Local News for Tuesday 25th April 2017

Local Election results on social media
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Election Office plans to offer live coverage of the council elections on social media next week. The count of votes cast in May 4th’s local elections will start at 9am on Friday May 5th, and  live updates will be provided bilingually through Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Facebook and Twitter pages. Periscope and Facebook live will also be used to give live video of the announcements. You can find links to both feeds via the Comhairle Facebook page.

Busy day anticipated at Castle
Natural Retreats, the company operating the new hotel and hospitality at Lews Castle, are expecting a busy day on Friday, as the castle opens its newly-completed upper floors to the island community. Throughout the day people will be guided around the grand staircases and historic upper floors of Lews Castle, with some of the new self-catering suites open to explore. Among the day’s entertainments will be afternoon teas, school choirs and Highland dancing, with face-painting and other events for children. A raffle will raise funds for the RNLI and Bethesda Hospice, with a chance to win a free luxury stay at Lews Castle for four. The company’s asking those who can to walk up through the Castle Grounds, with a busy day expected and on-site parking limited. Admission throughout the day will be free.

Lewis artist shown in Edinburgh
Lewis textile artist Effie Galletly is showing her work at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh this week, displaying quilts inspired by Hebridean landscapes. This is the first time she has exhibited her work in Edinburgh. Effie, who has a home in Lewis, said: “The mix of moors, ocean and ever changing dynamic climate is a major inspiration for my work.  All my work is made by cutting unique templates, piecing the fabrics by machine and quilting them by hand." The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show starts on April 27th at the Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre.