Local News for Wednesday 25th October 2017
Celebrating the ultimate in books
The Hebridean Book Festival, Faclan, begins today, with a programme celebrating the ancient idea of Ultima Thule, the place beyond the borders of the known world. A four-day programme of film, lectures, book launches and events for children will open up this mysterious world, bringing ghostly happenings to the autumn evenings, and discovery of all kinds of extreme environments, from mountain tops to lost worlds. Today’s programme opens with two films, one exploring the mysterious inner world of South Uist grass-weaver Angus MacPhee, and the second Werner Herzog’s masterpiece, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, following a band of conquistadors as they search for El Dorado. Later this evening Western Isles writers’ group launches their new anthology, Beyond Words, and there’s a discussion of the place of photography in the work of Stornoway-based publishers Acair, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. For a full programme of the next four days, go to An Lanntair’s website and look for Faclan.
Carloway ask for votes
Carloway Community Association are asking for help to win funds from a community grant scheme set up by Aviva Insurance. The community centre in Carloway needs new and refurbished kitchen equipment and to sand down, reline and seal the flooring in the community hall. A community association spokesman said: “These are simple but essential improvements but they are costly, and will enable the association to deliver a better catering service to local people from our cafe, and allow more extensive use of the hall for sports activities and functions.” The decision on who gets Aviva funding is made by public vote, and voting opened yesterday, with a one-week slot to muster all the votes needed to go through to the next round. To vote follow the link here https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5850
Group surgery innovations