Butt to Barra District News 16.7.15

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Ruiraidh and Mòrag’s walking challenge - Ruairidh Morrison aged 16 and Mòrag Morrison aged 15 (pictured above) are Explorer Scouts from Edinburgh.

They are taking part in a SMESU international Explorer Scout community development expedition to Cambodia in the summer of 2016.

To participate they need to raise £5,000 (£2,500 each) and as part of their fundraising efforts are doing a sponsored walk from Monday, July 20th to Thursday 23rd July.

Their route will take them from the Butt of Lewis, to the pier at Rodel, Harris. In all, it measures approximately 75 miles which they will cover over four days.

Ruairidh and Mòrag’s dad’s side of the family are from Harris and Lewis and they spend their holidays in Maraig where their late Grandpa, Donald Morrison, and Grandma, Ivy lived.

The duo are fluent Gaelic speakers and attended the Gaelic Medium Unit at Bun Sgoil Croise na Cise and are students of Àrd Sgoil Sheumais Gillesbuig.

Talking about the challenge they said: “We are looking forward to our walk and will be retracing one of the paths our Grandpa used when gathering sheep on the Clisham.

“We would be very grateful for any sponsorship to help fund our costs for this fantastic expedition and have set up a Just Giving page: .

“We will try to post updates daily (signal dependant) letting people know our progress.

“We would be grateful if you could let your readers know, and look forward to being beeped by them on our route – Butt of Lewis, Tolsta, Stornoway, Ballallan, Scaladale, Maraig, and Rodel Pier.


Feedback - Dr Donald Boyd, leader of the Scottish Christian Party is giving General Election feedback at a public meeting in the Grianan Centre, Westview Terrace, Stornoway on Friday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring a friend and come along with your questions.

Celtic Praise Night - Following the tremendously popular Heb Celt Festival this week, Stornoway St Columba’s Church on Lewis Street is holding a Celtic Praise Night on Sunday evening , 19th July at 6.30pm.

Samaritans - Taking place on Friday, July 24th is the ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ event.

The call is going out to adults and children to don a pair of shoes that doesn’t fit to see the difficulty in walking in the lives of someone else’s shoes.

The walk begins at 8pm from Perceval Square, Stornoway and will follow a mile route through the town. There will be a fun warm up from 7.30pm.

Entry forms for the walk are available from Sportsworld and the Lewis Sports Centre with payment, along with forms to be taken to the event, cost is £10 for adults and £5 for children, children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Pictured above are the newest residents of Stornoway as the Stornoway Amenity Trust have placed four beautifully carved seals on South Beach Street.

The carvings were done by Uisdean Paterson of Aird Tong, who also carved the Cow on Macaulay Road and the fisherman on the pier.

The Trust Chair Charlie Nicolson and the Committee met with Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell on Tuesday to present the carvings.

The Amenity Trust is pleased to confirm that the fair and the Continental Market will be in town for Carnival Week at the end of July.