Fish and chips once again returned to Church Street, Stornoway, on Thursday 26th July, as the Church Street Chip Shop reopened under new management.

The shop’s new owners come to Stornoway with the experience of having run a successful chip shop in Orkney for the past nine years.

For their first month of trade, an Orcadian chip shop staple, the Orkney Pattie, will be available free with all orders of over £10.

In addition to fish and chips, the shop will also soon be offering a Chinese takeaway menu.


To help get the islands more energy efficient through a locally based company, staffed by island tradesmen, is the vision of the newly established business Western Isles Insulation.

And with a dedicated office now opened in Stornoway, at 9 North Beach Street (next-door to The Lewis Bar), it couldn’t be easier to pop in and visit the Western Isles Insulation team to find out how they can help improve your home’s insulation – at no cost to you!

Established by Directors Cornelius Kleynhans and Marc Burrows, Western Isles Insulation offers ‘Room in Roof’ insulation installation through the government-led Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO), introduced to help UK families reduce their energy bills.

“My vision is to all work together to help each other get these islands more energy efficient,” said Cornelius.

“Many of the properties up here are older houses, with rooms in the roof that have little or no insulation, making this the coldest room in the house and letting a lot of heat escape.

“The fuel poverty on the islands is awful, and installing Room in Roof insulation can help so much in reducing that.”

Yet, for Western Isles Insulation, it’s not simply the installation that’s on offer but an entire end-to-end client experience, including seamless communication, on-site organisation, and solid, quality workmanship every time.

Stornoway has an unusual and growing attraction for tourists and visitors…its Christian bookshop!

Since September 1951, the Stornoway Religious Bookshop has served the Christian community of Lewis and Harris where it has a loyal customer base that ensures it is the best of its kind anywhere in the north of Scotland.

But it is also a lure for tourists and visitors who are increasingly unable to find similar bookshops in their home areas.  They also look for specifically Island or Gaelic matters, such as those related to the great religious revivals on the islands, and they love CDs of Gaelic psalms.

And Island families living away often return to the shop to make the most of its extensive range of purely Christian cards and related products.

The shop is also anxious to get ‘on the road’ and run pop-up shops or stalls at island events, recently providing a stall at a service arranged by the Salvation Army and held at St Columba’s for around 200 guests from a visiting Norwegian tourist ship.

Last Christmas they held stalls inside a couple of the old people’s homes in Stornoway – and they have travelled as far as Uist and Tarbert in Harris in the past to take part in sales.  Organisers who feel their events would benefit from adding a bookshop stall are welcome to contact the shop.

Otherwise, the shop has not moved far since it was established by the late Rev Roderick Macdonald – it is now in its third location on Kenneth Street (No. 30), having previously been based at numbers 6 – where the library now is - and 18, behind what used to be Murdo Maclean’s.

August 2005 saw a Rigs Road office - which had up until then housed only HEB Magazine and its part-time staff - in a ferment of activity.  For a short period as many as four staff were working from a space previously occupied only two at the most.

Thirteen years and 149 editions ago, this was the birth of EVENTS, now the leading source of local news and information in Lewis and Harris.

Of the original staff, there was a decidedly international tinge – one had worked in China, another was about to go there to work.  Ireland was also represented, while almost all the staff had no experience of newspapers, although they were experts in the fields of selling, writing, administration and so on.

Based as we would be until May this year in the offices at Clinton’s Yard, EVENTS first expanded to take over the adjoining office and then about six years later a third office in the same building.

Originally EVENTS was intended to be a tertiary level publication, more akin to an island-wide version of The Rudhach or Loch a Tuath News but focussed on arts and events across the whole of Lewis and Harris rather than the doings of one particular area.

On returning from the Second World War, Charles Menendez Macleod, known locally as Charlie Barley, opened the butcher shop at Ropework Park, Matheson Road on 30th June 1947.

Charles Macleod soon became an established local butcher, where Lewis people could buy the high quality meat produced from his farm at Crobeag in South Lochs.

Following Charles untimely passing in 1967, his two young sons Iain and Charlie took over the running of the shop. 2017 marked 70 years trading for the Macleod Family and the butcher shop is now run by the by the third generation of Macleod’s – Ria, Shona and Rona.

Over the decades Charles Macleod Ltd has become widely recognised as the home of the famous Stornoway Black Pudding.

It is with gratitude and thanks to the local support and valued custom over the last 71 years, that we look forward to many more!

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