Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 17th July 2020


The Breast Screening Programme is to resume from August – beginning in Barra before travelling onwards to Lewis.
Provisional dates for the Breast Screening Mobile Unit’s visit have been scheduled as follows: Barra: 19th August – 25th August 2020.
Benbecula: 27th August – 2nd October 2020
Harris: 6th October – 15th October 2020
Stornoway: 20th October – 20th November 2020

Those who had been due to attend clinics that were cancelled in Lewis will receive an appointment when the Mobile Unit returns to Lewis.

Anyone who receives an appointment that they cannot attend, are asked please DO NOT go to the Mobile Unit but instead to call the Breast Screening Office on 01463 705416.

Please visit the NHS Inform site to find out more about Breast Screening at:



Ceolas Uibhist and Fèisean nan Gàidheal have received new funding from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Development Fund through Creative Scotland, to enhance opportunities for young people to develop their skills and talent in traditional Scottish music and dance.
Ceolas Uibhist are set to work with young people from Uist and Benbecula to create a new, musical performance piece. Specialist tutors will be running weekend workshops for piping, fiddle, dance, drumming, accordion and clarsach, with rehearsals and performances scheduled for November and December 2020.
Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Pitzcalzean Masterclass Weekend - postponed from September to November 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak - has also received support. The residential masterclass weekend will offer young people (15-25yrs) specialist tuition in traditional dance, Gaelic song and playing for dancing (on pipes and fiddle).
The programme will also include a step-dance workshop for all ages and a public performance from the weekend’s expert tutors, which will be open to the wider community.



Iochdar Community Council are offering a communication lifeline to islanders who are cut off from family and friends at this time. They have a batch of electronic tablets available to pass on to people of all ages who might benefit and live in the area.
Many islanders have family around during the lockdown but others don’t so a tablet can play a huge part in fighting the feeling of isolation.
The electronic device can greatly help people keep in touch with relatives. Using it for accessing news and information maintains a connection with the wider world.
Priority is being given to people who are particularly isolated or expect to be shielding for some time to come.
There’s no need to be wary of the technology as the community council can arrange to set up the tablet to be ready to use.
Anyone who knows of someone in the area covered by the community council - South Ford down to Stilligarry - who would benefit should notify the community council.


A new initiative aimed at boosting sales of British lamb has been welcomed by a local politician.
The “Make it Lamb” campaign, which is being delivered by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), is set to reach a majority of the UK population as it rolls out during the year.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:
“Crofters and farmers across my region stand to benefit from a marketing initiative which puts the stress on quality.
“Scotch lamb already has a deservedly excellent reputation and if we can build on that by demonstrating how easily lamb can be used to prepare a wide range of delicious recipes then we could extend its market, especially to younger consumers.
“I wish the campaign every success and hope it provides a boost to our sheep farmers, leading to more sales of quality Scotch lamb across the country.”