society Journal Issue No 16.  July 2001.  Contents: From the Editors Chair, James Disher, Scout Camp -Ardroil 1943, Two U Boats, Off to Australia, Memories of Old Stornoway, Diary of a Journey from Stornoway to Duluth Minnesota USA 31 August – 22 September 1886, Chelsea Pensioners in Stornoway, Stornoway & District Roll of Honour -Second World War, The Cromwell Street I knew, The Ferry to Stornoway.  A4 Publication.  33 Pages.  £5

Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 25.  December 2005.  Contents: From the Editor’s chair, Harbour Development Scheme -1947, Old Stornoway and the Shops, Old Sheriff Court Records (1788-1826), Recollections of Stornoway, Town Hall Centenary Exhibition, Stornoway in the 1870’s, A Different Perspective on Lewis, The Lough of Stornevay -A Plan of the Harbour of Stornoway c.  1630.  A4 Publication.  32 Pages.  £5

Gramair Na Gaidhlig le Michel Byrne.  P.B.  Published in 2002.  141 Pages.  £6

 Foula -The Time of my Life by Christopher Mylne.  18 months in 1954-55 with the most isolated human community in the British Isles, on an island 15 miles off the Atlantic West Coast of Shetland.  A young and inexperienced Mylne arrived on the Shetland island of Foula in April 1954 to take up the post of Schoolmaster and Lay Missionary.  This remarkable book tells in his own words the dramatic story of Chris’s formative time as part of this remote unique island community which took him to their heart.  H.B.  With D.J and includes many illustrations.  Published in 2011.  218 Pages.  £10

Ferryhill North Memories by Rev Peter Davidson.  Former Minister of the Parish 10 March 1960 -30 September 1983.  Booklet, 65 Pages and includes photographs.  Printed in 1993.  Signed by the Author.  £6

Full Cycle.  Round the Isles by Bike by Stuart Craig.  Covers the Islands of Argyll, Barra, Vatersay, South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist, Harris and Scalpay and Skye.  The book covers the two trips the author made in 1995 and 1999.  P.B.  Published in 2001.  128 Pages.  £6

Wandering with a Camera in Scotland.  The Photography of Erskine Beveridge.  Edited by Lesley Ferguson.  Contents: Preface, Introduction, Fife, South Scotland, Argyll, Inverness Shire, Western Isles, Northern Scotland, Perthshire, References, Index.  P.B.  Originally Published in 2009, this edition was published in 2014.  182 Pages.  £8

Iona.  This guidebook, based on ten years of survey and investigation by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, outlines the islands history from St Columba’s day to present times and explains the development of the sacred sites and historic buildings seen by today’s visitors.  Booklet, Third Impression 1993.  Includes Illustrations.  32 Pages.  £6

The Gaelic Vikings by James Shaw Grant.  Humour, Adventure, Mystery, Pirates, Poltergeists, Heroes.  P.B.  Published in 1984.  172 Pages.  £8

An Open Book.  The Paul Lawrie Story.  Paul Lawrie with John Huggan.  This then is the story of the man who beat the odds, who married the woman of his dreams and remains the last golfer from Great Britain to claim the game’s greatest major championship.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2012.  220 Pages.  £5

The Skye Revivals by Steve Taylor.  This book looks at how the religious, social and educational face of the island was transformed by spiritual awakenings between 1800-1860.  P.B.  Published in 2003.  159 Pages.  £5

Time Gentlemen.  Some Collected Poems by Hamish Brown.  Illustrations by Ian Strachan.  P.B.  Published in 1983, 124 Pages.  Ex Library.  £5

The Road to Drumnafunner.  A Journey Through North East Scotland by Robert Smith.  This book is a journey through the history and legends of North East Scotland, the author follows the road through all sorts of intriguing places, uncovering the stories and characters associated with them.  P.B.  Published in 2007, 147 Pages.  £5

The Scottish Regiments A Pictorial History 1633-1987 by P.J.R.  Mileham.  11 Chapters.  Contents Include: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Scots Guards, The Royal Scots, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, The Cameronians, The Black Watch, Queen’s Own Highlanders, The Gordon Highlanders, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1988.  304 Pages.  £15

Dunvegan Castle Isle of Skye.  Official Guide by W.  Douglas Simpson.  Eleventh Edition.  Booklet, which also includes a map of the Castle and some Illustrations.  Printed in 1958.  28 Pages.  £10

Clarsach an Doire.  Dain, Orain agus Sgelachdan le Niall Macleoid.  H.B.  With D/J Sixth reprint.  1975.  274 Pages.  £8

A Shetland Parish Doctor.  Some Recollections of a Shetland Parish Doctor During the Past Half Century by Harry Pearson Taylor.  Medical Officer for Yell and Fetlar, Shetland from June 1890 to November 1935.  With Foreword by Thomas Edmondston Saxby.  H.B.  Published in 1948.  136 Pages.  £15

Kintyre in the 17th Century by Andrew McKerral.  Kintyre was the original home of the Scots of Dalriada.  This book gives a short summary of its early history, and then deals in greater detail with the events of one of its most important centuries -the seventeenth.  H.B.  With D/J.  Published in 1948.  1st Edition.  189 Pages.  £15

The Conservation of Georgian Edinburgh.  The Proceedings and Outcome of a Conference organised by the Scottish Civic Trust in Association with the Edinburgh Architectural Association and in conjunction with the Civic Trust, London.  Edited by Sir Robert Matthew, John Reid and Maurice Lindsay at the University of Edinburgh Press.  Contents: Edinburgh as European Cultural Heritage, The Conservation of Georgian Edinburgh, Comparative Examples, Summing Up and Discussion, Appendix: The Conference Booklet.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1972.  130 Pages.  £10

Uig -A Hebridean Parish.  Parts III and IV By H.A.  Moisley and Members of the Geographical Field Group.  Contents: The Bernera District, The East Loch Roag District, The Carloway District, Agricultural in a Crofting Parish, Population and Employment, Conclusions.  P.B.  Printed in 1962.  158 Pages.  £20

Old Orkney Sea Yarns (Stronsay volume 2) by W.M.  Gibson.  9 Yarns, Epilogue and an Appendix with illustrations.  P.B.  Printed in 1986.  52 Pages.  £6

A Social History of Scottish Dance.  Ane Celestial Recreatioun by George S.  Emmerson.  22 chapters, 4 Appendixes.  This book is a social history of Scotland with dance as its central theme.  The author examines the evidence of dance in the life of the Scots -in ritual, drama, and recreation -from earliest times to the present.  H.B.  With D/J.  Published in 1972.  350 Pages.  £15

Memoirs of a Highland Lady.  The autobiography of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus.  1797-1827.  Elizabeth Grant was born in Edinburgh in 1797 and died in 1885.  Her memoirs, edited by her niece, Lady Strachey, were first published in 1898.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1972.  296 Pages.  £6

Annals of the Free Church of Scotland 1900-1986.  Continued from Ewing’s Annals of the Free Church of Scotland: 1843-1900.  Compiled by G.N.M.  Collins.  Contents: Principals and Professors of the Free Church College, lists of all ordained Ministers since 1900, all the congregations of the Church and a list of the ministers in each, Moderators of the Church.  H.B.  Date of Publishing unknown, possibly late 1980’s.  64 Pages.  £8

Plant Life in the Scottish Highlands.  Ecology and Adaptation to their Insect Visitors by Alexander Edward Holden.  With Photographs by Robert M.  Adam.  23 Chapters with illustrations.  H.B.  Published in 1952.  1st Edition.  319 Pages.  £15

The Isle of Arran by Robert Maclellan, Revised by Norman Newton.  An essential guide for the discerning tourist and island devotee: everything the visitor needs to know about the island’s heritage, landscape, climate and flora.  P.B.  Published in 2003.  112 Pages.  £6

The Road Through the Isles by John Sharkey.  Drawings, Diagrams and maps by Keith Payne.  This book is the first comprehensively to explore and explain the landscape and mysteries of the Outer Hebrides.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1986.  The book covers from Barra to the Butt of Lewis.  256 Pages.  £8

