Western Isles

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

BAL­LOT pa­pers for postal vot­ers in the Western Isles have started ar­riv­ing on door­mats, ready for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar elec­tion on Thurs­day May 4.

Mal­colm Burr, re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘For this elec­tion, you must vote us­ing numbers. You will need to num­ber the can­di­dates in or­der of pref­er­ence us­ing 1, 2, 3 and so on – and you can make as many or as few choices as you wish. When you re­ceive your postal vot­ing pack, make sure you read and follow the in­struc­tions care­fully be­fore com­plet­ing your bal­lot pa­per. Postal bal­lot pa­pers must be re­ceived by the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer by 10pm on May 4.’ ON SATUR­DAY April 29 be­tween noon and 4pm, An Lan­ntair will launch its Fèill Ceàird is Cò­cairachd (Craft and Cook­ery Festival).

This is a free festival through­out of­fer­ing a fab­u­lous tour of food and craft from the di­verse is­land com­mu­ni­ties of the Outer He­brides. Vis­i­tors will be able to sam­ple world cuisines from the Minch to Mumbai in a fun-filled day of cook­ing demon­stra­tions, food tasters and He­bridean craft stalls, high­light­ing the qual­ity of hand­made crafts to be found on a jour­ney through the is­lands. Mark­ing a sea­son of ‘craft’ at An Lan­ntair, and with the aim of sup­port­ing and cel­e­brat­ing craft prac­ti­tion­ers from the Outer He­brides, a wide range of high qual­ity lo­cal pro­fes­sional artists, de­sign­ers and mak­ers have been in­vited to ex­hibit and show demon­stra­tions. Ex­hibitors will in­clude Uist Wool, Scal­pay Linen, The Bir­linn Yarn Com­pany, Drift­wa­ter Weaves, So­lus Stu­dio, Shore­line Stoneware, Borgh Pot­tery, The Mid­dle Room, Lewis Re­vival, Verisimil­i­tude, Islewear, Salka Sea­glass Jew­ellery, The Old Leather­works and He­bridean Bas­kets. This project forms part of An Lan­ntair’s Bealach Pro­gramme for the Cre­ative Place Awards 2015. AN EX­HI­BI­TION will visit both Mu­seum nan Eilean premises this year, in part­ner­ship with Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land.

Fos­sil Hunters pro­vides a glimpse of life around 360 mil­lion years ago when Scot­land lay south of the equa­tor. It show­cases fos­sils dis­cov­ered in Scot­land as re­cently as summer 2015 which were formed from an­i­mals be­lieved to be among the first ver­te­brates to live on land.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open at Mu­seum nan Eilean Lews Cas­tle un­til July 26. Fos­sil Hunters has been cu­rated by Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land, one of the key part­ners in cre­at­ing the new mu­seum at Lews Cas­tle and con­tin­ues the part­ner­ship by bring­ing other el­e­ments of the na­tional col­lec­tion to the Outer He­brides. Af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion closes at Mu­seum nan Eilean Lews Cas­tle, it will be shown at Mu­seum nan Eilean Uib­hist agus Bar­raigh from Septem­ber 8 un­til De­cem­ber 2.

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