Officials of the Highland Council roads team have asked the Sleat Community Council for any information on an illegal sign that appeared on Friday (September 22)  attached to an existing sign that is located at the Ord road end of the Sleat road.

It is claimed that the sign was affixed on Friday but was removed by Highland Council staff early on Saturday morning.

If anybody has any information on this sign or whom may be responsible for it then please message the Sleat Community Council via Facebook or email info@sleatcommunitycouncil.org.uk

The new website for Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) – the national advisory partnership for Gaelic place-names in Scotland – has been launched.

Following support of £7,100 from the Scottish Government, the new website includes AÀA’s database of Gaelic place-names which may be accessed free of charge.

The database offers definitive forms which can be used by local authorities, the media, researchers, local communities, walkers and climbers or anyone with an interest in place-names.

This week film producer Chris Young (pictured above, right), based for many years in Sleat, is launching a major film centre in the south of Skye that aims to emulate actor and director Robert Redford’s famous Sundance complex in Utah.

 “The Sundance Institute’s feature film programme has really inspired us,” said Young in an article in this weekend’s London-based Observer newspaper.

“At their base in Utah, with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, participants are encouraged to take creative risks and experiment.”

Young’s fortunes changed overnight in 2011 with the success of The Inbetweeners Movie, based on the popular Channel 4 sitcom that his company produces.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Annual Report was published at the organisation’s AGM in Ballachulish this weekend (September 22-24) showing that it engaged with at least 71,000 people in 2016-17. 

According to a survey conducted by the Traditional Music Forum, the work of the Fèisean now accounts for a third of all traditional music tuition for young people across Scotland.

In his foreword to the Annual Report Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Chair, Duncan MacQuarrie MBE, says: “This report demonstrates that our year-round programme, agreed with Creative Scotland, HIE and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, was successfully delivered through an impressive body of work during the period.

"We were pleased to deliver services for The Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Argyll & Bute Council as well as securing a number of contracts from other local authorities and public bodies, which were delivered through our Fèisgoil service. “

Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s priority is to ensure continued support for and development of local Fèisean and during the year a new Fèis in Tarbert, Loch Fyne was welcomed.  Fèis an Iar Dheas held its inaugural event in October 2016 in Dumfries.  A new committee was formed by Fèis Obar Dheathain, which held its first events following an 8-year hiatus.  Fèis Rois celebrated its 30th anniversary and Fèis a’ Bhaile commemorated its 25th year.  Work was instigated to re-establish Fèis Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu.

As well as supporting local Fèisean, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is involved in many initiatives such as the Gaelic medium residential event, 5 Latha, with participants experiencing a wide range of community activities, in addition to music sessions, all delivered through the medium of Gaelic from the event’s base at the Gearrannan Blackhouses in Carloway.

Skye's MSP is backing plans for a new park and ride scheme designed to unblock pressure at Skye's tourist hotspots as well as showcase the island's stunning landscapes.

Following months of meetings and extensive consultation with residents, businesses and key strategic partners, Kate Forbes MSP is supporting a proposal designed to help improve tourism management and visitor experience.

The plan could give birth to what is thought to be the world's first bilingual Geopark in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – which would promote the use of Gaelic as well as highlight Skye's acclaimed geological features such as the Old Man of Storr, the Fairy Pools and Neist Point.

Check your pockets, piggy banks and jars of change and spend your old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender on October 15.

The revolutionary new 12-sided £1 coin entered circulation on 28 March 2017, March to September has been the "co-circulation" period, during which both old and new £1 coins have been accepted in shops. However, from October 16th the old round coins will no longer be accepted in shops, restaurants and other retailers.

The public are being urged to use their old £1 coins or bank them before they lose their legal tender status. The UK Government estimated around a third of the £1.3 billion worth of coins stored in piggy banks or saving jars around the UK are the old £1 style.

Any unspent £1 coins after October 16 can be traded in at banks or Post offices - but this is only a temporary option – so it is a good idea to spend or exchange the coins now.

If you are being handed back old £1 coins in retail outlets, you have the right to ask the cashier to give you a new £1 coin instead, if they have any. However businesses don't have to comply.

Sleat Community Trust have advised that the Post Office will be closed for staff training.

The closure will take place on Wednesday 27 September.

The Trust say the shop will be open as usual and manned by volunteers.  

Various primary school age young carers attended the launch of the photography and art exhibition.

The exhibition forms part of the Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You community arts-based programme.

Over the summer holidays, photographers Cailean Maclean, Iain Smith and artist Kate McMorrine worked with Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers.  

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has recently signed two separate memoranda of understanding: one with the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust in North Uist and the other with Colaisde na Gàidhlig in Cape Breton, Canada.

Sue Fogden, Chairperson of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust and Boyd Robertson College Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig have signed an MOU to develop Gaelic language activity in the operations of Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre in Lochmaddy.

Professor Boyd Robertson said: “North Uist and Sleat were historically linked through Clan Donald and this MOU affords the two communities an opportunity to forge a new association.  As the National Centre for Gaelic language and culture, it is incumbent upon us to meet the needs of communities throughout the country and to run classes and courses wherever there is a demand.  We were, therefore, more than happy to accede to a request from Taigh Chearsabhagh to establish a learners’ class in the centre and it is very pleasing that this group has now successfully completed our beginners’ course, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.