Butt to Barra district news 11/4/13

Generous kids at Tong Primary School raised �150 for Bethesda at their Christmas Concert at the end of last year. A cheque was presented to DR MacDonald of Bethesda recently.  SGD 25059
Generous kids at Tong Primary School raised �150 for Bethesda at their Christmas Concert at the end of last year. A cheque was presented to DR MacDonald of Bethesda recently. SGD 25059


Bùtha Scalpaigh AGM – Twenty-eight people turned up for the first AGM of Bùtha Scalpaigh, Scalpay’s community shop, on Tuesday, March 27.

Ann Godfrey-Faussett gave a brief survey of the activities of the shop over the past year.

Peter Dickson, who has been chair of both Scalpay Community Development and, for a time, of the shop committee, plans to leave the island shortly. Caroline Ann Morrison is planning to move into accommodation in Stornoway, and has resigned. Both will be greatly missed.

The remaining members of the committee were Ann Godfrey-Faussett (Chair), Morag Macleod (Secretary), Jayne Green (Treasurer), Murdo Macsween, Karen Allen and Christina Catherine Morrison. They duly resigned but agreed to be re-elected, which they were.

It is gratifying to be able to announce that Erica Galbraith, Morgan, Kenneth Macleod, 31 Ardteaghinish, and Finella Macleod, 18 Bayhead, agreed to join the committee, and the other members look forward to their input in the future.

In answer to a request from the floor it was agreed that there will be a half-yearly interim meeting to give information to shareholders. (Contributed)

Awards – On Friday, March 22, at the Film G Awards – the Gaelic Oscars – at The Arches in Glasgow, the biggest clutch of awards went to Donald Ewen Mackinnon, Highcroft, Ardnakille, who won Best Music Video, Best Performance and Film G Theme Award. This was for his music video ‘Monadh’ which he directed, acted in, composed and sang in, with his brother Sam also acting in it.

Well done, Dòl Eòin!


North Tolsta Historical Society - The Comann Eachdraidh is hoping to host a Social Evening in the Community Hall, Tolsta on Friday 12th April.

The main part of the evening will be an illustrated talk, entitled Steamers to Stornoway, by researcher Colin Tucker. Colin’s talk will examine the history of ships and shipping services from the mainland to Lewis including shipping from Glasgow in days gone by, mail steamers, various car ferries and visiting cruise ships.

The Community Hall will be open from 7.30pm and the talk will start at 8.00pm.

The meeting is open to everyone and, following the talk, refreshments, tea, sandwiches etc will be served, giving those present an opportunity to meet up with old friends and exchange stories.


Aline Woodland Volunteer Day – This Saturday 13th, Aline Woodland is having a volunteer day, all are welcome to come along and lend a hand. There are many jobs to be done ranging from planting trees, fixing fencing, painting, clearing wood and much more. There will be a job for everyone and in return there will be a BBQ lunch provided. Come along at 10am, bring wellies or stout footwear and any tools you may think would be useful. For more information contact 880296.

Lochside Arena - The facilities at the new Lochside Arena on the Lochs Road, have been well usedover the winter. This excellent community facility is a great asset to the area.

Horse and ponyowners wishing to meet and hold competitions throughout the winter months, have planned andfundraised for seven years, to bring the new indoor and outdoor arena to completion.

This week the activities at the Arena include the Lewis and Harris Riding Club’s Three day camp on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is an adults training and tuition camp.

The local Pony Club also use the arena to encourage youngsters to ride safely and learn how to care for their ponies.

The facility comprising the arenas and a meeting room are available by contacting 705932 or admin@lochsidearena.co.uk

Harris Gun Club - The Club will be hosting the Highlands and Islands Clay Pigeon Shooting competition at AlineCommunity Woodland on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.

Teams will be travelling from Inverness, Orkney, Shetland, Skye and Benbecula.

The teams will be shooting 100 automatic ball traps on Thursday and Friday, then 100 down the line on Saturday.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch. The RNLI will be fundraising by providing a barbecue.

The Harris Gun Club hope to open to the public at Aline Forest on Saturday 18th May from 10am.


Pairc Social Club - The AGM of the Pairc Social Club will take place on Tuesday 16th April in the Resource Centre, Kershader at 7.30pm.

