Butt to Barra District News 25/4/13

Over �2,000 was raised for local charities at the recent 40th School Union in Stornoway.'The sum of �2,120 was raised through the Charity Raffle and other donations, which we have divided equally between two local charities - Western Isles Kidney Patients Association and Macmillan Cancer Support. 'The School Reunion Committee we would like to sincerely thank the all the businesses who contributed kind donations for the charity raffle and also the businesses who aided in the weekend's activities.
Over �2,000 was raised for local charities at the recent 40th School Union in Stornoway.'The sum of �2,120 was raised through the Charity Raffle and other donations, which we have divided equally between two local charities - Western Isles Kidney Patients Association and Macmillan Cancer Support. 'The School Reunion Committee we would like to sincerely thank the all the businesses who contributed kind donations for the charity raffle and also the businesses who aided in the weekend's activities.

NESS

Fivepenny Death – On Thursday, April 18th, we were all sad with the news that Mary Flora Macdonald, nee Murray, 23 Fivepenny, had passed away in the Free Presbyterian Care Home in Leverburgh, Harris, where, due to failing health she had latterly been resident and attended to.

Mary Flora, who was aged 73 years, and whose work had been in nursing, had in earlier years, along with her late husband Angus who passed away in 1997, been resident in Paisley before coming to 23 Fivepenny, where she will now be sadly missed and remembered with affection, not only in that neighbourhood, but also by all who knew her through the years.

After wake worship on Friday evening in Cross Free Church, where Mary was a professing member, the funeral there, in the absence of the Rev Roddy John Campbell, Interim-Moderator, was taken by the Rev Calum Iain Macleod, Back. He was assisted in prayer by Calum Maclean, elder, Knockaird, singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Angus Murray, elder, South Dell, and in English by Donald Morrison, elder, Cross.

The Rev Macleod officiated at the graveside with an address suited to the occasion.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with her brother Calum, her sister Annie and brother Donald, and all close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Mary Flora.

CARLOWAY

The Big Lunch - There will be a Community BBQ held at Dalmore Beach on Saturday 1st June. More details to follow.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway made it three victories out of three after two impressive victories over Ness and Lochs in the League and ABC Cup respectively. Last Friday, Carloway welcomed Ness to Cnoc a’ Choilich where they recorded a 3-0 victories thanks to a Fraser MacLeod double and a first senior goal for D.I. MacLennan in the dying seconds of the match.

Carloway are currently in second place in the League with six points, only Stornoway Athletic ahead on goal difference.

Following Friday’s League victory, Carloway hosted Lochs in the 2nd round of the Acres Boys Club Cup. Despite being reduced to nine men before half time, a Fraser MacLeod hat-trick and a goal scored by Ally ‘Tolsta’ MacIver sealed a 4-1 victory for the ‘Way, with Stevie Price scoring the consolation for Lochs.

The match reports of both games can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk. Carloway will now travel and meet the winners of last night’s encounter between Stornoway Athletic and Ness in the semi-final, on Monday 29th April. Kick off at 6:30pm. Following this fixture, Carloway take on the League champions Stornoway Athletic in the League on Wednesday 1st March at Cnoc a’ Choilich in what will be a big match. Kick off at 7pm. Come out and support your team!

TONG

Hall Events – We had a new event last Saturday in the Tong Hall organised by the Youth Club for their funds. The Youth Club had arranged for Hebrides Pursuits to run a Black and Bling Vegas Style Night with games and a dance. Hebrides Pursuits had decorated the hall and set up everything for the show. There was a good turnout for this new venture and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the night.

This Saturday (April 27th) the TRA are holding their second Big Breakfast. A complete fry-up will be available in the hall for a sit-down meal from 9.30am – 12 noon, or you can have the breakfast as a take-away in foil containers.

We hope that again there will be a good support for this fund-raising activity.

LOCHS

Curry Night - This Friday, 26th April, there will be a Take Away Curry Night at Lochs Services in aid of a local charity. No pre-orders are taken, just turn up between 4-7pm and choose from Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, Beef Madras, Very Hot Beef Madras or Thai Green Vegetable Curry. Only £6.00 including rice or Naan.

Wind Farm - The public meeting to formally launch the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust took place at Balallan Hall on Wednesday 24th April. The gathering was also to outline the application process and eligibility criteria. 

Wedding - Friday the 12th April saw the wedding of David and Cara Martin. The marriage ceremony took place at the High Church in Stornoway and the reception followed at the North Lochs Community Centre. The community would like to wish the newly-weds all the best for the future.

The North Lochs Community Association committee would like to offer a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came together and worked so hard to provide the catering for the wedding reception. Your contribution ensured it was a fantastic day for everybody.

Help with Computers - Have you a laptop, projector and screen you would like to set up? Are you afraid to attempt it by yourself? There will be a workshop at the Community Centre in Leurbost that can help.

You can bring your own laptop and equipment, get sound advice and practice setting them up, under the watchful eye of an expert. If you are interested in this kind of learning get together, register your interest with Jean on 860431 or macleod-ranish@supanet.com

If your group or organisation has any community news or events you would like to include in the District News. Please email the information to lochiesnews@gmail.com or call/text 07554665549.

Photography - The Photography for Beginners class will be at Sgoil nan Loch between 7-9pm on Mondays.

These classes are always very popular and if you have a camera with manual settings and want to unleash its potential, why not register for the class by phoning 822716 today. The class runs for six weeks and costs £30, however if you are in receipt of benefits or over 60 there is a 50% discount.

SCALPAY

Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) last Sunday were conducted by Donald John Morrison, Inverness, Church Outreach Worker, whose family home is at Seaforth Villa.

Holy Land Trip – At the time of compiling this the Rev Kenneth MacDonald and his wife, Coleen, are leading an excursion to the Holy Land. Among those attending from Scalpay are Annie Macdonald, Green Lane, Annie Macdonald, Cnoc-Na-Uamha and Ewen John Morrison, 16 Ardnasaig and Ewen and Pat Morrison, Laurel Bank. We wish them all a safe, enjoyable and spiritually strengthening time.

In Hospital – Since our last news Murdo Alex Macleod, 21 Hill Cave, spent a short time in hospital but we are glad to report he is back home and on the move again, and we wish him a full recovery.

Meetings – On Friday 19th the Faith Mission and representatives of Bible into Hebrew translators both held meetings in Scalpay, the former in the Free Church and the latter in the Community Centre.

As we thank them for their interesting and informative presentations our prayer is that God would bless the spreading of His Word throughout the world.

Islands Study Conference – This is being held over the coming weekend in Tarbert, and Scalpay Free Church will be closed this Sunday to enable the congregation to worship with those at the conference.

LONDON

Spring ceilidh - The Highland and Islands Society of London held its Spring Ceilidh last Saturday (20th April) at the London Welsh Centre with an outstanding programme which was much appreciated by the relatively small audience.

The introductions were partly in Gaelic with Donald MacLennan acting as an able fear an taighe. Mairi MacInnes, who had travelled down from Arran to take part, sang beautifully from her extensive repertoire of Gaelic songs, encouraging audience participation throughout what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

This included a song with its roots in Argyll (Tha caoineadh air Beinn Doran). The Matthew Maclennan Ceilidh Band provided lively and varied music in a relaxed and entertaining style which had the majority of those present on their feet for much of the time.

The evening concluded with a rousing rendition of ‘Soraidh leibh is oidhche mhath leibh’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

The ceilidh was a social success, but the numbers attending will need to increase if the Society is to be in a position to continue to organise ceilidhs of this calibre.