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Clubs and Societies BACK PRIMARY FOOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CLUB FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT CLUB Mon (term time only), 6pm - 7pm & 7pm - 8.15pm. Their aim is to encourage as many children as possible in the Broadbay area to improve their fitness & general health, learn football skills & life lessons through sport. The club is now full & are currently operating a waiting list. However, spaces are available throughout the year pending a small wait. Call Teri on 01851820745 or email at

Harris, working together to bring cinema to the local community. Talla na Mara, Horgabost, Isle of Harris, HS3 3AE. Email at HEBRIDEAN CYCLE CLUB Based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Formed at the end of 2007 & cater for both road & MTB riders. Their aim is to promote & develop biking in the islands. Email For further information visit

LEWIS AND HARRIS ACCORDION AND FIDDLE CLUB Created in 1994 by a group of musicians who wanted to promote traditional Scottish music. Originally meeting in the Royal British Legion they moved for over 10 years to The Stornoway Sea Angling Club before moving to The Caladh Ad rates - Lewis.qxp 03/12/2018 12:01 Page 1 Inn, 11 James Street, Stornoway, HEB CINEMA: HARRIS FILM UK. Call 01851 704870 or email CLUB Screens films monthly at the Na Mara Arts Centre. They HarrisAccordionAndFiddleClub are part of the Heb Cinema group of film clubs on Lewis & LEWIS AND HARRIS PIPING Sample one-off advertising SOCIETY rates (colour advert) 2 Newton Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2RE. Call 07789 Box £46 942374. Big box £74¼ page £120 Harris-Piping-Society HARRIS GUN CLUB HGC is open to the public & specializes in accommodating both competitive & recreational shooters of all ages & abilities. Tea & coffee is available free of charge in the club house. For further information see

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LEWIS AND HARRIS SUBAQUA CLUB Lewis & Harris SAC Club House, Rigs Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2RF. We are a small but active club & do most of our diving here in the clear, abundant waters of the Outer Hebrides. We welcome all divers from whatever organisations & our qualified instuctors can teach you if you'd like to learn to dive. Call Trevor Short on 01851 643378 LEWIS AND HARRIS YOUTH CLUBS ASSOCIATION Scaladale Centre, Isle of Harris HS3 3AB. For further information call 01859 502681

LYNN MACLEAN SCHOOL OF DANCING The school holds classes in Highland & Ballet from ages 3+. Call 01851 820260 or email at

STORNOWAY SAILING CLUB Membership of the Club is open to anyone with an interest in the sport of sailing. If you have an interest in learning to sail or a range of other organised sailing activities please contact via

NESS HISTORICAL SOCIETY Opening times: (Mar–Oct) daily 10am – 4pm; (Nov–Feb) daily 12pm – 4pm, Cross School, North Dell, Ness, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, HS2 0SN. Call 01851 810377 or email at NESS SOCIAL CLUB Fivepenny Machair, Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis, Highland, HS2 0XG Call 01851 810421 RAINY DAY BIKE CLUB Thurs (Oct - Jun), 12pm - 3pm (term time only), Back FRC, Community Centre, HS2 0LS. Parent & Toddler Group designed to let the little ones practice their bike skills safe away from the winter weather. Balance bikes suitable for ages 18mth - 5yrs provided. Contact: 01851 820745. SAMARITANS OF THE WESTERN ISLES Wed, 6am - 8am; Fri, 11am 2pm (Face to face) & 10pm 2am & Sat, 6pm - 2am, 87 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Out of hours please do call the National Helpline on . Call 01851 703777 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (this number is free to call) STORNOWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2BD. The Stornoway Historical Society was formed in 1992. To date, it has been instrumental in raising awareness of the general public to the need to preserve all aspects of the town’s early and most recent history. Membership of the Society is open to all who have an interest active and passive, in the history of the town. Call 01851 702206

