Over £10,000 has gone into the Barra community this year, thanks to the Western Isles Lottery.
Proceeds of over £10,000 were awarded to Barra community and almost £3,500 has been won by supporters in Weekly Cash Prizes.
Coimhearsnachd Bharraid agus Bhatarsaidh (Barra & Vatersay Community) received all funding since the commencement of the Lottery two years ago. The Committee have identified eligible local causes via applications received from a variety of local groups and have managed the transfer of funds to those successful.
Applications must meet one of the three eligible criteria of Aesthetics, Amenities and/or Events to be considered for funding.
During the first, the Xmas Lights display received a significant upgrade. The Herring Trail barrels were all replaced and a community Public Announcement System was purchased. In year two, Northbay Playpark received £1,887. A new wall is being built around the Annie Jane Memorial at a cost of £700 and the Barra Ladies’ Day Event was helped by £300. In addition, Garadh a Bagh a tuath received £1,000 for their summer planting displays, brightening up areas around the Island.
Most recently, Barra Games received a cheque for £1,636.90 to purchase new inflatable equipment and Barra Football Club received £1,146.00 to purchase a new marquee. All this equipment is accessible for ongoing, wider community use.
Janet Paterson of the Lottery Team said: “We are absolutely delighted to have increased the amount raised for Communities in Year 1 from £62,500 to £85,600 in Year Two. Support of the Lottery continues to grow and the more support that comes from residents of a specific Area, the more funds we can return to them.
“Being the smallest in population of the six geographical areas receiving funding, the Isle of Barra has done exceptionally well and we are delighted with the variety of projects we have already been able to support. This is entirely credited to the continued support from local Barra Supporters. Without local support, the Lottery would not have been successful and we thank each and every one of you who have purchased tickets to make this happen!
"Anyone with a UK Postcode is eligible to join in online at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Line on 0300 30 20 444. As their motto goes 'Where There’s a W.I.L.L. There’s a Way!'"