This week The Stornoway Gazette looks into concerns raised by the Western Isles Carers, Users and Supporters Network about the Comhairle’s home care service provision over the Christmas period.
We also reveal statistics regarding repeat attendances and non-emergency visits to the Accident and Emergency department at Western Isles Hospital, where last year eight people visited a total of 128 times – an average of 16 attendances each.
Fears about childcare provision in North Uist are explored as the communities await the construction of a new school; and we take a loot at the works being undertaken in the Vatersay Project, aiming to develop and diversify the fragile economy.
One hundred years old, but still going strong is Carloway resident Murdina Macleod, who tells the secret to long-life; and a former island music teacher shares what life is like India – where a man-eating tiger was stalking the village she now lives in!
Island Brownies celebrate 100 years of the organisation and the Gazette reveals images of what the Western Isles new ferry – MV Loch Seaforth – will look like.
In our Entertainments features we take a look at which island talents are taking part in this year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow; and Lewis band Paramount tell what it was like to perform upon the stage at Glasgow’s O2 ANC Arena.
Our Nature column this week features usual birds which were blown off course in recent storms to make pit-stops on the islands and in Sport we have the last part of the Lewis and Harris Select history feature, as well as end of year Football awards.
All this and much more in this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.