Slideshow: Week in Pictures 19-2-15

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Fears that crofting in Newvalley and Guershader could be ‘obliterated’ if the Stornoway Wind Farm goes ahead have been expressed by the Clerk of a local Grazings Committee.

John Martin, Clerk of Newvalley and Guershader Grazings Committee believes the 36-turbine development will leave their shareholders with no option but to get rid of their sheep.

Patients may end up being transferred to mainland hospitals if capacity reaches breaking point at Western Isles Hospital.

The Stornoway hospital remains under severe pressure due to patients being unable to leave until a care package is available.

The issue of delayed discharges at the hospital reached an all-time high in January with 46 patients affected.

A new three year pilot project to manage the greylag goose population of Lewis and Harris has been launched this week.

The initiative sees funding of a co-ordinated shooting effort to allow islanders to control geese. Its aim is to reduce agricultural damage seen by crofters and farmers while maintaining a sustainable goose population.

The two ships carrying the three wind turbines for the UK’s largest community windfarm arrived on Lewis last week.

The turbine blades and towers for the Point and Sandwick community windfarm at Beinn Ghrideag docked at Arnish where the cargo was unloaded using huge cranes before being transported to the site for installation.

The first ship, Abis Cardiff, arrived on Wednesday, having transported the Enercon turbine blades and other parts from the Enercon factory in Germany.

A prestigious stage slot at the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer is awaiting the winner of a talent contest, which launches this week.

The CalMac Culture Music contest, introduced last year by CalMac Ferries Ltd, is aimed at finding the best amateur singers and musicians.

This year the search has been extended to include bands as well as promising singer/songwriters.

Stornoway port has been in the making for 150 years and this year sees a celebration of its development and history.

These days the port has many different uses from being a gateway transport link to the mainland, a working harbour to fishing and industry and more recently it is blooming into a haven for leisure craft, due its marina facilities and aspirations to accommodate large leisure vessels and small cruise ships.

This year a series of events will mark the port’s 150 year anniversary and the celebration kicked off with the launch of new book ‘SY StorY’ at the Woodlands Centre in the town last Friday evening.

A fundraising group, including partners from the Co-op, HHP, Lewis Builders and Young Musicians Hebrides, raised an amazing £2,000 for the Solas Day Centre which is run by Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris.

Councillor Gordon Murray said: “This project saw all parts of the community working together for a very worthy cause. I am delighted that the Manor and Castle Residents Association worked well with all to raise the funds.”

The first St Ayles Skiff Regatta in the Hebrides, will be in Stornoway Harbour on Saturday, May 30th.

The successful Scottish Coastal Rowing Initiative, has encouraged communities to build 22ft St Ayles Skiffs and organise racing events in their own area.

Kara Hanlon signed off on her final Scottish Schools Championships in her emphatic style by setting two new records and retaining two titles.

The Stornoway swim sensation, and fully fledged member of the Scottish Gold squad, wowed onlookers at Aberdeen Sports Village with a display of elite level swimming.

In the process the 17-year-old shattered her own 100m breastroke record which she set just 12-months earlier, taking the record down from 1:10.98 to 1:10.76.w