Isles FM News - Friday 5th June 2020


Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron, is backing calls that the SNP Government, supports Scottish fishermen, against the EU demands for access to our waters.
Mr Cameron said: “Coastal communities around the Highlands and Islands will be dismayed by the response of the SNP to this issue. The party are aware the real blockage to progress, is the EU 27’s unreasonable demand, to access our fishing grounds as a precondition to further talks.

Mr Cameron is backing calls for ministers to support the fishing sector and enable a thriving industry and a coastal nation.



Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the inclusion of small B&Bs into the Scottish Government Business Support Fund.

Small B&Bs, who were ineligible for other support, due to not having a business bank account, will be able to apply for a share of £3 million of funding. This has been re-purposed from the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund. This funding for small B&Bs will be administered by local authorities and applications are expected to open on 15 June.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “This is a very welcome and important expansion of the Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund. B&Bs are a major part of the tourism sector in the Western Isles .While this funding will obviously not replace income lost as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this year’s tourist season, I hope it does go some way towards helping island B&Bs.”



Ceòlas the Uist arts Organsiation is continuing its development work in preparation for the transition to new premises at Cnoc Soilleir. Construction on the site will restart in line with Scottish Government guidance.
Ceòlas successfully secured £116,155 from the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund for the next 2 years. The funding will go towards the creation of several new jobs with a focus on expanding the organisation’s arts and dance profile and partnership work.
Ceolas continuous to promote the Gaelic Arts during lockdown with highlights of past summer school concerts on Ceòlas’ social media accounts weekly during June. The team are also planning an online Ceilidh Mor in July in place of the annual week long Ceolas Festival.




In keeping with many NHS Western Isles services, the Dental Department will soon be increasing services..
Social Distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rules have meant that, over the past number of weeks, only the most urgent dental emergencies have been seen.

From next Monday, the emergency service for Lewis and Harris, will move back to the Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway. It had temporarily relocated to Castleview Dental Practice on Cromwell Street.

The additional space means more staff and more patients can be accommodated, allowing more appointments. No routine care will be available yet, but it will be possible to see a wider range of problems, depending on demand.

The General Practice, Castleview Dental Clinic, remains closed and patients of the practice will be seen by the emergency service until further notice. The Castleview practice will make an announcement soon about reopening.




Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Lockdown Social Media Activities Programme continues to attract viewers from all over the world, with 30,000 people tuning in last weekend.

The programme designed to help keep people entertained during lockdown, was launched at the start of April. High levels of engagement have continued, with the community engaging with each other online, while enjoying the wide variety of talented artists we have in the Western Isles.

This weekend’s events are:
Coivid Ceilidh Friday Iain Costello MacIver Friday at 9pm
E ceilidh hosted by Isles Fm ‘s Uilleam Macleod Saturday night at 7.30pm
Covid Ceilidh Saturday with Willie Campbell at 9pm