Butt to Barra District News 21/3/13

A gang of volunteers braved the weather to take part in a clean up of Tarbert recently.  Organised by the Volunteer Centre Western Isles Tarbert office, the clean up, which is part of a Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign, focused on several different areas and the volunteers managed to fill six trailer loads and two van loads of rubbish on the day! The Volunteer Centre would like to thank all those who took part and also John Murdo Morrison for the use of his trailer and to ADs shop for the use of their van.  Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: 'Supporters of the Clean Up Scotland campaign are organising clean ups the length and breadth of the country. We're delighted that Julie Greenhorn and the rest of the group in Harris have done their bit. The beauty of the Western Isles is a jewel in Scotland's crown, and the last thing anyone wants to see is that beauty spoilt by thoughtless littering.'

A gang of volunteers braved the weather to take part in a clean up of Tarbert recently. Organised by the Volunteer Centre Western Isles Tarbert office, the clean up, which is part of a Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign, focused on several different areas and the volunteers managed to fill six trailer loads and two van loads of rubbish on the day! The Volunteer Centre would like to thank all those who took part and also John Murdo Morrison for the use of his trailer and to ADs shop for the use of their van. Carole Noble, Head of Environmental Services at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: 'Supporters of the Clean Up Scotland campaign are organising clean ups the length and breadth of the country. We're delighted that Julie Greenhorn and the rest of the group in Harris have done their bit. The beauty of the Western Isles is a jewel in Scotland's crown, and the last thing anyone wants to see is that beauty spoilt by thoughtless littering.'

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NORTH UIST

The RNLI Family Day is on today (Saturday 23rd March) in Lochmaddy Hall, North Uist! Doors open at 10.45 a.m., following a parade of pipers from the Main Pier to the Hall, Lochmaddy, at around 10.30.

The event - to raise funds for the Leverburgh Lifeboat – includes an auction, raffle, stalls, competitions and refreshments. Entertainment on the day will be provided by local singers, dancers and musicians, including the Lionacleit School Pipe Band, who won first prize in their category at the inaugural Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh recently.

At 2.30, there will be a display at Lochmaddy Pier by the Leverburgh Lifeboat, ‘Royal Thames’, and the Coastguard helicopter (operational commitments permitting).

Auction lots are: a 2-night stay for two in a luxury spa hotel in Aviemore; a Celtic football and Rangers souvenir pack; boat trip for two to St Kilda; a day’s salmon and sea trout fishing, boat included; Runrig items; paintings by local artists Rhodri Evans and Grace Beaton; a family ticket for the Cairngorms Mountain Funicular Railway.

All proceeds from the day will go to the Leverburgh Lifeboat Station Fund-raising Branch.

There is still time to make bids for the Auction; please contact Stella Evans (01876 500306) or Barbara Jameson (01876 500849) - or see them in person on the day itself at the Hall. Bidding will commence at 11.15. Look forward to seeing you there!

SHAWBOST

The light lunch hosted by Clann an Latha an Dè at Ionad na Seann Sgoil on Saturday 9th March was very successful. Although not a very brisk turnout of locals made it this time an amazing number of the Carloway Sunshiners Club came along to support us. We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support. We would also like to extend a huge “thank you” to all those who so generously gave items for the raffle and donations of money. All very much appreciated by the Club.

The next Light Lunch at Ionad na Seann Sgoil is expected to take place on Saturday 27th April - all welcome - so please mark diaries and calendars and we shall see you then.

Clann an Latha an Dè meet at Ionad na Seann Sgoil on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, with a short break in the summer. We would like to see a lot more of those who have had their 60th birthday to come along and join us. The more the merrier as the saying goes!!!

The annual mainland trip takes place this year in June (Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th based at the Beardmore Hotel Clydebank). All who are aged 60 and over in the Arnol/Bragar/Shawbost/Dalbeag area are eligible and more than welcome to come along.

Now is the time to make your mind up!! Would those wishing to take advantage of this short carefree holiday please get in touch with Cathie 710257 between now and 31st March so that necessary arrangements can be made in good time.

LOCHS

Open Day - Aline Community Woodland will have an open day on Saturday 13th April. The area has been a hive of activity recently. One of the new paths is a stunning walk to the shore of Loch Seaforth to the ruins of the old settlement of Grigaspul. Funding for this has been secured from the BIG Lottery Community Spaces programme.

As part of the Lottery funding the committee will be looking to hold a number of ‘volunteer days’ to replant some native trees within the Woodland and generally tidy up deadwood etc. If you can spare some time and would like to get involved, then please pass on your details to Donnie Morrison at the Erisort Trust office and you will be informed of dates and times.

An adventure playground is being developed just above the main car park and boardwalk area, which will be a great attraction for young and old alike. Work should be starting soon on getting that equipment installed. Also the Harris Gun Club have recently secured a long term lease from the Woodland to develop a clay pigeon shooting range within a specific section of the Woodland.

