Butt to Barra District News 1.8.13

Abbi Pickard (15) raised �602.00 for Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway by shaving her hair off for sponsorship. The teenager, whose hair is now growing back in, shaved her head in May for the hospice after a family member and friend spent time in the hospice. SGD25597.
Abbi Pickard (15) raised �602.00 for Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway by shaving her hair off for sponsorship. The teenager, whose hair is now growing back in, shaved her head in May for the hospice after a family member and friend spent time in the hospice. SGD25597.
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Church Labourers - Our good wishes and prayer go to Donna Horrison, Donna Dhomhnuill Rodaidh of 10 St Rodans Drive as she prepared to fulfil an ambitious desire to share in the work of her masters vineyard in far away places .

Donna who expects to leave Ness in October and intends to be working for 2 years with the African Indian Mission International, when she will be based in Kahala in Uganda. Part of Donna’s work will be involved in the plight of children on the streets of Uganda.

Based at Cambridge - Our good wishes and prayer also follow Innes Macsween of 20 North Dell as he leaves us for a year to share as a Gospel Centred Relay Worker with the Universities and Colleges Christian Union. Innes will be based at Cambridge University during this time.

Fishermen Safe - We are glad to note that the 4 fishermen who got into difficulties while fishing in the Brag Rock Area off Skigersta on Thursday July 25th, were, with assistance from others, later landed safe and well in Port of Ness Harbour.

Whale and dolphin watch - A whale and dolphin watch will take place from the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse from 11am to 2pm on Friday, August 16th.

The watch costs £3 per person, just turn up on the day and join the guide to look for some of the marine mammals that can be seen in the waters around North Lewis.

Please bring binoculars if you have them – a telescope will be available on the day. Please be aware that sightings cannot be guaranteed!

The guide for the watch is Shona Morrison.


Condolences – The community was greatly saddened on July 17th when it became known that Peter Smith, Pàdraig a’ Choisich, had passed away at his home, 7 Eneclete.

Although Peter had been in indifferent health in recent years, his death was unexpected and the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to his family, including wife, Katie, daughter Joan, sons Calum Iain and Donald, and their own families, and to all the nieces and nephews and close relations.

Peter will be greatly missed from the home, the neighbourhood and the wider Uig area.

We shall miss his pleasant, friendly and welcoming personality as we miss the large and well-known Smith family of Ungishader and Eneclete, of which he, at 86 years of age, was the last surviving member and of which sadly, he is the third member to pass away within the last year.

Peter was well-known throughout Lewis and Harris in his younger days as a traditional singer and will be remembered by many for his fine singing voice.

The funeral took place on the 19th with the wake service the previous evening, held at Uigean Church and conducted by Rev Hugh M. Stewart, parish minister; who was assisted by Rev R. Morrison, Timsgarry.

Interment was to Ardroil Cemetery.

Death at East Kilbride - We also extend our sympathy as a community to Rev Stephen and Mrs Mathews, Eneclete, and to their family, on the recent death of Mr Mathew’s brother at East Kilbride.


Carloway Show – takes place on Wednesday August 7th, with the gates opening at 1pm.

The Show is being opened this year by Mr Angus MacLeod, Callanish, Regional Director of Breedon Hebrides.

The participation in the various aspects of the Show has been very encouraging in recent years, and there is an added attraction in the cattle and sheep sections this year again with the awarding of the Lewis & Harris Championships in these sections.

The exhibits, heavy events and sports are expected to be well supported and the Dog Show has also become a popular and well established part of the Show.

The past two years have seen a significant increase in participation in the piping competitions, boosted by generous prizes.

Details of all sections and events are to be found in the Show catalogue which can be picked up for free from the usual shop outlets, or from committee members.

There will be several charity, commercial and information stalls, adding a further interest to the event.

The Show Dance starts at 11pm in the Community Centre, with music by Skippinish – entrance is £10.

On Friday the 9th, the traditional Show Ceilidh takes place in the Centre, starting at 8.30pm, with artistes including Iain MacKay, Kenny Nicolson, Kirsty Watt and James Graham.

Praise Evening – There will be an evening of Praise and Fellowship in the Carloway Community Centre on Sunday August 4th at 7.30pm.

This event is organised by Carloway Free Church and Church of Scotland congregations. Everyone is very welcome.

Carloway Football Club – Carloway took on Lochs at Cnoc a’ Choilich last Monday, in the semi-final of the Co-operative Cup.

Despite a creditable comeback from the ’way, it wasn’t enough to overturn a Lochs side that deserved to go through to the final.

Johnny Smith put the Lochies ahead with a nice half-volley, before Donald “Nomie” MacDonald made it 2-0 with a well-finished strike from a tight angle.

Instantly, Lochs made it 3-0 just seconds into the second half with Johnny Smith making the scoresheet again.

