Local News for Monday 9th April 2018

One ton target for beach clean
A one ton target weight has been set for islanders and visitors wanting to contribute to this week’s big spring beach clean. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides has set the target for the week up until April 15th, as part of a growing movement to stem the tide of plastic in and around our seas. Recent Beach Cleans across the Outer Hebrides have included a massive effort at Sandwick Bay on 31st March, when over 220kg of plastic was removed from the environment by more than 50 volunteers including pupils from Stornoway Primary School. People are now being encouraged to set out on their own mini beach-clean this week, and to weigh and even photograph the litter they collect, in a bid to hit the target of a ton of rubbish cleared from our beaches in a week. You can send in your totals and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post it at the group’s Facebook page – there’s a link on the Isles FM page. By weighing rubbish collected on the beach with bathroom or luggage scales participants will contribute to the running grand total. Organisers said: “Every piece of rubbish and plastic collected will help reduce this massive pollution problem threatening our islands, and by working together we can make a huge difference.” https://www.facebook.com/CleanCoastOH/
Meanwhile the upcoming Leverburgh community clean-up will get under way at the end of the week, with a skip due to be delivered to the pier on Thursday. Organisers are inviting people to clear rubbish from road verges, ditches and gardens as well as from the shoreline and to use the skip, which will be open from 10am on Saturday.

Mosque appeal beats target
A crowd-funding appeal to raise the money needed for building Stornoway’s new mosque and cultural centre has topped its target within a week. The page was set up to raise £50,000 towards the building costs, as members of the local Muslim community began work on the derelict store building on James Street. Over 1200 people from all over the world donated, breaking through the target set. Leeds construction business-owner Aihtsham Rashid, who was working on the site throughout last week, said: “I want to say a special thank you to the local islanders and businesses who I met. You have been so nice and I’m happy you represent the locals, as without you it would also be difficult. So from bottom of my heart and the Muslim community thank you so much and Inshallah we will all have tea together in the mosque.”

Historic rugby win
Stornoway Women’s Rugby had a historic weekend, playing their first match against Huntly Ladies with a fantastic result. The jubilant team members posted soon afterwards: “We only went and won our first game 30-15! Both ourselves and Huntly played so well and we learnt so much. Looking forward to May when the Huntly Ladies make the trip to Stornoway. Thank you for the massive amount of support and good luck wishes.” The women’s team have been in development for a year, and this was their first match. The men’s senior team did not get their match against Aberdeen Medics at the weekend, as the away team were unable to travel. Next weekend Stornoway are away to Shetland, with a 6pm kick-off time.

Football season starts
The long-awaited Lewis and Harris Football Season got underway on Friday night. In the first game of the season, Lochs were the victors at Cnoc a’ Choilich, knocking out Carloway in the first round of the Acres Boys Club Cup. A scrappy affair came alive with 10 minutes remaining, when Lochs’ Ross Allison scored the only goal of the game from 18 yards out into the top right hand corner. A minute's silence was impeccably observed before the game in memory of Carloway player Jordan MacLeod, who sadly passed away in January. A collection taken at the game raised £1000, which was presented to the family together with a framed picture of Jordan.
The Stornoway derby between Aths/United had to be called off with relentless rainfall on Friday making the pitch unplayable. The fixture is to be played this evening (Monday) at 6:30pm at Goathill Park. Ness also play their cup fixture against Back at Fivepenny tonight and rounding up the first round matches on Wednesday night is a mammoth tie between Point and Westside at Garrabost.