One of Heavens Jewels.  Rev Archibald Cook of Daviot and the (Free) North Church, Inverness by Norman Campbell.  This book uses a wide range of contemporary sources -including church records, the press and local Gaelic verse -to tell the story of a faithful pastor loved by the thousands of ordinary people who gathered to hear him preach.  P.B.  Published in 2009.  278 Pages.  £10

An Taillear agus a Bhean le Donald A.Macdonald.  Reprinted from Scottish Studies Volume 10, Part 2, pp 182-187, 1966.  Pamphlet.  6 Pages.  £6

Clan Chisholm Magazine.  Number 43, 2000.  Contents: International Gathering 2001, Chisholm Biography, Chisholm & Highland History, Chisholm Population Studies, Chisholm Scatterings, Highland Poetry & Folklore, Flora & Fauna, Miscellaneous.  Booklet.  68 Pages.  £6

The Glasgow Academy 150 Years by Iain Macleod.  This is the story of the first 150 years of The Glasgow Academy, planned in 1845 and opened a year later.  This book is a chronicle and celebration of what The Academy has achieved so far and an introduction to the next chapter in its history.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1997.  215 Pages.  £8

The Highlands and the Highlanders.  The Past and Future of a Race.  A’ Ghaidhealtachd: Ar Dileab ‘s ar Dochas.  Printed for The Highlands Committee Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938.  Contents: Note by Sir Alexander MacEwan, Poem, Facal Toisich, The Social Life of the Clans, The Gaelic Literature of Scotland, Production and Trade, Law in the Glens, The Humour of the Gael, Wanted -A Broader Outlook, Land Settlement and Industry, Water Power in the Highlands, Transport and Communications, Economic Possibilities.  H.B.  Published in 1938.  165 Pages.  £25

Letters from a Highland Township by Elizabeth and Ian Macpherson.  H.B.  Published in 1939.  1st Edition.  240 Pages.  £8

Skye Camanachd -A Century Remembered by Martin Macdonald.  For the past Hundred years Skye Camanachd has been a focus of island hopes and aspirations.  More than any other organisation the shinty club has engaged the islander’s loyalty.  Down the century the team’s fortunes has mirrored the social and economic condition of the islanders.  This book was published in 1992 at the time of the club’s centenary, and it contains many photographs of the teams senior and youth during that period.  H.B.  With D/J.  142 Pages.  £10

Mary Slessor.  The Dundee Factory Girl who became a Devoted Missionary by J.J.  Ellis.  5 Chapters.  P.B.  Printed in 2013.  80 Pages.  £5

Healing Through Meditation by The Rev Roy McVicar, Scottish Centre of Christian Healing, Boeness.  Booklet, 8 Chapters.  Date of Printing Unknown.  29 Pages.  £5

Excavations at Loch Olabhat, North Uist, 1988.  3rd Interim Report by Ian Armit.  Department of Archaeology University of Edinburgh.  Contents: Introduction, Loch Olabhat, Eilean Domhnuill a Spionnadh, Druim nan Dearcag, Eilean Olabhat, Survey, Future Work, Acknowledgements, References, Appendix One; Eilean Olabhat C-14 Dates and Contexts.  A4 Publication, Printed in 1988.  39 Pages.  £8

The West Highlands & Islands.  A View of 50 Centuries.  The Udal (N.Uist) Evidence.  Iain A.  Crawford.  The Udal Research Programme -Prelude to Main Publications.  A4 Size Publication.  20 Pages.  £8

The Divide between Medieval and Post -Medieval in Scotland by I.A.  Crawford.  Reprinted from Post Medieval Archaeology.  Volume 1 1967.  Booklet,6 Pages.  £8

Antiquarian Gleanings from Aberdeenshire Records.  Compiled by Gavin Turreff.  Second Edition -Revised and Enlarged.  Also gives a list of the subscribers to this publication.  H.B.  Published in 1871.  302 Pages.  £25

Kingussie and the Caman.  Follow closely the fame of your fathers by John Robertson.  Contents: A Time for Change 1889-1893, A Taste of Success, 1893-1903, From Bonfires to Fountains, 1904-14, The Strength of the Community, 1919-39, The Promised Land, 1946-61, Back to Basics, 1961-83, To Be The Best, 1984-94, Follow Closely the Fame Of Your Fathers.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1994.  212 Pages.  Signed by the Author.  £10

The Two Margarets.  A struggle for Christian Freedom by Carine Mackenzie.  This book tells a very different story.  Here were young Margaret Wilson and old Margaret MacLachlan standing up for civil and religious freedom in the face of real persecution.  They valued the simple direct teaching of Scripture and their total loyalty to their Saviour led them to martyrdom.  P.B.  Published in 1985.  48 Pages.  £5

The Wife of Auchtermuchty.  (From the Banatyne Manuscript, 1568) Alexander Hume 1557-1609 Of the Day Estivall.  Booklet, Printed in 1996.  60 Pages.  £5

Scottish Fishing Boats by Matthew Tanner.  This book introduces the history of the Scottish fishing vessel and chronicles the developments that have created fishing machines which are not only highly effective tools but a delight to the eye as well.  Booklet, Printed in 1996.  32 Pages.  £6

Some Low Level Walks in Strathspey.  Compiled and Described by Ronald A.  Laird.  Contents: Introduction, Summary of Walks, Description of Walks, Maps.  Booklet, Printed in 1981.  47 Pages.  £6

Walks Into History by Laurie Rogers.  Nine Walks Around the Forfar Area.  Booklet, Printed in 1996.  28 Pages.  £6

Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  Concise Catalogue.  Compiled by Duncan Thomson and Sheila Bruce Lockhart.  A concise catalogue of the collections in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.P.B.  Published in 1977.  187 Pages.  £8

 The Bigmen.  Personal Memories of Glasgow’s Police by Joe Pieri.  P.B.  Originally Published in April 2001, this reprint is from October 2001.  184 Pages.  £5

 The Hidden Places of Scotland.  An informative guide to the more secluded and less well known places to visit in Scotland.  Places of Interest -Accomodation -Food -Drink.  Fully illustrated with detailed directions and Maps.  Edited by David Gerrard.  P.B.  Published in 1999.  382 Pages.  £6

Early Golf in Glasgow 1589-1787.  By David Hamilton.  H.B.  Published in 1985.  21 Pages.  Signed by the Author.  £8

The Auld Hoose.  The Story of Robert Gordon’s College by Jack Webster.  This book tells the story of what happened when a North east aristocrat, who prospered on his travels abroad, came home to Aberdeen with a dream -a dream that became a reality we know today as Robert Gordon’s College.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 2005.  468 Pages.  £8

A Mission of Mercy.  The Life and Legacy of Dr Thomas Guthrie by Andrew J.  Murray.  Booklet, Printed in 2014.  23 Pages.  £5

Sketching in the Background.  A Word to Free Church Young People by Rev Kenneth A.  Macrae, Stornoway.  Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown.  24 Pages.  £6

Scottish Gaelic Vernacular Verse to 1730: A Checklist by Colm O’ Baoill and Donald Macaulay.  Printed by the Aberdeen University Department of Celtic 1988.  Booklet, 57 Pages.  £6

Report of Special Committee on the Teaching of Gaelic in Schools and Colleges .  An Comunn Gaidhealach.  Booklet, Printed in January 1936.  40 Pages.  £8

Cuairtear Chloinn Cholla.  Journal of the MacColl Society.  Vol 1.  January 1932.  No 1.  15 Articles, and also has a list of all members of the society.  Booklet, 24 Pages.  £8

A History of the Parish of Kirk Arbory and its Church of St.  Columba.  (Isle of Man) Illustrated.  Booklet, Printed in November 1959.  36 Pages.  £6

Facal Beag Volumes I and II.  A selection of the Facal Beag articles that were published in the Harris fortnightly newsletter De Tha Dol.  Volume I has 44 Pages.  Vol II has 44 Pages.  £8

Enjoying Scotland by Campbell Steven.  This is a book of personal enjoyment.  In it the author recalls good days spent getting to know some of the more remote corners of Scotland: expeditions to rarely visited islands of the West, to the furthest away hills of Wester Ross, to Eas -Coul-Aulin, distant Sutherland waterfall; there are descriptions of trips to St Kilda and of a winters dawn on the Solway watching the flighting geese.  H.B.  With D/J Published in 1971, this 2nd edition is from 1976.  192 Pages.  £6

 

North Uist's Julie Fowlis is one of the Hebridean Women talents who will take to the An Lanntair stage to open the 21st HebCelt

The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival will have a strong female voice from the start this year with an all lady show to kick off festivities at An Lanntair – and singing star Eddi Reader also joins the line-up.

