The Launch of Stornoway Media Centre - by SignPrint (http://www.sign-print.co.uk/) and Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, (www.intermediaservicesstornoway.co.uk) is set for tomorrow (Thursday November 1).

NHS Western Isles is seeking the comments of island residents as it presents its revised Gaelic Language Plan for Community Engagement.

The refurbished NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan (GLP) has been produced in-line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, which requires every public body in Scotland to create a GLP.

Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair has been awarded the honorary title of chieftain of Camanachd Leòdhais, after the shinty club’s annual general meeting at the offices of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar last night (Tuesday October 30th).

Author Peter May will be in Harris tomorrow, Thursday 1st November, at the North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom from 2pm.

The author is famous for the 'Lewis Trilogy', a series of crime novels set in the Outer Hebrides which have sold over a million copies in the U.K. alone, and 'Coffin Road' a standalone thriller set on the Isle of Harris.

Mr May tweeted, 'I'll be chatting to locals and signing any books they bring along to the North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom on Scalpay from 2pm on Thursday. See you there!'

Peter May will also be appearing at Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival in An Lanntair on Saturday 3 November at 2pm (Book tickets here) and he is hosting an exclusive bus tour of sites from his best-selling book The Blackhouse on Friday 2 November at 11am, as part of Faclan Fringe. (Book tickets here).

A cyclist from The Nicolson Institute, Thomas Sludden (S4), has finished his mountain-biking season ranked first in the North of Scotland and fifth overall in Scotland in his category.

In his recent race at Glentress Forest near Peebles, part of the Scottish Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships, he finished second.

An ancient standing stone on the Isle of Lewis is to be the subject of a project to bring its story to life.

The 19ft Clach an Trushal or 'Stone of Compassion' in the village of Ballantrushal will be the focus of a new project by the Airidhantuim Community Council thanks to funding from the Western Isles Lottery.

A 200-year-old map showing the town and port of Stornoway, including ‘Bayhead, Imrisligach and Inaclete’ is about to gain a new lease of life.

The map, made in the early 19th century by surveyor James Chapman, has been held in the collection of Western Isles libraries for many years. It shows the centre of Stornoway in fine detail, but conservation efforts over the years has damaged the map extensively.

Now a grant from the Aurelius charitable trust, which supports the conservation of culture inherited from the past, has allowed specialist conservators at National Library of Scotland (NLS) to start a painstaking process of restoration.

A new group has been set up on Lewis by people with long term health conditions, aimed at helping to improve the quality of life of people with these conditions.

Long Term Conditions Hebrides (LTCH) has been meeting informally for almost two years, offering social support for people with long-term conditions ranging from arthritis and chronic pain to anxiety.

After a pilot phase supported by NHS Western Isles, the group has been awarded £15,445 from the Health and Social Care Alliance to run a new, year-long project called ‘The Bridge’.

A new group has been set up on Lewis by people with long term health conditions, aimed at helping to improve their quality of life.

Long Term Conditions Hebrides (LTCH) has been meeting informally for almost two years, offering social support for people with long-term conditions ranging from arthritis and chronic pain to anxiety.

After a pilot phase supported by NHS Western Isles, the group has been awarded £15,445 from the Health and Social Care Alliance to run a new, year-long project called ‘The Bridge’.

Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People is on a visit to Lewis today (Monday October 29th) with a tour of projects lined up.

Maree Todd is also an MSP for the Highlands and Islands. Her ministerial portfolio includes childcare and early years concerns including children’s services, adoption and fostering and the social service workforce.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil attended the parliamentary launch of CSW’s toolkit on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) on October 23rd.

The event saw the launch of humans rights organisation CSW’s toolkit on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

A fisherman fishing in choppy conditions sparked an alert this morning (Monday October 29th) when a resident of Portnaguran thought he was in trouble in rough seas.

Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was launched at 9.52 this morning after Stornoway Coastguard took a call saying that the small boat seemed to be battling the waves and there was no sign of movement aboard.

International Games Week 2018 brings community together to read, learn and play 

This year, Stornoway Library will join thousands in celebrating the popularity and power of games and play.  During International Games Week (4 to 10 November) the library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family, to encourage people to come together.  

A number of activities have been arranged for the week, focusing on different types of games. It's not only familiar board games, such as scrabble, that will be available, but Virtual Reality ones as well. The library's VR system has a number of puzzle games to test young and old, such as Waddle Home, Wayward Sky and Tumble VR.  Younger children can test themselves with the silly, fun games in the PS4 Playroom.

The highlight of the week will be a chess challenge with members of the Nicolson Institute Chess Team. Members of the public can sign up to test their skills against the up and coming players.  Those new to chess and wanting to find out more, can also have a lesson from the young chess masters. 


Lewis boys have been living the dream in London as Point crofter musician Colin Macleod played in front of 20,000 people at the O2 stadium on Friday night (October 26th) supporting Robert Plant and Van Morrison.

Not only did Colin take the stage during the UK Blues Festival with what’s been described as a ‘modern, moody and epic’ style of island folk music, but he took along Keith Morrison from Wee Studio Stornoway to make sure the sound was just as he liked it.

The whole experience was a massive contrast to his music beginnings, according to Colin, who said: “From playing Zep songs in the Clachan bar, to supporting Robert Plant at the 02. To say last night was a dream come true is a bit of an understatement.”

And Keith was similarly blown away as he took his place behind the sound desk, saying simply: “Somebody pinch me.”

Colin’s big-time adventures in the past few weeks have also included a clutch of US gigs and a spot on James Corden’s Late Late Show and a booking to play along with Travis at Glasgow’s SSE on December 21st.

Returning to his roots, he will also be playing a sold-out gig at An Lanntair as part of the venue’s winter festival and St Andrew’s Day celebrations on December 1st.



Pictures show Colin with Robert Plant, and outside the O2 arena and Keith doing final sound checks for the Friday night gig.

Police are asking for the help of the public with two cases of vehicle vandalism in Stornoway over the weekend.

On Friday evening (October 26th) a wing mirror was broken from a car parked on Inaclete Road between 7pm and 11.30pm.

Emergency teams were in operation near to Stornoway's ferry terminal just after 9pm on Friday (October 26th) when a person was reported to be in the water.

Two Coastguard rescue teams, from Stornoway and South Lochs, and Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat were immediately tasked by Stornoway Coastguard, but were very quickly stood down as the person had been helped from the water by passers-by and ambulance staff.

The Scottish Ambulance team gave immediate assistance and took the person to Western Isles Hospital after the incident. All other teams were stood down by 9.28pm.

Skilled workers from the Islands hoping to find work on massive offshore windfarm projects are being disadvantaged by a special Home Office exemption from immigration rules which has been extended several times.

And despite all the top-level publicity about restricting immigration from outside the EU to only jobs paying more than £30,000 a year – a rule which has badly affected Highlands and Islands hospitality businesses – some of the workers from Russia and Indonesia are paid less than the minimum wage. 

The UK Home Office says that it has again continued a concession to the immigration rules to allow the employment of non-European Economic Area nationals who are joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects in UK territorial waters.

The public will be able to reserve tickets for “The Nicolson Institute presents Dìleab – The Iolaire Remembered”, from 9am on Monday (29th October). 

Tickets will be available to reserve online or by visiting the Town Hall, Stornoway, but will be kept to a maximum of four per person.

Tickets will be free, although there will be a collection on the door on the evening to raise funds for the development of Gaelic and Cultural activities within the school.

‘Don’t get scared, Get screened’ is the message of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October.

Most women know that a lump – found anywhere in your breast, armpit, or around the collarbone – can be a sign of breast cancer; but it’s not always the only one.

Symptoms such as leaking nipples, skin like orange peel, nipple becomes turned in, bleeding or crusty nipples, or dimples can also signal something may be wrong.

There will be a Boys' Brigade fundraising Brunch, today (Saturday October 27th) from 10.30am till 12 noon in St Columba's Church Hall on Lewis Street.

Come along and enjoy a bacon roll, cereal and a cuppa in a warm place

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The opening of the Stornoway garden of remembrance took place yesterday (Friday 26th October) outside the Ross Battery memorial at the Drill Hall on Church Street to mark the beginning of a fortnight of remembrance linked to Armistice Day.

The ceremony featured invited dignitaries, along with pupils from Stornoway Primary and The Nicolson Institute, to participate in the opening act of commemoration of a particularly poignant anniversary for the islands. The group gathered around the two white crosses marked out on the grass.

Brand new lines of winter jackets just arrived at Stornway Fisherman's Co-op.

Need something warm, 100% waterproof, hardwearing and comfortable for winter? The Fishermans Co-op's new range of winter jackets not only look good but are practical; designed to keep you warm and dry whatever the weather decides to throw at you.

There is a range of styles and sizes to choose from for ladies, men and children - why not go and try some on!

Councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been asked to find out which local voluntary groups want to be involved in a series of ‘community conversations’ on budgets, due to start next week (Thursday November 1st).

The programme of conversations begins on Thursday in Castlebay and continues right through November, with events in Back, Lochs, Uig, Ness, Tarbert, Point and Stornoway.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting the events to look at a radical programme of service redesign. Elected members of the Comhairle have been given the brief to “identify the groups/ local community and third sector leaders in your area that should be invited to participate” in the events, to try and open the discussion to as wide a range of groups as possible.

Stornoway police are asking for public help after a house in Marybank was vandalised earlier this week.

The house, on the road leading towards the Pentland Road, is empty and undergoing renovation.

The annual appeal for boxes full of goodwill and goodies for needy families has gone out to people in Lewis and Harris, with the deadline fast approaching to get your donations in for Blythswood’s Christmas shoebox appeal.

With a changed drop-off point and slightly later return date, there’s a call now for shoeboxes filled with warm clothes, toiletries, toys and treats to brighten someone’s winter days in a harsh part of the world.

The best of produce from near and far 26/10/2018

Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area.

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cabbage (Red)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Kale

 

£3.25

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.15

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£1.95

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.60

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.55

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.30

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.80

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Plums

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s best-known naturalist and vice-president of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), has today (Thursday October 25th) added his voice to those calling for protection of kelp forests from the threat of mechanical dredging.
The veteran wildlife and environment campaigner has never intervened before on political issues in Scotland, but threats to kelp forests around the Western Isles and off the west coast of Scotland have inspired him to speak out.
A proposal from a company called Marine Biopolymers Ltd (MBL) has identified kelp forests east of Lewis, Harris, Barra and Vatersay as potential harvesting sites. Their proposal to use a dredge or ‘comb’ to extract whole kelp plants is in the pre-licensing stage with Marine Scotland.

The first Peppa Pig muddy puddle walk held in Stornoway has been ranked the seventh most successful in the UK by the Save the Children charity which received the proceeds.

Three-year-old Bethany Macleod was the driving force behind the new event, which was held in April in the Castle grounds. Over 100 young children walked and toddled the half-mile course along with their parents and the cartoon characters George and Peppa Pig.

The last few workshops of our current programme of Business Gateway Workshops

 in Stornoway are filling up quickly but there are still some spaces available on the following sessions:


How to Write a Business Plan  Comhairle Offices Thursday 1 November 1330 - 1630

Social Media Platforms Orbit Agency Monday 5 November   1330 - 1630

Customer Care Skills  Comhairle Offices Wednesday 7 November    0930 - 1230

There are double standards at the Home Office, says Angus Brendan MacNeill, the Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, following press reports that non-EEA workers are employed in the offshore windfarm industry earning less than the UK minimum wage.

Mr MacNeil is continually pressing the UK Government to help the West Coast fishing industry to allow non-EEA workers to fill the gap in crew shortages. 

Despite him having met with six successive Tory Immigration Ministers, the Home Office refuse to help and boats are tied up because of lack of crew.

Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team recently took ownership of a new Isuzu D-Max.

The team are grateful to Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (Resilient Communities Fund), The Robertson Trust and Police Scotland for their financial support.

Police Scotland is developing an initiative to recruit more Special Constables in the Highland and Islands.

It is being set up to make it easier for people from remote and rural areas to apply and train to become Special Constables.

Training would be delivered locally both face to face with officers and online, allowing students to access materials related to their role as Special Constables.

A new tourism strategy aimed at increasing promotion and access to Gaelic as part of the Scottish visitor experience has been launched today. (Wednesday October 24)

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop officially launched the Gaelic Tourism Strategy for Scotland 2018-2023 at The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh alongside Lord Thurso, Chair of VisitScotland and Shona Niclllinnein, Ceannard (CEO) of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The plan encourages boosting awareness and the use of Gaelic within the tourism industry through increased business and visitor engagement.

More disruption to ferry travel between Stornoway and Ullapool is predicted by the weekend, with a forecast of strong northerly winds over Friday and Saturday (October 26th and 27th)

CalMac are not accepting vehicle bookings on the MV Isle of Lewis for Friday or Saturday and are advising would-be travellers to keep a close eye on service updates on www.calmac.co.uk/updates

Stornoway ferry terminal manager Iain Don Maciver said: “The forecast is for a strong northerly wind, blowing straight down the Minch over a protracted period from Friday morning to Saturday evening, which will create a build-up of swell and make conditions very difficult.

A man who was reported missing from Oban on Monday (October 22nd) has been asked to make contact with Stornoway police, after a full-stretch investigation of his whereabouts.

23-year-old Declan Sutherland was last seen in Oban on Saturday night (October 20th) and his family reported him missing on Monday.

Stornoway’s only dry-cleaning firm is to stay open until spring 2019, even though business owner Louis Shields has retired.

The business at James Street, Stornoway has been open under Louis’s management for 30 years and was expected to close when he retired.

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Breakfast time in Stornoway…why not try the new Harris and Lewis Smokehouse on Sandwick Road?

After three years of construction on the former Royal Mail sorting office site, the new smokehouse eatery opened quietly yesterday (Tuesday October 23rd)

Get walking…that's the way to start  improving your quality of life, older people in Balallan were advised recently.

NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department was delighted to accept an invitation to attend the ‘Cairdean Cordail Ceann a Loch’ older people’s group in Balallan recently.

History professor and author Marjory Harper will be giving a talk on emigration on Friday night (26th October) – an event which has been made possible by sponsorship from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

Professor Harper of Aberdeen University will speak on the subject of ‘Voices from the Diaspora: Recollections of Scottish emigrants in the Twentieth Century’.

Pudding, Prosecco and Party wear will be on offer at a special event in Stornoway to raise funds for The Leanne Fund next month.

An evening of treats will take place at the Cabarfeidh Hotel on Friday November 23rproviding tickets holders with a range of tasty desserts, a drop of fizz and an exclusive catwalk Fashion Show by M&Co to show off the latest clothing ranges for men, women and children.

Pictured is Janet Paterson from the Western Isles Lottery presenting a cheque for £2,128.80 to John "Corrags" MacLeod, Malina Morrison and Jonathan Smith of the Westside Agricultural Show Committee. 
The funds were the proceeds raised from Lottery ticket sales from Supporters in the Ness & Westside Area. This follows funding already received in Area 2 by Eoropie Playpark and Carloway Community Centre, making a total of £5,075 distributed to date.

A fundraising event for Carloway war memorial is being held on Saturday (27th October) at 12.30 pm in Carloway community centre.

There’s a Soup & Pudding lunch along with bottle/tombola stall and baking stall.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is today (Tuesday October 23rd) celebrating the tireless work of unsung heroes behind the co-ordination of rescue operations in Stornoway, as part of International Control Room Week.

Pictured are staff from Team 1 at Stornoway, senior maritime operations officer Toby Reynolds (centre) who has been in post for nine years, and maritime operations officers Donna Maclennan (left) and Richard Cooke (right) who have served in post for three years.

A walk and cycle-way which stretches from Vatersay to Lewis has been named as one of the best experiences in the world by travel icons Lonely Planet.

The travel guide series has identified the Scottish Highlands and Islands as one of the world’s top 10 must-see destinations for 2019.

American-style trick-or treating is being shelved in favour of traditional guising in some parts of Lewis, as Hallowe’en, or Samhain, marks the onset of the winter season.

Youngsters in Tong will be out guising on November 1st, following a route from the Tong shop from 6pm.

Local baby massage classes are proving a popular choice with parents, on Barra and other islands.

The free classes, which are held over four to five weeks and led by trained baby massage instructors, continue to attract good attendance by parents and carers across the islands.

The resurgence of interest in badminton in the islands will be celebrated with the Lewis and Harris badminton singles championships, supported by the Comhairle’s sport and health team and by Western Isles Badminton Association.

The championship is on Saturday (27th October) at Lewis sports centre, with match draws made as the competition starts, from 1.30pm.

The deadline to enter the competition is on Wednesday (24th October).

A garden of remembrance is to be placed for the first time in central Stornoway to mark the beginning of a fortnight of remembrance linked to Armistice Day.

A white cross placed near the Ross Battery memorial at the Drill Hall on Church Street on Friday (26th October) will mark the place for relatives to set their own memorials to those fallen in any conflict and in any of the armed services.

A new restaurant opening at the end of the year on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis is set to create at least six new jobs.

Construction of the Uig Sands Restaurant is well under way and is being developed by owners of Uig Lodge in Timsgarry, Dickon and Elly Green.

The project has secured £175,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and £125,000 from EU LEADER towards the £650,000 project.

Passenger and freight sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool have been cancelled today (Monday October 22nd), due to forecast strong westerly winds.

Although the MV Isle of Lewis is making her morning run, and is expected to return to Stornoway at lunchtime, the 2.30pm sailing from Stornoway and the 6.15pm sailing from Ullapool have been cancelled.

There are two new faces in the senior management team at Western Isles district office of Fire Scotland, which has its HQ in Stornoway.

The fire station on Robertson Road is the new workplace for group manager Gavin Hammond and station manager Craig Lauder.

The pair moved to Lewis to replace Steve Oliver, who has moved on to become station manager at Musselburgh, and Iain Macleod, promoted to become Fire Scotland’s area manager, covering the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

Balallan footballer Rachael Johnstone is once again standing firm for her country as she takes up her position as goalkeeper in the Scotland under-15s this week.

Police are asking for help from Stornoway residents in a number of incidents which took place at the weekend (October 20th and 21st).

A householder on Plantation Road called for assistance when a number of men gathered in the area around 3.30am on Saturday morning, acting in a threatening and abusive manner.

Two men are to appear at Stornoway Sheriff court on Monday (October 22nd) after two separate incidents in Stornoway at the weekend.

A 27-year-old man was stopped by police while driving in the area of Stornoway harbour on Sunday (October 21st) around 1.50am. He failed to provide a breath test or sample and was arrested and charged with drink-driving.

A three-day vigil for whale-watchers stood down this afternoon (Sunday October 21st) with incoming stormy weather making it unsafe for the volunteers to continue any longer.

The watch was sparked by a possible stranding emergency on Friday, when two pilot whales were seen swimming in Broad Bay, close to shallow water off Coll beach. The unusual sight brought fears of a mass stranding, as pilot whales often travel in large pods. 30 had been seen off Ullapool earlier in the week.

A change of ferries for the Stornoway-Ullapool route started with disruption on the first day of the temporary service today (Sunday October 21st).

Youngsters are encouraged to get into the spirit of Hallowe'en with a spooky creative writing workshop.

The workshop has the themes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy, and will be presented by Hereward Proops and Gary Ross-Jordan.

Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, says he was thrilled to learn that a good cause in the constituency has received a welcome funding boost thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Befriending Lewis was recently awarded £19861 from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding will enable the organisation to continue its work.

Most Autumn Winter Evening Classes at Lews Castle College start this Tuesday (October 23rd)

So this is the last call, say course organisers - please contact LCC on 01851 770 000 – don’t miss out!

These courses include:Timber Carving; Upholstery; Art; Welding; Sewing; and Photography.

Two pilot whales are currently swimming in the shallow waters of Broad Bay today (Friday 19 October.)

A spokesperson from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) told welovestornoway.com that the whales were still swimming and were being monitored.

The Isle of Harris Distillery's Managing Director has won a top UK award for his "vision, ethos and outstanding management."

Simon Erlanger was made the SME Director of the Year 2018 at the UK Institute of Directors (IoD) awards ceremony yesterday (Thursday 18th October.)

MAKING YOUR FILM HAPPEN
with Tomás Sheridan
Fri 19 Oct - 9am till 5pm

Documentary filmmaker Tomàs Sheridan will help you navigate the treacherous waters of getting a film made from start to finish.
This one-day participatory masterclass will include group brainstorms, storytelling exercises and the dissection of existing short films with unique behind the scenes insight from idea, through to funding and production, all the way to distribution.

Free but booking is essential

Creative Industries Symposium
Saturday 20 October - 11am till 5pm
Free but booking is essential

We are hosting a Symposium featuring talented artists and professionals from across the creative sector from near and far. There will be something for everyone from jewellery to gaming and technology. Come along and learn from their success stories. Rounding off the day will be a discussion panel debating the pros and cons of island life, entitled ‘I’m an Islander, Get Me Out of Here!’

Live talks, big names, industry professionals, Q&As, panel discussion & films.

Genealogy is going to be the subject of a new course at Lews Castle College, available from January.

The College, which is working in partnership with Seallam, the family history research centre in Northton, says the 12-week course delivered by renowned Islands genealogist Bill Lawson will be available online with tutorial support.

The search for “the next big thing” in UK Children’s Television is gearing up as part of a £60 million initiative being introduced by the UK Government.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright today (Friday October 19th) announces that the Contestable Fund which aims to halt the decline of UK produced children's content and reverse the growing trend of airing repeats, will also include:

  • More support for programming in Welsh and Gaelic;

Newmarket Playpark is for everyone – and its brand new website has made it even more accessible.

Launched last week, www.newmarketplaypark.com was built by the playpark committee themselves.  Chairman, Murray MacLeod, said: "It was one of those things we had been talking about for a wee while.  We'd been using Facebook for a few years – but wanted to create a website to promote the playpark a wee bite more and make it more accessible to folk who aren't necessarily on Facebook."

Faulty equipment meant a false alarm for two coastguard rescue teams yesterday (Wednesday 17 October.)

Breasclete and Miavaig Coastguard Rescue Teams responded to a 'mayday' signal from a small fish farm vessel in East Loch Roag.

However, investigations showed the distress signal was activated in error due to faulty radio equipment.

The best of produce from near and far 19/10/2018

Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area.

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cabbage (Red)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.15

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£1.95

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.70

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.55

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.30

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£4.50

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Clementines

 

4 for £1.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Plums

 

3 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

Photo: John Mayer Photography

Netty's Tree on Eriskay has been named as Scotland's Tree of the Year. The spruce tree will go on to compete against trees in Ireland, Wales and England to be the UK's European Tree of the Year.

Originally nominated by Eoina Wilson, the spruce was, until recently, the only tree on the island.

It was planed over 100 years ago by poet, priest and land rights activist, Father Allan MacDonald.  Netty MacDonald lived on the nearby croft and encouraged all the island’s children to play on the tree as their cries and laughter reminded her of her own family who had grown up and moved away to work.

On announcing the four national winners last night (Wednesday October 17), BBC's One Show opened voting for the public to decide which of the four trees should represent the UK in the European contest which is run by the Environmental Partnership Association.

Photo: John Mayer Photography

Netty's Tree on Eriskay has been named as Scotland's Tree of the Year. The spruce tree will go on to compete against trees in Ireland, Wales and England to be the UK's European Tree of the Year.

Originally nominated by Eoina Wilson, the spruce was, until recently, the only tree on the island.

It was planed over 100 years ago by poet, priest and land rights activist, Father Allan MacDonald.  Netty MacDonald lived on the nearby croft and encouraged all the island’s children to play on the tree as their cries and laughter reminded her of her own family who had grown up and moved away to work.

On announcing the four national winners last night (Wednesday October 17), BBC's One Show opened voting for the public to decide which of the four trees should represent the UK in the European contest which is run by the Environmental Partnership Association.

A friendship group for older people from Point recently celebrated its 100th monthly meeting – and is inviting other members of the community to join the fun.

Cairdean Og Allt nan Gall held its landmark social event on October 2, at Ionad Stoodie community centre, and enjoyed a talk from Dr Ali Whiteford on the subject of Industrial Garrabost.

Dr Whiteford had also been the Cairdean’s first guest speaker, coming to talk to their inaugural social meeting back in 2007.

The organisers of the inaugural Hebridean Pride 2018 met last weekend to present a cheque for £350 to Christine Darby-Munro from their nominated charity Penumbra.  Thank you to all who contributed to this amazing charity who are doing incredible things here in the Western Isles.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has been nominated in three categories at this year’s The Drum B2B Brave Awards.

SSC will compete for the title of Best Brand Campaign, Best Product Launch Campaign, and Best ROI campaign, following the launch of new premium Scottish farmed salmon brand Lochlander into the North American market earlier this year.

The campaign has helped SSC make waves in the North American seafood market and reinforced the Company’s commitment to guaranteed Scottish provenance. 

The Leanne Fund has been allocated a much sought after charity collection slot at Ibrox football stadium, Glasgow next week and are urgently seeking volunteers to help.

The collection will take place before the start of the game on Thursday October 25th (Rangers V Spartak Moscow, UEFA Europa League).

Businesses in Uist ad Barra are being given the opportunity to learn how to create the most effective digital strategy for their business from a leading expert in the field.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has launched a range of digital strategy workshops, as part of its Entrepreneurial Academy.

The Delivering a Digital Strategy workshop, which is free to attend, will be in Benbecula on 15th November 2018, followed by workshops in Forres, Inverness, Oban, Lerwick, Fort William and Kirkwall.

An old-fashioned, mudslinging political battle has erupted about changes in the top administrative structure and pay at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Western Isles Labour Party accuses the local SNP of “shameless hypocrisy” in claiming that they stand “shoulder to shoulder” with front-line workers providing council services.

Earlier the Western Isles SNP Group at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar “expressed disappointment” at “the decision by Comhairle leader Councillor Roddie Mackay and his Chairs' Group to give senior officials a pay rise.”

But CnES officials say the changes are likely to save at least £42,000 a year, rather than costing more.

The major economic impact of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and its key role in bringing visitors to the islands is again underlined in a new report.

The 2018 HebCelt, headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish, and Roddy Woomble was held from 18-20 July in Stornoway with all four nights sold out.

Overall attendances reached nearly 18,000 over the four days of the event, its highest ever number, with an estimated total in excess of 7,500 paying festival-goers.

Local households can secure the price of their electricity until September 2019 by switching to the fixed electricity tariff.

Hebrides Energy is reminding storage heating customers of the Hebridean Take Control Tariff, which is offered in partnership with Scottish not-for-profit energy supplier, Our Power. 

An event including tea, coffee and a flight simulator will be held at the weekend (Saturday 20 October).

Brew for the Few will raise money for the Wings Appeal (link https://www.rafa.org.uk/get-involved/wings-appeal/ #RAF100) and will take place at the Salvation Army in Bayhead. Featuring RAF Merchandise and a model display, the event will take place from 12pm until 4pm.

 

What about going one-step further than avoiding the use of plastic straws by going for reusable and totally biodegradable straws produced in North Tolsta?

Admittedly, the supply is tiny at present…but who knows, if the idea took root, what could grow from it!

Katie Macleod, of Eagleton and New York and journalist and feature-writer for EVENTS newspaper for more than ten years,  has won further major recognition for her worldwide travel blog, www.storiesmysuitcasecouldtell.com

She has come second in the annual awards for Travel Blogger of the Year, between writers for National Geographic Traveller magazine and for the Lonely Planet Guide.  She is pictured above with Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis during an interview in 2015.

The awards were made by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) which is an umbrella organisation that represents 122 of Britain's best independent tour operators.

A Gaelic poetry competition for Secondary Schools is being run by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig in partnership with Urras Shomhairle, The Sorley MacLean Trust, it was announced at the National Mod in Dunonn today (Wednesday October 17th).

It is also backed by Comhairle nan Leabhraichean and Comunn Sgiathanach.

Salings on the routes from Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy have been thrown into confusion by cancellations today (Tuesday October 16th)

Today, as a result of sea swell conditions with high winds, MV Hebrides will operate the following amended timetable for the remainder of the day:

Tarbert - Uig: 15:00

Uig - Lochmaddy: 17:30

A show at An Lanntair, originally scheduled for tonight (Tuesday 16 October) has been cancelled.

Singer/songwriter, Ags Connolly, stated: "The ferry to the island has been cancelled due to adverse weather and there is now no other  realistic way for me to get there, so the promoter and I made a mutual decision to cancel.

West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named ‘Ferry Operator of the Year 2018’ at the National Transport Awards.

Born in 1979 (or thereabout)?  Is the big four “oh!” just around the corner? 

Did you start S1 in a Lewis or Harris school in 1991? 

If so, it’s about time we had a big party with all our former classmates at our first reunion!

A new participatory artwork connecting the public to the world's mountain ranges will be touring the UK next year - and it will be coming to Coll Beach on Lewis, and also involves Stornoway's An Lanntair arts centre.

First There Is A Mountain, by Katie Paterson, will see the public invited to build mountains of sand across the coastlines and play out the world's natural geography against a series of tidal times.

An app to support young learners with the acquisition of simple Gaelic phrases is being launched today (Tuesday, October 16) at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon.

Abair Abairtean! Comes from Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, which commissioned its development.

Abair Abairtean! is available for download now on iTunes. It features 50 phrases suitable for situations around the house and outside.

Several ferry sailings today Tuesday October 16th are cancelled, or are deemed liable to cancellation or disruption because of incoming poor weather conditions with winds of up to 50 knots , according to CalMac Ferries.

In Stornoway, the first rotation of sailings - 7 am from Stornoway and 10.30am from Ullapool - were cancelled last night and today, the remainder of the sailings were cancelled.

As of 10am, CalMac say the overnight ferry sailing is expected to be sailing as scheduled.

Regular volunteers are wanted to help at the local Cats Protection League.

This year’s Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival is to include a brand new Fringe programme, supported by Outer Hebrides LEADER funding.

The first Faclan Fringe will consist of four events from 1-3 November, complementing the festival’s author events and film screenings, whose theme this year is ‘fear’:

  • Author Peter May will personally host a tour of locations from The Blackhouse, the first book in his internationally successful Lewis Trilogy. (The ticket link is here: http://lanntair.com/events/event/blackhouse-tour-peter-may/)
  • Composer Jessica Danz will perform Under the World, an evening of original music and song at St Peter’s Church in Stornoway, inspired by the archetypal story of the descent into the Underworld
  • Maricruz Vasquez will create a Day of the Dead Mexican lunch in An Lanntair’s café bar on Friday 2 November.
  • The festival’s closing party at An Lanntair, Monster’s Ball, which will feature live music by Hebridean band the Howling Lords.

Details of CalMac's most well-used ferry routes in 2017 have been revealed.

The Ullapool to Stornoway crossing proved to be the sixth most used route - with 275,737 passengers and 437 coaches coming on board last year.

The Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy ferry routes carried 195,752 passengers last year and 358 coaches.

A wide range of Professional Grade Fireworks is on sale from today (Monday October 15th) at Maybury Gardens in North Street, Sandwick.

And they are on-line, too, at http://www.mayburygardens.co.uk/catalogue/108745-fireworks/items

Protests have erupted on social media from passengers kept waiting in Ullapool overnight by the latest crisis to afflict the £42m Loch Seaforth ferry, seen unloading its vehicles for the afternoon arrival in a sunny Stornoway.

The 3pm sailing from Stornoway yesterday (Sunday October 14th) finally departed around 11pm after lengthy delays awaiting paperwork approving the repairs done after the ferry hit the pier while docking on Sunday afternoon,

There were no updates from CalMac on expected departure times from Ullapool after the mid-afternoon statement that the 1830 from Ullapool faced the “high possibility of disruption or cancellation.”

