Local News for Thursday 22nd November 2018

All the training and participation in the two Great Runs has paid off for Charles Young of Fivepenny who has raised a total of £1,366 in support of Ness charities, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark.
The funds raised will be divided equally between the two charities. Charles successfully completed the Great North Run Half Marathon in Newcastle and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow.
Charles said “I’m delighted with the amount of money raised and am extremely grateful to the many people who kindly sponsored me in the two runs.
Donna Dorris of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis said
‘We are so grateful that Charles choose Comunn Eachdraidh Nis as one of his charities. The money will go towards CEN’s ongoing renovations.
‘Johan Macritchie of Eoropie Dunes Playpark said
‘The money he has raised will help with installing toilet facilities, and also make the play park more accessible for wheelchairs. Thank you so very much Charles.’

An exhibition on the Iolaire tragedy is to be held in Sandwick Community Hall and will be formally opened on Thursday, December 6 at 6pm.

The exhibition is being put together by Stornoway Historical Society and will be on display in the upstairs rooms through the months of December, January and February.

It will be openTuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – and, though it will shut for Christmas, will be open on New Year’s Day, the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

The idea for the exhibition came from Sandwick Community Council, who began planning a commemoration programme for the Iolaire back in 2013. Their wish list included a new path to the site and memorial, which has now been completed.

It was strongly felt that material about the Iolaire should be exhibited in the Sandwick Community Hall as this was the public venue closest to the disaster site, being less than one mile away from the Beasts of Holm.

After an island-wide search Harris Distillery have appointed local school-leaver Rebekah Morrison as their first apprentice distiller.
Rebekah’s new role embodies the distillery’s ambition to create secure long-term employment in the Outer Hebrides, particularly for young people who wish to remain in the community and set down roots of their own.
Rebekah, who lives in the village of Bowglass, said:
‘I really enjoyed doing my work experience at the distillery and I was keen to learn more about the process of distilling, whisky production in particular fascinates me, but It was never something I had thought would be possible for me to do, especially not here at home’.
Managing Director, Simon Erlanger said:
‘It has always been our intention to make young people central to our business because we believe this is one of the ways the distillery will help secure the island’s future.’
Further information can be found on the website at www.harrisdistillery.com