Local News for Monday 14th November 2016

War memorials for all the fallen
With a weekend just past of services honouring the memories of fallen servicemen and women, there’s been good news in Barvas, where a new war memorial has been unveiled, and in Tolsta, where the existing memorial has been granted funding for a full renovation. Now Isles MSP Alasdair Allan is encouraging other local groups to apply to the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (CMRF) to renovate their local war memorials. CMRF is a £1 million fund, launched in 2013, as part of the Scottish Government’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War. Dr Allan said: “Our local war memorials are a mark of history and a tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  While so many communities take great care of local memorials, upkeep can be difficult and expensive. It would be great if as many repair projects as possible could be completed in time for the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018. We owe it to our servicemen to preserve the monuments that honour and remember the fallen.”


 
Police news
Police were called to an address in the Cearns on Sunday morning at 3.05, where residents reported noise from a nearby address. A householder was warned about the noise levels.

A 70-year-old woman is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal after she was arrested under the Communications Act for misuse of an emergency number, after repeated calls were made over the weekend.

And police were called to Tolsta Chaolais to a single vehicle road accident, around midnight on Saturday, when a vehicle left the road. The driver was uninjured and no charges arose from the incident, which left the vehicle substantially damaged.
 
Tiumpanhead appeal for committee
Tiumpanhead Community Association have their AGM tomorrow evening at the Tiumpan Community Centre, and have issued an appeal to all residents of the Aird district to step forward and show commitment to the future of the centre. Now that the old Aird school has been demolished, the way lies open for the community to acquire the site and build up a development plan, but the committee needs more members to ensure that this can happen. Tomorrow night’s meeting starts at 7pm and is open to all residents of the Aird district.
 
Traditional boats sail into the future
The AGM this week of the North Lewis Maritime Society looks back on a year of major challenges and achievements. The Society have looked after the original sgoth Niseach, Jubilee (SY 233) and the smaller training boat, Broad Bay, (SY594) since about 2006. Falmadair, which is a registered charity operating completely by volunteer support, also took on responsibility for the mighty 33ft an Sulaire and this year agreed to take over ownership of Callicvol, (SY34), a rare example of the handy  'half sgoth'. In October all three lugsail craft were well-used in the fine weather, and a film crew were taken on board to help make the boatbuilding documentary Vanishing Sail. The Society is very keen to encourage new skippers and mates and one member has just been awarded his RYA Coastal Skipper certificate. This week’s AGM will include a talk by retired engineer John Mitchell, who will be sharing his fascination with the ways of tides. All are welcome at the Sea Angling club, on Thursday at 7pm

Cross-country
Over 200 senior and junior runners gathered in the castle grounds on a cold Saturday morning for the first race of the Alex Murray (Construction) cross-country series. It was an excellent morning of races at all ages, from under-8 through to senior with some great times. Children took part from schools throughout the island, with Stornoway Primary school alone providing 80 runners. It’s hoped the encouraging turn-out should make for a good SRAC open night and club drop-in on 30th November. At that meeting members can have their say on the club’s future planning and volunteer to help with the many roles which ensure that the club continues to operate smoothly.

Ferry disruption
There’s ferry disruption today due to windy weather, with the 8am sailing between Castlebay and Oban, and the 1.30pm return both cancelled and an early warning of disruption on Wednesday on the same route. Tidal conditions on the Sound of Harris will also lead to some timetable changes on Wednesday and Thursday this week.