A Skye woman is aiming to spread some cheer this December.

Tiffany Maberley, owner of The Thistle Snack Bar in Portree, came up with a plan last year to use the 5p bag charge for people who needed cheering up.

The 5p's soon mounted up and totalled around £160, which meant Tiffany was able to deliver twelve sacks.

On her Just Giving page, she wrote: "I was so humbled by how the community got behind me and donated - some donated the whole money for a sack some donated the few pounds they could afford - but all in all i managed to deliver twelve sacks and a few extra bits to some elderly single people too!

Skye Ecomuseum's full-time programme manager, Angus Murray, has been working in the role for three months.

He wrote a short update for the Staffin Trust news page, updating readers on the events held as the project's activity plan, as seen below:

"COMUNN EACHDRAIDH AN TAOBH SEAR

"One significant part of the Ceumannan project got underway in October. A big target is to get people in the Staffin community more involved with local history. There are many good examples of active groups up and down the west coast of Scotland and we hope that this will grow significantly over time. To start the ball rolling, we held the first two meetings looking for people who are interested in being involved. A really good mix of people attended with a good mix of those who brought up in the area and some newer residents with an interest in history on both days. What followed was an interesting discussion around the abandoned villages of the east side of Trotternish and included archaeology and place-names of the area.

A Skye marketing website has recently added a feature to enable visitors to search for accommodation.

This feature aims to make it easier for visitors to quickly find places to stay using one website.  

Isleofskye.com is now working in partnership with FreetoBook to bring visitors the option for a single search.  

Kyle Lifeboat crew went to the aid of a man in a rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) in Lochalsh.

The RIB had run out of fuel on Monday 16 October.  The man was alone on board and was unsuccessful in getting a VHF (radio) reception to contact the coastguard.  His mobile phone also proved to be out of action.  

He pressed the emergency button on his VHF, which sent an automatic mayday message to the coastguard.  He also set off a flare.

Kyle Lifeboat was launched and towed the RIB safely into Kyleakin Harbour.

 

 

Two pupils from Portree and one from Sleat received recognition during the Literary Day at the Mòd.

Held on Wednesday 18 October, the Literary Day saw Eubha Campbell from Sleat Primary School take second place in the 11-12 category.  

Two Portree High School pupils took first and second prize in the 16-18 category.  Dougal McKiggan took first place and Eoin Urquhart took second place.

Above: entrants pictured.  Photograph taken by John Paul Peebles.

 

The Three Chimneys has once again received recognition as it makes the top five of a TripAdvisor list.

The list names the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Reviews for the Colbost restaurant include words like "outstanding" and phrases such as "a superb taste of Skye."

A ram has been stolen near Balmacara.

The animal has a distinctive horn in the middle of its head.

Police estimate that the ram was stolen from its field on Plockton road on Tuesday 17 or Wednesday 18 October.

Anyone with any information is asked to inform PC Reid at Kyle via 101.

Further steps were taken to get Glendale Community Hall back up and running again.

Visitors came from the Scottish Flood Forum and from the Highland Council.  A flood door was recommended for the front and fire exit, but a full report will be submitted in due course.  

The hall has been emptied and the contents have either been disposed of or sanitised and taken away to be stored.

The committee are now in the process of negotiating replacement items.

Very soon the lower internal walls, which stand at approximately three feet high, will be removed and dried out, then re-instated. 

 

 

The Boundary Commission for Scotland has published Revised Proposals for United Kingdom Parliament constituencies in Scotland as part of its 2018 Review. 

This marks the start of an 8 week public consultation process, lasting from Tuesday 17 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017.

The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600.  In Scotland this means that 59 constituencies will be reduced to 53. 

In the Highlands this means losing one MP, with three MPs will be left to represent 40% of Scotland’s total land mass.

The largest proposed constituency by area is Highland North, at 12,985 square km (currently Ross, Skye and Lochaber at 12,768 square km).

Two of these 53 (Na h-Eileanan an Iar (the Western Isles) and Orkney and Shetland) are defined in the legislation and will not be subject to change.

As set out in legislation, each of the remaining 51 constituencies must not exceed the maximum permitted area of 13,000 square kilometres; and be within five per cent of the UK electoral quota of 74,769.2 (ie to have between 71,031 and 78,507 electors), except where a constituency is larger than 12,000 square kilometres when it may have fewer than 71,031 electors.

A Highland MSP has welcomed a series of Scottish Government funding announcements that were made at the official opening of the 2017 Royal National Mòd in Fort William.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney pledged £20k per annum for the Mòd in addition to £35k for various projects, as well as £50k for the popular BBC Alba series Bannan and £30k for Spòrs Gaidhlig.

Kate Forbes MSP, who officially opening the Mòd on Friday evening (13 October), is chair of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Gaelic.

She said: "The opening night of the Mòd was a great showcase of Gaelic talent, with music and speeches.