Butt to Barra district news 15.8.13

Showing off some vintage wheels at this year's Motor Show which was recently held in Tong. SGD 25661
Showing off some vintage wheels at this year's Motor Show which was recently held in Tong. SGD 25661


Bus Mishap – On the afternoon of Tuesday August 6th a bus with 44 tourists went off the road into the grass verge and ditch while going up the north side of Dell Brae.

We are glad to note that no one was seriously injured during this incident, and hope that although their intended sight seeing tour of our district was marred at this time, that they may still remain good and lasting memories of their visit to Ness.

A crane from Stornoway had to be used later in the evening to recover the bus from the ditch

Memories – As we see the in-gathering of the baled hay being completed in a few hours with present day harvesting machinery, it reminds those of the older generation, of the harvest activity on our crofts in earlier years, with the men in the village cutting with the the scythe, followed by the women collecting and binding the Badan, “Sheaves”, with the building of Adagan, stooks of 12 sheaves, later in the day usually being done by the younger generation.


Church event - Martin’s Memorial Church is holding a ‘Back To School Sunday’ (Sunday 18th August).

This is a national initiative run by Scripture Union.

For us as a church we recognise that the start of a new term is an exciting time. Lots of new things for children and young people to look forward to.

However for some children and families it can be a nervous and even worrying time.

Back to School Sunday is an opportunity for children and youth with their families and friends to come and join with us and enjoy the worship, listen to talks relevant to each age group, and receive encouragement for the school year ahead.

On Sunday 18th August Martin’s Memorial are going to have a special Kingdom Kids (Sunday School) Family Service in the morning at 11am, and then we’re going to have a special youth and student service in the evening at 6.30pm where again there will be worship and testimony and an encouraging talk.

These services are about our commitment to support families in the community and support the excellent work carried out by our schools year after year.


Bragar School alumni - Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar and Arnol Community Trust) need your help!

The Trust is planning an exhibition of photographs and artefacts relating to Bragar School to be held in the former school itself in December 2013.

The group are seeking class and staff photographs and images of school activities covering the schools history of 1878-2012 to feature in the exhibition.

If you have photographs or items that you are willing to share then please bring them along to the open evening at the former Bragar School on Tuesday, September 3rd.

The evening will start at 7pm with the AGM of the Urras, this will be followed by tea and cake where members of the group will be on hand to receive, scan and return images to you straight away until 9.30pm.

If you are able to date the images and identify individuals within them, please do make a note of these and bring them along too!

If you are unable to attend in person but have items you wish to contribute, please contact;

- Anne Campbell (01851 710636)

- or David Powell (01851 822750)

-or email tasglann@cne-siar.gov.uk to arrange for copies to be made.

A facebook page, Bragar School Memories, has also been established where people can share photographs and memories.

An event to help identify and name individuals in the images will be held in the autumn before the exhibition is mounted in December.

Copies of all images will be deposited with Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar (West Side Historical Society) so that a permanent record is created.

This project is supported by Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil, Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar and Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) with funding from Bòrd na Gaidhlig.


Buth Tholastadh Management Committee would like to extend an invitation to the whole community, to attend the Annual General Meeting on Friday 16th August at 7.30pm.

The AGM will be held in the North Tolsta Community Hall where tea and biscuits will be served. Please support your local community shop by attending and putting forward proposals/suggestions for the future success of the shop.


Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar will be hosting a light lunch on Saturday 17th August at Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost from 12.30 until 2.00pm.

There will be a choice of soups, delicious selection of puddings, tea/coffee and biscuits. 

Raffle tickets will also be on sale for the usual varied selection of prizes.  Please come along and enjoy lunch and a catch-up with friends.


The League decider - Following Monday’s 3-0 victory over Back, Carloway now have the chance to make history this Friday, by winning their FIRST EVER League title in their EIGHTY year history.

A win against rivals West Side in Barvas will seal that historic championship, although a point will only be required IF the champions Stornoway Athletic fail to beat Lochs on Wednesday (last night). Kick off at 6:30pm.

Come out and support your team as they attempt to win the biggest prize in Island Football - a match no Carloway supporter nor any former player will want to miss! Come on the ‘way!


The Pairc Community and beyond were saddened when they heard of the passing of Donald M Mackay better known as’ Domhnuall Beag’ , 28 Gravir, following a period of illness.

Donald carried his illness with calm and courage, grace and Christian fortitude. He was a man of intelligence and good council for all those whom he came across.

He served for many years as a councillor for the district of Pairc and later becoming the first crofter who served in the top position as Convenor for the Western Isles Council.

He was an able man and remained an able and committed man to the traditions of the island and brought the council through some difficult years.

The presence of the large crowd at his funeral bore testament to the high esteem in which he was held.

Pre funeral services were held in Park Free Church where he remained a good and faithful servant for many years.

Funeral services were taken by Rev I T Campbell, assisted by Rev C Macdonald and Rev D Macdonald Rtd with interment taking place in the nearby Gravir cemetery.

We send our sincere sympathy to his wife Norma, daughter Cathie Margaret, Sons Donald Murdo, Angus & Norman and the extended family in their sad sore loss.

May God be with you now As you face this time of grief,

Holidays - With the school holidays nearing an end and the children get ready to go back to school we hope that those starting school and those moving to secondary school look forward to their new term and those who have visited us over the summer months ...’haste ye back’


Services- Rev. Alasdair Macleod, Probationer, conducted the services in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) last weekend and will be the preacher (D.V) this coming Sunday also.

Test Success – Congratulations to Anne-Marie Mackenzie, Schoolhouse, on passing her driving test on Monday August 5th. Well done, Anne-Marie!

Memorial Cup – The Christopher Macrae Memorial Cup which is placed for annually between Scalpay and Tarbert took place on Saturday, July 27th, and resulted in a 6-2 win for Scalpay.

The total sum raised for the British Heart Foundation and in memory of Christopher was a magnificent £1,059.

Chrissie, Campbell, Karen and James would like send their thanks John Murdo Ferguson and John Angus Macdonald, organisers, all at the Harris inn for soup and sandwiches, and all who donated so generously to this worth cause.

New Baby- Our Best wishes are sent to Joanna and Dan Hart, Bournmouth, on the birth of a daughter Leila, a sister for Beatrice.

Joanna’s parents, Donald Alex and Sylvia Maclennan have a home at An Alarasaid and we remember proud parents, Grandparents and the new arrival on this joyous occasion.


Production of surely the most sought after prizes in golf ‘The Four Harris Tweed Jackets’ is now in the safe hands of Harris Tweed and Knitwear. Company The tweed is beautifully made by Donald John Mackay of Lustintyre and is copyrighted to the Golf Club.

It all has a ‘made in Harris’ feel about it and hopefully one of these superb jackets will go to a Harris winner be it a Lady or Gent!

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Open Tournaments, Hugh Maclean said: “The lure of these jackets is phenomenal and has attracted an entry of 120 from all over the U.K.

If you add the entry of 40 to the separate Life Members Tournament, held on the Friday morning, and the Thursday Texas Scramble then close to 180 players will take to the Scarista Links over the three days.”Last years’ jacket’winners are all back to defend their titles and add to their wardrobes.

Scratch winner David Black (Sty) can expect stiff opposition from Steve MacIntosh (Muir of Ord) +1, David Huxley( Golspie) and S. Chisholm (nairn) (2)and(3) also L MacDonald.( Nairrn Dunbar (2) Frances(3) and Michael Clark ( 4) Royal Aberdeen and other low handicappers Neil Rowlands, A. Grant and W.Park.

Visit www.stornowaygazette.co.uk for more on the Open Tournaments.