Butt to Barra District News

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Playgroup - Stornoway’s parent-run Gaelic playgroup Rionnagan Beaga Steornabhagh has a playleader once again.

The playgroup will be starting again in Pointers, 14-16 North Beach Street, from 1.30-2.45pm on Mondays, for children from 0-5.

To find out more information contact Marianne on 710405 or join the facebook group.

Special Evangelistic Services - are due to be held (DV) in Stornoway FCC, Sandwick Road, over the coming weekend.

Services are on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and on the Lord’s Day 11am and 6.30pm. The visiting preacher is expected to be Rev David Lachman.

Having lived on three continents and preached in some of the cities of America and Scotland as well as in the bush of Zambia, David Lachman is only too aware that man’s spiritual needs throughout the world do not change and that there is only one remedy, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He is currently Vice-Principal of Covenant College, Petauke, Zambia where he is involved in training Pastors as well as preaching in the rural villages around the College.

Whether a person is involved in superstition, an atheist, or a respectable churchgoer on Lewis, David Lachman has a message for them which can change their lives and save their souls.

Come along and hear more about God’s amazing grace in the Gospel.


Carloway Football Club - will be holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday 24th November in the Carloway Day Centre, starting at 7:30pm. It is important for all of our fans to attend the meeting.


Funeral - the last week of October was a sad one here with the death and funeral of Mrs Flora Macdonald, 4 Reef, who had reached the great age of 95. She passed away at home following a long period of declining health and with her passing, it can be truly said that a light has gone out in Reef, the village in which she had lived for over 50 years.

Originally from Scalpay, Harris, Flora was the widow of Louis Macdonald of 11 Reef, who predeceased her over 40 years ago and the mother of a large family of one daughter and five sons, all of whom, with their own families, have the deep sympathy of the community at this sad time.

A large congregation gathered for the funeral on Thursday, 29th October, held in Uigean Church, where Flora was a professing member of long standing.

The service was conducted by Rev Hugh M Stewart, assisted by Rev William Macleod, Barvas, retired minister of the congregation; praise was led by John H. Macleod and Kenny A Mackay.

At the end of her long life, Flora has left behind pleasant memories of a strong Christian witness, of a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and of a kind hearted and hospitable lady, very much missed from the neighbourhood where she lived for such a long time.

Remembrance – the annual Remembrance Service was held at the War Memorial, Timsgarry, at 2pm on Sunday, 8th November and was conducted by Rev Hugh M Stewart, parish minister. The weather was so atrocious that, in the teeth of gale force winds and heavy rain, the service could only be held in the shelter of parked cars by the roadside. Wreaths were laid by Donald Matheson, Kenny Mackay and Iain Henri Morrison and the service concluded with two minutes’ silence and the singing of Psalm 23.


Canadian visit - Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has just returned from Vancouver, Canada this week where he met 103 year old Jessie MacLellan nee MacNeil who left Barra in 1924.

Mr MacNeil was visiting Canada in his capacity as Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee but he took time out to meet up with those of Hebridean descent.

Mrs MacLellan’s father was Padraig Dhomhnaill Uilleim and she was married to John “Jock” MacLellan from Benbecula.

Pictured is the skipping challenge at Back School. Last term EP5/6 pupils decided to take part in a skipping challenge for the British Heart Foundation charity.

Talking about the challenge the pupils said: “The amount we raised was astounding and it was a good charity to put the money to.”

The challenge raised over £1444.45 with 20% going to school funds and the rest to the charity.