Butt to Barra Distric News 18.7.13

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust Award has been awarded to Sir E Scott pupil Duncan McKellar.The award is presented annually in memory of the late MP for the Western Isles.'Duncan is pictured (centre) receiving his award.
The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust Award has been awarded to Sir E Scott pupil Duncan McKellar.The award is presented annually in memory of the late MP for the Western Isles.'Duncan is pictured (centre) receiving his award.
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Ceilidh – Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh are hosting a pre-Mòd ceilidh on Tuesday 23 July at 7.30pm in Carloway Community Centre.

The evening will include songs from the choir and local artists.

There will be a raffle, tea/coffee and home-baking. Come along and support the local choir!

Carloway Holiday Club The Carloway Churches are running a holiday club in Carloway Community Centre during the week begining 29 July 2013. More details will be available next week.

Carloway Football Club - A massive week lies ahead for Carloway as they bid to challenge the League title.

This Monday, Carloway travel to Goathill Park where they’ll meet League champions Stornoway Athletic. Kick off at 7pm.

Carloway currently lie seven points ahead of their opponents in second place, despite playing two games more than them.

A 7-2 victory against Ness last Friday extended Carloway’s lead at the top, thanks to goals from Dan Crossley (2), Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald and four from goal-machine Fraser MacLeod who has now scored an incredible 42 goals for Carloway so far this season.

Come out and support your team as they attempt to defeat the champions at their own venue.

Beforehand, Carloway travel to Benbecula this Saturday, where they’ll defend the Co-operative Cup against Eriskay in the quarter finals at Lionacleit pitch.

Kick off at 11am. Last Monday, Carloway travelled to Leurbost where they took on Lochs in the return leg of the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Semi-finals.

This was the first time in ten years that both sides played at Creagan Dubh, with Carloway trailing 4-1 on aggregate going into the return leg. Incredibly, Carloway managed to bring the tie back to 4-4 after goals from Dan Crossley (2) and Kenny “Dokus” pulled Carloway right back into the tie.

However, the remainder of this match was to become interesting as debutant goalkeeper Christy Campbell appeared to be taken down by Don “Lava” whose goal following this counted. Moments later, Domhnall MacKay unfortunately scored an own goal before Don “Lava” scored again in stoppage time to send Lochs into the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Final.

A great performance by a young, makeshift Carloway side that saw promising youngsters like Jack Buchanan and Eachainn Miller participate.


Old folks outing - the recent annual outing of the Happy Ness Club, which left Ness on Monday, July 1st, was this year to Oban, where some of the ladies on the outing began their working career in earlier years in the hotel service in that town.

The 12 ladies, along with their leader, Joan Morrison, returned in good health and spirits, but tired on Friday, July 5th.

Among the sight-seeing tours of the town and its surrounding area the highlight of the outing was a trip to the Island of Iona, where they were able to visit the famous Abbey, which is so closely related to our religious and church history and heritage.

Sympathy - following the recent sudden passing away of his brother Malcolm in Carloway on June 20th, we share our thoughts in sympathy with his brother Murdo ‘Towser’, who is resident with us at 3 Swainbost.

We also remember his wife Anna Mary and the close family circle who mourn in a sudden bereavement.

Long walk - Although their arrival at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse on Saturday, July 13th was later than expected we congratulate the five ladies who completed their charitable marathon walk from Rodel in Harris to the Butt.

The purpose of their long walk was to help raise money for a deserving charitable fund, the ‘Leanne Mitchell Fund’.

We thank and wish them success in their efforts to help at this time.

Weather topics - Although we had some rain in Ness on Monday, July 15th (St Swithin’s Day) we hope that the weather predictions associated with that day of further rain for the weeks ahead will not be true for us this year.


On July 24th, 7.30pm, at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig will give a short talk, on the life and times of the Hebridean traveller Martin Martin, and what he wrote about North Uist in his great Description of the Western Islands of Scotland of 1703.

Martin wrote more about North Uist than about any other Hebridean island apart from his native Skye.

He left us a fascinating account of the island, its landscape, and its people, taking in everything from seabirds to seal-hunting.