HebCelt’s opening concert on July 13th, featuring leading traditional Gaelic singers from different Hebridean islands, will also herald the regular programme of events hosted by An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway during festival week.

‘Hebridean Women’ will focus specifically on songs for and about women, and feature some of the very best female vocalists from the Outer Hebrides.

A major exhibition of photographs about the Outer Hebrides which has already been seen in a wide variety of European countries – from Italy to Finland – and in the USA and Japan, comes to London next month as part of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House – from April 18th to May 6th.

A Scottish Government U-turn on its plans to scrap the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has been welcomed by both political parties represented in the Western Isles.

Islands MSP Alasdair Allan, who had raised a 'number of concerns' about the issue, was pleased with the announcement that HIE is to retain its own board, made yesterday (Thursday, March 30th) by Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown.

“I, and my Highlands and Islands SNP colleagues, have met with Keith Brown several times on this subject and raised a number of concerns about this issue,” said Dr Allan.

"It was worth the wait!" and "This is just fantastic!", were just two of the comments received before HIRS' reopening today at 11am. 

HIRS Western Isles is located in Stornoway Health Centre on Springfield road, and  whether you are looking for books to assist you with a further education course, teaching aids to deliver a health topic, picking up an information leaflet, contraceptives or a pregnancy test kit, or are just wanting a nosey - all are welcome, and the staff at HIRS hope to see you soon! 

 

At this current time their opening hours will be: 

Mon - 11am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm
Tues - 9.30am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm 
Wed - 9.30am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm
Thur - 9.30am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm
Fri - 9.30am-12.45pm and 2pm-5pm

Visit their Facebook page for photos and more information. 

A reception at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening (March 12th) will recognise how islanders from Lewis and Harris have commemorated the tragedy of the Iolaire over New Year 2019.

In the celebrated ‘horse in home’ case, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is awaiting news of a possible appeal following judgment by Sheriff David Sutherland in the case of Macleod –v– Noble.

The judgement was issued on Tuesday 27 March 2018 and the Council says that it upholds its actions in protecting the welfare of the animal concerned.

A CnES spokesperson said: “From the outset, the Comhairle’s concern in this matter has been the welfare of the animal and we welcome the court’s decision which validates the Comhairle’s position and actions.

Councillor Donald Crichton has urged crofters and those with an interest in a sustainable future for crofting to respond to the consultation on the review of the Crofter Housing Grant Scheme before it closes on 31 March.

Cllr Crichton, Vice-Chairman of the Comhairle's Sustainable Development Committee said: “Support for crofter housing has taken various forms since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago. The current support package being proposed consists of an island new build and repair grant of up to £28,000.

"While we support an increase, as a Comhairle we believe this proposal doesn't go far enough to meet the challenges of building new homes in our island communities today.  We consider an intervention rate of up to £50,000 to be more appropriate in the Outer Hebrides where costs are considerably higher than mainland areas.

A survey of approximately 1215 properties in the Western Isles is being carried out for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar by David Adamson & Partners Ltd who specialise in this type of work for Local Authorities across Scotland.

The purpose of a House Condition Survey (HCS) is to provide a local authority with information on the condition of the private sector housing stock in its area.

The information gathered can be used to inform the development of the Local Housing Strategy and the Housing Need and Demand Assessment.  The information can also be useful in the development of other corporate strategies, such as the Single Outcome Agreement.

As much as £650,000 per annum will be made available to benefit the community of Stornoway once the Stornoway Wind Farm begins operation. 

Profits from community ownership of 20% of the project could see an additional £1 million added to that amount. 

Today, representatives of Lewis Wind Power are holding an event at Stornoway Town Hall to gauge public opinion on how best to spend that money. 

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Pupils and teachers from The Nicolson Institute crowded into Stornoway Town Hall for the unveiling of new memorial to the 201 victims of the Iolaire tragedy almost 100 years ago.

The event was affected by rain and transferred indoors from the Carn Gardens location of the new memorial cairn.

The assembly was addressed first by Vice-head Boy, Steven Morrison, who explained how each individual stone on the cairn represented one of the victims.

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Pupils and teachers from The Nicolson Institute crowded into Stornoway Town Hall for the unveiling of new memorial to the 201 victims of the Iolaire tragedy almost 100 years ago.

The event was affected by rain and transferred indoors from the Carn Gardens location of the new memorial cairn.

The assembly was addressed first by Vice-head Boy, Steven Morrison, who explained how each individual stone on the cairn represented one of the victims.

The Scottish Hydro Electric shop on Cromwell Street is to close before May 15, it has just been announced.

SSE has confirmed it is taking the difficult decision to close its 37 remaining Scottish Hydro Electric shops in Scotland, along with its associated online shop.

The retail shops sell electrical and white goods and are predominantly sited across the north of the country. 

Stornoway band the Broken Ravens found their long-awaited trip to record and to perform in Los Angeles took far longer than they expected - after they got caught up in the chaos caused by heavy snow and sub-zero conditions last week.
Kevin Clark explains: “I was stuck in Glasgow airport from Tuesday night until Friday afternoon. Then went via Iceland, Chicago then LA and arrived a day before the others who left Glasgow before me.

The Met Office has issued a warning of ice for the Western Isles, valid from 8pm tonight until 9am tomorrow (Wednesday).

Wintry showers will become confined to the Northern Isles and northern Scotland overnight, with icy patches forming. 

There is a chance of difficult driving conditions on untreated roads and slippery conditions on pavements. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for the Western Isles, valid from 2am until 9am on Saturday (tomorrow).

Icy patches are likely to form overnight leading to a chance of difficult driving conditions on untreated roads or where wet weather has led to wash-off where roads have been treated.

Breaks in cloud cover developing as Friday evening's rain, sleet and snow peters out will allow temperatures to fall and drop below freezing in some places, likely allowing some icy patches to form.

Some travel disruption is possible early tomorrow (Sunday March 10th) says the UK Meteorological Office in a yellow weather warning for Eilean Siar and Highland regions issued at 11.06am today.

What to expect:

Scottish indie rock band Idlewild have joined the line-up for the 20th anniversary Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer, organisers announced today.

The five-piece, headed by Roddy Woomble, are one of a number of international acts lined-up for the award-winning festival, to be held in Stornoway in the island of Lewis from 15-18 July 2015.

The group, formed by Woomble and Rod Jones as teenagers in Edinburgh in 1995, began playing again recently after a five-year break.

The number of flights between Barra and Glasgow is to increase from six to 13 a week, it was confirmed today.

There will be two flights per day, Monday to Saturday, and an added weekend service.

Welcoming the announcement, Angus Brendan MacNeil MP commented: "This service is used a lot by people who work off the island, typically in the Merchant Navy or in the North Sea and helps maintain families on the Island. The flights are often full and it can be difficult to get a seat, so this announcement is welcome.  It will ease the pressures on the economy of the Island as well as helping people travelling to and from hospital in Glasgow and tourism.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil has written to NHS Western Isles to ask that arrangements are put in place for a sonographer to travel to Uist one day per week to undertake appointments.

Mr MacNeil has been made aware of a pregnant women who requires to attend Raigmore Hospital regularly for an ultra sound scan.

