Butt to Barra District News 30.7.15

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Busy August - The first week in August is shaping up to be as busy as usual in Carloway, with a cèilidh on the Monday hosted by Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh, the annual Show and Show Dance on Wednesday and the Show Cèilidh on Friday.

The choir cèilidh on Monday takes place in the Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm, and there will be an opportunity to hear the choir’s Mod pieces as well as items from various soloists.

On Wednesday, the Show takes place at Carloway School, gates opening at 12.30pm. With over 200 exhibit competitions, including livestock, horticulture, homebaking, and crafts, there should be something for everyone to see or to participate in.

This year, there are new classes in the horticulture section to accommodate vegetables grown specifically for exhibition.

Outside on the showground, there will be plenty to keep spectators occupied, from a selection of heavy events, including tossing the caber, to children’s sports, piping competitions with generous prizes, and an ever popular dogshow.

The Show is to be opened this year by Alasdair Fraser, Callanish who is well known as a BBC journalist and broadcaster.

On the Wednesday evening, starting at 10.30pm, the Show Dance takes place in the Community Centre, with music by Addie Harper, Fergie MacDonald and James Forrest.

The dance will be ticket-only and these will be for sale at the Show.

The Show Cèilidh takes place on Friday 7th at 8.30pm in the Centre, and artistes include Murdo ‘Wasp’ MacDonald, Iain ‘Costello’ MacIver, Iain MacKay and Caitlin Smith. It should be a good week!

Buth Charlabhaigh - A reminder that the Carloway Community Shop Steering Group will be holding its next meeting on Thursday 30th July (tonight) in the Carloway Day Centre, starting at 7:30pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to prepare a business plan with experts, who will be in attendance on the night, while the feasibility study process gets underway. All welcome.


Westside Agricultural Show 2015 - The show will take place this Friday, July 31st at the Barvas Machair off Loch Street, gates open at 12noon.

Situated on the Barvas Machair unspoilt landscape the Westside show is in its 33rd year and will have various stalls and competitions for cattle, sheep, veg and fruit, knitting, arts and crafts.

There will also be heavy and sports events with a display from the Highland dancers and the pipe band.

And for vehicle enthusiasts there is also a car and tractor show of various classics.

All to be enjoyed with a cuppa and the delights of some delicious home baking, or a treat from the BBQ!

Tickets at the gate are adults £5 and children £2.


Bahai talk - The next presentation in the Bahai perspectives series will be held in the town’s an Lanntair arts centre on Friday, August 7th.

The talk will be given by Mr Neil Macmillan and is titled ‘Making Sense of the World’s Crisis: Who is writing the future?’

Admission to the talk is free, find out more at: www.edin-bahai.org.uk/lewis.

European market - the delights of the European Market are in the town centre for the next few days.

Set up in Perceval Square until Saturday night there are plenty of wares and tasty treats to try.


Gaelic Service - Rev Roderick Mackinnon [Rtd] whose last charge was in Kilmuir and Easter Logie Church of Scotland will conduct the next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street.

The service to which everyone is welcome is on Sunday the 2nd of August at the usual time of 3pm.

Pictured are some of the participants who took part in the Lewis Highland Dancing Society’s Competition, held on Saturday, July 18th in the Bridge Centre, Stornoway.

The trophy winners on the day were: Lydia Millar, Jemma Shand, Keira Macdonald, Kate Macmillan, Hannah Clark, Caitlin Macdonald and Megan Crawford.

The girls were in costume for the Choreography competition which was held in the afternoon.

The girls danced to Celtic/Scottish style music and with their dance teachers came up with fabulous dance routines.

A very enjoyable afternoon was had by dancers and many visitors up for the Hebridean Celtic Festival popped in to watch too.

Winners of the choreography competition were from the Kerry Macdonald School of Dancing and the Lynn Maclean School of Dancing.

Both competitions are sponsored by Celtic Clothing, Bayhead.