Butt to Barra District News 9/10/14

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This week marks Hip Health baby week and Western Isles Hip Dysplasia Group have announced that over the last year they have raised £1975.40 to help local children with DDH.

The group have bought two hip spica car seats, one hip rocker chair and one high chair that were not previously available locally. The equipment is currently being used by Emily Macleod (pictured above).

The group, newly formed, have started working with charity STEPS, who are holding a Christmas party for the first time in Scotland on Saturday 22nd November at Broomhall Castle, Clackmannanshire.

Hopes are for all children with lower limb conditions to attend.

Western Isles Hip dysplasia Group have been raising funds to help children with DDH (Development Dysplasia of the Hip) since March last year.



Tong Community Centre - We have once again had a reasonably busy summer of bookings and events in the hall and we are keen to keep up this momentum throughout the winter months. Bookings can now be made by contacting committee members or at the Tong Shop, where a booking diary is available.

Our recent Village Fete and evening concert was held as planned and although it was a wet morning, which perhaps put some people off, it dried up in the afternoon and events were thoroughly enjoyed by those who did come along.

Our bi-annual village clean up is due to take place on the 25th of October and our bonfire and fireworks display is planned for the 8th of November. Look out for envelopes containing more details being delivered to your homes very soon.

The position of cleaner for the hall has now been filled but we are still on the lookout for a caretaker/handyman. Please get in touch if you feel that this role would be of interest to you.

Some of the jobs around the hall, such as grass cutting and strimming, are now being carried out by local volunteers but we are looking to add to these rotas for next year. We are also hoping to set some dates for general maintenance duties to be performed around the hall this winter and will require quite a number of volunteers.

Again, please get in touch if you can help in any way. We are hugely dependant on the time, kindness and goodwill of volunteers within our local community to keep the hall in good working order and any help that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.


Charity Match - Carloway Football Club, in partnership with others involved in the Lewis and Harris Football League, will be hosting a charity match to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House (Yorkhill Children’s Hospital), taking place at Cnoc a’ Choilich on Saturday 11th October. Kick-off at 4:30pm.

This must-attend fixture will see a “best of the West” XI, managed by Carloway and West Side managers Graeme Miller and Murchadh MacDonald, taking on a “rest of the League” XI, which will be managed by former Carloway player and manager Calum Tom Moody and Kevin Anderson.

The winning team will receive a trophy at the end of the match, which has been kindly donated to this event by Sportsworld.

Donations will be collected around the ground during the ninety.


Bayhead Community Association AGM - The confusion with the date of the afternoon tea held at the Bridge Centre last Saturday, but advertised as this week, put people off, and it was poorly attended.

But hopefully the forthcoming AGM Monday, October 13th in the Bowling Club will have more support.

The committee would like to see as many as possible on the night, new ideas for projects within the ward would be appreciated.


Circuit Training Class - The new exercise class at North Lochs Community Centre, Leurbost is on Tuesdays between 7:30-8:30pm. There is plenty space so no need to book, just turn up!

Exhibition - Viewing of the World War One exhibition at the Old School in Balallan has been extended and will be open every Saturday in October, from 11 till 3pm.Kinloch Historical Society welcome enquiries from community groups from other parts of the islands, who may wish to visit this extensive collection on other days of the week. To make an enquiry for a group visit contact kinlochhistorical@hotmail.co.uk

Post Mod Ceilidh - There is to be a Post Mod Ceilidh in Balallan Hall on Friday 24th October featuring some of the local singers and musicians who are to be competing at the Royal National Mod in Inverness next week.

North Lochs Historical Society held a well attended meeting in the North Lochs Community Centre last Thursday to plan some of the winter activities. There will be a Map and Place names evening on Thursday the 13th November.

Every one living locally is urged to retrieve forgotten lists of place names and maps, which may add to the local knowledge of places on the moorland and on the shore in the villages of North Lochs. It is hoped to make a collection of this material which is often known only in oral tradition, before the information is lost.

Christmas Dinner - This is a date for your diaries only. The annual Comann Eachdraidh Christmas Dinner in the Community Centre in Leurbost will be on Friday the 5th December.


North Tolsta Comunn Eachdraidh are holding social events in the Community Hall this Friday, October 10.

It is hoped that guest speakers will be Sandy Matheson and Robert Doig who will speak about the Commonwealth War Graves in France and Belgium, as well as about the late Dr Matheson and Dr Doig’s relationships to Tolsta.

Marion Henderson and Katie Graham will sing songs relating to Tolsta and WW1 and piper Scott Macraw will play, hopefully, the tune the late Iain Crichton wrote for the opening of the War Memorial in Tolsta in 1998.