Mr MacNeil has also written to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, who chose to cut inter-island flights, to again highlight the impact this is having on islanders, particularly people who need to travel for hospital appointments and to ask that inter-island flights are reinstated.

 

Women of all ages and backgrounds came together with their families and friends to celebrate International Women’s Day at Back FC and Rec. Club.

Kicking off the week’s activities, families were invited to a disco divas party. Inflatable microphones and guitars, disco lights and a buffet were all on hand to encourage some dancing to a sound track of female singers and musicians. All ages took to the dance floor for an evening of family fun.

The hall was then transformed by a team of volunteers into an art exhibition and conference venue ready to host a fantastic collection of artwork from more than 30 different local female artists. The exhibition titled “Celebrating our Women” was officially opened by Cllr Catriona Stewart at a launch event attended by over 50 people on Thursday. 

Annual stated AGM: 7.30pm, Wednesday 25th March, in the church hall

Commemorations held over New Year 2019 helped to heal the pain of generations, and honoured those who died in the Iolaire tragedy, according to speakers at an event at Holyrood last night (Tuesday March 12th).

The Burns Room at Holyrood was the venue for a reception in honour of the centenary, hosted by na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan, and especially aimed at a celebration of the authoritative book on the tragedy, The Darkest Dawn, by Malcolm Macdonald and Donald John Macleod, published in November 2018 by Stornoway publishers Acair.

People with an interest in Scottish history are being invited to find out more about a key location in that past by attending a new summer school on the isle of Iona.

Known as the ‘cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland, the island was the landing place of Irish missionary monk, Columba, in the year 563.

The location garnered a reputation as a centre of learning and pilgrimage, becoming the final resting place of 48 Scottish Kings, including Macbeth and Cináed mac Ailpín, the King of Picts.

Easter Motiv8 2017 - Get your kids active over the Easter holidays by attending some of the wide variety of activities in the Motiv8 Programme! The Motiv8 programme has been put together by the Sport & Health Section to encourage children to get involved in a wide variety of sports during their school holidays.

Please click here for the full programme.

Western Isles schoolchildren are participating in the first ever National Schools Autism Awareness Week campaign being led by the National Autistic Society.

Each school has been encouraged to consider how they can take part in raising awareness and understanding of autism.

Feonna Mackenzie is the Autism Champion at Lionel School and has spearheaded the school’s activities in relation to the Autism Awareness Week campaign.

Around 120 members of 28 Squadron, The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment, were based at Arnish this week as part of Exercise Kukhuri Thistle. 

The exercise - part of a three-week sequence - is intended to hone driving skills, and test the reliability of the vehicles along with the maintenance skills of the team.

They started from Aldershot in southern England, spent a week at the Warcop Training Area in Cumbria where they practised live fire and tactical training.

Greyhounds from Lewis and Harris are being invited to come and take part in the Great Global Greyhound Walk this summer, marking the first ever formal participation of owners in the Western Isles and the most northerly event in a global movement.

A small group of greyhound owners have come together before in Stornoway, but this is the first time they have joined in the annual national – and now international – event.

Many skippers in the Western Isles are struggling to crew their boats says MP Angus MacNeil

Western Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has hit out at a Home Office decision to refuse help to West Coast fishing -  a response he said shows 'a total indifference to the needs of the industry'.

Mr MacNeil has been angered by the refusal to address the ongoing crew shortage crisis which has led to multiple boats being tied up across the Western Isles.

In December last year, along with representatives from the Western Isles fishing industry, Mr MacNeil met with Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill MP, together with the Philippine Embassy; Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O'Hara and Northern Irish MP Margaret Ritchie.

Officers in the Western Isles are encouraging locals to consider volunteering with Police Scotland as Special Constables.

Special Constables are trained volunteers who support and assist regular police officers carry out their duties. They are a valuable resource and can augment and provide additional support to local policing teams and communities. 

PC Jo Macleod of the Western Isles Community Policing Team, who is the local Special Constables co-ordinator, said: "Special Constables make a vital contribution to our policing activities. 

Lewis and Harris residents are invited to voice their views on the present state of the Gaelic language by taking part in the Islands Gaelic Research Project.

Run by Gaelic research organisation Soillse – a  research collaboration between the University of the Highlands and islands, Aberdeen University, Edinburgh University, and the University of Glasgow – the Project has seen a series of public meetings arranged throughout the Western Isles to glean views on the current state of Gaelic and suggest ways forward for the language within the Outer Hebrides.

Lewis and Harris residents are invited to voice their views on the present state of the Gaelic language by taking part in the Islands Gaelic Research Project.

Run by Gaelic research organisation Soillse – a  research collaboration between the University of the Highlands and islands, Aberdeen University, Edinburgh University, and the University of Glasgow – the Project has seen a series of public meetings arranged throughout the Western Isles to glean views on the current state of Gaelic and suggest ways forward for the language within the Outer Hebrides.

Three students from the Western Isles were among 24 Highlands and Islands students to make the long journey to London on Saturday (March 23rd), taking their place among hundreds of thousands demanding a rethink on Brexit.

And Harris student Kelly Mackay, 17, insists that they have as much right to have their voices heard as older voters, who won’t have to live with the consequences.

The Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has finalised selection for the NatWest International Island Games this summer.

The week-long International event is this year being hosted by Gibraltar, one of the 24 members, between 6th July and 12th July.

WIIGA will take a squad of 45 covering five sports to the Games, which includes athletes, coaches, management and medical team.

The issue of an interconnector for the Western Isles was raised in the Scottish Parliament at First Minister’s Questions earlier today (Wednesday, March 9th).

Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, standing in for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, outlined the importance of the project to the Scottish Government’s agenda on renewable energy.

He said that the frustration felt by people in the Western Isles over the UK Government’s stalling on this issue had been discussed at Cabinet earlier in the week. 

Hebrides Energy is continuing to seek to ensure that customers are on the best possible deal for them following the transfer of Our Power customers – including those who had signed up to Hebrides Energy tariffs – to Utilita.

A spokesperson for the Hebrides Energy said: “The agreement between Hebrides Energy and Our Power was automatically terminated once that company went into administration, and there is no intention to enter into a new partnership with Utilita.  

The Isle of Lewis pays a role both behind and in front of the camera from 24th until the 31st of March at an exhibition in Edinburgh.

In the beautiful historic building of 'Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket,  the Narrators' Collective proudly present their first show called ‘Fables’, a collective exhibition exploring the notion of storytelling.

Health chiefs in the Western Isles are being urged not to follow Shetland’s lead and bring in routine ferry transport for patients with hospital appointments.

Rhoda Grant MSP, who took up the issue in August last year with the three health authorities, says she is 'appalled' that the board of NHS Shetland has voted to tell patients to make the long trip by overnight ferry instead of booking the short flight to Aberdeen for hospital appointments and treatment.

She is asking NHS Shetland to reconsider the move.

Health chiefs in the Western Isles are being urged not to follow Shetland’s lead and bring in routine ferry transport for patients with hospital appointments.

Rhoda Grant MSP, who took up the issue in August last year with the three health authorities - NHS Shetland, NHS Orkney, and NHS Western Isles - says she is 'appalled' that the board of NHS Shetland has voted to tell patients to make the long trip by overnight ferry instead of booking the short flight to Aberdeen for hospital appointments and treatment.

She is asking NHS Shetland to reconsider the move.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan voted in favour of a future independence referendum for Scotland last night (Tuesday, March 28th).

Dr Allan voted in favour of giving the Scottish people a choice over the future of their country with the motion agreed to in the Scottish Parliament giving the Scottish Government a mandate to seek an order under section 30 of the Scotland Act which will allow the Scottish Parliament to legislate on a future referendum on the question of Scottish Independence.

Dr Allan said: “Scotland stands at a crossroads. The next two years will determine what kind of country Scotland will be. The people of Scotland must be offered a choice between the hard Brexit currently being pursued by the Tory Government and becoming an independent country.

