Butt to Barra District News 5.9.13

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Pictured above are the Lewis Pipe Band who returned home victorious from the recent Cowal Pipe Band Championships in Dunoon, after winning their grade and taking back their second trophy this year.

The Band can now add their first ever Major Championship title to their achievements, after beating 14 other bands, last Saturday, August 31st, to win first place and the Hugh Matheson Memorial Rose Bowl trophy.

All this follows a busy summer after being promoted up a grade at the end of last year.

The Band firmly established themselves in Grade 4A back in June with a 5th place at the European Championships, and managed to improve even further in time for the Cowal Championships.

The Band now hope to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2014 for the first time in their 109 year history.


Swainbost Death - On Friday August 30th the entire Ness Community were sad with news that Angus Macritchie, Aonghas Alasdair Chaluim, of 42 Swainbost had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital, where due to failing health he had latterly been attended to.

Angus, who was aged 78 years, had in earlier years been working in the local building trade.

He was an elder for many years in the Ness Free Presbyterian congregation and was one of whom it could be said that he earned the respect of all who knew him in all churches circles in Ness through the years.

He will now be remembered with affection and sadly missed by his many friends in Ness. After a well attended wake worship in the free Presbyterian Church Lionel on the evening of Sunday September 1st; the funeral service there on Monday, also attended by a large assembly of mourners, was taken by Rev Alan MacColl.

He was assisted in prayer by Rev. James Tallach Stornoway and Rev. K.D. Macleod Leverburgh.

Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by John Alec Hurray Cross Skigersta Road and in English by Hugh Mackenzie Stornoway.

Rev MacColl officiated at the graveside on Habost Machair. In the bereavement we share our thoughts in sympathy with all the close relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Angus.

Guga Hunt- On Wednesday August 28th we were glad to see the 10 Ness men who were on Sula Sgeir on this year’s Guga expedition since Wednesday, August 21st, returned safe and well on the fishing vessel ‘Heather Isle’ with the usual quota of birds ready for the cooking pot.

Music and Food - Cafe Sonas at Port of Ness Harbour in Lewis is holding five nights of music and food, featuring the well known singer, songwriter and guitarist Ivan Drever.

Drever, who grew up in Orkney and now lives in Norway, was lead singer with Wolfestone in the 90’s.

He will perform at Cafe Sonas at Port of Ness for five nights, from Friday, September 6th to Wednesday , September 11th (excluding Sunday).

The poet and writer Donald S Murray from Ness will have a spot on the nights of Saturday 7th and Monday September 9th, where he will introduce material from his new book The Guga Stone on Saturday and Weaving Songs on Monday.

The events, including a pre-concert main meal supper, cost £10 per person.

The events are late licensed and cash only. For booking contact Cafe Sonas on 01851810222.

New ping-pong table - Spornis recently received a ping-pong table from the kind-hearted O’Connor family from Cross-Skigersta.

The table had belong to son Lewis, however it was not being used a lot and was taking up room in the garage, so the family decided to donate it for use at the local sportscentre

Sporsnis are now organising a Table Tennis league. Anyone interested should contact 01851 810039 for details.

Clan MacQuarrie - The Clan MacQuarrie Centre in Borve will host the critically-acclaimed theatre production The Drawer Boy on Thursday, September 19th.

It’s the first time that the award winning play has toured Scotland and tickets are avilable from www.wegottickets.com; info@borvehall.com or call Morag on 01851 850397.


Condolences - We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Hector Morrison (Hector Aonghais Libby), of Inverness and Westview, Tolsta Chaolais.

Hector was the youngest son of the late Angus and Marion Morrison.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mary Ann, his daughter Sarah, his son Gavin and to his sister Betty at this sad time.


Fundraising Buffet/Ceilidh - To be held at Ionad na seann sgoil, Saturday 7th September, 6pm.

Buffet, desserts, tea and coffee, followed by music with the 4Macs.

Family (4/5) £22, Adults £10, Children £5. To book please call Donna on 710689.

Funds will go towards ‘Tàirneanaich’ local Gaelic youth groups Mòd trip to perform in Paisley this year.


Fun Day - The annual village Fun Day along with the official opening of the new PACT playpark, will be held on Saturday 7th September at 12 noon in the Community Centre.

As usual the Fun Day is to raise funds for the upkeep of the Community Centre, which is available free of charge to anyone in the village during the year.

