Check your pockets, piggy banks and jars of change and spend your old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender on October 15.

The revolutionary new 12-sided £1 coin entered circulation on 28 March 2017, March to September has been the "co-circulation" period, during which both old and new £1 coins have been accepted in shops. However, from October 16th the old round coins will no longer be accepted in shops, restaurants and other retailers.

The public are being urged to use their old £1 coins or bank them before they lose their legal tender status. The UK Government estimated around a third of the £1.3 billion worth of coins stored in piggy banks or saving jars around the UK are the old £1 style.

Any unspent £1 coins after October 16 can be traded in at banks or Post offices - but this is only a temporary option – so it is a good idea to spend or exchange the coins now.

If you are being handed back old £1 coins in retail outlets, you have the right to ask the cashier to give you a new £1 coin instead, if they have any. However businesses don't have to comply.

More opportunities for live entertainment will be brought to the people of Sleat. 

Talla Duisdale, a converted church, will host its first show, Mozart's Magic Flute, tonight (Wednesday 20 September.)

The venue will have a capacity of around 76.  

Kathryn Cameron told The Skye Times: "We currently have a programme of events encompassing the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and the National Theatre.

"We are looking at providing cinema and live sports events.

"It is an opportunity to bring the local communities together over the winter months and in to the spring.

"Hans Petri was the initial contact in helping set this up.  His knowledge and experience with Live Cinema, opera, ballet and plays have been invaluable to us.

"Our first show, Mozart's Magic Flute, is tonight and has proved extremely popular. It is virtually a sell out.

Sleat Community Trust have advised that the Post Office will be closed for staff training.

The closure will take place on Wednesday 27 September.

The Trust say the shop will be open as usual and manned by volunteers.  

It was back to the Sixties in Waternish Community Hall on Friday 15 September.

Complete with psychedelic lights, the Hall was laid out in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Wonderful effort was put into recapturing the vibrant fashions of the 1960's.

Various primary school age young carers attended the launch of the photography and art exhibition.

The exhibition forms part of the Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You community arts-based programme.

Over the summer holidays, photographers Cailean Maclean, Iain Smith and artist Kate McMorrine worked with Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers.  Three groups of young people and support staff went on outings in Skye with the artists, visiting Braes, Ord, and Harlosh.  They heard stories about the places and spent time taking photographs.  Afterwards they took part in workshops in photo editing and art.  Their work, inspired by their experience, will be exhibited at the Aros Centre from 12 September to 27 September.

The prints are available to buy with all proceeds coming back to Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers to help fund similar projects.

A photographic competition on the theme of "Crofting - the landscape, the people, the animals" is currently running.

The Scottish Crofting Federation is looking for more images to feature on their notecards.  The images should reflect the crofting way of life.

To enter, send photographs in digital format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with the title of the entry, your name, age if under 16 and a brief description.

The closing date for entries is 31 October.

Full details can be found on the Scottish Crofting Federation website.

 

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has recently signed two separate memoranda of understanding: one with the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust in North Uist and the other with Colaisde na Gàidhlig in Cape Breton, Canada.

Sue Fogden, Chairperson of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust and Boyd Robertson College Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig have signed an MOU to develop Gaelic language activity in the operations of Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre in Lochmaddy.

Professor Boyd Robertson said: “North Uist and Sleat were historically linked through Clan Donald and this MOU affords the two communities an opportunity to forge a new association.  As the National Centre for Gaelic language and culture, it is incumbent upon us to meet the needs of communities throughout the country and to run classes and courses wherever there is a demand.  We were, therefore, more than happy to accede to a request from Taigh Chearsabhagh to establish a learners’ class in the centre and it is very pleasing that this group has now successfully completed our beginners’ course, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.  

"We intend to extend these learning opportunities in Uist as part of this MOU and we shall also be offering Taigh Chearsabhagh support in terms of financial management, language development, the arts and the work of the local history association.”

Sue Fogden commented after the event: “Taigh Chearsabhagh is delighted to have formalised its collaboration with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and is looking forward to consolidating its programme to showcase the Gaelic language and heritage as a culture to be proud of.  Just as on Skye, the Uists have a thriving Gaelic scene but the partnership will enhance the sustainability of the benefits of bilingualism, the treasure chest of oral history and local culture.  Everyone at Taigh Chearsabhagh is greatly enthused and motivated in anticipation of the development of our partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.”

A Skye businessman will be cycling from Broadford to Aberdeen in aid of a charity that is close to his heart.

Mark Carter, of Carter's Cabin Takeaway in Broadford Marketplace, will be riding to raise money for Lupus UK.

Mark told The Skye Times: "My daughter, Amy Sarah Carter, was diagnosed with LUPUS SLE when she was 14.  Amy is now 21.

"The doctors thought it was originally growing pains, and she had mouth ulcers also.  This was then diagnosed as LUPUS.  

"This is an auto immune disease, which, in essence, means that her body is attacking itself constantly, which leaves her in great pain on a daily basis.  

"This past Christmas she suffered kidney failure, and scarily for us, we lost Amy to life support machine for 3 days.  Amy’s kidney’s are now on the long road to recovery and now at 45%.  On top on her LUPUS, she has Raynauds, Epilepsy, & Sjögren's syndrome, which affects the part of the body that produces tears. 

"Although Amy is in severe pain, every day, she fights on, and always says that there is someone worse off than herself."

Mark will be undertaking the 262 mile long ride from Broadford to Aberdeen in May next year and estimates that the journey will take him just under a week to complete.  He said: "I am not a regular cyclist, but did some a few years ago and with the help of Steve at Island Cycles, I have now selected the correct bike for the job."

As well as raising awareness, Mark hopes to raise at least £1000 for the charity.  Donations can be left at Carter's Cabin Takeaway or made at Mark's Just Giving page here.  Anyone is welcome to call in with sponsorship for cycling gear - or simply to wish Mark the best as he undertakes the journey in honour of his daughter.

Six Portree High School students spent time in Costa Rica, thanks to an EU-LAC-Museums exchange programme.

This project is part of continuing international EU funded youth exchange programme between Latin America and Europe, led by the University of St Andrews. Ceumannan, The Skye Ecomuseum, was identified as a partner due to its similarities to eco led museum projects in Costa Rica and Portugal.

With support from the Staffin Community Trust, The Aros Centre and Comunn na Gàidhlig this project will continue into 2018. Costa Rican students will come to Staffin and Skye to visit their Scottish counterparts.

The project is coordinated by School of Art History and Museum and Gallery Studies in the University of St Andrews.  In Scotland, this project is supported by Staffin Community Trust, the Aros Centre Portree and Comunn na Gàidhlig.

Sìne Ghilleasbuig and Donald MacDonald have been a tremendous support helping to set up and establish the youth project.  

Two local families are now moving into the houses at Kilbeg.

The village is the first built on Skye for more than a century.

Local families, Graeme and Laura; and Mick and Sandra, are moving into the houses.

The development was led by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  

Local businesses, including James MacQueen Ltd, Rural House Ltd and Clan Donald Lands Trust have all been involved in developing the new village.