Local News for Thursday 10th January 2018


The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, An Lanntair’s brand new two-week programme of science, astronomy and arts events, has announced a full day of FREE activities on its opening Saturday, 9th February.

From 11am to 5pm, An Lanntair will become a laboratory of cosmic activity for all ages, with workshops and talks led by Stornoway Astronomical Society, Lews Castle College UHI, arts and science project Creativity and Curiosity, Astronomer Royal for Scotland John Brown, and An Lanntair’s education team. All events are free but advance booking is recommended.

Festival co-ordinator Andrew Eaton-Lewis said: “We’re very keen that everyone gets a chance to experience this exciting new festival, so for our opening Saturday An Lanntair will be filled with free events for all ages, from science talks for teenagers and adults to arts and crafts activities for smaller children, and a special Ask the Astronomer session with Astronomer Royal for Scotland John Brown, where you can ask John any question you want about the universe!”

Free tickets can be booked online via www.lanntair.com/darkskies or by phone on 01851 708480


The University of the Highlands and Islands has welcomed its first cohort of students onto the new midwifery course. Nineteen students gathered at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness to begin the shortened midwifery programme.

The postgraduate diploma has been developed in partnership with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and NHS Orkney. It will enable registered nurses to become fully qualified midwives in 20 months, helping to meet the needs of communities across the north of Scotland.

The course will have an emphasis on providing care in a remote and rural context. Students will learn through a combination of face-to-face classes, online study via the university’s virtual learning environment and placements with NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles, NHS Orkney and NHS Grampian in urban, remote and rural island-practice areas.

Gordon Jamieson, Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles, commented: “This is a very welcome development in the development of our future services and an excellent opportunity for practitioners.”


A TV production company is looking for Families to participate in a new production of the BBC show ‘Teen Taxi’.

Are you forever giving your teenagers lifts? Do they want you to take them here, there and everywhere? Have you got a child between the ages of fourteen and eighteen?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then Dragonfly Film & TV want to hear from you now – All information you provide during the casting process will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Laws and with Dragonfly’s Privacy Policy.

So if you are a fun, outgoing Family that owns their own car and wish to take part in this new BBC series get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Telephone them on 029 2078 6568