Butt to Barra District News 14/2/13


New Astroturf - The new Carloway Astroturf is now available for bookings from the general public.

The rates are £10 per hour to local organisations (Dalmore to Uig, including Bernera) and £15.00 per hour for organisations outwith this area.

Bookings are to made by contacting Angus ‘Dee’ Macarthur on 01851643270 or 07818033050

Super Eights - The jackpot for this week’s Super Eights remains at £1,000, despite five people being only 90 minutes away from winning it last week.

To be in with a chance of winning a grand and would like to acquire a coupon, get in touch with one of the players or committee members. Coupons must be submitted by 3pm on Saturday 16th February.


A Fish and Chip/Curry Take Away night will be held on Saturday 16th in the Community Centre.

The centre will be open from 4pm onwards to take orders on 890 460, alternatively just pop along and wait a few minutes for your meal.

Fish and Chips and choice of Lamb Curry or Chicken Curry will be priced at £6.

As all the Community Groups using the Centre do so free of charge and with increasing insurance and maintenance costs, fund raising requires to be ongoing, we would therefore be grateful for your support on the night.


Death in Eorodale - On Friday 8th February we were reminded of our common latter end with the news that Annie Mackay, Anna Dhomhnoill Ailean, had passed away at here home at 19 Eorodale. Annie who was aged 90 years and had been house bound for the past few years will be remembered with affection by the older Ness generation as the last remaining member of the family who were formerly at 2 High Street Skigersta.

Wake worship was held on Sunday evening in Ness Free Presbyterian Church where the funeral service there on Monday 11th February was in the absence of Rev. Alan MacColl, taken by Rev James Talloch Stornoway. He was assisted in prayer by Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald Ness Church Scotland, with singing of praise led by Rev Talloch who also officiated at the graveside.

We share our sympathy with her nephew Donald Morrison in Fivepenny and all other close family relatives and friends who morn in this bereavement.

High winds - Following the recent high winds when gust of over 100 miles per hour were recorded in Ness, we were again reminded of the power of nature on Monday 4th February when as a result of raging seas, waves round the Butt of Lewis coast reached heights which are not remembered in living memory.

We are glad that was can also say that in a favourable weather pattern, we enjoyed calm and sunny days, as we give thanks along with the Psalmist to God who commands the storm and the waves at his will.

Local media awards - Following the recent Highlands and Island Media Awards ceremony in Inverness on Friday 1st February, we congratulate Murray Macleod, Murray Iain Nava, of 8 Swainbost, who works for the Westhighland Free Press who was named as Journalist of the Year for the Highlands and Islands.

We also congratulate Hugh Macinnes Lionel and editorial team at Fios in Spors Nis who were named as Community Newspaper of the year for 2012. We also congratulate Eric Mackinnon of the Stornoway Gazette who was awarded the prize for the top story of the year.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Rev Tom Sinclair, Formerly Minister of Martins Memorial Church, Stornoway.

New baby – Congratulations to Marc and Doleen, Inverness, on the birth of a daughter, Millie Kate, recently. Doleen’s family home is at Dolmar and we remember proud parents, grandparents Norman and Rhona and great-grandmother Mary Ann at this happy time.

In hospital – The best wishes of the community are sent to Mary Ann Macleod, Ivy Cottage, who at the time of writing this is detained in the Western Isles Hospital. We hope she has a quick and full recovery and is soon back home again.

The late Margaret Galpin – On Sunday 27th January the island was saddened to hear that Margaret Galpin, 7 Creag Adnaich, has passed away in Bethesda after a short illness at the age of 93. Margaret had her family home at 42 Outend and worked locally prior to her marriage to John Galpin from London.

She then lived for thirty years in that city before moving back to Scalpay in the mid-eighties to live with her brother Norman at number 42, after the death of her husband. She moved into Scalpay Care Unit nearly ten years ago while she received every care and attention from staff, League of Friends and Crossroads.

Of a friendly disposition Margaret was an excellent neighbour and always had a warm welcome for those who visited her at home and in the unit. With her passing we are sadly conscious of another of my parents’ generation taken whose life was founded on the values of hard work, kindness, honesty and uprightness.

Her funeral service on Tuesday 29th was conducted by Rev Kenneth Macdonald, assisted by Rev Roddy Morrison, Uig, a cousin of the deceased. The praise was led by John Morrison, Leverburgh, and the interment was in Luskentrye Cemetery.

At this difficult time we remember in our thoughts and prayers the neice and nephews, the cousins and all other relatives and friends. May God be their strength and comfort as they morn their loss.


Hall – Following the community questionnaire that was distributed in December, the most preferred site for a new Hall was identified as ‘immediately outwith the Pairc School boundary’.

The committee would like to thank everyone who filled in the questionnaires and who gave an input into the site choice.

There will now be a public meeting on the 21st February at Gravir School from 7.30pm to present some ideas for the Pairc Hall to the community.

All are welcome to come along and discuss what they would like to see in the Hall, the views and support of the community is very important, so please come along to see what has been happening.

There will also be a chance to see the plans at Ravenspoint on the 22nd and 23rd Feb during the day.


Taster session - A Duke of Edinburgh Award ‘taster session is to take place at North Lochs Community Centre, Leurbost on Wednesday, February 20th at 7pm.

This is a taster session to find out what is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. And an appeal is made for young people to come along and experience each of the

sections in the award: Physical; Expedition; Skill and Voluntary.

The session is open to any young person from the age of 13 plus wanting to try for an award or just learn more about what is involved in the DofE award.

To find out more contact: Norman Macleod (Award Development Worker) Email- norman.macleod@cne-siar.gov.uk or Phone - 07827484148, or Alice Macleod (Award Coordinator)

Email- alice-macleod@cne-siar.gov.uk or Phone– 01851 822714.