Butt to Barra District News 23.5.13

The Dochas Dancers recently had a trip to the Highlands and Islands Dance Festival Oban 2013'The dancers pictured: Megan MacLeod, Mhairi Ann MacInnes, Lauren Skinner and Claire MacLellan were chosen along with Claire Frances MacNeil and Mairi MacLean from Barra to represent the Hebridean Isles. 'For a full report see the Uists section below.
The Dochas Dancers recently had a trip to the Highlands and Islands Dance Festival Oban 2013'The dancers pictured: Megan MacLeod, Mhairi Ann MacInnes, Lauren Skinner and Claire MacLellan were chosen along with Claire Frances MacNeil and Mairi MacLean from Barra to represent the Hebridean Isles. 'For a full report see the Uists section below.



Village clean-up - Tong Recreation Association is trying to raise funds to maintain the facilities at the Tong Community Centre.

For the first time, the TRA held a summer Village Clean-Up and throughout Tong and Aird Tong.

Letters have gone out to each household indicating that tractors would go round the houses on Saturday, May 18th to collect materials from the houses for a donation to the funds.

Much to the surprise of everyone concerned we filled three communitiy skips, burned cardboard, hedge cuttings etc, and had a pile of white goods and metal which will be taken to the Creed Recycling Depot separately as there was no room for it in the skips.

Thanks go to the 30 men and teenagers who collected the rubbish, to the six ladies who fed them at lunch-time and to all who contributed to the funds.


Light Lunch - Clann an Latha an De will be hosting a light lunch on Saturday, May 25th, at Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, 12noon until 2.30pm.

There will be a choice of soups, delicious selection of puddings, teas/coffee and biscuits.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale for the usual varied selection of prizes.

Please come along and enjoy lunch and a blether with friends.


Ness Cemetery Interment - On Wednesday May 15th close family members and friends gathered in Habost Cemetery where, on a solemn and moving occasion, a burial casket of Murdo Murray, Murchadh Torraidh formerly of 50 Swainbost, was interred in his parents family plot in the Cemetery.

Murdo, who was in the teaching profession, passed away in December 2011 in New Foundland, Canada, where he had through the years been resident and working, and we are glad to note that Murdo’s wife Hilda was able to travel from New Foundland and able to be present in this gathering in Ness Cemetery for his occassion.

Rev Iain Murdo MacDonald, Ness Church of Scotland, conducted a short act of worship and prayer suited to the solemnity of the occasion. We again at this time remember Hilda and the close family circle in their continuing sadness.

The new Gazette - With the continuing wind of change which leaves nothing in its path untouched, now blowing on the pages and format of our well accepted Island paper, the Stornoway Gazette, as we have know it through the years, we now hopw that the Gazette in its new format will be a success and continue to be accepted by the people of Lewis as their main source of Island news.

We also hope that a willing Niseach will always be there to contribute to this column, local items which may be of interest to the people of Ness at home and away.

At this time of change we are indebted. and thank past and present members of the Gazette staff, who, down through the years, have ensured that we have our own Island newspaper weekly in our homes.

Comunn Eachdraidh - An interesting edition of the Comunn Eachdraidh magazine, Croihagan, is now available at the usual outlets.


Congratulations - To Seumas MacDonald and his partner Megan Mintah, of Doune Carloway, after the safe arrival of their son, William. Meal-do-naidheachd!

Carloway Community Association - The Annual General Meeting of the Carloway Community Association takes place on Tuesday 28th May at 7:30pm in the Carloway Community Centre.

One of the main functions of the Association is to look after the Community Centre and ensure that it meets the needs of the many groups that make use of it, whether regularly or occasionally. Since its opening in 1981, it has been an invaluable asset to the community, providing a multifunctional facility suitable for meetings, conferences, private functions, concerts, dances, fundraising events, sports, youth work and weddings. Carloway School has also made regular use of the Hall during weekdays.

If you would like to have a say in the running of the Centre and feel that you have something positive to contribute, come along to the AGM and get involved.

It is expected that a programme of refurbishment will begin in the near future, and this would be the best time to influence development of the facility and its surroundings.

The administration of the Centre is onerous because systems have been established over the years to cover all the common tasks such as the taking of bookings and the recording of financial transactions - and there is no need for frequent meetings.

If there are some younger folk in the community who are willing to volunteer, all the better. Think of the value of having volunteering on your CV when you go looking for jobs! Plus, you will be improving the quality of life for yourself and your community. We hope to see you at the AGM, everyone is warmly welcome to attend.

Bagpacking fundraiser - The Carloway Community Newsletter Group will be bag-packing in the Co-operative Superstore on Friday 31st May, to raise funds for the continuation of the newsletter.

One of the things that the editorial group want to do, in particular, is to print the newsletter in the print room in Stornoway.

There are still slots available in the rota so if you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with Hettie Knight on 01851 643 231.

