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Weather - As we shared with others in the severe gales of last week, we are glad to note that, to our knowledge, no one was injured, and that only minor structural damage was caused in the Ness community at that time.

War memorial - Remembrance day services will be held at Ness War Memorial on the morning of Saturday 8th November, and at the Borve Memorial on Sunday 9th. Services will begin at 10.45 am.

Church topics - We are glad to note, that, after being without a resident minister for the past two years, Rev. Ewan Matheson, who has been minister of North Uist, has accepted a call to be the next minister of Cross Free Church. The induction of Rev. Matheson will be on Friday 28th November.

We are indebted to Rev. Roderick John Campbell, minister of North Tolsta, for his services as interim moderator during the vacancy.


Make your own Poppy - Tonight Thursday 30th October you can make your own poppy for Remembrance Day. The felting workshop will be at the Community Centre in Leurbost at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

Storytelling Festival - On Thursday 6th November the ‘To Absent Friends Storytelling Festival’ is being held in Balallan Hall at 7pm.

The people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, will feature the tragic love story of Allan Morrison, said to be the son of Crossbost Farm and Anna Campbell the merchant’s daughter of Scalpay.

The local stories of the fugitive Mac an t-Sronaich who spent time in the Keose area, will be revisited by storytellers.

More recent stories of members of the Lochs congregation travelling by boat from South Lochs to Kinloch and Crossbost Church, will be the basis of a new arts project called Psalmboat.

Artists Deirdre ni Mhathuna and Lorna Simpson will be at Balallan Hall to tell you more. Tea and home baking Entry is £3.00 at the door.

Remembrance Day ceremony - On Saturday 8th November there will be a Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial at Crossbost Free Church.

There will be a Soup and Pudding lunch, catering by the Silver Darlings in the Leurbost Community Centre after the service.

Highland Dancing- A number of our local Lochs Highland Dancers have been busy competing on the mainland recently. Mairi Maclennan from Balallan and Kate MacMillan with connections to Gravir, Habost and Lemreway, both got medals at the North of Scotland Championships in Inverness.

The girls also took part in the Royal National Mod Dancing competition and they were joined by Alice MacMillan, grand daughter of Seonaidh Beag na Lochies and by Ruth MacKay from Balallan.

The girls all won medals in tough competitions with Ruth competing in Novice and Alice, Kate and Mairi competing in Intermediate, they even had a 26 year old Canadian girl in their section. Mairi came home with a trophy from this comp, Runner up in her section.


Congratulations - We send congratulations to the Lochs Gaelic Choir and other individuals connected to the district who did so well at this years National Mod in Inverness....S math a rinn sibh.

Sympathy - We send our sincere condolences to the family of the late Betty Macmillan, Aberdeen and (Ex 23 Lemreway) who recently passed away on Roxburgh House, Aberdeen following a period of illness. We especially remember her husband Gordon, daughter Linsey, sister Marion & brother Angus our local postman.

Congratulations - Many congratulations to Joanne Macaskill , Gravir who recently from University and also Ruth Nicolson, Orinsay who graduated in Nursing. We wish them well in their chosen careers.


Sale - Lochmaddy, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 24th) sold 273 weaned calves and store cattle and 8 breeding cattle at their annual show & sale.

Prior to the sale the judge Mr T. Henderson, Udale, Poyntzfield, awarded the following results:

Overall Champion & 1st prize bullock: J. A. MacLellan, 17 Hougharry, 435kg, £1,000

Reserve Champion & 1st prize heifer:

L. MacInnes, Hastain, 290kg, £700

Weaned bullocks (158) averaged 230.5p and sold to 271.4p per kg twice for a pen of 350kg Charolais crosses from 1 Clachan Farm, Lochmaddy, and a 280kg Limousin cross from 6 Borve, Berneray, and £1,040 gross for a pen of 410kg Charolais crosses from 1 Clachan Farm.

Weaned heifers (92) averaged 217.8p and sold to 255.2p per kg for a pair of 290kg Limousin cross from 8 Clachan Sands, and £860 gross for a pen of 380kg Charolais crosses 1 Clachan Farm.

Store bullocks (11) and sold to 238.9p per kg for a 360kg Limousin cross from 17 Hougharry, and £970 gross for a 490kg Limousin cross also from 17 Hougharry.

Store heifers (8) and sold to 215p per kg for a 400kg Limousin from 17 Hougharry, and £920 gross for a 460kg Limousin cross also from 17 Hougharry.

Breeding cattle (8) sold to £1,700 for a Limousin cross in calf heifer from 1 Ahmore, Lochmaddy.

“An excellent show of calves met a satisfactory demand in line with our mainland sales.”

