Butt to Barra District News 11/10/12

This unusual potato, which looks almost like a lambs head, was dug up in a local garden this week by Mrs Macdonald of North Street, Stornoway.

This unusual potato, which looks almost like a lambs head, was dug up in a local garden this week by Mrs Macdonald of North Street, Stornoway.

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NESS

Galson Death – On Monday, September 24, we were again reminded of our common latter end with the news from Galson that John Campbell, 24 South Galson had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

John, who was aged 92 years, and affectionately known and remembered as Iain Ban, was the last remaining member of the family who were formerly at 35 South Galson, Tigh na Suist.

During the Second World War John served in the RNR, and later followed a seafaring career in the Merchant Navy.

Following wake worship on Tuesday evening, the funeral service in Cross Free Church on Wednesday, September 26th, was taken by the Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, who is Interim-Moderator of the congregation. He was assisted in prayer by Donald Macdonald, Elder, Shader, and singing of praise was led by Angus Murray, Elder, South Dell.

The Rev Campbell officiated at the graveside on Habost machair with a solemn address suited to the occasion.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with his daughters, Norma, Joan and Margaret, his son, Iain, the grandchildren, and all other close family relatives who mourn in this bereavement.

Lone Sailor – Readers of this column may remember that in late May and June we followed the adventures of Chris Duff, the lone American rowing-boat sailor who was in Port-of-Ness harbour waiting for favourable weather to enable him to continue his intended solo rowing expedition to Iceland.

Chris arrived in the Faroe Islands on May 28th, and we are now informed that after waiting in the Faroes for favourable weather conditions he had to abandon the last leg of his intended adventure, and leaving his 19’ rowing-boat ‘Northern Reach’ in the Faroes, returned to his home in America.

We again wish Chris safe and happy sailing alone on the high seas.

Changed Days – We hope Donnie Campbell, Lionel, and Norman Macdonald, Eoropie, enjoyed their few days holiday after jetting off to New York last week. When we met Donnie before he left this reminded us of much earlier years when an occasional trip to Stornoway on the Ness bus would be an important item in our annual travels.

SCALPAY

Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Interim-Moderator of the congregation.

Baptism – At the morning service in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday the sacrament of baptism was administered to Anne Marie Macleod, daughter of Finlay Ewen and Hazel Macleod, Braemore, Kyles.

Football – On Saturday, September 21st, Daniel Macleod and Andrew Morrison travelled to Stornoway as part of a Harris seven-a-side team participating in an area football competition.

They won one game and drew two, narrowly losing out on a final place, and thanks are due to Kenny, Braeside, and John, Tarbert, for driving and coaching input.

Ireland Trip – Eilidh Macsween, Emma and Rebekah Macleod and Jacqueline Macaskill, Kyles, left for Donegal on Friday 28th as part of a Sir E Scott School group who took part in an Ireland school exchange.

They were accompanied by David Murray, Trip Organiser, Calum John Mackay and Mairi Maciver, and we are sure they will have benefited greatly from this vital cross-cultural link.