Butt to Barra District News 31.10.13

Everyone had a great time at the recent Tong Hall Halloween celebrations. SGD26061
Everyone had a great time at the recent Tong Hall Halloween celebrations. SGD26061


Memories from the past – As we at this time every year change our clocks and watches back one hour, with longer winter evenings, it reminds those of us in the older generation of the good old lady in Lionel, Annie Campbell of number 9, Anna Aonghais, Bhig, who never changed the time on her clock on the mantel shelf in her thatched cottage. We still remember comments from these earlier years related to this, when comparisons would be made between British summer time and Annie’s time, “Vair Anna Aonghais Bhig,” which never changed.

Memorial Services - Next week remembrance services will be held at the war memorials in Cross, and Borve. The service in Cross will be on the morning of Saturday November 9th , and the service in Borve will be on the morning of Sunday November 10th.


Praise Evening - There will be a bi-lingual Praise Evening at Back Free Church on Friday night (November 1st).

The Praise Evening is set to be professionally recorded and launched as a Praise CD called ‘Sounds from Loch a Tuath - Psalm Singing from Back Free Church’.

Joining the congregation on the night will be the ‘Luchd Seinn nan Oran’ choir who will sing a Gaelic and an English psalm.

To further add to the variety of the evening, local singers Hannah Macleod and Katy Graham will join in the precenting.

The praise items will be spread over three different psalters - the Scottish Psalter, Sing Psalms and the Gaelic Psalter.

All proceeds on the night and from the CD sales will be allocated to the church’s refurbishment project.

The evening will commence at 7pm and will be followed by refreshments and a time of fellowship. An invitation to join the congregation for this Praise Evening is extended to all.


Light lunch - There will be a light lunch at Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost on Saturday 23rd November from 12.30 to 2pm to raise funds for Crossroads Care.

Crossroads services are accessible to carers of all ages throughout Lewis and Harris, regardless of their disability or illness.

Whether the person being cared for is a loved one who is terminally ill, a relative with dementia or someone close living with a disability requiring lifelong care, Crossroads highly experienced and professional staff can help. (Carers provide unpaid care and support to ill, frail or disabled family and friends. People from all walks of life and backgrounds are carers).

Crossroads aims to ensure that the services they provide to each individual exceed their expectations therefore funding is very necessary.

Please make a note of the date and time and come along and support this very important cause. Open to all areas not just Shawbost.

Hopefully on the day a representative of Crossroads Care will be available should you require further information on the service they provide.

This event will be hosted by Clann an Latha an Dè with all proceeds going to Crossroads Care.


Exhibition planned - If you or any of your family attended Bragar School, we need your help with an exhibition, planned for December, to celebrate 134 years of Bragar School.

Although we have already gathered many photographs, there are still gaps in our record of Bragar School, so we’d be very grateful if people could seach through their own collections for any pictures or other items associated with the School.

Photographs will be scanned and returned to you. We also need help identifying some of the pupils in the photographs already received, as well as memories and stories to do with Bragar School days.

The School will be open at 2pm on Saturday 9th November, and we would be delighted if you could come along. Bring your photographs, information and memories. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided.

This project is being supported by Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar & Arnol Community Trust), Comunn Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar (West Side Historical Society) and Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) with funding support from Bòrd na Gaidhlig.


Ceilidh - On Friday, November 1st there will be a ceilidh in Balallan Hall with Lochs Gaelic Choir and lots of local talent, which will include Mod prizewinners.

The event organised by Balallan and District Recreation Association will commence at 8pm. Come along, support your local performers and meet the locals.

Lochs Locality Group - The group which was established to be the liason group between the Lochs Community and the Local Health Board and other services has been in abeyance for some time.

If you are interested in taking a role in the future of the Locality Group please contact the secretary Maggie Smith on maggiesmith@hebrides.net or 07554665549.


Mod Success – On behalf of everyone in Harris congratulation to the Sir E. Scott School Senior Choir who won seven trophies at the National Mod, for Gaelic music and aggregate marks across the 13-18 choir category.

