Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 17th August 2020

WORLD PHOTOGRAPH DAY 2020 COMPETITION!

World Photograph Day on Wednesday, 19th August is an annual worldwide celebration of art, craft, science and the history of photography. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking part by hosting a competition for photographs of the Western Isles. These photographs can represent a range of different areas, such as landscape, daily life in the Islands, tradition and culture, history, crofting, fishing, the people of the Western Isles and so on. During the course of the day, the Comhairle will post entries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A Comhairle Spokesperson said:
“This is a great opportunity to showcase talent in our islands and to take a day to appreciate the Islands we live in. There will be 10 photographs chosen and these will be printed and displayed in Comhairle buildings for years to come.
“After a judging panel has viewed all of the entries, the 10 winners will be announced on Facebook on Friday 21st August. Please join us by sending in your photos and using the hashtags #WorldPhotographDay and #WorldPhotographDayWesternIsles.”
Entries can be submitted via Facebook private message or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 14th August 2020

AN LANNTAIR OPENING MONDAY

At 10am on Monday August 17th An lanntair will finally open their doors and say ‘Fàilte’ to you all as they take their first steps in re-opening the islands’ arts centre to the public once again.
The first floor only will be open again to visitors, where you can enjoy the brand new An Lanntair Sketchbook Project exhibition in the main gallery, as well as a look around at what’s new in their Shop.
Following government guidelines, An lanntair will be asking that visitors wear facemasks and adhere to social-distancing measures when inside at An Lanntair. They will also set a limited number of people permitted inside at one time, and ask that visitors follow the one-way system through the main gallery when viewing the new exhibition.
Protective screens have been installed at the reception area, and sanitation stations are available throughout the building for public use.
More information can be found online at

http://lanntair.com/visitor-info/

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 10th August 2020

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AT BERNERA BRIDGE FROM TONIGHT

In accordance with the requirements for maintaining and inspecting its bridge assets, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar proposes to undertake precautionary inspection works to Bernera Bridge between the hours of 9.30pm and 5.30am over 5 consecutive nights from today, Monday 10th August till Friday 14th August 2020.
The Bridge will be closed to traffic between these hours with allowance made only for emergency vehicles passing through.
Any persons requiring access across the bridge during the closure period can be escorted through the site on foot by traffic management operatives provided they make themselves known beforehand.
Any person who requires further information on this matter should contact: Bridges Engineer, Angus M Gillies at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,
Tel 01851 822 726 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 7th August 2020

COMMUNITY WIND FARM BACKS BOOK ON NICOLSON INSTITUTE HISTORY

A book which is to be published to mark the 150th anniversary of The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway has received the backing of community wind farm organisation Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).

The Trust, which invests the profits from its wind farm in projects, which will promote the social, educational, cultural or environmental wellbeing of the people of the Western Isles, is providing financial support for the research phase of the book, which is to be published by Acair ahead of the anniversary in January 2023.

The book is being written by among many others, retired educationalist Iain Smith, who has Point and Sandwick connections and previously co-authored another Acair publication, Saints and Sinners, a collection of tales of islanders from the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said they were happy to support a book that would promote social, educational and cultural wellbeing.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 6th August 2020

Western Isles Education Livestream Q+A

Tomorrow at noon, the Comhairlie will hold a live-stream internet discussion and forum for school pupils, parents, staff -- and members of the wider community -- on Education services as COVID restricitions ease.

The focus will be the preparations that the council -- with assistance from a range of partner organisations – has taken for the safe return of employees and pupils to schools across the Western Isles over the coming weeks.

The stream will be broadcast on the Comhairle’s Facebook page and on the e-Sgoil website. Viewers will be able to submit questions in advance by private messaging the Comhairle Facebook page or commenting on the live feed during the livestream.

The forum will be chaired by council media coordinator Colin George Morrison, and will feature a panel including the Director of Education, Skills & Children’s Services Bernard Chisholm -- alongside department officers and headteachers.

The Scottish Government has said it expects all Scottish pupils to be in school full-time by 18 August -- at the very latest.

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 6th August 2020