District News February 2nd

CARLOWAY

Youth Cafe - Will be meeting on Friday 3rd February (tomorrow) between 7pm and 9pm, in the Carloway Community Centre. All pupils of secondary age are welcome to come along.

Carloway Football Club - The draw for the Eilean Fhraoich took place last Monday, at the County Hotel in Stornoway. Carloway have been drawn against cup holders Harris in the first round, with the first leg to be held in Tarbert on Friday 13th July (Festival night), with the return leg at Cnoc a’ Choilich on Monday 16th July.

Ness, who received a bye, will meet the winners of that tie in the semi-final. In the other ties, Point have been drawn against West Side, with Lochs drawn against Back.

The final of the Eilean Fhraoich Cup will be held at Rally Park, Tarbert, on Friday 10th August. We would like to apologise for the mistake in last week’s article, where it should have stated that the draw was to take place in January, rather than April.

UIG

Sad News from Glasgow – We were saddened on January 11th by the news of the passing, at the Clydebank Hospice, of Norman Morrison, aged 67, and the youngest member of the large Morrison family, formerly of 1 Ungishader and 9 Geshader.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his partner, Cathina Murray, his sisters, Murdina D. and Effie here in Uig, Dolina in Kirkibost, Teenie in Stornoway, Betsy in Glasgow, Calum, now the only brother left, and to the whole extended family in their sad loss.

Norman was a well-known and well-liked member of this community. He spent many years working in Glasgow with regular visits home before ill health set in and it’s been very sad to hear of his increasing infirmity, especially during the last year. We would all have wished otherwise for him.

A large party of the family gathered on January 16th for his funeral in Uigean Church where Norman faithfully attended in his youth and also whenever he was here. There was a big congregation of sympathisers from all over the island at the funeral service which was taken, in the absence of the minister of the congregation Rev Hugh M Stewart, by the Rev Ross Macaskill, minister of Point Church of Scotland. Interment followed at Ardroil Cemetery.

Sore Bereavement – Once again the Uig community has suffered a hard blow in the unexpected death of one of our younger members, 47 year old Iain Morrison, 9 Guershader by Stornoway, elder son of the late Peter and Mary Ann Morrison of 13 Mangersta, husband of Sandra and devoted Dad of his teenage family, Bruce, Jasmine, Cerise and Saffara, brother of John Angus, Morag and Joanie and of the late Margaret Ann and Chrissie Mary, all of whom are very much, at this very sad time, in the thoughts of all who knew Iain.

We can hardly believe the tragic providence that has overtaken the Morrison family, who grew up in our midst as the most cheerful, pleasant and well-mannered household that could ever grace a village and have now suffered the loss of three family members, all at an early age.

Iain was a hard-working man, of a quietly happy and contented nature, devoted to his wife and family, working over many years with Bardon Associates and keeping his croft at Mangersta going at weekends and holidays. It was always a pleasure to meet him and his family, he had a friendly and caring attitude to everybody.

As well as his own family, we also extend condolences to his two aunts, his uncle and his cousins who, as well as everybody who knew Iain, will miss him very much and cherish his memory, as we do that of his late sisters. The high regard in which Iain was held was shown by the large numbers of people who attended both the funeral in Uigean Church, on 24th January and the wake service, the preceding evening, in St Columba’s Church, Stornoway, taken by the Rev William Macleod, retired minister of Uig. The funeral service was taken, in the absence of the minister of the congregation, Rev Hugh M Stewart, by the Rev Iain M Macdonald, Ness and interment followed at Ardroil Cemetery.

Annual Dinner – The Uig Community Council’s Annual Dinner for the Over 60s was held on Saturday, 28th January in the Community Centre, Timsgarry, in a bright and convivial setting where up to 50 guests sat down to a delicious three-course meal, beautifully cooked and presented and very smartly served.

The MC was Cllr. Norman Macdonald who welcomed everyone and paid tribute to the spirit in which people had come out to this community event at a time when so many families are grieving the loss of loved ones. Entertainment was provided by Mairi Macdonald, Timsgarry who sang two Gaelic hymns and by Jessica Macdonald, Erista, a P7 pupil of Uig School, on chanter.

