New Year Walk - The annual New Year walk to Beinn Iomhair took place on New Year’s Day and was well attended. This year, Ricky Knight did the honours in unfurling the Carloway flag next to the cairn, which was followed by singing led by the Carloway Gaelic Choir. We would like to wish our readers a happy and prosperous new year.
Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - The Carloway Gaelic Choir will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday 21st January in the Carloway Community Centre, starting at 7:30pm. New members are very welcome.
Burns Supper - The Carloway Highland Dancers will be hosting a Burns Supper at the Carloway Community Centre on Friday 25th January, starting at 7:30pm. This must-attend event will celebrate the work of Scots poet Robert Burns by starting off with a traditional burns supper, followed by music, singing, poetry and dancing performed by local artists. Tickets are now on sale and cost £10 per adult and £5 per child, with the option of paying at the door as well. If you would like further information, please contact 07769746195. All welcome.
Carloway Football Club - The annual football do was held at Doune Braes Hotel on Friday 28th December, with a good turnout at this year’s event. Following the buffet, the players’ presentation was held and the awards were presented to the players by Kenny ‘Callanish’ MacLennan, who made an excellent speech prior to the awards. The Carloway Player of the Year award was presented to Dan Crossley, with Gus MacIver named as the runner up. Dan Crossley, who had an outstanding season, was also named as the Carloway Players’ Player of the Year and U21 Player of the Year for 2012. After scoring 11 goals respectively this season, Kenny ‘Dokus’ MacDonald and Kevin ‘Gochan’ MacLeod were both Carloway’s top goalscorers and share that award consequently. After the presentation, the dance was held and music was provided by Cristin MacKenzie, Kerny and Alexander MacIver - an evening enjoyed by both the players and supporters who attended. Roll on season 2013!
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr – In this, the first Gazette of 2013, we wish all readers with an interest in this column, where ever they may be, a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
Condolences – As so often happens, there was a sad event here towards the end of the year with the passing of 61 year old Angus Maclean, the youngest member of the Maclean family of 17 Valtos, whose funeral was held in Uigean Church on 14th December. Known by all as ‘Tom’, he is remembered with affection by neighbours and contemporaries who were pleased to hear that he had returned to live in Stornoway in recent years after spending most of his adult life away from the island. The news of his final illness and death was received with great sadness here and the sympathy of the community is extended to his sisters, Mrs Annie Mackinnon in the family home at Valtos, and Mrs Dora Macaulay at Kirkibost, Bernera, and to their families. The funeral service was conducted by Rev Hugh Stewart, interment was to Valtos Cemetery.
Bliadhna Mhath Ur - A happy and prosperous 2013 to all readers of the Lochs column. This may appear to be a little late, but the Callainn the New Year in the Old Calendar was traditionally celebrated on the 12th of January. The customary blessing of each house by the young men of the village was maintained in Lochs up until the 1970s.
Induction - The vacancy in Lochs Free Church, comes to an end tomorrow (Friday 11th January) with the induction of Rev Calum Iain Macleod. Mr Macleod, a native of Stornoway, was formerly the minister of Kiltearn Free Church (Evanton). His wife Kay comes from North Tolsta and they have three young children, Ellis aged six , Samuel aged four and Mark who is nine months.
The Induction Service will take place in the Free Church in Crossbost at 7pm, the Lochs community and beyond are warmly invited to attend. After the service refreshments will be served in Sgoil nan Loch and there is an open invitation to all. Lochs Motor Transport have kindly offered to provide buses to convey people between the church and the school to minimise traffic congestion in the area after the service. We warmly welcome Mr Macleod and his family to North Lochs and trust that God will richly bless his ministry in the area. Mr Macleod will be introduced to the congregation on Sunday morning by the Interim Moderator, Rev Robert Sinclair, and he will preach his first service as minister of the congregation on Sunday evening.
