Butt to Barra District News 13.6.13

Blones do Ben Nevis On Saturday 22nd June, 30 'Blones' of various ages and fitness abilities will climb Ben Nevis to raise money for the local Cancer Research UK Isle of Lewis Committee.   Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain and will take between seven and nine hours to complete.  They thanked all who had sponsored them so far and said: 'We have all been touched in one way or another by cancer and everyone in the group has their own personal reasons for taking part. We are grateful to our sponsor Mann Judd Gordon for donating the cost of the hoodies and to our bus driver Mr Iain Morrison, Galson Motors. To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/blonesdobennevis
Blones do Ben Nevis On Saturday 22nd June, 30 'Blones' of various ages and fitness abilities will climb Ben Nevis to raise money for the local Cancer Research UK Isle of Lewis Committee. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain and will take between seven and nine hours to complete. They thanked all who had sponsored them so far and said: 'We have all been touched in one way or another by cancer and everyone in the group has their own personal reasons for taking part. We are grateful to our sponsor Mann Judd Gordon for donating the cost of the hoodies and to our bus driver Mr Iain Morrison, Galson Motors. To sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/blonesdobennevis
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NESS

Eoropie related funeral – The funeral of Gormelia Macdonald nee Macleod, Millie Mhurchaidh, formerly of 7 Eoropie, who passed away on May 20th, was held of June 5th.

A large number of mourners and friends assembled in Ness Church of Scotland where the funeral service was taken by Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald.

He was assisted in prayer by Dan Morrison, elder, a friend of the family from Marig in Harris.

Singing of praise was led by John Hebditch, elder, Cross, Skigersta and Chris Barrowman, elder, Eorodale. At the graveside at Habost Rev Macdonald officiated.

We condole with her family and friends in their sudden bereavement.

SCALPAY

In hospital – Since our last news Jessie Macleod, Green Pastures, spent some days in the Western Isles Hospital.

At the time of compiling this John James Macdonald, North Harbour View, is hospitalised in Stornoway and Ewen Mackinnon, Highcroft, is detained in Glasgow. As we remember them all in our thoughts and prayers we send them our best wishes for a quick return to better health.

Gun club success – Well done to James Macrae, 6 Creag Aonaich, who was placed second in the ICI Trophy held by the Harris Gun Club on Saturday, May 25th. The venue was their new site in Aline Forest and we congratulate James on his shooting prowess.

The late Angus MacLennan – The morning of Saturday, May 25th brought with it the sad news that Angus Maclennan, Scorvaig,, had passed away at his home at the age of 82.

Angus, whose family home was at Clisham View, left Scalpay at 16 to work at the Tay Salmon Fishing. Thereafter he was called up for National Service and after a spell with Glasgow Fire Brigade he went to sea, where he spent the rest of his working life. He spent thirty one of those working years on various Calmac ferries. Of a friendly and kindly nature all who worked with him held him in the highest regard, as he was a hard-working and loyal friend, who never spoke ill of anyone.

On a personal note I have many happy memories of visiting the family home where Angus and his wife Joan always had a warm welcome for the many who visited them and enjoyed their hospitality and warm Christian fellowship.

Above all Angus knew The Lord as his own personal saviour. He was a communicant member in the Church and in a heartfelt tribute at the funeral his minister emphasised the fervency of his faith and prayers along with the witness of his life.

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him were very conscious of these admirable attributes and thank God for every memory of another who has heard these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

His funeral service, conducted by Rev Joe Barnard, saw a huge crowd gather to pay their last respects to one held in high esteem.

At this time of great sadness we extend the sympathy of the community to his widow Joan and all his friends and family who mourn at this time.

LOCHS

Car wash - There will be a carwash in Kinloch next Saturday the 15th June from 11am-5pm.The Church of Scotland Kinloch Youth Fellowship are fundraising and will be glad to spruce up your car at the church carpark.

Picture Exhibition - There will be a fundraising picture exhibition in Balallan next month. The community group Comann Eachdraidh Cheann a Loch will be displaying over 100 pictures taken in Lochs from the 1970s onwards. The Comann Eachdraidh leased the old school buildings last year with a view to buy and are now planning and fundraising to make this vision a reality.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday July 4th until Saturday July 6th, from 7-9pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday the exhibition will be from 12-4pm and entry is by donation.

We wish them every success in this venture, the facility will be a focus for the Kinloch community in the future. Look out for other fund raising events over the coming months.

History group - The AGM of Kinloch Historical Society Comann Eachdraidh Cheann a Loch will take place on the evening of Tuesday the 25th of June at the old Balallan School buildings.

Lochs Show - The Lochs Show will be on Saturday July 27th at the new showground in Laxay. All readers are encouraged to plan their contributions now. This is your chance to display your handicraft as an exhibit at your local show.

Memorial Football match - The Kenny MacMillan Memorial Cup will be on Saturday July 5th at the Garrabost Football Pitch. The Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club fundraising event for a local charity kicks off at 5pm. There will a buffet, raffle and live music at the club afterwards.

CARLOWAY

Carloway School - Carloway Parent Council invite you to an evening of family fun between 5 and 7 pm on Thursday 27th June at Carloway School.

