Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 23rd July 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the Prime Minister announcement, of an Islands Growth Deal for the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.

The Deal comprises an investment of £50m from the UK Government and £50m from the Scottish Government. This will now allow delivery, of a number of projects, developed by the Comhairle and its public and private sector partners.

Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Roddie Mackay said: “The Islands Growth Deal is the culmination of a lot of hard work between the Comhairle, our Islands Council partners and both Governments in recent years and represents a good outcome for the Islands

The announcement is also a vote of confidence by both Governments in the economy and future of the Outer Hebrides.



NHS Western Isles has reintroduced a number of clinics over the past week,
NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “This month, we have held more face-to-face appointments, than the number of appointments, carried out remotely using telephone or Near Me. This was to be expected, given the number of patients who have been waiting for a face-to-face consultation.
However, going forward, we do expect that the majority of outpatient consultations will be carried out remotely.”


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar intends to carry out improvement works of the lower part of Sandwick Cemetery. This will provide an additional 1200 lairs and associated access.

The work originally scheduled for March, will begin 3rd August and is expected to last for a period of 12 weeks. During the period of works the cemetery will remain open, but access and movement through certain areas of the cemetery will be restricted for the duration of the works.


Lodge Fortrose has launched a fundraising drive to produce and donate face masks for volunteers in local community groups. A Go Fund Me Page has been established and all funds raised will be used for the purchase of masks and other COVID-19 relief projects.

Lodge Fortrose has paid £600 to kick start the campaign for masks, which are locally produced, triple-layered and fully washable.

Henry W Macinnes, Master of Lodge Fortrose, said: “As part of the ongoing community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Lodge Fortrose 108, have also been involved in a number of efforts to provide relief, including the donation of £1000 to Eilean Siar Food Bank.

In partnership with the Western Isles Association for Mental Health, the Western Isles Volunteer Centre and Samaritans Stornoway, we are also developing a project to provide mental health first aid courses. This will train a minimum of 40 community volunteers, across Lewis and will train four Samaritans volunteers. The Lodge will be donating a minimum of £2000 to this very worthwhile project.”



The Stornoway Abattoir opens for the 2020 season on Monday 3rd August. Bookings can now be made by calling the Abattoir on 01851 70 6733.



An Lanntair is set to open its doors to the public again on Monday, August 17th. For the first four weeks the ground floor shop and main gallery will open. Refreshments and Lite-bites will be on offer in a catering pod located on the forecourt.



This year’s Eilean Dorcha Festival will take place virtually, on the Comhairle Facebook page this Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th of July

The Festival due to celebrate its fifth anniversary at the Benbecula venue this year, assures all festival goers, that all tickets purchased are valid for EDF 2021.

EDF organiser, Roddy Mackay said, “EDF would just like to pay tribute to all the artists who have been absolutely fantastic in their response to our request to hold, a virtual festival, these artists are our lifeblood,

This year’s virtual EDF, is a real mix of festival footage, footage supplied by the artists themselves and, of course, footage from the fantastic people who come to see the performances. We wanted something from everyone’s perspective and hope the public enjoy what we’ve put together for their enjoyment.

The EDF festival live on the Comhairle Facebook page this Friday and Saturday from 8.00-11.30