Local News for Friday 30th November 2018


Music fans attending the Hebridean Celtic Festival have helped support the work of Macmillan Cancer Support to the tune of £14,000 over the last decade.
This year, HebCelt’s association with Macmillan’s Lewis committee reached the ten-year milestone. As the event’s nominated charity, it benefits from annual donations from fans.
Macmillan provide a team of volunteers to support the festival by providing specialist care to disabled festival patrons. In return festival-goers are able to donate any unused bar tokens and cash to Macmillan at the festival grounds. This year a collection was also held at the entrance to the free family events in the Town Hall.
The 23rd HebCelt, was held from 18-21 July in Stornoway and sold out on all four days.
Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “As a festival firmly rooted in its community, we are proud to be able to give something back to the islands and its people.
“The local Macmillan committee does incredibly valuable work and we are delighted that, through the generosity of festival-goers, we have been able to raise this amount over the last ten years to support them.”


As almost £10 Million pounds of savings need to be made over the next four years the Comhairle agreed a service redesign as part of the 2018/19 Budget in February 2018.
Transportation Services, including bus travel, are included in this process.
The Comhairle realises the importance of consulting with bus service users and this survey is designed to get feedback on the demand for bus service routes and timetables as well as the reason for travelling.
It is important all Bus service users complete a short survey as the results will help to influence the outcomes of any service redesign changes in advance of new bus contracts being awarded in 2019.
The survey runs from Monday 3rd December to Saturday 15th December 2018.
Paper copies of the survey questionnaire are available at Stornoway Bus Station, Stornoway Town Hall, Stornoway and Tarbert Libraries, Stornoway and Tarbert Comhairle Offices and on main bus services
Alternatively, the survey can be completed online by using the following link:


Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) won the title of UK
Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards on Wednesday.
Wind farm developer Calum MacDonald picked up the award at the event in the Guildhall in London and admitted he was “very surprised” but “delighted” to have won.
This is Point and Sandwick Trust’s second award this month, third this year, and fourth so far.
They were automatically shortlisted for the Award after winning the Scottish Environmental Social Enterprise Award on November 6th.
The award recognises innovation and success in running a commercial business for social good.
Calum MacDonald said: ‘I’m really delighted. It’s great that the achievements of PST are being recognised across the UK. It’s a great encouragement for all these other communities that want to develop their own wind farm schemes. We have the biggest community-owned scheme in Britain in terms of output and it’s just so sad that the council and others do not recognise the strength of these community schemes from Barra up to Ness.”


The Scottish Commemoration Panel is holding a Memorial Service on 1st January 2019 (subject to weather conditions), at the Iolaire Memorial, Holm at 12noon. The service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal for those not in attendance.
Transportation by shuttle buses to the site will be the only way of getting to the service and will be arranged from The Nicolson Institute bus park.
To reserve a seat on the buses, the public must register over the phone by calling Customer Services on 01851 600 502 by 5pm TODAY Friday 30th November. No other reservations will be taken after the deadline.
The Holm road will be closed off and there will be no other vehicular or pedestrian access. The Coastguard Rescue Service will be monitoring all coastal paths.
Due to the possibility of bad weather, the public are advised to come with appropriate clothing and footwear to the events on 1st January as they may be outside with no seating or shelter for over one and a half hours
Parking in the town centre on 1st January will be free and all are advised to use the parking across from the Comhairle at Sandwick Rd and The Nicolson Institute Car Park off Smith Avenue. The CalMac Car Park will be for exclusive use of those going to the service on board MV Loch Seaforth.