There will be a bouncy Castle, barbecue, ice-cream, face painting, highland dancing and other Funtastic attractions.

If the weather is unkind we will relocate to the Community Centre. All welcome.

Carloway Football Club - The ‘way travelled to Fivepenny last Monday, where they took on Ness in the semi-final of the Jock Stein Cup.

Scott MacAulay opened the scoring for Carloway on the fourteenth minute, before Fraser MacLeod doubled Carloway’s lead near the hour mark.

However, this is when the game got really interesting. Incredibly, Ness never gave up hope and went on to score three goals in the space of eight minutes to give them a 3-2 lead with ten minutes remaining.

After putting pressure on the Ness defence late on, Kenny “Dokus” managed to score an equaliser with the head with four minutes remaining, sending the game into extra time.

After a gruelling 120 minutes, it was Carloway who came on top, sealing Carloway’s place in the Jock Stein Cup.

In the other semi-final, Stornoway Athletic lost 2-1 at home to West Side, setting up a fourth ever West Lewis derby on Friday 5th July up at Goathill Park.


PAIRC

Cemetery - Following a very poorly attend AGM some weeks ago the existing cemetery committee finds itself in a difficult situation.

Following the retirement from the committee of Roddy Mackenzie who had the role of Secretary / Treasurer it is hoped that volunteers will come forward to fill the post and also help the committee, as the cemetery is a very important community essential.

Many thanks go to Roddy for his tireless work over the years in connection with the cemetery. Any willing volunteers can get more information from Donald Macmillan, Post Office, Gravir.

Sympathy - We send our sincere sympathy to the wife and family of the late Robert Kennedy (Kirkintilloch). Robert was the son of the late Donald and Peggy Kennedy and spent many a holiday in Gravir at the home of his late uncle ‘lain Pegi’ 24 Gravir.

Sale of Work - Remember to mark the following date in your diary...the annual Sale of Work will be held in the Pairc School Gravir on Saturday 13th July. This year’s sale will be organised by the Pairc Social Club. We will have more details on this nearer the time.

Pairc Social Club - Bright and early on Monday 20th May the Social Club set out on their annual trip, this year’s trip was to Braemar which included visits to Balmoral Castle and Pitlochry.

The weather was favourable for the trip and all enjoyed the outing as always. Our many thanks to Dave our driver for his help and patience.

The club would welcome all those who wish to join them at Ravenspoint for what can only be described as enjoyable afternoons for meeting up and having a ‘blether’ and a ‘cuppa’.

If anybody in the community wishes to help out / volunteer with the club they would be more than welcome so just get in touch.

STORNOWAY

Nicolson Institute - Last weekend, three athletes represented the Nicolson Institute in the Scottish Schools Track and Field Athelteics Championships which was held at Grangemouth Stadium.

Connor Maclean, Alasdair Rigby and Jonathan Morrison, who all train with Stornoway Running and Athletics Club, faced tough competition against the highest ranking young athletes in Scotland over the two day event.

Connor Maclean ran a strong race in the final of the U17 3000m event and finished in 5th place. He also achieved a new PB of 9m16s.

Alasdair Rigby secured a place in the final of the U15 100m after an impressive performance in the semi-final. He finished 8th place in a tight race.

Jonathan Morrison competed in the U15 100m and 200m events. This was one of Jonathan’s first experiences of sprinting at national level and he handled both races extremely well.

Well done to all three athletes and many thanks to Ivor Murray Ltd. who provided sponsorship to assist travel to the event.

GLASGOW

An Lòchran working in partnership with Iomairt Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu is delighted to announce that it will run 16 Gaelic Language and Culture events at Glasgow’s West End Festival in June.

There is an informative demonstration by Local Glasgow based waulking group ‘Banal’, as they explain and showcase the traditional processes involved in fulling or waulking the tweed by hand.

This workshop provides you with the opportunity to join them at the waulking table and give waulking a try, Banal will also invite you to join in the numerous Gaelic waulking songs they sing while undertaking this laborious traditional work.

Costing £3 the workshop takes place on Saturday, June 15th from 2pm at Annexe Communities, 9a Stewartville Street.

Do you fancy giving Scottish Gaelic singing a go? Informal workshops are taking place where you can learn Gaelic songs from the natives of different Scottish Islands.Costing £2 on June 17th with the songs of the Isle of Barra with Maeve MacKinnon and June 24th songs of the Uists with Gillebrìde MacMillan at An Lèanag, 22 Mansfield Street, Partick.

Come and sample a taste of Gaelic and discover where words like ‘smashing, twig, grotty and banshee’ come from.

Aimed at beginners, these workshops will introduce you to the delights of the language and provide you with a variety of Gaelic phrases in relaxed and informal setting.Costing £2 the workshops will take place on June 19th and 26th from 7pm at An Lèanag, 22 Mansfield Street, Partick.

Do you fancy giving Scottish Step-Dancing a go? with workshops where you can learn Step Dancing to the accompaniment of traditional live music, in a relaxed setting!

Don’t worry if you have two left feet. Our experienced tutor, Joy Dunlop, will keep you right! Cost £2 on June 20th and 27th from 7pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Hyndland Street, Partick.

For information and to book your place at any of the workshops call 0141 339 2022 or fios@glaschu.org