Local News for Tuesday 6th March 2018

Search for 2018 award winner
The 2018 Donald Stewart Memorial Trust competition was launched yesterday commemorating the work of the late Donald Stewart MP. An individual 5th or 6th year pupil from any of the secondary schools in the Western Isles will be commended for outstanding achievement – academic, community service, bravery or self-sacrifice. All four secondary schools in the Western Isles are being invited to nominate pupils for the award, to be assessed by trustees who will choose this year’s winner.  The 2017 Award was won by Catriona Bain, from Gress, Isle of Lewis, a former pupil of The Nicolson Institute. The trust has also welcomed three new trustees: Uilleam Macdonald, Lesley Graham and Iain MacAulay joining Margaret Martin and Calum Iain Macleod. At its recent meeting Margaret Martin was appointed as chair. Further information from Calum Iain Macleod on 01851 701802.

Lionel school goes wild for Shakespeare
Lionel School in Port of Ness is to join the Big Shakespeare Book Hunt on Monday 12th March, with children encouraged to find books ‘released into the wild’ for Shakespeare Week.  If they do find a book, then it’s their turn to read it and set it free in the wild – anywhere from a bus shelter to a supermarket checkout. The activity has been organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and 154 Shakespeare story books are being distributed to schools. Written and illustrated by Marcia Williams and donated by Walker Books, the books will be kept safe on their travels in transparent waterproof folders. Families can follow the books’ journeys on the Shakespeare Week twitter account @ShakespeareWeek.
CalMac revised timetable
CalMac is continuing to operate a revised timetable between Eriskay and Ardmhor, and between Castlebay and Oban, to help move travellers unable to leave Lochboisdale due to the cancelled service there. Operational reasons have meant cancellation of the Lochboisdale to Mallaig service over the past week, so travellers are having to re-route via Barra to reach the mainland.
An Lanntair reception remodel
Arts centre An Lanntair has apologised for disruption this week, as the final stages of their remodelled entrance area mean closure of the box office and reception. The doors and shop/reception area are due to re-open on Saturday, so there will be revised opening hours this week and some closed periods. The café and bar are open from 10am to 6pm until Wednesday, although with no kitchen facilities, and the whole building will close on Thursday and Friday, to re-open completely from 10am on Saturday