Items Wanted

We are looking for the following items:

- Old Style Bicycle with or without Basket

- Old Style Hard-bodied Child's Pram for Dolls

- Old Style Children's Tricycle

Condition not important. 

If you have any of these items that you would be willing to part with, please get in touch. 

Na h-Eilthirich

Over the coming year, we will be gathering information on those who emigrated from Ness to Ballantrushal area in the 1920s and earlier. The research will help us reach out to diaspora and promote the Hebridean Homecoming Year 2023. 

Please get in touch if you can help and would like to be involved in the project. 

Festive season dates

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis will close on Friday 24th December and re-open on Monday 3rd January 2022.

Due to renovation works, the cafe will not be re-opening until March.

Although the cafe will be closed, day club will continue, and we will also cater for funeral lunch requests.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. 

Inspiring Scotland’s Island Communities grant

The directors, staff and volunteers at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Inspiring Scotland’s Island Communities Fund. The grant of £56,411.75 will enable us to install an air source heat pump and underfloor heating in the café and meeting space, currently fitted with electric heaters which are costly to run. Inefficient windows will be replaced and additional loft insulation fitted to make the building as energy efficient as possible.

This renewables project is an integral part of the wider redevelopment of the centre. All other areas of the building have been redeveloped and are now heated by renewable heating sources. This remaining section of the building has been identified as the cause of excessive electricity costs and requires urgent upgrading. Loss of income during the pandemic has depleted the charity’s financial reserves, highlighting the urgent need to reduce running costs in order to secure the long-term future of the organisation and the jobs and community it supports.
Since relocating in 2011, the services delivered by CEN have expanded to accommodate the needs of the community. It has developed into a dynamic social enterprise, providing vital services to socially isolated groups and providing much needed employment in the area.

CEN contributes towards the aspirations within Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn’s 2017-37 Strategic Plan for the Galson Estate, impacting on the following priorities: Developing Skills; Improving Health; Relieving Poverty; Engaging citizens to become more active in the community; Promoting and protecting the rich culture and heritage of the area; Developing, revitalising and growing industry sectors.

This work will commence in January 2021 so the café will be closed to the public throughout the months of January and February 2021.

Gàidhlig Christmas Cards

Our limited run of Gaelic Christmas Cards are now available in the shop. 

Designed in house, and printed on the Isle of Lewis by Stornoway Media Centre we hope you enjoy sending these festive cards to your loved ones this Christmas! 

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New exhibition: Eadar Talamh is Tìr

Màiri NicGillìosa is a Gaelic visual artist. In Màiri's arts practice, Gàidhlig forms a key part of the aperture through which she experiences the world.

Sandra Kennedy is an artist who explores connection to landscape. All senses are active in absorbing the surface sensations of place and detail.

Their work is a response to their different areas of Lewis - West and East side. Their shared source has been their love for their villages, kinships to their habitats. Patterns of crofts and echoes of their landscapes are explored through mixed media drawings, sculpture and painting.

Eadar Talamh is Tìr is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm until the New Year.