Lews Castle College UHI is hosting a General Election Hustings this week on Wednesday 29th April at 2 pm - 4 pm in the college foyer.

All 5 prospective parliamentary candidates will be present and Agnes Rennie will chair the event.

Students, staff and the general public are warmly invited to attend.

Seating is limited to around 250.

Something warm and woolly has arrived in Uig Museum as the Moray Firth Gansey Project exhibition runs throughout May.

The results of a three year project focused on the tradition of hand-knitted ganseys (jumpers) in the Moray Firth’s fishing communities, it’s hoped that the exhibits may spark local memories to discover more about traditional island knitting.

“I know there’s a tradition on Eriskay [of patterned ganseys], but I can’t find any evidence of it being done locally, although I know they knitted a lot of intricate patterns,” said Teen Anne Murray, Uig Museum.

“We’d be really interested to hear if anyone has any stories or any particular patterns they might remember their grandmother knitting.

“Clan nighean a sgadain (the Herring Girls) followed the fishing fleet and also wore ganseys, so there may still be one or two stored in a kist somewhere,” she added.

A distinctive, seamless woollen pullover, traditionally worn by seafarers and fishermen since the 1800s, the ganseys are designed to be practical and comfortable for work with underarm gussets and shorter sleeves.

Each is created from simple plain and purl stitches, combined to make repeating pattern elements; and traditionally each village or family had its own distinctive unique pattern.

 “I know knitters on the islands will be interested in the ganseys, but they have a wide appeal – they really are beautiful,” continued Teen Anne.

“I was really surprised to see how fine the workmanship is. My idea was they’d be chunky and thick, but they are much more finely knitted.”

You can see the Moray Firth Gansey Project exhibition at Uig Museum throughout May within the Museum opening hours of Monday to Saturday, 12-5pm.

We are starting to hear a lot of reports of slow internet speeds all over the island. 

The current situation seems to be similar to that back in September, when hundreds of complaints were made to myriad internet service providers. 

In September (2014) we - EVENTS and welovestornoway.com, on behalf of the island residents - took up the issue with BT to a high level, and we saw things improve, but something appears to have happened again.

If YOU are having problems, let us know, and we'll send the information on to BT. The more numbers we have on the list, the more impact.

Send your telephone number to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you're experiencing slow internet speeds in Lewis or Harris.