Butt to Barra District News 17/1/13

The annual dinner for senior citizens organised by the Tong Recreation Association was held last Saturday in the community centre. 'An excellent three-course dinner was served by a large team of girls and ladies to nearly 50 senior citizens (see district news below).
The annual dinner for senior citizens organised by the Tong Recreation Association was held last Saturday in the community centre. 'An excellent three-course dinner was served by a large team of girls and ladies to nearly 50 senior citizens (see district news below).


Habost Related Death – On the evening of Thursday, January 10th, relatives and his many friends in Ness and other places were saddened with the news that Angus Mackenzie, affectionately known as ‘An Cameloch’ formerly from 32 Habost, had passed away in Raigmore Hospital where he had been taken to from his home in Inverness about two weeks before the end.

Angus, who was aged 80 years, served in the Merchant Navy before his residence in Middlesex, London, where he worked as a bus driver.

For a long number of years Angus had not been in robust health, but along with his wife Margaret Anne, who comes from North Tolsta, and his two sons, he was able to visit Ness regularly through these latter years. Naturally gifted with a retentive memory, Angus always took an active interest in all aspects relating to local historical interest.

He will now be affectionately remembered and sadly missed by all who knew him at home and away.

At the time of writing it is expected that the funeral of Angus to Habost cemetery will be on Tuesday of this week.

We share our thoughts in sympathy with his wife Margaret Ann, his sons, Alexander and Donald, the grandchildren, his brother, Norman, and all others in the near family circle and friends who mourn in the passing of Angus.

Church Service – At the morning service in Cross Free Church on Sunday, January 13th, we were glad to see the former minister of the congregation, the Rev Kenneth Ferguson who retired last August, back with us taking the midday Gaelic service that day.

We were also glad to see Mrs Ferguson with us in the congregation that morning.


Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - A reminder that the Carloway Gaelic Choir will be holding their annual general meeting on Monday 21st January in the Carloway Community Centre, starting at 7:30pm. New members are very welcome.

Burns Supper - The Carloway Highland Dancers will be hosting a Burns Supper at the Carloway Community Centre on Friday 25th January, starting at 7:30pm. This must-attend event will celebrate the work of Scots poet Robert Burns by starting off with a traditional burns supper, followed by music, singing, poetry and dancing performed by local artists. Tickets are now on sale and cost £10 per adult and £5 per child, with the option of paying at the door as well. If you would like further information, please contact 07769746195. All welcome.

Carloway Youth Club & Café - has started again, taking place every Monday evening between 7pm and 8pm in the Carloway Community Centre. All children of primary school age are very welcome to attend.

Praise Night - There will be an evening of worship held in the Carloway Church of Scotland on Sunday 27th January at 8pm. If you have any requests, please email praisenight@hotmail.co.uk. All welcome.

Carloway Football Club - The draw for the Acres Boys Club, Jock Stein and Lewis cups were made on Monday night, and can be seen on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.


Senior Citizen’s Dinner - The annual dinner for senior citizens organised by the Tong Recreation Association was held last Saturday in the community centre.

An excellent three-course dinner was served by a large team of girls and ladies to nearly 50 senior citizens (see photograph above).

The afternoon finished with entertainment from a team of dancers, some instrumentalists including chanter, guitar and keyboard items, all of them being pupils at Tong Primary School.

We also had some Gaelic items sung by Catriona Graham, a former mod medallist.

The chairman of the TRA, who was the MC for the afternoon, thanked the pupils and praised the talent that was being fostered in the community. He also thanked those who had worked in the kitchen and the girls who did the serving.

All in all, it was a rewarding community effort and he said it was a pleasure for him to be part of such a community.

Tong Community Council - The Tong Community Council meets on Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm when one of the items on the agenda is to compile a Tong response to the proposed budget cuts.

Any member of the community wishing to attend will be made very welcome.

There has been vandalism occurring with the Nursery cabin guttering and pipes broken and also at the Community Hall where a double glazed window was completely smashed in.

It would be appreciated if people would telephone the police if they see anything suspicious going on in the village.


Dinner - As is customary the Pairc Community Association will as normal be organising the Annual Citizens Dinner, the details of this year’s dinner is yet to be finalised so when we have more details we will let you know.

