Butt to Barra District News 16/8/12


Services - Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Rev Andrew Coghill.

New engine - Scalpay Fire Brigade have taken deliver of a brand new Mercedes fire engine, which is superbly equipped and ready for any emergency which might arise.

New baby - Congratulations to Peter and Kathelle Macleod, Aberdeen, on the birth of a son, Duncan John, recently. Kathelle’s family home is at Rowan Cottage and we remember proud parents, grandparents Duncan and Donna, and great grandmother Mary Bell at this happy time.

New posting - Donald Macleod, Uig, who formerly signed with Northern Constabulary in Portree, has now moved to Stornoway CID and we wish him well in his new posting. We are delighted to welcome Donald, wife Donna and daughters Emma and Claire back home after seven years in Skye, as they were, and will no doubt be once again, invaluable assets in our community life.

Ninetieth birthday - Best wishes are sent to Jean Cunningham, Limepark, a resident of Harris House, who celebrated her ninetieth birthday last week. We wish her every blessing on reaching this momentous milestone in her life.


Skigersta Death – On Thursday, August 9th, we were sad with the news that John Morrison, Iain Dhomhnaill Alasdair, formerly from 15 Skigersta, had passed away in the Bethesda Hospice, Stornoway, where due to failing health he had latterly been taken to.

John, who was aged 72 years, had in his working life been resident for a long number of years in East London South Africa where also, his late Uncles James and Alexander Murray from 1 Skigersta had been resident in earlier years.

Since returning to Lewis on retirement, John had been resident in Kirk Care Residential Homes in Stornoway, where he will now be remembered with affection and sadly missed by all who knew him.

After wake worship in the Ness Free Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, the funeral service there on Saturday, August 11th, was taken by Rev Alan MacColl, he was assisted in prayer by Norman Smith, Elder Lionel.

Singing of praise was led by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, Cross Free Church, and at the graveside on Habost Machair, Rev MacColl officiated with words suited to the solemnity of the occasion.

We share and extend our sympathy to all in the close related family circle and we remember at this time his sister Annie in the old home at 15 Skigersta and all others who mourn in this bereavement.

Fivepenny Death – On Saturday, August 11th, the Ness community were again saddened with the news that Norman Macleod, Tarmod Mhurchaidh, or 15 Fivepenny had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital where he had been taken to shortly before the end from Dun Eisdean Care Home where due to failing health he had latterly been resident and attended to.

Norman, who was aged 74 years, in earlier years served for some time in the Army, in the Queens Own Highlanders and, among other places, served in Borneo during that time.

Norman will be remembered with affection by all who knew him when, in later years, with his tractor he served the community in varied and needed agricultural services.

After a well attended wake worship in Cross Free Church on the evening of Sunday, the funeral service there on Monday, August 13th, was taken by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, assisted in prayer by Donald R Morrison, Elder Lionel and in English by Donald W Gillies, Elder South Dell.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his sister Chrissie Bell, his brother Donald John, and all the close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Norman.


Eilean an Fhraoich Cup final - A large crowd witnessed Carloway take on West Side in the final of the coveted Eilean an Fhraoich Cup at Fivepenny last Friday.

Unfortunately, the ‘Way lost 2-1 despite leading at half time thanks to Billy Anderson’s volley on the sixth minute. In the second half, ‘Doug’ and Scott MacIver scored for West Side to turn the game around and win the cup for the Siarachs, extending Carloway’s fifty-five year cup hoodoo for the time being.

The match report can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk

Fixtures - Carloway have another chance of reaching a final on Friday 17th August (tomorrow), where they take on Point in the semi-final of the Co-operative Cup in Garrabost.

Following this, on Monday 20th August, Carloway host Lochs in the 2nd round of the Lewis Cup at Cnoc a’ Choilich.

Both cup ties kick off at 6:30pm. Come out and support your team as they bid to reach another final. C’mon the ‘Way!


Show - There will be an outdoor theatre show at Ravenspoint Centre, in Kershader on Wednesday, August 22nd. The play called Allotment, features siblings and some hotly debated topics, including the merits of growing flowers as opposed to vegetables. Allotment appeared at the Edinburgh Festival last year and is currently touring Scotland. Performances at Ravenspoint are at 5pm and 7pm. Contact Ravenspoint to reserve your tickets on 880236.

New term - Sgoil nan Loch will open its doors to pupils again on Thursday August 16th.

Sixteen new pupils are entering primary one. Another sixteen former Sgoil Bhaile Ailein pupils will swell the ranks of pupils at the beginning of a new term.

The new Gaelic Medium unit and Gaelic preschool facility also opens on Thursday August 16th.

Gun Club - Harris Gun Club recently organised the Clay Pigeon Shoot at the Lochs Show when a number of local people participated.

The Harris Gun Club are currently developing their new site at Aline Forest to enable them to hold club and inter island competitions, in addition to the Highland and Island’s competition in May 2013, that will hopefully see over 40 shooters compete from Shetland, Orkney, Skye, Uist, Harris and Inverness.

The Club also wish to promote opportunities for more women and children to participate in the sport and to inspire pathway progress of Senior, Ladies and Junior teams to compete in local and national competitions.

Rights to the land - The Cuimhneachan nan Gaisgeach monument at the Eisken road end was erected, to commemorate a time of hardship in Lochs, when the people did not have the right to have a croft. Subsequently, one hundred years ago the families living in the Highlands and Islands were given the opportunity to rent the tenancy of croft land.

Since the 1990s communities all over Scotland, are now buying the land for themselves. Next month this development in land management, will be commemorated locally as it is the theme of a new play which is currently being created and rehearsed at Balallan School.

The play will be performed at Balallan Hall from the 5th to the 8th September.

This is a brand new play and the first performances will be here on our doorstep, where the right to the land was hard fought for, by our crofting forebearers.


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