Butt to Barra District News


Taking action on human rights - The meeting which took place in Stornoway last week to set up an Amnesty International Group in Stornoway was well attended and the outcome was an unanimous vote to establish a group on the island.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters and activists who campaign for internationally recognised human rights to be respected and protected.

One of the main strengths of Amnesty International’s campaigning work lies in its local groups of activists based in cities, towns, and rural areas throughout the UK.

The next meeting it is hoped will take place on 18 May at 7pm at the Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, to formally constitute the group and draw up an action plan for the coming year.

Existing members and anyone else with an interest in human rights will be again welcome

To find out more contact Ken on 07967 941436

Training day and launch of CnES skiff - A training day for rowers and the launch of Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Education Department’s Nicolson Institute built St Ayles skiff will take place on Saturday 16th May from 10am.

The meeting point is the South Shawbost shore car park. The launch and training will be on the freshwater of Loch a’ Bhaile.

Members of the public are most welcome to come and watch the launch and also to the lunch at the Old School community centre later in the day. For those coming to the lunch there will also be an opportunity to have a peak at the almost completed An Eathar Rowing club boat, which is in the garden shed at the Old School.

There is a competition to name the boat and the 70 entries so far will be displayed.

This 22ft 4 oared clinker built rowing boat was built by a team including school pupils from the Nicolson Institute school.

Two of these young boat builders, Sharon Macleod and Anna Johnstone chose the name Saorsa. We, at An Eathar CRC, are privileged to host the launch of the school built skiff.

The new Nicolson Institute built boat and a group of pupils will be joining us and Stornoway Rowing Club’s skiff Madadh Ruadh not only for training but also for a cordial lunch at the old school in Shawbost.

So in addition to a busy training schedule with 2 skiffs we will have:

The launch of the Nicolson Institute skiff 10am

A fund raiser lunch in aid of An Eathar Rowing Club at Ionad Na Seann Sgoil (ie the Old School, Shawbost - this is open to the whole community - there is a small charge) 12.30-2pm

Over 30 rowers (in total) have now booked to improve their rowing with coach Ali Grant of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Assoc coaching.


Cup Final - Carloway Football Club take on Lochs Football Club in the Acres Boys Club Cup final at Goathill Park, Stornoway, on Friday 15th May. This is the first cup final of the 2015 island football season and it would be great to have as many supporters attending the match to get behind the boys, as they try to bring silverware across the moor. Kick-off at 7pm.


Moderator Designate - The Moderator Designate for the 2015 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is Rev Kenneth Macdonald minister of the Free Church Continuing congregation in Scalpay.

Brought up on the Island of Lewis, in Bayble Point, Mr Macdonald trained as a joiner and spent a number of years in the building trade and as a grocer.

At a recent meeting in Scalpay the customary ‘robing ceremony’ took place after a worship service, where the two longest-professing ladies in the congregation, Mrs Mary Bell Macsween and Mrs Peggy Macsween, performed the pleasant task and presented Mr and Mrs Macdonald with gifts from the congregation.

The General Assembly meets in Edinburgh at Liberton Kirk from 18-21 May.


Carers’ Day - Crossroads Lewis is holding a Carers’ Open Day on Tuesday 12th May at the Grianan Centre on Westview Terrace. The organisation provides regular care at home through its various services, and continues to be graded ‘Excellent’ by the Care Inspectorate.

They provide unique 24/7 respite in the home through their Short Breaks Fund, which enables a carer to a have full break from their caring duties, with Crossroads then taking over from the carer e.g. providing personal care, meal support and medication.

Crossroads Lewis’ funding is aimed at carer respite, and the organisation now supports 87 people per week through its team of highly experienced Care Attendants.

If you already receive Crossroads, or you wish to find out more, please come along for homemade soup, sandwiches, refreshments and baking.

Feel free to pop in anytime between 12pm and 3pm.

It will be an informal afternoon and an opportunity for carers to get together, as well as to find out how Crossroads can better support you in practical terms.

Information will be available about the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland, as well as representatives from Advocacy WI, Citizens Advice and guidance from the local officer for Self-Directed Support, who can advise on Direct Payments.

If you require respite or transport to attend, please let us know in advance by telephoning 705422.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!


Lochmaddy sale - Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 24th) sold 87 store cattle, 1 adult head breeding cattle and 79 store sheep.

Bullocks (43) averaged 220.0p and sold to 261.8p per kg for a 275kg Limousin cross from 21 Grenitote, Sollas, and £1080 gross for a 525kg Charolais cross from Glebe, Tigharry.

Heifers (44) averaged 212.0p and sold to 266.7p per kg for a 345kg Limousin cross from 8 Clachan Sands, Lochmaddy, and £980 gross for a 450kg Limousin cross from 4 Tigharry, Lochmaddy.

Breeding cattle (one) sold to £1000 gross for a Simmental cross in calf cow from 22 & 10 Balemore, Bayhead.

Store lambs (53) sold to £50 for Cheviots from 7 Middlequarter, Sollas.

Ewes (15) sold to £80 from 4 Tigharry, Lochmaddy.

Rams and wedders (11) sold to £82 for Suffolk x wedders from 18 Illeray, Baleshare.

Other leading prices per head and per kg:

Bullocks 251-300kg – Dunskellar, Sollas, £720, 21 Grenitote, 259.3p; 301-350kg – Hastain, Bayhead, £790, 19 Carinish, Lochmaddy, 237.5p; 351-400kg – 15 Carinish, Lochmaddy, £920, 1 Clachan Farm, Lochmaddy, 231.6p; 401-450kg – 8 Balranald, Tigharry, £1000, No 1 Clachan Farm, 232.1p; 451-500kg – Dunskellar, £880, 189.3p; 501-550kg – 7 Paiblesgarry, Lochmaddy, £960, Glebe, 205.7p.

Heifers 251-300kg – 8 Balranald, £660, 220p; 301-350kg – 8 Clachan Sands, £920, 9 Illeray, Lochmaddy, 228.6p; 351-400kg – 1 Clachan Farm, £980, 245p; 401-450kg – 9 Clachan Sands, £960, 231.3p.