District news January 5th

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From the Hall - Greetings and we hope that all our readers will have had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that God’s Blessing will be with you in 2012.

Senior Citizen’s Dinner - All senior citizens in the village (whether members of Caraidean or not) are welcome to attend a Dinner in the Hall on Saturday 14 January at 1pm. Anyone wishing a meal delivered to their house on that day should contact Catherine on 701577 or George on 07789 548 323.

Ness

Weather - We are all again glad to note that except for minor structural damage we have no reports of personal injury sustained during the severe gales in the later end of December.

We are indebted to all those who have to be out whatever the weather to ensure that we continue to be provided with our many and varied daily needs.

New Premises - As Comunn Eachdraidh Nis are now settled in their new premises in the Old Cross School, we recommend and hope that the people of Ness will continue to visit and support this worthy local enterprise where the history and culture of Ness is so well documented and preserved.

Bliadhna Mhath Ur - We extend the compliments of the season to readers of this column where ever they may be.

As correspondent for some years to this column, I now consider it is time for me to retire, trusting and hoping that an abler pen than mine will now come forward to ensure that the Ness News will continue to appear on the Butt to Barra page of the Stornoway Gazette, as it has been in the past.

CARLOWAY

Senior Citizens Dinner - will be taking place on Saturday 7th January at the Carloway Community Centre, with a 3pm start. Transport will be provided if required. Everyone in the district aged 60 and over is very welcome to attend.

Carloway Football Club - The club’s annual dinner and dance was held at Doune Braes Hotel last Thursday. Andrew “Tago” MacIver received this year’s Player of the Year award and the Player’s Player of the Year award. Kevin “Gochan” MacLeod was runner-up to both awards but received the Top Goalscorer of the Year award, after scoring 15 goals last season.

Meanwhile, Dan Crossley was named U21 Player of the Year, with Seumas MacLeod runner-up. We wish Carloway Football Club all the very best this season and hope that silverware can finally be won after playing so well last year. C’mon the ‘way!

Curryoke - The community came together last Friday evening to enjoy an array of home-made curries and take part in a karaoke, in which young and old took to the stage. Again, this followed the success of last week’s ‘Queilidh.’ The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed food towards the event.

New Year Walk - The annual walk took place last Monday, with around one hundred people present. Danny MacIver, of Knock Carloway, led the walk by piping from the Carloway Community Centre to Beinn Iomhair.

This year, Alex MacDonald, Convenor of Western Isles Council, unfurled the Carloway flag beside the cairn, which was followed by singing.

We wish everyone in the district a happy and successful new year. Bliadhna Mhath Ur dhuibh uile.