Local News for Thursday 8th June 2017

Polls are open
Polling Stations are now open for the casting of votes in the 2017 UK Parliamentary Election, and will stay open until 10pm. Details of where you should go to vote are on your polling card, or can be found on the Comhairle’s website. In a late change, the Polling Station for Tarbert will be in the Council Offices, Old Primary School, West Tarbert. For this election you vote for one candidate only by putting a cross in the box next to your choice. If you applied for a Postal Vote, you must return it by 10pm tonight to any Polling Station in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency or at the Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

 
In a message of encouragement to young voters, Cllr Charlie Nicolson, Vice-chair of Education, Sport and Children's Services, urged them to go out and vote.  He said: "It is important for the young people of the Western Isles to vote in the Election and to play their part in the decision making process."
 
The Election Count starts tonight at 10pm, when ballot boxes will be uplifted from the islands’ 47 Polling Stations and brought by road, air and sea to Stornoway for counting at Lewis Sports Centre. All being well, the local result is expected around 1.45am on Friday, and will be streamed live on the Comhairle’s Election Facebook page.
 
New album for Point singer
Point singer Calum Alex Macmillan is to launch his new album at this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival, celebrating the rich musical heritage of his native district of Point. As the latest in a long line of Gaelic singers and bards, he was able to draw on songs and tunes which took him on a journey through family history and personal emotions. His father, Seonaidh Beag Macmillan, is famous as one of the Gaelic supergroup The Lochies, and most of the family are and were musicians of note. ‘Till’(Gaelic for return) was produced by Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw, and will be given its home launch at HebCelt. Researching for the album was, said Calum Alex ‘a fantastic experience’. During HebCelt Calum Alex will be on stage at An Lanntair, when he and Donald Shaw will be joined by James Mackenzie (flutes and whistles) and Ross Martin on guitar.
 
Galson community celebrates
The Galson community will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their community Estate Trust on Friday, with a ceilidh at the Clan Macquarrie community centre, from 6pm-9:30pm. There’ll be live music, a buffet and barbecue, and an open music session. Entry is free and all are welcome.
 
Join the community signature
The Comhairle are running a series of “Community Signature” workshops over the coming weeks.  The workshops will give every individual who attends an opportunity to give their views on a range of topics from housing to employment and from health and wellbeing to participation. The views collected will help inform education and children’s services planning and resource allocation over the coming years. You can join in from Monday at venues which include Bernera Community Centre, Carloway Old School and Laxdale Hall – a full timetable is on the Comhairle website.