Newly released data shows that learners in Eilean Siar are outperforming their national counterparts. The Scottish Government’s Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers, published on 7 March, 2017, shows that Eilean Siar has, at 97.6%, the highest percentage of senior phase pupils in a positive destination in Scotland.

Other recent publications confirm Eilean Siar’s position as one of the highest-performing authorities.

The Local Government Benchmarking Framework (outlining the performance of all local authorities in Scotland in a range of measures) and the Insight National Benchmarking Measures (describing the attainment of leavers in S4-6) indicate that at the Senior Phase (S4-S6) and in a number of elements of the BGE (Broad General Education), the performance of children and young people in Eilean Siar is consistently higher than national averages.

Tiumpanhead Community Centre in Aird is the place to be this weekend – with two consecutive nights of entertainment and activity bringing the people of the district together.

Tonight (Friday March 8th) sees the Tiumpanhead Community Association winter quiz, with teams vying to win the annual quiz shield. Quizmaster Mike Smith sets the questions and there’s a licensed bar, from 7.30pm.

Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, has delivered his final speech in the Scottish Parliament during the Stage 3 debate on the Land Reform Bill. 

Making his valedictory speech before he retires after serving as a Highlands & Islands MSP continuously since 1999, Jamie set out why he would be voting against the Bill.

Jamie also thanked all the Scottish Parliamentary staff and officials who have worked with him since 1999, including security, catering, IT and postal staff, and paid tribute to his wife Emma and six children for their love and support.

Hebridean Jewellery in Iochdar, South Uist joined in the Energy Isles project promoted by Outer Hebrides Tourism and now the enterprise is so pleased by the outcome that it is planning to undergo the same procedures for its shop in Cromwell Street, Stornoway.

Hebridean Jewellery had an Energy Isles representative survey their Uist premises in October and highlighted various opportunities where they could achieve a saving on energy consumption and spend less money on bills. 

Hebridean Jewellery manager Billy MacPhee said this became available through OHT whom in cooperation with Tighean Innse Gall made a grant of up to £750 available to be spent on energy efficient savings. 

It’s a record month for job vacancies on We Love Stornoway with 16 positions still open for application!

CleanSquad in Stornoway require a Saturday Change-Over Specialist, with extra work available on week-days if desired.

Comunn na Gàidhlig requires an Oifigear Leasachaidh Òigridh is Coimhearsnachd, closing date is 11th April.

The Calanais Visitor Centre on the West Side of Lewis is undergoing a huge redevelopment and requires a Project Development Officer (2 year fixed term) and Project Delivery Director (3 year fixed term), both closing Friday 7th April.

Chef/cook required for Gearrannan Blackhouse Village cafeteria from April to October, 35 hours per week. 

For more information, please contact us on 01851 643416 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Development Officer

An opportunity to live in one of Scotland’s most picturesque, rural environments for a 2-year fixed term period in a challenging and rewarding role.

A unique opportunity to be involved in the delivery of a multi-million-pound redevelopment project for one of Scotland’s premier visitor attractions.

The magnificent Standing Stones of Calanais are based on the West Coast of the Isle of Lewis and are famous worldwide as an example one of the most complete historic stone circles in Europe.

The first Lewis and Harris Local Industry and Jobs Fair is being held today (Tuesday March 26th) in Ionad Spòrs Lèodhais/Lewis Sports Centre.

And SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan is encouraging constituents to attend.

Extra activity in the seas in the Minch and west of the Hebrides was already noticeable today (Sunday March 31st), as the international military exercise Joint Warrior got under way.

Mine-sweeping and other mine countermeasure activities are planned for an area east of Lewis, with a number of Royal Navy vessels and ships from Norway, France, Germany and Denmark involved in that element of the exercise, as well as remotely controlled submersible vehicles.

Submarine activity begins to the west of Lewis and Harris on Tuesday (April 2nd) while there will be submarine presence in the north Minch from Thursday (April 4th) onwards.

There was a collective sigh of relief in Harris this week, as the CalMac vessel ‘Hebrides’ returned to the Tarbert-Uig-Lochmaddy route. 

The vessel has returned from an extended stay in drydock, during which time the route was serviced by the ‘Hebridean Isles’ and the ‘Isle of Arran’.

On numerous occasions these vessels failed to sail because of bad weather, with Harris residents claiming that the Hebrides would have managed the journeys no problem.

 an Lanntair is delighted to announce a major exhibition in Stornoway from 10th May – 20th June celebrating the iconic character Katie Morag McColl. 

The event is in collaboration with Move on Up productions, the BBC, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Katie Morag's literary creator Mairi Hedderwick herself,

First published in 1984 and now numbering 14 books, the little girl with the red hair in the white jumper and wellies has been a children‘s favourite for 30 years.  

The Gaelic educational resources organisation based in Stornoway, Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, is to play a large part in a national conference on Friday (March 3), aimed at increasing the amount of Gaelic being taught in primary schools across Scotland.

The Gaelic Learners Practitioners Conference, taking place in Stirling, is aimed at teachers wishing to deliver Gaelic in English Medium Education, or ‘mainstream’.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, will be making the keynote address.

The Hebridean Yarn Sanctuary are holding three workshops for knitters of different abilities at their studio in Adabrock, Port of Ness.

 

25th March: Learn to Knit or improve your existing techniques.

30th March: Learn how to improve your Finishing techniques.

22nd April: Colourwork: Fairisle and Intarsia Workshop.

 

The workshops are from 10.30am until 4.00pm

All materials, lunch and refreshments are included.

Each workshop has 6 places, so booking in advance is advisable. 

For more information 07962 320653 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alana and William with their gift from Tommy MacNeil. 'May your cup run over with joy, love and laughter, oh, and really fabulous coffee!'

Saturday (26 March) saw the official opening of Kopi Java, a new coffee shop at 87 Cromwell Street, Stornoway. 

The family-run business is owned by husband and wife, William and Alana Poernomo, and the open day saw tens of their family and friends come to give their best wishes, and enjoy some coffee, cake and snacks.

The owners took a moment to thank everyone for coming. Said Alana: "Thank you to our family and friends, and our good customers as well... also a big thank you to God." 

They also welcomed Martin's Memorial minister, Rev. Tommy MacNeil, to the floor to say a few words, including a prayer.

He then presented Alana and William with a gift, as shown above. 

Although Alana is from the island, William was born in Indonesia, on an island called Java, which lends its name to their own special blend of coffee, or 'kopi' as it is known in Indonesia. 

Rhoda Grant MSP, the Labour candidate for the Western Isles at the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections, visited the Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group in Stornoway this afternoon. 

As a mutual support group, members meet regularly on Friday afternoon at the Lewis Retirement Centre on Bayhead to enjoy fellowship and give each other support and encouragement, as well as a cup of tea and some craic. In addition to the ‘drop in’ sessions on Fridays, the group has a regular business meeting once a month 

Set up in March 2008, the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group today has a membership of 40. 

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

Continuation of art installation on South Beach

Stornoway Port Authority has applied for planning permission to continue the siting of the art installation which involves illuminated timber posts representing the outline of the HMY Iolaire and its two masts, on South Beach.

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More than £1,500 was raised for The Leanne Fund at the first Rainbow Raiser held on February 23rd.

Schools and nurseries across the Highlands and Islands and Grampian including Stornoway Primary, Laxdale Primary, Sgoil an Rubha, Tong Primary and Point Parent Toddler Group took part and helped raise funds to directly support those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

Following the twelfth pay dispute meeting yesterday (Thursday February 28th) between Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association and the Educational Institute of Scotland Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA), colleges have expressed frustration that a new, improved offer – our sixth – aimed at ending the EIS-FELA strike action has not been accepted by the trade union.

This is the third time in four years that the EIS-FELA has gone on strike.  They went on strike on Wednesday, 16 January and Tuesday, 5 February. 

Further strikes are planned for next Wednesday (March 6) and Thursday, 21 March.

Lecturers at Lews Castle College have hit back at their employers organisation in the bitter row over pay which has been continuing since 2016.

And a further strike is expected on Wednesday March 6th - last strike picket line picture above.

