Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar and Arnol Community Trust) on the West Side of Lewis has announced the appointment of Murdo Morrison to the post of Development Officer.

The post has been funded by the Aspiring Communities Fund supported by The European Social Fund and will see Mr Morrison based at Grinneabhat, the old Bragar school in North Bragar.

Murdo Morrison, who has family connections with the area, was latterly Communications and Events Manager with Bòrd na Gàidhlig in Inverness and has experience in tourism and hospitality, events management, media, marketing and economic development in the Western Isles having worked with organisations including MG ALBA, An Comunn Gàidhealach and Western Isles Tourist Board.

Bragar and Arnol Trust purchased the former Bragar School building in 2014 with the aim of developing the premises to provide not only facilities for the community, but also quality hostel accommodation, catering, exhibition and event facilities both for the local community and for visitors. It is hoped to begin work on the refurbishment project in early summer.  It will be project managed by Tighean Innse Gall in conjunction with the Bragar and Arnol Community Trust.

Catriona Campbell, Chair of Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil said, “We are delighted to welcome Murdo to the Trust team and we look forward to working with him in taking forward the exciting developments that the Trust has planned for Grinneabhat which will be of huge benefit to the community in Bragar and Arnol, the wider West Side area, and the whole of Lewis.”

Bragar and Arnol Community Trust was established as a Charitable Community Trust in 2013 and provides social, health and wellbeing, cultural and artistic activities for the benefit of the local community and visitors. The Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees and aims to preserve and enhance the cultural and environomental heritage of the area, and to retain the former Bragar School as a living, working building belonging to the community.