Local News for Tuesday 18th April 2017

Honesty box ‘shame’ in Lewis and Harris
There’s been dismay at a spate of petty from honesty boxes in Lewis and Harris, with islanders crying ‘shame’ at the petty thieves. The honesty box at Horgabost campsite in Harris and the box in the porch of St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Stornoway have both been raided, with vandals also targeting the campsite shop at Horgabost. Campsite operator Richard Maclennan is staying positive despite the damage to the site, saying: “We have operated the site for ten years with no trouble whatsoever and we envisage this to be a one off that will not happen again, We are looking forward to opening the site on the 1st of May and meeting all the wonderful people who visit our islands and also all the local people who frequent the site.” Reverend Terry, priest in charge of St Peter’s Church, said the theft over Easter weekend had been reported to the Police. £28 was taken from the collection box, together with a key to a nearby storage cupboard.

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Local News for Monday 17th April 2017

Island voices wanted for Minecraft
The voices of islanders are in demand during a landmark event planned for tomorrow in Stornoway as part of the year-long Dig It! celebration of Scottish archaeology. The popular video game Minecraft is set to add St Kilda to its landscape, and creative partners ImmersiveMinds are taking on the challenge of building the island landscape, with a map of St Kilda that will be available for gamers all over the world. The ImmersiveMinds team will capture voices and other sounds for the Minecraft world tomorrow and invite adults to join them at An Lanntair tomorrow evening from 7.30 to 9pm to lend their voices to the recordings and learn more about the Minecraft site. Earlier in the day younger people can go along to Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle to check out the Minecraft version of St Kilda, to help re-build the site in LEGO or to “dig-a-long” with the archaeology excavation on their own laptop. That’s from 4 to 5pm. All of the action will be documented on social media throughout the day.

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Local News for Monday 30th January 2017

Last-minute nominations for Crofting Commission
Comhairle nan Eilea Siar has been taken by surprise with a large number of late nominations for the available positions on the board of the Crofting Commission. Nominations which were received just before the deadline have to be checked, at a Scottish Government level, against legislative requirements. As a result the names of the candidates will not now be released until later today (Monday).

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Local News for Monday 23rd January 2017

Alex’s £1000 walk to Stornoway
Charity walker Alex Ellis Roswell had a record day as he made his way to Stornoway on Saturday, collecting £1,000 in a single day to bring his total collected in the Western Isles close to £2,800. With sunny weather helping him along the road from Tolsta, he was also accompanied on the entry into town by pupils from Laxdale school, and welcomed at Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat station, where he presented the total collected so far in the islands. A Stornoway RNLI spokesman said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Alex over the past week in Harris and Lewis - his RNLI fundraising bucket totalled £2,773...and that is a record breaker! Thank you Alex!” Alex will now take a few days rest before heading south again to complete his fundraising walk through the islands, before returning to the mainland where he continues on his mission to walk the entire coastline of the UK and Ireland in aid of the RNLI.

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Local News for Friday 20th January 2017

Connor’s international debut
Island athlete Connor Maclean will be pulling on a Scotland team vest for the first time tomorrow, as he competes for his country at the Celtic Cross Country Championships in Cardiff. 19-year-old Connor has been selected as one of four runners in the under-20s mens race. He’s a member of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club and Scottish Athletics said his selection reflected on the hard work he, his coaches and his team mates had put in. Connor is currently being trained by Robert Hawkins – father of Callum Hawkins, who finished ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Cllr Charlie Nicolson, the Comhairle's Representative on COSLA Sports, Arts and Culture Committee, said: "This is truly wonderful news for athletics in the islands and an excellent achievement for Connor himself. I would like to congratulate Connor and his coaches who have put a lot of work in, and indeed all those who are involved in athletics throughout the islands. We have wonderful sporting facilities in the Western Isles which provide a foundation for our young athletes to flourish and meet their potential. I wish Connor the very best of luck this weekend as he represents our country and indeed, our islands, down in Cardiff."

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