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Gaelic Service - The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street will be on Sunday the 5th of April. On this occasion the Rev Aonghas Iain Macdonald [Rtd] will conduct the worship.

Before his retirement Mr Macdonald was minister in the East Church in Inverness for over twenty six years. The service to which all are welcome begins at 3:00pm as usual.


Buth Charlabhaigh - The Carloway Community Shop Steering Group will be holding their next meeting in the Carloway Day Centre on Tuesday 14th April, starting at 7pm.

Everyone is more than welcome to attend, especially those who have a keen interest and would like to take part in this exciting project.

Carloway Youth Club - The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th May at 7.30pm in Carloway Community Centre. All parents/volunteers are encouraged to attend.


Motivated by Mervyn 5k - If you haven’t yet entered the 5 km event application forms are still available or just turn up and you can enter on the day.

If you want more details you can contact amybernera@yahoo.co.uk. The event takes place at the Castle Grounds on Saturday 4th April starting at noon. All entries welcome.

There is a bus over and back to the evening ceilidh and for more details contact Amy.

Bernera Communion Services - Thursday 2nd April 2015 7pm Rev Dr Wayne Pearce, High CofS

Friday 3rd April 2015 7pm Rev Paul Amed, Barvas, CofS

Saturday 4th April 2015 12noon Rev Stephen Matthews, UF.

This will be followed by a short prayer meeting and tokens will be given out at the end of this service

Sunday 5th April 2015 12noon Rev Paul Amed, Barvas, CofS – Communion Service 6pm Rev Paul Amed, Barvas Cofs followed by Fellowship

Whist - There will be no whist this Friday 3rd April.

Engagement - We congratulate Calum John Macleod from Crulivig and Evelyn Wright on their recent engagement.

Retirement - Margaret Mary Maciver has just retired from the school after many years service and we wish her a happy retirement.


Communions - The half yearly communions will take place commencing on Thursday 9th April through till Monday 13th April. The visiting ministers will be Rev Callum Macleod (Shawbost), Rev I M Campbell (Kinloch) and Rev C I Macleod (Crossbost).

Holidays - With the schools now on holiday we look forward to the visitors who come home for the Easter break and hope their stay will be enjoyable with good weather.


Annie Morrison - Annie Morrison (Nandag) passed away at 90 years of age on Sunday 8th of February at Bethesda Care Home, where for almost nine years she had been lovingly tended.

Nandag was born at 22 North Dell, Ness, the second of the eight children of John Morrison and Anne MacDonald.

After graduating from Aberdeen University, she joined the ATS, spending the rest of the war in India (working in the Intelligence Corps she was tasked with the decoding of Japanese messages).

On her return from India, she was then employed by the Ministry of Food, combatting Black Market activities.

At the end of rationing, she then went to work at the RNIB, utilising her particular skillset learned in wartime for the peacable purpose of Braille translation.

During this time, she met and married John Morrison from 4 New Tolsta, and living in London, had four children: Joan, Ian, Anne, and Donald.

As the children grew, Nandag taught Latin in day school, and Gaelic in evening classes.

When John retired (as Deputy Commissioner (Crime), and head of C.I.D., Scotland Yard) they returned briefly to Glasgow, where they were instrumental in setting up The Scottish Motor Neurone Association, alongside Peigi and John Macleod (a victim of the disease).

Eventually, they returned to Lewis and became very involved in the community: setting up the Golden Oldies in Tolsta, contributing the Tolsta news for the Stornoway Gazette, starting the Newsletter ‘Seanchas’, and assisting John on his two books, (‘Lewis and Harris Seamen 1939–45’, and ‘The Tolsta Roll of Honour’).

These are just a few examples of her industry, and she is greatly missed by her entire family, including her five surviving siblings, and her many, many friends.


New restaurant - A new restaurant in Ness ‘The Buttery’ was opened by MP Angus MacNeil.

This is a new venture by Pete and Louise Cooper at The Decca in Lionel.