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STORNOWAY WRITERS’ CIRCLE Tues, 7pm - 9pm, the Community Room, 3rd floor ,An Lanntair, Stornoway. LOVE TO WRITE? The writers’ circle is a friendly group of writers who meet weekly. We're open to anyone over the age of 16 at any level of ability. If interested, go along (no need to book in advance, just turn up) or contact the group for further information. Email enquiries@stornoway TALLA NA MARA A brand new Community Enterprise Centre overlooking the golden sands of Niseaboist Beach on the Isle of Harris. Talla na Mara is Gaelic for the “Centre by the sea” & is owned & managed by the West Harris Trust on behalf of the local community. Pairc Niseaboist, Isle of Harris HS3 3AE. Call 01859 503900 or email at THE BEACON CAFE Last Sat of month, 10am - 4pm, Tiumpanhead Community Centre, Point. Soup, paninis, sandwiches, teas, coffee & cake. Call Grace Smith on 01851 870771 WOOLCRAFT AND SPINNING GROUP WORKSHOPS All ages and abilities welcome! Learn and share skills: spinning wool, felting, weaving, braiding, natural dyeing, textile art,knitting, crochet etc, etc. Barvas and Brue Comm Centre.Contact: woolcraftandspinningbarvas/ PLEASE NOTE: Details of Clubs & Socs are printed on a rotational basis.

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Welcome to our February 2019 issue of SpotLight. You may

have noticed that we have been running more editorial pieces lately and

this is intentional and is designed to add some more interest to each issue. This month there are various items featuring Valentine’s Day including the occasional attempt at humour. Somewhere in the magazine you will find a reply from a reader about the ‘Wild Haggis’ that appears to be making

somewhat of a comeback to our countryside! We do hope that you enjoy this issue and if you feel that you have an interesting story for us then please do not hesitate to email us on

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Pastoral Leer & Church Meetings We are already into the second month of a new year, and possibly thinking to ourselves things never seem to slow down. Everything we do is increasing, the need for more money means more work, more crammed into a day, more knowledge, more of everything; but no rest. With the want of more in our lives, comes very little appetite for rest, but then stress and worry take hold. Over the years I have come to find restoration in the words of Jesus through three simple verses in Matthew’s Gospel. There we read about Jesus’ understanding of a burdened and heavy-laden people around him. Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." I once read a story about a young boy who was looking to find his way forward in life. He approaches a Rabbi (Jewish teacher) and asks can he be taught by him. The Rabbi returns with a question “what do you want to learn?” The boy’s answer “the ways of God”. The Rabbi replies to the boy, after he knew the boy was ready to learn, “come and take my yoke”. The yoke is a Rabbi’s

understanding of God, and one he passes on to his student. Jesus, often called Rabbi, wants us to know His understanding of God. The three verses bring us incredible depth to how Jesus wants us to find rest, understanding, and who we can come to know. You will have rest within – This is not a rest of the body as such, not in the same way you want rest after physical hardship. For me it is a rest of the soul, which we wrestle with every day. Jesus alludes to this wrestling early in the passage by telling us He will reveal these things to the little children, rather than the wise and learned. The things He reveals are simple understandings about the gospel message. Also, previously He spoke of the cities, that they should be right with God through being a repentant people. We can be right with God, because Jesus came so we might be saved. You will have rest for the soul - This is a spiritual rest so needed in life. For me this was the point of turning from what I once understood of this passage and a new fresh belief about spiritual rest. For years I had understood the yoke from Jesus was like receiving a cattle yoke that went around the neck – so my heaviness, my weary body, my burdened self would feel relieved. Jesus