 

LATEST:  Passengers have now boarded the Loch Seaforth.  Clearance is awaited from Lloyds Maritime services for the repaired vessel to set out.  Estimated departure time is now 2130hrs.  Vehicles - above - awaiting ship to be readied for sea.

It is understood the incident arose from a collision between the ferry and the pier's protective covering.

CalMac staff are unable to say officially that the ferry will sail until paperwork arrives from the marine insurers. It is not known if the delays arise in London or in Gourock.

EARLIER::: 1940hrs:  According to Ship AIS, the Loch Seaforth is expected in Ullapool at about half past midnight.

In Ullapool, waiting passengers report no news on ferry status.

Others talk of previous delays in Ullapool without information.  One said:"This happened to us last year…sat from 4 pm till 4.30 am in waiting room in Ullapool…not even a cup of tea coffee…when eventually got on board and cafe closed as staff were off duty…disgusted the way we were treated."

Officially, the 6.30pm from Ullapool has never been cancelled.

The Tarbert ferry tomorrow Monday morning is expected to be delayed by one hour.  This is a knock-on effect from today's delays.

'Be a Flu Fighter’ is the message of two new videos launched this week by NHS Western Isles aimed at encouraging island residents and Western Isles health staff to take up their free flu jab.

Entitled ‘Think You Know Flu?’ and ‘Flu Vaccination, have you had yours?’, the promotional films feature Western Isles health staff from across the island chain, as well as members of the public and representatives from the local Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade; the Scottish Ambulance Service; Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group, and pupils from the Stornoway Primary’s GM2 class.

 

Most ferry services throughout the Western Isles are cancelled today as the forecast for gales in Lewis and Harris worsened again overnight (Friday October 12th).

The official UK Met Office forecast for daytime in the Highlands and Islands is: “Rather cloudy start with occasionally heavy rain pushing quickly north but sunny spells developing for most by midday. A few showers are likely this afternoon but more persistent rain likely to return to the Great Glen.  Severe southerly gales in west.  Maximum Temperature 17 °C.”

 

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust is giving £5,000 to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health and a sizeable percentage of the money will cover the costs of delivering suicide prevention training, which is run by the WIAMH in partnership with NHS Western Isles.

Del Gunn, WIAMH Project Manager, said the ‘no strings attached’ nature of Point and Sandwick Trust’s donation meant that WIAMH was free to spend the money on any area it chose.

The search is still on for a dog lost on the Isle of Scalpay.

Nine-year-old collie, Tess, who belongs to Carl and Fiona Knowles, went missing two weeks ago during a family holiday.

The Vatersay Boys will be performing at a new one-day music festival next year.

The family-friendly event will feature traditional and folk-based bands, including headlining act, Tide Lines.

Barra’s air and sea routes are being cut by high winds today (Friday 12 October).

The Castlebay to Oban sailings have been cancelled because of the adverse weather forecast.

Anyone wanting to conquer An Cliseam now has the perfect opportunity.

Marathon Hebrides and Lewis Wind Power have teamed up to make the mountain an easier climb.

At 799 metres it is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides.

Barra’s sea routes are being cut by high winds tomorrow (Friday 12 October).

The Castlebay to Oban sailings have been cancelled because of the adverse weather forecast.

Back Football and Recreation Club is today celebrating a £5,489 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for their lighting redevelopment project.

Funding will allow the club to update and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current lighting systems. The outdated, mismatched, awkward-to-work system will be replaced with a new, more intuitive LED system with PIR sensors.

Join the spooky fun at the Newmarket Play Park Halloween Party this month.

The Elephant Session performance planned for tomorrow (Friday 12 October) has been cancelled.

The performance, which was due to take place at An Lanntair at 8pm, has been moved to Thursday 27 December at 8pm.

Smoked salmon produced in the Uig area of the Isle of Lewis has been named as the UK’s “best fish and seafood product” in the Great British Food Awards, sponsored by the magazine of the same name.

The chief judge, author and food writer Elly Curshen, described it as “perfect smoked salmon. All the things that matter to me – texture, taste, smoke level and thickness – are spot on. A top class product and a real treat to eat”.

Some Leverburgh and Berneray sailings have been cancelled tomorrow (Friday 12 October).

CalMac cite the expected strong winds as the reason for cancelling the 11:15am sailing from Berneray and the 12:25 sailing from Leverburgh.

All other sailings remain liable to disruption and cancellation at short notice, the ferry company say.

A multi-agency search was carried out for a high-risk missing person in Stornoway.

The search for an elderly female with dementia took place in the early hours of the morning (Thursday 11 October.)

Loganair and Emirates have signed a major interline agreement which opens up the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to Loganair’s passengers.

And Loganair has won the title of ERA (European Regions Airline Association) Regional Airline of the Year for 2018.  It's understood that airline staff are being given congratulatory confectionery this morning by the airline management.

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has rejected assurances from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar about proposals for the sale of the current Stornoway abattoir site to a developer.

This follows a report before the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources committee on October 2 which outlined proposals for the sale and leaseback of the current Stornoway abattoir site to a developer and the relocation of the service after three years.

Councillors decided “to authorise the Director of Development, in consultation with the Director of Technical Services and the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources, to engage with the appropriate parties with a view to presenting options for the future use of Stornoway Abattoir and provision of abattoir services to the Policy and Resources Committee in December 2018.”

The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced its 2018 Student of the Year winners, with all three of its top awards going to students who were enrolled at island campuses – including Lews Castle College UHI.
Crisdean Saunders, pictured above, from Lews Castle College is Further Education Student of the Year; Rhea Kay from Shetland College is Higher Education Student of the Year; and James Ellsmoor, a distance-learning student with Orkney College, is Postgraduate Student of the Year.
Crisdean Saunders, aged 27, who lives in Stornoway, completed a horticultural employability programme. He was nominated for the Further Education Student of the Year award by his tutor, David Bell.

Two local charities have benefitted from grants given by the Corra Foundation, formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.  

Each year, Corra Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Hebrides Alpha Project has been awarded a £4,000 grant towards the costs of travel and insurance.

Storm Callum is expected to bring high winds with gusts of up to 75mph for the Western Isles on Friday 12th October, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar stated this afternoon (Wednesday October 10th)

A yellow warning for wind was issued by the Met Office at the start of this week.

However, XC Weather - which earlier this week was predicting hurricane-force gusts on Friday, is now forecasting gusts of only 55mph at the peak with a general windspeed of 33mph - and the current Met Office warning for Friday affecting Stornoway and Tarbert now states: "Between 03:00 Friday 12th and 23:59 Friday 12th - A spell of windy weather is expected on Friday, which has the potential to cause some disruption."

The Farm Advisory Service (FAS) along with SAC Consulting are running an 'Introduction to sheep keeping' course on Friday 19th October. 

The day course covers practical advice on keeping healthy sheep and all the regulations you need to know about, all you need to bring are outdoor clothes and boots. Places are still available, due to issues with the FAS website please contact the office on 01851 703103 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday 19th October, Stornoway RNLI are holding their first ever bingo night.

The night begins at 7pm at Stornoway Sea Angling Club, a great family night out with lots of prizes and a raffle. All monies raised are for Stornoway RNLI, so come along for fun night out whilst supporting your local Lifeboat!

 

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn have a programme of outdoor activities to suit all this autumn from guided heritage walks, deer watching and family orienteering to kids mountain biking and Halloween lantern walk.

The Mountain biking sessions take place on Monday 15th October, booking is essential as places are filling up quickly. Bikes need to be suitable for off road, with working brakes, please wear a helmet. 

On Thursday 18th Oct, UOG are offering a free Deer Rutting Walk and talk, again booking is essential. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear (no HighVis/bright colours) and bring binoculars/camera. 

Tuesday 23 October see's the start of a new series of guided heritage walks around the Galson village coastal loop and on Saturday 17 November is the Shader/Ballantrushal loop. The walks are free with all ages welcome, dress for the weather and wear walking boots.

Stornoway police are asking for help from the public in tracing four men, one of whom is thought to have acted indecently, near to the grounds of Lews Castle on Saturday afternoon (October 6th).

The officers are investigating an incident at around 4pm on Saturday, on Willowglen Road, where a group of four men aged approximately in their 20s were seen near to the Castle Grounds ‘red gate’ entrance.

Stornoway’s Coastguard operations room found themselves co-ordinating two rescues at the same time yesterday afternoon (Tuesday October 9th) with two separate incidents in the Uig area.

At 4.17pm yesterday afternoon Western Isles police notified Stornoway Coastguard of a woman who had fallen while walking her dogs, near Scaliscro Lodge. She had injured her knee and was unable to move without assistance.

Coastguard teams from Miavaig, Breasclete and Stornoway were tasked to the scene and police officers identified the location of the woman, who was treated on the spot by coastguards and a doctor.

Stornoway Singers – St John Passion – Stornoway Town Hall – Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 7.30pm.

After two successful performances in August in An Lanntair, Stornoway and Talla na Mara, Harris, the Stornoway Singers will come together again to treat their faithful audience to the beautiful and uplifting music found within Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion, this time in Stornoway Town Hall on Saturday 3rdNovember 2018 at 7:30pm.

We have a new service now available from EVENTS newspaper and welovestornoway.com

You can now place Birth, Death & Marriage – and acknowledgement – notices with us…by coming into our new offices in James Street, Stornoway (where ND’s parts, repairs and accounts used to be once upon a time); by phone; or by email.

This new service responds to growing demand from individuals and families for a local, on-the-High-Street, service.

Fishermen, tourism businesses and seafood companies in the Western Isles are among those to sign up to an open letter opposing proposed commercial kelp harvesting in the waters of the Minch.
Creel fishermen from Barra and Vatersay, sea tours from Lewis and Harris and the 140-member Western Isles Fishermen’s Association are among those who have put their names on the list, being co-ordinated by campaign group No Kelp Dredging.
In all, 185 businesses are named in the updated appeal to Scottish minister Roseanna Cunningham and the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) committee of the Scottish Parliament. The latest updated list was published yesterday (Tuesday October 9th).

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan hit out at the decision of Eastern Airways to cancel its Aberdeen to Stornoway service. 

This came after customers enquiring with Eastern Airways started being told by customer service agents that the service is being discontinued and that 26 October would be the last day of the Aberdeen service. And Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has made clear it has been given no direct information about the change from either Flybe or Eastern Airways.

According to the Flybe website which deals with Eastern Airways bookings, there are five flights in the week ending October 19; then it drops to three the week after; before petering out and ending completely the following week.

A lush new grass roof on the Iron Age house at Bosta signals the end of a busy and successful season for Bernera Historical Society.

The historical society reported on Monday (October 8th) on three major projects completed during summer 2018. As well as a new roof at the Iron Age house, the Norse mill was re-roofed and new signs put up on the historic walk paths.

The magnificent spectacle of stags in full display is just starting in the Harris hills, and North Harris Trust has planned a series of ‘Roaring and Rutting’ walks to give viistors the full experience.

North Harris Ranger service will lead small groups to witness the red deer rut in various locations from Thursday (October 11th). Participants learn about the life of Scotland’s largest land mammal and the management of the North Harris deer herd. 

Someone must be missing this lost bunny, waiting to be reclaimed by his owner at Traigh Mhor in Tolsta.

He's going to be awfully wet if he doesn't get home soon!

Breach of peace

Police were called to an address in the Parkend area of Stornoway early on the afternoon of Saturday (October 6th) to reports of a man behaving in an abusive and disorderly fashion.

The 37-year-old man was cautioned and charged with breach of the peace before being issued with a fixed penalty.

Vehicle damage

A number of cars parked on Anderson Road in Stornoway were apparently deliberately damaged over the weekend of October 6th to 8th, with scratches to bodywork which appear to have been carried out with intent, rather than as a result of accidental damage.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything or who knows how the damage occurred to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, or in person at Stornoway police station.

Met office updates Friday storm warning

The Met Office have updated their yellow ‘be aware’ warning for strong winds on Friday (October 12th), warning of a currently low threat of medium to high impacts from the storm.

Between 5am and midnight on Friday, windy weather is expected, with the potential to cause travel disruption, power and phone service cuts.

01851 705422  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.crossroadslewis.co.uk

How can you help patients more to live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible? That was the question facing more than 100 Western Isles health workers at a special meeting recently.

NHS Western Isles dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists considered the themes of the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.

The SNP has called on the UK government to reunite child refugees with their families in the UK.

At the SNP's conference in Glasgow, party delegates have supported a resolution which supports UK Government steps to support a SNP Bill that will; expand the definition of family member as currently only spouses and children under the age of 18 are allowed to join their family in the UK; give refugee children the right to be reunited with their parents as under current reunion rules children cannot sponsor their parents to come to the UK leaving them alone; reintroduce legal aid for refugee family applications.

A delegation of Chinese academics in Scotland on an exchange visit with the University of the Highlands and Islands have visited a wind farm for the first time – and it was Point and Sandwick Trust’s community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag near Stornoway.

The visit to Point and Sandwick Trust’s award-winning wind farm was organised by lecturers from Lews Castle College UHI, who help deliver a degree to the Hunan Institute of Engineering, where this group of professors and senior engineers had come from.

The Met Office has issued an advance warning for a period of very windy weather affecting the Western Isles on Friday (October 12th).

The yellow ‘be aware’ alert is in force between 5am and 9pm on Friday, with a small chance of gusts over 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles
during afternoon and evening.

CalMac are urging customers to make any ferry reservations or changes to booking in the next 24 hours, as the online reservations service will be unavailable for a day from 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 9th October).

The system shutdown is due to a planned period of essential maintenance.

The chance to chat with professionals about your child’s development is on offer as the NHSWI Allied Health Professional (AHP) team invite all to a series of free and informal Child Development Drop-In sessions.

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Donald MacSween of Ness has become the first young crofter of the year, winning the accolade at a celebratory event in Morayshire on Friday (October 5th).

Police are asking for witnesses to an incident of possible sheep-worrying which happened in Stornoway last Sunday (September 30th) to help settle uncertainty about what actually happened.

A husky dog was seen among sheep on croftland at Moss End Farm in Stornoway just after 2pm on Sunday 30th.

There was a carnival atmosphere in Stornoway town centre on Saturday (October 6th) as the first Hebridean Pride parade passed with good humour and plenty of family participation.

Many of those who took part noted that the weather seemed to be in the right mood for what was described as the ‘maiden Pride event for the islands’, with a succession of sunshine and showers making for rainbows in the skies as well as on the streets.  

There’s still a chance for projects in the Outer Hebrides to benefit from the Scottish Government’s new Rural Tourism Fund as Round Two closes on October 31.

Around £3 million from the first round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is already being shared among 18 projects across Scotland to help cope with growing visitor numbers. These include the Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020 project which has been awarded more than £240,000.

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Customers for Artizan Jewellery and Gift Shop in lower Church Street, Stornoway can see more what's on offer there from their homes, tablets and phones through a brand-new website http://artizanjewellery.com/index.php designed by Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd.

And loyal customers of Artizan Jewellery and Gift Shop can gain extra rewards from the giant sale from Monday October 8 to Saturday October 13 - but even if you don't have an Artizan Card already, you can sign up for one for free on the spot!

Faclan:the Hebridean Book Festival returns from 31 October to 3 November…and you can read about some of the authors on http://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/faclan-2018.

These are interviews from the EVENTS newspaper team of Katie Macleod and Roz Macaskill and most of them are also available in print in the current edition.

A developer’s request to buy the site of Stornoway abattoir on a lease-back agreement has been considered by councillors.

At a meeting of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s  policy and resources committee on Tuesday (October 2nd) councillors were told of plans to redevelop the Newton area  by a partnership including CnES, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Stornoway Port Authority and several private developers.

One of the developers had put forward a plan for development of a Newton Enterprise Park, embracing an area next to the current site of the abattoir. The proposal included purchase of the abattoir site, which would then be leased back to the Comhairle for three years so that the current business could have time “for a relocation of the abattoir to a more suitable location”.

 

Faclan:the Hebridean Book Festival returns from 31 October to 3 November - and now on welovestornoway.com there's a chance to read interviews with some of the key authors for both main Festival and the Children's Festival - available on 

Highlights announced last month include the launch of The Darkest Dawn, a new book marking the 100th anniversary of the Iolaire tragedy, in which over 200 men from Lewis and Harris lost their lives only tens of metres from a beach in a massive storm.   

Faclan 2018’s line-up of authors – many of them reflecting on this year’s festival theme of Fear– includes Peter May and Malcolm Mackay, both discussing Hebridean Noir; Sir Christopher Frayling on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (following a screening of the classic 1931 film); Finlay Macleod on the true history of a semi-mythical 19th century bogeyman who stalked the moors of Lewis and Harris; and Louise Welsh, who will reflect on the role of fear in her work.  In a very different approach to fear, Kathryn Mannix will explore the various taboos around death.

Other highlights include a Saturday night appearance by leading spoken word performer  Hollie McNish, a screening of vampire classic Nosferatu with a live piano score by  Peter Urpeth, a voyage into the underworld with composer Jessica Danz; and a tribute to the late Gaelic writer, playwright and storyteller Chrisella Ross.

In addition to the packed programme of author and musical events, there will be daytime film screenings throughout the festival, also focusing on the theme of Fear – Psycho, Village of the Damned, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Rosemary’s Baby, Schalcken the Painter, The Babadook, and classic ghost story Whistle and I’ll Come to You, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

There will also be a programme of events for schools, Faclan Òga, running throughout the festival.

The full Faclan programme is online at www.lanntair.com/faclan

Twitter @anlanntair, #Faclan2018

Facebook www.facebook.com/anlanntair

There’s a first chance to experience a double-header Islands tour from Sian and Hecla, two young, all-female emerging groups on the traditional music scene.

This is Sian's first gig in the islands and a return home for Hecla which was formed at the Lews Castle College music course at Colaisde Bheinn a Fhaoghla in Lionacleit.  (Hecla are pictured above at a recent performance in the Czech Republic.)

Tickets will be on sale from Monday October 8th online and will also be sold at An Crùbh for the Skye gig from the beginning of the week.

Officers from Police Scotland are investigating an incident in the Marybank area of Stornoway in which a cat was shot by an airweapon. 

Police in Stornoway say the cat survived the attack but the pellet is still within its body as it is in an area too dangerous to be removed at present. 

Experienced advisers from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will now be available at Stornoway's Jobcentre Plus (JCP) two days a week, offering support for local job seekers.

Earlier this year, JCP began hosting drop-in sessions with SDS advisers at the Castle Street centre on Tuesday mornings. These sessions helped people attending JCP access additional advice and support from the SDS advisers on everything from writing a CV to the local labour market.

Because of the success of the sessions, this service has been expanded to two days a week. Advisers will now be available at the Jobcentre on Monday mornings and Tuesday mornings, from 10am until 1pm on both days.

A family on a special celebration break in Harris are going home heartbroken tomorrow (Saturday 6th October) after their much-loved pet dog went missing on the Isle of Scalpay.

Carl and Fiona Knowles are on their first trip to the islands, staying in Harris for two weeks to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary and bringing with them sons Greg, 24 and Ewan, 20 as well as their nine-year-old collie dog Tess.

Lews Castle is aiming to become a hot spot for live music to meet a growing demand for high-quality, live Celtic music.

Through coming months there will be several music events held in Lews Castle; where islanders and guests alike can enjoy some great live music and perhaps a wee dram or two in the atmospheric Whisky Bar, says the local management.

Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny has successfully completed the his two 'Great Runs', the Great North Run Half Marathon inNewcastle on 9th September and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow on 30th September in support of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark.

The funds raised will be divided equally between the two charities.

Mighty Productions are currently casting Scotland residents for a brand new series for the BBC with the 'working title" of Danger Balls! 

They say: "It’s a great chance to represent a society or a place of work and have a great time!  The show is exclusive to Scotland residents and we think contestants from Stornoway would fit the bill perfectly!

The programme for the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival launched today (Thursday 4 October).

The first tickets were on sale from midday at the festival website, www.lanntair.com/darkskies

It will take place at An Lanntair and across Lewis from 8-21 February 2019.

The Scottish Cup will be on display at Ionad Spòrs Lèodhais, Stornoway, on Saturday 13th October from 10am - 4pm, the Scottish Football Association and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have announced.

The public will have the opportunity to come along and see the oldest trophy in the world of association football and to take photographs of themselves with the trophy.

The best of produce from near and far 05/10/2018

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Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.50

 

Garlic small

 

£0.65

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.30

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£2.15

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£2.15

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.70

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.65

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.25

 

Tomatoes (round vine)

 

£4.35

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Marjory Plums (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

CalMac Ferries senior staff would understand Island problems better if more of them were based here.

That's the view of Councillor Uisdean Robertson, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chairman of Transportation.

He has once again made a call for Cal-Mac to locate senior posts, within the ferry company, in the communities that they serve.

The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate competition has been made.

The 2018 competition looks set to be another excellent year, organisers say.

The first two rounds will be held at the Town Hall in Stornoway, on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November.

Stornoway Coastguard operations room was called to a state of high alert just before 4pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday October 2nd) in response to an urgent distress message from an unknown vessel.
The DSE (text-style) alert came in automatically in response to a signal being triggered aboard a vessel somewhere in the large area of sea and loch off the west coast of the mainland.

Two days of successful sales at Steinish added up to a good week for Lewis and Harris auction marts, with breeding rams and cattle fetching good prices.

Monday (October 1st) saw 156 rams selling to a top price of £650 for the overall champion, a three-shear blackface from 6 Vatisker. Other top prices were for aged rams, with £520 paid for a blackface from 5 Shulishader, £450 for a Cheviot shearling from 1 Portnaguran and £200 each for blackface ram lambs from 18 South Galson.

There's a chance to get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme (WHD) says Tighean Innse Gall (TIG)

The WHD scheme is a Government initiative that encourages domestic energy suppliers to provide support for customers who need it most.

A Facebook page called Western Isles Weather has followers scouring predictions for winter storms, heatwaves in the summer and record rainfall all the year round – as you might expect in a place where ‘changeable’ is the most likely forecast.

But just as unpredictable are the places in the world which find the forecast for weather in the islands irresistible. Although 13,000 followers are in the UK, there are also 743 followers from the United States, 290 in Australia and New Zealand and some in even more unexpected locations like Belgium (43), Brazil (10) and China (9).

Sandwick Road, Stornoway, is to be closed tonight (Tuesday October 2nd) for four hours, while a multi-agency emergency exercise takes place near the gas works.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has put in place a road closure notice between 6 and 10pm, affecting the portion of Sandwick Road from the Smith Avenue roundabout (Engebret Ltd Filling Station) to the junction with Seaforth Road and the Mossend road.

This year’s re-scheduled Scalpay to Tarbert 10k road race will close for entries tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd October).

The race, now set for Saturday (October 6th) was re-scheduled due to a bereavement on the Isle of Scalpay and some runners were unable to make the new date. This means a few places have become available for new participants.

Booking is now open at https://www.entrycentral.com/scalpay10k 

A clutch of sports champions are heading for Stornoway to speak and lead workshops at the Lewis and Harris sports coaching conference this weekend (Friday October 5th to Saturday 6th).

They include the first person to swim the Minch, a badminton Commonwealth gold medallist and the head of Ross County FC’s youth development squad – all ready to share ideas and expertise with a small army of island sports coaches.

The constituency office of Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan was one of the first addresses in Lewis yesterday (October 1st)  to receive a delivery of fresh local milk for the first time since 2012.

The first LGBT ‘Pride’ parade event to be held in the Outer Hebrides takes place in Stornoway today (Saturday October 6th).

Organisers say they have received a lot of support from organisations including NHS Western Isles, Stonewall, the Equality Network and An Lanntair.

Parents are protesting over an email sent out by The Nicolson Institute, in which it is stated that there have been no formal complaints about bullying in the school this year, and only six in the preceding three years – four of which were not upheld.

A new social media campaign has followed last week’s online anti-bullying petition, which has now been signed by almost 800 people, including current pupils and their parents. The new Facebook group, Uniting Against Bullying, was launched on Friday (September 28th) and now has 250 members.

The spur for the new campaign was an email sent on Friday (September 28th) by Nicolson Rector Dr Frances Murray to all school parents and carers. In the message, a chart details the total number of formal complaints about bullying referred to the Comhairle’s education department since 2015.

The letter from the school reads: “As you may be aware, there is an online petition in relation to bullying at The Nicolson Institute.

The joys and hazards of open water swimming get an airing this evening (Monday October 1st) with a training session run by Hebridean Sea Swimmers.

There’s a growing interest in open water swimming in the islands, with regular trips by members of Hebridean Sea Swimmers and a steady flow of newcomers to the activity joining the group.

A  21-year-old man is in hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries after a wedding altercation in the street outside Stornoway Town Hall.

The assault, in the early hours of Saturday (29th September), left the man with head injuries in Cromwell Street, outside the Town Hall where a wedding reception was drawing to a close.

Onlookers tended to the victim until a friend drove him to the Western Isles Hospital.

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Tarbert is not to close, says Outer Hebrides Tourism as it reiterates the plan for a year-round centre.

Following recent rumours of the closure of the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Tarbert causing unnecessary concern within the Harris community, Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) said it wants to make clear that it has not agreed to, nor does it support, the closure of Tarbert VIC.  

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The Leanne Fund has launched a new Befriending service for individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis in the North of Scotland.

The service has been developed in response to feedback from those who have received support from The Leanne Fund.

The Fund is now recruiting Befrienders to provide this service throughout the Highlands and Islands and Grampian.

Tributes to D R Macdonald, who has been the finance officer and fundraiser for the Bethesda Care Home and Hospice in Stornoway for the past 18 years, were paid at a luncheon in the Digby Chick restaurant in Stornoway held by the Trustees today (Tuesday October 31).
Mr Duncan Maclean, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that in addition to his normal duties as finance officer and fundraiser, that DR had fulfilled many roles and had been a great ambassador for Bethesda.
On behalf of the Trustees he presented D.R. with a gold watch, a Harris Tweed wallet including a monetary gift, and a Bible.
His wife Katie was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

The ice rink is now up and complete at the Scaladale centre in North Harris, the rink can be booked by groups of adults or children - anyone who wants give it a go! 

Here are some images of the ice rink going up and finally Sean and Kate, the centres instructors, having a celebratory first skate.

The 2016-2017 Annual Report of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development, was published yesterday (Monday 30 October) at a meeting of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands in Oban. (Pictured above are Allan Macdonald, who chairs the board, and Deputy First Minister John Swinney)

The report highlights the key developments undertaken by Bòrd na Gàidhlig over the past year which have included the development of the third National Gaelic Language Plan; the Gaelic provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 being implemented; collaboration with a growing number of public bodies on the production and implementation of Gaelic Language Plans; support for the promotion of Gaelic language, music and culture nationally and internationally; support for early years and Gaelic medium education; the provision of funding for professional development for teachers and for students undertaking teacher training.

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil, is asking the Scottish Government to instigate a study on the introduction of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.
Transport & Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP has recently stated that there are no plans to introduce a Public Service Obligation on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.
However, Mr MacNeil is calling on the Transport & Islands Minister to reconsider due to the service not being comprehensive each week of the year.

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil, is asking the Scottish Government to instigate a study on the introduction of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.

Transport & Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP has recently stated that there are no plans to introduce a Public Service Obligation on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.

However, Mr MacNeil is calling on the Transport & Islands Minister to reconsider due to the service not being comprehensive each week of the year.

He said: “There is a PSO on the Barra air service and there is competition on the Stornoway air service and this is good news.
“However, Benbecula has neither and I believe that there is a case for a PSO on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service which would ensure that airfares and service levels as well as perhaps scheduling are reasonable for the Uist community.”

The local lottery committee are delighted to be dishing out community funds

Community Groups from the Butt to Barra received their share of £4,674 from the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery at the end of September. They are now to receive a further £3,015 being the proceeds from the Lottery for the month of October.
The Lottery Committee say they are delighted to be returning such large sums back to the community every month.
In addition, £3,100 has been shared in Cash Prizes by winners across the Western Isles.

Local community groups are urged to make their applications as The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-202 Programme is delighted to announce another round of funding.
With a closing date for applications on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, projects must demonstrate innovative solutions to support community and economic development in the Outer Hebrides; and ideally projects should have match funding in place by the application submission deadline.
Works previously supported by LEADER funding include the Harris Marina Hub, which is developing marinas in Tarbert and Scalpay; the Huisinis Gateway project; Trix Pix Multimedia Studio and Marketing Campaign, and the Ploycrub Project operated by Hebridean Castle Trading.

The Blythswood Shoebox Appeal will be held in Lewis and Harris over three days in November.

The collections are on Thursday 9th November 3.30pm-6 pm, Friday 10th 3.pm-7 pm and Saturday 11th November 10am-12 noon.

The Appeal Centre will be in the Blythswood Store in the Old Co-op – via its Kenneth Street entrance (with thanks to D.R. Macleod Haulage) which is situated opposite Lodge Fortrose .

Local people poured into the newly refurbished and extended Stornoway Fire Station for its Open Day on Saturday (October 28th)   

Families took the chance to take a look around as the new Retained Community Fire and Rescue Station on Robertson Road opened to the public to view the extensive refurbishment work and new facilities provided which include showers, locker rooms, training facilities, meeting rooms and a small gym.

A big crowd gathered in An Lanntair on Saturday evening (October 28th) during Faclan/the Hebridean Book Festival for the launch of Stornoway publishers Acair latest book…Forradh: Sly Cooking – its title taken from one of the 42 Gaelic words which are profiled within it, both in words and images.

Present for the event was author Catriona Black – far from her present home in the Dutch village of Santpoort-Noord – who is a former art critic for the Sunday Herald, an illustrated children’s book author, and a short film animator.

This year’s Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture is on Thursday (2nd November 2017) and is being given by Donalda MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland.

The main event is being held at e-Sgoil, Francis Street, Stornoway, at 7.30pm but for the first time the lecture will be broadcast live to a number of local venues. Admission is free. (e-Sgoil is in the building formerly occupied by Museum nan Eilean and earlier part of The Nicolson Institute.)

The lecture is on the subject ‘The Role of the BBC in an ever-changing Global Communications Industry’.

Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association will be holding an AGM and an EGM on Tuesday (October 31) in Lewis Pipe Band Hall, on Bells Road, Stornoway, at 7.45pm.

Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association has been providing taped recordings of readings from local newspapers since 1984, when 100 tapes went out around Lewis and Harris. By 1996 this had dropped to 60 tapes and by 2010 only two dozen tapes and disks were being sent out.

LED Energy Communities project officers Dan Morrison (left) and Amy Kapherr-Diament, with Point and Sandwick Development Trust board member Matt Bruce

The LED Energy Communities project, run by Point and Sandwick Development Trust in conjunction with Tighean Innse Gall, is a finalist in this year’s Climate Challenge Fund awards.
The project, which involves installing energy-saving LED lights in homes in the Point and Sandwick area, as well as further measures to cut household bills and the local carbon footprint, has been shortlisted in the ‘Awards Panel Choice’ category of the prestigious awards.
LED Energy Communities project officer Dan Morrison said: “We are privileged to be shortlisted for this award and the fact that the project has been recognised in this way is testament to the wholehearted engagement by the community.”

The Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association will hold an Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 31 October at 7.45pm, in the Lewis Pipe Band Hall (behind Tesco, Stornoway).

Following on from several major changes and events to the committees and team supports, and wider technological advances in the way news and local news is provided, the intention of the supporting committee is to wind up the Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association and meet their constitution to handover to a beneficiary.

 

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed disappointment that the management schemes to control the population of geese from damaging croft lands are being discontinued with no firm sustainable plans to tackle the problem for the future.

Councillor Donald Crichton, Chairman of the Crofting Joint Consultative Committee said a continuing increase in the population of geese was a real threat to the future of crofting and expressed disappointment at the response from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, to an earlier letter that raised the concerns of his committee.

Councillor Crichton said: "The Minister's response is disappointing and gives no firm plans to tackle this problem in a consistent and sustainable way to build on the work of the pilot schemes that had a positive impact on controlling the goose population.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan is backing user protests about the Aberdeen–Stornoway air service and change of timetable.

There continue to be numerous complaints from regular users, especially those employed in the oil and gas sector, about the timing of flights and the difficulties this presents for anyone in the islands working in the oil industry.

It will be all change to island ferries until March next year

With the MV Isle of Lewis and MV Hebrides currently replacing the MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool to Stornoway route until November 7th, operators CalMac has finalised its winter maintenance programme – with more vessel changes in store for Western Isles’ travellers.
Including inter-island services, CalMac runs a total of 50 routes served by 32 vessels, each of which is required to undergo a period of annual dry dock maintenance.
This presents the company with a complex logistical problem to keep all of its lifeline services running with minimal disruption.

Review by Nick Smith

The eight British expeditions to conquer Everest between 1922 and 1953 were a series of attempts to assert the superiority of Empire planning and technology over the planet’s most inaccessible place. Self-financed by the 1924 expedition's official photographer John Noel, The Epic of Everest toured worldwide and elevated explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to the status of national heroes following their disappearance and death during an attempt to mount the summit.

Noel’s film begins as a travelogue, illustrating the landscapes of Tibet and the living conditions of its people. He records family life, musicians, religious ceremonies, and agricultural practices, but his shots nearly always include the team’s true goal of the peaks lofting beyond.

At first Noel betrays the arrogance of empire: while Mallory and Irvine are shown walking amongst yaks dressed in pith helmets and ties, we are told that the Tibetans never bathe, live in their own filth, and despite their instruments and religious songs cannot be considered a musical people. But as the base camp approaches a new respect emerges for the sturdiness of their local companions and the religious blessings the explorers receive.

Review by Nick Smith

The eight British expeditions to conquer Everest between 1922 and 1953 were a series of attempts to assert the superiority of Empire planning and technology over the planet’s most inaccessible place. Self-financed by the 1924 expedition's official photographer John Noel, The Epic of Everest toured worldwide and elevated explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to the status of national heroes following their disappearance and death during an attempt to mount the summit.

Noel’s film begins as a travelogue, illustrating the landscapes of Tibet and the living conditions of its people. He records family life, musicians, religious ceremonies, and agricultural practices, but his shots nearly always include the team’s true goal of the peaks lofting beyond.

At first Noel betrays the arrogance of empire: while Mallory and Irvine are shown walking amongst yaks dressed in pith helmets and ties, we are told that the Tibetans never bathe, live in their own filth, and despite their instruments and religious songs cannot be considered a musical people. But as the base camp approaches a new respect emerges for the sturdiness of their local companions and the religious blessings the explorers receive.

On air…Bobbi Naylor, presenter and Duncan Chisholm, musician

Community radio station Isles FM plans to 'up their game' ahead of their 25th anniversary year in 2019, and they're asking for the support of listeners and supporters both in the Western Isles and worldwide because the station has listed for a cash award from Aviva's Community Fund, with a public vote.

The volunteer-run station broadcasts to Lewis and Harris (and online to the world) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now they plan to maximise what they can offer the community with the appointment of a new station manager.

The idea has attracted Aviva's attention, and been listed as one of the Western Isles community projects now open for public votes online at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6507  Every voter has ten votes to allocate as they wish – whether for one project or spread between two or more. The closing date for entries is noon, 21st November 2017.

A show celebrating Hebridean music and culture that wowed an international audience this summer is being reprised for the 25th anniversary Celtic Connections festival – and features some of Lewis’ leading singers and musicians.
‘Blasta’ (Gaelic for tasty or delicious) was specially commissioned by the Hebridean Celtic Festival for this year’s Interceltique de Lorient, Europe’s largest Celtic Festival, which was held in August.
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Blasta was one of the stand-out shows at our hugely-successful Lorient concert and showcased the musical talent of the Outer Hebrides and the culture of Gaeldom on an international platform.”

The Western Isles Development Trust wishes to increase the number of directors on its Board from the community.

Directors (other than nominated directors) are elected from and by the ordinary members.  The Company is keen to increase its membership across the Western Isles before seeking to appoint additional directors.

The Western Isles Development Trust wishes to increase the number of directors on its Board from the community.

Directors (other than nominated directors) are elected from and by the ordinary members.  The Company is keen to increase its membership across the Western Isles before seeking to appoint additional directors.

Stornoway will shine bright for the festive season this year with a Christmas Lights Switch-on event due to be held on December 8th.

Stornoway Amenity Trust have faced cuts to funding for Christmas Lights for several years but this year, the group is benefitting from the launch of the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery and is also in line for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

Tony Robson of Stornoway Amenity Trust said; “We are very pleased that the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery and the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative will assist us in having some additional lights this year. The event will be held on December 8th and more details will be released closer to the time.

The Western Isles Citizens Advice Service (WICAS) has put half a million pounds into the pockets of local people over the six months from April to September 2017 in the form of compensation, with-held wages and unclaimed benefits.

The four CAB offices – based in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay – collectively saw 2240 clients over the period, with social security benefits and debt cases far outnumbering other categories. The figures are published in the latest WICAS Operational Report presented to their Board of Directors. 

David Blaney, Chairman of WICAS, says: “This has been another busy period for our advisers in all four offices, but we are pleased to have provided much-needed support to so many local people. 

To celebrate the hard work and achievements of local performers during this year’s National Mòd, a Post-Mòd Cèilidh will be held at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday 3rd November 2017 at 7.30pm.

The event will be free of charge although donations will be accepted at the door. There will be a raffle in the interval. All profits will be donated to An Comunn Gàidhealach to help performers cover their costs for attending the Mòd.

For further information please contact Mira Byrne on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01851 822 850.

The concert promises to be a great opportunity for musicians and singers to showcase their talents to a local audience.

 

 

“Erotic” might not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Gaelic literature or poetry – and yet that’s exactly the theme of the award-winning anthology, ‘An Leabhar Liath, The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse,” edited by Peter Mackay and Iain S. Macpherson.

An Leabhar Liath – which won the Donald Meek Award for Gaelic writing in 2016 – features a selection of 65 poems that range from outright explicit to merely suggestive, and Peter Mackay, a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, will be in attendance at Faclan, An Lanntair’s Hebridean Book Festival, to discuss them at 10.30am on October 28th.

Peter and Iain first toyed with the idea for the book when they were both working in Belfast; Peter at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and Iain at Ulster University. “We’d spoken about this material, about this huge body of rude verse that was out there, and the fact that it wasn’t very well known. We were more or less asking the question, where can we go and find this?” remembers Peter.

A young Barra footballing talent is making a 300 mile round trip to from Barra to Glasgow to play for Greenock Morton FC Under-11 side.

Matthew Davidson travels to train and play matches for the club – and airline Loganair have stepped in to support his travel by providing tickets.

Ten year old David, who plays midfield and recently scored a hat-trick against St Mirren, is the first Outer Hebridean footballer to play for Greenock Morton FC, signing on after a successful trial overseen by coach Ross Gourdie.

Helping patients to book their appointments out with opening hours, Group Medical Practice in Stornoway has recently introduced an automated telephone service at its Springfield Road base.
Jennifer Ellis, Practice Manager, said: “Our new automated phone service, available on (01851) 703145, means patients won’t have to wait until the practice opens at 8.30am or wait in a queue to speak to a receptionist to book their appointment.
“The automated service will also help us to release extra appointments in the evening and early in the morning, making it even easier for patients to obtain an appointment more suited to them.”

Islanders remembered precious babies who died during pregnancy at a ‘Wave of Light’ event, held on Saturday October 14th at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway.
Well attended by local families and friends, the event was organised by NHS Western Isles’ Sèimh (Gaelic for gentle peace) and formed part of a national annual event to support bereaved parents and remember their precious babies who had died during pregnancy or close to the time of their birth.
Sèimh Coordinators, Mrs Joanne Murray-Stewart, Midwifery Department, and Mrs Helen Gallacher, Spiritual Care Department, said: “This was a truly unique event and the first ‘Wave of Light’ to be held within the Western Isles.

Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway has two events as part of their Family Fun Day on Wednesday 25th October, 1-4pm. 

The Family Fun Day at Museum nan Eilean - Lews Castle, offers the chance to explore the galleries and learn something new about the islands and our heritage.

The first events on the day is a Parent and Child Song Session, from 1.15pm to 1.45pm: Come along to a fun song session for children (0-6) and parents/guardians. Lyrics will be provided for Gàidhlig and English songs and are suitable for all.

This is followed by Heritage Crafts for Kids, from 2pm to 4pm: Drop in to our 2-hour heritage craft session and learn how to make amazing things with natural materials. Local artist and craft tutor Dawn Susan will teach traditional methods of willow weaving, and share her knowledge of working with marram grass.

The Islands and Highlands have almost double the proportion of population self-employed as the rest of Scotland – and a wealth of small businesses as well.

So they need special backing from Government action on housing, regulations and infrastructure as part of the bid to increase the number of younger people in the workforce.

This is stated in a response by the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee looking at the Islands (Scotland) Bill.

Above, Ronald Cameron, Convener of Lochaber Organising Committee,  Jackie Cotter President of Association of Gaelic Choirs, Angela Johnson,  Secretary of Dunoon Mod Organising Committee, and Allan Campbell, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach.

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “What a fantastic year it’s been for the Royal National Mòd in Lochaber. To welcome the highest number of participants in a decade is special, and shows the strength and importance of Gaelic Culture. The level of competition has been outstanding.  I’m delighted to welcomed so many new faces amongst the familiar ones this year, and we hope they’ll be returning to join us in Dunoon next year. It’s encouraging to see so many young entrants and winners this year, and the quality of competition has been magnificent.

Voluntary Arts Scotland has decided to run free digital skills training sessions in the Outer Hebrides for members of the public who are 50 years or older, who support cultural and heritage groups, to equip them with better digital skills and to become more experienced with new software.

Through Digital Scotland and the Scottish Government, Voluntary Arts Scotland has been able to survey over 90 cultural volunteers in order to specifically tailor the sessions to those involved in this field.

Fin Wycherley, a digital specialist will run the sessions. This will cover things such as running and maintaining Facebook pages and groups.

Lasadh teachers Mairi Macdonald (left) and Gwen Culbertson

A website of resources for Gaelic Medium Education, originally set up and run by two primary school teachers from Skye in their spare time, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Gaelic Award for the second year running.

The website, Lasadh, is managed by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, based in Stornoway, and led by teachers Gwen Culbertson and Mairi Macdonald, who both teach in Bun-sgoil Shleite.

The final competitions of the Royal National Mod were completed yesterday (October 20th), and the winners announced.  Winners of the Lovat & Tullibardine Shield are Dingwall, who retain the top spot in the A301 Area Choirs competition for the second year running.  Seen above, they are led by conductor Kirsteen Menzies.

Winners of the Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy in the A302 Area Choirs competition, is Lochaber, who celebrate the win on their home turf. The choir is conducted by this year’s Gold Medal winner Rachel Walker, and includes this year’s Traditional Gold Medal winner John Joe MacNeil, of Barra - pictured centre with cup - within its ranks.

The children of a Stornoway man were forced to sit UK citizenship tests because their mother is German, it was reported in The Herald newspaper yesterday (October 20).

Consultant psychiatrist Claudia Grimmer arrived in Scotland more than 25 years ago. She was working in Stornoway when she met her husband, Angus Macrae, and completed her medical degree in Germany before returning to the UK to embark on her psychiatry specialism.

Below is an edited version of the report from The Herald.

It is 50 years ago that writer Adam Nicolson first visited the Shiant Isles with his father, and the experience has stayed with him to this day. “I will never forget the dazzling, entrancing moment when he first showed me the bird colonies there.”

“The sheer density of them, the way in which in a seabird colony you can see the realities of the natural world in action before you.

“That was always exciting to me, and it has been a touchstone in my life ever since. Everything I know and everywhere I have been, I have always measured against that unconstrained vitality of being.”

The Laxdale Ladies (Mnathan Lacasdail) have taken first place in the Waulking song (Òrain Luaidh) competition at the Royal National Mòd (Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail).

This is the second year in a row this winning group of ladies has taken the Harris Tweed Authority Trophy home to Lewis.

Coisir Sgir a'Bhac had a fantastic competition, winning the prestigious Lorn Shield, and a host of other trophies at Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail Loch Abar 2017.

Their conductor Avril Allen was given the Mrs Catherine C MacDonald Silver Baton, and they also won the Dalriada Cup for the highest marks in Gaelic, and the Captain Angus Stewart Trophy for the highest marks in music. They also won the Hamish Graham (Strath) Trophy for highest aggregate marks in Gaelic throughout competitions A300, A305 and A306 (qualifiers); and they shared the prize for highest aggregate music marks in the same competitions – having scored equal points with Còisir Ghàidhlig Mhealbhaich    Avril Allen commended soprano singer Carol MacDonald, who sang a particularly difficult high note that caught the attention of the audience.

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  1. Twenty Years Reminiscences of the Lews by “Sixty One” with details of the author and illustrations. Sixty One was the pen name of the Rev G.W. Hely Hutchison who spent 20 years in the 1860’s and 1870’s renting sporting estates on Lewis for fishing, shooting and stalking. The book has 22 Chapters. Introductory, Prospecting The Lews and the Callernish Inn, Aline, The Harris Lochs and a word about Dog Rearing, Our Fred and His Head Nurse, Our Firm and the Whales, Royal Shooting and Old Tom’s Pedigree, Soval Fishing and Artificial Spates, Loch Trialaval and the Young Geese, Dick Burnaby and Grouse the First, Dear Old Shippy, Setters and Wet Crawls, A Tame Stag, The Woodcock and His Ways, and Shooting him in the Open, Woodcock Again, Lewis Climate and Midges, Stornoway, Superstitions, M’Aulay’s Stories, My First Wild Boar, The Lake Duke of St. Simon, Conclusion. A good social history of the Island of Lewis and its sporting estates in the late 1800’s. H.B. Front cover slightly fading but the book generally is in very good condition. 1st Edition, Published in 1871, very scarce. 272 Pages. £150
  2. Songs of the Hebrides 3 Volumes. Collected and Arranged for Voice and Pianoforte with Gaelic and English Words by Marjory Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod. Volume 1 Has 47 English songs and 47 Gaelic Songs. Includes Legends, Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod. Also includes a number of other Gaelic and English Songs. 168 Pages. Volume II. 67 English Songs and 50 Gaelic Songs, with Legends, Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod, 244 Pages. Volume III. 59 English Songs and 48 Gaelic Songs with Legends and Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod. 191 Pages. All Volumes are Hardback and were Published in 1922. £150
  3. The Camerons A History of Clan Cameron by John Stewart of Ardvorlich. Contents: Foreword by Lochiel, Preface, Acknowledgements, Chronological Table of the Chiefs of Clan Cameron, Dayspring, Birth of the Clan, Dark and Drumly Days for Clan Cameron, Sir Ewen Dubh, The Jacobite Risings, The Civilising of Clan Cameron, Doctor Archie, The Wind of Change, Days of Yesterday, Tribes and Cadets, Arms-Tartans -Poetry -Music, Clansman who have left their Mark, Clan Cameron Associations at Home and Abroad, The 79th Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, The Cameronians, Epilogue, Appendices, Bibliography, Place Names Connected with Cameron History with reference to map in Pocket, Index, Map of Cameron Country. Includes a number of illustrations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1971. 344 Pages. £25
  4. Pilgrims in Palestine. Narrative of a visit to the Holy Land in connection with the Fourth World’s Convention of Sunday School workers held in Jerusalem. April 1904. By James Cunningham Chairman of Directors of the Scottish National Sabbath School Union. Contents: Pilgrims in Palestine, The Voyage, Athens, Beyrout, Gallilee, Nazareth, Sea of Gallilee, Judea, Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Convention, Jerichoe, Jordan and the Dead Sea, Bethlehem and Hebron, Egypt and the Nile, Missions in Palestine. H.B. Published in 1905 and it is inscribed “from W.Simmons -the manse Kings Nettle who formed one of the Pilgrims” Includes many illustrations. H.B. 162 Pages. £35 Scarce.
  5. The Story of Iona by the Rev Edward Craig Trenholme M.A. of the Society of St. John the Evangelist Cowley. With Illustrations, From Photographs and Drawings by Frances M. Richmond and Maps. Contents: The Island and Surroundings, The Picts and Scots, St Columba Comes to Iona, The Abbot and Missionary, St Columba’s Labours and Rest, The Century after Columba, The Eighth and Ninth Centuries, The Later Celtic Period, The Benedictines and the Lords of the Isles, To Modern Times, Topography From Dun I To Cul Ri Eirinn, The Cathedral and Surroundings, From Reilig Odhrain to Martyrs Bay, The Carved Stones. Conclusion. Appendices: Uchd Ailiun: An Old Irish Poem, Altus Prosator: St Columba’s Hymn, The Gaelic Place Names on the Map of Iona, The Island of Staffa, Bibliography, General Index. H.B. Published in 1909. 173 Pages. £35
  6. Laithean Ceisde ann an Leodhas Mu’n a Bhliadhna 1880. Clar Innse: Roimh Radh, La na Ceist Sgire Steornabhaigh, La na Ceist an Sgire Charlabhaigh, La Na Ceist Sgire Chrois, La na Ceist an Sgire Bharabhais, La na Ceist an Sgire Bhac, La Na Ceist an Sgire Uig, La na Ceist an Sgire Luirg. Leabharann. Air fhoillseachadh an toiseach ann an 1881, chaidh an fear seo fhoillseachadh as na 1960’an. 48 Duilleag. £15
  7. The Men of Lewis by the Rev Norman C Macfarlane. Contents: Kenneth Ross Crobeg, Donald Morrison Fivepenny, John Macleod Galson, Aonghas Nam Beann Uig, Murdo Macdonald Guershader, John Campbell Harris, Angus Matheson Uig, Finlay Munro Tain, Angus Maciver Uig, Alexander Morrison Stornoway. This book was originally published in 1924, this reprint is from the early 1960’s and contains the original preface and the acknowledgements. Booklet, 44 Pages. £15
  8. Iain Dubh. Orain a rinn Iain Dubh mac Iain mhic Ailein (c1665-c1725) Air a dheasachadh le Colm O’ Boill. Clar Innse: Roimh Radh, Na h-Orain, Notaichean, Meadrachd agus Fuinn, Priomh-bhunan nan Oran, Bunan eile agus Giorraichaidhean, Leabhrachean is sgriobhaidhean eile, Appendices, Faclair roghnach. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1994, 90 duilleag. £8
  9. Scotnotes Number 9 -Robert Burns by Kenneth Simpson. Contents: Editors foreword, Textual Note, Acknowledgements, Myth and Poet, Poet and Community, Satire and Sentiment, The Poets Voices, Burns and the Supernatural, Burns and Song, References, Bibliography, Index of Poems and Songs. Booklet, Printed in 1994. 82 Pages. £5
  10. Lewis the Story of an Island by Christine Macdonald. For the first time, this book draws together all the threads of the story of the island and its people. Christine Macdonald, herself born and brought up in Lewis, cares passionately about the island -its past and its future -and this book will both provide the young people of Lewis with an insight into their own roots, and help visitors to discover this fascinating island for themselves. Contents: Acknowledgements, The Land, The Bronze Age, Picts and Scots, Early Literature, The Vikings, The Clans, The Macleod Barons of Lewis, The Mackenzie Earls of Seaforth, Later Literature and Music, The Presbyterian Church, The End of the Clan System, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, References, Books To Read, More Reference Material, Antiquities. H.B. Published in 1982. 1st 96 Pages. £10
  11. My Best Scotch Stories Collected by Sir Harry Lauder. Illustrated by D.C. Eyles. Booklet, Printed in 1929. 1st Corner of the front cover shows signs of dampness, but the booklet otherwise is in good condition. 36 Pages. £10
  12. Knee Deep in Claret. Words by Billy Kay and Photographs by Cailean Maclean. The definitive book for lovers of wine. Richly Illustrated it investigates the fascinating history of the Scots drouth for the great wines of the world and celebrates our imbibing tradition in poetry, prose and song. Above all, it’s a book to be enjoyed. H.B. 16 Chapters, Glossary, Bibliography and Further Reading, Acknowledgements and Index. Originally published in 1983, this revised edition is from 1994. 267 Pages. £8
  13. The Cape Town Highlanders 1885-1985 by Neil Orpen. One hundred and two years on the history of the Cape Town Highlanders continues to unfold with the men in Gordon green almost daily writing new chapters in the saga that started in 1885 when a group of patriotic citizens gathered in South Africa’s mother city to form a Scottish volunteer corps. Colonel Neil Orpen brings up to date the history where his first volume left off in 1970. 6 Chapters, Appendices, Annotations, General Index, Units and Formations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1986. Includes photographs. 186 Pages. A scarce book. £25
  14. The 51st Highland Division at War by Roderick Grant. In World War 1 The 51st Highland Division became a byword for its doggedness, courage and tenacity in, at times the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. In World War II the Division fought with distinction in no less than fourteen major battles from the debacle in France in 1940, through Alamein, North Africa, Sicily, Caen and across the Rhine. This book is a superb collection of individual anecdotes of ‘Jocks’ in battle and of remarkable photographs of life and action with the Division throughout its many campaigns. H.B. 21 Chapters. Published in 1977. 160 Pages. £15
  15. Castle in the Sea. The MacNeil of Barra. 45th Chief of Clan Neil. Foreword by Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, BT. Contents: Foreword, Introduction, Antiquity, The Gall-Gaels, Island Princes, The Castle Rises, The Glory of Kisimul, In the Kingdom of the Isles, The Castle Defiant, Dramatis Personae, Darkest Days-Brighter Days, The Castle Lives Again, Castle in the Sea. Includes Plates. H.B. With D/J Published in 1964. 1st 190 Pages. £15
  16. A Lewis Album. From the collection of historical photographs compiled by the late Angus M Macdonald. A pictorial history of life on the Island of Lewis over a hundred years. P.B. 113 Pages. Published in 1982. £10
  17. Hist Whist. Poems of magic and mystery, witches and ghosts. Collected by Dennis Saunders. Illustrated by Kathy Wyatt. Contents: ‘Bearded, cloaked and cowled they go’, Strange Visitors, Bewitched, Restless Spirits, Odd Bods, Awesome Beasts, Index of First Lines, Index of Authors. H.B. Originally published in 1975, this reprint is from 1980. 91 Pages. £5
  18. Twa Tribes -Scots Among the Native Americans: Hugo Reid, Alexander Ross and Charles Mackenzie by Tom Bryan.Contents: Acknowledgements, Preface, Native Peoples, The Fur Trade, Hugo Reid ‘The Scotch Paisano’ Alexander Ross, Charles Mackenzie, Select Lists of Tribes, Some other Scots in North America. Bibliography. P.B. Published in 2003, 87 Pages. £6
  19. A Future for North Harris. The North Harris Trust by Janet Hunter. When, in 2003, the people of North Harris purchased the land on which they lived, a significant milestone was reached in the development of community ownership of land in Scotland. The transfer of the former North Harris estate to the 800 residents of the estate marked the largest buy out of land to date. 12 Chapters, photographs, Bibliography and Index. P.B. Published in 2007. 103 Pages. Signed by the Author. £6
  20. Island Heroes. The Military History of the Hebrides. In August 2008, the Islands Book Trust held a three day conference to address exactly this question ‘Island Heroes’ -The Hebrides and UK Military History took place in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, where a range of excellent speakers discussed the disproportionate contribution and sacrifice made by islanders in UK Military campaigns over at least the last 250 years and the role of the Hebrides during World War Two. Contributors were: Frank Thompson, John Randall, Andrew Mackillop, Nicholas Maclean Bristol, Captain Roderick Mackinnon, M.N. Beaton, W. McGonagle, Donald John Macleod, Malcolm Macdonald, Mike Hughes, John Davenport, Ken Watson, Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie, Erling Isholm. P.B. Published in 2010, 205 Pages. £8
  21. Bard Bharabhais. Dain, Orain is Sgeulachdan le Domhnall MacDhomhnuill Gobha ann am Barabhas. Iomradh air beatha a bhard le Iain N. Macleoid. Chan ann tric a bhitheas a leabharann seo a tha gu math gann ri cheannachd. 1st Edition, chaidh fhoillseachadh ann an 1920. 87 Duilleag, tha an leabharann ann a stad math. £45
  22. The Father of St Kilda: Twenty Years in Isolation in the Sub Arctic Territory of the Hudson’s Bay Company by Roderick Campbell. Includes a portrait of the Author. The author was originally from Ness in the Isle of Lewis, but spent most of his life in Canada. 14 Chapters and 4 Appendices. The book was originally published in 1901, and a first edition of the book is hard to come by. This is a facsimile copy published in 2017 of the original book. H.B. With D/J 372 Pages. £15
  23. Dr John Rae by Robert L. Richards. In the early 19th Century many graduates of the Edinburgh Medical School gained experience as ship’s surgeon for a single voyage. John Rae was no exception and his voyage from his native Orkney to Canada led to a life long connection with the Hudson’s Bay Company. 14 Chapters, 3 Appendices, Notes and References, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 1994. 231 Pages. £6
  24. Sealladh as ur air Ealain na Gaidhealtachd. Brigh Leirsinn ann an Dualachas nan Gaidheal. Rethinking Highland Art: The Visual Significance of Gaelic Culture. Editors; Murdo Macdonald, Lesley Lindsay, Lorna J. Waite, Meg Bateman. Contents: Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Visual Essay, Gaidhealtachd Art, Further Reading, List of Plates, Acknowledgements. A Bilingual Publication in English and Gaelic. P.B. Published in 2013. 132 Pages. £8
  25. Sunset on the Clyde. The Last Summers on the Water by Duncan Graham. The 1950’s was the last great era of the Clyde when a fleet of elegant steamers conveyed hordes of ordinary folk on cruises ‘doon the watter’ to Dunoon, Largs and Millport to the strains of accordian and fiddle. But those days have passed and Duncan Graham’s unique viewpoint as a student purser in the 1950’s allows him the right to claim that modernisation is merely another word for decline as he recalls the heady days of the last summers on the water. H.B. With D/J 17 Chapters. Published in 1993. 160 Pages. £10
  26. History of Scalpay School 1878-2012. Compiled by Christine Macleod. A collection of articles, photographs and the history of the school contributed by many former pupils and teachers. A4 Size Publication with ring binding. £10
  27. Croft History Isle of St Kilda by Bill Lawson. The first records of the crofts on the island. Includes articles from local newspapers on the 70th and 75th anniversaries of the evacuation of the island. A4 size Publication with ring binding Published in 1993. 34 Pages. £12
  28. The Opening of the Council Offices, Stornoway by Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday 14 August 1979. Contents: Programme and Presentations, Route from Amity House to Council Offices, Platform Seating, Guest Seating, Tour of Offices, Walkabout, Council Offices. Booklet, A4 Size. 20 Pages. Very Rare. £20
  29. An Cogadh Mor 1914-1918. Leabhar de sgeulachdan a Chogaidh Mor air innse le feadhainn a bh’ann e Uibhist, Nis agus na Hearradh. P.B Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1982. £8
  30. The Price and Power of Revival by Duncan Campbell. Lessons from the Hebrides Awakening. Booklet, 4 Chapters, Foreword and a postscript by Duncan Campbell. This booklet is based on lectures Mr Campbell gave at the Keswick in Wales Convention in 1956. This is a reprint, date of printing unknown. 61 Pages. £6
  31. Gaelic Speaking Children in Highland Schools. Publications of the Scottish Council for Research in Education XLVII. Contents: Committee on Bilingualism, Preface, List of Tables in Text, List of Tables in Appendix II, List of Figures, List of Maps, Introduction, The Historical Background, The Investigation, The Primary School Survey, The Secondary School Survey, Conclusion, Appendices, Bibliography. H.B. With D/J Published in 1961.1st 95 Pages. £15
  32. The Clan of Lochlann and Silis. Two Celtic Plays by Bessie J.B. Macarthur. The Clan of Lochlann was awarded the only prize in the Scots Radio Drama Competition 1926-27. It was broadcast for the first time on 21st April 1927 by the Scottish National Players. P.B. Published in 1928. 60 Pages. Some pages show sign of dampness. £8
  33. The Soap Man. Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson. In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the famous liberal industrialist Lord Leverhulme bought -lock, stock and barrel the Hebridean Island of Lewis. In a stroke of a pen he became one of the largest private landowners in Europe. This is the story of a fight. It resulted in land seizure, land settlement, a squandered fortune, a divided island and the ultimate defeat of one of the most powerful men of the 20th 9 Chapters, List of Plates, Preface, Maps, Notes, Bibliography, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 2003. 1st Edition. 236 Pages. £8
  34. Rockets Galore by Compton Mackenzie. The establishment of a base for guided missiles in the Outer Hebrides caused a good deal of concern for the destruction it might mean of a way of life, and when it was decided to include Great and Little Today in the scheme there was trouble. Most of the younger islanders welcomed the idea in hope of material prosperity, whereas the older Islanders were strongly against the Government’s proposal. 16 Chapters and Glossary. H.B. Originally Published in 1957, this 3rd Edition is from 1969. 246 Pages. £6
  35. Gaelic Hymns by M. McR FC Strathy. For the use of his congregation Chiefly his Evening classes for Young People. The Rev Malcolm Macritchie the author of these poems was originally from Uig, Isle of Lewis. He was Free Church Minister in North Knapdale, Strathie and Knock, Isle of Lewis. 10 Gaelic poems are in this booklet. 62 Pages. Very Scarce. Slight tear at the bottom of the spine, and a small corner from the back page of the booklet is missing. £25
  36. Expatriate by Roderick Macsween. Within a historical context, this book expounds that which characterizes man. Bond, the books fascinating central character, acts as a journeyman travelling both afar and deep within himself. Guided by the power of nature and the wisdom of the ages he leads one to question the current state of affairs, considers one’s values and recognize what, other than material possessions, is the true importance, elevating man to yet another higher plane. The book is in three parts: The road to Safaniya, A Desert Song, The Road Home. The author is originally from Scalpay, Harris and spent many years in Senior Management positions with the Saudia Arabian Oil Company. H.B. With D/J Published in 2004. 393 Pages. £5
  37. Dain Spioradail le Iain Smith Missionary Nach Maireann. Leabharann. 9 Dain, 39 Duilleag, chan eil fios cuin a chaidh fhoillseachadh. £6
  38. In Memoriam Rev Alex Matheson M.A. Rev Matheson was born in Plockton Ross Shire in 1860, and passed away in November 1902. Rev Matheson ministered in Jarrow on Tyne, Dunkeld and at Belgrave in London for the final 4 years of his life. H.B. Published in 1903, 41 Pages. Very Scarce book. £35
  39. 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, Miscellaneous, Index. P.B. Published in 1987. 245 Pages. £8
  40. Six Scottish Burghs by Andy Macmillan. Contents: Elgin, Dumfries, Thurso, Paisley, Stirling, Kelso, Summary, Glossary. P.B. Published in 1992. 140 Pages. £6
  41. English-Gaelic Dictionary Compiled by John Mackenzie. Formerly Published as Part 2 of Macalpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary. H.B. Published in 1971, Ex Library book. £8
  42. St Kildans No More. An article from the Scots Magazine from December 1990 by Iain Thornber explaining how these families who were evacuated to the mainland of Scotland in August 1930 reacted to it, and how they made a new life in an alien environment. 12 Pages and includes many photographs. £8
  43. Bird Notes Edited by Miss M.G. Davies for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Article on The Menace of the Gulls at St Kilda by Kenneth Williamson. 5 Pages. £5
  44. Scottish Birds The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol 2 No 2 Summer 1962. Article on Autumn Migration at St Kilda in 1961 by W.E. Waters. Article is 8 pages, but the whole magazine of 49 pages is included. £8
  45. Bird Study Vol 7 No 2 June 1960. The Development of Young Snipe Studied by Mist Netting by Kenneth Williamson. 14 Pages. £6
  46. British Birds October 1958. Article in it ‘Population and Breeding Environment of the St Kilda and Fair Isle Wrens’ by Kenneth Williamson. 40 Pages. £8
  47. St Kilda Explored. Surveyed Buildings. Pamphlet of the exhibition that was held in the Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove Glasgow, 20 October 1995 -25 August 1996. £5
  48. Scottish Birds. The Journal of the SOC Vol 28 June 2008. Articles Include the ‘Behaviour and diet of non breeding Snowy Owls on St Kilda by WTS Miles and S Money. £5
  49. Scottish Birds The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol II No 7. Autumn 1981. Article on A Count of Gannets on Boreray, St Kilda by S. Murray. 36 Pages. £6
  50. Article that was in the Scottish Birds in 1996. A Census of the St Kilda gannetry in May 1994 by S. Murray & S Wanless. 8 Pages. £4
  51. A reprint from Scottish Birds Spring 1966 Vol 4 No 1. Scottish Ornithologists: 2 Martin Martin c. 1656-1719 by Ian D Pennie. 12 Pages. Very Scarce. £8
  52. Article The Puffin on St Kilda 1969-71 by J.J. M Flegg. 28 Pages. £6
  53. British Birds volume 70 Number 2 February 1977. Article Puffins on St Kilda by M.P. Harris and S.Murray. 36 Pages. £6
  54. Scottish Bird News. The Quarterly Magazine of the SOC. No 69 Sept. 2003. 4 Pages, includes an article A Voyage to St Kilda. £4
  55. Article on Hooded Warbler on St Kilda. 2 Pages by TJ Rix South Uist. £2
  56. Article 5 Pages. The Feeding of Nestling St Kilda Wrens by T.B. Bagenal. £4
  57. Article Inland Fulmars on St Kilda. 4 Pages, includes other articles. £3
  58. Article -Observations on small petrels on St Kilda 1961-62 by W.E. Waters. £4
  59. Article from British Birds vol 17 No 8 August 1964. Arrival Times and measurements of small petrels on St Kilda by Eslin Waters. 31 Pages. £5
  60. Article from Scottish Birds on St Kilda Gannets in 1980. 12 Pages. £4
  61. Article on Migrants At St Kilda in 1962 by W.E Waters. Other articles Included. 32 Pages. £5
  62. Article from Scottish Birds. Fish Prey in the Diet of Great Skuas at St Kilda by DR Thompson, KC Hamer & RA Philips. Also includes other articles. 16 Pages in total. £4
  63. Article from the Scots Magazine July 1979. Allan Aitkens Last Voyage by Rennie McOwan. 10 Pages. £5
  64. Bird Study Volume II September 1964 Number 3. A census of breeding land birds on Hirta, St Kilda, in summer 1963 by Kenneth Williamson. 16 Pages. £5
  65. Hebridean Naturalist Special St Kilda Edition. Magazine of Curracag. The Western Isles Natural History Society Number 14. Articles by John Love, Andy Robinson, Stuart Murray, Mary Bones. 60 Pages. £6
  66. A History of the Fulmar Fulmarus and its Population Problems by James Fisher. Article 20 Pages. Not Dated. £6
  67. Scottish Birds. The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol I No 3. Spring 1959. Article on Migrants at St Kilda in 1957 and 1958 by WJ Eggeling. 25 Pages. £6
  68. St Kilda Envelope Commemorating the Evacuation of 1930 -50th Anniversary 1980. £5
  69. British Birds Magazine. Articles Include The distribution and numbers of Kittiwakes and Guillemots at St Kilda by J. Morton Boyd. June 1966. 20 Pages. £6
  70. An article from The Scots Magazine from March 1969 -Our Childhood on St Kilda by Mary Cameron. 7 Pages. £5
  71. The New Naturalist. A Journal of British Natural History. Contents: Spring: Woodlands. Summer: The Western Isles of Scotland. Autumn: Migration. Winter: The Local Naturalist. With 12 colour plates and 175 illustrations in black and white. H.B. With D/J Published in 1948. 216 Pages. £25
  72. The Archaeology and Ethnology of St Kilda No.1. The National Trust for Scotland. Excavations on Hirta 1986-90 By Norman Emery. Contents: List of Illustrations, List of Plates, List of Tables, Acknowledgements, General Introduction, Excavations at House 6, Excavations at House 8, Excavations at Blackhouse W, A Viscera/Rubbish Pit, Overall Discussion, Rescue Excavations at the Army Base, Excavation and Basic Artefact Data, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 1996. 218 Pages. £25
  73. Aberdeen University Expedition to St Kilda 1968. Report on Seabird Studies by H.E.M Dott, A. Anderson, M. Marquiss and G.W.V. Birnie. The Aberdeen University Expedition which visited St Kilda from 13th to 25th July 1968, carried out three main studies of seabirds. This report presents the results of these in Parts 1 and 2. Part I is Distribution and Numbers of Breeding Seabirds on Hirta and Dun. Part 2 Diurnal Attendance of Seabirds at Breeding Colonies. A4 Size Publication. 26 Pages. £20
  74. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Volume LV111 Part II. Session 1934-35. 11 Articles in total which include: Scottish Lower Carboniferous Plants: The Fossil Hollow Trees of Arran and their Branches, An Introduction to the Ecology of Intertidal Rock Surfaces on the Coast of Argyll, The Tertiary Geology of Raasay, Inner Hebrides, Ordovician Submarine Disturbances in the Girvan District, The Geology of St Kilda. A4 P.B. Publication. 280 Pages and includes many plates. Printed in 1935. £45
  75. A Description of Saint Kilda by the Rev Alexander Buchan late Minister there. This book was originally published in 1752, and it gives an account of its Situation, Extent, Soil, Product, Bays, Rocks, Adjacent Islands, Ancient Laws and Government, Religion, Customs and late Reformation. This H.B. Reprint is from 1974, and was a limited to a print run of 500 copies. 46 Pages. £25
  76. St Kilda: An illustrated account of the Geology by R.R Harding, R.J Merriman and P.H.A Nancarrow. With special chapters by M. Brooks, G.P. Durant and G.E. Morgan. British Geological Survey Vol 16. No 7. H.B. 46 Pages. Published in 1984, and includes a special Map of St Kilda. £35
  77. Article from The Scots Magazine. St Kilda Rediscovered by Tom Weir. 5 Pages. From August 1980. £5
  78. The Gannetry of St Kilda by J.Morton Boyd. J.Anim. Ecol. 30, 117-136 1May 1961. Scarce. £25
  79. Notes on British Mammals No 8 From The Scientific Secretaries, Mammal Society of the British Isles. Reprinted from Proc Zool Lond. Vol 142, Part 1 pp 177-190. Published January 1964. Article on Pneumonia in Grey Seal Pups at St Kilda. 14 Pages. £5
  80. Article from Bird Study 1998. Long Term Changes in Breeding Performances of Puffins Fratercula arctica on St Kilda by Michael P. Harris, Stuart Murray and Sarah Wanless. 8 Pages. £5
  81. Article from Bird Study 1988. Monitoring of Puffin Burrows on Dun, St Kilda 1977-1987 by M.P. Harris & P. Rothery. Includes another article on Shetland. £5
  82. Antiquities and old customs of St Kilda compiled from notes made by Rev Neil Mackenzie of St Kilda 1829-43. Original 16 Page article extracted from the Proc Society Antiquities of Scotland 1905. Scarce and hard to find a copy in its original condition. £25
  83. St Kilda : quarries, fields and prehistoric agriculture by Andrew Fleming & Mark Edmonds. Article from the Proc Society of Antiquities Scotland 129 (1999) 119-159. £20
  84. The Breeding Distribution, History and Population of the Fulmar (Fulmarus Glacialis) in the British Isles by James Fisher and George Waterston. Includes St Kilda. Article reprinted from the Journal of Animal Ecology Vol 10, no 2, pp 204-272. November 1941. £25
  85. The Early Autumn Migration at St Kilda 1931 by John Buchan, T.H. Harrison and David Lack. Article 8 Pages. Includes other articles. £10
  86. Hebridean Naturalist Volumes 1 -9. 1979-87. £35
  87. St Kilda Post Card 50th anniversary Commemorating the Evacuation of 1930. 27th August 1980. The National Trust For Scotland Official Commemorative Cover. Signed by Lachie Macdonald and Rev DJ Gillies, 2 natives of St Kilda who attended the 50th anniversary event. Scarce. £20
  88. A Voyage to St Kilda by Bob Charnley. Being a diary account of a voyage from Glasgow to St Kilda aboard the SS Hebrides during the summer of 1913. Contents: Introduction, St Kilda in Brief, About the Diary and Pictures of St Kilda, The Diary: From Beccles to Glasgow and a trip down the Clyde, On the Hebrides to Tiree via Oban and Mull, the Isles of Skye and North Uist, To St Kilda, The Return Trip, Some sightseeing and Home, To St Kilda aboard Dunara Castle. P.B. Published in 1993. 72 Pages. £8
  89. Last Greetings from St Kilda by Bob Charnley. This book contains a selection of pre evacuation picture postcards of St Kilda. P.B. Published in 1989. 52 Pages. £8
  90. St Kilda The Continuing Story of the Islands. Edited by Meg Buchanan. Contents: The Author’s, Director’s Preface and Acknowledgements, Introduction, The History of St Kilda, The Study of Buildings, The Archaeology of St Kilda, Bird and Marine Life, Soay Sheep, St Klda -Exploring the Future, Glossary,List of Illustrations, Sources of Illustrations,Numbering Systems,Index. P.B. Published in 1995. 117 Pages. £10
  91. Birds of St Kilda by M.P. Harris & S.Murray. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. Contents: Introduction, The Development of Ornithology on St Kilda, Conclusions, Systematic List, References, Alphabetical Lists of Bird Species, English Name, Scientific Name. A4 Size Magazine. This publication was originally printed in 1978, this 2nd Edition is from 1989. 46 Pages. £15
  92. Island Survivors. The Ecology of the Soay Sheep of St Kilda. Edited by P.A. Jewell, L.C. Milner and J.Morton Boyd with a Foreword by Sir Frank Fraser Darling. Contents: Foreword, Introduction, St Kilda and its Sheep, The Vegetation and Soils of Hirta, Colour, Conformation, Affinities, Fleece and Patterns of Inheritance of the Soay Sheep, The Blood Groups of the Soay Sheep, Social Organisation of Soay Sheep and the Behaviour,Movement, Daily Activity and Home Range of Soay Sheep, The Rut and Behaviour of Soay Rams, The Breeding Cycle, the Onset of Oestrus and Conception of Soay Sheep, Population Dynamics of the Soay Sheep, The Soay Sheep and their Food Supply, Radiography of the Skeletal and Dental Condition of the Soay Sheep, The Incidence of Disease and Parasites in the Soay Sheep Population of Hirta, The Soay Sheep and their Environment: a Synthesis, Appendix,Index. H.B. With D/J 1st Published in 1974. Includes Map.386 Pages. £85
  93. An Isle called Hirte. History and Culture of the St Kildans to 1930 by Mary Harman. 18 Chapters, Tables, Figures, Plates. Appendices: Comparision of measurement and coinage system, List of Place Names. H.B. Published in 1997. 338 Pages. £15
  94. A Family in Fife. A Journey from Markinch through Dysart to Kirkcaldy and Beyond by Jack Blyth. Booklet, 5 Chapters, 8 Appendices. Originally Printed in 2005, this 2nd Edition is from 2006. 72 Pages. £6
  95. Sharp -Family History. Our Caledonian Past. Compiled by Robert Sharp. Booklet, Printed in 2006. 103 Pages. £6
  96. Lewis In the Passing by Calum Ferguson. In this book the author talks to twenty fellow Lewisians from different backgrounds whose lives spanned the greater part of the Twentieth Century. From their words emerges a picture of events which have moulded the island’s more recent history; the economic troubles of the 1920’s, the mass emigration of the 1930’s, the obscenity of battle during World War Two, the slow demise of crofting and the gradual erosion of the Gaelic language. P.B. Published in 2007, this reprint is from 2009. 310 Pages. £6
  97. Fortrose Cathedral. The Cathedral Kirk of The Chanonry. The Story of Fortrose Cathedral told by Elizabeth Sutherland. Booklet, Originally Printed in 2008, this reprint is from 2014. 36 Pages. £5
  98. The Border Hosiery and Knitwear Industry 1770-1970 by Clifford Gulvin. Border Booklet 3. Booklet, 18 Pages. Printed in 1979. £6
  99. The Celtic Lyre. A Collection of Gaelic Songs with English Translations by Fionn. Music in both Notations. H.B. Printed in 1927. 68 Pages. Binding Loose. £10
  100. The Highlands and Hebrides in 1786 by John Knox. A tour through the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebride Isles in 1786. The author sets out to explore in detail the west coast from Oban to Durness, with a view to reporting to the British Society on the state of fishing and agriculture and the possibilities of future development. H.B. With D/J This edition is from 1975. 276 Pages plus appendices. £20
  101. A Gaelic Grammar Including a chapter on Personal and Place Names by George Calder. Contents: The Parts of Speech, The General Principles of Phonology and Etymology, A Chapter on Proper and Place Names. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1923, this reprint is from 1972. 352 Pages. £8
  102. Highland Clachan by Margaret Stewart. Contents: The Clachan, The Layout, House 1, House II, House III, The Kiln, Excavation. Pamphlet. 4 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. Rare. £5
  103. Eadar Am Port ‘S An Cambar. Bardachd, Duanagan agus Sgeulachdan a Bearnaraidh na Hearadh.Leabhar I. Leabharann air fhoillsaechadh ann an 1982. 24 Duilleag. £5
  104. Bean Mo Ruin. Laoidhean agus Dain le Donnchadh Macasgaill. Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1987. 43 Duilleag. £6
  105. Celtic Invocations by Alexander Carmichael. Incanations, hymns, words, rites & customs, dying & obsolete: orally collected in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. Booklet, 137 Pages. Printed in 1977. £10
  106. John Forbes White. Miller, Collector, Photographer 1831-1904. With an appreciation by his daughter, Dorothea, Lady Fyfe and Notes on his Photography by the City Librarian and Curator. Booklet, 16 Pages and 12 Photographs. Printed in 1970. £5
  107. The Clan Gleneil. Cross Me Who Dares by Michael Brander. The author follows the rousing activities of the Clan Gleneil throughout Scotland and around the world in the past 800 years. Each book contains a handsome Certificate of Clan membership entitling the holder to wear the (‘Ian Tartan, the Ancient Gleneil), recognised by the Tartan Authority and Tartan Society and to use the Clan motto, greeting and toast: Cross me who dares! 16 Chapters. H.B. With D/J Published in 1996. 99 Pages. £15
  108. Gramar na Gaidhlig le Michael Byrne. Contents: Glossary, Common Sound Changes in Gaelic, Nouns and Articles, Adjectives and Adverbs, Pronouns, Prepositions, The Verb Is, The Verb. P.B. Published in 2002. 141 Pages. £8
  109. The Metagama. A Journey from Lewis to the New World by Jim Wilkie. This book is the first in depth study of emigration from the Isle of Lewis to Canada and North America -a history spanning 150 years. The book is in three parts: The first is a resume of emigration in Lewis history and its relationship to the land question, the second part chronicles events immediately before, during and after the Metagama emigration, the third is a series of interviews with some of the surviving emigrants. H.B. With D/J Published in 1987. 1st 208 Pages. £8
  110. Harris and Lewis Outer Hebrides by Francis Thompson. Contents: Introduction, Ecology and Physical Environment, History, Communications, Agriculture and Fishing, Trade and Industry, The People, Stornoway, A Harris vignette, The Other Islands, Island Life, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1968. 1st 221 Pages. £10
  111. Dain Thaghte Ghaidhlig. Selected Gaelic Poetry For Reading and Recitation. 17 Poems. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 32 Pages. £8
  112. Letters From the Highlands on The Famine of 1846 By Robert Somers. 32 Letters and Appendix. This book was originally published in 1848, this PB Reprint is from 1977. 203 Pages. £10
  113. 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. 24 Chapters, Postscript, 11 Plates. H.B. Originally Published in 1938, this 3rd Edition is rom 1960. 208 Pages. £8
  114. Two Hundred Years of Farming in Sutherland. The Story of my Family by Reay D.G. Clarke. The author is one of the Clarkes of Eriboll, in North West Sutherland, a dynasty of sheep farmers who have been living and working in Sutherland since the 1820’s and whose farm at Eriboll only passed out of their hands in the 1920’s. This book represents decades of farming experience and involvement in the questions of land, ecology and environment. P.B. Published in 2014. Foreword by James Hunter and Annie Tindley. 17 Chapters, Glossary, Bibliography and Appendices. 206 Pages. £5
  115. The Traditional and National Music of Scotland by Francis Collinson. This is the first book on the traditional and national music of Scotland in all its aspects to be published for over a hundred years. It covers all the facets of the subject including such little known types of Gaelic song as waulking, rowing, reaping, milking, quern -grinding and churning songs; and the fascinating ‘fairy songs’ often reputed to have been composed by the ‘Little People’ themselves. H.B. With D/J 11 Chapters and Plates. Originally Published in 1966, this reprint is from 1970. 204 Pages. £25
  116. Orsin Dhomhnaill Ailein Dhomhnaillna Bainich. The Songs of Donald Allan MacDonald 1906-92. Edited by John Angus Macdonald. Contents: Map, Acknowledgements, Financial Assistance, Abbreviations, Index of Songs, Index of first lines, Sloinneadh: genealogy (Family Tree), biographical Sketch of the Bard, Formative influences, Donald Allan Macdonald within the tradition of Gaelic verse, Donald A. Macdonald and the local tradition, Donald A. Macdonald and the composition of songs, Collecting and editing the songs, introductory note to Songs, Songs and translations, Background to songs, Introductory note: tunes, The tunes, Transmission/retention of the songs, Critical assessment, Conclusion, References. H.B. With D/J Published in 1999. 317 Pages. £12
  117. Sgoil a Bhac. Memories Through the Ages. The book was published to commemorate the end of the Secondary Department in the School in 2012. The book covers Education in Back from 1878-1912, and covers all the decades, with many photographs, and is a very comprehensive and detailed history of Back School. H.B. Published in 2012. 272 Pages. £10
  118. Teach Yourself Books Gaelic by Roderick Mackinnon. 35 Chapters plus appendices from the Gaelic Alphabet, Verbs, Nouns, Plurals etc, etc. H.B. Published in 1971. 324 Pages. £6
  119. Moll is Cruithneachd. Bardachd a Phuilein. Aonghas Caimbeul e Nis, Eilean Leodhais. 29 piosan bardachd, le fear de Bhardan cluiteach na ficheadamh linn. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1972. 96 Duilleag. £8
  120. Catechizing -A Forgotten Practice by John J. Murray. Booklet, 12 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £4
  121. The Converting Word. The Testimonies of Malcolm and Duncan Macleod. Malcolm Macleod was born in 1881 at 21 Balallan, Isle of Lewis and passed away in February 1950. His son Duncan was born at 3 Shieldinish on 12 January 1917 and passed away in July 1990. Booklet, orginally printed in January 2010, this 2nd reprint is from November 2010. 20 Pages. £4
  122. The Royal Scots Greys by Michael Blacklock. Edited by Lt-General Sir Brian Horrocks. 8 Chapters, Epilogue and Appendices. H.B. With D/J Published in 1971. 126 Pages. £15
  123. The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst. The lighthouse Stevensons, all four generations of them, built every lighthouse around Scotland, were responsible for a host of optical and structural innovations, and achieved feats of engineering in unbelievably forbidding conditions. The extraordinary story of the building of the Scottish lighthouses by the ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson. P.B. 10 Chapters. Originally Published in 1999, this edition is from 2003. 284 Pages. £5
  124. Fragments and Sermons of the late Rev. Malcolm Gillies, Stornoway. P.B. Published in 1987. 127 Pages. £5
  125. The Forest is a beautiful place to be. The story of forestry in the Great Glen in the 20th This is the story of forestry in and around The Great Glen, based on the memory of those who lived and work in forestry, knitted together from personal recollections. P.B. Published in 2008. 48 Pages. £5
  126. Thomas Chalmers and the Disruption by Hugh Watt. Incorporating the Chalmers Lectures for 1940-44. The year 1943 is the centenary of the Disruption of the Church of Scotland and therefore, Dr Hugh Watt’s account of Thomas Chalmer’s part in the controversy comes at a most appropriate time. 25 Chapters, Index and Illustrations. H.B With D/J Published in 1943. 363 Pages. £8
  127. The Reformation 1560. The Greatest Year in Scotland’s History by John J. Murray. Contents: Reformation Timeline, A Nation in Darkness, The Dawn of a New Day, The Man with the vision, The Light Overcomes, The New Creation, Light for all Time, Bring Back the Light, Select Bibliography. Booklet, Printed in 2010. 60 Pages. £5
  128. A Bite of Harris. Christmas Edition. Contents: Christmas Section, Main Courses, Puddings, Home Baking. A4 Size Publication. Date of Printing Unknown. £8
  129. The clearances in Lewis. Truth or Myth? Third Annual Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture 24th October 2006 by Bill Lawson. Booklet, Printed in 2006. 24 Pages. £5
  130. The Isle of Taransay. A Harris Island in its Historical Setting by Bill Lawson. Booklet, Printed in 1997. 44 Pages. £5
  131. Stornoway Historical Society Newsletter No 1. December 1993. Contents: Editorial, A Little Local Problem, Prince Charlie’s Cairn, From Stornoway to the Pacific, The Nicolson Bequests, Early Aviation in Lewis, A Picture and its Story, Lewis Coffee House, Stornoway Town Council, Town Clerks, Town Council Members, burgh of Stornoway Chief Magistrates and Provosts of Burgh, As the Worlds Press Sees us, Society Membership. A4 Size Publication. 26 Pages. £5
  132. Stornoway Historical Society Newsletter No 2 July 1994. Contents: Editorial, Stornoway Postcards, Old Days in Stornoway (Poem), Rules of Stornoway Volunteer Fire Brigade, A Historico -Socio-Economico-Ecologico-Cameo, The Castle Architect, The Lewis War Memorial, James Matheson -The Merchant 1796-1842, William Jardine -James Matheson’s Partner, Colonel Colin Mackenzie -A Short Note, The Annual Exhibition. A4 Size Publication. 23 Pages. £5
  133. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 3. December 1994. Contents: Editorial,Our Cover Picture, Society Acquisitions, Other People’s Correspondence, Lewis Jamieson, Postmaster Stornoway, Other People’s Correspondence (No 2), Napier Campbell,The Sandwick Serenade (Poem), Raising Vessels -Mr Bremner, Wick, Pistols at Twenty Paces, Years Ending in a 4, Mostly ships and a Slip, The Norge Disaster, Work to be Done. A4 Size Publication. 24 Pages. £5
  134. Stornoway Historical Society Journal- Issue No. 5, December 1995. Contents: Editorial, Emigration From Lewis in the Eighteenth Century, R.M.S Marloch, The 1995 exhibition, The Rise and Fall of the Lewis Chemical Works 1857-1874, The Early Medical Men of Lewis -A List of Some Doctors,What the Papers Say,The Establishment of the Customs House at Stornoway, Other People’s Correspondence, The Boys of Old I.B, The Nicolson Institute Annuals -The Early Years. A4 Size Publication. 34 Pages. £5
  135. Stornoway Historical Society. Journal -Issue No 18. July 2002. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, Letter from Sir James, The Backshop, The World’s Greatest Elephant Hunter, Going to the Pictures, A Jail for Stornoway, More Stornoway Nicknames, Happy Days in Old Bayhead, A Bundle of Old Letters, We’ve Got It Taped, The Clock Tower, Stornoway Reminiscences, Exhibition 2002,The Portugal, Last Thatched House in Stornoway,Buth Sheumais, Victorian, The Search for the Family of John Stewart (A.B) A4 Size Publication. 34 Pages. £5
  136. Stornoway Historical Society Journal Issue No 21 December 2003. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, St Lennan’s, The Stornoway Gas Works, Stornoway in the Sixties, Half Crown Inn, Stornoway in the Seventies (The Streets) The Schools, Memories of Old Manor Park, The Gamekeepers of the Lews Castle Home Shootings, The Cratur’s in Stornoway (1790) Clann Nighean an Sgadan, The Shops of Old Stornoway. A4 Size Publication. 36 Pages. £5
  137. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 23. December 2004. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, Memories of a Keeper Piper -William Gray Ross of Soval, Sail Loft/Commercial Hotel, Fortifications in Stornoway Harbour, Maritime Notes, Recollections of Sheiling Life, 38 and 39 South Beach Street Stornoway, Now 3 Iomairsleagach (Shell Street), The Castle Grounds 1935-48, Aircraft In lewis, Aeneas Mackenzie An Sy in Hollywood, Tigh Nam Bochd -Coulregrein House. A4 Size Publication. 38 Pages. £5
  138. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 24. July 2005. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, History of Banking in Stornoway, Emigration from Stornoway, Tigh Nam Bochd -Coulregrein House Part 2, Some Old Recipes, The Harbour, The Sheriffs of Lewis, Islanders and the Battle of Trafalgar, Early Schooling, Sgealbs of Stornoway, A Picture from the Past (A Bayhead Scene from 1846) A New Light on Arnish, A4 Size Publication, 36 Pages. £5
  139. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No, 26. July 2006. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, The King’s Collector (Part One), Part Two, Phineas Ryrie & the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Boatswain’s Mate James Morrison, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, Scotland. Sentenced to Death for Mutiny on the Bounty and Later Reprieved, Plan of the Town & Harbour of Stornoway at 1762, HMS Stornoway -First World War, HMS Stornoway -Second World War, HMY Iolaire Disaster, William Macleod-Photographer, Stornoway in the 1930’s, Stornoway in the Seventies, Working in the Town Hall 1940’s, These Were the Days. A4 Size Publication. 37 Pages. £5
