Butt to Barra District News


Inspirational Motivational Speakers Event -On Wednesday, 11 November at 7.30 pm in Stornoway Town Hall, Craig Mathieson (Polar Explorer) and Donald MacNaughton (Sports Psychologist), both experts in their field, will be speaking. Donations can be made at the door for charity


Great Bernera Estate Buyout - There will be a meeting for all qualifying Residents and full Members of the GBCDT on Thursday 12th November in the Bernera Hall at 7.30pm.

At this meeting the Board of the Trust will report on developments with regard to the purchase of “The Crofting Lands of Bernera” from the present owner.

The Executor of the late Count’s will has indicated that he wishes to exclude Little Bernera from the sale, with a view to selling it on the open market.

The Board have unanimously decided on a way forward and want Members and Residents to be aware of, and give their support to this plan.

Letters of invitation have been sent out but if, for any reason, you have not got one, please contact Tom for a copy.

It is vital that we get the views of all Members and Residents on this development so please attend if you can.

Community Centre - It is hoped, weather permitting, that the fireworks night will be held on Saturday 6 November at 6pm so please come along and there will be some refreshments available. It is likely that items for the bonfire will be required on Saturday and help arranging this would be most welcome.

Bookings for the Centre are currently being taken by Morag Sinclair, BCA Secretary so please contact her with any queries.

Best Wishes -Robin and Lala Budge have recently just celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends and we sent them many congratulations.

Sympathy - It is with great sadness we report that the funeral of the late Linda Macdonald was held last week in the High Church in Stornoway followed by internment in Bosta.

Linda was the only daughter and eldest child of John and Nan Murray from Heath Park where she grew up with her three younger brothers.

She was married to Angie Macdonald from Harris and had three daughters, Joanne, Alanna and Eilidh and one grandson.

Linda was only 47 and had suffered from cancer for several years and the last year was spent in Glasgow receiving treatment. To all her family we send our sincere sympathy at this very sad time.

Her brother Norman, who was abroad and unable to attend the funeral, had sent a fitting tribute to Linda which expresses what a special person she was.

“We have lost a very special lady. One that had nothing but love in her heart for her family. She loved the girls and Angie more than anyone could ever realise. Whenever she spoke of her girls it was with a bright light in her eyes that shone for all to see.

“I always felt guilty whenever I called to ask after her within seconds she would turn the conversation onto me and my family and how we were, and of course I would start telling her all our little problems and ailments and forget the reason for the call. She was so unselfish.

“Linda didn’t win the war but she fought the battles with her usual tenacity. She was always a great fighter always one to keep us boys in check.

“You could almost say it was like growing up with two mums in our house.

“We had nothing but admiration for our big little sister. She was small in stature but larger than life.

“Linda, I am so proud of the love that you had for your family and the strength that you have shown. Rest now and God bless you.” - Norman


This year’s Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Local War Memorial at North Tolsta Crossroads, at 12 noon on Saturday 7th November, D.V. If the weather is not suitable for an outside service, we shall meet at the Community hall where we will hold the service inside.

Following the usual formalities, soup and sandwiches will be served in the hall.

The North Tolsta Historical Society have now completed their WW1 Project, thanks to a generous donation from the Heritage Lottery fund, and they invite you all to come to the Ceilidh House, behind the hall, to view a demonstration and launch of their WW1 Website, which we hope will be live to the public on that day.

We are still looking for stories and photographs, reminiscent of WW1 and life in Tolsta during the years that followed. The committee will be around to photocopy documents or scan any photographs which we don’t already have.

Thanks indeed to all who have already contributed to this project.

We look forward to showing you how you can browse around our new website, after the Remembrance Day service and the usual soup and sandwiches in the hall on the 7th November .