Associated Presbyterian Churches (APC) Sunday 11am and 6.30pm. Midweek meeting Thursday 7.30pm. Held at 72 Keith Street, Stornoway. Tel: 01851 705513 Back Free Church Sundays 10.30am and 6pm, Youth Fellowship (Hall), 7.30pm. Gaelic 12pm Sunday, Midweek meeting, 7.30pm Wednesday. Tel: 01851 820217. For more information email or visit Barvas Church of Scotland Sundays 12pm and 6pm, Prayer meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm, Shader Prayer Meeting on Saturday at 8pm. Contact Rev Dougie Wolf on 01851 840218 or 07786 946424. For further information visit Free Church Continuing Sunday worship at 11am and 6.30pm with School from 10.50am to 11.30am, Midweek Meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm. All held at Church at Sandwick Road, Stornoway HS1 0AD. Contact Rev Graeme Craig on 01851 700298 Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland Sundays 11am and 6.30pm and Thursdays at 7pm. 23 Matheson Road Stornoway, HS1 2LR. Contact Rev James R Tallach on 01851 702501 or email Garrabost Free Church Sundays, English service, 10.30am and 6pm (Sunday School during morning service),Gaelic service at 12pm. Tel: 01851 870411 or 07747 098828. Email

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often exaggerated the practical items for the reason of understanding in parables. Within this passage the yoke is His understanding of our spiritual needs, He wants us all to take and learn from Him how to get right with God through forgiveness. ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Jesus uses this phrase, and I believe speaks of an inner work by the Holy Spirit, which we receive through Jesus Christ as Lord. The rest for the soul comes after the acknowledgement we are saved by His grace and mercy, and so coming to God through repentance. The word of God tells us if we are not right with God, if we are not repentant, we will never find true rest. You will know rest with Jesus’ yoke, because Jesus’ understanding tells us His rest is easy, and His burden is light. When you truly find rest, then it becomes a peace which surpasses everything else in life. The invite is for all of us, come and take Jesus’ yoke, and know rest in God. Rev Dougie Wolf Barvas Church of Scotland Lower Barvas Isle of Lewis

High Free Church Stornoway Sunday Services held in Stornoway Primary School at 11am and 6.30pm. Sunday School for P1 - S3 and a crèche which both meet during the morning service. Midweek meetings held at Retirement Centre Bayhead, Tuesdays and Saturdays (English Prayer) and Gaelic Prayer on Thursdays all at 7.30pm. Contact Rev Hugh Ferrier on 07981 082012 or email Martin’s Memorial Church Sundays 11am and 6.30pm, Midweek meeting at 7.30pm. Tel: 01851 700820. For more information email or visit New Wine Church Sundays 11am at Lewis Retirement Centre Bayhead and at 7pm at Father's House Point Street, Stornoway. Midweek Meeting at 7.30pm, Father's House. For further information email or visit Our Holy Redeemer’s Church Sundays 11am and 5pm (Harris), Saturday Vigil, 6pm. Contact Fr Roddy Johnston on 01851 702070 or 0775 924 965. For more information email or visit Listed A - O and regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed and would like to be considered for inclusion or to amend existing details, please email

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Parliament Blog & Tide Times Gaelic is part of Scotland’s

spent on public services in Gaelic are almost

living heritage. It is not “a

unmeasurably small compared to the

Western Isles thing”. 150 years

amounts spent on public services in English

ago, virtually half of Scotland’s

– even in the Western Isles. There is a wide

landmass was largely Gaelic speaking. As

political consensus that Gaelic deserves a

someone who has learned Gaelic and uses

friendlier policy environment than it has had

it most days in life, I want to directly take on

for most of the last 150 years. Long may that

individuals in corners of the media and

consensus continue. Dr Alasdair Allan MSP

politics who still make occasional displays of their ignorance on this subject. The amounts

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Local & Bank Holidays and Special Days Chinese New Year Tues 5th Feb 2019 Valentine’s Day Thurs 14th Feb 2019 St David’s Day Fri 1st Mar 2019 Shrove Tuesday Tues 5th Mar 2019 Ash Wednesday Wed 6th Mar 2019 St Patrick’s Day Sun 17th Mar 2019 Purim (J) & Holi (H) Wed 20th Mar 2019 British Summertime Starts Sun 31st Mar 2019 Mothering Sunday Sun 31st Mar 2019 April Fool’s Day Mon 1st Apr 2019