Since 2011 they have built up a successful B&B business in the old Decca radio navigation station.

For the past two years they have been offering evening meals to non-residents and making artisan bread which they feed to their guests and sell directly to customers, through local shops and at markets in Stornoway.

With the closure of the Eoropie Tearoom, Pete and Louise felt that it was time to open their doors during the daytime.

Louise said: “Our dining room is all equipped and ready to feed people so it makes sense to move into this new area of business.

“The tearoom was very handy for people enjoying Eoropie beach and play park. Although we are not quite so close, we hope to be able to fill this gap.”


Sail Stornoway - The annual gathering of sailing and rowing craft, formerly known as Sail Hebrides, has continued as Sail Stornoway and will take place again in July 2015.

The week of water-bourne activities is timed so that participants can also experience the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

This year the events will have a special resonance as it is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the authority which runs Stornoway harbour, now SPA or Stornoway Port Authority.

To mark this, SPA have stepped in to support Sail Stornoway.

The week of maritime activities has included dinghy tuition, in contemporary one and two person craft as well as cruises in company and challenges for dayboats and yachts.

Regular sailings of the growing fleet of our indigenous North Lewis craft – the sgoth Niseach have added a recognisable feature, culminating in a hard fought ‘lugsail challenge’ at the end of the week.

There is also a revival of the ‘Coronation Cup’ challenge, based on a legendary race of working vessels which took place, out of Stornoway in 1902. Its route, weather-permitting, includes the rounding of Chicken Rock and the Tavay Islands, out from Loch Erisort, in its triangle.

The event is open to all sailing craft, on a handicap basis, with a shorter course option for smaller or slower craft.

Support from Stornoway Port Authority and from the retired shipwright Mr Colin Myers has led to the commissioning of a new trophy for the Coronation Cup in the form of a half model of the sgoth Niseach.

The Authority is also supporting a new sail for a new addition to our local fleet – the ‘half sgoth’ Callicvol which will return to the island with the aim of involving younger people in traditional boat sailing.

The Sail Stornoway interim committee urgently need support from all interested in our maritime heritage and in recreational sailing and rowing. Contact details and updates on this year’s programme will be found on www.sailstornoway.co.uk.

Festival organisers are especially keen to build further on existing links with the developing sailing community and with island and mainland members of the fast growing Scottish Coastal Rowing community.

If you have an interest in dinghy sailing, small craft activities , yachting, rowing, or working together to promote our maritime heritage, please get in touch with us.

The next meeting will be in the round-room bar area of an Lanntair on Wednesday15th April at 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome to contribute and we hope to elect a new committee on that evening.


Gaelic Development- A new post of Gaelic Development Officer was announced earlier this year as part of the Ceòlas Development Plan.

Liam Alastair Crouse has filled the post, which runs for a year as part of the ScotGrad graduate programme.

Liam is from Rhode Island in the United States.

He graduated from the School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh) in 2012 with a degree in Celtic and Archaeology.

It was as part of the course that he began to learn the Gaelic language.

The work of the Gaelic Development Officer will be to organise and run Gaelic language learning activities in Uist.

A preliminary survey will be carried out to identify the needs and interest in classes and events that will cater to both the community and students of Lews Castle College.

The congregation at Tarbert Church in the Presbytery of Uist is set to welcome a new minister to their parish.

Reverend Ian Murdo Macdonald will preach to the Tarbert congregation on the 3rd of May, after accepting the invitation from the congregation to be Sole Nominee.

Mr Macdonald graduated from the University of Aberdeen and has been minister of Cross Ness Church in the Presbytery of Lewis for nearly 14 years. A Gaelic speaker, he hails from Bernera in Lewis. He is married to Alison and they have three children. Ian Murdo is expected to move to Tarbert in the summer.

Reverend J Colin Caskie, Interim Moderator of the Kirk Session at Tarbert said: “Ian will fit in to Tarbert like a hand in a glove. He is man greatly respected in the Hebrides and there is a widespread sense of anticipation for his future ministry in Tarbert.”