Butt to Barra District news

Buffet for Children in Need - MG ALBA staff provided a buffet which raised �260 for Children in Need 2012. Pudsey is pictured receiving a cheque from Lorraine Macritchie and MG ALBA colleagues and friends.
Buffet for Children in Need - MG ALBA staff provided a buffet which raised �260 for Children in Need 2012. Pudsey is pictured receiving a cheque from Lorraine Macritchie and MG ALBA colleagues and friends.


Wedding Congratulations – News of a wedding has always had a heartening effect on a community and this time is no exception as we all send our congratulations and good wishes to Kenina, formerly Macdonald, Gisla, and Donald John Macleod, Garrabost, Point, who were married on 19th October at Callanish Free Church by Rev Calum Macdonald.

The bride was attended by her sister, Joan Mackay, Kirkibost, and the groom was supported by his friend, Iain Thomson, East Kilbride.

This was a very happy family occasion, all the Macdonald family gathered for their sister’s wedding and even the weather on the day obliged, the sun came out to shine on the bride. As the new Mr and Mrs Macleod settle into their home in Garrabost, we in Uig have to concede that this match has been won by Point: score Point 1, Uig nil. The local bachelors here have let yet another one get past them!

Golden Wedding – Celebrations were in the air on the 22nd when relatives, neighbours and friends gathered in the home at 15 Kneep for the Golden Wedding party of Kenny and Agnes Maclennan, nee Smith, who were married at Balnacille Church by the Rev Angus Macfarlane, 50 years ago to the day. All who know them send congratulations to Agnes and Kenny on achieving this golden milestone along life’s way.

Their happiness on this occasion was tinged with sadness because their wedding day attendants are no longer with us, best man Donald Farquhar Maclennan, Kenny’s brother, and bridesmaids, Cathy Macleod and Peggy Ann Matheson, Eneclete. It is interesting to recollect that their very big wedding reception in 1962 was one of the first to be held in the then recently re-furbished Crown Hotel, Stornoway, and that the preceding wedding reception at that venue was that of Calum Ferguson, Crulivig and Kate Macleod, Uigean.

Condolences – The community here was saddened to hear of the passing of 90 year old Mrs Kenina Campbell, Portnaguran, Point, formerly Smith, of Ungishader and 7 Enaclete, just weeks after the death of her brother, Angus Smith, who was 100. Sympathy is extended to her family, her daughters and son at Point and to her brother, Peter, at Enaclete and to the entire family circle on this sad bereavement.

Remembrance Service – The annual service was held at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th, at 1.45pm after the morning church services, and was conducted by Rev Hugh M Stewart, Parish minister. Wreaths were placed by John Maciver, Ardroil, Kenny Mackay, Geshader and Iain Henri Morrison, Stornoway; the psalm singing was led by Kenny Mackay. Attendance was good and the weather favourable; we all need to remember that the arrangements for this service are now complicated by the linkage between Uig and Bernera Churches of Scotland and the fact that remembrance services are held close together in both communities.

It behoves us all to make the effort to find out the time and ensure that we attend the service at the Memorial at Timsgarry as we reflect on the sacrifices made by previous generations in times of war.

Bring and Buy Sale – The Community Council’s Bring and Buy Sale to raise funds for the Senior Citizens’ New Year Dinner was held before the annual Guy Fawke’s Fireworks Display on Friday 2nd November and was very well attended. Over £700 was raised by the sale; a raffle for a week’s stay at Beach Bay Cottage, Carnish, kindly donated by the owner in aid of Museum Funds, raised £120.

Rubbish Skips – The Community Council’s arrangements for the arrival of a locked skip to replace the two former, and much lamented, community skips are progressing. A site, adjacent to Buth Uig, has been identified and now has to be got ready for the new skip, which will be covered and have a security camera to deter fly tipping. The new skip will be open for two hours on three days a week and volunteers from the community are being sought to cover these opening times. Anyone with time to spare for this very vital duty is asked to get in touch with any of the Community Council members.


Sympathy - The community of South Lochs have been saddened recently by a number of deaths connected to the community and we send our sincere symathy to the family, sister and nieces of the late Margaret Macleod, late of Newmarket and Cromore who recently passed away in Bethesda Nursing home.

To the sister, sister in law and nieces of the late Catherine Macinnes we also send sympathy on her recent passing in Dun Berisey home. Catherine originally from Orinsay had latter been in Dun Berisay and spent a number of contented years there and will be sadly missed by her family and her fellow residents.

Demise - Again last week the community were saddened to hear of the passing of Cathie Maclean, Ranish, Cathie was well know within the community and was married to Gravir exile Kenny Maclean ex 7 Glen Gravir. Cathie had been in ill health for the last few years but carried her illness with calm and courage and one seldom heard her complain. She remained the same welcoming host when anyone visited her and carried on as best as possible. Pre funeral services took place in Crossbost Free Church with interment to Crossbost cemetary. To her sorrowing husband Kenny, and the extended family we think of them at this sad time.

Hospital - To all within the community who are presently in hospital we send good wishes for a speedy recovery.


Winter Woolies - There will be an Open Horse Show at the Lochside Arena on the Lochs Rd on Saturday 1st December from 10am. The competition begins with a show of ponies and horses in the Best Conditioned class. There will also be prizes for the best horse or pony judged on Conformation.

At 2pm riders will line up for the woolliest pony competition and at 3.30pm there will be a fancy dress competition. Wear your own winter woollies and come along to view the facilities at the new arena and view the local ponies, horses and riders.

