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LOCHS

Santa - The North Lochs Toddlers group had twenty four toddlers at the Christmas Party in the Free Church Hall last Thursday.

The group is open to babies, toddlers and children under five.

There will be a warm welcome for new mums, each Thursday between 2-3.30pm, when the group re-commences in the New Year.

Hogmanay - There will be a get together at the North Lochs Community Centre at Hogmanay.

The Hall will be open from 8.30pm onwards for a relaxed, informal gathering. Families are welcome and it will be BYOB on the night.

You can come for a wee while, stay for the bells or come along afterwards.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and children get in free. It would be lovely to see lots of folk come along and join us at the local community centre.


GREAT BERNERA

SSE Community Grant - SSE recently granted us £2,000 from their Communities Fund to purchase a new generator and gas heaters for the Centre in order that we have some facilities during power cuts.

Thanks to this grant these have now been purchased and can be used there for the community in the event of power failure.

We are very grateful to SSE for this extra equipment for our centre.

Community Centre - The Bingo night held recently raised over £400 to help subsidise the Christmas functions.

The Christmas lunch is to be on January 9th and more details will follow and as always we will be looking for volunteers to help.

The Hogmanay party will be on 31st December at 9pm. There will be an entrance fee to the function which will have live music and refreshments.

As always we will be looking for volunteers to help clear up after the event which will probably be on 2 January usually around midday.

Tidying up after these events is often left to the same few volunteers who come along and it would be good to see more willing helpers.

The old dance studio has now been painted and furnished to make it a more social area for groups to hire and a more suitable area for meetings rather than using the café.

The café has now been closed for the festive season and should reopen in January.

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a very happy and peaceful 2016.

SKYE

Work recognised - A Skye academic and celebrated poet has been made a Professor by the University of the Highlands and Islands. Meg Bateman was awarded the title in recognition of her contribution to scholarship and research in Celtic and Gaelic studies.

Based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture and one of the academic partners of the university, Professor Bateman is an authority on Celtic and Scottish literature as well as an internationally published writer and poet.

Speaking about her new title, Professor Bateman said: “It feels consolidating of past efforts and like a vote of confidence for things to come. Our principal, Boyd Robertson, who nominated me, said that the award was like a Christmas present for Sabhal Mòr; it certainly is for my 90 year old mother! My thanks to the University of the Highlands and Islands for the encouragement; I hope I will live up to your expectations.”

Professor Boyd Robertson, principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, added: “In addition to her academic prowess, Professor Bateman has an international reputation as a poet and writer. She is undoubtedly one of the leading poets in Scotland. She adds lustre to the college and university and I am delighted that her sterling service has been recognised with this award.”

Pictured above as part of his work with the Community Safety Partnership is Jamie Ralston, who recently left the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Service.

Alongside Jamie is Frank Creighton of the Parnership who said: “On behalf of us all, I would like to thank Jamie for the wealth of experience and wisdom he brought to the Community Safety Partnership and to wish him good health and every happiness for the future.”