Butt to Barra District news 11/10/12

On Tuesday, October 9th, Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan visited the croileagan based in the new Sir E Scott School in Tarbert. Alasdair who is Minister with responsibility for Gaelic, delivered to the croileagan some new learning materials in Gaelic for under fives. Later in the day he attended the official opening of the new school and praised everyone who had been involved in helping deliver a superb new facility for Harris, something he said was a good example of the Scottish Government and the Comhairle working together.
On Tuesday, October 9th, Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan visited the croileagan based in the new Sir E Scott School in Tarbert. Alasdair who is Minister with responsibility for Gaelic, delivered to the croileagan some new learning materials in Gaelic for under fives. Later in the day he attended the official opening of the new school and praised everyone who had been involved in helping deliver a superb new facility for Harris, something he said was a good example of the Scottish Government and the Comhairle working together.
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NESS

Death in Cross, Skigersta – The morning of Thursday, October 4th brought with it the sudden and sad news that Ann Mackenzie nee Maclean, Anna Iain a Bholian, of 38 Cross Skigersta Road had passed away in the Bethesda Hospice where due to failing health she had been taken to on the Monday before the end.

Ann, who was aged 67, will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her in the Habost neighbourhood, where she had been resident through the years.

After wake worship on the evening of Friday in Cross Free Church the funeral service took place there on Saturday, October 6th, attended by a large contingent of mourners. The service was taken by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, he was assisted in prayer by Rev. Iain M. Macdonald, Ness Church of Scotland, and Donald Morrison, elder, Cross.

Singing of praise was led by Donald Morrison 4 Adabrock, and Rev. Campbell officiated at the graveside with a solemn address which suited the occasion.

In their time of grief we share our sympathy with her husband Norman, daughters Joan and Kathleen, the grandchildren, her sister Margaret, and on this sad occasion. We remember her mother Joanna in Blar Buidhe care home and all other close relatives who mourn at this time.

Eoropie death – The afternoon of Thursday, October 4th brought further sadness to Ness with the news that Mary MacDonald, 8 Eoropie, Mairi Alasdair an Dollasan, affectionately known as Mairi Dougail, had passed away in Blar Buidhe care home where she had latterly been resident and attended to.

Mary who was aged 92 years was the last remaining member of a large family of nine who were formerly at 8/9 Eoropie.

She will now be sadly missed and remembered with affection in the Eoropie neighbourhood and by many friends who could, through the years be assured of a warm, hosipitable welcome in her Eoropie home.

After wake worship in Cross Free Church on Friday evening, the funeral service there on Saturday afternoon October 6th was taken by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta assisted in prayer by Iain Gillies, Elder Knockaird. The singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Angus Murray, Elder South Dell and in English by Donald Morrison, Elder Cross. Rev. Campbell officiated at the graveside with words suited to the occasion.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with her daughter Sandra and her husband Steve and the grandchildren and we remember all other close relatives at home and away who mourn in the passing of Mairi.

Church services – Communion servicesin all Ness congregations are being held this week beginning on Thursday, October 11th.

PAIRC

Annual lecture - The annual lecture in memory of the late Angus ‘Ease’ Macleod will be held on Thursday 25th October in Pairc School, Gravir at 7.30pm.

This year’s lecture will be held in english and will be given by Emeritus Professor Donald Meek, his title being ‘Pushing at an open door’ an alternative view of Crofting History and Highland Development since 1930 from the Gaelic writings of the Tev T M Murchison’.

This is the ninth annual lecture and it is always a very interesting and enjoyable evening, so mark it in your diary and come along.

Get Well - We send get well wishes for a speedy recovery to all those in the community who have been unwell recently.

CARLOWAY

Carloway Football Club - will be holding a meeting in the Carloway Day Centre on Thursday 11th October (tonight) at 8:15pm. All supporters, players and committee members are encouraged to attend.

Light Lunch - Last Saturday’s soup and pudding lunch raised around £200, which will go towards the Community fireworks display next month. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered and attended the event.

TONG

Local telephone book – The Tong telephone book has now been produced and can be obtained from the Community Centre or any committee member.

Village clean up – The annual village clean up will take place on Saturday October 20th starting at 10am.

