Local News for Wednesday 5th September 2018

Community landowner The Stornoway Trust and community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) have come together to form an Interim Joint Committee to make grant awards to projects using money generated by Beinn Ghrideag Wind Farm.

The new Projects Fund has been opened with a transfer of £82,000 to Stornoway Trust from PST and this will be supplemented in the future by annual payments of around £40,000 from the profits of the wind farm which began generating in 2015.

PST General Manager Donald John MacSween said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Stornoway Trust in setting up this new Joint Projects Fund which can benefit the whole of the Stornoway Trust area.

Factor of The Stornoway Trust, Iain Maciver, added: “It is hoped those applying for financial assistance will explore other funding avenues to help maximise the leverage this new fund can bring to their projects.”

The fund is launched with immediate effect. For further information and how to apply for funding, interested parties should contact Stornoway Trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Western Isles Lottery's Disney Themed Day held recently was a great success as families flocked into Stornoway to take part in various events throughout the day.
The Lottery Team expressed their gratitude to every business and organisation that worked so hard for this Event to be such a success, particularly as it was postponed for a week and had to be re-organised.
Among those thanked were the Lido, An Lanntair, Stornoway Thespians, Artizan Cafe, Claire Wilson Dancers, Ava Grace Fisher, Boogie Bounce, Events Card Shop, Stornoway Primary PTA, Pointers Youth Club, Stornoway Coastguard, Malcolm MacLeod Photography, Sammy's Hair & Beauty and the many craft stall holders who dressed up for the day.
The biggest thank you was reserved for all parents, grandparents and their children for dressing up and joining in with the fun.
In the first year of the Western Isles Lottery, more than £40,000 has been raised for community projects in the islands and more than £17,000 has been distributed in prize money.
For more information, visit the website at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk

People affected by osteoporosis in Stornoway can learn more about the bone disease and meet others with the same condition at an event this September.

The free information event, hosted by UK-wide charity the National Osteoporosis Society and NHS Western Isles, will be held from 14:00 at Cabarfeidh Hotel in Stornoway tomorrow Thursday 6 September. Open to all, the event will particularly benefit those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or people who are interested in finding out more about the condition.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field of bone health, including a talk about management of osteoporosis from Dr Dave Rigby, General Practitioner and Clinical Pathways Lead for NHS Western Isles, and a talk about exercise and falls prevention from Allison Martin, Physiotherapist for Western Isles Hospital. Mayrine Fraser, Specialist Nurse for the National Osteoporosis Society, will also talk about the information and support available from the charity.

Everyone is welcome at this free event and booking is not required. The event starts tomorrow at 1.30pm with refreshments in the Caberfeidh hotel and then the talks take place from 2pm-4pm For more information, please contact Susan Greenhalgh on 07545788873