  140. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 27. December 2006. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, The Ryrie Family of Stornoway, The Antecedents of ‘An Sulaire’, A Friend of Crofters, The Fife Adventurers Minister, The Winter Lecture Series, Dr Roderick Millar, Some Reference to Stornoway in the Gillanders Papers, Lewis Scouts in Holland, Praise Indeed, The Closes of Old Stornoway. A4 Size Publication. 30 Pages. £5
  141. Stornoway Historical Society. Journal -Issue No 28. July 2007. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, The Stornoway Gas Light Company, The Stornoway Charter 1607, Old Bayhead, Down Memory Lane 1, School Days in the Nicolson 1910, The Barbers of Old SY, I’M Behind You, Down Memory Lane 2, The 2007 Exhibition, Arnish Light Before the Stevenson’s, John Aikman Stewart, The Stornoway Prison, Jessie Graham. A4 Size Publication. 32 Pages. £5
  142. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No.29. December 2007. Contents: From the Editor’s Chair, A Walk in the Castle Grounds, Martin’s Memorial Church -Early Years, Stornoway’s Oldest Institution -1767: 240 Years, My First Day Working in the Lewis Hospital,Post First World War in Newton, The Battery and Seaforth Road, The Family of the Rev James Greenfield Part One, John McMaster, The Last Pipe, Robertson of the Victory. A4 Size Publication. 34 Pages. £5
  143. Stornoway Historical Society Journal -Issue No 30. July 2008. Contents: From The Editor’s Chair, Temperance Reform, The Sunday Question- 1857, Looking Back, Benchmarks in and Around Stornoway, The Family of the Rev James Greenfield of Stornoway Part Two, Reminiscences of a Stornowegian in Australia, Weekers and Bouckochs, New Year Frolics, Old Time Street Games, Old Street Games, Smooring, Smooring and Clockwork, Playing at Soldiers, Snow Battles, Fishing Adventures, School Holidays, Boating Adventures, Some Funny Incidents. A4 Size Publication. 38 Pages. £5
  144. Macpherson’s Pocket Guide to the Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Outer Hebrides. Published by Duncan Macpherson, Kyle of Lochalsh. 26th Foreword by J.M. Macpherson. Pocket Size Hardback. 160 Pages. £12
  145. A Suathadh Ri Iomadh Rubha le Aonghas Caimbeul (Am Puilean) Eachdraidh beatha A Phuilean. Air a dheasachadh le Iain Moireach. Clar Innsidh: Oige ann an Suaineabost, Daoine Eibhinn San Sgire, Bearnaraidh agus Easaidh, Cuckoo Sailor, Anns an Arm Cheangailt, Nis agus Glaschu, Braighdeanas, Suil air Ais’s Air Adhart. P.b. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1973. 370 Duilleag. £12
  146. Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree By Hector Macdougall and Rev Hector Cameron. With specially Drawn Maps by Ernesta Manchester. Contents: Map of Tiree, Map Of Coll, The Island of Coll, The Island of Tiree. P.B. Date of Printing Unknown. 135 Pages. £15
  147. Islands Round Britain by R.M Lockley. With 8 Plates in Colour and 27 Illustrations in Black and White. Islands covered are: The Isle of Anglesay, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Wight, Shanklin, Holy Island, Guernsey, St Helier, The Isle of Staffa,Isle of Eigg. H.B. With D/J Published in 1945. This reprint is from 1946. 48 Pages. £15
  148. British Regional Geology. The Grampian Highlands (Third Edition) By G.S.Johnstone, based on Previous editions by H.H. Read and A.G. Macgregor. P.B. Third Edition Printed in 1966. 103 Pages. £8
  149. British Regional Geology. The Midland Valley of Scotland. Second Edition, Revised by M. Macgregor and A.G. Macgregor. P.B. Sixth Edition Printed in 1968. 95 Pages. £8
  150. British Regional Ecology. The South of Scotland. Second Edition Revised. By J. Pringle. P.B. Eighth Impression,Printed in 1969. £8
  151. The Burns Encyclopedia by Maurice Lindsay. The Encyclopedia is no mere manual of reference but a volume of intrinsic interest. H.B. With D/J Published in 1959, 1st 287 Pages. £20
  152. The History of St Kilda by Kenneth Macaulay 1764. Containing A Defcription of this remarkable Ifland. The Manners and Cuftoms of the Inhabitants; The Religious and Pagan Antiquities there found; with many other curious and interefting Particulars. This is a facsimile Copy of the 1764 Edition. H.B. With D/J Published in 1974. 14 Chapters. 277 Pages. £25
  153. The Western Isles-Innse Gall. Contents: Introduction, The Skeleton, The Thaw, High Summer, The Rainy Season, The Peat,Light and Dark, Echoes of the Lordship of the Isles, In Living Memory, Gazetteer of Archaeological Sites, Further Reading. Text by John Barber. Design and Photography by David A. Magee. P.B Date of Publishing Unknown. 126 Pages. £6
  154. Act Now For the Highlands and Islands by Sir Alexander MacEwan and John Lorne Campbell of Canna. Contents: Foreword, A Highland Development Board, Road and Transport Services, Steamer Services, Freight, etc, Agriculture, The Fishing Industry, Co Operation, Water Supplies, Drainage and Housing, Water Power, Rural Industry and Tourist Traffic,Finance, 2 Appendices and 2 Maps. Booklet, 52 Pages, signed by JL Campbell. Printed in 1939. Very rare item. £30
  155. Twenty Years of Hebridean Memories by Emily Macdonald. This book by a niece of the owner of the Island of Lewis at the time -Lord Leverhulme, covers the period 1918-38, and has a postscript from 1965. 14 Chapters and includes photographs. The book is a presentation copy and is signed by the author. 156 Pages. £30
  156. The Hebrid Isles. Wanderings in the Land of Lorne and the Outer Hebrides by Robert Buchanan. Contents: The Land of Lorne, First Glimpse of Lorne, Pictures Inland, The Heart of Lorne, Coasting Skye, The Saga of Haco the King, Glen Sligichan and the Cuchullin, Coruisk;Or the Corry of the Water, The Fern’s Last Flight, Appendix: Dedication of First Edition to the Princess Louise. H.B. Originally Published in 1882, This 2nd Edition is from 1883. 328 Pages. £85
  157. An Island Here and There by Alasdair Alpin MacGregor.With sixty four illustrations, fifty nine of which are reproduced from photographs by the author. Contents: Preface, Illustrations, Rum, The Shearwaters of Rum, Eigg, Isle of Muck, Enchanted Isles, The Aran Islands, Gannets Isle, Caldey : The Monks Isle, The Bailiwick of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jethou,Isle of Raasay, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1969. 186 Pages. £15
  158. The Hebrides by W.H. Murray. Contents: The Isles on the Edge of the Sea, West over Sea, Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay, Jura, Gigha, Corrievreckan, The Isles of the Sea, Iona, Mull, Coll, Tiree, The Small Isles, Skye,Lewis and Harris, North and South Uist, Barra, Appendices, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1966. 247 Pages. £15
  159. Burns Chronicle and Club Directory. Instituted 1891 Published Annually. Third Series: Volume I. The Burns Federation Kilmarnock 1952. 25 Chapters, Directory of all the clubs and Illustrations. H.B. 192 Pages. £25
  160. Families of Knapdale Their History and Place Names. Being a compendium of Information on the Macmillans, The Macsween, The Campbells, The MacNeill, The Macallister, The Mactavish, The Macilvernock(or Graham), and Other Families of Knapdale by Somerled Macmillan Bard and Historian of the Clan Macmillan. H.B. Published in 1960, Ex Library Book. 68 Pages. £25
  161. In the Highlands and Islands by John Macphee. This book is one writer’s vivid picture of the land of his ancestors. John Macphee travelled from America to stay for a time in Scotland: the longest piece in this elegant collection, ‘The Crofter and the Laird’ is his account of Life on Colonsay, remote West Coast island and home of the Macphee Clan. Contents: The Crofter and the Laird, Josie’s Well, Pieces of the Frame From Birnham Wood to Dunsinane. This Book was originally Published in 1970, this 3rd Edition is from 1986. 147 Pages. £5
  162. Inverness -Local Area Guide & Business Handbook. P.B. 176 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £6
  163. Game on Lewis and Harris -Past and Present by David S.D. Jones. In this booklet, the author looks at the changing wildlife of Lewis and Harris over the centuries as seen through estate and game records. By drawing on sources not hitherto widely used, David Jones’s research, based on his impressive Western Isles Countrysports Archive, allows a glimpse of a different world which will be of absorbing interest to those fascinated by both the natural and social history of the islands. Booklet, Printed in 2007. 64 Pages. £10
  164. Hiort -Far na Laigh a Ghrian le Calum MacFhearghuis. Le tuigse agus co fhaireachdainn, tha an t-ughdar air iomadach seorsa fiosrachadh a cheangal ri cheile agus cunntas mionaideach a thoirt air eilean agus air doigh beatha nan daoine bho na linntean bu traithe gu latha an fhasachadh ann an 1930. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1995. 175 Duilleag. £6
  165. Return to Patagonia by Greta Mackenzie. Why Patagonia? Was the question posed by Greta Mackenzie on the cover of her 1995 book which retraced the steps of the many island people who sought employment on the vast sheep estancias of Patagonia and elsewhere throughout the South American continent in the early years of the last century. Now the author returns to the subject in this extended and updated version which expands on the incredible history of the enduring links between the Outer Hebrides and Patagonia, including accounts and many photographs of her return visits to Argentina and Chile since the publication of the original edition. P.B Published in 2010. 186 Pages. £6
  166. Murdo Crola ‘A learned man and a very talented postman’ by Iain Smith and Murdo Maclennan. Born Crola Kinlochresort, 13 January 1907. Died: Stornoway, 8 August 1940. The remarkable story of self educated scholar Murdo Macdonald who lived in a remote village on the boundary between Lewis and Harris. Booklet, Printed in 2011, 2nd Corrected and Revised Edition. 24 Pages. £5
  167. The Teampull on the Isle of Pabbay. A Harris Church in its Historical Setting by Bill Lawson. Booklet, Printed in 1994. 44 Pages. £5
  168. Songs Remembered in Exile by John Lorne Campbell. Revised Edition. Traditional Gaelic Songs from Nova Scotia recorded in Cape Breton and Antigonish County in 1937 with an account of the causes of the Highland Emigration, 1790-1835. Tunes mostly transcribed by Seumas Ennis. Revised by Colm O’ Baoill. P.B Originally Published in 1990, this revised edition is from 1999. 21 Pages. £10
  169. Scotch on the Rocks. Arthur Swinson. The True Story Behind Whisky Galore with a new introduction by Antonia Swinson and a foreword by Compton Mackenzie. 9 Chapters and an Index. P.B. Originally Published in 1963, this revised edition is from 2012. 186 Pages. £5
  170. The Scottish Covenanters by James Barr.Contents: Part I The General History of the Covenant, Part II The Counties and the Covenant. H.B. With D/J Published in 1947. 2nd Edition which contains two additional chapters with illustrations which deal with the Societies of the Reformed Presbyterian Church and Scottish Exiled Ministers in Holland. 266 Pages. £15
  171. Alexander Macaskill of Drynoch by Kenneth J. Macleay. The life and character of a Christian man from Borla, Drynoch in the Isle of Skye. Contents include his life and Character, His conversion, his work as a missionary and an Elder, Christian Characteristics. Conclusion and Fragments from Fellowship meetings. Booklet, date of printing circa 1968. 32 Pages. £5
  172. Turas A’ Chriosdaidh le Iain Fearghusdan. Air a steidheachadh air a leabhar aig Iain Bunian. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1979, 29 Dulleag. £5
  173. Laoidhean agus Dain Spioradail le Murchadh Macleoid Scalpaigh Na Hearradh. Murchadh Macleoid e Scalpaidh 1881-1907. 13 Dain Spioradail. H.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1966. 48 Duilleag. £8
  174. A Humble Plea for The Retention of the Famous Lister Ward in the Royal Infirmary of Glasgow by James A. Morris. Booklet, Printed in 1923. 18 Pages. Scarce. £15
  175. Iona By the Very Rev Principal Story, D.D, L.L.D. A rare booklet which deals with the story of the Saint Columba and Iona. Booklet, Printed in 1904. 15 Pages. £20
  176. The Story of Nicolson Street Church of Scotland. The Mother Church of the Secession in Edinburgh. Prepared by John Wishart M.A. Session Clerk. A booklet printed to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the building of a meeting house upon the present site. Booklet, 30 Pages.Printed in 1953. £10
  177. North Uist -A Booklet specificially aimed at visitors to the area. Contains a History, Places of Interest, fishing, local accommodation, local businesses adverts, churches etc. Booklet, Date of Printing unknown but probably mid to late 1970’s, 21 Pages. £10
  178. The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer by Kenneth Jackson. The Book of Deer, 43 Folios of manuscript, containing parts of the Gospels and the Apostles creed, is one of the treasures of Cambridge University Library. The book is important not so much for its primary contents as for the notes in Gaelic which have been added to it in some of the available blank spaces. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 1st 164 Pages. £12
  179. The Various Names of Shetland by Alexander Fenton. Booklet, 24 Pages. Printed in 1973. £6
  180. Reminiscences of a Highland Parish by Norman Macleod. Author of ‘The Old Lieutenant and his son’, ‘The Gold Thread’, ‘The Starling’ Etc. With six Illustrations. 22 Chapters. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown, but it is inscribed with a name and dated 1912. 314 Pages. £15
  181. Echoes from Scotland’s Heritage of Grace by Hugh M. Ferrier. Contents: Preface, Reformation comes to Scotland, Moderates and Evangelicals, Echoes of Grace from Arran, The Men and the Separatists, Echoes of Grace from the Highland Capital, The Free Church of Scotland of 1843: Years of Blessing, The Union Controversy, The Praise Controversy, The Higher Criticism Controversy, The Declaratory Act Controversy, The Law Case and its Aftermath, The Church in an age of Decline, Bibliography, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 2006. 265 Pages. £6
  182. The Last Days of Steam in the Scottish Highlands by D. Fereday Glenn. With this collection of pictures the author has captured the atmosphere of the Highland Railways during the last great days of steam -days now gone, but easily recalled through the evocative photographs of this volume. The Last Days of Steam in the Scottish Highands will appeal to enthusiasts everywhere. H.B. With D/J Published in 1991. 136 Pages. £6
  183. The Shetland and You by Mrs S.M. Morgan Davies I.O.H. Shetland Ponies and why you would want to breed them. Booklet, 14 Pages. Printed in 1966. £8
  184. Legends of Lismore -As told by island schoolchildren, Pamphlet. 12 Pages. Printed in 1972. £6
  185. The Laurel Bank Story 1903-1978 by Morven Cameron. Booklet, Printed in 1978. 44 Pages. £8
  186. The History and Traditions of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers & Greys). First World War (1914-1918) Second World War 1939-1945. Booklet, 30 Pages. Printed in 1975. £12
  187. The History and traditions of The Royal Scots Greys. First World War 1914-1918, Second World War 1939-1945. Booklet, 17 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £8
  188. 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 as ‘a Guard for his own Person’ 6 Chapters, Appendices: Music in the Regiment, Colours and Badges of the Regiment, Colonels -in- Chief of The Regiment, Colonels of the Regiment, The Victoria Crosses of the Regiment, Dates on which the Colours are Wreathed with Laurel. H.B. With D/J Published in 1969. 149 Pages. £15
  189. The Modern Gaelic -English Dictionary. Am Faclair Ur Gaidhlig -Beurla by Robert C. Owen. Specially recommended for learners, containing pronunciation, irregular verb tables, grammatical information,examples of idiomatic usage. P.B. Published in 1996, Reprint. 139 Pages. £6
  190. Teach Yourself Gaelic Dictionary by Boyd Robertson and Ian Macdonald. Contents: Introduction, The Layout of the Dictionary, Abbreviations, Gaelic-English Dictionary, English -Gaelic Dictionary,Personal Names, Place Names, Grammar. P.B Published in 2004, 320 Pages. Signed by both authors. £5
  191. Over the Sea from Skye To Prince Edward Island by Ian G. Macdonald. (The intriguing tale of Murdoch and Effy Macleod) It is estimated that between the years 1770 and 1900, a total of some 7000 families, perhaps 35,000 individuals, emigrated from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. In the context of the present day population of 11,000 these statistics are extreme. So why did they leave and why did so many of them go to Prince Edward Island? This book tries to capture something of life in the two islands during the first half of the 19th It also follows the fortunes of Murdoch and Effy Macleod, from Camustianavaig in Skye’s Braes area, who settled in Lot 67 on ‘The Island’. P.B. Published in 2012, 217 Pages. Signed by the author. £5
  192. Siol agus Arain le Seoras T.M. Collins. 32 Searmonan le fear dhan a Ministearan a bu chluitich as an Eaglais Shaor as an fhicheadamh linn. H.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1993. 161 Duilleag. £6
  193. Early Annals of Greenock by Archibald Brown Author of ‘Memorials of Argyllshire’ Contents: Greenock in Name and Place, The Early Heirs of Greenock, The Old Landmarks of Easter Greenock, The Celebrities of Easter Greenock, The Genealogy of the Shaws of Wester Greenock and Sauchie, The Rule of the Shaws During the Barony and Charters, The Causes of the Rise and Progress of the Town of Greenock, The Celts or the Gaelic Speaking People in General and the Highlanders of Greenock in Particular, Appendices. Also includes Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1905. 148 Pages. £35
  194. Royal Archaeological Institute. Programme of the Summer Meeting in Glasgow Sunday 6 July to Saturday 12 July 1986. Proceedings of the Summer Meeting. Booklet, 52 Pages. £10
  195. Contents: Preface, Celtic Scholarships, Maps, Antiquities, Music, Ossian, Travel, Celtic Manuscripts, Campbell of Islay, Scottish Gaelic Printed Books, Manx Printed Books, Irish Printed Books, Welsh Printed Books, Breton Printed Books, Cornish Printed Books, Coloured Facsimilies. Booklet, Printed in 1967. 56 Pages. £10
  196. Fonn’s Duthchas -Land and Legacy. Gaidhealtachd Alba: Tir Fo Dheasbad. The Scottish Highlands: A Contested Country. Featuring a Narrative Essay by James Hunter. The book is in two parts: Part one The Scottish Highlands: A Contested Country. Part Two: Fonn’s Duthchas Land and Legacy. P.B. Published in 2006. 121 Pages. £6
  197. In the Glens Where I was Young by Meta Humphrey Scarlett. This book is about Badenoch -the first by a native in more than a century -and tells of the history, folklore and traditions of a district rich in all these and in many ways characteristic of the Highlands as a whole. Each of the twenty essays is devoted to a separate part of Badenoch and the book is illustrated by thirty two photographs, many hitherto unpublished. 20 Chapters. H.B. With D/J Published in 1988. 148 Pages. £8
  198. Early and Traditional Cultivating Implements in Scotland By Alexander Fenton. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Vol XCVI Session 1962-63. Booklet, 54 Pages and includes a number of Plates. Signed by the author and dated November 1965. £10
  199. Eigg -The Story of an Island by Camille Dressler. 13 Chapters, Plates, Notes, Bibliography and Index. Drawing on written history and oral history, legend and song, this is the story of Eigg and its inhabitants from the earliest times to the present day. The story ends with a vivid account of the circumstances that gave the islanders the strength to unite and culminated in the community buy out of Eigg in June 1997. P.B. Published in 1998. 211 Pages. £8
  200. Fragile Land. Scotland’s Environment by Auslan Cramb. Foreword by Magnus Magnusson. 11 Chapters, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 1998. 237 Pages. £5
  201. All Scotland Crusade 1955. Billy Graham Song Book. Compiled by Cliff Barrows. 107 Songs. P.B. With Ring Binding. £10
  202. Duanagan, Dain is Dualachas A Eilean Ratharsair, Fladaidh is Eilean Tighe. Songs, Poems, Stories and prose emanating from the rich treasure of history and traditions of Raasay, Fladda and Eilean Tighe. 27 articles. P.B. Published in 2001. 213 Pages. £8
  203. Birds in Kintyre. A discursive site guide with status and seasonality checklist by Eddie Macguire. The book has two aims; to provide the birdwatcher with essential information about a number of specific localities on the peninsula that are of special ornithological importance and A review of all birds recorded in Kintyre during the period since 1940. P.B. 12 Chapters. 77 Pages. Signed by the author. £8
  204. Our Own Hymn Book. A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public, Social and Private Worship. Compiled by C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892 and used at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, London England. This book was originally published in 1866, this 2nd reprint is from 2002. 264 Pages. £5
  205. Akros Volume 12 Numbers 34-35 August 1977. Special Double Hugh MacDiarmid Issue. Edited by Duncan Glen. With portraits of Hugh MacDiarmid by Emilio Coia and drawings by John Hodkinson. 9 Chapters. P.B. Published in 1977. 114 Pages. £8
  206. The Heart is Highland. Poems by Malcolm K. Macmillan. Macmillan was M.P for the Western Isles Constituency from 1935-1970. This P.B. Publication has 48 of his poems. Date of Printing Unknown. 44 Pages. A Scarce item. £25
  207. The Real MacKay by W.H. Murray. A Comedy in twelve Chapters. H.B. Published in 1969, 1st 144 Pages. £6
  208. The Bass Rock and Its Story by Louis A. Barbe. Illustrated from Photographs by Adrien E. Barbe. H.B. and with the Original Boards, some marks on the front board. Published in 1904, 62 Pages. £30 Scarce.
  209. Gaelic Folksongs from the Isle of Barra. Published by the Linguaphone Institute for The Folklore Institute of Scotland. Recorded by J.L. Campbell, Edited and Translated by J.L. Campbell with the collaboration of Annie Johnston and John Maclean. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 55 Pages. Signed by John L. Campbell. £20
  210. 18th Century Scottish Books. Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Signet Library Edinburgh Aug 3 to Sept 15 1951. P.B. Published in 1951. 187 Pages. £15
  211. A Bibliography of the Literature of The Farne Islands, Northumberland. Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland Durham and Newcastle Upon Tyne. Vol 42 No 1. July 1973. Booklet, 64 Pages. £6
  212. St Kilda Summer by Kenneth Williamson and J.Morton Boyd. Preface by E.M. Nicholson. The authors accompanied an R.A.F. Task Force to St Kilda in the Summer of 1957 and they examined the relics of St Kilda’s ancient habitations, paid hazardous visits to the smaller isles and stacks, and studied the population size of St Kilda’s birds, sheep and seals. 20 Chapters, Appendix A List of St Kilda Birds, Select Bibliography, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1960. 1st 224 Pages. £20
  213. A Mosaic of Islands by Kenneth Williamson and J. Morton Boyd. Contents: Faeroe Islands, A Mosiac of Islands, Rhum, In Search of Seal Islands, North Rona, Hirta of St Kilda, Boreray of St Kilda, Appendix, References, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1963. 1st 183 Pages. £20
  214. St Kilda and other Hebridean Outliers by Francis Thompson. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1970, this revised edition is from 1988. 7 Chapters, 2 Appendices, Bibliography, Acknowledgments, Index. 220 Pages. £10
  215. Notes on the Natural History of the Bell Rock. By J.M. Campbell. With an introduction by James Murdoch late secretary to the Board of Northern Lighthouse. Articles that first appeared in a local newspaper, after the author spent 9 years residence on the Rock. H.B. Published in 1904. 112 Pages. The book has the original boards. £125
  216. Scottish Farming in the Eighteenth Century by James E. Handley. A book which paints an authentic picture of life and customs in Eighteenth Century Scotland. 12 Chapters and an Index. H.B. Published in 1963. 314 Pages. £20
  217. Kirk on the Craig. Charles Kirk’s Photography on Ailsa Craig 1896-1922. Edited by T.Norman Tait. Booklet, Printed in 2005. 80 Pages. £15
  218. The Bass Rock: Its History and Romance. With over 60 Illustrations by R.P. Phillimore. 16 Chapters. H.B. Published in 1904. 134 Pages. £65
  219. The Bass and Its Seabirds by Bryan Nelson. Booklet, Printed in 2000. 48 Pages. £6
  220. St Kilda and Its Birds by J. Wiglesworth. A lecture delivered before the Liverpool Biological Society on an Ornithological Expedition to the Island in the Summer of 1902. H.B. 69 Pages. Printed in 1903. Scarce. £85
  221. A Cruise to the Western Isles. By Hugh Munro. Corporation of the City of Glasgow. Coronation Souvenir May, 1937. The tour began at Glasgow on Friday 28th May 1937, going round many of the Scottish Islands before disembarking at Glasgow on Monday 31st H.B. 56 Pages, Includes a map of the routes covered by the cruise. Published in 1937, nice clean copy. £65
  222. A Naturalist’s Ramble to The Orcades by A.W. Crichton. 10 Chapters, & adverts. H.B. Published in 1866, a good clean copy. Very Scarce. £150
  223. A Bibliography of the Entomology of the Smaller British Offshore Islands by Kenneth and Vera Smith. Contents: English Islands, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Welsh Islands, Scottish Islands, Irish Islands, Orkney Islands, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Appendix on Spiders 24 Maps. P.B. Published in 1983. 115 Pages. £12
  224. Transactions of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society. Fourth Volume. Contents: Hailes Castle, The Collegiate Churches of East Lothian, Colstoun: The Story of a Scots Barony, The Johnstones of Elphinstone, The Bass Rock in History, David Calderwood: Historian of the Kirk, Haddington Documents in Registrar House, Index, Appendix. P.B. Published in January 1948. 97 Pages. £25
  225. Island of Birds. A story about the islands of St Kilda by Sylvia Turtle. Illustrated by Shona Grant. The enchanting story of Flora and Neil who live on the island of St Kilda before its evacuation in 1930. A book for children. P.B. in 1998. 64 Pages. £5
  226. Voyage to St Kilda by Monica Weller. This book provides another dimension to the epic story of ‘The Islands on the Edge’ To travel with Monica Weller in poem, prose and photography is a moving and exhilarating experience. Another valuable addition to the library of books on St Kilda. P.B. Published in 1998. 72 Pages. £6
  227. Buildings of St Kilda by Geoffrey P Stell and Mary Harman. Published by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland 1988. This book embodies the results of a detailed survey of the main areas of historic settlement on St Kilda carried out by the Commission in 1983-86 at the invitation of the National Trust for Scotland, the owners of this group of Islands. It also incorporates some of the findings arising from the field surveys and research conducted by Mary Harman throughout the archipelago since 1977. A4 Size Publication. Printed in 1988. 58 Pages, £15
  228. A St Kilda Handbook. Editor Alan Small. Contents: Introduction, The Physical Landscape, Weather, Natural History, Archaeology, Norse and Post Norse St Kilda, Historical St Kilda, Exploring Hirta, Military Aspects of St Kilda, Tailpiece. Booklet, Printed in 1979. 95 Pages. £10
  229. Clarsach a Ghlinne. Coig Orain air Fhichead Le’m Fuinn Agus teud Cheol simplidh le Seonaid Given. The Harp of the Glen. Twenty Five Gaelic Songs. Arranged with simple Accompaniments by Jennie Given. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1925, this third reprint is from 1936. 36 Pages. £10
  230. Scotland -Nation or Desert by Oliver Brown. Scotland’s Decline and the causes -its present position and future possibilities -its great resources -a revival of Celtic communism. Booklet, 48 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £8
  231. The Macleods of Arnisdale. Compiled from Family and Other Documents by Rev Donald Mackinnon Portree. H.B. 55 Pages, Includes Illustrations. Published in 1929. £45
  232. Iain Crichton Smith. Collected Poems. This book includes forty years of Crichton Smith’s writing and confirms Smith as one of the best Scottish poets of our time. He proves that big themes -love, history, power, submission and death -acquire resonance when given a local habitation and spoken in a voice that risks pure impassioned speech. H.B. With D/J Published in 1992. 398 Pages. £8
  233. Memories of a Highland Estate by Angus Graham. The estate of Skipness had been in Campbell hands since 1511, the last Campbell laird Walter, sold it in 1843 to William Fraser whose son in turn sold it in 1866 to the Grahams, who had made their money in the grocery and wine trade in Glasgow. It remained in Graham hands until 1936. H.B. With D/J Published in 1993. 141 Pages. £6
  234. John Murray. Of Badbea and Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. A Special Banner of Truth Magazine Issues 143-144. A Memorial With Tributes. Edited by Iain H. Murray. 95 Pages. £5
  235. The Truth about St Kilda. An Islander’s Memoir. Donald John Gillies. Edited by John Randall. This book is a unique record of the isolated way of life on St Kilda in the early part of the twentieth century, based on seven handwritten notebooks written by the Rev Donald John Gillies, containing reminiscences of his childhood on the island of Hirta. Rev Gillies was born on St Kilda in 1901, he left in 1924 and subsequently moved to Nova Scotia. He died in Vancover in 1994. P.B. Published in 2010. 164 Pages. £5
  236. A Pattern of Islands by Arthur Grimble. The story of a career spent in the Colonial Office and in the Pacific Islands. H.B. With D/J Published in 1952, this reprint is from 1954. 320 Pages. £5
  237. Was it a Whale? A Handy Guide to the Marine Mammals of the Hebrides by Jay Butler and Anna Levin. Booklet, Printed in 1998. 30 Pages. £5
  238. The Highland Clans Their Origins and History by L.G. Pine. 11 Chapters, Notes & References. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 198 Pages. £8
  239. From Cleits to Castles. A St Kildan Looks Back. The Autobiography of Calum Macdonald. The story of Calum Macdonald who was born in St Kilda in 1908, and lived there until he was sixteen, moving to Harris. Spent the majority of his life in London working in hotels and great houses. P.B. 16 Chapters. 127 Pages. Published in 2010. £5
  240. The Birds of the Island of Arran by J.A. Gibson. Booklet, 6 Chapters. Printed in 1956. 38 Pages. £15
  241. Childhood Days on St Kilda. Being the reminiscences of Miss Mary Cameron who, as a very young girl, lived for many years on St Kilda over 54 years ago. Booklet, Printed in 1973. 45 Pages. Ex Library Copy. £10
  242. Flora and Vegetation of the Islands of St Kilda and North Rona in 1958 by D.N. McVean. Article that appeared in the Journal of Ecology. 16 Pages. £10
  243. The Scottish Naturalist Vol 69. No 2. August 1957. Magazine includes 2 articles about St Kilda; The birds of St Kilda Mid- Summer 1958, Census of Fulmars on Hirta, St Kilda in July 1956. 66 Pages. £8
  244. The Scottish Naturalist Vol 66, No 1. August 1954. Includes article on Notes on Water Beetles from the Island of Raasay. 64 Pages. £8
  245. The Scottish Naturalist. Vol68, No 1. 1956. Articles Include;The Sheep Population of Hirta, St Kilda 1955, The Birds on St Kilda May 1955. 62 Pages. £8
  246. British Birds. An illustrated magazine devoted chiefly to the Birds on the British List. December 1959. Vol XLII No 12. Article on the Breeding of the northern Golden Plover on St Kilda. Magazine. 28 Pages. £6
  247. Article A Census of Fulmars on Hirta, St Kilda, in July 1956 by A.Anderson. 4 Pages. £4
  248. Article The Marine Algae of St Kilda by Roy Watling, Linda M. Irvine & Trevor A. Norton. 8 Pages. £4
  249. An Article from the Scots Magazine from 1940 by Margaret Fay Shaw. St Kilda: The Last Summer. 6 Pages. £8
  250. Rockall by James Fisher. On September 15th 1955, at exactly 10.16am, the Union flag flew over the island of Rockall in the North Atlantic for the first time, and in the name of Her Majesty the Queen, Britain took possession. This book tells the story of the landing on the tiny remote nub of granite (as the author one of the landing party calls it) which was hazardous enough, for Rockall has a sheer eastern face and a conves slope on north, west and south sides, leaving only a ledge six feet wide for landing a helicopter’s human load. H.B. With D/J 12 Chapters, 5 Appendices and Illustrations. Published in 1956. 200 Pages. £20
  251. The Ornithologists Guide to Orkney and Shetland by Robert Dunn Animal Preserver Hull. H.B. Published in 1837. 128 Pages and Includes Maps of Orkney and Shetland. £250
  252. A Critical Examination of Dr MacCulloch’s Work on the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. By James Browne. H.B With D/J Published in 1825, fully rebound and in excellent condition. 302 Pages. £250 Scarce.
  253. Journal of a Tour in the Highlands and Western Islands in 1800. By John Leyden. Edited with a Bibliography by James Sinton. The tour began on 14th July and lasted until August 7th. It also contains a number of letters the author wrote to his friends, Notes and Bibliography. H.B Published in 1903, 318 Pages. £65
  254. The Isle of Foula. A Series of Articles on Britain’s loneliest inhabited isle by the late Professor Ian B. Stoughton Holbourn. Laird of Foula for thirty five years. Edited, with Memoir by M.C. Stoughton Holbourn. H.B. 15 Chapters, Memoir and Appendix. Published in 1938, 256 Pages. £65
  255. Argonauts of the Western Isles by Robin Lloyd Jones. Sea Kayaking off Scotland’s West Coast. 18 Chapters, List of Maps and Illustrations, Preface, Postscript, Selected Bibliography, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1989. 192 Pages. £10
  256. Sailing Directions for the West Coast of Scotland Part 1. Hebrides or Western Isles. Compiled from Various Admiralty Surveys by the Late Rear Admiral Henry C. Otter C.B. Third Edition. 8 Chapters and covers in depth all the large and small islands in the Western Isles. H.B. Published in 1885. 206 Pages. £45
  257. Records of the Priory of the Isle of May. Edited by John Stuart. Contents: The Preface, The Gillserfs of Clackmannan, Extracts from the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotrland, Appendix to the Preface, Rotolus Cartarum et Munimentorum Scocie, Tabula Munimentorum in Appendice, List of Plates, Carte Prioratus Insule DE May, Index to the Preface, Index to the Charters. H.B. Published in 1868. £65
  258. Jura an Island of Argyll by Donald Budge. Its History, People and Story. With Illustrations and Map. 16 Chapters, Index,Map and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1960. 206 Pages. £15
  259. Birds of St Kilda. By Michael P. Harris and Stuart Murray. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology hill of Brathens, Banchory. A4 Size Publication, Printed in 1978, 42 Pages. £15
  260. Who’s Who in Glasgow in 1909. A Biographical Dictionary of nearly Five Hundred Living Glasgow Citizens And of Notable Citizens who have died since 1st January 1907. Compiled by George Eyre-Todd. Illustrated with Several Hundred of Portraits, etc. H.B. Published in 1909. 227 Pages. A Limited Edition No 190 of 750 Copies Printed. £85
  261. Muckle Kate Lochcarron. The Highland Kitchen Maid. Booklet, 14 Pages. Date of Printing unknown. £5
  262. The Whisky Trails. A Traveller’s Guide to Scotch Whisky. New Edition by Gordon Brown. Foreword by Michael Jackson. 6 Chapters, Foreword, Introduction, Independent Whisky Bottlers, Glossary, Index, Bibliography. P.B. Originally Published in 1993, this second revised edition is from 2000. 224 Pages. £6
  263. One Hundred Years of Witness. The History of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland 1893-1993. 7 Chapters, Illustrations, Index of Names, Index of Subjects. H.B. Published in 1993. 225 Pages. £8
  264. Thomas Chalmers A Short Appreciation by W.R. Mackay. A brief appreciation of the life and works of one of Scotland’s greatest sons to commemorate the Bicentenary Celebrations of his birth on 17th March 1780. Booklet, 46 Pages. Printed in 1980. £5
  265. James Fraser. ‘The man who loved the people’ A Record of Missionary Endeavour in Rhodesia in the Twentieth Century by Alexander Macpherson. 4 Parts, Chronological Summary and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1967. 229 Pages. £6
  266. Alexander Peden. The Prophet of the Covenant An Appreciation by John C. Johnson. P.B. 11 Chapters, Literary, Ecclesiastical, Monumental, Reliques. Published in 1988. 263 Pages. £5
  267. The Life and Works of Samuel Rutherford by James Clarke. Booklet, 16 Chapters, List of main works referred to, Selected Bibliography. Printed in 1986. 68 ages. £5
  268. Then Eyes Shall See The King in His Beauty by Rev Murdo Macaulay. The booklet came into existence as a result of the traumatic experience of the years of illness suffered by his wife, which finally culminated in her death. P.B. Published in 1988. 76 Pages. Signed by the Author. £6
  269. John Boyana Radasi. Missionary to Zimbabwe by Jean Nicolson. P.B. 24 Chapters, 112 Pages. Published in 1996. £5
  270. Sermons Preached and Revised by the Rev C.H. Spurgeon. No 3. The Sparrow and the Swallow. Booklet, 12 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £5
  271. Scottish Reformation Society -Scots Worthies Series. George Gillespie by Hugh M. Cartwright. Booklet, Prionted in 2012. 36 Pages. £5
  272. I Will Maintain. The Story of the Glorious Revolution by W. Stanley Martin. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 48 Pages. £5
  273. Martyrs and Confessors of Lanark & District by Rev Thomson. Booklet, which is a reprint of articles found in issues of a magazine dated 1930. Printed in 1990. 40 Pages. £5
  274. Scottish Reformation Society. Historical Journal. Volume 1 2011. 9 chapters. P.B. Published in 2011. 271 Pages. £8
  275. History of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland 1893-1933. 12 Chapters and a Supplement. P.B Reprint from 1965. 314 Pages. £8
  276. An Account of the Mutiny on HMS Bounty. Lieutenant William Bligh. Edited by Robert Bowman with a foreword by Richard Hough. The Mutiny on the Bounty must surely be one of the best known of all naval stories. William Bligh is commonly represented as a harsh and brutal sea captain who drove his men to mutiny by his evil ways. Bligh published his narrative over 200 years ago. P.B. Published in 1989. 158 Pages. £6
  277. My Wound is Deep. A History of the Later Anglo-Scots Wars 1380-1560 by Raymond Campbell Paterson. 12 Chapters. Bibliography & Index. P.B. Published in 1997. 238 Pages. £5
  278. 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 people of the American West. 6 Chapters. Appendix Thirty Six Macdonald Generations, References, Bibliography, Index. Map 1; The American Rocky Mountain West, Map 2 Scotland. H.B. With D/J Published in 1996. 1st 224 Pages. £6
  279. East Kilbride Old Parish Church. A History of the Christian Faith in East Kilbride by Bill Niven. 12 Chapters, appendices: Pre Reformation Clergy, Ministers Since the Reformation, Assistant and Student Ministers, clerks to the Session, Kirk Sessions and Staff, Office Bearers, Members and Adherents. Includes many illustrations. H.B. Published in 2002. 183 Pages. £6
  280. Clachan Criche. Taghadh de Bhardachd Tholastaidh Bho Thuath 1885-2000. 21 deifir bhardan. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 2005. 104 duilleag. £6
  281. Duain agus Orain Baird Ille Uilleam MacDhunleibhe. Livingstone’s Poetry with a brief sketch of his life. 45 Poems and a Memoir. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown. 239 Pages. £25
  282. The New English -Gaelic Dictionary by Derick S. Thomson. H.B. With D/J Published in 1981. £5
  283. Strong to Save. Dramatic first hand accounts of RNLI lifeboat rescues around the British Isles by Ray and Susannah Kipling. 12 Chapters. 2 Appendices; The Lifeboatman’s VC: Gold Medal awards in the 20th century, Lifeboat disasters in the 20th Also includes Illustrations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1995. 256 Pages. £8
  284. Bare Feet and Tackety Boots. A Boyhood on Rhum by Archie Cameron. The author is the last survivor of those who were born and reared on Rhum in the days before the First World War, when the island was a private playground of a rich absentee landowner. P.B. Published in 1988. 1st 164 Pages. £6
  285. Passive Obedience and Prophetic Protest. Social Criticism in the Scottish Church 1830-1945 by Donald C. Smith. Contents: Part One Introduction, Part Two: The Tragic Failure of Social Criticism 1830-1850, Part Three: The Prophetic Failure Continues 1850-1880, Part Four: The Gradual Reawakening of Social Criticism: 1880-1945, Bibliography, Index. H.B. Published in 1987. 408 Pages. £10
  286. Sir William Burrell 1861-1958. Text by Richard Marks. A Short Biography of Sir William who amassed one of the largest art collections of the late 19th and 20th Booklet, Originally Printed in 1982, this reprint is from 1997. 24 Pages. £5
  287. Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club 1888-1988. Compiled by Alex Main. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 82 Pages. £6
  288. Highland Postbag. The Correspondence of Four Macdougall Chiefs 1715-1865 by Jean Macdougall. 6 Chapters, Appendix and Select Index. P.B. Published in 1984. 294 Pages. £6
  289. Luach Na Saorsa. Leabhar Latha, Bardachd is Rosg le Murchadh Moireach. Deasaichte le Alasdair I Macasgaill. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1970. 147 Pages. £5
  290. Scots in Canada by Jenni Calder. The story of the Scots who went to Canada, from the 17th century onwards. 7 Chapters, Maps of Scotland and Canada, Chronology, Places to Visit, Chronology, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Index. P.B. Originally Published in 2003, this reprint is from 2006. 183 Pages. £5
  291. Winchman by Chris Murray Q.G.M. This is the life story of Chris Murray originally from Dornoch, who spent 22 years as a winchman on Search and Rescue Helicopters, being involved in the rescue of many people from the seas and mountains around the Western Isles and the north of Scotland. An entertaining read. P.B. Published in 2013. 183 Pages. £6
  292. From Croft and Castle. A Wee Taste of Scottish Fare. School of Celtic Studies Manitoba. Researcher and Editor Doreen Morrison. Artwork: Esme Boone. Contents: Soups & Starters, Main Dishes, Baking, Pudding. P.B. With Ring Binding. Printed in 1986. £8
  293. Eader Peann is Paipear. Sgeulachdan Goirid deasaichte le Domhnall Iain Maciomhair. 47 sgeulachdan le deifir sgriobhaidearan. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1994. 228 Duilleag. £5
  294. The Teampull at Northton and The Church at Scarista by Bill Lawson. Harris Churches in their Historical Setting by Bill Lawson. Booklet, Printed in 1993. 44 Pages. £6
  295. The Trossachs and the Rob Roy Country by Campbell Nairne. 10 Chapters, Place Names, Bibliography, Index and Includes Illustrations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1961. 1st 144 Pages. £8
  296. Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society Vol XVI 1964. Report on Excavations at little Dunagoil. Booklet, 69 Pages. Some tears in the spine. £6
  297. Duthchas na mara -Duchas na mara -Belonging to the sea. A book in 3 languages. This explatory work asks questions about the deeper nature of conflict that two separate Gaelic speaking island communities -one in Ireland and one in Scotland -have become embroiled in during recent years. P.B. Published in 2012. 48 Pages. £5
  298. Diary of Kenneth Macrae. Edited with additional material by Iain H.Murray. The Diary of one of the most famous Free Church of Scotland Ministers of his day and served the largest Free Church Congregation -Stornoway between 1931 and 1963. H.B. With D/J Published in 1980. 535 Pages. £10
  299. Air do bhonnagan a ghaoil. Rannan chloinne agus chaich air an cruinneachadh le Tormod Caimbeul. 16 Caibideal. H.B. le D/J air fhoillseachadh ann an 2005. 269 Duilleag. £10
  300. A Body of Practical Divinity In a Series of Sermons on the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly to which is appended Select Sermons on Various Subjects together with The Art of Divine Contentment and Christ’s Various Fullness by Thomas Watson. With numerous notes to be found in this Edition only. H.B. Published in 1846, 4th 688 Pages. Some dampness at the end of the book. This book is being sold on behalf of a charity and the proceeds of the sale will be given to that charity. £30

