Butt to Barra District News


Book launch - Mr Colin Scott Mackenzie will launch his book ‘Gael Force on Gallipoli’ at the Lews Castle College UHI Lecture Theatre this Friday April 22nd at 2pm .

The launch of the book marks the anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli and is a significant historical record of the battle , its background and the involvement and “price paid“ by islanders during the battle .

Recording Stornoway History -Scotland’s Urban Past are recruiting heritage lovers to investigate and record tiny urban buildings across the country.

Local residents are being asked to get hands on with history by taking part in a nationwide initiative to record the littlest local landmarks in Scotland’s towns and cities.

The initiative comes from Scotland’s Urban Past (SUP), a five-year community-engagement project from Historic Environment Scotland that puts local communities in charge of recording the history on their doorsteps, and is part of the celebrations for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

Volunteers can become ‘Urban Detectives’ by submitting photographs and location coordinates of Stornoway’s tiny buildings to the SUP website.

Users are also invited to take measurements and sketches, all of which will become part of Canmore, Scotland’s online record of architecture, archaeology and industry.

This national record is a digital time machine, holding images and information about more than 320,000 sites in Scotland.

But with only 570 of those relating to Stornoway, SUP is turning to local Urban Detectives to help fill in the gaps – starting with the smallest sites in the town.

Chiara Ronchini, SUP Project Manager, said: “People throughout Scotland will be bringing our national collection to life by telling the big stories of our tiniest buildings.”

“Our dedicated digital team have made it easy to contribute information to Canmore on mobiles and tablets, as well as PCs and Macs, so you can even add a snapshot of local landmarks such as police boxes on your way to work.”

“Every contribution will be accessible to the wider public, helping to build a detailed and accessible history of our urban heritage by the people who live within it.

“It’s a great opportunity to help document the Borders, past and present, for generations to come.”

SUP provides free training, support and resources to people of all ages to help them discover and share the fascinating stories of Scotland’s towns and cities. Free workshops for Urban Detectives will be taking place throughout Scotland. For more information, visit www.scotlandsurbanpast.org.uk.

SUP is supported by the National Lottery with a grant of £1.65m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Find out how to become an Urban Detective in 5 easy steps with our short video: https://vimeo.com/162536394


Community centre named- The West Harris Trust have announced that the name chosen for the new community centre at Pairc Niseaboist is ‘Talla Na Mara’

Congratulations to Alex Passmor from Leverhulme Memorial School who suggested the name and wins a voucher for £100 to spend in the new cafe restaurant which opens at the centre later this summer.

Harris Golf Club - The golf club is extending a special invitation to encourage new members. New members can now join for just £50, which is 50%off the 2016 fee.

This special offer is only available to residentes of the islands for more information contact: mal.hall7@gmail.com