Slideshow: Week in Pictures 5-3-15

Seventy children’s play parks across the Western Isles are top of the agenda for a series of community meetings to be held over the next month.

With many parks falling into disrepair through lack of funding or limited access, the Comhairle are now looking at investment opportunities but may also look at rationalising the number of play areas after consultation.

Western Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has vowed to continue fighting for the people of the isles after he was confirmed as the SNP’s candidate.

Angus was the sole nominee and was unanimously reselected by SNP branches within the constituency to stand in the forthcoming general election. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been honoured alongside the UK procurement community’s finest at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16.

The Comhairle was awarded the Procurement Team of the Year Award for Local Government and Consortia.

Development of Ionad Hiort, the St Kilda Centre, has advanced with hopes that the centre will generate international interest.

The centre is set to be a year-round attraction, based in Mangersta, Uig, that will house exhibits and artifacts that give a sense of life on St Kilda, the UK’s only double World Heritage Site.

Confusion over the designation of beds at Uist and Barra Hospital has been cleared up this week by NHS Western Isles.

A health service spokesperson confirmed that there are no continuing care beds at the hospital.

Recently the Association of Community Councils, Uist and Barra, raised their concerns about the status of eight designated continuing care beds at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh and questioned whether those were included in plans to reduce bed numbers.

A spokesperson for NHS Western Isles said when the hospital first opened, all beds, with the exception of two obstetric beds, were officially coded as GP beds.

It was a historic day for Lews Castle College UHI last week with the launch of a groundbreaking secondary Gaelic teacher training course.

The launch of the new Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) secondary Gaelic teaching course delivered by the college is a significant moment for the college and is a result of joint working by various agencies.

The course was formally launched by Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages at an event in Stornoway Town Hall on Friday.

The Western Isles Island Games Association hosted their annual Galson Motors 5K fundraiser at the weekend.

Run in partnership with Car Hire Hebrides the 5K took runners, walkers and joggers around a scenic trek through the Lews Castle Grounds.

A massive 82 participants braved the wet conditions and pulled on their trainers for the 5k challenge to raise funds to help our local talented athletes to attend the elite level competitions that the Island Games offers.

The Nicolson Institute Senior Girls have earned an unrivalled pedigree in schools football over the past decade.

Their staggering record of three Scottish Cup finals and 10 North of Scotland Cup wins in the past 15 years have ensured the name of the Nicolson Institute Senior Girls team is well known and respected across the country.

But our hugely talented teens are refusing to release their vice-grip on the top schools football silverware as they eye another glory run.

The current reigning Senior Schools Scottish Cup and Senior North of Scotland Cup holders cruised into the quarter-finals with a 7-0 stroll over visiting Kincorth Academy.

Former Hearts and Scotland star John Colquhoun was in Lewis this week to roll out the innovative Boxsoccer training programme to local youngsters.

Developed by highly regarded Scots coach Ian Cathro, a former coach at Dundee United and current coach of Spanish giants Valencia, Boxsoccer is described as the complete technical development programme - that comes in a box.