EGM - There will be an EGM of the North Lochs Community Association on 22nd January 2013. The committee need members of local groups and the community, to come on board to help take forward the future of the North Lochs Community Centre at Leurbost. The Community Association look forward to a positive response and a successful meeting to maintain the excellent community facility at Creagan Dubh.
Parrots - Residents in the East End of Leurbost traditionally are known for “seeing things” over the New Year period. Usually such New Year events are induced by Grouse or its cousin Black Grouse. However, no such thing is required this year. The sharp eyed might have spotted two brightly coloured parrots visiting bird tables or sheltering in trees in the Loch Fhionnlaigh area of the village. If anyone in North Lochs has misplaced two of their pet exotic birds this is where they are “hanging out”. They have been seen around Numbers 45, 48 and 49. If you are missing some of your parrots call on those households.
New Year’s Eve party - New Year’s Eve in Bernera saw a large turn out to a Buffet Ceilidh Evening with the excellent music of Tosh and Tonkan at the Community Centre.
Sincere thanks must be extended to Maureen Macdonald who organised the event, BCA committee members and those in the community who gathered to help prepare the hall and the buffet. An enjoyable evening was had by all. During the celebrations the Hacklete Centenary Cup was presented to Ella Macaulay of Kirkibost by Peter John Maciver. The cup was donated by Peter’s brother Louis Maciver who donated the cup to be awarded to the pupil for best overall effort.
Sympathy - We are saddened to report the passing of Mrs Nellie Johnston (nee Cameron) on Thursday 13th December 2012, at the age of 62 following a period of ill health. Nellie was the daughter of the late Johanna Macdonald and Danny Cameron and was raised in Breaclete Bernera. She trained as a nurse at the Raigmore hospital in Inverness. She married the late Walker Johnston who predeceased her in 1999. They raised a family of two daughters June and Aileen in Edinburgh and latterly made their home in Breaclete in 1983 where the family have run the local shop for many years. Nellie was well known as a warm and welcoming person who assisted Aileen in the running of the shop and took great delight in helping with her grand children.
The funeral service took place on Monday 17th December at the Bernera Church of Scotland with the Reverend Paul Amed officiating and the praise led by Finlay Maciver, the internment took place at Bosta cemetery.
The condolences of the Community are extended to June and Aileen, her brother Peter and sisters, Peggy, Chrissie, Annabel and Joan, son’s in law CJ and Simon and grand children Andrew, Nicola and Darren also to all the extended family in Edinburgh and Lewis.
The Rev Kenneth Stewart of Glasgow RP Church will be the guest preacher at a series of evangelistic services being held by the Stornoway congregation in the Coulegrein Mission House this month.
The services will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 18th and 19th, at 7.30pm, and at 11am and 6.30pm on Sunday, January 20th. All are welcome.
Senior Citizen’s Dinner – The Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner hosted by the Tong Recreation Association takes place this Saturday (January 12th) at 1pm in the Community Centre.
All senior citizens in the village are cordially invited to attend – please arrive for 1pm and you will be made welcome. Anyone wishing a meal delivered to their house should leave a message with George on 703593.
Sympathy from Ness – Relatives and friends in Ness were saddened when the news came that Anne Frances Davidson had passed away in the Highland Hospice on Sunday, December 23rd.
Anne, who was aged 52 years, was a daughter of Margaret McGlennon, nee Morrison, know as Mairead to the older generation in Ness, Mairead Ghille Ceanaidh, formerly of 17 Cross, Skigersta Road.
In their grief, we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy and prayer to her husband Michael, their sons Alasdair and James, her parents Margaret and Brian, the sisters and brothers and all others in the close family circle who mourn in a sad bereavement.
Comunn Eachdaidh – Among the projects being arranged at present under the auspices of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, we are glad to note that a project, the purpose of which is to gather information related to the history of all who served in the Merchant Navy in war and peace down through the years.
This interesting and worthy project will document and preserve for future generations the contribution that Mariners from this north end of our island have made to what was aptly referred to as the ‘Life Line of Britain’.
Village representatives are presently engaging in collection the relevant information for this project.