Donald Macdonald, EIS FELA Branch Convener, and Billy Mackinnon, EIS FELA Branch Secretary, Lews Castle College UHI told welovestornoway.com:

Lecturers at Lews Castle College UHI have today (Tuesday March 5th) delivered a vote of no confidence in the Employers Association (Colleges Scotland) and are set to take further strike action tomorrow (Wednesday) along with EIS FELA colleagues all over Scotland.

Talks took place yesterday to try to avert this latest strike.  EIS FELA representatives attended the meeting at short notice having received signals that an improved offer would be made.  It was made clear at the meeting that if such an offer was made we would be willing to suspend tomorrow's action. 

 

Lewis & Harris Deer Management Group (LHDMG) will hold a series of public information sessions regarding deer management. LHDMG will be introducing a draft Deer management Plan (DMP) for Lewis and Harris and welcome feedback and contributions.

Members of the public are invited to attend these drop-in events to discuss:

  • The condition of deer habitat
  • Plans to minimise impact on public health and crofting interests
  • Plans to support the local communities to appropriately manage the deer population
  • Considerations around the opportunities

A copy of the draft LHSMG deer management plan can be found at:

www.deer-managment.co.uk 

For further information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

The Group held its AGM in the Harris Hotel on 10th March 2016 with about 30 members present.

Reporting on the events of the past year, the Convener Mary MacLeod commented that it was encouraging to see new members joining the Group following the change of name and remit last November. Membership has now risen substantially. The Group’s new leaflet was released at the meeting and also the Group’s Web-site which contains a link to its Facebook page was intimated:

www.lhbcsg.org

This year’s Lewis and Harris Sports Council quiz is taking place on Friday 10th March at 7.30pm, in the Stornoway Golf Club. 

All monies raised from entry fees and the raffle will be going to the local ENABLE group. 

So if you are free on the 10th please go along with a team!

 

 

 

 

 

The first ever match in a new football league was won by Lewis and Harris WFC on Saturday (March 16th).

The new Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) league, the Highlands and Islands League, was created for the 2019 season in response to the amount of interest from teams in and around the area.

Lewis and Harris Women's Cancer Support Group

AGM

will be held in

The Bays Community Centre, Harris

Change of venue: Harris Hotel

on
Thursday 10th March
at 12 noon

 

Donald S Murray's most recent published work – As the Women Lay Dreaming – has been longlisted for an Authors’ Club award, it was announced on March 1st.

Already an award-winning author and poet, this book is Donald's debut novel and was published by Saraband in November 2018.

Donald S Murray - former teacher at The Nicolson Institute and Sgoil Lionacleit - has been given a place on the shortlist for Best First Novel of the Year for his work As The Women Lay Dreaming, a novel set amid the Iolaire disaster.

Donald, from Ness but now living in Shetland, said last night: "I'm astonished and amazed to reach the final hurdle in the Authors Club shortlist for the Best First Novel of the Year. I never dreamed this would happen!

A group of five designers from the Highlands and Islands - including Netty Sopata (pictured) from the Isle of Lewis - will visit Iceland next week (23-26 March) as part of a project that brings together a diverse group of Scottish and Icelandic designers.

Through a series of exhibitions and activities, they will investigate one another’s locations, environment, influences, skills, experience, materials and techniques.

Fundraising hard in order to attend the World Pipe Band Championships this August, the Lewis Pipe Band continues their series of events with a concert in An Lanntair on the 23rd of April, showcasing the musical talents of the Band themselves, as well as a wealth of other local musical talent home-grown in the Islands. 

MC for the evening’s entertainment is Dr John Smith, and joining the stage with the Band are the Nicolson Institute Pipe Band, Anna Murray & Alex Tearse, Jane Hepburn & Andrew Yearley, Tong Choir, Mackinnon Dancers, and Caitlin Mackenzie, all of whom have kindly donated their time to help raise much needed Band funds.

Tickets are on sale from An Lanntair, priced at £12, and £8 concession.

The annual Lewis Provincial Mod will take place in Stornoway next week between the 15th and 18th of March. 

The event is taking place earlier this year to allow for preparations for the Royal National Mod which also takes place in the Western Isles later this year.

The Lewis Provincial Mod kicks off on Tuesday afternoon with the Literary prize-giving ceremony in the Caladh Inn.  

Wednesday sees the drama, oral and traditional singing and Secondary Folk Group competitions taking place. 

On Thursday, soloist competitors will take to the stage followed by Primary Folk Groups in the afternoon. 

A special Concert will take place in An Lanntair at 7.30pm on Thursday evening to raise funds for the Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016 Committee.  The concert will feature top singers including Christine Primrose, James Graham, Ceitlin Smith, Iain Mackay, Koren Pickering, Anna Murray, Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver and Lynsey MacRitchie.  Tickets for this event are available from An Lanntair.

The Mod will draw to a close on Friday with instrumental and choral competitions during the day, concluding with the Prize-winners Concert in the Nicolson Institute on Friday evening.

Mod programmes will be available from the An Comunn Gàidhealach office in Perceval Square. 

 

Anyone wishing to volunteer with stewarding at the Local Mod should contact the An Comunn Gàidhealach office on 01851 703 487. 

Stones have been collected from the home village of each of the 201 sailors lost on the Iolaire and will be incorporated into a unique memorial in Stornoway town centre to be unveiled later this month - and new details have been found about the victims from outwith the Islands.
The project has involved communities across the UK - including as far away as the Isle of Wight.

The iconic Lewis War Memorial is to be given an extensive facelift.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been awarded a grant of £132k from the War Memorial Trust’s First World War Memorials Programme which, together with the Comhairle’s capital allocation of £100K, will allow significant restoration and repair works to the War Memorial.

The Comhairle appointed Simpson and Brown Conservation Architects to prepare and co-ordinate the pre-contract and tender process, with Flemings Masonry Contractors from Glasgow being appointed as the successful contractor.

When writer and ecologist Alastair McIntosh ordered a second hand book on eBay recently, he was thrilled to get a first edition with the dust cover still intact.

However, he was less impressed to find that the volume that had cost him £7.49 had within its covers a Western Isles Libraries stamp. There was no official stamp to say that it had been withdrawn. On enquiring with the library, he found the book was down as long overdue.

The Stornoway Library café is to cease trading on Thursday March 31. 

However, the Comhairle has indicated that there has been a positive response to its appeal for the café to be taken over on a franchise basis. 

The café has run at a cumulative loss of £48,442 over the past four years, and it’s reckoned that closing the business could save £10,000 a year. 

While most rural areas complain that the young leave for the cities, a growing tribe of around 40 surfers in the Hebrides are bucking the trend.

Some are natural born islanders, but the majority have moved to the islands attracted by the waves and the way of life.

Pictured: stock image of Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat

Stornoway Lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Monday March 19th) after the locally-registered prawn trawler Prevail called for help.

Lifesaving work to stop the Ui Church from collapsing into the sea began today.

Sheet piles are being laid to stop rapid erosion reaching the ancient site in Aignish, Point. 

The work is being undertaken by Addison Conservation and Design, overseen by John Addison and Krystyna Pytasz.

Information Meetings for Prospective Candidates
The Notice of Election will be published on Monday 13 March 2017 and the Comhairle will be hosting a number of information meetings for prospective candidates for the Local Government Election on 4 May 2017.  The schedule of meetings is as follows:
Monday 6 March 2017          
Tarbert Community Centre                                             
7.30pm

Thursday 9 March 2017         
Council Chamber, Council Offices, Stornoway               
7.30pm

The information meetings will include a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Councillors together with an explanation of the wider election process and will cover topics such as the single transferable voting system, the nomination process, postal voting, polling and count arrangements.
 

Plans to set up a Youth Café at the North Lochs Community Centre are being supported by funds from the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (WILL)

All community funds from Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery ticket sales from Lochs/Uig/Breasclete areas will go towards this project this quarter.

A local writer, Tristan ap Rheinallt, has won a national 50-word crime writing competition, which was judged by best-selling crime writer, Sophie Hannah.