The SNP Group on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have warmly welcomed the £6 million Rural Tourism Fund recently announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s 83rd annual conference in Glasgow.
John Mitchell, SNP Councillor for Na Hearadh Agus Ceann A Deas Nan Loch (Harris and South Lochs) commented: “The Rural Tourism Fund is a very progressive initiative that will undoubtedly benefit many communities across the Isles.”
The fund is expected to launch in early 2018 and will be delivered over two years (2018/19 and 2019/20) to help ensure the services and facilities tourists and communities need are provided.

The newly refurbished and extended Fire Station in Stornoway will be open to the public on Saturday, October 28th.   Photo: Firefighter Alasdair MacLeod

A chance to take a look around the newly refurbished and extended Fire Station in Stornoway is there to be taken as the Firefighters and District Staff invite all to an Open Day on Saturday, October 28th.
Running from 12noon and 4pm, the event will see the new Retained Community Fire and Rescue Station on Robertson Road open to the public to view the extensive refurbishment work and new facilities provided.
Watch Manager, John Campbell said: “We extend a warm welcome to all members of our community to come and visit the station. This is a great opportunity to meet the firefighters and district staff, have a look around the new building and also see for themselves what the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service does to help keep our communities safe.”

The inflatable colon allows visitors to walk through and explore the various stages of the gut

A giant inflatable colon is coming to the Outer Hebrides as NHS Western Isles are planning bowel screening promotion throughout the Western Isles in November.
The Giant Inflatable Colon is a walk-through large scale replica of the human colon or bowel that allows visitors to learn about the various stages of their gut, bowel cancer and other diseases of the large intestine.
It helps to breakdown the taboos surrounding the disease, and provides a focal point, putting an animated twist on the very serious topic of bowel cancer whilst easing anxiety and opening the door to a more relaxed and enlightening discussion that can save lives.

At Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail in Fort William the Silver Pendant Final winners were Ladies – Ishbel Campbell (37) of Tiree and Mens – Coinneach MacLeod (43) originally from Cromore, now living in Glasgow.   Ishbel also won the Catherine Gemmel Memorial Trophy (for female with highest marks), and two prizes for highest aggregate marks in qualifying competitions for Gaelic and Music – The Morag Robb Memorial Salver (highest aggregate marks in Gaelic) and the John A MacRae Quaich (for highest aggregate marks in Music).

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil yesterday (October 18th)  met the Minister of State for Transport Legislation and Maritime, John Hayes MP, to discuss concerns about delays in the MCA process of tasking lifeboats following a distress call.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “Twice this week, I tried to secure a temporary urgent question in Parliament which was unfortunately turned down by the Speaker.  The Department for Transport was made aware and the Maritime Minister, John Hayes MP requested to speak to me.

“Mr Hayes assured me that he is “all over this like a rash” and that he will be investigating further.  In the meantime, I am hoping that the Coastguard takes action to ensure that delays, as we have seen in various areas around the MCA’s UK coastline, come to an end.

Angus Brendan MacNeil, MP,  yesterday (October 18th)  met the Minister of State for Transport Legislation and Maritime, John Hayes MP, to discuss concerns about delays in the MCA process of tasking lifeboats following a distress call.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “Twice this week, I tried to secure a temporary urgent question in Parliament which was unfortunately turned down by the Speaker.  The Department for Transport was made aware and the Maritime Minister, John Hayes MP requested to speak to me.

“Mr Hayes assured me that he is “all over this like a rash” and that he will be investigating further.  In the meantime, I am hoping that the Coastguard takes action to ensure that delays, as we have seen in various areas around the MCA’s UK coastline, come to an end.

"The checks, which can be lengthy compared to the urgency of a situation prior to tasking a RNLI lifeboat, can lead to people being left in cold water while waiting for a lifeboat that has yet to be tasked despite the alarm being raised.

Three new Codes of practice come into force on Monday 23 October, which will improve safety for everyone in the fishing industry, says the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

All three Codes have been developed with the help of the Fishing Industry Safety group (which includes Fishing Federations, Seafish, the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association and the Fishermen’s Mission).

Each Code has been designed to improve safety through the introduction of new safety requirements, adopting technological developments and addressing recommendations from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Three new Codes of practice come into force on Monday 23 October, which will improve safety for everyone in the fishing industry, says the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

All three Codes have been developed with the help of the Fishing Industry Safety group (which includes Fishing Federations, Seafish, the Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association and the Fishermen’s Mission).

Each Code has been designed to improve safety through the introduction of new safety requirements, adopting technological developments and addressing recommendations from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

They include holding monthly emergency drills, liferafts for specific vessels, the fitting of radar reflectors and bilge alarms, as well as fitting of carbon monoxide monitors, EPIRBs and personal locator beacons with built-in GPS. David Fenner from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said:  “We have worked hard with all those connected with the fishing industry on these Codes.  This is all about reducing the risk of serious accidents and deaths.  Even one death is one too many.

Stronger financial controls, better forward planning and improved links with service providers and users are essential if Scotland’s ferry services are to be maintained and developed in the future.

That’s the verdict of a major report from Audit Scotland on Transport Scotland’s ferry services, issued today (Thursday October 19th) which shows that Government subsidies to CalMac ferries have risen 185 per cent in ten years. This is mainly due to an increase in services, new vessels and the introduction of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET).

There are an estimated 66 scheduled ferry routes in Scotland, managed by a range of public and commercial operators.

Sean Harrison, from the Stramash Festival team, presents the cheque to Nicola Libby and Cat Campbell of The Leanne Fund

The Leanne Fund was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,000 this week from the Stramash Festival, held in Stornoway in August.
The Fund is extremely grateful to festival organisers who chose to fundraise for the charity at the annual local music event.
The donation will be used to directly support even more families as The Leanne Fund takes forward its Development Project to offer even more services and to a wider geographical area.

Two fun-filled family events are set to be enjoyed as Stornoway Primary School raises money for its annual mainland trip.
A Bingo Night will be held at Stornoway Golf Club on Friday, November 17th, at 7pm and all are invited to join for an evening’s entertainment with the chance a chance to call ‘Bingo’ for a win.
Then on Saturday, December 2nd, a Soup & Pudding Lunch will be held at the Primary School, from 12noon until 2pm.
All proceeds from both events will go towards funds for the Stornoway Primary School Primary 7s’ annual school trip to a mainland destination; and it’s hoped both events will be well attended.

A re-think on the future provision of visitor information in the shadow of Visitor Information Centre closures in Barra and Lochmaddy is being called for by Outer Hebrides Tourism.
The call by Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) comes in response to Visit Scotland’s recent announcement of the closure of its Visitor Information Centres (VICs) in Barra and Lochmaddy at the end of this month, and follows the closure of Lochboisdale VIC last year.
Just a single physical information source – yet to be decided in either Harris or Lewis – would then be left to serve the whole Outer Hebrides; with no confirmed alternatives yet in place for ongoing dedicated information provision in the Southern Isles.

Headline writers at this year's Faclan, at An Lanntair, Stornoway, from Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th October, include bestselling novelist, Michelle Paver, and mountaineering legend, Doug Scott.

It opens on Wednesday 25th with a variety of events, including Murdo Macleod and Finlay Macleod discussing the place of photography in Acair’s publishing programme over the last 40 years.  They look particularly at the work of Dan Morrison, James McGeoch and Robert Adam and how each chose to depict the faces of Hebridean culture.

Gaelic media are key to both supporting Gaelic learners and initiating Gaelic learning, according to new research.

The research conducted by Meriel Young Consulting and commissioned jointly by MG ALBA and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, found that nine out of ten Gaelic learners are watching BBC ALBA and almost half of those motivated to learn Gaelic, credited their enthusiasm to Gaelic media.

The research is published as MG ALBA’s Chair, Maggie Cunningham, from Scalpay, confirmed the urgency of the organisation’s efforts to develop new language learning resources for Gaelic learners, and the imperative of further engagement with young Gaelic speakers.

Gaelic media are key to both supporting Gaelic learners and initiating Gaelic learning, according to new research.

The research conducted by Meriel Young Consulting and commissioned jointly by MG ALBA and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, found that nine out of ten Gaelic learners are watching BBC ALBA and almost half of those motivated to learn Gaelic, credited their enthusiasm to Gaelic media.

The research is published as MG ALBA’s Chair, Maggie Cunningham, from Scalpay, confirmed the urgency of the organisation’s efforts to develop new language learning resources for Gaelic learners, and the imperative of further engagement with young Gaelic speakers.

Lewis and Harris continued to play a headline role in Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail in Fort William yesterday.

Pictured is Cuach Aonghas Neacal winner, Mary Sophia Morrison from Harris, and Gaelic ‘oor wullie’ translator Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, from Back, with wife Abigail and sons Seamus, left, and Alasdair  (All photography is by John Paul Peebles. )

The battle involving some Lewis crofting townships and the Stornoway Trust over who gets most from wind-power generation stepped up a notch this week in the aftermath of the UK Government commitment to a bidding process that could allow the Interconnector power line to the mainland to be built.

The grazings clerks representing the townships of Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick North Street, Sandwick East Street and Aignish want to develop a total of 21 community-owned turbines along the same lines as the Point and Sandwick community wind farm.

But the landowner, the Stornoway Trust, has already leased the grazings to the multinational EDF Energy and Amec-Foster-Wheeler who own Lewis Wind Power.

Dr Maggie Watts, NHS Western Isles Director of Public Health, would like to thank all women who participated in the breast screening throughout the Western Isles from February to July this year.
Dr Watts said: “The early indications are that more than four in five eligible women accepted their invitation and attended for screening during the visit of the service in the first half of 2017.  We will know the final figures for each island later but it seems that women across the Western Isles from the Butt to Barra recognised the importance of getting checked.”
If you weren’t able to make it to your appointment, you are still able to be screened at the North of Scotland Screening Centre in Inverness. If you wish to take up this offer please call 01463 705416 to arrange a mutually suitable date.

The Young People's Anti-litter Campaign led by Lewis-based Ecologisers has a new twist to its 2017 competition.

In previous years, contestants were invited to submit a humorously captioned photograph of themselves with a piece of litter. In 2016, this initiative was supported by 20 local businesses who donated generous prizes to the young winners.

Litter Goes Literary is the title of this year's online international competition. As well as the humorously captioned photograph, this year's entrants are asked to compose a verse of eco-lyrics to fit the tune of their favourite song.

Stornoway Port Authority wishes to appoint Non-Executive Board Members with appropriate skills to enable the efficient and effective discharge by the Authority of the management and regulation of Stornoway Harbour.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate ability in their chosen profession and, in order to complement the existing range of expertise on the Board, should have professional knowledge and experience at a senior corporate level in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Laws relating to Scotland

The Authority is going through a period of change and requires new Board Members. 

No remuneration is currently payable to Non-Executive Board Members.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 19th October 2017.

An information pack and application form may be obtained from Mr Alex Macleod, Chief Executive, Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XS.

Tel No 01851 702688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.stornowayportauthority.com

Organisers of the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery have announced that Lewis Crofters Limited are the latest local company to support the Lottery and news of November’s Bolt-On Prize will shortly be announced.

The Lottery has now shared out £2,331 in Cash Prizes and over £1,500 has been banked in the Community Funding Pot to be distributed at the end of October taking the total raised so far for Community upgrades to £6,200.

There's been a Barra winner for the sixth time, organisers of the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery have announced. 

Meanwhile Lewis Crofters Limited are the latest local company to support the Lottery and news of November’s Bolt-On Prize will shortly be announced.

The Lottery has now shared out £2,331 in Cash Prizes and over £1,500 has been banked in the Community Funding Pot to be distributed at the end of October taking the total raised so far for Community upgrades to £6,200.

At the Mod…The boys solo singing (11-12) winner Anndra Iain MacPhail, with Girls solo singing (11-12) winner Talia Graham with the Ronald MacEachan memorial cup.   Talia Graham attends The Nicolson Institute.

 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar  MP Angus B MacNeil today (Monday October 16th)  took the case of the Island schoolgirl who is unable to obtain a passport, directly to Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis MP at Home Office Questions at Westminster.

Last week, Mr MacNeil publicised that The Home Office was asking a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was born and raised in Scotland, to register as a British citizen because they are unable to confirm that she is a British citizen.

Over £100,000 funding to 40 Gaelic Early Years’ Groups – including a number in the Western Isles – has been announced at the Royal National Mod in Fort William today, Monday October 16th.
Bòrd na Gaighlig, together with the Scottish Government, announced a total of £107,911 grant assistance funds to aid Early Years’ Groups, many of which are operated by volunteers.
Aiding the promotion and development of Gaelic throughout Scotland, Early Years’ Groups carry out a range of activities which support young people and families to play and develop educationally through the medium of Gaelic.

Time to get ghoulish and dare to scare as acclaimed Glasgow band The Ramoaners make their way to Stornoway for a charity fundraising Halloween Party in Stornoway Golf Club on Saturday, October 28th.

Raising funds for local charities Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles branch and Crossroads Lewis, the Ramones tribute act headline an evening of entertainment, with support coming from a ‘one-night-only-all-star’ cover band ‘The Bonglies’, comprising of local talents Colin Rankine, Neosa, Del Gunn, Jason Laing, and Angy Murray.

Hoping for a good turn out next Saturday, event organisers Claire MacDonald and Brian Montgomery said: “We’re looking forward to a great night and our thanks go to all who have helped us so far.

Finlay Macleod and Murdo Macleod, photographer, at Faclan 2017

http://lanntair.com/events/event/daoine-nan-aite-people-place/

Chasms and bridges. That’s what Dr Finlay Macleod and I talked about when we met on Wednesday September 13 September at his home in Shawbost (writes EVENTS editor Fred Silver).

Chasms and bridges. I don’t think the words were actually spoken. But looking back over his 80 years, it was both the huge changes and the surviving links in time, place, tradition and society which dominated our conversation.

Chasms that exist between his childhood in Adabrock, and the social-media driven world of today’s youngsters; the vast gap that exists between his early decades in a sophisticated, largely oral culture and today’s flippant 140 character summations of global policy; and the huge difference which he recalls between his Gaelic childhood outside the school walls, and the rigid, authoritarian English-language structure that existed in the classroom.

The largest ever darts exhibition to be staged in the Outer Hebrides will take place on Friday, October 27th, as Stornoway Sea Angling Club plays host to champions Eric Bristow and Bobby George.
And islanders are also in with a chance to play with two of the games’ finest in a night that’s looks set not to be missed.
The trip the Stornoway will be a first for ‘Crafty Cockney’ Eric Bristow, whose skill and personality helped turn darts into the worldwide spectator sport it is today.

Faclan audiences are in for a spine-chilling time on Saturday night (October 28th) when award-winning author Michelle Paver takes to the stage.

The novelist and children’s writer and, now, scriber of ghost stories, will take the Festival’s Ultima Thule theme to the extreme as she heads the final night with a talk about her growing love affair with the all things ghostly.

Paver, an Oxford graduate who ditched a law career to become a writer, is best known as the author of fantasy children’s series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe, and the more recent Gods and Warriors series, set in the Bronze Age. 

CalMac ferry services are disrupted today as high winds are forecast – with sailing time changes and cancellations on many island routes.
Today, Monday October 16th, the 1pm sailing from Eriskay to Ardmhor (Sound of Barra) has been brought forward to 12noon, with travellers asked to check in no later than 11.40am.
The Castlebay to Oban ferry service has been cancelled completely today due to impending weather forecast of strong gale force winds.

The Western Isles branch of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers has contributed a lot to the local community since being set up earlier this year.

Led by PC Rick Henderson, a group of 24 young people aged 13-15 routinely gather to help around the Islands, doing such things as training with Ambulance Services, lending a hand at the Hebridean Celtic Festival and supporting various events throughout the Western Isles.

The young people within the PSYV Western Isles branch learn about policing and its effect on the community, and do physical training in many different forms.

Strong support from the chairman of Ross County Football Club, Mr Roy MacGregor, enabled the raising of £9372.73 for Bethesda Hospice as a result of a football game and associated events on Friday August 4.

The game between a Ross County Under-21 team and a Lewis & Harris Select team took place on the Goathill Road ground in Stornoway and was well-supported and strongly contested.

It was organised by Kenny Maciver of STS Taxis.

This was a typical action scene from the closely-contested football match at the Smith Avenue all-weather pitch yesterday between the local Police and Fire Service teams in aid of NeuroHebrides. 

The contest began with a quick goal from the Police - so early in the game ("first few seconds") that the so-called photographer attending the game for welovestornoway.com missed it completely.  He claims he was on-time but it took longer than he expected to find the pedestrian access to the pitch.

This was followed not long afterwards by a penalty score for the Police - which the photographer also missed!  (wrongly positioned…"I never heard the whistle" etc)

A Labour MSP has announced a proposal for a Member’s Bill to install sprinklers in all new social housing.

Highland and Islands MSP David Stewart will launch a consultation on the proposal in the coming months.

Mr Stewart aims to place a duty on local authorities and housing associations to install sprinklers in new build social housing.

On Saturday, Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail in Fort William played host to the international Colmcille shinty competition, where Scotland played spectacularly, beating Ireland 4-0.

Scotland’s Captain Graham Black of Aberdeen University Shinty Club (pictured above with team-mates), was presented the trophy by Allan Campbell, President of An Comunn Gàidhlig.

Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award winner Janet MacDonald with Allan Campbell (President of An Comunn Gàidhealach) and John Swinney (Deputy First Minister).

Last night (Friday October 13) saw the return of Scotland’s biggest Gaelic cultural festival Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail to Lochaber for the first time in ten years.

This year’s event is expected to bring a record number of participants, representing areas that haven’t been witnessed at the Mòd in generations.

A plague of scam calls allegedly from BT to Island phone numbers has been reported on the Western Isles Noticeboard Facebook Group over the past few days.

One member wrote on Thursday: “Just had a scammer call me saying he is from B.T.

“The number was 0800 169 1608.

Widespread support has come from Stornoway shoppers for recent changes to car park charges in the town centre – but there’s confusion over the varying prices for different car parking areas.

Following our report yesterday – which was read almost 3,000 times - there was also a big response on our welovestornoway Facebook Page, which reached more than 6,000 people.

And Events shop owner and Councillor Iain Macaulay pledged to step up his own campaign to get Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to reinstate parking signs along Cromwell and North Beach Streets.

There is a Yellow Warning from the Meteorological Office for windy weather between 12:00 on Monday October 16th and 23:55 on Monday 16th.

The Met Office says that this spell of very windy weather is associated with the aftermath of hurricane/storm Ophelia.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Companies in aquaculture and related services are being invited to take part in a study to determine the future skills needs of the sector as it grows.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned ekosgen and Imani Development to undertake the study in response to recommendations in the Industry Strategy “Aquaculture Growth to 2030”.

The strategy makes a series of recommendations to support the growth of the sector and these are overseen by the Aquaculture Industry Leaders Group (AILG).

It’s all change in the centre of Stornoway just now…with construction and refurbishment work on two new shops.

On Cromwell Street, Lewis Builders are involved in the creation of a new Iceland Store in the premises last occupied by the short-lived WeeW company – while right across the road shop-fitting is going on inside the former Hydro shop for the imminent move of Influence from Francis Street.

A second language can be learned more easily when it is taught through music, is the message being given out this weekend as the Royal National Mod gets under way in Lochaber.

Competitions are open to fluent Gaelic speakers and learners, with many art forms celebrated including traditional music, recitation and most famously song.

The children’s competitions will begin in Fort William tomorrow (Saturday, Oct 14) and as the competitors make their final preparations, the team involved in teaching a new generation of Gaelic leaners are stressing the importance of using song, whenever possible, to maximise the chances of getting that new language to ‘stick’.

"A fleet of Coo Vans hit the road last summer on a mission to inform the masses "…so says VisitScotland

on http://mediacentre.visitscotland.org/pressreleases/the-information-revolution-2212018

 

There will be no tourist offices left open in the Uists or Barra under a major shake-up announced by VisitScotland yesterday. (Thursday October 12th)

And the Stornoway and Tarbert offices will remain open until it is decided where the “regional hub” for the Outer Hebrides will be.

There is going to be local consultation about this in the coming months.

“I’ve always been involved in art, in one way or another,” says Catriona Black from her home in the Dutch village of Santpoort-Noord.

As a former art critic for the Sunday Herald, an illustrated children’s book author, and a short film animator, Catriona’s art career has been wide and varied – and is about to take another turn when her first solo exhibition is launched at Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival, later this month.

One of the great annual sporting events on Lewis and Harris takes place this Saturday with the return of the charity football between the fire service and police.

The great play-off is set for Saturday 14 October starting at 12.30pm on the All-Weather pitch on Smith Avenue, Stornoway.

The focus of fundraising at this year's event is Neuro Hebrides.

 

Carers support venture Crossroads Lewis has welcomed a £10,000 funding boost from Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Trust).

The organisation, which is part of a national charity, has been providing support to family carers in Lewis for the past 30 years and delivers around 800 hours of care in Lewis each month.

 

Carers support outfit Crossroads Lewis has welcomed a £10,000 funding boost from Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Trust).

The organistation, which is part of a national charity, has been providing support to family carers in Lewis for the past 30 years and delivers around 800 hours of care in Lewis each year.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival team is celebrating after receiving two gongs in one night at yesterday's Drum Scottish Event Awards 2017 ( Wednesday, October 11, 2017).

The annual awards celebrate a range of events that took place in Scotland between 20 May 2016 and 23 June 2017.

A charity football match taking place on Saturday (October 14th) at Smith Avenue in Stornoway has been moved to the earlier time of 12.30pm.

The 999 Football match takes place each year between the Fire Service and the Police and is always great fun to watch.

All proceeds from the match will go to Neuro Hebrides, a patient and carer led support group for people who live with, or care for someone with neurological conditions in the Western Isles.

Emergency services will be on hand throughout....or should that be feet...?

Western Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has spoken at Westminster expressing his disbelief  over the Home Office’s refusal to grant a 14-year-old island schoolgirl a passport because she is unable to provide her mother’s birth certificate.

The schoolgirl, name not disclosed, was left in the care of her father and paternal grandparents by her mother in 2005.

In 2015 the girl’s father passed away and she is now cared for by her paternal grandparents who have Parental Rights and Responsibilities.

 

Island windpower projects could see a major boost thanks to a new £557 million fund for renewables generation announced yesterday (October 11th).

Local agencies have welcomed the move by the UK Government, which opens the door for areas with less-established renewable technologies, including the Western Isles, to bid in national “Contracts for Difference” auctions

These auctions, the last of which brought 1GW of clean energy for Scotland, ensure a minimum price guarantee for energy providers.  The Western Isles, which is still awaiting a sub-sea Interconnector in order to export power generated locally to the Grid, was not previously permitted to bid.

During September, there was a major trip for 13 Pendleton, South Carolina students – across the Atlantic and on to Lewis.

The trip, which is looked forward to by many Nicolson pupils and the local community alike, took place from September 15-20, part of a series of exchanges which have place since the early 1990s.

The South Carolinian flag was raised outside of the Council Building in Stornoway, as will the Western Isles flag be raised in Pendleton when 24 pupils of The Nicolson Institute depart across the Atlantic next Easter.

The Draft Corporate Strategy for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar from 2017-21 is now out to public consultation for five weeks.

Views and comments are sought from the public and Community Planning Partners.

Pupils from Laxdale School were among the first people to get to use the design facilities on the new Harris Tweed app when it was launched on Tuesday this week (October 12).

Audiences all over the world can tune into this year's Angus MacLeod Memorial Lecture as organisers try their hands at new technology for the first time.

The annual event is taking place it 7:30pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at e-Sgoil, in the former Museum buildings on Frances Street in Stornoway. building can offer.   

And organisers Comunn Eachdraidh na Pàirc and the Islands Book Trust are making the most of the technology available and offering interested parties all over the world as well as local community groups and centres the chance to link to and participate in honour of the former Lewis-man man Angus 'Ease' MacLeod whose life-long historical collection is held by the community of Lochs at Ravenspoint.  

The theatre interpretation of 1930's real-life epic The Rocket Post will come a close in the islands where it all started with two free shows in Tarbert. 

Book your seats - and hold on to them tight – if you want to catch one of two performances of famed Isle of Scarp epic, The Rocket Post, showing for free in Tarbert later this month.

The National Theatre of Scotland has been touring the country performing its stage version of Gerhard Zucker’s ill-fated attempt to bring a rocket-fired postal service to the Western Isles in 1934.

And now, in tribute to the Islands where it all started, the tour will perform a grand finale in Harris, with two free performances in the Tarbert Community Centre at 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday the 25th of October.

HIE's report looks at housing and development in the islands

Housing provision in the Western Isles comes under scrutiny in a new report published by Highlands and Islands Enterprise today (Wednesday 11 October 2017).

The document, called ‘Stimulating Housing Development in the Highlands and Islands’, looks at the state of housing in the Islands and across the whole of the Highlands region, identifying ways to tackle development needs and aspirations in different areas.

