Ness Related Death – On Monday, February 18th, the entire Ness community were saddened with the news that Calum Morrison, who was resident in Leverburgh had passed away suddenly at the home of his daughter Catriona in Stornoway.
Calum, who was aged 61 years, and had recently been in failing health, was a son of the late Donald (Domhnall Sheumais) of 1 South Dell, and the late Catherine (Catriona Chaluim) of 23 South Dell. He was a marine engineer to trade, and will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.
On the evening of Tuesday wake worship was held in the Free Presbyterian Church in Leverburgh, and the funeral service attended by friends from Harris, in Cross Free Church on Wednesday, February 20th, was taken by the Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, Interim-Moderator of the Cross congregation. He was assisted in prayer by the Rev Kenneth D Macleod, Free Presbyterian Church, Leverburgh, and the Rev Alan MacColl, Ness Free Presbyterian Church.
Singing of praise was led by Angus MacVicar, elder, from Harris, and Iain Hector Macleod, elder, from Uig.
At the graveside in Habost Cemetery the Rev Campbell officiated with an address suited to the solemnity of the occasion.
From Ness we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to his wife Marsali in Leverburgh, daughters Catriona and Cairstiona, his son Seonaidh, and we remember at this time his brother James in South Dell, and all other close relatives who mourn in this bereavement.
Eorodale Death – The morning of Tuesday, February 19th, brought with it the news that Murdo Macdonald (Murchadh Uilleam) of 8 Eorodale, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital where he had been attended to for about two weeks before the end.
Murdo, who was aged 86 years, had been in failing health for some time. In earlier years he followed a seafaring career in the Merchant Navy.
He was an elder in the Ness Church of Scotland for 31 years, and the respect in which he was held was evident at a wake worship on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday, February 21st, when one of the largest gatherings in recent times assembled at the church where the funeral service was taken by the Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald, assisted in prayer by the Rev James Macdonald, retired, Point, with singing of praise led in English by Angus Murray, elder, South Dell, and in Gaelic by Hamish Taylor, elder, Manish, Harris, a former elder of the Ness congregation.
The Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald officiated with a solemn address at the graveside.
In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his wife, Johanna, daughters Anne and Sandra, sons William and Iain Donald, the grandchildren, his sister Katag, his brother Angus, and all close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.
School Topics – Those of us still left who had our schooldays in what we think was a curriculum of excellence, in a three year secondary in Lionel School, now feel sad for what is now (with due respect to all councillors) being proposed by our ruling authorities, as a ship without a rudder, or Lionel School without a head teacher, in this place of learning in our community for nearly 150 years.
Carloway Communions - starts on Thursday 29th April (tonight) with Ruairidh MacLean of Leverburgh conducting the Gaelic service. Throughout the communion weekend, both Rev. Calum MacMillan and Rev. Paul Ahmed will be conducting services in the Free Church and Church of Scotland respectively. In addition, there will be a joint fellowship in the Free Church after both services on Friday evening. All welcome.
Carloway Football Club - There will be a sponsored walk on Saturday 13th April, from Carloway to the Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway, to raise funds on behalf of Carloway Football Club and Breast Cancer.
If anyone is prepared to go on the walk can they please contact a member of the committee for a sponsor sheet so they can start collecting sponsors.
Co-operative Cup - The draw for this competition was made last week. Carloway will begin their defence of the cup with a home tie against Back, the same team they defeated on penalties in last year’s final to secure the club’s first major honour in over half a century on what was a memorable occasion.
This tie is likely to be played on Friday 17th or Saturday 18th May, with the season starting in less than seven weeks time.
Dinner - Following the recent senior citizens dinner, which is annually organized by the Pairc Community Association, we would like to say a big thank you for another successful dinner. This year’s dinner was held in Ravenspoint, Kershader, where an enjoyable meal was had by all followed by entertainment. Once again thanks go to all who helped out in one way or another on the day.
Social Club - A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the planned curry evening to be held by the Pairc Social Club. Following this event and another fundraising event held by the club the magnificent sum of £1,300 was raised. This money will help to go towards the costs of the planned annual outing in May.
Thanks for this great amount raised must go to the efforts and support of the helpers and the local community and beyond also not forgetting the entertainers on the evening for there support and help, once again many thanks.
Deaths - We send sympathy to the sons and daughter of the late Mary Mackay, late of 12 Glen, Gravir who recently passed away in the Western Isles hospital following a long spell as a patient there.
Mary moved to Stornoway some years ago to be nearer her family but always keep in touch with what was going on in Gravir and around. Following pre-funeral services in Stornoway, her funeral took place in the Park Free Church with interment taking place at Gravir cemetery.
Sympathy - We send sincere sympathy to the husband and extended family of the late Chirsty M Smith, Garyvard, following her recent passing. Following a number of years living in Aberdeen Chirsty and her husband came home to live in Garyvard where they made there home.
Get Well - We send get well wishes to those who have recently been in hospital and those now recovering at home including, Dollishan, Marvig, Kenny Mackenzie, Marvig and Annie Macdonald, Habost.
Annual Dinner - Kinloch Senior Citizens’ Annual Dinner will be on Saturday 2nd March in Balallan Hall at 2pm.
Everyone who is over 60 and resident in the area will be very welcome to attend. Anyone needing transport please contact a member of the hall committee.
The Hall Committee will be providing a three course dinner, with tea and coffee and a wee dram afterwards. Some of the young members of the village will entertain after dinner. The hall committee have purchased new heating, and they can guarantee the hall will be nice and warm.
Condolences – The sympathies of the community are extended to Hazel Macleod, Braemore, Kyles, on the passing of her father, George, recently.
Hazel’s husband, Finlay Ewen, has his family home at Fairwinds, and we remember her and her family in our thoughts and prayers. May they be conscious in these difficult days of God’s abiding presence and His comforting love.
We also send our condolences to the relatives of the late Chrissie Montgomery, Stornoway.
Mrs Montgomery lived in Scalpay for a number of years during the time of her husband’s pastorate and is fondly remembered as a much-loved lady of the Manse.
As we mourn her passing our prayer is that others would be raised up to take the place of those being taken into the Lord’s eternal service from our communities.
In Hospital – At the time of writing this Jean Cunningham, Limepark, who resides in Harris House, is detained in the Western Isles Hospital and, on behalf of everyone, we send her our best wishes for a quick return to better health.
New Baby – Congratulations to Donald John and Caroline Morrison, Urgha, on the birth of a son, Daniel John, recently. Donald John is known to many here in his driving capacity with Hebridean Coaches and we send best wishes to proud parents and grandparents in Urgha and Northton at this happy time.
Training Course Graduate – Well done to John Angus Macdonald, Green Lane, who graduated from the first ever locally hosted firefighters recruits course held in Stornoway.
John Angus is now part of the Scalpay team and we wish him and them well as they serve our community in this invaluable way.
Funeral Association – Over the next two weeks collectors will be going round their districts collecting the annual subscriptions and thanks are due to all who carry out this work.
Leverburgh House Resident – Annie Macdonald, who lived formerly in Balloch, now resides in Leverburgh Care Home. Annie’s family home was at Morgan and we wish her every blessing in that excellent facility.
Gaelic Service - The next Gaelic service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday, March 3rd. 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.
The service, to which all are welcome, begins at the usual time of 3pm.