Local News for Monday 13th May 2019

PROJECT TO ENCOURAGE NUMBERS OF WOMEN IN POLITICS COMES TO WESTERN ISLES

A project to get more women standing for political office is running two workshops in the Western Isles this month. Sponsored by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, a ‘Women in Politics’ workshops will run in both Stornoway and Balivanich.
The Parliament Project is a non-partisan initiative that seeks to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK. It runs information and skills building events and offers peer networking to support women to get elected. Since summer 2016, the Parliament Project has delivered workshops to over 3000 women in Scotland and England many of whom have gone on to stand for election.
The Women into Politics workshops will focus on allowing women to share their political ambitions, get information on different political roles available to them, hear from a previous female Councillor about her experiences and explore barriers to entry that are unique to the Western Isles. These events are open to all women.
The Stornoway workshop ‘Women into Politics’ will take place at Caladh Inn, 11 James Street, Stornoway, on May 30th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. and will feature former Western Isles councillor Catriona Stewart.
The Benbecula workshop will take place at 6:30pm to 8:30pm on May 31st at An Caladh, East Camp, Balivanich, and the featured speaker is former Western Isles councillor Mairi Bremner. The workshops will be delivered by Lee Chalmers, Parliament Project Founder and Co-Director and Katie Brown, Parliament Project Lead for Scotland.

 

LEWIS WINDPOWER SPONSOR ISLANDS STAGE AT HEBCELT FOR 5th YEAR
An exciting and diverse line-up has been confirmed for the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s Islands Stage which will be sponsored by Lewis Wind Power for a fifth successive year.
The ongoing partnership with Lewis Wind Power, developer of the Stornoway Wind Farm, fits with the event’s environmentally-friendly ethos.
HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are extremely grateful to Lewis Wind Power for continuing their generous support for a fifth successive year. This significant ongoing partnership allows us to put together another very strong Islands Stage programme.”
Kerry MacPhee, Community Liaison, Lewis Wind Power, said:
‘Lewis Wind Power is delighted to continue with its sponsorship of the Islands Stage for another year, given HebCelt’s place as the islands’ flagship event.
‘The Islands Stage has become a key part of HebCelt with some great bands over the years and some great new musical finds. I'm sure that this year will be no exception.’
For more information on this year’s Hebceltfest can be found online at https://www.hebceltfest.com