Isra & Mir’aj (M) Palm Sunday Baisakhi - New Year (S) Maundy Thursday Good Friday First Day Of Passover (J) Easter Sunday

for 2018/2019 (all dates inclusive) In-Service Day Wed 6th Feb 2019 Mid-Term Holiday Thu 7th Feb 2019 Mid-Term Holiday Mon 11th Feb 2019 Spring Term Ends Fri 29th Mar 2019 Spring Holiday Starts Sat 30th Mar 2019 Spring Holiday Ends Sun 14th Apr 2019 Summer Term Starts Mon 15th Apr 2019 Mid-Term Holiday Fri 3rd May 2019

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Useful Contacts Abused Men in Scotland .................................. 0808 800 0024 Alcoholics Anonymous .................................... 0845 769 7555 Breathing Space .................................................. 0800 838587 Caledonian MacBrayne, Stornoway (Ferry) ...... 01851 307470 Caledonian MacBrayne, Tarbert (Ferry) ............01859 570376 Citizens Advice Bureau (Harris)..........................01859 502431 Citizens Advice Bureau (Stornoway) ................ 01851 705727 Community Learning Hebrides ........................ 01851 822716 Council Offices Sandwick Road, Stornoway.... 01851 703 773 Drug and Alcohol Support Workers .................. 01851 709816 Harris Alcohol & Drugs Action Group .............. 01859 502171 Hebrides Alpha .................................................. 01851 820380 Inverness Airport.................................................01667 464000 Learning Shop .................................................. 01851 822718 Men in Recovery Narcotics Anonymous ...................................... 0300 999 1212 National Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline ..........................................................................0800 027 1234 National Rail Enquiries........................................03457 484950 Police Station (Stornoway) ................................ 01851 702222 Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline .......... 08088 01 03 02 Salvation Army (Stornoway) ..............................01851 703875 Samaritans ........................................................ 01851 703777 Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline .................... 0800 0271234 Shelter Scotland .............................................. 0808 800 4444 Stornoway Airport ............................................ 01851 702 256 Tourist Information Office (Stornoway) ............ 01851 703 088 Western Isles Alcohol & Drug Partnership Support Team ........ ..........................................................................01851 762 017 Western Isles Foyer .......................................... 01851 705366 Western Isles Women’s Aid .............................. 01851 704750

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SCHOOLS (Lewis) Back School ...................................................... 01851 820230 Bernera School .................................................. 01851 822892 Breasclete School .............................................. 01851 822890 Laxdale School .................................................. 01851 702171 Lionel School...................................................... 01851 810208 Nicholson Institute.............................................. 01851 707000 Pairc School ...................................................... 01851 822883 Sgoil an Rubha .................................................. 01851 870641 Sgoil an Taobh Siar ............................................ 01851 701602 Sgoil Nan Loch .................................................. 01851 705187 Shawbost School .............................................. 01851 710212 Stornoway Primary ............................................ 01851 703418 Tolsta School ...................................................... 01851 822874 Tong School........................................................ 01851 822873 Uig School .......................................................... 01851 822872 (Harris) Leverhulme Memorial School ............................ 01859 502980 Sir Edward Scott School .................................... 01859 502900 DENTISTS Scalpay Dental Clinic ........................................ 01859 540275 Tarbert Dental Clinic (Harris) ............................ 01859 504100 Western Isle Dental Practice.............................. 01851 707500 VETS Old Mill Veterinary Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01851 705900 If you would like to add a contact or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, please email

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January 2019 29 tuesday knit & natter group 7pm, airigh a bhreide, tigh ceilidh, north tolsta, isle of lewis. come along for a blether & a cuppa. call 01851 840400 or email at

Rolling Events 30 wednesday 28 february - 6 march inverness music festival 2019 eden court theatre open to all ages and abilities, both children and adult. there is something for all performers of music of every genre & level. we also run speech & drama classes

