Ness funerals - Last week there were four funerals in Ness Cemeterty.
On the morning of November 20th the funeral of Christina Mary MacDonald nee Morrison, Chrissie Mary, formerly of 30 Eoropie was held.
Chrissie Mary was 68 and had passed away after a short illness in a Glasgow hospice on November 15th.
The funeral service was held in the Free Church Continuing in Stornoway, where Chrissie, who was a professing member for 26 years latterly attended.
The service was taken by Rev. Graeme Craig, assisted by Rev. Angus Smith, formerly of Cross Free Church, with the singing of praise led by Calum Maclean, Elder.
Rev. Craig officiated at the graveside, where a large number of friends were assembled.
In their time of grief we share our thoughts and sympathy with her husband Murdo, daughter Una, son Angus and her grand daughter.
And we remember her two brothers Murdo Alex and Alexander and all family and friends who mourn at this time.
Habost related death - On the afternoon of November 20th the funeral of Finlay Morrison, Fionnlagh Iain an Dudain, who passed away in Glasgow on November 12th, was held.
Finlay was 79 and was a son of John Morrison, formerly of 15 Habost and Margaret Macritchie, Mairead Fhionnlaigh of 34 Habost, who though the years had been resident in Glasgow.
Finlay was the youngest in the family of five. He served in Korea and Egypt with the Scots Guards during his national service, after which he served with distinction for 32 years in the Glasgow City Police, attaining the rank of Inspector before retiring in 1987.
In the absence of Rev. Iain Murdo MacDonald , the service was held in Ness Church of Scotland and taken by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, who at present is interim Moderator of Cross Free Church.
He was assisted by Rev. Greg MacDonald, Free Church Continuing, with singing of praise led by John Hebditch, Elder Cross, Skigersta.Rev. Campbell officiated at the graveside.
In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his wife Mary, Mairi Bheag, who is from 22 North Dell, his daughter Margaret and husband Douglas, his son John and wife Paula, the grand children , Holly, Thomas and William Morrison, and all others who mourn at this time.
Correction - we regret that at the bottom of last week’s Ness news the words ‘assisted by Hugh Stewart to suited to the occasion’ should have referred to the previous item ‘Death in Lionel’.
Quiz night - On Friday night Martins Memorial Youth group hosted a Quiz night in the church Hall. Initially planned to be a fundraiser for upcoming trips , they decided to pull all their resources and make it an even bigger fund raising evening - with a view to ALL the proceeds going to the Phillipines Disaster Relief Fund.
The hall was packed to capacity with 13 teams all competing for the grand prize of Chocolate teddies, as even the prizes were to be a donation.
Along with youth leaders - Donna and Zander, the teenagers worked hard to pull the evening together with the Quiz, tea and baking and various stalls around the hall.
The tremendous sum of £1200 was raised, which will be forwarded to the Phillipines via Tearfund who have teams on the ground there providing aid.
A huge thankyou to all who donated baking, contributions for the various stalls, and also all who came along on the night.
A great time was had by all ages coming together for such a good cause.
Foodbank at Tesco - This Christmas, Every Tesco Store in the UK will be running their third Neighbourhood Food Collection in a bid to collect 10 million meals for those in need by the end of the year.
Customers at Tesco in Stornoway will be invited to donate food in store from Thursday 28th November until Saturday 30th December, as the retailer gears up to hold the biggest ever food collection in the UK.
Tesco will be joined by Foodbank charity the Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare for the collection.
Customers at the Stornoway Tesco will be given a special selected shopping list when they enter the store and will be asked to pick up an item of food such as long-life milk, cereal, tinned foods and tea and coffee before donating it at the end of their shop.
The food will then be distributed to the Eilean Siar Foodbank before being given to people in times of crisis.
Guest preacher - A former Roman Catholic brought up in a staunchly Irish Republican home in Dublin will be preaching in Stornoway this weekend.
Converted to a living, Bible-centred faith in Christ in 1985, Mark Fitzpatrick’s life was revolutionised and instead of supporting and promoting the Irish nationalist struggle, he has since been serving a better cause.
From 2007 he has been Pastor of Arann Reformed Baptist Church, Dublin.
He will be preaching during special evangelistic services being held at Stornoway Free Church (Continuing).
The services are at 7.30pm on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November and at 11am and 6.30pm on Sabbath 1st December, and a warm welcome awaits all.
As well as preaching, Mr Fitzpatrick will speak of how he came to faith in the Lord Jesus at a fellowship after the Sabbath Evening service.
Carol and hymn event - Under One Roof,Under One God is a carol and hymn night being held on December 21st at the Caladh Inn, Stornoway at 7.30pm. The aim of the event is to raise money for two very worthy charities: Bethesda Care Home and Hospice and Steadfast Global.
