District News: Butt to Barra 26.13.12

Lochs

Christmas Fayre - The Balallan Hall committee held a very successful Christmas Fayre last Saturday in the village hall.

We would like to thank everyone who braved the severe weather to come and support us. We really do appreciate it.

The committee would also like to thank everyone who donated prizes for our raffle and those who provided sales tables. Last but not least we would like to thank Santa who battled through the wind and the rain to bring presents to the children.

North Lochs Community Association - The Community Centre in Leurbost was the venue for two Christmas Dinner events, with the Historical Society get together on Friday 6th and the Lochs Football Club event on Friday 13th December.

The Community Association would like to thanks all those who worked behind the scenes, preparing the meal and those who served the tables. We could not have done it without your help.

North Lochs Historical Society - Invite you to check out the new website over the festive holidays. The society aim to promote an interest in the history of life in the villages of Grimshader, Ranish, Crossbost, Leurbost and Achmore.

On the website there are stories in relation to crofting life in days gone by. If you have your own family stories to tell, your contributions and comments would be most welcome. www.northlochshistorical.org.

Nollaig Chridheil ’s Bliadhna Mhath Ur dhuibh uile.

Laxdale

Annual dinner - Although the inclement weather had an adverse effect on the attendance at the annual Senior Citizens’ Dinner there was a still a very encouraging turnout which pleased the Community Assocaiton and the ladies who had put in a power of work in the kichen in providing their usual delicious meal.

Following grace by AD Macdonald the assembled guests tucked into the festive meal and tribute must be paid to the ladies and gentlemen who served the tables with efficiency and good cheer.

MC for the afernoon was Dol, who carried out his duties in his usual inimitable style.

Entertainment was provided by the talented Katie Graham, who sang traditional Gaelic songs and Chrisell Macdonald and Graham Macleannnan, who set feet tapping with their dance music.

The afternoon was brought to a close with Katies leading the guests in singing Psalm 23.

The general concensuss was that the afternoon had been a resounding success.

Scalpay

Services - In the absence of the Minister, who was preaching in Leverburgh, services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Joe Macphee, Elder, Stornoway, with the morning service in Gaelic.

In hosptial - Ewen Mackinnon, Highcroft, spent some day hospitalised in Glasgow recently, but we are glad to report he is home again and wish him a speedy and full recovery.