28 february - 30 march dougie cunningham exhibition: photography 9am - 5pm, talla na mara, pairc niseaboist, isle of harris,

28 february - 4 may iolaire commemoration exhibition: commemorating the centenary of the loss of hmy lolaire on 1 january 1919 museum & tasglann nan eilean, lews castle, stornoway. call 01851 822 746 or email at

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31 thursday banff mountain film festival tour 2019 eden court, inverness. the films feature intrepid explorers on expeditions in the most remote & spectacular reaches of the planet. battle of the bands@ tooth & claw, inverness, tbc. grand prize ÂŁ1,000 cash plus loads of runner up prizes to be announced! to apply to play please email over 18s

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2 saturday mockchester with the complete stone roses@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm.

until 2 saturday in the footprints of dinosaurs museum opening hours, inverness museum & art gallery features models, real footprints from skye, as well as a new highland animation

3 sunday whiskey shivers@the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm

5 tuesday knit & natter group 7pm, airigh a bhreide, tigh ceilidh, north tolsta, isle of lewis. come along for a blether & a cuppa. call 01851 840400 or email at

7 thursday nation: a film collaboration between lesley riddoch & al mcmaster exploring the different paths the faroes, norway & iceland have been able to follow from the politics of the uk plus q&a session with lesley riddoch 7pm an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email at lewis & harris accordion & fiddle club: first meeting of 2019 8pm, caladh inn, james street, stornoway. call 01851 704870 or email the story of guitar heroes@ the ironworks, inverness 7.30pm.

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8 friday - 21 wednesday hebridean dark skies festival an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway & various venues across lewis. stargazing events, talks & workshps by leading scientists, film screenings live music, theatre, family events, etc. for information visit

8 friday hebridean dark skies festival; reception & launch of photography exhibition 6pm an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival opening gala: wunder der schopfung 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. 1920s silent documentary on human knowledge about the world & the universe in the 20s. call 01851 708480 or email

9 saturday hebridean dark skies festival: first exploration day; workshops & talks 11am - 5pm 11.30am an introduction to the planets & moons of the solar system (ages 9+) 12pm make a solar system mobile workshop (ages 5+) 1pm a hebridean history of space travel 2pm creativity & curiosity: a collaboration between artists & astronomers (teenagers & adults) 2pm make your own kaleidoscope telescope workshop (5+) 3pm paint your own galaxy workshop (ages 5+) 4pm ask the astronomer - john brown, astronomer royal for scotland an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email free but booking recommended

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Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose 1794 O my Luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June: O my Luve's like the melodie, That's sweetly play'd in tune.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi' the sun; And I will luve thee still, my dear, While the sands o' life shall run.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass, So deep in luve am I; And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a' the seas gang dry.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve! And fare-thee-weel, a while! And I will come again, my Luve, Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

Robert Burns Love for Love

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Ithers seek they ken na what, Features, carriage, and a' that; Gie me love in her I court, Love to love maks a' the sport. Let love sparkle in her e'e; Let her lo'e nae man but me; That's the tocher-gude I prize, There the luver's treasure lies.

O wert thou in the cauld blast, On yonder lea, on yonder lea, My plaidie to the aingry airt, I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee. Or did misfortune's bitter storms Around thee blaw, around thee blaw, The bield* should be my bosom, To share it a', to share it a'. Or were I in the wildest waste, Sae black and bare, sae black and bare, The desert were a Paradise, If thou wert there, if thou wert there; Or were I monarch o' the globe, Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign, The brightest jewel in my crown Wad be my queen, wad be my queen!

dark skies festival: the rocket post; gerhard zuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1934 attempt to launch a rocket powered airmail service from scarp to harris 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email the googie urquhart snowman rally: snowman rally 2019 8am - 6pm, castle heather, inverness

11 monday hebridean dark skies festival: at gallan head; the night sky with john brown, astronomer royal for scotland 8pm, gallan head, uig, isle of lewis. meet at the edge cafe, gallan head. booking essential. call 01851 708480

