Butt to Barra District News 6.6.13

The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. On Lewis a beach party was held on Carloway Beach (pictured) and a large community party in Laxdale took place on Monday, June 3rd.
The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year. On Lewis a beach party was held on Carloway Beach (pictured) and a large community party in Laxdale took place on Monday, June 3rd.


Galson death – On Monday, May 27th the people of Ness were sad to hear the news that Donald Murdo Macdonald, Greenacres, South Galson, had passed away in the Western Isles Hospital.

Donald Murdo, aged 88 years and affectionately known as ‘Balloch’, had been in failing health for some time. He was the last surviving member of a family of 10 from 31 South Galson, Tigh Mhulchaidh Bringle.

Donald will be sadly missed and remembered in earlier years by those of Galson Free Church, when as caretaker they were assured of a warm welcome at the door of the church.

On the evening of Tuesday the Free Church at Borve was full for the wake worship and on Wednesday for his funeral which was to Barvas cemetery. The service was taken by Rev. Roddy John Campbell, North Tolsta. Present was the interim Moderator of Cross Free Church. He was assisted in prayer by Rev. Greg Macdonald Free Church Continuing, Ness, and by Iain Murdo Campbell, Divinity Student, presently assisting in Barvas Free Church.

Singing of Praise was led by Iain Macaskil elder, North Tolsta, who is from Shader and Donald Macleod, Deacon from South Dell. At the graveside in Barvas cemetery Rev. Campbell officiated.

We share our thoughts with his wife Margaret, daughter Catherine, son Murdo Louis and all close friends and family.


Volunteer Archaeologists- Free training days for volunteer Citizen Archaeologists will be held at the Uig Community Centre on Saturday 8th June, from 10.30am until 4pm.

The SCAPE Trust is actively recruiting citizen archaeologists for their new project, Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk.

The project aims to train and support local volunteers to improve information about the condition of archaeological and historical sites on Scotland’s coasts.

Joanna Hambly, an archaeologist with the project, said: “Surveys have shown that around 1000 archaeological sites around Scotland’s coasts are highly vulnerable to loss as a result of erosion – and 20% of these are located in Lewis.

Yet the pace of change in the coastal zone is such that it is difficult to keep up with what is being destroyed or revealed.

Local people know their own coastline, so they are in the best position to notice changes to it.

“We have worked with communities around Scotland for many years, and know that there is a great deal more information known locally about archaeological and historical sites than is recorded in a standard survey.

“So, we want to hear from people about what they can add to the record – and we want to hear about what people would like to do at some of these sites.”

No special skills or experience are needed and the surveys are designed to be carried out by members of public.

An interactive website and smart phone app have been developed, which makes accessing current information about coastal heritage and submitting new information very straightforward.

If you are a regular walker or visitor to the coast or if you live at the coast and know about local history and events related to it, your familiarity and knowledge is already the ideal qualification for taking part.

Free training days will also be held at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, Sgoil Chrois on Saturday 15th June from 10.30am until 4pm.

To book a place at Uig, contact Ellie Graham elg5@st-andrews.ac.uk and to book a place at Ness.

Alternatively contact Anne Macleod at office@cenonline.org


Condolences - The community was saddened to hear the passing of Donald MacKay, late of Kirivick and Inverness, last week. We would like to extend our sympathy to the family at this sad time.

Congratulations - To Ian and Mora McCallum, from Glasgow, following the birth of their second son, Lewis Iain. Mora is the daughter of John and Christine MacNeill, of Garenin and Glasgow. Meal-do-naidheachd!

Bagpacking - The Carloway Community Newsletter Group held a bagpacking fundraiser last Friday, raising an incredible total of £639.02.

Many thanks to the Co-operative and their staff, as well as those who volunteered to help on the day.

The money raised will go towards the cost of printing the monthly newsletter.

Light Lunch - The Carloway First Responders will be holding a soup and pudding lunch in the Carloway Community Centre, on Saturday 15th June. More details in next week’s Gazette. All welcome.

Carloway Football Club - Carloway took on Avoch in the 3rd Round of the Highland Amateur Cup last Saturday, bravely losing 3-2 after conceding in the final minute of the match.

After being 2-0 down at half time, Fraser MacLeod pulled one Back for the ‘Way on the hour mark before Scott MacAulay equalised with ten minutes remaining.

