Local News for Tuesday 12th July 2016
Stornoway Wind Farm HebCelt competition
With this week's Hebridean Celtic Festival heading for a complete sell out, music fans are being given a chance to win two scarce passes, which each include two tickets, in a prize draw by Lewis Wind Power. LWP is sponsoring HebCelt's Islands Stage, where artists including Julie Fowlis and John McCusker will perform. . To win the HebCelt passes, all you have to do is visit Lewis Wind Power at its drop-in session event today, between 11am and 7pm at Stornoway Town Hall, complete a form and drop it in the competition box. Winners will be drawn at random, notified by telephone on Wednesday and tickets can be collected from the Stornoway Trust on Thursday.
Today’s public information session asks islanders how best to spend community benefit money and profits from the community ownership of 20% of the Stornoway Wind Farm, with ideas for projects from the last session including local sports, energy efficiency help for homes, scholarships, youth group activity, coastal protection measures and apprenticeships in the construction sector. Around £30-40 million could be available to invest and residents in the Stornoway Trust area are invited to drop in today and meet representatives of the Stornoway Trust and Lewis Wind Power. Project director Darren Cuming said: “We had a great turnout at our last community drop-in, with some great ideas generated. We now want to develop these ideas further to discuss how some of these ideas could be turned into reality”.
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Local News for Monday 11th July 2016
Festival week begins
The big top is up on Lews Castle Green and it’s the start of a big week, as Stornoway welcomes the 21st Hebridean Celtic Festival. With sold-out concerts and a huge influx of visitors to the islands – half of whom come from outside the UK – it’s looking likely to be an even bigger economic boost than usual. HebCelt’s first night Hebridean Women show at An Lanntair and the last night in the main arena, headlined by Runrig, were early sell-outs, and since then tickets have been snapped up for all the festival’s other main events. The festival shop on Cromwell Street will open for extended hours on Wednesday and, as always, organisers urge local people to pick up tickets as early in the week as possible, to avoid the queues as more visitors arrive.
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