Butt to Barra: District News 03-04-14

This excellent shot of some swans enjoying a gentle swim at the Port of Ness was taken by Ali Ferguson
This excellent shot of some swans enjoying a gentle swim at the Port of Ness was taken by Ali Ferguson
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Cross-country success - Well done to Aodhan Finnegan, Seafield, who was first in the under eleven boys in the recent cross country championship which was held on North Uist.

Aodhan runs with Stornoway Running Club and we congratulate him on his outstanding performance.

New job - Kevin Norman Macdonald, 4 Creag Aonaich, has been appointed janitor in Sir E. Scott School. He previously worked with Netservices (Scotland) and we wish him every success in his new position.

In hospital - We extend our best wishes to Ewen Mackinnon, Highcroft, who at the time of compiling this is in the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clydebank. On behalf of everyone we wish him a speedy and full recovery and a quick return home.

We also remember Chirsty Morrison, The Anchorage, who is hospitalised in Stornoway at the time of writing, and hope she also is soon enjoying better health and back in our midst once more.

World War I commemorative event - Several from Scalpay attended this on Friday, 21st March, with Scalpay participation from Ewen Macleod, precenting, Ewen John Morrison, singing, and Ross Macleod, piping. Wartime stories, memorabilia, artefacts and records were also exhibited as a solemn commemoration of our island’s sacrifice.

Medical Director - Dr Angus McKellar, former GP in North Harris, has now taken up the position of Medical Director for the Western Isles and, on behalf of the community, we wish him well in his new prestigious appointment.

Communions - The half yearly communions will be held in the Pairc Free Church from Thursday 10th April through until Monday 14th April. The visiting ministers are as follows, Rev R J Campbell, Tolsta on Thursday 10th thereafter Rev J Maciver, Point and Rev K I Macleod, Stornoway.

Holidays - Once again we have a few visitors in our midst, home for the Easter break, and with the schools on holiday we hope that one and all have a good break.


Rise and Shine Easter Club 2014 - We are delighted that this year’s children and youth camp will run between Monday 7th – Friday 11th April 2013 at the Hall, Bernera Church and the local sports field. Last year’s team will be back with us so there will be plenty of fun, games, ‘eats’ , ‘drinks’ and activities as we learn more about Jesus in an interesting interactive way. The Primary school age camp will run between 2 – 4pm each day. The Secondary school age will run between 7 -9pm each evening.

The camp is FREE and we welcome other friends from neighbouring areas who would like to join with us.

Communions - We very much look forward to our Communion Season in Bernera Church of Scotland which shall begin on Thursday 3rd April 2014. Visiting ministers will be Rev Dr Ben Johnstone, CofS; Rev Stephen Matthews, UF and Rev Calum MacDonald, FC.


Volunteer project - Western Isles Support for the Environment (WISE) organised a major volunteering event in Harris last Saturday which saw local volunteers and the Western Isles Cub Scouts out digging, painting and planting at the Ardvourlie Woodland.

WISE is a volunteering project with the aim of improving footpaths, so that locals and visitors can enjoy the benefits to their health.

WISE got together with The North Harris Trusts’ Ranger Matt Wiseman, who recently had a delivery of 9,000 native trees, to give volunteers and the Scouts the opportunity to get involved for the day. The day consisted of: tree planting, path maintenance and bench painting.

Forty-three Callanish Awards and five Saltire Awards were presented to the young volunteers, and a number of cubs were also awarded with their Silver Award.

Kathryn Macleod from the volunteer centre commented: “It was great seeing all these organisations working together, doing something which makes a difference for the local communities and for the environment. It was also great seeing the kids outdoors, getting involved and learning something new.”

WISE is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage it is managed by the Volunteer Centre Western Isles. They can be contacted at 95, Cromwell Street, Stornoway. Tel 01851 700366 or E mail: stornoway@volunteeringwesternisles.co.uk


Gaelic Service - Rev Donnie Macsween, minister of Kiltearn Parish Church in Evanton, will conduct the next Gaelic service in the Dinwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street. The service on Sunday the 6th of April begins at the usual time of 3pm and everyone is most welcome.