Ness Funeral – On Monday, April 22, we were reminded of our common latter end when the news came that Gormelia Macdonald, nee Murray (Gormuill Toraidh), formerly of 2 Eoropie, had passed away in a hospital in Elgin where she had been taken to shortly before the end.
Gormelia, who was aged 92 years, will be remembered with affection by the older generation in Ness as the last remaining member of the family who were originally at 50 Swainbost.
During the Second World War she served as manageress in the NAAFI service canteens. She will be sadly missed by her friends in Lossiemouth where for the past 14 years she has been resident along with her daughter, Marianna.
After wake worship on the evening of Wednesday in Cross Free Church, the funeral service there on Thursday, April 25, was taken by the Rev Calum Iain Macleod, Back, assisted in prayer by the Rev Donald Macdonald, Rtd, Free Church (Continuing), who is formerly from Eoropie.
Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Alex John Morrison, elder, South Dell, and in English by Donald A Morrison, elder, Cross Skigersta Road. Rev Macleod officiated at the graveside in the cemetery.
In their bereavement we share and extend our sympathy to her daughters Marianna in Lossiemouth, Annie in Kent, England, the grandchildren, and all other close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.
Roots and Wings – Recently some of the older generation in Ness had the pleasure of a visit from a group of young girls from Roots and Wings Youth Development, who along with their leader, Gail Cunningham, were engaged in their April project ‘Wave of Kindness’, visiting the elderly with some gifts, and the opportunity of providing delightful fellowship between the old and the young in Ness.
We are indebted and give thanks to all who help to arrange these worthy activities among our younger generation.
Carloway Football Club - Last Monday’s Acres Boys Club Cup semi-final between Stornoway Athletic and Carloway was postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch at Goathill.
As a result, the match had been rearranged for Wednesday 1st May (last night), therefore postponing the big League encounter between Carloway and Athletic which was meant to be played that night.
The winners of last night’s cup tie face Back in next week’s final, after they defeated Stornoway United 2-0 in the other semi-final on Monday evening.
Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Monday 6th May at Cameron Terrace, where they’ll face Lochs in the Lewis & Harris Football League. Kick off at 7pm. Come out and support your team!
Sad Death - We were all very saddened on the morning of Fri 19th to hear that Mrs Annabella Maclean, of 4 Valtos, had passed away at the Care Unit, Eireastadh, where she had been resident for some time due to poor health and increasing frailty over many years which eventually left her unable to continue living at home. In the Care Unit she was lovingly cared for by the staff and easily visited by relatives, neighbours and friends and, in this instance, we have seen yet again what a vital service the Care Unit provides locally.
Barabal, as she was familiarly known, is very much missed from her own neighbourhood in Valtos as a good neighbour and kind-hearted personality. Pre-deceased many years ago by her husband, the late Hector Maclean, formerly of 8 Timsgarry, she had moved from the Fort William area where they had been living and working, to Stornoway, and then, with her son, Calum, back to her family home at 4 Valtos.
The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to the family; Calum, now on his own in the home, and her daughter Katy and her family, resident in Liverpool and to all relatives.
The well-attended funeral service was held in the Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig on Monday, 22nd and was conducted by the Rev David Campbell, North Tolsta, assisted by John Buchanan, elder, Islivig. Interment was at Valtos Cemetery.
Christening – A rare event took place in the Church of Scotland on Sunday, 14th April, when the Rev Uisdean [Hugh] M. Stewart christened Uisdean, baby son of Ali and Tina Macritchie, Carishader. This was a very happy family occasion with members of both families and friends present and was Mr Stewart’s first christening as minister of the congregation.
Meetings – Last week was a week of meetings in the Community Centre! The Community Council and Uig Patient Group held a joint meeting on Tuesday 23rd with the Langabhat Practice GPs to discuss matters which have been causing concern to the community over recent months.
There were about 30 people present -representatives of the Community Council and the Patient Group, Cllrs. Macleod & Morrison, Drs Rigby and Brightwell and Practice Manager, Chrisanna Macaulay; members of the local Cairdeas Group and just a few members of the wider community - at what proved to be a useful and informative meeting.
