Local News for Monday 23rd July 2018

Tickets for Iolaire Community Remembrance Event
The Iolaire Working Group is pleased to announce that the public will be able to reserve tickets for the Iolaire Community Remembrance Event from 9am on Monday 10th September 2018. The event, hosted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will take place at 9:30pm on Monday 31st December 2018 in the Lewis Sports Centre, and is the civic event to mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy, featuring military and school band performances, poetry readings and songs, drama in addition to spiritual elements.
Norman A MacDonald, Chairman of the Iolaire Working Group, said: "The capacity for the event in the Lewis Sports Centre is 720 and therefore, although tickets will be free of charge, there will only a limited number available and we do anticipate a high demand for tickets. Tickets will be on a first come first served basis and will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September. We would encourage the public to be mindful of older family members, neighbours or friends, who may wish to attend but may not have access to the internet and/or phone. This will be an opportunity for our community to bring in the New Year together as we remember the men and families associated with HMY Iolaire.”

Tickets for the event will be available to reserve from 9am on Monday 10th September via two methods: Online: https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/news/2018/july/tickets-for-a-community-remembers-event/ or by Phone: 01851 600 502

New Lochmaddy Water Treatment Works Deliveries
The delivery of modules which will form the new Water Treatment Works for North Uist and Berneray is now complete.
The new Water Treatment Works is the key element in a £15 million scheme which will provide improved security of supply to the islands and ensure Scottish Water customers continue to receive high quality, great tasting drinking water into the future. It has been designed, built and tested by Ross-Shire Engineering at its specialised facility in Muir of Ord before being carefully transported to its long term home.
The Transportable Treatment Unit (TTU) was dismantled into 12 modules which, together with a 150 tonne crane, made the journey to Lochmaddy via road and ferry in a series of convoys over the past three weeks.
Scottish Water project manager Anoushka Ainslie-McAlpine said: "We're very pleased that these deliveries have gone smoothly and would like to thank other road and ferry users for their patience while they were taking place. The benefit of these modules is that we were able to get construction underway as soon as the first units arrived, making for a much quicker process with less impact on the local community. Work is progressing well on site and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Once commissioning is complete, this investment will provide a single, improved water supply for customers across North Uist and Berneray."

PST Fund ‘Kidney Kids’ Day for Families Affected by Renal Problems
The mum of one young kidney transplant patient in Lewis is organising a fun day so that children and families affected by renal problems can get together and give each other support. The event, being planned for September in Stornoway, is being made possible by community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, who have donated £1,000 to the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association to help towards the costs.
It should be good fun for the young kidney patients, as well as an informal occasion for their families to get to know each other and share experiences.
Lorna Dodd, whose son Joel – who was suffering from Cystonisis - received a kidney from his father in April last year, has experienced the benefit of taking part in these days herself, during spells on the mainland for Joel’s treatment – and believes other island families would benefit from something similar.
Angus ‘Texie’ Macleod, chair of the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association, said they were extremely grateful to Point and Sandwick Trust for the donation towards the Kidney Kids day. Point and Sandwick Trust general manager Donald John MacSween said they were delighted to be able to help. The Kidney Patients Association was set up in 2001 by Martin Macleod and Peter Macdonald, who fought until 2007 to get a renal unit established in Stornoway.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so via the charity’s JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/wikpa