Local News for Friday 14th December 2018


The first BIG Lunch held in Balivanich Hall, Benbecula, recently proved a BIG success with individuals, families, neighbours and communities all coming together through friendship and fun.
Coordinated by NHS Western Isles Health Promotion Department and the Cuimhne Project Tagsa.

Over 50 people, young and old, joined from villages around the Uists to enjoy a meal of locally sourced produce including venison donated by Storas Uibhist and vegetables from Cothrom and Tagsa, plus teas, coffees and home-baking.

Music and entertainment for the event was provided by the Fiddle Club and young people from Liniclate School who encouraged all to get up and dance.

NHSWI Health Improvement Officer Marion Matheson said: “Feedback received after the lunch was very positive, with people saying that they had really enjoyed it and that it was nice to see different age groups together.

People were also asking if it could be held more often and also commented on the lovely food and dancing; with thanks given to all the organisers.”

Marion added: ‘Today more people than ever are increasingly feeling isolated from their neighbours and that communities are not as connected as they once were.
“It was great to see all the different age groups coming together, having fun, sharing stories and dancing with each other so It is hoped that this event will now become an annual feature in the Uists.’


The culmination of months of hard work comes to fruition when the Nicolson Institute presents Dìleab – The Iolaire Remembered” at 7:30pm tonight, Friday the 14th of December at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais.
The event is the culmination of the Dìleab project, which schools across the Western Isles have been engaged in during 2018.
Pupils from The Nicolson Institute and a host of local musicians will mark the centenary of the Iolaire tragedy through music, drama, dance and song. A 15 strong group of singers, musicians and dancers will travel from Castlebay Community School to attend and they will be joined by Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band and a choir from Sir E Scott.