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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Join us to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. From 30th May to 9th June 2022, we will have an exhibition of Royal memorabilia and and join us on Friday 3rd June from 11am for live music, royal themed cakes and decorations in the café.

Alasdair Whyte: Maim-Slè

Wednesday 25th May at 8pm

Alasdair C. Whyte from Muile/Mull (Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019 & 2020) singing some of his favourite songs and discussing his new book, Maim-slè. For this unique event, Alasdair will be joined in conversation by Agnes Rennie (Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2021).

Maim-slè is a book of new writing in Gaelic and English exploring language shift, sustainability and identity. Commissioned by the Glasgow-based theatre company Theatre Gu Lèor, it features: excerpts from the critically-acclaimed theatre production Maim (2020) and the album Maim (2021) by the band WHYTE; new poetry and prose; and original artwork by Alice Louise Watson. Maim-slè – a Gaelic phrase from Muile/Mull – means ‘when the water comes suddenly’. Alasdair will sing some of the traditional songs that inspired the book, as well as a song or two with some very local connections.gow-based theatre company Theatre Gu Lèor, it features: excerpts from the critically-acclaimed theatre production Maim (2020) and the album Maim (2021) by the band WHYTE; new poetry and prose; and original artwork by Alice Louise Watson. Maim-slè – a Gaelic phrase from Muile/Mull – means ‘when the water comes suddenly’. Alasdair will sing some of the traditional songs that inspired the book, as well as a song or two with some very local connections.

Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 concession) available from Comunn Eachdraidh Nis.   

 

Job Vacancy: Development Officer

CEN is offering an exciting opportunity for someone to join their team to support their net zero ambitions. You will be based at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis in Ness, Isle of Lewis and work as part of the CEN team to ensure the café and other services operate efficiently and cost-effectively.

The café already serves some locally sourced food but we want to expand this offering – aiming for 100% fresh, local produce if possible. Small producers supporting each other help build economic sustainability into the community. Working to mutual benefit delivers a better sense of business community cohesion, high transportation and commission costs are eliminated and the carbon footprint reduced.

You will promote the organisation’s carbon reduction initiatives on-site, through the website, social media channels and on menu cards. You will inspire others to practise sustainability through a series of community events.

Essential:

A passion for environmental sustainability.

Work experience in a sustainability related area such as tourism, hospitality, or a similar role.

Financial management skills.

Able to work on your own initiative or as part of a team.

Flexible and adaptable, with strong communication skills.


Desirable:

Qualification or experience in Sustainable Development, Business Administration or Tourism & Hospitality. (Other subjects accepted provided the candidate has the required skills)

Knowledge of the Gaelic language.

Start Date: June 2022

Salary: £24,000 per annum

Duration: 18 months (37.5hrs per week)

 

Closing date: 30 May 2022


This position is funded by The Western Isles Development Trust & Museums Galleries Scotland

Read Job description

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week, a lovely photo from Skigersta - left: Aonghas ‘An Bhàin, Alasdair Beag ‘An Bhàin holding Doleen Choinnich, Dòmhnall Alasdair agus Coinneach a’ Charabhaigh.

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.
 
This week, a Sunday School outing with a group from Borve, High Borve and Melbost. Were you there?

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.

This week, we have a group who were on Rona shearing sheep. 

 

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week's photograph is of Ness Hall. What are your memories of the hall?

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn. An t-seachdain seo, sgoilearan à Sgoil Gabhsainn.


L-r a' seasamh: Dòmhnall Allan Murray, Seonag Bhrìsidh, Murdaidh agus Donnie Finlayson
A' suidhe: Mairead Bhàn Bhrìsidh, Dòmhnall Murdo Aonghais Mhurdigan (Tubby), Angus Sheonaidh Fhionnlaigh
Aig a' bhòrd: Peter, Margaret Joan (Calum na Sùist), Neil Iain Mhurdo, Kirsty Mairead Mhurchaidh Ruairidh, Roddy John a' Chuiligich

Dealbh Diciadain

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.
Here is Uilleam Chalum Rèillidh from Eoropie receiving an award for Supporter of the Year in the Social Club in the 1980s. Iain Gordon Macdonald is on the right but who is holding the mic?
 

New exhibition: Visions of Ness

by Ivor Murray Mackay

Opens Monday 21st March 

Exhibitions open Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm

Taisbeanadh ùr: Tìr an Traoin

Taisbeanadh le RSPB Scotland

A' fosgladh Diluain 21 A' Mhàirt 2022

Tha na gailearaidhean fosgailte Diluain gu Dihaoine 10f gu 4.30f

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn.

Seo Aonghas Greumach (Misean) à Borgh ri taobh an Jubilee anns a Phort anns na 80s. Chaidh an Jubilee a togail ann an 1935 airson sgioba à Borgh, Am Baile Àrd agus Mealabost. 

Leugh tilleadh mun Jubilee agus bodaich Bhuirgh ann an Criomagan 2018 a tha ri cheannach anns a' bhùth. 

The My Place Awards 2022

We have been shortlisted for The My Place Awards 2022.

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. Read more about our entry here: 

Read Here

Dealbh Dimàirt

Every week, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.


This week, a postie and his van. Does you know who he was? 

Wednesday photo

Every Wednesday, we will share a photograph from our archive looking back on familiar faces and our changing community.

This weeks photo is from a Sale of Work from the 1970s. Do you recognise any faces? 

Dealbh Diciadain

Gach Diciadain, bheir sinn sùil air ais air na daoine agus a' choimhearsnachd againn tro dhealbhan an tasglainn.
Seo agaibh Fèill-Reic a chaidh a chumail ann an Talla Nis sna 1970s. Cò a tha sibh ag aithneachadh?

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.