11 monday - 12 tuesday hebridean dark skies festival: cosmos planetarium all day, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email

12 tuesday dementia friendly community cafe 2pm, tigh ceilidh, tolsta, isle of lewis. call 01851 702123 or email knit & natter group 7pm, airigh a bhreide, tigh ceilidh, north tolsta, isle of lewis. come along for a blether & a cuppa. call 01851 840400 or email at

13 wednesday the clan donald society of the highlands & islands: massacre of glencoe 11am, glencoe. annual commemoration. st mary's church service; march to the memorial & lunch. please email the society re booking lunch at

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14 thursday hebridean dark skies festival: starman 9pm call 01851 708480 or email

15 friday hebridean dark skies festival: stars over the stones 6pm, callanish visitor centre call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival: whatever gets you through the night (live music, film & more) 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email

16 saturday hebridean dark skies festival: second exploration day; space ape, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show (ages 7+) 12pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival: second exploration day; virgin spaceman. speaker nigel henbest 2pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival: second exploration day; in the shadow of the moon (film) 4pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival: second exploration day; natalie marr & emma pollock (conversation & music) 6pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email hebridean dark skies festival: second exploration day; cosmic quest. speakers heather couper & nigel henbest 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email grant saunders hypnotist@the ironworks, inverness 7pm.

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inverness fiddlers' rally 7.30pm, eden court £17; £15 all welcome. call 01463 234234

until 16 saturday snowforms: exhibition by david buchanan tbc, flow photofest wall, one touch corridor, eden court theatre, inverness. exploring the way in which snow transforms the landscape to create features that can be sensuous & ambiguous

22 friday lewis & harris sports council 2019 quiz 7.30pm, stornoway golf club the inverness battle of the bands: semi final tbc, tooth & claw, inverness. 21 acts ranging from rock to hip-hop to acoustic to metal

23 saturday

inverness courier highland wedding fair 12pm - 4pm, eden court, inverness tickets from

the edinburgh quartet: featuring beethoven’s string quartet op 18 no. 1; peter longworh’s island verses & tchaikovsky’s string quartet no. 3 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email

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hebridean dark skies festival: at gallan head; an evening with glasgow artist natalie marr, who is carrying out phd research into how sensory experiences of darkness can cultivate a greater sense of global interrelatedness, responsibility, & care 8pm, gallan head, uig, isle of lewis. meet at the edge cafe, gallan head. booking essential. call 01851 708480

neuro hebrides cuppa & catch up 3pm, lewis retirement centre, bayhead, stornoway. call 07443 513 761 or email knit & natter group 7pm, airigh a bhreide, tigh ceilidh, north tolsta, isle of lewis. come along for a blether & a cuppa. call 01851 840400 or email at

19 tuesday

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knit & natter group 7pm, airigh a bhreide, tigh ceilidh, north tolsta, isle of lewis. come along for a blether & a cuppa. call 01851 840400 or email at

19 tuesday - 21 wednesday hebridean dark skies festival: pre-school programme all day, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email

21 wednesday hebridean dark skies festival: first man (closing film) 8pm, an lanntair, kenneth street, stornoway. call 01851 708480 or email page 22 - February 2019

salvation army coffee & sale 12pm, bayhead, stornoway. call 01851 703875 or email

August 2019 1 thursday - 3 saturday belladrum tartan heart festival 2019: sci-fi theme. acts announced so far include elbow, tom odell, lewis capaldi, the selecter, colonel mustard & the dijon 5, etc booking now open at

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Adult Fiction

By Peter May

By Bridget Collins

The Binding

Man With No Face

1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Europe, intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered. One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double-assassination witnessed by the former's autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father's killer - except for one. Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer.

Adult Non Fiction

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, he can help. If there's something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

Churchill: Walking With Destiny By Andrew Roberts Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in twentieth-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. The author draws on over forty new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors.

Teenage Fiction

What if it's us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera Two very different boys, Ben and Arthur, can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart. A chance meeting at the post office, leaves them wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for them. What if - in a city of eight million people - they can't find each other again? What if they do ... and then can't nail a first date even after three do-overs?

Adult Non Fiction

The Light in the Dark: a Winter Journal By Horatio Clare Winter can be tough. Seasonal sadness; winter blues; depression such feelings are widespread in the darker months. But by looking outwards, by being in and observing nature, we can appreciate its rhythms. Horatio Clare raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season. By learning to see, we can find the magic, the light that burns bright at the heart of winter: spring will come again.

Junior Fiction

Death in the Spotlight By Robin Stevens

Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control – and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime... before the murderer strikes again.



structures can overwhelm and suffocate a garden. Similarly an abundance of small objects or differing landscaping materials in a garden can make it feel fussy.





ANGEL HORTICULTURE LTD. TOM ALSO BLOGS AS ‘THE MOUNTAIN GARDENER’ WHICH YOU CAN FIND ON HIS WEBSITE AT WWW.ANGELHORT.COM Winter took a while to arrive this year, but as I write this it looks as if the snow is arriving any day. There are always jobs to be done in the garden but this time of year is ideal for planning ahead too. With many plants having died back or lost their leaves we have a great opportunity to look at the structure of our gardens. In fact I really enjoy looking round famous gardens in the winter as without lush growth spilling out of all the beds, it is much easier to see the framework upon which the garden has been built. It is this framework that makes the gardens ‘feel’ nice to look at and be in. We can do the same in our own gardens. A common issue is one of balance. Look out into your garden now and perhaps you can work out what is throwing the balance off in your own garden. A big shed on one side, for example, needs to be balanced on the other side of the garden. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be another shed! The rule is that it needs to be something of a similar overall mass - a large bush or new tree might suffice. Perhaps you have plants that are out of proportion for your garden? Many people have trees that are too large. Disproportionately large plants or

Harmony within a garden is important, but can be a delicate issue to work around. If you have too many of the same plants or materials going on in a garden it can become too formal, or just plain dull. However, by simply including a few of the same species in several of your flowerbeds and in different parts of the garden, you can tie the garden together and make it feel far more intentional. When it comes to your planting scheme perhaps you feel that some of your favourites are lost within the garden. The answer here is often to plant in groups. Hellebores are a great example here, on their own they can look a bit lonely at best, and downright miserable at worst! Plant them in a group however and you have an indispensable addition to your garden. Maybe you feel you are lacking colour in your garden at certain times during the year. A great way to get round this is to decide to go to a local garden centre once a month for the next twelve months, and each time you’re there buy something that’s in flower. Hey presto, you’ll have flowers in your garden throughout the year in no time! Hopefully that gives you a few ideas to be going on with. If you would like to see more of what I have been up to you can read my blog at


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Around 150 registered competitors will tackle gravel forestry tracks during the course of the season in a bid to take the overall championship crown, or one of the many unique awards on offer at the end of the season.

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The Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally Saturday, 9th February 2019 from 08:00-18:00 Starting at: Fairways, Inver ness Find us on Facebook for more information

A History of the Snowman Rally (Written by Iain Campbell Snr & Jim McGill)

The first organised in February 1955 was a closed to club event using tarmac roads and covering over 350 miles. The inaugural event was run overnight with high tea available before the start at 10pm. Finishers could enjoy the luxury of a cooked breakfast for 7/6 (37p). Of course there was no Nomex racewear in those days. Instead the fashionable gear was Norwegian sweaters, with matching "bunnets". Interestingly, bunnets have again become a regular feature of the event since 1999 as a thank you to our volunteer marshals. While 50 successful and highly competitive rallies have been organised, only three have had to be cancelled at the last minute. In 1969 lack of a sponsor forced the event to be cancelled; the world oil crisis led to a rallying ban in 1972; and two years later the RAC banned rallying because of the outbreak of foot and