The North Lochs Community Association is holding a coffee evening this Thursday, 12th October, to help raise funds for baby Catherine, daughter of Innes and Louise Macleod, granddaughter of Norma and Alasdair, Leurbost.  Sadly, Catherine has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia since May, and the community would like to show their support.  In the words of her parents:

"On 2 May 2017 after taking our 6 month old baby girl to the doctor as a rash had appeared on her body we were given the devastating news that our little Catherine has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). She was admitted to hospital immediately and started on intense chemotherapy. She has now been in the Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children for 4 months and it looks like we will be here for a further 2-3 months with outpatient daycare treatment for 2-3 years after she gets home. She needs regular blood transfusions as the chemotherapy kills all the good and bad blood cells. Catherine has just completed her 3rd Round of chemotherapy and within 2-3 weeks we will find out if she requires a bone marrow transplant. Catherines big sister Emily is not allowed to visit because Catherine is at high risk of infection which has been very hard as Emily misses her little sister terribly. Catherine is doing amazingly well considering everything her wee body is going through and we couldn't be prouder of our little fighter and her big sister!"

All proceeds from the coffee evening will be going toward Catherine and her family.

Everyone is welcome on the night - bring your family and friends - there's sure to be a fantastic array of home baking available, along with a nice cuppa to warm you up! 

And if anyone is able to donate any baking, or help out on the evening, please let the Association know. Click here for their Facebook page.

 

Reviewed by Nick Smith

One of the key films of Faclan 2017 is the 1937 film The Edge of the World, fittingly subtitled “Ultima Thule”. The effort invested in the film by director Michael Powell alongside his cast and crew make this an important part of British cinema history, even without reference to the plot.

Filming on Foula in the late 1930s was a triumph of determination with no flights, intermittent radio communication, and the need, before their months of work could begin, for the crew to build their own accommodation.

Their reward was the opportunity to capture stunning images of Foula’s landscapes and wildlife in the context of a story of love, traditions, and depopulation recognisable 80 years later. Foula becomes Hirta, in real life the major island of the St Kilda archipelago, although the plot relies on Foula’s true location in the Shetlands.

Community Groups from the Butt to Barra received their share of £4,674 from the Western Isles Lottery at the end of September.

A spokesperson for Western Isles Community Society, who run the Lottery, say they have already banked almost £800 to restart the Community Funding Pot to be distributed at the end of October.

There has also been a total of £2,082 already shared in Cash Prizes. Winners have come from almost every area of the Islands and also from parts of mainland Scotland.

Western Isles Police are holding an very “Special” recruitment drive at the station in Stornoway next month.

The drop in day on November 25th will be run by, and for, Special Constables in the islands with the aim of encouraging others to volunteer.

Harris Tweed has gone truly international today (Tuesday October 10th) with the launch of the Harris Tweed app – available free worldwide for phones running both IOS and Android operating the systems.

The Harris Tweed Authority – based in the Town Hall in Stornoway – developed the app with funding secured through the Harris Tweed Educational Trust.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is in line for an "A Greener Festival" Award alongside top events such as Glastonbury

Hebridean Celtic Festival organisers are on a high after news that the Festival is in the running for a national “A Greener Festival” award alongside the likes of Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival.

There is a one in ten chance of winning for the celebrated annual Western Isles gig which attracts around 16,000 fans a year in comparison to Glastonbury’s 160,000. 

Organisers have described it as a “red letter day” for the festival, which has made reducing its environmental impact a priority with additions such as re-usable EcoCups and a fleet of electric E-cars offered at low rates for festival goers.  

A host of talented sportsmen and women from the islands were commended at the Lewis and Harris Sports Council Awards 2017.

LHSC chairman, Lesley Graham presented that awards last night (Monday 9th October) at the Sports council’s AGM.  They included adult and under 18 prizes as well as prizes for specific clubs and teams.

The Comhairle's approach to Gaelic language into the future will be the subject of a six-week public consultation starting today (Tuesday 10th October, 2017). 

The Comhairle is seeking the views and comments of the communities of the Western Isles, of local and national Gaelic organisations, and of public authorities across Scotland, regarding the content of its Draft Gaelic Language Plan which, once finalised, will cover the period 2018-2022.  

From the comfort and safety of An Lanntair’s auditorium Faclan audiences are invited to join renowned mountaineer Doug Scott on a journey around some of the world’s most dangerous peaks.

He’s survived Everest and the 7,285 metre “Ogre”, negotiated hostile mountain ranges never tackled before, climbed in every climate zone and season – and survived. Doug’s is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has become almost folkloric - 45 major expeditions on all of the world’s continents with the highest summits of each claimed. And all but one of these adventures was achieved without any artificial oxygen – a rarity these days.

The Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery draw on Saturday October 7th produced the following winners -  Mr Gerry MacIver from Crieff with £161.28; Mrs T from Garrabost, the first winner from the Point area who won £67.20; and Mr A (from Erskine) won £40.32. 

A total of £2,082 has now been shared in cash Prizes with £5,427 raised for island communities.

Next Saturday's draw involves an additional Bolt-on Prize Draw of £250 (donated by Lewis Builders Ltd) and 3 x Barra Atlantic Gin (donated by Isle of Barra Distillers Ltd), total value £268.80.

The annual Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture will take place on November 2, at 7:30pm in the e-Sgoil premises on Francis Street, Stornoway.

The lecture, in partnership with the new Comhairle nan Eilean Siar e-Sgoil initiative, will be broadcast live throughout the Western Isles which will enable a larger audience to view and participate in the event.

The lecture will be given by Donalda MacKinnon, the director of BBC Scotland. The subject of the lecture will be ‘The Role of the BBC in an ever Changing Global Communications Industry’ and will reflect on how recent political, social and technical development have affected the BBC’s work and its future role, specifically on broadcasting in Scotland.

Entrance is free and all are welcome. If you wish to attend, or want more information on the various broadcasts, please book by contacting Mira Byrne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 01851 822850.

Islanders are warned of been reports of a cold calling scam, where the caller claims to be calling from HMRC.

Trading Standards at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar say the caller states that you have underpaid income tax by £900 and that two notifications have already been sent by post.

Imminent court action is threatened unless the outstanding amount is paid immediately over the phone. In some cases the caller has asked for payment to be made by money transfer or by purchasing gift cards ( the consumer is asked to give the gift card numbers to the caller).

Hebrides Harmony, the beauty therapy business owned by Terri McGeoghegan, today (Monday October 9) moved into the White Rooms hair & beauty salon in Bayhead.

The business, originally established in 2010, specialises in various beauty treatments hot stone massages, anti ageing facials, crystal facials as well as threading and waxing.

Another staple of the business is the well-received ‘Cambridge Weight Plan’. Terri, on her social media platform, describes the plan as seeing ‘incredible success’ on the island and has had no shortage of clients.

Some services to the Outer Hebrides have been cancelled and others may be subject to disruption tomorrow (October 10th, 2017) due to winds gusting over 50 mph.

The 1330 Oban-Castlebay sailing has been cancelled though is expected to return to normal on Wednesday.  All services on the Mallaig Lochboisdale route have also been cancelled.

Around 130 people attended Public Protection Conference ‘Improving lives – Improving Life Chances’ at An Lanntair in Stornoway.

The event was organised by the Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Forum and the Adult Protection Committee and featured guest speakers John Carnochan OBE, a former Detective Chief Superintendent with Strathclyde Police and Neil Whiting, a Development officer with Scottish Women’s Aid.

Western Isles residents are encouraged to have their say on how to make local buses “better” as part of a nationwide survey organised by the Citizen’s Advice Scotland.

The "Your Bus, Your Say" survey will run from Sunday 8th October to Sunday 22nd October.

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service is urging local people to complete a new survey about local bus services.

The ‘Your Bus, Your Say ‘survey aims to collect the views of bus users on issues like cost, frequency and quality of service.

The survey runs till 22 October and is available online, but paper copies are also available at the local Citizens Advice Bureaux in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay.

Budding junior musicians - its time to get practising - because Isles musical showcase, the Western Isles Young Musician of the Year competition, is back. 

The competition, which was first held in 1992, will take place on February 16th, 2018 and is open to any child in primary or secondary school in the Western Isles.

A major event held at the restored Lews Castle last night (Saturday October 7) raised thousands of pounds for the group developing the Ionad Hiort (St Kilda Centre) plan.

Echoing the social calendar of the Castle’s past, the Ionad Hiort Gala Dinner and Dance was held in the Castle Ballroom and other function rooms and included a raffle, an auction and other fundraising events.

The evening began around 7pm and lasted into the small hours with music by Portrona. Videos focused on St Kilda ran throughout the event.

Iain MacAulay, Chairman of Comunn na Gàidhlig, along with the Spòrs Gàidhlig team and Shaun Roberts, Glenmore Lodge Principal.

A project is now underway to boost the delivery of outdoor activity training through the Gaelic language.

Based at Glenmore Lodge, the national outdoor activity training centre, the Spòrs Gàidhlig project will eventually see four people trained to deliver a wide range of outdoor activities to Gaelic speaking young people and other groups.

The first 12-month project, which will run until September 2018, has already seen three people employed by Spòrs Gàidhlig, who are now based at Glenmore Lodge: a project co-ordinator; and two ‘Gaelic language trainee instructors’.

The proposal by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan that motorhome users coming to the Western Isles should face a special levy to pay for additional facilities on the Islands sparked off a series of meetings at Edinburgh ministerial level.

And Alasdair Allan also met with representatives of Outer Hebrides Tourism to discuss their complete rejection of the proposal.

The group – representing tourism businesses throughout the Islands – said that “whilst OHT acknowledges that there is work to be done to ensure adequate infrastructure and facilities, we disagree with the claims that motorhome visitors do not contribute to the economy. “ 

Rod Read with his groundbreaking "Daisy" Kite - a flying wind turbine.  

A Lewis-based Kite Power enterprise is flying high after a planners approved its application for a first of its kind “Flying Wind Turbine” research and testing facility.  

Businessman and engineer Rod Read who runs Windswept and Interesting Ltd has been granted permission for a single storey office, workshop and a designated kite flying zone on his croft in Aiginish, Point.

It will be the first designated facility of its type in the Scotland.

Free Church of Scotland Moderator 2018, Rev. Angus MacRae 

THE Free Church of Scotland has announced its Moderator Designate for 2018 as Reverend Angus MacRae, formerly of the Isle of Lewis.

Rev. MacRae, a Free Church minister for 25 years and currently  minister of Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church, succeeds Rev. Derek Lamont, of St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh in as Moderator.

THE Free Church of Scotland has announced its Moderator Designate for 2018 as Reverend Angus MacRae, who was raised on the Isle of Lewis.

Rev. MacRae, a Free Church minister for 25 years and currently the minister of Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church in Ross-shire, succeeds 2017 Moderator Rev. Derek Lamont, of St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh.

One of the short films highlights the experience of Isle of Lewis schoolboy Rowan Macleod.

 

The Leanne Fund has supported even more families affected by Cystic Fibrosis through its Development Project which is now moving into its second year.

Following the award of funds from The Big Lottery Fund last year, the Fund’s Development Manager and volunteers have been working hard to expand services from the Highlands and Islands to the Grampian area and develop new projects in response to demand.

New initiatives include ‘On the Move’ – a service to support a young person with CF towards independent living and 'Over the Rainbow’ which is an extraordinary wishlist or experience for those in the final stage of illness.

The Blythswood Shoebox Appeal will be held in Lewis and Harris on Thursday November 9th, 3.30pm-6 pm; Friday 10th, 3pm-7pm; and Saturday 11th November 10am-12 noon.

The Appeal Centre will be in the Lewis Blythswood Centre  in the Old Co-op in Kenneth Street (with thanks to DR Macleod Haulage) and is situated opposite Lodge Fortrose.

Come and experience the North Harris wildlife in all its glory at one of a series of “Roaring and Rutting” walks organised by the North Harris Trust throughout October.

Meet just East of Amhunsuidhe Castle (NB 052 077) at 10am tomorrow (October 7th), and  Thursdays October 12, 19 and 26th for guided treks through stunning Glen Cravadale and Glen Ulladale where herds of red deer congregate for the annual rut, an impressive mating display where males lock antlers in fierce battle to defend their hareems.  

Stornoway Port Authority wishes to appoint Non-Executive Board Members with appropriate skills to enable the efficient and effective discharge by the Authority of the management and regulation of Stornoway Harbour.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate ability in their chosen profession and, in order to complement the existing range of expertise on the Board, should have professional knowledge and experience at a senior corporate level in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Laws relating to Scotland

The Authority is going through a period of change and requires new Board Members. 

No remuneration is currently payable to Non-Executive Board Members.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 19th October 2017.

An information pack and application form may be obtained from Mr Alex Macleod, Chief Executive, Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XS.

Tel No 01851 702688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.stornowayportauthority.com

The main award - chosen by shoppers - from Tesco's Bags of Help fund (derived from the plastic bags charge) has gone to Alzheimer Scotland Lewis & Harris, for their Dementia Friendly Snooker Club.

Alzheimer Scotland Lewis & Harris said: "We are delighted to be awarded the main award of £4000.

"The activity is now up and running and folks are already enjoying their game of snooker or pool.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan met this week with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, to discuss future plans for the rollout of superfast fibre broadband to the Western Isles.

Since superfast was first brought to the islands in July of 2015, 166 cabinets have been activated across the islands as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme. This has enabled superfast broadband for about 75% of  Western Isles premises.

The present programme will come to an end in March next year and plans for the Reaching 100% (R100) programme – which will deliver superfast broadband access to those not included in the DSSB programme - are currently being worked on.

Parents of 2-5 year-olds in the Western Isles are encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring their children get their flu vaccination.

GP practices across the NHS Western Isles area will provide the free nasal flu vaccine in a bid to ensure young children are protected.  Primary school children will receive their vaccination at school this month (October).

By reducing transmission of the virus, particularly to at-risk groups like the elderly, the child flu vaccination programme is expected to eventually prevent an estimated additional 200 deaths per year, and 1,100 hospitalisations from flu across Scotland.

The exemption of Islands flights from UK air passenger taxes is at risk amid the struggle between the UK Government and the European Union.

Yesterday, Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, backed a Scottish Government proposal which would ensure island airports continue to be exempted from Air Departure Tax (ADT).

An exemption from Air Passenger Duty (as the tax is currently called) for flights from the Highlands and Islands has been in place since 2001.  Transferring the exemption to the new Air Departure Tax requires notification to the European Commission which can only be done by the UK Government, as the member state.

A road safety leaflet guiding motorists on single track road etiquette on the Highlands and islands has been praised by the Scottish government.

At General Questions in the Scottish Parliament today (October 5th), Highlands & Islands Regional MSP David Stewart asked Transport Minister Humza Yousaf if the Scottish Government would join with him in commending the pamphlet by the North Of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT).

Trading Standards Officers at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are urging Islanders to always contact Home Energy Scotland before considering offers of free heating, insulation or other similar schemes following concerns that unsolicited companies are offering deals.

Cat lovers are invited to walk, jog or run to raise funds for a local Cat Rescue centre later this month.

The Whiskers 5k, supporting the Lewis and Harris branch of the Cats Protection League will take place in the Castle grounds on October 28 at 12 noon at the Porter's Lodge. 

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd has appointed an interim Chair to oversee the company as the process of making a permanent appointment gets underway.

Lorna Jack, a HIAL Board Member and Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, will take up the post to help guide a number of projects central to the future of air travel in the Highlands and Islands. 

Restoration works to the Lewis War Memorial have now been completed, says Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

To complete the work, the Comhairle was successful in securing a grant of £132,000 from the War Memorial Trust's First World War Memorials Programme, for £200,000 of refurbishment proposals.

Restoration works to the Lewis War Memorial have now been completed, says Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

To complete the work, the Comhairle was successful in securing a grant of £132,000 from the War Memorial Trust's First World War Memorials Programme, for £200,000 of refurbishment proposals.

The UK government must protect Scottish produce, such as Stornoway Black Pudding, by upholding the Protected Food Name scheme in all future trade deals, says the SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan.

This comes in response to the UK Government’s omission of Scottish products from the EU-Canada trade deal (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements (CETA)) and of key Scottish Protected Food Names in EU trade deals with Japan and Mexico.

SNP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing has written to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove to seek assurances around the protection of UK food names in EU trade deals.

Writer Helen Forbes, who formerly worked for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway, is on the verge of releasing a new novel, 'Madness Lies', following the 'Highland Noir" novel 'In the Shadow of the Hill', published almost three years ago.

Helen is well-known throughout the Western Isles from her work in the Council's legal department; her role running the Uist Council for Voluntary service; and from her family connections with North Uist and Stornoway, where she attended Primary School.  She also  edited Am Paipear, the award-winning Uist community newspaper.

Her new novel will be released on October 19th. Madness Lies follows DS Joe Galbraith on a new murder investigation and moves between Inverness, North Uist and London, reaching a terrifying dénouement at the notorious Black Rock Gorge.

HM Inspectors visited Providence Christian School in September 2017 to engage in professional discussions with the school on its arrangements for quality improvement and its priorities for further development, says Education Scotland.

They concluded: "We are confident the school has the necessary arrangements and procedures in place to ensure continued improvement in the quality of education provided."

The full letter to the school states:"The visit was part of our quality improvement and professional engagement visits with independent schools which complement the general programme of inspections. The approach allows us to maintain our knowledge of schools in the independent sector throughout Scotland, and provides assurance to parents on the school’s capacity for evaluating its own work and making improvements which have a direct impact on the quality of experiences for its children.

In Scotland, the collection of Direct Debit promises is not currently covered by Charity licensing rules, warns Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Therefore a door to door collection for direct debit does not require to have a licence from CnES.

The Institute of Fundraising, which includes membership of the majority of larger charities, has issued specific guidance for door to door fundraising .

Vehicle faults were found to be the most prevalent form of road offence on the Isle of Lewis during a recent week of police patrols and checks on the island.

Highlands and Islands officers Officers, supported by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), were on the Island between September 26th and September 30th as part of Operation Route, an five day exercise aimed at promoting road safety locally.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking steps to boost female representation within the council, it was announced today (October 3, 2017)

The decision by the Policy and Resources Committee was prompted by concerns that no women were elected onto the council at Local Government Elections last May.

An application to replace an existing wind turbine at Balallan’s Community Hub with a bigger and more effective model in line with other community buildings in the Islands is being considered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s planning department

The proposed 10 kilowatt, Aircon 10S galvanised steel turbine would measure 15.5 metres in height and be situated on a crofting apportionment approximately 300 metres to the north east of the building which was formerly Balallan Primary School. 

Big smiles at Bethesda Hospice as Point and Sandwick Trust honours its £55,00 annual pledge.

Point and Sandwick community wind farm has given £30,000 to Bethesda Care Home and Hospice, bringing its total annual donation to £55,000.

Its good news for the hospice and also a sign of success for the renewables Trust which has pledged to give £55,000 a year to the charity for 25 years, providing its turbines at Beinn Ghrideag make money.


Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in the Western Isles can find out more about help available for them and put forward their own ideas at a special meeting later this month.

The MS society, in conjunction with the Western Isles MS Nurse, has organised the event at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway on October 24th between 1pm and 4pm.

If enough people attend it is hoped this could pave the way for a regular support group in the Islands helping MS patients and their families.

Key strategic priorities for the Western Isles over the next 10 to 20 years have been published by the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership today (Monday, October 2nd).
The OHCPP’s vision is to promote and realise the Islands’ full potential as a prosperous, well-educated and healthy community, enjoying a good quality of life and fully realising the benefits of the natural environment and cultural values.

Police in the Highlands and Islands are urging motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol following a number of recent reported incidents.
The safety message comes after five drivers were detected to be over the legal limit or refused to give a breath sample over the course of the last weekend alone.
Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland said: "The people caught drink driving this weekend will face the courts but the results of behaviour like this can be much more serious.

The October Motiv8 Programme is now available to view online by following the link below or paper copies available at ISL Reception: www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl

No bookings will be accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday 12th October 2017.  

As always no telephone bookings will be accepted and places can only be confirmed upon receipt of a completed booking form and the correct fee. If you require any further information, please feel free to contact ISL Reception on 01851 822800.

 

The October Motiv8 Programme is now available to view online by following the link below or paper copies available at ISL Reception: www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl

No bookings will be accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday 12th October 2017.  

As always no telephone bookings will be accepted and places can only be confirmed upon receipt of a completed booking form and the correct fee. If you require any further information, please feel free to contact ISL Reception on 01851 822800.

 

The power of an intellectually-talented individual to overcome any social challenges was highlighted in a major talk on Friday September 29.

The sixth annual Colm Cille Lecture took place in a crowded Ionad Stoodie at Seaview, Knock – with sponsorship for the third year running from Point and Sandwick Trust.

The lecture, arranged by Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe (The Ui Church Trust) was delivered by educationist Iain Smith, and the topic was Donald Mackenzie of Aird, ‘Domhnall Seonaid’.

The book from which Domhnall Seonaid’s story is taken, Saints and Sinners, is also being promoted at an event in Glasgow this week. Publisher Acair is hosting the event at Waterstone’s on Byres Road on Wednesday, October 4 at 7.30pm.  A spokesman for Acair said: “It’s going to be a talk and discussion and we hope people will come and buy the book. It’s been really well received since we launched it in June.”

The Harris Sports Centre in partnership with Skye based Charity Lucky to be here are hoping to provide Emergency Life Support training with defibrillator awareness to members of the public.

 Starting on Friday 11th November between 7pm and 9pm, this two hour course will be run every week with the aim to equip members of the community with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the event of an emergency situation, where there is no immediate professional help. The aim is to keep class sizes to between 6 and 8 people at a time so booking in advance is essential.

The Highlands and Islands will see more fibre broadband coverage for homes and businesses into 2017, thanks to the early success of the region’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the rural economy and connectivity, announced today (31 October) that strong take up figures mean that an additional £2.3m is being re-invested back into the project

Mr Ewing said: “There is nowhere in the UK where a broadband project has made a bigger difference to connectivity than in the Highlands and Islands.

Police in Stornoway are carrying out enquiries into the theft of arrangements of flowers from Barvas cemetery.  

This theft occurred between 5 pm on Monday 24th October 2016 and 5 pm on Tuesday 25th October 2016.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Stornoway Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

The last surviving Hebridean Cable Transit Company gondola (detail above) has been fully restored to form centrepiece of the new 'Suspension and Disbelief' exhibition by artists Philippa Thomas and Hector MacInnes

“If ever a vehicle was driven in defiance of God's will, it was across the Barvas moor,” said civil engineer Hugh Morrison.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the public works contractor and visionary from Lochs, set out to transform transport in his native island stating: “What Lewis needs is a modern, sustainable, brave new transport solution.”

Hugh's fear was that the Western Isles were under threat from economic migration to cities – a possibility, he felt, that could be deterred by connecting the islands' outlying and hard to reach communities with a modern and suitable mode of transport.

Police in Stornoway are carrying out enquiries into the theft of arrangements of flowers from Barvas cemetery.  

This theft occurred between 5 pm on Monday 24th October 2016 and 5 pm on Tuesday 25th October 2016.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Stornoway Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

In a bid to to find solutions to assist with crew shortages within the fishing industry, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil will meet with UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill MP on Wednesday (October 2nd). 

Mr MacNeil has repeatedly highlighted the need for action from the UK Government to find solutions to a situation which has led to more than six fishing boats being tied up throughout the islands due to a lack of skilled crew.

The islands' MP met with Mr Goodwill briefly in October and said initial early discussions had suggested the Minister was taking the industry’s concerns on board.


Dyslexia Scotland Hebrides is organising a special event on Monday 7 November from 7pm – 8.30pm in Stornoway Town Hall, (main entrance), entitled Study Skills for Dyslexia.
This is a chance to come and learn some practical tips and ideas to help children and adults with dyslexia improve study skills. Everyone very welcome to this free event, says the group.

This year marks 100 years since the clocks went back for the first time in Britain – as part of the efforts to improve productivity during World War One.

This weekend, we once again turn our clocks back at 2am tomorrow (Sunday, October 30), which officially signals the end of British Summer Time for 2016.

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service put a total of £800,000 into the pockets of local people last year, by helping them to access benefit entitlements, unpaid wages and helping them to manage their debt more effectively - according to new figures published by the charity.

WICAS has also revealed that it saw 1378 clients over the year, with the vast majority of cases related to social security and debt. 

Connor (front, wearing short-sleeved top) receives the cheque

Young people at Pointers Drop-in Centre held two family fun days this summer, raising funds to go towards the Mhairi Maciver Fund.  

One of Mhairi's sons, Connor, is a regular attendee in Pointers.

Mum of three Mhairi Maciver (39), was struck down with a basilar artery stroke on September 16, 2014, and is being looked after at Bethesda Care Home and Hospice.

A Prize Bingo Night is being held at the Stornoway Sea Angling Club tonight (Friday 28 October).

It starts at 7.30pm, and is in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. 

This is the first large-scale charity event the Stornoway Sea Angling Club has hosted since a major refurbishment of the downstairs hall. 

An Lanntair launches its new Café Bar Menu this Saturday (29 October), following the introduction of their new Head Chef, Kenny Mackay. 

Kenny joins the team at An Lanntair from the renowned and award-winning Stravaigin Restaurant in Glasgow. Bringing over ten years’ experience at top end restaurants, Kenny’s creative flair and passion for local produce will offer An Lanntair’s customers in Stornoway a superb new dining experience.

An Lanntair’s new menu is sourced from a whole host of local suppliers, including Isle of Lewis Cheese, Williamsons, Grillburger, Nenna’s mussels from Loch Leurbost, and W. J. Macondald butchers. They will also use locally sourced fresh fish.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has called for more action at a national level to reverse the projected population decline in the Outer Hebrides in years to come.

The 2014 based projections predict a severe decline in the population of the Outer Hebrides of 13.7%.   This is more severe  than the previous projections which indicated a decrease of 11.3%.  The population of the Outer Hebrides is projected to decrease from 27,250 in 2014 to 23,515 in 2039. 

The population of the Outer Hebrides is projected to decline by 13.7% over the period 2014-2039, the largest percentage projected decline in Scotland (Inverclyde -12%, Argyll & Bute -8%). 

Isles MP Angus MacNeil has received confirmation that the British Red Cross will no longer provide event first aid in the Western Isles.

Mr MacNeil wrote to the British Red Cross following representations made to him from Red Cross Volunteers who discovered that this service would no longer be provided in the Western Isles.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “It is very disappointing that the British Red Cross have taken the decision to withdraw the event first aid service in the Western Isles.  This decision was taken without prior consultation with the Red Cross volunteers or event organisers in the Western Isles. 

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) will soon launch their newest group in the Western Isles and applications are now being sought for new members. 

The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the Police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. 

They promote a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship. 

The Stornoway Gazette office in Francis Street is no more.

The newspaper's name over the door has been painted out.

The photograph taken this morning (Thursday October 27th) shows there is still the green shop sign dating from the 1980s - although it is over the doorway blocked up in office renovations in the early 2000s - and the shop itself has been closed and empty for almost a year.

Isles MP Angus MacNeil met with the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee on Tuesday and urged them to push for support for island renewable energy projects. 

As the former Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC), whose work has now come under the remit of the BEIS Committee, Mr MacNeil stressed the need for urgent clarification on future support.

A storekeeper from the Western Isles has been selected as a finalist at the Scottish Health Awards 2016.

David Nicolson, community equipment service storekeeper at Western Isles Hospital, has been shortlisted for the Unsung Hero award as a result of the reliable, responsive and innovative delivery service that he provides to patients and their families.

David is constantly on the lookout for new ideas and equipment and has been praised for always going above and beyond what is expected of him, regardless of any logistical issues he may face.

Island crofters turned out in good numbers for the Crofting Roadshow 2016

The Crofting Roadshow, held in the aptly named Croft Room at the Caladh Inn tonight (Wednesday, October 26th) drew a healthy audience, keen to air local views on the crofting industry and the Crofting Commission.

Opening the Roadshow, Western Isles Murdo Maclennan updated those present to the achievements of the Commission over the past year, including a 20% reduction in application processing times, the roll-out of the new Croft Information System in February this year, and the success of delegating simple decisions to be made at Commission staff level.

He revealed that the work of the Commission had increased by 50% over the last twelve months and spoke of the need to look at current regulations and turned to the importance of the Crofting Census in gathering an evidence base to support legislative change.

Nursery provision in South Lochs is to be extended thanks to a £107,000 pilot project taking place with Pairc Playgroup.

With funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust (MCWFT), the three-year project brings with it three new employment opportunities in the area; and hopes that increased childcare could attract new families to South Lochs.

“Sourcing adequate childcare is a major problem for many families in the area, with many having to look to Stornoway for provision as there is nothing available locally,” said Helen Sandison, Pairc Playgroup Committee.

A meeting in Stornoway tonight will give people the opportunity to find out more about the upcoming crofting elections and will be a chance to discuss crofting issues.

The Crofting Commission along with Registers of Scotland, Scottish Crofting Federation, SAC Consulting and NFUS are hosting a series of Crofting Roadshows over the next two months.

Join them at the Caladh Inn tonight from 7.30pm to 9pm to find out more about the elections, the role of the Commission and Commissioners and the importance of making your voice heard.

Bringing their unique brand of rock n roll back to the Western Isles next year are Hunter & The Bear

They've already secured a band of island fans, impressed Hebridean Celtic Festival audiences  in July, and now Hunter & The Bear prepare to return to the Western Isles next year, with tickets going on sale on Friday.

Beyond Presents are delighted to announce Hunter & The Bear's 2017 tour dates, which include a stop-off in Stornoway to perform at An Lanntair arts centre.

One of the UK's most exciting new bands, and pioneers of a long anticipated resurgence of rock and roll; the group's combination of melodic sensibility, with riff-laden tunes, represents the very best of guitar-driven music today.

School children in Moldova were delighted to received last year

Celebrating 50 years of Blythswood Care, and 31 years of the charity's annual Shoebox Appeal, islanders are urged to help get the two millionth shoebox collected in this anniversary year.

“The Western Isles have always given great support and enthusiasm for the Shoebox Appeal,” said Chris Martin, Shoebox Co-ordinator Lewis and Harris. “Last year the islands sent about 1,500 boxes.”

In total 2015 saw Blythswood Care collected 116,576 Shoeboxes during the winter appeal; and distributed the Christmas care packages in Albania; Bulgaria; Hungary; Kosovo; Moldova; Pakistan; Romania; Serbia, and Ukraine.

The Crofting Commission Convener crisis has moved into the realm of absurdity, says Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Mr Krause says: "In his latest statements to the media, Colin Kennedy, the Convener of the Crofting Commission, has said that he has no intention to stand down, despite widespread calls for his resignation.

"He refutes any wrongdoing and claims to have operated within the law, notwithstanding the fact that lawyers and the Cabinet Secretary for crofting, Fergus Ewing, who is himself from a legal background, have said he is wrong.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has questioned the results of a review of skills and enterprise services which proposes a new Scotland-wide statutory board to co-ordinate the activities of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The Comhairle welcomed the retention of HIE but called for a more community based focus in economic development and for the principles of Our Islands: Our Future to be retained in the restructuring.

The Leanne Fund now has a permanent office base in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

The charity, which provides support for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis across the Highlands and Islands and Grampian, has recently opened its first office where new Development Manager Chrisetta Mitchell will be based.

The office is at 36 Point Street, Stornoway and is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and all are welcome to call in and find out more about the work of the growing charity and also to hear about new volunteering opportunities.

The Loch Seaforth ferry is now in drydock, and CalMac have drafted in the Isle of Lewis to cover day runs between Stornoway and Ullapool, while the Hebridean Isles will take care of the overnight freight service. 

The Isle of Arran has been drafted in to cover for the Isle of Lewis, which has been on the Castlebay - Oban run in recent months. 

Pairc Playgroup Extended Childcare Project

Pairc Playgroup based in Kershader, South Lochs, require three new members of staff for a three year pilot project to extend current child care provision in the area.  The following positions are available for immediate start:

  • Nursery Key Worker 1 (unqualified) - £9.50 per hour, plus pension required 1pm to 6.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 1pm to 4.30pm Wednesday and Friday.  Total 28 hours per week (4 ½ hours planning time).  Term Time working (38 weeks per year).
  • Nursery Key Worker 2 (unqualified) - £9.50 per hour plus pension required 1pm to 6.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Total 19 hours per week (2 ½ hours planning time).  Term Time working (38 weeks per year).
  • 1 x Administrative Assistant - £9.50 per hour plus pension for 9 hours per week. Term Time working (38 weeks per year).  (This post could be combined with the 2nd post above). 

The opportunity to have you say on crofting matters is on offer tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26th) as the Crofting Commission's 'Crofting Roadshow' sets up in Stornoway.

And on Thursday (October 27th) the Roadshow moves to Benbecula to ensure all Western Isles crofters have the opportunity to attend.

With the Crofting Commission elections due to take place in March next year, the Crofting Roadshows are a chance to find out more about the elections; as well as the role of the Commission and Commissioners, and the importance of making your voice heard.

Over the coming months, Lewis Sports Centre will be upgrading its gym equipment. 

To try to encourage physical activity in the Outer Hebrides, they will be giving away the equipment that is currently in use to local community groups. 

Any community group who would be interested in getting some of this gym equipment, is asked to apply via the Comhairle website by Wednesday November 9 2016.

On the 29th October 2016 from 10-4 there will be a Big Bike Revival event in Stornoway on behalf of Cycling Uk.

The event will be hosted by Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association and The Bridge Centre Youth Group.

Thanks to Cycling UK and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar this day is open to all public and is FREE.

On the day, a number of local business will work together to provide the following services free of charge for those attending the event:

1. Bike Mechanics - free drop-in basic bike services. There will be two fully qualified bike mechanics attending.

2. Basic MTB skill sessions – Fully qualified MTB leaders giving basic skills training for those looking to just get a bit of confidence to use the local bike paths and trails. 

3. Road bike skill sessions – Bikeability Volunteers and Police Scotland will be providing cycle training for novices upwards to get families confident about being out on the roads safely. 

4. Police Scotland and their Youth Volunteering scheme will provide bike security stamping.

5. Local bike club Hebrides Cycle Club will be providing advice, local club opportunities, facilities.

6. Equipment swap/donation station. –If you have a bike that you feel you could donate to someone why not use the swap station?

7. Free Information leaflets showing the local cycling infrastructure and facilities.

8. Make your own healthy, pedal-powered smoothies with a bike blender.

9. Highland Cycle Ability Centre – bike sessions for all physical abilities

10. Promotional Freebies

11. Bouncy castle

12. Face painting

The day will be first come first served so don't miss out.

The aim is to celebrate all things cycling, and encourage everyone to get their bike out of the garage and back on the road.

The event is supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

For more information, click here

Zumbathon: Saturday 5th November starting at 10am at the Bridge Centre, £5 minimum suggested donation. All welcome!

A documentary showing of the life of John Bunyan, the bold evangelist: Monday 7th November from 7:30-9pm at the APC church on Keith street. Donations on the door. 

Breakfast fundraiser: Saturday 12th November from 8am-12pm at the Retirement Centre. Donations on the door. 

"Please also pray for the charity with two trips in November, from the 1st to the 8th November and the second group from the 22nd-29th November. The groups aim to build relationships in the village, finish painting the school, support the delivery of clean water through further education and support the evangelism in the village of Kabakel."

Police in Stornoway are carrying out enquiries following a reported assault in the town centre. 

Around 3.15am on Saturday 22nd October, a female in her twenties was reportedly assaulted by an unknown man in the Bank Street area of the town. She did not sustain any injuries. 

A local charity has celebrated 40 years of supporting people in Lewis and Harris who have learning or other disabilities.  ENABLE Stornoway & District Branch was formed in 1976 by a group of parents looking to support their children who had disabilities.

They began raising money to campaign for abetter life for those whose unfortunate circumstances prevented them from enjoying what everyone else took for granted. Once established they formed a pressure group to lobby local councillors and attend council meetings until the Ardseileach Day Centre at Willowglen, Stornoway was built in 1979.

Through the council and the new centre people who had disabilities had access to services ranging from swimming to pre-school and nursery facilities, disco nights, and the PHAB club.  But it hasn’t all been plain sailing.

The Power to Make a Difference 
is in Your Hands!

The Aviva Community Fund gives out funding to local projects that are making a positive change in their community. https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-438



Befriending Lewis  applied for funding in the Health, Disability and Well-being category and if successful, they will use the money to benefit local people who are struggling with the damaging effects of loneliness and isolation.  Each person has 10 votes!

To find out more and register your vote visit:
 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-438



Befriending Lewis is not currently supported by any form of mainstream health, social care or government funding. 

All resources to fund the service have been raised by local volunteers and staff of Third Sector Hebrides.
   


Please get involved!

 

Voting closes at midday, 18th November 2016

More videos from the last day of the National Mòd 2016

The Royal National Mòd 2016 finished in the Western Isles today with the open air singing of the Massed Choirs at The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.  In the ceremonial handing over of the reins, John Macleod (far left), President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, and Councillor Norman MacDonald (far right), Chairman of the Western Isles Local Organising Committee, passed the torch on to representatives from 2017 Mòd hosts Lochaber.

After eight days of competitions, performances and festivities, the Royal National Mòd bade farewell to the Western Isles this afternoon (Saturday October 22).

SNP supporters gathered yesterday afternoon to celebrate the official opening of Alasdair Allan MSP's offices on Kenneth Street. 

The offices were officially opened by Angus MacNeil MP who ceremonially cut the ribbon, and the cake, in celebration. 

Alasdair Allan's new offices can be found at 20 Kenneth Street, while Angus MacNeil's offices remain at 31 Bayhead.  

 

Hundreds of people thronged the streets of Stornoway this morning as the Royal National Mòd came to an end with an open air event which started outside the Town Hall and created a parade behind the Lewis Pipe Band. This briefly stretched the length of Francis Street before disappearing into the amphitheatre which forms the centrepiece of the new Nicolson Institute for an open-air concert in what proved to be a stunning and acoustically perfect location.

 

The massed choirs of the Mòd came together for one massive public singsong, lasting more than an hour.  This also marked the handover of the event to next year's hosts, Lochaber, who announced they were up to the challenge - backed up by the, perhaps doubtful, claim that the sun always shines in Fort William.


Dingwall Gaelic Choir walked away with a clean sweep of trophies in this year’s prestigious Lovat and Tullibardine Shield competition for Area Choirs, with conductor Kirsteen Menzies is pictured with the shield itself, at the last day of competitions at the Royal National Mòd in the Western Isles.  Also pictured is  choir member Steven MacIomhair after the winning of the prestigious Lovat and Tullibardine Shield. The choir also walked away with a clean sweep of all prizes available in the competition for Area Choirs.
 
In the last day of competitions at the Royal National Mòd in the Western Isles today, Lochaber Gaelic Choir were crowned worthy winners of the coveted Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy.

The Scottish Youth Parliament are currently accepting candidates expression of interest for the 2017 Elections.

Registration must take place by 5pm on 31 October 2016

This is an opportunity for young people to stand for election locally to be the Western Isles' next Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP).

In the Western Isles, we have 2 MSYP seats. 

Here are just some of the benefits of being an MSYP:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Being part of national campaigns and projects
  • Representing young people across Scotland
  • Being an ambassador for a national organisation
  • Influencing policy and decision making in Scotland
  • Effecting change
  • Gaining valuable transferable skills in public speaking, youth engagement, media and influencing

SYP is great for your CV and allows you to make real changes to improve Scotland for Young People.

Register online by 31 October. 

This year’s winners of the prestigious Traditional Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd were Claire Macaulay, from Ness, now living in Glasgow;  and Torquil MacLeod of Stornoway.
The competition, considered one of the most coveted at the Mòd, took place on Thursday night and sees competitors sing two songs of their own choosing in the traditional Gaelic manner.
Claire lives in Glasgow with her husband and three children, and teaches primary children at the Glasgow Gaelic  School. She is also a member of the Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir which won the ladies Area Choir competition this afternoon.

The winning board was from Sgoil an Oib (Leverburgh School)

Stornoway Amenity Trust have announced the winners of the Royal National Mòd school art board competition.

First prize goes to Sgoil an Oib who created a very interesting board highlighting the topical subject of the Transocean Winner oil rig which unexpectedly visited the islands this summer.

Second prize goes to Sgoil Lionacleit for their colourful and imaginative board and third prize to Sgoil na Pairc for their very impressive contribution.

The partnership between Lewis Wind Power and Lews Castle College UHI in providing graduates with vital engineering experience is now into its third year and going from strength to strength.
Each year Lewis Wind Power takes on graduates from the college and gives them experience of working at a variety of wind farm sites across the UK.
“EDF Energy Renewables and Lewis Wind Power have supported the college and our graduates with graduate placements and have contributed towards development of the Engineering Degree curriculum, delivered in partnership with the University of the Highlands. Specialists within the organisation have also delivered a number of guest lectures and have helped with technology research in recent years".

While other choirs took to the stage at the Royal National Mòd today (Thursday 20 October), the female members of the Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir had an impromptu sing-a-long after competing, conducted by honorary mascot, 16 month old Archie.


In only their second time competing in the Royal National Mòd, Barra Gaelic Choir walked away winners of the prestigious Lorn Shield today (Thursday 20 October). 

 

Lighting Electrical - the long-established Stornoway-based electrical and white goods suppliers - have opened a new showroom in Scotland Street.

It has extensive displays of washing machines, fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, cookers, hobs and so on - full details of what they have in stock are available on their website - http://www.lighting-electrical.co.uk/ - which has new offers updated every day.

Lighting Electrical have still got their premises on Cromwell Street as well - coping with demand for smaller electrical goods - while the new store is more convenient for parking and browsing the ranges on offer.

The new shop is open six days a week - open from 9am until 5.30pm except Saturdays when they close earlier at 5pm.

Carol Maclean from Mull and Hector MacKechnie from Lochaline were winners of this year’s coveted Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd on Wednesday night.

The Royal National Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) continues today (Thursday 20th October) as the Rural Choirs take to the stage particularly in the Grampian Television Trophy and the Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich competitions.

In Harris, Sir E. Scott School hosts this year’s Highland Dancing competitions. 

In the Fringe today, emerging musicians entertain the crowds in ‘Music at the Stones’ at the Calanais Visitor Centre.

Local businesses are supporting Stornoway RNLI during the Royal National Mod with delicatessen Delights holding a raffle all this week, and Stornoway's pubs joining in fundraising with '£££s for Pints'.

Tickets for the Delights Mod Week raffle – which boasts first prize of a hamper filled with delicious Delights goodies, and second prize of a home-made Duff – are available priced £1 per strip. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Saturday, October 22nd.

And during October the Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild are teaming up with island pubs and hotels to introduce the '£££s for Pints' fundraising initiative.

If you are enjoying one of the bars supporting the local lifesavers, why not consider putting £1, or whatever you can, into the Stornoway Lifeboat buckets.

You can find the collection buckets in: Stornoway Sea Angling Club; The Rangers Club; Loch Erisort Inn; The Carlton; The Crown; The Crit; Era: Chilli Chilli, and The Star.

Stornoway RNLI would like to say a big thank you to all for the support and fundraising efforts.

The UK Government must confirm support for island renewables as a matter of urgency, said Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

Mr MacNeil, who is the outgoing Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, has spent the last 16 months on the influential Select Committee which has held the UK Government to account over its energy policies.

In a reshuffle of Government departments, the Prime Minister abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change merging its remit into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

15-year-old Anna Nicolson  (above top) won the Junior Advanced Clarsach competition at yesterday’s (Wednesday 19th October)  Royal National Mòd.
Anna also won the intermediate 2 competition at the Mòd in Oban last year.
Also the coveted Silver Pendant medals were awarded to Fiona Ross of Glasgow and Fergus Muir of Bowmore, pictured above.
In the competition, entrants are required to sing two songs, one prescribed and one of their own choosing.

(L-R): John Randall, Islands Book Trust; John Swinney MSP; and Donnie Morrison, Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc

Western Isles Council chambers were packed out this afternoon (Wednesday, October 19th) as Scotland's Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, delivered the thirteenth Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture.

Organised by the Islands Book Trust and Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc, the 2016 Lecture moved from its normal venue in South Lochs to the Stornoway chambers to coincide with the Royal National Mod, with Mr Swinney's talk exploring 'The Place of Gaelic in a Modern Scotland'.

Looking back at the struggles of the Gaelic language and its people throughout the centuries, Mr Finney paid tribute to the late Donald Stewart, and his 1980 attempt to secure legislation for the Gaelic language – a Bill that was talked out of the House of Commons the following year in “a spiteful escapade indulged by people far away,” he said.

The Crofting Commission, today announced the appointment of Bill Barron as its Interim Chief Executive.

Bill Barron will be joining the Commission on an interim basis from the 24 October 2016 and will lead the organisation until a permanent appointment is made.  

He takes on the role following the departure of its previous Chief Executive, Catriona Maclean, to take up a promotion within Scottish Government. 

 

Depute Lord Lieutenant, Donald Martin, Comhairle Convener, Cllr Norman A MacDonald, and Factor of The Stornoway Trust, Iain MacIver

The sports playing field at Bayhead is now officially protected thanks to national charity Fields in Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Stornoway Trust.

Protection with Fields in Trust provides a living legacy of outdoor recreational space across Scotland.

Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Norman A MacDonald said: “I’m delighted that we now have our own protected Field for the whole community to use. Over the years the field has remained a place for sport, quiet enjoyment of nature and community festivals and it is great to see this as part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympic games, held in London.”

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: “We are delighted that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and The Stornoway Trust have shown how much they value their community and its future by preserving their green space forever with Fields in Trust. Community green spaces such as this play such a vital role in maintaining a high quality of life for those around them,”

 

 

 

 

Angus MacNeil,  MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has been appointed to chair the House of Commons International Trade Committee, one of the committees of MPs overlooking the work of a key part of the break with the European Union.
Mr MacNeil was elected unopposed as the sole SNP nomination to chair this new Select Committee.
The International Trade Committee will examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the newly-created Department for International Trade and its associated public bodies at a critical time for the UK’s economy.
Leading Tory Brexit campaigner Liam Fox is Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

The Isle of Harris Golf Club held their second annual Charity Day on Saturday 27th August 2016.

This year they nominated Bethesda Hospice to receive the proceeds of the day, and Mr Mal Hall, Club Captain is seen handing over a cheque for £700 to DR Macdonald, Bethesda Fundraiser.

Until 6pm tonight, you have the opportunity to win tickets to the Scottish Open Snooker final by entering into BBC Radio nan Gàidheal's competition

First prize is two tickets to the Scottish Open Snooker final on Sunday December 18th 2016 (sessions at 1pm and 7pm), as well as the chance to go backstage during the tournament and play a frame of snooker against one of the top stars on an official tournament practice table.

There will also be three runners-up, who will each receive two tickets to both semi-finals on Saturday December 17th 2016 (sessions at 1pm and 7pm).

The prizes have been donated to BBC Radio nan Gàidheal show Siubhal gu Seachd le Pluto by World Snooker, following the 24-hour Snookerthon that saw Derek 'Pluto' Murray compete against 24 opponents for an hour at a time, in March 2016.

Derek said: "The Snookerthon was the first time World Snooker were involved in Comic Relief or Sport Relief, so as a thank you they put these prizes up for my show."

The competition closes at 6pm tonight. For terms and conditions and details on how to enter, please click here

Stornoway Coastguard received calls for assistance following two separate boat breakdowns yesterday afternoon.

In the first incident, a call was made at 4pm from a RIB which had broken down off the island of Pabbay, with three people on board.

A passing fishing vessel was able to respond to the call, and the RIB was towed back to dry land.

With winter on the way Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil is calling on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of help and support with energy bills.

Mr MacNeil MP said: “It’s really important to be prepared for winter. I want everyone in Na h-Eileanan an Iar to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is really important, so I’d encourage people to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.

“There are a number of simple steps that every constituent should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm.”

In the coveted Traditional Silver Medal competitions at the Royal National Mòd in the Western Isles yesterday, the girls medal was won by Màiri Callan aged 15, of the High School of Glasgow, with Eòin Cuimeanach. 13, of Gairloch High School winning the boys award.
Màiri also walked away with the An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medal in the same afternoon.
Earlier, His Royal Highness, The Lord of The Isles visited the Mòd in Stornoway.
Prince Charles sat with President of An Comunn Gàidhealach, John Macleod, as they enjoyed a performance from this year’s Traditional Girls (11-12) singing competition.

MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan has welcomed the success of the Royal National Mòd. He wished every success to this year’s participants.

Dr Allan, who is participating in this year’s Mòd, singing with Back District Choir, said: “It’s a great honour that the Royal national Mòd is in the Western Isles this year again, and it’s a boost to both the culture and the economy of the islands, given the big numbers who will be visiting us.

Police in the Stornoway are appealing for information following the theft of three bicycles from an address in the town.

Between 6pm last night (Monday October 17 )and 8am this morning, a blue bike, black bike and a yellow and black bike were removed from an address on Plantation Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

Officers would also remind local residents to consider their home security arrangements as daylight hours reduce and ensure any valuable items are stored and/or secured out of sight.  

Photographs above by Mairi Macleod-Mackenzie

 Photographs below by Donnie Macleod from Laxay

 

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Lord of The Isles, attended the Royal National Mod this morning to enjoy performances from some of this year’s competitors, with his helicopter landing on the running track next to Ionad Spòrs Lèodhas. 

His Royal Highness met several competitors, volunteers and staff of An Comunn Gàidhealach, organisers of the Royal National Mòd at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway. 

This afternoon, he will make his way south to Tarbert, in Harris, where he will be given a private tour of the Isle of Harris Distillery. 

A series of films to help teach Gaelic to children learning it in primary school outwith Gaelic Medium Education is being launched today (October 18) at the Gaelic Showcase at Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016.

The films star, and were made by, senior school pupils who have come through Gaelic Medium Education and are now passing on their language skills to youngsters who are just beginning to learn it.

The films, made with the support of media professionals, form part of the Go! Gaelic programme, a comprehensive online resource developed by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig.

The Stornoway Gazette building on Francis Street has been sold, and the Gazette is to relocate to new premises on Esplanade Quay.

www.welovestornoway.com understands that most of the furniture in the Francis Street building has also been sold to local buyers.

The Stornoway Gazette - owned by Johnston Press - now employs just two of an editorial staff.

Earlier this year the Gazette shop on the ground floor closed to the public, and all advertising was diverted via Edinburgh. 


Dan Morrison with Norma and Dan Nicolson at their home in Flesherin, Point

A project aimed at making Point and Sandwick the first LED community in the UK made big strides forward over the summer with referrals from around 140 homes for the free lighting upgrade.
Tighean Innse Gall are working with community windfarm charity Point and Sandwick Trust on the five-year project to convert the whole peninsula to energy-efficient lighting in a bid to tackle fuel poverty in the area while also addressing the issue of climate change.

Pupils from Sgoil an Rubha won the Highland Council sponsored top prize in the Folk Group Competition for Under 13-year-olds   ow.ly/BSCt305iSH1

This year’s Royal National Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) in the Western Isles continued on Monday 17 October with the Children’s competitions.

Day four at Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival saw young Gaels aged 5-19 take part in 33 poetry, drama, song and music contests.

Chair of the Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group, Councillor Hamish Fraser,  presented a £200 prize donated by the Highland Council to the winning group, Na Rudhaich. 

he children’s competitions are well underway at this year’s Royal National Mòd in the Western Isles. Islay Junior Gaelic Choir, led by choir master Arlene MacKerrell, won three trophies in choral singing competitions. The choir, all under 19, walked away with The Queen Elizabeth (1937) Coronation Trophy, The Martin Wilson North Berwick Trophy and The Tom Crawford Trophy.

Challenge Poverty Week runs from October 16-22, and it is now in its fourth year.  It is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland.

Almost one million people in Scotland are currently living in poverty, 220,000 of them are children and most are in a household where someone works.  In a rich country like ours this is unnecessary and unacceptable.

The good news is that poverty is not inevitable.  There are things that we can do.  The Scottish Parliament has new powers in the pipeline, including the power to top up reserved benefits and the power to create new benefits.  These are meaningful tools which could be used to make a real difference to the lives of people on low incomes. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed comments made at Friday evening's Royal National Mòd 2016 official opening event by President of An Comunn Gaidhealach, John MacLeod, calling for further preservation of the language and its culture in the Western Isles.

In his address to those gathered at the official opening of the week-long Gaelic showcase in the Lews Sports Centre, Mr MacLeod said:"I firmly believe that the Western Isles should be specifically supported as a language preservation and development area. That does not mean that this is the only area where Gaelic will survive. Gaelic will survive elsewhere in Scotland where the number of speakers continues to increase, but if the special environment that still exists in the Western Isles is lost, the very heart of the language will be lost.

"I have previously called for consideration to be given to seeking a UNESCO World Heritage designation for the distinctive language and culture of the Western Isles, but my focus this evening is on the special cultural significance of our “seann nòs”.  Since 2008, nearly 400 cultural traditions throughout the world have been listed by UNESCO as meriting support to maintain their unique “intangible cultural heritage”, ranging from oral traditions to performing arts, traditional dances and craftsmanship. Interestingly, none of these is in the United Kingdom. I believe that the distinctive “seann nòs” of our Gaelic heritage in Scotland, and in particular the Western Isles, deserves to be recognised alongside these other cultural traditions."

Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Norman A MacDonald commented: "Anything that can be done to preserve, enhance and develop Gaelic as a language is to be warmly welcomed. The Callanish stones already has a UNESCO designation and St Kilda has dual World Heritage status - the only site in the UK to do so - one of which is for the culture and one for the environment. Such a designation being proposed for Gaelic would ensure that the heritage and culture of the Hebrides is put on a par with similar cultures and traditions around the world. The Comhairle has been, and continues to be, very supportive of Gaelic in all of its operations and that support will continue in the future. We would, of course, be fully supportive of An Comunn's calls for Gaelic and the traditional cultural heritage to be given UNESCO World Heritage status. We look forward to assisting An Comunn with their efforts."

 

The organisers of the Western Isles Children's Humorous Photographic Competition on an Anti-Litter Theme, Peter Lyons and Ann Palmer, recently visited Sir E. Scott School in Tarbert in costume to do a talk and presentation on the competition. 
They have also announced that more prizes have been added to the existing list and they have now opened up the competition to include children aged 0-5.

The Artizan coffee, art and jewellery shop on Church Street. Stornoway, is opening late three nights during Mod week as hundreds of additional visitors are in town during the run of the Royal National Mod.   And in another development, on Saturday, it added hot soup to the range of snacks, cakes and drinks on offer.

Are you between ages 12 and 25 - then the Lewis Youth Council wants to hear from you

Follow this link if you are from Lewis and aged 12-25, so that you can take part in the Lewis Youth Council's survey.

The organisers say that it will take less than five minutes to complete the survey and you can redeem 500 Young Scot Reward Points and be entered into a draw for £30 Amazon Vouchers

This is the complete link for the survey  - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LewisYouth16

The council wants people to share the link with their friends as "we are looking to get as many young people aged 12-25 in Lewis to take part and help shape the work of the Lewis Youth Council."

 

Skye and Lewis battled it out in this year’s Mòd Shinty cup, sponsored by MG ALBA’s learngaelic.scot. After a well-fought game in windy conditions in Shawbost, Skye came out victorious after winning 3-0.

 The Royal National Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) opened yesterday (Saturday October 10) in Stornoway.
The main competitions kicked off with under-19s competing in fiddle, piano, accordion and melodeon.
Bagpipe competitions for this year’s Mòd also took place across the Western Isles in Benbecula and Iochdar.
Meanwhile. Shawbost hosted MG ALBA’s learngaelic.scot Mòd Shinty cup, where Skye were crowned winners over Lewis, with a final score of 3-0.

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) saw passenger numbers rise above 900,000 for the first time with a record number of travellers using its airports. 
During the first half of the 2016-17 financial year from April-September, 908,116 people used HIAL airports, up by 111,750 on the same period last year.
Inverness Airport, where HIAL is headquartered, has reported “outstanding” performances on its new airline services connecting the Highland capital to London and Amsterdam.

October is Lupus Awareness Month and Caitlin Fry, aged nine, from Stornoway decided to raise money for Lupus UK by 'Going The Extra Mile' because her mum Louise has Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage organs in your body and leave you suffering with pain and fatigue.

Today, Saturday 15 October, she was joined by 30 family and friends and they walked four miles round the Castle Grounds. She has raised £560 to date, although her original aim was just £20.

She would like thank the Co-op Macaulay Road for donating water and bananas and Mackinnon Dancers for donating lovely medals for the walkers.

Louise says she is extremely grateful for everyone's support and very proud of Caitlin's achievement.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Louise-Fry1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20161015_70371

This year’s Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail kicked off last night in Stornoway, returning to the islands for the first time since 2011. 

Scotland’s biggest Gaelic cultural festival is organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, which celebrates its 125th birthday this year.

Over the coming days, the festival will see over 200 competitions and events in highland dancing, sport, literature, drama, Gaelic music and song, with Gaelic speakers of all levels competing.

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined a torchlight procession through Stornoway tonight (Friday) as the Royal National Mod returned to the town.
Crowds began to gather in the Narrows from about 6.15pm and once the torches were lit, they followed the torchbearers and the Lewis Pipe Band away from the Town Hall and up Francis Street to Matheson Road en route to Ionad Spòrs Lèodhas where the evening's welcoming concert was to take place.  Considerable traffic queues developed on Sandwick Road and Matheson Road as the parade passed by.


Earlier the formal start of the nine-day event was held in Stornoway Town Hall. 
Maggie Cunningham, Chair of MG Alba, opened the ceremony.  Ms Cunningham is at the forefront of a campaign to persuade the BBC to extend the hours of Gaelic broadcasting.
Maggie said: "We need to harness the support of everyone in Scotland and the wider world who cares about the survival of Gaelic.
“We need every Gaelic speaker, every politician and everyone who cares about culture and heritage.  We are talking about the survival of a precious jewel and an important part of the diversity of this country.  We need to convince everyone that continuing support is vital for its survival and health.”

A mini media scrum on the North Beach Quay marked the start of this year's Royal National Mod in Stornoway with broadcaster and sports journalist Alex O’Henley at the centre of attention.

Marking the opening of this year’s event at the Town Hall, was the presentation of the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year to Alex, ahead of the annual Torchlight Procession through the streets of Stornoway.

Radio station Isles FM has been off air for most of today - and management are not sure when the station will resume broadcasting. 

One of the Isles FM team told www.welovestornoway.com: "We suffered a problem with no power this morning, and now we are faced with another technical problem this afternoon. 

"We have an engineer on the way, and we are crossing our fingers that we will be back on air by tonight."

There will be a NFU Scotland Western Isles Branch meeting open to all on Wednesday October 26th at 5pm in the Tonga Room at the Caladh Inn, James Street, Stornoway.

The Stornoway launch was held in the Sea Angling Club

‘Fun and quirky’ are the words used to describe three localised short films launched today to raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D in childhood. 

Featuring local children and adults from the Butt to Barra, the films were created by NHS Western Isles to bring some playfulness to an otherwise unexciting subject, with some light-hearted and humorous results.

Using adults whose voices are dubbed by children, each of the films delivers its own Vitamin D message: The Importance of Vitamin D, How Do I Get My Vitamin D?, and The Health Start Scheme. 

Gaeldom's most important event - the Royal National Mod - begins in Stornoway later today. 

Thousands of visitors will descend on Lewis over the forthcoming week, to either participate in or soak up the atmosphere of the premier Gaelic festival.

Proceedings kick off tonight with the annual presentation of the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year award, at 4.30pm in the Town Hall. 

Bethesda hospice is holding a new fundraising event: a sponsored cyclathon in the Bethesda shop on Bayhead, Stornoway, on Wednesday 19 October 11am - 4pm.  Please come along and support those giving of their time and energies to raise much-needed funds for the local hospice, they say

The booking forms for all Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais After-School Activities for Term 2 are now available on-line by following the link below:
 
www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl
 
For any further information, you can telephone reception on 01851 822800, says Karen Pickard, Service Support Officer, Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais.

A warm Hebridean welcome awaits those arriving in Na h-Eileanan an Iar for the Royal National Mod over the next week, said Isles MP Angus MacNeil.

The 113th Royal National Mod gets underway this Friday with nine days of competition and fringe events in celebration of the Gaelic language and culture.

Mr MacNeil said:  “As the heartland of the Gaelic language and culture, it is fantastic to once again see the Western Isles host the Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail and I would like to extend a very warm Hebridean welcome to all visitors.

The cake was cut be the credit union’s oldest saver, William Macleod, who is 93 and also present were two of the youngest savers, Toby Ross-Jordan with his father Gary, and George Murray with his father Gordon (right)

 

Thousands of people are benefitting from the work of the credit union serving the Highlands and Islands, its tenth birthday party was told yesterday (Wednesday October 13).

The vice-chair of the HI-Scot Credit Union’s board of directors, Roddy Johnston, said it was “safe and wonderful place” for people to keep their money because it is owned by its own members “and it works for the members.”  It has done “ten years of great work.”

At the Hi-Scot Credit Union head office in James Street, Stornoway, the tenth birthday commemorative cake was cut by the oldest saver with the union, William Macleod, who is 93.

The cost of removing the damaged Transocean Winner will cost 'at least £38 million', according to experts. 

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative of Maritime and Salvage Intervention, commented: “Without doubt it will cost millions. I think £38 million will be very conservative. It will cost that at least, I would have thought.

Two fishermen have been rescued from the shoreline by the UK Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter based in Stornoway after their 20ft fishing vessel sank close to the shore west of Carloway.

Shortly after 3pm yesterday, coastguard received a faint and broken Mayday call on Channel 16 requesting immediate assistance.

The two crew managed to give their location before abandoning their boat to a liferaft.

The Conservative Party in the Western Isles is at its strongest in decades, those attending the Annual General Meeting of the Western Isles Association heard when the meeting took place on Monday 10th October 2016 at the County Hotel Stornoway.

Ranald Fraser, the Chairman in his annual report gave an account of the activities of the Association during the past 12 months.  He indicated that on reflection the Association had a very successful and encouraging time during this period in its history. 

The Association focussed on the Scottish Parliamentary Election which was held in May 2016.  He felt that it was a great honour and a privilege to have been selected to represent the Association as their candidate. 

It's was party time today at the Hi-Scot Credit Union office in James Street, Stornoway, as the credit union which serves the Islands and Highlands, marked its tenth anniversary. Above is the commemorative cake provided by Karina's Cakes…while below are staff members Emma Cameron, left, and Karen Dawson, along with manager David Mackay, right, and the vice-chair of the board of directors, Roddy Johnston.

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Isles MP Angus MacNeil met with the UK Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock MP on Monday to discuss bringing superfast broadband to every home in the islands.

More than 50% of homes and businesses in Na h-Eileanan an an Iar should have high speed broadband by the end of next year, he was told by the Minister, however Mr MacNeil stressed to him the need for solutions for the hardest to reach communities.

Caledonian MacBrayne has been shortlisted in two categories for prestigious UK-wide awards.

Representatives from the company, which undertakes some 135,000 individual sailings a year, carrying 4.63 million people to remote locations across Scotland’s western islands and mainland areas, will attend the National