Butt to Barra District News 6/11/14


Service - On Saturday 8th November the Armistice Service at the village War Memorial will take place at 12 noon.

As this is a special year marking the 100 year anniversary of the Great War, it would be a fitting tribute if families took a few hours off from their normal Saturday to allow both young and old to attend this special occasion.

A light lunch will be served in the Community Centre after the service and a warm welcome is extended to everyone attending the Memorial Service.

Please come along to talk to friends and reflect on the sacrifice these young men made on our behalf.

Community dinner - As it is coming near the end of the year, the Community Council would be grateful if families wishing to attend the annual Community Dinner, please contact Margaret on 890 463 or Catriona on 890 369 by Wednesday 26th November in order that planning may go ahead for the event.


Storytelling- Absent Friends Storytelling Festival will be in Balallan Hall from tonight Thursday 2nd November at 7pm. The Balallan and District Recreation Association will be serving teas and home baking. Come and listen to the local stories from Cabraich Community Arts.

Bonfire - The Bonfire and Fireworks display on Friday 8th at North Lochs Community Centre Leurbost, begins at 6pm. The Community Association will be selling food and refreshments.

North Lochs - The Remembrance Day service will be on Saturday 7th at 10.55 at the War Memorial in Crossbost. There will be a Soup and Sandwich Lunch in the Community Centre after the Memorial Service and until 2pm.

Catering is by the ‘Silver Darlings’ – this is open to all the community, even if you can’t make it to the service, come along and support the fundraising of the local Over 60s club.

There will be a Commonwealth War Graves DVD shown in the conservatory until 2pm.

Kinloch - The Remembrance Day service will be on Sunday 8th at 3pm at the War Memorial in Laxay. The service will be led by Rev Calum I Macleod

Radio Programme - On Tuesday the 11th November at 11.am. Isles Fm will broadcast a programme highlighting some of the tragic stories of the Kinloch people, during World War One.

Donnie Macleod from the Comann Eachdraidh tells of the conditions of some of the men at the front and the families at home. The programme will be repeated on Friday 14th November at 1pm.

Kinloch Exhibition - Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th This is your last chance to visit the well researched and extremely informative WW1 Exhibition at Old Balallan School.

The focus of the Kinloch Historical Society exhibition, is the forty men from the Kinloch area who did not return from the warfront. Exhibition opening times.12.30 pm until 3pm.

On Saturday 1st Nov the North Lochs Community Association held their annual Halloween Party. This event was very well attended. Thanks to all the parents who helped out.

Children then went to ‘Trick or Treat’ around some of the houses in Leurbost As the weather was so bad they didn’t get the chance to call in at every house.


Older People’s Partnership - Senior citizens from ten local groups met on Monday for a Stornoway Afternoon Tea.

The event was organised by the Older People’s Partnership and was attended by representatives from Hebridean Connections and Living it Up.

The Older People’s Partnership (OPP) is made up of representatives from statutory, third sector and private partners who have an interest in improving services for older people.

Gayle Findlay, member of the OPP said: “The people who attended a smaller event we ran in April told us they would like the opportunity to meet with other groups on a bigger scale and that was what today was about.

“They also asked for help with fundraising ideas, information on becoming a charity and suggestions for guest speakers, so we went away did some research and came back with the information and ideas.”

The information sheets prepared by the OPP will shortly be available on the Older People’s Partnership website.

The website offers news on local activities for older people along with information on the different groups and clubs in the Western Isles.

The website is hosted by the NHS and can be visited at:www.olderpeoplwi.scot.nhs.net.

As well as tea and cakes the guests were also invited to sample the Living it Up and Hebridean Connections websites.

Anne Sobey from Co-Cheangal Innse Gall, was there to talk to groups about becoming a charity and guests were also asked to share their views on accessing shops and healthy eating for the more isolated.

Eertainment was provided by Callum Nicolson and his Gals, freshly returned from the MOD they performed some beautiful traditional Gaelic music.

Asked what’s next for the OPP Terri Davies explained: “Well, most of the groups who attended today are looking for new members. So we’re hoping to help them with some local promotion.

“We got to see photos of some of activities the clubs get up to, these are really active groups of people who do a huge variety of interesting things. We want to spread that message and dispel the myth of - I’m not old enough to join”.

To find out more about clubs in your local area, you can visit the OPP website or call into your local volunteer centre office.


Dinner move - Moving the Complimentary Dinner for the Gathering Chairman and the Annual Gathering of the Association will ensure that they are well clear of Guy Fawkes night and Thursday the 13th and Friday 14th of November should be relatively quiet. In previous years driving to either function could be through flashes and bangs which were at times a nuisance factor in proximity to the Concert location.

On Thursday the 13th at the Pond Hotel in Great Western Road the Annual Dinner requires that places are booked beforehand and that can be achieved by phoning 0141 882 1787 as soon as possible.

The Association are looking forward to welcoming “John A” Maciver the Chairman for the Friday night Gathering

On the night of the Dinner there is an informal Ceilidh incorporated and also the speechmaking will be in the capable hands of the multi talented Derek “Pluto” Murray. One of the Association Pipers – Alastair Iain Paterson will be present as will singers Mary MacMillan and Alistair Macarthur – both of whom will be also performing at the Friday night Gathering.

The Toast to the Association will be proposed by Jeanette Macarthur the President of the Glasgow Islay Association.

The Gathering is back again this year in the Glasgow University Student Union, University Avenue location on the Friday night with doors open from 7 pm and tickets available at the door at £10 with children admitted free of charge. The Annual Dance follows at the close of the Concert and tickets are available via 07500 043774