The competition, which was held locally at Stornoway Library, was part of a special promotion for Ruth Rendell’s latest collection of short stories, A Spot of Folly (Profile Books).

One of Rendell’s stories in the collection is a chilling 50-word ghost story and so participants at the promotional events were invited to write their own 50-word crime stories.

Loganair has announced a new partnership with Stobart Group to create an airline route network from Carlisle.

The partnership involves Loganair operating services from the newly-renamed Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) to London Southend, both owned by Stobart, as well as flights from Carlisle to Dublin and Belfast City.

Loganair will operate eight flights per-day across the working week and a total of 12 at weekends, connecting Cumbria and the Lake District, which receives 45 million visitors per year, to the three destinations.

Loganair has today launched its new reservations system for travel from 1 September, when it starts flying in its own right after the conclusion of its franchise agreement with Flybe.

Passengers can now make on-line bookings directly with Loganair, and the airline has also opened a new Customer Contact Centre at its Glasgow headquarters to facilitate bookings and customer enquiries.  This is manned by a team of 10 newly-recruited advisors. 

Loganair's Compassionate Fare Policy has helped 400 people across Scotland to make urgent travel arrangements at discounted prices in times of need. 

The Compassionate Fare Policy was introduced last year following consultation with administrators of the Islanders For Fair Air Fares Facebook page


Writer Alastair McIntosh with the Stornoway Library book

When Scottish writer, academic and activist Alastair McIntosh ordered a second hand book on eBay recently, he was thrilled to get a first edition with the dust cover still intact. However, he was less impressed to find that the volume that had cost him £7.49 had within its covers a Western Isles Libraries stamp.
There was no official stamp to say that it had been withdrawn; and, on enquiring with the library, he found the book was down as long overdue.
“I hugely value the library’s collection and the helpfulness of its staff,” Alastair said. “Like many people, I rely on that oasis of learning in the heart of Stornoway for my research as a writer. I am therefore very glad to be able to see this copy returned.”

The turnout for the election of trustees at Stornoway Trust was the lowest in years.

Just 28.3% of the electorate voted, compared to 29.35% in 2012, and 37.87% in 2009.

The new list of trustees is below:

Lucky2BHere are holding a 2 hour First Aid workshop, including defibrillator training, as part of the International Women's Day conference at Back Football and Recreation Club from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday the 11th of March. For women aged 14 and above. Free, but please reserve your place online at www.backfrc.org.uk 

A new charity in Harris has received a cash boost of over £2,200.

Formerly known as Heartstart Harris, the new organisation will now be called 'Lucky2BHere Harris', after the Skye-based charity Lucky2BHere joined forces with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. 

This is to enable the group to continue and develop the programme of delivering basic first aid training with defibrillator use added on, out into the communities of the Islands and Highlands.

Iain M Maciver, of Laxay, has been elected as the Western Isles representative on the Crofting Commission. 

Mr Maciver received 1069 votes, while the only other candidate, Alasdair MacEachen, polled 1059 votes.

A total of 2,128 votes were cast. 

According to new figures from the House of Commons Library, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil ranks first amongst the 59 Scottish MPs in number of contributions made in debates in the Chamber since May 2010.

With 1,263 contributions, the SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar is well ahead of the 40 Scottish Labour MPs, including Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy, who just made 166 contributions in five years, Labour shadow cabinet members such as Cathie Jamieson (with 688 contributions),  Margaret Curran (with 123 contributions) and former Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar (with 242 contributions).

During the period 2010-15, the 6 SNP MPs have made an average of 646 contributions each in the House of Commons, more than doubling the Scottish Labour MPs contributions (311 each on average) and those of Scottish Liberal Democrats MPs (293 each).

Isles SNP MP Angus B MacNeil is urging Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to rethink the decision to close their shops in Stornoway and Daliburgh – which could lead to the loss of six local jobs.

SSE announced today (Thursday) that they are closing 37 SSE shops across Scotland including the associated online shop.

SSE have attributed this move to falling sales and say stores have been loss-making for a number of years.

Acclaimed new and up and coming acts will join established festival favourites as the main arena line-up for this year’s HebCelt is finalised.

Another ten artists and bands from Scotland, England and Ireland are confirmed today (Thursday March 14th) ahead of day tickets going on sale tomorrow (Friday).

Mairi and her son Aidan on a training walk on a section of the Hebridean Way by Laxay

On April 29, Mairi ‘Ord’ MacKenzie will be raising vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting this devastating disease, by taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Mairi was inspired to take part by Michael, her husband who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in early January.

A major initiative to encourage the planting of trees in the Western Isles was launched in Point today. 

It’s hoped that crofters, community trusts and common grazings committees will all take advantage of a £30 million pot specifically aimed at increasing woodland areas across Scotland.

For the first time in years, a specific level of grant funding will be available to Western Isles applicants. 

Get those complaints about the Citylink buses between Ullapool and Inverness into the firm's base in Glasgow!

That's the call for action from bus user Christine Macsween, of Shulishader  in Point.

Her plea comes after Citylink coaches boss, Peter Knight, met Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant over the problems with travel connections to and from the Ullapool-Stornoway ferry.

Leverburgh lifeboat was called out for its 100th shout yesterday evening (Thursday February 28th) when a man collapsed and fell from a fish-farm.

The 48-year-old man was taken suddenly ill and fell into the water at the Scottish Salmon Company fish-farm at North Uiskevagh in Benbecula.

Former chair of Transportation at the Comhairle, Cllr Donald Manford, has responded to this morning's statement by Alasdair Morrison on ferry provision in Uist.

Cllr Manford, who represents Barra and Vatersay, said: "Alasdair Morrison's unenviable reputation for the crass and absurd gets even more outrageous.  Mr Morrison's claim that urgently needed increased ferry capacity for Lochmaddy should not happen is as puerile as it is objectionable.

"The  Lochmaddy/Uig route is the shortest, most sheltered and least disrupted route there is and is critically needed, especially at this time of year.  

"It is little wonder that Lochmaddy and with it all communities between Berneray and Vatersay have been held back, while the ridiculous views of Mr Morrison and his Labor cohort held sway."

For the first time in print, readers have the opportunity to read for themselves the full extent of Flora MacPhail’s poetic talents in this exsquisite collection, including translations by the poet. 

£6.00 PBK 64pp ISBN: 9780861523986

Comann Eachdraidh Cárlabhaigh AGM

Tuesday 24th March 2015

8pm

 

Old Canteen, Carloway School

 

Carloway First Responders AGM

Tuesday 7th April

7.30pm

 

Carloway Day Centre

 

Cóisir Gháidhlig Chárlabhaigh

Soup and pudding lunch

Saturday 11th April

12-1.30pm

Carloway Community Centre

Tea's baking, raffle

Take away option available

 

Adults £5 Children £3

 

Clean UP Carloway

Saturday 18th April

All Welcome

meet at the community centre 10am - 12pm

contact Hettie Knight 643 231

Bring you own gloves, and wear suitable clothing

 

 

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is supporting a call to 'make every daffodil count' for Marie Curie as the terminal illness charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal gets underway.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign taking place throughout March. The charity is asking people to simply give a donation and wear a Marie Curie daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes or at the charity’s two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Marine Harvest Scotland has confirmed that 80 jobs will go in the company, after completing formal consultations with staff. 

Of these 80 jobs, five will affect the Western Isles. 

The job losses, which are part of a restructuring plan announced in January, follow a recent review of the business.

The news was given at a meeting with staff representatives who were told the company was making changes to its operations in order to make the business more efficient and sustainable.

Martin's Memorial Church are holding an event on Tuesday the 28th of March at 7.30pm - Broken Walls: Healing of Cultures in Native American Music and Dance. All welcome. 

 

Parents, children and staff gathered together on Friday 29th March to wish Mrs Mary Ann McCombe, Play Leader at Sgoil Àraich an Tairbeirt their best wishes as she leaves to take up a new venture.

