Butt to Barra district news February 16th


Ness Related Death – Friends in Ness area were sad when the news came that the Rev Roderick Macleod had passed away in Raigmore Hospital on Tuesday, January 31.

The Rev Macleod was aged 82 years. His wife, Henrietta (Etta A Choilich), is formerly from 22 North Dell. During his ministry the Rev Macleod served in Knockbain, and later in St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee.

The funeral of the Rev Macleod, attended by friends from Ness, was on Tuesday, February 7, to Kilvean Cemetery, the funeral service in Frazer’s Funeral Home taken by the Rev Maurice Roberts, Inverness, assisted by the Rev Graham Craig, Stornoway Free Church (Continuing).

From Ness we extend our sympathy to his wife Etta, their three sons, Iain, David and Rory, and all others in the close family circle and friends who mourn at this time.

Carthanas Nis – On the evening of Friday, January 11, a pleasant evening was held in Lionel School Canteen when voluntary workers and invited guests gathered together for the annual dinner given by Carthanais Nis (The Ness Charity) as an expression of thanks and gratitude to the willing volunteers who throughout the year share in the varied work related to this worthy local charitable organization.

Weather – After earlier gales and heavy rain the past fortnight has brought to us good, calm and sunny weather, at a time when the older generation of earlier years would rather see drifting snow, ‘Latha Chuilean’, as a forecast for favourable weather later when the spring work would begin on the crofts.


Carloway First Responders - The First Responders are delighted to announce six more volunteers to the group, bringing the total number of responders for the Carloway area alone to 21.

Th new recruits are Kevin Morrison, Scott Mackenzie, Andrew and Ashley Williamson, Iain Murdo Macmillan and Rhona Hudson.

Bun-Sgoil Chàrlabhaigh - The school had an outing to the Lewis Sports Centre last Thursday, where the young ones enjoyed the soft play while the older children faced the climbing wall. Great fun had by all!

Carloway Football Club - The club are to hold a meeting at Doune Braes Hotel, on the evening of Tuesday 28th February. More details to follow in next week’s Gazette.

It is essential that everyone who has an interest in the continuation of the Football Club attends this meeting. All welcome.

Dance - It has been confirmed that Torridon, the award-winning, folk-rock band with a big reputation for excellent live shows, will be performing at the Carloway Community Centre, on the evening of Friday 16th March. Further details to follow, mark it in your diary!


Sympathy – We send sympathy to the family of the late Murdina Macleod (Murdag Aonghais Alasdair) late of Newvalley and originally from Calbost, who recently passed away at the Western Isles Hospital.

Murdag was a frequent visitor to Lochs while she was still fit and always kept an interest in what was happening in the Lochs area.

We also record another sad death of a Lochs exile, Joan Ewing, nee Campbell (Seonag Na Toff) late of Glen Gravir. Seonag was a frequent visitor to Gravir until a number of years ago. To her son, Roy, and daughter, Fiona, and their extended families, and sister Etta in Kirkcaldy, and Calum Ian in Stornoway, we send our sincere sympathy at this sad time.


Quiz - On Friday the 17th February come along to the North Lochs Community Centre for a quiz night.

The quiz will begin at 7pm, entry is £10.00 for a team of four people. The Community Association will provide snacks and there will be a bar.

Prizes will be given to the winning team and there will also be a prize for the team with the best name.

This promises to be a good night and will be an opportunity to catch up with neighbours and get to know new members of the Lochs community

Reunion - On Friday April the 6th, there will be a reunion of members of the families who used to live at Cameron Terrace and Cleascro Rd, Leurbost.

If you would like to come along to the buffet and entertainment at the Community Centre in Leurbost please contact Christine Maclean in the evenings on 01851 706687 or Fiona Maclean by email fiona.nichol@hotmail.co.uk.

Links can be made with other people who lived at “The Terrace” on the Cameron Terrace and Cleascro Rd Revisited, page on Facebook.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Alexander Macritchie, Back.

Condolences – The heartfelt sympathies of the community are sent to the family, relatives and friends of Margaret Munro, Inverness, who passed away recently at the age of 81 years.

Margaret, who had her family home at North Harbour View, spent all her life in nursing, training in Inverness, moving on and reaching the position of Matron in Dunoon, before returning to Inverness for the rest of her career.

Even after retirement she continued to do voluntary work at the hospital where her invaluable help and expertise was greatly appreciated.

Predeceased by her husband, Ken, some years ago, all will miss her, but none more so than her immediate family, and we remember in our thoughts and prayers sons Kenneth John and Ewen Angus, daughter-in-law Joan, and grandchildren Craig and Maria.

We remember, too, the siblings who are sadly aware of another break in their family circle after the passing of their brother Ewen just five weeks ago: brothers John, Roddy, Duncan, John James, sister Agnes, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and their respective families.

May all be conscious in these difficult days that ‘the eternal God is their refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms’.

Driving Test Success – Congratulations to David Morrison, Blue Cottage, who passed his driving test on Thursday, February 9. Well done, David!


SWRI – The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh School on February 7, led by Mrs Mary Holmes, Vice-President.

It was a Members’ Night, combining various matters of business for discussion, followed by giggles and gallops as members competed in a travel game which was won by Mrs Linda Wood, and ending with an exchange of practical bits and pieces for craft projects.

Mrs Christine Fleet kindly judged the competitions as follows:

Four griddle oatcakes: 1 Marlene Mitchell, 2 Gill Scott-Forrest, 3 Kenina Michie.

Item made in felt: 1 Billie Emsden, 2 Marlene Mitchell, 3 Gill Scott-Forrest.

The raffle was won by Mrs Flora Macleod. The hostesses for the evening were Mrs Flora Macleod, Mrs Joyce Graham and Mrs Mary Ann Macsween.