Local News for Friday 19th October 2018

Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (W.I.L.L) has made its latest presentation for £2,128.80 to John N Macleod (known as ‘Corrags’), Malina Morrison and Jonathan Smith of the Westside Agricultural Show Committee.
The funds were the proceeds raised from Lottery ticket sales from Supporters in the Ness & Westside Area.

This follows funding already received in Area 2 by Eoropie Playpark and Carloway Community Centre, making a total of £5,075 distributed to date.

The welcome funding helped the landscaping of an area of land beside the Barvas Community Hall to relocate their annual Show to a more suitable site. The new site will also be available for any local events to take place as well as additional parking facilities. They were also able to purchase a purpose-built Marquee to ensure future Shows go ahead regardless of adverse weather conditions.

"Corrags" sincerely thanked the Lottery for supporting them and emphasised how much value it was to the Community. More information can be found on the internet at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) is giving £5,000 to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health (WIAMH) and a sizeable percentage of the money will cover the costs of delivering suicide prevention training, which is run by the WIAMH in partnership with NHS Western Isles.

Del Gunn, WIAMH Project Manager, said the ‘no strings attached’ nature of PST’s donation meant that WIAMH was free to spend the money on any area it chose. And now it is targeting further expenditure on suicide prevention training and raising awareness around the issues of suicide.

PST has given a five-year commitment to supporting the WIAMH and other organisations which also help vulnerable groups, including Western Isles Foyer and the Hebrides Alpha Project.

Previously, the £5,000 was split into two donations during the year but this time it is being given as a lump sum – and is being directly routed into funding the preparation time and delivery of suicide prevention workshops and talks, as well as other WIAMH activities.

Smoked salmon produced in the Uig area has been named as the UK’s “best fish and seafood product” in the Great British Food Awards, sponsored by the magazine of the same name.

Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon is produced from locally farmed fish in the Hebrides and the small, artisan smokehouse has operated since 1984 and has built a reputation for high quality products based on low-volume production.

The chief judge, author and food writer Elly Curshen, described it as “perfect smoked salmon. All the things that matter to me – texture, taste, smoke level and thickness – are spot on. A top class product and a real treat to eat”.

Uig Lodge caters for fishing parties, family holidays and B&B guests while a restaurant, which will showcase the award-winning smoked salmon and other local products, is currently under construction, with stunning views over Uig Sands. It is expected to be fully operational by next spring.