A new South Harris Historical Society (Comunn Eachdraidh ceann a deas na Hearadh) has been set up.
In August 2019 Kenny MacLeod contacted Western Isles Lottery advising of the hopes to set up the new historical society.
He explained in his application for funding that many of the older generations in the area have passed and, sadly, so much history has already been lost. The aim of the SHHS was to buck this trend and preserve the history for the future generations.
A plea went out on their newly compiled Facebook page for old pictures, artifacts and stories from the South Harris area. The response from the outset has been fantastic and the page already has hundreds of people following it.
However, without the necessary equipment to collate all the information being received and to hold various talks and events in the area, for locals and tourists alike, these projects were unlikely to get off the ground.
Janet Paterson of The Western Isles Lottery said: “The Lottery Team were delighted to present the society with a cheque for £812.52 to cover the costs of a laptop, external hard-drive and a TV/display screen to enable them to take their plans forward as quickly as possible.
"It must be noted that the funds were raised by supporters of the lottery in the Harris area over just a few weeks so it is credit to them for supporting their own area to make projects like this happen across the Isle of Harris”.
Kenny MacLeod, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Western Isles Lottery and its supporters for the fantastic sum of money raised. This will give the society the chance to purchase new equipment to help us archive and preserve a great deal of history, photographs and information for future generations, giving our youngsters a chance to learn about days gone by from the older generations, keeping our history alive and bringing the generations closer together”.
This brings the total raised by supporters of the local lottery in Harris to £8,200 which has now been redistributed back into the community.
To support your local community, you can join the lottery at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk or telephone their ticket line on 0300 30 20 444.