Butt to Barra District News

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Raffle for trip - Over the last month Stornoway Primary 7 parents have been selling raffles to help raise funds for the 2016 Primary 7 mainland trip.

The winners were : First: Prize Big Hamper - Mary MacIver; Second: Prize Small Hamper - Fiona Miller; Third: Hand Knitted Snowman and Wine - Muriel Murray. The Primary 7 pupils would like to thank Stornoway MacAulay Road Coop, Maybury Gardens, Stornoway Tesco’s and also all the parents and grandparents that helped to sell the raffles at both Coop, Tesco and the switching on off the Stornoway Christmas lights.


Happy New Year - This district news column brings sad news but despite such events, time moves on and we are now at the start of a New Year. We wish all readers of this column a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016. December 2015 was a very sad month here, especially for the village of Aird, Uig, with the two oldest residents passing away within days of each other.

Peggy Anne Matheson, aged 95, of no.6 Aird, passed away on December 9th at Bethesda Care Home where she had been for only a few weeks and four days later, Calum Iain Macleod, no.8 Aird, whose 92nd birthday was on December 10th, passed away at Ospadal nan Eilean, following a short illness.

Both had been remarkably healthy and active, managing with very little help after they were left on their own in their respective family homes.

Their deaths, so close together, certainly marked the end of an era for Aird, as they were the last of the original village as it was before the advent of the RAF camp.

Peggy Anne was the last surviving member of the Matheson family of 6 Aird, [Teaghlach na Leddy] she followed the traditional role of working in domestic service and helping in the family home when required, and was one of those who found employment at the nearby RAF camp, as she could be heard recounting on a Reidio nan Gaidheal programme, as recently as last summer.

Being a very independent lady, she continued on her own at home after her brother, Calum, passed away until she became too frail to manage.

Her main supports were her niece, Christina Scoales and family in Edinburgh, who were often with her and her nephew, Murdo Maclennan and family, in Point.

The sympathy of the community is extended to them and to all her nephews and nieces on the mainland and overseas. Her funeral service was held in the Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig, of which the Matheson family were staunch adherents, and was conducted by the Rev.A.MacColl, Ness. was conducted by the Rev.A.MacColl, Ness. Interment was to Ardroil Cemetery.

Calum Iain Macleod, 8 Aird, is survived by his only son, Calum Murdo, who works away from here and by his sister, Mrs Johanna Buchanan, Islivig, now living in Stornoway and her family, all of whom have the heartfelt sympathy of the local community.

Calum Iain lived in Aird all his life after his war service in the Royal Marines and was well-respected in the area as hard-working crofter/weaver and operator of school transport minibuses.

Following the death of his wife, Neilina, our former Uig and Bernera district nurse, several years ago, although very lonely, he managed on his own at home until it became too much for him and, at his own request, he went into a Care Home, the Care Unit in Carloway, where he was very well looked after until the onset of his final illness.

He also was a faithful adherent of the Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig, where his funeral was held on December 16th. The service was conducted by the Rev.A.MacColl, Ness, assisted by Dr J. Tallach, Stornoway. Interment was to Ardroil Cemetery.


Christianity Explored: Lochs Free Church hope to run a Christianity Explored Course beginning this month, on Tuesday evenings at Sgoil nan Loch. The course is free, register your interest with Iain MacRae, Rob MacDonald or David Gray.

Newsletter - The deadline for the 2nd edition of the community newsletter Lochs News is Tuesday 12th January Contributions can be sent to lochsnewsletter@gmail.com or Sarah Maciver sarahwm@btinternet.com.

Meal night - The Oidhche Challain tradition is to be commemorated at a meal night on Saturday 16th January at Balallan Old School. The traditional meal to be served at 5pm.


The passing of Mrs. Chirsty Ann MacRae, MBE, of Plasterfield, Stornoway on 26th. December marked the passing of “teaghlach Chaluim Sheumais” of Cnochd Eisgein, Harris and for many of us emphasised the gentle but relentless procession of our preceding generation.

Chirsty Ann was the second member of a family of three sons and three daughters. In common with most others, the family was brought up in and shaped by the meagre circumstances of the era, and grew to embody all the qualities of thoughtfulness, generosity and modest dignity so characteristic of their time and place.

Chirsty Ann found her life’s companion in Roderick MacRae, of Taransay, and they married and set up their home in Stornoway in 1948. This marked the beginning of an exemplary partnership and of what was to be Chirsty Ann’s remarkable lifetime of service to others. Over the years, Chirsty Ann and Roderick were blessed with God’s gifts of Angus, Margaret and Derick, but sadly Angus was to survive progressive illness only to the age of thirtyone years.

Already active in a variety of causes, Angus’ passing either marked or initiated a considerable increase in the number and variety of Chirsty Ann’s charitable involvements, and for the remainder of her life she immersed herself in her work for others. This she achieved both directly and in promoting charitable causes, and the quality of her eloquent persuasiveness became well known to Radio nan Gaidheal listeners throughout the Highlands and Islands and beyond. In 2014, Chirsty Ann was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen by being made an MBE, an honour which she richly deserved and which she proudly, if quietly, accepted.

Chirsty Ann’s charitable work was firmly founded in the context of her faith. For many years she was a diligent member of the Christian community and her place in the High Church, particularly in the Gaelic section of that congregation, was rarely vacant. On the day of her funeral, the fact of those present to express their thanks to God for Chirsty Ann, and their condolences to three generations of her grieving family, spoke eloquently of the widespread respect in which she had been held. While her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Borve Cemetery of her beloved Harris, we who were present were privileged to be able to reflect in the thankfulness of faith, that her immortal soul had been received by her Saviour whom she had so faithfully served, with the words, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.

Submitted HT


Carloway Football Club - The club will be holding its next meeting on Thursday 7th January (tonight) in the Carloway Day Centre, starting at 8pm. We encourage all of our supporters to attend.

Meanwhile, there is a New Year raffle taking place in the Doune Braes Hotel on Saturday 9th January, with various prizes up for grabs. Tickets can still be purchased prior to the draw, at 25p each.

Pictured is Marion MacInnes (Service Manager) for Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris receivinf a cheque for £1400 from Skoon Art Café owners Andrew and Emma Craig. Every year, Andrew and Emma Craig, who own the Skoon art café in Geocrab, raffle one of Andrew’s original oil paintings for charity.

This year they chose to donate to Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris.