Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (UCBA) has a packed programme of events coming up throughout December with something for all age groups in the community and for visitors to the area.
Wednesday December 7 sees Youth Scotland, in partnership with UCBA and Comunn na Gàidhlig, hosting an evening of games, challenges and fun for those aged 12 – 25 years who live in the Barvas to Shawbost area.
After their fantastic success at the Royal National Mòd 2022 in Perth, Back Gaelic Choir and some Special Guests entertain what will be a packed crowd on Friday 9 December starting at 7.30pm.
This is followed on Saturday 10 December by the Children’s Christmas party which will be taking place from 10am.
Throughout the week from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 December Historic Environment Scotland are offering residents of Bragar and Arnol free entry into the Arnol Blackhouse.
The week will come to a conclusion on Saturday 10 December with Christmas Shopping, music and nibbles at the Arnol Blackhouse from 11am to 3pm with Historic Environment Scotland and UCBA working together supported by Community Land Scotland and Western Isles Development Trust.
The festive events at Grinneabhat continue with a Prize Bingo night (Thursday 15 December) while a UCBA Community Festive Night (Friday 16 December) has music from Gary Lister and Elsa McTaggart, food, refreshments, community awards and cheque presentations as well as providing a final opportunity to view exhibitions relating to the Whalebone100 and UCBA@10 events held earlier in the year.
Iain “Costello” MacIver is set for a sell-out solo concert at Grinneabhat on Saturday 17 December while the community are invited to join the regulars at what will be a Festive Coffee Morning on Tuesday 20 December.
Wednesday 21 December will see the inaugural Grinneabhat Quiz Night and if successful it is hoped that this will in time become a regular event. With Grinneabhat closing early on Friday 23 December for Christmas UCBA hope to have music for guests to enjoy during their visit and which will bring the Grinneabhat Festive events to a close.
Other community activities will also be taking place over the period and UCBA is grateful to Western Isles Development Trust; Community Land Scotland; Bòrd na Gàidhlig; HIE and The Robertson Trust for their support.