Local News for Tuesday 16th July 2019


Tape recordings of the Gaelic New Testament being read by members of a Lewis congregation around 30 years ago are to be digitised, cleaned up and preserved for all time, thanks to support from Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).

Bòrd na Gàidhlig awarded the project £3,200 from its Community Roots Support fund, and the community wind farm charity donated the remaining £1,800 needed. The project has been organised by David Murray, the session clerk to Garrabost Free Church.

The readings were done by members of the congregation of Knock Free Church, now merged with Garrabost Free Church, in the 1980s and recorded on a series of 17 tapes. The sound files will be made widely available online – and hopefully on CDs – once the digitisation project is complete.

Donald John MacSween, General Manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: ‘This is a project of immense cultural importance to our Gaelic community and the recordings, once digitised, will be of huge value to those Gaelic speakers who can no longer get out to church or who are unable to read their own Gaelic Bibles. These recordings are community treasures.’



Music lovers heading to the Hebridean Celtic Festival will have all the information they need at their fingertips by using new phone apps this year.
The iPhone and Android apps provide dates, times and venues for every concert during the four-day festival, which runs from 17-20 July in Lewis and Harris.
Their development, which was supported with funding from HIE was a labour of love for Sam Jones who has a long association with HebCelt and is the son of the festival’s finance director, Martin Jones.
He has been helping at the festival since the age of eight, first in the tuck shop at the childrens’ event and later as part of the teams who assist with stewarding, site preparation and in the bars.
He completed the Android app last year as the final part of his computing degree with the Open University and this year worked on converting for use on Apple iPhone.
Sam said: “The app is essentially a digital version of the festival brochure; users can see all the information about the different artists, where they are playing and when. There's also information about the various fringe events surrounding the festival and they can save their favourites to create a personalised schedule, as well as a map to help find their way to the different venues.”
HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan said: ‘Having this technology available is going to be a great addition to our promotional tools to help keep our audience informed about the festival.