EGM - There will be an EGM of the North Lochs Community Association on 22nd January 2013. The committee responsible for the management of the Community Centre were unable to have an Annual General Meeting due to lack of support last week.

The committee are able to fulfill commitments for the Historical Society Dinner on the 30th November, the Lochs Football Club dinner on the 14th December and the Carol Service on the 22nd December. Weekly bookings will go ahead as planned.

The committee are at a point where they need members of local groups and the community to come on board to help take forward the future of the Community Centre. 

If you live locally let this be the first date in your 2013 diary. The Community Association look forward to a positive response and a successful meeting to maintain this excellent community facility.


Services – Last Sunday the morning service in Scalpay Free Church was conducted by the Rev Tom Sinclair, senior minister of Martin’s Memorial Church, Stornoway, and the preacher in the evening was Duncan Macpherson, elder, Tarbert.

Shop Opening – This Saturday (1st) Scalpay Community Shop will be officially opened at 2pm. This will be carried out by Norman Macleod, Tigh Na Mara, the well-known STV news presenter, and afterwards there will be afternoon tea and speeches in the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend and any donations of bakery will be gratefully received.

Children in Need – On Friday, November 16th, Sir E Scott School had various fund-raising events for Children in Need. This resulted in the magnificent sum of over £1,200 being collected and thanks are due to all who organised or contributed in any way. A special mention should be made of Jonathan Macleod, Torman, who ran from his house to school every day of the week, accompanied on the Wednesday by Caroline Mackay and Anne-Marie Mackenzie. Well done, Jonathan, for raising over £500 in sponsorship!

Farewell – Also on Friday 16th, a Testimony and Praise Evening was held in Tarbert Community Centre to mark the leaving of Stan Gowdy, Uist, who is soon to return to Ireland. Stan is a well-known figure on Harris, having preached on occasion in Scalpay Free Church and played a central role in the Road to Recovery programme.

On behalf of his many friends and those who have been helped by him, we wish Stan and his wife every blessing as they return to their native land.

New Crewman – Zak O’Hara, Lag Na Sidhe, has started work as a crewman on the ‘True Vine’ and we wish him every success as he enters the fishing industry.

In Hospital – At the time of writing this, William Macleod, Fair Havens, is hospitalised in Stornoway, and we send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, hoping he is soon home again.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards – At a ceremony in Stornoway Town Hall on Tuesday, November 22nd, Gemma Finnegan, Seafield, and Myles Allen, Dirascal Cottage, were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards and we congratulate them on achieving passes in the disciplines required.

65 Years Married – As the media turns the spotlight on the fact the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating 65 years of marriage, we remember those from Scalpay in a similar situation, and we send our best wishes to John and Jessie Ferguson, 37 Outend, and James and Jessie Macleod, Green Pastures, on passing this momentous milestone in their married lives.

Wedding – A wedding of local interest took place in Las Vegas on Thursday, November 15th, when Christine Macdonald, whose family home is at Green Lane, and Angus Macdonald, whose family home is in Stornoway, were united in matrimony.

On behalf of everyone in Scalpay we wish Angus, who is employed in the offshore industry, and Christine, who is a private nurse, a long and happy married life together in their home in Blackwood, South Lanarkshire.


Funeral – The funeral of Norman Murray (Tarmod Neill), 9 Swainbost, who, as noted in this column last week passed away on Sunday, November 18th, aged 93 years, was held on Tuesday, November 20th.

Among those attending the service in Cross Free Church, where Norman had been an elder for 56 years, were the three resident ministers in Ness at present, and two former ministers.

The funeral service was taken by the Rev Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, Interim-Moderator of Cross, assisted in prayer by the Rev Angus Smith and the Rev Kenneth Murdo Ferguson (Rtd), former ministers of Cross.

Singing of praise was led by Alex John Morrison, elder, South Dell, in Gaelic, and by Angus Graham, elder, Barvas, in English.

At the graveside on Habost machair the Rev Campbell officiated with a short address suited to the solemnity of the occasion.

We again condole with his daughter Sheila, son, Donald John, all close relatives, neighbours and friends who mourn at this time.

Thanksgiving Day – On Thursday, November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day services were held in all the Ness churches, and although the local observance of the day may change with the passage of time, we are glad that the day is still remembered among us when we gather together for worship, giving thanks to God for an abundance of our varied day-to-day requirements.

As we give thanks, we remember all those in other parts of the world who are not as fortunate as we are, with our prayer, that they, in their need, would also share in the produce of the world’s harvests.

Death in North Dell – On the evening of Saturday, November 24th, we were again reminded that ‘here we have no continuing city’, when it was learned that Alexander John Macleod, Gateside, 18 North Dell, had passed away at his home there.

Alex, who was formerly from Point, was aged 71 years, and had been in failing health for some time. In his working life Alex was a joiner to trade, and throughout the years was well-known to many in the islands and on the mainland in the joinery and building management industry.

Alex was an elder in Ness Church of Scotland since June 1990, after coming as an elder from Gardner Street Church of Scotland in Glasgow. He will also be remembered for his active involvement in Carthranas Nis, the Ness Charity Shop.

It is expected that the funeral of Alex will be on Tuesday of this week.

In their time of grief we share our thoughts in sympathy with his wife, Willina, daughter, Catherine, sons, Angus, Gordon and Colin, the grandchildren, and all close relatives and friends who mourn in this bereavement.