North Dell Funeral – The funeral of Alexander John Macleod, Gatehouse, 18 North Dell, who, as noted in this column last week passed away at his home on Saturday, November 24th, aged 71 years, was held on Tuesday, November 27th.
The respect in which Alex was held by all who knew him in church circles and in his working career was evident in the Ness Church of Scotland on the evening of Monday for wake worship, and on Tuesday when the church was full to capacity for the funeral service taken by the Rev Iain Murdo Macdonald. He was assisted in prayer by the Rev James Macdonald, (Rtd), Church of Scotland, Point, and the Rev Roderick John Campbell, Free Church, North Tolsta.
Singing of praise in Gaelic was led by Donald Macleod, deacon, South Dell, and in English by Rev. Iain Alasdair Macleod of 4 Lionel and Glasgow, who, in earlier years was an office bearer along with Alex in the former Gardner Street Church of Scotland in Glasgow.
The Rev Macdonald officiated at the graveside on Habost machair with solemn words suited to the occasion.
We again condole with his wife, Willina, daughter Catherine, sons, Angus, Iain Gordon and Calum, all the grandchildren who mourn, and we remember at this time his sister Etta Bell, his brother Calum, and other close relatives, neighbours and friends who mourn in the passing of Alex.
Eoropie Related Death – Relatives and friends in Ness were sad to learn that Phoebe Macdonald, nee Peacock, had passed away in a hospital in New South Wales, Australia, on November 19th.
Phoebe, who was aged 95 years, and formerly from Liverpool, will be remembered with affection from earlier years, when, along with her late husband Donald (Domhnall an Ya) formerly of 17 Eoropie, they were resident with us for some time in Eoropie and later at Machair House, Fivepenny.
From Ness we extend our sympathy to their daughters Margaret and Dena, son Donald, and all close relatives who mourn in this bereavement.
Running Niseachs – On the morning of Saturday, December 1st, in calm and sunny but cold weather, a continuous flow of cars made their way to Spors Nis, with young, middle aged, and some not so young, who later, in their running attire, could be seen on the Ness roads in the One Mile, 5k and 10k events in what is now looked forward to as an important date in the Niseach sporting calendar.
By-election - Congratulations to Angus Morrison, of Balallan, who was elected as councillor for Carloway and the remainder of the North Lochs and Uig ward last week.
New Book - Taingealachd agus Dochas contains sermons by Rev Norman MacSween (1920-2008), formerly the minister at Kinloch Church of Scotland. The fundraising book for the Western Isles Hospital Charity, costing £8, is available from local shops.
Rugadh an t- Urramach Tormod MacSuain ann an Eilean Scalpaigh. Is mathaid seach gu bheil Scalpaigh air a chuairteachadh leis a’chuan agus gun robh iad a’cosnadh am bith-beò às a’chuan gu bheil faram nan tonn ri chluintinn anns na searmoin a tha air am foillseachadh anns an leabhar seo.
B’e an t-iasgach a tharraing aire Thormoid an toiseach gus an deach e ris a’ mhinistrealachd a chriochnachadh a’ chùrsa ann an 1952. Chuir e seachad faisg air dà fhichead bliadhna a’ toirt seirbheis ionmholta seachad ann an coitheanalan Bharraigh, Strath Chura, Mànais agus Sgarasta, A’ Mhorainne agus mu dheireadh an Ceann Loch far na leig e dheth a dhreuchd ann an 1986.
Fad còrr is 13 bhliadhnaichean bho 1993, bha e na sheaplain an toiseach an Ospadal nan Eilean agus an uair sin ann an Dùn Bheireiseigh agus Dùn Eistean.
Christmas Fayre - The Balallan and District Recreation Association’s Fayre at Balallan Hall last week was a very successful day, with a great turn out of people.
Santa was delighted to see so many children. Very many thanks to everyone who gave so generously. The magnificent sum of £760 was raised.
Services – Services in Scalpay Free Church last Sunday were conducted by Dr George Macleod, elder, Carloway.
Harvest Thanksgiving – The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held in Scalpay Free Church on Wednesday, November 21st, conducted by the Interim-Moderator, Rev Malcolm Macdonald, Callanish, and in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on Thursday, November 22nd, conducted by the minister, Rev Kenneth MacDonald.
Remembrance Day – In our Remembrance Day report the name of Roderick Morrison, Grianan, was omitted. Roderick laid a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion, an appropriate gesture as he himself lost a relative in World War II.
New Baby – Best wishes are sent to William Benjamin and Jenna Morrison, 7 Ardnakille, on the birth of a daughter, Chirsty Isabella, on Wednesday, November 21st.
On behalf of the whole community we remember proud parents and grandparents, Ewen and Pat, Laurel Bank, at this happy time.
