Butt to Barra District News

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Here’s your district news in the regular ‘From Butt to Barra’ section of The Gazette. Send us news from your community by e-mail to news@stornowaygazette.co.uk or inform us by telephone on 01851 707712.


Event - Martin’s Memorial Church welcomes all to a Praise and Testimony Evening at 6.30pm, Sunday, September 27th. 


Marking anniversary - On November 21 it will be 40 years since the Tong Hall was officially opened.

This followed almost ten years of ambitious fundraising by local residents.

In order to mark the occasion there are two celebrations planned to take place in the hall. There will be a Ceilidh on the 26th September at 7.30pm featuring the Stuart Taylor Ceilidh Band.

The event will be BYOB with families welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Donations will be taken at the door and there will be raffles on the night.

All monies raised will go towards an upcoming project to repaint the hall.

On October 17, there will be a tea party in the hall between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

There will be home baking and a chance to reminisce and look at photos from years gone by. The TRA would welcome any donations of photos that people have that they think might be of interest.


Football match for charity - Local man, Daniel Hughes (20) from North Tolsta organised a football match to fundraise for Scottish Autism managing to reach a total amount of £1,310. Daniel and his family have known that his younger brother (7) has autism since he was a toddler.

Daniel said; “My wee brother is the most fantastic boy anyone could meet, but I wanted to do something to help and show my support to Scottish Autism.

“I know first hand how difficult daily life can be for individuals and families affected by autism - doing simple things can be a challenge - so if the money raised can help the charity reach more people in Scotland with the condition I will be delighted!”

Daniel, who has just returned from England where he was also involved in fundraising, organised 34 men to focus on sponsorship and had two teams playing on the day with ‘Team Daniel’ winning a convincing 8-3 over ‘Team Don’. The match took place on the astroturf in Stornoway.

Daniel said: “We had a great turnout on a wet day with quite a few spectators too. I was pleased that my team won but we were all there to raise money - most of the players are mates who used to play in the community league and a couple of junior and senior players from the local league.”

Karen Wilson, Fundraising Manager for Scottish Autism, said: “This was a tremendous effort by a young man and his friends and we would like to send Daniel a huge thank you.

“£1,310 is an amazing amount of money which will help us continue to provide a wide range of flexible and innovative support services for children and adults affected by autism across Scotland, focusing on improving their quality of life.”


Getting Online - Anyone in the district needing help with setting up an email account or getting on Facebook? You should contact the Ravenspoint Centre as soon as possible.

There is free, friendly training available, at a time to suit you. This is courtesy of a grant from Digital Scotland to Co Chomunn Na Pairc. Don’t just think about it, ring them on 880236 and get online.

Bag-packing - The Balallan Hall committee and Kinloch CE are bag packing this Saturday, please contact a member of their committee if you can spare an hour of your time to help.

Laxay-Achmore - There will be a moorland walk from Laxay to Achmore on Saturday 10th October.

The North Lochs Historical Society walking group, welcome anyone interested, to join them traversing the new pathway, which is part of the Hebridean Way.

The Hebridean Way, due to be launched next spring is a series of pathways wending its way throughout the Hebrides.

On this walk we would particularly welcome local crofters who have knowledge of the Gaelic place names of moorland features, in order for these to be recorded for the archives.

Thanks to CNES Pathways Officer for confirming the path is complete and to Soval Estate for access.

If you are interested in joining us, all participants will meet at Cameron Terrace at 9am on Saturday 10th October for car-sharing.

Archive Film - The organisers of the three Over 60s groups in Lochs and other areas, may be interested in planning a group visit to the pictures in Stornoway.

To see a programme of three short archive films from the 1930s. Subjects range from wool gathering and knitting jumpers in Shetland in 1932, life on Eriskay in 1934 and Salmon Fishing in Skye in 1938.

The film programme is approximately an hour long.

This is part of the Hebrides International Film Festival at An Lanntair on Wednesday 14th October at 2pm.

There is a group discount of £4.00 a ticket available. Sounds like a very enjoyable afternoon.


Condolences – the community here was very saddened by the news that Mrs Margaret Morrison, nee Macdonald, formerly of 11 Reef, was gravely ill and then further saddened by the news of her passing, aged 62, on September 3rd in hospital in Kingussie.

She was the wife of Rev Donald Morrison, former Free Church minister of Lochgilphead, now retired and resident in Kingussie.

Her funeral which was very well-attended, was held in Uigean Church, Miavaig, on September 8th, following a wake service the previous evening.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev Malcolm Macleod, Shawbost Free Church, assisted by Rev John Urquhart, Isle of Skye, and Rev Neil Macmillan, Edinburgh, praise was led by Kenny A Mackay, Geshader. Interment was to Ardroil Cemetery where Rev William Macleod, Barvas, officiated.

The deep sympathy of the community is extended to her sorely bereaved husband and sons, Iain and Allan, and grandson, Johnnie Tarmod, and brothers, Donald George and Iain C and the wider family circle.


Caraidean Uibhist (Friendship in Uist) raised £105.50 at a wonderful coffee morning held at their office at Winfield Way, Balivanich on September 16th as part of MacMillan Cancer Research annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The raffle prize winner of a chocolate cake was Archie Campbell. Guess how many sweets in a jar was won by Fiona Menzies. ‘Spot the Cake’ was significantly won by MacMillan nurse Fiona Creighton, who with an inspired guess of 576 was just short of the desired total amount of 580. So well done there, Fiona!

Sheena Stewart, Caraidean Uibhist Project Co-ordinator said: ‘Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the day by coming along and donating delicious home baking and money, and to all those who helped practically on the day’.