Local News for Monday 16th July 2018

MSP Alasdair Allan Backs Marie Curie Call
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has lent his support to help improve the lives of people in Scotland living with terminal illness.

Meeting with representatives from Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity recently, Alasdair was interested to hear about efforts to encourage people to think about their wishes for the end of their life and discuss preferences with loved ones. The charity has published a free information resource to support conversations called ‘You Matter’, available to download from www.mariecurie.org.uk/youmatter

Marie Curie believes that starting with a simple conversation over cake and a cuppa can help tackle the stigma that exists around dying, death and bereavement.

Coinciding with their fundraising campaign Blooming Great Tea Party this month Marie Curie is encouraging people to ask friends, colleagues and family round for a tea party, bake sale or ‘Bake off’ style competition. Every donation raised at events help Marie Curie provide vital care and support to people living with terminal illness.

Last year there were over 600 Blooming Great Tea Party events in Scotland raising over £86,000, equating to over 4,300 hours of Marie Curie Nursing care.
To find out more about Blooming Great Tea Party and receive your free fundraising pack, call 0800 716 146 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty

Harris Tweed Archive
A project led by the Comhairle’s archive service, Tasglann nan Eilean, has brought together and catalogued the entire archive of the Harris Tweed Authority or HTA.
The HTA Archive Project, funded by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives and the Harris Tweed Association Educational Trust, enabled the recruitment of a Project Cataloguing Archivist and the transfer of the portion of the HTA archive held by the Highland Archive Centre to Tasglann nan Eilean in Stornoway.

The HTA archive contains a wealth of material covering more than one hundred years of the history of the unique Harris Tweed industry. From photographs to limericks, and advertising to stamping books, the full collection has been opened up to the public for the first time via the new online catalogue.

Some of the more unusual items include limericks written for a competition in 1982, school and college projects on the Harris Tweed industry, colourful imitation labels from the 1950s and 60s, and a piece of the Harris Tweed made for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The full catalogue is available on the UK Archives Hub.

Salvation Army Warning
The Salvation Army in Islands are warning the Public to beware after they have been made aware that there are some people making house to house calls on behalf of The Salvation Army collecting direct debit details for donations.

The Salvation army do not know of any Salvation Army authorised door-to-door collections occurring in the area at the moment.

Please do not give out personal and bank details at the door to anyone seemingly from The Salvation Army. Uniformed collectors, selling the War Cry, are the only authorised Salvation Army collectors in the area at the moment.

The Salvation Army are also aware of other charities legitimately collecting in the area at the moment, but if you are unsure then please act with caution – do not let them into your home. If anybody is claiming to be from The Salvation Army then please make the local police aware by dialling 101.