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SISTERS Alayne Barton and Hilary Heggie raised a massive �1,179 for Bethesda Hospice while facing the experience of a lifetime.'The girls took part in a 222km dog-sled expedition around the frozen plains of Norway over five days in which the temperature plummeted to -39 one night.'Pictured with the super siblings are Carol Somerville, general manager for Bethesda, and DR Macdonald.

SISTERS Alayne Barton and Hilary Heggie raised a massive �1,179 for Bethesda Hospice while facing the experience of a lifetime.'The girls took part in a 222km dog-sled expedition around the frozen plains of Norway over five days in which the temperature plummeted to -39 one night.'Pictured with the super siblings are Carol Somerville, general manager for Bethesda, and DR Macdonald.

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NESS

Comunn Eachdraidh – On Thursday, 9th May, at the Old People’s Luncheon Eachdraidh Nis we had the opportunity of meeting John and Lorna Norgrove of Mangersta in Uig, who are well known in the Ness community and whose daughter Linda was so suddenly and tragically lost in Afghanistan in October 2010.

The purpose of this visit to Comunn Eachdraidh was the decision of Carthanas Nis, to make a donation from their charitable collection for the year to The Linda Norgrove Foundation set up by John and Lorna in memory of their daughter and to enable the Foundation to continue with the charitable work carried out by their daughter in Afghanistan.

After Dolina Campbell, Dollag Dhodacaih, 21 Eoropie, made the presentation, Donald Alasdair Morrison gave a short introductory address, and after grace by Donald, John Norgove gave a short address on the work of the Foundation, and their own visit to Afghanistan earlier this year.

We pray and hope that the work of this Foundation will be able to continue to help in varied ways, to meet the needs of the poor in Afghanistan.

UIG

Thanks from charity - Down’s Syndrome Scotland has asked Mairi Wilson, Mangersta, to pass on thanks to the Uig community for raising the excellent sum of £500 through a soup and sandwich lunch that was held in the Community Centre on March 21st to mark Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day.

The fund-raising officer for Down’s Syndrome Scotland states: “With the money you have raised, our Family Support Service can visit ten families throughout Scotland at their homes and offer them support and information on all ages and stages.”

The event was well attended by the local community who were joined by students from the Special Needs Class at Lews Castle College. Down’s Syndrome Scotland can provide a mentor to new parents of babies with Down’s Syndrome as well as continuing advice and support.

CARLOWAY

Condolences - The Carloway community was saddened to hear the passing of John MacNeill (Iain ‘illipan), late of 22 Upper Carloway and Callanish, last week. We extend our sympathy to the family at this sad time.

Carloway School - The school held a Coffee Morning two weeks ago and raised £200, which will go towards Bethesda. Many thanks to those who came out to support.

Praise Night - There will be an evening of fellowship in the Carloway Community Centre on Sunday 19th May, starting at 8pm. Tea, coffee and baking will be provided on the night. Donations at the door. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Cup Winners - Carloway Football Club made history again last Friday, after thrashing Back 6-0 at Goathill Park to lift the Acres Boys Club Cup for the first time.

Kevin ‘Gochan’ MacLeod opened the scoring for the ‘Way in two minutes, before captain Domhnall MacKay made it 2-0 twenty minutes later.

However, the latter scorer could have extended Carloway’s lead from the spot after Fraser MacLeod was taken down in the box, but Back goalkeeper James MacLeod saved it after making a great save to deny Kevin ‘Gochan’ another goal five minutes prior.

Carloway were soon to take their chances and made it 3-0, with Scott MacAulay scoring his first goal of the season with the head. Dan Crossley made it 4-0 soon after with a header from close-range, before goal machine Fraser MacLeod clinched a brace in the final ten minutes to round off a fantastic and memorable 6-0 cup final victory for Na Gormaich.

Scott MacAulay received the Man of the Match award before captain Domhnall MacKay lifted the first of hopefully many trophies to come across the Pentland this season. Highlights of the game, as well as many photos, can now be seen on the club’s facebook page, with the match report now available to read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Following Friday’s cup triumph, Carloway defeated Stornoway United 7-1 to go top of the Lewis and Harris Football League for 48 hours at least, thanks to goals from Fraser MacLeod (5), Kevin ‘Gochan’ MacLeod and Calum Tom Moody. Jamie Feeney pulled one back for United from the set-piece, when the score was 5-0.

Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Friday 17th May (tomorrow), where they’ll take on Harris in the second round of the coveted Highland Amateur Cup in Tarbert. Kick off for this match is at 7pm.

Following Friday’s cup tie, Carloway face the same opposition at the same venue on Monday 20th May, in second round of the Jock Stein Cup. Kick off for this match is also 7pm. Come out and support your team!

Super Eights - This is the final week of the Carloway F.C. Super Eights, with £650 up for grabs. To acquire a coupon and be in with a chance of winning the jackpot, get in touch with a committee member or player. Coupons must be submitted by 3pm on Saturday 18th May.

POINT

Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe - I would like to thank all of the performers who provided an truly exceptional evening of music at Aird Hall on Friday 19th April.

I would also like to thank the volunteers who helped out on the evening and of course the audience. We managed to raise a total of £615, all of which will go to the on-going maintenance costs at St Columba’s Church. Contributed Murdo Macmillan

LOCHS

Adventure Playground - The new adventure playground at Aline Community Woodland will be opening on Saturday 25th May.

The Woodland volunteers are holding an open day for tree planting, unveiling the playground and opening the new track to the shore of Loch Seaforth. Everybody is welcome to come along from 11am - 4pm. A great day out for all the family and there will be a Barbeque from midday.

Dinner - The annual Old Folks lunch will be held on Saturday the 25th of May at the North Lochs Community Centre.  

Those who are interested in attending should call Sarah on 860496 or Doileag on 860567 to book their place. If you are planning on attending you must let us know by Saturday the 18th of May. Let us know if you need transport to get to the Centre.

Barn Dance - At the Lochs Showground on Saturday the 25th May with the Cast Ewe Band. Buses to South Lochs and Stornoway after the dance, good food and great craic! Tickets available at Ravenspoint and other members of the Pairc Hall fundraising committee.

Scalpay

In Hospital – At the time of compiling this, Ewen Morrison, Laurel Bank, and Norman Morrison, 29 Scalpay, are both detained in the Western Isles Hospital and, on behalf of everyone, we send them our best wishes for speedy and full recoveries.

Anniversary – Congratulations to Kenny and Sandra Macleod, Ardhaven, who celebrated their Ruby Wedding anniversary on Saturday, May 4th. On behalf of their many friends on Scalpay and Harris we wish them every blessing on reaching this momentous milestone in their married lives.

Scalpay Directors – Donald John Cunningham, Struan Cottage; Kenny Macleod, 31 Ardteaghinish, and Shiela Roderick, 37 Outend, have been nominated as Directors of the North Harris Trust once the land transfer is complete. On behalf of the community we wish them every success when they take up the duties commensurable with their new positions.

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