Passing of Ness Centenarian – On the morning of Wednesday, December 5th, the people of Ness were sad with the news that only 17 days after celebrating her centenary birthday, Catherine Smith, nee Murray, (Catriona Chalum Fhearchair) formerly from Cnoc Fional, North Dell, had passed away in the Bethesda Nursing Home in Stornoway, where she had been resident and attended to for the past few years.
Catherine will be affectionately remembered by many in Ness from when, in earlier years, 1937 to 1946, she was a primary school teacher in Lionel School.
She will also be remembered by many in church circles as the wife of the Rev Calum Smith from Point, who was minister of Ness Church of Scotland from 1941 to 1964. The Rev Smith passed away in Howmore, South Uist, in 1977.
The funeral of Catherine to Aignish cemetery was on Friday, December 7th, with the funeral service in Garrabost Church of Scotland, attended by relatives and friends from Ness, taken by the Rev James Macdonald (Rtd). He was assisted in prayer by Donald R Macdonald, elder, Bethesda Management.
We share our thoughts in sympathy with all close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of our grand old lady.
New Ministry – We extend our good wishes to the Rev Iain Alasdair Macleod, who, after a successful theological training course was ordained in St Stephen’s Church, Renfield Street, Glasgow, on September 30th, as an ordained local minister, OLM non stipendiary.
The Rev Macleod, formerly from Clydebank, has close Ness connections, his late mother, Gormelia, from 4 Lionel, and his late father, John, formerly from 2 Cross Skigersta.
As the Rev Macleod, whose work career is in business consultancy, now goes on to share in the varied work of His Master’s vineyard in Glasgow, or wherever he may be called upon to do so, we pray he will know the provision and comfort in the fullness of grace, where there is a promise of ‘grace to help in time of need’.
We hope the Rev Macleod and his wife, Mary, who comes from Harris, will be able to continue with their regular visits to their ain folk in Harris and in Ness.
Sad Memories From the Past – On Tuesday, December 18th, a project arranged by a committee under the auspices of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, will be held in their premises in the Old School in Cross.
This project relates to one of the saddest days in the history of Ness when on December 18th, 1862, 150 years ago, 31 young Ness fishermen were lost in unexpected severe weather conditions while out fishing from Port-of-Ness.
This day is still referred to in Ness as ‘Latha Bhathaidh Mhor’. Although the project is accompanied with sadness, we recommend a visit to Comunn Eachdraidh and hope this event will earn the interest and support of our community.
Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - The choir is holding a Carols and Ceilidh event on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30pm, in the Carloway Community Centre. Tickets, £5 for adults & £1 per child, will be available at the door. The first part of the evening will include performances by the choir, local singers and carol singing. After refreshments and mince pies, there will be Scottish dancing and games. Come and enjoy a festive evening with Còisir Chàrlabhaigh and their friends. Siuthadaibh!
It is that time of year again, the annual get together in the village hall, and because of the success of the festive buffet last year, it has been decided to do the same this year.
Please come along to the Community Centre on Friday 28th December at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
As you will be aware this fund-raising helps with the upkeep of the centre, and it would be great if the groups using the centre during the year could attend, but much more than that it is an opportunity to meet with old friends and have a great night!.
With good food and a little light entertainment; adult’s tickets will be £15 and a family ticket £35, with O.A.Ps free.
Please contact Margaret on 01851 890 463 if you are attending so that we have an accurate number for catering.
Could I also take this opportunity to thank all family groups who used the hall during the year for their generous donations and wish everyone a Merry Xmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Christopher Martin, elder, Stornoway High Church.
In Hospital – At the time of writing this Alasdair Morrison, Braeside, is in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, and we send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery and a quick return home.
Book of Sermons – We note with interest a book of Gaelic sermons by the Rev Norman Macsween who served as the first chaplain of the Western Isles Hospital has been published by the League of Friends.
The Rev Macsween had his family home at 26 Shore Street, and the book is called ‘Thankfulness and Hope’, a reference to words he often used when reminiscing and looking to the future.
Among the outlets selling this excellent publication is the Scalpay shop and thanks are due to all who transcribed the recordings of the monthly services preached in St Columba’s Church, Stornoway.
Sympathies – We remember in our thoughts and prayers the loved ones of those from Scalpay or with Scalpay connections who passed away recently.
Effie Ross, daughter of Calum (Calum Naill Mòr) and Ceit Macleod, 1 Ardnakille, passed away in Glasgow. At this sad time we extend our deepest sympathies to her husband, Rev Donald Ross, sons, Neil and Alastair, and their families.
Ina Macfarlane, widow of the late Ewen Macfarlane, also passed away recently in Glasgow. Ewen’s mother, Margaret, and grandparents, resided at Woodstock, 19 Bayhead.
Ina was from Lemreway, where the funeral was held before interment in Gravir cemetery.
At this difficult time we send our sincere condolences to her brothers, sisters and all relatives in Scalpay, Lewis and Glasgow.
As a community we were saddened to hear that Donald Morrison, Tarbert, had passed away last week.
Donald lived for some years at 4 Creag Aonaich, and several from Scalpay attended his funeral on Friday, December 7th.
At they mourn their bereavement our prayer is that the family, relatives and friends would be conscious of God’s abiding presence and his comforting love.