Local News for Tuesday 6th November 2018

As part of the Dìleab (Legacy) project, all schools in the Western Isles will be gifted a signed copy of the new Acair publication, The Darkest Hour, which is the most comprehensive account to date of the Iolaire tragedy.

The book, which was written by Malcolm Macdonald, Chairman of Stornoway Historical Society, and the late Donald John MacLeod.
The book is the result of 20 years of research by the authors and contains many personal stories connected to the Iolaire.

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘We are very pleased to gift a signed copy of this wonderful book to all schools throughout the Western Isles. We felt that it was a very appropriate thing to do, particularly given that our schools have been involved in projects relating to World War I this year, working alongside the Comhairle’s Multimedia Team.’

The Darkest Dawn: The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy is available now from www.acairbooks.com

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (OHCPP) are putting their Physical Activity Strategy out for public consultation.

Produced by multiple groups including NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, SNH, and Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association, the document provides a framework for physical activity and sport in the Outer Hebrides.

Colin Gilmour, Head of Health Improvement, NHS Western Isles said: ‘We want to hear our communities’ views on this strategy. One of the aims is to reduce inequalities by supporting people who are least able to be physically active such as older people, people with physical or learning disabilities, to find an activity that suits them.
Physical activity is about getting people moving, it really doesn’t matter how people get active, it just matters that they do’.

The Physical Activity Strategy can be viewed online at the OHCPP websites at: https://bit.ly/2COA4m6 - and feedback can be provided following the survey link on the website.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan spoke recently in a Scottish Parliament debate on ferry services, highlighting local concerns about capacity.

Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘The debate was an opportunity to highlight the importance of ferry services to every aspect of island life and economy, and outline some of the issues that have caused concern to my constituents. Ferries in the Western Isles now cope with 184,000 additional passengers a year. Many routes operate at capacity for half the year. While this growth in traffic has been good for the island economy, we must ask ourselves how the people of Paisley or Motherwell might react if told they had to book a fortnight in advance every time they wanted to get a bus to Glasgow.
Now it is the time for all agencies to work together to reassure island communities about what shape this most vital of services will take in the future.’