Butt to Barra District News 25.6.15


Annual Outing - The Comunn Eachdraidh are pleased to announce that this year’s annual outing will be in Marvig on Saturday, July 4, at 11am and meeting at the old Meeting House.

As usual this is open to everyone to attend and is free. We will have a guided walk through the village and a barbecue around 1pm.

We are hoping to visit the old Planasker School so all ex pupils would no doubt find this interesting. Hope to see you all there on the day.


Carloway Community Council - The Community Council will be holding a meeting in the Carloway Day Centre on Monday, July 6, starting at 7:30pm. All welcome.


The 2015 Armed Forces Day Parade - Organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland Lewis Branch the parade will take place on Monday, June 29.

It will depart from the Bridge Community Centre at 7pm and marching through the town before entering Percival Square at the North Beach Street vehicle exit.

The parade will be led by the Lewis Pipe Band followed by the colour party and members of the various organisations. The salute will be taken by The Lord Lieutenant Alexander Matheson OBE and on arrival in Percival Square the flag lowering ceremony will take place bringing to a close Armed Forces Week for this year.

Welcome to “Logic on Fire” - A documentary of the life and ministry of Dr D Martyn Lloyd Jones will be shown in Stornoway on July 10.

Dr Lloyd-Jones (1899- 1981) became a Harley Street Specialist and Physician to the King in his medical career in London. In 1926 he felt called to the ministry and went to South Wales to preach in a small Presbyterian Church there. Later he became minister of Westminster Chapel, London, and there exercised a distinguished ministry which touched many persons world wide .

A Calvinist and lover of the Puritans Martyn Lloyd Jones taught generations of younger men the importance of serious worship and expository preaching both from the pulpit and by his many books.

He preached memorable sermons in Stornoway in 1964 shortly after the death of the Rev Kenneth Macrae.

This documentary will be shown at an informal fellowship in the APC Church on Keith Street at 7. 30 pm. There will be a donation at the door for the Gambia Partnership.

Summer holiday care - A caring student from Stornoway has spent her summer holiday looking after orphans in South Africa.

Eilidh Ryan a former pupil of The Nicolson Institute who now studies HNC Healthcare at Glasgow Clyde College, travelled to Johannesburg with her classmates to put the skills they have learnt on the course to good use.

The 20-year-old, who financed her trip through fundraising, said: “I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer in South Africa. We got to visit orphanages and hospitals and even got to help paint a classroom, which was very rewarding. The whole trip was an amazing experience and I really feel like I learn a lot more about how the healthcare industry works in South Africa.”

Eilidh, who hopes to become a nurse like her Mum, said: “I’ve wanted to work in the industry since I was a child as I think it’s really important to help people in need. I’ve really enjoyed my college course and can’t wait to progress to university after the summer.”

The trip was organised by 62-year-old Ian O’Neil, a part-time chemistry lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College. Ian, a former high school teacher, said: “All of the students have spent months fundraising for the trip, hiring venues to host race nights and packing bags in local supermarkets, and they actually raised so much that we were able to buy enough clothes, shoes, toys and writing materials to fill two suitcases. I’ve been overwhelmed by the students’ efforts and am very proud to have had them on this trip with me.”


National Orchestra - Alasdair Marnoch, from Aird Tong, has just returned from an exciting few days in Glasgow. He was selected to have a work experience with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Alasdair, who has just completed Sixth Year at The Nicolson Institute, told us: “It was a great few days.

“There were about 10 people of my age in the orchestra. I was really pleased to be in the second desk of the first violins – sitting behind the leader. There were other young people involved in planning events, outreach work to local schools and stage management under the banner Takeover 2015.”

What helped to make the event even more special was that the concert was the farewell concert in the orchestra’s home – The Henry Wood Hall.

Alasdair has been taught by Neil Johnstone and was amazed that so many of the players knew Neil.

Alasdair also recently played Stornoway Town Hall (Wednesday, June 24th) where a string orchestra mainly made up of Neil’s pupils performed in an evening of classical music.

Proceeds from the concert will be going towards Bethesda Care Home and Hospice in Stornoway.


Bernera Trust - Progress is now being made to secure final funding from various agencies with regards to the purchase of the Estate and a firm has been appointed to progress with the Mapping.

Once this has been concluded then we will be in a position to negotiate for the Estate.

A reminder that membership forms are available from the Trust and if you are not already a Member then please consider joining and all Associate Members are very welcome. A larger membership will always help us to progress development and you can email trustbernera@hotmail.com for forms.

You can also email the Trust if you require information on progress and Minutes of any meeting. Minutes are also displayed on the notice board in the community centre.

Members are invited to come along to any meeting and a reminder that meetings are normally held on the 3rd Thursday in the month at 7.30 pm. The next meeting will be on 16 July.

Bowls Group - Bernera Bowling Club are having an Open Day in the community centre on Sat. June 27th and July 11th from 2-4pm. They would love you to come along and have a try and all ages are very welcome. Phone Chris on 612202 if you would like any more info.

Motivated by Mervyn - Bookings are now available for the café night on July 4. The menu and details are on the notice board in the shop and community centre.

Details are also available on facebook. To book call Norma on 612205.