The large, iced cake, made by Janet Matheson, Ardroil, was ceremoniously cut by Miss Ann Sutherland and Mrs Chirsty Mary Latimer, both Breanish. All guests would like to record their thanks to all the helpers who worked so hard to make this year’s dinner a most enjoyable event.

Evening Classes – The new Spring 2012 programme of adult evening classes, run by Community Learning Hebrides, begins this week with Gaelic Conversation for Beginners in the Community Centre on Mondays at 7.30pm. The tutor for this class is Anna Mackinnon.

The welcoming ambience of Loch Croistean Old School awaits all those who enjoy a Knit ’n a Natter, no doubt with coffee ‘n cakes as well. It’s not too late to enrol for either on hotline 01851 822716 or online at www.cne-siar.gov.uk/comed/clh. Day and time of meeting for Knt’nNatter supplied on application.

As well as these Community Learning Classes, a privately-run and very popular Keep Fit session is held on early Monday evenings at the Community Centre with Kirsty Wade and there’s also a Yoga class run by Julia Shaw on Wednesdays, also at the Community Centre. Times for these available at the Centre.

SCALPAY

Services - The morning service in Scalpay Free Church on Sunday 22nd January was conducted by Rev Calum Iain Macloed, Back, whose family home is at Camus Berg. In the evening Rev Malcom Macdonald, Callanish, Interim Moderator of the congregation conducted the service. Last Sunday both services were taken by Iain Morrison, Back.

In the Free Church (Continuing) both services on the 22nd were conducted by Rev Maurice Roberts, senior minister of Inverness, as Rev Kenneth Macdonald was preaching in Leverburgh.

Condolences - The heartfelt sympathies of the community are extended to the widow and relatives of Rev Alistair Montgomery, who passed away recently. Rev Montgomery ministered in Scalpay for several years and many here have happy memories of a blessed and fruitful ministry. May all who mourn the passing of this gracious and gifted servant of the Lord be conscious of God’s comforting love.

Graduation - Congratulations to Marie Clare Macleod, Stornoway, on her graduation from Stirling University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Marie’s mum Dolina has her family home at Stromview where her Grandmother Mary Ann still resides and we wish her well in her future nursing career.

NESS

Ness Funeral - The funeral of Scott Campbell, formally of 18 North Dell, who so suddenly and tragically passed away recently in Inverness, was held in Habost Cemetery on Friday 27 January.

Scott who was only 16 years of age will be remembered and sadly missed as a young person whose affectionate nature endeared him to all who came to know him.

The measure of sadness related to this sad occasion and shared by the entire Ness Community and many out with the Ness area, was evident when the Ness Church of Scotland was nearly full for Wake Worship on the evening of Thursday and again on Friday, with the main church and the hall full to capacity when the largest assembly of mourners seen in Ness, including friends who had travelled from Inverness, gathered.

Therefore the funeral service taken by the minister of the church Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald assisted in prayer by Rev James Macdonald, retired Church of Scotland Point.

Singing of praise was lead by John Hebditch, Elder, Cross Skigersta and Hamish Taylor from Harris, who is a former Elder of the congregation. At the graveside on Habost Machair, where again the family were joined by the largest gathering seen at a graveside in the cemetery.

Rev Iain Macdonald officiated with words suited to the solemnity of an occasion which reminds us of what the brevity and uncertainty of our days can be.

We share out thoughts in sympathy with the grieving parents Catherine and Iain Donald, his stepfather Angus, and all in the close and extended family circle with our prayer that in their time of need they would all be able to draw comfort from the God of all comfort.

Retiring Seamen - We send our good wishes for many healthy and happy retirement years to Andrew Macleod, 46 Habost, and also his brother Murdo of St Ronans Drive, who are both retiring after a working lifetime of service in the Merchant Navy. Their retirement reminds us of the contribution that out local seamen have, through the years, in war time and peace time, given to the Merchant Navy, often described as the life line of Britain.

PAIRC

Get well - To all those in the community who are at present hospitalised we wish them a speedy recovery.

Dinner - Please remember the the annual Senior Citizens Dinner is on this Saturday 4 February at Ravenspoint, Kershader, if you could be there at 1.00pm, for a 1.30pm sitting. Anybody needing transport please contact Nellie on 880 394 or Donnie on 880 456.