Uig – The annual 10k Run from Reef Machair, in aid of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, took place on Saturday, 4th October, in ideal weather conditions.

Numbers taking part were up this year with walkers, some with their dogs, as well as runners, turning out to complete the six-village circuit.

The run was started off by athlete, Kirsty Wade, Crowlista, following an address by John Norgrove, Linda’s father, in which he announced that last year’s 10k run had raised a total sum of £7,000.

All of this money being put to good use to aid war disadvantaged women and children in Afghanistan.

As well as the local run here in Uig, runners and walkers from all over the world are encouraged to join in this fundraising initiative by completing a 10k wherever they are and, this year, this was taken up from places as far flung as the USA and New Zealand, as well as from throughout the UK.

The run is informal and non-competitive, and participants confirm that it is well organised with marshals on duty and water available along the route.

Afterwards, food and refreshments were supplied at the Urras Bhaltois office in Miavaig.

It’s now four years since aid worker Linda’s untimely death and during that time the Foundation, set up by her parents and sister in her memory, has returned good for evil by distributing half a million pounds worth of aid to the people of Afghanistan.


Annual Gathering Concert - This event will take place on Friday 14th November 7pm followed by the Ceilidh Dance at 10.30pm.

The venue is the Glasgow University Student Union, 32 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LX. Tickets for the Concert are available on the door £10 pp.

A line up of excellent artistes has been arranged for the Concert, including: Catriona Watt; Mary Macmillan; Alasdair Macarthur; Robert Robertson; John Carmichael on the Accordian; with John A Maciver chairing our night.

Tickets for the Ceilidh Dance (£10 pp) will be available through the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association Facebook site, Angela Jenkins 07500 043 774 as well as the Park Bar.

This ceilidh dance has been a sell-out the last 2 years so don’t leave buying ‘til the last minute. We are delighted to announce that Ceol an Aire will be returning as our Ceilidh Band.

November 13th is the date set for the dinner which is the complimentary Dinner to the Gatherings Chair person - this will be held in the Pond Hotel Gt Western Rd.

Bookings are required by 6th November - contact 0141 882 1787.


South Dell death - The funeral of Derek Smith who passed away at his home at 6 South Dell on Saturday 27th September, was held on Tuesday 30th.

Derek, who was aged 71 years, was formerly from Glasgow. After worship with the family at the home on the evening of Monday, the funeral service in Cross Free Church on Tuesday was taken by Rev. Roderick John Campbell, North Tolsta, interim moderator of Cross, who was assisted in prayer by Rev. Ronald Morrison (retired), Tain, who has close family connections with 10 South Dell, and Rev. Thomas Davis, Carloway.

Angus Graham, elder, Barvas, formerly from 9 South Dell, led the singing of praise, and Rev. Campbell officiated at the graveside.

In their bereavement we share our sympathy with his wife Christina, daughters Mairi and Dawn, the grandchildren and all other close family relatives who mourn at this time

Church topics - Ness communion week services will be held in all Ness congregations this week beginning on Thursday 9th October.

On Sunday 29th September we were glad to see Hamish Taylor, lay preacher from Harris, conducting both morning and and evening services in Cross Free Church.

Hamish is well known in Ness from earlier years when he was a resident engineer at the Decca station on Lionel machair.

Cross Skigersta death - The morning of Saturday 4th October brought sadness to the Ness community and to many outwith the Ness area, with the news that Donald Murray Macleod, had, after a short but lingering illness, passed away at his home at 16 Cross Skigersta Road.

Donald, who was aged 67, was affectionately known to all as Murray. For the past 30 years he served the Ness community in his garage at South Dell, where his many customers were always assured of prompt and efficient service for all their motoring needs.

We are also indebted to Murray for his service to the community for a long number of years as a member, and later chairman of the Ness Cemetery Committee.

On the night of Sunday 5th October, the Ness Free Church Continuing in North dell was full to capacity for wake worship, and the funeral service there on Monday was taken by Rev. Greg Macdonald, who was assisted in prayer by Rev. John Macleod (retired), Shawbost, and John Mackay, elder, South Dell.

Singing of praise was led in Gaelic by Angus Murray, elder, South Dell, and in English by Samuel Cameron, Stornoway. Rev. Macdonald officiated at the graveside in the cemetery.

In their time of grief we share our sympathy with his wife Joan, daughter Maureen, sons Kenneth Angus and Donald, the grandchildren and all other relatives and friends who mourn in the passing of Murray.