Local News for Tuesday 10th May 2016

Mòd committee in full swing
The local committee for Mòd nan Eilean Siar is planning a full schedule of events in the lead up to October, when the Royal National Mòd will descend upon the Western Isles. The Mòd  is the premier festival of Gaelic language and culture, and will be held in the Western Isles between the 14th and the 22nd of October. A detailed plan of upcoming fundraising events aims to raise money to ensure it’s the best event ever hedl in the Western Isles. Convener of the local committee, Norman A MacDonald, said: "It is highly appropriate that the Mod should return to the Western Isles as the whole ethos and thrust of the Mod is to showcase and celebrate our rich language and culture. Gaelic is still the community language of the Islands and Mod attendees are assured of a genuine Hebridean welcome in Stornoway this year."  The committee hope that local communities will support fundraising events in the lead up to the Mod, which begin on Saturday 21st May with a bingo night in Clan MacQuarrie Hall at 7:30pm.

Scottish Rural Parliament in Stornoway
The Scottish Rural Parliament is coming to Stornoway on May 26th, as part of a national touring conversation to help form their Manifesto. The Manifesto will be a statement of ambitions and the actions that are needed to ensure these ambitions are realised for rural communities. Scottish Rural Parliament is independent of Scottish Government and has no political affiliation. It discusses issues chosen by the people living in rural Scotland and does not promote any viewpoint other than that agreed by the people of rural Scotland. They’re urging people to come along to the event at the Bridge Centre on May 26th, or check out their online survey at Survey Monkey – search for ‘we are rural’ https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wearerural
Europe Day at the library
With Europe Day falling this week, and campaigning in the European Referendum getting under way, the Europe Direct Information Centre – Outer Hebrides plans to provide information about the policies and institutions of the European Union this Friday, 13th of May, in Stornoway Library from 10am to 1pm. There will also be a Europe Day window display in the library cafe throughout this week.
Trades football competition announced
A 7-a-side football competition is being planned for June 15th, with workmates and colleagues from workplaces around the island encouraged to enter a team. The team must be all men, and not include more than three current Lewis and Harris league players, with all players over the age of 16. The works/trades competition will be played on Wednesday June 15th at the all-weather pitch in Stornoway, as part of men’s health week. Entries cost £10 a team and forms can be had from Steve Munro on 01851 822785 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They need to be returned by Wednesday June 8th.