Butt to Barra: District News 14.11.13

S6 pupils of The Nicolson Institute handed over a cheque for the sum of �1,400 - the proceeds of the giant coffee morning held in the school  on Friday October 4th - to staff of the Bethesda Hospice recently. 'About 1,000 pupils enjoyed coffees , drinks and home baking at the event; and the S6 pupils would like to thank all those who contributed to the event.
S6 pupils of The Nicolson Institute handed over a cheque for the sum of �1,400 - the proceeds of the giant coffee morning held in the school on Friday October 4th - to staff of the Bethesda Hospice recently. 'About 1,000 pupils enjoyed coffees , drinks and home baking at the event; and the S6 pupils would like to thank all those who contributed to the event.


Remembrance Sunday – The customary service was held at the War Memorial, Timsgarry, immediately after the morning church services on November 10th.

The service was conducted by Rev Hugh M Stewart, parish minister, and the praise was led by Kenny Mackay, Geshader. Wreaths were laid by John N Maciver on behalf of the Memorial Committee, Kenny Mackay and Iain Henri Morrison.

Bonfire Night – November 8th was a busy night at the Community Centre which started with a well-taken up Fish & Chips Take Away, followed by the Community Council’s Bring and Buy Sale in aid of the New Year Dinner which did very well, raising in excess of £500.

The Guy Fawkes Bonfire and Fireworks Display then lit up the scene and provided the usual magnificent spectacle. The evening was very well-attended by both the young and the not quite so young.

Autumn Communions - Services were held in both churches through the fourth weekend of October. Both congregations had visiting preachers, in Uigean Church of Scotland: Rev. Ian M. MacDonald, Cross Church of Scotland, Rev. Stephen Matthews, United Free Church and Rev. Iain T Campbell, Gravir Free Church. The Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig, had Rev Wilfred Weale, Staffin, Isle of Skye, and the Moderator of the congregation, Rev. James Tallach, Stornoway. The communion season is a time of friendship and fellowship and both congregations were pleased to have visitors from other island areas at the services.

Senior Lunch - Twenty-five of Uig’s Senior Citizens gathered for lunch at Lochcroistean Centre on October 18th, courtesy of Uig Community Council.

This was a very enjoyable and relaxed event with sumptuous food - a choice of main course and dessert or, alternatively, both and, as much as you liked of everything. Marianne Campbell and staff made everyone feel welcome and provided friendly and cheerful service throughout.

On behalf of the Community Council, in the absence of its Chairman, John Maciver, to whom we all extend good wishes during his current period of medical treatment, the guests were welcomed and grace was said by Ewen Mackinnon, Ardroil, who also gave a vote of thanks at the end to Marianne and her staff, which was endorsed by all present.

Get Well Wishes– Calum Iain Macneill, Carishader, in Ospadal nan Eilean for several weeks now, is very much in the thoughts of all his friends here.

Now home after being in hospital are Mrs Chrissie Macritchie, Ardroil, our former district nurse, and Mr John Buchanan, Islivig. To them all, the warm good wishes of the community are extended.


Spioradalachd nam Bard - We very much look forward to the second lecture in the 2013 series of Spioradalachd nam Bard that will be delivered by Rev. Prof. Donald MacLeod, Emeritus Principal, FC College.

Prof. MacLeod will be speaking about the spiritual poetry of Peter Grant (Padruig Grannd).

This FREE lecture delivered in a bilingual format begins at 7.30pm on Friday November 15th in Bernera Community Hall.

Everyone is invited to come along to what promises to be an exceptionally interesting evening.


Recycling Site Winter opening hours - With the clocks going back recently, the Winter opening hours at the North Harris Recycling Site are: Closed on Mondays; 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and 9am to 12noon on Saturdays.

Residents are reminded that the Site takes all domestic waste, including TVs and washers – just not gas bottles, plasterboard or asbestos – and is open to the whole Harris community.

Barvas and Brue

Open Day at Brue and Barvas Community Centre - The Brue and Barvas Community Centre is holding an Open Day on Saturday, November 16th, from 1pm to 4pm.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the works to be completed at the Centre have now been finished and all are invited to come along, meet committee members and have a tour of the newly modernised multifunctional Community Centre.


Award to Ness Lady – This week we congratulate Annie Macsween, North Dell, who recently travelled to Glasgow where she was presented with the Lewis and Harris Association Cup ‘Cuach Leodhais agus na Hearadh’, for her contribution to the Gaelic language and local heritage.

