Butt to Barra District News 26.11.15

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Gaelic business club

Club Gniomhachas nan Gaidheal to be Wound Up - Following its recent Annual General Meeting the Trustees of Club Gniomhachas nan Gaidheal ( The Gaelic Business Club) have announced that the Club is to be wound up.

The Club was set up in January, 1987 by Sir Ian Noble who was such an influential figure in the resurgence of Gaelic in the last quarter of the 20th century.

He brought together business leaders who were either Gaelic speakers or had an interest in the development of Gaelic in the world of business.

Their main aim was to help young Gaels in their chosen careers. Over the years the Club has provided work shadowing opportunities for school leavers, it has given effective guidance to young people, members have visited areas in the Gaidhealtachd to meet local business people and, above all, it has allowed Gaelic business leaders to meet and exchange ideas.

In recent years the Club has suffered from declining membership.

The Trustees feel that transferring its financial assets to another Gaelic organisation might be the best way of continuing the work that began in 1987.

They have, therefore, decided that its members should be consulted on this suggestion and it is envisaged that they will be in a position early in 2016 to announce which Gaelic organisation will be entrusted with that responsibility.

The present Chair of the Club, Mairi Bremner, said: “We do not see this step as the end of the Club’s philosophy.

“ In many ways, we see it as the beginning of a new era for the Club.

“Today’s world is very different from the world of 1987 so we want our money to be used in a way that will enable young Gaels to meet the business challenges of a new century.”


Family Quiz and New Year Dance. - Start your first footing at Tong Hall in 2016! The Family quiz night will be on January, 6pm to 8pm, teams of up to 6 people, all ages welcome, teas, coffees and tuck shop available, £5 entry per team. Call Donna Murray on 07496584938 to register your team.

At the dance:The Links are playing on the 1st 8pm till late. £10 for 18+, limited free children’s tickets available. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets available in Tong shop or call Eilidh Smith on 0794622503. The Annual

Western Isles

Foodbank appeal - Have you got spare time on your hands? Are you caring, compassionate, reliable and discreet? Eilean Siar Foodbank needs your help.

We are looking for able-bodied volunteers who can help out regularly at our Stornoway distribution centre with a variety of tasks including greeting clients, sorting food, handling admin and applying for funding.

If you feel you could help in any of these areas and would like to find out more about being a volunteer, please email info@eileansiar.foodbank.org.uk for more information.

Please note that volunteers must be able to climb stairs.”

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ceremony - This will take place in the Town Hall, Stornoway on Thursday 26th November 2015 at 7.30pm.

More than 60 young people will receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Awards will be presented by Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education & Children’s Services Committee.

The Ceremony will showcase the different elements of the award that the participants have been doing for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to anyone aged 14 to 25.

It encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time. Young people can participate in the award through local youth groups or open award groups.

The award consists of three progressive levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level consists of four sections: Volunteering (helping the community); Skills (a hobby, skill or interest); Physical Recreation (sports, dance, fitness); Expeditions (on foot, cycle, horseback, or water).

In addition those participating in the Gold Award are required to complete a Residential Project.

More information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available on the Award website: www.DofE.org

Anyone interested in participation in the Award locally should contact Alice Murray at the Community Education Office, 22-24 Point Street, Stornoway, phone number 01851 822714 widofe@cne-siar.gov.uk


Retail area - Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (CEN) was the first historical society to be set up in the Western Isles in 1977.

Over the years it has been based in several different locations throughout the district, none of which were suitable for an ever increasing collection of artefacts.

In November 2011, CEN secured ownership of the former Cross Primary School. The building is now home to a vast archive of historical information, family records, photographs as well as an accredited museum.

There is a café in the centre, catering for locals and tourists and it also hosts a weekly day club for the housebound and elderly in the area.

Tuesday 24th November marked the opening of a new retail area at the centre, selling crafts, artwork and publications from across the Hebrides. The shop will provide another income stream for the centre and safeguard employment in a fragile area.

Chairperson of CEN, Annie Macsween said “CEN is grateful to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for the financial assistance it was granted from these organisations. This development is very much in line with the aspirations of these organisations and of many other national bodies including Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government.”

Uist and Barra

Bus Project - The Uist and Barra bus project is one of four projects which have been shortlisted for a Rural Innovators Award 2015-16 under the ‘Transport and Infrastructure’ Category.

Cllr John Mackay, Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “It is pleasing to see that the innovative work that we are doing to put communities at the heart of the process to commission transport services has been recognised.

“Whilst we don’t know yet whether the result of this process will be contracts for services in all areas of Uist and Barra, the fact that the Comhairle has been prepared to try something new is important.

“This could be an approach which we can replicated for other service areas and in times where resources are limited we need to make sure that what we do really does meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

The Rural Innovators Awards is run by the Scottish Rural Parliament and seeks to recognise and showcase some of the most innovative and effective ways in which rural challenges can be addressed.

You can vote for the Uist and Barra bus project online at http://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/get-involved/ria-2015-16/

Voting is open until November 30that midnight.

Pictured are the children of Stornoway Playgroup who recently visited Dun Eisdean and Bethesda care homes to sing to the residents and bring them a harvest basket.