Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 21st July 2020


The Scottish Government has issued updated advice for funerals .Funeral services should be attended, by no more than 20 people. Numbers of attendees, will also be based on the size of the venue and its ability to maintain strict physical distancing measures, so the number able to attend, may be less than 20.

All attendees must maintain at least a 2 metre distance from each other at all times and should consider the use of a face covering, particularly if in an enclosed space.



Community Consultations by Harris Development Ltd, will inform funding applications, to create an Isle of Harris visitor centre, focusing on the genealogy and heritage of the St Kilda archipelago

Community consultations, will measure how best this potential development will benefit the local community and Harris as a whole.

Harris Development have submitted a Scottish Land Fund Stage 1 application, for funding for a feasibility study and a 5 year business plan, as part of the Hiort na Hearadh/St Kilda project.

If successful this project will aim to transform the internationally renowned Seallam genealogical Centre into a visitor attraction. Harris Development Ltd are currently working in partnership with the Ethnographic Centre of Edinburgh University and Tasglann nan Eilean to preserve related geneaology information and recordings.



A new single, created as a Hebridean Celtic Festival’s commission, has been released with all proceeds going to a Stornoway charity.

Featuring talented Outer Hebrides singer songwriter Colin Macleod, the track is a version of Runrig’s anthem ‘Only the Brave’,

The commission series, Seisean HebCelt / HebCelt Sessions, has seen a variety of works aired, on its social media channels. The commissions are part of the festival’s 25th anniversary celebrations

One of the key aspects was to raise funds for Bethesda Hospice, a local charity close to the heart of many Hebrideans. A just giving page has been set up to allow festival fans who enjoy the sessions to contribute directly to this charity.

General Manager at Bethesda Hospice, Carol Somerville, said: “HebCelt is a very important part of the culture and local economy so we are extremely pleased to have this support. These Sessions will provide some welcome relief and enjoyment. At Bethesda we are required to raise over £370,000 per year to keep the hospice open so any donations will be gratefully received.”



Gaelic storytellers in the Western Isles have this week, been contributing to oral tradition which will be relayed through 21countries. The story which began on Innis Mor, off the West Coast of Ireland, will be told in 21 languages, en-route to Istanbul on the Eastern edge of Europe
The giant game of Chinese whispers, is a powerful project which explores notions of memory, sense of place, language, landscape and migration.
In parallel with the story, a drawing undergoes the same process. It starts on the Western edge of Europe and is passed from artist to artist, all the way through Scandinavia, with each participant making changes to the drawing,
Interface is a programme engaging international artists through Zoom, exploring the intersections, between scientific research and art.