Local News for Friday 27th July 2018

The Annual Westside Show takes place today Friday, 27th July at their new venue, with the gates opening at 12pm and the Show scheduled to start at 1pm. Volunteers are URGENTLY required for the Event.

Inclement weather has impacted the show in recent years and this year the Committee undertook to make good a large area of ground beside the Barvas Community Hall to enable them to reduce the impact of inclement weather in the future.

Following the Show, the landscaped area will be available for local use as a Showground and provide additional public parking. This will provide future benefit to other local organisations as well as the nearby school. In addition, Lottery funding to date has made it possible to purchase a weather resistant Marquee which will also be made available for future Community use.

The funds have recently been raised by Supporters of the Lottery across the Ness/Westside Area and the Committee are encouraging as many as possible in the Area to Join In at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk by purchasing a ticket so as much funding as possible can be raised before end August 2018. £1,618 has been raised to date.

Entry at the gate will be £5.00 per adult, £2.00 per child or £10 for a family ticket (2 Adults 2 Children). Event for this year’s show will include: Official opening, Livestock Judging, Melodian Competition, and Prize Giving for Best Croft/Garden & Vegetable Plot. Craft Stalls, Tea/Coffee, Burger Stall, Beer Tent, Children's Art Competition's, Local Craft Competition’s, Local Produce Competitions, Kids Sports competitions and a Tug of war.

Libraries in the Western Isles are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018.
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Children will explore a map of Beano town to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beano town to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. If children are not a member of the library, it is quick and easy to join as well – and they’ll get the chance to choose a special Beano library card for themselves as well!
Kathleen Milne, Libraries Manager, said:
“The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is a great way to encourage children to read over the holidays – and there are lots of fun things to do in the library as well. Last year over 180 signed up for the challenge, and we are hoping to beat that record this year with more Mischief Makers!”

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently visited the Shiant Isles to see for himself the work that has been done to improve conditions for nesting seabirds. The Shiant Isles are one of the most important breeding colonies for seabirds in Europe and play host to one of Britain’s largest puffin colonies.
The visit was organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland. During the trip the islands MSP was shown the effects of the Shiant Isles Recovery Project, which had aimed to make the islands a safe place for nesting seabirds by eliminating the invasive, non-native black rats found on the islands. The Shiants were officially declared rat-free earlier this year.
Alasdair Allan is the Species Champion for the Manx Shearwater, one of the species of seabirds which is being encouraged to nest on the Shiant Isles.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said:
"The Shiants are a spectacular place, and an important part of both the natural and cultural heritage of the Western Isles.
“The work which the RSPB, volunteers, Scottish and European agencies have done together to enhance the three islands is to be applauded. As I got a chance to see for myself when I visited the Shiants, work has been successfully completed to remove black rats from the islands, which has allowed the population of a number of species of seabirds to recover.
“The Shiants are of increasing importance to the visitor economy in Harris too, and so the work that has been done will also have an economic impact."