The spokesperson for the Patient Group was Doreen Kallis, Eneclete, and some of the concerns raised were: the role of the Nurse Practitioner in the practice; perceived delays with appointments and home visits; the ratio of GPs to patients; administrative issues relating to the size and extent of the Langabhat Practice; the reduction in the Community Nursing Service, also in the Physiotherapy and Podiatry Services and difficulties with Patient Travel.
The Practice staff gave informative explanations of various changes which have occurred in the management of chronic illness and in Health Board policy and practice and noted the areas of concern. The meeting agreed that the reduction in the Community Nursing Service was the most urgent matter for the Patient Group to make representations on but the general feeling of the meeting was disappointment with the changes which have taken place in the Health Service.
This was a good meeting at which health matters of interest to the whole community were discussed. It was sometimes difficult to follow the discussion as no PA system was in operation and, given the ongoing concern in the community over health issues, it was surprising that there weren’t more of the wider community present.
On Wednesday 24th, the AGM of the Uig Community Cooperative, aka the Shop, was held, with about 30 shareholders present. The accounts for the year ending 31st December 2012 were presented and made depressing reading as they showed a loss overall plus decreasing shareholders’ funds, for the second year running.
The Accountant’s advice to the meeting was that another poor trading year in 2013 would lead to insolvency. The Chairman’s report followed and then the election of committee. The 2012 Management Committee stood down and were then re-elected to this year’s committee: Cllr.Norman Macdonald, Steve Mason, Diana Briscoe, Hugh Henderson, Tony Ingle-Finch, Andrew Macvean, Derek Scanlan, Martin Hayes, Elaine Hayes, and Jutta Grix-Feldt.
There were various suggestions from the floor of the Meeting about ways in which support for the business could be increased, including informed contributions from Stornoway business man, Mr Charles Engebretsen. The Meeting dispersed with general feeling that the economically deprived Uig community cannot afford to lose the vital amenity that the shop provides and that it’s up to all of us to find ways of increasing our support for the business.
Condolences – Our sincere sympathies are extended to Maria Finnegan, Seafield, on the passing of her mother in Ireland recently. We remember her, husband Paul and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
May they be conscious in these difficult days of God’s abiding presence and His comforting love.
Poolathon – The final total raised from the recent pool marathon undertaken by John Angus Macdonald, Green Lane, and Andy Morrison of the Harris Hotel, was a magnificent £4,600. This will be donated to the Motor Neurone Association, a cause of special significance to John Angus as his late father, Ewen, suffered from that condition.
Thanks are due to all who contributed in any way to this worthy cause and in recognition of the boys fantastic efforts the Association magazine will shortly run a feature on it. Well done, guys!
Harris Football Teams – Under eighteen and senior Harris football teams have begun a new season with players from Scalpay at both levels. In the U18s are, Myles Allen, Sam Mackinnon and Jonathan, Michael, Ross and Scott Macleod. In the seniors are John Angus Macdonald, Sam Mackinnon, Jonathan and Michael Macleod, and we wish both teams and all the players every success in the games ahead.
Golden Wedding Anniversary – A party of twenty-six people gathered in the North Harbour Bistro on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Dick and Betty Morris, Brighton, which had been the previous day. Dick and Betty have been coming to Scalpay for over thirty years and, although unable personally to be present on this occasion, they had arranged a tea for their many friends on their adopted island.
John Angus and Jessie Macleod, Tidal Waves, were an excellent host and hostess on the day, greeting everyone, and then the Rev Alistair Smith, former minister of Scalpay Free Church, said grace and made a speech.
A further speech was made by Morag Macleod, Cala Rèidh, who also read an outstanding poem composed by Betty, praising the superb catering team of Jayne and Liz. A beautiful cake was cut by John Angus and Jessie and a most enjoyable afternoon came to an end with the singing of Psalm 23, precented by Donald Macsween, Rosebank.
As a token of their appreciation those in attendance sent to Dick and Betty a Black Lab picture of Scalpay and a bouquet of flowers. On behalf of them we wish the Morrises every blessing on reaching this momentous milestone in their married life and also remember Betty’s 92nd birthday which she celebrates next week.