Butt to Barra: District News 18.9.14

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Balallan and District: Now the nights are drawing there are still lots of activities happening. The Games night by the Recreation Association in Balallan Hall resumes on Friday 19th September from 7pm.

Activities will include table tennis, carpet bowls, badminton, ball games and darts. All children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 children

Traditional Saturday lunch: On Saturday 20th there will be a Tattie and Herring lunch in Balallan Hall at 1.30. On the menu there will be salt herring, salt mackerel, smoked mackerel and potatoes. This will be followed by traditional tea and baking. Admission is £5.00.

The Recreation Association’s Annual General Meeting will be on Monday 22nd September at 8pm. New members are urgently required to help bring forward an exciting project which will instil new life into the village hall, which provides a meeting space for adult groups and is the base for several children’s clubs throughout the year.

Keep fit: Fancy getting fit? Lee Gray from Lemreway is planning to run 8 weeks of Light Circuit Training at Balallan Hall starting on Thursday 25th Sept at 7pm-8pm. It’s £28 for the 8 weeks. All welcome!

Traditional Ceilidh Dance: At the Loch Erisort Inn on Friday 26th September with singers Kristine Kennedy from Orinsay and Ronnie Murray the local choir conductor. Dance music will be played by the local band Portrona. The evening begins at 8.30pm. This is part of the Hebtember promotion.


Celebration Nite – The Nigerian group from Aberdeen, who have been visiting Uig & Bernera annually over the last four years, will be with us this coming weekend and will be holding a musical gospel celebration in Uig Community Centre on Saturday 20th, starting at 7pm. This event is entirely free, open to everyone and the more who attend, the happier the Nigerians will be.

Be assured of a great welcome from them. Their previous praise events have been very well attended; they present a highly colourful spectacle with a musical programme of varied styles, both vocal & instrumental and very different from our traditional island worship.

Sympathy – we were saddened to hear, earlier in the summer, of the death of Dolina Nicolson, formerly of 1 Crowlista, who passed away at a Glasgow nursing home where she had been resident for several years. She had moved to Glasgow a long time ago but was well-remembered by relatives and former neighbours here in Uig, although most of her contemporaries have now passed away.

Sympathy from the local community is extended to her son, niece and nephew and all close relatives. We apologise for the belated appearance of this item which was inadvertently missed from previous instalments of local news.

News of the illness and subsequent death of Aneas Maclean, of Coll, Back, deeply saddened relatives and friends here.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his wife Ciorstag, his son, Ruairidh, and daughter, Diana and their own families, his 3 brothers, Finlay, Alasdair and Calum, his aunt, Mrs Jessie Macdonald at Valtos and all the cousins. His connection with Uig, which he faithfully kept up, was through his late mother, Mrs Cathie Maclean, nee Smith, from 13 Ardroil.

He was well-known in his professional capacity as a former head teacher of Bernera School and, later, as the Education Dept’s Computing Staff Tutor, visiting schools where many of the younger generations owed their first tuition in computers to him.

He was a very able man, well-versed in many subjects, especially in photography, genealogy and local island history and will be missed by all who knew him.

Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon has won Speciality Producer of the Year at the Great Taste Awards

On 8th September at a nail-biting awards’ dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon came away with one of the major national awards. They were presented with a Golden Fork trophy, winning Speciality Producer of the Year. This was in recognition for their consistent excellence having been awarded 3 gold stars for their smoked salmon and shortlisted to the top 50 foods for the second year in a row and third time in four years.

Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women’s Institute, farmers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – and hundreds of judges have worked hard to discover the very best through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drink.

Commenting on their award, managing director Dickon Green said: “It is hugely exciting that Uig Lodge has won a major national award for the very first time. My father and uncle set up the Uig Lodge smokery 30 years ago with the help of my grandfather, so this award means a lot to our family and serves as a great testament to the skill and dedication of the entire Uig team, past and present. It will provide a perfect springboard to enhance our profile in the years ahead and also help to further highlight the great food and drink that the Hebrides has to offer.”


Church service - At the midweek service in Cross Free Church on Wednesday 10th September, one baby boy, Angus William McGlinty, was presented by his parents for the solemn sacrament of baptism administered by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, who is at present interim Moderator of Cross. Singing of praise was led by Angus Murray, 31 Lionel.

Angus William’s mother, Janice, is a daughter of Allan Smith (Allan a’ Phower), and his late wife Dolina, of 22 Fivepenny.

The baby’s father is Owen McGlinty, and they travelled all the way from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, where they are resident, to be in Cross Free Church for this solemn occasion.

War memorial - On Thursday 11th September, the A.G.M. of the North Lewis War Memorial committee was held in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis.

