Butt to Barra 7.8.14

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Pictured is Lochs resident Sarah McIver (with support driver John Mitchell) who recently took on the challenge of walking from the Butt to Barra to raise money for charity Dwelling Places.

Sarah said: “I walked a total of 157 miles, some with the company of friends, and some alone, walking between 8 and 17 miles every day.”

She explianed what inspired her: “Dwelling Places is a christian charity, working with children in Kampala in Uganda. They do wonderful work giving a good start to chilkdren who would otherwise be living rough on the streets.

“I called the walk Sarah’s Butt to Barra as a bit of a pun.....and so far I have raised £1,700, but it would be great to get it up to £2,000.”

If you would like to support Sarah’s fundraiser log on to: www.everyclick.com/sarahsbutttobarraAnd if you would like to find out more about Dwelling Places visit: www.dwellingplaces.org/


Death in North Dell - Friends in Ness were sad to hear that Elizabeth Gavina Tolley, who was formerly from Manchester, but who had latterly been resident in Ness, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital on Friday 25th July.

Elizabeth, who was aged 88 years, had been resident for the past few years along with her son Steve and his wife Karen at No.1 North Dell (Tigh Dhomhnaill Deic).

The funeral of Elizabeth to Habost Cemetery was held on Thursday 31st July, following the funeral service in St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Stornoway.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with her son Steve, his wife Karen, the grandchildren and close family relatives who mourn in this bereavement.

Solemn and sad memories - In common with other island communities, the people of Ness are reminded, and we are indebted to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and all those who helped to place a memento plastic poppy next to the homes of all those who were lost during the First World War, when much sadness and sorrow was brought to many households in Ness in these earlier years.

The poppies will be left at those households until later in the year.

Weather topics - the unseasonable weather conditions at the beginning of August with strong, cold winds and heavy rainfall reminded us of an old weather maxim form the older generation - ‘Tri latha faoilach anns an d’ ubhar, tri latha ubhar anns an fhaoilach’ - ‘Three days of spring weather in the autumn and three days of autumn weather in the spring’.


Chamber music - The final concerts from the annual chamber music course ‘Music on the Isles’e will take place on Friday, August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd from 7.30pm at Berneray Community Hall.

Directed by Caroline Bergius the concerts will feature musicians on harpsichord, viola, cello and violin and will feature orchestral and chamber music works by Corelli, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Glazunov, Ravel, Shostakovich and Hindemith. Tickets are priced at £8.


Fundraiser - Culloden Academy pupil Duncan Nicolson successfully cycled 90miles from Inverness to his late grandparents’ home in Cromore, South Lochs, last Tuesday (July 29th).

“It was a really good trip to Ullapool,” Duncan said. “There were no real problems although it got pretty gusty up by the dam, but apart from that it was not too bad really.”

Once across The Minch it was off the ferry and back on the bike for Duncan, as he continued: “I made it to Cromore about 4.30pm on Tuesday, after a particularly difficult stretch from Stornoway to Balallan due to strong headwind and showers.

“After leaving Inverness at 4.15am, Cromore was a very welcome sight!”

Duncan is raising funds to allow him to join 24 other pupils selected to work with street children in Peru through the Vine Trust. You can find out more and donate at www.vinetrust.org/fundraise/peru-trip-june-2015


Ready, Steady, Go! - Knock Youth Club in partnership with Community Learning and Development recently ran their “Ready Steady Go” Summer Club.

The club ran from Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July, in the Knock Hall.

Twenty young people took part in activities all relating to the Commonwealth - learning about the Commonwealth countries, The Queens Baton Relay, Glasgow 2014 Games as well as taking part in team challenges and sports activities.

One young boy commented: “It was challenging but fun, I enjoyed the sports events at the sports centre and the prize giving.”

While one of the girls, added: “I enjoyed doing the challenges and keep fit but I also enjoyed the leaders getting messy”.

The youth club would like to say a big thank you to Community Learning and Development, for funding and support.

Thanks to Ross & Cromarty Educational Fund and our local councillors (Norman Macleod, Alasdair Macleod and Zena Stewart) for funding.

We would also like to thank Steven Munro- for his input and encouragement that he gave us for this week, Carlys Yoga and Danni Wiseman for their help in the afternoon and also to Manus McGee, Health Promotion and Pursuit Hebrides!

The Eilean Siar Youth Legacy Ambassadors (YLAs) were exceptional helpers and thanks must go to Eleanor Smith, John Maciver, Tearlach Bardon and Peter Macdonald


Save the Children Fundraiser - A Coffee Morning is to be held in Lochmaddy Hall on Saturday 9th August between 11 am and 2 pm, in aid of the children of Gaza. All monies raised will be passed to ‘Save the Children’ charity workers already in Gaza.

Any contributions of home baking, raffle prizes and / or any saleable items to help raise money will be very gratefully received. For further information, please contact Barbara Jameson (01876 500849) or Stella Evans (01876 500306).


Volunteer receives Prime Minister award - A 17-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome who has dedicated over 800 hours to volunteering has become the winner of a new award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

Grace MacArthur from Barra is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Grace started volunteering at the age of 15, spending time at an elderly care home on a weekly basis where she played cards with the residents and served them tea and cake.

After building up her confidence and range of skills, Grace then took her volunteering onto the Children’s Centre Café where she served tables every week and also began selling arts and craft materials at a local gardening project.

Like others with Down’s Syndrome, Grace can experience tiredness, confusion and mood swings and she is also deaf in both ears.

However Grace selflessly puts all of this aside and cares for others at the Cobhair Bharraigh Day Centre and manages to bring a smile on the faces of those she helps.

Fiona MacDonald, Care Service Manager at Cobhair Bharraigh said: “Grace is a conscientious worker, keen to be helpful and gives her time willingly to make our community day care centre for the elderly a better place.”Grace’s mum, Nellie MacArthur said: “When Grace found out she had won the award she was wowed. We volunteer regularly and will soon be walking 7 and a half miles for the nearby cancer unit, fundraising along the way. Grace was delighted with this award.”