Graduation – Congratulations to Donald Angus Macsween, Dunarin, who graduated BA in Nursing Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University on Tuesday 27th.
Donald Angus now intends working towards his Honours Degree and we wish him continued success in his chosen career.
UIG Election Victory – Congratulations to our new Councillor, Angus Morrison, from Balallan, who won last week’s by-election for the Sgire Uig agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch Comhairle Ward with such a decisive majority and thanks to the other candidates for standing and giving us a varied choice - better luck next time, maybe.
The voting figure, at 42% of the electorate, was rather on the low side this time; it’s taking us a long time to get used to the large and multi-member ward we now have.
One thing sure, after a frosty weekend like the last one, the electorate will be getting on to all our multi-councillors about the hugely unsatisfactory road gritting programme we’ve been landed with where the one and only road is classed as a low priority for gritting.
Cairdeas – The Cairdeas group for over-sixties meets in the Community Centre at 1.30pm every Wednesday and extends a warm invitation to join them. On November 21st, they were entertained by Eric Macdonald’s drama, ‘Clann Nighean an Sgadain’, a very versatile piece of work which appears in both Gaelic and English versions.
On this occasion, it was the English version, superbly delivered by local actress, Maggie Smith, Achmore, as a monologue without any backdrop or sound effect.
The audience listened spellbound, for a good half hour, to an evocative script which touched many chords with its authentic re-creation of a past and harsher way of life.
We’re sure the community would welcome the opportunity to see this again in the full show, in the Gaelic version, but with adequate pre-advertising so that people know it’s on.
Meantime, Cairdeas continues to meet on Wednesdays and would be very happy to see more people coming along.
This November seems to have been our ‘culture’ month at the Community Centre with the Jazz performance on Friday 9th which according to reports was excellent music but didn’t attract a large audience; the African Choir Gospel Music concert on Saturday 10th, a lively and colourful show which did attract a good audience but mostly from other areas of the island, and the Cairdeas Herring Girls show to round off our ‘culture’ month.
In Hospital – Get well wishes are extended to Calum D Macneill, 11 Carishader, in Ospadal nan Eilean for several weeks now and who celebrated his 90th birthday there on 17th November.
We’re glad to report that he’s much better now, we look forward to seeing him back home soon and we’re glad to report that Mrs Flora Macdonald, 4 Reef, is much better and back at home after a spell in Ospadal nan Eilean.
This week our thoughts are with Iain Macdonald, 13 Carishader, who is starting a period of treatment at Raigmore Hospital and we all send him our sincere good wishes.
Sympathy – Bad news never seems to be far from any community, least of all this one, and it’s with great sadness that we record in this column, the loss of one of the many who belong to Uig and who left in their youth to make the most of career opportunities elsewhere.
We were all shocked and saddened by the news of the very sudden passing of John Angus Mackay, formerly of Uig Lodge, at his home in Camuscross, Sleat, Isle of Skye on 24th November at the age of 60 years.
Known to all as an engaging personality with a individualistic take on life in general and a witty way of expressing it, he was a promising pupil at school here and in the Nicolson Institute and went into the Royal Bank in Stornoway on leaving school, a choice of career which took him to various locations before successfully applying, nearly 30 years ago, for a post in Sleat, Skye as Gaelic speaking accountant in Sir Iain Noble’s enterprises.
He then went on to found both his own accounting firm in Sleat and more recently, the successful television installation business, Skyeline for Sky. Now, this productive life is at an end, a distinctive voice is stilled.
The funeral was held at Kilmore Church, Sleat, the congregation where John Angus was, for many years, an elder and precenter.
Heartfelt sympathy in their sad loss is extended from relations, friends and former neighbours here to his wife, Jean, and daughters, Kathryn, Nicola and Marie, and their families, the youngest grandchild having entered the world just hours after his passing; and to the Mackay family, brothers Kenny Angus, Calum John and Iain Henry and sisters Kay, Annie and Maureen, their own families and to the wider family circle.
Ionad Hiort Appraisal – Questionnaire forms have now been distributed through out the villages to gauge community support for the proposed Ionad Hiort remote-access centre at the Geodha Sgoilt, Mangersta.
Community support is essential for the future of this major project and the community’s input and suggestions will be greatly valued by the Development Group.
The Uig community has a good track record of positive response to previous appraisals and all residents are urged to fill in the forms and return them to the Community Centre by the given deadline.
Responses and suggestions are also looked for from non-residents who have an interest in the project and especially from the under-40 age group who are presently away from home; their input has great potential for the planning of what is essentially a project for the future.
More questionnaire forms are available from the Local Development Officer based at the Community Centre and an electronic format is also available from firstname.lastname@example.org