Butt to Barra District News 29.8.13

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Pictured above are the pupils of Daliburgh School with their newly awarded Green Flag from Eco Schools, Scotland. Well-done to the whole school for all their hard work.


Lionel Death - The morning of Saturday 17th August brought sadness to us with the news that only a few months after the passing away of his mother on the 10th of February, her son Murdo, Murchadh Mhairead Plo, of 35 Lionel, latterly of Stornoway had passed away in the Bethesda Hospice where he had latterly been attended to.

Murdo, who was aged 50, had been resident in Greenock until he came to his mothers house in Lionel where he will now be remembered with affection in that neighbourhood, and from where he could be regularly seen with his fishing rod walking down the road to “Charasgeir” at Port of Ness.

For a number of years he had been working at the fish processing factory in Stornoway. The funeral of Murdo attended by workmates from the fish factory was on Monday 19th August, when, in the absence of the interim moderator Rev Roderick John Campbell, the service in Cross Free Church was taken by Rev. Calum Iain MacLeod, Back Free Church, he was assisted in prayer by John MacKay elder South Dell with singing of praise led by Donald MacLeod deacon South Dell and Donald A Morrison elder Cross Skigersta Road. Rev MacLeod officiated at the graveside on Habost Machair with a solemn address suited to the occasion.

In a sad bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with his sister Johanna Wilson and family on St. Ronans Drive, his close friend Anna, who latterly attended to Murdo, the close relatives at home and away and to all others who mourn at this time.

History of Rona - Although we in the older Ness generation are familiar with the history of the Island of Rona, especially through the writings of Michael Robson Port of Ness, we are glad to see a younger generation taking an interest in the history of the Island, with a project in Comunn Eachdraidh arranged by Ruairidh Campbell Moir of North Tolsta, a student in architecture, with interesting models of Island structures which we hope will continue to remind our younger generation of an Island which has been so closely related to Ness through the years.


Congratulations - to Calum Iain and Kathryn MacArthur, of Upper Carloway, after the safe arrival of their baby boy last week. A brother for Mark. Meal-do-naidheachd!

Title party - A historic occasion for the community, a match which no supporter will want to miss. For the first time in the football club’s eighty year history, Carloway will finally be presented with the League title on Monday 2nd September, when they take on Point in their final fixture of the 2013 season.

The venue couldn’t have been better, for the match takes place at the club’s home ground since 1935 - Cnoc a’ Choilich. Kick off is at 6:30pm.

Whether you are from Carloway, Tolsta Chaolais, Breasclete, Callanish or the rest of Uig Parish, it would be nice to see as many supporters as possible at the game, especially former players and others that have put a lot of hard work into the club over the years, to celebrate what is an incredible achievement for the area.

Following the title party at Cnoc a’ Choilich, an informal duo will be held shortly afterwards in the Carloway Community Centre.

Come out and witness history as Domhnall MacKay becomes the first captain to lift the League trophy at Cnoc a’ Choilich. Come on the ‘way!

Tracksuits and Hoodies for sale - Carloway Football Club are offering supporters the chance to purchase tracksuits and hoodies with the Carloway F.C. logo. Sizes range from children (3XS) to large adults (5XL). The cost of the tracksuits are £40.00 and the cost of the hoodies are £20.00 respectively (plus postage and package, if required).

If you wish to purchase any of the above, please contact Kevin Anderson, John MacDonald or Calum Iain “Cobby” MacLeod, via the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.


Gaidhlig San Dachaigh Skye trip - A group of nine students from the classes run by Gaidhlig San Dachaigh of Breasclete have held a very useful and enjoyable three-day trip to Skye.

They took part in a number of activities including a visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life and Flora MacDonald monument at Kilmuir, a wildlife boat trip from Elgol and lessons in kayaking and archery at Raasay House.

The trip provided a splendid opportunity to expand the student’s vocabulary of Gaelic words and phrases, and much of the conversation was in Gaelic including the ordering of meals at the restaurants and the paying of bills.

Gaidhlig san Dachaigh believe that learning Gaelic can be fun, and the class organises quiz nights, trips to the Ness Sports Centre for evenings of 10-pin bowling, and other social activities.

It runs three classes for beginners (Thursday evenings), intermediate (Tuesday evenings) and advanced conversation (Wednesday mornings).

If you want to learn Gaelic, or improve your knowledge of the language, ring 621315.


Sympathy - We send our sincere sympathy to the son and daughter and the extended family of the late Rhoda Nicolson who recently passed away.

Rhoda who was well known in the South Lochs area was the wife of the late Rev Kenneth J Nicolson originally from Gravir. She could be known as a gracious, kind and caring lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Say not, in grief, that she has gone, But give thanks that she was yours.

Congratulations - We send congratulations to Shayna Macleod, Garyvard who recently graduated from Edinburgh University with M.A (Hons) in English Literature & Classics.

Shayna is the daughter of Iain and Katherine Macleod, and Grand-daughter of Murdo and Dolly Macleod 7 Garyvard.