It is hoped the event will encourage everyone to come together and celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. With so many negative things in the news today about the church, we want to bring all together with the aim of bridging stronger ties for all churches and to bring encouragement for all churches.
We want to thank our Lord for giving us his Son. There is no entry fee for the concert, just donations at the door.
The Lewis and Harris Youth Association - Will be holding a Santa’s Grotto on Thursday 5th December and Thursday 19th December from 6-8pm in former Wee W building on Cromwell Street, Stornoway.
As part of the 50th Anniversary year the Association will also have a window display showcasing events that clubs have held to celebrate. Santa and his elves look forward to seeing the children of Lewis and Harris this December.
Sgoil nan Loch - Pupils and staff raised £90 for the Children in Need Appeal and £250 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal at an event held at the school on Friday, November 15th.
The pupils organised a Spotty Come Dancing Competition where the teachers danced and pupils were the judges!
Children came to school dressed up as celebrities and during the afternoon activities everyone had great fun.
Pupils brought in monetary donations which were equally divided between the Children in Need Appeal and the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.School staff also held a Charity Lunch which helped to boost the amount raised for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
A further staff charity lunch is planned for Thursday 28 November and all the proceeds will go to help with the purchase of a ‘Shelter Box’ (which includes a ten man tent, stove, water purification system, emergency ration packs, sleeping bags, insulated ground sheet and many other items) for the people of the Philippines.
Xmas Fayre - The Pairc School Christmas Fayre will be held in Pairc School, Gravir on Thursday 5th December from 7pm till 9pm. To book a stall please phone Fiona Stokes on 880310 or direct to the school on 822883. It is hoped that there will be a good turnout and all welcome.
Sympathy - We send sincere sympathy to the family of the Late Rev John Macleod and Nora Macleod who passed away recently within days of each other following a period of ill health for both.
Rev Macleod was for a number of years the minister in the Gravir Free Church. To the family and extended family we think of them at this sad time in their lives.
‘The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed’
Sad News -The sad news from London on November 14th, of the death of Johan Herman, nee Matheson of 6 Ardroil, was heard with sadness throughout the local community here where the family is so well-known.
Aged 71, she was the fourth member of the family of six of the late Malcolm and Catherine Matheson and was known here all her life as Nan.
The heartfelt sympathy of relatives, neighbours and family friends is extended, at this very sad time, to her husband, Harvey, and to her brother, Donald, sisters, Peggy, Chrissie, Lena, Annabel and to all the members of the extended family.
A former pupil of Mangersta School and the Nicolson Institute, Nan had a successful career in business in Edinburgh and then in London, where she spent most of her life, settling after her marriage to Harvey, in Kew, Surrey, and throughout the years, maintaining close ties with, and a keen interest in, all aspects of the life of her family and home community.
She bore her long and increasingly debilitating illness with great fortitude, accepting with grace on her last visit here some 3 years ago, that she was unlikely to be back again.
We were glad to know since then that she was being lovingly cared for at home in Kew with every care and comfort possible provided for her by Harvey, who is very much in our thoughts at this time as are her sisters, and her nieces and nephews who will travel to London for the funeral service in the local church at Kew on Thursday, 28th. Interment will be at Ardroil Cemetery at a later date.
Earlier, in the last days of October, the Uig community was saddened by the news of the death at his home in Aberdeen, of Calum Macleod, of Dunalasdair, Timsgarry, known here more familiarly as Calum Lachie, whose family have had a long standing connection with Uig.
A very fitting tribute to his life and very distinguished career has already appeared in this paper and all who knew him here extend heartfelt sympathy to Mrs Betty Macleod, their family and grandchildren and to his sisters and their families at this sad time.
Praise and Raise Nite - There will be a great fun evening to support the work of Dwellingplaces, Uganda at 7:00pm this Saturday 30th November 2013 in Bernera Community Hall.
Dwelling places is a the charity that helps provide support to the poorest orphaned and homeless children in Africa.
During this special evening there will be superb praise from a multi-member singing group, a multi-media presentation on the work of Dwellingplaces followed by a super sale of artwork, gifts, preserves, cakes etc.
And if that is not enough there will be tea, coffee and delicious baking during the evening. All the monies raised being donated to the charity. The whole event is FREE so please come and join us on Friday night to support a really worthwhile cause.
Gaelic Service - The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday December 1st. On this occasion the Rev Norman Maciver (Rtd) will conduct the worship. Mr Maciver whose last charge was in Tarbert Church of Scotland on the Isle of Harris now resides in Inverness. Refreshment will be served after the service which begins at the usual time of 3.00pm and all are welcome.