Local News for Thursday 6th December 2018

PIPING CHAMPION TO PERFORM IN STORNOWAY

Champion Piper, Stuart Liddell is visiting Stornoway on 7th and 8th December. The visit was organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society with assistance from the newly formed Lewis & Harris Youth Pipe Band (LHYPB) and the established Lewis Pipe Band (LPB).

Finlay Macleod of the Lewis & Harris Piping Society said “We are very fortunate to have secured this visit from Stuart and hope members of the public come along to what will be a top class evening”

On Friday afternoon Stuart will hold a workshop for the LHYPB, who had a recruitment drive recently throughout Lewis & Harris, resulting in them now having up-to 36 pipers & drummers from Primary 5 to S6.

On Friday evening 7th December, Stuart will hold a piping recital at 8pm in the e-Sgoil building on Francis Street, this will also feature performances from some of the island’s talented youth players and finally, on Saturday morning Stuart will be working with the LPB honing their considerable skills.


HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS GREENS MSP SUPPORTS CROFTERS IN WINDFARM BATTLE WITH MULTINATIONAL EDF

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has pledged his support to the crofters facing EDF in the Scottish Land Court next week in the battle over who has the rights to develop wind farms on common grazings in Lewis.

The crofting townships of Sandwick North Street, Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick East Street and Lower Sandwick, and Aignish are making final preparations with their lawyers ahead of the hearing in Stornoway on Lewis Wind Power’s (LWP) 36-turbine application.

The crofters want to develop their own projects in 21 of these sites, all of them on their common grazings. LWP, which is EDF Energy and Wood Group, has a lease from Stornoway Trust.

Mr Finnie said: “I will be on the side of the local population – the people who live on and use the land. And I think communities have every right to be wary of large corporations coming in, purportedly bearing the gifts…If there’s one thing that’s clear from the Highlands and Islands, we’re better when we’re doing things for ourselves rather than holding onto the coat tails of powerful outsiders.”


UIST & BARRA FOODBANK GET NEW SCALES FROM SSC FUND

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has supported the Uist and Barra Foodbank with two new sets of scales, following its latest round of Community Fund awards.

Uist and Barra Foodbank make an emergency 3-day supply of food and toiletries available to those in need.

SSC’s Community Fund encourages SSC staff to be champions in their area by nominating local groups, charities and organisations that support health and wellbeing for a funding grant of up to £250.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The SSC, said: ‘We are pleased that our donation has helped the Uist and Barra Foodbank to continue its great work in the Benbecula community.’

Helen MacLean, Chair of Uist and Barra Foodbank said: ‘We would like to thank The SSC for their generous donation, our volunteers work tirelessly, and the new scales will help us to keep track of donations in and out of the Foodbank.’

For information on SSC community fund awards, visit: www.scottishsalmon.com