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23/12/2019

New film opens up North Lewis to the world

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 ferry operator 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, the museum is visited by over 20,000 people annually from all over the world.

'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.

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Some of the young people involved in the project at the film's launch

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 MacRae 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 benefit the lives of children and young people living 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 awards made from the CalMac Community Fund will open for applications in the Spring.

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