Butt to Barra Distric News 7.11.13

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Halloween – On Friday October 25th the children the the customary Halloween tour of the island, wearing a variety of different disguises and causing much merriment in the homes visited.

Sunday School Outing – The annual Scalpay Sunday School outing was held on Saturday October 26th to the Stornoway Sports Centre. The children (and adults) enjoyed a variety of games, swam, tackled the climbing wall and enjoyed food expertly prepared by the Centre’s Cafe staff. Thanks are due to Duncan for the organising and all who contributed to a memorable day.

New Baby – The best wishes of the community are sent to Roddy John and Jayne Macdonald, Fernbrae, on the birth of a son, Kyle, recently. As we congratulate the parents we wish them, grandparents John and Rhoda at Seaview and the new arrival every blessing at this happy time.

Engagement – Congratulations to Donna Macsween, whose family home is at No 30 and Jamie Ruthven, Edinburgh, who announced their engagement. Donna is employed in a marketing capacity with Mackay-Hannah and Jamie works with Cineworld and on behalf of everyone, we wish them every future happiness.

In Hospital – At the time of compiling this Katie Mary Morrison, Seaforth Villa, is detained in Western Isles Hospital and we send her our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery and a quick return home.

Correction – In my news item on Morag and Jody McNeil’s wedding last week. Morag’s brother in law Gregor was written as the preacher when, of course, it should have read precentor, as Rev Alasdair Macleod performed the ceremony.

Condolences – Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family, relatives and friends of James Macleod, Edinburgh, who passed away after a long illness at the age of 72. James, who was originally from Killin, started his working life as a lorry driver before becoming an engineer then a senior engineer with Alcater and Neopost.

He had strong family ties with No. 30 as his wife Agnes had her home there. An annual visitor to Scalpay, James was of a friendly and gregarious nature and many of us have fond memories of enjoyable time spent in his company.

His funeral service saw a large number from all walks of life gather to pay their last respects to a person everyone like to know. At this time of great sadness we remember in our thoughts and prayers his widow Agnes; brother; brothers in law, John, Donald and Finlay and their families and all others who mourn this bereavement. May God be their strength and portion at this difficult time.

The late Alasdair Macleod – On October 20th the whole island was saddened to hear that Alasdair Macleod, Inverness, had passed away at his home after a short illness at the age of 83. Alasdair had been in Scalpay staying at Green Lane very recently thus making the news of his demises all the more difficult to take in for us all.

Alasdair, who was originally from Raasay, also had strong family ties with North Harbour View as his wife Agnes had her home there. For nine years Alastair, Agnes and their family lived at 10 Parkview Terrace, with Alasdair employed as crewman on the Village Maid. They then moved to Inverness where he worked at Inverness Pre-cast and Morrisons.

Of a friendly and kindly nature, Alasdair was never idle and all who worked with him held him in the highest regard as he was a reliable and loyal friend who never spoke ill of anyone. As I can testify he and Agnes always had a warm welcome for the many who visited them and enjoyed their hospitality.

His funeral service from Inverness Free Presbyterian Church on Thursday October 24th saw a huge crowd gather showing the esteem the deceased was held in. It was conducted by Rev George Hutton with Kevin Norman Macdonald, North Harbour View, precenting. At this difficult time we extend our prayerful sympathy to his widow Agnes, daughters – Christine, Margaret, Angela and Neilian, all their families, brothers and sisters, brother in law John, Roddy, Duncan and John James and all the wide circle of relatives and friends. May they be concious in these days of God’s abiding presence and his comforting love.


Sympathy - The community were again saddened to hear of the death of Cathie Ann Iasoni ex 12 Kershader and Balallan. Following a short period of illness Cathie Ann passed away peacefully in Bethesda Hospice. She carried her illness with calm and courage and was a great inspiration to all who met her, always with a smile and a kind word.

Pre funeral services were held in Free Church Kinloch with interment taking place in Kinloch cemetery. To Joe and her extended family and friends we send our sincere sympathy at this sad time.

Congratulations - To Callum Nicolson, Orinsay, we send our congratulations on doing so well at the National Mod. We also send congratulations to the Lochs Gaelic Choir who also competed in their various competitions. S’math a rinn sibh.


Remembrance - This years Remembrance Service will take place on Saturday 9th, 12noon, at the village War Memorial. A light lunch will be served in the Community Centre after the service, all welcome.

The village bonfire sponsored by Tolsta Community Development Ltd, will take place on Friday 8th November at 7pm.

Barvas and brue

Open Day - An open day will be held at the Barvas and Brue Community Centre on Saturday November 16th.

The event will be an opportunity for the communnity to view the modernised facilities at the centre; and takes place from 1pm to 4pm and refreshments will be provided.

Clan Macquarrie

Planting Trees - Clan Macquarrie is looking for people to join them at their tree planting event at Clan Macquarrie Community Centre on Saturday 9th November from 10.30am. The group recently received a free pack of 420 trees from the Woodland Trust, and is looking for help to plant them.

The trees, all native broadleaved species, will grow into a flourishing young wood in as little as 10 years. The group applied for a tree pack from the Woodland Trust to enhance their new landscaped area around the centre and enrich the local environment while creating new homes for wildlife.

If you’re free on Saturday, you could join the group, making your area greener and bringing all the benefits trees have to offer to your surroundings. Trees provide oxygen, lock up harmful carbon, trap pollutants to give us cleaner air and water, and provide a fantastic habitat for wildlife.

“We’re delighted to have been awarded this tree pack; it is perfect timing as we are currently developing the area surrounding the community centre. We hope you can join us to help plant the trees and have some fun. There will be refreshments provided and please bring a spade if you have one,” said Sally Reynolds, Clan Macquarrie Community Centre.

John Tucker, Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation, added: “The UK has just 13% woodland cover compared to a European average of 44% and the trees we do have are under increasing threat from diseases and development.

“By teaming up with communities like Clan Macquarrie Community Centre, the Woodland Trust is working to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape. It’s also great to get the public out planting trees, hopefully providing people with an experience they will remember forever.”

If you would like to plant a tree with Clan Macquarrie, please come prepared. Wear suitable warm clothing and a pair of sturdy boots or wellies.

The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, also funded by Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Tree packs are available in three sizes – 30 trees (which schools are automatically eligible for), 105, or 420, and packs come in seven themes to choose from including trees for year-round colour, wildlife, future firewood, wetlands, community copse, community hedge, and wild harvest. To apply for a pack, go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees

Highlands and Islands Society of London

Ceilidh Time - The Highlands and Islands Society of London is holding its final St Andrew’s ceilidh and dance at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE on Saturday 23rd November at 7.30 pm.

Music for dancing comes from The Craigievar Ceilidh Dance Band and there is a welcome return to the Society from singer Iain MacKay.

Further information is available on the Society’s website at www.thehisl.co.uk.