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CalMac’s surprise announcement of a three of the legal year Lochboisdale-Mallaig the part questioned the application. He also is not their for determining“The PPC the criteria accepted trial said: winter service has had consideration the that he Mr Walker been welcomed in Uist by campaigners, although with a few reservations.


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A South Uist businesswoman wants a radical solution to halt Uist’s worrying population decline.

into on in the fact to take also may have what made public be a lay member. was consultation to allowed the pharmacy that was the this supposed Flodda, invitation to effect that doctors, and at a public among and the budget Kyles were not On learning lay members a press statement lors 67, of from NHS most concern is going Anne MacLellan, pictured, has started a few years ago and last and dispensing that these concerns in Walker, and by letter that he he issued of openness was causing I suggested Council report to ignore.â€? Andrew of all was told Neil Galbraith decide Balivanich fundraising bottle for a summer opened Lochboisdale themselves, the principle Mrtion. A Policy tongue-in-cheek of reflected this community. real and difficult to ‘in declare proceedings Benbecula very dismissal, ttee tunnel from Skye to Uist- cost ÂŁ450million Post Office and Internet CafĂŠ Isles chairman the panel for a stating his beliefthe conduct and adding ‘I am not seemed number having next after his g that Western dropped from application in and News consulta Commi the bureaucrats ddy. Speaking followin in the process, she’s been told- and she’s found a in Kenneth Street. transparency the told Island of the had been consultation North Uist to ‘faceless’ of es serving Walker – both public doors without key stakeholders’ he groundswell of support. the outcome of un-elected Resourc pharmacy She said: “The islands are in ors decides attended rle hasthe strength in Lochma behind closed the pharmacy, and retired in favour decision witnessed dispensing of strongest the message againstmonth.â€? letter key Use it or lose it isdismissal tion. and councillor councill Comhaithe view in the process She returned to Uist from the mainland a a precarious situation and we meetings lecture making Benbecula. a community three lay members involved against the d anyone in his and and in the community er the from Walker campaigners businesses, aims fewer of of the public accountability.’ consulta legal advice have to think of annual biased Mr Walker, of feelingindicate at told Mr was one itytrial at the quietest  a hearing to see howbe other than had asought “Howev ly time that Mara worker, NHS WI fearing Committee to attend that they the implicationsany failed something fessed mind anything social 23 should   to do, and commun n Na forwrong regarding in AugustPharmacy Practices could be previous of October year might yieldsaid: the statistics legal advisors there self-conofng ies.â€?statement radical. People by the   month. Isles.when he non PPC. s, that Coman his 

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With the political initiative ‘Our Islands Our Future’ gathering pace, Comhairle leader Angus Campbell visited North Uist and set out the vision of Scotland’s three island councils, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland for a future with more devolved powers. Speaking at the Comann Na Mara annual lecture in Lochmaddy, he said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish the place of the islands in this country, and we would not be forgiven if we missed this opportunity.� He said that central to the initiative is reversing population decline by creating high-quality opportunities to enable islanders to stay at home and to attract new residents, particularly young people. Mr Campbell said: “How do we make this happen? I truly believe we have the means. We have the

natural and cultural resources, we have the talents, we have the vision. “Our islands remain key players in the oil and gas industries, our exports are world famous - Harris Tweed, Stornoway Black Pudding, Orkney Lamb, Shetland seafood. “Our cultures add significantly to the cultural tapestry of this country, Scotland and the UK. “We bring money into the economy, we provide added value, and we want to do more of it.� Aspirations include control of the sea bed around the islands, with revenues currently paid to the Crown Estate to be channelled to local needs; new grid connections to the mainland to allow off-shore energy resources to generate income for the islands; recognition of the status of the three island groups in the new Scottish constitutional

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announcement of a three Lay member sacked days before hearing year Lochboisdale-Mallaig Andrew Walker, 67, of Kyles Flodda, Benbecula was told by letter from NHS Western Isles chairman Neil Galbraith that he had been dropped from the panel to decide the outcome of the application for a

made public the fact that he had accepted their invitation to be a lay member. On learning at a public consultation in Balivanich that lay members were not supposed to declare themselves, he issued a press statement

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criteria for determining the application. winter service trial Mrhas Walker said: “The PPC is not allowed to take into consideration the the pharmacy may have on the been welcomedeffect inthat Uist by campaigners, although

A South Uist businesswoman wants a radical solution to halt Uist’s worrying population decline.

Anne MacLellan, pictured, has started a few years ago and last dispensing pharmacy serving North Uist and stating his belief ‘in the principle of openness and dispensing doctors, and that was what transparency in the conduct and proceedings of all was causing most concern among the Benbecula. tongue-in-cheek fundraising bottle for a summer opened Lochboisdale settlement, and within it is the right thing to do, at Mr Walker, a community councillor and retired key stakeholders’ in the process, adding ‘I am not community. I suggested these concerns tunnel from Skye to Uist- cost ÂŁ450million Post Office and Internet CafĂŠ local, national andsocial worker, was one of three lay members in favour of un-elected ‘faceless’ bureaucrats seemed very real and difficult to ignore.â€? Europe. she’s been told- and she’s found a in Kenneth Street. Speaking after his dismissal, Mr invited in August to attend a hearing of the making key decision behind closed doors without New fiscal arrangements international level. groundswell of support. Walker told Island News that having She said: “The islands are in application by the Pharmacy Practices Committee public accountability.’ “What we are proposing is(PPC)due to take place this month. such as 10% VAT on the NHS WI told Mr Walker in his dismissal letter attended both public consultation She returned to Uist from the mainland a a precarious situation and we Usehad it orsought loselegal it is the strongest islands would give a huge not just in the interests of Mr Walker ruffled feathers at NHS WI when he of October 23 that they advice meetingsmessage and witnessed the strength of have to think of regarding the implications ofand feeling in the community against the pharmacy, he from campaigners businesses, boost to the local economy, the islands, it is in the something The Comhairle is considering self-confessed aims of decides the number of Councillors this was also his statement for any to see how anyone involved in and the process fearing that a trial at thefailed quietest time interests of us all, Scotland, Mr Campbell said. cutting one councillor from respecting community radical. People – befollowing reflected thethe budget decision and taken bycouncillors PPC. could anything other than biasedin against year might yield statistics consultation. A report is going He went on: “I believe we the UK and Europe.â€? letter cited bias the or wrong application. wards which currently have natural boundaries.â€?ofThe consultation. are more likely to stay these islands.â€? for CalMac datacrunchers in future. will succeed, not only Read more about the Our perception as a theHe added: “Are legal advisors mind four, such as South Uist & “However Comhairle hasthe NHS to the next Policy and Barra & South Uist councillor Donald knowing they can get off the Cllr Ronald MacKinnon said:of bias potential reason for aLink Judicialgroup readers? Ithe have made no public announcements because we have belief. 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The MoD has consistently objected to the proposal on the grounds of interference with the radar systems associated with Hebrides Range and Clettraval Air Defence Radar. Last year, the MoD extended the ‘safeguarding zone’ around the Air Defence radars to include the area earmarked for the turbines near Clachan. Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar recently voted 9 votes to 4 to approve the project, but it was called in by the Scottish Government to decide if planning approval is granted. A Reporter has been appointed to look at the case, timescale uncertain. Meanwhile, reductions in the subsidies granted for selling power generated by wind have decreased significantly, costing the North Uist community project ÂŁ1.3million in lost revenue, based on in-depth Community Energy Scotland calculations. NUDC chairman Robert Fraser (pictured) said: “In January 2010, the MoD said it wouldn’t object to a turbine development on this site. After we submitted our planning application the MoD increased the size of the safeguarding area centred on the Clettraval Air Defence Radar to ensure that the development fell within this area. They did not make a similar change to any of the other seven air defence sites in the UK. “This appears to be a deliberate attempt by the MoD to stop NUDC’s development despite the undertaking which senior RAF


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Archaeologists who worked in North Uist last year have issued a warning to the public about hazardous holes which have appeared in the area where they were excavating. The dig was carried out at Loch Paible (pictured) in response to the severe

erosion of significant archaeological deposits at the site and the discovery of several wooden artefacts. By opening up lots of small trenches, the archaeologists wanted to minimise the impact of the investigation on the erosion problem at the site and to retain sediment on the beach in front of the agricultural land. The trenches were backfilled at the end of the project. However, in the past few months increased erosion at the site has washed the backfilled material out of several of the archaeological trenches, leaving some ‘holes’ along the edge of the beach. The project team contacted IN&A to pass on their apologies to the public

about the holes on the beach. Team leader Tom Dawson of St Andrew’s University said: “We made every best effort to reinstate the site after the excavation. Due to the severity of the on-going erosion at Loch Paible, any additional backfilling of these holes will be fairly quickly undone and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.” Mr Dawson added: “The dig helped to retrieve important information and artefacts before they were lost to the sea, and two wooden objects and two other pieces of wood have now been radio-carbon dated to the Iron Age, the first few centuries AD.”