We note with interest that through the years since the Cup was first awarded in 1969, a number of Niseachs, including the Ness Football Team, have been recipients of this award which is now given by an Association which began 126 years ago.

Award to Comunn Eachdraidh – We are also glad to note that at a gathering in the Old Cross School on Wednesday, October 30th, attended by our MSP Alasdair Allan, and Kenneth Maciver of Radio Nan Gaidheal, Mr Allan presented Comunn Eachdaridh Nis with the top Gaelic Business Award for the year.

This award is sponsored by Comunn na Gaidhlig and we are indebted to all those in Comunn Eachdraidh who helped to achieve it this year.

More awards – Also noted in last week’s Gazette we are also glad to see that Galson Estate Trust have been named as the ‘Best Community Project’ in the recent awards given by Energy North Awards.

This is related to the Trust’s Wind Turbine Project at Ballantrushal.

Remembrance Service – On the morning of Saturday, November 9th, in favourable weather, a large crowd assembled at the War Memorial in Cross for the annual Remembrance Service conducted this year by Rev Greg MacDonald, assisted by Rev Iain Murdo MacDonald.
Ten wreaths were laid at the Memorial this year.

On the morning of Sunday, November 10th, the service at the War Memorial in Borve was conducted by Rev Iain Murdo MacDonald, where again in favourable weather a large crowd assembled, and then wreathes were also laid at the Memorial.

Lewis and Harris Association

The tradition of the Annual Gathering of the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association was maintained at this year’s one hundred and twenty sixth get together. A welcome change of venue from previous locations to the Glasgow University Student Union proved to be a popular one.

The previous evening the Pond Hotel, Great Western Road, Glasgow, had a well attended Dinner which is held in honour of the Annual Gathering Chairman. This year the Asssociation were delighted to welcome John M. Macleod and his wife Christine.

Piper Ross Mackay led in the top table procession. President Iseabail MacMillan who had been indisposed for some time was back on duty and, as always, radiated a warm welcome to all present.

She invited the Reverend Graham Morrison to say Grace. An excellent meal was provided and enjoyed by all and this was followed by the usual informal Ceilidh. Piper Ross Mackay was back on duty and other artistes participating were singers Mary C. Maclean and Kenneth Nicolson.

John Macleod is the President of An Comann Gaidhealach and following a successful Royal National Mod held in Paisley he had up to date information about the Mod and also a message to the assembled guests at the Dinner and at the Annual Gathering.

Carloway born John said that he never imagined in his younger years that one day he would be plunged into having a leading role in the Gaelic world and representing Gaelic Parents for seven years through Comann nam Parant Naiseanta. Then came the appointment as President of An Comann with responsibilities for the National Mod each year.

He had said at the Mod and wished to repeat the message: “We need to get back to Gaelic medium communities that will complement the advances in Gaelic-medium education and where better to revive Gaelic communities than in the Western Isles

“Gaelic needs a ‘homeland’ a true Gaelic environment, and the starting mpoint is in the Western Isles while there is still a foundation for that revival at community level.”

He wished the Association well in the years to come.

Annual Gathering - The Gathering is held not only as a social occasion but also to help the Benevolent Fund.

President Iseabail MacMillan welcomed the assembly of Islanders and Highlanders to the new location and introduced Gathering Chairman John M Macleod.

A dainty young lady Mairi Macleod, daughter of Norrie Macleod and Tricia Macleod, came forward with great confidence and charm to present Mrs Macleod with a bouquet of flowers. Mairi’s father has Bernera and Lochs connections and her mother’s are with Ness.

John Macleod, a very experienced chairman, ensured that the evening flowed in traditional style. A stirring selection of Piping from Ross Mackay and Alasdair Paterson both with Carloway connections commenced the evening.

Toward the beginning of the evening the Annual Presentation of Cuach Comunn Leodhas agus na Hearadh took place with the recipient this year being Annie MacSween of Ness. This was in recognition of her dedicated service to her community and the Gaelic language and many other involvements with a comprehensive list of associations, organisations, and volunteers.

Isobel Ann Martin could not attend due to illness, and two singers were brought in to complete the programme.Both winners at the recent Royal National Mod at Paisley – Joan Morrison and Calum Angus Macdonald. Ian Mackay, Sineag MacIntyre, James Graham and the keyboard skills of Alasdair Paterson provided an evening of exceptional entertainment.