However, goals from Fraser MacLeod (number 45 of the season) and a Seumas MacLeod header saw Carloway pull it back to 3-2 just over the hour mark.

However, the Lochies capitalised again with an excellent top right-hand corner finish from David MacMillan before Chris MacKay headered the ball home to make it 5-2.

A late brace in the last ten minutes from Kenny “Dokus” wasn’t enough to rescue the tie for the cup-holders who were reduced to ten men at 3-0.

Carloway must move on and focus on the Lewis and Harris League as leaders, with their next fixture taking place at Goathill Park, Stornoway, on Monday August 5th.

There, they will face a tricky match against a Stornoway United side that have recently found some form, after narrowly losing 3-2 to West Side, and leading at one point, before surprising Point with a 3-1 victory at Garrabost.

Kick off for this match is at 7pm.

Come out and support your team as they attempt to edge closer towards that historic League championship.


Feis - Sgoil an Rubha will be a hive of activity next week as Fèis an Rubha gets underway.

This year’s Fèis has expanded to include a Cròileagan for preschoolers and a Teen Fèis for secondary pupils, as well as a class for 5-7 year-olds and the main Fèis for 8-18s.

Last year’s Fèis was a great success, and the committee hope to build on that this year.

The Fèis is open to children from anywhere in Lewis, or beyond, so if there’s a family home for the holidays and looking for something to do, they’ll be more than welcome.

With singing, drama and instrumental tuition, there’s something for everyone. The classes start at 10.30 am on Monday, August 5th.


Bag Packing - Balallan Hall Committee would like to thank the Co-op and all those willing helpers who did the bag packing during the recent fund raising event.

The committee truly appreciate the support of all those customers who contributed to our fantastic final total of £854.40.

Lochs Show - The committee of the North Lochs Community Association would like to thank all those who gave up their time to assist serving teas at the Lochs Show in Laxay last Saturday.

The committee are also grateful to everyone in the district who donated baking for this event.

It would not have happened without the support of the community and it proved to be an excellent fundraiser for the upkeep of our Community Centre.


Condolences - Our sincere condolences are extended to Mairi Macaskill, 19 Kyles, whose father Peter Dan passed away at home on Sunday, July 7th. Mairi is know to many in Scalpay through her work in the North Harris Surgery and we remember her, her family, brother and sister in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

The Late Morag Morrison - Monday, July 18th, we heard the sad news that Morag Morrison, 19 Bayhead, has passed away in Harris House at the age of ninety-four.

Although Morag had been in indifferent health for some time, the news of her demise was keenly felt by the whole of the immediate community as she was such a well-known and highly respected figure in our midst.

Morag trained as a midwife, spending her younger years prior to her marriage in Glasgow, where she was an eye witness of the detestation caused by the Clydebank Blitz.

After her return home she worked for some years as a district nurse, serving the island faithfully in an age of 24/7 continual call outs.

Of a friendly disposition Morag and her like-minded husband Murdo, who pre-deceased her twenty-two years ago, always had a welcome in the family home and many in this community, and indeed throughout Lewis and Harris, have blessed memories of evenings of warm Christian Fellowship enjoyed at Bayhead.

Morag first publicly professed faith in the lord in 1933 and for eighty years she bore witness to the work of saving grace in her life.

For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Morag we will never forget her encouragement, steadfastness and prayerful interest in the spread of the Gospel and, on a personal note, I am conscious of another of my late, parent’s friends taken into the Lord’s eternal service.

Her funeral service on Wednesday 10th was conducted by Rev. Kenneth MacDonald, assisted by Rev. Calum Iain Macleod, whose family home is at Camus Beag.

The praise was led by Farqhar Macleod, Luskentyre, and Murdo Macleannan, Marvig.

At this time of great sadness we extend our prayerful sympathy to sons Donald John, Duncan, Alastair and John, daughter Marion Anne, sisters Dollag and Mary Bell, all their families and all the wide circle of relatives and friends.

Baptism - At the morning service in Scalpay Free Church(continuing) on Sunday, July 21st, the sacrament of baptism was administered by Rev. Kenneth Macdonald to Christy Isabella, daughter of William Benjamni and Jenna Morrison, number seven.

Golden Wedding - Congratulations to Donald John and Fiona Morrison, 22 Kyles, who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently.

Donald John and Fiona lived for many years in the schoolhouse as Donald John was headmaster here and, on behalf of the whole community, we wish them every blessing on reaching this momentous milestone in their married life.

Engineering success - Well done to James Macrae, 6 Creag Aonaich, on passing out from Glasgow Nautical College with both a PDA in Marine Engineering and an Engineer officer of the Watch Certificate.

This is a well deserved reward for three years of practical work and studies and we wish James every success in his future Maritime Career.