Local News for Tuesday 6th November 2018
SCHOOLS IN ISLES TO GET COPY OF NEW IOLAIRE BOOK
As part of the Dìleab (Legacy) project, all schools in the Western Isles will be gifted a signed copy of the new Acair publication, The Darkest Hour, which is the most comprehensive account to date of the Iolaire tragedy.
The book, which was written by Malcolm Macdonald, Chairman of Stornoway Historical Society, and the late Donald John MacLeod.
The book is the result of 20 years of research by the authors and contains many personal stories connected to the Iolaire.
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘We are very pleased to gift a signed copy of this wonderful book to all schools throughout the Western Isles. We felt that it was a very appropriate thing to do, particularly given that our schools have been involved in projects relating to World War I this year, working alongside the Comhairle’s Multimedia Team.’
The Darkest Dawn: The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy is available now from www.acairbooks.com
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Local News for Monday 5th November 2018
ISLES MSP & CHILDCARE MINISTER VISIT PAIRC PLAYGROUP
SNP MSP Alasdair Allan recently joined Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd MSP on a visit to Pairc Playgroup in South Lochs.
Pairc Playgroup have been operating an extended hours project in partnership with HIE and Muaitheabhal Trust offering wrap around childcare.
The Playgroup have been awarded an ‘Excellent’ grading by the Care Inspectorate for their care of the children and awarded a ‘Green Flag’ from Keep Scotland Beautiful for their Eco work with children.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘Thanks to the staff at Pairc Playgroup and to the children for letting us interrupt their play time!
‘It was really useful to hear about the impact extending childcare hours in South Lochs has had, and learning about how this has enabled parents to go either to work or into further education. It underlines the potential of the Scottish Government’s pledge to double the number of hours of free early years education and childcare to 30 hours a week for vulnerable 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds by 2021.’
Read more: Local News for Monday 5th November 2018