This follows from their success last year when they won every competition they entered and ensures their position as the most successful young choir in the Western Isles.

We also thank Iain Maciver, conductor and Gaelic music instructor, for his countless hours of dedication and hard work which over the years have meant many trophies won on a yearly basis. Well done, Iain!

MacMillan Coffee morning- On Friday September 27th s4 pupils from Sir E Scott school held a MacMillan Coffee Morning for the community to attend. The annual event is held to help raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. All the money that we raised will be going to MacMillan Cancer Support and we are sure they will be very gratefulfor our donation.

We had a great turnout of people which helped us raised over £700.

Everyone that attended enjoyed the morning and we send a big thanks to all who came and donated money. We really appreciate everyone’s help donating making and contributing to the morning.


Services – As the Minister was away on holiday, services in Scalpay Free Church on October 13th were conducted by Hamish Taylor, Flodobay, and on 20th the preacher was Iain Morrison, Back.

In the Free Church (Continuing) services on the 20th were taken by Rev. Maurice Roberts, Senior Minister of Inverness.

Drop-In Clinic – A new service will run in the North Harris Trust Boardroom, Tarbert, from November 8th on the second Friday of each month.

This will be an audiology drop-in clinic, with the re-tubing mould taking and basic repairs services available.

The Western Isles Sensory Centre will also be present to offer help and advice on sight and hearing problems and it is hoped people will avail themselves of these excellent opportunities.

Silver Medal – Well done to Emma Macleod, Highbury, who was placed first in one of the most prestigious junior singing competitions at the National Mod. Winning the An Communn Gaidhealach Silver Medal in the 13-15 age group.

Congratulations, Emma, Rinn thu uabhasach math!

Weddings – Two weddings of local interest took place on Friday 18th.

In the Free Church, Gairloch, Morag Macleod, whose family home is at Taigh A’ Chnvic, married Jody McNeil, Gairloch.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Alastair Macleod and the preacher was Gregor Sutherland, the Bride’s brother-in-law.

Best Man duties were carried out by the Groom’s brother Kyle, Bridesmaids were the Bride’s sister, Maighread and friend Mary Catherine Gillies, and Alasdair Morrison the Bride’s nephew, was one of the ushers. Afterwards the bridal party and guests met in Poolewe Hall where, after a beautiful meal was enjoyed and speeches made by the Groom, Best Man and Kenny Morrison, the Bride’s brother-in-law.

An enjoyable day ended with the customary musical entertainment and it only remains for us, on behalf of the community, to wish Morag and Jody every future blessing as they settle down to married life in Gairloch, where Morag is employed in the hospitality industry and Jody is a fisherman.

In Ness Bank Church, Inverness, Donald Macleod, whose family home is at Fairwinds, married Catherine Macdonald, Stornoway.

The officiating Minister was Rev. Kenneth I Macleod and the Precentor was Calum Macdonald, Keose.

Grooms men were the Groom’s brothers Finlay Ewen and Alexander, Bridesmaids were the Bride’s friends Alison Macdonald and Angela Smith and charming Flower Girls were the Groom’s niece Sophie Mackinnon and the Bride’s god-daughter Amy Mackenzie.

Ushers were the Groom’s cousin William Benjamin Morrison, the Bride’s brother David and Dean Smith, the Bride’s cousin.

Page Boy duties were ably carried out by the Groom’s nephew Donald Uilleam and at the church the Bride was piped in by pipe major Alastair Duthie.

The reception afterwards was held in the Drumossie Hotel where, after the Minister said grace, a sumptuous meal was partaken of and speeches were made by the Groom, Grooms men and the Bride’s father, when the bride herself also said a few words.

Throughout proceedings the Bride’s brother David preformed duties as an excellent M.C.

A memorable day ended with musical entertainment from Torridon, singing from Jenna Morrison and a surprise appearance by members of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, of which the Bride’s brother David and cousin Michael Cowie are members.

It only remains for us, on behalf of everyone, to wish Donald and Catherine every future happiness as they settle down to married life at ‘Kiloran’ Scalpay where Donald is a fisherman with Catherine employed as a teacher in Pairc Primary School.