Local News for Friday 12th May 2017

Rising star for HebCelt
A rising young Scottish star has been confirmed as the latest artist to take the stage at this summer’s Hebridean Celtic Festival. Singer songwriter Tamzene, from Cromarty in the Black Isles, was one of the winners of the 2017 CalMac Culture Music contest, run by the ferry company, who are once again major sponsors of HebCelt this year. Like other entrants, Tamzene submitted a YouTube video to the competition website with the chance to win a performance slot at one of Scotland’s summer festivals She will now play at HebCelt along with headliners like The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan. Tamzene said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Stornoway, and being part of another great Scottish festival. I hope to be playing to some familiar faces too.” Last month her debut single, ‘Lullaby’, was released by Belladrum Records. Tamzene was the first artist signed to the label, set up by the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Caroline Maclennan, HebCelt’s director, said: “Tamzene is a real talent and someone we are very excited about bringing to HebCelt. Providing a platform for young musicians like Tamzene fits well with our philosophy to encourage and promote emerging artists.”

Annual lunch for Heb housing tenants
Next Friday Hebridean Housing Partnership will host their annual lunch event for Lewis and Harris tenants in Stornoway Town Hall. This year the event will have a particular focus on energy efficiency and HHP partners will offer help and advice on how to reduce energy costs and save money. Tenants can drop in, have lunch and chat to staff and also view the latest range of kitchens, windows and doors and heating systems on offer. There will be an activity corner for pre-school children and a free to enter raffle will be held by the Western Isles Housing Association Community Forum for each household attending.  There are fantastic prizes donated by HHP and their partners. TPAS Development Officer Jane Ballantyne said “I would urge all tenants to come along.  I am keen to meet people and see how we can work together to ensure tenants views are heard and listened to”.
40th birthday literature fest
The Stornoway-based publisher Acair is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a literature festival called Celebrating 40 Years of Publishing, this month at An Lanntair. Open to all who have an interest in reading, writing, publishing, and books in general, it will feature authors, illustrators and others including Donald Meek, Finlay MacLeod, John Urquhart, Norman MacLeod. The celebration runs from 1:30pm to 9:30pm, with an evening event titled ‘The Poet in the Community’ at 7:30pm. The date for your diary is Wednesday, 24th May in An Lanntair, Stornoway.

Cycling skills training offered
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is working with Cycling Scotland to offer essential cycling skills to adults, with free two-hour training sessions planned for locations around the islands. This training is free, but you must have a bike in good working order and a helmet. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions will be held between June 5th and 12th, with the venues including the Bridge Community Centre in Stornoway, Sir E Scott school in Tarbert and Church of Scotland in Leverburgh. To book, or for any additional information, call 01851 822667
First round football matches in the Highland Amateur Cup are to be played tonight, Westside crossing the Braighe to Garrabost to meet Point, and Carloway hosting Lochs, kick-offs at 7pm. Tomorrow teams are travelling from the Southern Isles to Lewis, Iochdar Saints at Goathill against Stornoway United and Southend making the long journey to Ness. On Wednesday night Point had their first league win of the season, 3-nil against Ness, the three points lifting them off the bottom of the Lewis and Harris league table, which is topped by Westside with an unbroken run of four wins. Aths beat back 3-2 on Wednesday, also in the league.