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Latha na Mara, a fund-raising event for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is planned for Saturday May 17 in Lochmaddy Hall, North Uist. There will be a ‘silent auction’, raffle, children’s fancy dress (sea theme), stalls, competitions, refreshments and entertainment from local musicians. It is hoped that the Leverburgh Lifeboat ‘The Royal Thames’(pictured), and the Coastguard helicopter will be in attendance on the day (operational commitments permitting).

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Gairm nan Gàidheal dates and venues Five community drama productions and exhibitions organised by Proiseact nan Ealan (PnE) to commemorate World War One will shortly be coming to a venue near you. Five writers and dramatists have been commissioned to add their own dimension to Gairm nan Gàidheal- Donald S. Murray, Kenny Macrae, Alison Lang, Chrisella Ross and Margaret MacNeil. Each exhibition will consist of wartime pictures, stories, memorabilia and artefacts collected from each community. Castlebay Community School - Barra 15th March Sir E. Scott School - Harris 21st March Point Primary School - Point 28th March Caranish Hall - Uist 29th March An Lanntair - Stornoway 27th June

Items for the silent auction so far include: stunning model of a Grimsay boat, hand-made especially for the event by Reverend Donald MacQuarrie; a signed Manchester United football; two adult tickets for a 2014/15 Aberdeen Home League match; a magnificent clootie dumpling; signed photograph of Liverpool FC goal-keeper Simon Mignolet. Further details will follow next month. For more detailed information - or to make bids prior to the auction contact Barbara Jameson (01876 500849) or Stella Evans (01876 500306).

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Support for creel fishermen A Scottish Creel Support Fund of £400,000 has been launched by the Scottish Government to help fishermen badly affected by the exceptional winter weather. The extreme weather has led to a loss of fishing gear and a reduction in catch for many creel fishermen. Duncan MacInnes of the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association welcomed the news. He said: “Last year was a bad one for

earnings, with much lower lobster catches, and the run of bad weather has made things even worse. “This aid is a fair reflection of the situation, and set at a fair level. “In the Western Isles fleet there are more than 100 vessels eligible to apply.”

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North Uist deer management takes step forward North Uist estate is to fund a count and management plan to control the numbers of deer on the island. The count will be carried out over two or three days from March 17, using estate staff and SNH employees. The management plan will be progressed over the coming months. In response to complaints about marauding deer, particularly in Lochmaddy, the estate has increased its cull, taking 138 deer so far this year, and actively culling stags in Lochmaddy.

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The estate has taken on Rory MacGillivray to aid in the cull and to respond to marauding deer. Philip Harding is also licensed to shoot deer on behalf of crofters. The North Uist Deer Group, a sub-group of the community council, has been established to bring together interested parties, to try to find solutions. Group member Johanne Ferguson of SNH said: “We need to manage expectations, the problem won’t go away overnight, but we welcome the estate’s plans and taking on Rory has been a massive step forward. Crofters also have a role to play and by working together as a community we have more chance of minimising damage.”

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The service is a new feature for the nursery and will be provided on a daily basis for up to sixteen children who live in remote areas in South Uist and Benbecula. Iochdair Gaelic medium nursery runs from 9am to 11.30am and as well as going home, many of the infants go on to designated carers, or to childcare centres like Balivanich nursery to finish their day. The situation has posed challenges for families without cars, mums coping with more than one small child, and working parents. Now the MacVicars taxis will take the children safely from door-to-door, to Ormacleit in the south, and Griminish in the north.

The return-journey service will be provided according to the different needs of the children from day to day. Parents are paying a nominal charge of ÂŁ1 per day for the service, with a ÂŁ10,000 Lottery Awards for All grant making up the rest and to be eked out for as long as possible. Iochdair head teacher Mary MacInnes said: “Transport is the biggest single issue in remote areas. The nursery has a big catchment area, and this helps parents living in remote areas who don’t drive, have other children or are working. “For some the road end can be 100 yards from the front door, making it difficult for mums with other small children. “In the past some have found it difficult

to organise pre-school at all, relying on the good will of families. “MacVicars are excellent and know the children and their families. This complements the other work the company does with the school.� Parent Neil MacPherson works at Hebridean Jewellery in Iochdair. Until the taxi service came along he was having to take an early lunch break to pick up his son from the nursery. He said: “It’s a brilliant service and makes life much easier. I had to take my lunch break early to pick our wee one up. We’ll be using the service three times a week to take him to the childminder, and we have the peace of mind of knowing that he’s safe and happy with other children.�

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Recordings from five major Scottish collections are currently being digitised at the Uist Digitisation Centre (UDC) in Lochboisdale, South Uist. The recordings come from Glasgow City Archives, Glasgow Museums, Edinburgh Museums, the Scottish Fisheries Museum and the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch. The new project came about through collaboration with the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in the Sounds Scotland project. As part of the project, museums and other Scottish archive holders were invited to enter a competition, with the prize being free digitisation of selected recordings. Once digitised, these recordings will be much more accessible to listeners and could feature in NLS plans for a national sound archive for Scotland. Ross Campbell, digitiser at UDC said, “This has been a great project to work on. The recordings have come in various formats - reels, DATs, cassettes and minidiscs - and some were in danger of becoming unplayable but they will now be available for

Children from Sgoil Araich An Iochdair (Iochdair school nursery) are now able to return home or go on to further childcare in the comfort of specially ordered taxis.

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Uist seaweed goes global as North Uist factory begins production Camels in Dubai and birds and fish in Indonesia are set to be early beneficiaries of the health-giving properties of Uist seaweed, now that Uist Asco’s processing factory at Crogaire Beag is fully commissioned. The factory is an ingenious ‘repurposing’ of the former MacIain quarry to the north-west of North Uist. The plan was first thought of some years ago by proprietor Donald Johnson and the project has been developed by his two sons, Raghnall and Angus. In an integrated operation unique in Northern Europe, Uist Asco makes use of conifer trees from their own forest as biomass to power the massive boiler to create the heat to dry bladderwrack (ascophyllum nodosum) harvested from within a ten mile radius by local cutters. It has been a three year odyssey full of challenges and sleepless nights to get to this point for Uist Asco’s managing director, Raghnall MacIain.

Chopped seaweed is fed into the drier.

His family own the forest and the quarry – but these advantages were eclipsed by a seemingly Everest-sized mountain of hurdles to overcome before the first seaweed finally fell, dried and milled, into sacks ready to send out to clients last month. No funding from government agencies was forthcoming to assist the business start-up, so part of the £1million required to get to this


The dried product can be milled to different sizes.

Locally grown wood is chipped to power the boiler.

point has been borrowed from private banks. The past nine months have been a fraught exercise in waiting for plant to arrive and be successfully commissioned. As the first batch of seaweed emerged crisp and pristine from the drier, Mr MacIain said he could at last look forward to fulfilling a busy order book for clients who have been waiting patiently as Uist Asco battled to co-ordinate suppliers and engineers to commission the massive boiler, drier and milling machine. The demand for dried seaweed is truly global. The humble plant from the shorelines of Uist even looks set to become part of the diet of camels in Dubai and fish and bird food in Indonesia. Mr MacIain said: “Our biggest selling point is clean seaweed as we use heat exchangers, so there is no combustion residue in the seaweed.” He said: “Our very first client is Angus Horticulture, which supplies garden centres and places like golf courses and bowling greens. They want five tonnes initially and as much as they can get after that. “Animal food using finely milled seaweed is another big market for us, and there is a

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company in England looking to extract further chemicals from it. “China is a massive market, they want as much as they can get and they’re not fussy about the size of the finished product. They use it for alginates and extracting iodine. We’re supplying high grade organic product, so for us the opportunity is to sell any excess we have to their market, while concentrating on supplying the top quality end.”

Raghnall (l) and Angus MacIain.

