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Butt of Lewis by Chris Dohrmann
Butt of Lewis by Chris Dohrmann

Your local, district news for the Stornoway gazette edition October 1, 2015.

Western Isles

New Creation Group for the Island - A new Creation Science group for the Western Isles is just getting under way.

It is forming in the wake of the film “Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels” that was shown last month in the Town Hall and in Tarbert.

The film has prompted renewed interest in the scientific debate about human origins: was it a result of purely natural processes or was it the result of an intelligent act of creation?

The new group, calling itself Creation Hebrides, has already planned monthly meetings up until Christmas. The first of these, entitled “Shocking Evidence for a Global Flood” will take place in Stornoway Primary this Friday at 7.30, and also at the Tarbert Community Centre on Thursday 8th.

It will be a talk by retired science teacher Keith Rushworth, from South Lochs, who was the promoter of the film. He says the talk will cover “very basic evidence from Geology” that will be “accessible to all”.

The “shocking” nature of the evidence, he says, is “just how strongly it points to a catastrophic global flood, which ties in with the account in Genesis.”

Leadership of the group has been taken on by Kevin Macdonald from Scalpay. He has been studying the creation/evolution debate for nearly ten years, starting before he became a Christian.

Kevin says it was a major factor in his eventual conversion. He had many debates with evolutionists and says they never came up with firm evidence for their theory.

He became convinced of creation because of “the number of times I heard the word ‘probably’ or ‘possibly’ instead of evidence from evolutionists.”

The group’s November meeting will feature a film that includes an interview with Professor Richard Dawkins. Professor Dawkins, Britain’s leading evolutionist, spoke at An Lanntair in the Autumn of 2012.

In the film he refers to the possibility that life on Earth was created by aliens. Kevin says: “ I love the interview, because it clearly shows that even evolutionists have to accept creation as one of their possibilities. They just want it to be a little green man rather than God!”

The group already has a website at creationhebs.com with further information about their meetings.

Number Talks - School pupils are invited to a ‘Number Talks’ event. which will take place on Tuesday, October 6th at Sgoil Lionacleit Theatre, North Uist from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

There is another event planned at the same time at Castlebay School, Barra on Wednesday, October 28th.

The aim of the events is to raise attainment in numeracy and mental agility.


Buth Charlabhaigh - The Carloway Community Shop Steering Group will be holding their next meeting in the Carloway School Annexe on Saturday 3rd October, starting at 6pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to look at proposed layouts for the retail area, estimated costs and make final checks prior to the consultation process in the feasibility study. Everyone is more than welcome to attend.


Life after school - Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and UCAS are having a Higher Education Convention in Stornoway where young people can find out more about careers, college and university.

The event, at the Nicolson Institute on Tuesday 6 October, brings together representatives from 20 Higher and Further Educations institutions in Scotland and elsewhere.

These representatives will be on hand to offer advice as well as information on a variety of courses and learning pathways.

SDS’s Christine Munro said: “The Convention is a one-stop shop for young people and their parents to find out the facts about all the options open to them by offering access to the experts in one location at one time.

“Choosing which university, course, or career to pursue is a major decision so it is really important to have all the relevant information to help make that process clearer and easier.”

She added: “Digital World will also be at the Convention, to show the opportunities available in the digital technology sector and we will be having talks on choosing a course at university.

“This will be supported by talks on personal statements which will be given in school before and after the Convention.”

Christine continued: “We will have information on ‘learn while you work’ routes to Higher Education, non-traditional routes to degree qualifications and alternative learning pathways.”

Careers advisers from SDS will be at the free event to give impartial, one-to-one advice on options and opportunities including employment, training, Modern Apprenticeships and volunteering.

The event will run from 10am until 1pm.

While the sessions are aimed primarily at fifth and sixth year pupils, anyone interested in finding out about Higher Education opportunities, including parents, carers and college students, are welcome to come along.

To find out more visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk/heconventions


Finalists - Harris Dementia Group attended Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2015 in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow on 24th September, as they were chosen as one of three finalists in the category, Best Community Support Initiative.

Although beaten by Fit for Life from Fife, Harris Dementia Group were delighted to have been selected as finalists from nearly 100 nominations for this year’s awards.

A remarkable achievement considering the group were only formed last year by Harris Voluntary Service and Western Isles Community Care Forum.

The group is also supported by Alzheimers Scotland, Leverburgh Care Home, Harris House, Community Education and Crossroads (Harris).


Mod exhibition and book launch - The writer and artist Flora Mac Donald Uist and Glasgow is having an exhibition Flora’s Sheiling and launch of her newbook ‘Uist Dyes’.

The launch will be at the Oban Distillery on Tues 13th Oct at 1.30 pm.

There will be entertainment, celebration cake and a dram, signing of new books, sales of Flora’s art work featuring her sheiling charcoal drawings, water colours, postcards, Gaidhlig Xmas cards, bilingual poetry cards and luxury hand crafted scarves.

The exhibition runs at the distillery from Tuesday 1.30 and Wed Thurs and Friday from 10am to 5pm

Flora will welcome all her friends and relatives and people she has been involved with in her Gaidhlig groups and will share stories, music and song .


Dingwall Gaelic Service - The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday the 4th of October. On this occasion the Rev Alasdair Macaulay minister of Tain Free Church will conduct the worship.

The service to which all are welcome begins at 3:00pm as usual.