However, Avoch went on to score with the head from a corner in the final minute, sending them into the quarter-finals of the Highland Amateur Cup.

Despite the result, Carloway put in an incredible performance in a game many will remember for many years to come.

Match reports can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Carloway took on Harris in the 1st leg of the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup 2nd Round on Monday, with Kenny ‘Dokus’ equalising in the final minute to make the scoreline 3-3. Donnie MacPhail opened the scoring on 22 minutes, before Mark Morrison, the Hearach’s best player on the night, equalised with the head.

Scott MacAulay made it 2-1 going into the interval but on-form Mark Morrison equalised for Harris before James MacLean made it 3-2 to the Hearachs on the hour mark.

The return leg for this fixture will take place at Cnoc a’ Choilich on Friday 14th June. Kick off at 7pm!

Fixtures - Carloway’s next fixture takes place on Monday 10th June at Fivepenny, where they’ll take on Ness in the semi-finals of the Jock Stein Cup. Kick off at 7pm. Come out and support your team as they bid to make their second final of the season. Come on the ‘Way!


Track and Field Championships - Three young athletes from the Nicolson Institute will travel to Grangemouth this week to take part in the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships.

Sponsorship to assist travel to the two day event has been provided courtesy of Ivor Murray Ltd.

Alasdair and Jonathan will compete in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and Conor will do the 1500m and 3000m double.

While Jonathan is relatively new to the sport Alasdair Rigby is ranked 9th for 200m and 2nd in 100m in Scotland.

Connor Maclean who recently ran the London mini marathon for Scotland and was sponsored by Flybe for that trip is ranked 9th over 1500m and 2nd at 3000m.

Carers week - The following events have been organised to acknowlege the sterling work of local carers.

There wil be a cookery demonstration and tea party at St Columba’s Church Hall, Stornoway on June 11th at 2pm.

The same event will also take place at Tarbert Community Centre at 2pm on June 13th.


Services – In the absence of the minister who was providing pulpit supply in Leverburgh, services in Scalpay Free Church on Sunday, May 26th were conducted by Rev. John Macleod, senior minister of Duthil-Dores.

Hospital - At the time of compiling this Catherine Macleod, 4 Parkview Terrace, is hospitalised in Stornoway and we send her our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, with a quick return home.

Donald Macleod, Fairwinds, is detained in the Western Isles Hospital.

Since our last news John Macsween, Laggandoin, spent some time in Raigmore but we are glad to report he is now home again.

On behalf of everyone we send both of them our best wishes for a quick return to better health.

Anniversary – Congratulations to John and Rhoda Macdonald, Seaview, who celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary recently.

On behalf of friends, relatives and the whole community we wish them every blessing on this joyous and very important occasion.

Football – Seumas Morrison, Braeside, Amy Mackenzie, Schoolhouse and Ian Macleod, 9 Parkview Terrace were part of an SES Primary team which reached the final group stage of the Lewis and Harris Sports Festival on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Well done to them and indeed the whole team and to Coinneach and Maighread, who accompanied them to Stornoway.

Award – at a ceremony in the Harris Hotel recently Margaret Morrison, Hirta House was presented with the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland Award for Nurses with more than 21 years of service.

Margaret, who is senior charge nurse for Southside, joined NHS Western Isles as a community nurse/midwife in 1986 and has also served as vice chairperson of the Health Board.

We congratulate her and also Marion MacDonald, Cluer, community nurse/midwife for Southside and Dolly Maclean, Leverburgh, senior charge nurse for Eastside, who received similar awards at the same time.

Challenger Mission – The morning service in Scalpay Free Church on Sunday, May 26th was led by represntatives from the Challenger Mission. They are also throughout this week conducting young people’s events and Gospel nights in Tarbert and we pray for them and the invaluable work they do.

Work experience – S3 SES pupils were engaged in a variety of work experiences last week. Naomi Coghill and Rebekah Macleod were in SES Primary, Gemma Finnegan was in the Harris Tweed Shop, Zoe Macleod was in the Hotel Hebrides, Donald Macsween was with Netservices Scotland and Eilidh Macsween was in the Scalpay Shop.

All thoroughly enjoyed their week in the world of work, the only downside being the return to school this week.