Fishing - Keen anglers are testing reels and hoping for tight lines this week. The Soval Angling Association will have their annual meeting in the North Lochs Community Centre at Leurbost on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm. Everyone interested in joining the club is welcome at the meeting.

NESS

With three burials in Ness Cemetery last week we were given continuing reminders of our common latter end. On Saturday March 9th Ness relatives and friends were sad to learn that Mary Munro, Nee Macritchie, Mairi Iain Mhurchadh, formerly of 38 Swainbost had passed away in Dun Eisdean Home, Stornoway.

Mary was was aged 87 years will be remembered with affection by many in Ness and also by many in church circles who knew her as a professing member of the Church.

Along with her late husband Murdo and family, Mary had through the years been resident in Stornoway, where the funeral service on Monday 11th March in the High Church of Scotland, was taken by Rev Paul Ahmed, Barvas, assisted in prayer by Christopher Martin, Elder, Stornoway.

At the graveside on Habost Machair, Rev Ahmed was accommpanied by Rev Iain Murdo MacDonald, Ness Church of Scotland, who led those gathered there in solemn prayer. From Ness we share and extend our sympathy to her daughters Angela and Laura, the grand children and we remember her sister Annie and other close relatives who mourn in this bereavement.

Lionel Death - The morning of Tuesday March 12th brought sadness to us with the news that after a lingering illness Norman John Murray, Tarmod Louis, had passed away at his home at 34B Lionel.

Norman who was aged 67 years, was known to many as a bus driver with Galson Motors for a long number of years on the Ness to Stornoway run.

He will be missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him and that was evident with the large attendance in Ness Church of Scotland for Wake worship on the evening of Wednesday and again on Thursday 14th March when the funeral service there was taken by Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald, assisted in prayer by Iain Mackay, Elder, South Dell.

The singing of Psalm 23 was led by Donald R Morrison, Elder, St Ronans Drive and Chris Barrowman, Elder, Eorodale led the singing of the hymn, Amazing Grace.

Rev MacDonald officiated at the graveside with solemn prayer suited to the occasion. In their time of grief we share our thoughts in sympathy with his wife Dolina, his daughter Shona and husband Peter, and grandson Aiden Lewis, his son Donald John, his sister Elizabeth Ann, his brother Lewis and other close relatives and friends who mourn.

Death in Stornoway - On Wednesday March 13th relative and friends in Ness were saddened with the news that Christina Morrison, Nee Mackenzie, Cairstiona Sheonaidh Mhurchaidh, formerly from 15 Swainbost had passed away suddenly at her home in Kennedy Terrace, Stornoway.

Christina who was aged 92 years had enjoyed a remarkable measure of good health up until the end and will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her in island church circles as a professing member for a long number of years who witnessed in walk and conversation that she looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. Christina was predeceased by her husband Donald from 32 Habost in June 1998.

The funeral of Christina to Habost Cemetery was on Saturday March 16th with the service in the Free Church Seminary Stornoway taken by Rev Ivor Martin assisted in prayer by Murdo Murray, Elder, Stornoway who has close Ness connections.

At the graveside on Habost Machair where Ness friends had gathered along with the family and others who had travelled from Stornoway Rev Martin officiated with an address suited to the occasion.

In their sudden bereavement we extend our sympathy to her three sons, Angus, Alasdair Finlay and Iain, the grand children and we remember her sister Chirsty Ann and all close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.

SCALPAY

Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Donald MacKinnon, Elder, North Tolsta.

Induction – The Induction of Rev Andrew Coghill to the pastoral charge of Scalpay Free Church will take place (DV) on Wednesday 27th March in Tarbert Church of Scotland at 7pm.

The reception thereafter will be in Tarbert Community Centre and a large invitation is extended to all.

As we welcome Rev Coghill, his wife Deborah and family Joshua, Philip, Naomi and Nathan into our midst, our prayer is that God would abundantly bless this new ministry and it would result in many souls being brought in to the Master’s Kingdom.

First Lamb – The first lamb of the season has been born to a ewe belonging to William Benjamin Morrison and can be seen in good health, around the village area.

glasgow lewis and harris

The facilities at the Crawford Halls, Beith Street, Partick are proving to be a very suitable and popular location for Glasgow based Highlands and Islands Associations.

There is an appealing line up of entertainers going to be there on Saturday 23rd March to provide songs and music for the audience.

The evening commences at 7.45 and there is a full programme and a variety of singers including Catyln Smith, Mary C Maclean, Alex Dan Macdonald, Kenneth Nicolson and Alasdair Paterson on Keyboard. The very modest entrance fee is £5.

Live entertainment of this type is still available from Glasgow Associations who endeavour to provide contact with the traditions of those who were the Association founders.

All the Associations are dependant on support and as long as that is forthcoming then they will continue to survive. The alternative would not be welcome.