Butt to Barra District News 20.6.13

Iochdair Junior Youth Club recently ran a successful SCTS (Scottish Cycle Training Scheme) and congratulations go to Maria McGoldrick, Calum Beaton and Laura Beaton who passed their test on June 12th. The committee would like to thank Donna MacLeod, Ian McTaggart and WPC MacKinnon (all pictured above) for all their time and effort in helping run this course.
Iochdair Junior Youth Club recently ran a successful SCTS (Scottish Cycle Training Scheme) and congratulations go to Maria McGoldrick, Calum Beaton and Laura Beaton who passed their test on June 12th. The committee would like to thank Donna MacLeod, Ian McTaggart and WPC MacKinnon (all pictured above) for all their time and effort in helping run this course.
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Moor digging - On Wednesday June 12th an item which should be of interest to the people of Ness took place on the Ness Moor when an archaeologist from Aberdeen University carried out some excavations at the old remains at the former Shielings at Bilis-Cleiter, which in earlier years were mainly occupied by Lionel crofters.

We hope to have more information later related to this digging on the moor.

Charity Cycle Run – On the morning of Monday June 17th we had the pleasure of seeing the large number of cyclists taking part in the Macmillan Nursing Charity Cycle run from the Butt to Barra.

We wish them success and hope they enjoyed the scenery of the Ness villages as they passed through on the first stage of this worthy charitable cycle run.

Weather - With the weather always providing us with a topic of conversation, a winter season with only one shower of snow in Ness, hailstones in May and now cold but sunny days in June, reminds us of our changeable and sometimes unseasonable weather pattern.

As we so often complain about the weather, we have reason to give thanks for an overall and favourable weather pattern over which we have no control.


Dr Norman Morrison Project - The Dr Norman Morrison Project is led by a sub-group of Comunn Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar. The project took off when a ‘treasure chest’ of pre-World War One glass negatives was found in a local barn in North Shawbost.

The first event in May involved school pupils in very enjoyable and successful workshops and visits to sites associated with Dr Norman Morrison’s writings. These were led by Murdo Macleod, a well-known photographer from South Shawbost.

On Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm, a community evening led by David Powell of Tasglann nan Eilean, will be held in Ionad na Seann Sgoil. The evening will give an opportunity to locals to look at the photographs and help with the captioning.

During the week beginning Monday 15th July, David Gillanders, an expert on glass negatives, will lead workshops and on Thursday 18th July a symposium will be held. Well-known speakers will talk about aspects of the life and work of Dr Norman Morrison.

In October an intergenerational project, involving younger and older members of the community will run over two or three days. A DVD of this event will be available from CEATS.

This project received funding from LEADER; INNSE GALL; CNAG; Tasglann nan Eilean Siar; Horshader Community Development; in addition to in kind support from Iomairt Iar Thuath Leodhais; Shawbost School; Murdo Macleod, Photographer.

National Galleries of Scotland have plans to progress this worthwhile project next year.

The Museum - The first AGM of Urras Dualchas Shiaboist, (Shawbost Heritage Trust), was held at Ionad na Seann Sgoil on Thursday, June 13th.

The community trust was formed in 2012 so that the old church building could be bought from the council, restored and the museum reinstated.

The first phase of the trust’s work has been successful and the old church building will shortly be owned by the community. The Trust received a grant from Awards For All-Scotland to establish the trust and fund a feasibility study. Ward funding for the purchase of the building was donated by our four councillors.

The next phase will require a plan to renovate the building. In the short term we propose to open the building once necessary repairs have been completed. This will allow us to get information on potential visitor numbers, set up display boards with proposals for visitors’ comments and install a collection box. The Trust will continue with fundraising activities and looking for potential grant funding.

An information leaflet and a membership form is available and everyone is encouraged to become a member of the Trust. The Trust would also welcome offers of practical help when work starts on the building. Contact: UDSiabost@gmail.com

Horshader Community Development - ‘Cuibhle an Fhortain’ was energised on the 19th October 2012 and has been earning revenue for the community since then. Although financial reserves have to be built up during the first year, Risort Power Generation expects to be in a position to gift aid the first portion of funds to the Horshader Community in September 2013.

The Horshader Community Trust Fund is open for funding initiatives which will benefit the people of the Horshader community i.e. South Shawbost, Dalbeag and Dalmore, and which fits within the charitable aims of the Trust.