Carloway Football Club - The ‘Way took on rivals West Side in the West Lewis Derby last Wednesday, which they won 2-1 to send them three points clear at the top of the League.

Despite a strong first half performance from West Side, who should have scored at least three goals going into the break, Fraser MacLeod scored a brace, the latter from the spot, before Duncan MacLean pulled one back for the Siarachs which wasn’t enough to stop Carloway from winning.

Following this massive victory, Carloway travelled to Tarbert on Friday evening where they took on Harris in the 2nd round of the Highland Amateur Cup.

Carloway won the match 7-1, with Fraser MacLeod (2), Kevin ‘Barra’ MacNeil, captain Domhnall MacKay, Scott MacAulay, Calum Tom Moody and Kevin ‘Gochan’ MacLeod securing Carloway’s place in the third round.

Zander Young scored a consolation for the Hearachs. Following this significant scoreline, Carloway again travelled to the same venue against the same team but this time in the second round of the Jock Stein Cup.

Incredibly, Carloway won the match 10-0, with Kevin ‘Gochan’ MacLeod (2) and captain Domhnall MacKay scoring the first three before goal machine Fraser MacLeod scored SEVEN, equalling the all-island record held by Donald MacSween who scored 27 goals in 12 matches for Ness in 1991.

Fraser, however, has only played ten matches and can break the record if he scores against Back in either of the two forthcoming games.

Match reports for all of these matches can now be read on the Club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Highland Amateur Cup - Following Friday’s big scoreline in Tarbert, Carloway were rewarded with a place in the 3rd round draw of this prestigious competition. Carloway have been drawn away to the cup holders Avoch, which will take place at Coronation Park in the Black Isle village on Saturday 1st June.

Kick off for this match will be confirmed in next week’s Gazette.

Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Friday 24th May (tomorrow) at Cnoc a’ Choilich, where they’ll take on Back in the first round of the Co-operative Cup, which Carloway will be defending as cup holders. Kick off at 7pm.

Following this match, Carloway travel to Upper Coll on Monday 27th May, where they will face the same opposition again but this time in the League. Kick off for that match is also at 7pm.

Come out and support your team as they bid to retain the Co-operative Cup and continue their 100% record in the League. Come on the ‘Way!


A wedding of local interest took place recently in Shawbost, with wedding photographs taken at the stunning South Bragar shore.

Alexandra, daughter of Kenny and Margaret Smith, Failte, North Bragar, married Alistair Iain, son of John A. and Marjorie Maciver, 11 New Tolsta.

The wedding service was conducted by Rev Callum Macleod at Shawbost Free Church.

After the service, the bridal party and close relatives enjoyed the warm sunshine at South Bragar shore, where photographs were taken.

A reception was then held in the Cabarfeidh Hotel, followed by an evening reception and dance.

We wish the couple every blessing at their new home in Back, and in their work; Alexandra as a radiographer with NHS Western Isles and Alistair as electrician with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar


Eleven year old Jessica Macleod from Leverhulme Memorial School has been named the Western Isles winner of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Society Schools Poster Competition supported by Virgin Money.

Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Kath M Mainland said: “Jessica’s design came top of all entries from the Western Isles as it met the judges criteria of being fun, eye-catching, colourful and encapsulating the feel of the Fringe.

“This is a terrific achievement and something to be very proud of.


The Dochas Dancers recently had a trip to the Highlands and Islands Dance Festival Oban 2013

On Friday 3rd May 47 dancers and mums travelled to Oban to compete in the Highlands & Islands Dance Festival.

Friday night saw 17 teams from across Scotland compete for the Scottish Area Finals in the Corran Halls.

Four of the dancers :Megan MacLeod, Mhairi Ann MacInnes, Lauren Skinner and Claire MacLellan were chosen along with Claire Frances MacNeil and Mairi MacLean from Barra to represent the Hebridean Isles.

The Atlantis Centre was the venue for the dancing competiton on Saturday 4th May. All the dancers danced very well with some bringing home medals and Amie Ringstead sharing the National Trophy in her section.This trip would not have been possible if we had not received very generous donations towards our fundraising. We would all like to thank the businesses and individuals below for their contributions towards our trip:

MacAulay Askernish, Dark Island Hotel, QinetiQ, Chrisella P Cakes, Fluraichean Mairi, Calmac, Lochboisdale Hotel, Lasagan Highland Dancing Society, The Scottish Salmon Company, Cllr David Blaney,

Cllr Archie Campbell, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Cllr Donald Manford, Cllr Neil MacDonald Beaton, Benbecula Community Council, Fi Bird, Katrina MacLeod, Joan MacIsaac, Catriona Steele, Mina Campbell,Veronica Beaton, Margaret Gilfedder, Rhoda Morrison, Morag MacMillan, Margaret MacDonald, Isabel MacCormick, Catriona MacKinnon.