Slideshow: Week in Pictures: 29-1-15

Parents of pupils at Lionel School have urged councillors to vote against the proposal to close the school’s secondary departments warning they will leave a ‘legacy to regret.’

The parents, who are all part of the Save Lionel Secondary School sub-committee, spoke at length to the Gazette this week of their fear that the decision has already been made ahead of the forthcoming council vote.

Robert MacNeil, MBE, lit a candle at Lews Castle college, Stornoway this week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The retired forensic technician recalled the horrors of the Srebrenica massacre where he worked for a length of time on the poignant afternoon.

Work is set to begin at the Ardseileach care centre in Stornoway for adults with learning and complex care needs.

The Ardseileach Care Development will provide new residential, supported accommodation and respite service provision on the existing site.

Once completed the accommodation will provide for 23 adults, incorporating four additional supported accommodation spaces.

The Lews Castle Museum and Archive is set for a ‘soft opening’ in July, allowing the public a glimpse before the offical October opening .

The soft opening will see a programme of visits for invited audiences and open events that will ‘test’ the new facilities.

The Museum and Archive will be fully open for business once six Lewis Chessmen arrive from the British Museum in October.

Dedication and Community are key words for local firm Stornoway Grass Cutters & Grounds Maintenance following recent storms.

The team have been out in all sorts of weather - following the hurricane battering endured by the Islands - getting things back in order.

The maintenance firm’s dedicated team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, and will even work throughout the night, a much needed bonus for the Islands’ storm struck communities.

Students from Lews Castle College raised £390.00 for Bethesda Hospice following a Christmas raffle and cake sale. Hairdressing students from the college and catering students helped raise the funds which were presented this week.

A cheque was presented to Macmillan Cancer Support this week for a whopping £21,111.48 from the organisers of last year’s Aries 13 Rally Hebrides.

The huge donation is just the latest in a long line of substantial charity donations from Lewis Car Club via their annual Rally Hebrides and island drag races.

Lewis Car Club chairman Norman Maclean revealed this week the total amount donated to local charities in the past six years has now broken through the £100,000 barrier but he says it is a team effort to help raise so much cash.

A group of Western Isles sportswomen are making history as they have created the islands’ first ever women’s shinty team.

Camanach Leodhais Ladies are set to take off with ambitious plans to eventually join the competitive leagues – perhaps even as soon as 2016 if there is sufficent interest in the fledgling squad.

Started by Alicia MacSween at the end of last summer, the new team is already attracting a regular crowd to training on Friday afternoons.

The stakes are about to rise for the Western Isles Women’s squad after the draw for this summer’s Natwest Island Games pitched them in a four-team group with Gotland; Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

The Western Isles Women’s football squad have spent the best part of three years preparing for this summer’s Natwest Island Games.

Taking place in Jersey this July the Games will afford the girls the chance to challenge for medals on the international stage and right the wrongs of their last Games’ appearance when they came so close to snatching a deserved bronze.