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Tour to France and Belgium

An Eight-day bus tour from Skye to France and Belgium is being arranged for June 2018, visiting the cemeteries and memorials of the Western Front, particularly those where the Highland regiments suffered their most grievous losses including the Somme, Arras, Loos and Ypres.

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More awards for HebCelt. Picture by Colin Cameron

Red Letter Day as HebCelt Scoops Green Award

After a highly successful 2017, the internationally-acclaimed Hebridean Celtic Festival has started the new year by collecting another award – its fourth in three months.

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Making sure tweed work is shared

Making sure tweed work is shared

Stornoway North SNP Councillor Gordon Murray has written to the Harris Tweed Authority to look at re-introducing a Distribution Centre for the industry.

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Sound idea...to commemorate Armistice Day centenary in November 2018, composer Martin Suckling is looking for readers help to sample church bells across Scotland.

Record your church bells for new Scottish composition

Readers are being asked to help create a new classical music composition to commemorate the centenary of armistice in November 2018.

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The Comhairle will phase out plastic straws and replace with paper straws.

Council is the first to dump plastic straws

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has become the first local authority in Scotland to pledge to go plastic-straw free in the battle against plastic pollution.

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Iconic Island sites shortlisted for BBC Countryfile Awards

Iconic Island sites shortlisted for BBC Countryfile Awards

Some of the Outer Hebrides’ most iconic visitor attractions have been named as finalists in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.

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Julie Fowlis has new music for us to enjoy.

New music from island singer

Renowned Highland singer Julie Fowlis will launch her acclaimed new album ‘alterum’ at Eden Court on Sunday 28 January.

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Evening bus services to and from Stornoway

Evening bus services to and from Stornoway

Due to the risk of ice and snow and freezing temperatures all evening, bus services to and from Stornoway after 7pm on Tuesday 16th January 2018 are cancelled.

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Work to start on Lews Castle projects

Work to start on Lews Castle projects

Contractors are being sought for the first phase of the Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration Project.

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Basket making with a new twist at exhibition

Basket making with a new twist at exhibition

A new exhibition opening in An Lanntair arts centre Stornoway is based on the Shetland basket making tradition but gives it a new spin.

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Stop being a stick in the mud...and get down and dirty in it when Tough Mudder returns to Drumlanrig Castle on June 16 and June 17 this year. (Pic: Robert Perry)

Make Scottish charities your New Year resolution

Losing weight, getting in shape, finally packing in the fags. All very worthwhile resolutions to make and keep this year.

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Bananaman The Musical

Liam Rudden: £70-odd for a ticket! Would you pay that?

AS you read this, the chances are I’ll be sitting in a theatre in London, watching a show that most theatre-goers will never get to see in Edinburgh.

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Board Chairman, Murdo Murray welcomes new member Margaret Ann Macleod.

Port Authority steering a new course for the future

Stornoway Port Authority is preparing to move into a new era as it seeks to progress a series of major developments in line with its 20-year Masterplan.

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WILL committee members presenting cheque to Mairi Macdonald of the Playpark Committee.

Eoropie playpark gets boost for public toilets

A fundraising campaign is underway to install public toilets at the popular Eoropie Playpark and a cheque for £1,615 was presented to the Committee by the Western Isles Lottery to assist the cause.

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There have been serious concerns in the Islands about access to banking services if the Castlebay branch and ATM closes.

RBS chiefs will be questioned on branch closures

Executives from the Royal Bank of Scotland will appear before the Scottish Affairs Committee on Wednesday 17 January in a one off session to examine planned branch closures.

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Primary facilities ‘inadequate’

Primary facilities ‘inadequate’

Stornoway Primary is the largest, in terms of pupils numbers, in the Western Isles but the school is in desperate need of modernisation and upgrading says Councillor Rae Mackenzie.

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Moving forward with new musical collaboration Lahira

Moving forward with new musical collaboration Lahira

The award-winning musical collaboration between Skye’s celebrated Gaelic singer Anne Martin and Manchester electro artist Jason Singh has taken another step forward.

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Two veterans who took part in a previous tour - now free trips are being offered to all World War Two veterans.

World War Two veterans offered free tours to pay respects to fallen comrades

The travel arm of the Royal British Legion is on a mission to find all surviving veterans of World War Two.

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Land between Goathill Farm and Sand Street has been identified for the new care complex.

Growing to meet the Lewis care demand

A new project which is set to transform residential care services in Lewis has taken a step forward this week.

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Money in action: Point and Sandwick Trust general manager Donald John MacSween looks on while student Natasha Tew uses the centre for research, helped by Chris Macleod (centre) and Andrew Mackenzie.

Making cash work to support inventors and entrepreneurs

Lews Castle College UHI is to see a major expansion of its Innovation Centre thanks to £20,000 from wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

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