Local News for Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Dedicated RNLI crewman on honeymoon shout
A dedicated member of Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat crew interrupted his own wedding weekend to respond to a shout on Saturday. Stornoway Coastguard alerted the RNLI team to a kayaker in trouble in Broadbay and, even though the lifeboat was stood down before launching, crew member DK Macdonald had already turned up for the job – the day after his marriage to Kathleen Maclennan. The wedding itself was an RNLI family affair, as Kathleen is the daughter of Stornoway RNLI Branch Chair John J Maclennan and Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild member Ishbel,. The wedding on Friday was celebrated with a reception at Lews Castle, and the RNLI flag flying from the castle’s tower. The kayaker who got into trouble on Saturday made it to shore safely.

Charlie loses locks for charity
A 12-year-old schoolboy from Lewis is to have his first haircut for more than a year today, and is using his hair to help other children. Charlie MacMillan from Point has gone without a haircut for more than a year and plans to donate his long locks to the Princess Trust, who make wigs for children with cancer. He is also fundraising for The Leanne Fund, and has already nearly doubled his £200 target sum. Charlie will have his hair cut by Moira Matheson at Attic Hair Studio in Stornoway at 5.15pm. Chrisetta Mitchell, development manager of the Leanne Fund said: “We are so grateful to Charlie for choosing to support The Leanne Fund through his challenge. His efforts to help other children in need are inspiring.” To support Charlie’s fundraising,  visit his Just Giving page – there’s a link on our own Facebook page.
More buses – with notice, say Citylink
Citylink will ensure that all passengers travelling between Ullapool and Inverness have a seat on a bus – as long as they get enough notice from travellers, say the company. The bus provider have renewed the summer agreement between themselves, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and HITRANS to put on extra buses according to demand. From this week onwards, there’ll be an extra bus to meet every sailing on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays until the end of September.  But the bus company emphasises that, as a commercial operator without any public sector investment, it cannot guarantee that it can add in extra vehicles to the route with less than 48 hours' notice. At a recent planning meeting all parties agreed that it was not commercially viable for the operator to ensure that sufficient capacity could always be provided for anyone expecting to travel without a booking. Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Comhairle's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said: "We very much welcome the cooperation of Scottish Citylink and the opportunity to collaborate with HITRANS to reduce the likelihood of passengers being stranded in either Inverness or Ullapool.  There remains a very real imperative that all passengers should make every effort to book as far in advance as possible.
40 new apprenticeships to come
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has announced that they and business partners are to launch over 40 apprenticeships in sectors as diverse as business management, outdoor activities and child care, with posts created from the Butt to Barra, The Comhairle will be hosting meetings throughout the Western Isles to provide full information on apprenticeships. during the week commencing Monday 5th June. Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children's Services, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people from the Butt to Barra to earn whilst they learn, and very importantly - to do so in their own areas. This ties in very well indeed to the Comhairle's aims to reverse depopulation, provide our people with the opportunity to remain in their communities, whilst also contributing to the economy.”
Acair lit fest tomorrow
The Stornoway-based publisher Acair celebrates 40 years of top notch books in Gaelic and English with a literature festival tomorrow at An Lanntair, and everyone with an interest in books is welcome to join them celebrating 40 Years of Publishing. This free event will be held from 1:30pm, with an opening presentation from Tiree writer Donald Meek, a Creative Writing Workshop with Iain F. MacLeod, a discussion on Scottish publishing with the CEO of Publishing Scotland, Marion Sinclair and a conversation with writer Finlay MacLeod and illustrator Andrew McMorrine on the making of illustrated children’s books. The day also sees the launch of Iain Urquhart’s first book and an evening with poets and singers from around the isles celebrating the rich history of Gaelic song.
Highland Amateur Cup trip for Carloway
Carloway Football Club is arranging transport for supporters wanting to travel to Avoch and get behind Na Gormaich at the forthcoming Highland Amateur Cup tie on Saturday 3rd June. Bus seats cost £10 and supporters are advised to book as soon as possible as demand is expected to be high. Supporters must buy their own ferry tickets, but if you would like to book a bus seat between Ullapool and Avoch contact Jim Crossley on 07809 728121.