We Need Your Support - Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (CEN) has been shortlisted in the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund for the installation of a 10 kW (40 panel) solar PV system.

Moving towards solar energy would hugely benefit CEN by considerably reducing our running costs and allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 3.75 tonnes per annum.

The Comunn Eachdraidh has to raise £740 per month just to cover the cost of electricity.

That level of expenditure cannot be sustained long term and we have already carried out improvements in an attempt to lower overheads. Major insulation work has been carried out and a new heating system is being installed at the moment.

CEN is now one of the main employers in the area with eight people currently on the payroll. We would much rather invest in creating further employment opportunities and developing the services of CEN, but we need your help.

We also hope to continue setting an example for environmental sustainability within the community.

To be successful in this, we need your help! This is a regional competition, decided by public vote so please share this with your friends.

You can support our project by voting online at: www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28337/


Bernera Community Association - There is to be a meal night on 5 September and anyone wishing to book please phone Chrissie on 612326 or Karina on 612312. There will be limited places available so please book early.

With the closure of the local dancing school the Association has benefited from the donated funds from the School and these funds will help with some refurbishment in the Centre.

Anyone who now wishes to make a booking for the Community Centre should contact Catriona on 612251.

The Bernera café is still open daily Monday – Friday from 11am to 4pm so please come along and support your community café.

Congratulations - Mairi Macinnes our local nurse practitioner is leaving the group practice and will be greatly missed and we wish her success in her future career.

Congratulations go to Steven and Sharon on the birth of their daughter Grace and also to first-time grandparents Murdo Calum and Janet Morrison from Kirkibost.

Also recently celebrating are Ian and Ruth Macdonald on the birth of their daughter Georgia, who is a granddaughter for Annie Macdonald and Dave and Hargreaves all from Kirkibost.

We also send congratulations to Roma and Andrew Macdonald on the birth of their son Jack who is another grandchild for Tia and Dol Angus from Heath Park.

Best wishes also to Jessica Macdonald who has celebrated her 21st birthday.

Despite our mixed weather this summer it was very pleasing to see so many holidaymakers here and now that the schools have returned we wish Faith Longmuir and Rebecca Macaulay great success now that they have moved to the Nicolson Institute.


Obituary Gary A Maciver (Brick) - No local boats left the quayside for the Fishing Grounds on Saturday 25 July 2015 as Fishermen and Seamen made their way to the Tong Mission Hall to attend the Funeral Service for Gary Alexander Maciver (affectionately known as Brick ) from 61 Garrabost Point Isle of Lewis.

Once again the whole Island was saddened as we witnessed the passing of one of our young men who loved the sea with all its loveliness and bounds.

Gary was of a quiet and diligent disposition full of kindness and compassion especially for children, and those less fortunate than himself, making this a topic for discussion.

A man who cared deeply for his family and a keen supporter of Rangers Football Club he is greatly missed by his many friends, colleagues and crewmates.

Having completed his education as Lews Castle College he trained as a painter and decorator but the call of the sea, just as it had been to his parents and grandparents, was too strong and he began his sea going career as a fisherman, on board the Stornoway registered clam dredger FV Siarach, also finding berths on other boats.

Gary quickly progressed to the North Sea supply ships working out of Aberdeen where he rose in seniority to become coxswain with all the responsibility entailed.

Mr James Buchan Crewing Manager from his employers said: “I had a lot of time for Gary if on leave or at any other time he would immediately help us out if a crewing issue arose anywhere. We extend to his family our deepest sympathy.”

Having being taken unwell at sea in support of Border Control, he was transferred by the RNLI to Hospital in Gorleston where despite a massive effort to prolong his life he passed away on 20th July 2015.

Gary was married to Caroline, herself from a fishing marine equipment environment.

To Caroline and all their children we extend our deepest sympathy also to his parents Kenneth and Belle and brother Graham.

Our young people are often critised but the huge number who attended the funeral despite the inclement weather was a powerful testimony to the esteem in which Gary was held by them, and by the community in which he was born.


Arts project - Psalmboat the multi-arts volunteer project, led by artist Deirdre Ni Mhathuna, in collaboration with writer and skipper Ian Stephen, are holding a weather dependent event at Crossbost Pier around the 3rd to 5th September.

It is envisaged that Gaelic psalmsinging will be recorded. This phase of Psalmboat is a re-enactment of travel by sea, to Crossbost Church and other places of worship on Loch Erisort.

As times are weather dependent, please contact Deirdre Ni Mhathuna on d.ni.mhathuna@outlook.com or 07810574061 if you are interested in participating.

Also Ness born writer Donald S Murray, in collaboration with Hugh Brydon the print maker, will be launching his unique poetry book Psalmboats, in the Woodlands Centre Stornoway on Tuesday 8th September.

Retirement - Comann Eachdraidh Ceann a Tuath nan Loch members and friends gathered last Friday for a meal to commemorate the retirement of former CE secretary Mrs Jean Macleod after 19 years. Jean has worked tirelessly as a volunteer, her willing heart and organised mind dealt with many enquiries on genealogy, publication sales and many other diverse subjects.

Donna Fairbairn, Leurbost takes over as the new CE secretary. Donna’s contact email is donna1873@hotmail.co.uk The next CE committee meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm in the Community Hall, Leurbost.

Communion season - The Kinloch Communion season begins on Thursday 10th September until Monday 14th.

Archaeology - The AGM of the Islands Book Trust will be on Wednesday 2nd September at the Old School Balallan at 6.30pm.

This will be followed with a talk by Chris Murray on Archaeological finds from Dun Sites in Lochs at 7.30pm. Admission is £8 or £5 for IBT members.