Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 23rd June 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will hold a live online discussion on Thursday, to discuss the measures for the safe return of pupils and staff to island schools in August

Education, Skills and Children’s Services staff, will hold this forum for pupils, parents, staff and members of the wider community at 1pm on Thursday

The stream will be broadcast on the Comhairle’s Facebook page and on the e-Sgoil website. Viewers will be able to submit questions in advance, by private messaging the Comhairle Facebook page or commenting on the live feed, during the livestream.

The focus of discussion will be the measures that the Comhairle, with assistance from a range of partner organisations, is taking, to prepare for the safe return of employees and pupils across the Western Isles over the coming months.



All Comhairle Offices remain closed to the public and are not, able to offer face to face appointments until further notice. After legislation passed by the Scottish Government, the following changes have been announced by the Comhairle’s Registration Office,

The Registration of Births will resume from 29th June. Parents are asked to complete the Birth Registration Booking Form in the first instance and officers will telephone to process the registration

Registration offices can now accept marriage notice forms with immediate effect.
There are restrictions on Getting Married during Phase 2 of the Scottish Government COVID-19 Routemap. Marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can take place outdoors only, with members of up to three separate households attending, and up to a maximum of 8 people

Registration of Deaths will continue to be completed, via a ‘remote’ appointment with the next of kin (or other person responsible), using phone and/or email to agree the details to be recorded.


The Calanais Visitor Centre, is celebrating 25 years of providing information and sustenance to visitors. The Visitor Centre welcomes over 50,000 visitors into the building each year.
Around 130,000 visitors visited the Ancient Calanais Standing Stones in 2019.
The Calanais Standing Stones gateway is inviting visitors and locals to participate in a virtual celebration for the centre’s anniversary on 30th June!
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Calanais Visitor Centre has been closed since March
The team at the Calanais Visitor Centre are looking to reach out to anyone who loves Calanais and the Standing Stones to share their love of the site, area and people through photographs and memories. This will culminate in a video celebration shared across social media.



Two hundred people took part in the Virtual 5/10K for The Leanne Fund this month raising more than £1,800 for the charity.

The event, which usually takes place in Point on the Isle of Lewis, had participants taking part all around Scotland and one competitor even took part in Germany.

The Leanne Fund teamed up with Stornoway Running and Athletics Club (SRAC) to include the virtual event in their Virtual League programme.

An amazing £810 of the total was raised by Elizabeth Maciver and her son Angus from Aberdeen who ran their 5k on a treadmill.

Prize winners were: Mhairi Hall 1st female 10k, Marina Murray 1st local female 10k, Willie Mitchell 1st local male 10k, Jonathan Fairgrieve 1st Male 16+ and 1st local male 5k, Charlie Morrison 1st U16 male 5k, Ewan Crawford 10k winner.



Two Lewis women are making the most of lockdown, to improve their sheep dog handler skills. Kathleen Thompson and Sine Nicolson are honing their sheep dog handling skills with Jasmine Grant at the Braehillor Training Centre.

The course is delivered using video clips and diagrams, with steps on how to train and work their dogs, from the comfort of their own home.

Handlers are able to record short video clips on their mobile phones or other devices of their own dogs at a time convenient to them and send the clips to Jasmine Grant the tutor to critique and give feedback

Jasmine Grant commented “The last two summers I ran a course in Lewis, but the Coronavirus outbreak has encouraged us all, to look at new and innovative ways of participating in events and sheepdog handler training courses are no exception.