Butt to Barra Distric News 10/10/13

Leverhulme School pupils with their vouchers.
Leverhulme School pupils with their vouchers.

Pictured above are Leverhulme School pupils who recently received £120 of ethical superstore vouchers for being the winners in an Energy competition last term.

The project was sponsored by the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre and organised by CNES Education and Children’s services in partnership with community groups from around the Island.

The schoolchildren created fridge magnets with their own energy saving tips for parents and members of the community.


Sympathy from Ness - Relatives and friends in Ness were sad to hear of the recent passing away in Shawbost of Dolina Macdonald nee Smith.

Dolina was a daughter of the late Captain John Smith Iain A Bhioganaich, formerly of 3 South Dell and Mary Gunn, Mairi Iain Bharaidh, formerly of 32 Eoropie.

From Ness we share and extend our thoughts in sympathy to her husband Murdo and all in the close family circle who morn at this time.

Further sympathy - We also condole at this time with the near relatives of John Graham of Milngavie, Glasgow, who recently passed away suddenly in Mallaig.

John was known in the near neighbourhood of Eorodale and Lionel where he had been resident for the past few years at 1B Eorodale, Tigh Ealasaid.

Church topics - Communion services in all Ness congregations will be held this week beginning on Thursday 10th October.

We note with interest that in the Free Church Continuing Rev Greg Macdonald will be assisted by Rev William Macleod, Knightswood, who is from Stornoway, and his son Alasdair, who has just completed his studies for
the Church Ministry.


Award - Uig Museum and Cafe at the Community Centre are delighted to report that they have received a four-star Visit Scotland award for their excellent standard of facilities and service.

The service was found to be friendly and efficient, the catering section was excellent and so were the facilities in the cafe; comfortable furniture, the large screen display of local photographs and the local information displayed on the walls.

The facility has now closed for the winter, having been open through the summer months with an increased number of visitors this year. Comann Eachdraidh Uig can be followed on Facebook and their website address has changed to www.ceuig.co.uk

Valtos 10k - The annual 10k Run/Walk in aid of the Linda Norgrove Foundation took place on Saturday 5th along the usual route from Kneep round the ‘Ceithir Peighinn Deug’, to Reef Machair.

The weather was kind this year, dry and mild with a strong breeze and there were about 100 participants, both local and visiting. Soup and sandwiches were available at the Valtos Trust Office, Miavaig, at the end of the run.

Coffee Morning - The annual Macmillan Coffee morning, Uig’s involvement in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ was held in the Community Centre on Friday, 27th September and was a bigger success here this year than ever before, with a packed venue and people having to wait to be seated.

Community Council - The Community Council has a regular monthly meeting, on the first Monday of the month at the Community Centre.

Matters on the agenda recently have included the screening-off of the Community skips adjacent to the shop; the Senior Citizens’ lunch for which date and venue have to be confirmed; the Bring and Buy Sale/Fish ‘n Chips Takeaway/Fireworks Display planned for November 8th; the stabilising of the Ardroil Machair Chessman Statue by re-setting it on a plinth and, as always, roads - the current issues being the erection of signs: one at Timsgarry road end to guide visitors to Uig Sands through Ardroil rather than Timsgarry, also signs at both ends of Valtos Old Road to advise motorists not to use it due to its poor condition.

Members of the public have the right to attend Community Council meetings where they are always welcome.


The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh school on 1st October. The guest speaker was Catriona MacLean who grew up in Leverburgh and is part of the Stornoway news team of BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and BBC Alba.

With her natural charm and friendliness, Catriona kept our attention engrossed as she gave an insight into her work as a Broadcast Journalist. Her main remit centres round news input for Radio Nan Gaidheal and BBC Alba TV, which implies two different styles of presentation depending on which programme medium (or both) requires the news items.

Our members were very surprised to learn first-hand how much work goes on behind the scenes to edit news stories and film footage. Catriona’s day can be elastic – not knowing what news stories crop up or which ones of local interest to source and follow up; and the day only ends when the last deadline has been met.