Other leading prices per head and per kg

Weaned bullocks up to 250kg – 1 Ahmore, £550, 229.2p; 251-300kg – 6 Borve, £760, 1 Ahmore, 252.6p; 301-350kg – 1 Clachan Sands, £950, 3 Hosta, Tigharry, 256.7p; 351-400kg – 4 Griminish, Benbecula, £900, 2 Hosta, Tigharry, 236.6p; 401-450kg – 17 Hougharry, £1000, 1 Clachan Sands, 253.7p.

Weaned heifers 251-300kg – 8 Clachan Sands, £740, Hastain, 241.4p; 301-350kg – 8 Clachan Sands, £800, 2 Hosta, 249.2p; 351-400kg – 38 Linique, Eochar, £820, 227.8p.


Charity appeal - The Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal is underway now for 2014 and leaflets can be found at the CNES Sandwick Rd Reception, Blythswood Shop Church Street, some Schools and some Churches, and also from the - shoeboxappeal.org.

The boxes must be handed in by the 7th November at the latest.

The Shoe Box centre will be situated in the back of the Old Co-op Building on Kenneth Street ( thanks are due to Mr Dr Macleod for the use of the premises) opposite LodgeFortrose.

Shoe Boxes make a difference to families at Christmas and this year is the 21st Anniversary of the Shoe Box Appeal.

The centre will be open on Friday 7th November 3.30pm – 7pm and on Saturday 8th November – 10 am – 12 noon. There will be no parking cones on the stretch outside the Centre on Kenneth Street, but you can park for dropping off boxes only.

Volunteers are needed to help check the shoeboxes and pack the pallets. Can you give a couple of hours on Friday the 7 th November or Saturday the 8th November?

Many hands make light work, bring a friend with you or your children with you, as long as they are over 12 years of age . Firms, Office Groups, Community Associations, Community Councils could all help - but wear warm clothes as the Centre will be cold.

If you can help please email Charlie Nicolson at: charlie.nicolson@cne-siar.gov.uk or contact Chris Martin on 01851 706143.

Youth Champion Election - The Youth Champion Election for Lewis and Harris will be taking place in November.

A Youth Champion is an elected member of the Council that has a specific role to represent young people at Council level.

The Youth Champion will engage with young people across the islands, support projects and events aimed at young people, raise awareness of young people’s needs and issues and inform young people about Council decisions.

Voting will take place throughout Youth Work Week (Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th November) and results will be announced the following week.

Young people aged 11-26 are eligible to vote and voting will take place on the Young Scot website – www. elections.youngscot.org

You need your Young Scot card number to be able to vote.

If you do not have a Young Scot card or do not know your number, you can get a temporary number by calling Steven Maclennan on 01851 822714 or emailing steven.maclennan@cne-siar.gov.uk


Gaelic Service - Rev Donnie Macsween minister of Kiltearn Parish Church in Evanton will conduct the next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch St. The service on Sunday the 2nd of November begins at the usual time of 3:00pm and everyone is most welcome.


Reverend Murdo Macaulay Macleod - Forty seven years of Ministerial service came to an end recently by the death of Reverend Murdo Macaulay Macleod.

Ordained to the Free Church at Lairg, Sutherland in 1967, his translation in 1971 to Portree, Isle of Skye and thence on to Barvas in Lewis in 1980.

He retired to the family croft at Cross Street, Coulegrein, where in his youth he was know in that community at ‘Caulay, Bill Bough’.

Although retirement offered freedom from congregational responsibility it enabled him to devote much time to vacant charge supply, preaching with the Free Church Continuing, whic he joined in 2000.

At all times he was an enthusiastic champion of the Christian cause and especially of the perceived testimony danger to Presbyterian distinctive standards, would he raise his voice in defence of those reformed principles.

The conviction deeply rooted in his soul that a faithful servant of Christ should spend and be spent on His behalf.

His marriage to Jessie Margaret Macleod, a former Church worker, always known as Margaret, was one of supreme happiness.

She was the daughter of Malcolm and Mary Ann Macleod, Plantation Road, Stornoway with family roots in the Lochs and Uig districts of Lewis.

She predeceased him and her death left an unbridgeable abyss in his existence. They were twin souls.

His beloved Margaret was the pure gold that sparkled radiantly in life’s sunshine, the priceless diamond beyond all evaluation. They rest now in the sandy cemetary at Uig.

As a pulpit preacher in both Gaelic and English languages he laid great stress on questioning the physic spirituality of each believing hearer, whether the life of faith was truly a life of dependence.

His watchword as an old whaler’s navigator in the blustery south sea oceans was to be certain of our anchor; ensure the strength of the cable lest it give way and the ship founder.

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll”, and that is Christ.

Contributed - N. Macleod.