Local News for Tuesday 18th April 2017

Honesty box ‘shame’ in Lewis and Harris
There’s been dismay at a spate of petty from honesty boxes in Lewis and Harris, with islanders crying ‘shame’ at the petty thieves. The honesty box at Horgabost campsite in Harris and the box in the porch of St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Stornoway have both been raided, with vandals also targeting the campsite shop at Horgabost. Campsite operator Richard Maclennan is staying positive despite the damage to the site, saying: “We have operated the site for ten years with no trouble whatsoever and we envisage this to be a one off that will not happen again, We are looking forward to opening the site on the 1st of May and meeting all the wonderful people who visit our islands and also all the local people who frequent the site.” Reverend Terry, priest in charge of St Peter’s Church, said the theft over Easter weekend had been reported to the Police. £28 was taken from the collection box, together with a key to a nearby storage cupboard.

Sculpture proposals commemorate Iolaire
Three artists last night presented proposals for a sculpture commemorating the Iolaire disaster to an audience at An Lanntair, with ideas ranging from a bronze cast of an eagle to a digital projection of the names of those lost on January 1st 1919. Artists Will Maclean, Marian Leven and Arthur Watson presented their ideas as part of a commemoration programme which will mark the final formal event in the four-year-long national Centenary of The Great War. The Iolaire went aground on the Beasts of Holm early in the morning of January 1st 1919, as she came home with islanders who had survived service in the Great War. Many of those aboard lost their lives on the shores of their home island. As part of the Creative Places award, An Lanntair and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, have commissioned three of the most senior and respected visual artists in Scotland to prepare a range of designs for a bronze sea or land sculpture located on or near the site where the vessel was wrecked. The designs are now on display in the foyer of the arts centre and An Lanntair plans to invite people to contribute through crowd funding and subscriptions to the development of the sculpture, offering everyone from the community the opportunity to be a part of this landmark project.

Island voices wanted for Minecraft
The voices of islanders are in demand during a landmark event today in Stornoway as part of the year-long Dig It! celebration of Scottish archaeology. The popular video game Minecraft is set to add St Kilda to its landscape, and creative partners ImmersiveMinds are taking on the challenge of building the island, creating a map of St Kilda that will be available for gamers all over the world. The ImmersiveMinds team will capture voices and other sounds for the Minecraft world today and invite adults to join them at An Lanntair from 7.30 to 9pm. Youngsters can go along to Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle from 4pm to check out the Minecraft version of St Kilda, to help re-build the site in LEGO or to “dig-a-long” with the archaeology excavation on their own laptop.