GUIDES & W.I.L.L. HELP HARRIS TO BLOOM THIS SUMMER
This summer Harris will be showcased with the addition of dozens of floral displays around Tarbert thanks to Supporters of the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery (W.I.L.L.) with maintenance being carried out by Girlguiding Harris.
Harris Football Club received the first award of 2019 and South Harris Agricultural Show are soon to be awarded the latest proceeds.
The Lottery Team have now partnered with Girlguiding Harris who will receive all funds raised during May, June and July in the Harris area.
Harris Girl Guides have welcomed the responsibility of upgrading their own local area by looking after the displays throughout the summer months whilst earning much needed funding for their efforts.
This is an exciting challenge for the girls and their Leader, Matilda Lomas-Mackenzie is preparing them for the big day.
Willowglen Garden Centre have been commissioned to provide the blooms which are scheduled to be displayed from Tuesday 28th May at 4pm. It is hoped that this project can be enhanced and expanded on in future years throughout the area.
Residents in the Harris area can find out more information online if they wish at www.westernisleslottery.co.uk
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 22nd May 2019
ISLAND PARENTS URGED TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE VACCINATED AGAINST SERIOUS DISEASES
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is urging island parents to ensure their children receive lifesaving vaccinations.
Vaccinations such as the MMR are the biggest health successes of the last century and are the only way to protect your child against some serious diseases.
Mr MacNeil asked NHS Western Isles for statistics on the uptake of the MMR vaccine locally.
“I was pleased to hear from NHS Western Isles that uptake of the MMR first dose in the Western Isles is back above the target of 95% despite a drop in uptake in 2017.
“Overall 98.1% of Western Isles children have received at least one MMR vaccination by the age of 6, compared to 96.3% for Scotland.
“The development of effective vaccines has led to a huge decrease in childhood deaths and I would urge parents to help maintain high levels of uptake by ensuring children receive the vaccine.”
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 21st May 2019
PUBLIC DROP-IN ON ISLES LONG-TERM FERRY OPTIONS
Transport Scotland has commissioned Peter Brett Associates (PBA), now part of Stantec, to carry out a transport appraisal considering the long-term options for the ferry routes to, from and within the Outer Hebrides. The consultations have already been taking place in the Southern Isles throughout last week and now the consultants will be hosting public sessions on the Isles of Lewis and Harris.
The public are invited to drop in to take part at the following times and locations, today Monday 20th May- Lewis, 4pm to 7.30pm at the Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway, and tomorrow, Tuesday 21st May, 4pm to 7.30pm at Tarbert Community Centre.
These meetings will take the form of a public drop-in session, where members of the public are welcome to come along, find out about the emerging study outcomes and, if they wish, have an informal discussion with the transport team at any point between 4pm and 7.30pm.
Read more: Local News for Monday 20th May 2019
DILEAB EP DUE OUT THIS SUMMER
Last Saturday, 11th May, over 50 choir members from Sir E Scott (junior and senior choir), Laxdale Primary, Stornoway Primary and The Nicolson Institute came together at Studio Alba on Seaforth Road, Stornoway, to record the Dìleab EP which will be available to buy in the summer.
Evelyn Coull Macleod, Multimedia Manager at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said:
“The EP will feature many of the songs which were performed at the sold out Dìleab concert in December. We do, of course, hope that the community will support the work done by the pupils once again by buying the EP when it’s launched later this summer. Whilst it is fantastic to see the progression of Dìleab as a project, it is even more rewarding for us to follow the pupils’ development and this EP gives them another platform to showcase their considerable talents.
“This is just the start of Dìleab 2019 and we have lots of other exciting plans to follow on from last year’s success. Very soon we will be releasing more details about a special gig in November 2019 involving our young people and top class bands.”
The Dìleab EP will feature local artist Willie Campbell, who wrote all the songs, along with other musicians from the community.
Read more: Local News for Friday 17th May 2019