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STORNOWAY

Family Fun Day - Martins and the Shed are hosting a free family fun day on Lews Castle Green, Stornoway this Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 4pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, and games, a tombola, lucky dips, a coconut shy and home baking to be enjoyed.

All the inflatables and games will be 50p each and you can grab a burger or hotdog for just £1.

New role for Stornoway Minister - Rev Iver Martin is set to leave Stornoway Free Church after accepting the post of full-time Principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary.

For the past two years Mr Martin has been undertaking the duties of Principal on a part-time basis, juggling it with his existing commitments and duties with the Stornoway congregation.

Following a review, Edinburgh Theological Seminary were able to produce a business plan to support a full-time appointment for Principal. The Stornoway minister was the unanimous nomination for the role from the Free Church’s six Scottish Presbyteries, and accepted the post in person at the General Assembly.

The new Principal said: “I feel first a sense of profound sadness in having to leave Stornoway where I’ve lived for 12 years and been the minister of a wonderful church. I can’t express how much they’ve meant to me and I will miss them terribly. At the same time the Assembly has reached a unanimous and prayerful decision which I can’t just ignore. They have placed upon me a frightening responsibility which has implications not just for the Free Church but for the wider church in Scotland. It’s a huge privilege in which I will need the continued support of my colleagues. I ask the whole church to pray for ETS and its future ministry.”

After graduating with a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Robert Gordon’s University in 1980, Mr Martin spent the next 12 years as a microelectronics engineer. In 1995, after studying at the Free Church College, he became the assistant minister in Stornoway before moving to Bon Accord Free Church as minister in 1997. In 2003 he returned to Stornoway, this time as minister of the Free Church congregation.

The 57-year-old is married to Mairi, and they have six children and eight grandchildren.

It is expected that Mr Martin will leave the Stornoway congregation before the end of the summer, with a date and interim moderator likely to be arranged at the next meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery. Rev Kenny I Macleod will continue to serve as assistant minister for the Kenneth Street congregation.

NORTH TOLSTA

Community turbine benefits - The Tolsta community continues to reap the benefits from the profits of the community turbine.

Following on from the public meeting held in March by Tolsta Community Development, when it was announced the grant application for funding was opened, a number of grant applications were received and approved in April.

The organisations/individuals who benefited from the awards are: the local childrens playpark PACT was awarded £12,000; Tolsta Primary School awarded £1,000; Bethesda Care Home was awarded £15,000; North Tolsta Youth Club £500; Church Summer Club £1,500; Murdo A Mackenzie £500 to compete in World Island Games in 2015; Coisir Sgire a Bhac £250: Enable Stornoway and District Branch £400 and Buth Tholasdath £3,000. A further £5,000 has been made available to Crossroads Care.

This brings the total distributed through the community fund since December 2014 to £84,150.

The next round of awards will be in September 2015 and organisations/individuals within the community are advised to submit their applications in good time.

Application forms are available from the TCDL office on info@tcdl.co.uk or by callling 890443.

GREAT BERNERA

Bernera Community Association - A reminder that from 25 May the community café should be open Monday to Friday for a trial period from 11 am to 4pm.

The Museum and Iron Age house should also be open daily from then.

Events - There will be a Whist night on in the Café on Friday evening at 7.30pm which will be the final one until September.

SOUTH UIST

Election - Voting is now underway to appoint two Directors for Sealladh na Beinne Mòire, the community company that owns the South Uist Estate.

Three candidates have put their names forward for election. Kate MacDonald and Neil Campbell are standing for re-election and Angus MacMillan is also standing.

All Members should have received ballot papers from Electoral Reform Services.

The election opened on Monday and completed ballots must be received by ERS in the pre-paid envelope by lunchtime on June 10th to be counted. The result of the ballot is expected to be available on the afternoon of Friday June 12th. Members can vote for up to two candidates on their ballot form.

John MacMillan, vice-chairman of Sealladh na Beinne Mòire said: “The annual elections ensure that the Members are involved with the decision-making process of the community company and can elect their representatives to the Board of the company to deliver the aspirations of the community buyout.”

WESTERN ISLES

Thank you to Western Isles Champion volunteers - Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland recognise their volunteers as the Champions of the organisation and are celebrating the fantastic contribution their volunteers make to people who are living with chest, heart or stroke illness across the Western Isles.

Volunteers Week is an annual celebration thanking Volunteers for all their support (1st - 7th June)

The charity values the enormous contribution of its Champions and will be holding celebrations throughout the week.

Volunteers in the Highlands give the charity more than 17,000 hours of their time each year to support services in the community and raise funds.

One such Champion is Ann Anderson from Leverburgh, Isle of Harris, who volunteers as a Group facilitator in the Western Isles. Wendy has volunteered for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland for eight months.

She chose to volunteer for the organisation as she used to be a nurse and wished to contribute to local services as part of her retirement.

Speaking of her time volunteering Ann said: “I really like my time volunteering; I enjoy supporting the communication services users and get pleasure from meeting so many great new people.”

Paul Okroj, Volunteering Development Manager said “Volunteering mobilises people to support one another making a big difference to everyone’s lives in local communities. We really appreciate all their hard work and the contribution they have made to the charity’s success - we couldn’t do it without them! “

To find out more about volunteering opportunities with CHSS please visit www.chss.org.uk/volunteering or call our Volunteer Enquiry Line on 0800 169 5139.