Local News for Monday 8th August 2016

Carnival un-dampened success
Another wet weekend failed to put a damper on high spirits in Stornoway, as good crowds turned out to enjoy the Carnival procession along Bayhead and Cromwell Street, to ride on the fairground and to sample delights from the European market and Town Hall craft fair. Stornoway Running and Athletics Club won the float competition with a convincing Tong White House occupied by Donald Trump, and European Champions Lewis Pipe Band donned wet weather garb to lead the procession through town, for their last appearance before the World Championships in Glasgow at the weekend. Other Carnival sights included a fairy motorcyclist, superheroes, Disney characters, zombies and witches.

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Local News for Friday 5th August 2016

Gale warning for weekend
An early warning was published yesterday by the Met Office, warning of strong winds over Saturday night and through Sunday. Wind speeds fo up to 50mph, with possible gusts of 60mph, are more likely to cause disruption in the summer months because more people are out and about outdoors, and the chief forecaster says there’s a strong likelihood of a period of ‘unseasonably strong’ winds.. The yellow ‘be aware’ warning, in place from 5am Sunday, says: “A period of strong winds across Scotland and northern England from late Saturday is most likely to peak on Sunday morning, before easing through Sunday afternoon.  Whilst the expected gusts of 45-50 mph and isolated 60 mph are not exceptional for these areas of the country, increased outdoor activity at this time of year will lead to a greater likelihood of disruption.”

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Local News for Thursday 4th August 2016

MP encourages island memorials
Angus MacNeil MP is encouraging Isles communities to apply for funding to uncover the stories of the First World War, after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced an extra £4 million for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000. Mr MacNeil said: “It is so important that we remember the impact of the war 100 years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Na h-Eileanan an Iar with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.” Online application packs are available at www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow

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Local News for Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Young voices wanted
The voices of youngsters aged five to eight are wanted by NHS Western Isles, who are making a film about the importance of Vitamin D. The Health Board is looking for children’s voices in sound recordings to add to the film,  which will raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D for good health and mental health, explaining the foods containing the vitamin and information on the Healthy Start Scheme.  Recordings will take place between August 8 and 17 in a variety of locations across the Western Isles. If your child is interested, just record them saying: ‘Vitamin D is important for everyone’s health. It keeps our bones strong and healthy.’ You could do this on your mobile phone, but if you need help, get in touch with Marissa Maclennan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 01851 701545. You can also email recordings to Marissa, or contact her if you need help with the recording.

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Local News for Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Cats Protection kitten plea
The Stornoway-based branch of the charity Cats Protection, serving the islands of Lewis and Harris, has put out a plea for adopters for kittens, after being swamped with unwanted kittens, feral cats and pregnant female cats. Cats Protection representative Alison Marzalla said: “We have lots of kittens for adoption but we aren't getting  much response from the public. We have so many waiting to come in, and have had to put a freeze on taking any more in.” Adopting a cat from Cats Protection means you get a health-checked pet and help with jags and neutering, for a single fee at adoption. To find out more search for Cats Protection Isle of Lewis and Harris on Facebook, or phone 01851 702761.

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