Community - The event at the Balallan Old School building on Saturday 31st August will have a car wash, soup lunch, homebaking, sales tables and this will be the last chance to view Donnie MacLeod’s photographic exhibition. These would make unique local Christmas gifts for family and friends at home and abroad.

This fundraising event is a joint venture between the Balallan village hall committee and Kinloch Historical society . Any organisation wishing to book a sales table (£10) please contact any member of the hall committee or any member of the Kinloch Historical Society.

Winter Programme - North Lochs Historical Society meeting on Thursday 29th August at 7.30pm in the Conservatory - Community Centre, Leurbost.Bring your ideas for the winter programme of events. 

September 14th – Comann Eachdraidh Walk from Grimshader to Arnish. Meeting at the Grimshader Round at 10am. If you are interested in coming along, please contact Jean 860431 by 10th September. This is in order to arrange transport back from Arnish.

Sgoil nan Loch - Ten Primary 1 children entered the gates of Sgoil nan Loch at the beginning of the new term on Thursday 15th August. Best wishes to them all, an emotional and exciting time for themselves and their parents.

Sgoil nan Loch currently has a role of 103 pupils, including a Gaelic and an English nursery with 19 preschool pupils in each.

Lews Castle College Graduates - Congratulations to all the students from Lochs who graduated this week at the College Graduation Ceremony and may they all find the work they grafted so hard for.


The Late Donnald John Macleod – On Thursday, August 8th, the community was saddened to hear that Donald John Macleod, Troon, had passed peacefully away at his home after a long illness at the age of 77.

Donald John, whose family was at Harbour View, left Scalpay at the age of 15 to embark on a career in Marine Engineering, and soon becoming a chief engineering officer.

Various positions around the world followed and Donald spent some time in his own words ‘in the far country’ before being wonderfully converted and devoting his life to witnessing for the Lords Round Seamen’s Mission across the UK.

Always welcoming in the family home and keen to hear news from Scalpay Donald John was a bright witness to all the work of saving grace in his life and although we mourn his passing, we know he has been called by the Lord he loved into higher service.

His Funeral service from New Preswick baptist Church was conducted by Rev. Kenneth Ross, assisted in Prayer by Rev. Gavin Beers with a tribute from Mr Alistair Macleod, the deceased’s nephew. A large number attended, showing the esteem Donald John was held in.

At this time of great sadness we extend out prayerful sympathy to his like-minded and devoted widow Margaret, brothers James and John Angus in Scalpay, sister Mary in Lewis, all their families and all other relatives and friends.

May they be conscious in these days of God’s abiding presence and his comforting love.

In Hospital – Since our last news Morag Mackenzie, Outend, and Duncan Macleod, Parkview Terrice, have been hospitalised in Stornoway and William Benjamin Morrison, Number Seven, in Aberdeen. We are glad to report all are home again and we send them our best wishes for speedy and full recoveries.

New babies – congratulations to Stevie and Maria Price, Tarbert, on the birth of a daughter, Lily Ann, recently and also belated best wishes to Rev. Bruce and Ruth Jardine on the birth of a son, Finlay.

Maria and Ruth are well-known through their work in Sir E Scott School with Ruth also having worked in Scalpay, and we remember proud parents and the new arrivals at this happy time.

Graduation – On Friday August 23rd, Karen Macrae, 6 Creag Adnaich, graduated BSC (Honours 2:1) in Sustainable Rural Development from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Karen is now employed permanently with the North Harris Trust and we congratulate her on her outstanding academic success which is a fitting reward for her years of application, diligence and hard work.

Under-14 Football – Daniel Macleod, Torman, and Andre Morrison, Breaside, are playing in the Stornoway Athletic Under-14 Team and we wish them every success as they participate in this league.


Charity collection - Last year Stornoway’s Cancer Research UK group managed to raise a staggering £13,800 in the Outer Hebrides. This week will bring the return of their successful door to door collection efforts for their new financial year. Cancer research has achieved amazing things over the last year. Their Scientists have discovered safer and kinder treatments for thyroid and bladder cancer. They’ve also revealed new genetic variations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Currently they receive no government funding for their research but thanks to supporters, they fund over 4,000 researchers, nurses and doctors in the UK. They are developing new approaches that, while still powerful, are less invasive, with fewer side effects . Across the UK, from April 2012 to March 2013, an incredible £460 million was fund-raised, a six per cent rise, enabling them to increase their spending on research.
Yet 9 out of every 10 donations they received was for £10 or less, proving even small amounts can make a big difference. For every £1 that is donated, over 80p was available to spend on beating cancer, while the rest was used to raise funds for the future.
In 2012/2013 they spent £351 million on research in institutes, hospitals and universities across the UK. They also spent £17 million on providing information for people affected by cancer, raising awareness of cancer risks and symptoms and influencing health policies.
Over the past year millions of people teamed up with Cancer Research to raise funds or get involved with their research. With ongoing support they will continue to save lives, and as a result of their amazing work they have helped double survival rates in just 40 years.