Local News for Monday 3rd September 2018

ACAIR LAUNCH BOOK ON MITCHELLS BUSES & GARAGE
A new book on the history of a landmark Lewis business is being launched by Acair Books in Stornoway tonight, September 3rd – and everyone is welcome to attend.
Mitchell’s – The Story of a Stornoway Family's Garage and Bus Business – has been written by Colin Tucker, who was engaged to write the book shortly before the sudden death of Ian Mitchell in December 2016.
Ian Mitchell was the son of the founder of the business, John Mitchell, and Ian made it his life’s work to carry on that legacy, which saw Mitchell’s run bus services all over the island and build a garage and motor business.
Chris Mitchell, John’s Grandson, and Ian’s Son, who is travelling from his home in England to be at the book launch, worked with writer Colin Tucker to see his father’s dream of a book on the family business become a reality. Chris said: said he was “delighted with the writing, delighted with the photos, delighted with the way Acair enthusiastically got behind it”


Mitchell’s – The Story of a Stornoway Family's Garage and Bus Business is being launched in the Caladh Inn tonight at 7.30pm and is free entry. The book will be available from Acair books priced £15.

AFTER BREXIT - RESEARCH LAUNCHED TO HEAR FROM RURAL PEOPLE
Scottish Rural Action has announced funding from Scottish Government which will give Scottish rural communities the opportunity to raise their concerns on Brexit as it affects them.
Martin McManus from Scottish Rural Action said: "We will be the voice for rural communities in Scotland in the run up to and after Brexit. We recognise that big business, agriculture and the enterprise sector are more able to get their concerns heard, but we know people in rural Scotland have equally important concerns. We need to hear and gather information on these concerns and help work towards solutions.
Mr McManus continued: “Some sectors have already had assurances of continuity of funding, not so rural communities. We already know that funding for community groups and voluntary organisations in rural Scotland is a big concern post Brexit. We are keen to discuss this with people who live and work rurally over the coming months to establish what impacts a change to funding would have. We are also keen to discuss the importance of a Scottish rural community development policy or commitment from Scottish Government moving forward.
For more information, visit www.sra.scot

HES VOLUNTEER PROGRAMMES FORM PART OF GAELIC LANGUAGE PLAN 2018-2023
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced Gaelic volunteer programmes at Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban and Arnol Blackhouse on the Isle of Lewis, as part of the launch of its Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023.
This is the first five-year Gaelic Language Plan developed by HES and takes into consideration feedback received from internal and external stakeholders, partner organisations, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the public. Gaelic speakers, or those with an interest in Gaelic, are being invited to develop and deliver bespoke tours for visitors to the historic sites. This forms part of HES’ commitment to show the influence of Gaelic culture on Scotland’s history and living heritage through its visitor experiences.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: ‘Gaelic is a fundamental part of Scotland’s cultural identity and history.
‘Excellent progress has been made over the years with the learning of Gaelic and it is encouraging to see initiatives such as this one, where people of all ages can use and further develop their Gaelic skills in different contexts. The Scottish Government is committed to further creating and preserving a secure future for Gaelic in Scotland.’
It is a statutory requirement that HES creates and implements a Gaelic Language Plan as part of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 which seeks to secure the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland.