Autumn sale season is in full swing across the country.
Last week saw the first sales of lambs take place in North and South Uist.
Here are some pictures taken at Lochmaddy Auction Mart on Wednesday 3rd September 2014:
Autumn sale season is in full swing across the country.
Last week saw the first sales of lambs take place in North and South Uist.
Here are some pictures taken at Lochmaddy Auction Mart on Wednesday 3rd September 2014:
Tagsa Uibhist has announced it is to increase charges at its respite care home in Iochdar, South Uist.
A spokesman for the local charity said: “Tagsa Uibhist have taken the difficult decision to increase charges at the Doigheag Respite Care Home.
“We are acutely aware that this will have an impact on our clients and potential clients, and are anxious to do what we can to ensure that there is as little disruption and distress as possible.
“We feel that Doigheag Respite Care Home provides a valuable and unique service to our community in Uist, and wish to make its future secure so that it can provide a sustainable service in the long term.
“It is clear that the revenue we receive based on the COSLA agreed National Care Home Contract rate is insufficient to cover our costs, and continuing to offer respite care at our current fees will place at risk our core home care service, which we cannot allow to happen.
“We are inviting statutory agencies to meet with us to discuss the situation in the hope that we can find a way of continuing to provide this respite service to all those who have a need in our community.”
Are you interested in having your say on the development of renewable energy in the Western Isles?
The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) is seeking ordinary members from across the islands to join the charitable trust.
From the ordinary membership, four individuals, one each from Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra, will subsequently be elected onto the Board.
Anyone wishing to join the WIDT should apply before Friday 26th September. Elections to the board will be held soon after.
The purpose of WIDT is to support the regeneration and development of the Outer Hebrides through disbursement of Community Benefit secured from local Renewable Energy installations. This Community Benefit will come from a range of technologies, predominantly onshore wind, offshore wind, wave and tidal. Over time, and as grid connectivity allows, WIDT will expand its activities to support community ownership of large scale Renewable Energy infrastructure with the objective of addressing Fuel Poverty through access to locally generated ‘green’ electricity.
To be eligible as an Ordinary Member, applicants must be at least 16 years old and be on the electoral roll in the Western Isles.
Anyone interested in applying to be an ordinary member should contact WIDT at email@example.com or write to The Community Planning Unit, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.
Due to a bereavement, the Open Day scheduled to take place at Uist Wool and the Blackland Conference also planned for Saturday 13th September 2014 have both now been cancelled.
The opening of the Snàth exhibition – which was due to form part of the Open Day at Uist Wool – will instead take place at 10am on Mondat 15th September. The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday until 27th September, displayed in the crofthouse at Kenary, next to the Uist Wool Mill.
The first Hebrides International Film Festival (HIFF) will take place from 22nd- 27th September 2014 as part of the new Hebtember initiative in the Western Isles.
The festival presents an outstanding line-up of international and Scottish award-winning environmental feature films, documentaries and shorts.
With films such as ‘Kiss the Water’, ‘More than Honey’, ‘Sand Wars’, ‘Revolution’, and ‘Chasing Ice’, HIFF 2014 aims to highlight the diverse range of current environmental issues relevant to communities on both a local and global level.
Accompanying the feature screenings, a delightful children’s selection will include the beautiful Chinese fairytale film ‘Cinderella Moon’ and a collection of international shorts and animations.
The festival, which has an environmental theme, aims to inspire, entertain and inform audiences on international actions and issues around environmental change.
The programmed films present outstanding cinematography and location shooting, taking viewers to some of the most beautiful and remote environments in the world with the intention of increasing our understanding of what is happening in our environment on a global scale today.
With three film screenings a day in nine rural venues throughout the islands, the festival will bring the big screen cinema experience out to rural audiences as well as present films in the existing arts centres at Taigh Chearsabhagh and An Lanntair.
In Lewis, the festival days will take place in Shawbost, Lionel, Uig and Bernera, and in Harris, Leverburgh and Tarbert.
Community venues in Uist will include Berneray, Balivanich, and St Peter’s Hall in Daliburgh.
Members of the public are also being invited to get involved in some of the HIFF outreach events, like the call for 1-3 minute mobile phone films – the winners will be screened during the festival.
A photography competition seeking outstanding Hebridean pictures is also being planned, the winners of which will be exhibited locally during the festival.
Watch out also for film-maker lectures and Q&A sessions after some screenings, and the pop-up cinema in Stornoway screening environmental shorts and feature trailers.
Stornoway-based production company Rural Nations, the lead partner of the event, is privileged to be able to deliver this environmental festival to rural island communities through its continued collaboration with the Arts Nan Eilean promoters over the last few years.
This unique and inspiring environmental festival has been programmed by Paul Taylor of Eden Court Theatre and Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Director at Rural Nations, with input from Andy Mackinnon of Uist Film and the rural venue promoters.
With funding from Regional Screen Scotland and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, this is the first of the annual film festivals being planned for the islands.
HIFF organisers want to encourage audiences to travel green and enable wider access to visiting rural venues, so buses will be running from Stornoway twice a day to all the rural venues in Lewis and Harris. Each venue is providing various refreshments and food between screenings.
Further details including screening times and full descriptions of the films and links to trailers can be found in the Festival Programme or online at:
www.hebfilmfestival.org or www.facebook.com/HebFilmFest.
For information and all bookings Tel: 01851 700475
Dates and venues:
Monday 22nd September: Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis
Tuesday 23rd September: Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris
Wednesday 24th September : Leverburgh Village Hall, Isle of Harris
Thursday 25th September: Spòrsnis, Isle of Lewis & Berneray Community Hall, North Uist
Friday 26th September : Bernera Community Centre, Isle of Lewis & Balivanich Community Centre, Isle of Benbecula
Saturday 27th September : Uig Community Centre, Isle of Lewis & St Peters Hall, South Uist & An Lanntair, Stornoway
22nd to 27th September: Short film screenings through the week at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist and in the HIFF pop up cinema in Stornoway Town Centre.
Photographs from the fourth annual 2 Islands Half Marathon, held on 23rd August 2014.
John MacAskill from Ardhasaig, Harris, won the race, finishing at 1.21.28.
A public exhibition is to be held in Lochmaddy Hall from 6.30 to 8pm on 11th September 2014.
This will include the current site and building plans for Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath, as well as visualisations to explain the consented development.
The event is designed to raise awareness prior to site start and provide a forum for discussion with the project team.
Any queries regarding the event can be made to 3DReid on 0345 271 6300.
On the same day the project team will conduct an external landscape workshop day involving both both pupils and teachers.
Full planning permission was recently granted for the new school.
BBC ALBA has unveiled its autumn package of programmes at a launch event held yesterday (Tuesday 9th September) in Glasgow.
Documentaries, music, sport, World War I recollections, children’s programmes and comedy from some of Scotland’s finest production companies all featured in the new schedule announced at the Royal Concert Hall in the city.
Michael Hines and Sanjeev Kohli – two of the figures behind new BBC ALBA comedy Gaol@Gael – took time out of final preparations for the Still Game stage show to speak at the launch.
Following on from the award winning Dà Là san Dàmhair / Two Days in October, Gaol@Gael is a three part comedy starring acclaimed singer and actress Kathleen MacInnes as Muriel Scott, who sets up a dating website for Gaels.
Sanjeev – best known for his role as the nation’s favourite shopkeeper, Navid, in Still Game – plays Dr Sandeep, a locum doctor who has moved to Harris but has a lifelong principle not to date patients, which is a slight issue as all the women on the island want to see him in his surgery. We get to know Dr Sandeep and his various quirks, which include wearing a fake wedding ring to deter particularly keen admirers. He also doesn’t like the outdoors and countryside, which means Harris may not be his ideal location.
For the first time, original drama commissioned exclusively for BBC ALBA featured in the autumn schedule with Bannan set to air later this month.
Bannan producer Chris Young, recognised for his work on the hit comedy series The Inbetweeners, spoke about the first three episodes to be screened this autumn and his future plans for the programme with filming underway once again of the Isle of Skye.
Chris was joined by Donald Shaw, the renowned musician and one of the founding members of the group Capercaillie, and he discussed his work creating the perfect soundtrack for Bannan in his role as musical director for the drama. Debbie Mackay, who plays lead character Mairi Macdonald, was also in attendance alongside one of her co-stars, Dòl Eoin Mackinnon.
Documentaries are also once again at the core of the autumn schedule, with Cobhair Chloinne, a programme profiling the doctors and nursing staff of the Scottish Paediatric Retrieval Service, highlighted at today’s event. Dr Mark Davidson, one of the doctors that helps to transport sick children from all over Scotland to specialist care in Glasgow or Edinburgh, spoke at the event alongside Emma Olver, who is part of the production team behind the series.
Some highlights from BBC ALBA’s new autumn schedule include:
Vets: Gach Creutair Beò – a journey following some of Scotland’s vets as they go about their work tending to a wide range of animals from small to large, the tame to the very wild. Stories of joy and stories of sadness as we meet all creatures great and small.
John Hartson: Against the Odds – A profile of John Hartson. In a frank interview that acts as the spine of the programme John recalls the highs and lows of his career and of his battle with cancer.
Trusadh – BBC ALBA’s flagship documentary series, Trusadh, is back with a fresh and diverse range of programming. The new series launches with Aiseag (The Ferryboat) which charts the creative, musical journey of a major new commission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, led by Mary Ann Kennedy.
Cobhair Chloinne – profiling the work of the dedicated doctors and nursing staff of the Scottish Paediatric Retrieval Service operating out of Edinburgh and Glasgow with cameras following their work for the first time. The Paediatric Retrieval Service are at the heart of the NHS bringing sick children from all over Scotland to specialist care in Glasgow or Edinburgh. We see them retrieve children from Inverness, Mull, Dundee, Shetland and closer to home and witness the joy of recovery and the heartbreak of the death of a child.
WORLD WAR I
Small Hands in a Big War – The history of the Great War from the perspective of children and young people. Their diaries and letters from WWI tell the story of a global catastrophe in authentic and moving voices. A mix of drama and archive, the series sets the small truths of living through the war against the global backdrop. The series is narrated by Angus Peter Campbell with a mix of European languages to be heard via the dramas including French, Italian, German, Russian and Gaelic.
Gillean Grinn – A little over 100 years after the death of a Scottish soldier, Na Gillean Grinn explores the effects that WW1 had on a Hebridean community. Na Gillean Grinn examines how Hebridean communities suffered intangible – and less obvious – ways for decades afterwards. Beyond the collective grief for 149 of the island’s menfolk, there was the ‘hidden’ effect of the return of surviving servicemen who were broken, both physically and mentally. Simon MacQuarrie’s story is the catalyst for how war affected and shaped North Uist and serves as our access point to a wider story. Analysis of the long shadow cast by WW1 is provided by members of the North Uist community with contributions from notable war historians Sir Hew Strachan, Dominiek Dendhooven and Trevor Royle.
HMS Timbertown – After the fall of Antwerp in October 1914, 1,500 men from Winston Churchill’s newly formed Royal Naval Division crossed the border into the neutral Netherlands to evade capture from the German Army. 102 of these men came from the Isle of Lewis. These men were interned in a camp in the Netherlands for the duration of the war. Tying the story together for the first time, Angela MacLean retraces the incredible journey the men took through Antwerp, to the border crossing with the Netherlands and finally to the town of Groningen where the local authorities built wooden huts to house the men in a camp which became known as HMS Timbertown.
A Great Adventure – 100 years ago, as the First World War took hold, a group of ordinary Scottish women were preparing for an extraordinary journey. These were the ladies of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, pioneering female medics and volunteers on a mission to help an Ally in ‘Dire Need’, 2,000 miles away in Serbia in Eastern Europe. It started as a ‘Great Adventure’. It would end up closer to a horror story. The organisation was the idea of Dr Elsie Inglis, one of Scotland’s first female surgeons and a prominent suffragette. A Great Adventure is Elsie’s story, and also the collective story of these remarkable women. It’s a story lost in time but the influence of the SWH on the lives of women there-after was greater than most realise.
Cairdeas Cogaidh – Donald Meek follows in the footsteps of his great-uncle John Macdonald from Tiree, who was killed at the Battle of Arras in France during WW1. John’s story has haunted Donald all his life and in this programme we see how his letters and diary entries from the Front take Donald on a poignant and personal journey to France, for the first time, to the place where John fell. Amongst John’s letters was also one from his officer, Capt John ‘Jock’ Livingstone Stewart. He survived the war and Donald follows in his fascinating footsteps, first to Ghana where he became a renowned vet in the British colonial service and an advocate for education, and then to South Africa where he spent his final years pursuing his interest in education and his hobby of fishing .
Bannan – BBC ALBA’s first drama series tells the story of Màiri MacDonald’s return home to the island which she deserted eight years ago, leaving her family and the place, its claustrophobia and its customs. She initially returns for the funeral of a family friend but the emotional ties (‘bannan’) see her remain on the island.
Gaol@Gael – A brand new comedy series from The Woven Thread, ‘Gaol@Gael’ is a three part comedy starring acclaimed singer and actress Kathleen MacInnes as ‘Muriel Scott’ as she sets up a dating website for Gaels. Gaol@ Gael follows Muriel as she travels across the Highlands and Islands trying to matchmake for the lonely, the broken hearted and the downright weird.
Live sport continues to be a popular strand on the channel and this autumn viewers will be treated to live action from the SPFL Championship and extended highlights from the SPFL Premiership; live coverage of selected Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby matches from this year’s Guinness PRO12 competition; exclusive live action from the Petrofac Training Challenge Cup; live action from Scotland’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers; live international shinty/hurling when Scotland take on Ireland.
Horo Gheallaidh – Special, intimate performances from Celtic Connections including Lunasa, Gria, Cherish the Ladies, Mahotella Queens and Elephant Revival. A unique opportunity to watch world-class artists up close, performing stripped down versions of their songs live on our sofa in a way you won’t have seen them before.
De a-nis? – More fun and games with the De a-Nis crew Megan and Derek.
Seoc – Seoc, a small blue alien befriends three earthlings and together they find out more about the world. Blending adventure and science they learn together.
Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Service for BBC ALBA, said: “Our autumn season presents a range of programmes from emotional documentaries to light-hearted entertainment, engaging children’s series to the best of Scottish sport and we are delighted to be launching the package for BBC ALBA viewers today.
“The screening of Bannan starting later this month will be another milestone for the channel, marking the first commissioned drama on BBC ALBA since our launch six years ago. Bannan has been warmly received by those who have seen it so far and we hope the audience will enjoy the initial three episodes with more to come next year.
“Bannan can be seen as another example of the exceptional work being carried out across Scotland’s creative and media sectors and we are proud that BBC ALBA continues to make a positive contribution to Scottish broadcasting, with 22 independent production companies plus both main broadcasters, STV and the BBC, providing programme content. We continue to work hard, however, to ensure that we build this momentum and use our resources for the maximum enjoyment of audiences across Scotland and beyond.”
BBC ALBA is delivered through the partnership set up between the BBC and MG ALBA, the Gaelic Media Service, a unique broadcasting partnership providing a successful public service.
Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, Malcolm Burr, is reminding voters what they need to know to have their say on Polling day:
· Polling Stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a Poll Card with details of your local Polling Station. If you haven’t received a Poll Card please contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262.
· Details of the Polling Stations for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area can be found on the Election Office web page http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/electionoffice/referendum/polling.asp
· When voting at the Polling Station it is helpful to take your Poll Card with you although you do not need it to vote.
· Polling Station staff will give you your Ballot Paper and answer any questions you have regarding the electoral process.
· If you applied for a Postal Vote it must be received by the Counting Officer by 10pm on Thursday 18 September 2014. If you have left it too late to post you can drop it off at any Polling Station in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area or at the Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.
· Vote by placing an X in the box beside your choice.
· If you are unable to attend your Polling Station in person because of unavoidable absence from your qualifying address, reasons relating to your employment or a medical emergency and only become aware of this after 5pm on Wednesday 3 September 2014, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. For further details please contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262.
Issued by the Counting Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
LOCHBOISDALE SALE – Friday 5th September 2014
United Auctions held their opening sale of 2487 lambs & sheep at Lochboisdale Auction Mart. A good offering of lambs sold in keeping with current mainland trends. Short keeping lambs were down in values on the year which is in keeping with current levels prevailing throughout the country for prime sheep. However, longer keeping lambs sold more readily and the overall sale average of £41.71 proved to be £4 per head back on the corresponding sale last year.
PRINCIPAL LOTS & PRICES:
SUFFx: £62.50 – 18 West Gerinish : £62.00 – 409B Smerclate : £61.50 – 15 Carinish : £60.50 – 330 North Boisdale : £60.00 – 269 Daliburgh : £59.50 – 409/410 Smerclate : £58.50 – 6 Rhughasinish : £58.00 – 6 Frobost : £57.50 – 348 North Boisdale & 409B Smerclate : £55.50 – 287
TEXx: £63.00 – 31 Aird : £60.50 – 119 Craigston, Barra : £58.50 – 15 Carinish : £55.50 – 11 Carinish.
BELTx: £62.00 – 6 Rhughasinish : £57.50 – 18 West Gerinish.
CROSS: £63.50 – 356 South Boisdale : £58.00 – 391 Garrynamonie : £57.50 – 383 Garrynamonie & 391 Garrynamonie.
CHEVx: £41.50 – 255 Daliburgh.
CHAx: £53.50 – 414 Smerclate.
MULE: £65 & £50.50 – 123 Craigston, Barra.
BF: £49.50 – 17 Torlum : £46.50 – 32 Liniclate : £42.00 – 271 Daliburgh : £40.50 – 12 Ardvenish, Barra.
SUFFx: £61.00 – 269 Daliburgh : £50.00 & £40.50 – 271 Daliburgh.
CROSS: £40.00 – 383 Garrynamonie & 391 Garrynamonie.
BF: £36.00 – Ardnasruban, Grimsay.
£54 – 271 Daliburgh: £38 – 8 Penineirine.
LOCHMADDY SALE – Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd sold 4,000 store lambs. Lambs (4,000) sold to £70 per head for Texel crosses from 1 Knockline, Bayhead.
“An increased entry due to a larger percentage of twin lambs were shown in lesser bloom than usual resulting in an overall average decrease of £6.46.”
Cheviot lambs –
1st A Macpherson, 24 Liniclate, £61;
2nd S MacVicar, 12 Locheport, £58.
BF lambs –
1st J M MacDonald, Sidinish, £44;
2nd D J MacDonald, 3 Island Flodda, £41.
Suffolk cross lambs –
1st Melanie Maclean, 12 Rathad Mhic Eion, £64;
2nd A MacDonald, Crois Moraig, £63.50.
Continental cross lambs –
1st H MacDonald, 1 Knockline, £70;
2nd H MacDonald, 3 Hosta, £66.50.
LEADING PRICES PER HEAD:
TexX – 3 Hosta, Tigharry, £66.50, 3 Claddach, Kirkibost, £61, 1 Knockline, Bayhead, £59.50;
SuffX – 18 Illeray, Baleshare & 3 Hosta, £65, 8 Aird, Benbecula & 7/8 Gramsdale, Benbecula £64, Crois Moirag, Clachan, £63.50;
Chev – 12 Locheport, Carinish, £58, 4 Knockline, Bayhead, £57.50, 2/3 Clachan Sands, Lochmaddy, £55.50;
BeltX – 34 Liniclate, Creagorry, £57;
Cross – Templeside, Carinish, £56, 8 Carinish, Isle of North Uist, £55, 2 Balranald, Lochmaddy & 8 Carinish, £55.
Chev – 24 Liniclate, Benbecula, £61, 20 Balemore, Bayhead, £56, Blachaval Cottage, Lochmaddy, £55.50;
TexX – Kyles Flodda, Benbecula, £59, 1 Knockline, Bayhead & 5 Gramsdale, Benbecula, £55, 15 Kallin, Benbecula, £54;
Cross – 29 Ardivachaiair, Eochar, £43.50, £42.50.
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