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Fundraising lunch - On Saturday, February 28th Clann an Latha an Dè will be hosting their first fund-raising lunch of this year.

There will be a choice of soups, delicious selection of puddings, tea/coffee and biscuits.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale for the usual varied selection of prizes.

Please come along and enjoy lunch and a blether at Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, 12.30 until 2pm. All welcome.


Unique old photographs - It’s that time of the year again when the Comunn Eachdraidh invites the community to an evening of slides at Ravenspoint on Tuesday 24th February in conjunction with our AGM.

As always everyone with an interest in seeing these unique old photos, and how the Internet is helping fill in important gaps in our memories through friends throughout the world sending us their family photos and history, should join us for a cup of tea and a blether from 8.00 pm.

The evening will include a demonstration of Hebridean Connections and it’s all free. Hope to see you there.


Fundraising dance - A fundraising dance for this year’s Lochs Show will take place on Friday, February 20th from 8 to late at the Laxay Showground, Lochs.

The event will be licensed with food available and entertainment will be provided by Rock Island Line.

Buses will leave Gravir and Stornoway bus station at 7.30pm, advance tickets for the event are £8 and £10 and can be accessed from the Ravenspoint Centre and Lochs Services, as well as on the night.


Sad death - Yet again we have to report a sad loss from among our dwindling local community members with the recent death of 70 year old Angus Kenneth Morrison, 3 Valtos, who passed away at Raigmore Hospital where he had suffered a serious set back following surgery.

The news of his critical condition and subsequent death saddened all who knew him and has left a deep sense of loss, very much so in the neighbourhood at Valtos where he spent his entire life and where he will be greatly missed.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his wife, Elma, and to their family, Christina, Donald Calum, Cathie Margaret and Angus, who were all with him in the final days at Raigmore, to their own families and to the extended family circle.

The funeral was held in Uigean Church of Scotland, Miavaig, on Friday, February 6th, with the church full to capacity, the wake held there the previous evening, conducted by Rev Kenny I. Macleod, Free Church, Stornoway, was also very well attended.

The funeral service was conducted the Rev William Macleod, Barvas, retired minister of Uigean Church, who paid tribute to Angus Kenneth at the end of the service, relating that he had known four generations of the family through their links with Bernera and Barvas.

Angus Kenneth, who always had the sea in his blood, was very well known in fishing circles throughout the Island, as part-owner and skipper of the “Sovereign”, having been at sea all his working life.

He retired at 60 due to ill health which continued to affect him ever since and which he bore with uncomplaining fortitude. The interment, following the service, took place at Valtos Cemetery.

Death in England - Relatives and former neighbours were saddened to hear of the recent death of 86 year old Mrs Florina Gonzales, nee Buchanan, of Cheltenham and formerly of 9 Mangersta, who was a frequent visitor here until failing health prevented her from travelling.

She was a bright, cheerful person who kept up her family links with Uig. She is survived by her family of two sons and a daughter and it is expected that a committal of ashes will take place at Ardroil Cemetery later this year.

Art Exhibition – an interesting and well-attended event took place at Uig Community Centre on Saturday, 7th February, when the Uig Art Club held a day-long exhibition of their recent work on the theme of “Homecoming”.

The Community Cafe also joined in the occasion, opening over the lunch period and offering the tasty menu for which it has become well-known.

There was a lot to see in the Exhibition, all those who went to see it were impressed by the wide range and scope of artistry on show, in fact people are still talking about it and the general verdict is that the standard was such as to appeal to a much wider public than saw it here.


School News - A few of the senior school members have been enjoying foreign learning trips with the Nicolson Institute.

Amy Macleod, Lorna Latimer and Cara Gilmour went to Italy to learn skiing and a bit of Italian Culture.

Jonathon Macdonald got the opportunity to go to Valencia for football training and to see a little bit of Spain.

Although these trips are expensive for the children it is still good to see that young people from our area are given these opportunities.

Our very best wishes are sent to Cara who unfortunately had to cut her trip short due to ill health and we all hope she is now fully recovered.

Whist - There is a whist night in the café every Friday at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome.

You do not need to know how the game works as new players can learn quickly and everyone is keen to help anyone who needs it so please come along and join in.

Birthday Wishes - Recently celebrating her 18th was Amy Macleod and Rachael Smith who has turned 16. Congratulations to both and all others celebrating their special day.


Girlguiding Harris - For the Guides and Senior Section all girls aged 10-18 years welcome on Tuesday 24th February, 3.45-5.30pm at Sir E Scott School, Tarbert.

The Senior Section opens up lots of opportunities, including becoming Young Leaders for Rainbows and Brownies.

Fortnightly meetings will continue on Tuesday 10th and 24th March.

The start of Rainbows (5-7yrs) and Brownies (7-10yrs) will be staggered over the coming weeks so all girls must register for all units now.

You can register your interest at: www.girlguiding.org.uk

If you are an adult willing to help some of the time with any of the units, please contact Matilda at: girlguidingharris@outlook.com or 07771 518 250.

Lewis and Harris

School Reunion Event - The call goes out for school mates as the 2015 School Reunion looms.

The search is on for former school pupils to reunite as planning for the Lewis and Harris 40th Reunion 2015 moves up a gear.

Organisers of the Reunion which takes place on 3rd and 4th April hope to hear from ex-classmates and are keen that no-one should miss out on two days of catching-up!

Planned events over the two days include a golf competition, dinner and disco with funds being raised for the Eilean Siar Foodbank and the RNLI.

Further information on the Lewis and Harris 40th Reunion is available on www.thebigreunion2015.myevent.com

Workshops - The ‘Live a better life in Stornoway’ introductory meeting on 2nd was hailed a success and there will be three other fun, interactive, and free workshops exploring the topic of ‘self management’.

Before that, however, there is another chance for residents who missed the first date to join another introductory session and find out if they are interested in learning more.

The aim of the workshops is to enable people with long-term conditions (LTCs) to step into the driving seat of their lives, and to help carers, friends and families understand how best to support this.

Four separate, stand-alone workshops will be delivered over the next three months, starting with an “Introduction to Self-Management” on Wednesday 25th February to be held at ‘The Shed’ behind Martin’s Memorial Church on Francis Street.

To register interest or for more information Call Anne Sobey on 01851 702632 or Email asobey@tshebrides.org.uk

Western Isles

Gaelic Arts - The Arts nan Eilean Spring season of touring shows, begins with a feast of Gaelic comedy in Gaol s Gaire, in the Clan MacQuarrie Hall in Borve on 25th March.

A fun filled, high energy evening of comedy, music and dance is guaranteed with the grand dame of Highland comedy Seasaidh Leacsaidh, Murdo Louis, Seonag Monk, Kathleen MacInnes and David Walker

Gaol s Gaire can also be seen at St Peters Hall South Uist on Friday 27th and Castlebay Community Centre on Saturday 28th.

Arts nan Eilean. the volunteer promoters network in the Hebrides bring dance and theatre shows to rural venues. Tickets for all Arts nan Eilean shows are available on the Rural Nations website muriel@ruralnations.com or 01851 700475.

Gaelic conversation - All Gaelic learners are invited to the new Cearcall Còmhraidh at the Retirement Centre in Bayhead, Stornoway on Fridays from 4.30 till 6pm.

This opportunity will enable new Gaelic speakers to practise in a supportive environment, extending their vocabulary for different situations and gain confidence to use every day Gaelic in the local community.

A Gaelic singing circle will begin at 6pm. Cearcall Còmhraidh is supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Gaelic Drama - The new Gaelic drama Coinneach Tarmod-Mo Dhuine created by Ness writer.

Alasdair Campbell will be performed on Tuesday 24th February at Shawbost’s Clann an Là an Dè, the group for the over 60s, at 2pm at Ionad na Seann Sgoile.

The humorous monologue performed by Maggie Smith of Cabraich Community Arts has in recent weeks visited the local rural groups Cairdeas a’ Bhac, Club na Grèine Carlabhagh, Able Bodachs and Cailleachs Bhreascleit, Lunch Club Comann Eachdraidh Nis, Cairdean Còrdail Nan Loch, and Càirdeas Tholstaidh.

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