Ness Funeral – The funeral of Williamina Campbell of 8 Port of Ness, who was noted in this column last week, passed away in the Howard Doris Care Centre in Lochcarron on Saturday, September 15th, having attained her centenary birthday on January 9th this year, was held on Wednesday, September 19th.
After wake worship on the evening of Tuesday in Cross Free Church, the funeral service there on Wednesday was taken by Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, who is presently Interim Moderator of the congregation.
He was assisted in prayer by Angus Graham, elder Barvas, who is from South Dell and singing of praise was led by Donald R Morrison, elder St Ronans Drive, Lionel. At the graveside on Habost Machair Rev Campbell officiated with a solemn address suited to the occasion and related to our common latter end.
We again condole with her daughters Ann and Christine, sons Donald and Murdo, and all who mourn in this bereavement.
Ness Centenarians – Following the foregoing item related to the passing of a Ness Centenarian, we note with interest that to our knowledge, and with the available records, eight Ness born women and one man reached their Centenary.
The oldest in North Dell in 1913 was 105 years; one was 103, five were 101 and two were 100.
There may possibly have been others who were Ness related and who are still unknown to us.
Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Iain Morrison, Back.
The late Sarah Macleod – On Sunday, September 16th, the community was saddened to hear that Sarah Macleod, 4 Scalpay, had passed away in Leverburgh Care Home, where she had been resident for some time.
Sarah, who was aged 90, spent her younger years in wartime service, then worked in the Hospitality Trade prior to her marriage.
Of a friendly and kind disposition, Sarah and her husband Neil, who pre-deceased her 19 years ago, always had a warm welcome for those who visited their home at Ardnakille and were excellent neighbours and well-respected members of our community.
Above all Sarah knew the Lord as her own personal saviour. She was a communicant member in the Church for many years and her warm Christian fellowship and prayerful interest in the spread of the gospel will be greatly missed.
As we mourn her passing our feverent prayer continues to be that others would be raised up to take the place of those being taken into the Lord’s eternal services from our communities.
Her funeral service on Wednesday, September 20th, was conducted by Rev Kenneth Macdonald, assisted by Donald John Macsween, Dunarin. The praise was led by Donald Macleod, Highbury, and interment was in Luskentyre Cemetery.
At this time of great sadness, we extend our prayerful sympathy to son Alex John, daughters Catherine and Joan Ann, daughter-in-law Marie, sons-in-law Neil and Calum, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the wide circle of relatives and friends.
May all be conscious in these difficult days that ‘the eternal god is their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms’.
Wedding – A wedding of local interest took place on Wednesday, September 20th, at the Harris Hotel when Murdo Macleod, Moorlands, and Jean Darmundy, 5 Creag Aonaich, were married.
On behalf of the whole community we wish Murdo and Jean every future blessing as they settle down to married life.
Work Experience – Last week the five S6 pupils in Sir E Scott from Scalpay were on work experience in Stornoway.
Caroline Mackay was in Stornoway Primary; Anne-Marie Mackenzie was in the Western Isles Hospital; Sam Mackinnon was in the council Human Resources Department; Jonathan Macleod was with Bardon Hebrides, and Scott Macleod was with Stuart Bagshaw Associates.
All thoroughly enjoyed their placements and hopefully they will have given them insights into future possible careers.
Carloway Communions - On Thursday 27th September (tonight), in the Carloway Free Church, Rev. Calum I. MacLeod (Back) will be preaching in the Gaidhlig service, with Rev. Paul Amed (Barvas) conducting the English service in the Carloway Church of Scotland. Both services commence at 7pm respectively. On Friday 28th September, there will be an English service held in both churches at 7pm.
An informal fellowship will be held afterwards in the Church of Scotland. On Saturday 29th September, there will be a morning service held in the Church of Scotland at 11am, with a service held in the Free Church at noon.
In the evening that day, Rev. Kenny I. MacLeod will conduct the English service in the Free Church, starting at 7pm. Finally, on Sunday 30th September, the Free church will be holding services at both 11.30am and 6.30pm, with the Church of Scotland holding their final services at 11am and 6.30pm respectively. Informal fellowships will be held in both churches following the evening services. All welcome.
MacMillan Coffee Morning - A reminder that Carloway School will be holding a coffee morning in the School Annexe on Friday 28th September between 10.30am and noon, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.
Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - The Carloway Gaelic Choir are putting final touches to their songs before they make their way to Dunoon for next month’s Royal National Mod.
Famously renowned for rehearsing on Skype, conductor Mairi MacLeod is based in Somerset, while other members such as Helen Pearson and Donald MacLeod are based in Oban and Inverness respectively. Iain MacArthur, of Borrowston, assists with the Gaidhlig. We would like to wish the choir all the very best at this year’s competition. Gur math a thèid leibh!
Carloway Football Club - A bag-packing fundraiser was held in the Co-operative Superstore last Saturday, to raise funds for the new Carloway Astroturf. A fantastic sum of approximately £850 was raised. Many thanks to all the volunteers for their help throughout the day.
Communions - The half yearly communion services will be held in Pairc Free Church from Thursday 18th October - Monday 22nd October, assisting ministers expected to attend will be Rev D Macdonald, Kinloch and Rev Ewan Matheson, Uist.