mouth disease across the whole of the UK. In 1962 the mileage covered by the rally had been reduced to 250 miles. It was though, still an overnight event starting at 10pm, with a half-hour halt for fuel and refreshments . The entry fee was ÂŁ1.05 with a deposit of ÂŁ1.50 for the sealed watch carried in each car. The ÂŁ1.50 was refundable at the end of the rally when the watch was returned intact to the organisers. Many of the trophies from that era are still part of the Snowman prize list. The organisers promised "a route of over 250 miles of typically highland terrain, but we have striven to eliminate untarred tracks, impossible time schedules, steep hills, and regularity sections" In 1959 the rally had two start points, Monte Carlo style, at Inverness and Elgin and such was the growing success of the Snowman that it had become

known favourably as "the poor man's Monte Carlo". In 1964 Iain Sutherland, the outright winner, virtually had to be lifted out of his car as a frozen lump because he had removed the driver's door in something of a farcical, but nonetheless rapid manoeuvre. Finding himself in a position where he needed to reverse in a hurry, Iain glanced in his rearview mirror to find the rear window completely misted up. Undaunted, he threw open his driver's door, peered into the dark, reversed at speed ... and ripped the door clean off its hinges against a rather substantial, but unseen, snowbank. In 1967, the event ventured into the forests: 65 stage miles combined with a number of selectives on public roads to give a total competitive mileage of 300 miles throughout Inverness-shire and Moray.

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The organisers permitted the use of studded (but not spiked) tyres. Route books were issued one hour before each competitor's start time. The overnight rally, which was popularly sponsored by beer-makers McEwens, began at 10.31pm on the Saturday from Inverness, finishing at Aviemore on Sunday morning at 11am, where lunch was available for the equivalent of 32p. Entry fees had increased to £4.20, no doubt the increase was due to the cost of using Forestry Commission roads. The following year stage mileage increased to 100 miles, while the road mileage of 250 miles was used only as road sections as we know today. The rally started in Spean Bridge at 10pm and OS maps 27, 28, 29, 35, 36, 37, and 38 were required. Crews were warned in the supplementary regulations that smoking during the course of a special stage would result in exclusion! In 1972 there were three classes up to 1000cc; 1001 to 1300cc; and over 1300cc. Total mileage was 300 with 100 miles of timed stages. The start was in Fort William at 9pm and the finish was at the Royal Stuart Motor Hotel, Inverness (Drumossie) at 7am on Sunday morning. By now the entry fee had increased to £12. Service cars were allowed, but had to have pre-glued stickers fixed to the inside of the driver's rear

passenger window. And as an indication as to how things have changed, the programme advertised a new 2.0-litre BMW for £2,197. The following year the first Snowman Rally ran in daylight and Roger Clark won the rally with the Esso Uniflo Ford Escort from a lowly seeding position of five. The highest seeded locals were A. Martin and Fiona Kennedy at 37 in an Imp; Vince Finlayson and Hector Munro, both also in Imps, were seeded 42 and 50, Terry Glendinning was in car 54 in a BMW and Dougie Riach was in car 58, a Ford Escort. Wilson Girvan was entered at 102 in another Escort. The rally attracted a full entry of 120 plus seven reserves and 1973 also marked the introduction of the 60mph stage 'bogey', or target, for competitors.

1991 supplementary regulations said ‘As in previous years our sport is again having to endure excessive rising costs from both the Forestry Commission and the RACMSA, but despite this we are able to offer 50 stage miles for an entry fee of £148.’ Our 2005 Forest costs were £475 per mile plus £60 permit and insurance fees per car.

The Snowman Rally has changed dramatically since that cold night in 1955 when the first competitors set off, but we still get the same challenges of weather, testing roads, and luck, things just happen quicker than they did in 1955.

Valentine’s Day A History

Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known Valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a Valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card sending holiday after Christmas.


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