The Trust has also been active in working on local initiatives such as fuel poverty and rural transport, and following a recent community consultation is developing a draft plan which will take forward many new initiatives which will further the purpose of the charity.

Information about our fund and criteria will be publicised on our website and Trust newsletter. Initial enquiries should be submitted to Angela Macleod, Development Officer (01851710241) or email to Horshader@btinternet.com.

Sgoil Shiaboist - The school has had a very successful local Mod this year in group and solo competitions.

Shawbost pupils from Gaelic classes 4-7 played in CnaG’s Cuach na Cloinne primary football competition finals on Thursday, June 13th in Inverness and played very well; a brilliant achievement and the community are very proud of them for making it to the finals.

Sradagan – Sradagan an Taobh Siar has successfully been running with up to 27 children meeting every Monday evening in Sgoil Shiaboist.  They are going on a trip to Ness on Monday 24th to celebrate.

S2 pupils won the Stag Bakery Challenge competition and secondary pupils also won Western Isles Construction Design and Build a Bridge competition. Well done!

The Headteacher, Iain G Macdonald, and Chrissie Murray both retire at the end of the session after many years teaching. We wish them a long and happy retirement. Michelle Dearness returns to Orkney having completed her probationary year in the primary.

We wish her every success in her teaching career. Best wishes to school staff who will be moving to other teaching posts due to the closure of the secondary department.


Condolences - The community was saddened to hear the passing of Mary Bell MacLeod, one of Carloway’s oldest residents. Mary Bell was from Upper Carloway but latterly lived in the care unit.

Carloway School - Carloway Parent Council invite you to an evening of family fun between 5 and 7pm on Thursday 27th June at Carloway School, which will include a bouncy castle, barbecue, ice cream, face painting, Highland Dancing and other Funtastic attractions. All welcome.

If the weather is unkind we will relocate to the Community Hall. Mrs. Gunn, the headmistress, will open the school doors between 5 and 7pm on the same evening for anyone in the community who would like a last look round the school before it closes.

First Responders - A Soup and Pudding Lunch was held last Saturday in the Carloway Community Centre, to raise funds for the First Responders group. After a strong turnout, with various soups and delicious puddings on offer, the group managed to raise approximately £430.00. A raffle was held afterwards. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help, contribute and attend to make this event a success.

Sunday School Picnic - Both Carloway churches are having their annual congregational picnic on Saturday at 11.30 at Dalmore Beach. If weather is bad Shawbost School has been booked. All welcome.

Carloway Football Club - The ‘way took on Harris at Cnoc a’ Choilich last Friday, in the return leg of the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup 1st Round.

After drawing 3-3 in the first leg, a makeshift Carloway side secured a narrow 2-1 victory over the Hearachs thanks to goals in the first half from Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald and a Billy Anderson header. Harris pulled one back before the hour mark and despite having the ball cleared off the line in the final minute of stoppage time, Harris could not find the vital equaliser which sends Carloway in the semi-finals of the competition. Lochs, who received a bye in the first round, will meet Carloway in the semi-finals, with the first leg taking place at Cnoc a’ Choilich on Monday 8th July. A match report for this match can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk. An important week now lies ahead for Carloway with two massive League games to play.

First, Carloway travel to Garrabost on Monday 24th June, where they’ll take on Point before the big one; a home fixture against the League champions Stornoway Athletic on Wednesday 26th June. Both matches kick off at 7pm. Please come out and get behind the team as they attempt to make it six wins out of six. Come on the ‘way!


Late Angus Maclennan - In my news article on the late Angus Maclennan last week his home was written as Scorvaig, when of course it should have read ‘Scorvaig’, Kiltarlity, where Angus and Joan made their home after leaving Harris. His funeral service was from Kiltarlity Free Church with a number going on from Scalpay to attend.

Our sincere condolences are extended to widow Joan, son William, daughter-in-law Lesley, grandchildren Ryan and Lisa, his sisters and their families and all other relatives.

France visit - At the time of writing this Myles Allen, Gemma and Rebecca Finnegan, Ewan Mackay, Peter Mackenzie, Daniel Macleod and Andrew and Finlay Morrison are all away in France on a school trip.

We hope they have an enjoyable experience as they visit the D-Day landing beaches, which are much in the news recently, and Paris.