Local News for Friday 27th October 2017

Local support grows for Isles FM votes
Support is growing for Isles FM, as the volunteer radio station contends for community funds from Aviva to ‘up the game’ over the next few years. Voting has opened for a cash award from Aviva’s Community Fund, with three weeks to get our plan for a new station manager enough support to go through to the fund’s finals. Every voter has ten votes to allocate as they wish by November 21st, and there’s a link to vote on the Isles FM Facebook page. News of the appeal is being shared in social media, with news websites and listeners also putting their support behind the appeal. One listener said: “Before we moved here one of the highlights of our holiday was being able to tune in to Isles FM in the car as we drove around. Still love it now that we're residents. Votes have been cast.” Also lending his support is charity walker Alex Ellis Roswell, who is coming towards the end of his mammoth walk around the British Isles in aid of the RNLI. He said: “Fantastic! I don't know of a more worthy community radio station for this- you gave me and the RNLI so much support when I was in the Outer Hebrides!”

Managing director David Morrison said: “Isles FM is the information lifeblood of the islands and a focal point for community information, especially for people who don’t have easy access to social media. It also provides daily companionship for many people, playing the music they like and chatting to them about what’s going on locally.” Also looking for support through the fund are a number of community projects in Lewis, Benbecula and Barra. David Morrison concluded: “There are some other great Western Isles projects listed in the Aviva Community Fund public vote, and we encourage every islander, and every Isles FM supporter, to look at all of us, and to support us with as many of their votes as they can”.

Big six projects supported by Lottery
Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery has announced the first six projects to be funded with money raised by the new lottery, which was launched in August. A total of £7,000 has been distributed, with each award given in the area where the money was raised, so more players in the postcode area mean more money to give out. The projects supported are Stornoway Amenity Trust’s plan for new Christmas decorations and New Year fireworks in Stornoway, soft play and sports equipment in Uig, Christmas street decorations in Tarbert, public toilets at Eoropie playpark in Ness, landscaping and play equipment in Balivanich and Christmas street decorations in Castlebay, Barra. The next draw is tomorrow, and bolt-on prizes for November have just been announced thanks to support from Lewis Crofters and the Home Improvement Centre.

Firework warning in Back
There’s a warning for pet owners in Back as fireworks are to be set off at the community hut at their Hallowe’en Party between 8 and 8:30pm tonight. For anyone interested in spooky happenings, there’s a Halloween party at Boots all day tomorrow, with themed make-overs and ghoulishly good sweet treats on offer. All money donated will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. Also tomorrow is the slightly spooky Cats Whiskers 5k run, walk and jog, raising funds for Cats Protection Lewis and Harris.

Cup final for island footballers
Island footballers will be away tomorrow for the great clash of the islands as they meet Orkney FC at King George V park at Golspie in the final of the Football Times cup. The Western Isles team includes four players each from Westside and Carloway, three each from Point and Ness and two from Lochs. Kick-off is at 12.30pm and the match is to be aired on BBC Alba and Radio nan Gaidheal. The Lewis and Harris League Awards ceremony which was to have been held tonight is being postponed, and will now be held on November 3rd, as some of the nominated players are in the cup final team.