Local News for Friday 19th October 2018

Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (W.I.L.L) has made its latest presentation for £2,128.80 to John N Macleod (known as ‘Corrags’), Malina Morrison and Jonathan Smith of the Westside Agricultural Show Committee.
The funds were the proceeds raised from Lottery ticket sales from Supporters in the Ness & Westside Area.

This follows funding already received in Area 2 by Eoropie Playpark and Carloway Community Centre, making a total of £5,075 distributed to date.

The welcome funding helped the landscaping of an area of land beside the Barvas Community Hall to relocate their annual Show to a more suitable site. The new site will also be available for any local events to take place as well as additional parking facilities. They were also able to purchase a purpose-built Marquee to ensure future Shows go ahead regardless of adverse weather conditions.

"Corrags" sincerely thanked the Lottery for supporting them and emphasised how much value it was to the Community. More information can be found on the internet at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk.

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Local News for Wednesday 17th October 2018

The seas around the Hebrides are a global hotspot for cetaceans and basking sharks, and need better protection, said the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust as it released a new marine atlas capturing key discoveries made over the past 15 years.
The first Hebridean Marine Mammal Atlas showcases findings by the charity’s scientists and citizen science volunteers during annual research expeditions on its specialized yacht Silurian.
Television presenter Liz Bonnin, patron of the trust, said: “It is increasingly clear that the Hebrides is a truly special place for cetaceans and basking sharks, and that we need to do far more to protect them and their environment. I had the great pleasure of sailing on Silurian and I am thrilled to be able to lend my support to such an outstanding organisation which works directly towards these goals.”

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Local News for Tuesday 16th October 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) was delighted to recognise young crofters with an awards ceremony at the ‘Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting’ event recently.
The ‘Young Crofter of the Year Award’ is aimed at those aged 40 and under who have taken their first steps on the crofting ladder or have established themselves in crofting, and are good examples of best practice and success within their field.
The Young Crofter 2018 award went to Domhnall MacSween from Ness, Lewis. Domhnall is better known to many as Sweeny from Ness, the busy crofting entrepreneur from BBC Alba’s ‘Air an Lot’ programme, which features Domhnall as he goes about building and expanding his croft business – most of which is conducted in his native Gaelic.
This business now sees him despatching meat from pigs, sheep and cattle on his croft to all corners of Britain, as well as an impressive poultry empire. Domhnall quickly showed his delight at winning the award on social media, where he has already built a sizeable following.

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Local News for Monday 15th October 2018

The ambitious Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, programmed by An Lanntair, will take place at An Lanntair itself and across the Isle of Lewis from 8-21 February 2019.
Guests will include the Sky at Night’s Chris Lintott, international science presenters Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest, and Scotland’s astronomer royal John Brown.

It’s a two-week programme of stargazing, talks, family activities, film screenings, workshops and much more, with events at An Lanntair, Gallan Head, and the Calanais standing stones.

Many astronomical sights can be seen from the islands by the naked eye including the Orion Nebula, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, can also be seen in one of the very best spots in the UK for watching this natural wonder.

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Local News for Friday 12th October 2018

NHS Western Isles Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers, and Speech and Language Therapists came together recently to explore how to better help patients live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible.
Over 100 people attended the event, the theme of which was the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.
At the event, Susan Kelso, AHP National Lead Early Intervention (Scottish Government), spoke about the ‘Life Curve’ research, which indicates that older people lose skills in a specific order and has the impact of gradually decreasing their level of independence.
The first sign of deterioration in independence is usually when older people are unable to cut their toe nails. There follows on a steady deterioration, from being unable to do their shopping, use steps, walk 400 yards, and so on, until they are eventually dependent on others for all activities of daily living.
However, research has also shown that people can significantly postpone this decline by remaining as fit and active as possible.

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