We have reason to be thankful for the continuing work of those who have been on the committee from its beginning in the late 1990s. and also for those who, since then, have been willing to share in the work of this solemn and worthy local cause.

As the committee now prepare for a Remembrance Service, with an added burden this year of remembering 100 years since the beginning of the First World war, we pray for guidance that all will be done decently and in order.

Flag poles have now been installed at both Cross and Borve memorials, by Duncan Mackay and Sons.

Sympathy - Following the recent passing away of Alice MacGugal, in Campbeltown, we share our sympathy with her daughter Heather Campbell, who is resident with us at 122 Cross Skigersta Road.

The funeral of Alice, who was aged 78 years, was in Campeltown on Friday 5th September.

We also remember Stewart, the husband of Alice and all close family relatives who mourn in this bereavement.


The new Harris House Care Home opened to new residents on Tuesday 26th August 2014. The £6.3m Project provides a replacement Care Home with a modern environment. The official opening is planned for November 2014.

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The Westside Agricultural Show committee would like to thank all those who came out the week of, the day and the Saturday afterwards to help set up the marquees, stalls, hurdles for the animals, BBQ tent, tea tent, sports area etc. This could not be done without all the help of all those who turned out. We would like to thank Norman MacDonald (Convenor) for opening the show for us. We would like to thank all those that kindly handed in the baking for the tea tent and the butchers: WJ MacDonald, Macleod and Macleod, E and R Morrison and Alex France who kindly donated towards the BBQ it really is appreciated. We would also like to thank D. MacKay & Sons, Tech Mobile, Western Isles Fire Protection, Ferguson’s, Angus MacKay Coll, Lewis Crofters , Calmax Construction for preparation and the use of their equipment on the day of the show, we can’t thank you enough. The judges this year had their work cut out for them with the amazing arrangement of exhibits which were received! Again thank you to the judges for coming along to do a hard job on the day. This year’s show was a huge success and without all the help from the volunteer’s and all those that turned out on the day, it would not happen. We as a committee could not do it without you, thank you all again. We hope to see you all again next year on the 31 July 2015 for our next show.

Trophy list:

Macarthur & Morrison Cup - Calum Mackay, 9 Upper Barvas, Best calf born 2014; Royal Bank of Scotland Trophy - Calum MacKay, 9 Upper Barvas, Supreme Cattle Champion; John M Kerr Memorial Cup - Kenny Murdo Macleod, 9 Brue, Highest Points in Cattle Section; Bank of Scotland Trophy - Dina Murray, 49 North Galson, Supreme Sheep Champion; HILL Trophy - Dina Murray, 49 North Galson, Best Lamb at Show 2010; West Highland Free Press Shield - Hannah Leach, 7 North Bragar, Highest Points in sheep section; Lloyds TSB Cup - Sally Smith riding Domino owned by Brenda Stewart, Overall Horse Champion; Crofting Challenge Shield - Christine Clark, 10 North Dell, Best Worked Croft; Hamlyn Milling Co Cup - Neil Smith, 45 Arnol, Best Vegetable Plot; Crofters Commission Prize - Jane Campbell, 43 North Bragar, Best Garden; SAI Silver Salver - Dan Taylor, Borve, Highest Points in Section 8; J & E MacLeod Cup - Chris MacKay, 18 Upper Barvas, Highest Points in section 10; J M Rollo Cup - Anna Morrison, 46 North Shawbost, Highest Points in Section 13 & 14; Iain MacDonald Cup - Katie Finlayson, 6 Brue, Article in Metal Work by under 18; Welcome In Cup - Donnie Graham, Scorsaig Borve, Highest Points in section 15; Barvas Brownies Cup - Alison Graham, 19A South Bragar, Craft item by under 12; The Morven Cup - Lisa Mason, 21 Arnol, Highest Points in Section 17; MacLennan Autos Cup - Kenny MacLeod, 1 Arnol, Best Classic Car 1950-1970; Alex Murdo Morrison Trophy - Donald MacKay, Riverview Lower Barvas, Best Up Coming Classic Car; MacInnes Garage Cup - Diane Ferguson, 6 Heatherhill Barvas, Best Classic Car 1979-1980; Marybank Garage Cup - Murdo John MacPhail, Ferndale South Shawbost, Best Classic Tractor 1940-1985; Arnol Motors Cup - D J MacDonald, 7 Ballantrushal, Best Modern Tractor 1985-2004; Morayshire Tractors Cup - Donald Smith, 8 Lower Barvas, Best 4 x 4 Tractor; The Neil Kinnock Trophy - Anna Morrison, 46 North Shawbost, Highest Points overall in the show; The Committee Cup - Ally Williamson, 20 South Bragar, Individual with highest number of entries at show; Sawmill Band Cup - Annie MacLennan, 41 North Shawbost, Under 18 Medodeon Champion.