Uist Asco has a core staff of eight, and will be running a 24 hour operation to keep the seaweed rolling through the driers. A pool of forty cutters is available to Uist

Taigh Sgire Sholais hosted a very successful Burns Supper on Saturday 25th January. The event attracted 88 people, young and old from across the island. Marion MacCorqodale piped in the haggis which was followed by a Gaidhlig recital of the Selkirk Grace by Mrs Chrissie MacCuish. Mrs Peigi Johnson addressed the haggis and then the assembled group thoroughly enjoyed a Scottish feast of

Asco, ranging from skilled, dedicated workers to part-timers and people with other jobs waiting to start cutting full-time when the factory reaches full output. The company has reached an exclusive rights agreement with North Uist Estate, which has baronial rights over the seaweed, and is allowed to harvest 9,000 tonnes per annum from North Uist, the sustainably harvestable quarter of the island’s ascophyllum biomass. Maintaining their organic status for the seaweed and woodland are further important parts of Uist Asco’s work. Mr MacIain said: “We will be continually mapping and monitoring where we take the seaweed from.” The forest is the responsibility of Mr MacIain’s younger brother, Angus. There is twenty years supply of wood for the boiler in the forest as it stands, but the company is undertaking a continuous programme of thinning, replanting and using its own seaweed and wood ash mix as fertiliser.

Uist Asco will be holding an official launch and Open Day in April on a date to be confirmed. Cock-a-leekie soup, haggis neeps and tatties, caireageen and cranachan. After the meal a short quiz on Burns and general knowledge of 2013 followed. This was organised by Hector MacPherson and Rhona Skivington. This annual fixture on the Taigh Sgire calendar came to a close at 10:30pm. Chairperson, Mrs Sandra MacIntosh said she was delighted that people from across the island continue to support the Taigh Sgire in their events and thanked all the ladies for their support in organising this event.


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BarraBulletin Eoin MacNeil sends his regular bulletin of news across the Sound Hello from Barra, I hope that you have all survived the onslaught of rain and wind. I have to say, in terms of rain over on this side of the Sound, I have never seen so much and even as I write today, Vatersay village is cut off by the formation of new lochs. They are a hardy lot over there as we know so I won’t worry about them too much!

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working on a heritage project which involves the creation of a digital map of the seas around Barra.

Barra’s got talent! Barra folk have been nominated for a range of awards. Sgeulachdan na Mara/Sea Stories has engaged with the Barra Community to develop this online cultural map, that features sound, image, story and naming to reveal the rich local knowledge, language and culture based on our relationships to the sea around Barra and Vatersay. The Project Team of Stephen Hurrel and Ruth Brennan have been working in partnership with Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay and Castlebay School in the collecting, recording and editing of audio-visual material. What made the project for me was getting the youth of Barra and Vatersay involved in the recording and editing of film and sound. Watching the interaction between young and old was amazing as they worked and listened to each other and hearing all the

great stories they had to tell. The Sea Stories online cultural map will now become a permanent feature within the community and will be housed in the Heritage Centre. It will continue to be added to as further ‘sea stories’ are gathered by Castlebay School’s media students throughout the years and from ongoing contributions of photos, stories, anecdotes, videos, etc. from the wider community. It will also be accessible to the public at local cultural events and to the wider world via the Internet.

Castlebay School pupils are on the FilmG shortlist for their black comedy ‘An Cairdeas Carach’ (pictured above). The pupils have also the chance to scoop the award for the best Theme Award. You can view all the shortlisted films on FilmG’s website, Winners will be announced on the March 14.

If you have as moment it is well worth a look. The project was funded by a Creative Scotland First In a Lifetime Award, Katie Denehy (above), Community CNAG and CNES. Education Worker at Castlebay Community

Castlebay HOTEL AND BAR Castlebay Hotel and Bar is hiring General Assistants For full and part time position. Experience not necessary must be able to learn and work in all areas of the Hotel and Bar, this includes bartender, dining room server, reception and housekeeping as needed, get along with a small but enthusiastic team. Kitchen prep and dishwashers also required Excellent wages for the right people Email CV to General Manager or come into the Hotel front desk for an application form at Castlebay, Isle of Barra. No phone calls please and we are not in need of recruitment agency’s at this time.

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School has been shortlisted for the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2014. The Awards, run by YouthLink Scotland, recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement with young people by managers, peer educators, teams and individuals who work within Scotland’s youth work sector. The nomination is driven by the school pupils themselves who consider that Katie’s work has hugely affected the lives of many young people. As one pupil said: “She has made us believe we have a say in what happens in our community and that we can change and improve things.” Katie’s hard work and encouragement brought the youth of Barra to Scotland’s seat of power at Holyrood where they submitted a public petition which resulted in free Wi-Fi now being available on Calmac ferries and a better Orange phone signal for the island. Katie has also supported pupils through their Youth Achievement and Volunteer Awards and is also involved in local conservation work, taking groups of young people on camping weekends to the island of Mingulay to ‘beat the bracken’.

The winners will be announced and presented with their award at the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards Dinner in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday March 13. Good luck Katie!

Barra dookers swim the channel After their Loony Dook on January 1 during which they raised £900 for Barra Lifeboat Station, Barra’s Brevig Bay swimmers are tackling the English channel. A team of six are doing Swim22 to raise funds for Diabetes UK. They have between February 22 and May 22 to swim 22 miles, the length of a channel crossing. The Brevig Bay Swimmers normally swim in the sea, but team member Sarah Maclean said: “The weather has been so bad the pool is

getting good use recently. We will be back in the water when the clocks change this month. There’s more information on our Facebook page brevigbswim.”

She urged people to get behind Swim22 by visiting or justgiving/brevigbswim22

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School careers convention attracts record number of exhibitors

A pupil finds out more about a career with the police.

Pupils and employers are now asking that the convention becomes a regular fixture at the school. Public agencies, educational institutions, state and private companies set out their wares to tell the youngsters what they had to offer as potential employers. Most of the exhibitors offered training or careers based on-island, including The Scottish Salmon Company, QinetiQ

Scottish Water has put in for planning permission for six wind turbines to help reduce their energy costs at their plants in Bayhead and Lochmaddy, North Uist.

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Hebrides, MG Alba, Storas Uibhist and the public sector agencies. Others, like CalMac, City of Glasgow College, the Armed Forces and Inside Industry , a specialist in the oil & gas sector came in from the mainland to talk about opportunities off-island. Sixty pupils from Castlebay, Barra also attended the convention.

Opening the event, Bernard Chisholm (pictured above), head of children’s services and resources at Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, told pupils: “We don’t just want you to get a job, we want you to get the best job for you by expanding your range of choices. “There are great opportunities in the Gaelic language, in e. learning, technology, further and higher education. We want you to think big- be entrepreneurs, dream big.” The event was funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and organised by Include-Us. Include-Us support worker Gordon

S6 student Sarah Thompson said: "I found the careers convention to be an extremely helpful event, offering me an insight into each of the careers I was considering, and allowing me to make a more confident decision about what I want to do in future."

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Pupils from S2 to S6 at Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula had their pick of forty potential employers to chat with in the biggest ever careers convention on the islands.

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Catrin Evans, also S6, said: "It was a great opportunity to learn more about the wide range of career prospects available locally and nationally for school leavers."

MacDonald said: “It’s been a pleasure to put the event together. We’ve really enjoyed working in partnership with the school and SDS, and there has been a fantastic response from the young people.” Include-Us team leader Lynne MacMillan said: “The feedback has been very enthusiastic both from pupils and exhibitors. Many of the participants have said they would like to see this event become a regular feature on the school calendar.”

New fire training course for youngsters starts this month safety, drugs and alcohol awareness, community safety, how to act in road traffic accidents, using cutting gear, breathing apparatus, ladders and hydrants and hose running. Course leader Iain Bagley, who is crew manager at Benbecula, said the youngsters learn everything that retained firefighters are taught in fire schools on the mainland, crammed into ten evening have secured funding from Shared Care Scotland classes. and The Robertson Trust to provide respite at This year 25 young people their Iochdar South Uist Respite Care Home. aged between 13 and 15 from Sgoil Lionacleit applied for the Care costs are free for 2 weeks per person per year course, and twelve have been from the allocated funding. This will be based on a priority of need for respite for carer accepted on a first-come-first and the person being cared for. served basis. Another course will be laid on in August for the rest. Mr Bagley has been delivering the courses since 2008, and has Accommodation fees will be £119 per week. been highly praised by HM Fees are paid in arrears once an invoice has been issued. Inspectorate of Education for his For further details contact Kathryn Martin work in ‘helping young people HiFires, the popular Fire and Rescue Service course for young people starts a new session on March 6 at Benbecula Fire Station. The course teaches personal and fire

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “In providing essential services to our customers in Scotland, Scottish Water is a significant user of energy. “This proposal is part of our strategy to reduce energy costs and the carbon footprint of Scotland’s public water supply, reducing the purchase energy needs of each site by around 55,000 kWh per annum. “If consented these turbines would generate energy primarily for use on site, although they would be connected to the national grid. “Local contractors and material suppliers would be used at installation, and in the on-going servicing.” 


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Early steps towards Archaeology and Environment Research Centre in North Uist A high-level workshop hosted in the Scottish Parliament last month saw the first steps towards a possible centre for the study of archaeology and the natural environment in North Uist.

The catalyst for the idea has been the internationally important site of Udal, Grenitote, whose 5,000 years of history were excavated by Ian Crawford from the 1960s to the 1980s. The dig and its 40 cubic metres of finds contain five millennia of captured information about human activity and climate change of interest to environmental archaeologists and academics from related fields. The workshop to discuss the way forward was set up by Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) on behalf of North Uist Development Company (NUDC), and was chaired by Alasdair Allan MSP. North Uist councillor Uisdean Robertson and the Comhairle’s regional

archaeologist Deborah Anderson attended, along with delegates included representatives from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Heriot Watt and St Andrews, from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Sabhal Mor Ostaig UHI, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, SNH, Museum Nan Eilean, Big Lottery and the Comhairle. Robert Fraser, chairman of NUDC attended. He said: “There was considerable strength of feeling and enthusiasm round the table for the project, and for the potential benefits of a collaborative approach to research based on the high quality of our archaeological sites and our natural environment.”

Shortly after the meeting, the Comhairle approved match funding with Historic Scotland to fund a three year post for a post-excavation project management assistant supporting all aspects of the Udal post-excavation project and including input into the Archaeology and Environment Centre project. Uist’s Access Archaeology chairwoman Catherine Macleod said: “It’s vital that this post is located here in North Uist and that Udal is at the heart of the centre.” A workshop to discuss the centre further is planned in Uist this month, details unavailable as IN&A goes to print, please watch the IN&A Facebook page and website,

Good numbers for new short archaeology course in Benbecula

Students from the short archaeology course on a field trip to Barpa Langais and pre-historic sites in the surrounding area with Dr Rebecca Rennell, centre.

Fifteen students ranging in age from teenage to retirement have subscribed to a new UHI Lews Castle College short archaeology course based in Benbecula campus. The course, ‘Investigating archaeology: field and research skills’ has been devised by Dr Rebecca Rennell, who teaches UHI archaeology undergraduates. The ten-week evening course is supplemented by weekend field trips to look at places throughout Uist such as Barpa Langais, North Uist (pictured). Dr Rennell said: “The aim of the course is to provide people with the background knowledge, skills and techniques to start independently investigating their local archaeology. Students will learn how to apply a range of skills and techniques to an archaeological landscape of their choosing, with the opportunity to

create an illustrated report of their findings.” She said the students attending were highly motivated and passionate about island archaeology. The ten-week evening course is supplemented by weekend field trips to look at places throughout Uist such as Barpa Langais in North Uist. She said: “The aim of the course is to provide people with field and research skills to that they can start independently investigating their local archaeology. There’s so much information now available on-line and lots to discover just by going and having a look around the landscape. It is hoped that this course will help the people in the community make the most of the archaeological resources on their doorstep.”

Funding to shore up the Barp North Uist Estate has secured funding from Historic Scotland for work to restore the entrance of Barpa Langais. The entranceway and passage to the ancient chambered cairn collapsed three years ago. An initial tranche of money will enable as survey of the work to be done this year, and a second tranche will fund the masonry work.

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Follow that tuna A Harris entrepreneur is to introduce big game fishing off the coast of Uist and Harris this autumn with catch and release expeditions for Atlantic Bluefin tuna. Angus Campbell of Kilda Cruises, Tarbert will be offering one, two and three day expeditions from Leverburgh this September and October. Mr Campbell spotted the opportunity after he and two crewmen aboard his twin-hull catamaran Orca III reeled in two massive Bluefins, one weighing 400lb and the other 515lb last September. They caught the fish about twenty miles south of St Kilda, 45 miles west of the Uists. The 400lb fish was set free, but the bigger one had swallowed the lure and was brought ashore. As it can’t be sold because the UK has no tuna quota, it was distributed to the residents of Harris. If it had been able to go for sale, the highly prized, endangered fish could have fetched in the region of £1million, Mr Campbell says. Mr Campbell and his crew are the first to catch tuna on a rod and line off the coast of Scotland. Now Mr Campbell has invested £10,000 in appropriate rods, reels and lures for the hunt. The specialist equipment is sourced from the United States with the rods and reels containing 600m of 200lb line. Mr Campbell said finding the fish is the main challenge.

He said: “They come past the islands in late August to October, when the water warms up and their food source of fish like mackerel is abundant. “We’ll be using a water profiler to check the temperature at various depths and work out where they might be. “Between Uist and Kilda, off the coast of the Monach islands is where we’ll be looking. There’s every chance we might get swordfish too.” Mr Campbell’s Marine Scotland licence allows the anglers to land one Bluefin tuna per day, with any others released. Mr Campbell sees the new activity as something which will extend the season of his main business, taking visitors to St Kilda and other Outer Hebridean islands. He added that he would like to see a Bluefin quota for local fishermen. He said: “ I have been pushing at various doors to see if we could get some tonnage for our under 10 metre fishing vessels in the Outer Hebrides. It would be fantastic for them to be able to catch and sell some of these fish and add some much needed income for them as well.”

Angus Campbell, right, and crew with the massive blue fin tuna.

Gales, gulls and grey phalarope

Glaucous Gull in flight.

Steve Duffield Last month’s gales blew in good numbers of arctic gulls, with Glaucous Gulls being the dominant species. Up to ten were seen around the rotting sperm whale at Kildonan, whilst others were seen enjoying the remains of seal corpses.

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Smaller numbers of Iceland Gulls were also picked up and although they will feed on anything when hungry, they prefer a more fish-based diet than rotting mammals.

Grey Phalarope landing.

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Other birds effected by the storms included three Grey Phalaropes that were found at Howmore,


Ardivachar and on Baleshare. This hardy little wader spends the winter at sea, migrating north in spring to breed in the Arctic but windy weather in winter will sometimes push birds in-shore here although three in the space of a couple of weeks in winter is very unusual. The wintery scene was enhanced by the finding of two Greater Snow Geese at the southern end of South Uist around mid-month. One of these birds is carrying a metal ring on its left leg but has proved impossible to read in the field. It would be very interesting to see just where this individual was ringed as many wildfowl records are tainted with the possibility of being escapees from collections. The chances are that these are probably wild birds as this very distinctive North American goose has increased dramatically in the USA and being a long-distance migrant prone to straying. Other wildfowl visiting in January

included three Tundra Bean Geese at Peninerine and another on Berneray, at the end of the month. These geese originate from the east and don’t normally make it to the Outer Hebrides although a period of easterlies and perhaps cold weather on the near continent during the latter part of the month may have encouraged them to seek our balmier climes.

Glaucous Gull in flight. © Steve Duffield

This year a tremendous flock of around 350 Snow Buntings was noted at Grenitote and were almost certainly part of the same 300 that were later seen on Berneray. More details on Hebridean Wildlife and trips can be found at: Snow Bunting. © Steve Duffield

Other birds such as the Snow Bunting seek our milder climate in the winter too with small numbers noted every year when they may be found searching for seeds on the machair or foreshore.

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You get a lot of plea sure working with pigs w ith their inquisitive character and fun be haviour.


Soggy weather hints for pig growers Ross Mackenzie, SAC Portree

Machair Life+ legacy shed underway in Lionacleit A 60x40ft shed is currently being erected in Lionacleit to house the Machair Life+ machinery. The shed is on land leased to RSPB long term by the council, and is being built by local contractor John Allan MacLellan. The shed remains the property of RSPB and will be leased to contractor Angus MacDonald Kyles for an initial period of three years. Mr MacDonald will operate the machinery for crofters’ benefit across Uist. The plant includes trailers, a tractor, rotavator, spreader, reversible plough, harrow, rollers and seed drier. In addition to offering services like seaweed spreading at favourable rates, Mr MacDonald will be teaching on the crofting course at Sgoil Lionacleit as part of his contract. He will also be taking on a new apprentice. The goose plucking machine is going to Storas Uibhist, and the reaper-binder is being donated to Northon, Harris to help regenerate the township’s machair.

Pigs enjoy rooting about the land, showing their natural behaviour by turning and digging the ground with their strong snouts. With the recent level of rainfall we are experiencing, a pig can turn an area of ground very quickly into a mud bath where even welly boots can be lost for ever. Remember you have to provide clean fresh water and feed to your pigs on a daily basis, so careful consideration of the site is needed. Pigs will dislodge the soil with their rooting habits, so avoid keeping on slopes or small hills. With high rainfall there is the possibility of land slips where

top soil is lost. With recent flooding we do not want soil running into water ways or blocking drains. As a muddy area dries, the soil will cap, so you must remember that cultivation will be needed to break the soil for reseeding etc. Pigs need to be kept warm and dry, especially baby piglets that are born in an outdoor system as hypothermia is a great risk. If you are finishing pigs on an outdoor system, the cold and wet conditions will slow down their growth. Where they normally use the feed to grow and put on weight, they now use the feed to maintain their body condition, and growth slows down. Outdoor shelters need to be watertight and provide plenty of room for the growing pigs.

More straw will be needed in the wet weather, so supply is important as straw is by far the best bedding available. You get a lot of pleasure working with pigs with their inquisitive character and fun behaviour. As you struggle through the pools of mud to find a dry area to feed them, your enjoyment can be reduced. Remember as you hop with one welly on trying to find the other one, the sun will shine again.

Corn seed supplier list being compiled A list of crofters producing native corn seed for sale is being established by Uist botanist Maria Scholten. The list includes crofters who can provide small oats, Uist barley and mixtures.

It is part of the Machair Life+ legacy, and is designed to make it easier for crofters to obtain Uist seed.

Free leadership training for crofters and food produce groups Crofting is often about working together for a common purpose. A free Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) training course based in Skye is designed to help people in crofting communities involved in local food

initiatives, producer groups, common grazings committees or other groups to improve their group management skills.

The list will be available at outlets such as Carnan Stores, South Uist.

The leadership training is offered through the Hungry for Rights project (SCF) and will be delivered by Social Enterprise Academy trainer James Hilder. Thursday March 27 3pm to Saturday March 29 noon With follow-up days in June (the course is six days in total) Location: Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye Fees: none; accommodation and meals covered; travel reimbursement possible Accreditation: The programme is accredited with Institute of Leadership & Management at level 5 (SCQF Level 8). Interested candidates are requested to send in an expression of interest with a brief description of activities, motivation and plans. More information: Mob: 07720 634343

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OUR ISLANDS OUR FUTURE Fears Southern Isles will not get fair representation in OIOF talks Uist & Barra councillors say they fear the Southern Isles will not be fairly represented in moves to devolve more powers to Scotland’s three island councils, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. None of the seven Southern Isles councillors have been included in the Our Islands Our Future preparatory talks to date. North Uist & Benbecula councillor Uisdean Robertson said: “We’re concerned that we don’t know what they are discussing. “If there are specific issues which are of more importance in Uist and it doesn’t quite fit into the Western Isles picture, how do we engage? “Crofting is different in Uist and Harris, for example. I would worry to have something signed, dealed and delivered in the initiative without consulting us.” South Uist & Barra councillor Ronald MacKinnon said: “It’s very worrying. We don’t know what they are pushing, there are no meetings, there are no consultations.

“Take the situation with the interconnector, there is nothing for the Southern Isles at all. The Comhairle and the Scottish Government seem against us over wind turbines, when the communities here are trying to do something to help themselves with no other money coming in. “We’re the tail end of the cow all the time. If they would even tell us what’s happening we would feel less like the poor second cousin.” Meanwhile, as Island News & Advertiser went to press, a meeting involving Comhairle, Orkney and Shetland council leaders and politicians from the three island groups was taking place in Stornoway. Described as an ‘energy grid summit to discuss the massive potential of the Scottish islands to deliver clean and cost-effective energy,’ the meeting was chaired by energy minister Fergus Ewing. He said: “Renewable energy generation on the islands presents a massive opportunity for sustainable economic growth. Thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of community benefits will give current and future generations the ability to thrive in our island communities. “Key uncertainties remain over both the level of support for renewable generation and the cost of using the transmission network.

These uncertainties have effectively created an impasse between the key players, with nobody so far able to take the final steps to unlock necessary investment in grid infrastructure. “The only way to address these issues is through greater coordination and co-operation between the key players and that is why the island council leaders and I have called for all these parties to convene today in Stornoway. The summit will consider the issues holistically and look to establish where immediate action can be taken to overcome the barriers to progress. “I have no doubt that the summit will take us further forward by clarifying what can be done now and what needs to be planned for the future. Today is an opportunity for us all to work together in driving forward change that will help the future generation.” For more on this meeting go to

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Scapa beach off limits due to sinking sand Scapa Beach has been closed to the public until further notice as areas of quicksand have been reported along a stretch of the beach. Police, Coastguard and Orkney Island Council staff were called to the area this afternoon, sealing the beach off, after reports that a woman – who managed to free herself – became stuck in the sand earlier today, Saturday.


Taiwan challenge for ultramarathon runner Orkney ultra-marathon man William Sichel is set to start his latest road race challenge today. William, from Sanday, is competing in the

ORKNEY Fisherman advised of spootharvesting decision A razorfish harvesting area in Orkney has been “declassified” by the Food Standards Agency (Scotland). This means that the commercial harvesting of razorfish – better known as spoots – will not be

A Coastguard spokesman said that they had never heard of quicksand in Orkney before, but added that the condition may have been caused by the recent tidal and weather conditions. 48-hour road race in Taipei, Taiwan. The run, due to end on Sunday, is expected to attract a strong field, with leading athletes from Japan and Australia © Alan Young set to compete alongside local runners. William is currently working on, in which he will attempt to have set 165 ultra-running records before his 65th birthday on October 1, 2018. permitted from April 1 this year at Fersness Bay, Eday. As a result, there will be no areas in Orkney where razorfish can be © Maxim Bird harvested commercially from that date. The OIC’s environmental health team has written to those fishermen known to harvest razorfish who work in the area to advise of the declassification by the FSAS.

Shetland ponies in Fair Isle blankets get set to travel on a round the world trip Shetland school children have been creating their very own travelling mascot, which will travel to Brunei and then on to Jersey before returning to Shetland in May. The project is a Shetland spin on the ‘Support a 2nd Team’ initiative that aims to connect each local authority around Scotland with nations and territories competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. Children entered a Fair Isle design competition


and the winning designs were knitted by Elma Moar from Unst. The blankets were made to fit a small Shetland pony toy which will now be placed in a shoe box along with small items selected by the children, photos and writing from each class and be sent on to Brunei in February. There, the children will be asked to look after the mascot and take photographs of the pony in places of interest such as sports facilities, schools and with local people. These items will be placed back in the shoebox and sent on to Jersey where children there will also contribute to the shoebox before returning the pony, along with all the keepsake items to Shetland in April.

SHETLAND Centre first to offer sea fishing apprenticeship Shetland’s NAFC Marine Centre is the first training provider in Scotland to deliver a new modern apprenticeship (MA) in sea fishing.

Bards on da street winning poems chosen Shetland Library has joined with Living Lerwick and Shetland Forwirds to launch the latest poems for its popular Bards project. This time the poems are all in dialect - to celebrate the Year of Dialect - and will be displayed on Commercial Street. The competition ran from October to December, and this week the 12 selected poems were chosen. Shops on the Street donated prizes for the best three poems. The winner of the prize for best poem was Barbara Fraser, and the runners up were Joan Fraser and Fiona Rendall. The poems will be made into posters displayed in shop windows, as well as being posted on the Shetland Library and Living Lerwick websites. Later in the year they will again feature in Shetland’s public conveniences.

Five Shetland students are on the two-year course, which started last week. The modern apprenticeship in sea fishing was launched in the UK in 2013 and allows students to undertake their studies while working on a UK fishing vessel. Fisheries technician, Arthur Johnson, teaches some of the practical elements. He said: “I am currently working with the students on a net mending unit, which is part of the wider modern apprenticeship programme. “We start off with basic net mending which builds up to more complicated repair problems. “The class will then move on to a unit which includes net construction where they put a trawl together from scratch, this is a great way of demonstrating how to put together different parts of a trawl, which they may well encounter with everyday net repair aboard boats.”



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John Fraser of De velopment Coll

Community-owned mobile phone mast in sight for Coll Coll residents look set to have their own mobile phone mast, thanks to a Scottish government pilot scheme, Demonstrating Digital, to improve communications in rural areas. The pioneering plan would see the public money used to construct the mast which would then be owned by the local development trust, Development Coll on behalf of the community. John Fraser of Development Coll said: “In the past, what we haven’t been able to do is attract the bigger companies like Vodafone to actually invest that amount of money for very small populations but this scheme from the Scottish Government has facilitated that. The vast majority of people on the island want that and the community does need it.”

