Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 4th June 2020

CROFTING FEDERATION CALL FOR BREXIT EXTENSION
The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the research, by the Scottish Government, which makes it clear that a Brexit extension is essential to Scotland’s economy.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is, absorbing considerable resources from all our national governments”, said Yvonne White, chair of the crofters’ federation. There is no doubt that it is impossible to conclude a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union, before the end of 2020. It is therefore essential that the UK government agrees a two-year extension to the transition period with the EU.

We entirely support the stance taken, that the UK Government must apply for a two-year extension to the transition period. This is too important and affects the economic wellbeing of too many people for the negotiations to be rushed to meet a self-imposed and arbitrary deadline.”

 

TEST AND PROTECT’ PHONE LINE NOW LIVE IN THE WESTERN ISLES

NHS Western Isles is available for any Western Isles residents who develop symptoms of COVID-19. They can ring a local phone line to book a test.The Scottish Government’s Test and Protect scheme is now available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19.

In response to the national scheme, NHS Western Isles has expanded access to testing using mainland laboratory services. Local testing arrangements remain in place for specific eligible groups, such as people admitted to hospital and health, social care and emergency services workers.

The phone line 01851 601 151 will be staffed from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday with an answering machine available out with those hours.

 

HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES - UPDATE

Creed Park Household Waste Recycling Centre now allow pickups, vans and vehicles towing trailers. But will remain open for cars only, on Saturdays.

A spokesperson, said: “Due to the sensible and prudent use of these facilities by the public since reopening, we are pleased to now be in a position to permit pickups, vans and vehicles towing trailers on weekdays.

“Should the site be very busy, those with pickups, vans and vehicles towing trailers may be asked to return later, as priority will be given to standard domestic vehicles. However nobody will be turned away if the site is quiet. We would ask all users to be patient and to show consideration to others when using our sites.

 


AWARDS FOR TWO ISLAND GROUPS

The Queens’ award for Voluntary Service, has been awarded to two local groups Counselling and Family Mediation Western Isles (CFMWI) and Fèis an Rudha are among the 230 groups in the UK, to receive this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can achieve in the UK.
To mark the Awards, representatives from both groups will attend The Queen’s Royal
Garden Party in July 2021 .at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Since its establishment in 1990, Counselling &Family Mediation Western Isles has been
providing a confidential and free counselling and mediation service,to families, adults and young people throughout the islands

Fèis an Rubha re-established in 2012, to provide professional tutoring in Gaelic traditional music, drama and singing for the young people of the Point community, during an annual week-long summer Fèis. The Fèis is organised by a committee of volunteers, has expanded with over 50 children, from age 3 to 14 participating in Gaelic arts tuition.

 

E-CEILIDH NAN OG LAUNCHED

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar E Ceilidh nan Og has been broadcasting on Facebook and Vimeo. The Friday broadcasts showcase musical submissions, from young people across the Western Isles, Highlighting the talent of a wide selection of the island’s singers and young musicians on fiddle, guitar and accordion..

Speaking on the success of e-Cèilidh nan Òg, event coordinator Rhona Johnstone said,
"We were absolutely staggered by the response from pupils, parents and teachers who were asked to prepare and contribute items for the e-Cèilidh nan Òg event. There will be further events, to ensure that all the videos which were sent in to us will be shown

Also a reminder for this evening, Thursday there is an opportunity, to test your knowledge on the popular Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Quiz. It will be on Facebook Live at 7.30 on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Page.