We would request a good turnout and if any of the younger, able-bodied would like to come along to find out what we do and would be willing to become a ‘Wednesday Helper’ it would be much appreciated....as sooner or later they will be next generation of the social club.

The Pairc Social club meets every two weeks for lunch and a ‘get together’ at Ravenspoint, Kershader. The club is open to all senior citizens, disabled persons or anyone living alone and are looking for a bit of company.

Please come along and support the Social Club and the community.

Holidays - For those at home in our midst for the Easter break it is nice to see you back home and hopefully you will enjoy the break.

Communions - The half yearly communions will take place this weekend with the Rev R Morrison (Rtd) and The Rev John Forbes.


Church Topics – Following the recent selling of the old Free Church buildings in South Dell and Galson, we share our sentiments with the people of both these villages who are now left with nostalgic and precious memories of their village places of worship, Tigh Coinneamh A Bhaile, to which they were so closely attached through the years.

After the Disruption of 1843 occasional Free Church services were held in the open air at the place on the west bank of Dell River, north of the Dell bridge, still referred to as An Coimhthional.

The church, which was larger than the present building, was then built and was the main Free Church place of worship for the whole district from when it was opened in 1852 until 1892 when the present Free Church building in Cross was built.

The last prayer meeting in South Dell Church was on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

In Galson occasional Free Church services were held in a garage at Galson Lodge before a zinc building was built on the present site in the early 1920s. The last prayer meeting in Galson was on Sunday, October 31, 2010.

As “the old order changeth making place for new” we wonder if village places of worship, as we knew and saw them, will again be seen in our community. The last prayer meeting in Lionel Mission House,which is also closed at present for worship, was on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

Comunn Eachdraidh – On Friday, April 13th, a topic of interest will be held in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis. This relates to a notable and well-known Niseach and Gaelic enthusiast, Donald Thomson OBE, who in his teaching career was head-teacher of Oban High School.

Donald’s mother was from 20 Lionel, and his father was from 2 Skigersta. Donald, who was affectionately known to us as Dolaidh Kate, passed away in 1980.


Carloway Football Club - The ‘Way travel to Rally Park, Tarbert, on Friday 12th April (tomorrow), where they will face Harris in the opening fixture of the Lewis and Harris Football season.

Kick off for this match is at 6:30pm. Come out and support your team as they attempt to get of to a winning start.

Ceilidh at the Caber - There will be a dance held in the Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway, on Saturday 13th April to raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign and Carloway Football Club.

Performing on the night will be local artists, including the Stuart Taylor Ceilidh Band who will be providing live music for the dancing. Admission for this event is £7 for adults and £5 concession for students and pupils. Doors open at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Sympathy - The whole island community were devastated to hear of the passing of Iain Mervyn Macleod of Breaclete, Bernera, on the 31st March.

Mervyn, 44 years old, the son of Catriona and Angus Macleod, Lismore Breaclete Bernera) had been securing an anchor when the accident occurred.

He was one of Bernera’s young men on whom the community depended, and was popular with young and old alike and he will be greatly missed. Mervyn was always cheerful and helpful to his neighbours. He, and his wife, Norma, set up home in Bernera and have a charming daughter, Amy, now 16 years of age.

The funeral took place on the 6th April at the Church of Scotland, Bernera. The Rev Iain Maciver conducted the service assisted by the Rev. Hugh Stewart and the Rev Calum Macdonald (Callanish). The praise was led by Kenny A. Mackay of Uig.

Iain’s widow, and Norma, and daughter, Amy, gave a most loving heartfelt eulogy to Mervyn. They spoke eloquently of him as a devoted husband, father, support for his parents and close friend to all members of the family.

Mervyn’s popularity was clearly demonstrated by the Church being filled to capacity and as many more having to stand in the church grounds.

The community send their heartfelt condolences to Norma and Amy, and to his parents Catriona and Angus, his sisters Detta, Mairi and Sharon, together with the brothers in law, Tim and Michael, and Detta’s partner, Stuart, Norma’s parents Joan and Norman and brothers, aunties, uncle’s, nephews and nieces, and the extended family throughout the islands and the mainland.

The internment took place at the Bosta Cemetery.