Local News for Tuesday 6th December 2016

SSPCA call after cockerels abandoned
Local officers for the SSPCA are appealing for information after two groups of four cockerels were found abandoned on the Pentland Road. They’ve been unable to rescue the fowl, although they have been seen in the same area several times. An SSPCA spokesman said: “Dumping domestic animals of any kind is classed as abandonment and is illegal. If anyone has any information about this can they please contact us on 07733 007255.”

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Local News for Monday 5th December 2016

New Harris housing official opening
New social housing on the west side of Harris is to be opened today by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Mr Stewart is visiting the new HHP development at Horgabost this afternoon. The development’s part of a range of new facilities including a new community centre and café on the site, and is being built as a community project by the West Harris Trust and Hebridean Housing.

Police news
A 25-year-old man is to appear in court from custody today, after police were called to an address in the Cearns at 3am on Sunday. The man’s been charged with assault.
An 18-year-old man is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for careless driving, after being stopped by Police on Sandwick Road at 2.30am on Sunday.

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Local News for Thursday 1st December 2016

New Lord Lieutenant for Western Isles
Donald Martin has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as the new Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles, succeeding the long-serving Sandy Matheson CVO OBE JP, who retired last month after nearly 16 years in the role. Mr Martin has been cojgratulated on his appointment by Comhairle Convener Cllr Norman MacDonald, who said: "Donald is a well-known and respected figure in our community and has contributed significantly towards the work of Gaelic Development and Harris Tweed in the islands. He has also been a valued public servant in many different roles, principally on behalf of the Islands. We wish him the very best and hope that he enjoys his new position."

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Local News for Wednesday 30th November 2016

Charlie Barleys in Whitehall
Black puddings from Charlie Barleys of Stornoway will be on the menu for parliamentarians and diplomats today, as the Scottish Office celebrates St Andrew’s Day. Representatives from Charles M Macleod butchers have once again been invited to take their wares down to London for a reception at the Scottish Office on Whitehall. Mini marags as well as full sized examples and other treats will be offered by Shona Macleod and colleagues at the St Andrew’s Day Taste of Scotland event hosted by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Charlie Barleys are part of a group of Scottish businesses showcasing some of the best of Scotland's national produce to 200 Parliamentarians and Diplomats.

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Local News for Monday 28th November 2016

Hall of fame award for choir master
The man who founded three Gaelic choirs in Lewis is to be honoured with induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Rod Mackenzie, who prefers to be called Ruaraidh, came to Lewis with his wife Alison in 1972 to teach at the Nicolson Institute, and came to live in Gress. During 30 years in Lewis he started Coisir Òg a Bhac, Coisir Loch a Tuath and later Coisir Sgire a Bhac. Ruaraidh described his time in Lewis as the best years of his life. He said: “To see these folk from our local community develop into such a musically satisfying and socially cohesive ‘family’ was so personally fulfilling and satisfying.” One of those he inspired, piper and singer Anna Murray, said: “His selfless dedication and encouragement to our community and singers is an inspiration and something for which we will be forever grateful.” Three of his four daughters are Gaelic singers, and he also has 13 grandchildren.

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