Butt to Barra District News 30/8/12


Sympathy from Ness – On Wednesday, Augsut 22nd, relatives and friends in Ness were sad to learn that Iain Morrison, Heather Hill Barvas, Iain Allan Sir, had passed away in the Bethesda Hospice, Stornoway.

Iain, who was aged 72 years, was affectionately known to us all as ‘Sirrup’.

As a member of the North Lewis War Memorial Committee, we are indebted to Iain, who was formerly from Shader, for his work in earlier years in the research and correcting when necessary the entries on the plaques on both the Cross and Borve War Memorials.

The funeral of Iain to Barvas Cemetery was on Saturday. The service in the Church of Scotland, Barvas, taken by Rev Paul Ahmed, assisted by Rev Kenneth Ferguson, Cross Free Church.

From Ness we extend our sympathy to his wife Margaret and all in the close family circle who mourn at this time.

Good Wishes – This week we remember and send our good wishes and prayer for their future happiness to Rev Alasdair Macaulay, and his wife Mairi and family, formerly from 13 South Dell, as they now settle in their new residence in the Free Church Manse in Tain, where Rev Macaulay was inducted as minister of that congregation on Friday, August 24th.

School Topics – With our schoolchildren, teachers and other school staff now back at their varied school duties, we wish them all happy schooldays for another term in their new and old school buildings.

To the good old school in Lionel we welcome two new teachers, Mrs Miller from Barvas and Mr Iain Macritchie who is from 8 Skigersta.


Tragic Loss – The Uig community has been shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of Aird, Uig, resident Karin Prior in a horrific road accident at Laxdale last week and condolences are extended to her daughter, Bethany, a second year pupil at the Nicolson Institute, who has been very much in all our thoughts in the last few days and to her whole family in this most tragic of bereavements.

Karin Prior, a Canadian, who was an occupational therapist working with the Health Board, had lived in Uig for several years, firstly at Reef and latterly at Aird. It’s been very evident here in the past few days that she was held in high regard by all who knew her, there’s been so much spontaneous praise for her many fine qualities. At time of writing, it was expected that her funeral would be held in the Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th

Marriage - Congratulation and best wishes for a long and happy married life are extended to Iain Stewart and Louise Hovell who were married by the bridegroom’s father at Breanish Chapel earlier this month. Iain is the eldest son of Rev Fraser and Mrs Anna Stewart of Invergordon and 12 Crowlista, his connection with Uig is through his mother and goes back a long way.

He is a grandson of the late Rev Colin Iain Maclean and of Mrs Mary Maclean, Edinburgh and great grandson of Roderick and Kate Maclean, one time of 8 Timsgarry.

New Arrivals – We are terribly pleased to say that there are two new arrivals to welcome in Uig these last few weeks. A baby son has arrived at 14a Carishader, the first child of Tina and Ali Macritchie, and a grandchild for Agnes and Murdo Macritchie, Carishader, and for Ann and Calum Smith, Valtos.

There’s also a new arrival at The Doctor’s House, Miavaig, a baby girl, first child of Dr Tara and husband, Dave, who have been living there for some time now. Congratulations and best wishes to both sets of new parents and all the grandparents, this is the kind of news that cheers us all up especially when it comes at the same time as news of an intake of five entrants into this year’s Primary 1 at Uig School.

Good news has also arrived at 10 Geshader, news of the birth of a second daughter to Andrew and Marina Macleod of Lenzie and a third grand daughter for Mrs Mary Macleod, 10 Geshader, congratulations and best wishes to them as well.


Condolences - We were saddened to hear the recent passing of Catherine MacLeod, of 29 Knock, Carloway. Our sympathies are extended to her sons Donald John, Angus and Alasdair.

The Co-operative Cup Final - Carloway face Back in the Co-operative Cup final on Saturday 1st September at Goathill Park, Stornoway. This unmissable event kicks off at 6:30pm, with the match proceeding straight to a penalties, instead of extra time, should the scoreline remain level after ninety minutes.

Back, who are currently the cup holders, will be looking to win their fourth ever Co-op Cup, winning it three times in 2007, 2009 and last season respectively.

On the other hand, Carloway will be looking to win their first major silverware since 1957, when Carloway beat Stornoway United 1-0 to win the Stornoway Cup at Goathill.

If you cannot make the match, you can follow updates on Twitter (@carlowayfc) or via the club’s Facebook page. Come out and support your team as they bid to end their fifty five year cup drought!

Results and Fixtures - Carloway hosted West Side in the League last Friday, where the Siarachs won 5-2 at Cnoc a’ Choilich thanks to goals from Innes Iain Morrison, Scott Graham, Ali ‘Barvas’ MacLeod (2) and Martin Stewart. Calum Tom Moody scored both goals for Carloway.

Match report for this match can now be read on the club’s website: www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Carloway took on Stornoway United in the semi-final of the Lewis cup last night (Wednesday), where the ‘Way were looking to make it to their third final in one season - a feat that has never been repeated since 1956 when Carloway reached the finals of the D’Oyly Carte cup, Tormod Mor tankard and the coveted Eilean an Fhraoich cup.

Details of last night’s semi-final can be seen on the club’s website. Carloway will play their final League match against Ness at Fivepenny, on Monday 3rd September at 6:30pm. Come out and support your team as they attempt to end their season on a high.

Pentland Road Centenary - Comann Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh is planning to mark the centenary of the Pentland Road on Saturday 8th September with an exhibition and a variety of events.