Vodafone has now expressed an interest in supplying the mobile equipment provided it can use the mast free of charge. The mast would have to be maintained by Development Coll at a cost of around £2,000 per annum, and Vodafone would support the mobile service for at least 15 years. The trust is looking to the key beneficiaries such as public agencies and utilities based on the island to contribute to the maintenance bill. A suitable plot of land has been identified for the mast, and Develop Coll says the project will be progressed subject to planning and maintenance agreements. The trust hopes other providers will piggyback onto the mast, which could help the community progress towards 4G.

Café Canna opens next month Canna’s only eaterie is under new management and will open on April 5. Café Canna will serve local produce and seafood, light snacks and refreshments seven days a week. New owners Chris and Anna Deplano, from Skye and Fort William respectively, are returning to their Highland roots from other careers to create an informal, friendly French-style bistro offering. Chris said: “We hope it enhances the visitor experience for Canna. This is a great community, and a great island, well worth people visiting.”

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Coll in bid to attract birders with new festival A new festival on Coll next month hopes to attract wildlife enthusiasts to the island in partnership with Scotland’s key bird organisations.



Over the weekend of April 25 to 27, the Coll Birdlife Weekender will offer an insight into the work on the island’s bird reserve with walks, talks and activities provided by RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Scottish Ornithologists Club. There will be opportunities to learn about key species, tips on spotting and recording birdlife, outdoor family activities and seabird safaris to the neighbouring island of Lunga. George McConnachie from Development Coll said: “Coll has a rich birdlife that attracts visitors all year round and we often get people visiting at that time of year to look for corncrakes. “It’s fantastic to have the RSPB, the BTO and the SOC involved and to have the opportunity to learn more about the birdlife here. “The guided walks and family activities that we’ve got lined up will offer something for everyone and we’re delighted to have be running boat trips to Lunga with Coastal Connections.”



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which adds to his lovely way of telling a story and the chilled vibe he emits just draws you in and doesn’t let go. So far this year has seen Colin play Celtic Connections, support for Newton Faulkner and a string of other dates across the country. With the E.P release on March 3 Colin embarks on a tour to promote it and May sees him jet off to LA where he plays a showcase in the Viper Room, and then I believe some time this year sees him working with the extremely talented Rachel Sermanni. Following the release of “Fireplace” back in 2010 (which if you haven’t heard it you should check it out) which was well received we see a new single


release which shows growth of personal nature and also very beautifully as a musician far beyond his 29 years. With his country twang of finger-picked guitar and calming vocals the multi instrumentalist songwriter is onto a winning blend, and I look forward to the release of “California” on March 3rd and to many more offerings from this fantastic musician. Keep an eye for him live and let’s hope he can make a stop in Uist sometime soon. “California” released with Middle of Nowhere recordings. music

The band are now in the countdown to the Scottish Schools Championships on 9th March. Having come first in their group last year, the competition will be even more challenging for the band as they compete in a more advanced category. Several of the band members will also be competing individually in the Flora MacDonald Piping Competition on 1st March and at the South West Ross Piping Society Solo Competition on 22nd March. Fundraising for the band continues as ever with pupils holding a monthly bake sale in the school on the first Thursday of the month. They have also enrolled with, where anyone who shops online with popular stores such as Amazon and Ebay can sign up and donate to Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band when they shop, at no extra cost to themselves.


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News from Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band At beginning of February the band welcomed back David Wotherspoon and Allan Craig from Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band for some intensive practice and instrument maintenance. The band were also joined by Skye Piping tutor Iain Ruiridh Finlayson and former band members Fiona Maclellan and also Lachie Dick who now plays with City of Edinburgh Pipe Band.

It’s all go for one Colin Macleod. Colin, formerly The Boy Who Trapped The Sun has had a busy start to 2014, and this month sees the release of his E.P “California”, a gorgeous collection of songs which helps each day flow so nicely. Born and raised in Lewis and living in Point, Colin is a surfing country fan

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Skye exhibition gets its socks on An exhibition celebrating socks, culture, people and the communities producing wool in present day Skye opens on Tuesday March 4 in Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree. Glasgow-based textile artist Deirdre Nelson visited crofters from a range of stock clubs across Skye and Raasay last summer. The crofters each donated a fleece, which has been spun by a spinner from Skye. This creates a loop, from fleece to spun wool to knitting. Deirdre has knitted individual socks to highlight wool, crofting, craft skills and the feet that walk the land. Lùp | Loop celebrates the collaborative skills of the people involved but also highlights the value and potential use of local wool. In order to complete the loop

Deirdre’s Lup socks.

the socks will be gifted to the crofters who donated fleeces to the project. This process references practice in the past where a fleece was sent off to the mill and returned as spun wool or a blanket. Deirdre said: “Each unique sock has been created using Skye wool and celebrates and places value on both wool and all those involved in wool production. Wool is a natural, resilient, biodegradable fibre and it is hoped that each sock will walk the land of Skye and have a long life beyond the project. “I value having the opportunity to meet both crofters and spinners involved in Lùb | Loop. Their knowledge and skill have been invaluable to this collaborative

project and I have learnt so much from all involved.” The exhibition runs until Tuesday March 25, admission free.

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The axe given to Alasdair to mark his retirement, pictured with his long service medal, (far right) and two Queen’s Jubilee medals.

Firefighter Alasdair steps down North Uist man Alasdair MacVicar has retired from the fire service after more than 30 years service. Alasdair recalls his first ever call-out with a wry smile. He said: “I was staying in Balivanich at the time, and the call came to attend a barn fire in Bayhead. I jumped in my car, but about a mile before I got to the station, I had a flat tyre. “I kept going though even though my tyre was ruined and rushed aboard the appliance ready to do my bit, but I was told to step back – I was only a trainee and couldn’t go after all.”

ended up in chest high water in Nunton, and the offshore training they had done most likely saved their lives in that situation.” Modestly Alasdair forgets to mention that he attended Buckingham Palace along with Leading Fire Fighter Donald MacIsaac and Assistant Divisional Officer Alan Rayner to be presented to the Queen in a special

Alasdair on duty.

In 1981 Alasdair was 23 and had just completed his apprenticeship at MacLennan’s garage when he was persuaded to put himself forward as a retained firefighter based in Benbecula. He never looked back. For the next 31½ years, Wednesday night crew training at the station was at the heart of Alasdair’s week. Call outs came thick and fast, sometimes at the rate of three a week, especially in the early days before smoke alarms became standard.

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When Alasdair first joined the service, the equipment was basic and the uniform consisted of yellow plastic leggings and a jacket and hat. Now he marvels at the state of the art appliances and kit available across the islands, and the fire-resistant brown uniform worn as standard by all fire fighters. “It’s second to none,” he said. Attending in-depth and specialised training in the fire service ‘schools’ in Gullane, Invergordon and Aberdeen were always highlights in Alasdair’s career. “You learn a lot and make good friends,” he said. “The offshore training was really interesting, things like helicopter dumping. You never know when we might need these things out here.” He added: “During the big storm of 2005 our boys

ceremony honouring their heroism and bravery, and that of their crew, on the night of the storm. That night the crew lost one appliance, and living with the fear that the crew were lost with it, attended hundreds of calls outs non-stop over the next 48 hours, including a serious fire in the hospital next morning. There have been many sad incidents during Alasdair’s long career, including fatalities. He said: “When there’s an incident in this community you know the people involved. They might be your neighbours, they might be your relatives. And when there’s a fatality it hammers it home to you.” But there were lighter moments. Alasdair remembers one snowy night when the crew were called out to an incident in Lochboisdale. He said: “It was snowing hard when we left and we passed many abandoned cars. Then we came across a car in a ditch, completely covered in snow. It turned out it was the police car and when he asked us where we were going we had to tell him it was to his very own police

station where there was a chimney fire.” Alasdair was promoted to leading firefighter after 22 years, and was watch manager during his last five years in the service. He says it was a hard decision to leave and he still misses those Wednesday nights. He said: “They are a fantastic team at Benbecula. It was great to be in charge of such keen guys and girls.” He added: “There is a problem recruiting new firefighters at the moment, but I would encourage anyone to do it. It’s very rewarding to be doing something so important for your community.” Not content to sit back after hanging up his hose reel, Alasadair started his carpet and upholstery cleaning business, Uist Vac Services. On top of his full time work at Laing’s garage in South Uist, he’s kept very busy. But there’s always a space in his heart for the fire service, and he still enjoys popping in to catch up with the team at Benbecula Fire Station. Benbecula crew manager Iain Bagley has served 13 years in the fire service alongside Alasdair. He said: “Alasdair was my mentor and he always made it enjoyable. He’s easy going and laid back, but when the job had to be done he has such a knowledge of fire service and operational procedures that you didn’t have to worry, because Alasdair was there to tell you how to do it, from his experience. “What I’ve learned from Alasadair is what I pass on now to the recruits. He gave me encouragement to continue in the fire service, it’s a job you either have in you or not, and it’s up to the people that are there to encourage you.” In his most telling tribute, Mr Bagley added: “Even in the extreme of the 2005 storm, you didn’t have to worry, you trusted Alasdair’s judgement.”

