Local News for Friday 7th December 2018


A national tour of a new Gaelic language panto ‘Seocan agus am Bogsa-ciùil’ (Seocan and the Accordion) has had a successful run so far.

In the eleventh successive year that Fèisean nan Gàidheal has produced and toured a Gaelic language pantomime thanks to funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and HIE, 29 performances taking place for children from over 40 Gaelic medium schools.

The panto was written and directed by Angus Macleod, Drama Officer with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, who said:
‘The story follows the adventure of young Seocan, who in his efforts to earn some money for Christmas, encounters a helpful Highland genie called Fergie and the legendary but not-so-giant giant Murdanaidh Mòr’.

The production and tour are delivered through Fèisgoil, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s arts in education service, which is managed by Eilidh Mackenzie, who said:
‘The tour included four days in the Western Isles, which culminated in two performances for schools at Stornoway Town Hall on Thursday morning’

For members of the public wishing to catch a performance of the play, one will take place on Thursday 13th December at The Ironworks, Inverness at 7pm.

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Local News for Thursday 6th December 2018


Champion Piper, Stuart Liddell is visiting Stornoway on 7th and 8th December. The visit was organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society with assistance from the newly formed Lewis & Harris Youth Pipe Band (LHYPB) and the established Lewis Pipe Band (LPB).

Finlay Macleod of the Lewis & Harris Piping Society said “We are very fortunate to have secured this visit from Stuart and hope members of the public come along to what will be a top class evening”

On Friday afternoon Stuart will hold a workshop for the LHYPB, who had a recruitment drive recently throughout Lewis & Harris, resulting in them now having up-to 36 pipers & drummers from Primary 5 to S6.

On Friday evening 7th December, Stuart will hold a piping recital at 8pm in the e-Sgoil building on Francis Street, this will also feature performances from some of the island’s talented youth players and finally, on Saturday morning Stuart will be working with the LPB honing their considerable skills.

Read more: Local News for Thursday 6th December 2018

Local News for Wednesday 5th December 2018


Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland hosted an event recently to celebrate their volunteers in the Western Isles and highlight the invaluable support they provide to people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.
Danny McKay is a stroke survivor, he volunteers at CHSS’s Rehabilitation Support Service in the Western Isles to help people rebuild their lives after stroke. He gave a very inspiring speech at the event
“I was so grateful for my good recovery after my stroke. I’m aware how bad it could have been so I volunteer to give something back and help others to recover well.”

Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said “Our volunteers are so important to the charity. The work that they do in their local communities to support people with chest, heart and stroke conditions is vital to ensuring that there is no life half lived in Scotland. We couldn’t deliver the work that we do without our volunteers. They’re on the ground everyday making a difference to people’s lives.”

Read more: Local News for Wednesday 5th December 2018

Local News for Tuesday 4th December 2018


Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has highlighted the need for seafood industries to retain tariff and barrier free access to the EU single market. He raised the Question in the Scottish Parliament asking for the Scottish Government’s response to the UK Government’s position that the current Brexit deal will guarantee the UK “full, sovereign control over our waters.”

The Prime Minister claimed that the deal will remove the UK from the Common Fisheries Policy and allow the country “to decide for ourselves who we allow to fish in our waters.” However, the withdrawal agreement concluded by the UK Government makes an explicit link between future trade agreements and access to waters.

Alasdair Allan commented: ‘The Tory Government failed to offer any detail on a future trade agreement with Europe post-2020, and there is a real danger we could see island seafood exporters’ lorry-loads of produce going to waste as drivers sit in enormous queues waiting for customs checks at ports.’

Read more: Local News for Tuesday 4th December 2018

Local News for Monday 3rd December 2018


Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has opened up his constituency office as a donation drop off point for Eilean Siar Foodbank in the run up to Christmas.

Eilean Siar Foodbank are working hard to provide food packages for islanders facing crisis situations and the weeks before Christmas are one of their busiest periods.

Mr MacNeil’s office at 31 Bayhead, Stornoway, will be a drop off point for donations of Tins, Packets, Christmas Fare and other non-perishable items from now until December 20th. A box is located in the reception area and donations can be dropped off between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. This will complement a collection taking place in the Stornoway Tesco store.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘It is shocking that between April 1st and September 30th this year, nearly 300 emergency 3 day food packages were given out to island residents who find themselves in a crisis situation. This included 80 packages for children. Eilean Siar Foodbank need to replenish supplies to allow them to assist families in crisis for the year ahead’.

Read more: Local News for Monday 3rd December 2018