District news December 29th

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Sympathy - Isabella Quinn, Passed away recently in the Western Isles Hospital.

Isabella was originally from 7 Marvig. She spent most of her life on the mainland until some years ago when she and her husband Frank decided to relocate back to Lewis, where they were both very happy.

Isabella could be described as a quiet, gracious lady who always had an open door for all who visited them.

Pre-funeral services were held in the RC Church, Stornoway, with interment taking place in Sandwick Cemetery.

To her husband of 60 years Frank, brothers Hector in Stornoway, Kenny in Marvig, and the extended family and friends we offer our sincere condolences at this sad time.

Good Wishes - Now that most of the festivities are now over we wish all the Pairc News readers in the community and beyond a very happy and prosperous 2012.

CARLOWAY

Curryoke Night - A reminder that the Carloway Community Association are presenting a curry night along with karaoke, taking place at the Carloway Community Centre on Friday December 30 (tomorrow) at 7pm.

Curries will be locally made and will include mutton, beef, chicken and vegetables.

For those who do not like curry, there will be mince and tatties available.

A selection of English and Gaelic karaoke tracks will be available on the night.

Admission at the door for adults is £7, while under-16s get in for £2.50. As well as that, families can get in for £15. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Carloway Football Club - Another reminder that the annual Dinner Dance takes place at Doune Braes Hotel, on Thursday December 29 at 7:30pm.

Players’ awards will be presented following the meal. Entertainment will also be provided by Tonkan and Tosh.

Tickets for the dinner dance are £12.50 per person and can be acquired from committee members. All welcome.

Traditional New Year Walk - The annual New Year walk to Beinn Iomhair will gather at the Carloway Community Centre on Monday January 2 at 1pm, with the walk commencing at 1:30pm.

A piper will lead the people from the Carloway Community Centre to the top of Beinn Iomhair, where the Carloway flag will be unfurled beside the cairn.

Gaelic singing will also take place on Beinn Iomhair, with tea, coffee, refreshments and biscuits available at the gathering.

Everyone is very welcome to come along and join the community marking the New Year.

SCALPAY

Services - Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Joe Macphee, Elder, Stornoway.

In hospital - At the time of compiling this report Mary Kate Morrison, 2 Parkview Terrace, is hospitalised in Stornoway and we send her our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery and a quick return home.

New bridge - We are delighted to hear the Lacasdale Lochs bridge between Tarbert and Scalpay is to be replaced and double-tracked and thanks are due to our councillors, especially Catherine MacDonald.

Unfortunately a Skye-based publication contiues to insist this bridge is on the Golden Road around the Bays which surprises and puzzles travellers on both routes.

School exams - Well done to Sir E Scott School for being placed ninth in the top fifty schools in Scotland.

This is based on the ‘Gold Standard’ of percentage of pupils attaining five Higher passes or more at bands A to C and it is a noteworthy accolade for staff and pupils alike.

Christmas party - Scalpay School and the Upper Primary classes in Sir E Scott combined for a Christmas party in the community centre on Tuesday, December 20.

There was the usual variety of excellent food to eat, lots of games and of course the customary visit from Santa.

Thanks to all who decorated the hall, organised the event and prepared the food, which meant a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for everyone.

End of term - The end of term service in Scalpay Primary on Wednesday, December 21 was conducted by Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, School Chaplain.

As the school is now on Christmas vaction we wish pupils, teachers and auxiliary staff a restful and well-deserved break.

End of year - As this is the last news column of 2011 we wish all our readers every blessing for the year ahead and thank everyone who gave us information over the past year.

Remember what we don’t know we can’t write about so please continue to phone us with any snippets of news in the community you have.