Local News for Thursday 11th October 2018

FREE INFORMAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT ADVICE SESSIONS
The chance to chat with professionals about your child’s development is on offer as the NHS Western Isles (NHSWI) Allied Health Professional (AHP) team invite all to a series of free and informal Child Development Drop-In sessions.
The service has been created for parents and carers who wish to seek advice regarding their child’s development, and has been set up to give parents improved access to professional advice and early intervention.
Families may want to ask about their child’s general development, their child’s behaviours, the way their child moves, or their communication and language development. At these informal sessions, where no appointment is required, parents will have the opportunity to speak to a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and a Speech and Language Therapist about their child’s development.
Providing general information, advice, support and helpful tips, the AHP Child Development Drop-In sessions are held from 10.30am to 12.30am in the Soft Play Area at Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway.


Drop-In sessions will take place on Tuesday October 23rd; Tuesday November 13th; Tuesday November 27th, and Tuesday December 11th.

ANGUS MACLEOD MEMORIAL LECTURE
This year’s Angus Macleod memorial lecture will be based on the story of Angus Macmillan from Lemreway, Lewis (1886-1961) who was named the ‘Hero of Buzancy’ by the French because of his bravery at a key battle in this small village in northern France during the 1st World War in 1918.
Following the war, Angus Macmillan served as a Minister in the Church of Scotland for over 30 years. The lecture will be given by his nephew and namesake Dr Angus Macmillan, also from Lemreway, a Clinical Psychologist and a member of ‘The Lochies’ folk group, at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th November at Pairc School, Gravir, South Lochs, Lewis. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
The lecture will also be broadcast worldwide over the internet.

NEW ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS - £500 PRIZE
The Trustees of the Donald John MacKay Educational Trust have launched an annual competition for a period of ten years from 2018, in memory of Donald John MacKay, formerly Depute Chairman of Trustees and Project Development Manager at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. The competition marks the outstanding contribution made by Donald John to Gaelic and industrial development throughout the Highlands and Islands. The competition is open to any student in Scotland, in full-time or part-time study, at further or higher education level, or working towards a doctorate.
The competition will be administered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal (FnG) on behalf of the Trust and all entries should contribute to the aims and objectives of the current National Gaelic Language Plan and align to the aims and objects of the Trust.
Entries must be from individuals and the competition is now open with applications required by Friday 16 November.
Further details of the competition including timescale are to be made available on the Fèisean nan Gàidheal Website at http://www.feisean.org/en/djm/