District news – 29.8.19

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The folk singer, entertainer, and broadcaster, Alastair McDonald will be played at Muckairn Church on Thursday September 5.

The event is advertised as a ‘brilliant evening not to be missed’ and will get under way at 7pm.

There will be refreshments on offer and entry is by donation, with a suggested price of £5 per person.


There will be a free walk leader training course taking place in Bowmore on Friday October 11.

The event is aimed at those who like walking and want to learn more about leading walks.

It will run from 9am until 5pm in the ICCI Gaelic Centre and everyone is welcome.

To book a place, contact Gill Chasemore on 07469 174299 or email chitchatislay@outlook.com

Western Isles

A Western Isles MP is urging people to check the safety of their appliances.

‘With 47 fires caused by tumble dryers in Scottish homes last year and a major, ongoing tumble dryer recall, all of us need to check and use them safely,’, Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus MacNeil, said.

White goods manufacturer, Whirlpool, is recalling a number of its tumble dryers – but the company estimates that there are still around 500,000 affected machines in UK homes.

Wayne Mackay, deputy public affairs manager at Electrical Safety First said: ‘We also want to provide a timely reminder on using tumble dryers safely and we have devised a range of tools and top tips to help, including our dedicated site –  www.whitegoodsafety.com.’

Mr MacNeil added: ‘It would be good if people also made their friends and relatives aware of this website – even if you are not one of those affected by the recall, it is really important to follow some simple safety tips when using your machine.’


Lismore held a very successful art exhibition recently in the community hall which showcased the work of  island artists, writes Rosemary Barry.

There was a a surprising range of sizes of art work and styles  on display  which was appreciated by the those who stopped by.

From huge red and orange abstracts to vast seascapes.  From blue trees  to the view from my window and prints of local landmarks there was plenty to interest and excite.

Entries in the visitors book exclaimed on the high standard of the work considering the size of the island.

Praise must go to the hard work of those who organised the event and especially the bakers and sandwich makers who supplied the mouth watering lunches and teas.

More than £400  was made for hall funds and a good number of pictures sold.

In the light of the success  of the venture it was decided to make it an annual event.  So  look out for posters for mid August 2020  and get on that boat.