Butt to Barra District News 25.9.14

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Pictured are a group of philanthropic youngsters had a birthday party with a difference on Saturday, September 20th. David Golish, who turned 11, invited his friends to Pointer’s Youth Café on Beach Street for a party that raised funds for SSPCA.

David’s mother Mary said the party was a great success. Sixteen of David’s friends were able to attend and they raised £165.

The SSPCA expressed their gratitude and have arranged to give David a tour of their Inverness facilities so that he can see how the money that was raised will go towards helping so many animals.


Referendum - Now that the referendum vote with all its related aspects has finally been decided, we pray and hope that the end result will be effectual in strengthening a continuing bond of unity in our United Kingdom, which would meet both spiritual and secular needs, not only for the present but for generations yet to come.

Skigersta death - The morning of Monday 22nd September brought us the sad news that Mary Smith, nee Mackenzie (Mairi Aonghais), of 12 Skigersta had passed away in hospital in Inverness, where due to failing health she had latterly been attended to.

At the time of writing the day of Mary’s funeral is not known, but we remember and share our thoughts in sympathy with all those in the close family circle who mourn in their bereavement at this sad time.


AGM - The Annual General Meeting of Lochs Agricultural Society will be held on Friday October 3rd at 7.30pm in the cabin at Lochs Showground, Laxay. All welcome to attend.

Exhibition - The World War One exhibition at the Old Balallan School building will be open this Saturday the 27th September from 2-4pm. The Kinloch Historical Society display has details of the service given by Kinloch men who served and gave off their lives in the trenches.

Medals, pictures, memorabilia and artefacts have been gathered from Airidhbhruach, Balallan, Keose and Laxay families.

Already families with Kinloch roots have travelled from the mainland to view the exhibition and pay tribute to relatives who took up arms for their country and fought for the freedom and privileges we have today.

In the exhibition there are family history charts which link the soldiers who fell at the front, with the present day families living in the Kinloch area. The genealogy exhibited includes a picture of their youngest relative, some of whom are currently pupils in Sgoil nan Loch.

This Saturday is a one-off opportunity to see the uniforms the soldiers wore and some of the equipment in the kit they carried at all times. Gas masks, water bottles, scripture publications and weapons.

There are also artefacts and film footage from the wreck of HMY Iolaire lost after the end of World War One on the Beasts of Holm at the mouth of Stornoway Harbour in January 1919.

The Comann Eachdraidh volunteers are to be congratulated for the meticulous research which has generated information extending the geneaology of the indigenous families and for having unveiled a window on the living conditions and the selflessness of those living in Kinloch during 1914-18.

Come along on Saturday and see this incredible collection at the Old Balallan School from 2 till 4pm.


The opening Ceilidh of the new session was held in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street, Partick and the audience appreciated the talents of all the entertainers.

On duty to oversee the proceedings was President of the Association Iseabeal Macmillan.

The President extended a warm welcome to artistes and audience and set the precedent for a quality Ceilidh.

The first entertainer was Andrew Grossart who has Harris connections and although a very young lad his expert accordion playing illustrated why he has already won championships.

Linda Macleod and Josie Burgess both from North Uist entertained with Gaelic songs and each of them were applauded for their singing of songs both new and traditional.

Donald Angus Smith was invited to sing and one of his songs was composed by his mother’s Uncle – Donald Macdonald Morrison – the ever popular “Balaich an Iasgaich”.

Calum Angus Macdonald of Breasclete a Mod Gold Medal Traditional winner shared some of his wide repertoire of Gaelic songs.

A comprehensive vote of thanks was given by Nan Macdonald.

Annual Dinner and Concert

The Annual Dinner and the Annual Concert are held on a Thursday night and a Friday night, but this year due to other circumstances there has been a change of date.

The new dates are Thursday the 13th November for the Dinner and Friday the 14th for the Annual Concert and the Annual Dance.

On the 13th the Dinner which is the Complimentary Dinner to the Gathering Chair person will be held in the usual location of the Pond Hotel, Great Western Road, Glasgow.

There is a requirement for pre booking of seats for this Dinner and contact can be made to 0141 882 1787 and the 6th of November is the last date for reserving a place.

The following night – Friday 14th – the Annual Gathering will take place at the Glasgow University Student’s Union, University Avenue and tickets are available at the door for £10 each.

A line up of excellent artistes has been arranged and in the Chair will be John Alex MacIver. Mary MacMillan, Catriona Watt, Alasdair MacArthur, Robert Robertson and John Carmichael on accordion indicates a splendid line up of entertainers.

Following the Gathering concert the Annual Dance will follow and those intending to be present are required to telephone Angela Jenkins on 07500 043774. Admission is £10.

An Appeal

As is happening to many Associations both Highland, Island and others the support of the wider membership is vital for the future.

There is not a great deal of time involvement but helping the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association is essential and necessary and by so doing you are demonstrating the inborn Island asset of caring and sharing for others in many different ways.

New members of committee will be made most welcome and joining in on activities is ensuring the continuance of the Association for years to come.