Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 18th June 2020



Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, as the product might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This is due to a production fault. Primula Ltd have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products.

Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores, selling Primula Cheese products. Notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled. Primula can be contacted on 0800 716 551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a refund. Or the Primula Cheese item can be returned to the store, from where it was bought, for a full refund.




 Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, raised the issue of access to ferry services for islanders, at First Minister’s Questions yesterday. 

 Members of the public will be able to travel beyond their local area, in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Routemap out of lockdown, and a provisional date of 15 July has been given for tourism to resume.

 Social distancing measures will constrain ferry capacity and there are concerns that islanders, may find it difficult to access ferry tickets at the point, that travel is permitted again. 

 Alasdair Allan MSP commented:

 “This was a useful opportunity to raise an issue that I know has been causing a lot of my constituents concern. Islanders have not seen their families on the mainland since March. They have understood the health reasons for this and have strongly supported the restrictions.

 It is important that, at whatever point it is considered safe to change the present travel advice about ferries, islanders have some kind of opportunity to book what will likely be a limited supply of ferry tickets, perhaps on some priority basis.I am grateful for the First Minister’s recognition, of the need to manage the situation, in such a way that ensures islanders are not disadvantaged.”






Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the launch, of the ScotWind Offshore Wind Leasing Round, announced by the Crown Estate Scotland, this week.

 Developers can obtain a Lease Agreement to build Offshore Wind Farms, in identified areas around Scotland. Three of those are in the Hebridean Marine Region.

 Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Roddie Mackay, said,

“This is a major step forward for the islands.  We have been working closely with Marine Scotland to ensure that their new Sectoral Plan for Offshore Wind, includes around the Outer Hebrides and now Crown Estate Scotland, are offering seabed leases in these Areas. We have the best wind resource in Europe and some world leading energy companies are already showing strong interest in these Hebridean areas” This has the potential to create much needed jobs in the Outer Hebrides .







NHs Western Isles, urge members of the public who are concerned about a cancer sign or symptom, not to delay and contact their GP to make an appointment as soon as possible. 

 Dr Frank McAuley, NHS Western Isles Medical Director, said, “The NHS is here for you, so don’t ignore the warning signs.  You are not being a burden, you are looking after yourself and our NHS by seeking help. Please don’t put your health at risk. Your community pharmacy, ophthalmologist, and your GP are open, please contact them for advice or with concerns that are not COVID-19 related.






Parkend , Holm and Mackenzie Estate Community Association in Stornoway, have been awarded  a grant from the Community Wellbeing Fund and the Corra Foundation. This is to help vulnerable individuals and families in their area by supplying food vouchers for the next few months.

 Requests will be dealt with in utmost confidence and the food vouchers are to be used at local businesses. Individuals and families who wish to request Food Voucher support at this time, can contact Cllr Charlie Nicolson 01851703325, committee members or area volunteers

 Cllr Charlie Nicolson stated “. We are grateful to the Community WellBeing Corra Foundation for this support for vulnerable individuals and families in our area.

Agencies, community groups and businesses are working together and helping the vulnerable people living in Parkend, Holm and Mackenzie Estate in these very challenging times.






A reminder for this evening,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 with celebrity quizmaster.