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Daliburgh hits the back of the net in primary football tournament Christine MacQuarrie, Active Schools (Uist)

Dramatic, exciting, emotional and enjoyable - just some of the words that were used to describe the primary football competition held last month. Around sixty children (11 teams) descended on the new 3G pitch at Liniclate to participate in the 5-a-side tournament arranged by Active Schools

with support from the Junior Schools FA. Each team played a minimum of four group games before points and the need for goal difference determined the winners and

Sport runners up in each group. The semi finals were contested by a team from each area, Daliburgh Thistle versus North Uist Utd and Iochdar Athletic versus Balivanich Athletic. Both matches were extremely close, ending in 2-1 victories for Daliburgh Thistle and Balivanich Athletic. Cue scenes of joy coupled with emotion and not just from the kids, parents too! After five minutes to catch a breath and settle the teams for the final, the match got underway. This was to prove another close encounter and with both teams locked at 1-1, Daliburgh grabbed the winner with 10 seconds of the match remaining. There has been so much positive feedback from the event that the intention is to hold another tournament in May when the weather will be kinder to us (hopefully). The bitter cold was the only downside to what was otherwise a memorable and great night of competition. Credit must go to the coaches who give up their time each week

Stornoway Running and Athletics Club’s annual Heb3 dates have been announced. The challenge is to compete in at least three of the islands’ five half marathons (Stornoway, Harris, Benbecula, Barra or Skye) in one year to raise money for local charities. This year The Heb3 celebrates its 25th anniversary, and is Scotland’s longest running series of half-marathons.

The young footballers of Coll celebrated their club’s first year anniversary with the first annual prize-giving and awards ceremony for Coll Sharks FC at An Cridhe, Arinagour. George McConnachie who coaches the team along with Richie Martindale said: “The kids were absolutely delighted with their new strips and they really deserved some reward

after all their hard work over the last year. “We’d like to say thanks to the Coll Association who provided the kits and to the Coll Half-Marathon Committee for

funding the medals and trophies. All we need to do now is find a team to play against.”

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Saturday March 15, 2014 Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula


to coach the kids and also to the children themselves. Their commitment, attitude and level of play is what helped make the event so enjoyable. Thank you also to the volunteers who helped with refereeing, timekeeping and scoring. Your contribution made the event run smoothly and efficiently. On the back of the event coaches have selected a mixed Upper Primary 7-a-side team who will challenge the S1’s from Liniclate on Saturday March 8. This will be an opportunity for them all to impress and stake a claim for the U13 Development Squad trial which will take place in Harris in early May. If selected for the Harris trial they will have the opportunity to be selected for the Western Isles U13 Development squad who will travel to Dingwall at the end of May to participate in a large Festival of Football – watch this space!

Limber up for the Heb 3

Coll Sharks FC Celebrate First Anniversary

With numbers averaging 15 each week, the football has proved a big hit with the boys and girls of the island who showed off their new football kits at the awards event.


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Make the most of March

Things to do, see and bake

If you only do one thing this month.... Fellas, get fit

Go to the theatre

Celebrate the arrival of spring - light up a cairn

Join Tom’s ‘mixed circuit class’ each Tuesday 7pm at Balivanich Hall.

A double bill from Mull Theatre Company. ROUGH ISLAND by Nicola McCartney DORAS DUINTE by Catriona Lexy Campbell

Saturday March 22, 6pm Join Access Archaeology at the venue of your choice - Barpa Langass car park, Clettraval or Locheport to light a bonfire by one of North Uist’s spectacular chambered cairns.

You’ll get a great workout and you will be some long awaited company for the regular women that attend on Tuesdays. They’re a very fit bunch who hope you can keep up! Everyone works at their own pace.

Take a Scottish Crofting Federation day course.

Monday March 3 Clan MacQuarrie Centre, Lewis, 7.30pm

Polytunnel management, March 8

Tuesday March 4

Grassland management, March 15

Leverburgh Village Hall, Harris, 7.30pm

Phone 01870 602151/ for more details.

Wednesday March 5 St Peter’s Hall, South Uist, 8.00pm

North Uist boasts a concentration of Early Neolithic chambered cairns, suggesting that this area was important to the Neolithic communities who lived here some 6,000 years ago. In order to celebrate some of the incredible archaeology we have in Uist and to encourage people to engage with this prehistoric landscape, Access Archaeology will be hosting a ‘Lighting the cairns’ event on March 22. Meet us at Barpa Langass car park, Cletraval or Loch Eport at 6pm. We will then be walking up to these monuments to light small bonfires. Come along and learn a bit more about prehistoric archaeology in Uist over a glass of mulled wine. However, it’s not just for fun. We are also interested in exploring how these monuments might have been used in the past. By ‘peopling’ these sites and investigating the inter-visibility of these monuments and, more importantly, activities at these sites, we hope to learn something about their use in prehistory. Everyone welcome, but please dress appropriately given terrain and weather conditions on the hills. Bring a torch and a mug.

Learn some practical crofting skills

Thursday March 6 Carinish Village Hall, North Uist, 7.30pm

Saturday March 8Â Castlebay School, Barra, 8.00pm

Go to an Islands Book Trust talk

Western Isles Energy and Property Services

A comedy from Tuesday March 4 Big Telly Company, Ireland An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis 7.30pm ONE SANDWICH SHORT OF A GENIUS BILL LAWSON – ‘Emigration

from the Western Isles 1750-1920’

Saturday March 8 SEALL, Sleat, Isle of Skye

Tuesday March 25

Monday March 10 Ionad Na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, Lewis

An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis, 7.30pm TONY MARR – ‘South Georgia and the Falklands – Albatrosses, Penguins, and Whaling’

Wednesday March 12

Thursday March 20

Carinish Village Hall, North Uist

Tuesday March 11 Bernera Community Centre, Breaclete, Lewis Visit Island Creative on for more details about these productions

Claddach Kirkibost Centre, North Uist 7.30pm DONALD MacCORMICK ‘An Evening with Books’

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1lb self raising flour 4oz margarine 4 level tsp baking powder 1 carton buttermilk (10 fl oz)

Home-baked scones- surely they’re in the very DNA of island life. What gathering is complete without them? But creating the feather-light confections turned out effortlessly by the islands’ senior ladies can take many years of practice, and much trial and error with different recipes. Uist baker extraordinaire Jackie Warner finally found ‘The One’ which she shares with us here. I am always happy to share recipes and I think the one I am asked for most is for scones. I have probably tried at least 20 different recipes over the years but alas

perfection evaded me.  That was until about four years ago when I was given a recipe that was to be The One. I’ve used it as the base for plain scones, cheese, fruit, cherry, treacle, apple...and I am still experimenting. So, with thanks to Cherrie, here it is.

Method: In a large bowl mix baking powder into flour and then rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add buttermilk and mix gently to combine and becomes a soft dough. Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured surface.  Gentle kneed until dough is smooth. Gently flatten dough with the palm of your hand until it is about 3/4 inch thick.  Cut out scones using a cookie cutter.  Place on a greased baking sheet and leave for 10 minutes before placing in the oven gas 5, 375f, 190c. Until well risen, browned and firm to touch - approx 25 mins.



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Life New feature- readers share the items they cherish most Defy the weather

start work in the garden

What’s going on in cyberspace Social Media can be a force for good

Gordon fhior ogha Dhòmhnaill na Bainich of Ardchuig, Benbecula shares his thoughts about a spinning wheel which has been in his family

for five generations and is one of his most treasured heirlooms. I was given the spinning wheel by my uncle Donald MacDonald of Hacklett in my 20’s. He rescued the spinning wheel from his grandmother’s house in Raninish Benbecula. I spent two weeks sanding it down, and my cousin Donald Beag Dhòmhnaill Ailein Dhòmhnaill na Bainich took the spinning wheel to his workshop to replace the missing pieces. Donald believed the spinning wheel predated the marriage of my great grandmother in 1905, due to the design; references have been made to it being a Vallay spinning wheel, however the design is unknown as it may have come from Skye when the family sailed over. There are two family accounts of the spinning wheel’s origins. My late mother used to work the peddle as a child while her grandmother Catherine MacFarlane (nee Cameron) (pictured above) spun the fleece, and she said the spinning wheel was a wedding gift from the MacFarlanes, the future in-laws. Donald MacFarlane and

Betsy MacDonald originally sailed from Skye circa 1820 they went on to have a family of nine, in Vallay, North Uist, the most notable being the Rev. Donald MacFarlane whose brother was also a teacher in Frobost, South Uist. His Father Donald MacFarlane acted as Manager of Farms on the estate of Colonel Gordon of Cluny.

