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LOCHS

Kinloch Historical Society

The Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday 30 th August at 7pm. All members of community are welcome at the Old School in Balallan for an account on KHS activities in the last year. This will be followed by a talk by Lord Lieutenant Alexander Matheson of Stornoway on the theme ‘50 years of change for the better’.

LOCHMADDY / NORTH UIST

Latha na Mara 2016

Plans are well underway for the 2016 ‘Latha na Mara’ Fundraiser for the RNLI. The event - to take place on Saturday 1st October 2016 in Lochmaddy Hall will include: entertainment from local performers; stalls (including RNLI merchandise, bric-a-brac, home baking); competitions; children’s fancy dress (age groups: 2-5 / 6-8 / 9-11) – theme: your favourite character from a children’s book, film or TV programme; raffles; refreshments; silent auction.Subject to operational commitments, the Leverburgh Lifeboat will be at Lochmaddy Pier. Further details will appear in future editions of the paper, and a full Programme of Events will be available during September in local outlets.

HARRIS

Crossroads

The Crossroads (Harris) committee would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks a further donation of £100 from the organisers of the Tractor Run. This brings the total received from the charity tractor run to £5,345.The next fundraising event in on Saturday, September 3rd in the Community Centre Tarbert and will be a Coffee Morning/Lunch taking place from 11am to 4pm.There will be a choice of soups, tea/coffee, sandwiches and cakes plus a hamper and the option to takeaway. Donations of baking will be gratefully received, donations for the hamper will be accepted at the Old Primary School, Tarbert.

Concert

A concert will take place in the Tarbert Community Centre on September 1st from 8pm. The live music comes courtesy of former members of ‘Skippinsh’ Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson, who are now members of a new band called ‘Tide Lines’. Support is offered by band ‘New Tradition’. Tickets will be available on the door on the night priced £10 for adults and unders 12s £5. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. The concert is being organised by the Sir E. Scott Mod Fundraising Committee.

WESTERN ISLES

Planning applications

Berneray Community Council - Site polycrub at Berneray School Grounds, Rushgarry, Berneray, Isle Of North Uist.

Mrs Jaqui Ferguson - Alterations and extension to existing house. Attic conversion and new front porch at 15 Callanish, Isle Of Lewis, HS2 9DY

Scottish Water - Installation of Clear Water Tank and formation of access at Clear Water Tank, Ahmor, Lochmaddy, Isle Of North Uist

Scottish Water - Install Raw Water Pumping Station and form access at Pumping Station, Blashval, Lochmaddy, Isle Of North Uist

Breedon Aggregates - Creation of development haul road, to be retained as croft access track on completion of the works (partially retrospective) at Access Road, Croft 34 Breasclete, Breasclete, Isle Of Lewis

Mr & Mrs Wiseman - Convert ground floor gallery back to original use as part of dwelling at Hebrides Art, 19A Seilebost, Isle Of Harris, HS3 3HP

Bernera Community Council - Siting of composting toilet at Football Ground And Play Area, Breaclete, Bernera, Isle Of Lewis

Mr Colin Thompson - Erect dwelling house, detached garage and Workshop. Install air source heatpump at 22C Vatisker, Back, Isle Of Lewis

Mr Colin Macleod - Alter and Extend Dwelling at 53B Bayhead, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis, HS1 2DZ

Lewis Builders Ltd - Alter and extend existing storage building. Creation of two vehicle accesses. Erection of boundary walls at Builders Store, Rigs Road, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis, HS1 2RF

Mr Angus Campbell - Existing flat roofed area to rear of main house to be re-roofed & structure altered. Vestibule to rear to be demolished and replacement structure constructed at Askernish House, Askernish, Isle Of South Uist, HS8 5SY

Miss Jane Hepburn - Erect house at 207 Bakers Road, Newmarket, Isle Of Lewis

40 North Ltd - Application under Section 42 for planning permission to develop planning consent ref. 15/00038 with variation to Condition 1 (extension to opening hours) at 40 North Limited, Shop, 40 North Bragar, Bragar, Isle Of Lewis, HS2 9DA.

Thought of the Week

Humbling

Spending time with someone who knows that they are close to death is not only a humbling experience, it is also a real privilege. Over the past several weeks I have spent time with people who have found themselves in this situation. Whether they have been in hospital or hospice, or even at home, my wish is always that they should not be alone if it can be helped. The wonderful staff at our hospital and hospices care deeply for our loved ones and ensure that all their needs are met with dignity and with gentleness. Being witness to this type of loving care brings great comfort to family and friends who can sometimes feel lost when nearest and dearest are close to dying.Knowing that a friend or relative who is seriously ill, is being looked after with so much expertise and attention allows us to prepare for what could be an uncertain future for some and certainly life-changing for many and this is where my Pastoral Ministry is important. And it’s important to all people, those of faith and those of no faith, there is no distinction in my opinion. Bereavement brings out raw emotion that is rarely seen in any other situations and it is essential that each event is approached differently. I offer an ear, I offer prayer, I offer support where I can, but most of all I offer myself with all the weaknesses and failings I carry with me. If I can, I will wait, pray and support you should you ever need me.

Blessings always Reverend Terry Taggart