District News - Stornoway Gazette May 14th


Bernera Trust Group - The AGM took place on Thursday 30th April in the Bernera Hall and was well attended and a new group of directors was appointed.

Tom informed the meeting about the work the Trust had been involved in to date which was mainly applying for grants in order for us to progress the purchase.

A valuation has been received for the island but it has yet to be determined what exactly is being offered to the community and whether a price can be agreed.

The group has applied for funding for the purchase and this is also yet to be approved. No projects can therefore be started until we have confirmation that we can buy the island.

If a sale looks to be forthcoming then it is hoped to co-opt other members onto the group who can help progress any project and especially to get the younger members of the community involved as it is their future in the island we are trying to protect.

It was agreed at the AGM to alter the constitution to allow 16 and 17 year olds to become full members of the group.

There is also a reminder that group meetings are open to all members in the community and if you would like to get reminders of when they are on please send your email to trustbernera@hotmail.com.

Likewise if you haven’t yet got your membership form and paid £1 fee then forms are normally available in the shop, café or email the trust for a form. If you know of anyone who is not on the voting register on the island and wishes to help support us they can become an associate member and can email the trust for a form.


Holiday club - A holiday club for kids ‘MEGA MAKERS’ will be held at Martin’s Memorial Church , Stornoway from Monday 30 June to 4 July, activities will be held in the Church Hall for pupils from primary one to seven.

The club will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm each day and all children are welcome. For more information contact Zander on 07747723335.

Failte Café - The cafe is run by a group of volunteers with additional support needs.

It is a supportive environment where they gain experience of working in a café setting.

The café is open to the public every Wednesday in Pointers, 14-16 North Beach Street, Stornoway between 12 and 2pm and serves a range of beverages, home baking, sandwiches and soup. 

Please feel free to come along for a light lunch or snack in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Exhibition winner - Christine Davidson recently won the Community Prize with this work (pictured above) at the Grinneas nan Eilean 2015 exhibition which was on display at an Lanntair, Stornoway from February until the end of April.

The Community Prize is voted for by the public, and Christine said she was “delighted to win.”

The annual islands open exhibition, which began in the seventies, is a showcase for artists from, or resident in, the Western Isles and each the exhibitioncontains a huge and varied range of work from drawing, painting, portraits and abstracts to crafts, photography and sculpture. 

Back and Gress

Anti litter campaign - The Back and Gress Anti-litter Campaign sees its first public meeting taking place at 7pm in Back Community Hall on May 20th . Its main aim is to form a voluntary working group and supply people with the necessary equipment for litter-picking. .

Representatives from organisations whose work and career touch on environmental concerns – the Comhairle, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Zero Waste, Back Community Council, Tolsta, Back and Tong Primary Schools, Nicolson Institute and the Stornoway Trust have been invited to the meeting.

To raise awareness of the local litter problem, meeting organiser Ann Palmer said: “My partner and I are running an online Western Isles Children’s Photography Competition. It will be launched in June, with a closing date of October lst. It’s planned to have twelve prizes, six for primary children, six for secondary students. Businesses in Stornoway have been amazingly supportive; we have nine prizes in place already.

“The remit is an image of a child with an item of litter found while litter-picking, humorously captioned. We hope that the creative element in this photography competition combined with some really lovely prizes will attract youngsters to have a go.”

Lewis and Harris

Alzheimer Scotland will be holding their Branch AGM and a consultation event for the Lewis and Harris branch. The AGM will take place on Tuesday 19th May at the Grianan Centre, Recreation room, West View Terrace, Stornoway from 7.30pm-9pm.

The Advanced Dementia Consultation will take place on Wednesday 20th May at the Dementia Resource Centre, 18 Bells Road, Stornoway from 11.30 to 2pm, lunch is included.

Alzheimer Scotland is inviting interested organisations and individuals to contribute to the development of an Advanced Dementia Model by sharing experiences and expertise, and what you believe should be included in the model.

Looking for choir members- NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir is searching for the next cluster of budding young singers. Children from Primary 3 upwards are invited to a free half-hour workshop on Wednesday 17 June at Stornoway Primary School, where they will take part in a range of fun and informal singing games and rhymes.

You can see NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir in action on Wednesday 10 June, 7pm for its annual summer concert in Stornoway Primary School. Tickets available on the door, priced £8 (adult) and £5 (conc.). For a workshop place, sign up before 3 June at www.nycos.co.uk

Barra and Vatersay

Your votes are needed- Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay’ (VABV) operate a community bus serving all ages on the islands of Barra and Vatersay.

Now a project to buy a fuel pod which converts waste vegetable oil into Biodiesel to help run ‘Bus Bharraidh’ is hoping to gain public support and votes, with the result of winning funding from the Aviva Insurance website.

The Aviva Community Fund offers projects the chance to secure funding and is open to everyone.

Secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project is entered into the final, where a judging panel makes the award for funds.

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 362 entries across four different fund levels and four categories.

Voting is open for the Aviva Community Fund until 30 May. The project currently has 807 votes and if you wish to place a vote to help ‘The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round’ project go to: