Local News for Tuesday 17th April 2018

Tesco’s basket amnesty
Tesco’s Stornoway store has declared an amnesty for the return of their shopping baskets, but will be unable to provide baskets for customers until some are returned. The store said they are losing an average of 15 baskets a week to theft, and have to wait six weeks for the replacements they have ordered to arrive. The store put out a statement which said: “We are very sorry to say that we are unable to provide our customers with shopping baskets due to them being taken from the store. If anyone has a basket, can you please return them to the store. No questions asked on return! Apologies for the inconvenience this has caused for our customers.”

Joint Warrior build-up begins
Ships are moving towards the waters around Scotland for this year’s Joint Warrior exercise, due to begin on Monday next week. Joint Warrior is a UK-led multinational exercise that involves numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops. UK, NATO and allied units go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force. There are usually two exercises a year, but this year there will be just a single exercise. Joint Warrior 181 will take place between 23rd April and 3rd May and will see exercises conducted by land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft. The maritime element is focussed in the offshore and coastal waters to the north east, north and north west of Scotland. NATO ships are expected to begin gathering in the Clyde from Thursday onwards.

Youngsters hit the road
Young people from Lewis and Harris were on the road on Saturday to raise funds for a much-needed new minibus for the Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association. The old LHYCA minibus has had to be retired after 17 years of excellent service, serving youth groups across the islands and opening the way for fantastic opportunities to learn and develop in our amazing outdoor environment. Now LHYCA is asking for support to continue this work with a Virgin Money Giving appeal to buy a replacement minibus. This will be used to support youth work across Lewis and Harris through affiliated youth clubs, Scaladale Outdoor Centre and LHYCA events. On Saturday a team of 20 young people completed a sponsored walk over 18 miles, from Cameron Terrace to the Scaladale Centre, taking just over six hours. You can support their efforts by donating to the Virgin Money Giving page using the link on our Facebook page.

Stornoway Rugby club returned from Shetland disappointed after a tough game on Saturday. They took the lead in the 76th minute only for Shetland to score at 80 minutes and snatch the game away, the final scoreline 22-21. The team described the result as ‘gutting’ but thanked the Shetlanders for their hospitality after the match. Next week sees the Stornoway team at home at Bayhead to the Mackie Academy.