Bòidhchead ar Sgìre

New film opens up North Lewis to the world!

Picture shows: (Back) Katy Graham (Comunn na Gàidhlig), Scott Morrison, Ruairidh Mackinnon, Donna Dorris (Comunn Eachdraidh Nis)

Front: Catherine Donner, Meg Sopata Bell, Annie Macdonald, Hannah Killer, Beth Gunn, Rhona Maclean (Missing from photo are Joshua Campbell and Shona Macmillan (Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn)

A new film exploring a hidden corner of the Isle of Lewis has been premiered by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis – Ness Historical Society.

The film was produced with help from nine of the Society’s junior members and was made possible thanks to funding from CalMac’s Community Fund.

‘Bòidhchead ar Sgìre’ – A tour of North Lewis – is presented in Gaelic by four of the children who explore the natural beauty of the north Lewis area and what there is to do.

The film, which has English subtitles, will be played in the Society’s newly refurbished museum at North Dell which is visited by over 20,000 people annually from all over the world. The film is available to view on Youtube by following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdENPPA8Eio

‘For many in the group, this was the first time they had visited many of the historical sites featured in the film. By taking part in the filming, they realised the richness and importance of the history of their own area,’ said Comunn Eachdraidh Nis’s Community Engagement Officer, Donna Dorris.

In total, the children visited and introduced seven beauty spots, 12 locally run businesses and three recreational activities.

Attending the premier, CalMac’s Head of Service Delivery (North), Finlay MacCrae said:

‘This has been a great project in bringing together young people living in isolated communities. It really helped to build new friendships and foster a sense of community among the next generation in Ness. This is exactly the type of outcome we want to see achieved through our Community Fund.’

The fund is designed to support youth groups working across the ferry and harbour operator’s network.

‘From aged 11 onwards, the children in North Lewis travel to Stornoway to attend high school. This makes it a challenge for them to find time to engage with their community. By bringing together this group of children, they got the chance to work together on a collective project which will have a lasting impact in their community,’ added Donna.

The next round of funding for the Community Fund will be announced in the Spring.

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