Matilda Lomas with her two National Youth Work awards

Isle of Harris Girlguide Scotland leader Matilda Lomas was named Scotland’s Youth Worker of the Year 2018 – as well as picking up the National Community Youth Work Award – at the 2018 National Youth Work Awards.
Matilda was presented with her Youth Worker of the Year Award by Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney in Glasgow last week, in recognition of her work in empowering young girls and women in her small island community.
Saying that the honour hadn’t quite sunk in yet, Matilda continued: “It’s just amazing that I’ve come from the Isle of Harris down to Glasgow, which seems like a million miles away right now.

Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar and Arnol Community Trust) on the West Side of Lewis has launched a competition to find the top green-fingered youngsters in the community.

With sponsorship from Maybury Gardens in Stornoway, the competitions for P1-3 and P4-7 pupils in Sgoil an Taobh Siar and Sgoil Sgìre Shiaboist will see each pupil receive a planting pot with compost and seeds for them to grow flowers and/or tomatoes at home.

Entries for the competitions will be judged at the Westside Agricultural Show in July.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is introducing the next phase of the pre-prepared frozen meal service in Lewis and Harris from April 2015.

The development of this service is on the basis of substituting the main meal preparation that service users currently receive. 

Service users will still be able to choose whether to have their main meal at lunchtime or tea-time.  


AP Campbell’s collection of Gaelic, English and Scots poems. The Gaelic originals sit beside Scots versions by Derrick McClure and English versions by the author.

£6.50 PBK 328pp ISBN: 9780861523306     

At a recent presentation held in the Caberfeidh Hotel Mrs Marietta Macdonald (Metty) was presented with the Queens Imperial Service Medal by Lord Lieutenant Sandy Matheson.
The medal is awarded in recognition of meritorious and faithful services.
Metty had worked in the Admin Section of the SGRPID office in Stornoway for a period of 39 years and had seen many changes of staff over this time. She is pictured with some of the current members of staff after the presentation.
Metty is now fully enjoying her retirement.

A spectacular meteorite shower which was seen across Europe resulted in a flurry of calls to Stornoway Coastguard last night.

Worried members of the public thought the meteorites were distress flares.

A spokesman for Stornoway Coastguard said: "We received a number of calls reporting flares in the sky. After contacting relevant authorities we soon established it was a meteorite shower, which had been reported across Europe."

The spokesman added that despite the false alarm, anyone who sees what they suspect might be a flare should still call Stornoway Coastguard on 01851 702013.

A large cargo ship adrift for three hours off the Butt of Lewis last week has prompted Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil to call for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to make sure there is an official record of all 'near miss' incidents in the Minch.

Mr MacNeil urged again that the UK Government 'reverse their short-sighted decision' to remove an emergency towing vessel (ETV) from island waters following a report on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal this week regarding the adrift cargo ship.

He said: “These incidents come to light from time to time, I understand that this incident with the cargo ship happened last week yet there is no official record of such an incident – how many other 'near misses' do we not know about?

MSPs from the Highlands and Islands met Scottish Government Transport Minister, Derek Mackay regarding the latest situation with Loganair.

The meeting held on Tuesday afternoon (March 1) discussed the way forward in addressing the problems which have blighted the airline in recent months.

Those present at the meeting also included Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (SNP) MSP Alasdair Allan, and Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon; and Highlands & Islands MSP and Scottish (Labour) Transport Spokesman, David Stewart.

Police are appealing to anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Andrew Rigby, who is missing from the Stornoway area having last been seen in his home address in the Geocrab area of the Isle of Harris about 0700 hrs on Monday the 9th March 2015.

Mr Rigby is described as a 59 years old, 5 ft 10 in height, of slim build with dark brown hair. It is not known what he was wearing when he was last seen. He is known to wear a hat and carry a heavy rucksack. Mr Rigby speaks with an English accent.

Any person with information relating to Andrew Rigby is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Stornoway Police have confirmed that missing person Andrew Rigby has been traced safe and well.

They would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating Mr Rigby.

      

Over the last month, the Integration Joint Board for the Western Isles has been consulting on how best to make use of three care units in Point, Uig and Carloway.

Demand for the care units has fallen and as such the IJB is interested in views about what options should be pursued in relation to their future use.

No sooner has one storm abated than another is on the way, according to the Met Office.

Another spell of severe gales will reach the Western Isles and far northwest of mainland Scotland late on Wednesday morning, before easing again later in the afternoon.

Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, with isolated 75 mph gusts for the most exposed locations.

The public are advised of the possibility of disruption to transport.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for the Western Isles. 

The warning is valid from 9pm tonight until 10am tomorrow.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP, Alasdair Allan,  highlighted figures which show that twice as many social sector homes in the Western Isles have been completed under the SNP than over the same period of the former Labour-LibDem administration. This is despite swingeing Tory cuts to Scotland’s capital budget. 

Under the previous Labour-LibDem administration there were 147 social sector homes built in the islands while there have been 304 since the SNP came to office in 2007.

Production is gearing up at the Arnish fabrication yard, with a delivery expected tomorrow (Thursday March 28th) of almost 1,000 tonnes of steel.

The load is expected to be delivered from Glasgow, weather permitting, aboard the Latvian-registered cargo vessel Liva Greta.

College lecturers across Scotland are to escalate their industrial action over pay.

Members of the EIS Further Education Lecturers' Association (FELA) voted to intensify their action.

They have already staged four one-day strikes.  Strikes have now been scheduled for 8, 15 and 16 May. 

An announcement that morning newspapers will once more be available to buy in the islands has been welcomed by councillors.

Loganair outlined various plans at a meeting of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week.

The proposals confirmed recent announcements such as flights from Stornoway to Manchester and a campaign to have Air Passenger Duty abolished on flights to the Highlands and Islands but also new initiatives such as an improved on-line booking system, increased communication with passengers in the event of delays or cancellations, increased checking in times, the ability to check in online without the need to print a boarding card, the removal of charges for credit card bookings, reduced cost for advanced seat assignment and no need for ID checks at airport check-ins and boarding gates for domestic flights from 1st September.

The 0700 & 1030 Ullapool-Stornoway sailings have been cancelled.

There will be a review at 1300 for the afternoon sailings.

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Unleashing the Isles’ potential to reap massive economic benefits from renewable energy needs to be a priority for the UK Government, stressed Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil this week.

Supporting the call from Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP and island council leaders for progress to be made in supporting island based projects, Mr MacNeil - who is also Chair of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee - will write to UK Energy Minister Amber Rudd MP urging immediate action to ensure future connections to the grid.

An independent report by energy consultants, published by the Scottish Government yesterday (Monday), concluded that island economies could benefit from up to £725 million over the next 25 years from renewable projects. It also found that the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland could supply up to 5% of the UK’s total electricity demand by 2030 if adequate support levels are put in place by the UK Government.

More than 1,500 self-employed people in the Western Isles could be hit by a tax rise next year as a result of yesterday’s Budget announcement by the UK Government.

Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil is very concerned about the impact this would have on small businesses in the Highlands and Islands where a higher than average proportion of the population are self-employed.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, announced yesterday in his final Spring budget speech an increase in National Insurance contributions for those in self-employment.

Isles MP Angus MacNeil has received a response from Hotpoint regarding constituents in Na h-Eileanan an Iar who own tumble dryers affected by a safety alert.

A letter from Maurizio Pettorino, Managing Director of Whirlpool UK in response to Mr MacNeil’s correspondence, said that 869 cases in the islands had been resolved either through machine modification by the manufacturer or through a product exchange programme.

 

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP, SNP Fisheries spokesperson at Westminster is writing to the Secretary of State for DEFRA Michael Gove MP to ask that he clarifies what implications Brexit will have on the Scottish fishing industry.

Mr Macneil is urging Westminster to resist a power grab of Scottish fisheries and enable the Scottish government to negotiate on behalf of Scottish fishermen and thus prevent them being betrayed by the UK Government as happened when the UK joined the European Union.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “According to UK Government figures, a World Trade Organisation deal will result in damage to GDP of 8 per cent