Butt to Barra District News

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Carloway travel to Fivepenny on Monday 18 June, where they take on Ness in the semi-final of the Jock Stein Cup. Kick off for this big cup tie is at 7pm. Come out and support your team, as they attempt to reach their first cup final since August 2010. C’mon the ‘way!

Co-operative Cup - The draw for the quarter finals took place last Monday where Carloway were paired with Lochs which will be played at Cnoc a’ Choilich either on Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th August.


Queen’s Jubilee Beacon in Ness – On the evening of Monday, June 4, a large number of people assembled on Eoropie machair where the Western Isles Scouts Association, the local Army Cadets, and the Girl Guides, had arranged that a bonfire would be lit in Ness along with other island communities related to our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Norman Smith, Lionel, called on Annie Macsween, North Dell, as a Deputy Lieutenant of the Western Isles representing the Queen, to light the bonfire, in which she was assisted by Norman on behalf of the present older generation in Ness.

As the bonfire burned and as a mark of the respect on this historic occasion in the history of our Queen, Iain Macsween called on the gathering to join together in the singing of Psalm 23 led by Donald A Morrison, 60 Cross Skigersta, and Donald Ross Morrison, 19 Habost.

We thank all who helped to arrange and all who came to share in this occasion in Ness at this time.

On Holiday – Among those on holiday with us at present, we are glad to note that Innes Mackay, Innes Aonghas a Ghiomanaich, who is now resident and working in New Zealand, is now at home spending a holiday with his mother, Catriona, at 19 Lionel.

Motor Cyclists in Ness – Last week we were also glad to meet Angus Morrison, Aonghas Sheumais Na Casag, formerly of the Decca Station and later of 5 Skigersta, who is now resident and working the the Channel Islands.

Angus, along with two companions travelled with their motor cycles to Ness where they were for two days, when Angus took them round to view the highlights of our island before leaving again on their return journey on Wednesday, June 6.

We hope and trust that they enjoyed t heir motor cycle adventure in Lewis.


Sympathy: The community were shocked and saddened recently following the death of Christine Macleod, Marvig. Christine originally from Gravir was a gentle, quiet lady who had a pleasant word to everybody and an open house to all who called.

Pre funeral services were held in Free Church Gravir with interrment in the Gravir cemetery.

To her sorrowing husband Donald (Dolishan), daughter Mary, sons Donald and Norman, her sisters and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy in this sad sore bereavment.

Sympathy: We also send condolences to the family of the late Kennag Macleod, Stornoway, who was originally from Gravir. Kennag was a familiar face round Stornoway and always maintained an interest in what was happening in Gravir and South Lochs.

Pre funeral services were held in Stornoway with interrment taking place in the Gravir cemetery.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Iain Macrae, Stornoway. On Sunday, May 27, the preacher was Iain Morrison, Back.

Poster Award – Congratulations to Iain Macleod, 9 Parkview Terrace, who was named a runner-up in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s annual poster competition.

Iain is a pupil at Sir E Scott Primary School and his work will now be displayed at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh from the end of May until the end of August. Well done, Iain!

Football Competition – Daniel Macleod and Andrew and Seumas Morrison from Scalpay Primary played as part of a Harris team which on Tuesday, June 5, competed in the annual Charlie Nicolson Tournament. All enjoyed the day and the opportunity to compete in this exciting and enjoyable competition.

In Hospital – Murdo Macleod, Brae Cottage, and Morag Cunningham, Ardkinglas, spent some time in the Western Isles Hospital recently, but we are glad to report they are both home again and we send them the prayerful good wishes of the community for speedy and full recoveries.

School Closure Event – Tomorrow evening (Friday 15) at 7pm the Scalpay School closure event takes place in the Community Centre. The evening will open with speeches and musical pieces from the children, followed by a buffet then further musical entertainment.

The minibus (beginning at 6.30pm at Outend) will collect anyone requiring transport if they phone John on 540313. Everyone is warmly invited to attend and it is hoped for a bumper attendance on this momentous occasion.

Magazine Launch – A magazine about the history of the school will also be launched on Friday evening. This publication, full of facts, pictures, memories and anecdotes, is the culmination of months of hard work by Christine in the school. Demand is sure to be high from locals and exiles so make sure you have your £5 for a copy ready!

Scalpay School Exhibition – An exhibition of pictures and artefacts celebrating education in Scalpay School will be open in room 2 tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday from 10.30am – 3pm and thereafter every day during school hours up to the holidays.