Events - evening classes, walks and other cultural summer events

We aim to put on a varied programme of community classes and other events at the Centre. This is part of our remit to stimulate community confidence, providing opportunities to combat social exclusion and assist those who may be disadvantaged by circumstance. We are now the largest provider of community education in North Uist, and we aim to cover a wide range of subjects, employing the best tutors in the community and reaching out to students who are keen to learn.

Our community classes generally run in the winter months and are supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (local authority) and Comunn na Gàidhlig. Available subjects include, but are not limited to, crafts, pottery, Gaelic, German, genealogy, computing and IT. The subjects offered and the curricula followed tend to be dictated by the requirements of the community and the students involved.

Course durations vary according to the subject, but typically would be 7-8 weeks leading up to Christmas, or a similar period starting in the new year.

Generally they are not free to attend, but are priced very economically, and individuals may be able to apply for ILA funding from the Scottish Government.

During the summer months we run a special eight week programme of walks and classes designed to be of interest both to visitors and locals. These are supported by Comunn na Gàidhlig and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. These include nature walks, music classes and traditional skills, such as peat-cutting or waulking the tweed.

To promote Gaelic to younger children, we introduced the Fèis Saoghal Beag 12 years ago – providing a Fèis opportunity for children aged 5 to 8 years of age who are too young to register for the main Fèis Tìr an Eòrna, which runs during the first week of July. For more information, please contact the Nursery on 01876 580337 or saoghalbeag@claddach-kirkibost.org.

In addition to the above, there are also one-off meetings and talks throughout the year, the subjects of which might include the history, natural history or geography of the islands. These evenings will be presented by local experts on their subject.

All courses and programmes of events are publicised in special leaflets which we make available at appropriate times of the year. Forthcoming programmes and forward notice of talks and meetings will be published on this website and in the local press.

We welcome suggestions for any new events and classes and welcome new tutors at all times.

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