District News December 22nd

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Retirement – After 17 years as janitor of Lionel Junior Secondary School, we send our good wishes for many healthy retirement years to Donald R Morrison, MBE, St Ronan’s Drive, Lionel.

We thank Donald not only for his service to the community as school janitor, but also for his interest in swimming coaching and other aspects of our children’s school activities through the years.

Another Year End – As we now draw near to the turn of another year, which had its measure of sadness for some and its measure of joy for others, we pray that as we go into the unknown future of another year, that as families and friends we would all be able to look to the God of all comfort who promises grace to help in time of need.

CARLOWAY

Congratulations - Go to Angus (Tixie) and Sharon MacArthur, of Cnoc Glas, James Street, after the birth of their baby boy, Noah. We would like to send our best wishes to the family on this joyous occasion.

Watchnight Service - This will be taking place at the Carloway Church of Scotland, on Saturday December 24 (Christmas Eve) at 7:30pm. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served after the service. Everyone is very welcome to attend. Meanwhile, church services will continue as normal on Sunday December 25 (Christmas Day), with both services commencing at 11am and 6pm respectively.

Family Queilidh - A reminder that this fundraiser, a combination of a quiz and ceilidh, takes place at the Carloway Community Centre, on Friday December 23 (tomorrow) at 7pm. Donations of food will be gratefully received on the night. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Curryoke Night - The Carloway Community Association presents a curry night with karaoke, which takes place at the Carloway Community Centre on Friday December 30 with a 7pm start. Curries will be locally made and will include mutton, beef, chicken and vegetables.

For those who do not like curry, there will be mince and tatties available. A selection of English and Gaelic karaoke tracks will be available on the night. Admission at the door for adults is £7, while under-16s get in for £2.50. As well as that, families can get in for £15. Spread the word and come along to this fun event!

Carloway Football Club - This year’s dinner dance takes place at Doune Braes Hotel, on Thursday December 29 at 7:30pm. Players’ awards will be presented following the meal. Entertainment will also be provided on the night. Tickets for the dinner dance are £12.50 per person. All welcome.

Super Eights - With no winners last week, the jackpot now stands at £300. This week, the deadline will be on Monday December 26 (Boxing Day) at 3pm, instead of Saturday like it normally is. To acquire a coupon and be in with the chance of winning the jackpot, contact Cobby on 01851 621 400 or via e-mail at cobbymacleod@hotmail.com.

Merry Christmas - We would like to wish all our readers in the Carloway area and beyond a Merry Christmas. Nollaig Chridheil!

LOCHS

Christmas Dinner - Over eighty people attended the Christmas dinner in the Community Centre in Leurbost on Friday.

The sumptious meal was prepared by the Community Association and helpers, in aid of Centre funds. The dinner bookings and the evening’s entertainment was organised by Comann Eachdraidh Cheann a Tuath nan Loch.

Despite the snow and frost that evening some diners travelled a considerable distance to be there and it was a night for meeting new and old acquaintances.

Thanks to the willing hands who prepared the delicious five course meal and the youngsters who assisted, serving the meals so professionally at the tables.

The creative hall and table décorations also deserve a mention.The meal was followed by entertainment from Broadbay Sound and other local entertainers.

The Christmas Dinner now firmly established as an annual event, is a great example of the community spirit which helps to foot the bill for keeping the North Lochs community centre operating all year round .

Christmas Fayre - Last week’s Christmas Fayre run by The Balallan and District Recreation Club in Balallan Hall, raised over £500.

This event was in aid of the Hall another facility for the district’s young people.

The committee would like to thank those: who donated prizes for the raffle; hired sales tables for their own funds; everyone who contributed baking, and all those who came along to support the Christmas Fayre. Special thanks to Santa for calling in and distributing gifts and kisses.

SCALPAY

Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Dr George Macleod, Elder, Carloway.

Musical Afternoon – On Friday, December 16, a musical afternoon was held in Scalpay School with everyone present enjoying hearing a wide variety of pieces performed.

New Baby – Congratulations to Donella and Scott Barker, 9 Parkview Terrace, on the birth of a daughter, Seonag, on Monday December 12.

On behalf of the community we send best wishes to Seonag, proud parents, grandparents, Finlay and Katag at Cnoc an Tobair, and great-grandparents John and Jessie at 37 Outend, at this happy time.