Dear Aird residents and Gallan Head Community Trust members

Below is a small update of all we have done and are doing through the trust.

HIE funded works have begun at Gallan Beag, we are very grateful to now be able to offer disability access to the public. The toilet has had an alarm installed, a pizza oven and hopefully a new oven will be in the kitchen. All the windows and doors are being replaced. Even small instalments of an outside automatic light make a huge difference and we are very thankful to HIE for the funding and John our project development worker. HIE has also funded two Talking Telescopes, these have been delivered and will be installed shortly. The Cruden Foundation made a donation towards the Gallan Beag works.

Please take the time to wonder up and visit the café and arts and craft shop. Fiona will be opening around the 20th of April and would appreciate the support of the community.

We had our first chess night this month and the singing group will begin to meet up again. The singing group is an informal, regular get together at Gallan Head of anybody of any age who likes to sing. If you are at all interested, please come along to Gallan Beag the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm. And for a chance to play chess against others join us in Gallan Beag on the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Chess boards are provided and other board games are also available.

The Astronomer Royal for Scotland, professor John Brown OBE has been up to visit us again. He gave an educational talk at Uig school on Tuesday and on Wednesday night delivered another successful talk A magical tour of our mysterious cosmos in Gallan Beag. We are now setting up our own Gallan Head Astronomical Society if you are keen to join please see Dave Mackenzie. We will be planning an event for the summer solstice.

We are also happy to announce that the Woodland Trust working together with Ken and Anna have just donated a tailored 420 tree pack to our village for this November.

A big thank you to Lucky2BHere Eilean Siar Trainers Angus and Peggy for delivering emergency life support training including the use of a defibrillator. Following completion of the training a defibrillator was handed over to Aird Uig. Lucky2BHere are grateful to Uig Community Council for their kind donation to fund the defibrillator which will be located at the Old Fire Station, Aird. This installation will make a total of six defibrillators supplied by Lucky2BHere to the Uig Area of Lewis.

Our photo contest for 2018 is now open and the winners photos from 2017 can be viewed in Gallan Beag. Please submit all photos to info@gallanhead.org.uk with the following information: Your name, address, email address and phone number. • There is no charge to enter the contest and it is open to everyone. Contest open till 29th November 2018. • All photos must be taken in the Gallanhead community district to be eligible.

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The walkway to the stony cove is in the planning process, we have sourced material and walked the path. We are waiting to hear back about the possibility of the army coming up to help as an exercise.

John is working hard on getting funding for a feasibility study (CETUS Project). An application for 50% funding was submitted to the LEADER program on 14th February 2018 for the Feasibility & Design study. Quotations were requested for Study and 2 responses received. The Study is split into 2 parts: stage 1 Feasibility Study and stage 2 the Design / Drawings. Match funding for this will be sought from HIE and an application is being prepared.

Community Energy Scotland –  A telephone interview was held with Ewan MacLellan Energy Consultant on 20th February who is contacting all groups involved in the Combined Energy Scheme. The board at this stage has decided to remain a part of the scheme.

Highlands & Islands Enterprise Visit – Fiona, Robert & John met with HIE on Monday 5th February in the Uig Community centre. HIE representatives were Jane Mackintosh, Mairi Buchanan from HIE Stornoway and from HIE Inverness Jaqueline MacDonnel, Nicola Ewing and Zoe Laird. The meeting was for familiarisation purposes and they were going on to meet other community groups.

Scottish Rural Development Program – John organised visits to the SGRPID (Scottish Government Rural Payments & Inspections Directorate) office to enable Gallan Head to register on-line with the Grant system.

We have proposed hosting an Arts Festival at the end of the summer to help us raise money for the trust and bring the community and wider community together to enjoy our beautiful space. We have applied for funding to paint some of the derelict buildings as part of the festival.

We are also in the process of applying to get funding for a carpark and community polycrub that will become part of either our community garden or community croft.

Kind regards

Megan, John and

The Gallan Head Community Trust Board