Slideshow: Week in Pictures 4-12-14

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Dave Smith revealed his fears that it may be some time before a Harris team is able and equipped to rejoin the Lewis and Harris football league.

Speaking to the Gazette the club chairman admitted his heavy heart at seeing the club withdrawn from the league and he says the future is bleak for the club unless they can find more players coming through.

It has been a difficult number of years for Harris who have struggled on the field and are without a win in any competition since July 2011 but Smith says it is a lack of local players which is the main reason.

Hundreds of youngsters found their way to Maybury Gardens in Sandwick to get their Christmas Lists in to Santa.

This is the third year that Santa has visited Maybury Gardens, an evening on the Stornoway calendar that is not to be missed.

An adventurous Lewisman is looking for the support of his homeland in order to secure a spot on the challenge of a lifetime.

Forty year old Coinneach Macleod, from Cromore, South Lochs, is on the shortlist of candidates from around the world vying for a place on next year’s Fjällräven Polar.

Isles FM have secured a new broadcasting licence after a public appeal to help the community radio station raise the required £6,000 brought ‘an avalanche’ of donations.

Managing Director David Morrison hailed the contributions of the public and local businesses as ‘phenomenal’ but he stressed 2015 is set to be a year-long fundraising drive as the station requires significant upgrades to mast equipment at Achmore as well as unfinished works in the studio and plans to finally stretch their broadcasting reach from the Butt to Barra.

Isles FM Managing Director David Morrison has hailed the generosity of listeners and the local community after ‘an avalanche’ of late donations smashed the fundraising target required to renew their broadcasting licence.

Stornoway swimmer Kara Hanlon continued her blistering race pace with a series of medals and tumbling personal bests at the recent North District Grand Prix.

Taking to the pool for only her second competitive event of the new season the 17-year-old showed why she is so highly rated with another series of speedy times and strong finishes.

Kara clocked brand new PBs in a variety of strokes and races with an impressive five seconds chopped off her best time in her 200M individual Medley.

Two of Scotland’s iconic brands – Johnnie Walker Black Label and Harris Tweed Hebrides – have collaborated to create a “fabric of flavour”.

Launched in Berlin this week the newest Harris Tweed design reflects the colours of whisky ingredients and the fabric carries a unique scent – named Aqua Alba – based on the key notes of the liquid.

Donations to Eilean Siar Foodbank were accepted all last week at a collection drive at Stornoway’s Tesco store.

The foodbank collections were part of a nationwide campaign by Tesco, held to make sure that the charities have enough food to help people during the winter, the hardest time of year for people in poverty.

More than 20 volunteers from Eilean Siar Foodbank and Stornoway Rotary Club joined with Tesco staff in store to collect donations from generous customers. Tesco will later top up all donations by 30 percent.

The Western Isles Kidney Patients Association has donated an iPad to patients of the Renal Unit at Western Isles Hospital.

With this new bit of kit, patients being treated in Western Isles Hospital will be able to video call specialist consultants at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, the main centre for renal services in the Highlands.