Slideshow - Week in Pictures: 30-10-14

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Bronze Age pottery is among some of the many findings uncovered by archaeologists working at two dig sites in Point.

The discoveries were made in September this year, with specialists in Edinburgh recently identifying the artefacts found in the middle of the Point braighe.

Archaeologists, from Archas Limited, were called to the site as Scottish Water were due to install a new water main. Excavations had to be made as the site was identified as having a high likelihood of uncovering artefact deposits.

First uncovered was a saddle quern, used for grinding cereals. This discovery was followed by many more, including pottery shards, quartz, and evidence of peat burning, along with a range of ‘hammer stones’ with pecking - signs of heavy usage.

A new ‘gold standard’ service will be launched by NHS Western Isles meaning patients with an osteoporosis risk will not need to travel for scans.

The new service is also likely to result in a significant reduction in the numbers of fractures experienced by this patient group.

NHS Western Isles recently invested in a piece of equipment that is able to measure the strength of bones and identify patients with, or at risk of, osteoporosis, known as a Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner.

Ferry passengers can finally take a look inside MV Loch Seaforth this week which will be heading for Scotland in the coming weeks.

Completing berthing trials in Germany last week, the ship is now under the control of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).

This photo spread shows the interior of the vessel highlighting some of the seating areas and storage spaces.

There were fears earlier this month that the ship could be affected by an acquisition of the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG) yard in Germany which was experiencing financial problems.

Flanders Fields museum in Belgium has loaned artefacts for a series of exhibitions to commemorate the Hebridean sacrifice during WWI.

The exhibitions are part of the Gairm nan Gàidheal (Call of the Gael) project being run by Pròiseact nan Ealan (The Gaelic Arts Agency).

The initiative aims to discover and retell the stories of the island communities who experienced the devastating impact of the First World War more than most other areas.

Opening the first event at Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway on October 31st is distinguished historian and author Trevor Royle, who has contributed to the curation of the exhibitions and to the overall project.

The most northerly congregation in the Western Isles is set to end a two-year vacancy after Rev Ewen Matheson accepted a call to become their new minister.

Cross (Ness) had been without a minister since their previous incumbent Rev Kenny Ferguson retired in August 2012 after more than a decade with the congregation.

Rev Ewen Matheson, who has ministered to the North Uist, Grimsay and Berneray congregation since 2008, accepted the closed call in person at September’s meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery.

Portraiture has been a focus this term for pupils in S3 Art & Design, who were asked to create a mixed-media portrait of an iconic figure.

The portrait had to capture the personality of their icon, not just through the face but through the images and text used in the composition.

So many of the pupils produced excellent work, and we have chosen to showcase the portrait of Albert Einstein by Eliot Tomkinson (S3) which is shown in the photo.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chris ‘Tasty’ Sherrington visited Stornoway last week to inspire the next generation of young hopefuls from the Junior Judo Club, as part of The Scottish Salmon Company’s involvement 
in the sport.

The champion visited the award-winning club, which is run by George Kerr, CBE, 10th Dan, to perform a judo exhibition with Frank Taylor, silver medallist from the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Those in attendance were treated to a lesson from the champion before taking part in a judo session.

The Lynn Maclean Highland dancers recently travelled to take part in the Royal National Mod and the North of Scotland Championships.

The sections were much bigger than they are used to dancing in at home but the girls kept their nerve.

The older girls placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in many of their dances and the younger ones also placed well and all collected medals.