Butt to Barra District News 9.7.15


Sympathy – Following a service held at the Free Church Seminary, Stornoway, the funeral cortege of Callum Mackay of Plasterfield, formerly of 18 Valtos, who passed away at Bethesda Hospice on 10th June, came to Valtos Cemetery for interment.

It was met there, as is customary, by relatives, friends and former neighbours who attended the graveside service which was conducted by Rev Kenny I. Macleod, Stornoway Free Church.

The Uig community had been thoroughly saddened to hear, some weeks previously, that Callum was terminally ill and then by the news of his death, at the age of 67 years, which grieved all who knew him.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his bereaved wife, Annette, and daughters, Grace and Donna-Joy, to his sister, Mrs Nina Macaulay and to his elder brother, Donnie Mackay, and to the extended family circle.

Callum was the youngest member of the Mackay family, whose home used to be at 18 Valtos and who moved away to the Stornoway area many years ago but continued to maintain close ties with the former Valtos neighbourhood.

His passing at too early an age is much regretted by all who knew him and he will be missed by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in addition to his own family.

Community Paper – the Uig News, defunct since last February, has been revived and a new, June, 16 page issue is now available from the usual outlets, costing £1.

The Uig News had been very much missed during its absence, testament to the hard work put in by the former editorial team who ensured, over 14 years, that it appeared promptly at the beginning of the month, neatly presented to a very high standard.

With the support of the Community Council, a new team has come together, consisting of Joni Buchanan, Mangersta, Anna Mackinnon, Ardroil, Fiona Inglefinch, Crowlista, Janet and Kate Macleod, Uigean, plus a new Uig resident, Sarah Wilson, who provides the expertise, being experienced in producing newsletters before coming here. There’s also a new Uig News Facebook page. The plan at present is for an issue every two months, the next one will be out in early August to celebrate this year’s Gala Day.


Open Church - Carloway Free Church congregation are starting a new project this summer called ‘Open Church’.

Every Friday from 17th July to 22nd August the Church will be open to the local community and visitors to the area between the hours of 2pm and 4.30pm.

The church wants to provide a space where local people can meet others, have a coffee and enjoy some informal fellowship. The church is also keen to attract passing tourists who often don’t get to see inside a presbyterian church on Lewis unless they happen to be on the island on a Sunday.

There will be a small exhibition of old photos on display, tea and coffee will be served and there will be a Christian bookstall. Everyone welcome.

Comann Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh Open Days - Comann Eachdraidh Chàrlabhaigh is holding two Open Days during the summer, on Wednesday 22 July and Wednesday 29 July between 1.30pm & 4.30pm.

The Comann Eachdraidh is housed in the Old Canteen at Sgoil Chàrlabhaigh and has collections of local artefacts, photographs and croft histories.

Tea and coffee will be served at the Open Days and all visitors will be made very welcome.

Unfortunately, there will be no Sop às gach Seid magazine published this year, but the Comann Eachdraidh will be open as usual on the day of the Carloway Show.


Bernera Community Association - A meeting was held on 1 July and Minutes will be available in the Community Centre.

The Bernera café is open daily Monday – Friday from 11am to 4pm so please come along and support your community café.

Bowls Group - A reminder that Bernera Bowling Club are having an Open Day in the community centre on July 11th from 2-4pm. They would love you to come along and have a try and all ages are very welcome. Phone Chris on 612202 if you would like any more information.

Congratulations - Mairi Macinnes who works in our local surgery recently graduated with a Masters in Advanced Practice from the University of Stirling. This was an amazing achievement for Mairi and involved a lot of hard work and studying so well done from us all.

Motivated by Mervyn - The meal night held on Saturday 4th July was very well attended and made a profit of c.£1800. This will purchase more personal locators for our local fishermen and will be hugely beneficial to the local community. A big thank you to all who came and supported. Grateful thanks go to all who helped make this event such a success especially the kitchen staff who gave everyone there such a lovely meal.

Further information will be available on the facebook page as will be details of further events.

Sympathy - We are saddened to report the recent death of Peggy Elliot nee Cameron who lived in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. Peggy came from the Cottage, Breaclet and was the second oldest of the ten Cameron family of whom only Joan and Peter still live in Bernera.

She is survived by her husband Frank and children. To Frank and his family and her brother Peter and sisters Joan, Chrissie and Annabel and all the family members and friends we send our deepest sympathies.

Weather - Despite our mixed weather this summer it is very pleasing to see so many holidaymakers here. We hope they are all enjoying their holidays and that better weather will soon be here.


Music - Every Friday until September Gaelic and traditional music sessions will be held in the community rooms, at the Retirement Centre, Bayhead from 5pm.

Golf Club - On 15th July at Stornoway Golf Club there will be a Salsa night and on July 17th the band Rock Island Line will be performing.

Bus visit - The playtalkread bus, which encourages children’s literacy will be at an Lantair arts centre on July 10th between 9.30am-12.30pm.


Mid May Daffodil Day - Sir E Scott Primary has been raising funds for Marie Curie to support the new nursing service in the area. The impressive sum of £195 was raised by the first years following their recent Daffodil Day event.

The funds will be put towards supporting the work of Marie Curie Nurses in the Outer Hebrides.

Speaking on behalf of the local Outer Hebrides Marie Curie Fundraising Group, Chairman John Masterson commented: “The pupils were brilliant. They took over this fundraising project very seriously and enthusiastically. They all worked well together, and took responsibility for their various duties.”


SWRI - The Lochmaddy Branch of the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute is presenting its Annual Exhibition of Arts and Crafts in Lochmaddy Primary School from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th July and Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th July, inclusive, from 11am to 4pm (closed Sundays and Mondays). Many Items for Sale. Home Baking - Preserves - Arts & Crafts - Plants. All welcome.