Tractors will go around the village picking up any rubbish to put in skips. It would assist the organisers if anything to be uplifted could be put as near the roadside as possible. All households will receive a note regarding the clean up, Halloween, Fireworks and Bonfire.

Halloween and fireworks – Youngsters will be going round the village at the end of the month collecting money for the fireworks display which, weather permitting, will be held at the football pitch on Saturday, November 3rd.

Senior Citizens Dinner – The annual senior dinner for all senior citizens in the village will be held on Saturday, January 12th. Further details will be issued nearer the time.

SCALPAY

Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Rev. Tom Sinclair, senior minister of Martin’s Memorial Church, Stornoway.

Minibus – As Duncan is on holiday for the next two weeks Pam will be operating the service and can be contacted either at home on 560276 or on the minibus mobile on 07909715072.

Macmillan coffee afternoon – The S4 class in Sir E Scott School, with organisational input from Linda Wood and Laura Livingstone, raised the magnificent sum of £791 for Macmillan with a coffee afternoon on Wednesday, September 9th. Thanks are due to all who gave baking, attended, donated or helped in any way.

HARRIS SWRI

The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh School on October 2nd.

In the absence of the President, Mrs Scott-Forrest introduced the guest-speaker John Masterson, whose topic was landscape photography.

In an easy to listen to and informative way, he explained how to take effective pictures regarding the balance and content of the subject matter, and in particular, capturing the amazing differences of light reflected in the water, land and sky.

His own gallery of photographs taken in and around Harris were dazzling and inspirational.

The vote of thanks was given by Billie Emsden. Mr Masterson kindly judged the competitions as follows:

Photograph of a boat – 1st Billie Emsden; 2nd Gill Scott-Forrest; 3rd Joyce Graham.

Four jam tarts – 1st Gill Scott-Forrest; 2nd Joyce Graham

The raffle was won by Doreen Rowe. The hostesses for the evening were Jean Munro, Margaret Morrison and Joyce Graham.

GLASGOW LEWIS AND HARRIS 
ASSOCIATION

The summer that never was is now past and the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association are prepared for the winter that is sure to come.

There are the three main elements to the Gathering. Thursday night (1st November)the Dinner is held, Friday night (2nd November) The Annual Gathering and from 10 pm the Annual Dance. Whatever the weather the traditional evening for the Association’s Annual Gathering events are set around the first Thursday and Friday in November.

The Pond Hotel is the venue for the Dinner on the Thursday evening and arrangements are well in hand to ensure that this will meet the usual standards of being entertaining and enjoyable.

Understandably, with catering involved, it is necessary to reserve places beforehand and all prospective attendees are asked to ensure that the Association has been notified of their intentions!

Tickets for the Dinner can be booked via Rona Morrison who can be contacted on 07796 175441. The Dinner Tickets are £25.00 This information is requested before Friday 26th October.

The Annual Dinner is held to honour the person who is selected and invited to be the Gathering Chair Person. The Association were delighted when the Gathering Chair Person Margaret I Macleod, accepted. On the evening of the Dinner there is in addition to a sumptuous meal , Toasts, Speeches and an informal Ceilidh.

The scenario then moves elsewhere on the Friday night and the Association will be back in the Woodside Halls near St George’s Cross, Glasgow. On this Friday evening the audience can look forward to an evening of music and songs in the traditional style that befits the 125th Annual Gathering.

Occupying the Chair for the evening will be Margaret I Macleod who certainly fits the description of not needing any introduction.

A line up of quality artistes will be on the stage to entertain the audience and they will include the expert accordionist Charles Kirkpatrick. Singing songs old and new will be Darren Maclean, Calum Alex Macmillan, Kathleen MacInnes, and Joan Morrison. A combination of talents providing a quality evening.

Children are admitted free and adults are asked for £10.The proceeds of the Annual Gathering are ingathered for a specific purpose. The Association’s Benevolent fund enables the committee to provide some assistance to deserving cases brought to their attention. This has always been a feature of the work undertaken by the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association.

Annual Gathering Dance

A change of location from last year is now planned and this year the Annual Dance will be held in the Queen Margaret Student Union which is situated at 22 University Gardens Glasgow and doors are open from 10pm Tickets will be available from the usual sources including the Park Bar.