The first new independent dental practice established in the Western Isles in more than 30 years was officially opened last month by Minister for Public Health, Sport, and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick.

The official opening of the new independent practice on Cromwell Street took place on August 29.

The Castleview Practice opened under the direction of owner, dentist Mr Sridhar Kalvakuntla earlier this year. 

Working in partnership with NHS Western Isles’ dental services, the opening of Castleview has helped to eliminate the dental waiting list in Stornoway. The practice offers both NHS and private dental treatment, though between 80 and 90 per cent of the practice’s work is NHS. 

Hebrides Alpha has been in business for 12 years and has been working out of the Old Casting Shed on Rigs Road for more than ten years - it is a great location for us to be based. at. 

Our main reason for being in business is to support individuals with addiction problems in getting back into the way of working. As well as working on various jobs, they also participate in a range of certificated training courses to help them get back in to work. 

People can be referred by their GP, Alcohol or Drugs Counsellor, Social Worker, Job Centre, a family member, a friend or they can refer themselves.  

In 1919 Lord Leverhulme unveiled ambitious plans to develop Stornoway Harbour – now 100 years on the Stornoway Port Authority aim to turn these plans into a reality.

Work has already commenced at Goat Island with further proposals for development at Cromwell Street Quay and a deep-water berth at Arnish.

The 1919 plans highlighted a ‘possible area for further expansion’ at Goat Island. The expansion on this site is now under way with the construction of a 70-berth marina in progress. The development of Goat Island will also see a boatshed erected, the construction of a public slipway and the addition of a boat lift.

Its more than 100 years since the Anderson MacArthur was first established in Stornoway and the firm continues to serve the communities of the Highlands and Islands in providing legal advice in a range of different fields and to a variety of clients.  

Anderson MacArthur is the oldest legal firm in Stornoway, having been established in 1897.  More recently, its Portree office has provided services for the Isle of Skye since the 1990s.  

A full range of legal services are offered between the two offices with all the solicitors experienced in crofting matters, conveyancing, powers of attorney, wills, executries and many other matters. 

You may have been wondering what’s been going on over at Church House on James Street, Stornoway. 

So, just to clear things up… 

Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, which produces - among other things - EVENTS newspaper, welovestornoway.com and HEB Magazine, took over the work of SignPrint in March this year, and from this month, we will also be publishing Scottish Islands Explorer Magazine.  

As there are now so many things happening under the one roof, we decided we should rebrand the whole building to Stornoway Media Centre.