Winter Newsletter

November News

We started our fishing memory box at Harris House this month, please contribute!

We were featured in Luminate’s publication Late Opening

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Textiles at the ward ceilidhs

A session at Erisort Ward Ceilidh developed our worry doll kits from Chris Hammacott into worry mermaids! Chris created some lovely mermaids for us as part of our set of kits. These started as kits for carers but we have identified several uses for them since, for work in care centres, for joint projects with families and as post hospital recuperation projects. We have seen a fair few Christmas gifts being made through the kits, too.


Our print making naturally strayed into Christmas card creation this month! We held several sessions with Gill Thompson in care centres, day centres, An Lanntair and some kits are in progress through Margaret Joan MacIsaac in North Uist.

Textiles at Harris House We held some sessions at Harris House with Chris Hammacott for making textiles in silk painting, quilting, patch working and worry doll making.

Mhairi Law led our Photography Walks and our Cyanotype print making sessions in November.

We held some dance sessions with Louise Davidson and Maggie Smith.

And a Me Time session with duff and flower arranging with Chris Hammacott in Ness.

December News

Textiles at Harris House We returned to Harris House with Chris Hammacott to deliver completed projects and to start some new ones during December. We also started to talk about what the new wall hangings will look like and how we might make them interactive.

We attended the Life Changes Trust gathering in Perth and Paula gave a very well received talk on hand memory (incorporating muscle memory and art as a language). The journey home was through a winter wonderland with a lovely opportunity to see Beauly Priory in the snow.

Our Duff Day at Stornoway Library Cafe filled our crofting memory box with lots of stories, techniques, joke recipes, sayings and recipe tips.

And finally, before our Christmas break, the ward ceilidh at Erisort Ward featured a festive Arora Film Club film,  lots of dressing up and Christmassy bakes.

Paula went along to the Alzheimer Scotland Christmas lunch and met a jolly beardy man in a red suit.

And finally, we attended the Museum Gaelic singing session on Friday 22nd December with Euan, who learned some new songs from Cathy, while in return, she learned how to play a traditional drum.

January News

Happy New Year, everyone!

Our lovely Chris Hammacott is out of action for a while, as she has unfortunately broken herself on some ice in the New Year. Get well soon, Chris!

Guitar lessons via Me Time began at the Retirement Centre at Bayhead, Stornoway this month and are on a Wednesday 1-3pm on 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January. Please contact All welcome.

31st January, which is a Wednesday, 2.30pm-4pm, we will be offering a rummage opportunity to get up close and involved with some of our memory boxes at Tarbert Library. refreshments will be served and you can have a look at our crofting box, sensory box and fishing memory box. Please feel welcome to bring along any images, stories, artefacts, notes, anything at all which might add to any of these collections to share with your local community.

Have a look at our facebook page for specific events.

Looking ahead to Spring

Early in February, we will be going to Ireland with DEEP, for a gathering. If you are living with dementia and would like to attend, free of charge, please let us know.

Photography walks continue, reminiscence sessions, film screenings, ward ceilidhs, dance and cultural movement, Me Time sessions, Art Ceilidhs, sessions in care centres, day centres and community centres  please see our facebook page for details.

Our Cuimhne Symposium is in April 2018, more news early in February as the programme and speakers are fixed.
Expect a celebration of the past three years filled with ceilidhs, workshops, keynote speakers, project work, work between islands, baskets, inspiration, performance and exhibition art works, and gathering of inspirational people.
The main An Lanntair events are 23rd – 27th April, with a Gallery opening on Friday 20th April. There will be events in several locations and opportunities to enjoy films, performances, art, academic inspiration and each other.

Scalpay Community Centre is going to be the focus of some community arts events during February and March, based largely around textiles but also incorporating some techniques which will support textile art such as printmaking and cyanotype photography, photography itself, and later in the season creating textile art works in different forms. These sessions will be free. Poster to follow with details of Artists and dates/times. Please contact

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