Butt to Barra District News 14/3/13

Pennies from heaven - Pictured following their recent tandem jump at Errol Airfield, Perthshire from 10,000ft on behalf of ENABLE Scotland are: Mark Dingwall, Susan Coleman, Robbie Macdonald and Paul Wilson.'The overall sum of �2,373 was raised and the group would like to thank their many sponsors for their kind and generous donations.
Pennies from heaven - Pictured following their recent tandem jump at Errol Airfield, Perthshire from 10,000ft on behalf of ENABLE Scotland are: Mark Dingwall, Susan Coleman, Robbie Macdonald and Paul Wilson.'The overall sum of �2,373 was raised and the group would like to thank their many sponsors for their kind and generous donations.


Funeral in Cross – The funeral of Margaret Mary Mackenzie, 17 Cross (Mairead Mhurdo John), who, as noted in this column last week, passed away suddenly at her residence in Glasgow on Saturday, February 23, at the age of 39 years, was held on Thursday, March 7.

The respect in which Margaret was held by all who knew her, and the sad sentiment of the occasion, shared by the Ness community and further afield with the grieving family, was evident with the large number of people gathered in Ness Church of Scotland for wake worship on the evening of Wednesday, and again on Thursday for a solemn and moving funeral service, taken by the Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald. He was assisted in prayer by the Rev Iain Alasdair Macleod from Glasgow and 4 Lionel.

Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Donald R Morrison, elder, St Ronan’s Drive, and in English by John Hebditch, elder, Cross Skigersta. At the graveside on Habost machair the Rev Macdonald officiated with words suited to the solemnity of the occasion.

We again share our thoughts in sympathy and prayer as we remember her baby daughter, Maria, her mother Murdina, her father Murdo John, her brother Derek, and all others in the close family circle, and friends, who mourn in a sad and sudden bereavement.

Latha Na Ceisd – On the Friday of the Ness communion the Scripture texts given out for the men to speak on were as follows.

In the Free Church (Continuing) in North Dell, Finlay Morrison, elder, Habost, gave the text from Psalm 68:18. In Cross Free Church the text given by Iain Macsween, elder, North Dell, was from the Book of Proverbs 8:34. In the Free Presbyterian Church, Angus Mackenzie, elder, from the Stornoway congregation, gave the text from Jeremiah 31:9.

Four members were added to the professing Church in Ness at this time; two in the Church of Scotland, one in the Free Church and one in the Free Church (Continuing).


Community Skip - The Community Skip will be open on Saturday 16th August from 10am to 12noon.

On arrival at the site you will be greeted by a member of the Community Skip Management Team, who will confirm your waste type and origin and guide you to the skip as appropriate.

A list of allowable and prohibited waste types will be displayed to users on arrival at the skip; information leaflets are also availble in Buth Tholstaidh.

Waste electrical equipment is prohibited, however the Community Council will have an electrical waste disposal schedule in Buth Tholstaidh on which you can enter your name and address and the item you wish to dispose of; when there is sufficient items on the list an additional skip will be ordered.

Please note that the Skip Management Team are not responsible for loading waste into the skip and have no obligation to assist with loading operations.

The Community Council wish to thank all those who have already come forward to volunteer for the skip management team, but are always looking for additional help, should you wish to volunteer, please leave your name in Buth Tholstaidh or phone Catriona Maciver on 890 369.


Carloway First Responders - will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the Carloway Day Centre, on Tuesday 2nd April at 7:30pm. More information will be available nearer the time. All welcome.

Praise Night - An evening of fellowship will be held on Sunday 17th March in the Carloway Church of Scotland, starting at 8pm. Reverend Iver Martin of the Stornoway Free Church will be guest speaker on the night. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Carloway Football Club - With only one month to go until the start of the season, the ‘way continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Point on Saturday 16th March at Shawbost pitch. Kick off for this match is 2pm.


North Lochs Community Association will be hosting a Takeaway Curry Night at the Centre in Leurbost on Friday the 15th of March. The choices will be Chicken Tikka, Beef Balti (Hot), Thai Chicken Peanut Curry and Vegetable Curry.

All served with rice and for the bargain price of £5! Perfect for a Friday evening when you can’t be bothered slaving over a hot stove! All dishes will be freshly prepared on the day (making them suitable for home freezing)

To place your order telephone 860 382 or 860 496 or by email to northlochshall@gmail.com before Monday 11th March 2013.

Orders may be collected at the North Lochs Community Centre from 5.00pm to 7.00pm or from Torrance Partnership, 6 Garden Road, Stornoway, between 5.10pm to 6.00pm.

Artic star: During WW2 many Islanders risked their lives on the 1,600 mile journey from Scotland to the frozen wastes of Murmansk and Archangel on the Artic Convoys.

Delivering aid to the Soviet Union, running the gauntlet of enemy submarine, air and surface attacks.

The men who served in the Convoys are to be awarded the Artic Star posthumously. Up to 120,000 veterans, or their next of kin, are eligible.

Contact www.veterans-uk.info/arctic_star_index.htm or write to: The Arctic Star, MOD Medal Office, Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1HW.

When the war ended those on the convoys were awarded the Atlantic Star – even though that was a separate campaign 800 miles away.

The government has made the unusal descision to allow the Arctic Star medal to be awarded posthumously which means that families will be allowed to apply for the medal where a relative made a contribution.


The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh School on March 5. Mrs Liz Struthers, President, introduced our guest speaker, Mrs Karen Allen. Her talk and demonstration was all about wet felt making. Karen came laden down with loads of gorgeous coloured, carded skeins of wool from different breeds of sheep, and a table full of immensely attractive hand-made articles using assorted methods of felt making.

Everyone was encouraged to try and make felt balls, but first the soapy water game had to be mastered – essential. But for those of us who lacked the grip and brutality, our ‘failed’ balls became abstract works of art. It was lots of fun.

Karen kindly judged the competitions as follows:

Victoria Sponge: 1 Gill Scott-Forrest, 2 Billie Emsden, 3 Jackie Wallace.

Child’s Knitted Socks: 1 Pippa Stevens, 2 Joyce Graham, 3 Billie Emsden.

The vote of thanks was given by Vonette Howe. The raffle was won by Pippa Stevens. The hostesses were Morag Mackenzie and Liz Struthers.


In Hospital – Zak O’Hara, Lag Na Sidhe, spent some days in the Western Isles Hospital recently but we are glad to report he is now home again and we send him our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

The Late Roderick Maclean – The morning of Monday, February 25, brought with it the sad news that Roderick Maclean, Hill Cottage, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital at the age of 85 years.

Although Roderick had been in variable health for some time, news of his demise was keenly felt by the whole community as he was a well respected figure in our midst.

Roderick began his working life on leaving school at the lobster fishing before joining the Royal Air Force and training as a mechanical engineer. On returning home he started work on the Scalpay water scheme and with the late Angus Macleod, 36 Scalpay, built the reservoirs at the church and Outend.

He then moved to Knoydart to work as a mechanic on the estate before moving back once more and being offered a job on the Cunningham cargo boats - “a temporary berth that lasted twenty years”, he once told me. His final working days were spent fishing on the ‘Sapphire’ and at Job Creation schemes before the onset of circulation problems necessitated a leg amputation and retirement in 1987.

Of a friendly and kindly nature, all who worked with Roderick held him in the highest regard as he was a hard-working and loyal friend who never spoke ill of anyone. On a personal note I have much cause to be grateful for his mechanical skills as he repaired many unreliable early cars I had, often just using a manual for guidance.

Although housebound for many years Roderick read widely and extensively and visits to him were always enjoyable and thought-provoking as we discussed local and international affairs.

His funeral service on Friday, March 1 was conducted by the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Callanish, assisted by the Rev Kenneth MacDonald. The praise was led by Ewen Macleod, Camus Beag, and the interment later was in Luskentyre cemetery.

At this difficult time we remember in our thoughts and prayers grand-nephews, cousins, their families, and all other relatives and friends. May God be their comfort, consolation and strength on this sad occasion.


RNLI Fundraiser - A Family Fun Day to raise funds for the Leverburgh Lifeboat is to be held in Lochmaddy Hall, North Uist, on Saturday 23rd March, from 10.45.

The Day will include an auction, competitions, raffle, stalls, refreshments and entertainment from local musicians and dancers. At around 2.30, there will be a display at the Main Pier, Lochmaddy, by the Leverburgh Lifeboat, ‘Royal Thames’, and the Coastguard helicopter (operational commitments permitting).

Auction lots are: a two-night stay for 2 in luxury hotel in Aviemore; signed Celtic football and Rangers souvenir pack; boat trip for 2 to St Kilda; day’s salmon and sea trout fishing, boat included; Runrig memorabilia; 2 wonderful paintings by local artists Rhodri Evans and Grace Beaton; family ticket for Cairngorms Funicular Railway.

All proceeds from the day will go to the Leverburgh Lifeboat Station Fund-raising Branch.

For more detailed information - or to make bids prior to the Auction – please contact Stella Evans (01876 500306) or Barbara Jameson (01876 500849).