Butt to Barra District news 20/12/12


Sympathy from Ness – Following the passing away last week of their sister, Catherine Stewart, from Back, who was aged 68 years, we share our sympathy with her brother Ivor, who is resident with us at ‘Gleann Dail’, South Dell, and her sister Chrissie, who has close Ness connection as the wife of the Rev Alexander Smith, Retired, formerly from 85 Cross Skigersta. We also remember all others in the close family circle who mourn in this bereavement.

Seasonal Greetings – We hope our schoolchildren, their teachers, and other school staff, enjoy a well-earned end of year break from their varied school duties. We also extend seasonal greetings and thank all who work to ensure that we have a regular supply of our needs from day to day. We also have reason to thank our doctors, nurses, carers and all others who attend to the sick and housebound in their time of need.


Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - A reminder that the Carloway Gaelic Choir is holding a Carols and Ceilidh event on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30pm, in the Carloway Community Centre.

Tickets, which are £5 for adults and £1 per child, will be available at the door.

The first part of the evening will include performances by the choir, local singers and carol singing.

After refreshments and mince pies, there will be Scottish dancing and games. Come and enjoy a festive evening with Còisir Chàrlabhaigh and their friends. Siuthadaibh!

Watchnight service - The Carloway Church of Scotland will be holding a watchnight service on Monday 24th December at 11:20pm. Mince pies, tea and coffee will be served following the service. All welcome.

Quirry Night - This fun family event - a combination of a quiz and curry night, hence the name “quirry” - will be held in the Carloway Community Centre on Saturday 29th December as of 6:30pm onwards.

First, the curry will be served with mince and tatties on offer as an alternative.

Following this, the quiz will take place with teams of at least two people participating.

Admission for this event is £5 per person and £3 for children of primary school age. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the night. Come along for an evening of fun!


Sympathy - We send our sincere condolances to the brothers and sisters and the extended family of the late Angusina Macfarlane (Carmichael) or Ina as she was better known. Ina, a native of Lemreway, passed away peacefully in the Beatson hospital in Glasgow after a period of being unwell. She was married to the late Ewan Macfarlane of Scalpay and Glasgow, they spent their married life in Glasgow with an open door for all from the islands who were visiting Glasgow.

Sympathy - We send our condolances to Margaret Ann Stewart and family, Back (formally of Glen Gravir) whose husband Alex Dan passed away recently in the Bethesda Hospice. We think of her in her sad loss at this difficult time.

Good Wishes - It is that time of year again where we wonder where the last year has gone, we have had good times and sad times and the years seem to go by just in a flash.

To all our Pairc News readers in South Lochs and beyond we wish a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and heathy New Year.


Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by the Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Interim-Moderator of the congregation.

In Hospital – Since our last news was submitted, Annie Morrison, Cuddypoint, spent some time in the Western Isles Hospital but we are glad to report she is now home again and, on behalf of everyone, we wish her a speedy and full recovery.

We are also delighted to see Alex Dan Munro, retired shopkeeper, Tarbert, back on the move after surgery in Glasgow.

Over the years Alex Dan has provided a reliable and invaluable delivery service to Scalpay and on behalf of customers and friends we wish him continued good health.

Marie Curie Cancer Care – Maria Finnegan, Seafield, recently carried out her annual door-to-door collection in the Aird An Aiseig area for this charity.

The magnificent sum of £106.54 was raised and thanks are due to all those who contributed so generously to this worthy cause.


The monthly meeting of the Harris SWRI took place in Leverburgh School on December 11th.

Mrs Liz Struthers presided over a Members Night. Billie Emsden recounted her first ever experience of attending a SWRI Handcrafts Residential Weekend School which was held in Tulliallan Police College.

Her version was hilarious as she confronted and mastered the techniques of making a Roman Blind and a cushion – all conducted in the “Room for the Bewildered” (or so said the sign on the door).

Mary Holmes showed us the striking effect achieved in making her bag and chair throw using the log cabin style of patchwork with the skilful use of Harris Tweed. The evening was rounded off with a delicious “Taste and Try” buffet.

Mary kindly judged the competitions as follows:

Pom Poms: 1 Liz Struthers, 2 Billie Emsden, 3 Jackie Wallace

Florentines: 1 Gill Scott-Forrest, 2 Doreen Rowe, 3 Jackie Wallace

The vote of thanks was given by Marlene Mitchell and the raffle was won by Gill Scott-Forrest.