The day will begin with lunch: soup, fish and chips, hotdogs, burgers, cheeky chips, with tea/coffee and baking being served during the afternoon.

Inside the hall we hope to have a small sale of work, please leave any items you wish to donate at the village shop.

We would especially welcome home baking as this is always the most popular stall. (Contact Margaret on 890 463 or Catriona on 890 369 to collect baking).

Also in the shop will be a box for nominations for Citizen of the Year, please take a moment to post your nomination in the box.

Outside the hall will be the Bouncy Castle, Go-karts, Pony Rides, Tractor/Quad Rides, Digger Turns, Coast Guard 4 x 4, and much more!

Please take the afternoon off, meet with old friends, and have an enjoyable family day.


Communions - Visiting minsters assisting at the communion season which commences this Thursday in Lochs in Bernera Church of Scotland will be Reverend Ian Murdo Macdonald, Ness Church of Scotland, and, Reverend Stephen Matthews, United Free Church of Scotland - all are warmly invited to come along.

African Gospel Night - We are very much looking forward to our African brethren coming back to Bernera this year for what promises to be an exceptional night of African Gospel praise and witness.

This very special evening begins at 7 pm on Saturday, 7th September, in Bernera Community Hall.

The evening is free although there will be a voluntary silver collection that will be distributed to the following charities Dwelling places, Uganda; Street Orphans, Nigeria, and the Dochas Project, Lewis.


The newest resident of Macaulay Road in Stornoway now has a name!

Hundreds of people voted in the Stornoway Gazette online poll to name the bull sculpture installed by The Stornoway Amenity Trust.

Hamish was the most popular name with 113 votes, and 34.1% of the vote.

Second place was Seoras, followed by Hector and Macaulay.

The Trust initially received more than 70 name suggestion entries in what has been a hugely popular competition.

The winner of the £50 prize is Catherine Duffy.


Graduation – Congratulations to Jacqueline Morrison, whose parents lived formerly in Leverburgh but are now resident in Ullapool, on graduating BA in Business and Management from The University of The Highlands and Islands. Jacqueline’s mother Marianne had her family home at Fairhaven, where her grandparents Willie and Christine stay. We wish Jacqueline every future career success.

Harris Mission and Youth Mission Conference – This event takes place on Saturday (7th) from 10am - 4.30pm, in Tarbert Church of Scotland. Speakers from Interserve, Tearfund and Wyresdale Children’s Homes will talk about their work and our prayer is that God would bless those leading and attending and the invaluable work these organisations do among the physically and spiritually needy of our world.


Ceilidh - The Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association are commencing their programmes for the incoming months and begin with a traditional Ceilidh.

This will be in the Crawford Halls, Beith Street, Partick on Saturday the 14th September.

The artistes for this opening function include Calum Angus MacDonald, Gordon McKeeve,Catriona Watt, John Maclean, Joan Morrison and Alana McCuaig.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone and the evening will begin at 7.45 pm.

Annual Gathering - Following a long tradition of holding the Gathering on the first Friday in November with the Dance to follow will be repeated this year.

The date to note for this therefore is Friday 1st November and the change of venue is confirmed for both these events taking place at the Glasgow University Students Union.

The Committee were very pleased to secure the services of John M Macleod, President of An Comunn Gaidhealach to be the guest Chairman for the occasion.

He will also be on duty the previous evening Thurasday 31st October for the Annual Dinner being held at the Pond Hotel.

On the Friday evening at the Gathering the line up of entertainers include Ishbeal Ann Martin, Sineag MacIntyre, Iain Mackay, James Graham and Alastair Paterson.

The cost for the Gathering is £10 payable at the door and the Annual Dance in the same location follows the closure of the Gathering.

Cuach Comunn Leodhas agus na Hearadh - This is awarded annually to a person or group who have brought honour to themselves or the Long Island. Nominations will be discussed and decided upon at the September meeting of the Committee.


St Kilda short-listed in BBC Countryfile Awards - St Kilda has been shortlisted in the ‘Britain’s favourite nature reserve’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013.

The ten nominees in the favourite nature reserve category were selected by nature writer Mark Cocker and presenter of the BBC’s ‘Big Wildlife Revival’ Ellie Harrison. Now in its third year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of Britain’s countryside and its people. And you can now vote for your rural favourite. Full details can be found on BBC Countryfile Magazine’s website at www.countryfile.com/awardsvote; or email you votes to awards@countryfile.com