The road was named after Lord Pentland who was the Secretary for Scotland between 1905 and 1912 and who helped to secure funding for the completion of the road.

The new road was officially opened on Friday 6th September 1912 by Thomas MacKinnon Wood who succeeded Lord Pentland as Secretary for Scotland.

On the Saturday morning, there will be an opportunity to walk or cycle (or perhaps run!) the length of the Pentland from the end of the Marybank Road to Carloway, and for those less adventurous, the shorter Breasclete road end to Carloway stretch can be attempted.

If you wish to participate in this, you can register and get more information by sending an e-mail to imacarthur@hebrides.net by Monday 4th September. In the afternoon, there will be a rally of vintage vehicles leaving Stornoway at 3pm and heading for Carloway along the Pentland.

It is hoped that some members of the Lewis Pipe Band will pipe them in along the last stretch. A photograph will be taken in the school playground at around 5pm, recalling the photo taken in the same place of all the officials on the day of the opening in 1912.

A buffet will then be available in Carloway Community Centre, where the exhibition will also be displayed. To finish off the evening, there will be dancing to the Ness Melodeon Club.

Carloway Angling Club - Just a reminder that now there is water in the Carloway River, you may want to buy your Carloway Angling Club membership.


Logs for Sale - Aline Community Woodland September 1st, 15th, 29th October 13th, 19th 10am till 12pm Logs will be sold on the basis of £30 for a small (under 4x4) car trailer, with larger trailers charges agreed onsite. All cars to stop at the car park and will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Note that Logs are uncut and of various lengths and may need to be retrieved a short distance from the forest access tracks. Stout footwear is recommended. People entering Aline Woodland do so at their own risk and no responsibility will be taken for any damage to vehicles while in the woodland.

Visitors - Mr Donald and Mrs Delvene Nicolson from Perth, Australia, came to the Comann Eachdraidh to give a slide show of pictures from Crossbost and Ranish, taken in the mid 1950s.

Donald is the son of Roderick Nicolson, who emigrated to Australia with his parents Murdo and Marion Nicolson in 1924.

The pictures of relatives, neighbours and landscape were taken by Donald’s father’s sister Mary Ann Nicolson who returned to visit relatives on several occasions during the 1950s and 60s. The Comann Eachdraidh gathering on Wednesday 22nd August unravelled the genealogy and revealed the many cousin connections in the district.

Coffee Evening - Balallan Hall Committee are having a coffee evening in the hall on Friday 31st August at 7pm. There will be homebaking, ice cream, competitions and raffles. Entertainment will be provided by two young dancers from the village. Come and join us. 
98th birthday - Mrs Mary Ann MacKay 36 Achmore currently in Blar Buidhe Nursing Home celebrated her 98th birthday this week. Best wishes to Mrs MacKay.

Death of War Veteran - John MacDonald (Am Poilcean) born at 19 Laxay in 1919 and later married at croft No 39 Balallan, passed away this week in a local care home. John MacDonald was the last surviving member of ninety territorial army men who left the Drill Hall in Stornoway to serve in the Ross Mountain Battery.

On 12th June 1940 they were captured at St Valery–en-Caux in France and they subsequently spent five years as German prisoners of war. Condolences to John ’s family at home and away.


Death - Hector Mackenzie better known as (Eachan Domhnall Ruairidh) passed away recently in Dun Eishdean Home in Stornoway. Hector was a native of No 7 Marvig. Hector was a former President of the Royal British Legion in Stornoway where he carried out his duties with diligence and due care. He and his wife Johanna made their family home in Stornway and were always welcoming to one and all who visited.

To his wife Johanna, sons Kenneth and Donald, brother Kenny in Marvig and the extended family we send our sincere sympathy in their sad loss.

Congratulations - To all those who have recently received their exam results we say well done and wish them all the best as they go on their further education in college and university.


Services – Service in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Innes Macsween, Ness.

New Job – Peggy Mackay, 1 Ardnakille, who worked formerly with GSH, is now employed as Western Isles Community Forum Co-ordinator, and we wish her every success in her new demanding role.

Secondary Transfers – Jade Howard-O’Hara, Peter Mackenzie, Claire and Daniel Macleod, Gillian Macsween and Andrew Morrison have all began Secondary One in Sir E Scott School and, along with Emma Macleod joining Secondary Four, we wish them every success in this new stage of their academic careers.

Primary Transfers – With the closing of Scalpay School, Aodhan Finnegan, Amy Mackenzie, Martin Macsween and Seumas Morrison have all transferred to Sir E Scott Primary and we wish they well too in their transition.

Staffing Changes – Mrs Aileen Macsween, our former shared Head Teacher, is no exclusively in charge of Sir E Scott, and Mrs Arima Morrison, who helped with management duties, is reverting back to her full-time Depute Teacher position there.

We thank them both for their invaluable leadership over the years and their continued input into our children’s education.

Harris Mission Conference – This year the annual Harris Mission Conference is also running in parallel a youth event on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm in Tarbert Church of Scotland.

Lunch will be provided and a Day Club for Primary age children available. A variety of speakers will take part and our prayer is this event will give us all a renewed vision of Mission Worship.


Gaelic Service – The next Gaelic Service in the Dingwall Community Centre on Tulloch Street is on Sunday, September 2nd.

Leading the worship on this occasion will be the Rev Iain Macaskill, minister in Rosskeen Free Church.

The service begins at the usual time of 3pm and everyone is welcome.