Butt to Barra District News 24.10.13

The family of the late Angus John Macleod of Laxay, Lochs, who was resident in Dun Berisay, presented the care home with a Rowan tree in his memory.
The family of the late Angus John Macleod of Laxay, Lochs, who was resident in Dun Berisay, presented the care home with a Rowan tree in his memory.


Ness Related Death - Relatives and friends in Ness were sad when the news came from New Zealand on Monday October 14th that Murdo Macleod (Murchadh A Lew) formerly from 27 Lionel, had passed away on Sunday September 22nd.

During the Second World War he served in the Merchant Navy, and after that time he settled in Wellington New Zealand where he has been resident through the years.

He was predeceased by his wide Norah who came from Holland. We condole with the close relatives and friends who mourn in this bereavement.

Croimag An - An edition of the Comunn Eachdraidh Magazine, Criomagan, is now available at the usual outlets. In this edition is an unusual article which reminds us of a spiritual awakening in Ness, still known as Dusgadh Rodaidh, when Rev. Roderick John Macleod from Harris, was minister of Cross Free Church from 1921 to 1927.

Death in Habost - On the morning of Saturday October 19th we were all sad to hear, that, after a short illness, patiently borne, Mrs Elizabeth Brown had passed away on the late evening the previous Friday at her home at 36 Habost, Tigh Dhomhnuill An Duinn, where she had been resident and affectionately known that neighbourhood for a long number of years.

Elizabeth who was aged 78, was formerly from Denny in Stirlingshire where it is expected that the funeral will later be held.

In their bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with her daughter Alison who is resident with us at 24 Five Penny, her sons Duncan and Iain, her grandson Matthew and other close relatives and friends who mourn at this time.


Halloween party - On Saturday, November 2nd there will be a Halloween party for children at the North Lochs Hall. Everyone is welcome, but pre-school children should be accompanied by an adult. After the party the children will go round the villages guising.

Bonfire Night - The Bonfire Night on Tuesday, November 5th at North Lochs Hall will begin at 6pm and there will be soup and burgers available. All are welcome to attend this supervised event, which has been given the gold seal of approval by the fire service.

Craft Fair - On Saturday November 9th at North Lochs Hall present the annual Craft Fair which begins at 11.30am.

Tables are available for £10 for a charity or community organisation. Tables for a business or individual are available at £15.00.

A soup and sandwiches lunch will provided by the Silver Darlings. Why not come along and pick up some Christmas presents and support your local organisations. Email northlochshall@gmail.com if up you would like to get involved.

Pamper night - On Friday November 22nd a Pamper Night will be held at 8pm at the North Lochs Hall. Ladies this is a date for your diary! All monies raised will go to the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research committee.

There will be Avon, massages, manicures, raffle. Tickets are available from committee members.

Fundraising - Kinloch Historical Society and Balallan District Recreation Association held another successful joint fundraising event this month.

They wish to thank everyone who helped with the Tattie and Herring Lunch held in Balallan Hall on Saturday 5th October. This event was well attended and a big Thank You to all who supported the groups. Each group raised £183.50.

Open Day - On Saturday, October 26th the Kinloch Historical Society are having another Open Day for volunteers at Balallan School between 10am and 4pm.

There are a variety of tasks which volunteers can help with, e.g. inventory of items donated, cleaning, providing teas and lunch, joinery, rubbish clearance, etc. Volunteers can choose what they wish to help with and the amount of time they can give.

The group would like to thank the volunteers who have already carried out so much work. We would like those who have an interest in developing a Charity Shop to come along on Saturday or let us know you are interested by contacting Anne Buchanan at the school or by telephone on 830 778.


The Communion Season begins DV, this Thursday 24th October here in Uig.

The ministers presiding at the services in the Church of Scotland will be: Rev. Ian Murdo MacDonald, Cross, Church of Scotland, Rev. Stephen Matthews, United Free Church of Scotland and Rev. Iain Thorcuil Campbell, Gravir, Free Church of Scotland.

The ministers presiding at the services in the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland will be: Rev. Dr James Tallach, Stornoway and Rev. Wilfred Weale, Skye.

A warm invitation is extended to all to come along to the services.’


The families of Doctors Alex, Julia and John Macleod wish to thank all the people and organisations who made such generous donations to the fund for the memorial plaque erected in North Uist.

Their sincere thanks also goes to those individuals and companies who helped in any way by getting the plaque delivered, preparation of the site, erecting the memorial and assisting on the day with organisation, transport, tribute speeches and catering.

Special thanks are also due to the organising committee and to those who attended the unveiling ceremony - a day the Macleod family will never forget.


Celebrating 50 years of Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association Events:

80’s Neon Disco – Enjoy an 80s Disco with fancy dress, retro tuckshop and photo-booth on Friday, October 24th, in Stornoway Town Hall. P1-P7, 6-8pm; S1-S4, 8.30-10.30pm.

Free entry to youth club members (ask your club leader about tickets) or buy tickets on door 50p.

Tolsta Youth Club – Enjoy a Saturday Cafe at Tolsta Hall on Saturday, November 23rd.

Bridge Centre – Community Mural to be created on Monday, October 21st.

Roots and Wings – Will hold a ‘Zombie Stomp’ at Lionel School on Friday, November 1st, 8pm.

Sandwick Youth Club – Are to undertake a Beach Clean on Saturday, October 26th.

Carloway Youth Club – The Club will hold a Community Unihoc Contest on Friday, October 25th; 7-9pm in Carloway Hall.

Bernera Youth Club – Enjoy a Halloween Party/Bonfire and Fireworks night at the Community Hall on Saturday, October 26th, 6.30pm.

Breasclete Junior Youth Club – Will hold a Community Art Project on Monday, 28th October.