Now players are nominated via social media to perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAK).

The other family account is that Catherine Cameron nee MacSween of Lionacleit who married into the Camerons of Gairloch handed down the spinning wheel to her daughter. The origins of the spinning wheel which my mother referred to as the Vallay spinning wheel cannot be verified, however what we do know it is at least 109 years old, and if it came from Catherine MacSween it is in fact 142 years old.


Most Cherished

Random Acts of Kindness is a new online game designed to replace the notorious NekNominate, where players down dangerous amounts of alcohol within 24 hours, film it for the web and nominate two others to do the same. Five people have so far died doing this.

The positive twist on the original trend was inspired by South African Brent Lindeque.

Thousands have taken part all over the world, giving out food and money in Hong Kong, donating hair to make wigs for unwell children, sharing their sandwiches with those in need, giving out flowers, buying dinner for poor workers.

The spinning wheel takes pride of place in my mother’s house. I appreciate the fact it is a tangible link to my ancestors, from my great-great-grandmother, to my great-grandmother, to my mother, to my late cousin who used his craftsmanship to make the repairs. As a young adult I was steeped in my family’s oral tradition, we can trace our family back 14 generations in Uist to the 17th century, connections to Rob Roy, Duncan Cameron Chief of Police in New York, Uist Bards, Dhòmhnaill Ailein Dhòmhnaill na Bainich and the nearest living relatives to Domhnall Ruadh Choruna. If we had a community museum in Benbecula like the one in Kildonan I’d like to bequeath it there for all the community due to its social history.


They then nominate someone else to carry out a RAK.

RAK is now going viral, with thousands liking the RAK Nomination Facebook page.

Check out the page to see what RAKs people are carrying out.



Spring is around the corner, and gardeners are getting itchy fingers. Although the ground is depressingly saturated, there are jobs to try and get done as soon as there’s a respite in the elements.





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island news & ADVERTISER Driveit - March 2014 Issue 23


Small, five doors, cheap to run

Look at the Mirage



Viewing Guide

With Ted Wilkinson of The Guild of Motoring Writers Mitsubishi Mirage 3 1.2

MITSUBISHI MIRAGE 3 1.2 New Lightweight Packs Some Punch Are you looking for a small, cheap to run, small hatchback, preferably one with five doors? There are quite a few to choose from. But now there is a new challenger in the form of the Mitsubishi Mirage that potentially represents a far stronger presence than the company’s small, Colt model range. To break into this market it was evident to me that Mitsubishi’s design team decided on some drastic measures. They had to create a product that is claimed to be lightest in class, with the most compact turning circle, as well as incorporating a lot of kit that is not usually found at this model level. Visually, the Mirage does not look like a small car. The stylists have cleverly created a delta shape that incorporates a rakish windscreen with a rising roof line. Apart from

the good looks, the bonus is a much better than average, interior space. It enables this car to carry five occupants, plus probably more luggage than is possible with most other contenders. The weight saving has not involved any safety sacrifices, on the contrary. The bodyshell is constructed from high tensile steel that has been tried and tested in Japan to gain, a claimed, highest collision safety in its class. A new 3-cylinder petrol fuelled engine range is used in 1 and 1.2-litre forms driving though a light and positive shifting 5-speed gearbox. Alternatively there is the £1,000 option of a CVT automatic unit, with the larger engine. Specification ratings are simple - 1, 2 and 3 with prices ranging from £8,999 to £12,999. Throughout there is excellent equipment provision. Even at the entry level there are daytime running lights, stability and traction control, emergency stop signal system, powered steering and electric front windows. To show the ultimate potential of this new Mitsubishi I have concentrated on the 1.2 litre version driving through the manual gearbox, and equipped to level 3 specification. This certainly represents a good package that includes height adjustable driver’s seat, powered rear windows, auto lights, rain sensors, privacy glass, an integrated roof spoiler, electrically adjustable mirrors, remote locking, alloy wheels, stop+start system,

Army - Reserve and Cadets Open Night The Army Reserve and the Army Cadet Force will be hosting an open night in the Drill Hall in Church Street Stornoway on the evening of Wednesday 12 March from 7.30 to 9.30 PM. There will also be Reservists and Cadet Force Adult volunteers in Tarbert Community Centre and the Benbecula the ACF Drill Hall at Liniclate will also be open to receive any visitors. Anyone with an interest in the Army in general is welcome to attend. Reservists of 7th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland of the Army Reserve and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers of the Western Isles Army Cadet Force will be on hand to discuss the merits of service with these voluntary organisations. An assortment of the equipment used by both voluntary groups will be on display.

automatic air conditioning with pollen filter, and more. It is not the equipment that necessarily makes a good car. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that there was a lot of good driving character, easy use practicality and a standard of build and finish that stand up well to close scrutiny. The engine specification also contributes to the light weight of the vehicle by shedding a cylinder, but retaining an advanced variable valve system and a multi-valve layout. A power output of 79 bhp is achieved in a very free-revving nature and providing one employs a good number of those revolutions, this is a lively performer. Light and positive controls, good gear ratios, and light acting but very efficient braking all contribute to the overall picture of a very efficient machine. It has the ability to nip in and out of busy traffic, cruise reasonably quietly on main roads and is very easy to park. The ride borders on the firm but not harsh side. Suspension movement under hard cornering is constrained to only a slight lean and the stability is a strong factor even when dealing with the wind wash from large lorries passing at speed. Mitsubishi claim a top speed of 112 mph with 62 mph (100 kph) reached in a respectable 11.7 seconds. The official combined fuel consumption is a quoted 68.9 mpg, so I don’t think it would be impossible to see 60 mpg under good conditions. The carbon dioxide footprint also gives the usual tax concession and a reported residual value of above 41% after three years, all help with the motoring budget. Though no insurance group ratings were quoted at launch I don’t think it will be very expensive to get on the road. Comfort? It’s as good as it gets with a car of this size. The seat cushion may be a bit short for longer limbed drivers and the steering column is only tilt adjust, however pedal positioning is very good. Driver vision is generally good though the high back rear window requires some reliance on the exterior mirrors - audible parking sensors are on the options list. In my opinion the Mitsubishi Mirage is probably the most complete car in its price/size range. Before choosing that compact hatchback it would be a wise move to check this one out. 

Viewing in the rain – raindrops can hide scratches and dents. Take care to ensure any marks can be cleaned away easily. Running the car through the car wash just to make sure could save you hundreds of pounds and will show any leaks. Bring a torch with you as it will help to check under the bonnet.

Test drive in shoes – if you’ve come out in winter boots, bring a change of footwear so you can see how the car handles the rest of the year. Heavy boots can also make it harder to drive.

Icy conditions – If it’s icy, head somewhere you will have more space to put the car through its paces. As with test drives on a sunny day you will want to test the brakes so make sure you pick a quiet road that has no ice to avoid skidding or potential accidents.

Take a Test The cold, damp weather in winter presents unique challenges when it comes to test driving a used car. However you should try to drive as you would in the summertime, take the vehicle up to speed then hit the brakes to test the ABS. When braking, see how straight the car comes to a stop, as pulling in one direction can indicate brake or alignment problems.

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Tuesday 11 March, 25 March Residual Collection

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Thursday 13 March, 27 March Residual Collection

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March 24 Blue Bin

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Tuesdays March 11, 25 Residual Monday 3 March, 31 March Paper/card 17 March, Blue Bin

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Glen, Garrygall, Ledaig, Castlebay Shops, Hotels, Tuesday Hospital, Castlebay School, Horve, Kentangaval, 4 March, Paper/card Nask, Vatersay, Heatherhill, Tangasdale, Borve, 18 March, Blue Bin Craigston

Wednesday March 12 Blue Bin March 26 Paper/Card

Criochan, Brevig, Skallary, Leanish, Earsary, Bolnabodach, Bruernish, Northbay, Ardveenish, Ardmhor, Airport, Eoligarry, Northbay Inn, Grean, Cleat, Cuithir, Allasdale

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Monday March 3, 31 Paper/Card

March 17 Blue Bin

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Wendesday March 5 Paper/Card

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