Local News for Monday 16th April 2018

Beach squads clean up
Many hands made light work of beach cleans around the islands at the weekend, with over 600kg of rubbish collected from island beaches. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides co-ordinated a week of action last week, but is now urging people to keep up their efforts through the summer. Notable collections at the weekend included 26kg taken off Barra beaches, a kayak load of rubbish picked up from Rhenigadale and two German kite-surfers who were roped into the effort at Barvas. Clean Coast Outer Hebrides said: “In less than a week, we've connected with people on Harris, the Uists and Barra and collected over half a ton of rubbish. The campaign doesn't stop today, we'll be organising more beach cleans, and can help support any existing community beach cleans. Get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire engine heads for Moldova
A fire engine cleaned, refitted and equipped by Stornoway fire crews will head off for Moldova next month, to provide much-needed emergency service to the people of Nisporeni. It’s the tenth year that Stornoway crews have participated in the initiative, which is supported by Blythswood and the regular support visits organised by Cllr Charlie Nicolson. Stornoway crews have put their winter hours into refurbishing an appliance which has passed its useful life, so that communities in Eastern Europe can have the equipment they need. Equipment donated within the vehicles is surplus to UK requirements, but is thoroughly checked and has many years of serviceable life left in it. On Thursday 17th May members of The Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA) will be leaving Edinburgh with five fire engines and an ambulance. There’ll be three crew with each vehicle, with this year’s Stornoway participants being Ian Murray, Alex MacLennan and David Campbell. On Friday this week the appliance will be on display next to the former church house on James Street in Stornoway. Anyone passing by is very welcome to stop and have a look and donations are most welcome.

Crew joins Leverburgh Lifeboat
The new Shannon class Leverburgh Lifeboat has reached Girvan on her trip towards her new home, and is joined by her crew for the last few days before reaching Harris for a celebratory homecoming on Saturday lunchtime.

The opening matches of the island league season on Friday were goal-rich, with Aths going down 1 - 5 to Ness and Back beating United 2 – 1. There are two big league matches tonight, kicking off at 6.30pm. Point v Carloway at Garrabost will see Point hoping for a better start to the league this season after losing their first three matches last season. Carloway also lost their opening match last year, 6 - nil to Westside. Also tonight is Westside v Lochs at Barvas, pitting two teams who won their ABC first round matches last week against each other.

In youth football, it was a great day on Saturday for the Mackay Cup, sponsored by Duncan Mackay and Sons. Aths 1891 who were the eventual winners of a tightly contested cup final against Back. The game finished 1-0 thanks to a last minute goal in extra-time from Angus Murray. Angus was also awarded Man of the Match. The Under 15 season kicks off this Thursday with games for Aths v Western Thistle, Back v United and Point v Aths Girls, all 6.30pm kick-offs. Under 18 matches start tomorrow with Aths v United and Back v Western Thistle. Development squads also start back this week and will run until the summer holidays this year. All sessions will be on Wednesday. U13s and u15s at 5pm to 6pm and u17s from 6pm to 7pm.