Hospital - We send good wishes to those who are now at home recouprating following a spell in hospital.

Time Flies - We have only just got the Christmas and New Year period over and trying to get ourselves back into a routine, it’s nice to notice the days are getting a bit longer so our winter does not seem to have been so long and even the Easter eggs are in the shops already....time is flying by...where has it gone?


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church on Sunday, December 30th, were conducted by the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Interim-Moderator of the congregation. On Sunday, January 6th, the morning service was taken by Roddy Mackenzie and the evening one by Angus M Macleod, both elders in the congregation. On Sunday 13th, the preacher was the Rev Ruairidh Maclean, Leverburgh.

New Year’s Day – The New Year’s Day Service in Scalpay Free Church was conducted by Innes Macsween, pre-divinity student, Ness, and in the Free Church (Continuing) by the minister, the Rev Kenneth MacDonald.

In Hospital – Since our last news Neil Macleod, 5 Creag Aonaich, spent a short time in the Western Isles Hospital but we are glad to report he is now home again and wish him a speedy and full recovery.

At the time of compiling this, Margaret Morrison, Burnside, is hospitalised in Stornoway and we remember her in our thoughts and prayers, hoping she has a quick return to better health and is soon back in our midst again.

Zambia Trip – Duncan Macsween, Rowan Cottage, and Alistair Morrison, Ebenezer, are both spending this month in Zambia where they are engaged in voluntary work, with Duncan in particular using his expertise to teach practical craft skills to young people.

In February Alistair moves to another part of the country to spend time in an orphanage and we wish them every blessing in their invaluable humanitarian efforts in that needy land.

New Baby – Congratulations to Willie and Erica Macrae, Leverburgh, on the birth of a daughter, Kate Megan, recently. Erica’s family home is at number 24, and we remember proud parents and grandparents, Donald in Scalpay, and Donald and Mary Ann in Leverburgh, at this happy time.

The Late Mary Ann Macsween – On Sunday, December 30th, the whole community was shocked and saddened to hear that Mary Ann Macsween, 3 Stromeview, had passed away at her daughter Dolina’s home in Stornoway after a short illness at the age of 77 years.

Mary Ann, who came originally from Marig, moved to Scalpay after her marriage to Norman, a local fisherman who then became operator of the Scalpay ferry.

Of a friendly, kind and gracious disposition, Mary Ann and her husband Norman, who pre-deceased her 21 years ago, always had an open door and a warm welcome for those who visited their home in Laggandoin and were excellent neighbours and highly-respected members of our community.

On a personal note I have many happy memories of visiting the family home and enjoying hospitality and fervent Christian fellowship.

A professing communicant for many years, Mary Ann’s prayerful interest in the spread of the Gospel will be greatly missed and for those of us who had the privilege of knowing her we will never forget her encouragement, faith, and practical support. We thank God for every memory of another who has heard these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Her funeral service, on Wednesday 2nd, was one of the largest in years, and saw a huge number gather from all over the islands to pay their last respects to a person everyone liked to know. It was conducted by the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Callanish, assisted by the Rev Donald Macdonald, Kinloch, and the Rev Calum Iain Macleod, whose family home is at Camus Beag.

The praise was led by Murdo Macleod, Stornoway, and Farqhar Macleod, Tarbert.

At this time of great sadness we extend our prayerful sympathies to sons, Donald Alex, Donald and Murdo, daughters, Joan, Katie Mary and Dolina, all their families, siblings and the wide circle of in-laws, relatives and friends.

May all be conscious in these difficult days of God’s abiding presence and His comforting love.


SWRI – The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh School on January 8th. Mrs Liz Struthers, President, introduced the guest speaker, Mr John Milsom.

He gave a most informative and entertaining talk on unusual herbs as used in Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisine. There was plenty of laughter and discerning noses as members sniffed, felt and tasted chopped snippets of fresh and dried herbs.

Mr Milsom kindly judged the competitions as follows:

Pencil Case – 1 Gill Scott-Forrest, 2 Billie Emsden, 3 Mary Holmes.

Gypsy Cream Biscuits – 1 Gill Scott-Forrest.

The vote of thanks was given by Ursula Goundry. The raffle was won by Linda Wood. Hostesses for the evening were Ursula Goundry, Val Tombling and Liz Power.