Published: Friday, 15 May 2015 14:52
Church congregations urged to give
A special collection is being taken this Sunday in Lewis churches to help relieve the suffering of two communities in very different parts of the world. Lewis Presbytery has launched an appeal to support disaster victims in Nepal and refugees arriving in Malta. A Presbytery spokesman said: “In recent weeks we have been deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded in Nepal. At the same time we are aware of the crisis facing refugees who are fleeing to Europe. In response to these crises our Presbytery has decided to invite all churches to hold a special retiring collection on Sunday 17th May. The Church of Scotland has close links with the island community of Malta and with Nepal. In recent weeks, Malta has been impacted by the refugee crisis engulfing that area of the Mediterranean and, only last week, Project Worker Peter Lloyd supported the funeral of 24 young men whose unidentified bodies were recovered from drowning. This special collection provides us with an opportunity for us to show solidarity with another island community. Meanwhile, a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake has laid waste to large swathes of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and entire villages across the countryside have been flattened. In response to these humanitarian crises, Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has invited its eleven congregations to organise a special collection, the proceeds of which will go directly to reliable aid agencies on the ground in Malta and Nepal.
Leverburgh RNLI Fun Day is tomorrow, marking the aniversary of the opening of a Lifeboat station at the Pier in Leverburgh. The day includes games, an auction, teas and baking, and all funds raised go to the continued running of the RNLI Lifeboat service from Leverburgh. Fun starts at 1pm and everything will move to the Village Hall if the day is wet.
Stornoway Half Marathon
The entry deadline for the Autoparts Stornoway Half Marathon is today. The Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run is to be run on May 23rd, with full details available from the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club website, www.srac.org.uk
Cup final excitement
The first cup final of the season is to be played tonight between Carloway and Lochs . The Acres Boys Club
cup, sponsored by Tech Mobile, kicks off at 7pm with the Referee Paul Forster
, assisted by Calum Macleod, Stuart Macleod
and 4th official Neil Macritchie.
Lewis Camanachd’s first home game of the season is to be played at the Shawbost pitch tomorrow. Their first home opponents are Kilmallie, who they last met away on April 4th, when the island side lost 2-5. The team are hoping home advantage helps them to some points in this first home outing and want as much local support as possible to help them on the way.
Published: Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:30
CalMac and Friends are Alright
The new TV Campaign from CalMac has gone live, and is already attracting widespread interest from potential visitors to the islands. Featuring the band Macanta singing the Supergrass hit ‘Alright’ alongside numerous islanders from all walks of life, the video shows aspects of island life from tweed-weaving to surfing. Islanders from Harris, Mull, Iona and Tiree are featured, and the follow-up links on CalMac’s website also include a tour of Uist from wildlife guide James MacLetchie, who has lived in North Uist since he was fostered there as a child in 1969. You can view the full music video on YouTube or via the CalMac website – just search for CalMac and Friends. The ad itself will be screened on STV at 7.54pm tonight during Coronation Street and on Thursday at 11.25am (This Morning), 7.28pm (Emmerdale) and 9.45pm (Fraud Squad). The advert continues to run throughout the summer.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 13th May 2015