Catriona and her colleagues are multi-skilled in that quite often each of them is a one-person recording/film unit, and they are more than happy if people feel they can phone them with items of interest.

A vote of thanks was given by Billie Emsden.

Catriona kindly judged the competitions as follows :

Bonnach: 1st Joyce Graham, 2nd Lexy Taylor, 3rd Christine Fleet

Needle Felted Keyring: 1st Joyce Graham, 2nd Christine Fleet, 3rd Liz Struthers.

Vonette Howe, Gillian Scott-Forrest and Lexy Taylor were hostesses for the evening and the raffle was won by Liz Struthers.


Service – The evening service in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday was conducted by Martin Howarth of Latin Link, who also addressed the youth fellowship. As we thank him for coming into our mist our prayer is that God would continue to bless him and the organisation he represents.

Golden wedding anniversary – Congratulations to Ewen and Mary Ann Macleod, Camus Beag, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently. On behalf of friends, relatives and the whole community we wish them every blessing on reaching this momentous milestone in their married life.

Sympathies – We extend our deepest sympathies to Katie Mary Morrison, Seaforth Villa, on the passing of her brother, Finlay, who lived in Crossbost. At this difficult time we remember in our thoughts and prayers all who mourn this bereavement. May they be conscious in these days of God’s abiding presence and his comforting love.

New job – Zak O’Hara, Lag Na Sidhe, is now working on one of the Stornoway fishing boats and we wish him every success with his maritime career.

Driving test success – On Tuesday 1st October Donald Morrison, Blue Cottage, passed his driving test. Well done Donald!

National Mod – We send best wishes to those from Scalpay competing in the National Mod in Paisley next week, in choral, solo and precenting competitions.

Philip Coghill, Jacqueline Macaskill, Rebecca Finnegan, Christina, Claire, Emma and Rebecca Macleod are all participating with Rebecca Finnegan and Emma Macleod leaving on a musical and cultural trip to Donegal after the Mod.

We wish them, the Sir E. Scott choirs, all Harris entrants and conductor Iain Maciver a successful time. Gur math a theid dhaibh!


The Glasgow Lewis and Harris Annual Gathering - This event is scheduled for the usual first Friday in November and the Annual Dinner is held on the previous evening.

This long established pattern, of many years standing, is always recognised as a leading event in the schedule of all with Lewis and Harris connections and many others and is one of the highlights on the social calendar of all Gaels in Glasgow.

The Association is particularly pleased to have as Guest Chairman John M Macleod who hails from Carloway, He had, like many other persons of Lewis and Harris origin, a career in the Police service.

He is also the President of An Comunn Gaidhealach and brings to that distinguished position a knowledge and dedication to the language of his forefathers.

The Annual Dinner of the Association is held in honour of the Guest Chairman.

This will be held in the Pond Hotel on the Thursday evening the 31st October and with catering involved it is essential that the numbers are known seven days beforehand.

The Dinner is costed at £27.50 per person and a quality meal awaits the diners.

The evening of the Dinner also features Speakers and a good evening is rounded off with an informal Ceilidh.

An ideal occasion for Islanders and Highlanders to meet and greet. Indication of attendance is required and should be communicated to the Secretary by telephone to 0141 882 1787.

A change of venue from the Woodside Halls takes the Annual Gathering on Friday 1st November to the Glasgow University Student’s Union based at 32 University Avenue Glasgow and this will be an acceptable location.

For the audience there will be a programme replete with excellent entertainment and with a minimalist cost of £10 for adults and children admitted free it all looks like a real value for money for all patrons

Taking part in the programme are instrumentalist Alasdair Pateron and singers James Graham, Iain Mackay, Sineag MacIntyre and Iseabail Ann Martin.

The purpose of the Annual Gathering is not only a social occasion but also an occasion to provide funding for the Benevolunt Fund used for disbursements to worthy causes from the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association.

Immediately after the Gathering there will be the traditional Annual Gathering Dance which has an admission charge of £10 per person. This also takes place at the Student’s Union University Avenue.