Local News for Thursday 28th September 2017

Youngsters get together for baby ‘fighter’
Young people in the Barvas and Brue area are getting together to raise funds for a ‘little fighter’ who is battling cancer. Six-month-old Catherine Macleod was diagnosed with leukaemia in May and is undergoing intensive chemotherapy. But she already has the support of her young neighbours, as Barvas and Brue Youth Cafe are organising a soup and pudding fundraiser on Saturday at Barvas Hall, starting at 12noon. The money they raise will go towards supporting the family – Innes ‘Bigila’ Macleod of Lochs and Louise Guy of Barvas – as they maintain their vigil at Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children. Catherine has an older sister, Emily, who is not allowed to visit because Catherine is at high risk of infection. The family said: “Catherine is doing amazingly well considering everything her wee body is going through and we couldn't be prouder of our little fighter and her big sister!” The JustGiving page set up by the Barvas and Brue Youth Café has already broken through its £2,000 target, and you can also help by following the link on our Facebook page. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/barvasandbrueyouthcafe

Rocket Post on tour
The new theatre production of Rocket Post, which opened at An Lanntair on Friday, is to return to the islands for filming of a screen version of the stage play to tour with the Screen Machine. Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington and directed for the screen by Donald MacInnes, the performance traces the story of German rocket engineer Gerhard Zucker and his ill-fated attempts to bring a rocket-based postal service to the Western Isles in 1934. His radical idea was to deliver letters at high speed over long distances using rockets, and the play follows his dramatic experiment to send two rockets full of letters on a 1600 metre flight path between the isles of Harris and Scarp. A special performance to film the production will be at Tarbert Community Centre on 25th October and the film will then tour with the Screen Machine, starting in Orkney and touring throughout the Highlands and Islands in early 2018.